OP-ED: The next four years. The peak of the proverbial slippery slope has been reached. It’s all downhill from here. Forward! Into the toilet of history.

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poppajoe49 November 18, 2012 at 10:44 pm

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That giant flushing sound you hear is the economy and the country heading “Forward” into the Obama future.

I'm With STUPID November 19, 2012 at 1:35 am

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Wait didn’t we reach the slope peak about ten years ago? It has been downhill for a while now. The summer of recovery comes every summer. The longest recession in history. I believe the way I would put it: Because of all the shit policies Obama started in his first term that had delayed fuses into what he thought would be a republican presidency now; Obama f*cked himself and the bottom has fallen out. Obama effectively tactically nuked his own 2nd term. Mass lay offs and closings dailyjobcuts.com.

ooddballz November 19, 2012 at 8:40 am

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I’m With STUPID….every time I see your name, I think your hanging out with jcrowley, and I want to ask you to reach over and dope slap him.

I'm With STUPID November 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

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See below comment.. I just did.

PsychoDad November 19, 2012 at 10:20 pm

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Oh, well played!

I'm With STUPID November 19, 2012 at 2:45 am

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The slopes have been rarely up hill since Reagan climbed the economic Everest slope. I would say we have been on the downhill slant since ’88 with a few breaks in recession brought about by more government borrowing. usdebtclock.org. THE DEBT BOMB.

RobertW November 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

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racist.

I'm With STUPID November 19, 2012 at 7:19 am

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tehehehe….
bawwaahahaha..
That was funny you callin’ me racist.

RobertW November 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

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well tis obvious with your rampant use of the word slope.

;)

6 November 2012 November 21, 2012 at 11:13 am

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Blame Bush too!

jcrowley1985 November 19, 2012 at 7:45 am

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I'm With STUPID November 19, 2012 at 10:06 am

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I hate to burst yours and other Ron Paul fans out there’s bubbles but…Ron Paul lost the Republican nomination because he was willing to allow Iran possession of a nuclear weapon…inso facto terrorists a nuclear weapon….we already have enough problems with Pakistan on that issue. Like it or not, unless you want another Sep, 11, 2001[have to differentiate now between the Benghazi Sep 11 terrorism now] then there has to be world policing. There is no other acceptable logic. Plus, add the fact that the liberals love and support Ron Paul and you don’t see a pattern forming here? You must be either a liberal or a libertarian? Ron Paul is not a conservative and the best rhino won the nomination!

jcrowley1985 November 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

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Elrond Hubbard November 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

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Thumbs down for the nitwit.

I'm With STUPID November 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

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When Ron Paul spoke he was a whiner… I remember him speaking often. He lacked a certain male presence of testosterone. He did not run to win. He ran to get some points across. Perry Ran as a mentor to others and to make sure The Republican Party was treated fairly and to clear the way ass an offensive lineman. Santorum and Bachman were true conservatives. Romney did not steal anything, He earned every advance he got by handling situations right from the Straw Poll hecklers to knives in the back from his own party to the character assassination from the left.

jcrowley1985 November 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

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I'm With STUPID November 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

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Money could have played a large factor in that. Paul was way behind Romney in raising funds. Romney lead, Perry was second, Newt was third, and then came Ron. He didn’t pan out and the numbers showed that very early.

jcrowley1985 November 19, 2012 at 10:57 am

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Not so silent November 19, 2012 at 11:40 am

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I swear you would bitch if your ice cream was cold..Get over it, Ron Paul is done, he is toast, adios amigo, see ya later, goodbye..no matter how much you snivel, whine and cry and “claim” the republicans stole the nomination from your little superhero it ain’t gonna change anything, most people learn from their mistakes, you not only don’t learn, you go assbackwards defending your mistake. Ron Paul ain’t superman…but if he was…………

“Now time for the adventures of superman staring Ron Paul as superman and Helen Thomas as Lois Lane. Superman, able to leap lego buildings in a single bound, faster than a speeding snail, able to stop airsoft pellets with his face, and he flys thru the air on regularly scheduled flights”

ooddballz November 20, 2012 at 7:09 am

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and he flys thru the air on regularly scheduled flights which he double bills for.”

