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Obama Says No to Toke
Federal focus should be stronger on alcohol: As far as I am concerned, the Feds should do the same thing regarding alcohol ["Obama's War on Weed," Ray Stern, feature, 10/26]. Alcohol has killed more people and destroyed more lives than weed.


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Crackdown on pot could boost Obama's image: Big hypocrisy, leftists complaining about the feds not respecting states' rights. This same publication was whining when Arizona wanted to help the federal government enforce federal immigration law ["San Francisco to Vote on Boycott of State of Arizona," Joe Eskenazi, the Snitch, 4/26/10]. And cracking down on marijuana is a political win for Obama. California and pot advocates have nowhere to go. And the same people cry that smoking tobacco is bad for a person's health, but smoking chemical-soaked marijuana is good for someone's health? Inhaling smoke causes lung cancer. Someone whines about profit-making corporations selling tobacco, but then loves it when rich people sell marijuana to the poor and stupid, who are soon to die from lung cancer, emphysema, and other disorders associated with inhaling smoke.


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Shakespeare Overshadowed
Play's focus was, unintentionally, Kevin Spacey: I have to agree with this review ["The Tyrant Star," Lily Janiak, stage, 10/26]. I thoroughly enjoyed the show, but it was all about Kevin Spacey's excellence. And excellent he is at playing that part. The wooing scene with Lady Anne [Annabel Scholey] is great and she puts up a good show. Some of the other brothers/cousins come through occasionally with some inspired work. But, mostly, the production is too flat for the big stage and only Kevin Spacey makes it come alive. It is telling that the video-conference scene is one of the best, even though it comes in the part of the play where Shakespeare is mocking the gods to contain this beast. Spacey's face writ large is full of expression that you don't get in the real-life part of the play. I really enjoyed this show, dark as it is. I came away thinking "Spacey is really good" instead of "Mankind has the capacity for real evil."


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Blog Comments of the Week
Criticism keeps writers occupied: I love this band, and it is good that even the critics write about them ["Things Music Critics Hate: Coldplay," Ian S. Port, All Shook Down, 10/25]. It keeps them occupied. There are always haters, no matter what one does, because people come in different flavors. It is only a good thing, or else we would all be one and the same. Keep up criticism.

Patty from the Netherlands

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Cookie Monster's explanation of Occupy Movement crumbles: I don't understand why everyone is against the top 1 percent doing what everyone else is trying to do ["Cookie Monster Offers Best Explanation Yet for Occupy Wall Street," Alan Scherstuhl, the Snitch, 10/21]. Those people are the top 1 percent because they want to win and apparently they are good at it. The arguments that they grew their wealth unfairly (by controlling the government or creating negative externalizations) assumes that life should be fair, but life is not fair. If someone feels that more money is due to him, then he should go and get that money. The protestors think they can get what they want by protesting. I think a better way involves using the same techniques of the 1 percent.

John Q

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Another sees Cookie Monster as spot-on: Bravo! Clear, concise and well thought out. Unfortunately, most of the people who need to be convinced that Occupy Wall Street is pointing the way to a solution to our systemic meltdown (political, economic, and social) are probably lacking in imagination and a sense of humor, and Cookie Monster will probably go way over their heads. We need a straight, "serious" treatment that the Tea Party-goer will be able to comprehend, without thinking that we're kidding.


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