“I am sure we all agree that the "Deferred Action" was one of Obama's political moves. He did it just before re-election. I would not be surprise if he signs another "Executive Order" when election time gets closer.”
“You do not have to be associated to any particular party to realize that Obama's "Deferred Action" was a pure political move..........chances are he will sign another "Executive Order" when election time gets closer.”
“I will say it one more time, even though my comment may be removed again. "Mr. Obama do something in Syria. But do not do it because Putin is in the driver's seat, do it because of the thousands of children like in this picture".”
“This is exactly what is happening in Las Vegas, NV. Properties are more expensive but not because the local citizens are buying. Investors come with cash. They pay higher than asking price because properties are still cheaper than before. Many of them rent them without any improvement made. Now, banks have tighten their lending policy. Very difficult to qualify for a loan. What other solution? keep on renting. This is a bogus economy in Nevada. Locals are not getting ahead. Investors are.”
“A reporter is respected, known and noticed when he or she has credibility, assertiveness and tact. Ms. Cooper should see some of Diane Sawyer's interviews. No matter if it is a politician, an athlete and or a celebrity, Ms. Sawyer shows credibility, assertiveness and tact in each of them.”
“Statistics show that Marihuana is the beginning of the end. One starts consuming it but then it gets to a point that something stronger, "more fun", is needed". This is what leads to the other killing substances. Three years ago I was strolling in Venice Beach Boardwalk with my daughter, I was stopped at least five times to have a "free consultation" if I wanted a prescription of marihuana. The majority of Marihuana growers/sellers/healers do not care about anyone's health......but the money that is being quickly made by selling it disregarding any moral values and ethics. The saddest part is not seeing the friend, relative, etc. trapped in that world but, the pain and sufferance and frustration and shame that the close ones to the addict have go live 24/7..”
Its Me rob2tall on Feb 15, 2014 at 19:32:46
“tobacco and alcohol are the gateway drugs-but since 2/3 of Americans are alcoholics and tobacco addicts-they point the finger away at pot.”
teknodum on Feb 13, 2014 at 18:32:05
“Sounds much like Big Pharm and insurance companies”
Bruce Robson on Feb 11, 2014 at 20:57:58
“Please share the statistics. What are the statistics on alcoholism?”
grimsby on Feb 7, 2014 at 20:00:23
“That is pure unadulterated nonsense,that has been fed to you since childhood and you have bought into it,I would suggest that alcohol is the gateway drug that leads people to smoke cigarettes right on through to harder drugs,ask any coke head or Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto.”
investigatorkch on Feb 7, 2014 at 16:51:07
“go make some cookies”
beobe99 on Feb 7, 2014 at 12:58:02
“It is fair to say that most people who use hard drugs (heroin, cocaine, etc.) started with smoking Marijuana, I'll give you that. However, it's obviously not true that smoking weed LEADS to harder drugs. People who use hard drugs (crack / heroin, etc.) aren't looking for "fun" or relaxation, they are looking to paralyze themselves from pain coming from within them (mental issues, sadness, etc.). If your assessment is true do you also believe alcohol leads to Marijuana? Or that taking Tylenol PM leads to alcohol?
For the record, if they decided to legalize Heroin / crack etc. I'd freak out and oppose it. It literally destroys you from what I've seen.”
chaparellii on Feb 7, 2014 at 12:13:18
“Lucero, what statistics? Instead of repeating propaganda look up real statistics. Statistics actually show most "pot heads" choose pot because it is the least harmless of all drugs including alcohol. Many "pot heads" do not drink. Statistics also show "pot heads" on average are smarter and more well read than non pot smokers (thus choosing pot over more harmful drugs) and are safer drivers, usually because they slow down. Not liking something and repeating propaganda is different than facts and statistics. The fact is MJ is much less harmful than any other known drug and has many positive qualities. It was outlawed based on racism not because of any medical evidence. Look it up. It cost more to keep people in jail for something that is less harmful than cigarettes than it does to send them to college. It's time to stop being wrong and persecuting ourselves for personal decisions.”
sviolette on Feb 7, 2014 at 05:46:06
“What statistics are those? Please post the statistics that say weed is a pathway to anything or stop saying it.
People all over the world are addicted to water. Should that be illegal too?”
Josh Pritchett on Feb 7, 2014 at 05:32:56
“Do you even know that most of the drugs the pharmacutical industry sells now are more addictive and powerful than pot? Most anti-depresants or more dangerous than pot!”
Justin Diogenes King on Feb 6, 2014 at 12:41:55
“Marijuana does NOT lead to other substances, I've been using medical marijuana for over 15 years and I've NEVER had the urge to even try anything stronger! That theory is a cop-out for people embarrassed about their addiction!”
Louis Stephen Carrozzi on Feb 6, 2014 at 03:22:52
“NO. Statistics have shown, conclusively, that birth is the beginning of the end! 100% of people who are born die. So, what do we do? How do we protect all those people? YOU CAN’T. Everyone dies, it’s a fact. So let people decide what to put in their own bodies. I decide what to do with my body, not YOU. Get it? I don't need saving by you because you CAN'T save me. No matter how hard you try and save me, I am going to die, and I deserve the right to decide how to live every second of that life from my 18th birthday to my last dying breath. PERIOD. Things are so bad in this country you can't even have the right to DIE! We treat our PETS better than we treat our people, and it's because of people like YOU. We need to get this country back on track, and we can start that by defending FREEDOM and by treating people with respect, and respect is allowing people to make choices. I understand that it’s hard to watch people suffer, but making a law to try and fix that is seriously misguided. Thank you!”
Swooper420 on Feb 6, 2014 at 02:16:24
“Boy, your 'statistics' are from the 1930's movie "Reefer Madness". The so-called "gateway" theory has been disproven by dozens of studies. It's an old, very dead horse, quit beating the poor thing.
You come across as a religious person. I ask you, can God make a mistake? That's what you are saying when you demonize cannabis.
As far as the shops along Venice Beach...I don't live there, but can see how it could be very annoying to be propositioned by medical cannabis doctor's offices when you don't believe in it. For that, on behalf of all medical cannabis users, I apologize. Feel any better? Good!”
