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Somebody needs to protect the children from these predators

Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy, Partners Supply Funding for Field Trips to Anti-Drug Exhibit

The goal is to take to every seventh grader in the school district to the Maryland Science Center to view the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) exhibit Target America.

Nooooooooo!!!! Why can’t this exhibit die?

For those who haven’t been around that long, here’s my own website about the exhibit, and a report on my picketing of the exhibit at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry around 8 years ago and their attempts to stop me.

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45 comments to Somebody needs to protect the children from these predators

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    Alex, I know! I know! Is it because we’re in the death throes of one of the longest lived and most intense pandemics of the madness of crowds in recorded history?

    [game show buzzer] Alex: Oh I’m sorry Mr. 20903, the correct question is “Is it because the entire world has gone so bat shit crazy that the concept of Ted Nugent as POTUS can be contemplated as possible by people other than the pathologically insane?” The good news is that we do have some lovely parting gifts for you. Johnny, would you please tell Mr. 20903 about the lovely things that he will have won if the mandatory body cavity search is clean and he passes the mandatory urine screen for (some) drugs?

  • Really? Mandatory trips for children to the DEA exhibit? Gosh… aah… aaaah…*bullshit!*

    • Duncan20903

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      Here in the State of DeleriumMaryland public high school students have to do a mandatory 40 hours of volunteer work in order to graduate. It’s to teach them the rewards of volunteer work.

      I bullshit you not!

      • strayan

        Is mandatory volunteering like voluntary conscription?

      • War Vet

        Mandatory volunteering. Too bad its not for at least extra credit or even some college credit. I’m all about service as a way of diluting the system and understanding the gears and grease used in the machine. I’d so be a cop right now if I was legally eligible to and I know I would go out of my way to boycott drug arrests. Me thinks that’s why I got fired at my post-college dream job. I was a youth sergeant at a quasi-military academy when California was having their election to determine legal weed. I kept on telling the kids about the need of legalizing it and teaching them history tidbits when they were doing pushups for me. I showed the gangbangers the newspaper articles about the crooked cops leading up to tossing and or lessening–what was it, a hundred drug cases and charges. I knew a lot of these kids were affected by the war on drugs in their neighborhoods, schools and family and that a few of them would be joining the military to fight drug money in the middle east . . . it was their damn right to know about it.

    • kaptinemo

      Exactly what I expect from the State where the Len Bias madness erupted.

      I was born there, and can tell you Marylanders haven’t had a clean election since the Civil War. Being so close to DC, the corruption just sort of oozes over the State Line and penetrates the ‘body politic’; too many who live there are Fed employees and vote for their agencies, not their communities.

      So, of course crap like this is going to happen…until Marylanders get sick enough of the waste and decide to scrap the program itself.

      And yes, what they do to kids is involuntary servitude, tantamount to slavery. Only one step up from prison labor. You’d think those who proposed this would have considered their actions; they’re supposed to be educators but haven’t read the Thirteenth Amendment. What crime did the students commit to have their time stolen from them?

      Teach kids that their rights are negotiable, and they’ll teach you the same lesson later…

      • Duncan20903

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        In yesterday’s mail we got the new voter registration card for the woman who sold us our house. I was thinking that she just forgot to update her address. After all, she was 97 in 2003 when we bought the house and older people sometimes get a little forgetful. We used to forward her mail to her son but he died of old age in 2008 at age 82. The only thing that confuses me is that this is the first time that she’s forgotten to notify the Registrar of Voters of her new address. Now you’ve made me start to worry that this might tempt someone to commit voter fraud. Thanks a butt load kaptin!

        Sometimes my wife isn’t a very good person. When she saw that letter she ejaculated, “won’t that woman ever die?” I said, “C’mon honey, it hasn’t even been 10 1/2 years that we’ve been getting her mail! I’m sure that the post office will straighten out their mistake any day now!” What in the world makes her think that if the poor woman dies that we’ll quit getting her mail anyway?
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        “…until Marylanders get sick enough of the waste and decide to scrap the program itself.”

        Good luck with that. Don’t hold your breath while you’re waiting. It’s more likely that we’ll quit getting that old lady’s mail before we die.

        • primus

          Your error was trying to be a good person. If you had returned her mail to the PO immediately after you bought your home this would have ended then.

  • Servetus

    The best defenses against the forces of drug enforcement evil are to fight hell fire with drug fire.

