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July 2013



It’s the stupidity

bullet image ‘Nobody racially profiles’: Bloomberg on the Council’s two ‘bad’ NYPD bills

“The racial profiling bill is just so unworkable,” he said today. “Nobody racially profiles.” […]

In that case, incidentally, I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.”

bullet image Change in approach to drugs could lead to more arrests at Banks School District

At the request of city law enforcement, the Banks School District is changing its approach toward drugs, […]

Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Hanlon, who is contracted by the city of Banks to patrol the community and schools, announced the change at a Banks City Council meeting on June 11. […]

Although Hanlon said the district always called at some point, Banks schools handled discipline internally. By time he got involved, it was too late to arrest the student. His job was only to seize and destroy the material.

Now, Hanlon wants to be contacted as soon as the school finds drugs.

“I hate coming in on the tail end of stuff,” he said.

bullet image Humorless Ohio AG mugs ‘prescription’ coffee cup

Here’s the issue: does a coffee mug that mimics a prescription bottle and says “Prescription Coffee, RX#: VRY-CAF-N8D, Drink one mug by mouth, repeat until awake and alert” make fun of prescription drug abuse?

DeWine thinks so.

“People die from accidental drug overdoses in this state every day, and these products make light of the problem,” DeWine said in a May press release.“We don’t find these products funny at all.” […]

May was when DeWine and 22 other state attorneys general asked the company to pull the Prescription Line of glasses, coasters, mugs and drink holders.

bullet image Tweet from Rafael LeMaitre at ONDCP:

Did you know that we’re supporting research to treat cocaine addiction w/ a vaccine? The future of #DrugPolicyReform

bullet image Yingluck proposes drug-free Asean by 2015

BANGKOK, June 26 (Bernama) — Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has announced her government’s policies on anti-narcotics, concrete protection of community dwellers from drug addiction and support the Association of Southeast Asian nations (Asean) to become a world drug-free region by 2015.

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37 comments to It’s the stupidity

  • claygooding

    I really appreciate our arranging those in a way that each was just a little stupider than the next,,the bottom one being supremely insane,,,she will never remove Thai-stick.
    I hope America is listening to people like Bloomberg with a new ear because they are a little more aware of how deeply hypocritical the drug war and it’s warriors are.

    I predict there will be more voters in the booths across America than voted in the 2012 Presidential Election,,our hope is that at least a few prohib legislators bite the dust,,at least enough to make it evident that their pushing prohibition or refusal too listen to the people demanding change got them voted out.

    I want to see the video of Wolfe(VA) standing in congress running that third rate tirade of Reefer Madness when someone even brought the subject up about reform of marijuana laws,,demanding that any reform should be decided by a committee and not debated on the floor,,played 12 times a day on every VA social site or political blog followed by a list of his corporate benefactors/handlers.

    Similar attacks can be done to every legislator that even gets funding from the same people and smiled at Wolfe one time.

    Grassely,and the whole damn crew,,I expect a very long and loud political season coming to every town in America. Cause people are waking up.

    My bank teller asked me about medical marijuana today and the other two tellers had such a look of interest instead of apprehension that I just got positive vibes from it.


  • darkcycle

    Well, I’ll be anxiously awaiting this fantastical “Vaccine”.
    It’s criminal, they way they positively sow the scientific ignorance with every word they speak. They see absolutely no value, no gain, no advantage in truth or accuracy of any sort. In fact, the opposite. Their entire existence in predicated on and supported by lies and distortions.
    I commented on the top two, then ran out of steam. It’s been a long day. I have a blown out tooth and a dentist who did exactly nothing for me today. I went in, she looked at it for ten seconds, and wrote me a referral to an endodontist. No antibiotic, no codeine, she didn’t even plug the gaping hole where the filling once was with wood putty. Endo guy isn’t in his office until the tenth. I can’t even get an appointment until then.
    I wonder how many dentists die by homicide.

    • Matthew Meyer

      Try a few drops of tincture in the hole.

      • thelbert fisher

        whole clove in the hole.

      • darkcycle

        Actually, I smeared a dab Rick Simpson oil on the gum, worked a treat. And I slept like a stoned little baby.

