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Sheldon archer
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12:51 AM on 04/14/2013
So is the supposed war on terror. All these wars are to scare the people into giving up all their rights for "security."
05:24 AM on 04/14/2013
I agree
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Sheldon archer
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06:39 AM on 04/14/2013
Fanned for agreeing and thinking
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gmikejake
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06:03 AM on 04/14/2013
Why? Your evidence, please.
Looks, to me, like one of the major purposes is simply $$$, a lot of it ... there are big profits, many jobs, in "assuring our security." And a whole lot of people get to carry guns and badges, too.
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Sheldon archer
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06:54 AM on 04/14/2013
There is more statistical chance of being killed by a falling coconut than a terrorist act. You don't think that the Patriot act and Homeland security are destroying the Constitution? You cannot see where drones are headed? The US creates many more terrorists than they can ever hope to destroy. You think that nowadays that you are "secure in your home?" "Innocent until proven guilty?" That you will receive a "speedy trial" and "reasonable bail"? You think that you have freedom to travel unhindered?
Try http://www.hermes-press.com/police_state.htm
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Sheldon archer
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07:13 PM on 04/15/2013
There are 240 million people living here so sure there is crime. Mostly in Jakarta the Capital. Personally I never go there. Still, it's not like Chicago or New York. On the other hand, even in Jakarta there is no stop and frisk, swat teams, kill lists or indefinite detention etc. here they don't huff and puff about freedom and democracy like the hypocritical US. Keep your insurance up to date
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Marciano Padilla
09:21 PM on 04/13/2013
The court of public opinion levels a life sentence on most felons ,if not all. To legalize drugs, even weed, to me is not solving anything. Drugs period make people blatantly irresponsible,depraved,and at the very least lazy. If anything corporate lobbies will not have any problems whatsoever in garnering support to grossly under employ people who use dope or severely compromise SSI or SSD as well as the entire spectrum of social services that will ,no doubt,be inundated with " recreational" users.That means to say : prisons are still going to be packed with the collateral effects of drug dependency. DUI's, larceny, assaults, Domestic Violence, and murder are related to drug and alcohol abuse.The matter of legal or illegal is really irrelovent and people are trivializing the issue of mass incarceration by attaching misdemeanor crimes to it.
03:14 AM on 04/14/2013
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Marciano

“Drugs period make people blatantly irresponsible,depraved,and at the very least lazy.”[SIC]

Sooo (for reasons of safety I'll state here I no longer use drugs.. cough).

I've been taking illegal drugs for the last (had to think about it) ~25 years, I am addicted to cannabis but in a nice way, I have stopped for the odd few months to prove I can but see no rational reason why I should – other than health reasons. Conversely I think I might have died of a heart attack by now without the wonderful de-stressor that is pot. That is my choice. As background, I choose not to drink although I used to in my youth.

I pay 50% SuperTax because I am a high earner.

I have been in employment continuously since leaving school at the age of 16.

I am the top performer in my team working for a somewhat famous business - which many millions of people consume the products of. I control a budge of many, many millions and have hundreds of staff.
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Marciano Padilla
12:41 PM on 04/15/2013
I'll go on the record and say weed is safer than alcohol to an alcoholic.and though there are plenty of people who do not become alcoholics- 3 out of 4-there is that 1%who can literally wreak havoc on themselves and the world at large. There is also that slippery slope of weed being a gateway drug to more destructive drugs that we all know is like a maelstrom of dysfunction.Obviously, your not in either category, and of course you're a person who exercises temperance and discretion,but there are countless others who don't or can't.
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Montaignelover
I think, therefore I vote 3rd party
08:53 AM on 04/14/2013
You are so very wrong and I'll explain why. First of all, 75% of the drug war budget goes to fight marijuana prohibition.

NONE of the negative effects you discuss- domestic violence, dui, larceny, are associated with the use of marijuana.

By legalizing marijuana and decriminalizing all other drugs, we would significantly reduce our national prison population, which is the highest in the world today.

Secondly, your assertion that drugs make people "blatantly irresonsible, depraved, and at the very least lazy" is not a serious argument to make. I've been smoking pot daily for 20 years- please explain how I have been irresponsible, depraved or lazy. Thanks.

