Category Archives: Drug War

The Disingenuous Quagmire

While the Obama Administration continues to promote that staus quo in American drug war policy, more than a few people are viewing the rhetoric for exactly what it is – disingenuous: Here’s why the “war” can’t be won: The U.S. … Continue reading

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300 Economists Can’t Be Wrong

While the Obama Administration continues to support the drug war, consensus is continuing to grow that current prohibitionist policies are far too costly with little benefit to the taxpayers. Economists are now signing a petition stating as much: More than … Continue reading

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Another Conservative Questions the Quagmire

The arguments in favor of ending the failed war on drugs keep rolling in, this time from well-known conservative commentator George Will: Consider current policy concerning the only addictive intoxicant currently available as a consumer good — alcohol. America’s alcohol … Continue reading

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Quagmire Takes Center Stage at Summit of the Americas

Ahead of the upcoming Summit of the Americas, news stories are trickling out that a number of Central and South American Presidents are going to press for a discussion on the failed policy of drug prohibition. The Guardian actually has … Continue reading

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How the Drug Quagmire Harms Business

Forbes has posted a great piece by Eric E. Sterling on how the drug war hurts businesses and investors in addition to increasing public and private corruption: In the early 1980s, I helped Congress investigate how drug money laundering was … Continue reading

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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics: Obama and Medical Marijuana

For those hoping that the Obama Administration would usher in an era of change in the federal government,there is more disappointing news. Instead of “change,” the Obama Administration is continuing an anti-science policy of lies to the American people: U.S. … Continue reading

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Quagmire Hits Fast and Furious New Low

Over the last few days I’ve been reading up on Operation Fast and Furious, and while I’m still uncertain as to how federal agents thought this scheme would work, the one thing I am certain about is this tragic fiasco … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Marijuana never kicks down your door in the middle of the night. Marijuana never locks up sick and dying people, does not suppress medical research, does not peek in bedroom windows. Even if one takes every reefer madness allegation of … Continue reading

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Mexicans Protest the Quagmire

As cartel violence continues to sweep Mexico, the people are banding together to say enough: Last week thousands of people marched from Cuernavaca, the capital of Mexico’s Morelos state, to Mexico City’s Zocalo square to protest the violence that has … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Bono!

U2 is one of my favorite bands, and with Bono’s birthday so close to mine, it’s no wonder. To celebrate his birthday, I’ve re-written part of one of my favorite U2 songs with the drug war in mind: So this … Continue reading

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50 Quagmires

Would you believe me if I said the culprit in the Wisconsin debacle was the drug war? Of course not. You’d expect me to back an assertion like that with some facts. Well then, consider this: From 1987 to 1998 … Continue reading

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Oh, No They Didn’t!

Sometimes, capitalism can be funny. We’ve all come across some product that makes us snort in derision or leaves us laughing. This is one of those products: Dude… They really sell these.

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Alcohol More Deadly than AIDS

The World Health Organization released a disturbing report on drug use yesterday: Alcohol causes nearly 4 percent of deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence, the World Health Organization warned on Friday. Approximately 2.5 million people die each year … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“Prohibition didn’t work in the Garden of Eden. Adam ate the apple.” Vincente Fox

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Fired for Questioning the Quagmire

What happens when a Border Patrol agent, off the clock, suggests legalization would stop drug cartel violence? He gets fired. Bryan Gonzalez, along with the ACLU, has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit, as reuters reports: His suit alleges that the … Continue reading

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Shifting the Quagmire

Could it be that Pat Robertson’s remarks last month on the drug war have created a shift in Washington already? On Thursday, President Obama echoed Robertson that we should reconsider incarcerating “nonviolent, first time drug offenders,” as Raw Story reports: … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Call Them Liberals

In this installment of Please Don’t Call Them Liberals we have Charlie Rangel from 1991 defending a status quo that kills over 800 people per day: Instead of considering a radical alternative, such as Mr. Buckley proposed, Representative Rangel and … Continue reading

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Of Buckley and Quagmires

It was only a matter of time until I whipped out one of these videos. In fact, my first exposure to William F. Buckley came in high school from an old Firing Line episode where he debated the drug war … Continue reading

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Trampled By Quagmires

I realize this may come as a surprise to some, but during the Trampled By Turtles concert last Friday night, while we Twin Citians were getting our frozen bumpkin on, there were a few people in the crowd who partook … Continue reading

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The Drug War and Animal Cruelty

While the human toll in the US-Mexican drug war has swollen the prison populations in both countries, left scores of thousands dead, and is currently creating virtual ghost towns on the border, the New York Times reports on the disturbing … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Call Them Liberals

A startling new ally in the drug war debate today in Pat Robertson: In an episode of the “700 Club” Robertson said sending people to jail for a few ounces of pot is “costing us a fortune and it’s ruining … Continue reading

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Decriminalization by Default

An important new ally against the government’s war on drugs has been discovered in Montana – the Jury Pool. They took the law into their own hands, as it were, and made it clear they weren’t about to convict anybody … Continue reading

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Dutch Look to Cripple Tourism Industry

We all know why people travel to the Netherlands, and Amsterdam in particular, and it’s not because they’re windmill enthusiasts. But this constant source of revenue is about to be cut off by the Dutch government.  The BBC reports: The … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Call Them Liberals

The Obama administration is continuing to push for warrant-less searches, not just in the name of national security because of terrorism but also to escalate the socialist enterprise known as the drug war.  Courts drawing line against warrantless phone data … Continue reading

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Mexican Quagmire: Updated

Amid all the controversy and drama surrounding WikiLeaks, there is some compelling and disturbing information concerning the drug war in Mexico. The four year escalation has cost 30,000 Mexicans their lives, but this tragic toll hasn’t altered Mexican or American … Continue reading

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