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We’re here to remove your stigma

… and shoot your dog.

Kerlikowske said one of the key parts of the Obama administration’s strategy to combat drug abuse is to “remove the stigma…and to help people understand you can recover.”

“I think it is what we might call a teachable moment when someone passes – particularly as someone as highly thought of and such an incredible performer as Whitney Houston,” Kerlikowske said. “We can use this as a moment to help people understand. There are millions of Americans that are suffering from this problem…so we can use this as a chance to move forward.”

That’s right, the government is here to remove the stigma and that’s why they’re raiding medical marijuana dispensaries and sending DEA agents to bust down doors, and funding drug wars around the world that end in thousands of deaths.

Yes, death can be a teachable moment, and a time to move forward. But Kerlikowske’s the last one to look to for lessons or direction.

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14 comments to We’re here to remove your stigma

  • Cannabis

    People like Gil Kerlikowske are a class of opportunists who either actually believe what that are saying or are just saying it because that’s what their speechwriter coached them to say. They are either ignorant of what’s really going on in the real world or they do know and cynically manipulate their words to try and counter that reality.

  • Peter

    so whats he going to do for the 20 or so million who have been stigmatized for life by a drug conviction? lost jobs housing children education immigration benefits liberty. just more empty words from the liar in chief.

  • claygooding

    When a person takes a job with full knowledge that he is required to lie to the people he is getting his paycheck from and keeps policies in place that do more harm than good,,learning is not possible,,he is too busy remembering which lie he is pushing today.

  • Chris

    Maybe he’s only interested in removing the stigma for prescription drug abusers. It’s only the illegal drug users that he wants to kill, incarcerate and stigmatize! Honest!

  • rita

    How long does it take to recover from law enforcement-induced PTSD? (Going on 8 years now.)

    • Duncan20903

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      rita I hate to say it rita but in a few months it’ll be 23 years for me. It has gotten a lot better but multiple car doors slamming or someone knocking loudly and insistently on my door will still get me. Last year when I experienced my very first earthquake, for the first few seconds I thought that the police where landing a helicopter on my roof. I actually went outside to verify. It has improved a lot, but I’ll bet that not that many people that experienced that earthquake had that as the first thing that popped into their minds. There hadn’t been a discernible earthquake in this area for well over 100 (119?) years so I think it’s safe to speculate that it was the first earthquake most people around here had the pleasure of experiencing.

      • rita

        Yeah, that was kinda a rhetorical question. (My friends learned fairly quickly to not knock on my door. They tap lightly on the front of the trailer and call my name.)

    • WhyIRemindThemEveryDay

      Two home invasions plus jumped from behind while eating a takeaway.

  • Paul

    S.W.A.T!! Get on the fucking ground! We’re from the government and we’re here to help! Get on the fucking ground NOW so we can help you! Get control of your dog or we’ll help him, too! I said get on the fucking ground!

    BAM!!

    It’s OK, we helped the dog, he’s safe now. Where are the drugs, you fucking addict, you goddamn junky? Tell me where they are so we can help you! Oh, you ain’t got no drugs, huh?

    Shut that kid up, nobody fucking move. We’re gonna help you people, all right? Gonna find your kid a new home, help him right out!

    Yeah, we’re gonna help you all out real good–maybe eight years, you’re gonna be all right with us! Tell us where the drugs are, and tell us where you keep all your cash, or maybe we’ll need to help you for 20 years, resisting arrest, lying to police officers, obstructing justice… when we’re just trying to help you god damn savages out!

    We’re going to help you REAL good!

  • kaptinemo

    Oh, man. This reminds me of a story about the father of Frederick the Great. He had put up posters all over Prussia saying that everyone should love the Good Emperor.

    So, when said (thoroughly bleedin’, bughouse crazy) Emperor happened to be walking down the street, he encounters some poor peasant who recognizes him from his poster and cringes in fear. The Emperor sees this, and asks the peasant what’s wrong. The peasant replies that he’s afraid. This enrages the Emperor, who chases the peasant drown the street, beating the unlucky guy with a cane, screaming “You’re supposed to love me, scum, love me!”

    Yes, the prohibs want us to love them after all they’ve done for us, and their feelings get so hurt when we, after being humiliated, beaten, bloodied, brutalized and (all too often) shot, have the ingratitude to complain about being the recipient of their tender mercies.

    Well, their ‘tide’ is going out, and ours is coming in. The American economic house of cards is collapsing in slow motion, but that can shift into Warp Factor 9 with what’s going on in the rest of the world, and this country could find itself in the kind of hurt locker that it hasn’t seen in 3 generations. The writing’s been on the wall for years, but Uncle keeps ignoring it, and when the crunch finally comes, it will get very ugly in this country.

    If it comes to that, I wouldn’t be surprised to learn in the aftermath (if I’m still alive, that is; we’re talking revolution and chaos, here) that quite a few old scores were settled like what happened in the madness in NOLA after Katrina. And with 20 million people who’ve been the subject of DrugWarrior ‘compassion’, it’ll be the perfect time for those so inclined to return the now-vulnerable DrugWarriors warm ‘affections’.

    You really, truly do reap what you sow…

    • yeah Kap… everything I see says it’s just a matter of time and we can all cheer together – “We’re #3! We’re #3!”

      We’ll be watching China and India as they pull away, waving goodbye to us in their rear view mirrors. Each has 4 times the # of people, a better looking GNP (and China is kicking India’s ass there) and neither is buried in debt and over-extended credit. India now has more middle class and above than poor, the average Indian family saves 30% of their income (we avg 5%)…

      Austere economics will rule us for years and years. I haven’t read it yet but upcoming on my list, The Age of Austerity: How Scarcity Will Remake American Politics by Thomas Byrne Edsall

  • Duncan20903

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    Well isn’t this special? In Tennessee the Alcoholic Beverage Commission is in charge of merrywanna “eradimacation”. What’s next? Hiring Wall Street banksters to run the Federal Reserve?

    I guess the chickens need to understand that foxes need to eat too.

  • TINMA

    Our government is sick folks. We the people are the cure.