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ENDNOTE: Today I saw up close and personal the results of America’s “drug policy”

2015-Aug-01

At risk of being repetitive and boring, I’m going to repost something from my personal blog. I feel very strongly about this and, as a pro-life / pro-choice little L libertarian, I am enraged by this tragic — in the sense of avoidable — loss of life due to our “national” stupidity.

As a Hail Mary attempt for a miracle, at his Mom’s request, I asked Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) to include it on his prayer list. As a fourteen year vet of the local First Aid Squad, and all my personal medical experiences with my now passed wife, I know that the issue was essentially over on Wednesday when it took over forty minutes to revive him. Kudos and credit to all the dedicated medical people who did there best to give him a chance to survive.

That being said, it REAFFIRMS my strong belief that had we a national drug policy focused on “drugs” as a medical problem and not a legal one, Anthony might have had treatment earlier in his life and go on to live a long healthy and happy life.

Please read my personal RANT and join me in insisting that we end the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” immediately.

Be interesting to see what an illegal drug Kingpin and his gang does when there is no such thing as an “illegal drug”. Walmart can put them all out of business!

Argh!

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RANT: Today I saw up close and personal the results of America’s “drug policy”
2015-Jul-19

Today, a Mom, could have been any troubled young person’s Mom, unplug her child from life support.

The result of a drug overdose.

It wasn’t the first time, or the first warning signal, or the only time, but this was the last time.

When will “We, The Sheeple” wise up?

Just like during (alcohol) “Prohibition”, people were blinded, sickened, and killed by “moonshine”.

Making a prohibited substance “legal” MEANS clean known quantity of drugs.

It ALSO makes them so “less cool”.

Portugal demonstrates the way from criminalizing a basic human failing and turning it into a “medical” issue.

Unfortunately, the Drug Dealers, the “police”, and the politicians are all incentivized to keep the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” going regardless of the collateral damage — killing the youth, maiming those that survive, and scaring some with criminal records that they can never “outgrow” — allowing a flourishing “drug culture”, made “kool” by music, celebrities, and pop culture — and destroying our civil liberties in the process.

Now that I have time on my hands, I will never accept Drug Prohibition as a rational policy.

I hope that anyone who reads this NEVER votes for any politician who doesn’t promise on Day One of his term to eliminate the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”! Maybe one politician can’t do it, but they could have the courage of Doctor Ron Paul, aka Doctor No, who never voted other than his conscience.

And, I mean this at every level of the Gooferment. I don’t care if you’re running for dog catcher; you have to tell me how you are going to end this national / global insanity.

I’ve always felt this way since the 60’s, but now in my old age, I see its futility and stupidity.

Requiescat In Pacem, young Anthony.

And I hope your Mom finds peace.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

2015-Jul-25

http://www.ted.com/talks/johann_hari_everything_you_think_you_know_about_addiction_is_wrong?

Filmed June 2015 at TEDGlobalLondon
Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.

Johann Hari
Journalist

Johann Hari spent three years researching the war on drugs; along the way, he discovered that addiction is not what we think it is.

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[JR: I’ve really become crazed on this topic. Even more than usual. The “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” has really ruined lives. Not just the addicts, but their families. And, now with the militarization of police, society. There’s an old Wall Street expression: “When in a hole, stop digging.” We’ve treating addiction as a legal problem; not a medical one. He’s urging it’s a “societal” one. Not sure, if I agree. But lot of folks are beginning to agree that it’s time to try a different strategy. I came to this belief when I kept reading about children dying from impure drugs from “illegal” sources. Shades of Upton Sinclair. If they are going to do drugs, let’s make safe clean drugs cheaply available. Portugal’s on the correct track.]  

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — attributed to Einstein

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ENDNOTE: Moore, William ‘Bill’ [MC1977] on SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision

2015-Jul-07

http://www.beaufortobserver.net/Articles-NEWS-and-COMMENTARY-c-2015-07-06-278700.112112-A-rational-look-at-the-SCOTUS-gay-marriage-decision.html

From The Right
July 07, 2015
A Rational Look at the SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision

Now that some time has passed since the gay Marriage Decision by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), we need to discuss the decision rationally. There has been a great deal of talk on both sides predicting the far reaching results of the decision. IN addition, both sides are guilty of fear mongering.

SCOTUS ruled gay people would be allowed to marry in every state of the land. Let’s discuss the facts involved:

• 37 states already allow it (counting the District of Columbia). Leaving 14 which do not.

• By not having a uniform law, questions would arise about the legality of gay marriage if you moved from a state which allowed it to a state that did not. Are they married? Can they divorce?

• Everyone agreed that gay couples needed equal protection from laws such as hospital visitation where only immediate family was at times allowed to visit. Often their significant other was not allowed visiting rights since they were not married nor related.

• Gay couples were often ignored in estates where no will was drawn up and one person died.

• Federal or states benefits to spouses were denied

• For years the Right has argued for Civil Unions where those rights could be guaranteed.

• All this part of the decision requires is all state governments issue civil marriage licenses or legal civil unions.

