Pro Drug War=Pro-Terror

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More evidence, from today's Washington Times, that being for the War on Drugs (and the unusually high profit opportunities it creates for the criminal and violent) means you are putting money and weapons in the hands of the terrorists.

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  1. More fear mongering… they have already attempted to link marijuna to Osama before… here we go again.

  2. I have a serious question. Do these people not get it or do they get it, and like it this way?

    :-

  3. I think I’m answering your question, Steve in CO:
    The Washington Times doesn’t get it. (Surprise!)
    To them, it’s simply drugs, not the war on drugs. “Drugs bad. War good”

  4. “I think I’m answering your question, Steve in CO:
    The Washington Times doesn’t get it. (Surprise!)
    To them, it’s simply drugs, not the war on drugs. ‘Drugs bad. War good'”

    Hmm, yeah, but the folks at the WT are well enough read to be familiar with the cogent arguments against the WOD. Neither Reason nor Cato are unknown to them, and they are surely familiar with Miltom Friedman and Bill Buckley, both of whom have repeatedly made the usual obvious points about the futility of, and harm induced by, the WOD. The ignorance is willful.

  5. These peope are Blinded by some sense of morality. They would rather see the destruction of the United States by outside forces than to allow one person to decide for themselves if smoking a joint is a good or bad thing.

  6. Ruthless,

    I suspect you are correct for some, they just haven’t heard a well reasoned argument against the WOD or if they have, they are blinded by the “its immoral,” thing, and despite the mountain of evidence that treating it as a criminal matter is tomfoolery at its worst.

    Mona,

    To me, those that are aware that the WOD is a dismal failure* but push for much of the same or more, are unpardonably evil.

    It boggles my mind how vindictive people can be toward others they don’t even know, when the gubbermint is doing it to “them.”

    Winston Churchill, no picture of sobriety, put it best, “when you destroy the free market, you create a black market.”

    Regards,

    Steve

    * A failure by any measure except the excuse to trample rights and militarize police, and a convenient supply of unregulated cash, that is.

  7. Our experience at MAP over the past seven years suggests that the WTimes is like a shrinking number of papers in major markets; and that is they likely have a publisher who will swallow whatever swill the InsideTheBeltway drug warriors will feed them.

    But they also have some editors (likely at a younger age, relative to publisher) who are not dopes (smile) and understand at least that marijuana use is not funding terrorism or leading to babies in pools etc.

    Thus we see they will run pieces from Bigg Fatt Bill Bennett, but then allow a fair amount of space in the letters sections for accurate rebuttal.

    Said ‘group’ of papers in this mold is steadily shrinking. Nowadays, about the most a major daily will do is ‘support the troops’ in the Drug War. That is, they will do writeups on the latest ‘big drug bust’ and the hardworking efforts of police to ‘keep our neighborhoods safe from the illegal dealers’. They will do puff pieces on the DARE officer giving his time at the local school. The editorials will be limited to, “Police have a hard job in dealing with drug dealers, so let’s give em a pat on the back”.

    Meanwhile, more and more of them understand the racial disparities in sentencing; the financial impossibility of imprisoning so many drug possession offenders in state jail/prison systems and of course the insanity of drug warriors opposing legal access to medical marijuana.

  8. Saying that drug purchases finance terrorism is like saying that alcohol purchases finance the Mafia–the latter statement was true only when booze was illegal.

  9. Steve in CO opines: “To me, those that are aware that the WOD is a dismal failure* but push for much of the same or more, are unpardonably evil.”

    One who fits in this camp would be sociologist James Q Wilson. To paraphrase his position from memory, he claims that drugs are so bad and immoral — robbing people of their “souls” and all that kind of schlock — that we must use law to take a stand for morality and against soul death. No matter whether the law is efficacious or not; it is an instrument of morality.

    Now James, have you noticed that 5-10 in a federal penitentiary will kind of interfere with one’s spiritual pursuits? Souls do not thrive there, and neither does the flesh. Law = coercion and drug laws = prison. Christ on a crutch, these folks need to get a clue.

    (In preaching to the choir mode.)

  10. If I’m riding high, I’m riding with bin Laden? Please . . .

  11. Anyone that is against legalizing drugs are than for the Drug Cartels. The only way the cartels stay in business is because drugs are illegal.And therefore profits are HIGH!

  12. -Winston Churchill, no picture of sobriety, put it best, “when you destroy the free market, you create a black market.”-

    I prefer this from Winston: “I have gotten far more out of alcohol than it has gotten out of me.”

  13. The Washington Times is a total shitrag. They don’t even pretend to hide their political leanings. It is totally fascist and a panderer to the christian right.

    The Washington Post is on the other side of the coin, but is a lot more professional. You would have much better luck finding a nugget or two of “balance”.

  14. As a sign of my great patriotism, I am going to start a meth lab in my basement — to keep money out of the hands of foreign terrorists.

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  22. the last guy posted the same message seven times,,,,i want to smoke whatever he has,,,,right on greg,,,,as usual its the exact opposite as the right wing portrays it,,,,that one superbowl commercial really peeved me,,,,all you gotta do is legalize it to get rid of the terror threat,,,these right wingers are bringing on persecution to themselves before they meet jesus in the sky,,,smoking dope is how i talk to the godhead and get inspiration,,,isn’t that interfering with my religion and if so isn’t it our patriotic duty to beat the shit out of them?,,,the generation who ran naked in the mud is all about zero tolerance now ,,,they rape our social security ,take away our jobs, saddle us with debt ,put 2 million of us in prison and they insist on medical coverage in old age,,,how many of us will have that?,,and now they want us to die for them,,,the greatest generation,,,i don’t think so!

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