At a hearing discussing the controversy surrounding Operation Fast & Furious, which allowed numerous firearms to be transferred to operatives for Mexican drug cartels, the attorney general got some questions on another drug war problem: the crackdown on medical marijuana.
Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) asked Attorney General Holder if the Department of Justice intended to leave medical marijuana states alone as was promised in the Ogden Memo in 2009, as well as whether the recent crackdown in California on medical marijuana providers would be extended to other states.
Holder’s response was the same one that has been parroted by the administration again and again: medical marijuana is not an enforcement priority, given the department’s limited resources.
If that is true, what are the U.S. attorneys in California, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Michigan doing? It seems as if they’ve been spending a lot of time and effort on a “low priority” lately.
Is Holder lying, or has he let the dogs at DOJ off the leash while he tries to explain why the federal government allowed guns to “walk” into Mexico that were later used to murder U.S. law enforcement agents?
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We don’t mean to dwell on the bad news of others, but there really is an almost clinical fascination to it: Tony Hawk Shred sold only 3,000 units in the U.S. in its debut month of October. Yes, 3,000. It was a shockingly small number for what was once one of Activision’s premier franchises, but according to Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg, it hasn’t scared them away from the brand — or from Tony Hawk himself.
“The one question that I can answer, and remarkably so, is that Tony Hawk does really still have relevance and tremendous appeal for people,” Hirshberg said to IndustryGamers. “He is a lasting icon. He has that Michael Jordan-ish or Jordan-esque staying power, seemingly. And that doesn’t mean that other great skaters haven’t come up who are younger and more current, but he really is that kind of Mount Rushmore-level guy in that category, so that’s not the issue.”
So what is the issue? Hirshberg says Activision simply needs to continue to innovate. “I think we have to ask all the smart questions and make some smart moves in terms of innovation to see if we can recapture people’s imaginations,” he said.