Ianacheck: One could make many of the same arguments regarding an overhaul of the ridiculous war on drug (USERS) as well, if one were to do some simple thought experiments and get informed by sources other than what our govt crams down our throats from toddler onwards...
January 14, 2014 at 2:56 p.m.
And let's not forget the nepotism/cronyism that allows one's private practice attourney who also happens to be a sitting judge to hear cases in his court that involve private clients while not reclusing himself from the bench over a conflict of interest. Trust me, I've been there, had the course, and bought the union (sit in jail) card that goes with these cases...
If someone out there that is legally versed would care to respond to me as to what I can do to fight this type of thing, I would be forever indebted.
January 14, 2014 at 2:43 p.m.
Stateline: Statistics prove that EVERY extended family unit in America has a drug abuse problem, whether thru prescription abuse or illicit drugs. That;s kinda a fact, With your sense of self-righteous logic (I keep forgetting you are holier than us)I would NEVER expect you to believe that, but it is in plain black and white in many issues of JAMA, but oh, that's just propaganda. Keep on living in your fools paradise and keep on ponying up them them dollars to warehouse your friends and neighbors (and relatives)...
January 11, 2014 at 2:34 p.m.
The more people who bother to become educated on the war on drugs (which our very own self-same govenrment created), the more people who will realize what a money sham it is. It is a blatant failure, a money grab making the rich richer and controling and warehousing those who cannot afford to buy their consequences. Do your research instead of just assuming the truth as spoon-fed to you by the government.
Why are we the only progressive country that on any given day can make money (thru the stock market) based on how many bodies are in a jail cell on any given day? If that doesn't speak volumes, then keep wallowing in ignorance...
January 11, 2014 at 2:21 p.m.
While slightly off topic, having personal experience with local/national homeless advocacy organizations, both as a client and a worker, I MUST say that they are run by the most morally bankrupt, hypocrical individuals I have ever met, The worst kind of hypocrite is one who does it In the name of god. This seems toi be the case in most, if ot all, of these organizations. They do not have to open their books on the donations received (clothing, food, non-fiscal donations, et all) and the truly needy are the ones who get the absolute bottom of the barrel of the donations,
Counterpoints anyone? Especially people who can prove my assertions wrong. Ever go to the clothes banks that are run by these organizations? The Admins who run them either turn a blind eye to what goes on or are part and parcel of the corruption running rampart thru them,]... I await logical, reasonable, provable responses.
And this is not just in the valley, but in the organizations I have experiences in Akron, Cleveland, Florida, Alabama, New York, NJ. PLEASE prove me wrong!
January 11, 2014 at 2:09 p.m.
To those who dispute whitehawkes assertions, how much longer are you going to be willing to keep financing this futile war with more and more taxes? All the pols need to do anymore is say war on drugs or terror and the taxpayers give more and more with their blinders on.
Whitehawk, can you provide the organization made of ex-cops, judges, DAs, etc, who espouse your same basic view (and mine)?
January 5, 2014 at 2:36 p.m.
Stateline et al, denial isn't just a river. Quit living it and admit you are either an addict, alcoholic, or someone in your immediate family is. The WOD is a massive failure. Drug use/abuse is a medical and social issue, our govt makes it a criminal one. EVERY single problem tied to drug use is caused by our govt's draconian drug laws. Pull your head out, do some real research and find out what addiction is about. It is treatable and cureable. The solution is overhauling the laws, but there is WAY too much profit in the warehousing of human beings, the treatment industry that sprung up overnite, the corruption in the legal system for a meaningful change to occur. How much of the illegal drug market do you think is fueled and supplied by our cops, just as one example? You sound very naïve about things you try to sound informed about. Look at your own glass house.
December 12, 2013 at 12:26 p.m.
Gee, the staff and administrators must not have enough take-home pay to buy everything their families want. I've been in and out of shelters for a while, and the theft of donations intended for the residents and other poor, especially the nice, new things, more than not wind up in the trunks of the people who are working there. It's sad, but I know it from experience, and it's not just a few, those places are rife with this kind of crap. Sharon preacherman said it right: "You have to give to the greedy to get to the needy". Ain't it the truth?
I just wish they would make anyone working in a shelter-type program take a few classes in ethics, morality, and conflict of interest sujects. Then a few outling the criminal codes for theft, etc.
December 8, 2013 at 3:18 p.m.
"Police had blocked cell-phone service after the bombings"??? Am I reading this correctly???? Are we in China? WTF? That's blatant infringement on freedom of speech, as well as a great way to keep friends and family from contacting loved ones in the area to insure they are ok.
What a great tool when the govt decides to slaughter some people or has some sort of "accident" affecting many to prevent us citizens from spreading the word. Damn. And I bet NO ONE gives a damn, either.
December 8, 2013 at 3:06 p.m.
All the negative no-sympathy idiots are probably closet addicts or alcoholics themselves. If not, someone they love and care about is. Statistical fact.
Probably was their mommy or daddy that loved the needle more than AMIIC. I know not one person that woke up saying "I'm gonna be a junkie and destroy everything around me and throw away all my families' love and trust in me".
Their hardcore attitudes display many psychological characteristics typical of a user: self-hatred, projection, replacement. I could go on, but I think the folks that know what it's like to see someone you love lose to an addiction understand where I was going with this.
And all of it is sad because the only thing causing all the crimes and deaths around drugs are directly caused by our govts laws and stance on drugs and their "war" on it. What movie was it where the politico said in his speech "how can you fight a war when the enemy is your own family" or something very similar as his daughter was an addict?
December 6, 2013 at 3:17 p.m.