October 19th, 2009

Me at Birch

A Step Toward A Sensible Drug Policy.

I posted this to facebook, but I wanted to share this here as well:

Feds to issue new medical marijuana policy

WASHINGTON – Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department.

Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, federal prosecutors are being told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law...

Read the full article

It's not a total victory, to be sure, but it's a big wonkin' step in the right direction.
Me at Birch

And a question that's been in my brain lately:

Is the term "Indian Summer" racist?

The above link seems to give two theories regarding the origin of the term:
1. The word "Indian" refers to India. Specifically, "Indian Summer" occurs in the late fall because that's when summer occurs in India.

2. The word "Indian" refers to Native Americans. Specifically, the word "Indian" is used as a slur to mean "false," as in the term "Indian Giver."

Thoughts?
Me at Birch

Lifted from sabotabbby

Lyrics Challenge: The Depressing Edition

sabotabby sez: Ten most depressing songs. Post your own ten here or in your own LJ.

I wasn't intending to do this meme, but then I heard song #1 on the radio on the way home from work, and I cried for the whole rest of the drive.

1. "You will never love me and this I can't forgive"

2. "I never thought you would, I never knew you could, But now you're gone and I don't think I care"

3. "Did I tell you how I stopped eating when you stopped calling me?"

4. "You will see that what's wrong with me is wrong with everyone that you wanna play your little games on"

5. "Nobody's on my side, nobody seems to see how much, how deep, how far these things can be"

6. "Some of us hover when we weep for the other who was dying since the day they were born."

7. "I'm singing now because my tear ducts are too tired"

8. "And her hair spilled out like root beer and she popped her gum and arched her back"

9. "My cat died and I quickly poured myself some gin, did she die from old age or was it for my sins?"

10. "Now I practice the art of forgetting..."


ETA:
Since I've broken the rules by using multiple songs by the same artist:

11. "Who am I, what and why? ‘Cause all I have left is my memories of yesterday"

12. "You wonder if this heart of mine will lose its desire for you"