Nothing better than a crack and peanut butter sandwich! The rocks give it such a great texture...

but seriously, it was about time that this disparity got fixed.  We here at Too Old are not pro crack,  but at least make the sentencing fair between two similar (if not equal) drugs. Although after watching this video, maybe we should make crack harder to get, or raise the punishment for having it.   Ignore the singing in the beginning, but the rest of the video is hilarious…

The Miami Herald puts the news into context

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed a historic bill Wednesday that narrows sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine convictions, which civil rights and civil liberties experts say contributed to the disproportionate imprisonment of African-Americans in recent decades.

Now, I want to clear something up here.  the people getting arrested are crackheads, and/or crack dealers.  Let’s not make it seem like they were caught up in a police sting through entrapment.  The one thing to remember is that they would have been in jail for dealing powder cocaine as well.  So, the numbers would have been similar, minus the people who would not have gotten involved in the coke game due to finances and connections.  It’s not like with coke they give you a free pass or anything…

I believe in WHITE POWER....wait I meant WHITE POWDER...CRACK!

The Senate passed its version of the bill in March. President Barack Obama, who during the 2008 presidential campaign said the current legal disparity “cannot be justified and should be eliminated,” is expected to sign the legislation.

By voice vote, the House altered a law implemented in 1986 during the early phase of the crack cocaine epidemic. It required anyone convicted of possession of 5 grams of crack to be sentenced to at least five years in prison.

Many lawmakers and organizations such as the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union complained for nearly a quarter-century that the law was unfair because someone convicted of crack possession got the same mandatory sentence as someone convicted of possessing 100 times that amount of powder cocaine, a drug more popular among whites.

Then keep your crack in powder form, until it is time to smoke up!.  Or, just don’t do crack. Because we all know crack is whack!

A 2009 report by the Sentencing Project, a liberal advocacy group, found that drug use rates were similar among racial and ethnic groups, but that sentencing among the groups for cocaine violations was vastly different, in large part because of the disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine.

In 2006, 81.8 percent of crack cocaine defendants were black, 8.8 percent were white and 8.4 percent were Hispanic, according the Sentencing Project report. For the same year, 57.5 percent of powder cocaine defendants were Hispanic, 27 percent were African-American and 14.7 were percent white.

Well, Crack is cheap and who doesn’t like a bargain!

Did you say 5 o'clock crack giveaway!

“African American drug defendants have a 20 percent greater chance of being sentenced to prison than white drug defendants,” the Sentencing Project report said. “Between 1994 and 2003, the average time served by African Americans for drug offenses increased by 62 percent, compared to an increase of 17 percent for white drug offenders.”

The House bill raises the five-year mandatory minimum sentencing trigger for crack possession from five grams to 28 grams and eliminates mandatory minimum sentencing for simple possession of crack. Possession of 500 grams of powder cocaine carries a mandatory minimum five years in prison under the bill.

“In passing the Fair Sentencing Act today, the House sent a bill to President Obama that is a step forward in addressing the fairness of our sentencing laws,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. “This legislation reduces the disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine – a step long overdue.”

Civil rights groups applauded the House vote and urged Obama to sign the bill quickly.

“Because of the mandatory minimum jail sentence for those convicted of possession of 5 grams of crack cocaine or more, people of color are being put in prisons at much higher rates than their Caucasian counterparts, and the judges have no discretion to mitigate the sentence for first-time or nonviolent offenders or special circumstances,” NAACP President Benjamin Jealous said. “This legislation is just the first step in eliminating disparities in sentencing, and we will continue to push for the elimination of this racially discriminatory sentencing disparity.”

How about we push to get people off crack?  I know the law had a racial bias to it.  But, let’s not celebrate like this is Brown vs. Board of Education or anything.  The specter of drugs is something that the communities need to work on.  This might be a first step, but keeping the kids off crack might be something to work on as well.

break your mothers back...

outside of Tiger Woods playing a reduced schedule is the inability to market golfers.  Here is a joke that one of them told…

“From my own experience visiting the troops in the Middle East, I can tell you this though,” Feherty wrote toward the end of his column.

“Despite how the conflict has been portrayed by our glorious media, if you gave any U.S. soldier a gun with two bullets in it, and he found himself in an elevator with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Osama bin Laden, there’s a good chance that Nancy Pelosi would get shot twice, and Harry Reid and bin Laden would be strangled to death.”

