White House drug czar: Whitney Houston’s death is a “teachable moment”

posted at 12:45 pm on February 14, 2012 by Tina Korbe

It’s a favorite phrase of this administration — “teachable moment” — and drug czar Gil Kerlikowske couldn’t resist applying it to the recent death of the legendary Whitney Houston. The Hill reports:

Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, said Houston’s passing puts a spotlight on the issue of prescription drug use. The superstar had opened up about in past interviews admitting to problems with substance abuse, however the Los Angeles County coroner however has still not ruled on the cause of her death. …

The nation’s top drug-policy enforcer told CBS that this type of drug use affects a “huge number” of people throughout the country and causes deaths in “very, very high numbers.”

“They’re coming right out of our medicine cabinets and yet these drugs are as addictive and dangerous as any other drug,” he added.

Kerlikowske said that Houston’s struggles with substance abuse highlight the fact that the issue spans all demographics and socioeconomic barriers. …

“We can use this a moment to help people understand and remember that there are literally billions of Americans suffering from this problem,” he said.

I get what Kerlikowske meant by his remarks, but, for some reason, the application of that phrase in this instance just felt off. Whitney Houston’s death does seem doubly tragic and unnecessarily premature because drugs probably played a part, but, mostly, in the immediate wake of her death, mourners want to remember her immense talent, not her personal demons. That doesn’t mean fans should remain in denial about her drug difficulties — just that they should be allowed to lament her loss without a lecture from the administration.

As long as Kerlikowske is going to talk about substance abuse, though, I’d prefer he didn’t imply (or come right out and say) drug addiction is a disease. Addicts might need help, but it’s not as though they “contracted” an addiction through no fault of their own. Is caffeine addiction a disease in need of a cure? Kerlikowske’s framing of the issue ensures a role for the government in solving it, whereas a framing of the issue that suggests addicts can be empowered to take personal responsibility minimizes the need for government involvement.

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Liberalism is a disease then.

itsnotaboutme on February 14, 2012 at 12:47 PM

The entire Obama administration is a teachable moment. What NOT to say and what NOT to do.

swmontgo on February 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Exactly, when I become a multi-millionaire and have nothing to do whatsoever and lots of disposable income, what I WON’T do is occupy my time by doing crack. Or by marrying Bobby Brown.

Thanks White House! Never thought of that.

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Teachable?…What? Don’t take drugs in the bathtub?

rich801 on February 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Never bathe alone?

stefanite on February 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

They and Tony Bennet have lost their minds…maybe from drugs.

Schadenfreude on February 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM

That phrase irritates me as much as “Epic” and “Fail”

bernzright777 on February 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Coming from this administration is not a surprise. Always tacky.

vcferlita on February 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

What is happening in Greece should be the “teachable moment” for these administration doofuses.

There are no “teachable moments,” when it comes to drugs. Those who will do them don’t give a damn about Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin …. or Whitney Houston.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I’d wait for the toxicology report before weighing in on her death. It may just be that her past drug use had so weakened her system that her body failed.

But then again, this regime has never let facts get in the way of their narrative.

rbj on February 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

That guy’s eyes are awfully red for a drug czar. Just sayin’.

steebo77 on February 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

A magnificent voice was silenced by a lifestyle choice.

kingsjester on February 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Teachable moment?

Sure it is.

A time for even more draconian laws and regulations to tie regular citizens up in knots or tax them even more?

More likely.

coldwarrior on February 14, 2012 at 12:51 PM

“We can use this a moment to help people understand and remember that there are literally billions of Americans suffering from this problem,” he said.

Is he including all North and South Americans?

Ditkaca on February 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I’m sure that the administration will find a solution, pursuant to the Commerce Clause.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

the Los Angeles County coroner however has still not ruled on the cause of her death.

So, the teachable moment is to bend the news to fit your agenda?

January on February 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Now is not the time to be reminding people not to abuse prescription or other drugs.

That time should be when such advice would have less resonance and relevance.

Can we discuss it in the context of Michael Jackson or Heath Ledger or is it also too soon?

YYZ on February 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

We can use this a moment to help people understand and remember that there are literally billions of Americans suffering from this problem,” he said.

Did he really say “billions”?

What drugs is he on?

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

We can use this a moment to help people understand and remember that there are literally billions of Americans suffering from this problem,” he said.

