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Idiot politicians everywhere

I sometimes forget that we’re not the only ones with them…

This stunning public policy communique from the home office as a result of a fact-finding international trip…

Home Office minister James Brokenshire has warned of the severe consequnces of smuggling drugs when he visited Sarita Colonia jail in Peru.

During his visit, part of a week-long trip to South America, including Columbia and Venezuela, the minister spoke with UK citizens convicted for drugs offences about their experiences and harsh conditions in the prison. They included Nick Jones who is serving six years and eight months for trafficking cocaine.

James Brokenshire said the inmates’ experiences should send a message to would-be smugglers: ‘Think twice, because the consequences are quite significant’.

‘The chance of being caught is very high’, he added.

Now there’s a government with a plan.

Of course, then there’s our own drug czar

Preventing drug use before it starts and having programs in place to assist substance abusers before they become addicted simply makes sense.

Actually, it makes no sense at all. Are you suggesting we should steal prescriptions from people so they don’t use drugs? Is all use abuse?

When they don’t have an agenda that actually, you know, works, politicians end up with nothing to say but the silly and banal.

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19 comments to Idiot politicians everywhere

  • the best politicians money can buy

    Isn’t abuse defined as deliberate misuse? So don’t take those vicodins to get high but to control the pain. Don’t take the xanax to get a buzz but to ease the anxiety. Well you smoke herb to get high so where is the misuse.

  • claygooding

    It is both sad and thrilling when the most fulfilling event of the day is lowering number of days left until the beginning of the end.
    28 days until Kerli gets a slap across his stupid droopy dog face.

  • ezrydn

    OT – I’ll be out of pocket until Tues, the 12th. The 65-66 era guys of B Co., 1st Bn., 7th US Cavalry will be having a reunion in Yosemite. Howard will be my guest and roommate Wednesday night. Hopefully, Misty will be feeling better. We’ll have a whole lot to talk about.

    Tomorrow’s my “wear the LEAP shirt through Immigration” day, AGAIN. LMAO Luckily, I have a 4 hr layover at LAX so they got time to harrass me, or so they think. A LEAP shirt and a Cavalry Stetson. What a mix.

    When I get back, we’ll be one week closer to victory.

  • malcolmkyle

    Yes; have a fruitful time there dear Ezzy!

    Meanwhile, it’s all happening at the Guardian again: http://tinyurl.com/37xchxa

  • Duncan20903

    I think that only conscripts should be allowed to hold political offices. Any person who has any desire to hold political office should be automatically disqualified.

  • Negation

    Preventing drug use before it starts and having programs in place to assist substance abusers before they become addicted simply makes sense.

    I hear prison is a pretty good substance abuse assistance program, Mr. Kerlikowske.

    Not.

  • Jon Doe

    “Is all use abuse?”

    Apparently the health professionals who work at my local mental hospital think so. I have to see them twice a year if I want to get my meds for free (dangerous meds I wouldn’t need if I had steady access to non-toxic cannabis) and though I had only smoked *twice* (the only times it was available to me) in the period before my latest meeting I was listed as having engaged in “cannabis abuse” in the last six months.

  • ezrydn

    Pete, will do. Hopefully, I’ll have some news when I get back, to share. Malcolmkyle, would you keep my Countdown going on Taylor’s site? I’d appreciate it. Keep up the pressure.

    I wonder how many ICE agents I’ll get to talk to this time. Or even if they’re wired to talk any longer. It’ll be interesting which ever way it goes.

    There will definitely be conversations within the airports enroute. Those are always interesting to handle. And, I get them going and coming, both directions.

    I’ll buy Misty a bunch of carrots and tell Howard (and her) that they came from Pete’s couch. That ought to cover everyone.

    It will also be nice to get with the guys who held my life in their hands for a while. That’s a brotherhood closer than blood.

  • ezrydn

    Lyrics from 1968 that have meaning today:

    It’s a one drink, 2 car, 4 kid comuter,
    with a mortgage and a haircut so snug and content.
    So wake up, if you can. Do you see another man?
    Yeah, baby, that’s the establishment.

    And it’s my Brothers, my Sisters, my Troops, my People,
    Ya know we got something going.
    This whole country is our testament.
    Just look around, you’ll see
    Now we’re the majority
    Baby, we made it! We’re 52%!

    We’re 52%, they write the TV shows for us.
    We’re 52%, they design the clothes for us.
    We’re 52%, they play the songs we dig.
    We’re 52% and we make big business big.
    We’re 52%, they know we set the trends.
    We’re 52% and their economy depends on
    52%, baby, you and me.
    We’re a power and a faction in their great society.

    And it’s my Brothers, my Sisters, my Troops, my People,
    Ya know we got something going.
    This whole country is our testament.
    If we just pick our spot, we’ll call all the shots.
    Just remember, we’re 52%!

    Know the movie? LOL

  • Duncan20903

    The ‘latest’ poll shows Prop 19 taking a dump on Election day. 53-43 in favor of rejection!?

    What the fuck happened?

    http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-51973720101005

  • The month before the election, pretty much anything can happen in the polls. And this issue, in particular, is strongly affected by how the question is asked, and the population sample. That’s why I haven’t spent much time here promoting poll porn.

    All we can do is keep fighting and keep supporting and make it happen.

  • Servetus

    I checked the Reuters/Ipsos poll site and found a single, lonely sentence:

    A slim majority (53%) oppose legalization of Marijuana in Prop 19.

    That’s it. Nothing else. A nearly perfect mirror reflection of the polls that have Prop 19 at 52% in favor of passing.

    See http://www.ipsos-na.com/news-polls/pressrelease.aspx?id=4983

    You can’t have every other poll in a political race say one thing, while one poll contradicts all others…or maybe you can. In any event, I think the Ipsos poll result on Prop 19 may be a typo, that they meant to say 53% support legalization….

    If that’s true, the news media will pick up on the typo in a way that’s going to create an opportunity for push polling by opponents of Prop 19. In that case, the typo needs correction.

  • Duncan20903

    So now you tell me. For the last 3 months of my life I’ve been obsessed with the California polls regarding Prop 19. Now you’re telling me it was just mental masturbation?

  • firestarter

    Here all you people…what does this mean? If you were a cop how would you interpret this?

    Section 11301.
    (c) “Personal consumption” shall not include, and nothing in this act shall permit, cannabis:

    (4) Smoking cannabis in any space while minors are present.

  • firestarter

    This is the question to ask. If you were a police officer…how would you interpret these sections to enforce them?

    Section 11301.
    (c) “Personal consumption” shall not include, and nothing in this act shall permit, cannabis:
    (1) Possession for sale regardless of amount, except by a person who is licensed or permitted to do so under the terms of an ordinance adopted pursuant to Section 11301.
    (2) Consumption in public or in a public place.
    (3) Consumption by the operator of any vehicle, boat, or aircraft while it is being operated, or that impairs the operator.
    (4) Smoking cannabis in any space while minors are present.

    Do you know what the permit or license will look like for every city? Your City? Do you know what it means to have a city write the law for this?
    So if you are in a public park in the hills…now its illegal? It’s not today? How is this an improvement?
    MJ consumption can be measured in your blood for days. What’s the definition of consumption? What will insurance companies do with this?
    What’s the definition of space? What if the minors can’t see you because they are in the next room…is the whole house considered the “space”?

  • Tim

    The police are going to try and subvert this new law anyway they can. We saw that in 1996 and we’ll see it again.

    Vote Yes on 19!

  • malcolmkyle

    Malcolmkyle, would you keep my Countdown going on Taylor’s site?

    Sure thing! — But do you mean you have a separate thread dedicated to such?