Yes, yes, I know about the injustices and even the deaths and certainly the waste of money, drug war, blah, blah, blah.
But, seriously -- has anybody at The Stranger ever considered simply not doing drugs? I promise you'd be a lot less preoccupied with this issue then.
Dammit, Phil Hartman would've been a perfect Biden.
With Obama in the White House we'll have one chance in Hell to change the drug policy. With McCain in charge we'll have no chance at all.
You can replace the word "drug" with any word you want and the statement will still be true.
oopsie, changed his mind, only a half a mill black dudes in jail for doing drugs while other folks get elected president after doing the same drugs in powder form.
If Biden's really changed his mind, why not let these folks out of jail?
The changes will come only when the media (half of whom do or did drugs) make the politicians (half of whom did or do drugs) fess up -- en masse -- and face their huge moral hypocrisy on this issue. You've got to shame the politicians who did drugs, yet do nothing about those rotting in jail for doing drugs.
Here's a summary of platform positions of the Green Party, Democrats and Republicans.
In no instance do I see an issue where people from Slog or its readers would, by and large, absolutely agree with the Green Party position, and abhor the Democrat Party position.
The whole sycophantic ranting about BHO is ridiculous because in no instance would he ever give you anything that you ever want!
Drugs drugs drugs..... dominic. Wow. You aren't a single-issue voter? You post about drugs a lot. Anyway. Atleast he's admitted he messed up. That's a start. Now he can go about fixing it.
Hey the I-fucked-up-on-the-drug-war line is working out great for Bob Barr... jump on board, Mr Biden!
As long as TV stations refuse to allow a dialogue on legalizing marijuana and news papers write overblown pieces about how the War on Drugs is working, we'll never convince politicians to support a sane drug policy.
Tell me about it, Holden... Remember Tipper (and Al) Gore and the PMRC?
A whole host of Dems made their way through the 80s telling a bunch of other people what they could and couldn't think, do, smoke, fuck, etc...
Hopefully we'll live long enough to see them eat their words.
This is Rosa Clemente on the megaphone.
Read my lips, people:
Section H. Criminal Justice
"30. We call for an end to the "war on drugs." We support expanded drug counseling and treatment. "
Wow, really? How inane.
Those dems who made their way through the 80s telling people what they could think, sing, smoke, etc. have moved on to telling people what they can buy, with whom they can trade, and what compensation package they are allowed to work for.
If you want government to have less control of people's lives, the most realistic way to do it (electing a libertarian is not realistic) is to strive for divided government.
But, since this is Obama’s campaign, I’m trying to hope—hope that Biden can change.
Who cares if Biden changes? It's actually better for us if he doesn't.
Because, until this last round, the VP was pretty much the most unimportant person in politics. So let's use Biden to smack those "Dems aren't tough on crime" douchebags around. Then, when the election is over, we can send him out to pasture. Because that's what a VP is for.
Dominic, Senator Biden also made it possible for women to find safety and security from dudes that are beating the shit out of them.
I don't think I'm going out on a limb here by wagering that many of those abusive men are undoubtedly hopped up on drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamine.
1, maybe you could consider not having sex. then you would be less concerned with the laws and social injustices relating to it. sound like a plan?
@9... Actually, I'm hoping THEY live long enough for us to see them eat their words.
@13 is the only one who gets it.
The "drug war" was ill conceived and ochestarted. This is neither news nor insightful.
Having said that the people who put their bong first are not the ones who bring change. The rest of us can see a bigger picture beyond the flame.
Nobody is talking about voting with their bong. But Biden's policies have been innefective, wasteful, and racially discriminating. Biden basically admits that. No person in their right mind would think we should keep doing what we're doing. So--assuming an Obama/Biden ticket is elected, which is how I'm voting--it would be fanfuckingtastic if the man largely responible for this mess could use that power to clean it up.
Capable because you're culpabe. Hence culpable becomes capable. Nice.
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Word up to six shooter @9. Tipper Gore was the No. 1 reason I DIDN'T VOTE IN 2000. I was young and stupid and it was California so I thought it was a gimme...
So now it's been eight (8!) fucking years of regret for my youthful indiscretion, and I think it's stupid and blind to say that VP picks or cabinet affiliates don't make a difference, BECAUSE THEY DO (when you're young and stupid and believe in a cause).
And remember Joe Lieberman? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot America?
Hey, Ron Paul supporter @21: Please, can you and your fellow liberty enthusiasts band together and convince your candidate to throw his hat in the ring for this presidential election? Pretty please? The sooner the better.
oh my god; I'm way too stoned to read this long ass post.
@ 1: i've never done drugs and this is a ridiculously important issue to me. it should be an issue for anyone who would rather invest more time and money in education and prevention rather than incarceration and rehabilitation. and by education and prevention, i don't mean DARE. i mean fixing our broken schools to give the kids who go there a fighting chance in a viable career that is not crime or drugs.
everyone pays for it in the end anyway, whether it's supporting people in detox, jail, or juvie via our tax dollars or being a victim of a drug-related crime (or "shoot first then knock" drug bust at the wrong house).
so why not pay for the kids when they are IN SCHOOL, as opposed to A LOST CAUSE? why keep feeding a system that criminalizes youth and pretty much makes schools a holding tank until they enter the prison system?
i say stop paying prison wardens more than what teachers make, stop building more jails than schools, and stop taking jobs away from parents who desperately need work to have a fighting chance at providing for their kids so they can break inviolate cycles of poverty and substance abuse
kerri @ 14: actually, it's that good old legal drug (alcohol) that is involved in DV calls by a factor of oodles to one. And, oddly enough, that's true for the UK and much of her spawn (Ozzieland esp.) and not nearly so true for most other places.
And Zander @ 18: this has damn little to do with putting down the bong (I am not a pot smoker). With the possible exception of the war in Iraq, US drug policy is the single greatest waste of US tax dollars in the last 28 years. Let alone the human suffering and misery involved.
If we diverted just a fraction (1/17th) of what we spend on drug enforcement per year to HIV/AIDS prevention we probably could have reduced new infections in this country by 75% twenty years ago.
yeah oy. yer a single-issue voter for sure. why not just say it? also, here's a bunch of things i care about more than the right to smoke pot and get away with it, since that can already be done by anyone with any sense:
@ 22: You didn't vote because of the candidate's wife? I was no fan of tipper either, but that's a little nuts.
Youthful indescretion indeed.
lets not forget that biden is also in the pocket of 'big copyright'. riaa and mpaa. >:(
@27: You claim to be concerned about the economy, but don't care about the billions we waste on the drug war? Okay.
Joe Biden convinced me not to use credit cards issued by megabanks when he and the Republican senators voted in favour of the Bankruptcy Reform Act in 2005. My wallet is a fatter and my spending and energy usage have gone way down. Thanks for keeping me distrustful and wary of government and banks, Mr. Biden!
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