I'm With STUPID November 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

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The RNC did what was best to attract new money. You have to remember we were running against an incumbent. That takes a lot of money. We ran against a black Santa Clause handing out free phones to all the welfare recipients and promising big union major advances… thus winning Washington, Oregon, Ohio etc..etc..etc..
Do you think Ron Paul could have stood even an inkling of a chance against a black Santa Clause?

jcrowley1985 November 19, 2012 at 11:56 am

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Not so silent November 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

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Ron Paul would have gotten 12 votes, taking you and your mommy out of the race he would have gotten only 10.

I'm With STUPID November 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

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You are delusional if you really believe that. Listen to me carefully, Ron the Texas Congressman, could not get support for the campaign he ran from his own district, the proud State of Texas, the Southern States, the red states, much less the blue states. Are you a liberal, libertarian, southern democrat, or you don’t know what you are and this time don’t dodge, as much time as I have spent conversing with you at least give me this answer, please?

I'm With STUPID November 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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Romney never shunned anybody and ran farthest the center any Republican has ever done before. Don’t you slander Romney, he ran the most positive and forth right campaign in history. He lost because the polarization, the gifts, the 47%, the takers, and the bipolar people running around thinking the future was isolation.

flashingscotsman November 19, 2012 at 10:41 pm

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And, of course, the voter fraud.

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 1:20 am

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You must be kin to Candy Crowley or somethin’. Tell your Mom to take a break from Obama’s penis. “Uhh, can say you that a little louder with my balls in your mouth, Candy?” Obama said.

sa_rose November 20, 2012 at 12:38 am

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Cheeto boy doesn’t think. Quit asking him to do something he is clearly incapable of doing. Its cruel.

poppajoe49 November 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

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explain why all of Ron Paul’s delegates were not allowed to even be seated at the RNC

Because, in the grand scheme of things, 12 people weren’t a significant enough number to disrupt the convention for.

RobertW November 19, 2012 at 11:02 pm

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Ron Paul, less relevant than a pee-trough in the ladies’ room.

flashingscotsman November 19, 2012 at 10:47 am

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Turds. It’s been a while since I had the pleasure.

sa_rose November 20, 2012 at 12:36 am

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Same shit. .. Same smell too. TD

I'm With STUPID November 19, 2012 at 10:24 am

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What do you get when you cross a rhino with a liberal?
A Ron Paul.

PsychoDad November 19, 2012 at 10:21 pm

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Ron Paul — the Harold Stassen of our time.

Not so silent November 19, 2012 at 11:32 pm

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Or perhaps the Pat Paulson of our time.

6 November 2012 November 21, 2012 at 11:43 am

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Prevent Iran from possessing nuclear weapons? Kinda hard to do that, they already have them, they have had since many years.
The Soviet-Union and the United States had some 60 000 warheads just 30 years ago and we are supposed to believe that today, there is this massive technology gap the Iranian military is barely starting to overcome just now?
No, there is a reason Iran wasn´t next in the Bush years, Bush knew that Riyadh and Tel-Aviv, perhapse even London and Madrid would go up in ashes if anyone tried to invade Iran.

6 November 2012 November 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

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You aren´t going to blame corporate greed?

sa_rose November 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm

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Nah, that;s CHeeto’s line,

sifi November 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

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Seems as if we have the man Antichrist (Obama) and the Beast (Government) of the Bottomless Pit weakening America. The first half of the tribulation (1st term) the antichrist will start his peace campaign all over the world, which emboldens the evil in the middle east. The second half of the tribulation (2nd term) called the Great Tribulation will be the unveiling of of the truth where all hell breaks out and the One true God has to intervene.
I’m not saying this is gospel, but sure seems like a rehearsal or something.

Please pray for America and the peace and safety of Israel.

RobertW November 19, 2012 at 1:23 pm

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well, they’re only having firecrackers tossed at them, not enough to hurt anyone, so what if they have to daily run to bomb shelters.

sarc\

6 November 2012 November 21, 2012 at 11:45 am

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The anti-christ would not have such an ugly wife nor need a teleprompter every time it speaks.

sifi November 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm

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True

PsychoDad November 19, 2012 at 10:24 am

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Ron Paul lost because all his supporters are a pack of obnoxious, self-righteous jerks that don’t know when to STFU.

jcrowley1985 November 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

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flashingscotsman November 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

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TD,…………MO.

