So says the Editorial Board of the New York Times. They’re referring to the prohibition of marijuana.
Before I go any further, let me say that I agree that we ought to decriminalize dope. However, my reasons are not exactly the same as the NYT’s. Oh, I agree that we need to end prohibition of marijuana (and most other recreational drugs) in order to cut off a cash cow for criminals. But another reason is that prohibition (of drugs or booze or handguns or whatever) was one of the signal achievements of early 20th-century Progressivism. Fortunately (or unfortunately), the crime and violence associated with alcohol prohibition brought Americans to their senses in only 13 years.
A hundred years ago,
our betters the Progressives sold the country on the idea that because some people couldn’t responsibly handle booze and drugs, that none of us should have access to them. If we just let the smarter, wiser, better educated, more refined elites control us, everything will be just fine.
Yeah, that hasn’t worked for me either.
Exit question: How many members of the NYT Editorial Board smoke dope?
Celina Durgan reports at NRO that the Secular Coalition of America is asking folks to knit bricks to show their outrage over the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. The knitwits at the SCA want to send hundreds yarn bricks to the Court to express concern for the “wall of separation” between church and state being breached.
If the knitwits had ever read Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists (the source of the phrase), they would know that he intended it to mean that the government should keep its nose out of the business of religion and not the other way around. I doubt that Jefferson would approve of a law or regulation that mandates that one must violate his conscience.
Thomas Frank writes at Salon, calling Barack Obama “an ineffective and gutless” president.
Perhaps there will be an architectural solution for this problem. For example, the Obama museum’s designers could make the exhibit on the movement into a kind of blind alley that physically reminds visitors of the basic doctrine of the Democratic Party’s leadership faction: that liberals have nowhere else to go.
Read the whole thing.
There’s an old Army Reserve building here in Westminster that hasn’t been in use for around 20 years. It’s been under consideration as a place to house some of the flood of illegal immigrant kids from Central America. Politico has a story about our governor’s reaction that includes this:
But before they hung up, O’Malley told Muñoz not to send any of the children to the facility in Westminster, Md., that the White House was looking at. It’s a conservative part of the state, he warned. The children were at risk of getting harassed, or worse, he said.
Yes, Carroll County is probably the most conservative area in the state. After all, Alan Keyes and Michael Steele carried the county by huge margins when they ran for Senate. We didn’t vote for the white liberals who won. <sarc>So it’s obvious that we must be redneck haters.</sarc>
The actual reaction in the county has been mixed. Almost everyone thinks using the old armory is a bad idea. The building is not properly configured for that purpose, and the cost of modification could be quite high. However, as soon as the news of the possible use of the Army Reserve facility broke, local groups, such as churches, began looking for ways to provide services to the children while they might be here. We’re mostly conservatives around here, but that does not prevent us from caring for those in need.
I guess that makes us compassionate conservatives. Maybe we should put a gun rack in Mrs. Hoge’s Volvo.
Is progressivism a genetic disorder?
While I was researching cases to cite as authorities in a motion to dismiss that I’ve been writing this weekend, I found a useful case that lists Eric Holder as one of the parties. It turns out be a case where he came out ahead.
The Attorney General has taken a real drubbing in the Supreme Court. In a piece in the NY Post John Fund and Hans A. von Spakovsky point out that if Holder were a baseball player, he’d have been benched or cut from the team a long time ago. Holder not only loses cases in the Supreme Court, but he’s lost many 9-0.
Holder and Obama have argued that we as Americans don’t have the right to free speech, the right to privacy, the right to due process or the freedom of religion.
Thankfully, the Supreme Court has become the last defense for those who still believe in those rights.
Read the whole thing.
Campus Reform reports that Michigan’s new state minimum wage will pressure state universities to hire fewer students or cut their work hours.
The Gentle Readers who have been following the progress of the Kimberlin v. The Universe, et al. RICO Madness will remember that a big chunk of The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin’s allegations rest on his claim that the National Bloggers Club never applied for recognition of its 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. Given the fact of NBC now being listed by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) entity, one can safely assume that such an application was made.
Indeed, it was. In 2012.
The Gentle Reader may also recall that back in 2012/2013 some organizations experienced unusual delays with the processing of their 501(c)(3) paperwork. NBC’s took almost two years to get through.
So as I spend a bit of this holiday weekend working on court papers for the RICO Madness, I’m pleased to learn that there are some IRS lawyers who may also be spending time prepping for court cases related to 501(c)(3). Stephen F. Hayes reports:
On July 10, IRS lawyers will appear in federal district court to explain why they never reported the emails missing in the context of a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch. And the following day, the IRS legal team is expected to try to block outside access to the evidence that Lois Lerner’s computer crashed—if such evidence exists.
It’s not the crime that gets you … it’s the cover up.
UPDATE—Nixon only lost 18 minutes worth of data.
… says a new Quinnipiac University poll. Herbert Hoover and James Buchanan were unavailable for comment.
There’s a bit over in The Corner about the President joking that he would issue an executive order requiring boys to play fair with the girls at recess. The scary part is that he might have the authority to do so under Title IX.
Folks who used to complain about Jimmy Carter being a micromanager should remember that some of us forecast Carter II as the best case scenario for the Obama Administration.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that recess appointments made by the President when Congress is not actually in recess are unconstitutional. That seems obvious enough, so one wonders where the President was getting his legal advice.
… just wait till it’s for free.
Forbes report that Obamacare has raised the cost of individual market premiums an average of 49%.
Bret Stephens discusses the fruits of Obama’s foreign policy over at WSJ.
Yet when it comes to leadership, we have our very own Clement Attlee at the top, eager to subtract the burdens of international responsibility so he can get on with the only thing that really animates him, which is building social democracy at home. Actually, that’s unfair to Attlee, who could count on a powerful ally to pick up England’s dropped reins, rescue Europe, stop the Soviets. Mr. Obama’s method is to ignore a crisis for as long as possible, give a speech, impose a sanction, and switch the subject to climate change or income inequality.
Read the whole thing.
The nation’s in the best of hands …Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were unavailable for comment..
So said a former Speaker of the House, and so learned a man who wished to have that job. My codefendant Erick Erickson explains here.
Wow! I go out for a haircut, dinner, and some shopping, and when I get home, the House Majority Leader is looking for a new job. Eric Cantor lost in the Republican primary tonight.
Smitty has coverage from Virginia.
UPDATE—Hold it! Didn’t John McCain just say that the Republicans would be toast if they didn’t get behind immigration reform? NRO opines on that here.
The Pew Research Center for People & the Press reports: Public Has Doubts about Bergdahl Prisoner Exchange.
There are those maintained that the Obama Administration would be Carter redux. There are those of us who maintained that would be a best-case scenario.
Ann Althouse reminds us of an important similarity to another president.
UPDATE—Victor Davis Hanson wonders if our future is 1979.
UPDATE—As I’ve noted before, increasing the minimum wage effectively outlaws jobs for workers whose skills are of marginal value.