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Home Groups

The three attributes of AA, the Steps, Traditions and Concepts, are the foundations of any program: Unity, Service and Recovery. Just as a triangle can’t support itself without all three sides, a 12-Step Group couldn’t survive without all three “sides” of its structure. With its sides intact, on the other hand, a triangle (or pyramid) is the most stable structure there is.

We have to:

  • Stick together and support each other;
  • Make sure that we — and newcomers — have a place to come to;
  • Progress physically, spirutually and emotionally so that we can get better ourselves and then help others to recover.

The home group is the basis of all three things. Continue reading

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Listen To The Supremes

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Sentencing Commission took aim at the disproportionately harsh sentences meted out for crack-cocaine offenses, suggesting that Americans and their democratic institutions might finally be waking up to the gross racial disparities haunting our prison system.

State Prisons: Listen To The Feds

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America’s addiction to sports

New York – Last week, when a federal grand jury indicted baseball star Barry Bonds for perjury, it confirmed an ugly truth: America’s got a big drug problem.

I’m not talking about steroids, Mr. Bonds’ alleged performance-enhancer of choice. Instead, I’m talking about athletics themselves. Americans are addicted to competitive sports in ways that are profoundly unhealthy to our schools, our bodies, and ourselves. And until we confront that problem, head-on, steroids will continue to plague us.

America’s addiction to sports |

The DolFan in me wants to pooh-pooh this whole thing, but the 63-year-old who’s been watching the movement toward extremes for six decades knows better.  The philosopher wants to say it’s controlled violence, and that the energy could be put to better use for the good of mankind, but the anthropologist knows that it’s another example of the black/white, us or them, tribal need to watch the warriors perform that has bedeviled the human race for millennia, and that it discharges tensions that might come out in other ways.

What do you think?


Landis loses doping case and Tour de France title

The ruling, handed down nearly four months after a bizarre and bitterly fought hearing, leaves the American with only one way to possibly salvage his title – an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. If Landis doesn’t appeal, he will be the first person in the 105-year history of the race to lose the title because of a doping offense.

Cycling: Landis loses doping case and Tour de France title – International Herald Tribune

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From the NY Times

Government Set for a Crackdown on Illegal Hiring
Federal authorities are expected to announce rules that
would require employers to fire workers who use false
Social Security numbers.

I have no problem with that — as long as they spend at least
as much catching the people who are selling the papers to
the immigrants in the first place.  To a large extent, the workers
are victims.  They’re told they have to have the papers to work,
not that they’re bogus or that having them breaks the law.  Remember,
these are illiterate country folk from the Third World, being
exploited by far more sophisticated folks.

More Generics Slow the Surge in Drug Prices
Prescription bottles bearing catchy brand names are being
pushed aside by cheaper, tongue-twisting generics.

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Pleas on Larry King for Lohan, But What About Other Drug Offenders?

AlterNet: Pleas on Larry King for Lohan, But What About Other Drug Offenders?

There’s nothing wrong with Lohan’s entertainment industry friends, and a star-struck public, pleading for empathy for her and urging the courts to spare her a jail sentence, and to give her the help that she obviously needs. But there are thousands of drug offenders that need the same compassion and help as Lohan. The big difference is that these drug abusers aren’t high-profile, bankable screen commodities. They are mostly poor blacks and Latinos. The estimate is that nearly one-fourth of the more than one million blacks that pack America’s prisons are there for non-violent, drug-related crimes. It costs billions to keep them there.