Saturday, February 14, 2009

Pedro Gomez is a US American Without Maps

Pedro Gomez may have caught Miss Teen South Carolina fever. As part of his interview, he asked Sven Goran-Eriksson what the weather in Columbus compared to. Pedro's reporting was as follows:

"Albania.  So, Albania, Columbus, maybe they are sister cities."

That is priceless. The last time I checked, the land of John and Jim Belushi is not a city, but an entire country. Time to buy a map, Pedro.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

I Think I Crapped My Pants

Great tasering video. I feel like this is something out of Reno 911, especially at the beginning when the cop knows the guy's name.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mighty Mighty Bosstones- The Impression That I Get

Throwback song of the week is The Mighty Mighty Bosstones "The Impression That I Get". I remember being in middle school when this song came out and totally rocking out. It changed my impression of music and is a totally fun song. This is one of the reasons I really began to love music.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Stimulus Package

I believe now is the best time to legalize marijuana. With job losses mounting week in and week out, the best for of stimulus to the economy comes in the form of government regulated marijuana. Here are some things to think about:
  1. With the legalization, the government can highly regulate and highly tax marijuana. With regulation, comes a safer form of marijuana. Gone will be the days of marijuana laced with other drugs, which is what really makes the drug dangerous. Even with taxing the sale of marijuana, it will still be cheaper to produce and sell legally than illegally. The government will be tapping a source of income that is there, but of which it does not see a single cent. And there is a lot of money to be made, all of which can be put into the government's pocket for roads, programs, and other public aid.
  2. Imagine the amount of jobs created by adding a new industry to US economy. There are varying levels, from field workers planting and harvesting the crops to chemists analyzing the plants to produce the best product to sales, marketing and executive jobs for the companies that will sell the marijuana. All types of skill positions and professional positions will open up from the creation of a new industry. Even the addition of coffee shops and employees will be created.
  3. Is marijuana worse of a substance than cigarettes or alcohol? I don't believe it is. I believe the statement that marijuana being a gateway drug is false because people who use marijuana and move on to other drugs are into them because of the illegal aspect of drugs, not because marijuana makes you want to do other drugs. Most other drugs make you body react in a much different manner than marijuana, which only mellows you out. Marijuana does not make you angry, as alcohol does to some people. Of course, operating a vehicle while under the influence will still have to watched, as marijuana slows your reaction time.
  4. Legalizing marijuana can increase tourism to the US and help retain US citizens for their getaways. Most people know someone who has traveled to Amsterdam to experience the Coffee Shops. Why not in the US? Having the substance available in the US may keep citizens here for vacations, spending their money on our taxed marijuana and stimulating the local economies. People from other countries may see the US as a more desirable vacation destination.
  5. Illegal drugs send money to other countries and terrorist entities. Why not keep the money within our borders rather than have it sent to Afghanistan and funding terror cells? Even if it does not fund terror cells, the money most likely goes to a country that does not have a high opinion of America, other than loving the money being sent to it.
These are some of the reasons that I believe the USA needs to legalize marijuana. Let's use the $800 billion in stimulus money to create a new industry with loads of jobs for citizens that will create a tax revenue for many years to come. President Obama, if you read this by chance, please consider the reasons and decide appropriately.

Thoughts? Do you agree or disagree?

Scolari Sacked

The Gene Hackman was officially sacked today by Chelsea. Chelsea is starting to go through managers like Spinal Tap goes through drummers. With a five-point hold on fourth place in the EPL, I think this move is going to hinder Chelsea in the long run. Arsenal signed Arshavin in an effort to inject some health into their roster and are going to start edging closer to the fourth spot. I don't see Aston Villa losing pace for the rest of the season. I feel the Champions League spot was Chelsea's to lose, and I think they drop to fifth place with a manager change mid-season.