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Turning Left.  The Other Right. (August 12, 2019)

Posted in Affirmative Action, Constitution, Drugs, Freedom / Liberty, Gay Politics, Gender, Sanders, Tea Party, Trumpi on August 12, 2019 by

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K          “They say the country’s growing tolerance for LGBT rights and increasing decriminalization of marijuana are signals that the country is turning to the left.”

J          “Or turning to the right.  The other left.  Tolerating those who reveal LGBT inclinations is fundamentally a conservative idea to respect individual choice even if the individual does not make the choice.  Decriminalizing marijuana respects the fundamental liberty interest of every citizen to be free of government direction and tyranny.”

K          “So the country is turning to the other left.”

J          “Right.  The other left is the right.  Many folks find it right to turn left to turn right.”

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[See the e-commentary at “The Big Decision (December 13, 2010)”, “Less Government Regulation Series:  Love and Marriage (May 19, 2008)”, “Less Government Regulation Series:  Drugs (March 2, 2009)”, “A Second Party:  Trump or Sanders? (March 14, 2016)”, “Tea Party And Innocence Project Form ‘Liberty Alliance’ (September 9, 2013)”, “Constitutional Remedies With An Expiration Date? Affirmative Action and Marriage Neutrality. Again. (December 10, 2012)” and “On Freedom and Liberty (May 24, 2010)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Imagine using turn signals

So politics is a circle not a line or . . . a trapezoid with two parallel bases not a continuum?

Forfeiting Forfeiture (March 4, 2019)

Posted in Constitution, Drugs, Eighth Amendment, Forfeiture, Fourteenth Amendment, Kleptocracy, Supreme Court on March 4, 2019 by

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K          “In one case, the police had absolutely no interest in arresting the criminal activity and instead focused all their efforts on stealing an apartment building from a widow on the grounds that she should have known that there was drug activity in an apartment.  The widow alerted the police because of concerns that there appeared to be drug activity in some apartment.  The police alleged that privacy concerns purportedly prevented them from sharing any information that would have allowed her to identify and evict the allegedly offending tenant.  The police pulled off the scam and used the forfeiture laws to steal and sell the apartment building for their own profit.  Unreal.”

J          “How about a memorandum of understanding among multiple police agencies providing that the first member of a department to touch the airplane carrying the drugs would get the airplane in the forfeiture action.  When the word went out over the radio to make the bust, each department dispatched its fastest sprinter to fly across the tarmac to make first contact with the aircraft.  Surreal.”

K          “When you dwell in a Kleptocracy, you should expect kleptocratic behavior at every level.  Real.”

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K          “The people really did win.”

J          “The government really did not lose.”

K          “The Constitution really did win.”

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[See “Supreme Court Limits Police Power to Seize Private Property” in “The New York Times” by Adam Liptak and Shaila Dewan dated February 20, 2019.]   

[See the e-commentary at “Police Police (November 24, 2014)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Police Police  [But do not stick on your bumper!]        

Support your local police  [Aspirational!]

Happy International Women’s Day

The First Look At The “Second Political Party” (January 3, 2011)

Posted in Abortion, Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Drugs, Economics, Elections, Gay Politics, Government Regulation, Kleptocracy, Political Parties, Politics, Society on January 3, 2011 by

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R         “I’ve been shut out by the venal and feral nut cases in my party.”

D         “I’ve been sold out by the effete and craven fruits in my party.”

R         “My team is fraudulent; yours is feckless.”

D         “Your team markets fear; mine peddles hope.  No one addresses problems or provides answers.”

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D         “Your team caters to the very rich; you’re not very rich.”

R         “But I can be.”

D         “Not any longer.  They let you nourish that delusion to string you along.”

R         “But I could have been.”

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R         “We need a third party.”

D         “We already have a third party, but it is a rabid and toxic mix of nuts and fruits.  We need a fourth party.”

R         “At core, both parties are owned hook, line and over the barrel by the same corporate and financial interests.  The Repubocrats and the Demolicans.  Maybe we need a second party.”

D         “Our country has transformed from a democracy to a kleptocracy.  Each party protects and serves the kleptocrats and banksters who keep the public diverted and entertained with frivolous diversions and entertainments.”

R         “The Supreme Court decision in Citizens United was designed to promote the interests of my party and also has doomed the prospect of any other party emerging in America.”

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D         “We need less government involvement in our personal lives.  No government definition of marriage.  No government regulation of abortion.  No government criminalization of marijuana.”

R         “We need government to dictate the definition of marriage.  It is what I say it is, between a man and a woman.  We need government to invade each bedroom and demand delivery of every conceivable baby.  If the little tyke steps out of line, we need capital punishment.  Remember that life begins at conception and ends at birth.  We need government to imprison people for smoking marijuana when it is still legal to drink all the alcohol they want.”

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D         “So now once again what are the essential bedrock policies of the ‘Second Political Party’?”

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Bumper sticker of the week:

TPTB America has abandoned the Middle Class; what is interesting to watch is how the Middle Class abandons TPTB America.

