How humid is it?
I have the AC on. When I just stepped outside for a moment, my glasses fogged up.
...a complicated woman with simple tastes
Name that nail polish
People are strange...
Fun with referrals
Learning to fly
Problem: Number 3 engine missing.Read the rest for yourself.
Solution: Engine found on right wing after brief search.
Problem: Suspected crack in windshield.
Solution: Suspect you’re right.
Down on the farm
Officer, police thyself
Since Boston police started annual drug testing in 1999, 75 officers have failed the tests, and 26 of them flunked a second test and were fired, newly released statistics show.As I often say, chances are someone you know and respect as an otherwise law-abiding citizen is probably using illegal drugs. Isn't it time we focused on preventing addiction rather than criminalizing responsible consumers?
Acting Police Commissioner Albert Goslin said an additional 20 of the officers who tested positive left the department on their own, which he said is because they could not handle the frequent follow-up checks.
Of the 75 officers, 61 tested positive for cocaine, 14 for marijuana, two for ecstasy, and one for heroin, according to the figures, obtained by the Globe through a public records request. (Some officers had more than one drug in their system).
Blogging for dollars
Latest White House ploy to destroy our rights
Job offer of the week
Taking a world view on drugs
The violence does not end with the capture or the killing of major players like the Arellano brothers. (Ramon was shot and killed by the federales in February of 2002; Benjamín was captured a month later. Francisco has been in prison for years.) As with the illicit drug scene in the United States, thousands of low-level drug-dealing wannabes are marking time -- waiting for today's kingpin to fall so they can move up.Meanwhile, David Borden at DRC Net weighs in this week with an editorial on Afghanistan's similar struggle with the heroin trade. Noting support for sensible drug policy in England he writes:
What some of the Tories are saying is that it's unrealistic to think we can be effective against an industry that makes up 50% of the struggling nation's economy, that when eradication efforts happen, they drive farmers into the Taliban's corner and seem correlated with outbreaks of violence, that instituting a legal opium crop (which could be used and is actually somewhat needed for the legal medical market) would reduce the illicit market and deal a blow to evil-doers by bringing the money above-board and reducing their access to it.Unfortunately in all countries, even the mildest attempts at sensible policy reform are thwarted under pressure by the US prohibitionists who depend on the war on some drugs for their living and their status. So we must fight for a sane approach against those who claim to protect us, even though the answer could not be clearer. You want to eliminate black market drug dealers and keep drugs out of the hands of children? Legalize and regulate. It's that simple.
You oughta be in pictures
|Who Should Paint You: Roy Lichtenstein|
Larger than life, your personality overshadows everyone in the room
A painter would tend to portray you with a bit of added flair!
Legislators seek to close divide on crack and powder cocaine penalties
Working for change
Clyde CrashcupAnyway, I'm off to work but I have the weekend off so maybe I'll find some more entertaining blog fodder then.
Bullwinkle J Moose
The King and Odie
Heckle and Jeckle
And I don't know why I'm adding Hercules to this list since it was a terrible cartoon but it had such a great theme song:
Hercules, hero of song and story!
Hercules, winner of ancient glory!
Fighting for the right, fighting with his might;
With the strength of ten, ordinary men!
Hercules, people are safe when near him!
Hercules, only the evil fear him!
Softness in his eyes, iron in his thighs;
Virtue in his heart, fire in every part of
The Mighty Hercules!
Save the Starburst flavors....
What's going on...
Congratulations due for Emery
Marc Emery, Vancouver's self-styled Prince of Pot, married his long-time assistant at Cannabis Culture Magazine Sunday under a tent in Queen Elizabeth Park's rose garden. In a traditional ceremony rather than the expected counterculture blow-out, the 48-year-old Emery wed Jodie Joanna Giesz-Ramsay, 21, quietly and with reverence.When co-defendant Michelle Rainey was asked if the Emery's had a gift registry, she roared with laughter. "Registered?" she howled. "Don't give him anything but cash or pot. . . . They've got everything -- appliances, kitchen stuff. Trust me, pot or money."
A harpist played airs in the sunshine as they tied the knot in a landscape blurred only by clouds of cannabis and iridescent soap bubbles. The couple and their friends celebrated at a reception afterwards at Heritage Hall on Main Street. Emery, with a yellow rose in his lapel, said he was overjoyed at the union that was witnessed by about 50 people.
Looking for love in all the wrong places
HarritteIf anyone can help poor Harritte find a man, that's the real email address she left. Sounds like she will make someone a fine wife.
Hello and how are you doing over there and hope fine.I am a simple going lady,nice,caring,sincere,faithful,honest,loving, and with a sense of humour.love and believe in reality alot. I believe in a true love as well. I will like to meet a man, that will love me for whom i am, someone with atleast half of the qualities I have though no one is perfect at all. This is all i could say for now. and if you dont mind here is my email address email@example.com
. I hope to read from you as soon as posible.
Take Good Care Of Yourself.