    Drug reformers need to get their own traveling and/or stationary drug war exhibit. There would be no limit to the prohibition atrocities that can be depicted. Throw in some authentic torture instruments from the 17th century, and it’s Amsterdam’s Hash Museum meets Amsterdam’s torture museum.

    The little kiddies will love it.

  • Howard

    Pete, when I read this caption relating to the car crash photo on your site…

    “Back of the smashed car exhibit, loaded with an amazing collection of unrelated items.”

    …I had a good chuckle. There’s nothing like “an amazing collection of unrelated items” to really send the anti drug message home. Ha! Thanks for the morning laugh.

    • Common Science

      Im hoping they at least update the exhibit by replacing the looping video of the then DEA head of Karen Tandy DEA commercial, with the present DEA talking head Michelle Leonhart.

      I’m sure some of the parents of those kids to be indoctrinated by the “Target America” revival saw her struggle to not see any discernible distinction between pot and hard drugs in front of Congressman Jared Polis. Her intellectual dishonesty/meltdown was fodder the whole cannabis fence-sitting public needed to witness.

  • Duncan20903

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    This one is from the “believe it or not, all these damn thuds are starting to get annoying” category:

    Abby: Mom seeks guidance for son questioning legal marijuana
    March 19, 2014

    DEAR ABBY: Due to various anti-drug lectures he was exposed to at school, my 13-year-old son believes that marijuana is not only illegal, but also is very bad for you. He said it is poison.

    My state has recently legalized marijuana and I am at a loss about how to explain to him that pot is no longer “that bad,” as people partake of it in a responsible manner going forward. Any suggestions? — Colorado Mom

    DEAR MOM: Marijuana isn’t poison, unless it was sprayed with a poisonous chemical before being harvested. The marijuana being sold to adults in the states where it is now legal has been carefully cultivated and harvested. Its use is not encouraged among teenagers, however, because research has shown it can impair brain development among young people.
    /snip/

    Hey, I like a good series of thuds even more that the next guy but it’s starting to approach constant and I’m out of aspirin. But for crying out loud, Dear Abby? Dear Abby? Seriously? Signed, Popeye.

    • Common Science

      Duncan, here’s Abbie’s hip/fuddy-duddy sister, Ann Landers (Esther Lederer) when she did her shocking about-face for marijuana reform (in 1975) and had to answer back to an angry parent for it:

      “Please look up the word ‘decriminalization’. That’s what I am for. I don’t believe young people who are caught with pot should be labelled criminals, put in jail and deprived of many of their constitutional rights. You say your son had a complete breakdown. I hope he was treated as a sick person, and not as criminal. THIS is what I am fighting for.”

  • Nunavut Tripper

    Pretty nervy blaming 911 on drug trafficers when it was Bush 2 and his gang of thugs who pulled that one off.

    • ummm… is there a difference between GW and drug traffickers? If the DEA has been boinkin’ with the Sinaloans for at least a decade… Ronnie was knee deep in guns and/for drugs… the boys on the tracks for Mr. I-didn’t-inhale… that illegal drugs cash has been used by every administration since at least Nixon paints an unpretty picture of consistent presidential complicity in Prohibition corruption.

      • kaptinemo

        Nixon? Try FDR. It was the Office of Naval Intelligence in 1942 that recruited “Lucky” Luciano in prison to provide Sicilian and mainland Italy port information for the invasion. Luciano continued his drug dealings while in prison and while his phone was tapped.

        This goes back a long, long ways, and the seminal work on this was Alfred McCoy’s The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia as well as Dan Russell’s definitive Drug War

