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Thursday Open Thread: Aspen Bound

I'm off to NORML's annual Aspen legal conference. My talk this year: "Getting High With Someone Who Dies: Defending Drug Users Charged With Complicity and Enhanced Penalties in Drug Overdose Cases." Here's the entire agenda, it's a privilege to be included with these impressive lawyers.

I'll be back Saturday night, after the annual Owl Farm picnic.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.(I'll put up new open threads if this one fills up.)

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Wednesday Open Thread

My blogging is light because I'm just finishing watching the last 24 episodes of Cartel de los Sapos (First Season.) In between episodes, I read about the real life persons the charaters are portraying, to see how closely the show follows their real lives In this case, it's closer than I would have thought. The first half of season two is arriving tomorrow, so I think I'll be buried in that in the evening. Thursday I leave for Aspen and Owl Farm and the NORML Legal Seminar. My topic this year: "Getting High With Someone Who Dies: Defending federal complicity charges in drug overdose cases." The penalty for is a 20 year mandatory minimum. Another law that needs to be changed.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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Sunday Night Open Thread

Time for a new open thread. Here it is, all topics welcome.

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Friday Open Thread

Here's a new open thread, all topics welcome.

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Tuesday Night Open Thread

Our last open thread is in overflow mode. Here's a new one, all topics welcome.

Update: The Bachelorette guys chose the right one. I couldn't take a whole season with choice #2. She cries way too much. Glad that drama's over.

Update: The Voice Finale -- John Fogarty and Sawyer Frederick, just terrific. What a great season this was, so much talent and so many great voices.

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Monday Open Thread

Here's a new open thread, all topics welcome.

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Thursday Night Open Thread

Our last open thread is full, and I'm about to watch Senor de los Cielos. Here's a new one, all topics welcome.

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Wednesday Open Thread

Since I'll be following Tsarnaev and then heading to court (here, not in Boston), here's an open thread for other topics. All topics welcome, except Freddie Gray. Please use threads dedicated to Gray for comments about him.

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Post - Mother's Day Open Thread

I'm a day late with my Mother's Day post. Instead of asking what you planned to do, let us know what you did yesterday. I hung out with the TL kid and we had a lot of fun. I put pics of us up a few years ago on mother's day here.

This is an open tread, all topics welcome.

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Friday Open Thread

ISIS switches to blue prisoner suits in its latest display of multiple "spies" killed in Baghdad.

Lindsay Graham is going to seek the Republican nomination for President.

Prosecutors are trying to keep Sister Helen Prejean ("Dead Man Walking") off the stand in the Tsarnaev trial.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome (except Freddie Gray, please put those in a thread dedicated to that topic.)

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Wednesday Open Thread

I'll be working for several hours yet. Here's a new open thread, all topics welcome (except Freddie Gray, please put those in his own thread. If it fills up, I'll start a new one.)

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Tuesday Open Thread

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Saturday Open Thread

Congratulations to Kate and William, the Dutchess and Duke of Cambridge, and a warm welcome to the newborn Princess of Cambridge. [More...]

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Monday Night Open Thread

After spending my non-working hours today reading and and writing about death penalty trials and riots, I'm switching gears.

Unimas tonight begins re-airing El Cartel de los Sapos aka Cartel of Snitches -- the Narcodrama that started the phenomenon. It will have the option of viewing with English captions. This really is supposed to be the first and best of them all. I've only seen a few episodes in Spanish, which I couldn't quite follow. It's about the take-down of the Norte Valle cartel, and was written by former cartel member (now best selling author) Andres Lopez Lopez, when he was in prison (he only got 2 years for cooperating with the DEA against his cartel buddies.) While the names are changed, almost all the characters are based on real life figures and everyone is in it, including Pablo Escobar, Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela and his brother Miguel (leaders of the Cali Cartel), Juan Carlos Ramírez Abadía, Carlos Castano (one of the Castano brothers), Diego Montoya, Wilber Varela (Soap), Amado Carrillo Fuentes (Senor de los Cielos), Miguel Félix Gallardo and many more. [More...]

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Saturday Night Open Thread

Thank you, Comcast! All of a sudden my cable box started showing English captions on Telemundo shows. No more plugging the antenna in every night. And the captions are really good, not like You Tube. I didn't change any settings, all of a sudden a new option appeared besides "on" and "off" where you can choose a secondary language. Maybe it was there all the time, but whatever, I'm so glad. If your box does the same, check out the first week of Senor de los Cielos 3 -- you can watch free on On Demand. It really surpassed my expectations, and they were pretty high. [More...]

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