Shawn Gold on Feb 6, 2014 at 02:12:51
“Your statistics are bogus! Try Again!”
duhhhreally on Feb 6, 2014 at 01:56:34
“stupid post .. can't even spell marijuana correctly”
Diana dog lover on Feb 5, 2014 at 22:23:17
“No I believe it's alcohol that's the beginning of the end, Madam, not pot by a long shot.”
donaldaq63 on Feb 5, 2014 at 22:17:17
“We can tell you have never had actual experience with pot....or reality it seems.
I guess that mother's milk leads to alcoholism, and breathing leads to cigarette smoking.”
Anna McCoy2 on Feb 5, 2014 at 22:03:22
“That's funny. I have smoked on and off for over 10 years now....I have not nor have I ever had any desire to do heavier drugs such as meth or heroin. I have never once stolen or killed someone to score some weed, but I do now meth and heroin users have. I stop when I want/need to and I do not need a detox program or rehab to do it. I work, pay my taxes. I do not use the system. I use marijuana the way you would use a glass of wine at the end of the day. To relax. Not to escape, not to have more fun, but to unwind after I have busted my ass for 9+ hours a day. So please, tell me again how this PLANT will lead me down the wrong path. Marijuana is not nearly as bad as alcohol, and studies show it is far less addicting than nicotine. Both of which are legal. The only reason marijuana is not legal is up until now, the government could not see the money to be made in it. So please, do your research.”
Satchamosowner2000 on Feb 5, 2014 at 20:53:33
“You have no idea what you are talking about. Pain and suffering is typically alleviated by marijuana. Do some research that involves the 21st Century. "Other killing substances?" Please provide information as to how Marijuana is a "killing substance."”
Josh Jansen on Feb 5, 2014 at 20:13:52
“Cite ANY actual "statistics" that back up what you just said.”
jazzdrmike on Feb 5, 2014 at 19:54:45
“What statistics show that Marihuana (sic) is "the beginning of the end?" I suspect what ever statistics you have you use like a drunk uses lamp posts, for support rather than illumination.”
Mare Luisa Denis on Feb 5, 2014 at 19:42:49
“WHAT IS YOUR SOURCE FOR THESE 'STATISTICS". I've senn many opposite studies. most i've read show pot is NOT a gateway drug as you claim. teens who start 'experimenting' with cigarettes or beer/alcohol are often the people who are willing RISKY behaviors of all kinds. sweet susie who smokes a joint doesn't end up snorting heroin. i did risky things of all sorts. my drug use started with alcohol and mom's marlboros. my risky behavior led to me to other drugs and other risky behaviors. it wasn't weed.”
CS Parish on Feb 5, 2014 at 19:40:50
“You are so over the top and hysterical. I bet your favorite genre is the political thriller and conspiracy theories. Interesting how you throw around "moral values and ethics", like your paranoid theories should govern the masses. Take your "addict" theories where they belong, with heroin, cocaine, etc. In fact, perhaps your powers of comprehension are lacking as you obviously didn't retain the above article. People like you put the evolution of society back 100 years. Did you miss the Bill Nye debate?”
miltjones65 on Feb 5, 2014 at 19:29:08
“Are you really that guillible? You need help my friend!”
logicisfundamental on Feb 5, 2014 at 19:11:15
“You can always tell that somebody has absolutely no clue what they are talking about when they say "Statistics show....." and then fail to produce one single iota of contributory information to back that statement up. Thank God you are in the EXTREME minority.”
cannabliss on Feb 5, 2014 at 17:52:58
“Not one statistic will agree with you.”
BIll Ellsworth on Feb 5, 2014 at 17:40:29
“Statistics show that alcohol and cigarettes kill an infinitely larger amount of people than cannabis. Research shows that cannabinoids active cell apoptosis in brain cancer cells, protect the brain from neurological damage (thus potentially treating neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer), and has a myriad of other uses besides getting high.
Do you study statistics? I have taken several classes and I believe you are probably trying to make the case that correlation somehow proves causation.
Please explain yourself....”
TheDalton on Feb 5, 2014 at 17:40:22
Booze and tobacco are the ultimate gateway drugs.”
Redgriffin on Feb 5, 2014 at 17:16:25
“Could you please cite me some reports that prove your last statement because everybody I've known who smoked pot if they found they couldn't stop voluntarily when to some program like AA for help and it worked.”
Poppa Homage on Feb 5, 2014 at 17:12:30
“I'm old and never in my life have I ever desired another HIGH.”
Eric Marr on Feb 5, 2014 at 17:05:16
“REEFER "MADNESS" you ma'am have a lack of insight.”
Zachary Turgeon on Feb 5, 2014 at 16:32:14
“Educate yourself, Lucero. "Marijuana addiction" (it sounds funny even saying the two words together) does not ruin lives. People use their marijuana use as a way to shift blame onto something else and off of their own conscience. My assumption is that you know a few people who are like this. Stop living in the bubble and do real research, either by way of reputable scholars/scientists and/or personal use. Don't be close-minded your whole life.”
walkerhds on Feb 5, 2014 at 16:15:06
“it must have been really hard to make the trip up the Venice Beach Boardwalk with both such a stiff neck, and your head wedged that far up...”
Sean Wilton on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:57:38
“I smoked pot when I was a teen.. and then grew up and stopped smoking it all together.. The only "drug" I've ever done is pot (if you don't count caffeine and alcohol).. So really, do you have any real facts you can back your statements up with?”
Larry hardee on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:55:02
“Stated without facts,just because you say so does not make it a fact by your conclution drinking your first coke or pepsi is a gate way to being an alcoholic,no one od's from pot”
uCrazy99 on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:34:14
“That is a myth.... If a person likes to get high smoking weed they are not going to turn to molly, or cocaine or heroin to get higher. The highs are completely different. If they want something stronger they will buy better weed... That myth was pushed in the 30's to make people afraid of weed...”
Mike 88 on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:30:12
“Not true Lucero Z, the actual starter of drug use is Alcohol, then people move on to harder drugs from there. if you really think about it marijuana by itself has never killed anybody, but even Pharmaceutical Prescription Drug users can't make that same claim, nor can alcohol users.”
Kidagakash on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:29:38
“Those "statistics" are fabricated propaganda nearing 50 years of age. If you want to make a persuasive argument start with real facts, because this here is just laughable.”
Bufford P Tusser on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:29:16
“Have a glass of wine and chill..”
Rick D Osborn on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:26:51
“You have no idea what you're talking about!”