I'm With STUPID November 19, 2012 at 10:43 am

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It is fair to say that the reason we don’t have Romney in office right now is solely due to lack of Ron Paul supporters picking their defeated egos off the floor and voting for the lesser of two evils. The problem there is that when Ron Paul supporters got off the floor they actually voted for Obama and considered him the lesser of two evils! Ron Paul supporters are what you get when you have democrats that don’t support the ruling elite posed as the democrat candidate so they get involved in the republican nomination and then get pissy when the candidate they want to when loses.

flashingscotsman November 19, 2012 at 10:51 am

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Or actual Libertarians. Who detest the Democratic Party just a little more than the Republicans.

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 1:15 am

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I want to have a death match with Alan Colmes or Bob Beckel or Juan Williams.

poppajoe49 November 20, 2012 at 5:31 am

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Now, you have given me a true dilemma, which of those I want to see on Celebrity Death Match more!
Maybe they can do a 3 way!

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 7:41 am

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Colmes would be my first pick. How did something that looks like that ever get on TV. He looks like the Husband Ghost on Beetle Juice when he stretched his face and nose out.
Talk about a face that scares children.

poppajoe49 November 20, 2012 at 7:59 am

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AHA! I had a feeling it would be Schmeckel or the Cryptkeeper!

Alien November 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

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Roger Ailes wanted the pastiest, creepiest, most ghoulish liberal imaginable. Contrast with MSNBC’s Cycle, who landed themselves, hand-to-gods, the HOTTEST conservative on the planet… huminahumina…

sifi November 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

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All three give me the heebie-jeebies. But then, Progs in general get under my skin.

sifi November 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

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Most Paul-bots were very anti-war or pro-drug. Weak planks in the Democratic platform but non-existent in the Republican platform. I too believe those that decided not to waste their vote went Democrat.

Not so silent November 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm

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That explains Creepy Crowley….he is just pissed cause he didn’t get his free dope….

flashingscotsman November 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm

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Being a Libertarian for a number of decades now, I’m not pro-drug. I just don’t care if someone wants to use drugs. Some of the illegal drugs have legitimate uses, and I would never vote to take them away from people who would benefit from them.

Others, I just don’t care if somebody wants to ruin their life.

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 12:37 am

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I care if someone abuses drugs and then gets brain damage and then files for social security disability and gets it. I care if someone has drugs available to them and offers them to a young girl for the purpose of getting them primed for rape. I would imagine traffic incidents would go up in those sates that legalize narcotics. Its a slippery slope.

jcrowley1985 November 20, 2012 at 6:48 am

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Alien November 21, 2012 at 11:20 am

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Looks like Rand Paul is going all in on this.. at least as far as letting states decide. 2016 should be interesting with the son following the father.

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 1:56 am

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Ever hear the term gateway drug used before. Addiction is a disease. Operate any farm equipment while high before? Being high is so productive for people that is why they call it gettin’ high, burnt, baked, half baked, stoned.

DefHarryMelon November 20, 2012 at 4:46 am

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The primary gateway drug in the world is alcohol, a very addictive and destructive yet legal drug. The prohibition of alcohol was a less than stellar success. They’re still working to eliminate that drug from the peasants’ menus.

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 5:37 am

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Alcohol related traffic accidents and deaths are on the rise because stupid people do not know how to be responsible. Moral fiber and values take precedence over a trip. People that oppose legalizing drugs don’t use them.
Picture this: 17 years old, driving, while texting, radio blaring, smoking a joint after leaving a party that alcohol was available. Chance of her not getting into an accident? Now picture everyone else on the road, driving are also high and texting. Chances of her getting into an accident just got a lot higher.

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 5:58 am

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The good news is that when the girl gets into an accident there will be somebody like me around, hopefully, that can render aid and try to keep her alive while the ambulance is on the way. You ever notice how there are more conservatives that are willing to stop and render help when someone needs it and that have gotten the training they need to be a positive influence on society?

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 7:34 am

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I just hope Julia’s drunk, stoned ass don’t crash into me. Lord knows the government is not going to be a help to me if she does. And the odds of another conservative being on scene to give me aid are a lot fewer these days. I would have some stoned thieves stop to see what they could steal from me to get there next score.

flashingscotsman November 20, 2012 at 9:28 am

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I never mentioned anything about allowing stoned people to go around breaking laws, with the drug as the excuse. Dope is no worse than alcohol. Do you think we should outlaw alcohol? Do you think the 17 year old girl in your scenario doesn’t know how to easily get some weed? Has outlawing drugs worked?

