Grind for May 12th, 2018
“Confidence is going after Moby Dick in a rowboat and taking tartar sauce with you.” – Zig Ziglar
Sec. of State visits North Korea and returns home with freed prisoners
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this week to discuss Kim’s upcoming meeting with President Trump.
Officials confirmed Wednesday the leaders had agreed on a date and time and that more details would be unveiled soon.
Pompeo’s trip was his second visit to Pyongyang this year. Unlike the first, which was shrouded in secrecy, this trip was publicized as key preparation for the highly anticipated meeting between Trump and Kim.
“For decades we have been adversaries,” said Pompeo. “Now, we are hopeful that we can work together to resolve this conflict.”
Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang coincided with the release of three Korean-Americans who had been held hostage there for more than a year.
“I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting,” tweeted Trump on Wednesday. “They seem to be in good health.”
The success of Pompeo’s trip bodes well for Trump’s upcoming meeting, where he will discuss denuclearization with Kim.
In the meantime, all sanctions on North Korea will remain in effect until the regime agrees to permanently dismantle its nuclear and missile programs.
Helping Or Hurting
NYC wants to build safe injection facilities for opioid addicts
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to open four “safe injection facilities” (SIFs) where drug users can inject heroin and opioids without fear of arrest.
The facilities would be staffed with medical professionals armed with naloxone (a drug that can stop the effects of an opioid overdose) and with social workers, who would speak with users about treatment options.
There are dozens of SIFs in operation throughout the world, but fierce political opposition has so far prevented them from opening in the United States.
Supporters insist SIFs provide a safe, clean environment for addicts to do what they would otherwise be doing on the street. Sure, this can clean up a neighborhood, but should we really be facilitating illegal drugs use?
“It is a crime not only to use illicit narcotics, but to manage and maintain sites on which such drugs are used and distributed,” said the Justice Department in a statement.
In addition to the legality issues, opponents argue that SIFs would exacerbate America’s drug problem by removing incentives for users to quit, creating new users, and boosting the illegal drug trade.
Opioid abuse is a serious problem in the United States that in 2016 claimed the lives of nearly 65,000 people. There is a safe injection facility in Vancouver that likes to brag about how it has stopped more than 6,000 overdose deaths since it opened in 2003, but these overdoses would not have needed to be stopped if the users were in rehab instead of shooting up in a clinic.
In my opinion, giving addicts a “safe space” to continue taking a drug that might kill them is not a solution to the problem – it’s admitting defeat.
GOOD TO THE LAST DROP:
Did you know… The word ‘mortgage’ comes from a French law term that means ‘death pledge’.