Terran Grey on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:22:20
“Wow. People like you, uneducated on certain subjects, are the reason this country is how it is. You must be christian....”
pandabear2012 on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:19:21
“Your comment is ludicrous. It has no basis in fact, and is patently false. It is one of the least dangerous substances on the planet.”
judas388 on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:16:22
“...Oh Lucero, 40 yrs ago as i stood in a holding cell somewhere just northeast of Key West i watched a boy get raped repeatedly, when the cops were informed they said it was part of the punishment, both of us were arrested that night for possession of cannabis. Are you as barbaric as that police officer? Me, 53 now, do not drink, eat meat nor molest animals or children ...but i still smoke pot... all my children are grown and successful, never lived on the dole, and have served society in many ways over the yrs .... think what you want but please keep your uninformed prejudices in to yourself, do not inflict others opinions......”
Stacy Hall on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:08:35
“Respectfully--I'm guessing that you have no experience with marijuana. Growing up in southern California, I've witnessed most of my friends/family use marijuana at one time or another. I've never seen these same people use other drugs however, or heard of a single acquaintance who had an overdose. I think this is because the folks who love weed are different than the ones who love, say, cocaine or methamphetamine. Cannabis smokers seek to relax, get pain relief and yes, escape their worries. Hard drug users want hardcore excitement, intense sensations and even hallucinatory experiences. Perhaps they even love the risk of walking the edge between life and death, I don't know. I disagree that marijuana is a gateway drug--if anything, that "gateway drug" is alcohol. Once people are drunk, they are vulnerable and often open to new experiences, drugs etc. Luckily if you smoke weed, the worst that happens is that you may eat too much, watch too many comedies or fall asleep...not a single overdose has ever been documented (because it's not lethal, unlike other drugs). Anyway I'm sorry that the drug culture is obnoxious--you should have the right to walk with your kid and not be asked to sign up for pot consults, sheesh. And I'm sorry that you've been told so many incorrect things about marijuana. Happily though we can all take it or leave it, particularly once it's legalized. Portugal is one country who legalized (all) drugs and is very happy it did. : )”
teacherstevew on Feb 5, 2014 at 15:06:40
“Were you stoned when you wrote this? I'm asking because it doesn't make much sense.”
“I personally have no desire to pursue something stronger.
The data on what you claim points to MJ is a gateway drug actually does the oppposite.
Imagine if you had to buy your 12 pack of Miller Lite in an alleyway.... from a guy who sells all kinds of alcohol and/or drugs. That's where you get exposed to more stuff, when the transaction is in the shadows.”
Jason A Brown on Feb 5, 2014 at 14:40:24
“it appears you have based you opinion on a relatively small experience, I my self have smoked marijuana daily (about half an ounce a week) for aprox. 20 years. I am an insomniac and it allows me to sleep at nite w/o any side effects the next day. That just a benefit tho for even w/o insomnia I would still smoke, simply because I do not like the affects of alchohal. there is no desire for any other drug to make it "more fun" or for any other reason.
Granted there are exceptions to every rule, so you can say that its just ME and dosent affect anyone else the same, but.....
I work for a global corporation that has plants in 9 country's, and 7 in the us alone. on my crew of 5, 1 person dose not smoke marijuana. The rest are daily smokers that smoke as much, if not more, than I. Our plant is considered the best on the west coast for product, with costumers that flatly refuse to purchase product made in any other plant (recently had corp. big wigs watching us to try and figure out why our product is so much better than other plants even tho we have a standard recipe we all go by). we also have top producing shift of our plant, yet we all smoke.”
teknodum on Feb 5, 2014 at 14:37:09
“Statistics and “Reefer Madness” are NOT the same thing.
Statistics prove that alcohol is far more deadly gateway
The result of incarceration of primarily young, non violent people is the real tragedy that reeks havoc on innocent families for generations. Not getting a mild high from a plant”
RockinK0210 on Feb 5, 2014 at 14:29:17
“truly your ignorance surpasses your stupidity. twatwafflle”
Marc Schipperheyn on Feb 5, 2014 at 14:25:24
“This is just absolute baloney. Statistics DO NOT show this at all. I'm from the Netherlands where I grew up with Marihuana being freely available. It wasn't any cooler than drinking alcohol or smoking. It was normal. I tried it a number of times and enjoyed it a lot. Then I grew over it and moved on. These days, all the people I know that use Marihuana at all are *not* Dutch. They are all from countries where it's illegal (England, US, Brasil etc). At the end of the day the "statistics" actually show that: Marihuana is *much* less harmful and much less addictive than smoking or drinking. It even shows a number of benefits. Sure, there will be people looking for the stronger high. But do they look for that because they tried Marihuana? How about alcohol or tobacco? Marihuana is not called a soft drug for nothing. It should be regulated, taxed and taken out of the criminal profit circuit.”
RevRayGreen on Feb 5, 2014 at 14:24:39
“legalize not your legal lies that demonize the most beneficial plant in the world....”
Rodger leMonde on Feb 5, 2014 at 14:20:25
“What statistics would those be? The only down side to marijuana is brought on by the insane law prohibiting it. That is what destroys, not the God given plant.”
cymrycat on Feb 5, 2014 at 14:06:56
“Actually, this has been PROVEN to be a myth.”
Sam McKenzie on Feb 5, 2014 at 14:05:24
“theres a gateway to any illegal activity and none of them are illegal.”
darladarling on Feb 5, 2014 at 14:05:04
“You are not very smart. You should keep voicing opinions to a minimum.”
ultrawiz on Feb 5, 2014 at 14:04:50
“What a crock! There are NO 'statistics' that show any such thing. Quit being so gullible and swallowing whatever BS is fed to you. This is as clueless as not being able to admit pot is no where near as dangerous as heroin.”
Brian Mendicino on Feb 5, 2014 at 14:03:29
“You're out of your mind.”
XLintLuvR2 on Feb 5, 2014 at 14:02:18
“Marijuana*....and you're lying.”
omobob on Feb 5, 2014 at 14:02:14
“What statistics? Marijuana is not a so-called gateway drug. However prescription pain meds are. More people die in America every year from prescription drug abuse than die from heroin and cocaine combined. That stunning finding comes in a new report Tuesday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC found a fourfold increase in deaths from prescription narcotics over the past decade. Not surprisingly, it coincides with a fourfold increase in the number of prescriptions written for the powerful painkillers. In 2008, the most recent year for which there are statistics, there were 20,044 overdose deaths from prescription drugs. Of those, 14,800 were from narcotic painkillers.”
