Monthly Archives: February 2006

Vigil For Lost Promise

On June 3rd, in Washington D.C. a bunch of people will be getting together for the first ever Vigil for Lost Promise in memory of young men and women who died from drugs. This is more than just a gathering of parents and friends to remember the departed, however. This is a cynical propaganda effort by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

The associated web site includes eight Stories of Lost Promise about young people who died from drugs. They make for instructive reading, both in the dangers of drug abuse and the source of those dangers. While even the DEA is sane enough not to directly using this event to propose legislation or ask for funding, it’s clear they have a few things in mind.

One of the stories is about an 18-year old who died from an overdose of Vicodin that he obtained over the internet. I’m inclined to believe that this is a real problem. Vicodin is a relatively easy drug to abuse or become addicted to. As the parent who wrote the story suggests, it probably shouln’t be available without a prescription after seeing a doctor.

Another case is a 19-year old man who died from an overdose of Xanax which he was taking for recreational purposes. That’s a legal prescription drug which he obtained through a source that is not described in the story.

The rest of the stories, however, tend to illustrate problems with the war on drugs:

  • One of the stories is about a 16-year old boy who died from inhalant abuse. Inhalants are legal substances (although probably illegal to inhale) which is one of the reasons kids use them instead of safer drugs like marijuana or Ecstasy.
  • Two stories are about heroin users who died of overdoses. Because it’s illegal, the supply of heroin, and therefore the quality and purity of each dose, is controlled entirely by criminals.
  • Two of the stories are drawn from the relative handful of people who have ever died from taking Ecstasy. One is a 23-year old woman who died of an Ecstasy overdose, although the story doesn’t give details. The other was a 14-year old girl who took an Ecstasy pill and became very sick, but her friends didn’t get adult help until it was too late because they were afraid of being busted for having the drugs.
  • One of the stories is about a young man who hung himself, an incident which is being blamed on depression brought on by suddenly cessation of steroid use. Perhaps he and his parents would have known how to stop the steroids safely—or even use them safely—if there weren’t such restrictive rules about them.

Pete Guither at Drug WarRant has created his own counter-web-site, also known as Vigil for Lost Promise. It contains links to his Drug War Victims page. By linking to it as I have, I and others hope to push it to the top of the Google search above the official DEA site.

Resting Kitties

It’s a little late for Friday catblogging, but it’s my site so I’ll play by my rules.

Dozer Resting
Larger ImageDozer Resting
Dozer Resting Some More
Larger ImageDozer Resting Some More

You can see why we call him Dozer, can’t you?

Even More Dozer Resting
Larger ImageEven More Dozer Resting

I’ve been working through many of last year’s photos. Cats sleep a lot, so you’d expect a random collection of cat photos to include a lot of pictures of sleeping cats, but this is getting ridiculous. I have an awful lot of pictures of sleeping cats. Or at least resting cats.

Dozer Yet Again
Larger ImageDozer Yet Again

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Buffy's Paws
Larger ImageBuffy's Paws

Jesus Christ Superman

Now that everyone with a computer can do non-linear video editing, there’s a whole emerging folk art built around clever re-edits of movies.

Here’s Superman re-edited into a music video for the “Overture” from Jesus Christ Superstar:

It’s pretty cool and, perhaps because it features Christopher Reeve, in a way it’s kind of moving.

(Hat tip: Stillettos and Sneakers)

The Wardrobe Malfunction That Would Not Die!

Can you believe this shit is still going on?

WASHINGTON – Federal regulators will stick by their decision to slap CBS with a $550,000 fine for the Janet Jackson flash at the 2004 Super Bowl.

But that’s not all!

They also plan new sanctions against Fox, NBC and CBS TV stations or affiliates for violating decency standards, according to people familiar with the matter.

The two sources, who declined to be identified ahead of a public announcement, said one of the decisions involves an appearance by Nicole Richie on the 2003 Billboard Music Awards on Fox. During the broadcast, she uttered the “F” word and the expletive for excrement.

2003 for God’s sake!

You’d almost think the FCC wasn’t in the midst of a potential multi-billion dollar screwup of the HDTV roll-out.

Doing Things Wrong In Houston

“If you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?”

—Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt

He’s talking about his idea to install security cameras all over Houston, including in private businesses and apartment buildings.

A fellow named Matt Asher has an interesting response:

The Hurtt Prize is a $1120 (and growing) reward for the first person who can provide definitive videotaped evidence of Houston police chief Harold Hurtt committing a crime, any crime. This evidence will posted here and forward to the Houston Police Department along with a demand that action be taken.

Of course, Hurtt is used to being in the local media spotlight, so this probably isn’t too hard on him. If Asher really wanted to give him a taste of it, the prize would have been extended to cover crimes by his immediate family members as well.