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November 2006



Hopes for the Dem Congress

Grits for Breakfast wonders whether the new Congress will consider John Conyers’ “No More Tulias” legislation.

That bill would require corroboration for undercover testimony in drug stings using federal grant money, similar to Texas’ legislation that required corroboration for informants, signed by Gov. Perry in 2001 after receiving bipartisan support in both chambers.

Even though […]


I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 30, 2006, as National Methamphetamine Awareness Day. I call upon the people of the United States to observe this day with appropriate programs […]

Hempfest at Illinois State University

Join us tomorrow (Thursday) at Illinois State University for the Winter Hempfest from 2 pm to 10 pm in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center. There will be prizes, opportunities for making hemp jewelry and tie-dye shirts, plus bands, useful information, and more. Schedule:

2:00-3:00 Bryan Alvarez 3:00-4:15 Andrew Kenning and Jamie Esler […]

Open Thread

It seems all of Radley Balko’s fine work is opening the crack just a little bit in public awareness. While his excellent book Overkill didn’t get the splash many had hoped for when it was released, it has picked up steam, and it’s getting referenced in a variety of articles, including Washington Examiner, Christian Science […]

Poppies show up UNODC head


“History teaches us that it will take a generation to render Afghanistan opium-free,” UNODC executive director Antonio Maria Costa said in a statement.

Um, no. History teaches us that people who use the word “free” to describe some imagined future absence of drugs are morons. Of course, Costa is using this to cover for […]

Zero Tolerance = Zero Intelligence

This story helps point out some of the absolute insanity of what we’re doing…

On Nov. 2, the 16-year-old senior at Southwest High School in Fort Worth consented to have her car searched in the campus parking lot after a drug-sniffing dog indicated that it smelled something. School officials searched the car and say they […]

Huge news in the Kathryn Johnston Case

At The Agitator Chief Pennington has suspended seven narcotics officers and asked the FBI to investigate. Apparently the confidential informant is saying he never purchased drugs at Kathryn Johnston’s address and was told by police to lie about it. Kathryn Johnston is still dead.

Simon Jenkins rant in the Sunday Times

The really tough way to control drugs is to license them by Simon Jenkins in the Times Online (UK) is a delightful ranting OpEd that skewers prohibitionists over and over for their failures, and faults politicians for lacking the guts to act on legalizing and licensing drugs. The whole thing is an enjoyable read, but […]

Time – Brain Damage

OK, Time Magazine is entitled to their own list of the top 100 influential albums of all time. But can you possibly take a list like that seriously when it doesn’t include Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”? I mean, how can that even be a consideration? It’s not a border-line option. I mean, […]

Context for Kathryn Johnston

Radley has an outstanding (and horrifying — even though I’ve read about all those cases before, it still hurts) piece putting the Johnston story in perspective, with examples from other bad raids.

People like Maye and Johnston are supposed to show remarkable poise and judgment, despite the fact that armed men are breaking into their […]