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Obama Colombia

Road Obama resolutely prohibitionist in war on drugs panel at Colombia's Summit of the Americas:

Obama earlier Saturday left the door open for debate, but made it clear that the United States has a firm stance.

"I think it is entirely legitimate to have a conversation about whether the laws in place are doing more harm than good in certain places," Obama said. "I personally, and my administration's position is, that legalization is not the answer."

Road Meanwhile, his Secret Service agents should have been serviced more secretly:

A group of Secret Service agents and officers sent to Colombia ahead of President Barack Obama were relieved of duty and returned home amid allegations of misconduct that involved prostitution, according to two U.S. government sources familiar the investigation.

The 11 Secret Service members -- both agents and uniformed officers -- were interviewed Saturday at the agency's Washington headquarters, after which they were placed on administrative leave, Assistant Director Paul Morrissey said in a statement.

They are under investigation after preliminary findings revealed that they brought back several prostitutes to the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena,

Road "Q High School": An educational alternative for Phoenix-area LGBT teens.

Road Director of Bully was bullied.

Road Ever wonder what happens at an NRA convention? Pudgy, tomahawk-wielding men do battle. (HT: JoeMyGod)

Road NASA solicits ideas for less expensive, more conservative approach to Mars:

The race to redraw a new, cheaper road map comes two months after NASA pulled out of a partnership with the European Space Agency on two missions targeted for 2016 and 2018, a move that angered scientists. The 2018 mission represented the first step toward hauling Martian soil and rocks back to Earth for detailed study — something many researchers say is essential in determining whether microbial life once existed there.

Agency officials said returning samples is still a priority, but a reboot was necessary given the financial reality.

Road Robin Gibb is in a coma.

Road Ten candidates banned from Egyptian elections:

Egyptian election officials have barred 10 candidates from standing in upcoming polls, including former spy chief Omar Suleiman and the Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat al-Shater.

Ultra-orthodox Salafi Hazem Salah Abu Ismail and long-standing opposition leader Ayman Nour were also banned.

... Mr Suleiman - a former ally of Mr Mubarak whose nomination has sparked protests - was apparently barred because he failed to get enough signatures to endorse his last minute candidacy, our correspondent says.

MyValentineMeanwhile, the hopeful representing the hardline Islamists, Mr Abu Ismail, was ruled out because his mother has American citizenship ...

... As a result, the Muslim Brotherhood are best covered, while the Salafists backing Mr Abu Ismail look to be the hardest hit ...

Road Sony loses $6 billion; remains optimistic.

Road Paul McCartney's new "My Valentine" video: Sedate but lovely, featuring Natalie Portman and Johnny Depp. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. Obama is such a disappointment. Will someone remind this guy that he's not the Republican candidate?

    Posted by: Randy | Apr 15, 2012 12:24:42 AM

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    Posted by: GaryJ | Apr 15, 2012 2:26:24 AM

  3. Sony reminds me of RCA, and Kodak and many other companies that did not keep up with the times. Sony remind me of the kids game... "King of the mountain". You can only stay on top just so long before someone replaces you... unless your smarter then your competitors.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin | Apr 15, 2012 7:15:46 AM

  4. It was interesting watching Bill Maher and Kim Campbell talk about Obama raiding dispensaries in Cali. Ya, this really sucks. It's another thing he said he wouldn't do.

    Posted by: Jon | Apr 15, 2012 7:52:48 AM

  5. Well, at least this proves that the Secret Service agents and uniformed personnel aren't gay. [snark]

    It could be worse. They could be gay. [snark]

    Posted by: Anonymous for a reasonous | Apr 15, 2012 9:49:25 AM

  6. @RANDY It's an election year and Obama is going to waffle all over the place so as not give his republicon adversaries any room to criticize. Considering that Obama has "done some blow" and smoked pot but did not get busted doesn't mean that for the millions in this country who DO smoke marijuana and who HAVE been busted can't expect that we finally have a mature and reasoned discussion about legalisation.

    I am hoping that the rest of the OAS sticks a thumb in the eye of El Tio Sam and says "que se joda" (f*ck you) and legalises at least marijuana. First of all, Europe would probably fall behind. Secondly, it would be a boon to LA countries' economies. Thirdly, it would hopefully expose that our country the USA is a hostage of the military-police-prison industrial complex who has a vested financial if not political interest in making sure that by the year 2050 every 1 out of 3 Americans have been busted for minor drug offences.

    Obama is a d*ck for not acknowledging what should be a given in any discussion by a republicon or a democrat about lesser government and personal freedom (listening LRC and GOPround girls?): that informed, consenting adults have a basic right to do with their bodies what they choose provided that such choice does not cause harm to another.

    Sitting in one's house smoking weed does not harm anyone. Period.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 15, 2012 10:20:13 AM

  7. The sadly ineffectual "War on Drugs" has, frankly been a colossal failure. Anyone can see that. I don't know why Obama automatically dismisses de-criminalizaton. Ken Burns' superb documentary last year, "Prohibition" should have been watched by our government officials. You cannot keep people from getting things such as booze and drugs. If they want those things, they will get them.

    Posted by: Terry | Apr 15, 2012 10:22:11 AM

  8. That's what Sony gets for offering inferior products.

    Posted by: Aulton | Apr 15, 2012 10:23:52 AM

  9. Sony has been coasting along using it's name for a long time. It's products are almost universally over-priced and mediocre, not to mention the pain in the a** proprietary thing. You'd think they'd learn their lesson with beta.


    The 'War' on drugs is a joke. Obama is a serious disappointment, but we live in a compromised democracy where lobbyist and special interests own our politicians, including Obama. At the very least legalize weed. Won't happen, too many special interests make big $ off the war on drugs, including drug traffickers, dealers, law enforcement, for profit private prisons, etc.


    JFK use to be in the habit of dumping his s.s. detail when traveling out of town so he could privately bang prostitutes. The night before 11/22/63 his S.S. detail were up late partying at a Dallas strip club and many were hung over the day of the assassination. Standard history books don't usually cover any of this.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 15, 2012 10:55:44 AM

  10. "the USA is a hostage of the military-police-prison industrial complex" - I imagine this is clear to more educated people outside the US than within it.

    Considering the ongoing disaster the War on Drugs is for much of Latin American it would be nice to think they could achieve some independence of drug policy. But the USA is not the only hostage to the USA's military-police-prison industrial complex.

    As an agent of Hope & Change our president is mainly chimerical.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Apr 15, 2012 2:22:44 PM

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    Posted by: charlotte | Apr 15, 2012 2:47:42 PM

  12. Drug legalization should probably happen in Europe first as a test run, but they are more bureaucratic and cautious than we are. We need a large, more open-minded country to give us political cover, much as countries that have gay marriage give us something to point to. The odd thing is that drug usage in the US has always been consistent regardless of political affiliations, as have advocates for the war on drugs. It's bipartisan both ways.

    Posted by: anon | Apr 15, 2012 3:00:52 PM

  13. Obama is such a disappointment. Will someone remind him that he is not Rick Santorum and to please 'evolve' and support my gay marriage to my husband in Massachusetts?

    I'm sick of these Democrats like Fred Phelps and Obama pooping on my gay pride parade day float.

    Screw you, Democrats.

    Posted by: Alan | Apr 15, 2012 3:26:56 PM

  14. OMG that McCartney/Portman/Depp vid is GORGEOUS.

    Posted by: Alan | Apr 15, 2012 3:34:01 PM

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