      • claygooding

        Had a buddy that soaked a Q-tip in tincture,clipped the very tip off and poked it in the hole with his tongue,,said it was better than aspirin,,which also works in a pinch.

    • claygooding

      Better living through Chemistry,,,the new American way!!!!

    • Duncan20903


      Hey, if your position was built on a platform of nothing but bald faced lies, half truths and hysterical rhetoric then you would also “see absolutely no value, no gain, no advantage in truth or accuracy of any sort.”

      What’s next, telling us that nocturnal life forms prefer to sleep during the day? Don’t do favors for scorpions if you’re a frog? It’s just the nature of the beast.

      • darkcycle

        I know, I was venting. I find it is better I do that than randomly yell obscenities at passersby. ‘Course, I have been told by clients it is in fact very cathartic.

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  • strayan

    I hear the ONDCP were supportive of research into a vaccine for HIV whilst simultaneously refusing to support needle and syringe programs.

    They’ve deployed the same tactic:

    Look at us guys, we’re going to cure addiction! No need to reconsider our scientifically illiterate opposition to regulating drugs (even though this may actually save millions of lives in the mean time)!

  • DdC

    “a-motivation [is] a cause of heavy marijuana smoking
    rather than the reverse”
    Dr. Andrew Weil
    (Rubin & Comitas Ganja in Jamaica, 1975)

    Another Win For Civil Rights

    Marijuana: decriminalized, but not yet legal in Ecuador

    Moms Say Marijuana Makes Them Better Parents

    US is a segregated joint on marijuana

    This Day in History – July 1, 1971
    Passage of the 26th Amendment lowered the legal voting age to 18.
    The Twenty-sixth Amendment (Amendment XXVI) to the United States Constitution bars the states and the federal government from setting a voting age higher than eighteen. It was adopted in response to student activism against the Vietnam War and to partially overrule the Supreme Court’s decision in Oregon v. Mitchell. It was adopted on July 1, 1971.

  • Fallibilist

    Re: The coffee mugs

    What the Christ?!? So the Attorneys General of a few states think you’ve told some unfunny jokes. Now the ask that you “voluntarily” remove your product from the market.

    Are you free to ask them to “voluntarily” eat shit and die?

    • allan

      Are you free to ask them to “voluntarily” eat shit and die?


      but you forgot the mf ending…

    • Duncan20903


      I’d be more worried that they’re making a space on one of the Federal naughty lists for caffeine.

      No, wait, that action would be almost certain to backfire. Caffeine needs to be moved to schedule I! Let’s start writing some letters! Fingers crossed that they really are that stupid.

  • claygooding

    Hell let’s stock up and then ban coffee,,the fucking revolution will start within 72 hours.

  • Jean Valjean

    Police shoot dog (again)
    here’s their excuse: “And I know it’s the dog’s master, and more than likely not going to attack him, (but) we’ve got a guy handcuffed that’s kind of defenseless. We have a duty to defend him, too.” So it was for his (the dog owner) own good. Good grief.

  • primus

    Human beings are so arrogant about our ‘intelligence’. We are only slightly smarter than our closest relative, the chimpanzee. We think we are smart because we have been told that we are, but if one looks at the mass of humanity, it becomes glaringly obvious that most people are not that smart, and if not for a few shining lights such as Newton, Einstein, Galileo, Tesla and others, we would still be wearing animal skins and living in caves. If intellectual capacity is what defines the difference between us and the rest of the animals, then the people who lack the ability to think for themselves are in fact no different from the beasts in the field.

    • claygooding

      I like the way it was put in “Men in Black” The person is intelligent but mankind is scared,superstitious and ignorant,,,or something like that

    • allan

      let’s not dis living in caves and wearing skins, it served us well for tens of thousands of years.

      So far “civilization is but a blip on the long travels of humanity.

      I saw an interesting phrase the other day – nature deficit disorder. I’d embraced the reality of that back in the ’70s before it was made a current concept

      It is unhealthy and unwise to become too removed from the natural environment, that’s why country raised kids suffer 50% less asthma and allergies than heir urban counterparts.

