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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Archive for the ‘War on Some Drugs’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Random Saturday morning thoughts and links

Saturday, June 27th, 2015

Was thinking this morning — no idea why — about a friend who was once arrested on the absolutely magnificent (and no doubt Victorian) charge of “tending to lead an idle, lewd, and dissolute life.” A kind of catch-all charge, I gather, for underage kids who weren’t actually caught in any specific act, but who were nevertheless up to no good.

A 17-year-old high school senior, he was busted at a college party where drugs figured heavily. Apparently that high-flown charge was originally invented by reformists committed to the belief that minors were salvageable and as yet incapable of actually leading an idle, lewd, and dissolute life.

I can confirm that my friend was already thoroughly immersed in lewdness and dissolution (which eventually killed him) but not idleness. On the contrary, he was a diligent, focused worker who got a full-time job at 18, never left it, and continued to rise in the ranks despite being stoned out of his mind half the time he was on the clock. He bought a house when he’d barely turned 21 and owned lots of toys for his genuinely idle druggie friends to steal while he was at work.

As it happened, the “idle, lewd, and dissolute” charge had to be dropped because cops made the mistake of tossing him into a cell with adults when he was underage. So the Victorians never got a chance to save his tender young self from dissolute ways. Not that they’d have succeeded in any case. Never in my life did I know anybody so determined on slow self-destruction.

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Speaking of being highly functional while on drugs, a new study casts doubts on the arbitrary blood-THC levels pot-legalizing states have chosen for punishing drivers.

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Creepy story: “I am the Watcher.”

No doubt the culprit’s going to turn out to be some obnoxious but otherwise harmless neighbor with a grudge. And with a large collection of Stephen King and Dean Koontz books in his library.

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Forget Obamacare. The real, long-term disaster the Supremes perpetrated this week in King v Burwell was to define their job as being to help incompetents in the other branches grow the government.

Separation of powers. Yeah. Thanks, you Hamiltonian federalists.

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David Codrea has landed at The Truth About Guns. Kind of a surprise. But I hope he’s landed firmly on his feet and found a forum that will allow him to do what he does best — and do well at doing it.

Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

And don’t forget to v*te for The Zelman Partisans!

Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, May 29th, 2015
  • If somebody in private enterprise did this — let alone did it again and again — heads would roll, congressthings would hotly hold hearings, new regulations would strangle business, and the fedgov would mutter about the need to take over entire fields. But … oopsie! (H/T MJR)
  • Here’s one more for the “one term in office and one in jail” concept of term limits. Better yet, former Honorable Speaker Hastert is going down not for some real crime, but for one of those faux crimes that Congress itself invented.
  • “In praise of uncertainty.”
  • The art of running from the police. Sad truth via LarryA.
  • Okay, guys. You want one. I know you do. (Also MJR)
  • How to tell whether this week’s Worst! Ever! Drug! stories are telling the truth.
  • Woman quits job to build beautiful bamboo houses.
  • :-) How investigative journalists justify their existence.
Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Sunday, May 24th, 2015
  • The case against modern science. Fom the editor of one of the world’s most eminent medical journals. (H/T SC)
  • It’s the time of year for dragging up old commencement speeches. The best ever, of course, was from J.K. Rowling at Harvard in 2008. But two years ago, Joss Whedon gave one as only he could give it.
  • Senate panel gives the okay for medical marijuana for veterans. It’s a step. And at the fed level where steps are badly needed.
  • But oh! The horror! We’ll soon all be home-brewing heroin. The government! Must! DO SOMETHING! About this! (Tip o’ hat to SC)
  • The art of avoiding war. (I’m posting this not for the author’s conclusions about U.S. warmaking matters, but for the history and tactics described.)
  • Yep. Just gets creepier and creepier.
  • But enough of the serious stuff. Have some gods. And angels and such. Transported from classic paintings to now. (Via Never Yet Melted. Which also offers this.)
Claire Wolfe

Want a job at the DEA? Oh, the perks!

Friday, May 15th, 2015

The Drug Policy Alliance has decided to “help” the DEA find a new leader. :-)

Current drug-war boss Michele Leonhart is leaving because of the little matter of her agents hanging out* at sex parties funded by drug cartels. This could be an opportunity for you! (No, not the sex parties, though perhaps those, too. The boss job, silly.)

