If drugging by the government happened today: Sadly it seems like if this happened today ["Operation Midnight Climax," Troy Hooper, feature, 3/14] in the war on terror, people would just shrug and say, "Well, that's no worse than killing innocent civilians, which we do all the time." Messing with the country's own citizens? Nowadays we'll send a citizen to Guantanamo at the drop of a hat.
CIA too big to prosecute: "Where else could a red-blooded American boy lie, kill and cheat, steal, deceive, rape and pillage with the sanction and blessing of the all-highest?" sounds like our foreign policy. Note that the CIA operates with impunity — it ran this program for over 10 years (officially), and for all we know it still does. It's part of the shadow government and we're not even allowed to know its budget. It's another example of how the phrase "Too big to fail" (applied to banks) really means "Too big to prosecute."
Image Is Everything
New image doesn't mean the rapper has changed: "Too $hort Reconsiders What to Say in Front of a Camera" should be the title ["The New Too $hort," Tamara Palmer, Music, 3/14]. Did the writer read her own article?
A Visit to Joe's
When the old trumps the new: In an era where traditional is relentlessly shoved aside in favor of chain store bling (think: the Gold Dust Lounge,) it's good to see tradition carry on ["Nothing Like an Original," Katy St. Clair, Bouncer, 3/14]. It can be said that North Beach needed some original San Francisco. Original Joe's in North Beach fits the bill perfectly.
Naked Bike Ride
Snapshots show more skin than reader anticipated: Twenty-six photos highlighting the fact that not all nudity is good nudity, and that most San Franciscans would be better served by remaining fully clothed ["World Naked Bike Ride," Hanna Quevedo, Slideshow, 3/15].
Blog Comment of the Week
In response to terminally ill patient's removal from UCSF due to medical marijuana: The more I consider this situation the more my heart aches for patient Angel Raich; UCSF, given the research they have done and the conclusions that they have arrived at regarding herbal cannabis, the pharmacist is left without excuses at best, without any compassion at worst ["Medical Marijuana Cancer Patient Booted from UCSF for Using Pot," Chris Roberts, the Snitch, 3/13]. The trauma that patients go through when their caregivers turn on them and throw federal law in their faces is devastating.
UCSF's pharmacist should have shown far more compassion, and while realizing that Marinol is no valid substitute to herbal cannabis as the research bears out, offer suggestions to accommodate Raich's medical need. And Raich really could have used far better judgment and simply asked. The answer would have been an emphatic no, then "other arrangements" could have been made.
In the cover story "Operation Midnight Climax," 3/14, we ran the wrong picture of the house at 225 Chestnut St. We regret the error.