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How’s the job, Gil?

So you’ve held the Drug Czar job for a couple of years, now. Is lying to the public non-stop about destructive drug policies everything you’d hoped for?

Chicago

President Barack Obama‘s drug czar is among the contenders to become the first Chicago police superintendent in Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel‘s administration, the Chicago News Cooperative has learned.

Gil Kerlikowske, whose formal title is director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, met last week with Emanuel in Chicago and was in town again over the weekend for an interview with the police board, sources told the CNC.

Looking to jump ship? Wash your hands of Mexico?

Hmmm… not surprised. It seems to me that Kerlikowske is merely an unprincipled liar, not a true believer like Walters was.

[Thanks, Tom]

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31 comments to How’s the job, Gil?

  • aaah… for Droop Dogg becoming the Drug Kzar was just a resume move… the position must pay fairly well. So… the only requirement is to check your ethics at the door? Well I still say he needs to get to the Emerald City and see if he can get a heart from the Wiz…

    • darkcycle

      We had him in the Emerald City. He’s welcome…to go to Chicago. Gone already? Didn’t like being the most loathed man in the entire government? Lies and propaganda wear you out? So sad…

  • forgot to mention Ed Forchion (NJ Weedman) is back in the news… he’s challenging the constitutionally of NJ’s ganja law: “NJWeedman” Battles for Freedom With Historic Legal Defense

  • Paul

    This administration sure does have a thing for Chicago, don’t they?

  • Cannabis

    Who’s our next Drug Czar going to be, Kevin Sabet?

    • darkcycle

      That’s a scary thought…

    • BluOx

      No more DrugCzar.Obama should do something meaningful and eliminate the ONDCP. Waste of office space.

    • It would be interesting if Obama picked one of the ONDCP deputy directors: David Mineta, Benjamin Tucker or Patrick Ward. Mineta is from San Fran and went to Berkeley for a poli-sci degree so I’m guessing he’d be most pot-friendly.

      Is it too much to ask for a simple rescheduling of cannabis that takes into account its obvious medical uses and low harm profile? I hope we get some commonsense out of ONDCP on this soon. Check out my blog post about it. Happy 4/20!

    • Duncan20903

      I’ve heard Snoop Dogg has thrown his hat in the ring. I think he’s overqualified though, he’d be the first one that had a clue.

  • This is not my America

    Ya Allan, its a resume move…is he eyeing a larger position down the road? President maybe? Why not, Joe ‘sleepyhead’Biden did. Just a theif looking to join a larger den of theives, the top mob in the country…

  • thelbert

    i’m guessing the City of Bell wasn’t hiring. i wonder how many retirements this guy needs.

  • strayan

    The fact he wasn’t immediately sacked after the grilling Kucinich gave him is a testament to just how incompetent you’re allowed to be as a government official.

    These scumbags need to be held accountable for the destructiveness of their policies.

  • darkcycle

    Ya know, I’ve been thinking about this. Two years in the job and already feelers out to go back to big city police chiefing. That job (ONDCP head) has GOT to be one of the worst positions in all of Government. Anybody who isn’t an outright zealot, driven internally by intolerance and a burning hatred of anything and anybody different would have a hard time staying there. Kerli is a career man and at least appears to be as smart as a three legged stool. So he no doubt understands that the policies he’s chosen to push are in fact really the genesis of the problems they claim to be fighting. It could be (dare I even think it?) that there’s another LEAP officer on the way. How long can a human with some intelligence and even a vestigial conscience stay on the side of all that wrong. Maybe if he leaves, I’ll change my opinion of him…he could always have decided he’d found a new home and stayed, like Anslinger, ’till he was a bitter, senile rancid piece of meat and gone off to the same fate. (In other words, anybody who knows the name Anslinger spits when they say it.) Going, Kerli? Good luck, I won’t miss you, but I might stop using you as the boogie man to scare my kid.

  • I hope it’s not Ted Nugent that replaces him… Tommy Chong has much more experience in this vertical.

  • Servetus

    If Kerlikowske can bug out of his ONDCP job, he’ll add ten years to his life span.

    Imagine having to continually face co-workers who are true believers in the drug war. Every day would seem like some H.P. Lovecraft tale of horror.

    Maybe it’s better the devil you know. I’m not looking forward to the next candidate for Captaincy of the Titanic Prohibition.

  • darkcycle

    Wow, if only it were a facebook or you-tube campaign to replace him. Then we COULD have Tommy Chong!
    Unfortunately it will be someone suitably hideous.

  • Malcolm Kyle

    “..the drug czar position as basically a cranky government stooge who wags his finger at proponents of policy reform. It’s not glamorous work, but worse, it isn’t even important in any of the ways that someone like Kerlikowske would want it to be. You don’t get to fix or change anything, so unless you love the drug war exactly the way it is, the job is utterly unrewarding.

    If Kerlikowske does move on, it will be the second high-ranking departure from ONDCP under Obama, and it should raise new questions about what the hell actually goes on over there.”

    http://stopthedrugwar.org/speakeasy/2011/apr/18/drug_czar_doesnt_want_be_drug_cz

    • Jake

      If he really wanted to “fix” or “change” anything for the better he could always denounce the drug war for the failure it is… but then trying to help millions over his own pay packet doesn’t really seem like something in his repertoire…

  • ezrydn

    Any doubts out there that the cost of his “feeler” trip for his interviews was made on OUR dimes?

    Plus, he’s already a lying SOB. Does he think that’ll change with a new position? He’ll always be known as “that lying SOB” from now on. So, Gil, be sure to add THAT to your resume, too!!