    • War Vet

      Actually it was drug money that funded 9/11. That’s pretty obvious when you realize that Latin American traffickers were being held in the prison you worked at in Baghdad . . . along with the Asian Triad, Nigerians, Russian Mafia and Italian Mafia being held in a military prison right next to Al Qaeda, Wahhabis, Shia and Sunnis. Ahmad Shah Massoud even warned us that America was going to get hit and look where it landed him and us. In no way am I holding a stuffed teddy bear for Bush, but there is no way he did 9/11 . . . his compliance was keeping drugs illegal on a global level and his father’s Iran-Contra gig in the 80’s. If it wasn’t for Ahmad Shah Massoud, I’d be skeptical . . . Blowback yes, but Blowhole Bush, no. 9/11 was our punishment for keeping drugs illegal on a global black market for people buying illegal drugs on planet Earth and what Bush did with Afghanistan and Iraq was mere reaction and taking advantage of Narco-Terror for political/economic gain. It behooves one to pay close attention to the ongoings and briefings in a DoD/Iraqi/CIA prison in Baghdad. I guarantee you I’ve spent more time and read more materials on 9/11 and Narco-Terror than you have because I was a victim like my grandfathers who woke up in America on Dec 7th 1941 . . . Alas high school class of 2001. And anyone who has ever welded or taken advanced welding mechanics can tell you it was the airplanes that brought down the towers—unless all of the WTC block in NYC had its electricity turned off at that time, I’d then be calling conspiracy. But Nanavut, I won’t deny that Bush was indeed wicked enough to do nothing about stopping the terrorists had he had the intel about it.

    • kaptinemo

      Anywhere there’s big banking, there’s usually wars and drug trafficking. Google ‘Bush banking drugs’, and you’ll see what I mean.

      • War Vet

        Oh I believe it Kapt. My workers were contracted out by KBR who contracted out with Gulf Catering Company . . . right across the street from my work area was L3 and at that time, our large Army bases were crawling with Indians and Africans . . . the Indians did repairs, cleaning and cooking and the Africans did security. My good friends were from Croatia and Bosnia hired out by KBR . . . the gym workers and USO workers were from Macedonia and other former Yugoslavian nations.

  • Servetus

    Addicted to drugs? Try the ‘love drug’. A new theory of drug addiction is the focus of research at the University of Adelaide.

  • Duncan20903

    Inspired by the advent of limited time availability retail candy for popular holidays, I’ve written a piece of specialty boilerplate with relevance limited to the weeks leading up to April 20th:

    If the people that so hate freedom want to make a statement, the perfect opportunity is coming up a month from today. I’d suggest showing everyone their disagreement with the new law by boycotting the State of Colorado on April 20th. If you can turn Denver into a ghost town can you imagine just how powerful of a message that you’ll send to “the children”?

    This strategy will also avoid exacerbation of the pathological confusion typically found in prohibitionists. As an added bonus, you’ll not have to suffer the aggravation of seeing a million+ people celebrating the return of freedom to the State of Colorado. Who the heck can place a dollar value on lowered levels of stress and confusion?

    Remember, the airlines give significant discounts on airfare if airfare is purchased a certain number of days in advance. Make it a one way ticket to save even more money and a win-win-win-win-win proposition for everyone!

  • claygooding

    A display of “trophies” that actually represent tokens of failure,,,cause those 7th graders can still buy drugs for the road trip.

  • Jean Valjean

    “Target America” is an accurate description of the DEA’s War on Americans.
    Here’s some things that they could add to their traveling exhibition:
    -SWAT raids with terrified children and shot dogs
    -Incarcerated parents and their orphaned children
    -Social Services raids and the kidnapping of children
    -Family eviction from public housing
    The list could go on for some time, but needless to say, these facts of the drug war are never going to appear in the DEA’s propaganda exhibition.

  • War Vet

    I’ll go to the museum and not picket or protest it if the DEA has the gumption to at least have a segment about their American born, Pakistan Muslim Terrorist informant, David Headley and how the DEA funded his travels which allowed him to train for Jihad in Pakistan and then gave him enough money to kill over 100 people in Mumbai, India. I’ll show respect if the Museum can tell us about how his girlfriends warned the FBI and DEA that David was sympathetic to Jihad. But the DEA have washed their hands of David and won’t remind us how it was the DEA’s money that did the killings in India.

  • Tony Aroma

    OT: It looks like Oregon might have 2 or even 3 legalization initiatives on the ballot this year. What happens if more than one passes? Does the one with the most votes prevail? Since they have conflicting regulations and limits, they all can’t be valid at the same time.

    • Frank W

      The only recent Oregon news I know about is that Kitzhaber just signed a law that allows local governments to place “moratoriums” on dispensaries, which in non-Portland Oregon means Welcome to Little Texas. Maybe some lawsuits will punch a way out of this.

  • Jean Valjean

    Museums are now so much more inter-active… perhaps the DEA could have some role play activities. How about a stop and search raid complete with handcuffs and a trip to jail? Or a SWAT raid with flash-bangs and a broken down door? Speakers could play slaughterhouse recordings mixed with dog whines, while officers shout at the kids “get down on the fucking floor!”… Maybe smells could be incorporated too, cordite, mace, and what else? Blood and guts perhaps….
    Yes, that should get their attention and increase awareness of the dangers of drugs (and prohibition).

