Elfyourself as the Easter Bunny….Hey Terrorists There’s A New Sheriff In Town….DrugSense Alert….We Tried A War Like This Once Before!


Hey Now Kidz,
 
In keeping with a holiday tradition started two Christmases back I found the Easter Bunny equivilant of Elfyourself.
 
Here’s mine:
Get your’s here:
 
Congratulations on Captain Richard Phillips rescue from the Somalian terrorist (pirates).  If not for our new President taking charge this ordeal could have turned ugly.
al Qaeda beware, there is a new sheriff in town and he’s packin’ and leaving a body count.
 
WE TRIED A WAR LIKE THIS ONCE BEFORE

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DrugSense FOCUS Alert #400 – Sunday, 12 April 2009

Easter Sunday readers of the Washington Post are treated to the
OPED below by Mike Gray of Common Sense for Drug Policy
http://www.csdp.org/

We hope that the federal elected officials, their staffs, and other
federal bureaucrats read the OPED. Perhaps you may help by sending
them copies of the OPED.

Your letters to the editor of the Washington Post send a signal to
the newspaper that this issue is important to you, their readers.

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http://www.mapinc.org/topic/Mexico

http://mapinc.org/find?258 (Holder, Eric)

http://www.mapinc.org/pot.htm (Marijuana)

http://www.mapinc.org/topic/dispensaries

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Pubdate: Sun, 12 Apr 2009

Source: Washington Post (DC)

Page: B04

Copyright: 2009 The Washington Post Company

Contact: letters@washpost.com

WE TRIED A WAR LIKE THIS ONCE BEFORE

By Mike Gray

In 1932, Alphonse Capone, an influential businessman then living in
Chicago, used to drive through the city in a caravan of armor-plated
limos built to his specifications by General Motors.
Submachine-gun-toting associates led the motorcade and brought up the
rear. It is a measure of how thoroughly the mob mentality had
permeated everyday life that this was considered normal.

Capone and his boys were agents of misguided policy. Ninety years
ago, the United States tried to cure the national thirst for alcohol,
and it led to an explosion of violence unlike anything we’d ever
seen. Today, it’s hard to ignore the echoes of Prohibition in the
drug-related mayhem along our southern border. Over the past 15
months, there have been 7,200 drug-war deaths in Mexico alone, as the
government there battles an army of killers that would scare the
pants off Al Capone.

Now U.S. officials are warning that the vandals may be headed in this
direction. Too late: They’re already here. And they’re in a good
position to take over organized crime in this country as well.

After decades of trying to stem the influx of illegal narcotics into
the United States, it’s clear that the drug war, like Prohibition,
has led us into a gruesome blind alley. Drugs are cheaper than ever
before and you can buy them anywhere. As Mexico’s cash-starved
government struggles to keep up the good fight, the drug barons rake
in more than enough to buy political protection and military power
while still maintaining profit margins beyond imagining. And what’s
driving this desperate struggle may be the ubiquitous weed:
Southwestern lawmen say that marijuana accounts for two-thirds of the
cartels’ income.

At last, the spectacular violence in Mexico has captured everybody’s
attention, and in an eerie replay of the end of alcohol prohibition,
we may at last be witnessing the final act in the war on drugs.

One hint of a shifting wind came in February, when a state legislator
from San Francisco introduced a bill to tax, regulate and legalize
adult use of cannabis. This sort of grandstanding is always met with
derision, and this was no exception. But then something strange
happened: California’s chief tax collector said that the measure
would bring in $1.3 billion a year and save another $1 billion on
enforcement and incarceration. In a state facing an $18 billion
deficit, suddenly nobody was laughing.

Four days later Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, who’s no
legalizer, said that he, too, thinks we should take another look at
marijuana prohibition. "The most effective way to establish a virtual
barrier against the criminal activities is to take the profit out of
it," he told a U.S. Senate subcommittee.