Kevin Finkelstein on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:59:28
“Please show your work. "Statistics show" is simply a straw man argument.”
maxiemom on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:58:24
“Really? And you know this how, exactly? ADDICTIVE PERSONALITIES start with ALCOHOL, then go on to other drugs. That's the progression. It doesn't start with pot: that's a fallacy. Alcohol is more dangerous by far than pot to begin with, which is also why an addictive personality will go from alcohol, to pot, to something stronger.
Medical marijuana, on the other hand, is a very real medicine. I've had doctors here in conservative Virginia, where it's not likely to be legal anytime soon, suggest it to me even 25 years ago to prevent another asthma attack from EVER happening since the first one put me in the emergency room.
Do some research, please, before falling for the propaganda.”
meganrosz on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:57:22
“"There are two kinds of statistics: the kind you look up and the kind you make up." -- Rex Stout
Despite the constancy of that argument, I've yet to see that study... Just saying!”
Carlinisgod on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:56:31
“Please put down that cup of Kool-Aid, it's filling your head with foolishness.”
krv25 on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:54:59
“Well your wrong ,stats dont say that. I have never met a pot smoker who feels the need for something stronger. Its is actually peer pressure from drug dealers. SO if we legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana, then people would be purchasing it from a licensed seller. Your pharmacist doesn't say "hey you think those prescription aspirin are strong, try some Oxycontin..you"ll get so high you swear you can fly!" I dont get people like you. you dont smoke weed obviously. so you dont know what your talking about. Also any weed dealers I know are my friends. They do care about my health. Infact he lectured my gf just the other day because she tried a cigarette. Which this country seems to think is okay even though someone dies of a tobacco linked death every 6 sec..you want to talk stats..0 deaths EVER in the history of the world have been linked to they use of marijuana. Cigarettes can cause heart disease and cancer. Marijuana is the only know non-toxic substance know to man that fights aggressive metaplastic cancers. It also promotes weight loss because it increases the metabolism Pot smokers are typically friendly pacifist. We dont go looking for harder drugs because weed isnt satisfying our cravings. Besides If that was true then how could someone be addicted to weed and crave a "more fun" "stronger drug". You don't want a beer when you crave a cigarette. that's not how addiction works.”
Jackdean1017 on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:50:39
“if that were the case we would have 50 million heroin and meth addicts...thats how many people report using cannabis...that old refrain has been around for 75 yrs...it was bogus then and its bogus now...try something relevant next time..”
Dave Gerard on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:45:44
“Not even close Lady.. Not even close..”
Caeser67 on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:38:44
“Dear Ms. Lucero Z:
old bra5611 on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:37:29
“the same argument could be made about beer being a gate way beverage to hard liquor.....”
Tilda on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:34:05
“PS--I'm also guessing your statistics are something along the lines of 100% of heroin users started with pot. While that might be true, what is absolutely not true is 100% of pot users end up using heroin. My quick research just showed that 1.6% of Americans use or have used heroin while 43% smoke or have smoke pot. Shouldn't those numbers be closer if pot is gateway drug? What are your statistics?”
skyvigil on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:32:38
“"Statistics show that Marihuana is the beginning of the end."
Which statistics? Whose statistics? Where can those statistics be found?
"Marihuana growers/sellers/healers do not care about anyone's health"
In the 1950s, tobacco companies used to advertise that smoking cigarettes was good for you. In fact, they hired doctors to make TV commercials to convince us of tobacco's beneficial effects. Marijuana may not be good for you but it's less bad for you than both tobacco and alcohol. There are also medicinal uses for marijuana. It lessens the degenrative processes associated with glaucoma and eases the side effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients. Given the fact that marijuana is less harmful than both alcohol and tobacco, is it really worth it to keep fighting its legalization? How many more lives are we going to ruin with these punitive laws that put people behind bars for years for simple marijuana possession? What's the point?
Lastly, marijuana is not physically addictive like tobacco and alcohol. Even when one smokes marijuana habitually there are no severe physical withdrawal syptoms when one stops using it. Compare this to the tremors, nausea and the delerium that one can experiece while withdrawing from alcohol or the insomnia, depression and anxiety that come from nicotine/tobacco withdrawal.”
furiousity on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:32:03
“"Statistics show that Marihuana is the beginning of the end."
And down is now up.”
Squigibo on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:29:13
“if you are so into statistics, why not show the statistics that actually BEER and ALCOHOL is THEE gateway drug. Here's another statistic..... 100% of marijuana users have lived through a THC overdose.”
Squigibo on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:20:35
“If you can't smoke pot, how else are we supposed to fight the invaders from Zarnaxicon IV? Huh? huh?”
Squigibo on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:19:31
“Better tell this to Willie Nelson before it's too late.”
Tilda on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:18:59
“I smoked a lot of pot for a lot of years and one day decided to quit because I wasn't enjoying it anymore. Haven't smoked since; have no desire to. Never tried anything harder, either, although I had plenty of opportunity.
Cigarettes, on the other hand, were nearly impossible to quit. I'm going on 2 years after probably a 100 attempts--but only after a 6-week headache scared me straight.
Yet I still dream about smoking and get definite cravings to smoke--nicotine, not pot.
Yes, I know anecdotal evidence doesn't equal proof, but I know many others who faced the same struggle. Giving up pot? No problem. Giving up nicotine. Insanely difficult.
And don't even get me started on alcohol.”
William Deen on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:15:33
“The idea that Marijuana is a gateway drug has now been proven a myth. Several studies since 1999 have shown their is no correlation between the use of pot and a desire to increase the high by taking other drugs. The only factor relating the 2 is the fact most drug users use pot first. But this is only in the case of illegal drugs. Further research shows those individuals who user more serious drugs also started smoking and drinking alcohol prior to graduating to pot and other drugs. Using your rational, heavy drug users actually began their life of addiction using cigarettes, beer, wine, and other alcohol products before pot. The only difference is one is legal and one is not.”
Bruce Thompson on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:13:46
“Statistics also show that everyone who has EVER taken a drink of water has died.
People who smoke pot do not equal future heroin users. Sure there may be an overlap on a Venn diagram somewhere, but one does not slippery slope right into the other. Its a fallacy and a easily disprovable one at that.”
fallenawayrepublican on Feb 5, 2014 at 13:13:20
“You have no idea what you are talking about. "Reefer Madness" was not a documentary.”