  • Ben

    The Harford County Executive is running for Governor of Maryland: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_R._Craig

  • darkcycle

    UNBELIEVABLE!! ATROCIOUS HUMAN BEING ALERT!!
    That landmark Arizona study of cannabis and PTSD? You know, the first study of the potential medical benefits of cannabis to get NIDA approval since 1974? It has been shut down by ONE republican Arizona State Senator. ONE. Unbelievably shallow, hard hearted, repulsive excuse for a legislator. There’s a special place in hell for you, Yee. http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/25022631/2014/03/19/state-senator-blocks-medical-marjuana-study

    • Servetus

      Sen. Kimberly Lee’s profile makes her look as if she’s being groomed to be the next Republican Arizona governor, or U.S. Senator from AZ. The family values crowd likes her.

      Ms. Lee does totally nutty things to draw attention to herself, like trying to sneak an abortion bill through the state senate, and getting busted for it by Arizona’s Planned Parenthood.

      She’s linked with Sheila Polk, another AZ anti-marijuana crusader who loudly proclaimed the feds would shut down every AZ medical pot dispensary the moment one opened. She was wrong.

      • Howard

        I’m not a big fan of bumper stickers. But here’s one I’d put on my car if I were an Arizona resident;

        Sen. Kimberly Lee does not support the troops

    • kaptinemo

      I predict Ms. Yee will enjoy an amazingly short tenure as a State Senator after this. After she’s voted out next election cycle, she’ll serve as a perfect example of why it’s not a good idea for an elected official to piss off over half the population in your State.

    • claygooding

      Actually dark there has been several NIDA/DEA approved clinical trials on smoked marijuana,,when completed the only report I actually saw was a tweet from the ONDCP assistant that Kerli had issues with the research,,no official announcement as to why the results were ignored.

      http://blog.norml.org/2010/02/17/%E2%80%98gold-standard%E2%80%99-studies-show-that-inhaled-marijuana-is-medically-safe-and-effective/

    • curmudgeon

      If I were an insurance agent, I wouldn’t write a policy on her life. Pissing off thousands of PTSD afflicted veterans does not seem like the most intelligent action to take.

      • kaptinemo

        It all comes down to inertia. The prohibs have had their way for so long they think it’s a natural law. And so, even with things are changing, they still think they can continue with ‘business as usual’.

        Note, I said, ‘business’. We all know that pols get obscene amounts of money from special interests, whose own economic survival is dependent upon continued government funding. Funding to support what has always been a ‘niche’ industry; not being vital to the nation’s survival, it could be jettisoned without damage to civil society. And its benefactors know it.

        But…“What comes around, goes around.” The pendulum is finally swinging back, and now the prohibs must face all those they’ve harmed (that is, those they’ve left alive!) in their rampages. They know it’s not just their economic and political survival that’s at stake, now. They have savaged the freedoms and liberties (and lives!) of their victims; now their (surviving) victims may soon have a chance to repay them in kind. And that process starts at the ballot box…and ends in court.

        Reformers were instrumental in getting rid of one opponent. I hope that reformers in Arizona can get the ball rolling on finding a candidate to replace Ms. Yee and back that person. But that is only the beginning.

        I keep harping on this, I know, but I was willing to give my life for this country and am still willing to do so, not for the people who’ve run it into the ground, but for the rest of my fellow countrymen. I don’t want to think that this country will become a footnote in some future child’s history book.

        To prevent that, the social, political and economic corruption that prohibition fosters and has been allowed to fester under its bright, shining lie must be rooted out. And that means all manner of legal challenges, and that means prohibs being brought to the docket to answer for their crimes. WE MUST NOT LET WHAT THEY HAVE DONE GO UNPUNISHED OR IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN.

        They know this. They fear this, despite their bluster. We have the numbers, now, to make that happen. The window of opportunity for them to accept their eventual defeat gracefully and bow out with the most minor of retributions is rapidly closing, and it’s closing in no small part due to the arrogance of prohibs like Ms. Yee. Let her be the next political ‘example’.

