Odds and Ends and Open Thread

“bullet” An interesting feature in the New York Tmes: The Antiwar, Anti-Abortion, Anti-Drug-Enforcement-
Administration, Anti-Medicare Candidacy of Dr. Ron Paul

“bullet” Chicago Tribune article about the drug war and racism: Drug war enforcement hits minorities hardest

“There was a thought back in the 1980s that it was better to be tough on crime than to be said not to be tough on crime; that if you just lock these people away that somehow that’s going to solve everything,” Evans said. “Hasn’t worked. And I believe now the pendulum is swinging away from lock ’em up and throw away the key back toward trying to find a rational way of solving this problem.”

“bullet” Nonsensical drug war article from Reuters. This fails even rudimentary journalistic standards. I’m not even sure what it’s about. But they did get a chance to highlight this quote:

Drug traffickers, said Donovan, are “the epitome of evil.”

Here’s another really stupid editorial from Danny Zahara of the Central Peace Signal (whatever that is) in Alberta
“bullet” A couple of good articles from Montana (thanks, Tom)

“bullet” Ninth cabinet minister admits smoking dope Should be a non-story, if it wasn’t for the overall blatant hypocrisy of politicians wanting to lock everybody else up that does what they did.
“bullet” Good article at Grits for Breakfast: If you don’t have probable cause just fabricate it, say drug enforcers and some TX prosecutors. It’s scary the degree to which conventional thinking says anything law enforcement does is justified if it’s part of the drug war.
“bullet” Councilman Michael Polensak (Cleveland) has a little too much time on his hands. He actually wrote a letter (on City of Cleveland official stationary) berating an alleged drug dealer who had been arrested, including these gems:

Mr. Winston, you have to be “dumber than mud.” […] In closing, I told you just recently to stay out of my neighborhood, you crack dealing piece of trash. […] Go to jail or the cemetery soon,…

“bullet” LA City Beat reminds people about the History of Federal Confusion and Persecution Over the ‘Evil Weed’

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