The War On Drugs

We are certainly pleased by the results of the special election in Alabama 1, especially since we believed Moore would win in a walk (hand-in-hand with the nearest prepubescent girl.)

One wonders if perhaps Alabamans were inspired by psilocybin?

SILVER SPRING, MD— Following months of research into the psychedelic compound’s effects, the Food and Drug Administration confirmed Thursday that psilocybin could significantly reduce the risk of mindlessly following society’s rules like a fucking lemming. “After numerous clinical trials, we can state with a high degree of certainty that ingesting small doses of psilocybin greatly decreases the chances of blindly marching in lockstep like a bunch of goddamn sheep being led to the slaughter,” said FDA Chief Scott Gottlieb.2 3

The War Against Drugs

In not necessarily less realistic, but more surreal news, Congress is tripping out over guns…again. Enter marijuana…

Republicans on Capitol Hill are pushing legislation this week that would allow people permitted to carry concealed guns in one state to bring their weapons with them when they travel, even if their destination state has more stringent requirements to qualify for concealed carry.

But if the GOP wants to do that, a Democratic congressman argues in a new video, they should also be in favor of forcing states to recognize protections granted under each another’s marijuana laws.

The War Against Drugs

This has to be killing the (Philippines) government lawyers

In his comment filed before the (Philippines) SC began oral arguments, the government’s chief legal counsel said that the drug war is being “emasculated and undermined” by petitions of the families who lost their loved ones in the violent police operations.

The War Against Drugs

Wacky Southern Bigoted Elf Jeffy Sessions had a candid tête-à-tête with some –as it turns out– actual thinking DoJ interns this summer:

This summer, in the midst of President Donald Trump’s criticism of the Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in particular, Sessions said during a private event that the U.S. legal system must be “based on law and based on facts” and “can’t be politicized.”

But when Justice Department interns attending the event started asking him questions, things got spirited — and an internal Justice Department video of the session, obtained by ABC News, offers a rare glimpse of what appears to be a less guarded Sessions.

At one point, he seemed to mock a Justice Department intern for questioning whether marijuana is dangerous. He said cities like Chicago and Baltimore are now plagued with rising crime and murders because they “have abandoned traditional police activities.” And he dismissed another intern’s assertion that many Americans in poor, largely minority communities fear law enforcement officers.

“I grew up in one of these communities,” said the intern, who said he attends the University of California at Berkeley. “I grew up in a project to a single mother. And the people who we are afraid of are not necessarily our neighbors but the police.”

An apparently exasperated Sessions replied, “Well, that may be the view in Berkeley, but it’s not the view” elsewhere.

Jeffy keeps using that phrase; I don’t think it means what he thinks it does…

The War Against Drugs

Again in the increasingly surreal Congress:

Top senators said Thursday that people who smoked pot a couple of times in their lives shouldn’t be denied federal judgeships, saying it might soon become tough to fill out the federal bench if marijuana use was considered disqualifying…

…Both Chairman Charles E. Grassley and ranking Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein said there’s been an evolving standard in society, and the committee is also having to adjust.

“If that’s the sole judgment on whether somebody ought to have a judgeship or not — or maybe any other position — we may not be able to find people to fill those positions,” said Mr. Grassley, who said his own views on drug use have also changed since he came to Congress three decades ago.

Just another example of economics and demographics overriding social/political driven policy.

It’s also helpful to remember that drug testing was nothing more an attempt by one generation (the Greatest generation + the leading edge of the Boomers) to impose its social/political will upon the following ones. Times have changed, and much of those hidebound dinosaurs are dead.

Ourself, we’re not adverse to drug testing, per se, but only if it’s a written test, with at least one essay question…

The War Against Drugs

Canada, oh Canada!

It all started in July 2017, when Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu rose in the House of Commons. “We have already established that this legislation would put marijuana in the hands of children,” said Gladu. “Not just with the 15 joints that 12-year-olds can have, but with the four plants per household.”

Gladu was likely referring to the fact that the new bill does not criminalize youth for possessing up to 5 grams of marijuana—though the assumption that a mere five grams equals 15 joints is a fantasia in its own right. More importantly, what’s the alternative? Does Ms. Gladu actually believe that 12-year-olds should be arrested and treated to the criminal justice system for being caught with a joint?

Gladu followed up with a widely mocked remark about the accessibility dangers of homegrown cannabis: “So Little Johnny can put some in the toaster oven and smoke it up.” The remark took the Canadian cannabis Twitterverse by storm, inspiring the hashtag #Toasterbud and widespread mockery.

