Category Archives: Drugs

Oops, I Did It Again

Bring ‘em on: Former presidential candidate Rick Perry will be the guest speaker for the Polk County Republicans’ fall dinner, organizers say. “The Polk County GOP is very excited about hosting Governor Rick Perry for his first appearance in Iowa … Continue reading

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Medicare And Medicaid Continue To Do A Better Job Controlling Costs Than Private Health Insurers

 New article in the New England Journal of Medicine: Over the past decade, spending growth per enrollee slowed in Medicare and Medicaid, and per-enrollee growth rates in the next decade are projected to be very close to the expected growth … Continue reading

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The Christie Enigma

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie challenges Republican (and, all too often, Democratic) orthodoxy on drugs: “The war on drugs, while well-intentioned, has been a failure,” Christie said Monday during a speech at The Brookings Institution. “We’re warehousing addicted people everyday … Continue reading

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Although Of Course You End Up Giving Yourself Away

David Foster Wallace was profiled in Details magazine in 1995. Two intriguing details, among others: Mary Karr, who last year became something of a famous writer herself with the publication of her grim childhood memoir The Liar’s Club, was Wallace’s snorkel … Continue reading

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Hippie Hating

In the comments to a prior post, there was a discussion regarding the composition of the Republican’s constituency now that they’ve established themselves as the party of “No Taxes (unless it’s a tax on the poor and middle class)”.  It … Continue reading

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America’s War in Mexico

For those who still think that winning the “War on Drugs” is a matter of devoting more police and more money to the effort, the situation in Mexico sure must be tough to explain: The “war” is going poorly. Mexico’s … Continue reading

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Reefer Madness

According to the FBI, last year 750,000 americans were arrested for the “crime” of possessing marijuana.  That’s 750,000 times that this country’s criminal justice system wasted time and money going after people who just wanted to smoke some pot.  That’s … Continue reading

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If you’re gonna commit a crime, do it in Venezuela

That seems to be the take away from the NY Times story about Venezuela’s San Antonio prison: Bikini-clad female visitors frolic under the Caribbean sun in an outdoor pool. Marijuana smoke flavors the air. Reggaetón booms from a club filled … Continue reading

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The Times They are a Changin

The food pyramid is now a food plate.  The major change seems to be the shrinking of the meat/protein portion, the growth in the fruit/vegetables and the alienation of dairy into its own separate satellite plate.  Meat eaters beware, the … Continue reading

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Reverse Rapture

So it turns out all the good people aren’t ascending to heaven afterall.  Instead 32,000 sinners are coming back to earth: The Supreme Court ordered California on Monday to release tens of thousands of its prisoners to relieve overcrowding, saying … Continue reading

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The One Way Dope Can Ruin Your Life

If you get caught with it a fourth time in Louisiana, like Cornell Hood II did: Hood moved from eastern New Orleans to the Slidell area after he admitted to separate charges of distribution of marijuana and possession with intent … Continue reading

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I’m shocked, shocked to find entrapment going on here.

Via the Stranger, a wonderful story on efficient use of law enforcement: A lot of these parties happened because Rick’s good friend Bryan T. Owens had money and connections. Not everyone liked Bryan, but because he was Rick’s good friend … Continue reading

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Leave a pretty corpse

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. That’s bad. Smoking may double your risk of having a stroke.  That’s really bad. And according to a new study, drinking diet soda regularly may increase your risk of … Continue reading

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File under “If roles were reversed”

Can you imagine what kind of bullshit Arizona would pass if the U.S. could prove Mexico was purposefully allowing guns to get smuggled into the US so they could track them?  Especially if the guns were later proven to have … Continue reading

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