Clinton blames America’s drug users for Mexico’s drug war

The Latin American Herald Tribune quotes Clinton as saying,

“Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade,” Clinton told reporters earlier en route to Mexico. “Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians.”

She vowed that we would work “side by side” with Mexico to eradicate the traffickers, who Clinton referred to as “gangs.”

John McCain (R-AZ) called the problem an “existential threat,” and Joe Lieberman ((D-CT)  deemed “unacceptable” the fact that not all of the $700 million appropriated for equipment and training for the Mexican security forces has been distributed.

In the meantime, the Organized Drug Enforcement Task Force (ODETF), has said that though meth labs are declining in the .S. due to restriction of ingredients, meth use is rising due to increased distribution efforts of the Mexican Drug Cartels, termed DTO’s (Drug Trafficking Organizations), by the ODETF, who are suppling the Hispanic gangs as well as their own people throughout the country.

Clinton’s perspective, mirroring Mexico’s, that drug use is the cause of this war, is neglecting basic supply and demand laws. Demand tends to influence price, not necessarily use of a product.

The automakers said Americans wanted SUV’s and that’s why they sold them. But if they hadn’t engineered them, would we have even known it was possible to demand them?

If you had one grocery store in your neighborhood, you would go there. If they shut down, would you continue to go there and demand food?

I think not, and I think it would get you nowhere. Yet we Americans, who can’t stop smoking pot or doing meth or coke, are to blame for this problem.

Why is this different? In Mexico. both political parties are accusing each other of being in the pocket of the cartels. Mexico has had a known corruption problem for years and years. Their army is on the payroll, their prosecutors, their police, etc.

And we want to give them money for Blackhawk helicopters and arms and training?

If they legalized it, and kept it in line with current prices, would we still have this problem? Would the drug lords of Mexico and Columbia, still have a black market?

Or would they trade in their AK47s for pens and ride the legal wave to wealth and happiness while we grow our way out of our current economic problem?

I would guess the latter.

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Contact/Bail info for Mark Mansheim

COOK COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
Thomas J. Dart, Sheriff
Individual Inmate Report


Jail I.D. #
2009-0019894
Inmate Name
MANSHEIM, MARK E.
Date of Birth
03/10/1988
Booked Date
03/27/2009
Housing Location
05-C-02-U1
Visiting Day / Time
Wednesday  9a – 8:30p
Bail Amount
$ 10,000
Next Court Date
03/31/2009
Court House Location
SKOKIE
5600 West Old Orchard Road
Skokie, Illinois 60076
Mailing Address for this inmate:
MANSHEIM, MARK E.
#2009-0019894
P.O. Box 089002
Chicago, Illinois 60608
Visiting Address for this inmate:
Division 05
2700 South California Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60608
Enter at main entrance at 27th and California
Sending money to this inmate for Commissary:
You can send money orders for $100 or less via the U.S. Mail; or wire money to an inmate through WESTERN UNION using a QUICK COLLECT® or through MONEYGRAM® using EXPRESS PAYMENT. For wiring money you will need the following information:

For WESTERN UNION
CODE CITY = CCDOC
STATE = Illinois
Account = MANSHEIM, MARK E. – #2009-0019894
For MONEYGRAM
RECEIVE CODE = 1750
Account = MANSHEIM, MARK E. – #2009-0019894