Good case for drug legalization
None of that argues for use of psychoactives of any kind, legal or currently illegal, particularly by young people with unformed intellectual and emotional lives. But it makes a powerful case for bringing other substances out of the shadows with decriminalization and legalization, and for spending some of those wasted billions on education, harm reduction, and, when needed, addiction treatment. The obsession of drug warriors with cutting off supplies of softer drugs has pushed thousands to try the bathtub gin of Neo-Prohibitionism, crystal methamphetamine.The author is speaking about Orrin Hatch's recent intervention in a Dubai drug case where he rescued his friend from a prison term there. As he notes, if Hatch could do it in Dubai, he should certainly be working for reform here so American drug defendants can enjoy the same benefit of the doubt.
Nall in for the long haul in Alabama
Fan mail from some spammer
Hi there lovely,And to think, she's willing to come all the way from Korea just to meet me...
I was searching the net few days ago. I am new to this thing. and saw your profile. I decided to email you cause I found you attractive. I might come down to your city in few weeks. Let me know if we can meet each other in person. I am attraactive girl. I am sure you won't regret it.
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Unity08 - the Un-Third Party
Fun with referrals
Painting the toes red
The plant is not the problem
People often fail to notice that a friend or neighbor has a marijuana problem because the consequences of cannabis use are less striking than those associated with other drugs, according to Dr. Alan J. Budney of the University of Vermont’s Treatment Research Center. “You don’t see the severe acute consequences you get with alcohol or cocaine,” Budney said.Now wouldn't that suggest to you that the plant is thus less harmful than alcohol and perhaps on a par with habitual coffee consumption? Both alcohol and caffeine can cause health problems that greatly exceeds any proven adverse consequences of habitual cannabis use when overused, but you don't see the government spending billions every year to end those "crises." I mean should they be eradicating the coffee fields of South America in order to prevent people from drinking too much coffee? Jail every alcoholic, no matter whether or not they cause public harm in some way?
Way to go Joe
Time won't let me
Carnival of the Vanities celebrates 200th
First they came for the drug defendants.....
...Over the last 25 years, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most commonly called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine police work. The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home.Radley has been following this slow slide into fascist tactics in the drug war with his long time series, The Militarization of Mayberry, at his blog The Agitator. In this work he chronicles 150 examples of documented botched raids, more than three dozen examples of completely innocent people killed in mistaken raids, twenty cases of nonviolent offenders who've been killed, and more than a dozen cases of police officers killed by suspects or mistakenly targeted civilians who thought the police were criminal intruders. More importantly he offers solutions.
These increasingly frequent raids, 40,000 per year by one estimate, are needlessly subjecting nonviolent drug offenders, bystanders, and wrongly targeted civilians to the terror of having their homes invaded while they’re sleeping, usually by teams of heavily armed paramilitary units dressed not as police officers but as soldiers. These raids bring unnecessary violence and provocation to nonviolent drug offenders, many of whom were guilty of only misdemeanors. The raids terrorize innocents when police mistakenly target the wrong residence. And they have resulted in dozens of needless deaths and injuries, not only of drug offenders, but also of police officers, children, bystanders, and innocent suspects.
I don't expect everybody to agree with what I write, or I wouldn't call myself "Acidman." Sometimes I DELIBERATELY pen screeds just to see how many people I CAN piss off. I'm outrageous sometimes. But it's MY goddam blog, and I can do whatever I want with it.And piss us off he did -- regularly. But it's hard to stay mad at a guy who coined the term computer fucktard to describe himself and who else but Rob Smith could get 26 replies to the question, Does YOUR ass itch when you sit around in wet underwear?
Kids on drugs -- by court order
Find your inner artist
Lest we forget
Slow and Steady Wins the Race
Coors heir busted for DWI
Cooking with grass in SA
Souder pushes for eye-eating fungicide
On April 16, the New York Times ran a full-page ad from contact lens producer Bausch and Lomb, announcing the recall of its “ReNu with MoistureLoc” rewetting solution, and warning the 30 million American wearers of soft contact lenses about Fusarium keratitis. This infection, first detected in Asia, has rapidly spread across the United States. It is caused by a mold-like fungus that can penetrate the cornea of soft contact lens wearers, causing redness and pain that can lead to blindness—requiring a corneal replacement.The mutation of the fungus is apparently what is now causing the eye problems in contact lens wearers. The USDA is against its use under any circumstances. The Andean Community of Nations, an organization comprising Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, banned it within their territories. Yet Souder and his prohibition profiteers want to mandate it's use against innocent and vulnerable Colombian peasants simply in order to make themselves and their idiotic drug war policies appear successful.
That same week, the House of Representatives passed a provision to a bill requiring that the very same fungus be sprayed in “a major drug-producing country,” such as Colombia. The bill’s sponsor was Rep. Mark Souder (R-Ind.) and its most vocal supporter was his colleague Dan Burton (R-Ind.), who has been promoting the fungus for almost a decade as key to winning the drug war.
