RESPECTING THE RULE OF LAW  2:13 pm September 11, 2009

Friendly D.A. Saves Andrew Sullivan From Life Sentence In Gitmo, For Smoking Marijuana

by Jim Newell

And what would a 9/11 anniversary be without mentioning celebrated British gay Catholic conservative liberal American male white adult pundit Andrew Sullivan! But this story has nothing to do with his particular archive of 2001 to 2003 insanity. It is about marijuana. He was caught smoking the marijuana by a Forest Ranger in Provincetown, Massachusetts this summer! Even though pot possession has been decriminalized in that state, silly Andrew was caught in a National Park, with its superseding laws, so that was kind of a terrible idea, to smoke drugs there.

And while the charge was only a misdemeanor carrying a small fine, the federal prosecutor’s office sought to drop the case altogether. See, poor Sully has been trying to establish citizenship in this country for like decades, but he has the HIV, which is Un-American. It looks like the current liberal president, however, plans to finally repeal (or has already repealed?) this stupid Jesse-Helms-authored HIV travel/immigration ban, and Sullivan sees an opportunity to finally gain citizenship in this wretched crumbling nation of monsters. But one possession misdemeanor in a gay island’s park during the summer WOULD RUIN EVERYTHING.

And so that’s what’s up with Andrew Sullivan, the end.

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Scarab September 11, 2009 at 2:17 pm

“He was caught smoking the marijuana ” – I’ve never heard it called that before.

StoneAge September 11, 2009 at 2:18 pm

So Lou Dobbs was right about them spreading disease?

V572625694 September 11, 2009 at 2:19 pm

“celebrated British gay Catholic conservative liberal American male white adult pundit…”

You forgot bare-backer. Nevar forget!

Prommie September 11, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Thats way too far to drive, is there anywhere closer I could find some?

user-of-owls September 11, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Geez, I really don’t want to read his “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” report. Nothing but pall, poop and paddy-wagons.

AnnieGetYourFun September 11, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Why the fuck does he want to be an American citizen when he is already a British one? I’ll trade him, iffen he wants.

american mutt September 11, 2009 at 2:24 pm

wait: catholic, gay, liberal, conservative, hiv positive, white male? wow. i have nothing to say.

gurukalehuru September 11, 2009 at 2:24 pm

There is no better place to smoke it or, for that matter, to grow it, than in the pristine beauty of one of America’s fine National Forests.

Tommmcatt September 11, 2009 at 2:27 pm

I can’t find XTC anywhere either.

4tehlulz September 11, 2009 at 2:27 pm

“I’m Andrew Sullivan, and I want to smoke some marijuana.”

Brendan M. September 11, 2009 at 2:28 pm

[re=409136]V572625694[/re]: Really? I mean, cripple jokes about Krauthammer, okay, but Sully has mostly made amends…

Suds McKenzie September 11, 2009 at 2:35 pm

So he would have been better off carrying a firearm?

Min September 11, 2009 at 2:37 pm

British gay Catholic conservative liberal American male white adult pundit Andrew Sullivan!

You forgot dumbass, because really. It should be in there.

ummm September 11, 2009 at 2:37 pm

sarah palin will be looking forward to posting about this as a facebook update.

shortsshortsshorts September 11, 2009 at 2:38 pm

If any of you have ever dealt with a National Park Ranger in the past— you would probably encourage the Court to pay Sullivan. There is no such thing as a ranger with a map anymore. These days they carry handcuffs, a gun, and probably a case of steroids in the trunk.

The Station Manager September 11, 2009 at 2:40 pm

[re=409132]Scarab[/re]: He was caught smoking the marijuana, like a cigarette.

Decker September 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Did I mention the fact he’s left-handed? Oh, he’s left-handed alright!

dum librul September 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Thanks, Sully, but we’re already over our war cheerleader quota.

SomeNYGuy September 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm

And you forgot “power bottom.”

Personally, I have never forgotten a power bottom.

S.Luggo September 11, 2009 at 2:43 pm

I’m with Judgie on this one. Suck on it, Andrew.

