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Friday, October 3, 2008

This Week on Drugs

posted by on October 3 at 18:02 PM

Joe Six Pack: Makes a dashing re-entrance into the American lexicon, thanks to Sarah Palin. The term suggests that average Americans go home every night and drink an entire fucking six pack. Or that they look like this guy…


Please Make a Note of It: Don’t call police to your house about a burglary if you’re growing pot inside.

Some Crazy Shit: Ecstasy smuggled under toilet paper.

Zogby: We’ve lost the drug war, voters say.

Three in four likely voters (76 percent) believe the U.S. war on drugs is failing, a sentiment that cuts across the political spectrum — including the vast majority of Democrats (86 percent), political independents (81 percent), and most Republicans (61 percent). There is also a strong belief that the anti-drug effort is failing among those who intend to vote for Obama (89 percent) for president, as well as most supporters of McCain (61 percent).

When asked what they believe is the single best way to combat international drug trafficking and illicit use, 27 percent of likely voters said legalizing some drugs would be the best approach — 34 percent of Obama supporters and 20 percent of McCain backers agreed.

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"The drug war is failing" and "we've lost the drug war" are not equivalent. Which is probably why only 1/3 of those who say it's failing say we should legalize drugs.

I'm just saying. Semantically. Maybe a majority does think we've lost the drug war, but not according to the quote you've got there.

Posted by elenchos | October 3, 2008 6:39 PM

way to wave that white flag of surrender and that is not what our paramilitary forces and contras need to hear today, that's for sure.

Posted by mike | October 3, 2008 7:14 PM

Just make sure that six pack is Budweiser!

There are some great product placement opportunities here for cindy McCain's beer business, doncha know. You betcha, dog gonnit ;-)

Posted by BerkeleyMom | October 3, 2008 7:15 PM

Let's declare victory on the Drug War and then decriminalize it to show no hard feelings, while pardonning all but large dealers in prison.

Sounds like a plan!

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 3, 2008 7:36 PM

dominic, how did you come up with a picture of john balto?

Posted by scary tyler moore | October 3, 2008 7:36 PM

Here's a government program (the drug war) that's very inefficient and actually promotes the values it is ostensibly designed to combat (eg law and order) yet somehow Democrats, most of whom probably tooted a bit and smoked pot, can't summon the moral courage to fight for change, nor the wits to explain why the war on drugs is a costly mistake that promotes violence and ill health.
They're all jsut cowering behidn the towering Republican frames and messages, such as "war on drugs."

Um, from where do you think they got the wildly successful soundbite frame, "war on terror" ???

Posted by PC | October 3, 2008 7:39 PM

Druggos will be too stoned to get their hands on any of the $700 Billion bailout monies.

Clear-eyed Palinites will cleverly stand in line for their share!

Posted by John Bailo | October 3, 2008 8:11 PM

@7 - we're not talking about you drug-heads in the Socialist Republican Party, Comrade John Bailo.

Step away from the Palin meth!

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 3, 2008 8:21 PM

Beats "Joe Pinstripe"

Posted by Darren G. | October 3, 2008 8:26 PM

I keep waiting for somebody in a position to make a difference to point out how much money the federal government could make with a slight change in tactics. Or is it strategy? Anyway, the point is they need the money.

Posted by flamingbanjo | October 3, 2008 8:54 PM

But some of us do drink an entire six-pack especially during the debates ;)

Posted by Simon | October 3, 2008 8:59 PM

@11: You must have been playing a drinking game involving Sarah Palin's use of the word "Maverick"...

Posted by RainMan | October 3, 2008 10:07 PM

The term does not suggest that, it never did, and you'd have to be sadly out of touch to even think so.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | October 5, 2008 1:10 PM

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