The next day, U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced a
minor policy shift with enormous implications: The federal government
would no longer go after groups that supply medical marijuana in the
13 states where it is legal. The Drug Enforcement Administration had
been raiding dispensaries routinely, and dozens of patients and
growers are behind bars today despite their legal status in
California’s eyes. Now that threat has vanished for those who comply
with state law. For California, this amounts to de facto legalization.

At his recent cyberspace town hall meeting, President Obama fielded a
question about whether legalizing marijuana would improve the
economy. "No," he replied as the audience giggled. But that answer
sheds no light on his actual thinking. Obama has already called the
drug war an "utter failure." And since he himself is an admitted
ex-toker, it’s hard to believe that he’d cancel some kid’s college
education over a crime he got away with.

Of course, resistance to marijuana legalization remains rock solid in
Washington among those who can’t face the failure of prohibition. But
that has more to do with politics than science. The Department of
Health and Human Services says that there are 32 million drug abusers
in the country, but that includes 25 million marijuana smokers. If
you strike them from the list, how do you justify spending $60
billion a year in this economy trying to stop 2 percent of the
population from being self-destructive? It would be dramatically
cheaper to follow the Swiss example: Provide treatment for all who
want it, and supply the rest with pure drugs under medical supervision.

When we erected an artificial barrier between alcohol producers and
consumers in 1920, we created a bonanza more lucrative than the Gold
Rush. The staggering profits from illegal booze gave mobsters the
financial power to take over legitimate businesses and expand into
casinos, loan sharking, labor racketeering and extortion. Thus we
created the major crime syndicates — and the U.S. murder rate jumped tenfold.

Fortunately, the Roaring ’20s were interrupted by the Crash of ’29,
and when the money ran out, the battle against booze was a luxury we
could no longer afford. Prohibition was repealed in 1933, and over
the next decade the U.S. murder rate was cut in half.

Today it’s back up where it was at the peak of Prohibition — 10 per
100,000 — a jump clearly connected to the war on drugs. And anyone
who’s watching what’s going on south of the border can see that we’re
headed for an era of mayhem that would make Meyer Lansky and Frank
Costello weak in the knees.

Profits from the Mexican drug trade are estimated at about $35
billion a year. And since the cartels spend half to two-thirds of
their income on bribery, that would be around $20 billion going into
the pockets of police officers, army generals, judges, prosecutors
and politicians. Last fall, Mexico’s attorney general announced that
his former top drug enforcer, chief prosecutor Noe Ramirez Mandujano,
was getting $450,000 a month under the table from the Sinaloa cartel.
The cartel can of course afford to be generous — Sinaloa chief
Joaquin Guzman recently made the Forbes List of Billionaires.

The depth of Guzman’s penetration into the United States was revealed
a few weeks ago, when the DEA proudly announced hundreds of arrests
all over the country in a major operation against the "dangerously
powerful" Sinaloa cartel. One jarring detail was the admission that
Mexican cartels are now operating in 230 cities inside the United States.

This disaster has been slowly unfolding since the early 1980s, when
Vice President George H.W. Bush shut down the Caribbean cocaine
pipeline between Colombia and Miami. The Colombians switched to the
land route and began hiring Mexicans to deliver the goods across the
U.S. border. But when the Mexicans got a glimpse of the truckloads of
cash headed south, they decided that they didn’t need the Colombians
at all. Today the Mexican cartels are full-service commercial
organizations with their own suppliers, refineries and a distribution
network that covers all of North America.

As we awaken to the threat spilling over our southern border, the
reactions are predictable. In addition to walling off the border,
Congress wants to send helicopters, military hardware and unmanned
reconnaissance drones into the fray — and it wants the Pentagon to
train Mexican troops in counterinsurgency tactics.

Our anti-drug warriors have apparently learned nothing from the past
two decades. A few years ago we trained several units of the Mexican
army in counterinsurgency warfare. They studied their lessons, then
promptly deserted to form the Zetas, a thoroughly professional narco
hit squad for the Gulf cartel, which offered considerably better pay.
Over the past eight years, the Mexican army has had more than 100,000
deserters.

