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Time to eat your peas

Time you eat your peas! Me, I'm having some comfort food!

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Prohibition fuels gangsterism

It's not drugs but PROHIBITION which provides the fuel for the modern equivalent of rum-runner profits and Al Capones.

Twenty-one slaughtered in the nightclub in Monterrey.
Eleven shot to death in Chalco, just outside Mexico City.
Ten decapitated in the northern city of Torreon.
In the last four years, at least 42,000 killed!
That's about one out of every five people in my county being murdered each year!

"Most of the dead were killed by warring drug cartels fighting over routes to the U.S. and increasingly-lucrative domestic drug markets."

Al CaponeLots of folks think increased "war on drugs" will help. Certainly, society, north and south of the border, has failed miserably to stop rampant gangsterism. However, it's not drugs but PROHIBITION which provides the fuel for the modern equivalent of rum-runner profits and Al Capones.

Drug-abuse fear is understandable. My state is suffering a meth disaster. Crack is a hideous social pandemic. I have seen the ravages of heroin and alcohol, and I have a special disdain for that nasty crap nicotine. "Mere" marijuana is plainly not the safe substance it's purported to be, but neither is abuse of caffeine, sugar, and saturated fats good for the "temple of the spirit." Drugs are not the only vices, of course, as there's gambling and pornography and prostitution and one could add shopaholism or so many other forms of self-abuse, physical and mental. The individual cost is horrendous, as are the familial and societal effects.

So, we want to do something, and it is the impulse of those who don't think Constitutionally to legislate, to police "vice." The only result is to compound the problems and criminalize the casual users. To consider every instance of use as if it were transgression is to declare every user guilty without trial. Under prohibitionist mentality, the individual who enjoys a glass of wine is put on a par with the sot who beats his wife or drives drunk. This is UN-AMERICAN! How ironic, how perverse that the Left has (allegedly) championed personal freedom while the Right invests in more and worse Big Nannying! Repeal should be a conservative issue because prohibitionism is TYRANNY.

End prohibition. Legalize all "vice." Enforce strictly those good laws which deal with true transgression as we do (or ought to do) with public inebriation. Deal with habituation and addiction as we do (or ought to do) with alcoholism, through family, church, medical intervention, and involve the law only when an individual truly transgresses another's liberty. That would be liberty-respecting, right-respecting, American!

This decent principle, this ideal, gets lost amid exacerbated drug fears, gang fears, and the immense profits made by both sides off of the aberration of the "drug war." Until the conservatives can be corrected, the situation will remain as it has become, worsening, and turning our society over to thugs, both ganster and elected.

Related Mindful Webworks:
Repeal! / Repeal Heals — not only is the so-called war on drugs utterly unwinnable, it is in its very conception a perversion of the important purposes of good government. The way to personal or social health is positive.
The Golden Rule and Prohibition — Countering common erroneous arguments for prohibitionism and
applying the Golden Rule
Independent Religionist's Liberty — are USA Constitutional liberties not being extended to non-aligned religionists?
A run-in with Officer Green"WHAT'S THAT SMELL??" scowled Officer Green, and ordered me out of my car.
Head Shop — Cartoons, songs, and more regarding the appeal of indulgences and the consequences of desire.

A significantly related link:
[*]Law Enforcement Against Prohibition at leap.cc

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Reading Drudge Report as a story

Reading Drudge Report as a story, rather than as separate headlines.

D...10:22am Saturday July 2 2011

Kaddaffy's secret weapon: Presidential Seals
U.S. STILL BOMBING LIBYA. Presidential seal blows off limo in Philly; French Woman Dies of E. Coli. Qaddafi threatens attacks in Europe. Geithner may want to go; Will Obama let him?

United States News: Domino effect knocks down several states sequentially.
FEDS STRIKE DOWN STATE'S BAN ON RACE CONSIDERATION IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS. SoCal Looks to Secede from California. Minnesota Government Shuts Down. UN asks Texas to commute Mexican's death sentence. Washington state closes tourism office. Florida state workers get pink slips, more cuts ahead.

When, Oh! When will this cascade of disastrophe abate!

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Oklahoma Rep. Sullivan Reply Fail #1

Sometimes you have have to hit them twice just to get their attention.

John Sullivan

I posted the following on 2011 June 25 at 3:15pm CDST at https://sullivan.house.gov/Forms/WriteYourRep/Default.aspx, to our congressman, John Sullivan:

Dear Representative Sullivan:

A number of Republican congressmen voted against HR2278, including some conservative stalwarts. Please, sir, many of us are wondering about your own reasoning in voting as you did. I suspect you're hearing from a few other constituents about this. Perhaps there's a statement posted online that I missed?

Thank you,
Don Tyler

I received the following email reply in some HTML-like format which my email reader would not display, but was able to pull out the following:

June 28, 2011

Dear Mr. Tyler,

Thank you for contacting me with your thoughts regarding the situation in Libya. I appreciate hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to respond.

As you may know, on March 19, 2011 Operation Odyssey Dawn was launched to enforce the United Nations-approved no-fly zone over Libya. U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces have targeted the Muammar Qadhafi regime's air defense systems, command and control structures and other capabilities of Qadhafi's armed forces used to attack civilians and civilian populated areas. I believe that Libya's leader, Muammar Qadhafi, must resign from power. He is a dictator and a human rights violator. On March 30, 2011, the U.S. transferred the command of all military operations to NATO.

The American people take the use of military action seriously, as does the House of Representatives. I am disappointed that President Obama did not consult with Congress before his decision to deploy the combat the men and women of our Armed Forces. Should legislation regarding the U.S. military interests in Libya come before me on the House floor, I will keep your thoughts in mind.

Now more than ever, it is important that we continue to support the hard working= men and women in uniform who are serving our country overseas. My thoughts and prayers are with all our nation's military as they continue their mission. I know all Oklahomans are proud of these hard working men and women and= are thankful for the sacrifices both they and their families make on a daily basis to defend our freedom in the Global War on Terror.

Again, thank you for contacting me. It is an honor to serve you= in Washington and Oklahoma. If you would like more information on issues, or would like to share your thoughts with me via e-mail, you may visit= my website at http://sullivan.house.gov/. Please do not hesitate to contact me again should you have further concerns on federal legislation or programs.

John Sullivan

Boilerplate non-response! I will be sending a follow-up letter now. Watch this space.