5 Powerful Americans Who Believe Marijuana Should be Legalized

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The legalization of marijuana (cannabis) is gaining steam and the push has some strong supporters. This comes as Weedmaps.com founder Justin Hartfield said he plans to legalize marijuana nationwide and become the Philip Morris of pot. Here are five powerful Americans who believe marijuana should be legalized in some fashion:

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President Barack Obama believes marijuana should be legalization

1.President Obama:  “Middle-class kids don’t get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do… We should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing. It’s important for [the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington] to go forward because it’s important for society not to have a situation in which a large portion of people have at one time or another broken the law and only a select few get punished.” - The New Yorker

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Former president Bill Clinton backs decriminalization of marijuana

2. Former president Bill Clinton:  “I think that most small amounts of marijuana have been decriminalized in some places, and should be. We really need a re-examination of our entire policy on imprisonment.” - Rolling Stone

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Federal court judge Richard Posner backs legalization of marijuana

3. Federal Court Judge Richard Posner on U.S. Court of Appeals for Seventh Circuit: “I think it really absurd to be criminalizing possession or use or distribution of marijuana. I can’t see any difference between that and cigarettes. But also I’m skeptical about the other drug laws … The notion of using the criminal law as the primary means of dealing with a problem of addiction, of misuse, of ingesting dangerous drugs, I don’t think that’s sensible at all. That is responsible for a high percentage of our prisoners. And these punishments are often very, very severe … It’s all very expensive, and it’s a waste of a lot of high quality legal minds, but it’s also a waste of people’s lives who could be as least moderately productive with having to spend year after year in prison. That is a serious problem.” - Lecture at Elmhurst College

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Grover Norquist backs legalization of marijuana

4. Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform:  “[Letting states legalize marijuana] would free federal law enforcement resources for the more urgent tasks of thwarting, apprehending, and prosecuting international terrorists or murderers … [A]s a matter of States’ rights, regulating marijuana and alcohol seem indistinguishable; and, alcohol policy has been entrusted to the States since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933.” - Letter to Congress

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo backs the legalization of marijuana

5. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo:  “[There are] roughly 50,000 arrests in New York City for marijuana possession [every year] … Of those 50,000 arrests, 82 percent are black and Hispanic … These arrests stigmatize, they criminalize, they create a permanent record. It’s not fair, it’s not right, it must end and it must end now … Stop stigmatizing these young people, making it harder to find a job, making it harder to get into school, making it harder to turn their lives around.” - 2013 State of the State Address

Freak-Out Over Dwyane Wade Baby Drama is Totally Misplaced

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Freak-Out Over Dwyane Wade Baby Drama Totally Misplaced (Credit: Instagram)

The Internet erupted Monday over revelations Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade fathered a child with another woman, identified as  30-year-old Aja Metoyer, TMZ reports.  I have one word for all the people criticizing the couple — mind your own business and stop living vicariously through these celebrities. This is a private matter between Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union. This is comparable to the Monica Lewinsky scandal — it was a matter to be dealt with by then-president Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary.

A source told E! News, Union, who starred in “Think Like a Man,” was upset about the baby news and distanced herself from Wade. Damn, you think? She’s a human being with feelings. No different from you or I. We get to deal with our drama in private, with no-one judging us. If she wants to marry him, that’s also her business.

Here’s a comment from a Facebook friend on the Dwyane Wade so-called baby drama:  “Dear Black People:  Please stop worrying about Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Evelyn Lozada and Chris Crawford and other celebrity relationships. These people do not know you exist and would not piss on you if you were on fire. While you are writing college theses on FB and other social media outlets on why they should or should not be together, they are somewhere eating lobster and shrimp, swilling Cristal while your ass is home miserable. Normally I do not post about the lives of celebrities but after looking through my news feeds, I had to say something.”

Um, enough said.  Mind your own business….

The baby, identified as Xavier Zechariah Wade, was born November 10, 2013. The baby was reportedly conceived while Dwyane Wade was “on a break” from his relationship with Union.

Okay, people, let it go. ‘Duck Dynasty‘ patriarch Phil Robertson was given a pass for homophobic and racist remarks, as well as his ugly comments about marrying 15 year old girls. The right wing is having a freak-out over Melissa Harris Perry and her guests, including comedian Dean Obeidallah and Pia Glenn, making Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson, Kieran Romney, the punchline of a joke last Sunday. Really people? Kids are off limits, no matter if you are a liberal or conservative. So, too, are Dwyane Wade’s kids. Shorter version — let it go.