    • Duncan20903


      For several years I’ve thought that we should staff the DEA and the ONDCP with chimpanzees because there has to be a more intelligent way to administer those organizations. Also, chimps can tell the difference between a hemp plant and a “marijuana” plant. Even better they’ll work peanuts. Better results and save money too, who the heck wouldn’t want that?

    • Windy

      George Carlin – “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”

  • darkcycle

    Capital took my comment down.

  • Duncan20903

    Mandatory lobotomies shortly after birth should keep the world drug free. But even that won’t get it done by 2015.

  • Tony Aroma

    Isn’t the Thai government a little late? Didn’t the UNODC already do this? I believe a few years back the UNODC promised that the “eradication of the illicit-drug trade would be complete by 2008.”

  • Here is something really different that floored me when I read it:
    Winning the ‘War on Drugs’ by losing: Commentary

    Dr. Brian Johnson is the director of addiction psychiatry at Upstate Medical University.

    “Everyone knows that private enterprise can run things more efficiently and profitably than the government. Private companies know how to get things done. Government organizations tend to be plodding and annoying. Why not turn this to our advantage by selling drugs in State Addictive Drug (SAD) Centers?” …

    “Let’s drop the ridiculous denial about addiction that we seem to have as a society. Some of the founders of the United States were big time drug dealers. By 1670 half the men in England used nicotine daily. No wonder the drug that causes the most deaths by far in the United States has been legal since 1783. Let’s admit that President Nixon’s “War on Drugs” has been a failure. Nicotine kills 18 percent of all Americans, alcohol 4 percent. All the rest of the addictive drugs sold here kill less than 1 percent more Americans (almost one-quarter of Americans die from addiction). Since we are already selling the two biggest addictive drug killers, with no significant restrictions, why not make all the rest legal, too?”

    “But how? That is the important question.
    The way to intervene is to require an “addictive drug license” that functions in many ways like a driver’s license.”

  • Duncan20903


    It looks like Florida is going to have a medicinal cannabis patient protection law on the ballot in 2014. There’s a local named John Morgan with deep pockets with whom I’m unacquainted. I wonder, will the deep pockets being a State resident monkey wrench the typical prohibitionist parasite pap about out of State money blah, blah, blah? OK, don’t laugh at me too hard, I know it won’t even slow them down. But it did make them come up with a new category of “legalizer” — The Sugar Daddy. Damn glad there wasn’t any coffee in my mouth when I read that one because I’d likely be out shopping for a new laptop instead of writing this post.

    ‘Big Marijuana,’ ‘sugar daddies,’ politics behind push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida

    Don’t forget that the Semblers as well as Calvina Fay call Florida home. It looks like the campaign leading up to Election Day could end up being an epic extravaganza. It’s strange though, I’d think after the pasting after pasting after pasting that the prohibasites have been handed in other States that they would try to come up with a modified strategy. Making up a new insult doesn’t qualify as a change in strategy. Same old hysterical rhetoric, different State. Why is it so blasted hard for those people to come up with some new material? They had to make up the current, petrified material that they keep re-using and they’re not constrained by reality, so what’s the problem?

    Does anyone recall back in the 1980s that the NFL’s New Orleans Saints were pathetic, renamed the “Ain’ts” in the press and the fans would wear paper bags over their heads? It’s time for the fans of prohibition to start doing the same thing except that they should go modern, use plastic bags, and skip the eye holes. Calvina Fay or just wishful thinking?

    Oh well, let the games begin!

    • Uncle Albert's Nephew

      Calvina Fay works for the Semblers.

      • Duncan20903


        Does she? Wow, I either hadn’t heard that or I’d forgotten. However I can’t determine just how that’s relevant except in the pursuit of trivia. There’s no doubt in my mind that Ms. Fay would be riding the same broomstick if she weren’t getting paid by the Semblers. Also, the Semblers would have hired another lackey to do their dirty work. There’s an endless supply of haters who would think that getting Calvina’s job was a stroke of luck.