“This is PATENTLY FALSE. the Gateway theory is just another lie you have been told. Wake up.”
justpatrick on Feb 5, 2014 at 12:53:21
“It is obvious by now that the majority of readers think you are completely wrong and I am one of them. I have smoked weed since I was 13 and can tell you that it never has made we want to try other drugs. It is not a getaway drug by any standard. What it is however, is a good pain reliever for people with cancer, helps with glaucoma, is the only drug available for people who need to gain weight (yes, they do exist), and research is continually finding new medical advances/treatments that involve marijuana. And one of the reasons that the medical profession does like marijuana for specific diseases/conditions is the lack of side effects (which most big pharma drugs come with), unless of course, you think eating bags of Doritos is a bad thing.”
Charles Witherspoon on Feb 5, 2014 at 12:53:04
“you fail to mention cafine, nicotine, booze, i.e. beer, wine coolers, burbon, etc...”
bigdaddyc9 on Feb 5, 2014 at 12:51:45
“Beginning of the end? You Ms. are part of the problem.Gateway drugs are booze and tobacco.Surely you jest? You have not boned up on real science yet ,have you?Cannabis is the Tree of Life...there could be no other name for it.It does so much..paper,fuel,medicines,and food.Sustainable crop that needs no rotation.Please educate yourself before you make such a foolish statement.Thank you.”
mmonzeglio19 on Feb 5, 2014 at 12:40:23
“just bc people who do heroin most likely also smoked pot doesnt necessarily mean that pot leads to heroin...there are far more people who smoke pot and would never touch heroin. making it a schedule one drug is total nonsense, and thats the point.”
xmarine521 on Feb 5, 2014 at 12:19:01
“I will use Marijuana over prescription drugs any day of the week, prescription drugs are far more dangerous and addictive than natural Marijuana.”
jbkorn02 on Feb 5, 2014 at 12:17:39
“So all of these people who are disagreeing with your post and actually writing facts and showing proof to how wrong you are. Are they all in the wrong and you being on your own think your somehow right about anything you wrote?”
jbkorn02 on Feb 5, 2014 at 12:14:39
“I'd like to see one ounce of proof marijuana is either dangerous or leads to other drugs. The only shame anyone close to a user would have to go through is being made fun of for not knowing you don't get addicted to marijuana and it harms no one. Just because a law is wrong doesn't mean it is right. Educate yourself.”
jbkorn02 on Feb 5, 2014 at 12:10:27
“You don't get addicted to marijuana and you are spelling it wrong. Statistics ALL show that everyone who tries any hard drug has tried alcohol or tobacco (which are both far more dangerous than marijuana) first and those are your gateway drugs. Being an every day smoker for about 15 years I have never met someone who tried pot before they did alcohol. That is the gateway drug. You need to educate yourself a bit before posting on the subject of the harm you claim marijuana causes since it is completely false.”
1oldhippie on Feb 5, 2014 at 12:03:35
“you equate your stroll on Venice Beach to 'statistics show'...?
What the REAL statistics show, is that you're antiquated vision is WRONG!”
Awetitu on Feb 5, 2014 at 11:58:07
“Marijuana is not a gateway drug...”
CarrudoDon on Feb 5, 2014 at 11:24:41
“I appreciate your compassion and concern, but I don't appreciate people attempting to propagate old 'myths' long ago debunked a zillion times. By the same logic, Marihuana is a gate way to heavy drug use just as much as drinking milk/juice/water is. For a heavy drug user most likely have tried the cheaper and easier and more plentiful marihuana initially, they also at some point drank milk/juice, etc... The fact is there are a proportion of people prone to heavy drug use for various personal reasons. An average person enjoying marihuana does NOT get to a point where they need 'something stronger'. Using that weak argument, why don't all people who drink alcohol (which is a drug) not eventually become alcoholics?”
nodreklaw on Feb 5, 2014 at 11:22:51
“Please cite the specific study that proves your gateway drug myth. Don't waste our time pontificating about something you really clearly know nothing about. Please stop spreading propaganda which has no basis in fact and no scientific study to prove it. You are perpetuating lies. Education and treatment are the only proven solutions to dependency. Our drug policy uses lies and propaganda in lieu of education with facts and makes no allowance for treatment. That is why it has failed. It uses the prohibitionist approach that failed in the 30s with alcohol. An approach that only criminalizes the general population and creates profits for criminal organizations. Those are the facts.”
Dan Owen on Feb 5, 2014 at 11:18:52
“Alcohol and cigarettes are clearly the two biggest "gateway" drugs. Once a person has used them then they start to look for something stonger, "more fun". I wish these stupid gateway arguments would go away, but unless they start with more appropriate comparisons (alcohol and nicotene), then they should just be ignored.
Oh and have you ever heard of a liquor store owner who cared about a customer's health? Your argument is ridiculous and can't stand the slightest scrutiny.”
bizriak on Feb 5, 2014 at 11:14:56
“I am a mental health professional who has worked in drug rehab facilities, county jail, residential facilities for both youth and adults, state aid (welfare) agencies, jobs where I had to go into homes--the list could go on. In my professional and personal opinion it is either willful ignorance or lack of intellectual effort that leads someone to suggest that marijuana is anywhere near as acute a problem as heroin or other more damaging drugs or that it is "the beginning of the end". You say that "Statistics show.." but I don’t see any statistics. Where are your citations? You also make a blanket statement that "The majority of Marihuana growers/sellers/healers do not care about anyone's health......but the money that is being quickly made by selling it disregarding any moral values and ethics." Do you really know they don't care? Do you protest other business owners or entrepreneurs who appear not to "care" about the health of others, such as fast food restaurants? Do you protest payday loan companies by saying no one should ever loan money to someone else? If you want to try to protest something, that is awesome--I'm all for it. You have done so poorly by not only making a bad argument but by making a bad argument in a poor fashion.”
Redburn99 on Feb 5, 2014 at 11:04:43
“The majority of pharmaceutical companies don't care about your health either...they're in it for the money. Thankfully we regulate those companies.”
B Greg Miller on Feb 5, 2014 at 11:02:05
“Well folks, do you think the Republicans will deal with this issue like they dealt with the Gun Issue after the Sandy Hook murders? Encourage everyone to buy Oxycodone and other Big Phama drugs and put more heron addicts in jail? WE need education, rehabilitation and control just like alcohol and tobacco not jail terms. Checkout how many people in America die from Tobacco each year vs all illegal drugs combined.”
