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Red Ribbon Week promotes anti-drug use

I hope they’re promoting responsible anti-drug use.

You wouldn’t want young people abusing anti-drugs.

I also enjoy the fact that “Throughout the week, junior high and high school parents will have a chance to sign a pledge to supervise teen parties and keep them free of alcohol and drugs.”

Makes it sound like a lottery. There’s a limited number of pledges available each day, but a few lucky parents will get to sign one.

Hey, I’m all in favor of fact-based education and encouraging young people to stay away from drugs. But this eager-beaver-fun-filled-abstinence-club approach is transparently fake and ineffective. Sure there are some kids who jump right into the activities, eager to look good to the appropriate adults. And two years from now, they’ll be the ones lying dead in an abandoned apartment with a needles sticking out of their arm because they never learned anything useful.

The only good thing about this is that a few of them will actually find something more than what was intended in the meaning of this year’s theme: “It’s up to me to be drug free.”

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14 comments to Headline of the day

  • Francis

    They’re clearly promoting cannabis use. Cannabis is, after all, “the anti-drug drug.” (Sort of like how Sprite was the “uncola cola.”) Unlike “drug drugs,” cannabis isn’t toxic or physically addictive. Plus, it can be used effectively to treat addictions to actual drugs like alcohol.

    (BTW, maybe we should start a “Green Ribbon Week” — but obviously not to promote something lame like “graffiti prevention.”)

  • darkcycle

    They need to use less anti-smart.

  • claygooding

    PROHIBIT EDUCATION,then everyone will become rocket scientists.

  • jay

    How do you know if you don’t like spinach if you never try it? Those teens who are never exposed to responsible alcohol consumption, are the ones that die at college from alcohol abuse. It’s about education, not anti-education.

  • Duncan20903

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    Last week I bought a box of corn dogs (yum yum). The description on the box was “batter wrapped hot dogs on a stick made of pork and turkey.” I’ve heard of meat sticks before, but I thought that phrase meant something else.

    http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs48/i/2009/216/6/b/State_Fair_Corn_Dogs_by_PharaohAtemusLioness.jpg

  • Cannabis

    Great, just great. Now all I have now are the mental images of Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry eating corn dogs.

  • darkcycle

    This thread didn’t take long to degenerate. Oh…it is Friday, isn’t it?

  • Duncan20903

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    Here’s a particularly odoriferous piece of excrementalism:

    As the federal government’s crackdown on the state’s medical marijuana industry expands, the Department of Justice has targeted Richard Lee, the leader of the movement to legalize pot in California, The Bay Citizen has learned.

    U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag sent a letter to the landlord of Lee’s medical marijuana dispensary, Coffeeshop Blue Sky, ordering its eviction, according to people familiar with the situation.
    /snip/

    /snip/
    She said that the letters had been sent to “stores that sell marijuana and allow people to smoke marijuana near schools, parks and other places where children learn and play.” Coffeeshop Blue Sky, located near Lee’s Oaksterdam University, is also a block away from Envision Academy of Arts & Technology, a charter high school.
    /snip/

    http://www.baycitizen.org/marijuana/story/feds-target-oakland-dispensary-richard/

    Why do I think this stinks? Because Envision Academy of Arts & Technology opened its doors in 2006 and I know for a fact that Mr. Lee had established his dog & pony show at the latest in spring of 2004.

    http://www.envisionacademy.org/about.html

    Oh, also California has one of the most sensible (for lack of a better word) “drug free” school zone laws because they don’t include places where it’s not reasonable to expect to find the kiddies, like inside private residences. I don’t know if that would extend to private clubs but wouldn’t be shocked to find that it does.

  • anti-drug use… really?

    How do you spell Straight Inc.?

  • Duncan20903

    And two years from now, they’ll be the ones lying dead in an abandoned apartment with a needles sticking out of their arm because they never learned anything useful.

    Are you sure that won’t be because when the kiddies figured out that they’ve been lied to about cannabis that they’ll jump to the conclusion that they’ve been lied to about {fill in the blank} as well? I know for a fact that’s the way it worked in my mind when I was coming of age.