Steve Wellcome 
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Re: “Congressman Eric Swalwell Puts Donor's Daughter on Payroll

A friend of mine who grew up in Chicago once defined honest graft and dishonest graft.

Honest graft is when a legitimate job exists, your friend is competent to fill it,so why not hire him?

Dishonest graft is when a fake job is created for your friend, or your friend is not qualified for the real job he gets hired for.

I'm not sure how that relates to the case at hand, but I've always liked the distinction.

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Posted by Steve Wellcome on 03/06/2014 at 3:15 AM

Re: “Somogyi's Legacy

I'd like to know if one of his guitars is really $25,000 better than one from my luthier, . Probably some people could tell the difference. I doubt I could.

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Posted by Steve Wellcome on 08/08/2013 at 6:08 AM

Re: “How To Talk To a Cop About Pot

Chris Stehlik:

I totally agree that marijuana use should be treated as a health problem and not a crime. I do question some of your other statements, however.

It is not at all clear that marijuana use would increase under a system of legal regulated sale. You are making the assumption that it would, but the evidence we have suggests otherwise. You undoubtedly know that cannabis use is tolerated in the Netherlands; their rate of use is about half what ours is. As their minister of health explained it, "We've managed to make pot boring." Portugal decriminalized all drug use a few years ago...and saw rates of use drop. There is an obvious explanation. To buy a legal regulated product, e.g. alcohol, you need to be of age and prove it. To buy marijuana, or anything else the guy on the corner is selling, all you need money.

The health issues of marijuana are both considerably better understood and considerably less worrisome than you suggest. The government has funded studies of marijuana and health for years, feverishly trying to find something -- anything -- dangerous about using marijuana. There isn't much. About the only thing directly attributable to marijuana use is bronchial irritation. It can also be a colossal waste of time, but all indications are that physically it is far less dangerous than tobacco. Marijuana use does not cause cancer -- in fact, it may prevent some cancers.

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Posted by Steve Wellcome on 02/07/2013 at 8:22 PM

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