Weirdharold’s gets published (No Link)

2 July 2005

Jim Clark
Editor & Publisher Lee County Courier
303 West Main St.
Tupelo, MS 38804

Dear Mr. Clark

I read with much interest your article on local drug enforcement with a touch of national influence. You give great credit to brave, hard working men and women trying to enforce laws the majority of our populace wants enforced. While I know very well these folks you are writing about are good, well-intentioned people and they are following the direction of their conscience to the very utmost, I have a strong opinion their goals and politicians who wish to scare people to keep their jobs are directing objectives.

Let me explain. In your article you have referred to Lee County residents as bad guys, corner dealers, lazy man, users, wholesalers, a slightly bigger fish, dealers and mules. I would refer to all these folks as unscrupulous entrepreneurs, same as Martha Stewart, Bernie Ebbers, Kenneth Lay, and Andy Fasto with a pistol. I hardly find name-calling of this nature anything but political gamesmanship.

We cannot discuss our local drug enforcement without discussing the laws coming from Washington, DC. I cannot find why these laws are on the books. You ask a person on the street, he replies, “Gotta keep drugs away from our children.” You ask a policeman, he says, “We are keeping these drugs away from addicts.” The only reason I can find for these laws being on the books is that politicians can scare the heck out of us with this name-calling. They can brag about the great and wonderful acts we are doing in keeping these drugs off the street (sic). But all I can find out for sure is they want to keep psychoactive drugs away from citizens. How can you explain this when these substances have been used for 6 to 10 thousand years? But this generates a hell of a political base.

Washington, DC has created, along with these laws an administration called the DEA that writes regulations and enforces these regulation and laws with a budget probably over 100 billion dollars per year if each of the agencies were included. We have a military force in several foreign countries, tampering with the lives of the poor, we have a prison industry that make captive our most sick individuals on our streets, we have a justice system so bogged down with these crimes we cannot house the violent criminals. All these people named above could not exist if these laws did not exist. We have created these people and we have wrapped the sickest of our mentally ill around these unscrupulous entrepreneurs.

Of course these laws cannot be enforced in a free and open society, I am beginning to wonder if despot in a closed society can enforce these laws. These laws came into being in the early part of the 20th Century, as it became apparent these laws could not be enforced so the politicians listened to the people and continued to make the laws with stiffer punishments and lesser rights before the court. Has anyone stopped and looked how far up we have built the Babylonian Empire’s Tower to heaven. I have watched this drug war for 30 years. All I see are more laws, more police, more jails, lesser rights before the court, more violence on our streets and less domestic tranquility.

We only need one law to deal with those adults who wish to use psychoactive drugs, “Disturbing the Peace”. Then all the other Martha Stewarts would have to go home and find a real job.

We are going to save the addict, yeah tell me about it! We are going to keep drugs away from our children. Why is there not a responsible person asking for an ID?

Let us end the drug war and give these honorable people a job keeping our highways safer where 40,000 people die each year. Let us stop locking up mentally ill people.

Respectfully

Harold W. Ard
Tupelo, MS 38804

Author: harold

More Spiritiual than Religious

Come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses….

             FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING, PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:

             1. Peace of mind
                              2. Peace of heart
                                               3. Peace of soul

           PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:

           1. Squash gossip
           2. Squash indifference
           3. Squash grumbling
           4. Squash selfishness

           PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:

             1. Lettuce be faithful
             2. Lettuce be kind
             3. Lettuce be patient
             4. Lettuce really love one another

           NO GARDEN IS WITHOUT TURNIPS:

               1. Turnip for meetings
               2. Turnip for service
               3. Turnip to help one another

           TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME:

               1. Thyme for each other
               2. Thyme for family
               3. Thyme for friends

           WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE. THERE IS MUCH FRUIT
           IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU  SOW.

           My instructions were to send this to people that I wanted God to bless
           and I picked you.

   Love,

e-mail from friend
Author: harold

Use of meth as per article in Oregonian 5 July 2005

More on meth

I was only a little bit shocked when you mentioned how meth was being used. When I went back to school in the early 80s the most common method of using meth was in pill form. It was primarily “pill
poppers” who took over 16 semester hours of classes and worked over 30 hours per week who utilized meth and had problems with the drug. Actually it was problems with being overworked and using meth to enable this self abuse. Many of them ended up either dropping some classes or jobs to cut down work schedule and extending their graduation date or taking on additional debt to get through the class schedule without overutilization or abuse of drugs like meth. Invariably, the problem is NEVER the drugs. It’s the reason that the person uses the drugs. That determines what drugs are used and how
they are used.

However, when the government gets in and arbitrarily bans certain drugs based exclusively on widespread abuse, it enables a black market industry that invariably promotes the use of that drug in the most efficient and harmful method possible. Snorting, smoking and injection are numbers 4,2, and 1 in most efficient methods of delivery – bypassing the digestive tract and increasing speed and potency of whatever is used. Smoking has to be the most toxic delivery system available, although strong arguments can be made that the danger of needle infection makes injection a bad idea too. Number 3 in efficiency is via vaporizor or inhaler [like my asthma drugs]. When someone uses a black market drug the choices on how to use the drug are dictated by the dealer. That’s why I gave up marijuana at an early age: I didn’t like the idea of smoking – even if it was healthier than
cigarettes.