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* No pun intended.

Claire Wolfe

From the “things you never thought you’d see in this lifetime” department

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

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A small-town pot store having its grand opening.

Nice store, too.

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Yeah, I know I said I’d be away from the computer most of this weekend. But when I logged on for a quick check, my operating system it informed me rather nastily that it needed to be reinstalled. :-(

Consider this to be testing … 1 … 2 … 3 …

Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
  • The courts have been so all over the place on police search issues that it’s hard to say what impact this will have. But the Supremes just declared that cops cannot prolong a routine traffic stop even for a minute without legit cause.
  • Inside the strange and wonderful world of micronations.
  • Emphatically NSFW, but funny: company posts a … unique Craigslist ad for engineers.
  • Bet we’ve all wanted to do this at some time or another.
  • Looks like a must-see documentary (though the characterization of Tasers as “rifles” needs some explanation for sure).
  • Gradeschooler challenges school anti-pot propaganda. His activist mother may now face felony charges. Sick!
  • This sucks, too. I’m so glad the war on pot is ending, but it just can’t happen soon enough for some.
  • Whoof! Just look at all that assembled brainpower!
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, April 20th, 2015
  • Immune-system drug combo “melts” tumors. Yeah, I know there are always reports like this that eventually come to nothing. But this is pretty dramatic.
  • Are you nuts, Mr. Cop??? Officer shoots (at) dog in a crowd. Fortunately misses. Dog just looked as if it was being rambunctiously friendly, too. (Here’s the video if you can’t see it on that page.)
  • If you’re going to have anti-abortion laws, you’re going to have to be prepared not only to prosecute every doctor, nurse, and med-tech for murder, but to investigate every miscarriage as a potential homicide. Some countries do. Results aren’t pretty. (Via Rational Review News)
  • Hm. Study seems a bit sketchy. But the result is believable: the sweat of happy people can induce happiness.
  • Today is 4/20 — cannabis day. Colorado held its official celebration over the weekend. Police remind cannabis consumers not to get too cocky. Oh well.
  • But I love this. The maker of Miracle-Gro, who has long seen his product in the background of pot-bust videos, knows a good opportunity when he sees one. (Last three links all H/T jed.)
  • Matt Walsh to burger flippers: You don’t deserve $15/hour — and that’s okay.
Claire Wolfe

Doings around town

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

It’s a fascinating and amazing thing that the last two elections have given the U.S. (among other less desirable things) a strip of cannabis legalization that runs from southern Oregon alllllll the way out to the tip of the Aleutian islands, within spitting distance of Russia.

I can’t imagine there are going to be too many “Mr. Doobees” stores out there on the islands. But in a vast stretch where once ruled the hysteria of Harry J. Anslinger, a new legal business is taking shape. Now all we need is for British Columbia to join us and the north coast weed freedomization will be complete. (And yes, yes, yes, I know that state-controlled legalization isn’t Libertopia; can we just stipulate that and not quibble?)

I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that legal pot is affecting rural areas even more than urban ones. Makes sense, of course. Ag product. Cheap land. Small towns hungry for development. But still.

Even my little area is poised to benefit, and with that in mind our local Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council pulled together a terrific panel discussion earlier this week to answer questions from us locals.

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Claire Wolfe

Wednesday links

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
  • When you’re a bazillionaire, your April Fools jokes may be lame, but they can be pretty elaborate. (H/T MJR)
  • Let me see if I understand this. It’s okay for the government to blackmail, extort, threaten violence, and steal all the assets from Silk Road. But it’s wrong if individual government agents do it. No, no matter how I try, I can’t wrap my head around whatever principle they’re going by.
  • Showering with the fedgov.
  • I always love these articles on how being a grumpy curmudgeonly doom-bearing sky-is-falling worrywort can actually be good for your work.

    While I disagree with some of the contentions in this article (e.g. that it takes no skill to wield a knife!), it does offer some food for thought on why it just might be okey-dokey after all to bring a knife to a gun fight. (Tip o’ hat to MJR)

    Oooh! Ooooh! I want this job! (H/T jed)

Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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