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Robert Ariail

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  1. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, almost 3 years ago

    Tennessee MAY SOON be the only state in the Union to charge no tuition or fees to incoming, 2 year, college students.
    This is a proposal by Bill Haslam, a REPUBLICAN Governor; that is to say, a RepubliCON no longer. Let us respect where respect is due: this would be a much needed step AWAY from the sewer, TOWARD a better-educated, less vulnerable work force, as well as a fine example to other State governments.
    Of course the name Haslam DOES sound Middle Eastern…
    Should the Foxy Rush Murdoch “News” Cabal decide that community sponsored education is wa-a-a-y too “Socialistic” to have around the old sewer hole, might we expect THAT route of ad hominem attack???

  2. mshefler

    mshefler said, almost 3 years ago

    And this has what, exactly, to do with heroin?

  3. Cripplious

    Cripplious said, almost 3 years ago

    Guess in conolly’s mind one drain is as good as another.

  4. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    My understanding is that the rise in heroin use is attributed in part to a trend in mixing it with a prescription painkiller.

  5. eepatt

    eepatt said, almost 3 years ago


    WTF?!! It means that young people have a chance to get educated and take a meaningful role in our society instead of unemployment, just a chance at a minimum wage job and hopelessness, which leads to recreational drugs, perhaps prison, and maybe even death. It’s hope vs. hopelessness.

  6. Stipple

    Stipple said, almost 3 years ago

    Ignorant of biology as well, Ima.
    Actually stands to reason when put with other incorrect statements you are so fond of posting.

  7. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 3 years ago


    So….way off topic my brother. BUT. Are you saying that legislation was introduced to make the first two years of college and extension of the secondary education taxpayers already foot the bill for? So instead of K-12 we will have K-14 now in Tennessee?

    So how does he propose to fund it? Raise property taxes? Expand their income tax (currently only on dividend and interest income) to include all wages? The state sales tax rate in Tennessee is 7.000%. With local taxes, the total sales tax rate is between 8.500% and 9.750%. Food in Tennessee is taxed at 5.000% (plus any local taxes). Are they going to up that by a percentage point in each category?

    When you do not charge the consumer for service provided to them then the service does not miraculously become “free”. There are still costs associated with the service and if no one pays the bill then the service will disappear.

    Shouldn’t the employers who envision expanding business and the need for “fresh blood” search the K-12 students, ascertain who would be suitable for their venture and offer “scholarships” or Tech Training" in exchange for an equal number of years service to the company? (The US Military does it)?

    I think education is the key. I educated my children at my expense working up to 3 jobs at a time so they would not have to do the things I did.

    Why is it you think I need to do the same for your children?

  8. eugene57

    eugene57 said, almost 3 years ago

    the truth
    “Virtually ever ‘fact’ testified to under oath by the medical and criminological experts in 1924…was unsupported by any sound evidence,” says Professor Arnold Trebach, specialist in illegal drugs.
    “We cannot find any medical research from any source which will support the international governmental contention that heroin harms the body or the mind of its users,” concluded a recent Guardian \ Channel 4 investigation into heroin. “Nor can we find any trace of our government or the American government or any other ever presenting or referring to any credible version of any such research. On the contrary, all of the available research agrees that, so far as harm is concerned, heroin is likely to cause some nausea and possibly severe constipation and that is all.”
    Heroin generally does not cause malnutrition, moral-collapse, or sickness. Death by overdose is possible but not that common, thanks to the wide safety margin between a therapeutic and a lethal dose.
    One thing causes heroin related illnesses, crime and death: the black market
    the black market
    Heroin only becomes dangerous when it is made illegal. “There is no drug known to man which becomes safer when its production and distribution are handed over to criminals” says Professor Norman Zinberg who led a study into drug addiction at Harvard Medical School.
    Criminals dilute the purity of heroin, cutting it with baby milk powder, starch, curry powder. Adulterants injected into the veins of users cause sores, septicaemia, blood clots, and gangrene. Dirty needles add collapsed arteries, hepatitis C, and HIV to the mix. Overdose is a real threat to street users who deal with fluctuating heroin quality, varying wildly between 20% and 90% pure. Black market prices force addicts to steal or go without food to pay for their habit.
    “For those who are addicted, prohibition inflicts danger and death. Needlessly. Water would become dangerous if it were banned and handed over to a criminal black market.”
    Governments manufacture myths to support their actions. The first casualty of war is the truth. The War On Drugs, by prohibiting, penalizing, and withholding information about drugs, is creating the very problems it is attempting to stamp out.

  9. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    ^Hmm, don’t take that heart medication, or TV advertised “pain medication” then, even if the doctor says it’s good for you, ‘cause he’s just trying to kill you!

    Yes, keep controls on dangerous narcotics, and part of that plan would be getting addicts into treatment program, like even supplying them their drugs FOR FREE (yup) so they won’t be robbing people to pay dealers, who would be gone if their product could be gotten for free.

  10. cjr53

    cjr53 said, almost 3 years ago


    Thanks, interesting post. Too bad a couple of follow up posters (above) didn’t read or understand what you had to say.

  11. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 3 years ago

    Interesting points. A good example was Dr. Tim Leary’s work, which produced a recidivism rate of less than 5%, much less than our current 85% for untreated convicts. But we made him into a pariah, kidnapped him from South Africa where he was vacationing, and put him in solitary confinement while trying to think of something to charge him with. So goes the war on drugs.

  12. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 3 years ago

    And something I noticed last night. I was watching a show on CNN, where panelists were discussing the problems of drugs and the results….all very predictable.

    Commercial break: an ad for a new drug to relieve the pain of arthritis. A woman gushes, “The more I take, the better I feel.”

    Hello? Is there ANYONE paying attention?

  13. zippy06

    zippy06 said, almost 3 years ago

    Saw this on CNN. A Heroin overdose is usually because the body forgets to breath.
    Mind numbing is the TRUTH. You forget to breath.
    7 minutes and your are dead.

  14. zippy06

    zippy06 said, almost 3 years ago

    Saw this on CNN. A Heroin overdose is usually because the body forgets to breath.
    Mind numbing is the TRUTH. You forget to breath.
    7 minutes and your are dead.

  15. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, almost 3 years ago


    CNN is wrong. Breathing is automatic. It is not something you choose to do or forget to do. Now, heroin is a powerful depressant. It is possible that brain activity slows down to the point that the signals that tell the lungs to move become weak or non-existent. This is the equivalent of braindeath, and is the same with overdose of alcohol or other depressants.

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