High on Compassion

It seemed like a good idea at the time: The Compassionate Use Act of 1996, which allowed Californians to use marijuana with a doctor’s permission to alleviate pain. The act was put on the ballot and California voters passed it 56% to 44%.

The biggest bankroller of the referendum was George Soros, the secular-progressive billionaire who champions drug legalization. He pumped about $350,000 into pro-med-pot ads, according to published reports.

Since the act was passed into law, thousands of pot “clinics” have opened across the Golden State. In San Francisco, things got so out of control that Mayor Gavin Newsom, a very liberal guy, had to close many of the “clinics” because drug addicts were clustering around them, causing fear among city residents.

In San Diego, there’s another problem. Some high school kids have found a loophole in the Compassionate Use Act. Incredibly, there is no age requirement to secure medical marijuana in California and no physical examination needed either. So some kids tell a doctor they have a headache, pay him $150 for a card, and then buy all the pot they want. Unbelievable, but true.

Catherine Martin, a school official in San Diego, actually sent letters to parents in the Grossmont Union School District warning that some students are getting the medical marijuana cards and then selling them to other students. The result: an increasing number of kids arriving at school stoned. Ms. Martin warned parents to supervise their children.

San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis told me that some “clinics” are even marketing medical marijuana under names like “Reefers Peanut Butter Cup” and “Baby Jane.” Cheech and Chong would be proud.

Now, I’m sure George Soros doesn’t give a hoot about this, but the unintended consequence of non-prescription medical marijuana legalization is that some kids are making an industry out of it. Sure, pot is available illegally in most places, but now children have a legal option. Why work at Burger King when you can sell pot cards?

Of course, there is nothing “compassionate” about kids being intoxicated. It changes them forever. Once a child alters himself with chemicals, childhood vanishes. A national study by the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse says more teenagers are in rehab for marijuana than any other intoxicant, including alcohol.

Society needs to rethink its strategy on intoxicants in general. If marijuana can help those suffering with debilitating diseases, then doctors should have the power to prescribe it and licensed pharmacies should carry it.

But storefront “clinics” run by irresponsible adults who are aided by corrupt doctors are a joke only a confirmed stoner would find funny.

Bottom line: Be careful what you vote for. Compassion can easily turn into chaos.




The Illegal Immigration Tango

It was fascinating to watch the tango between President Bush and Presidente Felipe Calderon in the Yucatan a few days ago. Mr. Bush pledged to try to pass “comprehensive” immigration reform, while Se�or Calderon put forth that America needs to “do more” for Mexico.

Okay, so what are these guys really saying?

First of all, President Bush has no heart for the immigration fight. As the former Governor of Texas, he well understands the myriad of problems chaotic illegal immigration has caused. But Mr. Bush, I believe, sincerely believes that most migrants are honest, hard working folks who simply want a better life. He also calculates that tough action against illegals will ultimately cost the Republican party crucial votes, because the pro-alien lobby demonizes politicians who try to crack down.

For his part, Presidente Calderon claims he wants to stem the flow of immigrants and narcotics into the USA, but it’s baloney. Calderon actually told the truth when he said that because millions of Americans want drugs, the supply would continue to flow through Mexico.

South of the border, this immigration/narcotics deal is all about money, and we’re talking billions of dollars. The cash illegals send home to Mexico and the narco-trafficante dollars fuel Mexico’s entire economy, with only oil competing.

The old saying is “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” But there’s little will in the USA to get illegal immigration under control. Right now there are at least 37 so called “Sanctuary Cities” ranging from Anchorage, Alaska to Katy, Texas. These are municipalities that have flat out told the Homeland Security department they will not cooperate with any investigations into the status of illegal workers.

In New York, for example, many officials look the other way while immigrants, both legal and illegal, pack into dwellings, organize into criminal gangs and generally do whatever they want. On Long Island, where I live, 60 men were living in one suburban house. When Suffolk Country authorities finally responded to desperate complaints from neighbors, the newspaper Newsday went wild, calling attempts to control the illegal situation “anti-immigration mania.”

The unintended consequence of all this chaos is, unfortunately, death. Last year, 453 people died while trying to cross into the USA illegally–all of them victims of the deserts or criminals preying upon them.

Recently, in the Bronx, nine children were killed in a horrific fire after a row house ignited into flames. I have the floor plan of that dwelling. It was designed to house eight people at most. Seventeen children and five adults from Mali were living there with no fire escapes, bad heating, and no sprinkler system. Sanctuary isn’t much good if the shelter is lethal.

