26 Awesome People Arrested, Released In Capitol Building Protest

You know who are actually American heroes? The 26 people arrested yesterday in support of needle exchange legalization. Obama’s platform has always been pro-needle exchange, but when he submitted the budget back in May, it still included the old language banning spending on needle exchange. The White House’s last statement was that they wanted to handle this legislatively and also to build public consensus on needle exchange. Since then: nada. And that is extra-stupid: public health is way outside the realm of man-on-the-street approval ratings. There are 20 years of needle exchange studies and that the White House is back-burnering this is outrageous-and way more outrageous than back-burnering Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. (Though it is less sexy than DADT. I mean who doesn’t like seeing the hot gay soldiers on the T.V.? Except when you remember that they are all in the killing business. But whatever!)