PROFILE OF AN AA/12 STEP APOLOGIST-Part 2-When “It” is the Steps…..

In part 1, I noted that the “it” in “It works if your work it” can be either the “Steps” or the “Meetings” depending on the AA apologist’s argument or defense at that moment.
Today we’ll play with “The Steps” being the “it”….. The AA apologist will tell that you have to “work a good program” which entails getting a sponsor and “working” the Steps. Uh huh, fine.

Fentanyl replacing heroin?

Apparently, Fentanyl is showing up as a heroin substitute, and causing a lot over overdose deaths:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/26/us/heroin-fentanyl.html

PROFILE OF AN AA/12 STEP APOLOGIST-Part 1

Let’s start with the extremely vague and essentially meaningless promotional mantra spewed by loyal 12 Step members; “It works if you work it!” And what exactly is this profound “It” to which they refer?
Well depending on what argument they’re making or what position they’re trying to defend, they will claim that “It” refers to either the content of the 12 Steps or the actual “meetings” themselves.

A Wise Move on Marijuana by the Supreme Court

Interesting note: The Supreme Court refused to hear a lawsuit launched by Nebraska and Oklahoma, who declared that they were unhappy with how Colorado legalized pot. The Supreme Court said that they didn't have a case based on evidence.

http://takingnote.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/21/a-wise-move-on-marijuana-by-the-supreme-court/?mabReward=A7&_r=0

Here's what it's like to lose your child to heroin addiction

Here is a sad story of a young man dying from a heroin overdose. Unfortunately, it is just loaded with misinformation:

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/22/heroin-addiction-drugs-death

1) "And one symptom of his disease is that he didn’t even seem to care." Addiction is not a disease.

2)

Ithaca’s Anti-Heroin Plan: Open a Site to Shoot Heroin

This isn't news: lots of harm reduction programs do needle exchanges and give clean, safe, places to shoot. I have to congratulate the mayor for his political courage to do the right thing, though.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/23/nyregion/fighting-heroin-ithaca-looks-to-injection-centers.html

Recent terrorist attacks

The news is full of stories about the recent terrorist attacks in Belgium. Coincidentally, there is also a story about how Boka Haram suicide bombers attacked a refuge camp in Nigeria.

BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35869254

Bernie Sanders Town Hall: We must rethink the failed war on drugs.


http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc-news/watch/sanders-we-must-rethink-failed-war-on-drugs-649649219979

What is amazing is how few Presidential candidates seem to have a working brain.
This is all so obvious, and yet, almost nobody gets it.

Pay-to-pray scam

Another pay-for-prayer scam:

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/20/pay-to-pray-scam-washington-christian-prayer-center-online

It reminds me of the "Tower of Prayer" operating in Tulsa, Oklahoma, some years back. The workers there just opened the envelopes and took out the checks, and ignored the letters that begged for prayers for someone or some thing. There was no tower filled with praying people.

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston-auburn/0001/11/30/day-officer-smiley-helped-boy-escape-elan-school/1891086

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/lewiston-auburn/0001/11/30/day-officer-smil...

Told you all there was going to be a follow up story about the Elan Corporation/Center/ school.

As an Elan activist and Elan survivor , it makes the past 16 years of speaking out about this sadistic, brutal, violent soul eating hell hole - just all the more worth it.

NA Degenercy on full display taking over a public park

http://nadaytona.org/aa-na-photos/

My deep respect for the creator of the NADAYTONA site.

Pictures say a thousand words.
I dare anyone to defend NA taking over a park, and then threatening all the other citizens like a bad motorcycle movie from the 70's

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/maine/2016/03/12/his-family-asks-what-really-happened-phil-elan-school

http://www.sunjournal.com/news/maine/2016/03/12/his-family-asks-what-reall...

Great Article - I believe I have talked about the death of Phil Williams from a hot box session he received from Elan 's notorious ring, many times before and not just here - looks like some one listened . Now you can read about it in news print.

