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Ohioan4truth
An Average, Ordinary Guy - Joe Walsh
09:39 AM on 08/01/2010
I see no change on the horizon concerning this issue that has plagued society for far too long!

Off to another thread to post my "musings" about other subject matters I take umbrage of.....
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BillyClub
09:24 AM on 08/01/2010
Lamar Smith is a political dinosaur. Also, he doesn't have a sense of humor. Texas
deserves better representation in the Congress than Smith. His solution to every
social problem is to lock them up and throw the key away. He's failed to notice
that his ideas don't work. Of course, with respect to corporate criminals, good
old boy Lamar prefers a different approach, like a slap on the wrist.
Enron comes to my mind.
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Ohioan4truth
An Average, Ordinary Guy - Joe Walsh
08:40 AM on 08/01/2010
The two biggest "social" programs we have here in the U.S., are the military and prisons! Three "squares" and a cot. Sent to places where you'd rather not be. Uniforms, foot attire and
toilet paper provided. More "authority" to tell you where to stand, walk, sit, eat, sleep than you can shake a stick at! The two most "dictatorial" that can exist within a "democracy" ever imagined!

And the two MOST expensive per inmate/soldier, too! It's been estimated that it's costs, on average, $49,000.00 to house an inmate for a year. Why, that's a GOOD paying job out here in the private sector!

I have "heard" on the news lately that our government "invest" over a $1,000,000.00 per combat solider placed in the field of battle!

What could we do with all that money OTHER than watching all our "tax dollars" go down these two "rabbit holes"?

For your perusal:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnGj9sKfLls&feature=fvw
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Ohioan4truth
An Average, Ordinary Guy - Joe Walsh
08:43 AM on 08/01/2010
Oh heckydarn......my "bane"....correction to comment...."two of the most "dictatorial" SYSTEMS...I meant to say.

Forgive me fellow posters.
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Gaylord P Farqua
Herb Gardner Amateur Chef, Historian and Political
08:28 AM on 08/01/2010
If we could roll on to decriminalizing pot and releasing all the nonviolent pot related inmates the savings in prison costs would be significant. Then putting American ingenuity to work and producing a taxable quality pot product for legal consumption at a price that drives the Mexican crap off the market. This new industry could be a real contribution to reducing the deficit. The public debt deficit that is, and not the brain deficit that continues to ignore that pot is here to stay and keeping it illegal and not controlled has guaranteed over flowing prisons and more crime
07:50 AM on 08/01/2010
Lamar's state held guy for 27 years for no reason not a peep out of this clown meanwhile,
Methamphetamine ravages communities in TX at alarming rates however these communities are not minority unless you include poor, and amazing good ole Lamar is silent for stiff penalties for meth-addiction.
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okim5150
I only drink to make you more interesting
08:42 AM on 08/01/2010
Lamar's State held how many innocent men for how long?

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90172724
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okim5150
I only drink to make you more interesting
08:48 AM on 08/01/2010
Wait, there's more:

To date, Texas has issued 42 exonerations, 35 of them since 2001. Though factors such as scientific advancements in DNA testing

http://standdown.typepad.com/weblog/dna/
07:29 AM on 08/01/2010
Look, if you want to lock up young black men, just do it, and quit using excuses like crack. Basically, this sentencing disparity is just a racist way to confine huge swathes of black people. Alcohol kills thousands upon thousands, but you dont see a sentencing difference betweeen Jim Beam drinkers and Cutty Sark. This is a racist law, and anyone who supports it is just using an excuse to be covertly racist,
06:32 PM on 08/02/2010
No,Sir, this law was urged by black leaders in DC alarmed at what crack was doing to their communites. The Clinton adminstration also defnded the law before the Senate Judiiary subcommittee on crime.

On June 22nd, 1995, the Judiciary Committee's Crime Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the Sentencing Commission's recommended changes to the sentencing guidelines that would equalize penalties for similar quantities of crack and powder cocaine.

Many of the hearing witnesses, including members of the Sentencing Commission, acknowledged important differences between crack and powder cocaine: crack is more addictive than powder cocaine; it accounts for more emergency room visits; it is most popular among juveniles; it has a greater likelihood of being associated with violence; and crack dealers have more extensive criminal records than other drug dealers and tend to use young people to distribute the drug at a greater rate. In short, the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates significant distinctions between crack and powder cocaine.

The Clinton Administration expressed its opposition to the Commission's proposal to reduce the penalties for crack cocaine trafficking offenses.

