The Denver 4/20 Celebration of Pot Legalization


"What We Saw at the Denver 4/20 Celebration of Marijuana Legalization," produced by Paul Feine. 2:30 minutes.

Original release date was April 25, 2014. Original writeup is below.

On Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, tens of thousands of people gathered in Denver to attend the 2014 420 Rally. For the first time ever, the annual event was a celebration of marijuana legalization rather than a protest against a failed policy. Reason TV brought cameras to the event. This is what we saw.

2:30 minutes. Produced and edited by Paul Feine. Shot by Paul Feine and Alex Manning. Music by Tommy Tornado.

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    1. how’s Lou Reed doing?

      1. I heard he died of boredom. And repeats.

  1. Donald Sterling’s wife of more than 50 years describes his alleged mistress as a gold digger who seduces older, wealthy men and persuades them to shower her with gifts, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on March 7.

    The Clippers team owner and a woman identified as V. Stiviano allegedly began an affair after meeting at the 2010 Super Bowl game and were still in the relationship as of the filing date, according to the lawsuit filed by Rochelle H. Sterling, who is described in the suit as “a married woman seeking to protect and recover community property in her individual capacity.”

    Rochelle Sterling alleges that her husband used community property to buy Stiviano a 2012 Ferrari, two Bentleys and a 2013 Range Rover, worth a total of more than $500,0000.

    Sterling also allegedly gave Stiviano $1.8 million to buy a duplex on West 4th Street near the Beverly Center last December, according to the suit, which claims that Sterling additionally provided her with $240,000 for upkeep and living expenses.…..z307r3MEbK

    Must be some good pussy!

    1. Something.. something..something.. female libertarians..

    2. I was telling my wife about this story and how he was getting raked over the coals. She thought I meant he was getting blasted for screwing around on his wife, spending all their money on his young girlfriend, and publicly and personally humiliating his wife by prancing around with this young girl on national TV. I’m like no, ALL of that was perfectly ok. No one had any problem with him doing that at all. Perfectly acceptable behavior. Hell It’s LA he probably would have gotten into less trouble for child molestation. I’m not condoning his assholie,ignorant statements but interesting what is decided by the media what is acceptable assholiness and what is not.

  2. Sean Hannity wants to know why these hippies hate America.

    1. HANNITY: I don’t think there should be jail terms. I believe in decriminalization

      I’ll take Hannity’s weed policy over the current reality.

      1. WHEN DID HE SAY THAT? I suffered through most of that show the other night. His tone was one of general derision for the celebrants and partakers. I got the impression he was not a fan of the direction certain states were headed.

        1. I think you can deride annoying hippy potheads while still being in favor of decriminalization.

          I deride Amanda Marcotte without seeking to deny her free speech rights.

          1. Wow I might have to take back some of things I’ve said about Hannity. Does this mean he’s more to the left on the drug war, then the so called moderate O’Reily?

            1. O’Reilly is a ‘moderate’ in that he takes the worst statist positions of the right and the worst statist positions of the left and jams them together into one vile Irish package.

              He brings shame upon my people.

              1. He’s an economic populist and a neocon. Literally the worst pundit on television. More loathsome then Dobbs or any of MSNBC morons.

                1. “..Literally the worst pundit on television. More loathsome then Dobbs or any of MSNBC morons.”

                  His ‘set em up/ knock em down’ shouting smugfests are pretty vile… but then again, there’s Oberman/Shultz, so… I guess there’s plenty of smugdouche to go around

      2. Were you watching his show on Friday? Ugh, what a fucking so/neocon. He epitomizes everything I despise about the republicans.

        But, to your point, he does recognize it’s game over for illegal pot whether he likes it or not.

  3. The Clippers team owner and a woman identified as V. Stiviano allegedly began an affair after meeting at the 2010 Super Bowl game and were still in the relationship as of the filing date, according to the lawsuit filed by Rochelle H. Sterling, who is described in the suit as “a married woman seeking to protect and recover community property in her individual capacity.”

    Et c, et c.

    And why is this the concern of anybody not directly involved, Nosey Parker?

    1. It’s about racism, Brooks. It lurks under every bed. It hides in every (white) heart. it’s the scourge of the contemporary world, the cause of all problems, and the greatest killer of all. At this very moment, dozens of millionaire basketball players are suffering from its effects. There can be no peace, and certainly not any bourgeoisie “privacy,” until every hint of racism is eradicated.

      Get with the program, dude.

  4. how’s Lou Reed doing?

    Still, umm… you know.

        1. Shouldn’t that be -6 ft?

          1. Depends on your frame of reference…

      1. all the racists say…

        1. …they could’ve had him any day? They only let him slip away…out of kindness?

