Let’s have some fun.
Somebody tipped me to this bizarre piece saying “worth a read”…
END THE VIOLENCE, LEGALIZE ALL DRUGS – A PIPE DREAM by Devvy, The Dynamite Redhead (!) Yep. She describes herself as an independent voter and a “constitutionalist who believes in the supreme law of the land, not some political party.”
“Worth a read” is true, but only if you’re looking for some really silly and strange fiction.
Even the first paragraph gives you a clue to the lack of actual… facts you’re likely to find in the piece.
There has been a major push in this country for many years to legalize all drugs – especially by Libertarians and two presidential candidates, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul and Gary Johnson (who dropped out early on):
I suppose “dropped out” is one way of looking at it. “Won the Libertarian nomination for President” is probably a better way. And Johnson has only been pushing for legalization of marijuana, while pointing out the problems with the rest of the drug war.
She does have the sense to realize that legalization will eliminate the profits for Mexican “cartels.”
Legalizing drugs will stop the drug cartel wars spilling over our borders, but it will not stop the violence in this country by drug addicted Americans.
Um. How is that a bad thing? Let’s say we legalize and we still have the problems of violent drug addicts (unlikely) that we have under criminalization, but we’ve eliminated all the problems of the black market… isn’t that a net victory?
And then comes the Reefer Madness…
“Mother, 28, who was hooked on cannabis found hanged next to the body of her six-year-old daughter.” [Quick – guess which newspaper she got that from!] […]
“Inside America’s meth capital: “The town where a mother gunning down her children comes as no surprise in a tragic drug war. [Quick – guess which newspaper she got that from!] […]
In Oklahoma, authorities charged Lyndsey Fiddler with second-degree manslaughter after an aunt found her infant daughter in a washing machine thudding off balance in the spin cycle. The aunt told authorities that Fiddler had been up for three days using meth. In Albuquerque, N.M., last month Liehsa Henderson, high on meth, claimed to be God and told police God wanted her son to die after allegedly stabbing him in the neck with a screwdriver. The boy survived.
“Last Sunday, Fresno police found Mendez dead on the bathroom floor of her home. Her children – 17-month-old Aliyah Echevarria and Isaiah Echevarria, 3 – were in the bathtub. Mendez’s cousin was dead in the kitchen. She had shot each in the head. […]
Lee Moss was serving 12-month suspended sentence for growing a cannabis farm when he launched vicious attack. […]
Missing & Murdered Montana Teacher Sherry Arnold Choked to Death and Buried in Random Abduction. The killers admitted to doing crack cocaine the entire weekend.
Anslinger would have absolutely loved this woman. Take a bunch of sensational stories and link them to drugs without any sense of causality.
Do you want to be sitting across from some crack head on public transit, the subway or a bus who suddenly decides you looked at him wrong?
No, I don’t. And that’s much more likely to happen under prohibition, than under regulated legalization.
Don’t we have enough man hours lost to employers every year because of drug use that interferes with a person’s job performance?
I don’t know. How many do we have? And this is under prohibition. What evidence do you have that there would be more under legalization?
“Effects of additives to heroin. Sometimes heroin dealers mix the drug with other substances to stretch supply and make more money. This can be very dangerous. Some of the additives do not dissolve as well as heroin does, and this can lead to blood vessel clogging. This can lead to heart, lung and kidney problems
And your point? That seems to be an argument for legalization.
But wait! She’s not done with the madness…
Toddler found high on heroin during mother’s arrest in Washington. [Guess. No Daily Mail, this time.] […]
“Florida mom accused of selling sex with daughter, 6, to buy drugs.
But then, our Dynamite Redhead comes to her senses briefly with a rant about how bad the war on drugs is, until she become unhinged again with some more falsehoods. This time, the “Constitutionalist” defends the seizure of Camp Zoe(!)
Tebeau knew the sale of “pot”, LSD and hallucinogenic mushrooms was against the law, yet he did it anyway. Oh, heck, say Libertarians, it’s all about freedom as long as you don’t hurt someone else. So what if LSD fries your brain?
Um, did you miss the part where the Feds admitted that Tebeau never sold drugs or profited from their sale?
I’m’ not even going to try to parse the end of the piece, which is a combination of reefer madness, conspiracy theories, anti-government rants all somehow wrapped up into a plea to end the drug war but keep drugs illegal.
Note: Before you make too many wisecracks about redheads, remember that I am a ginger.
In all seriousness, being told the truth after years of lies, initially causes confusion for anyone. She is obviously very confused.
So are the tabloid mentalities that spread the new age reefer madness.
In the end truth conquers all.
