Category Archives: Drugs

Korean Lives Finally Matter

Two years after the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, a 24-year-old black man and a 17-year-old black male walked into a liquor store in San Bernardino, Calif., where a Korean immigrant named Bruce Suh worked behind the counter. They stuck a gun in Suh’s face and told him to lie face down on the […]

Political Hands Rock the Cradle

Life begins with somebody getting screwed. Sounds cynical, but that’s how it is. Who’s getting screwed by President Donald Trump’s decision to end federal funding to organizations that provide abortions? Women and children – and, yes, some men. It’s ironic that Trump’s signature on a law targeting Planned Parenthood funding came in April, which happens […]

‘A Huge Rash of Homicides’

Every occupation has its own slang, and for many years “NHI” was cop talk for No Humans Involved, meaning that a particular incident involved only dirtbags. If both the offender and the victim were Adam Henrys (old cop slang for Ass Hole), it was NBD and NGL (No Big Deal and No Great Loss.) Twenty-five […]

The Power of Shame

Had the man and woman who overdosed on heroin in East Liverpool, Ohio crashed their SUV into a school bus, it’s doubtful they would have made the national news. But they didn’t hit the school bus. A police officer took two photos of them, passed out in their vehicle, with a 4-year-old boy in the […]

Obama’s Not-So-Amazing Grace

Barack Obama needs to spend some hard time with a bag whore. She – it’s usually a she but not always – could tell him about the violence that “nonviolent” drug offenders do to people. One bag whore in particular, if she’s still alive and lucid, could tell the president about the time she had […]

Blue Hours and Alien Boys

When it comes to the mentally ill, nobody is singing, “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.” No, when it comes to crazy people on the street, whether or not they’re our brothers, we don’t want to carry them. We call the cops. In Portland, police have been accused by the U.S. Department of Justice of […]

Fear of Black Men

The year 2042 can’t get here fast enough. That’s the year when demographers predict white people will be the statistical minority in the U.S. Finally, black folks will have to find someone else to blame besides whitey. Only joking. I’m not worried about being a statistical minority because I’ve never felt part of a majority. […]

A Poor, Sad Guy’s Lament

Somewhere in Clatskanie, Ore., is an aging child of Aquarius who thinks he’s gotten even. Finally, he can legally blow marijuana smoke in the face of anyone. Or so he thinks. Poor Bill Uhlig is headed for a letdown. Ten years ago, Uhlig was cited in Clatsop County, Ore., on a marijuana charge. He says […]

NPR’s Racial Profiling

A friend of mine, who is a life-long Democrat, likes to joke that the reason left-wing talk radio has never caught on is that they don’t need it – they’ve got NPR. That’s not so funny given the extended coverage out of Ferguson, Mo. NPR’s reporting of a police officer – a WHITE police officer […]

‘Life Isn’t for Everybody’

Several months ago, one of the click-bait titles that popped up frequently on the Internet was “11 Female Stars Who Used to be Hot.” Would Robin Williams, 63, have clicked on that story to see which formerly hot actresses were now considered past their prime? Or would he have looked at that link and wondered […]