  5. College cops gonna cop.

    EXCLUSIVE: Shocking moment a Tennessee police officer choked an unresisting college student until he fell UNCONSCIOUS

    1. This is why people shouldn’t photograph the police – the cop-bashing media will just take everything out of context and use the pictures to make propaganda.

      1. In the good old days, Officer Suilla and his buddies would have simply denied the allegations, and faced with conflicting testimony between some perp with a grudge and several peace officers, everyone would have simply accepted the peace officers’ version. Case closed.

    2. This is where they’re mostly good cops shit just falls apart. There were two cops cuffing and holding this kid while the third one strangled him. Fucking heroes, all of them.

      1. I’m not sure how you could “prove” that more cops are thugs than not? What sort of stats are there?

        1. Well then I suppose the most honest answer would be that we have no idea the ratio of good cops to bad cops, and anyone who makes the “they’re mostly good cops” argument is still full of shit.

    3. Update: The cop who did this has already been fired from his position with the Knoxville police, less than 3 hours after the story broke.

      That’s a well-run police department. If every department was run like this, America would be a drastically better place.

      1. U of T IS the city of Knoxville so choking out students would be bad for business. Somebody’s getting paid though.

    4. Counting from the top of the page, look at photos 7 and 8. Look at the cop’s face.

  6. Sarah Palin at NRA rally: ‘Waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists’

    Speaking Saturday at the National Rifle Association’s “Stand And Fight” rally at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate accused the Obama administration of instating counterterrorism policies that “coddle adversaries.”

    “Come on. Enemies, who would utterly annihilate America, they who’d obviously have information on plots, to carry out Jihad. Oh, but you can’t offend them, can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen,” she said. “Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists.”

    Saturday’s rally was part of the NRA’s annual meeting, which drew thousands to Indianapolis.

    During her speech, Palin focused on Second Amendment rights, which she said liberals are “attacking” in addition to the United States’ “foundational values and tradition.” According to Palin, creating gun-free zones in schools and other public buildings is “stupid on steroids.”

    A reminder of what we have to work with if we associate with Republicans.

    1. Hippie.

    2. How exactly do we know that the Obama administration has put a stop to torture (including outsourcing it to allies)?

      Because the administration denies it’s doing torture?

      1. Well, the media hasn’t been talking about it, and we know how the media always goes after Obama when he’s doing something evil.

    3. Holy fucking shit.

    4. Well her thoughts about gun control are right on.

      As far as how to deal with Jihadists, well thats a little murky. They’re aren’t exactly soldiers, but they’re not quite criminals.

      The war of terror has been morally gray since the beginning, and I have yet to hear of a good solution that I like.

      1. If thinking about it hurts your head, do the next best thing: get your pom-poms and cheer for whatever your team is doing (or claims it’s doing).

        1. Whose cheering? When you go after jihadist do you send cops to arrest them like criminals, or soldiers to shoot them? If the soldiers capture them should they be treated like enemy soldiers, like criminals, pirates, etc?

          This is the biggest problem with fighting the war on terror, it’s a clusterfuck combination of both military and police action.

          1. I was sympathizing with your situation by mocking the people who think there’s a simple answer. I’m sorry if it got too snarky.

            1. Oh nevermind then, my mistake.

          2. Regardless, torture is not justified or legal. I think “jihadists” in the country should be treated as criminals. Abroad, it gets murkier, depending on where they are, how feasible capture is, how trustworthy the local government is, etc.

    5. John Bolton must be furious he didn’t think of that little zinger first.

    6. Brilliant. Just fucking brilliant. *shakes head*

      I’m not in favor of waterboarding, but perhaps the waterboarding enthusiasts can construct a more careful, less glib argument for an act that is well outside the norm of behavior for a western democracy.

      1. that is well outside the norm of behavior for a western democracy

        In how we imagine ourselves at our best? Sure. De facto? I’m not so sure.

        1. That’s fair considering our use of rendition, but I don’t think waterboarding enthusiasts necessarily want to argue that tack — especially considering how embarrassed most Westerners get at the mention of these more sordid incidents.

      2. I’m not in favor of waterboarding, but perhaps the waterboarding enthusiasts can construct a more careful, less glib argument for an act that is well outside the norm of behavior for a western democracy.

        I’m always amazed by how tone deaf some arguments are. “We need to do this to stop terrorists” is a tried and true method of getting the American people to be all kinds of atrocious things, so I don’t know why you’d say it in such a vulgar way that even most warmongers would be turned off.

    1. Fox tapped in to this with a strong marketing effort that effectively sold the revenge story?three women team up to take down their cheating lover?while also emphasizing the fun camaraderie between the three leads.

