Archive for March 17th, 2011

by lizard

I am so thankful the Missoulian ensures the threats we face as a community are given the proper context, and is quick to inform us how the great tsunami of societal destruction known as medicinal marijuana has claimed more innocent victims—DeSmet School kids:

An 18-year-old man whose mom is his medical marijuana caregiver is accused of providing the marijuana-laced butter used by a DeSmet school student to make cookies that she gave to her fellow eighth-graders.

Tyler Andre Pyle faces a felony charge of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs – in this case, as an adult selling drugs to a minor.

The allegations against Pyle began to unfold on March 8, when DeSmet teacher Robin Ray reported that a student had told her several schoolmates had eaten the marijuana cookies.

The teacher “stated she observed the group of students acting ‘spaced out,’ ” according to an affidavit filed by Deputy Missoula County Attorney Andrew Paul. More cookies were found in a 14-year-old student’s locker; a test of the cookies indicated marijuana, according to the affidavit.

Luckily this felony carries with it a maximum possible sentence of life in prison. To keep our community safe, Tyler should be aggressively prosecuted, and MM should be immediately repealed.

Goodbye New York Times

By Duganz

For those of you who haven’t heard yet, the Old Grey Lady committed suicide this morning following the announcement of the worst idea ever. She was 159 years old.

And while we mourn her passing let us always remember what she stood for:

  • Using Mr. and Mrs. for all names, including the singer Meatloaf, or, in New York Times style: Mr. Loaf
  • The Times New Roman font
  • Hiding info about that whole Holocaust thing
  • A liberal slant that in ski terms would be “double black diamond”
  • The lies of Judith Miller (thanks for the Iraq War you water carrying puppet!)
  • The Pentagon Papers
  • “Fuddy-duddy-ness”

Always a staunch supporter of “old media” — even from a time when lesser papers of record were using those new fangled “photographs” — the New York Times today announced an online plan that will surely be the end of it. The plan is to bilk consumers for a product they can get from other sources for free, like, say, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Alternet, Rachel Maddow, the Associated Press, the New Yorker, Newsweek, Time, Harper’s, The Economist, The Week, The Atlantic, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo! Sports, Politico, Talking  Points Memo, Twitter, the New York Daily News, the LA Times, Google, and, oddly enough, Fox News Channel (which is always obsessed with the New York Times).

Beginning March 28 you will be allowed to read 20 articles for free. After that you will need to pay a monthly fee for the New York Times. Fees are as follows: $15 for phone (iPhone, Android, Blackberry), $20 for Tablet/PC, or $35 for all devices.

Are they serious? Yeah. They think in the world of the internet they can charge that much and still grab the average consumer.

News flash: They can’t. They’ve lost me, and I am “an average consumer.” I make about half of the median income for a US household. You can’t get more average than that. So believe me when I say that the NYT has priced itself outside of the average consumer’s range. And it’s not that we can’t afford it. We can. But it’s the willingness to pay for a product that is recreate elsewhere for free, often with better prose. Continue Reading »

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