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bullet image U.S. Plan Raises Ire in Latin America in the Washington Post. The development of military air bases in Colombia (for the drug war, of course) is just not good foreign policy. Regardless of what you think of Chavez, it’s natural for him to suspect such a move, and for the people of Venezuela to support him and turn against us at the mere thought of such bases.

bullet image It’s nice to see that the fact that the Drug Czar is required by law to oppose us is gaining wider traction. More people (and media) understanding this fact dramatically reduces the power of the Drug Czar’s office to disseminate propaganda.

bullet image The Senate Friday confirmed University of Pennsylvania psychologist A. Thomas McLellan as deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

bullet image More proof that life as a politician kills brain cells: Legalized pot a tough sell in governor’s race

“If the whole society starts getting stoned, we’re going to be even less competitive,” Democratic Attorney General Jerry Brown […] said on a recent radio show.

“Like electing Jerry Brown as governor, the idea of legalizing drugs is one more bad idea from a bygone era,” said Jarrod Agen, spokesman for Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner

[Thanks, Tom]

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15 comments to Open Thread

  • Cannabis

    After reading the philly.com story on the Senate’s confirmation of A. Thomas McLellan I searched for the Treatment Research Institute (TRI). The first thing that I noticed there was a collaborative effort between TRI and the Partnership for a Drug Free America called Time to Act.

    If you want to read some of the documents surrounding Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings you can check them out here.

    Obama may have campaigned on change, but there are many people for whom change is a bad thing. It looks like we are going to have an internal war for dollars between the law enforcement and treatment community forces. Let’s hope that it spills out into the open for all to see.

  • DdC

    There’s a Monopoly on Marijuana Growing & Research By Dave Stancliff
    CN Source: Times-Standard August 09, 2009 USA

    I’d like you to meet Dr. Mahmoud ElSohly, the only person in the United States who can grow tons of marijuana and not worry the Feds will bust him. If your company wants to do research on marijuana, he’s the guy to see. Dr. ElSohly’s lab at the University of Mississippi has an exclusive contract with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which supplies the pot to approved researchers who study its ill effects.

    Research Reveals Cannabinoids Show Promise

    Production, Analysis, & Distribution of Cannabis & Marijuana Cigarettes
    Solicitation Number: N01DA-10-7773
    Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
    Office: National Institutes of Health
    Location: National Institute on Drug Abuse

    Unk’s Pot Farm.jpg

  • Cliff

    “If the whole society starts getting stoned, we’re going to be even less competitive,”

    Competitive? Has he looked at our economy lately? How about the state of our society and the mean spirited way most of us conduct ourselves in our day to day existence? We have competed ourselves almost to death and what do we have to show for it? Worthless paper? A job which you may lose to outsourcing in our great global economy? Having to pee on demand like a trained seal for your daily bread?

    I really think that voluntary cooperation works better than competition for scarce resources. Competition is great to decide the fastest runner or the best speller, but it is cooperation which has served the human race the best over the centuries of hardship our species has endured. Competition for scarce resources between humans is how most wars and famines begin. We are not islands unto ourselves, we need each other. We don’t need to be wasting valuable resources and $ locking our brothers and sisters up for something which was legal and relatively victimless until all the war on certain drugs came along.

  • Coburn: Do you believe that marijuana should remain listed as a schedule I drug in the Controlled Substances Act?

    McLellan: Yes, I do.

    – A. Thomas McLellan answering questions at the Senate confirmation hearing.

    “Marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug and neither I, Director Kerlikowske nor this Administration favor efforts to legalize marijuana. Though marijuana is widely used despite its current illegal status, all available research suggests that legalization would dramatically increase use and associated harms.” – A. Thomas McLellan

  • DdC

    Eat the Rich!

    Some fool always squawking shrill whiny blurbs about taxes helping Americans up, not a damn peep about more taxes sheltered in drug war paraphernalia and propaganda. Not a mention of the 5000 corporations HQ’d in one building in the Caymans, dodging taxes the workers have to make up and not a sound out of these selfish idiots. Oh ya, dumbing down anyway they can. Leaving for profit Prisons or Mickey D & Wallmart St slave wages. Classism or the politically correct racism. Same clowns trying to censor town halls, same teabagging socialists klans burning crosses Jews and Witches in the name of Geeeeeeeezus. Is it that hard to understand these parasites have nothing to do with any message of Jesus? 70 years of censorship perpetuating this farce Ganjawar and now questions are being ask, doubts being cast yet knuckle draggers hold on to their myth’s and the corporate press obliges. Spoiled brats of wealthy Industrialists and poison pushers serving the Big Ag. Pharmaid gods. Tsk tsk tsk…

    US TN: Editorial: Drug Abuse And Student Loans
    Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press (TN) Thu, 06 Aug 2009

    Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., pointed out,
    keeping the ban on federal loans to drug users can have a deterrent effect.