John 8:7 –“Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at [him].”

Bill Clinton Special-Prosecutor Ken Starr Pleads for Leniency for Confessed Child Molester

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Bill Clinton Special-Prosecutor Ken Starr Pleads for Leniency for Confessed Child Molester (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Remember Ken Starr? The special prosecutor who was a thorn in former president Bill Clinton’s side? Well, Ken Starr pleaded with a Fairfax County judge to let a confessed child molester, Christopher Kloman, go free.

What’s Ken Starr up to these days? According to Virginia court documents, the famously pious former Clinton prosecutor recently pleaded with a Fairfax County judge to let a confessed child molester go free. Because he’s a family friend. … It was just one of dozens of letters sent by as many Washington, D.C., and New York City power players—including former ABC News anchor Charlie Gibson, a former aide to Laura Bush, a former GOP congressman, and a powerful partner at the insider law firm Akin Gump—who wrote in praise of Christopher Kloman, a 74-year-old retired Potomac School teacher who has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting several female students under the age of 14. Kloman received a 43-year prison sentence in October.

According to the Washington Post, Kloman “estimated that he molested girls ‘less than 10 times’” from 1966 to 1985, sometimes by luring them to a isolated location under the guise of helping them with homework. One victim, the paper reported in October, said Kloman invited her and a friend over to swim at his house after a seventh-grade field trip. [...] But once in the pool, Kloman pulled her onto his lap, pinned her arms behind her back and thrust against her, she testified. Sullivan said Kloman held her so tightly his arms were like “lobster claws.”

Another victim, Laura Gill, “testified that Kloman pinned her down and assaulted her in the basement of his home while his family was upstairs” when she was 14 years old. The rest of Kloman’s victims were the same age or younger. The youngest, who was 12 at the time Kloman molested her, sparked an investigation in 2011 when as an adult she discovered Kloman was substitute-teaching at her daughter’s Maryland grade school.

Bill Clinton: President Obama Should Honor Commitment, Let People Keep Insurance Plans

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Bill Clinton: President Obama Should Honor Commitment, Let People Keep Insurance Plans (Photo credit: Donkey Hotey)

Former President Bill Clinton on Obamacare: “I personally believe even if it takes a change in the law, the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let ‘em keep what they got,” Ozy reports.

Bill Clinton’s words will be twisted and distorted by the right wing. So, here’s the gist of what he talked about:

1. The country is better off with the Affordable Care Act than without it.

2. The enrollment website problems are not unlike enrollment issues during the Bush administration’s Medicare drug benefit rollout in 2006. Even though it was less complicated, it was considered a disaster – but in time, it was fixed.

3. People living in states with Republican governors who took advantage of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow them to opt out of the healthcare law’s Medicaid provision are going to experience a bizarre situation. Individuals with incomes between 133 and 400 percent of the poverty level can buy insurance at new, lower premiums, but working people with incomes under 133 percent of the poverty level will have no coverage. This will then stress hospital emergency rooms. Once this becomes evident, more and more states will flip their position and join the program.

4. “If you like what you’ve got, you can keep it.” This is a promise young people heard clearly, and it’s one President Obama needs to keep — even if it requires a change in the law.

This comes as Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., endorses House GOP’s ‘Keep Your Health Plan Act,’ saying:

Washington Post:  “When folks were first introduced to the Affordable Care Act, they were promised that they could keep their current plan if they liked it,” Barrow said.  “As it turns out, that’s not the case today.  … This bill is the most responsible, bipartisan approach to removing the insurance burdens many will face in 2014, and I’m proud to work with my colleagues to move it forward.”

You see, Bubba knows how to play the game of politics. It seems President Obama doesn’t. It doesn’t matter if the insurance companies are behind the cancellation of these so-called substandard plans. If people are happy with sh*tty coverage, let them keep them. Free country. The fact is President Obama has only two options. One he can apologize for the misinformation which will have a corrosive effect on his credibility or he can find a way to amend the law and still keep his promise in tact.

Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton Among 16 Recipients to Receive Medal of Freedom

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Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton Among 16 Recipients to Receive Medal of Freedom

President Obama will award the Medal of Freedom to 16 recipients including former president Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, astronaut Sally Ride and country music legend Loretta Lynn.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” Mr. Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world.”

Sally Ride, the first woman to enter space, and Sen. Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii), are among those who will be receiving the metal posthumously. Both died in 2012.