      So they remade 9 To 5?

  7. Enemies, who would utterly annihilate America


  8. 14 years ago, a dad took a video of his newborn daughter. He kept taking weekly videos. Then he strung the results together sequentially for us to watch.…..eathtaking

    1. Do you have kids?

      1. I’m afraid not, and they won’t come into my van, either.

        1. I’m sure you’ve tried the 3 basic methods:
          3.”Your mom is in the hospital, I’ll take you to her!”

          1. I *thought* there was something wrong with my “organic kale in the back of the van” ruse.

            1. But seriously, when I was a kid we *did* have a crazy neighbor who thought people (including my family) were conspiring against him. They put him away. He wasn’t exactly a van-pervert-killer kind of guy, but he was scary enough in his own right.

              1. Was he a Democrat from Georgia that posts on Hit and Run?

                1. I never thought of that before.

              2. Oh, yes, the teachers at one of my afterschool programs chauffeured us in a van, and the neighbor thought it was his enemies coming to get him. So in a curious inversion of roles, a kid in a van was scaring a creepy guy.

                1. Fortunately, *his* family conspired against him and had him committed.

  9. Why do the Mariners suck so badly? Why oh why?

    1. Dude, you’re getting greedy. We don’t even have a football team here.

      1. You could have gotten an NHL team back in the 1970s.

        1. I mistook Playa for saying he was also from Seattle.

          Oh and what is the proper term for someone from Seattle? *waits for snarky joke*

          1. No joke I tell could be more offensive to Seattleites than the fact that Epi is allowed to live among them.

            1. Allowed?!?

        2. We definitely have a hockey team. I drank out of the Stanley cup 2 years ago. Even though I didn’t go to any games.

          1. Did you drink from a cup offered by Bryan Singer?

            You Know Who Else drank from a cup from the Earl of Derby?

            1. Nope. If I ever end up at a party with Brian Singer, I’ll text Jesse the address.

              1. Wait, what?

                Bryan Singer is not my type and I’m about 15 years too old to be his…

      2. I should really be down there. The weather is pretty damn good.

        And I can get greedy because we have the best football team in the NFL at this point. The Mariners could at least step up to the plate. Come on Romero. You can tie this up if you hit a good one.

        1. You guys are going through a bit of a rough spot. I read somewhere that Seattle’s weather was so bad this year that records were broken.

          You’re going to have a niece/nephew in the OC, right? Good enough reason to move…

          1. He’ll fit right in with the tweakers and cross-dressers walking the streets of Garden Grove.

            1. Where is the worst part of the OC? I nominate the Fullerton Train Station. Or, I made a wrong turn in Santa Ana once, that was pretty sketchy.

              1. Midway City. A few blocks of unincorporated trash located on Beach Boulevard between Westminster and Huntington Beach.

                I went out with a girl who lived there several months ago and ended up accosted by an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy just for being parked on the street where drug deals go down.

          2. My sister will be moving to Australia with her husband soon after the kid is born, so there’s no reason to move. Plus, I don’t do California.

            And that’s an automatic double for Smoak. That’s a start, even though they’ve got two outs already.

            1. It would be nice to have dual citizenship. Never been to AUS, but I think I would like it.

              1. It’s a built in excuse for me to go, now. I’ll stop in Hawaii and Fiji on the way. But I’m doing Europe this summer. It’s been a while since I was in Europe, and I need to go. Germany here I come!

                1. Switzerland too? That was my favorite in the summer.

                  If you’re crossing the Pacific, there are hundreds of places worth visiting. Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Easter Island, etc etc.

                  I’m saving that trip for retirement, because it would take at least 6 months to do it all, and it is probably pretty expensive.

                  1. Yeah, I will almost assuredly make sure I go to Switzerland from Munich.

                    One strike away from a Mariners win. Go Rodney.

                    1. Must see:
                      Both easily accessible by rail.
                      Also, Zermatt (no third link allowed).

                    2. Now that the Mariners have won I guess I’ll have to sober up. Maybe I’ll get stoned and play Borderlands.

    2. They don’t have any Pilots thanks to Bud Selig?

    3. because they play baseball? anyone who plays baseball for a living, by definition, sucks.

    4. Because the guys running it think it’s a smart idea to sign a 31 year old second baseman to a mega contract rather than rebuild from the bottom up?

      1. And Seager with another home run and two on base. Mariners lead!

        1. Yeah, well, his brother Corey is better and is tearing up Double A in the Dodger’s organization (along with other OF Joc Pederson).

          I can’t wait for us to dump Crawford. Worst contract in baseball.