The second part of the decision specifically allows all religious leaders the right to refuse to marry gay couples. However if a religious group allows gay marriage, they are free to perform the ceremony. No religious priest, minister, or rabbi can be required to marry a gay couple if it violates the tenets of their religion.

What remains unanswered is can an individual refuse service to a gay couple if it violates their religious beliefs. Remember we are not talking about serving you in the store but maybe catering a wedding or similar event. Should a person whose religious beliefs are against gay marriage be forced to participate in a gay marriage ceremony? SCOTUS will have to rule on his aspect in the next year or two. Lower courts are all over the place on this issue. In one state a court has heavily fined a bakery, forcing it to close, for its refusal to provide a wedding cake to a gay marriage reception.

Yet SCOTUS has stated in a decision with Hobby Lobby they could not be forced to provide certain parts of the healthcare law to its employees because it violated their religious beliefs. Though not exactly the same issue, the principle is the same.

Now it is time for both sides of the argument to tone down the rhetoric. The Left needs to stop pushing the issue and respect people of Faiths beliefs though different from theirs. Time to stop the bigot calling, hater calling, homo -phobic name calling and intimidation actions for those for whom you disagree.

Those of us on the Right need to accept the fact Gay Marriage/ Unions are now the law of the land and be thankful our religious rights for ministers or pastors were not diminished by forcing them to perform gay marriages they do not support based on religious ideology. Again if a religious group supports gay marriages it must be accepted as their faith.

As far as I am concerned the difference between the State Marriage/ Union license and one performed by a religious leader is the blessing of GOD on that marriage. It was Jesus who stated give to Caesar (the state) what is Caesars and to God what is Gods. In a family of Faith a marriage blessed by God is all that matters.

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Moore, William ‘Bill’ [MC1977] 

[JR: While I agree about stopping the name calling and find peaceful ways to live together. I, for one, as a little L libertarian, would like the Gooferment out of the “marriage licensing” business together. The system corrupts people by giving preferential treatment to those who kowtow to the Gooferment, politicians, and bureaucrats! It’s humiliating and subservient behavior. Like begging for a pittance from the Elite. Argh! A civil society needs “governance”; it doesn’t need an instrusive OverLord who rewards the sheep and punishes the contentious objectors. This is a perfect time as is being proposed by a Texas legislator to end marriage licensing completely. It the Confederate flag is racist, then how is marriage licensing not? Argh!]  

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ENDNOTE: Pro-war propaganda is obviously blasphemy

2015-Jul-11

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-423-talking-war-and-peace-with-conservatives/

Ep. 423 Talking War and Peace with Conservatives
12th June 2015
Tom Woods

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Antiwar.com’s Angela Keaton, who will be taking the antiwar position in a debate at FreedomFest this year, discusses how to talk to conservatives about war.

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WOODS:

Well, and also for people who belong to one form or another of Christianity, I have never understood how they can sit back and not only tolerate but cheer on what is obviously blasphemy, when you see, for instance, bumper stickers that say, “Only two people ever died for you: Jesus Christ and the American soldier.” And the American soldier is held up to a kind of idolatrous reverence. It is so ridiculously over the top, and it happens in churches; it’s all over the place. They’re singing patriotic songs in church; they’ve meshed the United States with the Kingdom of God, with the City on a Hill—all these concepts and images that are biblical images are now being transformed into secular images pertaining to the U.S. and the U.S. government. And this should be outrageous to these people, but they cheer it on, because for a lot of these people, this is the only thing that they’ve ever known. 

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Tom Woods is a staunch libertarian Catholic. I’ve been listening to his podcast and reading his material for years.

As a supporter of AntiWar.com, I keep thinking back to Good Shepherd grammar school when the good Brothers tortured us into learning the ‘Just War’ theory.

Later, Cardinal Ratzinger before he became Pope Benedict XVI wrote: “I think that the Christian tradition on this point has provided answers that must be updated on the basis of new methods of destruction and of new dangers. For example, there may be no way for a population to defend itself from an atomic bomb. So, these must be updated.”

Pretty strong indictment of the wars of ‘convenience’.

So let’s NEVER forget the exchange on 60 Minutes: 

Lesley Stahl on U.S. sanctions against Iraq: We have heard that a half million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: I think this is a very hard choice, but the price–we think the price is worth it.

–60 Minutes (5/12/96)

If that’s not a war crime, I don’t know what is. It’s unworthy of the American values of honesty, fair play, morality, and justice. Wonder how those ½ million children would have changed the world?

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: Reinke, F. John (MC1968) disagrees with Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

2015-Jul-04

Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) blogged:

http://keywestlou.com/genetically-modified-moths-not-mosquitoes

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I feel compelled to comment further re the nine blacks killed while in church in Charleston. An act of white supremacy. Slavery was banned via the Civil War more than a 150 years ago. The Confederacy died with it. Confederate ideology not, however.

Things have gotten worse in the six years Obama has been President. Not his fault. The fault of those whites who cannot stand the thought of a black man in power.

