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Frisky

August 15, 2013
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Frisky

Mayor Bloomberg tries to defend Stop and Frisk in this horrible piece in the New York Post: Frisks save lives

He basically takes the position that Stop and Frisk has been responsible for a decrease in violent crime, even though he has no evidence proving it (in fact, other cities without Stop and Frisk...

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Great and terrible power, exercised with some lenience, is still great and terrible power.

August 14, 2013
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Great and terrible power, exercised with some lenience, is still great and terrible power.

Ken White at Popehat has an excellent post that’s extremely helpful for those who would like to understand the Holder memo and federal sentencing: The Eric Holder Memorandum on Mandatory Minimum Sentences, Explained

He concludes:

I’m not happy that the methodology for the change is a fairly dramatic expansion of prosecutorial discretion. Prosecutors already...

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A Question for Michael Mukasey

August 13, 2013
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A Question for Michael Mukasey

One interesting reaction to Holder’s comments today came from a certain former Attorney General… Former AG Mukasey: Holder Has Wrong Approach on Mandatory Sentences

“Mandatory minimums impose a certain rigidity in sentencing that’s not appropriate in the individual case,” Mukasey said Monday on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

Mukasey said he would...

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Odds and Ends

August 13, 2013
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Odds and Ends

Should Marijuana Be Rescheduled? — Kevin Sabet, sounding really desparate to remain relevant given everything going on.

What does Holder’s speech really mean? Who knows? It certainly had some attractive rhetoric, but at that level, you can afford good speechwriters, so your rhetoric should seem like ambrosia. Actual action is yet to...

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Open Thread

August 11, 2013
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Open Thread

So much to talk about. - Sanjay Gupta on CNN - Attorney General vows to end the war on drugs, or do something about sentencing, or something. - DEA in the crossfire - Kevin Sabet apparently lies - Plan Mexico falling apart - Changes in the laws in Urug...

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Intelligence laundering

August 10, 2013
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Intelligence laundering

That’s the phrase coined by Hanni Fakhoury that’s used in this Salon article about the DEA’s use of NSA data and subsequent fabrication of evidence trails. It’s an apt analogy, although the phrase sounds vaguely oxymoronic when referring to the DEA.

The article notes that it’s tough to get the general population enraged about...

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Oh, to be drug czar

August 10, 2013
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Oh, to be drug czar

With Gil Kerlikowske scheduled to move to customs and borders, CelebStoner asked Tommy Chong about the drug czar position, ’cause face it – Tommy’s way more entertaining than Gil.

Tommy Chong: If I Were Drug Czar

The first thing I would do if I were Drug Czar is empty the jails of people doing...

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It’s the Sanjay Gupta show!

August 9, 2013
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It’s the Sanjay Gupta show!

For those of you who have been asleep the past couple of days, one of the big pieces of news is that television doctor Sanjay Gupta has publicly apologized for his previous position on marijuana (video below) and now has come out with a strong statement that we have been misled and marijuana is,...

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The impulse to ban

August 8, 2013
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The impulse to ban

This is just a little observation regarding how quick we are to rush to the assumption that a government ban is an appropriate solution to any problem.

I was reading a non-drug-war-related piece over at The Reality-Based Community (about cell phone use while driving and a train accident somewhere) and had a comment exchange...

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The war on drugs keeps us from helping people

August 7, 2013
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The war on drugs keeps us from helping people

Marijuana stops child’s severe seizures

Wow. Powerful story.

And this part really hit home:

“I literally see Charlotte’s brain making connections that haven’t been made in years,” Matt said. “My thought now is, why were we the ones that had to go out and find this cure? This natural cure? How come a doctor...

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