I bet he got teased a lot in high school

I bet he got teased a lot in high school

I am all for humor and it has its place.  But, when you know that you are a spokesman for a brand, you have to control what you say.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — CBS Sports golf analyst David Feherty apologized Sunday to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for a morbid joke that went bad in a Dallas magazine.

Feherty, one of the most popular golf analysts for his sharp wit and self-deprecating humor, was among five Dallas residents who wrote for “D Magazine” on former President George W. Bush moving to Dallas.

Feherty, a former Ryder Cup player who grew up in Northern Ireland, has gone to Iraq over Thanksgiving the past two years to visit with U.S. troops, and he created a foundation to help wounded soldiers.

“This passage was a metaphor meant to describe how American troops felt about our 43rd president,” Feherty said in a statement. “In retrospect, it was inappropriate and unacceptable, and has clearly insulted Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid, and for that, I apologize. As for our troops, they know I will continue to do as much as I can for them both at home and abroad.”

Feherty has lived in Dallas the past dozen years. Along with working for CBS Sports, he writes a monthly column for Golf magazine and has written four books, the last one titled, “An Idiot for All Season.”

CBS Sports distanced itself from Feherty’s writing, saying it was “an unacceptable attempt at humor and is not in any way condoned, endorsed or approved” by the network. The PGA Tour also criticized him for an attempt at humor that “went over the line.”

CBS is not broadcasting The Players Championship this week. The network resumes its PGA Tour coverage next week in San Antonio with the Valero Texas Open.

The first rule of any comedy is that you DO NOT APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT YOU SAY!  Either you are a writer/broadcaster or you are a comedian.  You are supposed to tell jokes if you are in the latter group, you do not take prisoners.  I understand that the general media is supposed to be PC and take into account the feelings of others when they speak, but how is he going to claim that the joke went bad?

“One thing we learned, bombing works. … We’ve flown over 2,800 sorties, dropped 15 tons in warheads, and done $39 in damage. But we’re a compassionate nation … and when this is all over, we’re going to put the rocks and dirt back.” —Comedian Al Franken

That is why I am totally happy that we are about to get Al in the senate.  I can’t believe that Coleman is still trying to get his way, especially since HIS maneuvering helped Al get the votes necessary.

Now, this is how you get at someone and be funny all at the same time….

“The CIA is now saying that a drone rocket may have killed Osama bin Laden way up in the mountains. … Let me translate for you. What they’re saying is he’s still alive and they don’t have any idea where the hell he is” —David Letterman

what happened
Begin with subject matter and information that’s not new, and end with I was duped by the President. Come on Scott McClellan did you really think it was gonna work. That you could convince millions of people that you were just an innocent bystander in one of the biggest clusterf–ks east of Vietnam? Did you really think the country would forgive you for what said on a daily basis as Press Secretary?

Did you ever think Liberials would hail you as a HERO and make $Millions$ at the same time? What? Oh, you did? And the country fell for it!!! O.K. All’s forgiven. No hard feelings. BUT WAIT! I do remember your criticism of General Wesley Clark for doing the same thing when he wrote his book. Were you also duped then? Did Carl Rove whisper in your ear “Discredit the Gen. for no other reason than…well make up some reasons”? I believe you came up with “The Administration questions Gen. Clarke’s motives, he has a grudge because he was forced out”.

wes clark

That was a good line. And everyone bought it. Scott, now the tables have turned and your line is being used against you by your old friends. But I gotta think you’re smarter than this. If the last few years have taught us anything its that “Bushies don’t take a dump, son, without a plan.” Whats yours? That you were lied to by the President and even he didn’t know the truth? How does one lie when he doesn’t know the truth? Sounds awfully thin to me. The Nazi’s had a better defense. Good luck. Your book sales should give you some funds for your legal defense.
Anyway, since everyone is in the forgiveness mood right now I felt like I should make a list. A list of the Traitors, Losers and people we owe an Apology since you were dubed into lying to the American people.

Traitors: Bush, Cheney, Scooter, Colin, Condi, Every one at Fix (or branded as Fox)News, Sean Hannity, Billo,  Tony Blair, Anyone that said “Trust your President” or “During times of War we must…”

Losers: Joe Lieberman, Dennis Miller, Nancy Pelosi, Any Cong./Sen. that voted for the War, Alan Colmes…

Apologies: Anyone who lost someone in the War, 911 victims/survivors, The French, Anyone who paid any $money$ in taxes, Anyone who has paid one cent over $1.50 in gas, PBS, BBC, NPR, The people of IRAQ & their dead, the victims/survivors of Katrina, Cindy Sheehan, Kanye West…

This is a short list. Please add more.