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Ex-treasurer calls for legalized pot, cocaine

CHARLESTON --- A former state treasurer who served 10 months in federal prison on a cocaine charge says in a newspaper editorial that cocaine and marijuana should be legalized.

In the piece for The Post and Courier of Charleston, Thomas Ravenel calls the war on drugs a failure and says the U.S. should change its approach. The article will be published today.

"Drug abuse is a problem, a medical, health care and spiritual problem, not a problem to be solved with a criminal justice model," he said.

Ravenel, a multimillionaire land developer, resigned as treasurer just months after taking office when he was indicted in June 2007. He pleaded guilty to buying cocaine for himself and to share with friends.

"All I want to do is open up a debate," Ravenel, 48, told the newspaper. "I want people to start asking their politicians questions."

He said he hoped his celebrity status would bring attention to the cause of legalizing marijuana and cocaine.

Mom who broke ankle loses suit against USC

COLUMBIA --- The South Carolina Court of Appeals has ruled against the mother of a University of South Carolina intern who was visiting her son in 2005 on Pritchards Island when she slipped and broke her ankle on a beach boardwalk.

Karen Harris had been carrying a book, a drink can and a beach chair up the boardwalk steps at a facility that USC leases from the Carolina Research and Development Foundation.

Harris sued the university in 2006, alleging it had negligently designed, built and maintained the stairs. She also said that the university didn't warn her about the "dangerous condition" of the stairs and that she suffered a permanent disability.

Harris had been seeking damages for lost wages, medical bills, future medical expenses, loss of the enjoyment of life, and her mental anguish and physical pain, according to Thursday's decision.

The decision from Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hughston, Jr. affirmed a jury's earlier ruling that sided with USC.

Dog blamed in alpaca deaths; owner charged

YORK --- A York County man has been charged with a leash-law violation after four alpacas were killed apparently by a pit bull at a neighbor's pasture.

Sheriff's deputies have charged Macilinley Clayton Izzard with allowing a dog to run free, The Herald of Rock Hill reported.

Mark Barnett said he saw a dog crawling under a fence and saw several of his animals dead. A veterinarian told him Thursday that the injuries were consistent with a dog attack. A coyote would have tried to eat them.

Izzard told a deputy he was inside cooking and realized his dog was off the chain. He said he went outside and put the chain back on the dog. A deputy said there was no blood on the dog.

Alpacas are valued for their fleece. Bennett said he has raised them for nine years.

Woman is accused of prostituting daughter

MAULDIN --- A Mauldin woman has been arrested and accused of allowing a man to have sex with her 16-year-old daughter in order to obtain illegal drugs.

Kathleen Dawn Bunnell, 39, was arrested Thursday and charged with promoting prostitution of a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and illegal neglect of a child, television station WYFF reported.

The warrant says Bunnell allowed a drug dealer to inject narcotics in the girl's neck to get her high so he could have sex with her.

The daughter has been placed with the Department of Social Services.

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malcolmkyle 02/05/11 - 04:37 am
We all have our victories and

We all have our victories and defeats as regards fear, but most of us strive not to let fear rule our hearts or our minds. Being free means being free to live and love as if death and fear had no power over us. Freedom also means that we have an ethical and moral responsibility to expose blind hate, lies and ignorance by shining eternal light, truth and love, sending such dark forces fleeing to the shadows from whence they came.

We explore outer space with various forms of space craft, but many choose to explore inner space via nature's abundant chemistry - an infinite journey into the heart of God. Whatever, we are here to explore this glorious universe. The Prohibitionist's brand of hateful, choking pseudo-Conservatism is the antithesis of all that. Like a lion who cannot grasp that he can do more than walk in a circle the size of the cage he's recently been freed from, the prohibitionist is incapable of exploration beyond the boundaries of his own fear, prejudice and loathing. We are all free to choose how we walk our own path, but when we choose to go beyond this by supporting drug-war demagoguery, to the point of even threatening others with imprisonment and physical violence, we loose the right to expect any form of respect from the once free and prosperous society that we are helping to totally destroy.

Thanks to prohibition we're about to lose all semblance of that once ordered, prosperous and safe society. Myself, along with many others, have been debating prohibitionists on this for many years. We have shown what destruction prohibition has wrought on all the civil institutions of this once great nation, -we've always provided facts and statistics - they, the prohibitionists, have countered with either lies, personal abuse or even serious threats of violence.

Ending the insanity of drug prohibition by legalized regulation, respecting the rights of the responsible users and focusing on addiction as a sickness, like we do with alcohol and tobacco, may save what remains of our economy and civil institutions along with countless lives and livelihoods. Prohibition continues unabated for shameful political reasons. It cannot, and never will, reduce drug use or addiction.

Prohibition has permanently scarred our national character as well as our individual psyches. Our national policies and cultural practices have become pervaded by the fascistic, prohibitionist mind-set. which has turned our domestic police force into a bunch of paramilitary thugs who often commit extra-judicial beatings and executions while running roughshod over our rights in order to "protect us from ourselves".

When we eventually manage to put the horrors of this moronothon behind us, we'll need to engage in some very deep and honest soul-searching as to what we want to be as a nation. Many of our freedoms have been severely circumscribed or lost altogether, our economy has been trashed and our international reputation for being "free and fair" has been dragged through a putrid sewer by vicious narrow-minded drug warrior zealots who are ignorant of abstract concepts such as truth, justice and decency. We'll need to make sure that such a catastrophe is never ever repeated. This may mean that public hearings or tribunals will be held, where those who’ve been the instigators and cheerleaders of this abomination will have to answer for their serious crimes against our once prosperous and proud nation.

If you're aware of but not enraged by the atrocities of prohibition then both your heart and soul must be dead.

Hearts for Animals
Hearts for Animals 02/10/11 - 10:58 pm
I agree totally with the

I agree totally with the above statement. I just discussed the Declaration of Independence with my 10 year old grandson today and tried diligently to explain to him the right to the pursuit of happiness, the right to life and the right to live free. This country is no longer based on those principals. The principals that so many left their own country for and died for. Sometimes we may not like our neighbor or approve of what they are doing,but if it is not actually hurting anyone,then the old addage of Mind Your Own Business is the word of the day. So many call the police when we can work it out by talking to one another sensibly as adults and try and force onto others their own beliefs and when they don't bend,they go after them.....why? I have seen more harm done by the criminal justice system to people who were minding their own business and right out accusing them of doing things they did not do...all for the almighty revenue. It seems it's all about who's got the most money and the most matter what the rightness of a thing doesn't matter...its all about power...we the people....what happened to that?

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