Less Government Regulation Series: Drugs (March 2, 2009)

Posted in Crime/Punishment, Drugs, Less Government Regulation Series on March 2, 2009 by

“Can any policy, however high-minded, be moral if it leads to widespread corruption, imprisons so many, has so racist an effect, destroys our inner cities, wreaks havoc on misguided and vulnerable individuals and brings death and destruction to foreign countries.”

Milton Friedman, Recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics

“Eighty-five million Americans have experimented with illegal drugs.  Since the object of criminal law is to detect and punish the wrongdoer, should we reason that 85 million of us should have spent time in jail.”

William F. Buckley, Jr., Founder of the magazine “National Review”

One in every hundred American citizens is now in prison.  The War on Drugs is really the War on the Populace.  Once again, because victory is impossible, declare victory and call off the war.

Bumper sticker of the week:

There oughta not be a law

The Supreme Court On Drugs (June 25, 2007)

Posted in Drugs, Law, Society, Supreme Court on June 25, 2007 by

“This is your Supreme Court.  This is your Supreme Court on Drugs.”  In Morse v. Frederick, 551 U.S. ___ (2007), some members of the Supreme Court revealed that they are on drugs.  The facts in the case are inane.  An undisputed adult (over 18 years of age) in Juneau, Alaska raised a vacuous sign to attract attention to him while some parade came through town.  How distinctly American.  DON’T TREaD ON ME or BONG HiTS FOR JESUS or something like that.  What it says isn’t exactly clear.  The Jesus reference must mean that it is a protected religious statement.  “Big whoop,” was the typical reaction of most of the kids.  The school principal reacted by over-reacting.  Let the motivated lad experience his 15 seconds (or 1.5 seconds) of fame.  Go on with life.

Not in America.  Roberts is the fellow who employed a Republican baseball analogy when he bamboozled the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing.  He talked about playing the role of an umpire and neutrally calling balls and strikes.  He lied.  In another decision issued today that involves the rights of the wealthy to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections, Umpire John announced that when the “First Amendment is implicated, the tie goes to the speaker,” Federal Election Comm’n v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc., 551 U.S. ___ (2007) (slip op., at 21) and that “when it comes to defining what speech qualifies as the functional equivalent of express advocacy…we give the benefit of the doubt to speech, not censorship.”  ( Id. at 29).  The tie, if it was even close, should have gone to the speaker in Juneau.  Thomas makes some compelling statements about the lack of order, respect and discipline in schools today, but the observations have nothing to do with the case.

The Court expresses solicitude for the kids and their vulnerable adolescent sensitivities.  What some of the Supremes are unable to fathom let alone even comprehend is that kids in their teens are especially sensitive to hypocrisy and dishonesty and condescension and arrogance in adults.  Hypocrisy and dishonesty are among the very traits that define adulthood in America.  The case allowed a few Justices with far too few life experiences to write essays revealing their fears and demons and anxieties.  Dope is not good; booze is far, far, far worse.  Don’t confuse the issues.  It was a simple First Amendment case.  Don’t be hypocritical and dishonest and condescending and arrogant.  You are not paid by the word.  The Ninth Circuit decision could have been upheld in a few paragraphs.  The principal should have been afforded qualified immunity under the circumstances; running a school is a thankless task.  The Court’s new First Amendment test is two-fold:  1) who is making the expression and 2) what is being expressed.  That is not what the Founding Fathers intended.

Bumper sticker of the week:

Celebrate the right to give offense

Meth and Marijuana (December 11, 2006)

Posted in Drugs on December 11, 2006 by

The words “meth” and “marijuana” should not be used in the same sentence.  Too many politicians are treating them as one menace.  Meth is evil.  Meth is poison.  Meth is the devil incarnate.  No joke; no irony.  Nasty stuff.  

Meth is even more addictive and destructive than coffin nails (cigarettes).  The drug consumes the soul and contorts the body.  Even Trout Unlimited is involved because of the grave consequences to kids and brown trout from production and distribution of the stuff in home-made labs. 

Booze makes one violent.  When a cop (constable on patrol) responds to a dv (domestic violence) call, he/she encounters a male, often clad in undergarments, quaffing booze and releasing demons.

Marijuana tends to make one passive.  When a police officer responds to a domestic disturbance call involving loud music, they usually encounter some kids peacefully sitting on a couch listening to terrible music at a deafening volume.  Or to a loud tv show.  There may be a tv, but there is no dv.  Okay, they are high.  The kids.  Nobody really gets hurt, except one’s sensibilities and ear drums.  Marijuana may not be the best thing, but it is not the worst thing.           

A libertarian might say that it is an individual choice, right or wrong.  The danger with Meth is that the decision to use it is often the last act of free will.  After that there are no real choices, just a consuming desire to consume more Meth and thus one’s body and soul.  Meth is the hand maiden of poverty.  Attack meth with a continuum of policy responses from education to prevention to detention to incarceration to _______tion to education.  Strike fear in possible users and also offer them hope and alternatives.  Attacking poverty helps.  However, at the same time, decriminalize marijuana.  Stay focused on the real problem.

(Next week – another national addiction)