Better than a bearded Speaker?

First, the really important news of the day.

As House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled his post-turkey beard to the news and world today, making him the first speaker in a hundred years with facial hair…

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Nebraska’s junior Senator is also, apparently, working on his chin warmers. Politico reports under…

BEARD WATCH: Paul Ryan is getting a lot of attention for his trailblazing beard, but don’t sleep on Sen. Ben Sasse’s new beard, which he said is for “mourning” Nebraska football.

We do not YET have a recent photo of the good Senator, but below is an artist’s rendering of the Senator in the Capitol, if he had the same look as Giants pitcher Brian Wilson.

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At least they have some catching-up to do if they want to reach “David Letterman Retirement Beard” level…


We will keep you updated.

**UPDATE at 1:45pm 12/1/15**

Sasse reportedly shaved his No-Shave-November beard…this morning.


Full-State Strategy

KMTV’s Nick Starling reports that Senator Tommy Garrett is not giving up, by a long shot, his quest to make medicinal marijuana legal in Nebraska.

Garrett is going on a four city media event across Nebraska to press for his cause. He is touting the success of Minnesota’s version of the law for greater acceptance in Nebraska.

In the KMTV story, they cite a recent trip by Colorado law enforcement to Nebraska noting the perils of their new law — though Garrett, somewhat exasperated, notes that full legalization of pot, and medicinal legalization are very different.

Doing some back of the internet research on it, I found that Marinol, a synthetic THC pill, is available in all 50 states. It is noted as “a safe and effective medicine for the treatment of nausea and vomiting.”

It is also noted that Marinol “is not the same thing as approving ‘marijuana’ as a ‘medicine.'”

As others have commented here, one of the big knocks against “medicinal marijuana” is…

There is no possibility of approval of any plant as a medicine to treat any illness, now or ever because the chemicals in whole plants (to say nothing of smoked plants which are composed of many, many more chemicals) could be approved as a medicine. Plants are unstable mixtures of different chemicals which cannot be used directly to provide a ‘dose’ of a specific chemical to be used as a medical treatment.

One would imagine that this is an issue that Garrett is up against. Though, citing Marinol, many point out that the drug has its downsides — isn’t effective, has drawbacks in dosage and other issues. And others point out that if a patient has a terminal illness, what’s the real downside?

In any case, an interesting debate where Garrett and other supporters will need to win the hearts and minds to take it to the next step. It looks like he is giving it his all.


Countdown for Watchdog

In her penultimate column for Nebraska Watchdog (and that does NOT mean that she has a super writing utensil…), Deena Winter takes a look at spending on Group Homes under Developmental Services of Nebraska.

Some in-depth reporting by Deena — which we will lose in about 48 hours.

(She’s leaving the state — not dying.)


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  1. TexasAnnie says:

    Why am I NOT SURPRISED about this report on the welfare of the DD population in Nebraska?
    And tomorrow, Deena promises, a report on the abuse and neglect taking place…

  2. Sparkles says:

    Should medical marijuana actually prove efficacious. transdermal THC patches would seem a sensible delivery method.

    Precisely controlled dosage and administration.
    And transdermal avoids, to a great degree (first pass), damage to the lungs, liver and accumulation in fatty tissues.

    Although, I’m guessing it’s tiny population these patches would ultimately benefit.
    I find it unlikely a majority of ‘medicinal’ users are interested in a controlled release patch.
    “Hey dude, wadda ya say we go spark up a patch”

    • The Grundle King says:

      “Although, I’m guessing it’s tiny population these patches would ultimately benefit.
      I find it unlikely a majority of ‘medicinal’ users are interested in a controlled release patch.”

      I know it’s not nearly cold enough for hell to have frozen over…and yet, I find myself in agreement with Sparkles. Whaddyaknow?!

      For a pretty hilarious take on ‘medicinal marijuana’, watch the South Park episode “Medicinal Fried Chicken”.

  3. ouch says:

    So, Medical Marijuana is bad because you cannot measure what’s in it. Hmm. Sounds like our local Chem Prof has been dissing the weed again. Spoil sport. — However, disease isn’t sport. Not hardly.

    I have a medical/surgical background, and I agree pot is less medicine than therapy. But so what? Is “Therapeutic Marijuana” a better term for you?

    I wish you to imagine that you have Behcet’s Disease, untreatable open ulcers on your scrotum or vulva and that isn’t the most painful part of the malady. When marrow suppressants and NSAIDs don’t do the trick, it is Oxycodone, a synthetic narcotic. I double dog dare you too remain academically aloof on the question of “Medical Marijuana” with pain like that.

    And, frankly, I am not so sure that Pot isn’t “medical” after all; biological living weed that it is.

    The FDA classifies maggots and leeches as “live medical devices”. Got a problem with that? A device? I’d say a living thing (animal or plant) is a therapy. Whatever they are, they are magnificent.

    Maggots and leeches are cheap, creepy and they work. Scientists have not figured out how either critter works exactly but maggots debride dead tissue, eating infectious organisms that are killed in the maggot’s gut and secrete enzymes that break down dead tissue, turning it into a mush the maggots then slurp up, leaving a saliva residue that forms a barrier to reinfection. Maggots absolutely debride necrotic tissue better than surgery or anything else known to medicine.

    Leeches save thousands of reattached limbs each year, thus preventing thousands of amputees. Leech saliva is a potent mix of many not well understood proteins that, among other things, numb pain, reduce swelling and keep blood flowing. What is in leech spit? Who knows? What’s in the bee venom physicians inject into osteoarthritis patients?

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery.


  5. Dope Smokers says:

    This medical marijuana issue is just an excuse for Pot Smokers that are state senators and former republican party chairs to get high. Ask them when is the last time they smoked pot.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I’m pretty sure my boss reads Leavenworth street.

    And since sweeper brought it up and it is his website: Can the medical marijuana people PLEASE stop pretending that it’s about medicine? It’s a camel’s nose to get recreational use legalized, which is ironically still illegal. I’m not some Bible thumper who says “pot is one of the many tools of the devil”. Nope, in fact I couldn’t possibly give fewer craps about the legalization of pot. I just think it’s disingenuous for pot heads to try shaming the rest of us into legalizing medicinal pot so they can get recreational use in a few years. Call a spade a spade. We get it, you like pot and you think some people who are sick might benefit from getting high. I’ll vote with you as long as you don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

    • Oracle says:

      Can the medical marijuana people PLEASE stop pretending that it’s about medicine?
      Another omniscient poster. I have a family member who had occasional seizures due to a head injury. The medical profession prescribed Depakote which has quite a few side effects. However since moving to Colorado he’s found that a nightly “hit” ended them.

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