Requirements for Entry into the Facility:
Identification: Identification. All visitors must be in possession of one valid photo identification including: Valid Drivers License or State ID, U.S. Military Identification Card, Valid Passport/Visa/Consulate ID, Valid Alien Registration Card, Public Aid Photo ID, Photo School ID
Age: Vistors must be 17 or older, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Registration: Each visitor is required to register on the Visitor Registration Form, providing their name and address and the relationship to the detainee.
Search: ALL visitors, including children, are subject to search prior to being allowed to visit any inmate. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, the following: Alcohol, Electronics, Newspapers/Magazines, Books, Food, Pocket Knives, Cameras, Lighters, Syringes, Cell Phones, Matches, Tobacco Products, Drinks, Music Players, Tools, Drugs, Nail, Clippers, and Weapons.
VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL CODE 720 ILCS 5/31A IS A FELONY PUNISHABLE UP TO 12 YEARS IN THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Out-of-Town Visits: Visitors from out of town shall be allowed to visit Monday through Saturday regardless of the regularly scheduled visiting day of the inmate. The visitors must submit proof that they are from out of town, which is defined as 150 miles or more from the Cook County Department of Corrections.

Instructions for Bonding Out an Inmate:
Where: Division Five, 2700 South California Avenue
Time: 9 AM to 9 PM Sunday through Saturday, including Holidays
Methods of payment: Cash (US currency only); NO Personal Checks, NO Money Orders, Bank or Cashier Checks only. When paying by check, the check is payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court and must be presented during normal banking hours for verification purposes (the Clerk of the Circuit Court bonding clerk will speak with a bank employee for verification).

You may pay CASH BAIL by credit card. Posting of Bail Bonds by Credit Card must be transacted in person at the 26th and California facility.


DISCLAIMER
Although every effort is made to keep the information accurate and current, it cannot be guaranteed. Users are cautioned that the information is based upon name check only and documentation the DOC received. By using this search tool, you acknowledge that you understand that it is solely your responsibility to verify any information you may obtain herein before relying on said information for any type of legal action.


Cook County Sheriff’s Department of Corrections • 2700 S. California Ave. • Chicago, IL 60608
1 773 869 5245


Thought you might appreciate the info……

Once again – Obama dodges marijuana legalization question

In the first ever virtual town hall meeting from the White House, President Obama answered questions posed to him by the American people on the White House website. According to the website, 92,932 people have submitted 104,093 questions and cast 3,606,268 votes.

The moderator chose the most popular question, one from each of 11 categories, and asked the President who gave thoughtful, and for the most part, lengthy answers.

With the exception of one repeatedly answered question. Would you legalize marijuana, end the war on drugs, and allow states to benefit from the revenue.

Though over 7,000 people asked this question in four different categories, and it was the top question in each, the answer was flippant, and the answer was no, we will not grow our way out of this problem.

Tom Amianao, an assemblyman from San Francisco, has proposed AB390,


not only to address California’s growing economic crisis but, more importantly, to begin a rational public policy discussion about how best to regulate the state’s largest cash crop, estimated to be worth roughly $14 billion annually. Placing marijuana under the same regulatory system that now applies to alcohol represents the natural evolution of California’s laws and is in line with recent polls indicating strong support for decriminalizing marijuana.

To understand the reasoning behind AB390, it is helpful to understand how we got here. The state first prohibited marijuana in 1913. When Congress later passed the Controlled Substances Act in 1970, marijuana was temporarily labeled a “Schedule I substance” – an illegal drug with no approved medical purposes.

But Congress acknowledged that it did not know enough about marijuana to permanently classify it as Schedule I, so it created a presidential commission to review the research. In 1972, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse advised Congress to remove criminal penalties on the possession and nonprofit distribution of marijuana.

“Neither the marijuana user nor the drug itself can be said to constitute a danger to public safety,” concluded the commission, led by then-Gov. Raymond Shafer of Pennsylvania. President Richard Nixon and Congress ignored the report. Since then, more than 14 million Americans have been arrested on marijuana charges and marijuana has remained listed as a Schedule I substance – actually treated by federal law as more dangerous than cocaine and methamphetamine.

Here in California, enforcement costs for marijuana offenses had become so high by 1975 that the Legislature decriminalized possession of small quantities in the Moscone Act, saving the state $100 million each year. In 1990, the California Research Advisory Panel urged further decriminalization, noting that “an objective consideration of marijuana shows that it is responsible for less damage to society and the individual than are alcohol and cigarettes.” By 1996, the medicinal benefits of marijuana had been well documented and California voters legalized the medical use of marijuana by passing Proposition 215. Thirteen states across the nation have since followed suit.

