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Counter-terrorism, my ass

Houston

The METRO counter-terrorism exercise didn’t round up any terrorists. Instead, 81 officers arrested 14 people, predominantly alleged prostitutes and dope smokers. More problematic for METRO is that it seemed to anger and confuse some of the agency’s riders who weren’t eager to have their bags searched.

The good news? People are starting to really get pissed off.

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27 comments to Counter-terrorism, my ass

  • TrebleBass

    Demonization of people; the reason why both drugs and prostitution are illegal.

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  • claygooding

    I can’t believe the people aren’t burning Uncle Sam in effigy or storming the Whitehouse,,,,it’s coming and the feds are gearing up for it.

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  • Cannabis

    They’re just looking for items that can be forfeited—mainly cash or things that lead to cash, like drugs.

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  • John

    Rich people (who can afford lawyers) don’t ride the bus. What’s the problem?

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  • John

    OK, we’re not allowed to smoke and drive, but now we can’t get high and ride the damn bus?

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  • Dorfman Flounder

    We have to be kept safe. We have to fight those towelhead camel jockeys over there or we will fight them over here. Evil maggot infested druggie scum must be weeded out. Rights and amendments are collateral damage. The government must keep us safe. We demand peace and safety and the government will make it mandatory. Helmets, drug testing kits and condoms for your thoughtclouds are available at the nearest Das Homeland Security complex.(Sorry for violating the ban against sarcasm)

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  • Benjamin

    It’s gonna take more than anger… A whoooole lot of people simply cannot understand why or how legalization is a good idea, and no amount of logic phases them.

    The only thing that will bring about change is time. People indoctrinated under the Nixon and Reagan eras pass away, and open-minded millenials come of age.

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    • claygooding

      That is the same thing we said in 1970 Benjamin,,,Now all those people over 39 when I was 20 are dead or in rest homes waiting to die and all we have accomplished is 50% support for legalization,,any kind of dateline you want to clue us into?

      It does not matter if the majority of Americans support legalization as long as corporations run our government.

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      • Francis

        Don’t be discouraged. Since 1969, we’ve gone from 12% of Americans favoring legalization (with 84% opposed) to 50% in favor and only 46% opposed. And most of that shift has taken place in the last 15 years. The pace of change has accelerated, and I believe it’s continuing to accelerate. The bacteria of prohibition that has infected our country simply cannot survive for much longer in the sunlight of the Internet. Look at the detailed breakdown of the most recent Gallup poll. It seems to me that there are primarily two groups that continue to support cannabis prohibition: self-described conservatives (only 34% in favor of reform) and the elderly (only 31% in favor in reform among those 65+). Note that support for reform is 49% among those in the next closest age group (age 50-64). My impression is that more and more conservatives are beginning to come around. We’ve got friggin’ Pat Robertson on board! And George Will appears to be moving in our direction (albeit very reluctantly). (And at 82 and 70 years of age respectively, those guys are twofers.) So that takes care of the first group, conservatives. The Silver Tour and um, the “circle of life” are working on the second group. It’s like I told Dianne Feinstein: the asteroid has already hit. The drug warrior dinosaurs are going to continue to lumber around for a while, but their fate has been sealed.

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        • darkcycle

          Seriously. When Bobby Tuna ran that idea past old darkcycle at the first medical cannabis cup in San Fran, I knew he was on to something. Plus, he’s the guy for the job. Bobby could sell sand in Saudi Arabia.

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        • claygooding

          I ain’t discouraged except about the conception of the younger generations belief that every one over fifty is their enemy,,they base their statements on the concept of them being the first ones to attempt reform.

          We would not be where we are now if not for the stubborn hippies and veterans from the 70′s keeping the lady’s covenant and spreading her word to any and all listeners.

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        • Duncan20903

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          I certainly see a very large sea change in the overall discussion. I’ve noted that I did a whole lot of volunteer work for NORML in the early 1990s even spending a year as Chairman of the local chapter. The most prominent reason why I decided to quit because I was so incredibly tired of being ignored, ignored by the politicians, ignored by the general public, ignored by the police, and ignored even by most of my fellow potheads. Getting “in their face” is meaningless if they don’t even notice.

          Pushing 50% support isn’t anything that should cause disappointment. That’s an increase in our support base of somewhere between 60% and 70% in just a decade. (30% yes votes increases to 50%. 20/30=66.6% increase.) Especially if we note that the darned 30% support level persisted for as much as a quarter of a century more or less before this century.

          Also consider the very small number of criminal laws have 50% support for repeal. To the best of my knowledge that number is 1. It’s not the income tax because in 2008 Massachusetts voters had a ballot referendum to eliminate that State’s income tax and it failed with only 30% in support.

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  • Servetus

    If Houston’s Metro counter-terrorism unit can bust 14 hookers and pot smokers, maybe the Houston drug cops can go out and arrest 14 terrorists. Maybe get Houston’s meter cops to bust the bankers. Definitely, Houston needs more law and order.