    A Lie College Students Might Want To Tell (Souder Thread)

    In 1998, Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., an advocate of stringent drug laws, slipped into a House bill an amendment denying federal financial aid for college to anyone who had been convicted of either selling or possessing drugs. No congressional committee voted on the amendment. But it passed as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, first enacted in 1965 to create federal financial aid for college students …

    …If this law betters the lives of young people—Souder calls it a way to reduce youth drug use by reducing demand—then no state has done better than Souder’s own Indiana. As of August 2005, nearly 9,000 Indianan students—one in 200—have been denied aid since the law passed. That’s the highest proportion of students affected in any state by a wide margin.

    Click here to see where your state ranks

    Souder Illusion: Drug Sentencing Reform Ax

    letters@timesfreepress.com

  • daksya

    Pete, see if comment previews can be enabled.

  • Ok. I’ve just installed a Live Preview plug-in. It shows what you’ve got while you’re typing it, just below the reply window. Let me know if you have any problems with it.

  • daksya

    Live Preview works here. Thanks.

  • BluOx

    Seems Dr./Deputy McLellan has been peddling that Addiction Severity Index for 29 long year$$$. Now that he’s received his just reward from his country, he should be a hoot for the next 3year$$$. More of the $ame ol’change.(Ddc).. I ate a ‘rich’persons lunch over the week end.

  • DdC

    [i]In the land of UZ you can kill for fun, go to jail for illicitly relieving symptoms with nature, Bloomberg bragging about enjoying a doobie,
    bust more people than any other mayor, in the world. Advertised Alcohol is largely to blame for an “alarming” rise in the rate of oral cancers. What was that miracle drug?

    And these Ganjawar mongers all went to the university. Where they were put in boxes, little boxes, all the same. And there’s doctors and there’s lawyers, and there’s business executives. And they’re all made out of ticky tacky and they all sound just the same… [/i]

    The Epidemic of Pot Arrests in New York City By Harry G. Levine
    CN Source: AlterNet August 10, 2009 New York

    There are two things that need to be understood about marijuana arrests in New York City. First, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is not a crime in New York State. Since 1977 and passage of the Marijuana Reform Act, state law has made simple possession of less than seventh-eights of an ounce of pot a violation, like a traffic violation…

    … The arrests for marijuana possession first increased dramatically under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. They have continued unabated under Mayor Michael Bloomberg. By 2008 Bloomberg had arrested more people for pot possession than Giuliani, and more than other mayor in the world.

    Drink blamed for oral cancer rise

    Men are advised to drink no more than three to four units per day

    Alcohol is largely to blame for an “alarming” rise in the rate of oral cancers among men and women in their forties, say experts.

    Numbers of cancers of the lip, mouth, tongue and throat in this age group has risen by a quarter in the past decade.

    Alcohol consumption has doubled since the 1950s and is the most likely culprit alongside smoking says Cancer Research UK.

    Each year in the UK around 1,800 people die from the disease.

    There are 5,000 newly diagnosed cases per year.

    Ex-Employees Link Blackwater Founder to Murder, Threats

    Research Reveals Cannabinoids Show Promise By Stacey M. Kerr
    CN Source: Press Democrat August 09, 2009 USA

    Sue was dying of cancer. She was thin, her skin was gray, and she hadn’t eaten much in several days. Offered a medication to relieve some of her symptoms, she reluctantly accepted. Within five minutes of taking this medication, she again had color in her cheeks, was laughing with friends and asking for a fruit smoothie. It was the first of several she would request that day and her grateful husband was only too glad to oblige. What was this miracle drug?

  • kaptinemo

    WRT the article concerning the US bases in Colombia, isn’t it interesting that the reason for this was that the Equadorian government demanded the US base at Manta be deactivated…and there’s no mention in the article about this? Uncle’s DrugWar is becoming even less welcome down there, for plenty of good reasons.

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  • StaceyCrawford

    I seen a thread on this webmaster forum today talking about Local RSS and was wondering if anyone know of any good site that have local feeds that I can use for my wordpress blog plugin wp-o-matic?

    I appreciate your help. I tried the common sense way by searching google and can’t seem to find anything with any value to it and mainly I want the top rss I can find, but really one site so far.

    Also, I don’t see an rss feed for this forum. Do you have a rss? If so I would like to subscribe! Your forum seems pretty cool so added ya’ to my favorites.

    🙂

    Thanks