Four Debates on Marijuana Legalization

When I look at the most articulate representatives of both sides, it is plain that all the really powerful arguments are in the hands of those who endorse legalizing cannabis. Prohibition has failed: on November 2, please vote YES on proposition 19.

Dale Skye Jones, Yes on 19 vs. Roger Salazar, No on 19

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Watch this video for an informed response on the issue of intoxicated driving under Proposition 19.

Representative Steve Cohen (D) Tennessee vs. FBI Director Robert Mueller

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Jeffery Myron, Sr. Economics Lecturer at Harvard vs. John Walters, former Drug Czar under George W. Bush.

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Rob Kampia, Exec. Director of the Marijuana Policy Project vs. Asa Hutchinson, former head of the DEA

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HabiTimer Now Available!

HabiTimer for iPhone and iPod TouchI’m pleased to announce that my fourth iPhone app— HabiTimer for iPhone and iPod Touch is now available for download from the app store! HabiTimer won the “Best User Interface” award at iOSDevCamp 2010, and I’m looking forward to seeing how people use it. It’s free for now, so if you’ve got an iDevice, give it a whirl, and let me know what you think.

Don’t forget to rate and/or review HabiTimer in the App Store, and tell your friends!

Update: HabiTimer 1.1 is out, including musical per-alarm sounds! Now only $0.99.

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Harold Camping: May 21, 2011 is the End of the World

…or he’s just another false prophet like the others I’ve reported on here— which is how I’m laying the odds.

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For a man convinced the world is going to end in less than a year, Harold Camping was in a delightful mood.

I visited with Camping at his Oakland office two weeks ago, shortly after he’d returned from a business trip to prepare for his ministry’s last year on earth.

“There’s so much work to do,” Camping told me with some enthusiasm as he sat down. “And not a lot of time left to do it!”

As readers may already know, Harold Camping gained notoriety a few years ago when he announced he’d cracked a code within the Bible that revealed the date for Christ’s return: May 21, 2011.

Camping oversees Family Radio and his daily recorded sermons are translated into 54 languages, then beamed across the globe via short wave radio.(For some pics of his gospel’s reach into Ghana, Nigeria, the Dominican Republic, see this article from a South African web site.)

Read the rest at SFGate

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The Code Commandments: Best Practices for Objective-C Coding (updated for ARC)

Updated April 26, 2012 for ARC

Preface

I don’t normally post highly technical stuff to my blog, but here’s an exception that I hope will benefit the Mac and iOS (iPhone & iPad) developer community. So if you’re not part of that, feel free to skip it.

Introduction

This article is a cumulative list of the most commonly-violated best practices for Objective-C coders that I’ve witnessed in my many years of experience with the language. I call them “commandments” because there are many good reasons to observe them and few, if any valid reasons not to. However, when I show these practices to other developers, they frequently raise one big objection…

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The It Gets Better Project

I just read about a gay teenager in Indiana—Billy Lucas—who killed himself after being taunted by his classmates. Now his Facebook memorial page is being defaced by people posting homophobic comments. It’s just heartbreaking and sickening. What the hell can we do?

Gay Bullying Victim Who Survived

This letter to sex and relationship advice columnist Dan Savage galvanized him into creating the It Gets Better Project, which uses YouTube video to encourage lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens to have hope that their adult years will be much better than the isolation and bullying they receive would indicate. LGBT adults have submitted hundreds of videos showing how their lives are now fulfilled and happy.

If you know a LGBT young person, show them these videos. Let them know that there are better times ahead.

Dan Savage, his husband Terry, and their son DJ

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Joel Burns’ Emotional Speech at Fort Worth City Council Meeting

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And finally, a great response by Dan in his column to a Christian who wrote:

I heard an interview with you about your It Gets Better campaign. I was saddened and frustrated with your comments regarding people of faith and their perpetuation of bullying. As someone who loves the Lord and does not support gay marriage, I can honestly say I was heartbroken to hear about the young man who took his own life.

If your message is that we should not judge people based on their sexual preference, how do you justify judging entire groups of people for any other reason (including their faith)? There is no part of me that took any pleasure in what happened to that young man.

To that end, to imply that I would somehow encourage my children to mock, hurt, or intimidate another person for any reason is completely unfounded and offensive. Being a follower of Christ is, above all things, a recognition that we are all imperfect, fallible, and in desperate need of a savior. We cannot believe that we are better or more worthy than other people.

Please consider your viewpoint, and please be more careful with your words in the future.

Dan responds:

I’m sorry your feelings were hurt by my comments.

No, wait. I’m not. Gay kids are dying. So let’s try to keep things in perspective: Fuck your feelings.

A question: Do you “support” atheist marriage? Interfaith marriage? Divorce and remarriage? All are legal, all go against Christian and/or traditional ideas about marriage, and yet there’s no “Christian” movement to deny marriage rights to atheists or people marrying outside their respective faiths or people divorcing and remarrying. Why the hell not?

Sorry, L.R., but so long as you support the denial of marriage rights to same-sex couples, it’s clear that you do believe that some people—straight people—are “better or more worthy” than others.