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm

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Narcotics effect peoples judgement.

The term narcotic (pronunciation: /nɑrˈkɑːtɨk/, from ancient Greek ναρκῶ narkō, “Ι benumb”) originally referred medically to any psychoactive compound with any sleep-inducing properties. In the United States of America it has since become associated with opioids, commonly morphine and heroin and their derivatives, such as hydrocodone. The term is, today, imprecisely defined and typically has negative connotations.[1][2] When used in a legal context in the US, a narcotic drug is simply one that is totally prohibited, or one that is used in violation of strict governmental regulation, such as heroin or morphine.
From a pharmacological standpoint it is not a useful term,[3] as is evidenced by the historically varied usage of the word.

flashingscotsman November 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm

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Resorting to semantics? Who cares?

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 7:51 am
flashingscotsman November 20, 2012 at 9:32 am

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And,……your point?

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 11:49 pm

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Just a little FYI. Nice chart at the bottom details auto accidents caused by drugs and stuff like that. Drugs are bad mm mkay…drugs are bad…you got be careful when you are on drugs.

drb November 21, 2012 at 2:51 am

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you got be careful when you are on drugs.

You think ANY law would change that little tid-bit?

flashingscotsman November 21, 2012 at 9:54 am

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Of course, there were no accidents caused by alcohol. None.

perlcat November 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

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…however, there are MANY accidents caused by stupid. Bungee jumping a 100′ cliff with a 110′ cord, playing football without a helmet, registering as a Democrat…

I'm With STUPID November 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

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GhostntheMachine November 23, 2012 at 5:45 pm

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Lighten up on the cough syrup. What? There’s no law & order thing? No wonder we’re going to hell in a handbasket.

Feeling pissy, can ya tell? “Non sequitur”, you made 3. Glaring ones and another 1&1\2 that are debatable.

I don’t smoke, or do drugs, but you on you high horse was kinda comical. Reason ‘right-wingers’ get a bad name.

perlcat November 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm

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Well, I’m with, I understand the need for regulation. We can’t have stoners operating heavy machinery, for example. However, I just think that that’s a topic for each state to regulate. If some states want to be stoner states, and load up on dirty hippies, fine by me.

That was also why I wanted to keep the gambling in Atlantic City and Vegas — people tend to move to be where they are happier — and that’s not such a bad thing.

GhostntheMachine November 23, 2012 at 7:55 pm

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Told ya I was feelin pissy, didn’t even listen to the arguments, just commenting on the logic, or lack thereof. But I do feel better. Sloppy thinking bugs me.

But Hey PC, enjoy the rest of your weekend if you have it, if not, fly safe.

[edit] not your thinking, his. Yours? Flawless as always.

RobertW November 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm

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you refer to pot but the site you cite speaks of addictive processed drugs, so that’s just plain silly.

you can go ahead and agree to disagree, but what if I disagree to agree to disagree and continue to point out the fact that there is not any good reason at all for marijuana to remain illegally illegal and or regulated in anyway. let the parents do their jobs and make the so-called legal authorities concentrate on and enforce actual crimes.

flashingscotsman November 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm

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Companies that own heavy equipment will see that nobody is operating it high, just like they make sure nobody does it now. When I was working, I probably peed as much in bottles as I did on the ground.

I never understood my union management taking a position against drug testing for so long. I was out there working, often on the ground directing the operations, and I didn’t want anyone in the seat that wasn’t functioning at full capacity. Same for truckers, pilots, bus drivers,………….

poppajoe49 November 24, 2012 at 10:27 pm

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When I was a truck driver, we used to joke about why the State Police would ticket you if you pulled over and pee’d in the woods in the middle of the night, but they would make you stop on the side of a busy road, in the middle of the day, to pee in a bottle!

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 7:14 pm

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the effects of alcohol wear off in a timely fashion. THC stays in the brain for extended amounts of time, for weeks.