A mixture of political cowardice, idealistic nonsense, and corrupting cash has resulted in a crisis that is hurting just about everyone but the businesspeople who exploit the illegals. And judging by the performances of Presidents Bush and Calderon, I don’t see real reform on the horizon.

The USA needs to secure the border with barriers and the National Guard, develop a fair, disciplined guest worker program that serves legitimate business needs, and require all illegal aliens already here to register so they can be evaluated as potential citizens.

Mexico needs to police its border and stop the drug runners and poor migrants from doing whatever they want to do.

Both countries could accomplish those things, there is a way. But, truthfully, there’s no will.




The Illegal Immigration Tango

It was fascinating to watch the tango between President Bush and Presidente Felipe Calderon in the Yucatan a few days ago. Mr. Bush pledged to try to pass “comprehensive” immigration reform, while Se�or Calderon put forth that America needs to “do more” for Mexico.

Okay, so what are these guys really saying?

First of all, President Bush has no heart for the immigration fight. As the former Governor of Texas, he well understands the myriad of problems chaotic illegal immigration has caused. But Mr. Bush, I believe, sincerely believes that most migrants are honest, hard working folks who simply want a better life. He also calculates that tough action against illegals will ultimately cost the Republican party crucial votes, because the pro-alien lobby demonizes politicians who try to crack down.

For his part, Presidente Calderon claims he wants to stem the flow of immigrants and narcotics into the USA, but it’s baloney. Calderon actually told the truth when he said that because millions of Americans want drugs, the supply would continue to flow through Mexico.

South of the border, this immigration/narcotics deal is all about money, and we’re talking billions of dollars. The cash illegals send home to Mexico and the narco-trafficante dollars fuel Mexico’s entire economy, with only oil competing.

The old saying is “where there’s a will, there’s a way.” But there’s little will in the USA to get illegal immigration under control. Right now there are at least 37 so called “Sanctuary Cities” ranging from Anchorage, Alaska to Katy, Texas. These are municipalities that have flat out told the Homeland Security department they will not cooperate with any investigations into the status of illegal workers.

In New York, for example, many officials look the other way while immigrants, both legal and illegal, pack into dwellings, organize into criminal gangs and generally do whatever they want. On Long Island, where I live, 60 men were living in one suburban house. When Suffolk Country authorities finally responded to desperate complaints from neighbors, the newspaper Newsday went wild, calling attempts to control the illegal situation “anti-immigration mania.”

The unintended consequence of all this chaos is, unfortunately, death. Last year, 453 people died while trying to cross into the USA illegally–all of them victims of the deserts or criminals preying upon them.

Recently, in the Bronx, nine children were killed in a horrific fire after a row house ignited into flames. I have the floor plan of that dwelling. It was designed to house eight people at most. Seventeen children and five adults from Mali were living there with no fire escapes, bad heating, and no sprinkler system. Sanctuary isn’t much good if the shelter is lethal.

A mixture of political cowardice, idealistic nonsense, and corrupting cash has resulted in a crisis that is hurting just about everyone but the businesspeople who exploit the illegals. And judging by the performances of Presidents Bush and Calderon, I don’t see real reform on the horizon.

The USA needs to secure the border with barriers and the National Guard, develop a fair, disciplined guest worker program that serves legitimate business needs, and require all illegal aliens already here to register so they can be evaluated as potential citizens.

Mexico needs to police its border and stop the drug runners and poor migrants from doing whatever they want to do.

Both countries could accomplish those things, there is a way. But, truthfully, there’s no will.




San Francisco Values: The Sequel

A couple of weeks ago in San Francisco, the following proclamation was issued: “Be it resolved that I, Gavin Newsom, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, congratulate Colt Studios on the occasion of their (sic) 40th anniversary and proclaim February 23, 2007 as Colt Studio Day in San Francisco!”

That evening the Colt folks held a big party in the City by the Bay, attended by State Assemblyman Mark Leno and other local dignitaries.

There is, however, one small problem with all this, and it is spelled out on the Colt website, which states: “Come inside to experience the hottest man-on-man action!”

Somehow, I don’t think they’re talking about the World Wrestling Association here.

No, Colt Studios is a major gay porn outfit that markets hard core films all over the world. There are many movies available including the “legendary bodies series – the pinnacle of masculine erotica.”

