Category Archives: Drug War

Sticks and Stones

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. I said I wanted to write about Charter Schools. I even spent fifteen minutes at my Rockridge meeting talking about them this morning. But a piece of paper I’d jotted a dozen different subtopics on has gone missing. In my consternation I grabbed a snow shovel and spent better than an hour trimming away some of the snow and ice that has crept up on my home. Then I started thinking about an old friend and my Mom and a possible series of articles I could write about name calling from my own experience. I might collect them for a book or submit them to Duluth’s own Reader Weekly. Sadly the publisher of the Reader seems to be worried that my writing for his publication might put his publication in a fairness doctrine bind. Other School Board members might demand equal space. Oh well.

I’ll call my old buddy Joe. I got an email from him a week ago which I haven’t read yet.

It contains a long and dry exposition on the looming threat of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan as the US begins its withdrawal. It was published in a foreign service magazine. Joe should know what he’s writing about. He was a State Department economics expert who put in a couple years in Pakistan and Afghanistan during the worst of the IED years. I’m afraid his email is now on my backlog of things to attend to if I ever drain the swamp. Damn alligators.

I met Joe when I was a peripheral kid in junior high. A friend, my only school friend in junior high, talked me into joining the school’s gymnastic team and since I could do a handspring I thought that was just the ticket for me. I lettered in gymnastics several years in a row along with track once or twice making me one of the letteringest kids in North Mankato Junior High. (It was really Garfield Junior but everyone had forgotten the poor martyred President’s name by 1964.) Continue reading

What’s the difference between a Methodist and a Baptist?

When I was a College Republican smoking grass with a future Congressman I had this brief exchange with one of the CR top bannanas:

Said he: “I love cocaine.”

Then he added: “But I’m glad its illegal.”

To which I replied: “You just want to keep it illegal because you know you won’t spend time in jail for using it!’

“You’re right.” he said perhaps a little surprised with himself.

Which brings me to this great observation about the South’s Obama hating, Red neck, pot smokers.

Read to the end to find the difference.

I answered “yes”

But then again, that’s nothing new for me. I’ve been running for political office since 1976 and always told voters I smoked marijuana.

I completed the survey in Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish and I’m not so different than his other readers. By the way. I’d recommend the email to Sullivan at the end of the survey which prompted the survey. I’d have answered “yes” to that to.

To hell with incarceration…

From Ezra Klein:

On Saturday’s edition of Up With Chris Hayes, Gary Johnson brought up an old Newt Gingrich idea I hadn’t heard before: Putting individuals who brought more than two ounces of marijuana into the United States to death. That sounded extreme, even for Gingrich. So I looked it up. And sure enough, there it is: “The Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996.”

What makes the bill even more amazing is that Gingrich himself is a confessed pot smoker. When he was young, he said, experimenting with drugs “was a sign we were alive and in graduate school in that era.”

Off with their heads

Is our War on Drugs an echo of our war on coffee?

Actually the first link to the NPR story isn’t the one I was looking for. There was another story on the War on Crime that Richard Nixon got started to appeal to George Wallace voters that pointed out he originally emphasized treatment to incarceration. Incarceration was more popular. Considering the slow evolution of the Republican party to being a pet of the Dixiecrats the results or the Drug War don’t seem so coincidental……..Nor the call of Republicans today to make sure ex-cons can never be readmitted to the voting booth.

I have to give some credit to Rick Santorum on that score. In his last debate he actually talked about prisoners serving their sentence as though that should be the end of a criminal’s punishment allowing for a return of citizenship.