Calvina Fay runs away from debate
I'm late getting to this but it is amusing that Drug Free America's Calvina Fay backed out of a panel discussion because she would have been forced to back her propaganda with facts in a ten minute debate. From MPP's press release:
Kincaid reported that Fay cancelled her scheduled debate because it "had been stacked against her." However, during a Monday phone conversation with MPP Director of Government Relations Aaron Houston, Fay's Director of Communications Lana Beck told Houston that Fay had cancelled because she did not want to engage in a back-and-forth debate, and would only accept under the condition that each side give five-minute speeches, without openings, rebuttals or closings for each speaker, as is the standard for CPAC "mini debates."Think about that. Their "arguments" for prohibition are so weak they can't stand up for ten minutes and defend them when challenged to present unbiased facts. Meanwhile, Cliff Kincaid proves to be a useful stooge for the professional prohibbers, with his false and stenographic ode on behalf of the ONDCP.
Nevertheless, Rep. Souder on Wednesday took to the House floor and compared MPP representatives to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, citing Kincaid's report and submitting it into the Congressional Record. Souder's floor statement contained factual errors related to the details of the debate, and excoriated CPAC organizers for even allowing such a debate to occur.Kaptinemo has been pushing the idea of filing defamation lawsuits against these drug war warriors now that they've been reduced to slanderous attacks on reformers. I think that's a good idea, but I'm also thinking that we could send a big message to the prohibititionists if we could unseat Souder in the next election. I would love to see a pro-reform candidate come forward and beat the pants off him.