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I disagree that it’s not Obama’s fault.

I strongly disagree with “who cannot stand the thought of a black man in power”.

He has practiced racially divisive tactics politically. Spoke out inappropriately at times. And, in general, demonstrated his youthful inexperience.

For example, after blaming guns for the killing, without mentioning the SSRI component of all but two of the mass murders by young males, he incorrectly states that this doesn’t happen anywhere else in the world. A fact that was quickly refuted by folks on the internet.

Then, instead of being Presidential and flying to Charlestown, he goes to Hollywood for two fund raisers.

This is his fault.

Leadership is badly lacking in this country. And, it’s taking all of us — black and white — down to Perdition.

Argh!

Happy “independence day”. Lower case because “We, The Sheeple” have lost it by electing the corrupt politicians.

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ENDNOTE: Portugal 14 Years After Decriminalizing

2015-Jun-27

http://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/portugal-cuts-addiction-rates-half/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=10-06-2015

14 Years After Decriminalizing Heroin, Here’s What Portugal Looks Like
by Terry Turner – June 3, 2015

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he total number of people using drugs in Portugal has actually fallen by more than a third since the country began focusing on treatment programs instead of punishment.

In 2001, critics worried that drug addiction rates would skyrocket, but not only have they come down, heroin addiction rates have been cut in half.

HIV infections, which are spread by shared needles, have also been cut in half, while the number of drug-related deaths has been cut by 75%. 

Under the decriminalization law, users are allowed to possess a 10-day supply of illicit drugs — anything from marijuana to heroin – and those who have more are sent before a three-person drug commission. The panel decides on a fine or treatment, but opts for treatment in four out of every five cases.

About 25 countries have reduced criminal penalties for drug use since Portugal changed its approach on illicit drugs from a criminal matter to one of public health.

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In my recent trip to Keene NH, meeting with the FSP / Keeniacs welcoming me, one of the topics mentioned was their recent effort to get the State Legislation to consider decriminalizing drugs. Ending the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” is a key to returning freedom and liberty to USA. At the legislative hearing, they reported that one legislator opposed said: “I don’t want to hear any more about Portugal. I’m sick of hearing about Portugal!” (Like saying don’t confuse me with facts, my minds made up.) So, of course, later, another citizen speaker for decriminalizing cited Portugal.

Like Alcohol Prohibition, the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” has been a TOTAL failure.

  • In the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee, my nieces and nephews reported that drugs were easier to get than beer in schools.
     
  • Young people are regular die from illegal drugs of unknown strength and purity.
  • Drugs are regularly reported in prisons.
  • Gun battles over turf by drug gangs kill each other and innocents. (Remind you of Prohibition?)
  • The inner cities have been devastated by “drugs”.
  • The police have been further corrupted by drug money.
  • Our Fourth Amendment rights are a casualty of this drug policy.
  • AND, the police have become militarized “fighting” the “war”. 

Yet, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” — attributed to Einstein

Can we NOT try treating drug addiction as a medical problem.

I am confident that WalMart, Walgreen, CVS, and the local pharmacist can drive the cost of these drugs down to where there is no profit for the drug gangs to thrive on. Some studies have claimed that aspirin will actually cost more than “illegal” drugs.

Also, the “kool factor” will be gone. If there not illegal, then the young won’t be tempted to be “kool”.

And, if they do experiment, the drugs will be pure, clean, and of a known strength.

Let’s start saving lives.

Argh!

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ENDNOTE: Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957) cites Portugal’s drug policy

2015-Jun-20

[JR: Using Key West Lou’s blog post as a springboard.]  

http://keywestlou.com/american-pharoah/

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I wrote this week’s KONK Life column yesterday. Got it out a day early. Don’t know where the energy came from.

The title is Portugal The Blueprint.

Portugal legalized drugs in 2001. All drugs. Even the real bad stuff like cocaine and heroin. Fourteen years later, the results are amazing. Drug problems significantly down in every area. Jails closing because there are not enough criminals to occupy them.

You will find the article interesting. Perhaps something the U.S. should consider. Read the column before you criticize my comment.

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I am a little L libertarian and completely agree with you about ending the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”. It’s a MEDICAL problem; not a legal problem.

My exemplar is Prohibition that created organized crime. (We got Prohibition because women regained the right to vote, but that it another rant.) Once Prohibition was repealed, there is no violence between Budweiser and Miller employees. And, “organized crime” had to move on to other prohibited substances.

Remember why Prohibition was repealed? Jury nullification.

Prosecutors could get a jury to convict any one of booze arrests; that’s why they had to get Al Capone on Tax Evasion.

So regardless of what the Gooferment, the politicians, or the bureaucrats say, American Juries can put an end to this nonsense all by themselves. No victim; no crime. Sorry. A juron doesn’t have to explain or even talk; just vote “not guilty” and this house of cards will come tumbling down. Argh!

What does an out of work Columbian drug lord do for a living?

p.s., You need to put up a link to the Konk Life columns you cite. I couldn’t find it.

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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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