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Out of the Blue

Happy Groundhog Day, as today marks the convergence of two of the Blue Tower's favorite occasions, with it also being Super Bowl Sunday. Word is our local Staten Island Chuck and nearby Punxsutawaney Phil each saw their shadows, scientific proof we should expect six more weeks of wintery weather, though Shipoke Sheena contradictorily says to expect an early spring, and she's not phar phrom Phil, if you'll phorgive the phorced alliteration. I hope she turns out to be right, because the six or so weeks of winter we've gotten so far around these parts have been pretty rough, and some warmth and sunshine will be welcome. Speaking of welcome, yes, the Super Bowl is tonight, and I certainly am looking forward to that, as always. This year's game holds a lot of promise, too, as it embodies so many classic conflicts: The AFC's one seed versus the one seed from the NFC, offense versus defense, the old QB versus the kid, the run versus the pass, good versus evil, orange orange versus lime green ... this one has it all.

R.I.P.: Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83.

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39. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 3, 2014, 00:26 jacobvandy
 
Beamer wrote on Feb 2, 2014, 17:38:
Prez wrote on Feb 2, 2014, 17:12:
xXBatmanXx wrote on Feb 2, 2014, 15:53:

Drug od at 46? Hows that legal argument now?

So if someone commits suicide with a gun should those be illegal too? I am extremely libertarian when it comes to individual rights, so yes, I absolutely think drugs should be legal.

All drugs?
Meth and PCP?

Why not? If people want to ravage themselves with chemicals, let them be idiots and die terrible deaths. Legalization solves a lot more problems than maybe keeping a few weak-minded individuals away from trying and/or abusing those drugs is worth. The least of which is the huge networks of underground crime that are causing most drug-related violence. Unfortunately, there's more money to be made in taking bribes (including crooked lobbyists on criminal payroll insisting drugs stay illegal) and running private prisons than there is to start selling name-brand meth at Walgreens... So it's not gonna happen.

Totally different situation than marijuana (huge market for that and not very profitable in the smaller amounts achievable in secret), which is why you're seeing this domino effect of legalization all across the country. The powers that be are starting to see that it's more worthwhile to legitimize the weed market than it is to keep jailing people for no reason and seizing the occasional duffle bag of cash from underground operations -- it's only a coincidence that in this case, personal liberty is aligned with the best interests of corporate and bureaucratic greed.

Legalizing narcotics does not mean you suddenly stop policing people's behavior, either. It is still illegal to drive under the influence, or go batshit insane on angel dust and attack someone. These things already happen regardless of the drug being illegal, because people are stupid and do stupid things. It is not the government's job to try to prevent that.
 
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