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  1. Seattle Sam

    Seriously? You’re surprised each time this administration tries to deceive people?

  2. PeakTrader

    I wonder where drug ODs would rank:

    Drug-Induced Deaths — United States, 2003–2007
    January 14, 2011

    “In 2007, drug-induced deaths were more common than alcohol-induced or firearm-related deaths in the United States.

    During 2007, a total of 38,371 drug-induced deaths occurred in the United States.

    Drug-induced mortality rate increases were greatest for non-Hispanic whites, whereas rates for Hispanics did not increase with time.

    The highest rates overall were among non-Hispanic whites for each year examined. Asians/Pacific Islanders had markedly lower rates than all other groups.

    For females, the highest rates were among American Indians/Alaskan Natives for every year except 2006. For males, the highest rates were among non-Hispanic blacks or non-Hispanic whites each year.

    During the 1980s and 1990s, when the majority of drug-induced deaths were attributable to illicit drugs (e.g., heroin and cocaine), drug-induced mortality rates were higher among blacks than whites.

    However, in 2002, rates for whites surpassed those for blacks. This change occurred as prescription drugs, especially prescription opioid painkillers and psychotherapeutic drugs, were prescribed more widely by physicians. Prescribed drugs eventually supplanted illicit drugs as the leading cause of drug-related overdose deaths.

    Because of the stigma associated with drug abuse, drug-induced death rates are likely to be underestimates.

    Despite the lower income levels of most racial minorities, they are not more likely than whites to die from the effects of drugs. However, all racial/ethnic groups other than Hispanics have had increases in drug-induced death rates in recent years.”

    1. OD and drug deaths are not the same thing. Though an OD can lead to death

      1. PeakTrader

        “In 2008, more than 36,000 people died from drug overdoses…Drug overdose death rates in the United States have more than tripled since 1990.”

        1. How many of those drug overdose deaths were due to government approved drugs? How many people are killed by alcohol? How many people are killed by swimming pools, or stairways, or food?

          1. PeakTrader

            Why do you want to raise death rates, by many times, for “swimming pools, or stairways, or food?”

  3. Benjamin Cole

    It is more import an today to be PC than to tell the truth….

  4. Would Dr. Perry be so exercised about this issue if Holder and his boss were not black themselves??

    After all they did not say we must invade Iraq because it has WMD’s.

    1. Jon Murphy

      Just one thing to keep in mind about Iraq:

      The US government did know Iraq had WMDs. Mostly because the US government sold Iraq WMDs.

    2. BigEd

      What are you saying? Holder and his boss are *black*? Geez. who knew? No one noticed until you pointed it out.

      Thanks for your astute observation.

      Keep that card handy, you just never know when it might prove useful.

    3. news flash for you – their chemical weapons are now in Syria.

  5. Puhleeze, Holder’s speech (and the specific paragraph mentioned) was prefaced by domestic violence, not cancer nor cardiac infarction.

    The fact that 9000 websites are idiots is irrelevant. I’ll rate it 1.5 Kessler pinnochios.

  6. Citizen Buddy

    marimico, Whoa Tango Foxtrot?

  7. Thomas Sullivan

    Lying is an essential tactic of liberalism. Ignoring those lies is an essential practice of the “news media”.

  8. it would be interesting to see the same charts for different goups, whites, asians, education level, martial status, etc.

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