And why do the Dems always try to pander to the illegals?. First it was free welfare money, next free health care and complimentary back rubs, and now “Get Out of Dope Bust Free” cards. Where will it end?

Better American Than You September 11, 2009 at 2:44 pm

And Andrew Sullivan drug orgy will be featured on one of those shiny new National Park quarters?

I’d become a numismatist just to see that one.

Capitol Hillbilly September 11, 2009 at 2:48 pm

Nice for him, too bad for the folks who are in prison for being on pot.

One Yield Regular September 11, 2009 at 2:49 pm

[re=409165]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: I LOVE national park rangers. Every time some tea-bagger starts railing about evil gubmint I just want to teleport them to the nearest national park – where, naturally, they should be promptly handcuffed at gunpoint by a ranger on steroids.

Tommmcatt September 11, 2009 at 2:50 pm


Lemmie tell you something. “Power”=”Pushy”. You’ll never forget a pushy bottom either. Trust me, I’ve lived with one for years.

trondant September 11, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I thought gay men had other priorities when it comes to finding things to suck on in a park.

I learn something new every day, I guess.

norbizness September 11, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Hump, hump, pass.

Joshua Norton September 11, 2009 at 3:00 pm

Smoking the marijuana in Provincial Town? The horror!!! That’s just wrong in so many ways. Mainly because it takes time away from all the ‘ludes, poppers and slamming back the old vodka and cranberry juice.

I’d be more worried about the people who AREN’T f’d up. They’re obviously the troublemakers.

SayItWithWookies September 11, 2009 at 3:03 pm

[re=409182]Capitol Hillbilly[/re]: Really — Lou Dobbs should be all over this too. Non-citizen gets preferential weed treatment over natural-born Americans!

AbstinenceOnly Ed September 11, 2009 at 3:03 pm

Save Andrew from that poncho. Or is that a hairshirt comprised of his ex-lovers’ pubes? You never can tell with these wacky British gay Catholic conservative liberal American male white adult pundit potheads.

hiphophitler September 11, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I believe you have to be gay to go to Provincetown, which means that the officer who arrested him must have been a wide-stancer too. Surely there was SOME other way our Andy could have settled this little unpleasantness without all the messy courtroom proceedings.

Consider: These Pants September 11, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Andrew clearly doesn’t realize the horrifying side effects of the plant, as evidenced by his circa-1994 Gap-via-faux Native American grandmother “sweatgarment” constructed entirely from 70′s carpet*.

*Though to be fair, the guy in the parking lot at Widespread said it was hemp.

P Drizzle September 11, 2009 at 3:16 pm

[re=409148]4tehlulz[/re]: I, too, love Peggy Olsen.

McDuff September 11, 2009 at 3:34 pm

“He was caught smoking the marijuana by a Forest Ranger …”

Ok, one more time, Cape Cod National Seashore is a National Park Service property, policed by PARK rangers. Forest rangers work for the U.S. Forest Service and patrol National Forests.

As a former PARK ranger, I very humbly request that we please try to keep our Federal jackbooted thugs straight (so to speak).

the problem child September 11, 2009 at 3:34 pm

I have never, ever heard of a judge objecting to a prosecutor exercising his or her discretion in which indictments/ informations to pursue or drop, let alone writing an opinion on it. That is just bizarre and kind of a creepy way to ensure Sullivan’s would get written about.

Lionel Hutz Esq. September 11, 2009 at 3:36 pm

And to think, if he had simply done cocaine, he could be President.

dogscantlookup September 11, 2009 at 3:37 pm

that is why state parks/forests are better

Scandalabra September 11, 2009 at 3:43 pm

He should have gone to smoke that doobie on Dick Dock. It would have been legal.

SlouchingTowardsWasilla September 11, 2009 at 3:52 pm

[re=409141]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Because he hates and/or doesn’t need health care?

qaf September 11, 2009 at 3:54 pm

[re=409136]V572625694[/re]: That would be HIV-positive anonymous promiscuous barebacker and would-be moral exemplar…

Snidely September 11, 2009 at 3:56 pm

All this sex and drugs in public places! I knew private property rights would die in Obama’s Socialist Regime.

