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Name: Ernie Ferguson
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Hometown: Plano, TX
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A molder of young minds?

If I was a parent that had a child that was in this "teachers" class I would be conferencing with school administration about his qualifications to teach a core subject such as social studies. Social studies is one of those courses that offers ample opportunity for plenty of teacher sourced editorial opinion. I can imagine the impact this supposedly mature adult is having on his impressionable young victims (err students).

He shouldn't just be excluded from a campus event, but from the campus.
Posted by Moral Compass | Thu Mar 13, 2014, 10:46 AM (0 replies)


I've lived in a place where drugs were essentially legal. All of them. When I say "essentially" it is because many drugs were technically legal but the laws were unenforced.

The group I ran with did a lot of drugs. It was the 60s and 70s after all.

What I saw is that 1) becoming an addict was really frowned on 2) the group would go through phases where we binged on a specific drug and then would drop it and never come back to it and 3) would figure out very quickly if the drug was a "bad" drug. For example, a guy showed up with pharmaceutical grade PCP. One pinhead snorted would send you to the moon. Problem was, every time we partied on the stuff something bad would happen with someone. I had to keep a girl from jumping off a cliff one night for example. I did too much and ended up comatose for about eight hours. And that was the end of that. No one wanted it any longer.

At the end of this three year experiment the death toll stood at zero. The instances of serious harm stood at zero. Everyone was functional and, for the most part, happy.

I will freely admit that this was risky behavior. But think of the impact that a nice long jail sentence would have had on any of us. Would that have been better?

Of course not.

Here is the truth. People have always done drugs. People will always do drugs. Criminalizing that behavior only creates criminals of people that are not criminals.

Our drug policy is terrible policy and should be shelved immediately. It is counterproductive and extremely harmful to our society.

Yes, all drugs should be legal.
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Mar 5, 2014, 11:47 AM (1 replies)

Even this report has disinformation contained in it...

I love stories about illegal drugs. There is always something in them that represents the complete hysteria and superstition with which Western society approaches drug policy...

This story, has a calm tone to it and does accurately portray the statements by senior DEA officials as official lunacy.

But it still has a line in it that characterizes Schedule 1 drugs completely wrong.

Schedule 1 drugs are drugs with a very high abuse potential that have no known and accepted medical use. Specifically, a Schedule 1 classification is for drugs that authorities have deemed to be drugs that:

The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse.
The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
There is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.

The addictiveness of a drug isn't the main consideration for inclusion in Schedule 1.

LSD and ecstasy are not addictive. In fact, none of the psychedelics have been shown to be addictive.

The DEA should be dissolved. It is peopled with crazed zealots who refuse all facts.
Posted by Moral Compass | Wed Mar 5, 2014, 11:34 AM (1 replies)

The hard 25%

There seems to be a hard percentage of roughly 25% that will vote for the most horrific candidates, support the most noxious policies, and aggressively support actions that will harm their neighbors, friends, and even relatives.

I would argue that the 25% of people that are so ignorant as to not know that the earth revolves around the sun is that 25%.

We, the 75% should do everything we can to settle these folks down, convince them that they are being listened to, and then make sure that nothing they believe is right and proper is made local or national policy.

Too often we let the stupids get in positions of power and influence because many of us cannot be bothered to fill city council, school boards seats, and other important roles that are not all that glamorous--but are very important and, often, very influential.

Here is Texas we have had the spectacle of a Texas Board of Education that are trying to warp Texas textbooks (and by extension the nation's textbooks) to include creationism, a positive spin on slavery, and editorial elimination of any discussion of the harm and injustice of state sponsored racism.

I've seen interviews of the members of this board. I guarantee they still believe that the sun orbits the earth, evolution is a sham, global warming is not real, whites did not oppress the native americans, and that whites are on the verge of becoming an oppressed minority.

This is the Republican base.
Posted by Moral Compass | Sat Feb 15, 2014, 11:45 PM (2 replies)
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