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Every now and then, I like to share a letter with you…

Hello my name is Celina,iam tall and sexy looking young girl, after reading your profile, i will like to have a relationship with you, can you write me, we can start from there, also i will send you my picture, i will be […]

Marijuana and Suicide

Drug warriors have often tried to dishonestly link marijuana and suicide, yet marijuana users have failed to cooperate. However, Bruce reminds me today that there is a link between marijuana and suicide. And that link is the drug war.

AUSTIN – A civil rights lawsuit announced Wednesday blames the private corrections system for the 2004 […]

Burning Man goes on tour

Baylen Linnekin over at To The People was a little confused by my reporting of this very ‘rare’ event (tasering a man and setting him on fire), because he thought he was reading another report of the same incident, but no, it was another guy police set on fire with a taser gun. If taser […]

Olympic Drug Testing

I knew that they were thorough and strict regarding the Olympics, but this actually surprised me.

In order to maintain my status as an eligible athlete, I am required to tell USADA where I am 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To help streamline this process, we are given quarterly updates to complete, intended for us to outline the next three months of our lives. We are instructed to put down when and where we will be living, training, working and traveling so that USADA can find us at any given moment. Although this seems relatively simple for most people, it is quite difficult for an athlete whose training and competition schedule is constantly in flux. For every wedding, family emergency, last-minute trip or unplanned change, we must submit a Change of Location form so we can be tracked at all times making athletes feel as though they are under constant surveillance.
The regular tracing of our whereabouts was implemented so that USADA can randomly drug test athletes, with frequent knocks at the door at 6 a.m. or surprise tests at 7 p.m. If a Doping Control Officer arrives to perform a test and the athlete cannot be reached within the allocated time, they are charged with a missed test. After three missed tests, an athlete becomes suspended for one year, and worse, has their reputation tarnished indefinitely.
When a Doping Control officer makes contact with you, you have two hours to meet them in person, at which point they must remain by your side until you give them a successful urine sample. This process can take all day, for even though as elite athletes we are trained to perform under pressure, bladder pressure is a different story. Even the showiest of athletes get stage fright when there is someone standing 2 feet away watching you completely exposed urinate into a cup.

I understand the concerns about having the sport tarnished by performance-enhancing drugs (although why athletes are tested for marijuana baffles me, since pot is hardly a sport-enhancing drug). On the other hand, I know that I would never want to live a life that completely gave up your privacy in that way.

That was fast!

Thanks to your help, in less than two days, our Vigil for Lost Promise has reached first position on Google for both Vigil for Lost Promise and Lost Promise searches (ahead of the DEA propaganda site). Another way we can educate people about the real lost promise.

Walter Cronkite sullied by an earthworm

I posted an excellent letter from Walter Cronkite that meant a lot to me, and several of you expressed similar feelings. After all, who could object to the common sense expressions of one of the top journalists of our time? Wait for it… Yesterday, on Bill O’Reilly’s show:

O’REILLY: Time now for “The Most Ridiculous […]

Police unsuccessfully attempt to turn man into bong

Via TalkLeft.
It seems the police set a guy’s head on fire in an effort to get him to spit out marijuana he was trying to swallow.

A man whose head caught fire when police simultaneously zapped him with pepper spray and a Taser gun during his arrest last summer faces prison time after being sentenced on a drug charge in the same incident.

The judge sentenced the flambed man to 14 months and 12 days in prison.

Walters’ turns facts upside down

Our Drug Czar is known for asserting the complete opposite of the truth (like when he blamed drug users for damaging the environment in Colombia, while calling for increased spraying of toxic chemicals). Here, he does it again when referring to drug use.

“It breaks up families; it destroys learning, memory, retention, self-discipline; it is […]

Bruce Willis, drug war idiot

Unlike some people, I have no problem enjoying the performances by entertainers who have personal views I despise, or who lack basic common sense. Bruce Willis now joins that category. Link

“I’m talking also about going to Colombia and doing whatever it takes to end the cocaine trade. It’s killing this country. It’s killing all […]

Vigil for Lost Promise

The DEA has gotten even more offensive than usual:

FEB 15–(Washington, D.C) The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced today the first-ever Candlelight Vigil to be held at DEA Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia on June 8th, 2006 to 2,500 members gathered for the XVIth Forum of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA). The “Vigil for […]