Thomas Tony Vance on Feb 5, 2014 at 10:56:20
“Not true, the gateway theory has been debunked many times. If there was a gateway drug it is tobacco, you know first time behind the garage or barn, but there ain't! Morality has nothing to do with it. You feel shamed if a person in your family is addicted? Would you feel shamed if he had cancer? Both are terrible diseases that kill?”
rich07 on Feb 5, 2014 at 10:31:08
“Did they consume Alcohol first? Hmmm....me thinks the reefer madness is strong in this one.”
jbscv on Feb 5, 2014 at 10:18:52
“I'll add my voice to the critics of your post. Beyond the anecdotal evidence pointing out the falsity of your claim; I've smoke pot for almost 40 years and I hold a professional job and have never tried, nor wanted to try anything much stronger. The other fact is when you ask former heroin users what drug they started using that got them hooked it is almost always prescription drugs like Xanax or Vicodin that start their slide into hardcore illegal drugs like heroin.”
Dieter Zerressen on Feb 5, 2014 at 10:16:15
“Statistics show nothing of the kind. Please give a reference or shut up. This is like saying that because all heroin users breath oxygen somehow oxygen is a gateway drug. That's not how studies are done and that's not how conclusions are based.”
Calvin Anthony George on Feb 5, 2014 at 09:48:19
“Really marijuana not Budweiser.
Lady 100% of heavy drug users use alcohol.
Ed C Atlanta on Feb 5, 2014 at 09:46:18
“From a weed smoker since the age of 16 and going on 60 now,weed is not the gateway drug that most people claim it is,,it is the weakness of a person's mind that leads them to try harder drugs and become addicted to them,no one has died from an overdose of weed.”
Bradlinsky on Feb 5, 2014 at 09:26:49
“You shouldn't be opening your mouth.”
Fran Jaime on Feb 5, 2014 at 09:21:36
“It's actually not. You should check Portugal's experience. If pot were legal, it wouldn't have to be sold on a Black Market.”
smd62071 on Feb 5, 2014 at 09:20:47
“by stating that marijuana leads to more dangerous drugs you are essentially stating that this country could not have been formed where a number of our founding fathers smoked it, it would also indicate that multiple presidents should have been drug addicts instead of presidents, this includes Obama, George W. Bush, and Clinton which are the 3 most recent marijuana users in office of the president, not to mention all the congress people that have smoked it that going by your spiel should not have been in office due to how dangerous it supposedly is.”
Patrick Muscarella on Feb 5, 2014 at 09:13:19
“Lucero, what statistics are you referring to that say marijuana is a gateway drug? Provide a source. What? You can't? Oh, that's right, because there are none. It is widely accepted that marijuana is not a gateway drug. As for your getting stopped to see if you wanted a consultation, what does that have to do with anything? Do you not watch TV because of the advertisements? Do you not go out in public in fear that someone may try and sell you something? It doesn't make sense. Also, who are you to decide if smoking pot is immoral? And not ONCE in my life have I ever heard someone refer to someone who smokes pot as and addict, it's laughable. I have however heard people refer to people who smoke pot as DR or Counselor. You are ignorant on the subject. Wake up to reality and stop being told what to think!”
rowdyboy on Feb 5, 2014 at 08:57:55
“Just wonder how many pot smokers started out drinking milk then progressed up the substance ladder until they found themselves in the nasty grip of the dreaded cannabis weed unable to function on any meaningful level. Lets work together and make milk disappear from our breakfast tables and secure the safety of our youth.”
Yolanda LadyLibra Nelson on Feb 5, 2014 at 08:35:39
“I have known those who are smoking marijuana for at least 20 years but have not died or started taking more dangerous drugs. Now for all of the people I know who were smoking heroine (about 20) are now dead. So how can you parallel those 2 drugs?”
Oakland on Feb 5, 2014 at 08:29:51
“Actually, I heard milk was the gateway drug to alcohol and pot. Statistics show that all drug users started with milk.”
PatTheHat on Feb 5, 2014 at 08:26:47
“Big fan o' the Cocoa Puff?
"Statistics show that Marihuana is the beginning of the end."
Stop that silly nonsense, and flat out lie, before you make a complete tool out of yourself.”
paulnps on Feb 5, 2014 at 08:23:25
“There are no such statistics. Those are all stories made up to scare people. Your over reaction does not make good policy.”
Duerksen on Feb 5, 2014 at 07:49:50
“"Statistics"? That word actually has meaning, you know, and should not be used haphazardly if you want to be taken seriously.”
invmartyc on Feb 5, 2014 at 07:05:30
“What planet do you live on? What freaking statistics? Name a credible study that was not aimed at proving that lie. How can you quote something you know nothing about?
I have not known anyone who had to go to harder drugs to have "more fun" but I know people who have smoked pot for many years who are upstanding members of our society. Most are leaders in their church!
How many people have died on pot? A pot head does not kill for a "fix". If they run out of pot they just say, "Damn man, I am out of pot, oh well."
If you have not tried it don't talk about keeping others from it so you can feel "moral".”
Jay Merrick on Feb 5, 2014 at 06:20:42
“Sorry, but you're just totally in the dark on this one. Marijuana is safer then alcohol and has many positive benefits and is far less addicting then nicotine or booze. Also, if you you're going to say something like "statistics show" please link said statistic because I'd like to see you find them.”
Wynema on Feb 5, 2014 at 06:14:30
“You have obviously fallen into the trap of not doing research... What you are stating started in the 1930's when people like Harry Anslinger went before the Senate and actually said things like Marijuana causes white women to want to sleep with black men... ARGH!!!!!”
smd62071 on Feb 5, 2014 at 06:14:04
“how many people do you know or have known that actually smoke marijuana? Of those you have known, how many actually were doing more than marijuana? Actually be honest when answering and not give the standardized spiel of those who want you to think that its a gateway drug.
MOST people that I have know who have smoked marijuana. If people are approaching you on the boardwalk then they aren't licensed practitioners, they are drug dealers looking to rope you in.”
onwisco on Feb 5, 2014 at 05:48:37
“Sugar is a gateway drug to children. As they get older they need something stronger. Then its power drinks etc etc.”
