Each day a prominent person comes out urging the end of our crazy drug laws which send hundreds of thousands to jails which drain billions of dollars away from education or rebuilding the infrastructure of societies. Last month, Pat Robertson, a leading American conservative came out against drug laws. Yesterday, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr urged the end of his nation’s mad laws dealing with drugs. It is time, he said, to end “the war on drugs.”
According to Carr, the ‘prohibition of illicit drugs killing and criminalising our children and we are letting it happen.” H enoted that police now have dogs in train stations sniffing for marijuana. How about dogs sniffing for real criminals? We allow “legal drugs”which make you happy and send people to jail for using drugs that make them happy. Explain that concept using logic.
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Australia has been the target of thousands seeking to enter and become part of that nation. It is a large nation and has plenty of room for millions, but the political opposition in Australia is concerned about how immigrants might bring into their country smells that would cause untold numbers to collapse from their odors. Teresa Gambaro, speaking for opposition members of Parliament, explained her concerns. “Without trying to be offensive, we are talking about hygiene and what is an acceptable norm in this country when you are working closely with other co-workers.” Her solution is to use deodorants in order to present the right smell to the world of fellow workers.
Pino Migliorino, of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils, who like Gambrino is of Italian heritage, pointed out an historical piece of data. “Teresa Gambaro comes from the same background as mine and we grew up being called dirty wogs.” I recall being told in elementary school that we east European Jewish children had to use soap and water more frequently because we smelled.
Ms. Gambaro admitted that her comments might be termed insensitive by those who lack a sensitive nose.
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