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Repeal Prohibition, Again 

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.



I just had a straight guy tell me “Gah I love lesbians” and before I could even say anything, he added, “because, ya know, they like the same thing I do and sometimes it’s nice to get advice from a girl instead of guys who think making love is just repeatedly putting your dick in something, ya know?” And I have never been more proud of the human race.

i was very mad and then i wasn’t 


pretending to study in front of ur parents like 





the most stressful post on this website

(Source: 7at1stroke)

We have it in our power to begin the world over again.

— Thomas Paine

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Aristotle, Metaphysics (via kushandwizdom)

(Source: theriverjordyn)

I just came out to steal your land, terrorize your families and shoot innocent children... but I'm feeling so attacked right now

No one else in the world does what we do. In Belarus they do shoot people, but they do it in secret. They go so far as to hide the bodies. We used to execute people publicly, enjoying all the splatter as a Roman holiday, as form basically of mass sport and entertainment. But we so embarrassed ourselves in the florid public enjoyment of that spectacle that we have since tried to hide it away over the last 75 years. We have invented now this pseudo-medical disguise for what we are doing. But the medical profession is no longer all that psyched to go along with their role in this disguise.

If we want to keep doing this there are very few models around the world of other places that are still trying to do it. There’s no normal way to do it and we do it in a way that nobody else even tries. And our Constitution will not allow us to do it in secret, leaving families to hunt through fresh graves hoping one of those fresh graves might hold the secret dead, right? Our Constitution won’t let us do that. But if we can’t ape Belarus the other examples around the world where they do it, well, they do it like we used to. They do it in the public square. They rent a stadium. They don’t call it something that it’s not.

We have been congratulating ourselves for a long time on being less barbaric than the few countries left that cut off heads or hang people in the public square - like Saudi Arabia, or Iran, or Afghanistan under the Taliban. But yesterday in Arizona they took two hours to kill the guy. Arizona today said they think it was fairly normal, they don’t think there was anything wrong with the process. Two hours! Is that really less barbaric than the gallows used to be in the public square, is it really less barbaric now just because they’re were fewer people in the room there in Arizona last night?

— Rachel Maddow


They’re very unapologetic about being wrong. They just keep going on with their message. It’s amazing.

— Ana Kasparian on Republicans


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