This And That

Way off my feed this week. Had an emergency with my oldest cat yesterday. One of the others nailed her with a strategic claw or two at breakfast and she lost a lot of blood so at 6 a.m. I was on my way to the emergency hospital. She’s doing okay for now. But the adrenaline rush threw a real monkey wrench into my day. The last thing I gave a damn about was the crap going on in this country.

However…

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology notes that tapping forty percent of the geothermal heat under the U.S. would provide 56,000 times the electrical energy demand. But the Department of Energy refuses to consider spending more than the two million dollars it has already allocated to geothermal energy.

And…

Why, with five percent of the world’s people, does the United States have a quarter of the world’s prisoners? That’s over two million locked up and five and half million on probation or parole. Nineteen percent are for violent felonies. Thirty one percent are for non-violent drug offenses and thirty-two percent for economic crimes (burglaries, etcetera). (From The Nation)

Drugs are not a moral issue. They’re a biochemical issue. They’re a medical issue. They’re a psychological issue. Locking people up for using drugs is stupid. We don’t lock people up who get caught driving drunk five or six or nine times. No. We sensibly wait until they kill someone. How does that make sense?

Either treat alcohol as a drug, or treat drugs as alcohol. You all remember how well Prohibition worked. Well, we’re in Drug Prohibition and it’s not working. It will never work. It’s not much of a stretch to say that Drug Prohibition creates drug addicts.

So give them prescriptions, reasonably priced, send them to the drugstore, and let them go home and get high. If they drive high, bust them on traffic laws, and so on. But sending them to prison for choosing drugs? The depth of stupidity. Want to see the crime rate plummet? Take the moral nonsense out of drug use. Prescriptions and treatment. End of the drug problem. Not the end of addiction – there will always be addicts. But the end of hundreds of billions of dollars of waste in corrupt wars on drugs, in unnecessary crime, in useless prisons and prison time and wasted court time.

And…

Iran is rounding up and deporting hundreds of thousands of illegal Afghani immigrants.

The U.S. thinks that’s an ‘unsettling hint of Iranian mischief-making in the region,’ according to the Globe.

But it’s a sign of rationality and reasonableness when Republican hard-liners want to do the same thing to twelve million Latino illegals in the U.S.

(And why is it that so-called ‘hard-liners’ seem to be so soft in the head?)

And…

Dana Perino is back at the old White House newsstand. Don’t you just hate to see a good-looking blonde broad just spewing stupidity and Republican baloney?

She jumped on Hilary Clinton’s ad about families, single moms, and soldiers being invisible to the Bush administration.

Said the inestimable Perino:

“As to the merits of it, I think it’s outrageous. This is a president who, first and foremost, has helped millions of seniors across the country have access to prescription drugs at a much lower cost.”

Dana, Dana, Dana! Your boss let the drug companies write legislation that would fill their coffers and ultimately kill Medicare – which was and is the purpose of the Part D drug plan. Your boss and his confederates in Congress made sure that the government could not negotiate prices with the drug companies. Your boss and friends don’t and didn’t give a damn about the seniors. They’re out to destroy Medicare and every other social service they can get their grimy hands on.

I’ll bet Dana fakes her orgasms, too.

And finally…

From the obit page, one Heinz Barth, an SS officer convicted for his part in slaughtering 642 men, women, and children in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane in 1944, died yesterday at the age of 86.

The Germans forced 241 women and 209 children into a church, set it afire with grenades, and machine-gunned it.

The men were machine-gunned separately in a barn.

Barth also volunteered to take part in executing 92 Czech civilians in 1942 and was convicted.

He lived under a false name in East Germany until discovered and imprisoned in 1981.

In 1997 a court freed Barth because of his poor health. At the time he claimed he felt guilty about the crimes, and added “But I have paid long enough.”

No, you didn’t, Barth. And you should never have been freed. You should have been left to rot.

Be that as it may, the obituary made me wonder what people will be reading fifty or sixty years from now about American war criminals from George Bush’s megalomaniac and ultimately stupid so-called war on terror.

I’d like to be around to read someone who writes “No, you didn’t, Bush. And you should never have been freed. You should have been left to rot.”

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8 Responses

  1. Completely agree with the drug war failure part. Wish our own government thought like you…wait…do they think at all??

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  2. The Bush regime will be declaring Iranian Revolutionary Guards as terrorist organization. This is something very dumb and stupid.

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  3. The crazy bastard is just looking for an excuse to attack Iran. This is absolutely nuts. Bush belongs in a padded cell, right next to Cheney’s.

    The Democrats really need to get off their asses and find a way to cripple these people permanently.

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  4. I don’t do illegal drugs, but I do think as you.

    A local judge said in a TV interview that he had sentenced people to jail on drug charges for twenty years. He went on to say that the drug problem was worse now than it was twenty years ago and that what he had done for twenty years wasn’t working.

    When a small town judge begins to understand the errors of drug laws there may be some hope. Maybe it signals a “grass” movement that will catch on.

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  5. I forgot. How is your cat? My ladyfriend has a cat that will not let me read “The God Delusion”. If I try to read it the cat jumps into my lap and pushes on the book. Some type of feline religion?

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  6. “The Massachusetts Institute of Technology notes that tapping forty percent of the geothermal heat under the U.S. would provide 56,000 times the electrical energy demand. But the Department of Energy refuses to consider spending more than the two million dollars it has already allocated to geothermal energy.”

    Let’s see… we’ve fought a war that is in large part about oil. It’s been a disaster of a war in endless ways. We’ve spent nearly a half a trillion bucks on it. What if we hadn’t fought the war and invested just a tenth of that money (About $45 Billion) as you would like. I’m guessing we we be a long way toward energy independence with the side benefit of greatly alleviating human contribution to an ecological disaster.

    And we’d still have $400 billion to use for the REAL war against people who would harm us (targeting SPECIFIC terrorists, not countries), providing national health-care for all citizens (like every other major democracy seems to be able to do), renew our vital infrastructure (obviously in great need), repair New Orleans (Or better, move it 40 miles inland), and improve the educational system (a new book of evolution on every desk) – and still have money left over.

    Hey, it’s no wonder that a third of the country still thinks Bush is doing “just GREAT”.

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  7. “The Democrats really need to get off their asses and find a way to cripple these people permanently.”

    They are hopelessly weak. It’s disheartening. Cowards.

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  8. Ralph-
    Cats were once gods. They still hope to make a comeback. I keep my atheist books on a top shelf out of reach.

    Boo, the injured cat, is doing okay. Seems to be back to her normal dour self. She’s tough.

    John B-
    The Dems are disheartening. We asked for fighters, and we ended up enabling wimps. Same old games.

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