And—sorry—but you are partly responsible for the bullying and physical violence being visited on vulnerable LGBT children. The kids of people who see gay people as sinful or damaged or disordered and unworthy of full civil equality—even if those people strive to express their bigotry in the politest possible way (at least when they happen to be addressing a gay person)—learn to see gay people as sinful, damaged, disordered, and unworthy. And while there may not be any gay adults or couples where you live, or at your church, or in your workplace, I promise you that there are gay and lesbian children in your schools. And while you can only attack gays and lesbians at the ballot box, nice and impersonally, your children have the option of attacking actual gays and lesbians, in person, in real time.

Real gay and lesbian children. Not political abstractions, not “sinners.” Gay and lesbian children.

Try to keep up: The dehumanizing bigotries that fall from the lips of “faithful Christians,” and the lies about us that vomit out from the pulpits of churches that “faithful Christians” drag their kids to on Sundays, give your children license to verbally abuse, humiliate, and condemn the gay children they encounter at school. And many of your children—having listened to Mom and Dad talk about how gay marriage is a threat to family and how gay sex makes their magic sky friend Jesus cry—feel justified in physically abusing the LGBT children they encounter in their schools. You don’t have to explicitly “encourage [your] children to mock, hurt, or intimidate” queer kids. Your encouragement—along with your hatred and fear—is implicit. It’s here, it’s clear, and we’re seeing the fruits of it: dead children.

Oh, and those same dehumanizing bigotries that fill your straight children with hate? They fill your gay children with suicidal despair. And you have the nerve to ask me to be more careful with my words?

Did that hurt to hear? Good. But it couldn’t have hurt nearly as much as what was said and done to Asher Brown and Justin Aaberg and Billy Lucas and Cody Barker and Seth Walsh—day in, day out for years—at schools filled with bigoted little monsters created not in the image of a loving God, but in the image of the hateful and false “followers of Christ” they call Mom and Dad.

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California Propositions 2010— How I’m Voting and Why

Update: I have added the election results for each measure. The voting public agreed with my picks on 6 out of 9 measures.

I’m a registered Libertarian. Libertarians are neither conservative nor liberal. Broadly, Libertarians believe that you have the sovereign right to do whatever you want, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the sovereign rights of others to do what they want. If you haven’t ever considered Libertarianism, then take this short quiz to find out whether you might be a Libertarian and not even know it!

Nonetheless, Libertarians vary in how much government should be allowed to interfere in our lives ranging from “All governments are criminal,” to “Governments should exist only to provide a few necessary services that provably cannot be provided by the free market.” I fall at different places in that range depending on the issue at hand. And in the 2010 California elections there are a number of issues at hand that really put my Libertarian leanings to the test.

Below are the ballot propositions, along with how the Democratic (Dems), Republican (GOP) and Libertarian (LP) parties advise you vote. I also add how I’m going to vote and a brief note as to why. You’re welcome to add your own thoughts to the comments below— perhaps you’ll sway me to your way of thinking!

And if you’re in California and not registered to vote, what are you waiting for?

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Californians: Yes on Proposition 19— Legalize, Tax, and Regulate Cannabis

I have never used cannabis, or any recreational drug stronger than caffeine, and if Proposition 19 passes I have no intention of using cannabis. This shows that you don’t need to be “pro drugs” to see the grievous harm that the War on Drugs has caused. We Californians MUST lead the way in ending the tragic social and financial madness of prohibition… we must pass Proposition 19.

Some things you can do to support Proposition 19:

Previous Writing

My other relevant blog posts:

Videos

Fox News: Conservatives Against Marijuana Prohibition

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CBS 60 Minutes: The War Next Door

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2002 John Stossel Documentary on The War on Drugs in Columbia

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[part 1] [part 2] [part 3] [part 4] [part 5] [part 6]

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This is The Song That Never Ends

There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea,
There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea,
There’s a hole,
There’s a hole,
There’s a hole in the bottom of the sea!

There’s a well in the hole in the bottom of the sea…

There’s some oil in the well in the hole in the bottom of the sea…

There’s a gusher in the oil in the well in the hole in the bottom of the sea…

There’s a pipe in the gusher in the oil in the well in the hole in the bottom of the sea…

There’s a break in the pipe in the gusher in the oil in the well in the hole in the bottom of the sea…

There’s some mud in the break in the pipe in the gusher in the oil in the well in the hole in the bottom of the sea…

There’s some junk in the mud in the break in the pipe in the gusher in the oil in the well in the hole in the bottom of the sea…

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A Brief Message to Muslims

This was originally posted as my comment to Thunderf00t’s video, Islam Fail:

Muslims, peaceful and not-so-peaceful: Only when you learn to keep your peace when provoked, instead of feeling that you must vehemently and/or violently defend your Allah and Muhammad, who (if they exist) can defend themselves just fine, then will such provocations become unnecessary, and thence stop. The weakling answers mocking with threats, and only invites more mocking. The strong man has nothing to prove.

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