This paranoid nonsense about a conspiracy to jail black men is unbecoming to someone as inlelligent as I believe you are-its inconsistent with the facts,


This did not come from people who hate balcks, it came from the City of DC officials and the Clinton administration.
05:26 AM on 08/01/2010
If he truly believed this he could always push to close the disparity by greatly increasing the penalty for powder cocaine.
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Ohioan4truth
An Average, Ordinary Guy - Joe Walsh
08:45 AM on 08/01/2010
And if there were to be a law against s/t/u/p/i/d/i/t/y, he would be LQQking at a "life" sentence!
06:42 PM on 08/02/2010
"If he truly believed this he could always push to close the disparity by greatly increasing the penalty for powder cocaine. "
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I would be ok with that.
02:13 AM on 08/01/2010
"We should worry more about the victims than about the criminals."

Wait.. which are which? I want to buy and do drugs. Am I a victim now?

For Christ's sake: I want my country back.
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okim5150
I only drink to make you more interesting
08:49 AM on 08/01/2010
You had a country?
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Ohioan4truth
An Average, Ordinary Guy - Joe Walsh
09:36 AM on 08/01/2010
Eviction notices will be sent out to us after the November elections.
06:44 PM on 08/02/2010
" want to buy and do drugs. Am I a victim now?"
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Lol! It seems many posting on this board actually belivee that.
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OscarthePug
01:42 AM on 08/01/2010
Congressman Smith doesn't have a clue what he is talking about. Like most ultra-conservatives, he takes a "family values" unworkable approach to the drug problem in this country.

It is impossible for those like Lamar Smith to begin to understand that substance abuse, cocaine and heroin use in particular, is a medical problem that needs to be addressed in a medical fashion like any disease.

Once our "holier than thou" politicians take a realistic position that drug use can only be fought by reducing and controlling the "demand side" of the equation rather than wasting billions of dollars and resources fighting the "supply side," the problem will never be solved adequately.

Congressman Smith is a dinosaur with no concept of the proper penalties that should be imposed on those convicted of cocaine crimes. If he really was sincere in his interest, he would try to understand the social differences between the two forms and why the more affluent are more prone to one form and the less affluent to the other. It has to do with the economics of affordability.

Let's reject the nonsense from people like Congressman Smith. Let's legalize and control the use of less harmful substances like marijuana. Let's treat and teach those who are addicted to "hard" substances, including prescription drugs. It's the only effective way to address the problem.

Penalties for use and possession are not the answer.
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01:05 AM on 08/01/2010
Never trust Southern people named Lamar.
12:32 AM on 08/01/2010
Cocaine does not harm white communities. Crack harms black communities.
12:27 AM on 08/01/2010
I agree with the representative here. Crack devastated African American communities. It did little to white communities. Make it damn near punishable upon death
01:07 AM on 08/01/2010
"Crack devastated African American communities. It did little to white communities. Make it damn near punishable upon death "
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I totally agree; fanned!!!
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AdamWright
01:24 AM on 08/01/2010
Your white robes are ready at the cleaners.
02:50 AM on 08/01/2010
It would stop people from doing it.
12:14 AM on 08/01/2010
As long as we criminalize drug use, there is no justice. Legalize and regulate
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AdamWright
11:06 PM on 07/31/2010
Let's also note that keeping crack possession as a felony is a neat way for Republicans to ban African-Americans from the voting franchise, sometimes for life. Taxation without representation is their rallying cry. They want more of it.
12:27 AM on 08/01/2010
Most people who should are using crack shouldn't be voting anyway.
01:13 AM on 08/01/2010
"Most people who should are using crack shouldn't be voting anyway. "
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These losers dont vote anyway...white or black, drug losers dont even know who is running unless its in a presidential election, and they dont even vote then...you wont see crackheads standing in long lines to vote..I know a lot of these bums from my work.

powder is a felony anyway, so what if more whites do powder" they get disenfranchised too-not that they would care anyway...as long as they are free to live their slothful, selfish destructive lifestyle, dmaging thei fmaily, and their comunity.
I just cant understand the ridiculous sympathy for these criminals.
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AdamWright
01:20 AM on 08/01/2010
Most people doing crack don't vote. Should they be banned from voting for life? What about alcoholics? They have a substance abuse problem. Should they be banned from voting or running for office for life?
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tjconkster
Occupy the Voting Booth 2014
10:43 PM on 07/31/2010
Mr. Smith must be heavily invested in private correction company stocks...reductions in sentencing mean fewer longterm prison inmates...which equates lower profits