Wednesday, June 8, 2011

War on Drugs

Last week the Vancouver Province printed an editorial about how the war on drugs has been a failure so we should give up. Right after an election that saw the Harper government get a majority. They also published a second editorial by Jon Ferry which made much more sense.

Sure enough, the next day they publish a letter from a guy who calls for the legalization of all drugs which would be insanity at best. Turns out that single author has had over 500 letters published calling for the legalization of all drugs. That's kind of disproportionate.

I wrote in and said we should draw the line at pot. Decriminalize pot is fine but legalizing crack or crystal meth is irresponsible. Someone else wrote in stating the claim that the war on drugs has been a total failure is puzzling and an insult to Singapore and Sweden. Two successful models where it has worked.

We all talk about the New York model. That model succeeded through enforcement which is one of the four pillars the drug dealing activists ignore. They just keep screaming harm reduction over and over again until we become complete enablers for the drug war. Oh but wait, we already are.

The war on drugs hasn't been a failure, the emphasis on harm reduction has. The New York model means arrest the drug dealers not the drug addicts. I support that model.


  1. If you didn't know how insanely things are out-of-control, look @ this crazy stuff, the USG sells hundreds of assault-rifles to the Mexican cartels(!):

    "The Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) program “Operation Fast and Furious" allowed gun stores near the Mexican border to sell semiautomatic weapons in bulk to "straw purchasers" and then track their journey. Many of the guns were linked to crimes, including the killing of a Border Patrol agent."

    "... the ATF lost track of 1500 - 1800 weapons."

    "(Rep.) Issa said the administration ignored committee requests for documents on “Operation Fast and Furious." "

    "...a report on “Operation Fast and Furious," which says border patrol and ATF agents were told to "surveil" weapons and not interdict. It also said agents warned of devastating consequences, including criminal activity, but supervisors ignored their warnings."

    "According to (Rep.) Issa, today’s hearing will examine the “reckless decisions” and “tragic outcome” of “Fast and Furious.” "

    Program called a "catastrophic disaster."

  2. Wow. Kinda like the movie Lord of War. Selling guns just to make a buck.

  3. "Fast And Furious" is blowing up big time in the US media:

    "White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, just like officials from the Obama Justice Department, is still refusing to comment on or accept responsibility for Operation Fast and Furious, despite evidence showing high ranking officials in DOJ knew about the operation."

    CARNEY: "Well, I don't have anything specific like a quote from the President. I can tell you that, as the President has already said, he did not know or -- about or authorize this operation."

    "-DOJ has given the Oversight Committee 800-pages of material so redacted that Rep. Issa described them as "wax paper instead of white paper" on Wednesday."

    "-Emails show high ranking officials knew and were excited about the operation, ATF Director Kenneth Melson was watching straw purchasers buy guns through a live video feed from Arizona, in his fancy Washington D.C. office."

    So, the Head Cheese in DC. watches all this un-fold in real-time, from his plush office; and knows "nuthin'."

    "-Emails show evidence there was a high ranking Justice Department official colluding about the operation."

    "Obama Administration officials knew exactly what was going on,..."

    Yer patrolling the Tex-Mex Border, with M-16 rounds crackin' around your skull, trying desperately to get a shot off at the bastards who totally out-gun ya, and you know full-well that...Your own Government SOLD the Gulf Cartel and the incredible Zetas the machine-guns that are blasting you! How would YOU feel man...?

    Oh God, this is an insane world guy.

    I've been thinking about taking instruction to become a Catholic. I'm gonna retreat from this; I can't change it, its over-whelming, I'll retreat to my own vision of Godliness...

    I just read, "No Country For Old Men", you should look @ it, it describes this world in brutal detail.

    The things I so hoped for , for those beautiful little kids playing in the school-yard, its all gone.

  4. Thanks for the link. Interesting. Here I thought you meant the movie Fast Five. I vaguely remember hearing something about Operation Fast and Furious in the media recently. I think it’s possible the DOJ didn’t know about the illegal arms trafficking but the Military sure did. It’s big business and a big source of that revenue is from ripping off the US military as Al Martin pointed out in Huntsville, Alabama. Sure they do support business’ who make arms and they do use shell companies to traffic illegal arms but a lot of those guys make money by stealing arms from their own government. It’s kinda hard to see how that act of theft could in any possible way be interpreted as being patriotic.

    “No Country For Old Men?” Starring Tommy Lee Jones. I’ll have to see that. As far as Catholicism goes, I think there’s good and bad in every religion. I think the onus is on us to look for the good and embrace that. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with treating others the way you want to be treated. Mother Teresa was inherently good.

  5. The thing I like about the Catholic church is that anyone is allowed to go inside a magnificent cathedral for some quiet time and light a candle or look at the Stations of the Cross. Quebec has some pretty magnificent Cathedrals.

  6. "the USG sells hundreds of assault-rifles to the Mexican cartels"

    "The Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) program “Operation Fast and Furious" allowed gun stores near the Mexican border to sell semiautomatic weapons in bulk to "straw purchasers"

    The latter is true. The former is not. Morally it's the same thing, legally and factually it's not.

    Credibility is hard to come by when going up against "the powers that be", lets not damage our ability to call them out on their misdeeds by making it easy for them to say we have our facts wrong. Choose your words carefully to fit the facts. Limit their ability to paint you as the kind of guy who lines his hat with tin foil.

  7. Fair enough but surely with well over $2.3 trillion missing from the Pentagon budget, someone who worked for the government is selling arms to the Mexican cartels and making a profit from it. However if as you say the US government allowed gun stores near the Mexican border to sell semiautomatic weapons, then they kinda are responsible for selling arms to the cartels. Kinda like the movie Lord of War. If the government will lobby for a business that sells arms and if the government will use a shell company to sell those arms, then the government is involved. Of course that was Freddy’s quote not mine though. Interesting nonetheless.


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