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April 2007



Open Thread

I’m up in Chicago today, playing the piano for an agent showcase at Victory Gardens’ Biograph theatre. I know there are lots of interesting things to discuss. “bullet” thehim’s Drug War Roundup is always wonderful. “bullet” The White House’s embarrassing screw-up about cocaine and Colombia continues to get growing coverage in the media. “bullet” Alex […]

Presidential Candidates…

The story of Kathryn Johnston’s death

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which has been doing an excellent job of coverage, has the timeline of the actual events that led to the death of Kathryn Johnston

They fabricated all the right answers to persuade a magistrate to give them a no-knock search warrant. By 6 p.m., they had the legal document they needed to […]

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A former political hack talks about medical marijuana

He’s long been both a hateful drug war cheerleader and and embarrassment to Illinois (see this for some examples), and now former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert has weighed in on the medical marijuana debate in Illinois with this letter in the Chicago Sun-Times

As a former schoolteacher and coach and father of […]

An embarrassment for the Drug Czar

White House letter: U.S. cocaine prices drop despite billions spent on drug war

The street price of cocaine fell in the United States last year as purity rose, the White House drug czar said in a private letter to a key senator, seemingly contradicting U.S. claims that US$4 billion (euro2.9 billion) in aid to Colombia […]

… and now for something completely different

I’m in a Terry Gilliam-drawn heaven. I have just received a wonderful gift from my Amazon wish list — the complete, 16 DVD megaset of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, with every episode in the series history, plus two bonus discs: Monty Python Live! Wow! It’ll be some great fuel, Phil. Thanks so much!

Some of Kathryn Johnston’s murderers indicted

New York Times

A Fulton County grand jury has indicted three current and former police officers who were involved in botched drug raid that led to the death of an elderly Atlanta woman in November. Officer Jason R. Smith, who is on administrative leave from the Atlanta Police Department and Gregg Junnier, who retired from […]

Marijuana Stories

Have you acted yet?

The General’s Inner Frenchman makes it clear why you should.