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Robert Almonte: 'War on Drugs' conference got the issue w...

Pot legalization polls more favorably than the congress that outlaws pot. http://drugwartrea son.blogspot.com/2 009/05/marijuana-m ore-and-more-popul ar-than.html  (Oct 6, 2009 | post #79)

El Paso Times

Robert Almonte: 'War on Drugs' conference got the issue w...

The politicians need to hear that from us on a regular basis. I quit the Democratic Party in 1996 and now vote Independent or NONE OF THE ABOVE. I make sure that Democrats especially but also Republicans know that I left party politics due to the single-party hegemony of drug war support by the tow dominance parties. And they know too that I actively encourage people to quit the party system. The politicians listen to me much more since I quit the party than they ever did when I was a loyal sycophant who's vote was assured. They worry about overt dissidents. That is why they pay so much attention to the right-wing. Loud and proud. dumb as a bag of bricks but loud about it and that is what matters to politicians. Support drug reform legislation to the politicians. If they don't hear it from us they won't hear it. There is an important piece of legislation in the congress right now and it needs our support. Go to my blog, 'Aid & comfort'. It is listed at the top of the page. S-714 to establish a national criminal justice commission. http://drugwartrea son.blogspot.com/ Most drug policy organizations are not dedicated to national action. LEAP is the rare exception. The drug war starts and ends in the congress. S-714 could more quickly take us to the end of this forty year atrocity of a policy.  (Oct 6, 2009 | post #78)

El Paso Times

Robert Almonte: 'War on Drugs' conference got the issue w...

American children are no more than cannon fodder in the war on drugs. Police officers too are cannon fodder. The reason that cheap and easy to get illegal cop killing guns proliferate on American streets today is because of the huge demand for them by the drug gangsters. The gangsters need lots of guns to empower and enforce their market share. This keeps guns cheap and easily available for all would be criminals seeking to escalate their criminality with cop killing deadly force. If we take the distribution of intoxicant drugs away from the gangsters they would no longer have this source of massive profits to protect with guns. The demand for guns would decline. As the demand declines the price goes up and illegal guns become less available and more easily enforced against. As happened after the alcohol prohibition cop killings would significantly decline. Drug warriors "just say no". Why do drug warriors hate American police so much?  (Oct 6, 2009 | post #67)

El Paso Times

Robert Almonte: 'War on Drugs' conference got the issue w...

Robert Almonte, like the drug czar, is a shill for the drug cartels. Without supporters like Robert Almonte the cartels would be out of business unable to compete with responsible regulated and licensed businesses under adult supervision. Why does Robert Almonte HATE America's children so much that he advocates for drug gangsters rather than advocating for responsible adult supervision of drug distribution?  (Oct 6, 2009 | post #60)

El Paso Times

Pa. woman killed by pet bear caged near her home

As a northeastern PA resident I am just thankful that this lady with a "pet bear" didn't also have a "toy nuclear weapon". "pet bear" the most ludicrous phrase published this week.  (Oct 6, 2009 | post #74)

El Paso Times

Robert Almonte: 'War on Drugs' conference got the issue w...

The war on drugs is a multi-billion dollars tax free subsidy program that promotes crime, addiction and terrorism.  (Oct 6, 2009 | post #56)

El Paso Times

Robert Almonte: 'War on Drugs' conference got the issue w...

It is disinformation to assert that the war on drugs prohibition based black market economy protects children from premature exposure to intoxicant drug use. It does not. In fact prohibition exposes more children to more drugs and to more people who have a vested interest in selling drugs to new generations of American children. In the prohibition addict drug dealers and gangsters control the morals and ethics of drug sales. Addict dealers and gangsters who have a vested interest in selling drugs to more children. Under and regulation regime the values applied to the sales of drugs would be the values of society with responsible adult supervision in control of drug sales. The choice we face is abandoning American children to addicts and gangsters, the drug war status quo, versus protecting American children with responsible adult supervision, for the first time in a century. Drug war proponents 'just say no' to actually protecting American children. Why do drug warriors hate american children?  (Oct 6, 2009 | post #55)

The Morning Call

Philadelphia Eagles football player Juqua Parker charged ...

Bad laws inspire contempt for the rule of law. Contempt for the law enforcers and contempt for the politicians who write the bad laws. This is true no matter what century we are talking about. The drug laws inspire contempt for the rule of law. Contempt for the police and contempt for the politicians who support the bad laws. ====== There are some good politicians who are trying to end the bad laws because they see that the drug war is a bad policy. Virginia U.S. Sen. Jim Webb has authored and 32 other senators, (including both Arlen Specter and Bob Casey), have co-sponsored S-714 to establish a national criminal justice commission to review and analyze the efficacy of the entire U.S. criminal justice system. Especially the failure of the war on drugs and criminalization of marijuana. S-714 http://mysite.veri zon.net/aahpat/aan dc/s714.htm S-714 tally sheet of co-sponsoring senators. http://mysite.veri zon.net/aahpat/aan dc/s-714_tally.htm Write our senators and thank them for their support of this vitally important piece of legislation. This commission could very well mark the end of the crime fostering and terrorist funding war on drugs as we know it today.  (Aug 7, 2009 | post #115)

The Morning Call

Philadelphia Eagles football player Juqua Parker charged ...

