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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

A plausible explanation

Old Town blogger Larry Norton continues to report blatant drug deal after blatant drug deal in his neck of the woods, with police looking the other way. Gee, Larry, if you didn't know better, you might start to think that someone in city government or local law enforcement must be taking a cut of the drug money, wouldn't you?

Nah. This is Portland. No corruption here.

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Forget it, Jack. It's China Town.

In another facet of the force ...

The magic of chemistry is the stock-in-trade of the CIA. From the outset, seeking a holy grail 'truth serum,' 1946, and before, (the better to determine 'spies' like the Rosenbergs and Hiss, who weren't, and 'communists!!! under the bed, and in the closet, and in the State Dept.' who weren't actually), through the 1950s of MK/ULTRA, LSD and hallucinogenics distribution; and the '60s heroin and China white, 'diplomatic pouched' back from Southeast Asia; and the '70s germ-warfare labs in Angola and 'around,' (think: Legionnaires' disease, hepatitis C, HIV, and assorted); and further through the '80s into East L.A.'s 'target rich' environs -- what?, you thought the exceptionally sophisticated formulation recipe for 'crack' was something a couple of ne'er-do-well's concocted one idle afternoon in some ramshackle garage somewhere?; and into the '90s of epiphedrine/pseudoephedrine -refined meth, and Ecstasy, and Oxycontin -- more chemistry, chemistry, chemistry; all along since inception, there has been but one source for 'Better things ... for Better dying ... Through chemistry.'

One (strategic) Authority sense being to feed and fuel the self-destructive and -demise liabilities of anti-Authority exposure. Avoid the hard work of educating ignorance; foster ignorance to eradicate its own.

I don't know what drugs are being dealt, or by who to whom, or anything in particular. Just saying, the pattern has been and misanthropic motive exists, that considers selective enforcement an efficacious and exclusionary elitism. Sin of omission.

'Society' can support everyone -- support the good of 'us,' and also support the bad of 'them.'


Could be corruption. Could be they just don't care. They do after all have bigger fish to fry than to take care of mundane things like crime in the streets.

And just wait until your mayor gets rid of the drug free and prostitution free zones later this year. If you think you see a lot of dealing now, just give it a few months.

I was in Victoria BC this weekend. It was all very twee and pseudo-English with lots of very expensive condos popping up, Portland style, everywhere. Our friend has a beautiful craftsman house just on the edge of downtown. On the second night we were woken by the sound of a woman screaming profanities having overdosed on heroin. The policeman who responded to the call was absolutely superb. He treated her with respect, managed to discover what she had taken, and had her in an ambulance in five minutes. According to our host the woman will be back shooting up heroin in the neighboring church parking lot within 12 hours.

Unfortunately there are people in the world that want to kill them selves slowly with this stuff. I have yet to see any solution to this; making it illegal and spending hundreds of billions on a phony war certainly hasn’t helped. There are other people that see profit in these pitiful wretches. There may be a way to ruin their plans.

The one thing that will make little or no difference is forcing it out of old town. It will just move somewhere else, maybe even back to Irvington.

And just wait until your mayor gets rid of the drug free and prostitution free zones later this year. If you think you see a lot of dealing now, just give it a few months.

Yes, because if there's one thing that will intimidate a drug pusher or pimp, it's a sign! I have a permit for my own "assault free zone" sign so I can carry it concealed on my person.

If I could make a suggestion to Larry, it would be this: take a video camera and record what you are seeing: drug dealers standing around conducting business, while cops literally look the other way. Then post it to YouTube, get a few blogs to link to it, and it's guaranteed to get attention. We live in a visual society, and one several-minute video of this will get far more attention/results than a thousand blog posts.

That's not what the PFZ and DFZ's are about, but hey, might as well wisecrack instead of learn.

I would certainly like to see that video of people doing drug deals, while a cop stands there unconcerned. Strangely enough, when I'm standing there in my uniform, they don't seem that interested in doing deals. I guess I haven't gotten my graft check yet.

I remember Willamette Week doing a story about containment of drugs by allowing one dealer to go unscathed while busting his competitors..al in the name of justice and enforcement. Anyone remember the article?

...If I could make a suggestion to Larry, it would be this: take a video camera and record what you are seeing: drug dealers standing around conducting business, while cops literally look the other way.

Perhaps a good suggestion, but I note that you're suggesting that Larry be the one to bell the cat. That's where it begins to fall apart.

Of course there is corruption -- all vice laws create corruption, and there is no instance of one ever, ever eradicating the sanctioned vice. And I say that with no disrespect intended to the majority of cops on the force who are not, themselves, in on it, who are as much victims of these idiotic laws as we are.

Can't we get Homer to build a condo down there? Then the police would show up and do something.

PS - Why do I get the feeling Tensakatwana has first hand experience with some of the drugs he mentions?

PS - Why do I get the feeling Tensakatwana has first hand experience with some of the drugs he mentions?

Just because he sounds like he's absolutely stoned out of his mind doesn't mean the CIA wasn't heavily involved in the LSD trade, or the distribution of crack cocaine.

Or that the Clintons weren't in on all of the drugs flown into Mena, Arkansas by our loving government, for that matter.

He's dead wrong about the Communists in America in the late 40s, as are most left-leaning, sadly misinformed Americans. The Russians admit that they had infiltrated high levels of our federal government then. This influx of Communist spies all started back in the 30s, and accelerated during WW2, as we provided the industrial mechanized might for the Red Army. McCarthy was right, and the fact that the Russians eventually openly admitted this, after the collapse of the Communist empire, is very old news.

As is the CIA/LSD thing. Read "Acid Dreams" for a good start on this subject.


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