13 Oct 2009

Dump PayPal over anti-First Amendment policies

PayPal has decided that a listing of doctors who legally recommend cannabis as medicine in California makes California NORML unworthy of PayPal’s online transaction services.  NORML says that as a protector of free speech, PayPal is no longer worthy of your dollars! Recently, PayPal froze the accounts of California NORML

05 Oct 2009

Man dies from police taser after fleeing from arrest on marijuana warrant

(Miami Herald) BRADENTON, Fla. —  Authorities say a Bradenton man died after being stunned by a Taser as he attempted to flee arrest. Police say an officer tried to pull over 38-year-old Derrick Humbert in a residential area just after midnight Monday, but Humbert jumped out of his vehicle and

04 Aug 2009

Silverton Mayor Stu Rasmussen censured by city council, 4-3, over miniskirt

My local news just reported that America’s first openly transgender mayor, Stu Rasmussen, has been censured in a 4-3 vote of the Silverton, Oregon, city council (Rasmussen gets a vote) for wearing an inappropriately short miniskirt while acting as mayor at a children’s event.  The council meeting was packed with

18 Jul 2009

New Atheists, Enlightened Religionists, and Fundamentalism

A friend of mine picked up for me a book entitled “The Reason for God”, a tome authored by a religious man, to answer the popularity of books by so-called “New Atheists” like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens, and the movie Religulous and other commentary by Bill Maher.

08 Jul 2009

Dan Savage addresses the gay rights / drug rights comparison

In a recent column, columnist Dan Savage took aim at a comparison I have often made (just this week, in fact) about the similarities and differences in the fight for gay civil rights and the end of the drug war.  I’ve always said it is an inexact comparison, but helpful

07 Jul 2009

“Potheads” borrow a page from the “gay agenda”

I often make a comparison between the gay rights movement and the cannabis legalization movement.  There are some parallels – the whole “coming out of the closet” concept, being criminalized for private consensual behavior, private support from pols who wouldn’t dare utter it publicly, for examples.  There are critical differences

02 Jul 2009

The Top Ten Ways You Know You’re A Christian Fundamentalist

(Top Ten Top Ten) 1 – You are a christian fundamentalist when you actually know a lot less than many atheists and agnostics do about the Bible, Christianity, and church history – but still call yourself a Christian. 2 – You define 0.01% as a “high success rate” when it

02 Jul 2009

God not only made Adam & Steve, he made Roy & Silo, Fido & Spot, Ms. Whiskers & Precious, and…

(SF Gate) Behold, the ongoing, increasingly startling research: homosexual and bisexual behavior, it turns out, is rampant in the animal kingdom. And by rampant, I mean proving to be damn near universal, commonplace across all species everywhere, existing for myriad reasons ranging from pure survival and procreative influence, right on

15 Jun 2009

The intersection of gay activism and medical marijuana

Most folks here in the coffee house know I work for NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws).  We “stoners” are usually known for being a fair-minded and tolerant group, as herb aficionados range from dark-skinned 75-year-old dreadlocked heterosexual Rastafarian men to white tie-dyed 20-something suburban lesbian Libertarians

02 Jun 2009

Christian Fundamentalist Terrorism and Princess Barbie Talibania

As I catch up on the news regarding the Christian Fundamentalist Terrorist* who assassinated George Tiller, I’m floored by the statements of the hate-spewing anti-abortion activists who are shocked – shocked d’ya hear? – about one of their own murdering an abortion provider. (Christian Broadcasting Network) Randall Terry’s remarks and