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Knee Jerk Reactions

Looks like that ol’ drug pusher (tobacco) Jeff Sessions has enlisted an ally in his efforts to assuage both big pharma and the liquor industry’s insecurities…

WASHINGTON – Two days after downplaying the role of marijuana in the nation’s drug war, Department of Homeland Security John Kelly changed course on Tuesday, calling it a “potentially dangerous gateway drug” and saying his agency would continue to arrest and investigate those who traded in it in violation of federal law.

“Let me be clear about marijuana: It is a potentially dangerous gateway drug that frequently leads to the use of harder drugs,” he said in his first major speech since being sworn in. “Its use and possession is against federal law and until that law is changed by the United States Congress, we at DHS, along with the rest of the federal government, are sworn to uphold all the laws that are on the books.”

Sooo…what? DHS now suddenly has police powers? Uh, methinks not. In fact the department is in legal hot water exactly because they’ve been masquerading as police. Moreover, none of what DHS is tasked with gives them any place in big pharma’s never ending, farcical “war on drugs.” 1

And that old canard about marijuana being a “gateway drug”? Bitch, please! You know what gateway drugs are? Pharmaceutical grade “diet” pills, mood elevators/inhibitors and, oh yeah, don’t forget hydrocodone and OxyContin – those ARE gateway drugs for, yep, you guessed it, heroin. 2

Marijuana advocates, who are watching closely to determine whether the Trump administration will deal a blow to state-level legalization efforts, decried the comments, saying Kelly was defying science in taking a hard line on pot. Eight states – Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington – and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana in some form and another 20 permit the sale of pot for medical purposes.

“DHS should stick to security and leave the science to the scientists,” Mason Tvert, spokesman for the Denver-based Marijuana Policy Project, told McClatchy. “This is a knee-jerk reaction among a certain generation of people that still think of marijuana as this vile, horrific substance and have yet to accept the fact that it is actually less harmful than alcohol.”

Indeed, but tiny Jeff Sessions 3 needs an ally since many in Congress are ready to admit the marijuana stupidity has gone too far.

It bears repeating over and over and over again that the ONLY reason marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug is because that black hearted asshole Nixon, along with his dolt of idiots of a staff, needed it for political reasons.

Knee Jerk Reactions

The difference between a policy and a crusade is that a policy is judged by its results, while a crusade is judged by how good it makes its crusaders feel.

— Thomas Sowell

Knee Jerk Reactions

It’s hard not to see Lilliputian Sessions’ efforts as a crusade when he refuses to let science stand in the way of incarceration by excluding the National Commission on Forensic Science 4:

“The reliance of law enforcement on questionable science and the overstatement of the reliability of that science has been a leading cause of the wrongful conviction of innocent people,” said National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) president Barry Pollack on Monday. “The reason the National Commission on Forensic Science has been so important is that it includes leading independent scientists, allowing an unbiased expert evaluation of which techniques are scientifically valid and which are not. NACDL is terribly disappointed that even while acknowledging the crucial role played by the National Commission on Forensic Science, the Attorney General has chosen to disband it.”

Stone them, burn them at the stake, throw them in ponds and see if they float…

Knee Jerk Reactions

Meanwhile, just north of us, in a civilized country

Knee Jerk Reactions

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  1. With the possible exceptions of the Coast Guard, in an interdiction mode, though more and more that’s a “coals to Newcastle” idiocy; why bother when you can legally buy weed in one of 8 states and drive it home?
  2. Though, frankly? Opioids, per se, aren’t the problem, Chris Christie’s irrelevancies aside: thorough education as to the dangers of drug mixing, yanking crusading pols out of the doctor-patient relationship and supporting the expansion of medication-assisted treatment, while permitting legal access to heroin and other drugs would save more lives than ANY drug prohibition.
  3. Sessions’ height is listed at 5′ 7″, exactly the same as Tom Cruise. However no one believes Cruise, since he’s given to wearing “lifts.” A more realistic figure is would be 5′ 5″ in both cases. What IS it with little men and their need to project authority, ludicrous though it may be?
  4. NCFS is funded specifically to enable independent scientists to investigate/counter forensic laboratory methods or other issues that might lead to false criminal convictions.

It’s Like There’s a Trend

Despite educating the Astas in private schools 1, there is at least one solid argument for public schools. To wit:

It’s like there’s a trend: the offspring of privileged and influential families who matriculate costly (and therefore necessarily culturally segregated) schools and universitys, later turn out to be cold-hearted, bigoted narcissists who disavow meritocracy (which, as it turns out, is but a myth) and instead affirm devinez le droit de rois, despite the painfully plentiful examples of their own incompetence.

It's Like There's a Trend

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  1. More about this later, but –longish tale abbreviated– we’ve brought the girls home from Switzerland to finish their education with the local nuns.
  2. TRUE FACT! DeVos pick once faced discrimination for being white!!! Oh, the horror…
  3. What do you think his major was – Obtuseness, with a minor in Stupidity?
  4. Obviously where he learned to knife-fight.

Kansas Triples Down on Teh Stoopid

Seriously, yesterday Kansas tripled down, maybe even quadrupled down (it’s hard to keep track of Brownbackistan’s inanity at this point) on teh stoopid.