Extemporanus September 11, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Anyone who’s already received a life sentence for smoking the pole should be allowed to smoke the marijuana to their hearts’ content.

Red Zeppelin September 11, 2009 at 4:04 pm

That’s just a vicious rumor. I hear he was actually smoking pole.

Red Zeppelin September 11, 2009 at 4:05 pm

[re=409297]Extemporanus[/re]: jinx!

Prommie September 11, 2009 at 4:07 pm

[re=409252]the problem child[/re]: Au contraire, a prosecutor does not have the power to dismiss a case, he or she can only ask the judge to do so. And in our courts, the judges scrutinize such requests, at minimum to ensure there is no hankus pankus or cahootsing involved (judges are very much against the occurrence of a “fix” being “in.”).

forgracie September 11, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Hippie lettuce all around!

Dangerous September 11, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I like AS and smoking weed is OK with me (see: Family Guy), although I don’t do so myself.

Legally, he dodged a bullet. Although I think he should have fought the charges on Constitutional grounds. It seems to me that a potent case could be made that the Constitution protect our right to change our minds, including our state of mind. If we choose to use substances to achieve that result, without directly or negligently hurting others, the Constitution protects those activities, too.

I’d say that the 18th and 21st Amendments (Prohibition and its repeal) affirm that legal position. Someone with his resources and platform could push that argument.

In fact, if you happen to read these comments, Andrew, that would make a great novel of how drugs became universally legal. Maybe I’ll write that one next. (AS-You know what I’m talking about.)

imissopus September 11, 2009 at 4:38 pm

If we give him preferential treatment for smoking dope, what’s next? He’ll be demanding the right to marry another man or something? We have to draw a line in the sand somewhere, people!

the problem child September 11, 2009 at 4:54 pm

[re=409313]Prommie[/re]: Hmm. Interesting difference in our legal systems then. Here only plea settlements require judicial approval. Police have discretion to charge or not and prosecutors here have discretion to proceed or not, and just ’cause the cops want to go ahead doesn’t mean it will if the prosecutor thinks the case isn’t worth it. Keeps worthless cases/ problematic evidence cases/ things that are best dealt with by a strong warning from wasting judicial time and ruining lives.

Scrodd September 11, 2009 at 5:30 pm

I’m glad he got caught smoking the reefer, because it could be so much worse – and you KNOW that Wonkette would still report in lurid detail if he got caught in fisting a Brazilian cook from the South End, while being pegged by André Bauer.

bynrdskynrd September 11, 2009 at 5:37 pm

[re=409165]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: True dat, SSS. Here in the Grand Canyon, the acronym NPS (National Park Service) is hissed unlovingly amongst the resort workers.

The Park Rangers here with their tasers and pistols give the Tourons a hard time if they walk out into a public area with a beer (which isn’t too frowned upon in Europe, where most of them are from), and sometimes use us workers as handcuff practice…

Oh yeah…almost forgot the funny stuff…


OzoneTom September 11, 2009 at 6:00 pm

He’s probably suffered enough with the water-boarding and all.

BTW, was he all acting like Dave O’Brien in “Reefer Madness”?

cognosciento September 11, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Appearance by the Acting Head of the Criminal Division before a Magistrate hearing a Petty Offence = Friends in high places pulling very hard on certain strings…

President Beeblebrox September 11, 2009 at 6:07 pm

[re=409313]Prommie[/re]: Um, in my state the prosecution has unlimited discretion to dismiss charges as they see fit, for pretty much any reason, without the Consent of the dude or dudette sitting up on the bench in a black Cocktail Dress. And I’m one of those criminal defense lawyer types, so I know about these Things.

Oh, and it looks like the Sully article got Freeped, because the lovely racist comments have begun:

By Timothy L. Pennell on Sep 11, 2009 | Reply

It’s called ‘TWO AMERICAS’. One for Friends of the Kenyan, and one for regular Americans.

