Closing Thought–08Dec20

Just last week the US House of Representatives made history by voting to decriminalize marijuana…..the fad has gone federal…….for many states have legalized or at least decriminalized weed.

Now the federal reps have stepped into the 21st century….and a cheer went up for their forward thinking….

Reflecting changing attitudes among Americans, the House voted Friday to decriminalize marijuana. The measure, approved with support from both parties on a 228-164 vote, also would expunge nonviolent convictions related to marijuana offenses, the New York Times reports. And the drug would no longer be covered by the Controlled Substances Act. It’s the first time either chamber of Congress has voted to decriminalize pot, and Politico sees it as a “monumental step in marijuana policy.” However, the measure isn’t expected to go anywhere in the Senate anytime soon. Still, approval gives lawmakers something to build on in the future. “What we’re doing here is … recognizing that there is a longtime war on civil rights that was instituted by the Nixon administration,” says Rep. Jerry Nadler, sponsor of the bill. “And we’re eliminating it.”

 
 

House Makes Landmark Move on Marijuana

Votes for first time to decriminalize, though it’s not going anywhere in the Senate
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2020 2:18 PM CST
 
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Marijuana grows at an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif., last year.   (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)
 
 

(Newser) – Reflecting changing attitudes among Americans, the House voted Friday to decriminalize marijuana. The measure, approved with support from both parties on a 228-164 vote, also would expunge nonviolent convictions related to marijuana offenses, the New York Times reports. And the drug would no longer be covered by the Controlled Substances Act. It’s the first time either chamber of Congress has voted to decriminalize pot, and Politico sees it as a “monumental step in marijuana policy.” However, the measure isn’t expected to go anywhere in the Senate anytime soon. Still, approval gives lawmakers something to build on in the future. “What we’re doing here is … recognizing that there is a longtime war on civil rights that was instituted by the Nixon administration,” says Rep. Jerry Nadler, sponsor of the bill. “And we’re eliminating it.”

Low-income communities of color have been hurt most by laws and policies intended to reduce the use of marijuana and other drugs, and the measure authorizes a 5% tax on marijuana that could be levied to help those communities and their small businesses, through grant programs. Rep. Jim McGovern says that when he’s asked what systemic racism is, he cites the drug laws. “People’s lives have been ruined—have been destroyed—by possessing just a small amount of cannabis.” Recreational cannabis now is legal in 15 states, and medical marijuana in 35. The ACLU found this year that though Black and white Americans use marijuana at about the same rates, Black people are four times as likely to be arrested for pot possession as white people.

Not so fast!

Sounds good coming from the House…but it will be a lead turd in the Senate…..

Analysis:  NOTHING HAS CHANGED!

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Should Trump Be Prosecuted?

Plus all his cronies in the government that allowed this country to slide into chaos and crisis.

My thought is damn straight arrest them and try them and send them to prison……I even wrote a post a few months ago to this subject…..https://lobotero.com/2020/09/22/arrest-the-lot-of-them/

This may be wishful thinking……why? I would take guts to hold these slugs responsible for their actions and there is just not enough guts in DC for this to happen.

I have an idea what is his worse crime against the American people and others have their thoughts….like this one…..;they claim his worse crime was his screwing of the Kurds in Syria……

It was the worst crime of Donald Trump’s years in the White House. In October 2019 he ordered US troops to stand aside, greenlighting Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria that led to the murder, rape and expulsion of its Kurdish inhabitants

Eighteen months earlier, Trump did nothing as the Turkish army occupied the Kurdish enclave of Afrin and replaced the population there with Syrian Arab jihadis.

It is, unfortunately, unlikely that Trump will ever stand trial but, if he does, then his complicity in the ethnic cleansing of the Syrian Kurds should top the charge sheet. This was an act of evil in itself and also the betrayal of an ally since American-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters had led the counter-attack against Isis, closing in on its last strongholds just as Turkey invaded Afrin.

Trump’s treachery provoked too little international outrage at the time but I am certain it was the direct cause of murders, kidnappings, disappearances and the expulsions of hundreds of thousands of people.

Trump’s Worst Crime Must Not be Forgotten

I do not know if I would consider it his worse crime….maybe to the Kurds in Northern Syria but not against the American people…..that would be his inaction as a pandemic is killing thousands of his countrymen and he lied his way through the election and convinced the low IQ voter that he is a messiah of some sort.

He is a CRIMINAL….and the worse kind of criminal.

Of course his mental deficient followers will think he is above the law….and they would not be alone with that thought…..

