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Stanton Peele, PhD, JD, has been a cutting-edge figure in the addiction field for four decades, since publishing Love and Addiction in 1975. Stanton has challenged the ideas that addiction is limited to drugs, that abstinence and the 12 steps are the only possible responses to addiction, and that addiction can be remedied biologically. His current work includes Recover! Stop Thinking Like an Addict with The PERFECT Program, and the Life Process Program for addiction, which is utilized worldwide.

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Let's Be Clear Who Has Caused the Border Crisis -- Us and Drugs

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 8:20 PM

The massive influx of young refugees from Honduras and other Central American countries is due to the drug war, to the illegality of drugs, to the commerce in drugs, and to the unrealism of how we react to drugs, drug trafficking, and drug use.

According to Sonia Nazario's...

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Shocked, Shocked

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:22 PM

Notice: I made the following up. The real warning: that doesn't mean that it didn't happen.

President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, and General Dempsey, head of the American military.

Obama, shaking his head, "Can you believe that Taliban, launching a coordinated offensive across Southern Afghanistan?"

Dempsey and...

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Impeach Democratic Presidents Bill

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 10:40 AM

Michele Bachmann, retiring Minnesota Congresswoman, has introduced a bill that any Democrat who gets elected president should immediately be impeached.

Bachmann previously told Fox News's Neil Cavuto that "What we should do right now is defund the executive branch while we have the option. What we can do...

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Calculating the Costs of War, Including the Walking Wounded

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 10:50 AM

A regular part of the president's political presentations is that we have brought home/are bringing home American troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. The unspoken point is: Mission Accomplished (as a previous president termed it).

Nothing could be further form the truth.

In keeping with my motivational interviewing style,...

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Five Sure Signs That the 'Christie Report' Is a Defense Document

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 2:29 PM

The Christie internal investigation report of the Fort Lee/George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal, released and defended by Christie counsel Randy Mastro at a news conference on Thursday, is a defense document, as one would expect from a defense attorney. Here are five sure signs:

1. The report reads like a...

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The Double-Edged Message of Cory Remsburg

(1) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 12:32 PM

Everyone agreed that the high point of the State of the Union address on Tuesday was the stirring tribute to Army Ranger Cory Remsburg. Remsburg -- sitting next to Michelle Obama -- was was in a coma for three months after being injured by a roadside bomb during...

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Bye-Bye Bill Stepien -- Chris Christie's Karl Rove

(4) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 3:49 PM

Steve Colbert, on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, pointed out this odd juxtaposition in Chris Christie's confessional press conference following the George Washington Bridge scandal. Christie said his staff is like his family, so that he was "heartbroken" that someone "betrayed my trust." That someone was...

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5 Things Christie Didn't Do at His Press Conference

(5) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 4:25 PM

People are giving Christie four stars for his political performance at his press conference on the George Washington Bridge political payback shutdown. He appeared to be honest, took responsibility, fired the guilty party -- and he apologized.

Here is what he didn't do:

1. He didn't reveal any new offenses...

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5 Questions for Barack Obama About NSA Spying

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 1:08 PM

News Item 1: Yet further revelations about the National Security Agency's intrusions into the lives and minds of people around the world -- this time leaders of foreign governments, businesses, and aid organizations -- including the emails of West African Mohamed Chambas (not reassuringly about how well the...

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Three Questions for Liz Cheney

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 1:08 PM

Ms. Cheney, I know that you face charges of "carpetbagging" and inauthenticity from many in the state of Wyoming over your campaign to represent that state in the U.S. Senate. I'd just like to ask you a few questions to clear that up, if I might. These questions will clearly...

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Name Someone Who Didn't Complete TWO Governorships

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 10:47 AM

Whenever I hear about Sarah Palin's failure to complete her term as Governor of Alaska, I think of . . . .well, before I tell you that, let me ask you a quiz question. Only one person has been elected governor of two different states. Who was that man? Although...

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The President Needs a New Bag -- Motivational Interviewing

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 10:47 AM

Robert Caro tells us that Lyndon Johnson, Master of the Senate, would approach fellow senators, grasp them by the scrotum, and place his face directly next to theirs as he "requested" their votes. I don't suppose that style would work nowadays (more accurately, you would be fired/arrested for...

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Boehner and Obama Agree to Fix DC Traffic Light!

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 4:49 PM

Democrats and Republicans showed that they could pull together today when, in a symbolic act of symbiosis, the president, Barack Obama, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, agreed to vote federal funds to fix a traffic light in Washington D.C.

The cost of the repairs was $358.26. Both...

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My Commie Grandfather Is Laughing in His Grave!

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 12:10 PM

I'm finally coming out of the closet for my whole family. Now that I'm a grandfather myself, I can reveal that my long-deceased grandfather, Moishe Fromberg (whose cashmere great coat I still wear), was a commie! An immigrant from before the war and the revolution in Russia, he landed in...

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The Last of the Unjust and Its Auteur Are Self-Referential

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 4:13 PM

When you have single-handedly created an alternative name for the Holocaust, Shoah, based on your nearly ten-hour-long documentary interviewing survivors, perpetrators, and bystanders to the extermination camps in Poland, as has Claude Lanzmann, you and others may be forgiven for seeing yourself as an institution.

Although Shoah itself was criticized...

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Knocking on Heaven's Door: My Near-Death Experience

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 12:26 PM

Disclosure: I didn't enter heaven and see angels -- this isn't that type of post.

Recovering from my illness in Idaho, I read this line by Laura Helmuth writing about Tim Minchin's attack on gung-ho alternative medicine advocates: "Many of us would have died already if it weren't...

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Boy, Are We Naive

(0) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 7:39 PM

Reactions have run strongly against our support for the Syrian rebels following the release of a video showing casual rebels preparing to execute seven captured government soldiers. "What kind of people are we backing?", liberals ask, gnashing their teeth. What would they guess happens to captives heretofore? Perhaps...

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Levels of Discourse: Obama and Kerry

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 4:45 AM

Barack Obama's decision, announced Saturday, to pull back from attacking Syria by first involving Congress is reputed to have resulted from a late-Friday-night walk with his chief-of-staff. It was a decision that stunned his staff.

After Britain refused to support the President's decision, feeling isolated, the President changed his mind...

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Two Days in the Political Life of Marijuana

(28) Comments | Posted August 15, 2013 | 11:10 AM

People may have thought that the legalization of marijuana in two states -- Colorado and Washington -- in the last election was a high-water mark in the political life of the drug.

They were wrong. Over the last couple of days, marijuana's impact on the political life of the United...

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The Failure to Educate

(100) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 1:58 PM

News Item: New, more rigorous, thought-provoking, testing of school children has produced disastrous results in New York City. Among students grades three through eight, 26 percent passed a proficiency test for English, 30 percent passed in math.

Aside from the results themselves, what is most distressing...

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