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bullet image Some New York Republicans are thinking about going the “soft on drugs” route

Queens Republicans and their Assembly colleagues signaled last week that they will make a major issue of the repealed Rockefeller drug laws in next year’s legislative elections.

Personally, I think it’s a bad political move in this economy. [Via]

bullet image I love the title of this OpEd by Bruce Mirken: Why Is L.A’.s District Attorney Helping Mexican Drug Cartels?

LAST Thursday, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley announced a sweeping new plan to boost the profits of Mexican drug cartels, a plan almost certain to increase the slaughter these vicious gangs are perpetrating on both sides of the U.S. – Mexico border.

Of course, Cooley didn’t call it that. He claimed, on dubious legal grounds, that all medical marijuana dispensaries in the county are illegal and announced plans to crack down on them.

bullet image Why I Give Marijuana to my Autistic Child by Marie Myung-Ok Lee. Powerful piece you should read.

bullet image Don’t walk up to a policeman with a bag of marijuana stuck to your forehead. Just a thought. [Via]

bullet image Looking for one of those articles that really makes you doubt the humanity of the author? Here’s one. [Thanks, Tom]

First, drug addiction needs to be viewed as a choice, not an illness. Mao Zedong, the former leader of China, cured 20 million opium addicts over just one weekend by announcing that anyone still addicted would be shot on Monday.

bullet image Economics and the Drug War by Bart Frazier at Lew Rockwell. Basic stuff (to us).

bullet image Headline: Cops report dead man ate broccoli on the night he died.

That would make as much sense as this one: Cops: Stephen had smoked cannabis
(the article is even worse). [Thanks, Mike]

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12 comments to Open Thread

  • paul

    See? Some people get it! That guy quoting Mao gets it! If you kill all the drug addicts, you can reduce your drug problem. Mao’s reign of terror credited him with the murder of more than 50 million people, many of them drug addicts. China still has a drug problem with new addicts, of course, but the last generation of addicts were decimated by Mao’s pogrom, and dead people don’t smoke opium. So we should seek to duplicate Mao’s success here at home.

    Seriously, I wonder if that man considers himself a Christian. How can you possibly hold in your mind the thought that killing millions of people for smoking opium is just fine, at the same time believing you must keep the commandments?

    St. Peter: I’m afraid I can’t let you into Heaven.

    Mao admirer: But why? I don’t understand? I went to church, I kept the commandments…

    St. Peter: Oh? What part of “Thou shalt not kill” did you not understand?

    Mao admirer: I never killed anyone!

    St. Peter: Not by your own hand, no, but you VOTED for murder, and supported and admired history’s greatest murderer. Did you really think you would fool Him as an accomplice to mass murder?

  • R.O.E.

    [Cops: Stephen had smoked cannabis]
    {USING cannabis just once can raise the risk of a pulmonary oedema by increasing heart-rate and blood pressure levels, writes Sun doctor Carol Cooper.

    This can be lethal for someone with an underlying heart defect, triggering dangerous changes.}

    Well crap folk ..guess we gotta stop running ,walking up stairs,sex…..We might raise our blod pressure and might have a coranary.

    FFS….Just stop living…

    Reading the crap they wish us to believe gets my blood pressure up.

    Our country paying CHINA 500million daily in interest really gets my heart pumping.

    Get real.

  • Duncan

    Well, it’s quite a problem, judging from all the bodies of cannabis induced…wait a second, “pulmonary edema is an abnormal build up of fluid in the air sacs of the lungs, which leads to shortness of breath” Link …how the heck does that have anything to do with increased heart rate and blood pressure?

  • Jon Doe

    Something tells me the dude praising Murderous Mao also believes Obama is actually a Marxist trying to turn America into a communist state.

  • ezrydn

    I am personally involved in a hypertension situation right now. I’m not a “pill taker” and I’m being exposed to all sorts of chemicals, some that cause abusive nausea. I don’t stay on those very long. I also have a situation where I check my BP every couple of hours here at home. So, I know what my body’s doing, if not daily, hourly.

    In the late afternoon and evening, when I take my cannabis hits for my PTSD, I’ve also noted that my BP drops a little more, not showing the rise everyone touts. And we’re not talking about “smoking” as I use a vap and I’m only talking 3-4 hits over a 4 hr period. And that’s not heresay. It’s what I see day in and day out.

    Maybe if your BP is normal, you might get a spike but if it’s high like mine, there seems to be a prolonged dip.

  • Assembly REPUBLICANS are the minority and have been for decades. They have absolutely no clout when it comes to policy, especially as regards the heavily Democrat New York City area (except for small conservative pockets in Queens, Staten Island etc.).

    Now when the SENATE Republicans ruled the roost for decades, yes, they and their law enforcement allies such as the DA’s association, stood in the way of reform. Now they are out of power too, and in light of the state’s fiscal crisis, re-upping the Rockefeller Drug Laws is not so much seen as a winner. They want to shutter state prisons to save taxes too and don’t so much care what the State prison guards’ union wants (or any other union).