Yes, drugs are bad, m’kay. That aside this is proof that liberalism is a mental disorder. Last check of the census put the total US population at 311,591,917. Unless my math is as poor as Obama’s, that is at a bare minimum 688,408,083 short of a billion, let alone billions.

SWalker on February 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

I need a little help. Did he say “billions of Americans”?

DumboTheAvenger on February 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Ya beat me to it. I was also wondering about the billions. lol!

Blake on February 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Note to self: never bathe without a snorkel. Thank you Obama WH!

BHO Jonestown on February 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

remember that there are literally billions of Americans suffering from this problem,” he said.

Wow. Billions of Americans. Just hoe big are those other 7 states?

AlexJ on February 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

We need to drug test every federal employee, congress member, and supreme court justice.

abobo on February 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Heyyyy…how come Heath Ledger’s prescription drug death in 2008 wasn’t a “teachable moment” to this White House?

Aussie Haters!!!!!11!
:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on February 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Hat trick!

DumboTheAvenger on February 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I’m sure he meant millions.

Blake on February 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

how

sheesh

AlexJ on February 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

As long as Kerlikowske is going to talk about substance abuse, though, I’d prefer he didn’t imply (or come right out and say) drug addiction is a disease. Addicts might need help, but it’s not as though they “contracted” an addiction through no fault of their own. Is caffeine addiction a disease in need of a cure? Kerlikowske’s framing of the issue ensures a role for the government in solving it, whereas a framing of the issue that suggests addicts can be empowered to take personal responsibility minimizes the need for government involvement.

And you just went off the rails Tina.

Are you familiar with “fetal alcohol poisoning?” Have you visited crack babies in Pediatric ICU? Are you familiar with the mountains of data providing a link to genetic dispositions for addiction and substance abuse?

Wow.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I have a problem with our society’s need to almost deify any celebrity who dies of drug or alcohol overdose. Entertainers who die prematurely are always canonized by popular culture.

I don’t get it, other than it seems like the easy way out, to avoid dealing with the reality of how the entertainment industry chews people up and spits them out.

It’s real easy after somebody chokes on their puke and dies to say how wonderful they were, how much they’ll be missed, what a great and true friend they were, what great talent they had, how the world will never be the same, yadda-yadda-yadda.

The hard thing to say is the truth: that they were just another person who wasted their life on addiction right to the very end, and that any observation of that person’s life should overwhelmingly be based upon the lesson’s learned from the end, not ignoring the end in favor of some false ideal that the person never lived up to.

I feel bad that she died – or when anyone dies prematurely, and I feel terrible for her loved ones. But for fans? Not so much. I feel cynical toward those who act personally affected when they didn’t know her from squat.

IronDioPriest on February 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Perhaps since the Obama “administration” considers everyone in the world an American (for the purposes of voting, collecting federal benefits, etc.), perhaps there are billions of us.

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Not all idiots are liberal, but all liberals are idiots.

Wolftech on February 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

“We can use this a moment to help people understand and remember that there are literally billions of Americans suffering from this problem.”

Billions??? Bet he’s on something.

coldwarrior on February 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

That guy’s eyes are awfully red for a drug czar. Just sayin’.

Thanks Steebo77. Perhaps personal experience is a recommendation for a czar’s job, just as it is for president?

Shout it out. Rights/Responsibilities. Flip sides of the same coin. Talent burned out prematurely is a tragedy. But there were a lot of responsibilities denied in getting there. For her irresponsibility, I’m supposed to cede my rights to the “teachable moment” crowd? Don’t think I’m going there willingly. Hope I don’t have to kick and scream.

dloye on February 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

All week, we’re going to have Whitney’s friends come out and say how she died too young. These are the same people who tolerated and encouraged her behavior, and did nothing to help her. Just once, I’d like to see a reporter asking one of those crying fools what they did to stop her. The answer is probably nothing.

joekenha on February 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

The real teachable moment is how many more people are aware of her tragic death than the death of the 1st Amendment.

txhsmom on February 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Did he really say “billions”?

What drugs is he on?

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

The same ones AlGore’s on when he says that the temperature under the earth’s surface is millions of degrees

burrata on February 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Gah. There’s no such thing as a “teachable moment.” A child is teachable. A moment is not.

Syzygy on February 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Breaking news: Whitney’s ashes are missing, rumor has it that Bobby Brown has snorted them.