There will be hand-wringing untold, yes, but our northern neighbors will do the right thing and legalize marijuana nationwide. We can already hear the calls for A Great Northern Border Wall…

The War Against Drugs

Show 3 footnotes

  1. Even if we suspect the local ReThugs will gin up a more acceptable candidate in time to retake that Senate seat next fall.
  2. Yeah, I KNOW this is from The Onion; it doesn’t make it any less correct: Psilocybin causes neurogenesis, e.g. neural plasticity. Think of neural plasticity like gardening; it involves pruning and new growth of neural connections. New connections allow for new ways of thinking. As Nixon and His Henchmen were well aware. Put another way, Psilocybin is like Kryptonite to Christian imperialism.
  3. Thor knows there’s enough mushrooms & bullshit in Alabama to trip out the entire state.

The Idiot and Jerusalem

It is barely mentioned these days (given so much other craziness emanating from the White House and its minions 1) that the majority of cabinet posts and close advisers to the president* are all evangelical Christians. The current list:

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions
  • Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
  • Secretary of Health & Human Services Dr. Tom Price Player To Be Named Later
  • Secretary of Housing & Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson
  • Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao
  • Secretary of Energy Rick Perry
  • Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
  • Director of the EPA Scott Pruitt
  • U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley
  • Senior Counselor for Economic Initiatives Dina Powell ANother Player To…
  • Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats
  • Director of Central Intelligence Mike Pompeo

This is important because a hearty sub-section of evangelical Christians really, really believe there will be a millennium in the future where the actual Jebus returns.

However, this won’t happen without pain, people. There first must be a tribulation, where the actual Christ defeats the actual e-vil. Concurrent with this will be all manner of natural disasters, wars and Randall Flagg the Antichrist.

It will be “convert or die”, baby, with the unconverted summarily dispatched to the fiery lakes of Hell.

So the president’s recent recognition of Jerusalem being wholly in Israel gladdens the hearts of evangelical Christians, what with that proclamation increasing the chances of an all out war in the Middle East that might, just might mind you, lead to The Battle of Armageddon.

Evangelical Christians hope The Battle of Armageddon slaughters the majority of the Jews in Israel, with the survivors –now converted to Christianity– assisting the rebuilding of the city by a returning baby Jebus.

The rest of us (apparently all suffering from the worst case ever of non-buyers remorse), down to the littlest Kiribati baby girl, will end up killing each other. That will leave only Christians alive. 2

This sick fantasy does not, of course, take into account Israel’s 200+ atomic weapons, combined with their of…how to say this…absolutely zero tolerance of assholes, fools and jackanapes who might desire to wipe them from the face of the earth.

But for evangelical Christians…it’s a good first step.

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Show 2 footnotes

  1. The ReThugs in Alabama are set to elect an asshole who’s latest selling point is that he went to a Vietnamese child whore house…but did not partake! Sing hallelujah, praise the lord!
  2. This is not only the Number 1 thing evangelical Christians want for Christmas, it’s the only thing. Well…unless they can also have a (presumptive) pederast for a United States Senator.

Roy Moore and the 12 Year Old

The ReThugs and Pederasts are so certain of their double-digit victory down in Alabama today they’ve taken to blatantly trolling us.

To our mind this is the exact definition of exploitation. No parent should let this happen to their child and no candidate of conscience would burden a child with this legacy.

Remember this moment when the shooting finally begins.

Roy Moore and the 12 Year Old

California Wildfires

California wildfires now larger than New York City and Boston combined…

Firefighters are struggling to contain the biggest of six blazes burning in southern California, with the Thomas Fire slipping from 15% containment to 10% Sunday.

Covering 230,000 acres, the Thomas Fire is now the fifth largest blaze in modern California history. The fires are collectively burning an area larger than New York City and Boston combined.

Gusty winds and dry conditions are not helping the wildfire’s spread, and there’s no rain in the forecast for at least 10 days.

Meanwhile, in Congress… 1

California Wildfires

California Wildfires

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  1. And if the ReThugs get their way, this will be effective January 1st, 2018. Yep, that’s right – no help for you, Cali. Merry Christmas from the White House and the ReThugs.

Deliberate Sabotage

An award-winning U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department has issued a scathing resignation letter, accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the Donald Trump administration of undercutting the State Department and damaging America’s influence in the world.

Elizabeth Shackelford, who most recently served as a political officer based in Nairobi for the U.S. mission to Somalia, wrote to Tillerson that she reluctantly had decided to quit because the administration had abandoned human rights as a priority and shown disdain for the State Department’s diplomatic work, according to her letter, obtained by Foreign Policy.

“I have deep respect for the career Foreign and Civil Service staff who, despite the stinging disrespect this Administration has shown our profession, continue the struggle to keep our foreign policy on the positive trajectory necessary to avert global disaster in increasingly dangerous times,” Shackelford wrote in her Nov. 7 letter…

Tillerson should have walked a long time ago.

However, like Pruitt, Mnuchin, Zinke, Sessions, Ross, Carson, Perry and especially DeVos, he’s not quite finished dismantling a perfectly good department. Once he has it in shambles, then he’ll walk.

It will take a generation to recover from this administration’s ineptness and deliberate sabotage.

Deliberate Sabotage