Federal Judge Urges Legalization of Marijuana

 

 

Richard A. Posner, a widely respected federal judge, legal conservative, and the most cited judge in America has called for the legalization of Marijuana and changes to other drug laws.  Graduating as valedictorian from Yale, Posner has been called a genius by his contemporaries and even has classes devoted to his rulings.

Judge Posner was given a round of applause when he said that “I don’t think we should have a fraction of the drug laws that we have. I think it’s really absurd to be criminalizing possession or use or distribution of marijuana, I can’t see any difference between that and cigarettes.”

He continued to point out the senselessness of using punishment over treatment.  He commented that “using the criminal law as the primary means of dealing with a problem of addiction, of misuse, of ingesting dangerous drugs — I don’t think that’s sensible at all.”

He also reminded the courts that legalizing marijuana and other drugs “would save federal, state and local governments $41.3 billion per year.

He believes the drug laws are a waste of legal minds and a waste of, at the very least, moderately productive people’s lives.

Gay Man Given Maternity Leave in Brazil

For the first time in history Brazil has given a gay man 4 months of maternity leave so he can care for his adopted child.

Brazilian law requires a mother to have 4 months of leave and a father to have 5 days. That is progressive in and of itself, but now a gay man has been granted the same. Brazil has stated that gay couples will still have to request a 4 month leave on an individual basis, but it’s still a step in the right direction.

Leave the politics and religion out and keep the well being of the child in mind!

By the way, Brazil is also the first country to allow a 3-way legal union between a man and two women.  I don’t mean this man has two wives, all three people are actually married to each other.

And guess what?  The world didn’t explode!  Why are we so obsessed with who or what people love? If a man or woman loves a car let them marry the car and pump their gas into it in peace!

Death is a Privilege, Not a Right

Tony Nicklinson was denied the right to die, being condemned to an inescapable life of, in Nicklinson’s words, “increasing indignity and misery.”

Despite lawmakers infringing and stepping on the only peace and dignity that remained for Nicklinson by telling him it would be illegal to die with the help of a doctor, he died 6 days after hearing the verdict after starving himself and developing  pneumonia.

Nicklinson was 58 years old and was simply seeking an end to his  “dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified and intolerable” life after he was left paralysed below the neck following a stroke.  After hearing the judgement and weeping uncontrollably, he stated, by using a computer interface and eye movements, that “his anguish would continue.”

He was a helpless man asking for one last moment of help, “to be able to exercise the freedom which everyone else would have: to decide how to end this constant tortuous situation.”  His request for help was blatantly denied.

Dr Antony Lempert, explained that the ruling left Nicklinson with bleak options.  “Because other people regard his tortured life as somehow sacred, or are fearful of societal consequences, he is forced to endure his suffering or take desperate measures to end it. With no hope now of a quick release, he must choose between this torment and the torment of allowing his family to stand by and watch him starve himself to death.”  The latter is the sordid reality that lawmakers let happen.

What the hell is going on?  How can a someone be told that they are not allowed to end their own life?  If a man is in endless, inescapable agony how can someone claim it is better for that agony to continue than to end? Are our lives not our own?

Apparently not.

 

Assisted Suicide: Death is a Privilege, Not a Right

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Tony Nicklinson was denied the right to die, as he was told that assisted suicide was simply illegal in his home country of England. This law condemned him to an inescapable life of, in Nicklinson’s words,

increasing indignity and misery.

Lawmakers infringed upon and stepped on the only peace and dignity that remained for Nicklinson by telling him it would be illegal to die with the help of a doctor through assisted suicide. Despite his unanswered cries to be released through assisted suicide, he died 6 days after hearing the verdict after starving himself and developing pneumonia.

Nicklinson was 58 years old and was simply seeking an end to his

dull, miserable, demeaning, undignified and intolerable life.

Nicklinson began contemplating assisted suicide after he was left paralyzed below the neck following a stroke. After hearing the judgement and weeping uncontrollably, he stated, by using a computer interface and eye movements, that

his anguish would continue.

He was a helpless man asking for one last moment of help,

to be able to exercise the freedom which everyone else would have: to decide how to end this  constant tortuous situation.

His request for help was blatantly denied with words of policy and bureaucracy. Assisted suicide was Nicklinson’s only solution to a world of pain, but that makes no difference to many lawmakers all around the world.

Dr Antony Lempert, explained that the ruling left Nicklinson with bleak options.

Because other people regard his tortured life as somehow sacred, or are fearful of societal consequences, he is forced to endure his suffering or take desperate measures to end it. With no hope now of a quick release, he must choose between this torment and the torment of allowing his family to stand by and watch him starve himself to death.

The latter is the sordid reality that lawmakers let happen.

What is going on?  How can a someone be told that they are not allowed to end their own life?  If a person is in endless, inescapable agony, how can someone claim it is better for that agony to continue than to end? Assited suicide is illegal in England, and currently in the US, assisted suicide is only legal in Montana, Washington, and Oregon.

Are our lives not our own? According to multiple supreme court decisions, no, they’re not. You may not agree with assisted suicide, but then again, unless you’re in a situation similar to Nicklinson, you shouldn’t be making decisions about it.

 

Sources:

The Right to Die

Tony Nicklinson Dies

Assisted Suicide in the US

Supreme Court Case on Assisted Suicide: Vacco V. Quill

Rapists Have the Same Parental Rights as Any Other Father In Majority of States

Yeah, you read that correctly. In a total of 31 states men who impregnate a woman through rape are allowed to assert the same parental custody and visitation rights as any other father.  Shauna Prewitt, a woman who has experienced this reality first hand, states that “When no law prohibits a rapist from exercising these rights, a woman may feel forced to bargain away her legal rights to a criminal trial in exchange for the rapist dropping the bid to have access to her child.”

This is just not right.  Shauna Prewitt actually went to law school to find out what she could do about it.  Prewitt explains that “when faced with the choice between a lifetime tethered to her rapist or meaningful legal redress, the answer may be easy, but it is not painless. For the sake of her child, [a] woman will sacrifice her need to see her once immensely powerful perpetrator humbled by the court.”

Why is this injustice allowed?  Prewitt blames ignorance.  She goes onto say that “opponents argue no woman would ever choose to raise the child she conceived through rape. The only two studies to analyze the choices made by pregnant raped women indicate otherwise — at least 30% of women who conceive by rape make this choice.”

She adds that many people claim that a rapist would never request custody of their child, yet this opinion is historically untrue.

Let’s be honest, Senator Akin’s recent comment that if rape “is a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” doesn’t help the problem if ignorance at all. Apparently Akin missed science class, or maybe school altogether.

How the hell do people like this become leaders?  Most importantly, why are people voting for them?