Skwerl Nutz September 11, 2009 at 6:25 pm

there’s a trig joke in here somewhere….give me a sec

cognosciento September 11, 2009 at 6:25 pm

[re=409457]President Beeblebrox[/re]: Not so in Federal Court; see Fed. R. Crim. P. 48(a). This issue is discussed at length in the Magistrates’ Memorandum and Order; I suggest you read it.

I have NEVER seen the U.S. Attorney’s office move to dismiss a Petty Offense in the interests of justice, and I have defended dozens of clients charged under this section of the C.F.R. I don’t know who called the U.S. Attorney for Sully, but what I do know is that they have plenty of juice.

Oh hell to the no September 11, 2009 at 6:31 pm

“Timothy L. Pennell” is a commenting fool according to The Google.

MGBYG September 11, 2009 at 6:56 pm

[re=409457]President Beeblebrox[/re]: [re=409489]cognosciento[/re]: Man, Have I gots a lot of questions for you two!!

But seriously, how do we get KKKarl Rove in prison?

Rusty Shackleford September 11, 2009 at 7:03 pm

[re=409193]trondant[/re]: Touche! George Michael vs. State of California. Mr. Michael mistook Will Rogers State Park for the more well-known cruising area of L.A.’s Griffith Park, only to be accosted inflagrante delicto by a Park Ranger. It’s unclear how high he was at the time, but I’m guessing Mr. Sullivan’s little transgression doesn’t even come close.

cognosciento September 11, 2009 at 7:11 pm

[re=409511]MGBYG[/re]: The best bet on getting Rove into a jumpsuit is on a Hatch Act violation related to the U.S. Attorney firings, especially that of David Iglesias. Basically, Eric Holder needs to man up; we should all encourage him to that end.

DangerousLiberal September 11, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Mass. Lawyer’s Weekly, eh? Based on the comments on their site, I wouldn’t hire a Mass. lawyer to defend me against a parking ticket. Top to bottom assklownery.

dogscantlookup September 11, 2009 at 10:14 pm

[re=409317]forgracie[/re]: you can’t stop my leafy fetish!

dogscantlookup September 11, 2009 at 10:18 pm

[re=409444]OzoneTom[/re]: faster! faster!

emjayay September 11, 2009 at 11:58 pm

It’s Cape Cod National Seashore, a National Park site, dammit. So it has Park Rangers, not Forest Rangers. Where are Forest Rangers? In National Forests. Different department (Interior vs. Agriculture). Different deal. By the way there are two kinds of Park Rangers: the ones who talk to you and show you stuff, and the kind that can arrest you for in this case something ridiculous. The law enforcement kind have the same uniform but a different badge and stuff like maybe a gun on their belts.
However please note the Park Service does have a bunch of major beaches where you can officially get nekkid arrest-free. Maybe not in Cape Cod NS though.

zhubajie September 12, 2009 at 12:57 am

Mix it up with hot milk, then no one will smell it.

zhubajie September 12, 2009 at 1:06 am

Probably it’d do him and his punditry no end of good to spend a couple weeks in jail. He could meet a lot of interesting people, get a lot of new stories to cover! I propose jail for every pundit in America! (Drunk tanks don’t count.)

Scottie September 12, 2009 at 11:57 am

[re=409633]zhubajie[/re]: He could pass on the “bug” to fellow criminals too.

Athar September 13, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Oh shit yes! George W. Bush can murder a half million Iraqis (along with forty-five hundred American troops) to satisfy his retarded ego, and we let him retire on a generous federal pension for life. If someone wants to get high in a National park, on the other hand, we slap the fuckin’ cuffs on him and lock his terrorist ass up for years.

Why do any of us obey any laws of this whorehouse of country?

Count Spatula September 14, 2009 at 7:19 am

Let me remind you, Andrew Sullivan who seems intelligent and reasonable lately, actually fell for Bush and his wars and was a sabre-rattling idiot quite recently.

NopantsMcGee September 28, 2009 at 3:02 pm

But, of course, had the decency and honesty to admit he was wrong. That’s the difference.

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