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  1. … for the Democratic Party.

    Matt Bors

    Matt Bors,

    • TMC on January 21, 2010 at 20:06

    has blown the lid off over at Agent Orange. LMAO

    The Mother of All Meta

    I really love this woman for her guts and calling out the fucking hypocrisy.  

  2. n/t

    • TMC on January 21, 2010 at 20:21

    Calif. high court strikes down medical pot limits

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A unanimous California Supreme Court has struck down a law that sought to impose limits on the amount of marijuana a medical patient can legally possess.

    The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that state lawmakers were wrong to change provisions of the voter-approved Proposition 215. The 1996 measure allowed for patients with a doctor’s recommendation to possess an unspecified amount of marijuana.

    The Legislature, seeking to give law enforcement guidance on when to make marijuana possession arrests, mandated in 2003 that each patient could have a maximum of 8 ounces of dried marijuana.

    The high court says only voters can change amendments that they’ve added to California’s constitution through the initiative process.

    Hey, Ben Masel, one more step for legalization

    • Xanthe on January 21, 2010 at 20:43

    off and on.  They’re going nutso over there because of the Obama words this am to banks.  I came to computer and played that video.  Hot damn, I said to myself, maybe he is getting it – I so want to believe he can be a man for the people.  Then later, I turned on the tv again to watch The Bold and the Beautiful (yeah, want to make something of it) and switched briefly to CNBC.  And what to my wondering eyes should appear flashing across the screen:

    White House says there will be no return to Glass-Steagall.

    What the heck did I expect?  I knew the market would go down after that speech – but it will recover.  If he can’t hold still for a bad market morning or day before he goes into a begging dog position – we are in serious serious straits.

    Then one of the more obnoxious commentators (there are only two decent guys on the damn channel)said something like:  Well, we know the president’s bark is worse than his bite.  (Bemused laughter ensued from the wealthy panelists.)  

    Can we believe anything he says, or am I overreacting?  

  3. while I was watching the latest reports about Haiti, “I wonder if the Cubans sent aid.” I mean, after all, they probably have the best health care system in the region and they’re right next door. But they haven’t shown up so far on the evening news.

    I found the answer in a piece by Dave Lindorff in Counterpunch:

    In the critical first days after the quake struck Haiti, only two US corporate media news organizations reported on Cuba’s quick response to the crisis. One was Fox News, which claimed, wrongly, that the Cubans were absent from the list of neighboring Caribbean countries providing aid. The other was the Christian Science Monitor (a respected news organization that recently shut down its print edition), which reported correctly that Cuba had dispatched 30 doctors to the stricken nation.

    The Christian Science Monitor, in a second article, quoted Laurence Korb, former assistant secretary of defense and now based at the Center for American Progress, as saying that the US, which is leading the relief efforts in Haiti, should “consider tapping the expertise of neighboring Cuba,” which he noted, “has some of the best doctors in the world–we should see about flying them in.”

    As for the rest of the US corporate media, they simply ignored Cuba.

    In fact, left unmentioned was the reality that Cuba already had nearly 400 doctors, EMTs and other medical personnel posted to Haiti to help with the day-to-day health needs of this poorest nation in the Americas, and that those professionals were the first to respond to the disaster, setting up a hospital right next to the main hospital in Port-au-Prince which collapsed in the earthquake, as well as a second tent-hospital elsewhere in the stricken city.

    Far from “doing nothing” about the disaster as the right-wing propagandists at Fox-TV were claiming, Cuba has been one of the most effective and critical responders to the crisis, because it had set up a medical infrastructure before the quake, which was able to mobilize quickly and start treating the victims right away.

    This was also reported by Democracy Now.

    And credit where credit is due: the Israelis had a field hospital set up within 3 days of the quake.

    And Doctors Without Borders were already there and treating people.

    Whether or not we’re doing our best in Haiti, it seems petty to have a blackout like the one against Cuba, particularly when they’re clearly a part of the humanitarian effort. It’s no better than when the U.S. refused Cuban assistance during the Katrina rescue.

  4. Going Chapter 7. Announcement at their web site….

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