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November 2005



GAO fails to understand what it measures

The AP discusses a GAO report:

The report prepared by the Government Accountability Office, an investigative arm of Congress, found that U.S. cocaine seizures from 2000 to 2004 increased by 68 percent to a record 196 metric tons in the “transit zone,” the area between the U.S. and South America.

But the Pentagon’s attention to […]

Offensive Ad

DARE Generation Diary pointed out this outrageous TV ad…

u hear bout kim? what bout kim? she has HIV she got high she got stupid she has HIV

use ur brain. keep ur body healthy. b drug free. World AIDS Day, December 1

The implication? Smoking pot leads to HIV. Of course, this is […]

A lesson from Singapore

25 year old Nguyen Van Tuong will soon hang for smuggling drugs to Australia and making the mistake of routing his flight through Singapore (he should have used Travelocity). TalkLeft has been covering this well, including the strange story of the Singapore hangman. Over at Crooked Timber, Brian Weatherson questioned Singapore’s justification for hanging and […]

Interesting developments in Bolivia


Mr. [Evo] Morales, a onetime leader of the coca growers federation, has steadily become revered by the left around Latin America as an unbending opponent of globalization. That is worrisome enough to the Bush administration. But more alarming to American officials is that a man who promotes coca farming — an industry central to […]

Drug Czar phones it in; Barthwell up to her usual tricks

Walters isn’t even trying any more. Check out this standard obligatory news release: Drugged Driving as Common as Alcohol-Impaired Driving Among Teens. He’ll get some play from the dumber media outlets, but I’m betting most of the majors will pass on it or question it. Here are a couple of the startling discoveries:

… a […]

Today: Big Brother. Tomorrow: Gravy for the Brain

Could’ve told you this would happen. Lots of up-in-arms in the blogosphere today over Pentagon Expanding Its Domestic Surveillance Activity in the Washington Post.

The Defense Department has expanded its programs aimed at gathering and analyzing intelligence within the United States, creating new agencies, adding personnel and seeking additional legal authority for domestic security activities […]

Odds and Ends

“bullet” At Dare Generation Diary:

Link. Just how are school drug zones calculated, anyway? As the crow flies or as the dealer walks? (NY State Court of Appeals goes with the crow) Profiting from the Drug War, part 47,283.

“bullet” D’Alliance talks about GOP Support for Industrial Hemp. I take issue with the headline. The […]

Afghanistan: International Prohibitionists Reject Proposal; Reporters Remain Stupid

Earlier this week, I mentioned the Senlis Council’s well-researched and eminently commonsense proposal to license opium production in Afghanistan for medical needs and turn the black-market problem into a legal crop that would support the farmers while reducing the power of the criminal black-market. So far, there’s been very little response to the actual proposal, […]

Rest Area Stops

I’ve heard of these roadside fishing expeditions before, but this was the first time I’ve encountered one. I was heading out of town to visit relatives for Thanksgiving on Tuesday morning and discovered that the sheriff had set up at a local rest area (I-55 Funk’s Grove Rest Area at mile marker 149, 10 miles […]

Happy Thanksgiving

I’ll be gone for a few days, and while I should be able to get email, I’ll be unable to update the blog. Go to the sites on the left if you get bored — plenty of good stuff there. If you’d like, read A story for Thanksgiving (Isidro and Teresa Aviles) — my Thanksgiving […]