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Opening Arguments

High on the law

What Michael Phelps should have said -- I take my apology back because, guess what, it's none of your business:

I work my ass off 10 months a year. It's that hard work that gave you all those gooey feelings of patriotism last summer. If during my brief window of down time I want to relax, enjoy myself, and partake of a substance that's a hell of a lot less bad for me than alcohol, tobacco, or, frankly, most of the prescription drugs most of you are taking, well, you can spare me the lecture.

[. . .]

You don't give a damn about my health. You just get a voyeuristic thrill from watching an elite athlete fall from grace


Michael B-P
Tue, 02/03/2009 - 1:12pm

Actually, given the current economic climate and all the recent hoopla about "change," the truly interesting point to discuss would be the continuing at-large indifference toward a failed public health policy in the matter of marijuana and other drugs. Surely a policy egghead somewhere can see the revenue potential of "tax and regulate" vs "bust and incarcerate." Surely someone with enough credibility among the American would-be intelligencia can still string together a cogent argument against the continuing surrender of rights to enforcers of the failed policy. No? Well, maybe we've been doing too much heavy drinking . . .