Yeah, she’s a cultural conservative who hates and fears “drugs” given their association with the counter-culture. (This is a woman whose website has several of her previous columns helpfully categorized under “Sexual deviants and sodomy.”) But she’s ALSO a small-government conservatives who hates and fears the government. She appears to have recognized that her hatreds and fears are in conflict with one another on the issue of drug policy. That’s created some cognitive dissonance as the two battle for supremacy. That column was the not-so-pretty result. Poor woman.
Iâ€™ve heard that there are people who abuse their own naughty parts! What kind of society would we have if that were legal?!? There would be people doing that when theyâ€™re driving! Their cars would be bouncing up and down like those hydraulic hot rods that are driven by our Country’s unregistered guests! I donâ€™t want to see people playing with their particulars in public places either! Then weâ€™d have to let people marry their hands for crying out loud! Ooooh, Iâ€™m so excited! I asked for my hand in marriage today and it said yes! It makes people go blind! â€™nuff said!â€¨
…and damn Devvy, I guess a blowjob is out of the question. What a waste of a classic pair of DSLs.
Devvy does not tolerate sexual deviance of any sort. Missionary with the lights off is the best you’re gonna get, Duncan.
Oh, DO Go there and READ them. You will not be disappointed!
The disturbing bit about such epic public (and private) battles of cognitive dissonance is that in an angry and unclear mind hate and fear can end up multiplying in the intersection. If your cherished beliefs end up conflicting with each other then all you might think is left that can tie it all back together is the familiar hate and fear.
That cozy tag team forms a powerful platform to be used to push your agendas and create policy. Irrational, conflicting, damaging. It doesn’t matter as long as the common thread is there. “This has to be so, it reinforces my feelings of fear and validates my feelings of hate.” It’s like some warped perpetual energy machine for our societal engines.
(Channeling Yoda/dollar store self help manuals, I appear to be today.)
“So what if LSD fries your brain?”
LSD is actually pretty benign. It’s the fear of LSD that drives people (e.g., DEA agents) to acts of madness.
That opinion piece is … amusing. Not to be glib but it reads like someone who forgot to take their legal meds.
Oh, Maria, go ahead. Have at. I went the cooking sherry route. In the case of “Devvy the Dynamite Redhead”, you’re entitled to a freebie.
I know I know. Cheap shots? I has it.
I won’t let it happen too often.
Pete, we would never hold that against you. Red hair is hereditary. Hysteria is acquired. Nature v. nurture and all that.
Wow. No need to even touch that one. No rebuttal, no comment. Unless to say “Give me more!”. Any reasonable person (reasonable: as in, not half a bottle into the cooking sherry by 2:00 PM and already freaked out by the local news) reading that article would be ready to dismiss all prohibitionists as lunatics unworthy of further indulgence. Plus, it’s a riot. Facts, shmacts.
I mean, seriously. That is the funniest thing I’ve read in quite a long time. I even read select bits to my wife. “Legalizing meth, cocaine and heroin would only feed addiction, not stop it. The need for those drugs is so powerful, people kill people every day of the week for a fix. Sometimes their children, sometimes strangers.” …still working on parsing it logically. I’ll get back to you when I figure out how these people are getting that done, and just how many children they must be having. That woman is a gift that I’m certain will keep on giving. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I’m BOOKMARKING that one!
Sheesh, it really is beyond belief that some people people don’t have enough sense to know that they have to even out the load when they run babies through the spin cycle.
A ‘Constitutioanlist’? The Real McCoy would insist that the Commerce Clause was never meant to do anything more than what it said…and only that. And that the Commerce Clause has been used by succeeding Administrations beginning in the early 20th century to expand governmental powers not enumerated or authorized in the Constitution…such as prohibiting drugs.
The Anti-Federalists warned us about this process happening, long ago.
“It appears from these articles, that there is no need of any intervention of the State governments, between the Congress and the people, to execute any one power vested in the general government, and that the Constitution and laws of every State are nullified and declared void, so far as they are or shall be inconsistent with this Constitution, or the laws made in pursuance of it, or with treaties made under the authority of the United States. The government, then, so far as it extends, is a complete one, and not a confederation. It is as much one complete government as that of New York or Massachusetts; has as absolute and perfect powers to make and execute all laws, to appoint officers, institute courts, declare offenses, and annex penalties, with respect to every object to which it extends, as any other in the world. So far, therefore, as its powers reach, all ideas of confederation are given up and lost. It is true this government is limited to certain objects, or to speak more properly, some small degree of power is still left to the States; but a little attention to the powers vested in the general government, will convince every candid man, that if it is capable of being executed, all that is reserved for the individual States must very soon be annihilated, except so far as they are barely necessary to the organization of the general government.” (Emphasis mine – k.)