          1. Jesus, Seager is four inches taller than me and weighs the same. Maybe he should squat more.

  10. A 420 thread? Hopefully there are some foodies here.

    Anyone have a good rotisserie chicken recipe?

    1. “Anyone have a good rotisserie chicken recipe?”

      1) Go to Whole Foods.
      2) Check to make sure the chicken hasn’t been off the rotisserie for more than, oh, 1/2hr.
      3) Buy it.
      Pretty sure Costco’s are just as good, but they’re HUGE.

      1. I get Whole Foods short ribs and brisket from the hot foods counter a lot, but the chicken always looks dried out. Is it really that good?

        We have a really good Lebanese chicken place here, but it’s closed on Sunday.

        1. Pl?ya Manhattan.|4.27.14 @ 7:23PM|#
          “I get Whole Foods short ribs and brisket from the hot foods counter a lot, but the chicken always looks dried out. Is it really that good?”

          There’s several recipes for the chicken; we like the “classic”, REALLY good. But, yeah, you have to check for how fresh it is.
          And I’m not joking about the Costco. We’ve had restaurant chefs tell us they stop there when they don’t want to cook at home.
          We had a good manager at WF, but he left. The new guy doesn’t stay on top of his hot counter; the beef stew gets emptied of beef and stays that way. And he’ll do too many chickens and let ’em sit.

          1. Costco it is then. I’m out. Thanks.

            1. I always get into trouble in the Costco hot foods aisle. I’ve already done all of my food shopping for the week.

            2. Spot on. I got 2 that came out 10 minutes prior. I have no idea how they can charge $5 for a 3 lb. chicken (weight after cooking).

              1. “I have no idea how they can charge $5 for a 3 lb. chicken (weight after cooking).”

                I really have a hard time with ‘food insecurity’ crap.

  11. “The Secret Of #myNYPD: New Yorkers Love Their Cops”…..heir-cops/

    1. It would have been nice to cross reference the approval numbers for the police with data on the responding individuals’ meaningful contact with them.

  12. “debt brake” law, approved by Swiss voters in 2001, limits government profligacy:


  13. Urban legend confirmed: Hundreds of lost Atar cartridges found in New Mexico landfill

    For decades, conspiracy theorists wondered: Was it true that hundreds, if not thousands, of “E.T.” cartridges (remember those?) had been secretly buried in the desert near Alamogordo, N.M.?

    On Saturday, gamers got their answer: Yes.

    The YouTube video of the excavation effort shows a man in a hard hat from the team announcing, “We found something,” to a few scattered “whoos!”

    He let the drama unfold and then added, “We found an intact ‘E.T.,’ the video game.” The crowd erupted in hoots, cheers and screams. Not that anyone needed to be told, but he added, “You didn’t come out here for nothing.” Who would suggest such a thing?

    Just why and how the games ended up in the desert is a matter of dispute.

    “E.T.” sold 1.5 million copies. Still, it was a disappointment.

    As Hero Complex wrote: “Despite its place on the list of Atari’s all-time top-selling titles, this release is one of the most notorious games in 2600 history. Rushed into production after Steven Spielberg’s movie became a box office sensation, the game was expected to sell many millions of copies, but sold just a fraction of that. The unsold cartridges were famously buried in a New Mexico landfill; the game’s failure was the beginning of a long decline in Atari’s fortunes.”

    1. [save this space; I’m going to put a cool Jimmy Hoffa joke here]

    2. [save this space; I’m going to put a cool Jimmy Hoffa joke here]

      1. they each better be different

        1. First:
          They found Jimmy Hoffa’s body!
          Under Tammy Faye’s makeup.

    1. “The right thing for me to do is to take responsibility and resign as a person who is in charge of the cabinet,”

      /not anyone Americans know

      1. not any *politician* Americans know, just to be clear

    2. This is bizarre because I don’t even think it’s his fault.

      A politician takes responsibility and I feel sorry for the guy. Today is backwards day.

      1. Seriously, this to me is an overreaction. Yes something horrible happened, and it seems like the ferry’s officers and the ferry company should be held responsible.

        But the SK PM is not at fault here.

    3. WTF – how is the PM in any way responsible for this?

      I mean, unless the SK’s actually expect their Prime Minister to be in charge all the fucking ferries in the country.

      Really all this is, is the idea that these guys are the most important thing in the world writ large. Its the same thinking that has our president making a stop at every half-arsed ‘disaster’ in this country.

    4. That’s an upside to a national culture having a strong sense of shame.

      1. Didn’t the vice principal commit suicide over the ferry disaster?

        1. Yup, pretty tragic

    5. The president is the one who should resign, but that’s because she’s a totalitarian bitch (daughter of the former dictator, in fact), not because of the ferry.