RobertW November 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm

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right, you never heard of cirrhosis of the liver, wet-brain, nor years of remorse after drunken driving murder?
although, teddy k wasn’t affected by the last, apparently. nor those that kept votin’ him into office.

flashingscotsman November 20, 2012 at 9:34 pm

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While the THC is detectable in the system, do you have any proof that it is still having an effect? Oh, and, who cares?

poppajoe49 November 21, 2012 at 6:36 am

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THC is detectable for about 30 days, but only has an effect for a couple of hours. Not exactly a big problem.

RobertW November 20, 2012 at 8:44 am

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ever hear of reefer madness?

pure hokum.

Karmaa November 20, 2012 at 4:43 am

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I agree with you, but I also think that IWS makes some good points below. The question is “how does it impact society”? Just some random thoughts below.

First of all – this is my personal cutoff point – drugs that are used in essentially the same form as provide by nature, should be legalized. Not LSD, Meth, or crack. But pot, heroin, even cocaine – yes. (the difference in cocaine and crack is the processing.)

Second: the points IWS make are valid. But we are ALREADY paying for people with brain damage. People are already priming girls with drugs and alcohol for nefarious purposes. Those things are unavoidable, no matter how many laws or regulations we put out. Even stupid people can be ingenious. They WILL find a way to get what they want, even if it means mixing drain cleaner and Robitussin in the kitchen sink. Maybe, just MAYBE, if legal, safer drugs were available rather easily and inexpensively, these morons would not have the motivation to make their own stuff. But if people do, how is that different than right now? At least it would free up resources to police and jail the offenders.

Third: We have a booming underground economy with drugs. It is unmonitored, unregulated, and mostly UNTAXED. And it it extremely dangerous. If we regulate drugs, those economies will instantly die. The COST of drugs would go down when the “danger surcharge” is gone. If drug shops can go to the suppliers directly, and create a legal paper trail, usage is monitorable and trackable and taxable. So the little guy in Columbia who is growing and selling his weed for pennies could make a lot more, and the end product could STILL be a 10th the price.

That sets up point 4: So, to get the drugs, the addict has to go to a doctor for a prescription. Maybe $25. The doctor can do a quick scan, keeping track of the patients health, and maybe a lecture about the dangers and risks of drugs (plus offering addiction rehab, and so on.) The addict then goes to the drug shop and pays maybe another $25 for the drugs. All of this is taxed. The druggie has paid $50 for what he used to pay $500 for on the street. And guess what? Because he only needs $25 to refill, he doesn’t need to kill a grandma for her welfare check to get his next fix! Plus, his health is monitored slightly (but certainly much more than it is today) so that health problems can be caught early on, when they are cheaper to address.

It’s not a flawless plan. It won’t fix all of the problems that are associated with drug use. But it will fix several of the BIGGEST problems, and the ones that most dramatically impact our society. And really – that’s my primary goal. If a junkie wants to spend the rest of their life puking and floating, that’s not MY problem. MY problem is paying the insurance cost when they rob a store to pay for drugs. My problem is paying for the jail cell to keep him in. My problem is paying for the costs of treating HIS Hepatitis, and the hepatitis of the 25 other people he infected by sharing needles.

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 5:51 am

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Point 4 may end up corrupting the doctors in a failing health care system. What was that doctors name that killed Michael Jackson? Doctors are already scoring narcotics for addicts legally, sheepishly.

DefHarryMelon November 20, 2012 at 5:58 am

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Cocaine is very much different from the coca plant’s natural form. Crack is another step away from that. Opium gets processed into morphine and heroin. These drug are seriously deleterious, even in their natural form. Meth? There is nothing natural about it. Weed is a completely different story in this regard. The ‘gateway’ aspect of it has more to do with the personality of the user. Alcohol is vastly more destructive to the body than pot, especially if the consumption method is not smoking, which is about the only health concern that can be trumpeted against it.

The prison industry thrives on locking up pot users. 80% of those incarcerated for pot are sitting for simple possession and/or use. Not dealing pounds of it or anything like that, and of those sitting for simple pot possession turned felonious it is due to them having a gun at home. Now they pop someone on the street and then go toss his residence. Having a box of baggies can make him a dealer if the officer is a proper zealot. There are plenty of those.

