Claire's Back!

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 12 Apr 2004 12:00:00 GMT - Dr. Bushorkian - cartoon commentary on Bushnev's policies. Heeheeheeee hehe hoho hoohoo.

# I did my taxes yesterday. The first version of this paragraph contained lots of swearing. Bottom line: I "owe" $5,000 more of my hard-earned money this year, above and beyond what they already stole in withholding. Money I don't have. Dig the debt-hole a little deeper.

# Claire Wolfe - Home - Claire is back from driving four thousand miles through ten states. She's optimistic about the state-of-mind of America's freedom lovers. [claire]

# Claire Wolfe - Post-Easter target shooting with Peeps - a new use for those marshmallow Easter-basket chicks that will be on sale this week: nearly indestructable targets. Hehe. [claire]

# Albert J. Nock - Our Enemy, The State - another libertarian classic that I haven't read, on-line in its entirety. Looks like a pretty quick read to me, short at any rate. [root]

# Strike the Root - Bob Murphy's Columns - Mr. Murphy has now put out thirty-four chapters of his novel, Minerva. Quality has varied, but I've enjoyed it. [root]

# Al Barger - Clarification needed for rules against "selling out" - commentary on the meaning of "selling out" in the light of Bob Dylan's ad for Victoria's Secret (which I haven't seen). [culpepperlog]

# Dan Butterworth at - Answering the DEA - Answers to questions on the Drug Enforcement Agency's web site. I can't find the questions there. Guess they were removed since October of 2000 when this was written. Mr. Butterworth's piece does a pretty good job of describing a conservative approach to decriminalizing drugs. I, of course, hold a much more radical view, as explained in The Lie of Cannabis Prohibition: arresting someone for selling or ingesting a plant extract is assault and kidnapping. Kidnapping is a capital offence. Public hangings are in order for the congress critters who created the drug prohibition laws and the narcs who enforce them. [anodyne]

Will cocaine, heroine, LSD, and PCP be made available if people request them?

This question epitomizes the complete lack of awareness on the part of the DEA with regard to the goals of the pro-legalization movement. We are not in favor of standing on the street corner handing out hard drugs like candy. We are in favor of respect for all individuals, which includes allowing people to make decisions for themselves--even decisions we do not like. Those who are advocates of legalization want the government to stop imprisoning people for simple possession of drugs; we do not want everyone to become drug addicts. Compassionate treatment of all people means that when we see our fellow citizen has a problem with drugs, we do not respond by throwing him or her into prison and levying a hefty fine, making his or her life even more difficult. We respond by helping our fellow citizen find appropriate treatment so that he or she can overcome his or her addiction and become a healthy, productive, contributing member of society.


Who will bear the costs of the expansion of social service and welfare programs that may be necessary to care for increased drug addicts through drug legalization?

This one is simple. What are we going to do with the $21,000 per prisoner per year (an extremely conservative estimate, especially when one considers the cost of prosecuting each case) when we finally come to our senses and free the 1 million non-violent drug users currently in prison? (That's $21,000,000,000 per year [$21 billion]).

# Brad Edmonds at - Eet Mor Chocolate - chocolate is good for you, in a wow-that's-good sense and possibly even in a medical sense. Mr. Edmonds makes his own, not from beans, which is difficult, but from baker's chocolate, sweetener, and other unusual ingredients. [lew]

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