    • Duncan20903

      They should hire me. I’m a much better liar. The first thing I’d do is to change the agenda from a war on drugs to the war on bugs. There’s a lot better chance of eradicating insects from the face of the planet and I do dearly hate bugs. Besides, do we really have any evidence to prove that drug addiction isn’t actually caused by insects? We may be able to kill two birds with one stone.

      Kill bugs to wipe out drugs!

  • denmark

    Oh heck, let me be intrepid here, (a little), and maybe regret it later.
    You are a prick Kerli and hated by thousands, please put that on your resume. Oh wait, it’s Rammy in Chicago, he’ll take good care of you, maybe even give you a job running “something” around the country.

    Is there not a large black population in Chicago? More jail for the less fortunate small dime bag dealers? That’s something to be proud of, hope you’re sleeping good at night. Need help sleeping? Big Pharma can help you out. Can’t tolerate the pharmaceuticals droopy? Just grab some cannabis, you won’t get in trouble, you’re one of the protected now.

  • Peter

    Drug czar was on the news today saying the dea will go after prescription drug abusers more. Could this be a flanking move against legaliztion along the lines of “look how bad it gets with regulation…..people still die…?”

    • denmark

      What I noticed were the statistics, 11, 900 something for prescription drugs and 5,300 something for cocaine, then 2,000 something for heroin. The droopy also said prescription abuse exceeded driving accident deaths.

      Even if it were 10,000 people a year, or 100,000 people a year that died from cocaine or heroine misuse the percentage rate is still so low, so insignificant.

  • darkcycle

    DEA is desperate to justify it’s continued existence. Going after “prescription drug abuse” also gives them an entree into your medical records, and gives them new power to invade the lives of law abiding Americans. One more freedom lost, a little less personal privacy, and a whole slew of new people suddenly open to indimidation, coersion and prosecution. If you’re the Drug Czar, or DEA, what’s not to like?
    Irony of ironies, this is America, where in the fifties and sixties, tranquilizers and diet pills were handed out like M&M’s on halloween. I remember raiding my parent’s medicine cabinet when I was a teenager, it had everthing…uppers (diet pills, Dexis and fastins) downers (atavan, valium), Barbs (secoanl, tuinal). It’s a good thing I didn’t particularly like pharmaceuticals. As far as my drug use was concerned, pot was and still is my D.O.C.

  • Buc

    Too little, too late, Gil.

    Then again, this guy had no problem choosing career over family when his son needed him, so what’s the problem with choosing career over anything else? If you can leave your family in the dust for #1, I don’t see what else could stand in your way.

    Pathetic, as usual. What else could you expect from ONDCP?

  • Windy

    I have been lobbying my so-called “representatives”, at both State and federal levels, on this issue for more than 35 years. They seldom respond, and the few responses have always been pretty much “thanks, but kiss off, we aren’t changing anything” couched in politically neutral phrasing.

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result, well I think a lot of us who’ve been insane concerning this issue have suddenly become very sane and have realized we need to do something drastically different, something more, because contacting the sold out whores in government hasn’t worked in the past, isn’t working now, and will never work in the future. If nothing else, that fact is eminently clear.

    So what do we do, well there are the 5 things David762 over at NORML (http://blog.norml.org/2011/04/15/why-are-the-feds-still-meddling-in-stat…) suggested, and there is one more: the individual States must repeal all criminal and civil penalties associated with any aspect of the cannabis trade for anyone 18 or older, just as WA’s I-1149 will do. Each State has its own methods of getting a law passed, but State citizens need to force the issue in States that do not have the initiative process, as WA does. Once a sufficient number of States have done this, the federal law will have to change, it’s one of the Constitutionally legal ways to change the federal government.

    The federal government does NOT have the necessary (legitimate) Constitutional power to get itself involved in ANY way in State laws, nor may it force the States to enforce its laws within the boundaries of the State. That US attorneys are actually telling State government those lies is outrageous.

    But getting to the drug czar, having him visit various States which are considering MMJ and legalization, to lobby the media, members of the State government, or groups of citizens is absolutely unconstitutional, and he should not only be booed every time he tries this in future, the citizens of the States where this has occurred should bring lawsuits against him, the ONDCP, and the administration for that breach of the Constitution (which is a LEGAL and BINDING CONTRACT between the People, the States, and the federal government). Why this tactic hasn’t been used before is just flabbergasting to me.

  • Duncan20903

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    Can’t we muster a little sympathy for the man? I know he brought it on himself, but gosh, imagine how it must feel to run an organization that has exactly zero chance of competently executing what is claimed to be their goal? Required by law to tell bald faced lies day after day after day. Goddamm that must get tedious. On top of that the only people who really appreciate your organization and the job it is supposedly doing are the very people who’s existence you’re supposed to eradicate, salesmen from snake oil selling players of the drugs/rehab industrial complex, and a bunch of jarheads who want easy, safe work when they’re working overtime.

    Oh yeah, almost forgot. Waging a war on (some) drugs with trillions of dollars of government resources at your disposal but still getting kicked to the curb by a bunch of Cheetos eating, Cheech and Chong rerun watching, unemployed layabouts still living in their mom’s basement, potheads.

    Gosh I really spend a lot of time wondering why Mr. Curlyfries is trying to convince everyone that he ended the war…not

    I’m not sure I can come up with a worse punishment for Mr. Curlyfry’ sins absent the possibility of going medieval on his ass.

    Getting the US and various States laws repealed is so easy that even a pothead can do it.