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March 27, 2010

CA Marijuana Legalization Initiative to Qualify for Ballot Today

Stephen Gutwillig: CA Marijuana Legalization Initiative to Qualify for Ballot Today
Today, an initiative that would legalize personal marijuana possession and allow regulated sales of marijuana to adults will qualify for California's November general election ballot. A win at the ballot would be a first of its kind in U.S. history. This is a remarkable moment in the struggle to change our decades-old marijuana policies.

March 25, 2010

I Feel Like I Finally Understand the Purpose of Star Trek: The Next Generation

(Yet another dispatch from our dear Mojo, reporting via cellphone...

Come Sleep in My Manger! Just $15 per Night, Breakfast Included!!!

(Our dear Mojo is currently mostly offline, as he celebrates...

March 24, 2010

Behind the scenes at the last little florist in Detroit

detroitblog -- Petal pushers Heartbreaking, of course. Please read the whole thing.
“This was the worst Christmas we’ve ever had,” Szymanski says, thinking back to last year. Poinsettias used to carry the season. “We had this one lady that ordered for a church, she’d order 15 plants or 20 plants for church at $10 a crack. She couldn’t afford them this year. She called and said she was sorry. She’s 90-something years old and said ‘I just can’t do it no more.’” She was so loyal that, instead of simply not showing up anymore, she felt she had to call and explain. At these old-time neighborhood stores, when a customer breaks their buying routine, it’s noticed. Lately, she’s not the only one making that phone call to them. Across the street, a pile of cinders and charred wood that used to be another building housing small businesses rots in the sun. Szymanski says he sat with neighbors at the picnic table under the tree next to the store and watched it burn down one evening last year. “There was a cleaners across the street, there was a doctor, a dentist, all this stuff, and now they’re all gone. They moved out, stores got empty, then they started burning them down. And that’s like anywhere in Detroit.” That’s how old stores go away here, he says. Szymanski figures the same will happen when he and Turza retire. Sometimes, the ending for a place like his isn’t a happy one. “We’ll close it down and they’ll probably burn it down,” he says, resigned. “In this neighborhood, who knows? Or it’ll be an empty building. Just another one to join all the others that are around.”

March 23, 2010

Judge rules against lesbian teen in prom flap

The Associated Press: Judge rules against lesbian teen in prom flap
ABERDEEN, Miss. — A federal judge says he won't force a Mississippi school district to hold a prom canceled after a lesbian student asked to bring her girlfriend. The American Civil Liberties Union sued in U.S. District Court to force the Itawamba County school district to sponsor the prom and allow Constance McMillen to escort her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.

Yes, Joe, This Is a Big Fucking Deal

Yes, Joe, This Is a Big F-ing Deal | Blog | John Wellington Ennis
At least when Joe Biden lets his thoughts slip, it is usually both accurate and often amusing, however impolitic. Here, upon introducing President Obama and lauding Obama’s tireless work in passing the most monumental social policy in 40 years, the Vice President reinforces his role as Washington D.C.’s Kanye.