The Colombian government has come out against it. And those entities of the U.S. government that have studied the use of Fusarium for more than 30 years don’t recommend it either: The Office of National Drug Control Policy, also known as the Drug Czar’s office, CIA, DEA, the State Department and the USDA have all concluded that the fungus is unsafe for humans and the environment.
“Fusarium species are capable of evolving rapidly. … Mutagenicity is by far the most disturbing factor in attempting to use a Fusarium species as a bioherbicide,” wrote David Struhs, then secretary of Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection, in a 1999 letter rejecting the use of the fungus against Florida’s outdoor marijuana crop. “It is difficult, if not impossible, to control the spread of Fusarium species.”
The DEA stopped funding Fusarium research in the United States during the early ’90s after it learned that Fusarium infections can be deadly in “immunocompromised” people—not only AIDS patients and those with other illnesses, but also those who are severely malnourished. The University of the Andes in Bogotá has recently reported that 12 percent of Colombian children suffer from chronic malnutrition. Spraying this fungus on a vulnerable population could be perceived as using a biological weapon.
The CIA has been against the use of Fusarium to kill drug crops since at least 2000. At that time, one official told the Times, “I don’t support using a product on a bunch of Colombian peasants that you wouldn’t use against a bunch of rednecks growing marijuana in Kentucky.”
I want to live here
Baby you can drive my car...
This phone may be monitored...
FRAMINGHAM -- Fearing their wireless freedom may be in jeopardy, students at Framingham High School were fuming over a new school policy that allows administrators to seize cell phones and search their contents. ...School officials "reserve the right to look through the cell phone," when they suspect a student has drugs or stolen goods, according to Principal Michael Welch.The students, of course, rightfully consider it an outrageous invasion of privacy. It is. Unfortunately, under the insanity known as the war on some drugs, it's not against the law. I've said this often, but bears repeating.
Strange days have found us
Working for a living
What's up Doc?
Yo Ho, Blow the man down...
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a musician in his own right, helped secure the release of Atlanta R&B producer Dallas Austin from a United Arab Emirates jail after a drug conviction, the senator's office confirmed Saturday.The guy was sentenced to four years in a Dubai jail with immediate deportment thereafter. Orrin pulled some strings and got them to skip the jail part and go straight to kicking him out of the country. Seems they owed old Orrin a favor.
Austin's attorneys said they enlisted Hatch's help because he has influence with Dubai, the paper reported. Hatch this year supported the Dubai-based DP World in its bid to manage several American ports. In his statement, Hatch said he was "grateful to the leaders of Dubai for agreeing to provide a workable and compassionate solution for this situation."As Outside the Beltway notes, "Perhaps the next time Hatch talks to President Bush, he might suggest similar leniency for the tens of thousands of non-violent drug offenders in federal prison in this country, but I won’t be holding my breath."
He also said he was confident Austin "will learn from this experience."
Life's little miracles
It's party time....
A federal appeals court overturned the pot-growing convictions of Ed Rosenthal Wednesday because of a juror's phone call to an attorney friend, who told her to follow the judge's instructions or she could get in trouble.Of course the reality is, as the article goes on to detail, jurors do get punished for exercising their right to jury nullification and they are threatened regularly for even suggesting the concept should be employed. In fact, anyone who expresses this knowledge during the selection process is unlikely to be seated and if they do manage to slip in and use that power, the consequences are costly.
"Jurors cannot fairly determine the outcome of a case if they believe they will face 'trouble' for a conclusion they reach as jurors," said the opinion by Judge Betty Fletcher. "The threat of punishment works a coercive influence on the jury's independence."
Rosenthal's lawyer, Dennis Riordan, said "There would not have been a conviction but for this outside influence" of the attorney's advice, Riordan said. "Jurors never can be told they can get in trouble for what they say during deliberations."
Heard it through the grapevine....
Let's Go Get Stoned - Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs and EnglishmenI thought it was a somewhat cosmic song list. It suited my mood and it seemed to be a fitting soundtrack for the epilogue of the blog drama that everyone bitched about, but followed closely. I say good for them. It was time to close the curtain on that show and I like the way they handled the final act.
Hill Country Rain - Jerry Jeff Walker
I'm One of You - Hank Williams
Tonight's the Night - Neil Young
Sam Stone - John Prine
My Heart Would Know - Hank Williams
The Hobo Song - John Prine
Get Together - Youngbloods
Gettin By - Jerry Jeff Walker
Talkin About You - Sawyer Brown
Yeah shrinking violet, that's me....
Your Aura is Violet
Idealistic and thoughtful, you have the mind and ideas to change the world.
And you have the charisma of a great leader, even if you don't always use it!
The purpose of your life: saying truths that other people dare not say
Famous purples include: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Susan B. Anthony
Careers for you to try: Political Activist, Inventor, Life Coach
Sands of time
You Are 50% Weird
Normal enough to know that you're weird...
But too damn weird to do anything about it!