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Friday, February 25, 2011

That’s a lot of rehabilitation!

Yeah, there is nothing wrong with the state of today’s drug laws.

Because of $31 in marijuana sales, Patricia Marilyn Spottedcrow is now serving 10 years in prison, has been taken away from her four young children and husband, and has ended her work in nursing homes.

the judge mentioned

When I look at someone in front of me, I'm thinking, ‘What is it going to take to rehabilitate this person?'

And I have to wonder if she thought 10 years was really the minimum amount needed to rehabilitate Patricia. It was her first offence so she was expecting probation.I think any amount of jail time at that point would have been a wake up call to this lady.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

But they were here to help!

Google is learning a hard lesson best described by The Agitator as todays natural business cycle:

1. Turn plucky startup into huge success without ever opening an office in Washington.

2. Develop a libertarian streak as competitors use government to cut you down.

3. Give in, open an office in Washington, and realize that to survive, you too will need to learn to manipulate government to harm your competitors.

Politico reports

a Google spokesman argued that a cabal of antitrust lawyers, lobbyists and public relations firms is conspiring against the Internet search giant. The mastermind? Google says it’s Microsoft.

Really? And you didn’t see this coming?

The chance that the government is going to interfere with your business is directly proportional to the amount of time you invest lobbying for the government to interfere in your business.

Just don’t have the temerity to act surprised when that big government regulation flashlight hears your cry and swings over into your previously dark corner of the market.