And is sky high now.

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

“Whitney Houston’s death is a teachable moment”

Ron Paul would disagree.

Norky on February 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

I was waiting to hear the very first thing about what happened to Whitney Houston to come from the Obama Bunch, and not surprising, what showed up turned out to be dumber than dirt!

pilamaye on February 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Breaking news: Whitney’s ashes are missing, rumor has it that Bobby Brown has snorted them.

And is sky high now.

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

This is so wrong on all levels!

pilamaye on February 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

The solution is to give drug smugglers in Mexico guns. Nevermind.

SouthernGent on February 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

We’re not talking about pre-born children. Additionally, I would submit that those children didn’t ‘contract’ an illness. They are suffering from a physiological response to a chemical ingestion.

We’re talking about adults.

Knew someone would be overly sensitive on that…

catmman on February 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Maybe if one person abuses more than one drug they get counted twice…or three times. I don’t know any other way he could have gotten to “billions”.

MajorKong on February 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Breaking news: Whitney’s ashes are missing, rumor has it that Bobby Brown has snorted them.

And is sky high now.

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM
This is so wrong on all levels!

pilamaye on February 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM

If being wrong is wrong, I don’t want to be right. Or something.

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Heard Bobby Brown is going to do a cover of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems.”

coldwarrior on February 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Wow. Billions of Americans. Just hoe big are those other 7 states?

AlexJ on February 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

One state is actually —–Asia , so…

burrata on February 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Shouldn’t they at least wait until the autopsy results (including the toxicology) come in?

Or does her past reputation as a drug user automatically mean she died of an overdose?

If a Republican Administration had done this…

Del Dolemonte on February 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

It is a “teachable moment”… but not from the Government to the People, rather for Parents to their Children.

The choice to do drugs is a bad one. For Houston and (literally) tens of thousands of other Americans each year, drug abuse has proven to be fatal.

My guess is the Administration will choose to miss the actual message of Houston’s death.

Go figure.

RightWay79 on February 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Whitney was the whole package. I remember her bursting on the music scene. She was beautiful, talented and it all seemed so effortless on her part. Such a loss…

While gazillions are abusing prescription drugs, I have to sign a form saying I’m not making Meth whenever I pick up my OTC allergy meds. Everything is A-OK in the USA.

Fallon on February 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Shouldn’t they at least wait until the autopsy results (including the toxicology) come in?

Or does her past reputation as a drug user automatically mean she died of an overdose?

If a Republican Administration had done this…

Del Dolemonte on February 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

If she died on the one day in the past three decades she was sober, then perhaps our drug czar needs to reconsider his message here.

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

This happens all too often and it’s painfully obvious what needs to be done. All hotel bath tubs MUST have a warning sticker affixed to them stating clearly:

“CAUTION! DO NOT FILL TUB WITH WATER AND ENTER IF YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF FALLING UNCONCIOUS WHILE SH*T-FACED”

Tim Zank on February 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Alternate headline:
Whitney Houston Beat Bobby Brown To Death

tom daschle concerned on February 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

“We don’t know the facts of the case, but as a representative of the Obama Administration, I’m going to go ahead and publicly assume that the deceased woman acted stupidly”

forest on February 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Maybe Drug Czar Gill wilol blame it on Bush for not having a “teachable moment” when Anna Nicole Smith kakked in that casino. Everyone knows the previous Administration was:

Anti-Suicide Blonde Pie Wagon

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on February 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

As long as Kerlikowske is going to talk about substance abuse, though, I’d prefer he didn’t imply (or come right out and say) drug addiction is a disease. Addicts might need help, but it’s not as though they “contracted” an addiction through no fault of their own.

Tina, this is a very unpopular position. It’s not politically correct. They will gainsay you right away with “every expert knows [drug addiction is a disease]“. They will accuse you of lacking compassion. The value of your position, however, is to place into the hands of the addict the power to participate in their own treatment and cure.

Not choices per the Left: drug addiction, alcoholism, the people you have sex with, poverty, unemployment, your education, even your own health.

btw is Whitney’s body even cold yet? At this point in time why don’t we think of her and the top dozen or so hits she sang, each and every one a masterpiece, and leave the “teachable moments” for later when emotions aren’t so raw?

Paul-Cincy on February 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

YES, YES, YES……..The White House adviser is right. It is a “teachable” moment.