Some law professor thinks prosecuted Trump is a bad idea……

Should federal prosecutors go after President Trump when he’s out of office? A former member of Robert Mueller’s team thinks yes. But in a New York Times op-ed, law professor Eric Posner argues strongly against it. Trump’s critics cite allegations of obstruction of justice, the improper blurring of Trump’s finances with his presidency, and his dealings with Ukraine in regard to the Bidens. Good luck proving criminal charges on any of those things, writes Posner. “There is little evidence that Mr. Trump did commit crimes as president,” he writes. “A conviction, given what we know now, is all but impossible.” He likens the situation to Trump’s demands for investigations into Hillary Clinton, Biden, and Barack Obama, which have been “rightly condemned.” The push to prosecute Trump should be similarly condemned, he argues.

Take the obstruction charge, for example. “The president is the prosecutor’s boss, and while his authority is not limitless, there is no recognized legal standard for distinguishing ‘obstruction’ of a case by a president that is legitimate (like President Barack Obama’s refusal to allow investigations of George W. Bush-era torturers) from that which is illegal,” writes Posner. Pushing prosecution is a no-win situation for Democrats, he adds. Any such case would likely end up in a triumphant acquittal for Trump. And even if one did succeed, it would cement Trump’s status as a political martyr who became a target of the so-called deep state. “If the goal of a trial of Donald Trump is to renew American faith in government, the effect will be the opposite.” Read Posner’s full column.

I disagree!

There is enough proof of his lack of action and the endangerment of the American people….then sue the bastard and make his life as miserable as he has made life for most Americans.

Trump keeps trying to void an election because he did not win….that alone should be a prosecutable offense.

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Why Do You Dislike The SecDef Nominee So Much?

President-elect Joe Biden has designated Michele Flournoy as the new Secretary of Defense…..and I have not agree with his choice….my earlier thoughts…..https://lobotero.com/2020/11/19/will-michele-be-the-new-secdef/

I am a what use to be called a pecae-nik….I abhor war in all its forms…and Flournoy is the very best example of a warmonger….

“Flournoy was wrong about Iraq, as Biden has acknowledged he was. But she was then also wrong about Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, and Libya,” Ellsberg said in a statement released by RootsAction.org, part of a coalition of progressive advocacy groups pressuring the former vice president to pick a defense secretary committed to peace and without ties to the military-industrial complex.

“She is wrong right now in opposing the congressional ban on all arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and in planning to maintain Minuteman-type land-based ICBMs, the hair-trigger to the Doomsday Machine,” Ellsberg continued. “Her unquestioned intelligence and competence have long been in service to her serious interventionist misjudgments and to her own involvement in a revolving-door military-industrial complex.”

To the chagrin of progressives leading the charge against Flournoy, the former Pentagon official has gained the support of some prominent organizations, including the Ploughshares Fund and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Other anti-war groups have yet to speak out publicly about Flournoy, who is still considered the Biden team’s frontrunner for defense secretary.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/12/04/because-she-was-wrong-about-iraq-afghanistan-syria-yemen-and-libya-daniel-ellsberg

I guess if you have been interested enough to pay attention to the past then Flournoy is perfect fit with Biden….for he was for all our wars before he was against them.

If confirmed then we will continue our endless wars….putting our people in danger and wasting valuable time and money on unwinnable bullshit.

Flournoy like Biden decisions are made from politics not conviction….and that is what gets Americans killed for no damn reason other than to keep profits coming in.

Does that help explain why I dislike his choice for SecDef?

If not then you are thick!

Sadly all my work to show why she would not be the best choice was for naught…..Biden nominated another M-IC hardliner as SecDef…..

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate retired four-star Army general Lloyd J. Austin to be secretary of defense, according to four people familiar with the decision who spoke to the AP. If confirmed by the Senate, Austin would be the first Black leader of the Pentagon. Biden selected Austin over the longtime front-runner candidate, Michele Flournoy, a former senior Pentagon official and Biden supporter who would have been the first woman to serve as defense secretary. Biden also had considered Jeh Johnson, a former Pentagon general counsel and former secretary of homeland defense. Biden offered and Austin accepted the post on Sunday, according to a person familiar with the process. Three sources who spoke to Politico say a formal announcement could come as soon as Tuesday. Austin’s nomination, however, is already proving controversial.

As a career military officer, the 67-year-old Austin is likely to face opposition from some in Congress and in the defense establishment who believe in drawing a clear line between civilian and military leadership of the Pentagon. Although many previous defense secretaries have served briefly in the military, only two—George C. Marshall and James Mattis—have been career officers. Marshall also served as secretary of state. Like Mattis, Austin would need to obtain a congressional waiver to serve as defense secretary since he has not been retired for the necessary seven years. Congress intended civilian control of the military when it created the position of secretary of defense in 1947 and prohibited a recently retired military officer from holding the position. Austin is a 1975 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and served 41 years in uniform. He retired from the Army in 2016.

If you cannot get a bureaucratic warmonger then you go to the M-IC and the revolving door of retired generals for your pick.

No change here…..just do the favor for your high dollar donors.

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