So the logical question becomes why, exactly, does Colt Studios rate a “day” in San Francisco? I put that to Mayor Newsom who said he didn’t really know about the proclamation. Somebody in his office just signed his name without telling him, according to the Mayor. In the future, he said, he’d “review” the proclamations himself.

Might be a good idea.

But Assemblyman Leno was aghast that I would ask about this. He told the San Francisco Chronicle that “the owners of the studio are taxpaying, law-abiding San Francisco employers who promote safe sex.”

Leno went on to tell the newspaper that the Colt “products” had “contributed to his development as a gay man.”

This, of course, is the same Mark Leno who torpedoed tough legislation to punish child molesters. The good folks in California had to put a referendum on the ballot in order to pass “Jessica’s Law” because Leno and his cronies blocked it in the legislature.

Mark Leno also had no problem with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passing an ordinance banning military recruiting in city schools. Nor did he object to the supervisors passing a resolution condemning a Christian youth rally at AT&T Park, the home of the Giants. The Supervisors called the rally “anti-gay and anti-choice.”

When my book Culture Warrior was released last fall, a number of critics put forth that I exaggerated the agenda of the secular-progressive (S-P) movement. On the basis of what’s happening in San Francisco, I was na�ve. The S-P’s are crazier then I thought.

I mean, think about it. Even if you believe, as I do, that adults should be able to consume so-called “adult entertainment” without government intrusion, don’t children live in San Francisco these days? “Hey, Louie, the mayor just said it’s gay porn day. Do we have to go to school?”

San Francisco is one of America’s great urban showplaces, but the city has been hijacked by radical politicians who are destroying it. Mayor Newsom is in alcohol rehab after having an affair with his best friend’s wife, the homeless situation is out of control because the city gives everybody cash, and now these loons are honoring pornographers.

What’s next? Barry Bonds steroids day?




San Francisco Values: The Sequel

A couple of weeks ago in San Francisco, the following proclamation was issued: “Be it resolved that I, Gavin Newsom, Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco, congratulate Colt Studios on the occasion of their (sic) 40th anniversary and proclaim February 23, 2007 as Colt Studio Day in San Francisco!”

That evening the Colt folks held a big party in the City by the Bay, attended by State Assemblyman Mark Leno and other local dignitaries.

There is, however, one small problem with all this, and it is spelled out on the Colt website, which states: “Come inside to experience the hottest man-on-man action!”

Somehow, I don’t think they’re talking about the World Wrestling Association here.

No, Colt Studios is a major gay porn outfit that markets hard core films all over the world. There are many movies available including the “legendary bodies series – the pinnacle of masculine erotica.”

So the logical question becomes why, exactly, does Colt Studios rate a “day” in San Francisco? I put that to Mayor Newsom who said he didn’t really know about the proclamation. Somebody in his office just signed his name without telling him, according to the Mayor. In the future, he said, he’d “review” the proclamations himself.

Might be a good idea.

But Assemblyman Leno was aghast that I would ask about this. He told the San Francisco Chronicle that “the owners of the studio are taxpaying, law-abiding San Francisco employers who promote safe sex.”

Leno went on to tell the newspaper that the Colt “products” had “contributed to his development as a gay man.”

This, of course, is the same Mark Leno who torpedoed tough legislation to punish child molesters. The good folks in California had to put a referendum on the ballot in order to pass “Jessica’s Law” because Leno and his cronies blocked it in the legislature.

Mark Leno also had no problem with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passing an ordinance banning military recruiting in city schools. Nor did he object to the supervisors passing a resolution condemning a Christian youth rally at AT&T Park, the home of the Giants. The Supervisors called the rally “anti-gay and anti-choice.”

When my book Culture Warrior was released last fall, a number of critics put forth that I exaggerated the agenda of the secular-progressive (S-P) movement. On the basis of what’s happening in San Francisco, I was na�ve. The S-P’s are crazier then I thought.

I mean, think about it. Even if you believe, as I do, that adults should be able to consume so-called “adult entertainment” without government intrusion, don’t children live in San Francisco these days? “Hey, Louie, the mayor just said it’s gay porn day. Do we have to go to school?”

San Francisco is one of America’s great urban showplaces, but the city has been hijacked by radical politicians who are destroying it. Mayor Newsom is in alcohol rehab after having an affair with his best friend’s wife, the homeless situation is out of control because the city gives everybody cash, and now these loons are honoring pornographers.

What’s next? Barry Bonds steroids day?