I also noticed that your article omitted [deliberately?] two very important and relevant facts: 1] there are no legitimate scientific studies showing that any banned drug is inherently harmful 2] there
are no public officials willing to defend current drug policy in a public debate or discussion forum where reformers are allowed to speak as equals. Yes, and this includes meth – the plague of the universe.

I’m sure that you sincerely believe everything that you wrote in your article. However, just because you believe something is true – doesn’t make it so. And just because every authority figure repeats
the same deception doesn’t mean that the deception can stand up to the light of scrutiny.
From A member
Author: harold

Girth of a Nation

Posted for a member with e-mail to columnist attached

Member’s e-mail:
Your oped piece on obesity and the special interests that promote it was somewhat revealing. There is actual evidence that additives in many foods stimulate appetite in those who consume. I have noticed that my appetite has not diminished much as I grew older. When I was younger it was more common. I don’t have a problem with weight because I run or exercise heavily over an hour a day.
I know that I sound like a broken record, but the very same thing is happening in the War on Drugs. Did you know that close to half of the money provided to organizations such as The Partnership for a Drug Free America is provided by pharmaceuticals? No, they’re not trying to go out of business despite the fact that bankruptcy would be the logical stated goal of pharmaceuticals if PDFA wasn’t a deceptive misnomer. Pharmaceuticals are spending billions of dollars promoting over reliance and drug dependency to sell ever more of their products. The reason is that all well bankrolled efforts involved in “drug education” involving promoting the “dangerous drugs” mythology or the idea that certain drugs are inherently far more dangerous and harmful than others. Despite the total lack of evidence, public schools teach this mythology exclusively alternately leading kids to believe either that certain banned drugs are more exciting or scarier. It also makes them more receptive to !
their advertising. After all, if some drugs can singlehandedly ruin peoples’ lives then others can magically “cure what ails them” and transform them into happy carefree adults. The bottom line is that it’s all about the money.

For the ONLY drug abuse and dependency education curriculum for teens in the USA [the world?]go to http://www.geocities.com/rimchamp77/odm4k.html . For families that care about real drug related problems.

Author: harold

Letter to Lee County Courier

No Link can be made; This is in response to article in Lee County Courier June 30, 2005

Information key to drug enforcement

2 July 2005

Jim Clark
Editor & Publisher Lee County Courier
303 West Main St.
Tupelo, MS 38804

Dear Mr. Clark

I read with much interest your article on local drug enforcement with a touch of national influence. You give great credit to brave, hard working men and women trying to enforce laws the majority of our populace wants enforced. While I know very well these folks you are writing about are good, well-intentioned people and they are following the direction of their conscience to the very utmost, I have a strong opinion their goals and politicians who wish to scare people to keep their jobs are directing objectives.

Let me explain. In your article you have referred to Lee County residents as bad guys, corner dealers, lazy man, users, wholesalers, a slightly bigger fish, dealers and mules. I would refer to all these folks as unscrupulous entrepreneurs, same as Martha Stewart, Bernie Ebbers, Kenneth Lay, and Andy Fasto with a pistol. I hardly find name-calling of this nature anything but political gamesmanship.

We cannot discuss our local drug enforcement without discussing the laws coming from Washington, DC. I cannot find why these laws are on the books. You ask a person on the street, he replies, “Gotta keep drugs away from our children.” You ask a policeman, he says, “We are keeping these drugs away from addicts.” The only reason I can find for these laws being on the books is that politicians can scare the heck out of us with this name-calling. They can brag about the great and wonderful acts we are doing in keeping these drugs off the street (sic). But all I can find out for sure is they want to keep psychoactive drugs away from citizens. How can you explain this when these substances have been used for 6 to 10 thousand years? But this generates a hell of a political base.

Washington, DC has created, along with these laws an administration called the DEA that writes regulations and enforces these regulation and laws with a budget probably over 100 billion dollars per year if each of the agencies were included. We have a military force in several foreign countries, tampering with the lives of the poor, we have a prison industry that make captive our most sick individuals on our streets, we have a justice system so bogged down with these crimes we cannot house the violent criminals. All these people named above could not exist if these laws did not exist. We have created these people and we have wrapped the sickest of our mentally ill around these unscrupulous entrepreneurs.

Of course these laws cannot be enforced in a free and open society, I am beginning to wonder if despot in a closed society can enforce these laws. These laws came into being in the early part of the 20th Century, as it became apparent these laws could not be enforced so the politicians listened to the people and continued to make the laws with stiffer punishments and lesser rights before the court. Has anyone stopped and looked how far up we have built the Babylonian Empire’s Tower to heaven. I have watched this drug war for 30 years. All I see are more laws, more police, more jails, lesser rights before the court, more violence on our streets and less domestic tranquility.

We only need one law to deal with those adults who wish to use psychoactive drugs, “Disturbing the Peace”. Then all the other Martha Stewarts would have to go home and find a real job.

We are going to save the addict, yeah tell me about it! We are going to keep drugs away from our children. Why is there not a responsible person asking for an ID?

Let us end the drug war and give these honorable people a job keeping our highways safer where 40,000 people die each year. Let us stop locking up mentally ill people.

Respectfully

Harold W. Ard
Tupelo, MS 38804

Author: harold