This is your brain on drug war

Drug Free

Eric T. Wright, Gladsden Times

Students learn ‘drug free is way to be’

Wednesday afternoon, deputies visited Southside Elementary School and came with an armored vehicle, a horse, two motorcycles and a helicopter. Public Information Officer Natalie Barton said they bring their specialized vehicles because children love them and it grabs their attention, which allows deputies to spread the anti-drug message.

Hey, kids! Look at all these cool weapons. Using a tank against your friends is lots more fun than doing drugs.

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30 Responses to This is your brain on drug war

  1. Jean Valjean says:

    Child abuse….

    also, check out the story on the same page of the Gadsden Times of a Tupelo style mass bust of people we don’t like (PWDL)…has all the ingredients, perps in handcuffs being dominated by drug war agents, and of course, counting large bills for the camera

    • Jean Valjean says:

      that should have read Tulia, not Tupelo…
      I can’t link to the story, but it’s on the right of the page under “Operation Sunrise Warrant Roundup” on the same page as the DARE story….sort of fills it out for the young impressionable reader what can happen in the drug war.

  2. strayan says:

    I think kaptinemo put it best when he coined (I think) the expression:

    ‘drug war wonderland’.

    Because that’s where they’re living.

  3. thelbert says:

    this paper has no problem with propgandizing the populace:;

    • Jean Valjean says:

      I could tell we were not just in drug war territory, but Jesusland too when I read this:

      “When authorities came to the home on Cooper Street in South Gadsden, they came to serve warrants to a couple, James Johnson, 24, and Danley Davis, 28, who were wanted for first-degree manufacturing of meth. They served the warrant and noticed that Davis is pregnant.

      As Haney was looking around the house, he noticed a spoon with a crushed pill in it. He said Davis admitted to shooting morphine the night before and smoking meth earlier this week. Now she will likely face a charge of chemical endangerment of a child on top of the manufacturing charge, officials said, and both are felonies.”

  4. B. Snow says:

    “…an armored vehicle, a horse, two motorcycles and a helicopter.”

    WTF… a horse???
    Can anyone explain how horses are -remotely- relevant to the “drug war”?

    Good Lord, next they’ll bring ponies & “retired” drug dogs like a fraking traveling petting zoo! I guess I should be careful they might actually take that idea and run with it.

    IIRC, seems like they already do (or previously did) that with some kids in some towns, “come & pet the drug dog” (while he sniffs/searches you, your backpack/clothes/etc. Apparently nothing is beneath some of these “social-conservative”, pseudo-moralist bastards.

    • DdC says:

      In the 70’s a group of us kids were smoking a joint on hippy hill in SF when a half dozen SF cops rode in on horses trying to bust us. Like I can’t eat a roach faster than they can dismount and try to stop me. No evidence, no bust, just frustrated cops on horses. They also use them after CAMP’s narko flying monkey’s spot a crop. Where’s PETA?

  5. skootercat says:

    “Red Ribbon Week began in 1985 to commemorate the death of DEA Special Agent Enrique Camarena, who was killed while investigating drug traffickers in Mexico.”

    • claygooding says:

      There were several accusations flying between the CIA and the DEA when the agent was killed,,I think that is when the DEA administrator told congress that the CIA was nothing but a drug trafficking cartel,,or something to that effect,,,he was replaced shortly.

  6. Servetus says:

    “By demystifying the everyday patrol officer, the children learned that underneath the uniform are regular people.”

    Regular people don’t kick down doors and shoot people and their pets over something as trivial as drugs. They don’t subject citizens to serial enemas in drug searches. Robopaths and vicious thugs do that.

    Juxtaposing military hardware with drug prohibition propaganda sends an intentional message to the children via association. The message to little girls and boys is be as violent as you can be, because your government is overtly violent, so it must be okay. Yes, it’s a great idea to walk in and shoot up your high school over some personal teenage angst, because that’s how an unpopular U.S. government handles its own identity problems in Mexico, Iraq and Afghanistan, and in domestic drug raids.

    Of course, no marijuana, shrooms, etc., can be tolerated, because these things are known to cause children to turn to hippie peace and love. A militant society today, a militant society tomorrow, a militant society forever—to paraphrase a former Alabama governor.

    And with all this in plain view, people still wonder where the violence is coming from.

  7. Steve Finlay says:

    Absolutely overwhelming. There is only one rational reaction to this photo, and that is to scream “THIS WORLD HAS GONE ****ing INSANE”, and start smashing things. The fact that so many people don’t do that shows just how insane we are.

  8. mark318 says:

    Maybe they should have brought the doctors and showed them how they do the anal cavity searches.

  9. Servetus says:

    Hey students. Like math? Hate privacy? The NSA is the largest employer of mathematicians in the country. And remember kiddies, only 35% of the NSA’s spying goes toward fighting global terrorism. The rest involves “economics, diplomats, drug trafficking, oil and politics.” Marc Fiore has your junior NSA spy kit details available here.

    And the next time someone offers you privacy, kids…what do you say? JUST SAY NO!