  • Servetus

    Some things about prohibition never change. One is the naïve faith that merely passing a drug law will act to enforce itself, such that people simply stop taking drugs. It doesn’t. Another is the belief that qualified personnel will be available who possess the intellectual capabilities necessary to successfully prohibit drugs and enforce the laws. The history of alcohol prohibition indicates the opposite:

    “..the appointment of prohibition agents was highly politicized and consequently marred by incompetence. Wheeler and the Anti-Saloon League made sure that Prohibition agents were exempt from standard civil service requirements. This ensured that appointments would be driven by patronage politics, in which connections rather than competence determined hiring. Prohibition jobs were doled out as rewards for political loyalty and support. When agents were finally subjected to civil service requirements in 1927, fewer than half of them passed the basic entrance exam.” –Peter Andreas, Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America, 2013, pp. 231-2.

  • kaptinemo

    Stupidity? Too simple a source to ascribe the motivations of prohibs to mere stupidity, and gives them an excuse.

    Even were they truly mentally deficient, it could not account for the enthusiasm they display in what they do.

    No, only the basest of emotions can account for the basest of actions. Base emotions like hatred. I said it before last year: They want people they don’t like to die. And will use every means, legal and not, to accomplish this. Peter McWilliams, Jonathon Magbie, et al are clear evidence of this murderous malice behind the saintly words.

    We’re not in this battle merely to regain lost rights, but to preserve our lives…which our opponents would happily, with great relish, relieve us of like Chinese Republic police used to do to convicted opium smokers, via unceremoniously executing them in the street like Darryl Gates once opined cannabis users should be.

    Stupidity? Surely amongst some prohibs. Hell, amongst most prohibs. But one thing I believe can be said is an almost universal quality of prohibs, regardless of geography, culture, language, era, etc. is the typical authoritarian’s hatred for those who will not kow-tow to their personal prejudices against those who seek to think differently and live differently. That impetus comes from something far less excusable than simple stupidity.

    • Duncan20903


      I’ll argue that malicious intent and stupidity aren’t mutually exclusive. Also I don’t recall hearing any arguments that their stupidity should excuse their actions, where the heck did you get that idea kaptinemo?

      • kaptinemo

        Stupidity is, IMNHO, a hallmark of genetic damage, and is not a learned behavior, just a biological defect. And as Mother Nature, she of the red tooth and claw, demonstrates in the wild every second of every day that stupidity can usually be ‘cured’ only by death.

        Malice, on the other hand, cannot be excused by faulty genes. That’s a learned behavior. One that can be corrected…provided those doing the correcting have sufficient patience and compassion. Qualities that the reformer community have an abundance of…and the prohibs a demonstrable deficit.

        The prohibs, with their numerous offenses against civil liberties, Human rights and simple sensibilities, have overdrawn their account at the Humanity Bank, and, should this country ever experience a revolution (caused initially by the corrosion of our rights in the name of this g-d-n DrugWar), they may learn that by making it personal, it will get personal.

        I keep hearing in my mind, over and over, the lesson my VN War surviving instructors in the Army kept telling me, that “What comes around, goes around.” The prohibs, in their arrogance, believe that they will never be on the latter half of that equation, that they will always be on the giving end rather than the receiving one. And it is from that (historically unwarranted) arrogance their malice stems.

  • primus

    It’s foundation is tribalism. Same thing as sports teams, national pride, religion, race etc. My country, right or wrong? Better dead than red? All symptoms of tribalism. When a member of one tribe such as alcoholics, views a different tribe, such as tokers as somehow ‘different’, they also pass negative judgement on the ‘others’. Any activity engaged in by the ‘others’ is automatically not acceptable, because ‘my tribe doesn’t do that’. They will expend vast energies suppressing the ‘other’ behaviour without any further reason than ‘we don’t do that’. Tribalism worked in our favour in prehistoric times, but has become mankind’s nemesis. We will never be a truly enlightened species until we divest ourselves of that weakness.

    • Duncan20903


      I think that you’ve forgotten profiling. That most certainly traces back to pre-history when you could be certain that running into someone from a different tribe would be unfortunate for you or your adversary. In that day you could be certain that you’d met an adversary from just looking at him…i.e. profiling. Back then it did work.

      Aside from that, do you really want to see the Chinese win the World Series? The Super Bowl?? Jeopardy??? :-}