So parents just blindly cede the raising of their children to every commercial venture that touts values for self serving commercial reasons? Don't parents have some responsibility to inspire their children to goodness rather than leaving it to whatever stranger comes along with an advertising budget? Your people who scream role model are declaring yourselves unfit parents who have given up any effort to positively influence your children. Why do you foist off your parenting responsibilities onto complete strangers? Unilaterally declaring complete strangers to be role models for your children is bad parenting. Lazy parenting. Unfit parenting.  (Aug 7, 2009 | post #114)

The Morning Call

Philadelphia Eagles football player Juqua Parker charged ...

And you remind me of the right-wingers who would invade peaceful anti war and environmental protests to incite riots and commit violence. Your denunciation is not rebuttal. Your antagonism is not intellect. If you can't write an intelligent response to an issue oriented public policy statement crawl back under your rock.  (Aug 7, 2009 | post #113)

The Morning Call

Philadelphia Eagles football player Juqua Parker charged ...

Bad laws define themselves by how much contempt for police, authority and the rule of law they motivate. America's drugs laws motivate millions of Americans to express their contempt for the law by imbibing with illegal vegetable matter. America's drug laws also motivate Americans to express their contempt for the law by subjecting police and politicians to ever greater levels of distrust and disrespect.  (Aug 7, 2009 | post #112)

The Morning Call

Philadelphia Eagles football player Juqua Parker charged ...

And the law is wrong! the law is clearly NOT BASED ON CONSTITUTIONAL CONSTRAINTS OF PUBLIC SAFETY OR PUBLIC HEALTH. the drug laws are unconstitutional Jim Crow authoritarianism. The point is that marijuana and drug laws are not based on public safety but rather the gratuitous use of authority on the community for no good reason other than the government's ability to impose itself on the people. America is an authoritarian nation that no longer respects the rule of law. The RULE OF LAW is authority based on the consent of the government. The respect of the governed. authoritarianism is law imposed with contempt of the governed. The drug laws are contemptuous of the governed and have no legitimate constitutional basis. "..in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.." ".in order to form a more perfect union" The U.S. has the largest prison population in the world that destroys the lives of the governed rather than enrich and empower lives. Far from a more perfect union. "establish justice", busting people, mostly minorities for the gratuitous Jim Crow ability to do it does not establish justice. "insure domestic tranquility" The drug war imposes a black market economy that empowers and enriches the criminals and gangsters in our society. "promote the general welfare" The one hundred billion a year wasted by the combined states and federal government on drug enforcement could be better spent on education and public health. Drug war over-crowded prisons spread disease at a a rate 20 times that of society. Untreated addiction promotes both disease and crime. And the war on drugs black market economy funds and supports, gives "aid and comfort" to America's sworn enemies, both foreign and domestic. The Taliban get 70% of their funding that to the continuation of the drug war. Street gangs and cartels are economically empowered by the black markets imposed by the drug war. "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity" the current story thread pretty much flushes that ideal down the toilet. What liberty?  (Aug 7, 2009 | post #104)

The Morning Call

Philadelphia Eagles football player Juqua Parker charged ...

The police were not concerned about public safety or they would have busted the driver. The police did not pick on the passenger just for their fun in busting a black guy. So what is left? No danger. No nefarious motivations. The man was busted for no other reason than having an illegal smile. He was just trying to have him some fun. In a state that can't pay its workers we are wasting public safety resources on illegal smiles. Possession of unpopular vegetable matter.  (Aug 6, 2009 | post #100)

The Morning Call

Philadelphia Eagles football player Juqua Parker charged ...

Maybe if we had more roll models and needed fewer role models we would have a happier society.  (Aug 6, 2009 | post #99)

The Morning Call

Philadelphia Eagles football player Juqua Parker charged ...

If this were a simple case of dumb over-zealous policing I would disagree with you. Sports organizations need the police too much to antagonize them over one dumb "Barney" . But there is the racial implication that the police let the real public safety risk, the white driver, go free while going straight to the black passive passenger. This implication disturbs me a lot. An organization like the Eagles, with a large body of important to the organization black workers cannot afford to needlessly expose that group of professional workers to some Barney **** type of a-hole. The police now need to prove that they do not have a rogue white supremacist in their organization. Some one cretin who could really scare away a sophisticated organization like the Eagles. There are too many racists in the Lehigh Valley community for this issue to not be a valid concern.  (Aug 6, 2009 | post #96)

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