Vincent Aguilar on Feb 5, 2014 at 04:24:30
“Are you serious? I have PTSD and used to drink to take care of it... I'm so glad I stopped but then I moved into SSRI's and anti-depression medication. The side effects were too much and I had to stop. I would get even more nervous and eventually my nightmares got stronger, I started to drink again and I was just worse then before!
I did some research in peer reviewed articles (unlike Lucero Z) here and found out that cannabis does help solders with PTSD and decided to try that. Needless to say, I don't drink anymore, I don't have nightmares or sleepless nights anymore, I don't have thoughts of self harm nor the nervousness. I have never wanted and will never try any harder drugs (coke, meth, heroin, etc...)
You can spew all the false information and anger, but I'll be living better without my SSRI's and the other pills I used to take with medical cannabis. All your facts have been seriously debated in the scientific community.
If you really worry about the youth, worry about alcohol, pain pills and tobacco! These are the ones filling the graves.”
fitley on Feb 5, 2014 at 03:12:11
“Statistics show that Marihuana is the beginning of the end.
Kind of like how that false statement ends your argument.”
Lynn Weyts on Feb 5, 2014 at 03:00:53
“I am from the Hippie generation & I know MANY, MANY, people who started smoking pot & NEVER went to any harder drugs! Some of them are judges & lawyers & still smoke today!
I also knew people who NEVER smoked pot & went straight to heroin & coke! Those who did not get clean are now DEAD!”
Sondra Rene Eisenman on Feb 5, 2014 at 02:12:17
“okay so I suppose the 2.6 trillion dollar pharmaceutical business and all those wealthy doctors are saints to the health and well being to people, please lady they make loads of money by making addictive medications and then make new drugs that are to "help those addicted to those previous pills. Um, where do you think HEROIN came from? It came about in the pharma to help people get off morphine.”
realmichaud on Feb 5, 2014 at 01:23:48
“same can be said of alcohol....do you want the government to ban it?”
CannaDad on Feb 5, 2014 at 00:53:43
“I have some commentary to leave here for you to consider- You say that marijuana is the beginning of the end. You are correct! Using marijuana can mean the end of your cancer, or an end to the debilitating side effects. We cured our daughters leukemia with full extract cannabis oil. She is 8 years old and still in remission- Thank you Cannabis. Now we are spearheading the parents choice movement because cancer doesnt have to be so scary anymore. www.bravemykayla.com”
santacruzbluz on Feb 5, 2014 at 00:52:37
“Your first two sentences are so ridiculous as to be laughable. You've obviously never smoked weed, or you would know that.”
bear79 on Feb 5, 2014 at 00:19:09
“your logic does not hold up. addicts start somewhere be it pot, booze, rediwhip or magic markers. every addict has likely smoked pot but most who use it are not addicts”
erickpk on Feb 5, 2014 at 00:10:25
“Don't let not knowing what you're talking about prevent you from talking Lucero... please.
Btw... do you drink?”
Leaves of Grass on Feb 5, 2014 at 00:01:03
“First of all "statistics show" that marijuana is NOT a gateway drug, that's just propaganda. Alcohol and tobacco are the real gateway drugs, according to "statistics." Secondly, yes, lots of people are making money from this. Are you saying you're against capitalism? And thirdly, perhaps the "majority" in the business don't care more about patients than profit, but that doesn't negate the many dispensary owners who give patients who need a rare strain or complex oil as their only meaningful treatment to them for little or no cost. You could say most doctors in this country don't care more for patients than profit. Does that mean we shouldn't have doctors?”
Bruce Lignell on Feb 5, 2014 at 00:00:14
“And you Say Reefer Madness is your favorite Movie? I think you need to do some Google and learn something other than a 1937 film can teach you about Cannabis. let me post a few of the real reasons here for you. Anslinger has been accused  to be responsible for racial themes in articles against marijuana in the 1930s.
“By the tons it is coming into this country — the deadly, dreadful poison that racks and tears not only the body, but the very heart and soul of every human being who once becomes a slave to it in any of its cruel and devastating forms…. Marihuana is a short cut to the insane asylum. Smoke marihuana cigarettes for a month and what was once your brain will be nothing but a storehouse of horrid specters. Hasheesh makes a murderer who kills for the love of killing out of the mildest mannered man who ever laughed at the idea that any habit could ever get him….”
"Colored students at the Univ. of Minn. partying with (white) female students, smoking [marijuana] and getting their sympathy with stories of racial persecution. Result: pregnancy"[Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, jazz musicians, and entertainers. Their satanic music is driven by marijuana, and marijuana smoking by white women makes them want to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and others. It is a drug that causes insanity, criminality, and death — the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind.”
rww549 on Feb 4, 2014 at 23:59:50
“I know that is what you have always heard, and I believed all that too. How could I doubt the word of people I trusted? Pot is not like hard core drugs, and the effects are not the same. I understand you are afraid of releasing a harmful substance throughout the country, but I suggest you do a little research. Legalization really won't be the end of the world.”
santadog on Feb 4, 2014 at 23:51:30
“I've smoked Marijuana for over 25 years. I don't drink. I've never done Cocaine, Heroine, Meth, PCP, or any other "hard drug". I worked for a Med Mar Dispensary in Colorado and saw Cancer Patients, people with M.S, and many other legitimate ailments, and they described to me what Med Mar did for them. You don't have to ignite and inhale to get the medical benefits of this HERB. Tincture was used to help Fibromyalgia, Salves for arthritis, edibles for Cancer patients. Please stop lying about things you do not know or understand. I'm sure it was very traumatic getting asked 5 times if you wanted a consultation. I like how you had to ad that your daughter was with you. I'm sure your little snowflake had no idea what was being asked, and I'm sure it was so hard for you to say "No" and keep walking.”
phunkmunkie on Feb 4, 2014 at 23:24:06
“I have been a pot smoker for 25 years and never- NEVER have I had an inkling of a desire to try heroin. EVER. Stuff is nasty and will kill you. The gateway argument is as old and tired as your archaic, anglo spelling of Marijuana.”
Caymus77 on Feb 4, 2014 at 22:50:23
“Ridiculous! What statistics? Compiled by whom? You don't have a clue. You are assuming people have no will power and that is a bogus assumption. Using your logic,anybody who has a drink is not going to be able to stop themselves until they die of alcohol poisoning.”
indyvet on Feb 4, 2014 at 22:49:27
“Your first two sentences are complete BS. Alcohol, by far, is more dangerous and addictive than weed. Also, my mother who is battling cancer right now at this moment is thankful for the relief she gets from it. Unless you have data to back your statements up with, you are only projecting.”