And what’s worse is that most of the state’s residents could not tell you why they keep cutting off their nose to spite their face. Other than they’ve always voted ReThug.

Well, ya know, good luck with that; if you haven’t figured out yet that eight years of ReThug policies have made a spectacle of you, driven your state to near bankruptcy, and poorly educated your children, all over a couple of cultural wedge issues, there’s no hope for you.

You ARE deplorable.

Kansas Triples Down on Teh Stoopid

The War on Drugs

ISIS jihadis…er, I mean, Peyton C. Grinnell of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department in Florida has a message for you, heroin pushers/users! 1 You should seek help from your local office of Florida social services 2 agency, especially receiving a referral to The Recovery Village where both mental health and addition issues can be addressed! 3

Wait…that’s not what Peyton C. Grinnell said. What he really said was “…run and hide” before “”our SWAT team blows your front door off the hinges.” 4

…’cause THAT has worked really really well the last 50 years, amirite? I mean, what could go wrong?

The War on Drugs

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  1. That’s not totes over the top…jeez, what a buncha queens.
  2. “This agency sucks in every facet and does more to divide and destroy the family structure far more than they do to assist one in preserving it. This isn’t assistance its a setup for failure to keep poor people stuck in a maze and job security for society’s leeches and parasites that claim to be here to help…”
  3. Or will be until the ReThugs eventually repeal and replace the ACA. Then you’re on your own, kiddo.
  4. The militarization of our nation’s police forces has now officially jumped the shark; that motley crew would fit right in at the Sidestreet Bar & Grill late Friday nights. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, Peyton C. Grinnell!

The War on Women

In Missouri, restrictions on abortion providers are so strict that only one clinic in the state can perform abortions: a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. But on the State Senate floor Wednesday, two Republican lawmakers joked that women seeking abortions should go to the St. Louis Zoo because it’s “safer” and more regulated than abortion clinics.

“The St. Louis Zoo gets inspected once a year,” said State Senator Bob Onder to his colleague, State Senator Wayne Wallingford, who added, “Maybe we should send the people that want an abortion to the St. Louis Zoo, because we know it’ll be safer.”

Onder then pointed out that zoos have a waiting period of five days before euthanizing animals, whereas Missouri requires women to wait three days after meeting with a doctor to get an abortion.

“Let’s think about this. Babies, it’s three days,” Onder said. “So although there are members of this body who don’t agree with that three days, babies are three days. So zoo animals, it couldn’t be more than 24 hours, right?” He went on, “[It’s] five days, Senator. [And] I believe there’s some sort of requirement to notify in case some other zoo wants to adopt that animal. Isn’t that interesting?”

No, not really, Bob.

See, humans (including women, as much as that angers you) have agency; animals do not.

In fact, women waiting at all for an abortion is just bullshit dreamed up by men who still think women need to be controlled, Bob.

The War on Women

What Could Go Wrong?

The White House Office of American Innovation, to be led by Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, will operate as its own nimble power center within the West Wing and will report directly to (OMP). Viewed internally as a SWAT team of strategic consultants, the office will be staffed by former business executives and is designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington, float above the daily political grind and create a lasting legacy for a president still searching for signature achievements.

[…]

The office will also focus on combating opioid abuse, a regular emphasis for (OMP) on the campaign trail. The president later this week plans to announce an official drug commission devoted to the problem that will be chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R). He has been working informally on the issue for several weeks with Kushner, despite reported tension between the two.

No, I’m not going to blast Kushner sitting in the WH doin’ “stuff.” That’s such an overtly screwed up idea it needs no explanation.

What I do find amusingly terrifying is the idea of Chris Christie charge of well…anything, much less a drug commission. That’s as stupid as installing Jeff Sessions as Attorney General; the outcome is sure to be FUBAR’d.

What’s Christie plan – having opioid users stop eating taking meds from their parents’ medicine cabinets? Yeah, that will work.

Exactly as well as Nancy’s infamous “just say no.” 1

But this White House has no intention of making these departments/agencies/commissions work. It’s all just kabuki for the masses.

What Could Go Wrong?

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  1. Nothing will work; people are going to do what people do. As for the kids; raise them properly. There’s no definitive solution here…

Clarence Thomas Condemns Civil Asset Forfeiture

Today the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case filed by a Texas woman who says that her due process rights were violated when the police seized over $200,000 in cash from her family despite the fact that no one has been convicted of any underlying crime associated with the money. Unfortunately, thanks to the state’s sweeping civil asset forfeiture laws, the authorities were permitted to take the money of this innocent woman.

The Supreme Court offered no explanation today for its refusal to hear the case of Lisa Olivia Leonard v. Texas. But one member of the Court did speak up. In a statement respecting the denial of certiorari in the case, Justice Clarence Thomas made it clear that he believes the current state of civil asset forfeiture law is fundamentally unconstitutional.

“This system—where police can seize property with limited judicial oversight and retain it for their own use—has led to egregious and well-chronicled abuses,” Thomas declared.

Thomas is right, but one wonders if a.) there will ever be a “correct” case to come before SCOTUS, and b.) why in the hell a bill of sale and a public record of the sale of her house wasn’t enough evidence to prove the cash wasn’t really being used for drugs?
Clarence Thomas Condemns Civil Asset Forfeiture