GOVEROTRAGEOUS: the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” reminds me of Prohibition

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Nearly 75 people reportedly overdose on laced heroin in 3-day span in Chicago
Published October 04,

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Nearly 75 people reportedly overdosed on dangerous narcotics, possibly heroin laced with painkiller fentanyl, in Chicago over a three-day span, according to city health and fire officials.

The Chicago Tribune, citing hospital officials, reported by Friday afternoon at least 14 people were rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago to be treated for possible heroin overdoses, and some patients still had needles in their arms.

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”We suspect what is happening is the same thing that happened in 2006 when people were getting heroin that was cut with fentanyl, which is a very strong narcotic,” she told the newspaper. “That’s what we think is happening.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Chicago police are teaming up to try and find the source of the batches.

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The last major outbreak of fentanyl-related deaths took place between 2005 and 2007. The outbreak killed more than 1,000 people across the country and dozens specifically in Chicago.

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Doesn’t anyone remember their history lessons?

OK, anyone remember Robert Stack playing Elliott Ness in the Untouchables? Where during Prohibition, he had to track down a moonshiner who was making contaminated bathtub gin. That gin was causing folks to die or go blind!

Can’t you see the similarity here?


Now imagine an American where drugs were “legal”. Let’s have a mental experiment.  The addiction rate would be at a historical norm — since back in the days when that Chinese emporer study the problem and couldn’t fix it then by killing addicts — of 10%. Walmart, Walgreens, RiteAid, and every drugstore would be selling “drugs”. Clean, pure, of know quantity and quality. And, of course, they would offer treatment alternatives. 

Also, since it would no longer be illegal or “dangerous”, children would find some other alternative to rebel. Dye their hair, pierce their bodies, and listing to bad music — oh wait they’ve done that through the decades already. (But it doesn’t kill them!)

Of course, currently “illegal” drugs would be cheap, so one could have a “habit” and hold down a job — which was common in late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Now let’s consider the poor Drug Lords, Cartels, and drug dealing gangs. Guess they’ll have to find other employment since Walmart can drive the profit out of anything.

And, all the money that the USA spends on prisons, courts, cops, DEA, FDA, BATF, etc. etc. can be redirected to treatment.

Wow, what different country this would be.

How many people would still be alive?

How many people would be better off?

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” — attributed to Einstein

Time to end the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Can’t predict the storm a few days in advance

Saturday, October 3, 2015


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And, yet they can’t predict the storm a few days in advance, but they can predict climate decades from now?

You have to be kidding me!

And, of course, the answer is more taxes and Gooferment power!


“Fool me twice, shame on me.”

Come back when you have a better lie.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: 1% copays would end fraud

Friday, October 2, 2015–mystery_ambulance_rides-2f39c3677a.html

Medicare’s $30M ambulance-ride mystery
Sep 29, 3:46 AM (ET)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare paid $30 million for ambulance rides for which no record exists that patients got medical care at their destination, the place where they were picked up or other critical information.

The mystery ambulance rides are part of a bigger problem with Medicare payments for transporting patients, according to a federal audit being released Tuesday.

The Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general’s office also found that some urban ambulance services got paid for an average distance of more than 100 miles per ride. That contrasts with a national average of just 10 miles for urban ambulance rides.

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How many times do I have to say: “The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient”?

Simple fix here — copays.

Make it near trivial. Say 1%. Medicare doesn’t pay until the patient pays 1%. So if the bill is $100, then they pay a dollar. 

And, most of the seniors I know scrutinize their bills.

End of phantom billing.

You could even cap the copay at $100. 

Or include the patient in the audit team and the patient gets half of any mistake. Like treasure hunt.

I know from patients that I advocated for that the bills were always wrong and in one case bordered on fraud.


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The Gooferment doesn’t reign in the credit reporting agencies

Sunday, September 20, 2015

This man’s bank keeps telling him he’s dead
With agencies relying on automated bank reports, coming back from the dead is just as hard as it sounds
By Russell Brandom  on September 16, 2015 04:09 pm

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Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, consumers can dispute any fact in their credit report, giving agencies 30 days to confirm it or back down — but that measure was little help to Jokinen. He reported the mistake to Experian and the two other major agencies, but they simply confirmed that Chase had marked him as dead and moved on. He reported the issue to Chase, but the bank was slow to react, and as soon as one agency made the fix, another report of his death would echo back through a different channel. Ultimately, he had to appeal directly to the Social Security Agency for a “living letter,” but even that wasn’t enough to restore his credit. “I have been spending an average of seven hours each week, just keeping these mounting credit errors under control,” Jokinen told the Senate Banking Committee. “I am a living case example of how our current fair credit reporting laws still don’t work as intended.”

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How about the Congresscritters say “treble damages”?

Bet that fixes things in a heartbeat!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Florida Cops Arrest of DUI Lawyer

Monday, September 14, 2015

Florida Cops Unable to Turn Off New 360 Degree PINAC Cam During Arrest of Fair DUI Lawyer
Carlos Miller  

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Ever since PINAC’s Jeff Gray rode through a DUI checkpoint earlier this year with his drivers license hanging out the window in a Ziploc bag – along with a Fair DUI flyer from South Florida attorney Warren Redlich – the flyers have generated tons of media coverage as well as threats of arrests from tough-talking sheriffs.
But it was only until last month that the flyer got him arrested.

