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February 2006



Don’t drug test our innocent children

Nice editorial in the North County Times:

If parents want to test their kids for drugs, the kits are cheap and available these days. But Vista Unified School District and other public officials should stick to education. […] It just doesn’t make sense. Research shows that kids are better able to stay off drugs when […]

Freepers and the Wall Street Journal article

The piece from the Wall Street Journal mentioned here yesterday, is being discussed at Free Republic. Every time drugs come up there, it’s an explosion. You’ve got a good group of intelligent libertarian conservatives mixing it up with wacked-out social conservatives led by drug warrior robertpaulsen. Fun to watch.

Walter Cronkite

More stupid legislators

I am continually amazed at lawmakers’ proud display of their complete and absolute absence of even the barest glimmerings of human intelligence. I have to assume that their parents still tie their shoes for them.

Idaho lawmakers are taking their drug war all the way back to the womb. There’s a proposal making its way […]

Wall Street Journal – Intelligent Drug War Piece

This is a must-read in the Wall Street Journal: Global View by George Melloan: Musings About the War on Drugs (alternate link)

Economist Milton Friedman predicted in Newsweek nearly 34 years ago that Richard Nixon’s ambitious “global war against drugs” would be a failure. Much evidence today suggests that he was right. But the war […]

Supreme Court rules in favor of religious use of hoasca tea

Via TalkLeft (and thanks, Daksya) In a unanimous decision (without Alito participating), the judges ruled that the government could not prevent the Uniao do Vegetal (UDV) church from utilizing ayahoasca (which contains the hallucinogenic substance DMT).

In their first religious freedom decision under Chief Justice John Roberts, the justices moved decisively to keep the government […]

A time bomb on our border


From Mexican voters, in a poll for The Dallas Morning News, Al Dia and El Universal:

93 percent say drug trafficking is a serious problem in Mexico, spreading from border cities to other parts of the country. 81 percent say the United States contributes to the drug-trafficking problems. 64 percent say Mexican federal police […]

US and Bolivia’s Morales reach an agreement

This is a bit of a surprise:

Morales and his vice president, Alvaro Garcia Linera, held a long meeting over the weekend in Government House with U.S. Ambassador to Bolivia David Greenlee to discuss the anti-drug policy to be implemented by Bolivia’s new government. President Morales whose political background is closely linked to the union […]

More overkill at The Agitator

“bullet” Radley’s got the story and partial video of a bizarre 70-90 officer SWAT drug raid conducted on the Rack n’ Roll Billiards Club under the guise of an Alcohol Beverage Control inspection (therefore warrantless). Three were arrested for drug charges: one, and undercover cop, was released; the other two were apparently police informants. “bullet” […]

An idiot-eye view of the black market

Now and then I find something out there that is just so stupid that it really doesn’t even deserve comment… Yet how can I resist? I don’t know anything about The New Media For all I know, they only have 10 readers (although they do have their own hate mail editor). And Bruce Hanson […]