18 thoughts on “News/Politics 3-20-18

  1. hwesseli from yesterday:

    AJ @ 635. I thought the right wing mediaconsidered the FBI a tainted and corrupt institution yet here the are quoting an FBI agent as a credible source. But he wasn’t an FBI agent he resigned in 1998; 20 years ago. Yet he’s credible?

    Have you ever heard the maxim that people who cheat think everyone cheats; people who lie think everyone lies? Here’s a case where someone who thinks simplistically believes everyone else thinks simplistically.

    Ricky W from yesterday:

    Here is the really sad thing about opioids. I have a 99 year old client with severe pain in one of his hands, and he is having trouble getting painkillers because of all the middle-aged Trumpers who are taking them for recreational purposes.

    Wow that’s so nuanced. Hadn’t heard that one. Looks like we have a new frontier for placing blame on all things Trump.

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  2. Exactly.

    Just because I think some agents and many in leadership are partisan hacks, doesn’t mean I think they all are. The problem is only a small minority.

    As for Ricky’s slandering of Trump voters, just consider the source. It’s insulting to people with legitimate medical issues, many who at this very moment are denied relief because of a minority of abusers who taint it all, and it’s a heartless slandering. This is how bad his TDS has gotten. But it speaks for itself, and folks see it for what it is.

    Pathetic and sad.

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  3. Re: last night’s discussion on opioids. . .

    “America’s War on Pain Pills Is Killing Addicts and Leaving Patients in Agony
    The government’s efforts to get between people and the drugs they want have not prevented drug use, but they have made it more dangerous.”

    “Like other patients across the country, Craig is a victim of the recent crackdown on prescription opioids, which is based on a narrative that mistakenly blames pain treatment for a plague of addiction and death. Most Americans believe we are in the midst of an “opioid crisis” that began in the 1990s with the introduction of OxyContin. According to the generally accepted account, deceptive marketing encouraged reckless prescribing, which led to widespread addiction among patients and record numbers of opioid-related fatalities—a situation President Donald Trump has declared a public health emergency.

    Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who chaired the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, invokes that narrative when he talks about “the injured student-athlete who becomes addicted after [his] first prescription” or remembers the law school classmate who died of an overdose after getting hooked on the oxycodone he was taking for back pain. Such examples are misleading because they are rare, accounting for only a small percentage of opioid-related deaths.

    Contrary to the impression left by most press coverage of the issue, opioid-related deaths do not usually involve drug-naive patients who accidentally get hooked while being treated for pain. Instead, they usually involve people with histories of substance abuse and psychological problems who use multiple drugs, not just opioids.

    Conflating those two groups results in policies like the pill count that left Craig without the pain medication he needed to get out of bed in the morning, go to work, and lead a normal life. The rationale is that cutting people like him off will stop them from ending up dead of an overdose in a Walmart parking lot next to a baggie of fentanyl-laced heroin.

    But the truth is that patients who take opioids for pain rarely become addicted. A 2018 study found that just 1 percent of people who took prescription pain medication following surgery showed signs of “opioid misuse,” a broader category than addiction. Even when patients take opioids for chronic pain, only a small minority of them become addicted. The risk of fatal poisoning is even lower—on the order of two-hundredths of a percent annually, judging from a 2015 study.”


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  4. Most people I know who are prescribed opioids are very careful about NOT getting addicted, even going without pain killers to avoid them.

    One of our friends with chronic pain was so worried about it, he got a medical marijuana permit, figuring it was better to smoke a little weed every day than take opioids and get addicted.

    There must be a balance somewhere.

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  5. Speaking of marijuana here in the city aiming to become the Emerald selling capital of California, we’ve had at least three armed, murderous break-ins on innocent people in the last few months.

    What I find curious about all this–other than the horror of killing one man and beating up kids in the search for money and marijuana–is the perpetrators are from the East coast.

    Why would they come all this way to steal marijuana from what turns out to be innocent people, when they could purchase it here legally, or better yet, not even fly this far and buy it in Denver.

    Once again, the stories make no sense and no one on our local paper seems to be asking a fairly simple question: why?

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  6. The demographics of opioid abuse. Compare these to population figures by state. Hint: Start by looking at Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Michigan. Texas is No 2 in population by a wide margin. We are down the list in opioid deaths. Then look at opioid deaths by race within states and compare to the overall demographics of that state.



  7. So the people who are abusing opioids and keeping my 99 year old from getting his medicine are not generally elderly Chinese scientists and taxpayers from Seattle, or middle-aged Indian-America dentists and taxpayers from Georgia or young Mexican roofers and taxpayers from Dallas.


  8. Ricky W,

    Are you trying to make the case those opioid users are Trumpists? If so, instead of posting a few very loosely related, separate demographic charts, how about something that shows a link between actual Trump-supporters (or whatever you imagine “Trupists” or trumpers or whatever name you’re giving them) and opioid deaths. And also a link (maybe in the same set of studies) that shows those people weren’t Hillary supporters or Obama-ites and such.


  9. Still stalling.


    “The head of the House Judiciary Committee is expected to subpoena the Department of Justice (DOJ) as soon as this week to obtain documents related to how the FBI handled its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, The Hill has learned.

    Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) have been leading a joint probe into what the two lawmakers say may be evidence of political bias in the highest levels at the Justice Department.

    While one source with direct knowledge of the matter cautioned that the exact timeline was still murky, multiple sources told The Hill that they expect the summons to go out Wednesday or Thursday.

    The chairman on Monday notified the ranking Democrat, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), that a subpoena is forthcoming, a spokesperson separately confirmed.

    Under Judiciary committee rules, the chairman must consult the ranking member two business days “before issuing any subpoena” — suggesting that the move is imminent.

    Republicans have become increasingly frustrated over the past couple months at what they say is the lagging pace in which the DOJ has turned over documents from the inspector general’s concurrent probe into the 2016 presidential election. GOP lawmakers say they’ve received only a small fraction of the records they want to obtain — approximately 3,000 out of 1.2 million documents.”

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