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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Friday, April 06, 2007

Missouri bill calls for crackdown on sale of ... baking soda

First, the state said you must make a special trip to the pharmacy counter to buy certain cold medicines. That was to curb production of methamphetamine.

Now, a St. Louis legislator wants you to do the same thing to buy an even more common household item — baking soda — because it's used to make crack cocaine.

Sales of cold medications containing pseudoephedrine, such as Sudafed, are strictly regulated in Missouri. Customers must show a photo ID when they buy the medicine. Pharmacists must log the names and addresses of buyers, including how much they buy. People under 18 may not buy the medicines.

The sponsor of the baking soda bill, Rep. Talibdin El-Amin, D-St. Louis, said the same approach was needed for baking soda because crack cocaine is often produced by dissolving powdered cocaine in a mixture of water and baking soda.

Derek Kravitz

We have abandoned our roots of a free society. Whether it is in the name of protecting us from ourselves, protecting us from whatever demagogued threat the elite conjure up to stay in power, or just in the interest of providing bread and circuses, politicians of every stripe, Republican and Democrat, are under no compunction to follow the tenets of libertarianism.

At one time, the GOP pretended to be a counterbalance to this trend, but the rise of the neocons looks to have ended that, possibly forever. We now rush headlong toward an authoritarian police state, with the only unresolved question being whether it will be a fascist police state or a socialist one. If the GOP wins the day, it will be the former, if the Democrats prevail, it will be the latter.

I don't believe anything short of armed rebellion can reverse this trend. The oligarchy is established. I expect the next twenty years to yield up the sham of democracy we now affect. It will be replaced by the "people's democracies" affected by the openly socialist states like the PRC. The charade of a multi-party system will be dropped entirely.

Everything changes and human society always swings on a pendulum. The only thing unsure is whether anyone reading this will be alive when the pendulum swings back toward freedom.


Anonymous Kathy said...

Hi, I stumbled upon your blog by accident. I wish I would have found it sooner. Even more, I hope that enough others have, or soon will who believe what you write as I do, to be the very sad, but unfortunate truth of what our country is becomming and will become if "they" (the neocons - and other so called elite regardless what they call themselves, or we call them are not stopped. And stopped soon.

I do not personally agree with war or violence of any type. However, as you say, it does seem to have come to the point where nothing short of armed rebellion can reverse this. I believe this to be true. Only the military itself can save what little is left of our freedoms. But if they have not done so yet, after so many have died in Iraq, after so many are finally - finally beginning to realize that something is wrong, will they ever?

I am just one person. I have written all over the place in Cyberspace, under various user names such as, "Cybrespyydre",
"CyberKat" (Cyberkat I've used more in political writings), "Tornado Watch" also, now, I mainly just use my real first name of Kathy. I write exactly what I feel to be true. I write of my fears, many which I totally identified with in reading this post. I am one. You are one. Many other bloggers, posters, etc... are of the same mind set, share the same fears. We alone are each but one. How do we bring all of the "ones" who believe and fear the same together in order to save what little freedom we have left, and to take back all of the freedom we have lost?

Sunday, April 08, 2007 4:16:00 AM  

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