The president of Mexico rightly points out that U.S. policy is at the
root of this nightmare. Not only did we invent the war on drugs, but
we are the primary consumers.

The obvious solution is cutting the demand for drugs in the United
States. Clearly, it would be the death of the cartels if we could
simply dry up the market. Unfortunately, every effort to do this has
met with resounding failure. But now that the Roaring ’00s have hit
the Crash of ’09, the money has vanished once again, and we can no
longer ignore the collateral damage of Prohibition II.

Writing last month in the Wall Street Journal, three former Latin
American presidents — Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil, Cesar
Gaviria of Colombia and Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico — declared the war
on drugs a failure. Responding to a situation they say is "urgent in
light of the rising levels of violence and corruption," they are
demanding a reexamination of U.S.-inspired drug policies.

Two weeks ago, a conservative former superior court judge in Orange
County told the Los Angeles Times that legalization was the only
answer, and of 4,400 readers who responded immediately, the Times
reported that "a staggering 94 percent" agreed with him.

This is another pivotal moment in U.S. history, strangely resonant
with 1933. The war on drugs has been a riveting drama: It has given
us great television, filled our prisons and employed hundreds of
thousands as guards, police, prosecutors and probation officers. But
the party’s over.

Here is a glimpse of what lies ahead if we fail to end our second
attempt to control the personal habits of private citizens. Listen to
Enrique Gomez Hurtado, a former high court judge from Colombia who
still has shrapnel in his leg from a bomb sent to kill him by the
infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar. In 1993, his country was a
free-fire zone not unlike Mexico today, and Gomez issued this
chilling — and prescient — warning to an international drug policy
conference in Baltimore:

"The income of the drug barons is greater than the American defense
budget. With this financial power they can suborn the institutions of
the State, and if the State resists . . . they can purchase the
firepower to outgun it. We are threatened with a return to the Dark Ages."

Ending prohibition won’t solve our drug problem. But it will save us
from something far worse. And it will put drug addiction back in the
hands of the medical profession, where it was being dealt with
successfully — until we called in the cops.

Mike Gray, the chairman of Common Sense for Drug Policy, is the
author of "Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get Out."

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2 Responses to Elfyourself as the Easter Bunny….Hey Terrorists There’s A New Sheriff In Town….DrugSense Alert….We Tried A War Like This Once Before!