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 6:28 am

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Liberal state legalizes pot…Pot is taken off the controlled substance list federally…Pot is legal, taxed, marketed, served at convenience stores and coffee shops…suppliers are unionized labor…people that become addicted are going to sue the suppliers like they did cigarette suppliers…there will be a movement to legalize cocaine next… cocaine gets legalized and so does child porn…then a movement spurs for the legalization of opium because it is medicine…eventually all drugs are legal and the nation of addicts begin to rob each others houses to buy more drugs…
So how does the crime rate go down with legalizing narcotics?
Stupid addicts are going to do way more illegal shit to get the drugs. Drugs ruin people lives because the majority of people are not disciplined enough or responsible enough to behave appropriately with drugs. Hell just look at bath salts.

RobertW November 20, 2012 at 8:34 am

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weed is re-legalized, and people can/will grow it on their own, and/or for others and the feds and corps can keep their sorry hands off of it.

oh, except the fed already has a patent on pot.

flashingscotsman November 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

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Well, of course, child porn goes hand in hand with drug legalization, doesn’t it? You’re getting desperate with your arguments.

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm

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slippery slope. values.

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 6:37 pm

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Why not throw caution to the wind, right , start legalizing everything: Let kids take guns to school, Kids don’t have to be 18 to be in porn, trafficking of persons, manslaughter, doping in sports, stealing, Don’t need a license to drive, anybody go into a bar or stripclub and drink at any age.

flashingscotsman November 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm

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I’m looking for where I suggested any of those things. I can’t find it.

Sidekick November 21, 2012 at 2:42 am

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Continuum fallacy.

RobertW November 21, 2012 at 11:02 am

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Kick:
I had to look that up also. I understand the words, and, I think, the concept, I’m having difficulty knowing which statement you’re applying that towards. On the other hand, if it’s to the entire conversation, then i’ll just sit in the corner over here and braid my toe-hairs whilst drooling.

btw, you’re really smart, and i’m not being sarcastic.

p.s. SHOWOFF.

flashingscotsman November 22, 2012 at 10:26 am

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You braid your toe hairs too? I knew we had a lot in common.

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 6:47 pm

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How Does Marijuana Affect the Brain?

Scientists have learned a great deal about how THC acts in the brain to produce its many effects. When someone smokes marijuana, THC rapidly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream, which carries the chemical to the brain and other organs throughout the body.

THC acts upon specific sites in the brain, called cannabinoid receptors, kicking off a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the “high” that users experience when they smoke marijuana. Some brain areas have many cannabinoid receptors; others have few or none. The highest density of cannabinoid receptors are found in parts of the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentrating, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement.1

Not surprisingly, marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory. Research has shown that, in chronic users, marijuana’s adverse impact on learning and memory can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off.2 As a result, someone who smokes marijuana every day may be functioning at a suboptimal intellectual level all of the time.

Research into the effects of long-term cannabis use on the structure of the brain has yielded inconsistent results. It may be that the effects are too subtle for reliable detection by current techniques. A similar challenge arises in studies of the effects of chronic marijuana use on brain function. Brain imaging studies in chronic users tend to show some consistent alterations, but their connection to impaired cognitive functioning is far from clear. This uncertainty may stem from confounding factors such as other drug use, residual drug effects, or withdrawal symptoms in long-term chronic users.

RobertW November 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm

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THC acts upon specific sites in the brain, called cannabinoid receptors,

Why did God create the human brain with cannabinoid receptors if he didn’t want cannabinoids to be received?

Gen. 1:29.
Again, the only reason pot is illegal today is because Anslinger lied to congress, and had backing from billy hearst, grampa of patty, remember her? and dupont, ancestor of the murderer John Dupont.

poppajoe49 November 20, 2012 at 8:07 pm

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Research has shown that, in chronic users, marijuana’s adverse impact on learning and memory can last for days or weeks after the acute effects of the drug wear off.2 As a result, someone who smokes marijuana every day may be functioning at a suboptimal intellectual level all of the time.

WOW!, I started smoking pot in my freshman year of High School, and never missed a day through graduation.
I graduated in the top 10% of my class.
Makes me wonder if I could have been class valedictorian had I not smoked.
BTW, I haven’t smoked in about 33 years.

flashingscotsman November 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm

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Of course, alcohol cause no known long term symptoms, right?

