Daily Archives: December 18, 2011

Newt Gingrich Proposed the Death Penalty for Pot — Even Though He Admitted to Smoking It

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This is just one example of Newt Gingrich’s outrageous proposals.  This particular one is  from 1997…

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Newt Gingrich proposed the death penalty for marijuana in 1997, and yet he is one of the 100 million Americans who have smoked marijuana.

Over the weekend, struggling Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson reminded MSNBC viewers that GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich had once to called to punish some drug offenders with death.

“Newt Gingrich, in 1997, proposed the death penalty for marijuana — for possession of marijuana above a certain quantity of marijuana,” Johnson explained. “And yet, he is among 100 million Americans who’ve smoked marijuana.”

“I would love to have a discussion with him on the fact that he smoked pot, and under the wrong set of circumstance he proposed the death penalty for, potentially, something that he had committed. I have troubles with that,” he added.

Johnson, a former New Mexico governor who has advocated for marijuana legalization since 1999, is at least partially correct about Gingrich’s position.

As Speaker of the House, Gingrich introduced the “Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996.”

The bill would have required a “sentence of death for certain importations of significant quantities of controlled substances.” It would have applied to anyone convicted more than once of carrying 100 doses — or about two ounces  — or marijuana across the border. Defendants would have had a window of 18 months to file their one and only appeal.

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Mic Check! This is what democracy looks like! – Occupy Song for Occupy Wall St. & Occupy Boston

Caveat: I had my speakers on “3″ and the video was still very loud.

 

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Michelle Obama asked to Marine Corps Ball

This has got to be one for the history books.  Also, it’s not that the POTUS might say “no”, I doubt he’d do that because he ernestly cares about the troops and their morale.

I believe both the POTUS and FLOTUS will be hearing from their protocol liaisons to see if this is allowed.

Still,  it’s such an adorable story!

Politico

First lady Michelle Obama has a date, and it’s not with her husband, CNN reports:

20 year old Marine Lance Corporal Aaron Leeks from Frederick, Maryland has asked First Lady Michelle Obama to accompany him to the Marine Corps Ball next November. “With your husband’s permission of course,” said Leeks.

The first lady responded, “I’d love to” and brought an aide over to get his information. The first lady met Leeks at a Toys-for-Tots event at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling located in southeast Washington, DC.

White House press secretary Jay Carney was asked about the invitation in Friday’s briefing and responded, “If the president’s watching this, this may be the first he’s heard of it.”

Carney couldn’t confirm that FLOTUS will definitely attend but said, “The first lady’s commitment to military families is very strong indeed.  So I’m sure she was flattered by the invitation.”

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West Wing Week: 12/16/11 or “A Final March Toward Home”

Welcome home!  Welcome home!  Welcome home! ~ President Obama talking to troops at Fort Bragg last week.

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With America’s war in Iraq coming to an end, the President welcomed Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki to the White House and invited him to a wreath laying ceremony, then spoke to troops at Fort Bragg on ending the war responsibly and standing by those who fought for it. After nearly nine years of sacrifice, the tide of war is receding, and the troops are coming home.

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Politico’s: The week in one-liners: Perry, Romney, Axe

The top quotes in politics last week …

“I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses.” — GOP White House hopeful Rick Perrycomparing himself to a football star.

“Ten thousand bucks?” — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney extending a bet to Rick Perry during a debate.

“…He’s been consistent since he changed his mind.” — Former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell explaining why she likes Mitt Romney.

“All we need [is] a president who will step up and start to lead and quit acting like some scaredy cat hiding in some closet in the White House.” — Sen. Orrin Hatch expressing his frustration with President Obama.

“…We didn’t know how bad it was.” — President Barack Obama talking about the economic crisis.

“Barbara has joked that she is retiring every year since the Clinton Administration.” – An ABC spokesman, quoted by HuffPost, downplaying reports that Barbara Walters will retire next year.

“…I have been doing my homework ever since that difficulty.” — Former presidential candidateHerman Cain explaining why he can still be Secretary of Defense despite his Libya gaffe.

“The higher a monkey climbs on the pole the more you can see his butt.” — Obama campaign strategist David Axelrodquoted by Time, on what’s next for Newt Gingrich.

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