Weekly Pulse: Are We There Yet?

By Lindsay Beyerstein, TMC MediaWire blogger.

This week in healthcare, the Pulse adopts what doctors call a "watchful waiting stance." So much is happening, yet so little has actually happened.

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Stunning diary on redstate rec-list

It's been a rather busy time recently, with the auto companies, Blago, and Minnesota, but something else has happened, something truly shocking.  Some of us occasionally check out what the opposition is saying, but I personally limit myself to redstate (I checked what freerepublic was saying on November 4th and my eyes started to bleed, my bowels failed, and I woke up 2 days later in a puddle of my own vomit.  Lesson learned).  But on redstate, occasionally seemingly rational discussion seems to occur.  Today, something truly rational hit their rec list:

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BREAKING: John McCain campaign pledges to legalize marijuana!

John McCain has prided himself time and again on his, "straight talk," and his no-nonsense attitude when answering questions and delivering policy. In fact, one of his largest complaints about Barack Obama is Barack's tendency to make opaque and unclear generalizations regarding his plans for the country:
To encourage a country with only rhetoric rather than sound and proven ideas that trust in the strength and courage of free people is not a promise of hope. It is a platitude.
His unwavering commitment to specificity is precisely why his latest campaign produced web advertisement is so strikingly bold in it's content:

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Bill Clinton a Reluctant Drug Warrior ?

On Sep 6, 1989 Rep. Don Edwards, D-CA said that if then President George H. W. Bush's proposals for punishing drug users and expanding drug testing in the work place were passed into law then  ``American would become a police state.``

Well it passed almost unanimously I might add and Edwards proved to be a visionary because we do indeed live in a Police State. In fact it's far worse today than what the first President Bush pushed through 17 years ago. Due to the hysterical climate created by the Reagan-Bush drug war CA Rep. Edwards was one of the very few voices of reason left in Congress at the time.

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Racist Right Wing Censorship in the failed War on Drugs

A few days ago I posted a diary about how the failed War on Drugs was initially created just to target minorities for persecution. Today's topic reveals even further evidence that the failed War on Drugs has an undeniable racist agenda. In 1948 the National Film Board of Canada with the aid of drug experts from the Royal Mounted Police produced Drug Addict which was a 34 Minute long Documentary intended to help train Canadian law enforcement and medical professionals about drug addiction. This educational film was banned by the US Government in fact that Unconstitutional Censorship of this Canadian Documentary remains in effect even to this day nearly 60 years later.

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