Perhaps you are talking about really dangerous drugs like ALCOHOL. Are you for making alcohol illegal? If no, then you certainly cannot be against making pot legal- that would just be silly and hypocritical.
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Marciano Padilla
12:16 PM on 04/15/2013
75% goes to prohibiting a drug that is tentatively going to be legal by federal standards in the near future.Hence 25% is allocated to prohibiting the really destructive stuff. No wonder we have a mass incarceration problem-our priorities are screwed up. Anyway I mearly pointed out that the issue of mass incarceration has less to do with minor offenses like" reefer madness" and represents a more sinister agenda motivated by greed,racism, disenfranchisement, unemployability, and recidivism. Moreover, even if drugs were decriminalized there is still the residual dysfunction associated with drug abuse and dependancy that will undoubtedly be capitalized on by the corporate and, I dare say, public sectors.To me, this is inherently a greater evil.
02:44 PM on 04/13/2013
It is going to take popular mass movements to end this injustice. The Democrats have proved unwilling and unable to change the unequal enforcement of Drug Laws. Mandatory minimum sentences and mass incarceration do little to stop use or sale of illegal drugs but they are the favored choice of those who are beholden to the powerful prison lobby and those intent on labeling a portion of our society disposable. There is no justice in a "justice system" that allows for the punishment of Life without the possibility of parole for non-violent drug offenders. I agree its going to take ordinary citizens, as you say, to stand up to this injustice. Thank you for being a part of this much needed discourse.

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Marciano Padilla
12:20 PM on 04/13/2013
O pitiful sight of shame and dole. O fearful thought a convicts soul. Whitman
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Montaignelover
I think, therefore I vote 3rd party
08:56 AM on 04/14/2013
"To escape utterly from other's anchors and holds! To drive free! To love free! To dash reckless and dangerous! To court destruction with taunts and invitations!" -Whitmans' One Hour to Madness and Joy (my 2nd fave poem ever!)
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Marciano Padilla
01:16 PM on 04/14/2013
Awesome!
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colorsplash7
enough said
10:42 AM on 04/12/2013
ILLEGALDRUGS have long been white America's solution to slavery!!!Giant Circle that ends up imprisoning and enslaving non-white America
12:19 AM on 04/14/2013
Lack of moral fiber sends young lads to prison - not drugs.
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gmikejake
resist evil
06:07 AM on 04/14/2013
So they should "just say NO?"
How about our "war on drugs" providing the only living wage jobs available, however illegal, only with the "sex markets," for too many people living in poverty in areas of high, chronic unemployment, as drop-outs and functionally illiterate. Many, by the way, initially join gangs because of "peer pressure" and the need for "security."
08:11 AM on 04/14/2013
Prescription drugs are much more heavily abused than the illicit ones. Substance abuse has nothing to do with moral fiber.
01:05 AM on 04/12/2013
But if you end the war on the drugs, the prison sytem will fail....
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Mike Parent
LEAP member, NYPD, ret.
09:05 AM on 04/14/2013
I'm fine with that.
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tmcnamara1287
never give the heart outright
06:30 PM on 04/11/2013
I agree, selling weed federally would greatly improve our economy, reduce crime, and obliterate the cartels.
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12:49 AM on 04/14/2013
Well said. F&F
01:40 AM on 04/14/2013
Granted, but still have to secure those borders cause you know with tax it will still be a black market option.
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08:26 PM on 04/10/2013
This did not arrive in my email until today Wednesday, to late to watch. Did not see any option to sign on in support. Is this 'for members only'.
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roguez24
There are men who can think no deeper than a fact.
08:24 PM on 04/10/2013
Nothing but the truth, thats why we love you Russell.
04:09 PM on 04/10/2013
Yeah, let all the violent criminals back out on the street so they can resume their turf wars that manifest themselves with the use of extreme violence. It's working out great in Mexican towns left and right, huh? Yeah, let's decriminalize all of those sweet, thoughtful, non-hardened criminals. I'm sure society will benefit immensely. Whatever Russ. Let's release them all into YOUR neighborhood since you're so keen on giving them second, third and fourth chances.
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12:53 AM on 04/14/2013
Y-SOLiberal. You need to stop and reassess your mind set.
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AdamWest1313
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02:55 AM on 04/14/2013
The Drug War increases those violent crimes.
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Kelly L White
Gary Johnson. You have my vote if you run again.
04:08 PM on 04/10/2013
I'll help!
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William Barrett Travis
02:01 PM on 04/10/2013
There is no legitimate reason to take these illegal drugs in the first place.

Booze is a beverage, a food!

You cannot compare the two!
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05:12 PM on 04/10/2013
Get real. People drink it for the buzz, otherwise we would have 3.2 beer and Seagrams flavored soda pop. I prefer weed.
10:11 PM on 04/10/2013
Booze is NOT a food
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gmikejake
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06:09 AM on 04/14/2013
Beer and wine, in moderate, quantities are actually good for people ... nutritious, actually. And, FYI, anticipating the usual response, please know that I do not drink alcoholic beverages nor am I in the "business."
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Marciano Padilla
12:58 PM on 04/10/2013
This article really is not at all about the"war on drugs".It's about mass incarceration for profit fueled by racism and pure tyrranny.
11:50 AM on 04/10/2013
I saw the program"The house I live in."Mandatory Drug Sentencing has got to go.The Police should concentrate on real crime instead of going after people for drug possession(or suspicion of drug possession) or peaceful assembly as in legitimate protest.