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  • claygooding

    Moms Unite To End The War On Drugs

    http://www.tokeofthetown.com/2012/04/moms_unite_to_end_the_war_on_drugs.php

    Mothers Groups, Who Played Key Role in Ending Alcohol Prohibition, Aspiring to Repeat Success 80 Years Later

    Mothers from around the country will join with law enforcement and students at the National Press Club on May 2nd in honor of Mother’s Day. The press conference will launch a new campaign comprised of national organizations representing mothers, police and students that seek to finally end the disastrous Drug War. “snipped”

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  • Duncan20903

    Prostitutes take the bus? WTF??

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    • John

      God help you if you’re a dope smoking terrorist prostitute living in Houston and don’t currently own a vehicle.

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  • Big up to Jimmy Kimmel for calling out Obama at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/28/jimmy-kimmel-whcd-pot_n_1462140.html

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  • Dystopia

    Shut Up, Be Happy by Jello Biafra

    We interrupt this program with a special bulletin:

    America is now under martial law.
    All constitutional rights have been suspended.
    Stay in your homes.
    Do not attempt to contact loved ones, insurance agents, or attorney’s.
    Shut up.
    Do not attempt to think or depression may occur.
    Stay in your homes.
    Curfew is at 7 PM sharp after work.
    Anyone caught outside the gates of their subdivision sector after curfew,
    will be shot.
    Remain calm, do not panic.
    Your neighborhood watch officer will be by to collect urine samples in
    the morning.
    Anyone caught interfering with the collection of urine samples, will be
    shot.
    Stay in your homes. Remain calm.
    The number one enemy of progress is questions.
    National security is more important than individual will.
    All sports broadcasts will proceed as normal.
    No more than two people may gather anywhere without permission.
    Use only the drugs prescribed by your boss or supervisor.
    Shut up. Be happy.
    Obey all orders without question.
    The comfort you demanded is now mandatory.
    Be happy.
    At last everything is done for you.

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  • claygooding

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/feedback-petitions

    “”Tell us what you think about We the People

    We the People is a new tool on WhiteHouse.gov and we need your help to make it even better. Use the form below to send us your feedback and ideas on how we can improve.””

    My comment:

    Seventy percent of American citizens support legalization of medical marijuana and 1/2 of them support marijuana legalization.

    Every investigation of marijuana by congress and paid for with our tax dollars has recommended legalization/decriminalization of marijuana and it’s removal from schedule 1 and our legislators have ignored all.

    We,the people can remove 60% of the cartels cash flow and we don’t need tax dollars,swat teams and more prisons,,we can do it with a watercan and a hoe.

    Forget about the possible taxes for a second and think what keeping the billions of untaxed dollars flowing out of the country and keeping them here.

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    • Duncan20903

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      Gabapentin is being ballyhoed as a cure for the fiction of merrywanna addiction.

      Gabapentin is AKA Neurontin® and I’ve heard that there are concerns about some of the side effects of this drug which include “Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); abnormal thoughts; back and forth eye movements; behavioral problems; change in school performance; chest pain; confusion; fainting; fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hyperactivity; loss of coordination; memory loss; new or worsening mental or mood changes (eg, depression, agitation, anxiety, panic attacks, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, irritability, hostility, exaggerated feeling of well-being, restlessness, inability to sit still); new or worsening seizures; numbness of an arm or leg; one-sided weakness; severe or persistent headache or dizziness; shortness of breath; speech changes or trouble speaking; suicidal thoughts or actions; swelling of the hands, legs, or feet; tremor; trouble concentrating; twitching; vision changes (eg, double or blurred vision)

      Wait a second, they forgot to mention death.

      Speaking of FDA approved death, I found some mention of Neurontin here:
      http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000145#drugdeathchart

      So after the person finishes “withdrawals” from cannabis, what does he take to ease the pain of withdrawal from the gabapentin? A Google search for neurontin withdrawal returns 5,050,000 items.

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      • darkcycle

        Neurontin is an anti epileptic, and yeah, you might say it’s unsafe (people who have grand mal seizures that cannot be controlled by depakote go to Neurontin, there, the side effects are balanced by the devastating effects of uncontrolled seizures). It is TRULY disturbing that they would consider using a medication with those side effects for “addiction” to an herb that has no ill effects whatsoever. Really, I have worked with people on Neurontin extensively, this is chilling. They would literally have to hold me at gunpoint to get me to take that shit. I’d rather go to jail.

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        • Duncan20903

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          Well you know, Neurontin® for epilepsy is off patent. If a pharma can jump through certain hoops and target a novel use to treat a condition/illness they can win a new patent. Did you know that Welbutrin® and Zyban® are the same drug?

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  • FrederickHipster

    The game’s up! End of the line for drug barons?

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    • Duncan20903

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      OK I’m shocked. I expected bellicose assertions of “drug dealers can run, but they can’t hide” or very similar blah, blah, blah. But why in the world did they take that picture of the reflection of that man and soldiers in a mirror?

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