(Oh, and please note the capitalization of the word ‘state’. This was not some quaint Colonial way of speaking; the individual States were thought of as independent nations banding together for mutual aid and protection…as the Anti-Federalist ‘Brutus’s writing makes clear.)
Yepper. It took almost a century, from the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914 until now, but we’re there. And Raich was the last nail in the ‘State’s Rights’ coffin.
With every new loss of liberty, I am forced to go back and re-read their works, and am stunned at their prescience. But most of the writers were amongst the best educated of their day, had read the ‘classics’ and knew of the ebb and flow of history, life-cycles of birth and death of nations, etc. and knew that Human nature being what it is, government inevitably turns despotic…for all the best of reasons, of course.
Erm… thats happened to me many times. Sometimes when people are clearly sober and just aggressive, but it has happened by an overwhelming majority when people are using ALCOHOL (of which there is not a single mention in her ‘article’).
Seriously. The way I see it, there are three ways that drugs can be associated with violence: (1) black market violence; (2) acquisitive violence to feed an addiction; and (3) under-the-influence violence (i.e., the psychoactive effects of a particular drug increase an individual’s propensity for violence). With respect to category 3 violence, alcohol is BY FAR the worst offender. Drug prohibition CREATES category 1 violence and exacerbates category 2 and 3 violence by, respectively, making a person’s addiction more expensive and encouraging people who want to “get high” to use booze to get there. It is a moronic and disastrous policy.
couldn’t agree more!
Researchers in the U.K. are looking to breed marijuana to make medicines for metabolic disorders, epilepsy, and other diseases.
“”GW Pharmaceuticalsâ€”the United Kingdomâ€™s only legal cannabis production facilityâ€”is already developing Sativex, a drug consisting of two principal cannabinoids (THC and CBD). Sativex is currently in Phase III trials for treating muscle spasticity in multiple sclerosis patients. But GWâ€™s researchers are also studying how marijuana derivatives could be used to treat a much wider range of diseases, including metabolic disorders, epilepsy, ulcerative colitis, psychosis, brain injury, and cancer pain.””
But it ain’t medicine unless the pharmaceutical companies make money from it.
Breaking news on the Fast and Furious cover-up. Obama using executive privilege to with hold evidence. This sounds more and more like watergate…
“A House panel voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt for failing to cooperate with a congressional inquiry into Operation â€œFast and Furious,â€ hours after President Obama asserted executive privilege over related documents.”
I’m sure everyone here is aware of how so called drug task forces like to use what they think are clever acronyms to refer to themselves. I wonder what they were thinking in Iowa City when they decided to name theirs SCAT?
Woman faces drug charges after SCAT search
Oh, GOODY. I’m not the first to go O/T; This is a reggae mix produced by my local garden store. Great music, great people:
Is this true? If so, why is the CSA still law?
“Control over the possession and sale of any item within the states is not a power possessed by Congress. This was so held in United States v. DeWitt, 76 U.S. 41, 45 (1870), which tested the constitutionality of a federal revenue act making it illegal to sell illuminating oil of a certain flammability. Here, the Court held Congress did not have the power to penalize these sales: “As a police regulation, relating exclusively to the internal trade of the States, it can only have effect where the legislative authority of Congress excludes, territorially, all state legislation, as, for example, in the District of Columbia. Within state limits, it can have no constitutional operation.”
Where the heck is Uruguay?
South America,I think,,down by Bolivia and Chile,,,best I recall.
Yep, Northern coast of South America.
oops, I’ve done that before. I once misplaced an entire continent. Boy was it embarrassing when I couldn’t find Atlantis on a map.
Do you really question whether or not I know how to use a search engine??
Jeez o petes….I know know we’re not supposed to be too hot at geography here in the US, but we may want to actually find Uruguay some day!
ROFLMFAO! Oh jeez!
I had geography rammed down my throat in THE THIRD GRADE in Catholic school; being forced to make hand-drawn maps of the countries we read about.
“War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” – Ambrose Bierce
Pity he never met Sister Mary Alice…
My problem is, I know BOTH countries in S.A that people get confused about. The other is Guyana. Thing is, I ALWAYS mix the two up myself….
I came back from vacation and now the Ad that appears the most when I come to this page is “Date Black Men”. I think someone was using my computer. Well that will be the excuse anyway.
Crime and Obesity: Let’s Get to the Heart of the Problems
This is a good one for Devvy. Save some children and stop the pop.
dum dee dum dum
Wow. Dragnet reruns.
The poor man will never get another promotion.
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God can you imagine Devvy with Michelle Lionharts power I think she would be worse and extremely Anti-gay to boot.