Stanley Bonk on Feb 4, 2014 at 22:42:54
“Gee, that's strange. I smoked it by the bucketload when I was in college and when I got tired of doing it, I stopped. You may need an evaluation for other problems in your psyche that makes it have such a hold on you.”
CiscoPike on Feb 4, 2014 at 22:41:46
“how is a plant immoral? Also, your "gateway drug" theory is straight from a pamphlet from 1966.”
“Sherri Shepherd ended up being the person with the most common sense in that group. Ms. Walters, this is such an intimate matter that you nor anyone can be certain of Mr. Allen's innocence. You are putting your credibility at risk. You never side with anyone who has a record of liking very young women. Always remember that he married his wife's adopted daughter. She was a minor when he started pursuing her. He has been very lucky that he was not prosecuted yet. He is as talented as Michael Jackson in the entertainment world.....they also share the same sickness in my opinion.”
“Mr. Hammond was directed by Sabu a government informant who worked for the FBI at that time, Furthermore, the information was downloaded into a server owned by the FBI and yet, he is going to jail???? Mr. Hammond exposed some wrong doing that was not convenient to the FBI or some private party.
Mr. Obama you as our leader of this beautiful country cannot and should not allow this horrendous act. of incarcerating someone for doing what he was asked for by the government.............and so to be clear, anything that he might have done in the past is nothing in comparison to the amount of information he has provided to the government. I will research how the White House citizens' comments line work. We will only be successful if we try our best to get our president's attention!”
“You chose to take his comment lightly for your own reason. I took it the opposite for my very own reasons as well. Let's exchange thoughts on something else now.”
pkafin on Nov 16, 2013 at 18:26:21
“Fair enough. Did you see the miss USA's costume? I'm pretty sure that one can be comfortably ridiculed without stepping on anyone's toes. And, the Miss UK's was decidedly pervy in my opinion. Several of the other countries had skimpy outfits, but hers was a full dress hiked up to the waist.”
“My opinion on this subject is absolutely based on memories of what good journalism means. Nowadays, any pretty face or loud person can sit down in front of a camera and reach masses of people. TV is an instrument for awareness and education, not speculation and unilateral interests. As much as I do not like Rush Limb....I know that whoever listens to him is because they agree with that philosophy. It is expected to hear whatever he says because his program is about his opinion and how he sees events.”
reddsox35 on Nov 16, 2013 at 23:21:18
“When I listen to Rush (which is rare) I sit in disbelief! I wonder if that man honestly believes what comes out of his mouth or if its the fact that he is being paid to entertain people and only reach the people that do not have critical thinking skills of their own. I look at him and everyone that is like him as a radio "entertainers". And I cant help but think he laughs his way to the bank and knows that only his hard core listeners are like sheep. I have to say the Koch brothers are very smart in where they have spread their money. They knew if they got people to listen to the "entertainers" that the followers really connected to or who they felt they could connect with, that they could sway these people to believe everything they were hearing is true and "fair and balanced". Its just sickening, really.”
“Yelling and screaming are not the tools to demand answers. I am sure, Kelly could have gotten an answer (true or false) had she approached the interviewee as a true caring and concerned reporter and not as a loud interviewer.”
“Before we talk, we should get acquainted with the subject. "...making light of a costume choice?" That lady was proudly showing off the most representative costume of the women during the Inca Empire, which includes how they carried their babies.”
pkafin on Nov 15, 2013 at 16:17:58
1) Anderson's comments were made on his show which is a fluffy thing of a show and not really connected to the actual reporting that he often does from locations of disasters so i find it a poor basis upon which to judge his sincerity when reporting from disaster locations.
2) I have now seen a spread of outfits from the event in which many countries were represented and I find them, as a whole, beyond ridiculous. Did you see the American one? There were few things serious about those costumes. It was not an event laden with gravitas.”
“Kelly Megan needs to watch at least 1,000 of Diane Sawyer's interviews to hopefully learn a. How to treat the interviewer and behave when interviewing. b. Shouting only show that reporter is losing control of the interview and c. You can be assertive and press for answers but in an ethical manner.”
sakennard on Nov 15, 2013 at 07:17:22
“that's the problem They DON'T get REAL answers, because they do no press their interviews.”
reddsox35 on Nov 15, 2013 at 05:12:51
“I couldnt agree more! I remember when my dad would watch the news or 60 mins and I felt the world came to an end.... But man I miss real reporting!”
svh3710 on Nov 15, 2013 at 04:31:44
“Not when the person being interviewed is rude and not wanting to give a straight answer. It works both ways and Megyn Kelly has a job to ask and get the correct answers. To me Emanuel was rude and uncooperative. They fumble around when they don't want people to know the truth.”
jjerrbberr02 on Nov 15, 2013 at 04:24:31
“There was nothing unethical in the way she pressed for straight answers.
I happened to watch the whole interview. He was more than hostile from the outset. She asked questions, and he wouldn't answer, he instead countered.”
stvhndyman on Nov 15, 2013 at 04:17:41
“I agree with you. She was over the top with her agressiveness.
An interview is suppose to be a 'two way' exchange not a brow beating!”
navymom1421 on Nov 15, 2013 at 04:12:16
“She needs to watch Matthews Chris, Shultz Ed and O'Donnell Lawrence, the poster children for calmness, self-control and politeness.”
“The reporters got what they deserve for following up an egotistical woman who only accepted contact with the real people because those people were going to feed her by buying her book. Nothing that Palin does surprises me............what has to happen as for the press to stop following her?”
news flash on Nov 15, 2013 at 03:58:18
“well. it's not the reporters fault, they just follow orders. It's the news editor and production staff (tv stations) that tell them to cover the event and expect a note.
I'd say "Hey Sarah, nice book. Who wrote it for you"?”
“His laugh only show his ignorance in worldly matters and different cultures.............and we all know that he has travelled to numerous places and yet he still shows his insensitivity and uncouthness. His awkward and inappropriate comment make me now doubt about his sincerity when covering stories like the typhoon in the Philippines.”
pkafin on Nov 15, 2013 at 11:16:54
“That's absurd. unless plastic baby's attached to dresses are a cultural norm in Peru (they are not), then he was making light of a costume choice. it has no reflection on his ability to or sincerity when covering tragedies.”