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 11:04 pm
Sidekick November 20, 2012 at 10:07 am

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There is no reason to expect drug (ab)use to increase long-term with the repeal of federal drug laws. The alcohol experiment is all the proof we need. No pun intended.

drb November 20, 2012 at 10:11 am

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They will just do it out in the open rather than trying to hid it (from some) like they do now.

RobertW November 20, 2012 at 10:14 am

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frankly, i’d rather see someone tokin’ in public than playing tonsil-hockey or grab behiney.

Sidekick November 20, 2012 at 10:46 am

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You can’t even drink a beer on the street in most places. I don’t think a thing would change other than the gangs go out of business or find a new market, druggies will continue to be druggies, dope gets cheaper, revenues to the government increase and those that don’t use won’t. Why would they if they haven’t already?

drb November 20, 2012 at 10:58 am

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I’m not disagreeing with you, Kick.

Sidekick November 20, 2012 at 11:55 am

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I know. Didn’t mean to leave you with that impression.

drb November 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm

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Ok, just makin’ sure.

flashingscotsman November 20, 2012 at 9:40 pm

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Less crime committed to pay for the artificially expensive drugs,………

Less money wasted on trying to enforce laws that aren’t changing the amount of use,…….

More jail space available for REAL criminals, the kind that commit crime with victims,……..

poppajoe49 November 21, 2012 at 6:38 am

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Stop it Flash, you’re making sense!

flashingscotsman November 21, 2012 at 10:03 am

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I’m sorry, it just happens sometimes. I’m not TRYING to make sense.

I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 7:48 am
I'm With STUPID November 20, 2012 at 7:49 am
flashingscotsman November 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

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You keep forgetting, I don’t care if someone screws up their own life. I also don’t support paying to help them deal with their screwed up life. I’m a Libertarian. If somebody is that stupid, let Darwin have him.

sifi November 20, 2012 at 10:50 am

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What about the harm to productivity? Substance abuse on the job is bad now. Legal drug use will be another nail in the coffin of Americas greatness.

RobertW November 20, 2012 at 11:12 am

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Substance abuse on the job is bad now.

specifically the House and Senate after the 3 martini lunches…

just sayin’

Karmaa November 20, 2012 at 8:46 pm

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So – you deal with the individuals. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean you can do it at work. Just like drinking. Do it at work, get fired. Do so much at night that you are non-productive the next day? Get fired.

No one is saying that it should be a free-for-all drug orgy. We have too pick our battles, and this one is not only a losing battle – it can never be won. So, instead of trying to fight it, we should try to MANAGE it. Which will also free up resources to fight the things we need to fight like violence.

flashingscotsman November 20, 2012 at 9:42 pm

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Besides, everyone that wants to use it is already using it.

RobertW November 20, 2012 at 10:45 pm

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and what is more:
http://www.gallup.com/poll/150149/Record-High-Americans-Favor-Legalizing-Marijuana.aspx

of course we know that polls are skewed by various factors, and even the results are further skewed, so how about a national referendum? idk, but i’d hazard a guess that it’s because the fed wants to keep maintain power over the citizens.

sifi November 21, 2012 at 9:50 am

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I just hope they slap a huge sin tax on the stuff, like alcohol and tobacco. All taxes collected should go toward treatment of abuse.

flashingscotsman November 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

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I believe it should be taxed, but I see no reason to waste that money on people who abuse it.

sifi November 21, 2012 at 10:47 am

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If you tell them it’s OK to play with fire, you should be responsible for those that get burnt.

RobertW November 21, 2012 at 11:38 am

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well sifi, first that whole sin tax maybe a good idea, but it ought to be revisited and better defined.
for instance, Gen. 1:29 indicates weed is ok, also coca leaves, but i draw the line at cocaine, as it is processed, and not at all the way it has been utilized amongst the general populace in areas where it has historically grown naturally. of course the shamans and other types of diviners, sorcerers, witches process it into something more powerful than it was meant to be.
beer was a staple in early civilizations, a liquid staff of life as it were, not to be confused with distilled beverages.
but then one would have to define what sin is, and not rely on the modern usage which is just silly in what it includes as well as excludes.

sifi November 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm

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1 Peter 5:8
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

Proverbs 23:21
For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags.

1 Corinthians 6:12
“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.

RobertW November 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm

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i’m not proposing over-indulgence by any means.
and weed isn’t addictive.
nor does it induce anything like drunkenness.