  10. Plant Down Babylon says:

    Yes, it is insane, but I have complete faith in our children growing up and seeing the bulls#it for what it is.

    If this crap worked, DARE would’ve been a resounding success. As far as I can tell, it only worked on Droopy, KevKev, Calvina and a few other looneys (doesn’t society have to have a certain % of them anyway?).

    That’s a big flaw of the prohibs. They don’t count on anyone using their actual brains to figure stuff out on their own.

    These kids’ peers (or at least 70+%) will tell them the truth.

    • claygooding says:

      They are trying to familiarize the kids to militarized police,,,look what we have now and if it continues to increase proportionally by the time those kids grow up that girl will be sitting in their traffic patrol vehicle.

      PS: the armored patrol cars will also have an external weapon attachment that will stop jaywalkers in their tracks.

      • Plant Down Babylon says:

        Clay, I get the whole indoctrination thing. I still have faith that the majority are too smart for that (in the long run).
        Maybe I just have more hope than is warranted.

        That girl may join ‘them’, but a majority of her classmates will hopefully scorn her and refuse/resist!

        I have to cling to that hope or just roll over belly up.

        • claygooding says:

          The wimps,bullies and punks will join them perhaps,,cool people don’t even contemplate taking a job where your goal when you leave the house is to disrupt and destroy as many people’s life harmony as you can.

    • cave horse says:

      Kids growing up today think metal detectors and anal probes are completely normal everywhere you go outside of your own home.

  11. Francis says:

    For Wednesday, all the children wore camouflage because “drugs can’t find me.”

    Ridiculous. Everyone knows that drugs are scent predators. (That’s why I always smell like weed, BTW. It confuses the drugs.)

    • N.T. Greene says:

      Isn’t that what the south american militants wear?

      I think they got the attire mixed up. They wear that so helicopters can’t see them under the jungle canopy.

  12. stevo says:

    If the prohibs no longer embrace the “war” metaphor for prohibition, they need to stop threatening their communities with military grade weaponry and tanks. They claim to only want to get the kids interested by showing the weapons, but it’s a veiled threat: “Stay drug free… or else!”

  13. stevo says:

    Ironically, most of those kids weren’t aware of or curious about drugs until the cops planted the idea in their heads. They should be called Drug Introduction Squads. The only heroin I’ve ever seen was in a Dare cop’s kit. It’s as if they are trying to ensure that there will be a new generation of users.

    • kaptinemo says:

      Actually, you could say that it is to ensure a new crop of future taxpayers willing to foot the bill for these expensive toys…because, in many cases, the police who greedily accepted them cannot maintain them. It literally takes tons of money to do so.

      That’s what DARE was really all about. To indoctrinate and program the next generation to be the new ‘marks’ in the DrugWar con game, by acclimating them to the idea that the DrugWar has always been a staple of Americanism (it isn’t), and that it’s always required paramilitarism on the part of police to ‘fight’ it (it hasn’t)…and, most importantly and above all, to instill unthinking acceptance of this gross aberration of American ideals by robotically supporting it with their future taxes.

      After all, it was the prohibs who admitted that “The War on Drugs was meant to be waged, not won.” And thus revealed the real rationale behind it: the equivalent of ‘workfare’ for those who would otherwise not be gainfully employed.

      • jean valjean says:

        kapt do you have a source for “waged not won”? ive never heard it put like that before but it exactly sums up the sorry history of the wars on people we dont like (pwdl)

        • Citizen Teus says:

          Re: The drug war was never meant to be won, it was meant to be waged

          The earliest reference I’m finding is to a 2005 article in the Norwich (CT) Bulletin on retiring Connecticut Superior Court Judge Howard  Scheinblum.  It is not shown as a direct quote, so it could have been the reporter.  The following year the meme seems to have gained currency in the CT Green Party and was actively used by Clifford Thornton.

          Anybody got anything older?

  14. Duncan20903 says:


    This one is from the “send in the clowns” category:

    Alcohol Is Really Pissed Off at Marijuana Right Now
    Marijuana has been giving alcohol a bad name. So contend booze lobbyists, who are getting sick of an ad campaign that makes the claim that pot is safer than their beloved beverages.

    “We’re not against legalization of marijuana, we just don’t want to be vilified in the process,” said one alcohol industry representative who didn’t want to be quoted harshing his colleagues mellow. “We don’t want alcohol to be thrown under the bus, and we’re going to fight to defend our industry when we are demonized.”

    • curmudgeon says:

      I must disagree with the Alki industry rep. MJ doesn’t give alcohol a bad name; alcohol gives alcohol a bad name.

    • kaptinemo says:

      Pants-on-fire alert! Man the fire-extinguishers!

      Google California Beer and Beverage Prop 19.

      (Most of the top links are assaulting my eyes with their damnable in-your-face pop-up ads, so you might want to look lower in the list.)

      Nooooo, they’re not trying to prevent cannabis prohibition from ending, oh, noooo they would never, ever do that, naw, never! (/snark)

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