Mr. Bradlee, the former executive editor of the Washington Post who oversaw its Watergate coverage, was described by the White House as “one of the most respected newsmen of his generation.” Source: Wall Street Journal

 

Bill Clinton Refuses to Weigh in Directly on Anthony Weiner’s Sexting Scandal

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Bill Clinton Refuses to Weigh in Directly on Anthony Weiner’s Sexting Scandal

Former President Bill Clinton refused to weigh in directly on NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s woes, saying, “but there are literally five people in that race, including one of the Republican candidates Mr. (John) Catsimatidis, who are personal friends of ours.” Adding, “so, the feelings I have are all personal and since they are, I shouldn’t talk about them,” he added.

“We are a hundred miles from that race and everyone understands that we are not going to be involved, as long as our personal friends and people who we feel obligations are involved,” he told CNN’s Nima Elbagir.

Clinton was responding to a question about candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, and what advice the 42nd president might give them.

“Neither Hillary or I was ever involved in the political campaign, and they understood that from the beginning,” he said. “There are too many people running for mayor who have been my supporters, who supported her for senator, her for president.” Source:  CNN

National Enquirer Resurrects Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky Scandal with Secret Sex Tape

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National Enquirer Resurrects Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky Scandal with Secret Sex Tape

The Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky scandal has been resurrected, thanks to the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal.  Radar Online is reporting that a secret sex tape caught Monica Lewinsky telling Bill Clinton that she could take her clothes off. Of course, the right wing are doing cartwheels on this as a way of torpedoing Hillary Clinton’s possible presidential aspiration for 2016.

A sex tape that Monica Lewinsky recorded for Bill Clinton at the height of their scandalous affair has leaked, during which the former White House intern is heard planning a secret sexual rendezvous with the president and declaring she is “too cute and adorable” to be ignored.

On the audio tape obtained by The National Enquirer, Lewinsky at one point tries to seduce the commander in chief: “I could take my clothes off and start… well… I know you wouldn’t enjoy that? I hope to see you later and I hope you will follow my script and do what I want.”

Lewinsky, who turned 40 last week, made the three-minute, 47 second recording in November 1997 and addressed it to “handsome.”

Details of the sexually explicit tape are in the new issue of the Enquirer, which hits newsstands Thursday.

Anthony Weiner AKA Carlos Danger Told Online Mistress Clintons May Be ‘Embarrassed’ by ‘Secret Affair’

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Anthony Weiner Tells Online Mistress Bill and Hillary Clinton May Be ‘Embarrassed’ by ‘Secret Affair’ (New Yorker)

Anthony Weiner admitted to his online mistress Sydney Elaine Leathers that Bill and Hillary Clinton may be ‘embarrassed’ by their ‘secret affair,’ the Daily Mail reports. Funny he should say that since the Clintons are said to be “angry with efforts” by Weiner to “compare his Internet sexcapades and his wife Huma Abedin’s incredible forgiveness — to the Clintons’ notorious White House saga,” the New York Post reports.

Maureen Dowd: “Now, defining deviancy downward, Señor and Señora Danger are using the Clinton playbook. The difference is, there’s nothing in Weiner’s public life that is redeeming. In 12 years in Congress, he managed to get only one minor bill passed, on behalf of a donor, and he doesn’t work well with people. He knows how to be loud on cable and wave his Zorro sword in our faces.” “Some sex scandals, like Mark Sanford’s, fall into the realm of flawed human nature, and some, like Weiner’s, fall into the realm of ‘Seriously, what is wrong with you?’”

Rep. Tim Huelskamp: Trusting Obama with Border Security, Like Trusting Bill Clinton with Your Daughter

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Rep. Tim Huelskamp: Trusting Obama with Border Security, Like Trusting Bill Clinton with Your Daughter

Tweet of the Day: Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) tweets trusting President Obama with border security is like trusting Bill Clinton with your daughter.

Homeland Security Deputy Jane Holl Lute to Resign, Defends Internet Civilian Role

Jane Holl Lute, Department of Homeland Deputy Secretary, said she will resign shortly to pursue a role in international Internet affairs.

Lute said that she was leaving with the department on a strong footing in Internet matters, with its central role cemented by an executive order on cybersecurity issued by President Barack Obama in February.

The order directs the civilian Department of Homeland Security to steer improvements in protections for private industry, instead of giving the lead to the military’s National Security Agency.

The preeminence of Homeland Security in patrolling the Internet is a big change from when Lute arrived there.

“The national narrative on cyber has evolved,” she said. “It’s not a war zone, and we certainly cannot manage it as if were a war zone. We’re not going to manage it as if it were an intelligence program or one big law-enforcement operation.” Source