    So I wouldn’t get too excited what the Assembly Republicans say. They’re a small minority and they talk only amongst themselves.

  • Hope

    This is a lurid story.

    For missing daughter’s parents, an agonizing search with few answers

    http://www.star-telegram.com/news/story/1693320-p2.html

    Especially around the time “Teen Challenge” comes into the picture.

    A child had some traumatic experiences. Suffered and sought relief. Deep pit. Another deep pit. Then the deepest of all, some “Tough love”.

    And they wonder why she disappeared? They wonder why she’s “Messed up”?

    I want to comment, but I’m too verklempt.

    Hopefully she’s not dead but trying to heal.

  • Hope

    Excerpt from that article:

    Twice, Leah was arrested.

    “In August 2004, Tarrant County sheriff’s deputies were investigating a report of shots fired when they happened upon Leah’s boyfriend firing an assault rifle into a creek bed. Leah, who had been sitting in a car with another woman, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after she was seen tossing a baggie containing methamphetamine out of the car window.

    She was convicted of a state jail felony and sentenced to 30 days in jail.”

    Thirty days?

    Wonder what would have happened to a poor man or woman?

  • Hope

    Then a second offense got her 80 days locked up.

    Why not forty years, at least?

    She got something maybe worse. “Tough love”.

  • DdC

    Selling the Ganjawar
    Hitler’s concept of “The Big Lie”
    Roald Dahl’s children’s novel Matilda.

    Matilda said. “And the reason is obvious. Your story would sound too ridiculous to be believed. And that is the Trunchbull’s great secret.”

    “The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed,
    for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts
    more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad.
    The primitive simplicity of their minds
    renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one,
    for they themselves often tell little lies
    but would be ashamed to tell a big one.”
    ~ Benito Mussolini,
    London Sunday Express, December 8, 1935

    “How many murders, suicides, robberies, criminal assaults, holdups,
    burglaries and deeds of maniacal insanity it causes each year,
    especially among the young, can only be conjectured…
    No one knows, when he places a marijuana cigarette to his lips,
    whether he will become a joyous reveller in a musical heaven,
    a mad insensate, a calm philosopher, or a murderer…”
    ~ HARRY J ANSLINGER,
    Commissioner of the US Bureau of Narcotics 1930-1962

    “All propaganda must be so popular
    and on such an intellectual level,
    that even the most stupid of those
    towards whom it is directed will understand it.
    Therefore, the intellectual level
    of the propaganda must be lower
    the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it.”

    [b]Just say NO[/b]

    Through clever and constant application of propaganda,
    people can be made to see paradise as hell,
    and also the other way around,
    to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.”
    ~ Benito Mussolini,
    London Sunday Express, December 8, 1935

    “There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US,
    and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers.
    Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage.
    This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations
    with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”
    ~ Harry Anslinger, U.S. Commissioner of Narcotics,
    testifying to Congress on why marijuana should be made illegal, 1937.
    (Marijuana Tax Act, signed Aug. 2, 1937; effective Oct. 1, 1937.)

    “The masses have little time to think.
    And how incredible is the willingness of modern man to believe.”
    ~ Benito Mussolini,
    London Sunday Express, December 8, 1935

    “Marijuana leads to homosexuality … and therefore to AIDS.”
    ~ Carlton Turner,
    Former Drug Czar (Reagan)

    “Another weapon I discovered early
    was the power of the printed word to sway souls to me.
    The newspaper was soon my gun, my flag –
    a thing with a soul that could mirror my own.”
    ~ Benito Mussolini

    “Casual drug users should be taken out and shot.”
    ~ Daryl DARE Gates – Former LAPD Chief

    “A violently active, intrepid, brutal youth that is what I am after…
    I will have no intellectual training.
    Knowledge is ruin for my young men.”
    Adolf Hitler quoted by John Gunther “The Nation”

    “Marihuana leads to pacifism and communist brainwashing”
    ~ Harry J. Anslinger,
    America’s 1st Drug Czar (FDR – JFK)

    “Because Fascism is a lie,
    it is condemned to literary sterility.
    And when it is past,
    it will have no history, except the bloody history of murder.”
    – Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961)

    “…somebody has to take governments’ place,
    and business seems to me to be a logical entity to do it.”
    – David Rockefeller,
    Newsweek International, Feb 1 1999

  • davidstvz

    Re: Why I Give Marijuana to my Autistic Child:

    I was really amazed by this story. One funny thing that stood out to me: “There’s a twist to the happy marijuana story, though. While the cannabis has eased J.’s most overwhelming problem, his autism has become more distinct.”

    I didn’t see any evidence beyond this brief assertion, but I was reading books by Temple Grandin (a famous individual who has functional autism) and I thought I noted several similarities in being extremely stoned and being autistic (based on descriptions of the later in particular). It could just be my own experience… perhaps I’m a few bad genes away from autism naturally.

    In any case, it really drives home the point that we know very little about the effects of cannabis compared with what we would know if it was legalized and could be studied freely.

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