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Dreams of Kindness, Love & Grace
Fin-De-Siecle, Like You Wouldn't Believe
A Call For A Cease Fire In The Ancient Forest Wars
Riffs On Bruce Cockburn's "Trouble With Normal"
(War on Drugs. . . .)
An Investment Opportunity!
And Good News for investors! Penitentiaries are being privatized! The latest emerging market exploited for profit by savvy corporations is the building and servicing of the new prisons required to keep up with demand for cells created by the supply of new prisoners.
We all know that corporations invest in dependable long-term profit ventures. And with the spector of millions of The WODs victims pencilled out as profits in the columns of corporate ledger sheets, the smart money rides with prison futures. Imagine the strength of your stock portfolio! Wall Street trades in the futures of the ruined lives of millions of Americas citizens, with the flow of prisoners guaranteed by The WOD!
But are we to invest in Americas future by such a betrayal of our citizens? No profit margin can justify the human cannon fodder, supplied by our nation generation after generation, to feed The WOD. This is a war directed against the civil population of our country during peacetime. It is obscene.
Protecting The Public What?
A Republican Governor Speaks Out
An unlikely voice in the anti-prohibition movement, Governor Johnson admits to using marijuana and cocaine in college. He has come out in favor of the federal government decriminalizing, and perhaps even legalizing, drugs.
A Judge Rules and the Swiss Reply
Judge Gray looked upon himself as a conservative Republican until he deserted The WOD a few years ago. Judge Grays alternative? Sell controlled doses of drugs with sterile needles and with it supply information about the danger of drug abuse and where help is available. He would maintain the price low enough so a black market wouldnt be worthwhile, and ban all advertising and sale to minors. Then he would put money saved from drug law enforcement into treating the possible, but not certain, increase in drug casualties. As of this writing, Judge Gray is still on the bench in Santa Ana, California, despite his treason.
In response, Clintons zealot drug czar Barry McCaffrey recently went to Capitol Hill to call proposals for decriminalization of drugs sheer buffoonery from an ivory tower. Obviously, General McCaffrey prefers the prison tower, as he shamelessly bids for job security, like so many other administrators in the vast bureaucracies of The WOD and the Prison/Industrial Complex.
Lest the reader think Judge Grays remedy is too out there for community standards of western civilization, consider that Switzerlands marijuana prohibition will soon be a thing of the past as that country follows a course very similar to what Gray proposes. Swiss officials have promised to decriminalize marijuana use and possession. A Swiss government study shows 27 percent of 15 to 35 year olds in the country use cannabis, a statistic not dissimilar to our own. The consumption of cannabis cant be avoided through prohibition, the Swiss Department of the Interior said in its proposal. We aim to adapt legislation to reality in the area of drug consumption. The proposal stated cannabis, does relatively little damage to health, and under certain circumstances can have a therapeutic effect. The Swiss government has also suggested criminal penalties be eliminated for the use of harder drugs such as cocaine as well. In June, voters approved legislation to legally provide heroin to addicts if they have a prescription. Drug use will remain illegal for children under 18 years of age.