      1. *a former dictator, not the

      2. Park Chung-hee was a dictator in the mold of Pinochet (or vice versa since Park was in power a decade before Pinochet): brutally repressive but not economically retarded.

        Even today Korean public opinion is split between revulsion at his authoritarian policies and approval for his stance against communism and helping the country fully recover from the war and grow into a major economic power.

  14. I love love love Cat Power!

    You fucks will never get it!

    1. Who exactly are you arguing with?

      You are exceptionally schizo on Sundays.

      1. It just hopes that the wall will scream back at it.

        Actually, that’s not correct; to hope, a creature has to be sentient, and it isn’t sentient.

        It’s more akin to a bee flying along the ground ‘hoping’ to find flowers with nectar.

  15. I’m not sure how you could “prove” that more cops are thugs than not? What sort of stats are there?

    As long as they stand by and allow rampant egregious abuse, there are, by definition, no good cops.

  16. “The right thing for me to do is to take responsibility and resign as a person who is in charge of the cabinet,”

    This just demonstrates what a bunch of unsophisticated savages the Koreans are.

    No American would resign if it were shown he had personally ordered that boat to be torpedoed.

  17. Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict celebrate mass canonizing St. John XXIII and St. John Paul II.

    Here are the four popes crossing Abbey Road:

    (from Twitter)

    1. That the Vatican chooses not to tweet in Ecclesiastical Latin proves the arguments of the Sedevacantists.

      1. In all seriousness, His Holiness has a Latin Twitter feed:

        1. breviloquentis optatissimus est

          In a more civilized time, that would have been Twitter’s motto. Instead, we get this

          1. Maybe, breviloquentia is better? That’s a word, right?

          2. Illegitimi non carborundum.

            1. Ju don’t even knowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww me!

              Oh, wait – that’s Latina….never mind….

              1. No, go on. I’m slightly aroused.

                1. I should have guessed this is where my subthread would have ended up.

                  1. But, you’re not complaining, right?

                    1. Since it was forseeable, I can only complain about myself.

          3. Should I summon kibby?

        2. Clearly I reallllly need to spend this summer brushing up on my Latin!

          1. Loquere diaboli.

            1. Is the rest of this thread going to be people playing with Google Translate?

              1. I didn’t need to Google that one since I know the Latin for speak thanks to Star Trek.

                “I am Locutus of Borg. Resistance is futile.”

                1. I never know how to feel when you say things like this.

                  1. Ego non sensum pudore.

            2. I’m still a bit pissed Hayek never wrote a book called ‘Ordo ab Chao.’

              I can’t think of a better phrase to explain emergent order.

              1. So, Pope Francis is not amused by the Italian car company’s new slogan, “you’ll love how our new Fiat looks!”

                Get it?

              2. He never wrote it because:

                1.) He wasn’t a Lizard Person Illuminati operative

                2.) He recognized that chaos is a 3rd Decl. Greek noun and as Latin usually followed the Greek, wouldn’t change unless it was in the genitive.

                1. You realize that, to many people, when you talk like this people think of you as John Cleese in a Roman soldier’s uniform.

  18. Finally saw the first episode of ‘Fargo’ between hockey games.
    I was impressed.

    1. Yeah, it’s awesome.

    1. …”a local medical worker reports that ambulances are sent for exhausted workers on an “almost daily” basis.”…


  19. A burger joint in Pittsburgh’s South Side with a Burger King sign, employees in Burger King uniforms, and a drive through with a Burger King menu, turned out to not be a Burger King.

    1. +1 McDougals

      1. +1 McDowell’s golden arcs

    2. When reporters called the Health Department, they were told that the restaurant said they would be closing their doors tomorrow until they can reopen under their new name.

      Sigh, *why* would you call the Health Department for comment? This isn’t something that should be within their jurisdiction – advertising your restaurant under a fake name is not a health issue,

    3. I went to a Publix Grocery I’d been in before. It had the same layout, green and white trim and aisle signs listing the product categories.The employees wore Publix garb. It was in a Hispanic neighborhood and always had a more Latin selection of foods. I was amazed that the deli now had a huge sherbert/Italian Ice counter and carried FUD meats and cheeses. I wandered for about 5 minutes feeling as if I was in the Twilight Zone until I realized the Publix had closed and been replaced by a Super Mercado with minimal changes to signage and fixtures. lonewacko would have had a nervous breakdown.

  20. He wasn’t exactly a van-pervert-killer kind of guy, but he was scary enough in his own right.

  21. What I love best about Game of Thrones is they talk like we talk.

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