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An Editorial Comment

Submitted by Roanman on Thu, 01/07/2010 - 06:59


Were I President of the United States of America.

And, I had in my possession a foreign national who had just attempted to murder three hundred or so innocent people on an airplane over the city of Detroit, Michigan, and some other number of hundreds on the ground below.

And, I believed that this individual had information that might enable me to save the life of just one American citizen.

I would personally flick my Bic underneath that bastard's testicles.

And, after a few minutes when the crying and puking let up a little, I'd ask just one question,

"Son, is there anything at all you can think of right now, that I might like to know?"

"Take your time."

"I got all day."


Does this make me a bad person?

Reflecting .................... Reflecting .................... Still Reflecting .................... Done

Don't care.


War and Revolution

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 07:40









To quote William Tecumseh Sherman

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 07/13/2009 - 07:40


War is hell.
Some of you young men think that war is all glamour and glory, but let me tell you boys, it is all hell.
War is cruelty.  There's no use trying to reform it.  The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.
I am sick and tired of war.  It's glory is all moonshine.  It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded, who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation.
 Every attempt to make war easy and safe will result in humiliation and disaster.
You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will.  War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out.  I know I had no hand in making this war, and I know I will make more sacrifices to-day than any of you to secure peace.
 If the people raise a great howl against my barbarity and cruelty, I will answer that war is war, and not popularity seeking.
 In our Country one class of men makes war and leaves another to fight it out.
Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now we stand by each other.
I will not accept if nominated, and will not serve if elected.


War on Drugs

Submitted by Roanman on Mon, 05/04/2009 - 18:28


Alright, here's the story.
Evidence of the smoking of cannabis can be found as far back as the Neolithic age, where charred hemp seeds were found in a ritual brazier at a burial site in present day Romania.
The opium poppy is thought to have first been cultivated in Mesopotamia c. 3400 B.C.
In ancient times, South American natives used coca for religious and medicinal purposes.
Spanish conquistadors introduced coca to Europe, where it was used only occasionally until the 19th Century.
The history of Cannabis extends so far back into time, it's cultivation may legitimately contend for the title "Worlds Oldest Profession." 
America's first drug law was enacted at Jamestown Colony, Virginia in 1619.  It was a "must grow" law ordering all farmers to grow marijuana (or Indian hempseed, as it was called).  Some farmers were jailed for not growing hemp during the nation's hemp shortage of 1763-1767, and during that time, hemp was legal tender (you could pay your taxes with hemp).  Hemp was considered a critical crop primarily because it made excellent rope material.  The US Census of 1850 counted 8,327 hemp plantations growing the plant for rope, cloth, canvas and the cordage used in baling cotton.
Thomas Jefferson cultivated opium poppies at his garden in Monticello. The seeds from its plants, including the poppies, were sold at the gift-shop of Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants until 1991 - when a drug-bust at the nearby University of Virginia panicked the Board of Directors into ripping up the plants and burning the seeds.
Opium was legally available for purchase at low prices from physicians, pharmacies, grocery,  general stores, mail order, and in countless patent medicines.
in the 1830's Great Britain was the leading drug trafficker in the world.  Growing it's own opium in India, the East India Company shipped tons of opium into China in exchange for tea, and Chinese manufactured goods.  This trade continued despite being made illegal by the Chinese in 1836 by virtue of generous bribes made to Chinese officials.  Faced with millions of opium addicts throughout the country, the Chinese cracked down both on the use of, and illegal import of opium, much to the displeasure of the British, who despite having made opium trade and consumption illegal in England because of it's known harmful effects, were enjoying the profits from their trade in it with the Chinese.  The resultant friction between the two countries led to The Opium War in 1839.
Opium addiction in America during the late 19th century was rampant.
In America prior to 1890, laws concerning opiates were strictly imposed on a local city or state-by-state basis. One of the first was in San Francisco in 1875 where it became illegal to smoke opium in opium dens, it did not ban the sale, import or use otherwise. In the next 25 years different states enacted opium laws ranging from outlawing opium dens altogether to making possession of opium, morphine and heroin without a physician’s prescription illegal.
The first Congressional Act took place in 1890 that levied taxes on morphine and opium. From that time on the Federal Government has had a series of laws and acts directly aimed at opiate use, abuse and control.
The active ingredient of the coca plant was first isolated in 1859.
In 1863, the coca wine Vin Mariani went on sale throughout France. It contained 6 mg cocaine per ounce of wine in France, but exported Vin Mariani contained 7.2 mg per ounce to compete with the higher cocaine content of American competitors.
Coca-Cola was introduced in 1886 and was promoted as a temperance drink "offering the virtues of coca without the vices of alcohol." Until 1903, a typical serving contained around 60mg of cocaine. The new beverage was invigorating and popular. Today, Coca-Cola is still flavored with an extract of coca-leaves, but contains none of the drug itself.
Cocaine was also sold over-the-counter. Until 1914, one could buy it at department stores. It was widely used in tonics, toothache cures and patent medicines, and in chocolate cocaine tablets.
In 1906, the Pure Food & Drug Act forced the patent medicine industry to list on the label the presence of certain dangerous drugs such as alcohol, opiates, cocaine, and cannabis.
The Anti Saloon League was founded in Oberlin Ohio in 1893.  In two short years it had gown into powerful, national, single issue organization.  Having allied itself with churches across the nation, as well as the Women's Christian Temperance Union, the Anti Saloon League announced its campaign to achieve national prohibition of alcohol by means of a constitutional amendment.  In 1916 it achieved the two-thirds majority in both Houses of Congress required to pass the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution.
Ratified and made operative 1/16/19 by the 18th Amendment and repealed 12/5/33 by the 21st Amendment to the Constitution "The Noble Experiment", Prohibition is mostly conceded to have failed miserably.  While deaths of men from cirrhosis declined dramatically, organized crime,  flourished, and alcohol remained readily available.
The drug now known as amphetamine was first synthesized in Germany in 1887.  Medical uses were not discovered until 1927, when its effectiveness in raising blood pressure, as well as its effects in enlarging the nasal and bronchial passages and in stimulating the central nervous system were discovered. The drug was accordingly marketed in 1932, under the trade name Benzedrine. Methamphetamine, more potent and easy to make, was discovered in Japan in 1919. The crystalline powder is still legally produced in the U.S., and sold under the trade name Desoxyn.
Lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD-25 (being the twenty-fifth substance in a series of lysergic acid derivatives) was synthesized by Albert Hoffman in 1938.
In April of 1943, Dr. Hoffman reported the following experience, "I was forced to interrupt my work in the laboratory in the middle of the afternoon and proceed home, being affected by a remarkable restlessness, combined with a slight dizziness.  At home I lay down and sank into a not unpleasant intoxicated-like condition, characterized by an extremely stimulated imagination. In a dreamlike state, with eyes closed (I found the daylight to be unpleasantly glaring), I perceived an uninterrupted stream of fantastic pictures, extraordinary shapes with intense, kaleidoscopic play of colors.  After some two hours this condition faded away."
Whoa !!!!!
Dr. Hoffman subsequently performed numerous experiments in which he ingested and reported on the effects of the drug.  As an aside, he celebrated his one hundredth birthday January 11, 2006 together with his children, Benson and Abbie. (Kidding)
The Federal Bureau of Narcotics was formed in 1930.  Its first commissioner Henry J. Anslinger and many of its agents were veterans of various agencies and departments charged with enforcing Prohibition.  The agency lobbied for the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 (you really ought to read the testimony) which effectively criminalized the sale of Cannabis.  It was merged with the Bureau of Drug Abuse control to form the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs in 1968, which was subsequently merged into the newly formed Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 1973.
The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs was adopted in 1961.
The Controlled Substances Act was enacted into law in 1970, and has subsequently amended, expanded, amended, amended again, and expanded.
Then, just to be safe, expanded.
Local, State, Federal, and International Law has grown almost exponentially.
Both costs associated with enforcing drug laws and profits from illegal drug trafficking have also grown exponentially, with no hint of abating.
 Political consequences abound.
 Research abounds.
The estimated number of arrests for drug abuse violations for adults has been increasing, while the number for juveniles stabilized.
In 2002 about a quarter of convicted property and drug offenders had committed their crimes to get money for drugs, compared to 5% of violent and public order offenders.  In 1997, 19% of State prisoners and 16% of Federal inmates said they committed their current offense to obtain money for drugs. These percentages represent a slight increase from 1991, when 17% of State and 10% of Federal prisoners identified drug money as a motive for their current offense.  The Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that in 2005, 4.0% of the 14,860 homicides in which circumstances were known were narcotics related.  Murders that occurred specifically during a narcotics felony, such as drug trafficking or manufacturing, are considered drug related.
Drug use in this country from 1979 until 2001 was as follows.
As Will Rogers once famously said, "We don't seem to be able to check crime, so why not legalize it and then tax it out of business."  