There is going to be a follow up story - you can bet on that.

Matt Hoffman

ATLANTIC MONTHLY: The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

This may be old news to some, but I just found it:

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.

by GABRIELLE GLASER

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/04/the-irrationality-of-alcoholics-anonymous/386255/

The 'Tonight' programe ITV 7.30pm: Alcohol - How much is Too Much?

New guidelines had been issued in the UK, that cut recommended drinking limits to reduce health risks, and the UK's Chief Medical Officers state that research shows any amount of alcohol can increase the risk of cancer. John Maitland investigates and asks how safe a pint or glass of wine really is? I believe this matter concerns us all.

Happy Saint Patricks Day

I was born in England of Irish and English parents (They were both good people, I have no complaints); my Mother being born in Dublin, my Father was English. I consider myself as Anglo-Irish and realise we are big enough to be a race ourselves.

In the United States, how a Bill becomes a Law

First, a Recovery book is written called The Big Book then you follow that Book up with a companion book that outlines and further illustrates the first Book.

That is how a Bill becomes a Law. By writing the Big Book Bill Wilson became the LAW on recovery in the United States. That Law has become the Law of the Land. The True Path.

This is evidenced by the fact that a state legislature recently voted to extend immunity to recovery sponsors.

This post was inspired by the recent JR "Violin" Harris comment

UK Daily Mail Newspaper: Headlines Saturday March 12th 2016

These are the Daily Mails front cover headlines last Saturday(12/03/2016). The UK Newspaper then goes on to claim that, it has emerged last night, that the true scale of immigration to the UK by EU citizens is being kept secret by Government officials. Top Civil Servants led by Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs (HMRC) boss Lin Homer, are refusing to publish figures that could reveal up to 1.3 million extra migrants living in Britain. If it was revealed, the data could have an explosive impact on the EU debate.

What is the definition of an AA (12 Step) Sponsor?

An AA (12 Step) Sponsor walks his Sponcee through all 12 Steps
0% (0 votes)
An AA (12 Step) Sponsor is never paid for their service
0% (0 votes)
An AA (12 Step) Sponsor is an AA member not a priest or clergy
0% (0 votes)
An AA (12 Step) Sponsor finds out everything about you and your family
0% (0 votes)
An AA (12 Step) Sponsor is usually all of the above
50% (1 vote)
An AA (12 Step) Sponsor only hears your 5th Step confession
0% (0 votes)
Other
50% (1 vote)
Total votes: 2

What is "Real" Addiction?

12 Step Program Members (like Janus) claim that there is a difference between people that become addicted due to self medication (or other reasons) and so-called "real" addicts that become addicted because of "life". The latter are supposedly powerless, completely defenseless against using drugs/alcohol, unable to get or stay clean without the program. This is completely illogical.

Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State Vetoes Bill (SB 6498 - 2015-16) for testimonial privileges for alcohol and drug addiction recovery sponsors.

SOBERNATION reported on March 8, 2016 that SB 6498 (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6498) was passed in the Senate that would give testamentary privilege for alcohol or drug addiction recovery sponsors in certain Civil Suits. The Bill was signed by the President of the Senate on March 3, 2016 and signed by the Speaker of the House on March 4, 2016 and delivered to Governor Jay Inslee who vetoed the Bill on March 10, 2016.

The joyous job of looking for prospects in Alcoholics Anonymous. Direct from the AA Bible commonly called the 'Big Book" on page 96....

It may mean sharing your money and your home, counseling frantic wives and relatives, innumerable trips to police courts, sanitariums, hospitals, jails and asylums. Your telephone may jangle at any time of the day or night. Your wife may sometimes say she is neglected. A drunk may smash the furniture in your home, or burn a mattress. You may have to fight with him if he is violent. Sometimes you will have to call a doctor and administer sedatives under his direction. Another time you may have to send for the police or an ambulance.

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