With U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announcing last week that the federal government will end raids on marijuana dispensaries in California and other states with medical marijuana laws, it is clear that the tide is turning. Fact regarding marijuana is finally overcoming fiction.

There may be disagreements about what direction to take, but it is clear to everyone involved that our current approach is not working. Regulation allows common-sense controls and takes the marijuana industry out of the hands of unregulated criminals.

I find Obama’s stance puzzling. This is the second time it was the top question, the first was during the transition, and the same thing happened then. Thoughtful answers to every question, but a terse, President Obama does not advocate legalization of marijuana.

Is this a democracy? Really?

Read the whole editorial in the San Francisco Chronicle.

CEO of drug enterprise busted in Winnetka – updated

Yes, the darlings of Winnetka have done it again. a mere two blocks from New Trier High School, the training ground for the future CEO’s of America, an enterprising 21 year old, Mark Elliot Mansheim, was arrested Wednesday and charged with “production of marijuana plants, marijuana possession and manufacture of marijuana, all felonies,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

Officers executed the search warrant on the home about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday and found 75 marijuana plants “and further evidence of the production, use and distribution of [marijuana],” the release said. Also found in the home, according to the release, were growing stations, including tents equipped with lighting, irrigation and ventilation systems.

This was a breaking news story. When they get around to investigating further, like, for example, why this kid has a setup like this in his house and his parents weren’t arrested too, they will find more interesting information.

The house has been transferring hands nearly every year since 2003 when it was bought by Evelyn A. Liberis for $770,000 and quit claimed to 384 Hawthorne LLC for $0.00 in 2003, and then quit claimed and mortgaged nearly every year between Evelyn, 384 Hawthorne LLC, multiple banks,  Thomas and Melissa  Mansheim, who bought it from 384 Hawthorne LLC for $2.57 million in 2006, Steven and Constance Fapka (who took out a $1.5 million mortgage in 2008 while the Mansheim’s owned it) and somehow it ended up back with the LLC and corrected to show the Mansheim’s as owners.

The LLC lists Lloyd Gussis as the agent and the principal office as 1101 Fisher Lane in Winnetka. The managers are Kasey Tamara, Leslie Struthers and, you got it, Evelyn A. Liberis.

Makes you wonder if young Mark may be taking the fall for  what would seem to be a criminal enterprise involving Mom, Dad and who knows who these other people are.

Lovely living in the North Shore. Great neighbors. Wonderful place to raise your kids.

The newpaper’s forums are betting he gets 100 hours of community service.

I’d have the FBI investigate the whole enterprise. I’d bet it doesn’t stop there.

Wilmette Police press release

****Update****

A poster, dotherightthing, has this first hand account to offer.

first of all it wasn’t 75 plants. It was 4 plants and 71 germinated–which is basically the seed in soil. People are making it sound like he had a forest growing in his basement.

Always good to hear both sides of the story. You decide.

Bolivian president Evo Morales calls for legalization of coca

President Evo Morales is launching an international campaign to tout the benefits of the coca leaf and has been lobbying the UN to take it off of the list of prohibited substances.

Cocaine, which used to be an ingredient in Coca-Cola until the Pure Food and Drug Act was passed, is an appetite suppressant, controls altitude sickness and and an energy lift.

Coca-Cola (the cocaine helped give it its name), was originally an elixer as was Dr. Pepper (sans cocaine).

His appeal was in a New York Times editorial entitled Let Me Chew My Coca Leaves.

Note that chewing coca leaves is an ancient tradition for the Andean people dating back to the Incas. In fact its appetite suppression and energy attributes are what allowed the Spaniards to enslave the Inca Indians and cut down on the food they had to give them.

Read about his initiative here.

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