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June 2006



Independence Day

[I’ll be gone for a few days (without much internet access), helping my parents celebrate their 84th birthday (Mom’s is on July 4)]

I’m pleased to see that the American Flag will fly free this weekend, narrowly escaping Congress’ attempt to cage it and make it subservient to their political agendas. Take a moment to […]

Once again, task force shoots someone in drug raid, sorts it out later

I’m not sure I can say what really happened this week with the shooting of Kenneth Jamar in Huntsville during a drug raid, but it sure doesn’t seem like the task force has a clue either. They’re sure that what they did was OK — they just can’t ‘splain it too well.

Hichey amendment loses. Time to write letters.

The vote was 163 in favor, 259 opposed. In my opinion, those who voted against it did so, for the most part, for one of two reasons:

Fear of appearing soft on… anything. Fear of getting reduced campaign contributions from the pharmaceutical industry.

I’ll tell you one thing for sure after listening to that debate. […]

Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment vote due today

Today is likely the day for the next attempt. This is the fourth time that the HInchey amendment has been brought forward, and I have high hopes balanced with election year pessimism. A couple of new things on our side include:

The Citizens Against Government Waste report that expressly supports the amendment The Prebyterian Church […]

UN report and unintentional byproducts

There have been hundreds of media “reports” out there in the past day that have been mindlessly parroting the UNODC hype because it’s easy, but not all of them are buying it. Check out the Vancouver Sun

UN drug report unintentionally argues against prohibition The 2006 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on […]

Two Podcasts

“bullet” The ONDCP’s latest “podcast” is actually just the audio of their fact-deficient press conference with the UN and the DEA on the occasion of the UNODC’s latest report, and the claims that marijuana has magically become some kind of Super-Drug. It’s one hour and six minutes long, and I don’t have time (or stomach) […]


In the debate over marijuana legalization in Nevada comes an interesting piece: The Poetry of Drug Politics by Lohantan Valley News publisher Rick Swart:

At the same time there is something just a little bit hypocritical about standing around the VIP tent drinking cantaloupe margaritas and espousing the ills of “gateway” drugs. Mind-altering drugs are […]

Another newspaper sees failed policy

Drug Czar’s Office Called ‘A Waste’

I’d call it more than a waste. An eyesore and a hazard maybe. Or a toxic chemical spill that keeps spreading. But still it’s nice to see Citizens Against Government Waste come out with such a strong statement in their new report: Wasted in the War on Drugs: Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Wasted […]

This is just too… hard to pass up

Rush Limbaugh was detained at Palm Beach International Airport for having drugs without a valid prescription. The drug? Viagra.

[Via TalkLeft]