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ONDCP Information Quality Update

bullet image Politifact also caught the drug czar playing loose with the drugged driving statistics. The quote they caught on C-Span was a less egregious one than Director Kerlikowske has used other places, but it’s still good to see that others are catching on to this dishonesty.

Still no word from the ONDCP on my Petition for Correction Under the ONDCP Information Quality Guidelines although they have 60 days to respond and it’s been less than 30.

Their Significant Corrections Made page is an “interesting” read.

By the way, we’re not the only ones who are going to be interested in hearing the outcome of my petition. The staff of Senator Richard Durbin (IL) are also aware of the petition, and since he serves on the subcommittee that oversees the ONDCP, I believe that they would want to see a substantive response.

bullet image Gateway to Violence by Dan McGraw

The move to legalize marijuana shouldn’t be dominated by the stoners trumpeting their right to get high but by the general public, who bear the social, economic, and political costs of the illegal drug trade. Keeping pot illegal is a bad policy that, in essence, prints money for murderers.

bullet image Reports that Afghan president Karzai has a fondness for hashish, opium and heroin.

At least he won’t have to worry about running out of his supply.

bullet image DrugSense Weekly – a weekly review of the most interesting or relevant articles in the press and on the web related to drug policy reform.

bullet imageDrug War Chronicle – weekly update of drug war news and analysis from Stop the Drug War.org.

bullet image I’m going to visit my dad and may be out of touch for a day or two. This is an open thread.

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19 comments to ONDCP Information Quality Update

  • Shap

    That piece of shit drug warrior on the supreme court retired today. Good riddance to Justice Stevens who was consistent in his support of the drug war with his opinions in Caballes and Raich and his dissenting opinion in Kyllo.

  • ReaSon

    Wake up abolitionists! Research which political party created every single federal DRUG prohibition law. The Harrison Act, Volstead Act (alcohol), Marihuana Tax Stamp Act, Controlled Substances Act, Asset Forfeiture Act (Biden), Drug Paraphernalia Act (Biden). What president is pushing Michele Leonhart to head the DEA? It’s the Democrats who made prohibition a Big Govt project & they’ll never dismantle it. The Democrats even overrode a presidential veto to force the Volstead Act into creation. We all know how that made Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, & Murder Inc so successful. We need to join the Tea party, many of whom support ending marijuana prohibition as the civil rights trampling monstrosity that it is. Contact GOP.org & tell them you want candidates who will call for the repeal of all federal laws that take away our God given right to exercise our free will to use cannabis, if that’s what we want to do. No, I don’t use alcohol, tobacco, or cannabis. But, it’s no one’s business if an adult does.

  • Shap

    Nixon and Reagan weren’t exactly freedom-lovers in this regard either. Both parties shredded the constitution with their drug war legislation. Only candidate who would make a difference on this issue is Ron Paul.

  • kaptinemo

    ReaSon, since you place so much value in research, then may I suggest that you look up an organization called the Council on Foreign Relations?

    Its’ members comprise the de facto ‘ruling class’ of this country, and its’ members are represented by both ‘parties’. Dems, Reps, all the top leadership of each are members.

    The implications of that should be obvious. Given the above, it should also become obvious that ‘partisanship’ and all the sturm und drang accompanying it are little more than distractions for rubes. I shouldn’t have to say more. You’ll figure it out.

  • warren

    I`m sure the Afgans have a few stinger missles remaining and if we fool with there income they will kick our ass just like they did the ruskies. I~M SURE SOMEONE IS WAITing in the shadows with the proper equipment to take down the big wings

  • denmark

    The days of America telling each and every country how to run their affairs is coming to a close. While I don’t believe in the religion of the middle east, or any religion for that matter, Iraq set the stage when our troops came in and wanted to dictate what could and could not be done. The Iraqi people basically said “no you don’t U.S., this is our country”.

    Karzai is feeling the same pinch in the buttock and hopefully he won’t allow the American government to trample all over their chosen lifestyles of hashish, opium and heroin.

  • Cannabis

    Thank you for all of your work on the issue, Pete. I hope that you have a safe trip.

  • ezrydn

    Their Significant Corrections Made page is an “interesting” read.

    And a good laugh, to boot! Now, why didn’t I see that one coming???? LOL

  • claygooding

    Sent the following email to Politfact:
    The drug czar is building a platform for asking congress for millions of dollars to purchase and proliferate law enforcement across America with a new hi-tech device made by Phillips that detects recent marijuana use. As with all new hi-tech products,it is expensive,especially since it detects only marijuana use and does not detect pharmaceutical drugs or any other illicit drug use.
    The issue of whether this device is justifiable with our present highway safety conditions is questionable,but the fact that Karen Tandy,an ex-DEA administrator,now works for Motorola,of which Phillips is a subsidiary raises the age old question of “helping their own”.
    We will see if it gets them searching out that possibility of “helping their own”.

    Also,one of MPP’s directors is supposed to be on Glenn Beck tonite.

  • Just me

    Have a good one Pete.

    Hey reason….This is my opinion but, our drug war was created and enforced by BOTH parties. Our political parties and government is a two party on party system in MHO. Two sides of the same coin. No matter who is in power we lose.

  • stem & hempy

    The Mötley Cr

  • stemp & hemy

    Whoops, sorry I got cut off, was going to say the Mötley Crüe album “Shout at the Devil” is a gateway drug! It should be banned right away to protect any children who might hear it.

  • aussidawg

    Read a good article on Information Clearinghouse by Dave Sirota. The article has to do with the funding for the WOD and the legalization movement. The article is entitled “The Pay Any Price Principle and you can read it here. (www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25178.htm)

  • Just me

    stemp & hemy , LOL if I remember right they tried th…oh ya…good point 😉

  • Nick z

    The War on Drugs is beyond all doubt a war by and for the corporate ruling-class. All one has to do is check the stats. 90 percent of the multiple casualties and victims, in either prison or the grave, are from the poor, working class.

    The ruling-class loves it, that’s where all the real prohibitionist support comes from. Wealthy, money-hording, corporate pigs who should all be imprisoned as traitors to the U.S. Constitution.

    Btw, it is also America’s longest war (though I believe they’re trying to sell Afghanistan as that now), going now for over 30 years.

  • Hope

    This was one of those Grits links.

    Talk about staring into one of those proverbial can of worms.

    U.S. blacklists Mexican businesses tied to drug smuggling

    http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2010/04/11/20100411mexico-drugs-blacklist.html

  • kaptinemo

    Another timely STRATFOR article: Mexico and the Failed State Revisited Granted, it’s from a few weeks back, but still important.

    Notice how it uses almost painfully simple examples to make clear how a legal market normally works; it’s almost as if the authors are trying to tell dim-bulb prohibs how basic economics processes function on a “See Dick run! Run, Dick, run!” level. It’s the equivalent of some elderly schoolmaster sort trying over and over again to teach some hulking DrugWarrior half-wit how to tie his own shoes.

    And they still don’t get it…or won’t get it, as the situation may be.

  • That’s a great article, Kaptin. It really lays it out well (good as a primer for those who aren’t up to speed… and you’re right, almost painfully simple to drive the points home for the dim-bulbs in prohibition).