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More news on the other war we’re losing

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Another major newspaper comes out with a damning article on the drug war.

From The Washington Post:

Thirty-six years and hundreds of billions of dollars after President Richard M. Nixon launched the war on drugs, consumers worldwide are taking more narcotics and criminals are making fatter profits than ever before. The syndicates that control narcotics production and distribution reap the profits from an annual turnover of $400 billion to $500 billion. And terrorist organizations such as the Taliban are using this money to expand their operations and buy ever more sophisticated weapons, threatening Western security.Another major newspaper comes out with a damning piece on the drug war.

Also, in the newest edition of Foreign Policy magazine, Ethan Nadelmann makes the case for legalization.

A “drugfree world,” which the United Nations describes as a realistic goal, is no more attainable than an “alcoholfree world”—and no one has talked about that with a straight face since the repeal of Prohibition in the United States in 1933. Yet futile rhetoric about winning a “war on drugs” persists, despite mountains of evidence documenting its moral and ideological bankruptcy.


John Edwards is still a coward on gay marriage

I wish Elizabeth was running instead of this duplicitous chump.


The NY vs LA argument might get more interesting

Following in the footsteps of Connecticut’s Legislature, New York State lawmakers are expected to approve legislation allowing the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

The NY Sun has more.


The Nexus of Politics and Terror

Keith Olbermann updates his excellent time line showing how this administration continues to use scare tactics to keep the populace in line.

Via YouTuber heathr234

Whenever I think about the lies and machinations of this group of hateful, greedy, war mongering jackals, I can’t help but be reminded of this guy.


It’s Judd Apatow’s world. We’re just living in it.

Knocked Up hits theaters tomorrow. If the trailer and the initial reviews are any indications, he’s got another hit on his hands.

The New York Times has an excellent profile of Apatow and some insight on what makes him tick.

Wired magazine lets Apatow and some of the stars of his various works give an oral history of his work, starting with Freaks and Geeks.


I blame hip-hop.


  • Over 2,200 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq since Mos Def stood on the deck of an aircraft carrier and declared that major combat operations had ended.
  • Three 6 Mafia has been pressured by their conservative Christian base to give less and less money to groups that distribute condoms in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Jay-Z disenfranchised thousands of black voters in Florida in 2000, and again in Ohio in 2004.
  • MF Doom wears a mask because he’s the one kidnapping all these little white girls.
  • Talib Kweli failed to take action to protect the citizens of New Orleans even though he had been warned “of breached levees, massive flooding, and major losses of life and property.”
  • Kanye West arrested 800,000 people in 2005 on charges related to marijuana, a substance proven to be significantly less harmful to society than both alcohol and tobacco.
  • During the first three years of the Diddy administration, the unemployment rate increased by one-third, 2.2 million jobs were lost, and the country went from a $281 billion surplus to a $521 billion deficit.
  • Just Say No was Biz Markie’s idea.
  • Little Brother brought about mad cow disease and a previously unseen strain of E. coli by feeding corn and the remains of other animals to cows.
  • Bow Wow is the reason the United States has the second worst newborn mortality rate in the developed world.
  • Thanks to Lil’ Wayne, the United States has 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated population.
  • Speech from Arrested Development canceled Arrested Development.

Hitchens v Sharpton

Let’s get it on! (c) Mills Lane


Those fanatical atheists

Columnist Dan Gardner writes a thoughtful, cogent rebuttal to the throngs of people who have taken to attacking the “new atheists” like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens.

Via The Ottawa Citizen

Then there’s the problem on the other side — among the atheists such as Richard Dawkins who have been labelled “fanatics.” Now, it is absolutely true that Dawkins’ tone is often as charming as fingernails dragged slowly down a chalkboard. But just what is the core of Dawkins’ radical message?

Well, it goes something like this: If you claim that something is true, I will examine the evidence which supports your claim; if you have no evidence, I will not accept that what you say is true and I will think you a foolish and gullible person for believing it so.

That’s it. That’s the whole, crazy, fanatical package.

Crazy, huh?


If you watch football, you must read this article.

When I think about former pro-bowler and fellow Wake Forest alum Mike McCrary, I always remember the sweet Mustang 2.0 that he drove around campus. That thing was cherry red, with a full spoiler kit. Combine that with the fact that he was a tall, muscular football player and you know that this guy was really living the life during his college years. McCrary surprised everybody by going on to be a star defensive end for the Baltimore Ravens when they had one of the most feared defenses in the history of the league.

Now, he can barely walk.

Via The Baltimore Sun

His knees ache with pain so intense that he says he is unable to stand for more than a few minutes.

“I look silly at cocktail parties. I’m the only one sitting down,” said former Ravens defensive end Michael McCrary.

He is 36 years old.

He has taken a blizzard of medications for chronic pain and depression, casually rattling off the names as if they were afternoon snacks.

“I’ve been on Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin, oxycodone, three different psychiatric medicines,” he said. “I had a fentanyl patch; that’s like heroin. I’m on methadone now.

“You know when people said it was crazy, all that stuff that Anna Nicole [Smith] was taking? Man, that’s the same stuff I take.”

I’m 34. I couldn’t imagine facing the prospect of getting two knee replacements in a couple of years. But for a few million dollars a year…I would have done the same thing.


Driving (to the hoop) while black

Surprise, surprise. Racial profiling exists on the basketball court.

Via The New York Times

“An academic study of the National Basketball Association, whose playoffs continue tonight, suggests that a racial bias found in other parts of American society has existed on the basketball court as well.

A coming paper by a University of Pennsylvania professor and a Cornell University graduate student says that, during the 13 seasons from 1991 through 2004, white referees called fouls at a greater rate against black players than against white players.”

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