  1. VegasMarji says:

    HI ya Bill… wow that was a very powerfull and informative blog.. i’m heading over to the one you have above to sign the petition, it’s got to be legal in all states .. it’s so strange, around here in NV they all say how much revenue las vegas can gain from having it legal .. they get the petitions signed .. put it on the ballots at voting time, everyone is all ready to have it finally out in the open little shops clinics etc .. where you go in and get differnt strengths etc even talking about putting the THC in a pill form for those suffering from chronic pain like me and the back deal, which i have dealt with since the 80s … then when it comes time to vote i don’t know where these people are .. we are voting for it and it never makes it … always just a few too little votes to legalize it .. so much more money blah blah would save this state from the financial problems it has.. i just don’t know where they all go when it comes time to vote it in.. hmm maybe home baked???? LOL .. but we always are for it… another reason why we are moving to Oregon, it’s legal there, haven’t done a lot of research yet on where to go there to get what i need bt will when the time gets closer that we can leave this horrible place. I am in so much need right now of the peace and tranquil feeling i get from being in Oregon along the coast .. it’s like a different world to me.. my world of inner peace, is so great there. I miss it so much as soon as we get back from being there I want to run away right back there, –well that day will be here in a few yrs.. fingers crossed, hubby works for the state .. an RN in a psych hospital, and he can take an early retirement from there, unless they cut that too— so much got cut for state workers, no raises, no cost of living raise this yearand 10% less in pay, but the govenor gave himself and his staff huge raises and more.. awful man he is!!! hubby won’t get as much like he would if he stayed until it was time to retire from there, so we will have to find something that we both can do .. something easy on my back among other problems .. something nice and less stressful than what he’s been doing since the early 80s, thats when my problems started working in a hospital on an ortho floor, working part time school full time to get my RN one semester to go and bam, floor was short one night when i was working just me .. had my LPN, and an RN was the other nurse on the floor that night and we were almost full on the floor.. with pre and post op ortho pts and a few neuro pts too, and I had to help a woman up in bed who had slipped down a bit .. almost fell on her when it happened … ended up being a patient on my own floor, surgery, and later here after we got hit by a guy on these crazy roads here .. spinal fusion.. now arthritis from the cervical area of my spine all the way down with multiple spurs etc etc … but a few hits and it helps things relax and calm down so much plus with this eye deal all the black spots i’m trying to see if it will help that .. omg what a miracle that would be they have gotten so much worse —i tried to go around to as many spaces as i could last night and was on the computer for about 3 hours by the time i was done my eyes were so bad the spots so much .. there are two right in the center of each eye in the exact same spot, that never go away even when i close my eyes all the others show up real well in light so i keep the lights off at night since i’m up all night since he is a night worker, i just have some little lites on a tree behind my chair, doing the wash, dusting what i can do etc until i need to stop.. there are thousands of spots when i have to be out in the daylight, so many so much all over both eyes they never go away i just don’t see all of them as much when the lights are down or off –so i’m doing an experiment to see if i take a few hits every day to see if that lightens them up– nothing different yet .. it helps glaucoma patients so thought it was worth a try..then the eye specialist called and wants to check them again so i’m goin in there this coming thursday morning for her to look around in there then tell me how risky the surgery is .. i could lose my sight, my eyes even from all the complications.. so i’m stuck in this sea of black spots, lines and flashes all over, i get so tired of opening my eyes, then i have to remember that a blind person would be so very happy to have my eyesight even though i am seeing less and less from so many spots esp. when i’m in light, and i think i should try to remember how it would be to be totally blind esp from birth … and how they would love to be able to see if even through looking at all these black spots.. but sometimes it doesnt’ help, thinking that .. i think that is the selfish part of me .. not a good thing, but i remember how it used to be just neeeding glasses to read, never have had any eye problems except for that and i’ve only needed to use reading glasses in the past few years .. then bam .. hit by a brick, and not the type of brick i would like to be hit with .. LOL. at least i can still laugh.Wanted to come by and wish you a late Happy Easter since I didn’t make it over last night, this keeps heating up too and i have to shut it down for a while then wait for it to cool down, too many things on here for my paint shop i think, i really need to lighten it up a bit.=— hope you had a very nice Easter Sunday, and here are a couple things I made for the occasion.wishing you a great week ahead, … leaving you with much love and many hugs … for all that you do, so much great info on here every time i drop by i’m amazed at how much info you have .. i put them on my favs list so i can go to them when i’m done here and sign a few petitions ..thanks for doing that for all of us, you are for sure one of the good guys.. and so great about Captain Phillips, so happy for his family and him!!.. so good that ended with a happy ending … you are so right a new sheriff in town .. we needed that for sure!! about time for change and lots of it!!! i’m going to check out your bunny hop, hehehe i bet you did a good one!! Happy Easter!! my dear friend, and thanks so very much for prayers and coming by my space seems I don’t get as many visitors as I used to .. i miss that .. so i need to start making an effort to get around more just having those few problems stopped me —so now is the time for me to get moving along.. have a good one..xxxxxEaster and spring… http://i44.tinypic.com/nlbbyq.gifhttp://i43.tinypic.com/314xok1.gifhttp://i42.tinypic.com/1znvozq.gifxoxo

  2. VegasMarji says:

    LOL i saw the bunny elf… hahaha i just loved the color of your outfit too… purple is my fav color.. lol that was good i’m on my way to give it a try .. have a good one .. xxxx

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