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Episodes that plague us due to heavy-handed absolutist drug prohibition and the black market it has fostered.

Wicked Men, Setting Traps, Cages Full, Rich and Powerful, Not Defending Our Rights

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Thu, Aug 5, 2010 - 5:55 pm
Attributed to: 
God, Jeremiah (NIV)

PBS News Hour, RE: Prohibition Violence in Mexico

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Fri, Jul 30, 2010 - 1:29 am

I must apologize again, I really haven't been posting all the letters I write here. In any case, here is my latest to the PBS News Hour: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/lette...

I am still amazed you all continue to ignore Walter McKay, Mexico City, DF, Mexico, International Police Specialist! http://wmckay.blogspot.com/

SUBJECT-MATTER EXPERT!!!

If you want to interview a journalist, as you all continue to do on this issue, then I suggest Charles Bowden who has a recent piece in the Nation: http://www.TheNation.com/article/...

Pastor Ayers Updates

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Thu, Jul 22, 2010 - 3:45 am

Some more news about Pastor Ayers. There's a cynical saying that goes, "no good deed goes unpunished." In case you are not familiar with Jonathan Ayer's story, it goes something like this.

The Yeast of the Pharisees

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Tue, Jul 13, 2010 - 6:20 pm

The War on Drugs is not only a failure, but it has become a self-perpetuating, constantly expanding policy disaster.


Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

Then they understood that he was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread, but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Attributed to: 
Jack A. Cole, Jesus

False Prophets of Prohibition

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Sun, Jul 11, 2010 - 5:18 pm

Background

In the Bible you can read all sorts of stuff about False Prophets, mostly in the Old Testament. In short, God didn't talk to them, but they went around saying, "God told me to tell you ____________." Or they went around making pronouncements of what would happen in the future, and perhaps why. Or they would say an event happened because of some reason, and they would point to God as having caused it for ____________ reason.

Since many people may not be familiar with the concept of False Prophets, let's compare them to another group which many people are familiar with.

Yes-Men

False Prophets are similar to, but not exactly like, today's "Yes-Men." As you may know, Yes-Men are people who kiss butt, pander, they claim their masters do no wrong, they lavish praise on their overlord(s) and deride all opposition, no matter what the facts are. In short, they've sold their souls to beings other than the one true God.

Simple Comparison: Yes-Men & False Prophets

Facts don't matter to Yes-Men or False Prophets. If the facts seem to line up with what they say, then they tout them. If the facts do not line up with what they say, the facts are ignored, misrepresented, or bent in some crooked way. Yes-Men told the emperor his clothing of moonbeams was the finest in all creation, ignoring the fact the emperor was strutting stark naked for all to see; all of them being hoodwinked by a lie they knew was a lie, but were too cowardly to acknowledge.

This concept, and modified title, is used quite effectively as the basis of another book which deals specifically with marijuana prohibition.

There is not a complete overlap between Yes-Men and False Prophets. Yes-Men, for the most part, don't claim to speak for God. False Prophets, on the other hand, have little problem going around telling people they speak for God, or implying it. However, not all False Prophets make overt statements about speaking for God. They go around making proclamations about what the future holds, and generally, make pronouncements as to why events happened the way they did, or will happen the way they do.

False Prophets of Prohibition

The False Prophets of Prohibition are nearly identical to the False Prophets of ages gone by. False Prophets of Prohibition say things like "we can have a drug free America," and "we should have the goal of a drug free world."

AP Reports on the Failures of the Evil Religion of Drug Prohibition

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Tue, May 25, 2010 - 2:58 am

AP IMPACT: US drug war has met none of its goals

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=10642775
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=10637919
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37134751/ns/us_news-security/
http://www.Google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iLZNYd6C9SGpa2oeiZIqT-...

This article is a nice long exposé on the current state of the Drug War. It opens, "after 40 years, the United States' war on drugs has cost $1 trillion and hundreds of thousands of lives…" So sad.

It doesn't matter
Jesus said, "be merciful,"
because they only
apply that to themselves;
they judge you based
on another saying
of Jesus, "be perfect,"
and if you're not what
they consider perfect, then
they adjudicate themselves
to beat the hell out of you,
drive you bankrupt,
incarcerate you,
or kill you,
all with impunity.

— Thinking CAP

However, some people might argue drug prohibition has achieved some of it's goals,

  • it's put a ton of black people in prison,
  • (un)civil forfeiture laws gobbled up people's private property and deposited it all in the hands of the state,
  • it's ensured the Thug Addicts and the Holier-Than-Thou-Congregation can have the pleasure-centers of their brains stimulated through violence, killing, and self-righteous snobbery,
  • it's allowed sick minds to completely ignore our Founding Documents and spy on everyone at will,
  • it's shoved aside the notion of treating your neighbors like you'd like yourself treated, and replaced it with a government-enforced, raging, hatchet-carrying Carry Nation nanny-extreme.
  • it's exploded the size of government, (beyond unsustainable levels, with "high paying" jobs which do not add value to society, they create and battle "bad guys" to satiate their Thug Addictions and Holier-Than-Thou attitudes; they destroy many things of value in the process and only compound the guarantee of even more violence and death the future, which they use to justify hiring booms and cracking down harder: the vicious cycle),
  • it's ensuring the U.S. government borrows insane amounts of money from foreign nations which can't be paid off, and will probably default on.
  • and more.

Ok enough editorializing for now, let's take a look at some quotes:

Evil Thug Addicts Firebomb Medical Marijuana Stores in Montana

Submitted by Thinking CAP on Tue, May 11, 2010 - 5:28 pm

Medical marijuana stores firebombed in Montana

http://www.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/05/...

The southern Montana city's dispensaries legally provide marijuana to medical patients who use it for maladies from glaucoma to nausea to lack of appetite. In the latest incidents, the phrase "Not in our town" was spray-painted on the businesses, police say.

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