Alien November 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

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legalization takes away the biggest gateway out there: your dealer

sifi November 21, 2012 at 2:08 pm

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Weed may not induce anything like drunkenness, but definitely slumber.

RobertW November 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm

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oh ooh, Sifi, don’t tell me you’re railing against turkey dinner now.

;)

sifi November 21, 2012 at 2:56 pm

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I think the drowsiness after Thanksgiving dinner has more to do with the amount of food eaten than the amount of tryptophan in the turkey. Anyhow, have a great Thanksgiving.

flashingscotsman November 22, 2012 at 10:31 am

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“If you tell them it’s OK to play with fire, you should be responsible for those that get burnt.”

I never said anything about telling anyone it is ok to use drugs.

I’ve never understood how someone with any intelligence would decide to try smoking crack, for instance. Do they look around at all their crackhead friends, and think, “Hey, it’s done wonderful things for them, why not for me?”

No, if you’re that stupid, you deserve NOTHING.

6 November 2012 November 21, 2012 at 11:53 am

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There is a logic behind the drug stance, legalize cocaine, LSD, meth and heroine = Obama looses 30-50 millions voters in the next 3 years.

jcrowley1985 November 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

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Not so silent November 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

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F*ck yourself Creepy Crowley.. your just too stupid for words…and while your at it F*ck Ron Paul, he is finished, washed up, kaput…a never was and a never will be like you. I think I hear your Cheetos calling your name….”Johnny eat me”……

ooddballz November 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

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Speaking of dope(s), this is your brain….and THIS is your brain on Ron Paul ^…any questions?

jcrowley1985 November 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm

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RobertW November 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

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turdz

flashingscotsman November 22, 2012 at 10:33 am

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TD,……….MO.

6 November 2012 November 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm

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Are you certain he is up to the task?

Someone like Abe Lincoln or Andrew Jackson, that is the kind of leader that is needed!

I'm With STUPID November 23, 2012 at 6:27 am

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poppajoe49 November 23, 2012 at 7:05 am

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It’s his gay man crush.

ooddballz November 23, 2012 at 7:11 am

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He has an inflatable Ron Paul love doll, guess where he has to blow to inflate it.

I understand he inflates it 3 or 4 times a week just for fun.

poppajoe49 November 23, 2012 at 7:22 am

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Analysis gold! ^^^^

GhostntheMachine November 23, 2012 at 12:50 pm
6 November 2012 November 21, 2012 at 2:12 pm

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“We have tipped the 50 percent mark and will now pay the price of our greed.”

That is NOT correct, FRAUD won these elections, not the vox populis. Not that I pretend the majority of voters is guiltless in the big picture, that would just be plain retarded but at least, they didn´t build that one, while you, mr Dwight, SHOULD know this election was a shame.

“What we have just witnessed is the end of the United States of America as we knew it…
We will no longer be a manufacturing country. We will be nothing more than a consumer nation that will leach off of the rest of the world.”

Cryogenically frozen before the 1992 elections, much? Will no longer, do I read that right? Past that point for years.
I occupy on the defeatism, thou, a new Union can rise out of the decaying ruines of the old one, if there is the will to make that happen and that will might just come, alright!

I don´t think the libtards gets to win, their ivory towers seems strong now but the rings have already started melting, I suspect.
I don´t think the Obamaphone sow and her fellow parasites gets to either, sure they breed like crazy but again, not through their own work, it is because they where baited, bred like animals. Even pond scum would be better when you want to fuel a war machine.

flashingscotsman November 22, 2012 at 10:34 am

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Actually, they had to get close before fraud would win the election. The population IS being dumbed down, turning into a nation of “gimme.”

I'm With STUPID November 23, 2012 at 6:46 am

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Making comments on blogs and sites like this tends to bring out the animal instincts. Making a comment is like defecating in the woods. Next day like a wild animal you go back to see if there was any territorial pissing on it. Then if it was marked by another animal it is your instinct to lay some fresh waste upon it and let all the other wild animals know you are still in the area.

Hey there Little Red Riding Hood
You sure are looking good
You’re everything a big bad wolf could want
Listen to me
Little Red Riding Hood
I don’t think little big girls should
Go walking in these spooky old woods alone
Owoooooooo

flashingscotsman November 23, 2012 at 11:15 am

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I see it as part of the conversation.

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