Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton:
“I hate the Internet”
Radley Balko notes that referring to forced entry SWAT raids as “militarization” may be an insult to… the military.
Remember the botched drug raid that sent the old lady to the hospital with a heart attack? Police say it wasn’t a botched raid â€” that they merely knocked on her door, invited themselves inside to ask her some questions, and rendered assistance when she fell ill.
Police have confirmed that Pruett has no connection or relationship of any kind to Washington.
Dodd said Pruettâ€™s home was never part of the drug investigation, but was on the warrant because the DEA, which was in charge, had obtained information leading agents to believe Washington lived at the address.
â€œWe were there to serve an arrest warrant. While we were there, she had a heart attack. We rendered aid,â€ Dodd said.
So… 12 police surrounded a home because the DEA thought a bad guy lived there, even though the home was never part of the investigation, and the bad guy had no connection to the lady who lived there. Nope. Not botched at all.
A combination of bad policies and the lack of legally allowed local alcoholic drinks in large parts of Africa has caused situations where imported taxed alcohol is so expensive that moonshine stills are proliferating â€” many of them causing blindness and death.
Repealing the chang’aa ban has also found strong support in the National Agency for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA). “If the ban on chang’aa is left to continue, people will continue to die because no one knows exactly what the chang’aa they are drinking is made of,” said NACADA’s head, Jennifer Kimani. “The Government cannot control standards for something that is illegal.”
Speaking of prohibition, Mike Meno at MPP notes that the Drug Czar is still having problems with big words:
The drug czar chuckles. â€œNo,â€ he says, â€œweâ€™re not exploring prohibition.â€
Um… then what are you doing with that $15.5 billion? Office parties?
Moronic columnist of the day: Michael Coren in the Toronto Sun with Why they call it dope
Make silly jokes about munchies, pompously explain why you smoke up with your kids because thatâ€™s the mature thing to do and even be self-righteous about the drug war, but donâ€™t complain when cancer eats away your body and the children become moronic. Remember, itâ€™s harmless and cool.
Jeralyn at TalkLeft: Why Don’t Marijuana Bills Progress Past Initial Committee Referrals?
New Prime Minister David Cameron calls for more liberal drug laws.
David Cameron […] believes the UN should consider legalising drugs and wants hard-core addicts to be provided with legal “shooting galleries” and state-prescribed heroin.
He also supported calls for ecstasy to be downgraded from the class-A status it shares with cocaine and heroin and said it would be “disappointing” if radical options on the law on cannabis were not looked at.
Actually, that was five years ago. We’ll see what happens now that he’s Prime Minister. Still, it’s encouraging that he once expressed those views.
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