To quote George S. Patton

Submitted by Roanman on Sat, 05/02/2009 - 16:02
 Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.
Never tell people how to do things.  Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
It seems to me a certainty that the fatalistic teachings of Mohammed and the utter degradation of the Arab women are the outstanding causes for the arrested development of the Arab.  He is exactly as he was around the year 700, while we have been developing.
A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week.

A good solution applied with vigor now is better than a perfect solution applied ten minutes later.

War is the supreme test of man in which he rises to heights never approached in any other activity.

No sane man is unafraid in battle, but discipline produces in him a form of vicarious courage.
Good tactics can save even the worst strategy.  Bad tactics will destroy even the best strategy.
Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.  It is the spirit of the men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.
The obvious thing for the cavalryman to do is to accept the fighting machine as a partner, and prepare to meet more fully the demands of future warfare.
I am a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight.
Never let the enemy pick the battle site.
Fixed fortifications are monuments to man's stupidity. 

Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.

An Army is a team; lives, sleeps, eats, fights as a team.  This individual heroic stuff is a lot of crap.

It’s the unconquerable soul of man, not the nature of the weapon he uses, that insures victory.

May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't.
Live for something rather than die for nothing.

Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men.

If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
Say what you mean and mean what you say.
A pint of sweat will save a gallon of blood.
Do more than is required of you.
Do everything you ask of those you command.
If I do my full duty, the rest will take care of itself.
By perseverance, study, and eternal desire, any man can become great.
Watch what people are cynical about, and one can often discover what they lack.
Success is how you bounce on the bottom.

The leader must be an actor.

You’re never beaten until you admit it.

You shouldn't underestimate an enemy, but it is just as fatal to overestimate him. 


Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. 


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