And we were there to capture that arrest with several cameras, including a new 360 degree camera we are now selling that was attached to the dashboard of my car, the PINACmobile, which he was driving.

Police tried their best to turn the camera off, but were unable to do so as you can see in the video below.

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They’re not going to react well to having their “criminal activities” disrupted.

“Inventory” the car, my <synonym for donkey>; that was a warrantless search.

And, how many “deputies” were deployed at the DUI checkpoint and who’s paying for their time.


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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Vindication of Tonya Craft

Thursday, September 10, 2015

You Really Cannot Make Up This Stuff: The Ordeal and Vindication of Tonya Craft
By William L. Anderson
September 8, 2015

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Accused: My Fight for Truth, Justice, & the Strength to Forgive, by Tonya Craft with Mark Dagostina, BenBella Books, 2015, 348 pages, Hardback.

To give a brief synopsis of Accused, Catoosa County, Georgia, authorities in 2008 charged Craft, then a kindergarten teacher, of 22 counts of child molestation, with the three accusing children being two daughters of former friends, along with her own daughter. Not surprisingly, she lost her job, her two children, her home, and was vilified in the local media.

Craft endured a five-week trial in April and May of 2010, and in the end, the jurors declared her not guilty. The trial itself was a farce, a spectacle that one had to follow closely to believe. The judge permitted the two prosecutors to run the proceedings and acted as a third arm of the prosecution, openly declaring his disdain for the defense. However, despite all efforts to rig the trial, the jury gave its pronouncement and the two prosecutors literally ran from the courthouse to their vehicles, one of them covering his face with a notebook. As the title of this article states, you really cannot make up this stuff.

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Wow, this is a blockbuster that I never heard about.

If half is was is asserted is true, then the judge should be impeached, the prosecutors disbarred, and the law changed.

Talk about miscarriage of justice … …

I’d be seeking damages, arrests, and jail time for all the felonies exposed.


I know “life’s not fair”, but the law should be — supposed be — maybe isn’t?

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The stupidity of the “living wage” or “minimum wage”

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Failed Moral Argument for a “Living Wage”
By Ryan McMaken
September 5, 2015

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A Low Wage Is Unacceptable, but a Zero Wage Is Fine

And this leads to the fact that when faced with high wages, employers will seek to replace employers with non-human replacements — such as these automated cashiers at McDonalds — or other labor-saving devices.

But this phenomenon is simply ignored by the living-wage advocates. Thus, the argument that employers are morally obligated to not pay low wages becomes strangely silent in the face of workers earning no wage at all.

Indeed, we see few attempts at passing laws mandating that employers hire human beings instead of machines. While it’s no doubt true that some neo-Luddites would love to see this happen, virtually no one argues that employers not be allowed to employ labor-saving devices. Certainly, anyone making such an argument is likely to be laughed out of the room since most everyone immediately recognizes that it would be absurd to pass laws mandating that a road builder, for example, hire people with shovels instead of using bulldozers and paving machines.

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The reason that economics is called the “dismal science” is because it rubs our nose in “scarcity”.

It makes no moral arguments; it merely points out that limited resources are a finite constraint upon us.

Like the “Law” of Gravity — and the politicians’ use of the word ‘law’ has really corrupted our understanding that a physical “LAW” has no exceptions — describes how a rock drops. So too the “Laws” of Economics describe how society — not Gooferment — can organize to maximize satisfaction, minimize discomfort, and ensure that everyone is equally “happy”. Laugh.

The truly free market serves to ensure that everyone cooperates. 

And, then along comes the gang that calls themselves Gooferment and messes it all up.

Crony Capitalism and corruption makes them interfere with the smooth operation of the market.

SO why are wages any different than apples, cars, plumbers, or any other good or service?

Beats me?

Just by them passing a diktat or regulation, black youth unemployment skyrockets.

Didn’t we have civil rights marches to free the Black population?

Only to put them in welfare poverty!


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Eliminate all licensing requirements for medical schools, hospitals, pharmacies, and medical doctors and other health care personnel. Their supply would almost instantly increase, prices would fall, and a greater variety of health care services would appear on the market. Competing voluntary accreditation agencies would take the place of compulsory government licensing….Eliminate all government restrictions on the production and sale of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. This means no more Food and Drug Administration, which presently hinders innovation and increases costs.… [Our country’s robust legal profession will keep drug companies in line.]Deregulate the health insurance industry. Private enterprise can offer insurance against events over whose outcome the insured possesses no control…. [Like insuring one’s home against fires and floods, buy insurance that covers expenses for major injuries and illnesses, not like current misnamed health “insurance” that covers routine doctor visits.]Eliminate all subsidies to the sick or unhealthy. Subsidies create more of whatever is being subsidized. Subsidies for the ill and diseased breed illness and disease, and promote carelessness, indigence, and dependency. If we eliminate them, we would strengthen the will to live healthy lives and to work for a living. In the first instance, that means abolishing Medicare and Medicaid. [Private charity will once again play an important role in medical care.]


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