Archive for August, 2008

 What A Ham!

Sometimes you catch your kids doing the cutest things on video. Sometimes they’re just hamming it up, but sometimes they don’t know they’re being cute. I’m not sure which one this is, but I had to share.

 Cambridge Swingset

We bought this Cambridge model swingset from Sam’s last season on clearance and finally got around to assembling the beast this past weekend. If you buy one, you can plan on it taking a good 20 hours to assemble if you have only two people. I would recommend that you follow the instructions and take the time to sort and stack all of the pieces after you take them out of the box. It may seem like a waste of time up front, but it will save you time hunting for the right pieces in the long run.

Speaking of the instructions, I think Leisure Time Products could have done a better job with them. They are pretty hard to follow in places, and that just adds time to the assembly process. But overall we are very happy with the product, and Noah just loves the slide!

 Whose Fault Is It?

I’ve written before about the War on Your Rights, and how ridiculous its officials appear when they feign outrage at the extreme tactics employed by drug smugglers. The latest to exhibit this righteous indignation is none other than America’s own “Drug Czar.” (I hate that title, but it does at least elicit images of the brutal reign of Ivan the Terrible and his contemporaries.) In this story, John Walters, director of the National Drug Control Policy, stands amid the scrub in Sequoia National Forest where a large crop of marijuana plants was found, and whines that, “This is about serious criminal organizations. They’re willing to kill anybody who gets in their way. They’re taking money back to those who kill prosecutors, judges and law enforcement.”

I wonder if it has ever occurred to Mr. Walters that our own government’s untenable policies where marijuana and other drugs are concerned are the very thing that makes these criminal organizations profitable? Eliminate the profit motive, Mr. Walters, and you eliminate the drug problem. All of it. The attendant violence and illegal immigration will also disappear. Let’s have some serious discussion of Congressman Barney Frank’s proposed legislation to elminate the penalties for marijuana possession. It’s not enough, but at least it’s a step in the right direction, and will start people having the right dialogue about this issue. Instead of talking about how to funnel more resources into this failed “war” and going after the “drug lords,” let’s spend some time talking about the lessons we learned in this country from Prohibition some seventy years ago: not only does Congress not have the authority to ban substances, doing so only creates a market for organized crime. You want to get rid of the thugs? Get rid of their market.

But please stop whining to me about the lengths that people will go to in order to profit from these substances that we’ve declared to be illegal. You will never stop them because greed is too powerful a force. Attempting to eliminate them through legislation is like trying to make planes fly by legislating against gravity. Stop wasting America’s time and money prosecuting this pointless war, and start talking about real solutions.