    • Crut

      FOX 10 asked Senator Yee why she won’t just let her committee consider the medical marijuana PTSD bill and argue over it on the merits, since it passed the house so overwhelmingly.Yee did not provide an answer to that question.

      She did provide an answer: “FU”.

    • Howard

      darkcycle, I should mention that Ms. Yee’s actions are not without precedent. A few years ago, Barney Frank and Ron Paul introduced legislation to end Federal cannabis prohibition. The bill had to make it through a committee headed up by Rep. Lamar Smith (TX) before it could be voted on. Mr. Smith, at the time, voiced his “personal” dislike of the bill and vowed that it would never see the light of day. His Facebook page was inundated with requests for him to just allow the bill to be voted on. Constituents across the country wanted to know how their reps would vote. At one point the Facebook comments must have gotten under Mr. Smith’s skin. His page was disabled for comments and any comments referring to the cannabis bill were removed. People then took to calling his office. Those calls must have bugged him as well. His office phone was routed to a automatic message stating that his office was closed. After the Frank/Paul bill finally died, Mr. Smith reactivated his Facebook page and calls to his office suggested that it was open once again.

      As with Ms. Yee, Mr. Smith decided – as one person – to block legislation from even being voted on. Beyond pathetic.

      • Jean Valjean

        Interesting look at Lamar Smith’s wiki page…. “Donations” caught my eye and also I noticed that Lamar did find the time to push through the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act which I gather concerns patent rights. Now, if only he could figure out a way patent cannabis for his paymasters in Big Pharma, Big Booze and Big Cig he’d really hit the jackpot.
        This from Wiki:
        Donations
        In 2011 Smith had received $37,250 in campaign contributions from the Beer, Wine and Liquor Lobby,[27][clarification needed] and $65,800 total between 2009 and 2011. He received more than $133,000 from the Content Industry, including Industry groups and individual companies through mid-2011. Another $60,000 was donated by these companies in the 2012 Election Cycle.[28] Maplight.org listed the Beer, Wine, and Liquor Lobby as third among Smith’s top ten campaign contributors, and Content Industry as #1.[29]

        Leahy-Smith America Invents Act
        In 2011 Smith co-sponsored the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, a bill that made significant changes to the U.S. patent system.[2] The bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama on September 16, 2011.[30] The law will switch U.S. rights to a patent from the present first-to-invent system to a first inventor-to-file system for patent applications filed on or after March 16, 2013.[31][32]

        • B. Snow

          These clowns are selling us out for how much? REALLY=??

          FFS, couldn’t Someone on our side could offer them bigger bribes I mean “campaign contributions” – Somebody on the pro-reform side should be able to offer them more than that!

          If we just knew WHEN to offer and “outbid” the bastards? Wow, If they/we just knew who to call…

        • Duncan20903

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          I’ll never get why people think that there’s no such thing as a cannabis patent. Yes sweet pea, there is such a thing as a plant patent. Not just such a thing, plant patents are 1 of 3 major categories of patents.
          http://www.uspto.gov/patents/index.jsp

          For people who aren’t interested the pharmas certainly are spending a lot of money chasing exo-cannabinoid medicinal patents:
          http://www.patentstorm.us/search.html?q=cannabinoid&s.x=0&s.y=0&s=s

          8,409 items returned for that search as of 30 seconds ago. That’s up from 4,917 in December 2010 which was the first time I ran that search. For those keeping score at home that’s an increase of 3,492 or roughly 90 per month. “Big pharma” is not just interested, they’re in a friggin’ feeding frenzy over exo-cannabinoid medicine.

          Oh wait, sorry, I forgot it’s not “true” exo-cannabinoid medicine unless there’s a “budtender” and/or some kind of animal poop. I really do love my fellow cannabinoidians but sometimes you people make me wonder if I need to see a shrink for feeling that way.

        • Duncan20903

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          Say B. Snow, why is it that you think that the only possible reason that someone might see something a differently from your point of view is because they were paid to do so? Can you say narcissism? I know you can.

  • jean valjean

    duncan you asked the question so heres my answer: maybe seeing one would help with this hostility to all and sundry.

  • thelbert

    not only is cannabis a neuroprotectant, it has anti-propaganda properties. i doubt the feds will be able to come up with enough horse pucky to keep the trees of truth illegal for much longer. it’s already legal in my back yard. remember the federal government does not have juridiction over everything down to the microscopic level. any such law is a usurpation.