And here it is.

America is Whitney Houston, and Barack Obama is Bobby Brown.

Let’s hope we can do a better job leaving our Bobby and being free.

PappyD61 on February 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM
We’re not talking about pre-born children. Additionally, I would submit that those children didn’t ‘contract’ an illness. They are suffering from a physiological response to a chemical ingestion.

We’re talking about adults.

Knew someone would be overly sensitive on that…

catmman on February 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Who’s “we’re” you are referring to? I specifically called out Tina’s claim – and provided examples of children, through no fault of their own – are born with alcohol/drug addictions that require medical treatment.

If you want to parse out “physiological” instead of the biological fact – good luck with that.

Are adults – who abuse drugs resonsible for their actions – yes they are. Do I think everything is a disease? No.

But to say the addiciton problem is “learned” and not a bonifide disease – in the cases I mention – you know – newborns…

Addiciton isn’t a “new” problem – its existed throughout human history. And I do think every drug OD is tragic, regardles of who it is.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

If a Republican Administration had done this…

Del Dolemonte on February 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

If any republican had even “mentioned” the drug abuse connection they would be on every newscast and headline “heartless-racist-rich -repub jumps to conclusions” etc etc etc…

Tim Zank on February 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

“Whitney Houston’s death is a “teachable moment”

Isn’t this the type of boneheaded thing you would normally expect to hear from Arne Duncan?

pilamaye on February 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Literally.

Billions.

(Smartest administration EVAH!)

CycloneCDB on February 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

The disease paradigm employed to describe alcohol or drug addiction does not absolve addicts or alcoholics from taking personal responsibility for their lives and actions. No one who treats addicts and alcoholics–or recovering addicts or alcoholics themselves–would argue otherwise. Both addictions follow a predictable, foreseeable progression, which in turn describes a disease pathology, hence the use of the disease paradigm in the first place. Unless treatment is sought or the addict or alcoholic is imprisoned or institutionalized, cut off from supply for one reason or another, outcome is invariably terminal.

Insofar as the physical aspects are concerned, alcoholics, for example, have physiological differences in the way their bodies process alcohol distinct from the way non-alcoholics do. In terms of brain chemistry, an alcoholic’s brain processes alcohol the same way a heroin addict’s brain processes heroin. This is not true of non-alcoholics. While not definitive, there is strong evidence to suggest both drug addiction and alcoholism are the result of a genetic predisposition to those addictions. Studies of children separated at very early ages from alcoholic parent(s) show a startlingly high rate of alcoholism far above the norm.

Again, this does not mean an addict or alcoholic is a passive victim of circumstance. There is moral and legal accountability–even moreso nowadays since so many treatment options are available. The alcoholic or drug addict always has a choice. Some, like Whitney Houston, choose to take it all the way. Others choose to live.

troyriser_gopftw on February 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

What is happening in Greece should be the “teachable moment” for these administration doofuses.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Damn right!

By the way, congratulations on a great OSU football season.

I wish the same could be said about Texas.

MessesWithTexas on February 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

The emphasis on prescription drugs makes me think the administration is going for another power grab by restricting who gets prescription drugs.

RebeccaH on February 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

It just goes to show how little of a grasp they have on how much a million, billion, and trillion is. The budget proposed yesterday makes a lot more sense when you understand that.

CycloneCDB on February 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Real classy, Mr. Kerlikowske.

I’m surprised he didn’t do it by the graveside.

But imagine the howls if someone even remotely from the right had said this? Oh, the outrage!

BlaxPac on February 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

I am burned out by all this Whitney news…

OmahaConservative on February 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

“We need to legalize prescription drugs.”

-Tony Bennett

portlandon on February 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

The emphasis on prescription drugs makes me think the administration is going for another power grab by restricting who gets prescription drugs.

RebeccaH on February 14, 2012 at 1:08 PM

That’s already a law.

You see, you need a prescription to get prescription drugs.

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

The Whitney Houston lesson is, don’t marry a scumbag.

She did, and her life immediately went down a hole.

Moesart on February 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

We need to drug test every federal employee, congress member, and supreme court justice.

abobo on February 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

+1!

They work for us. We, as their employers, should have the right to drug test them.

ITguy on February 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

“teachable moment”

Sophomoric and trite, just like Øbama.

petefrt on February 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

They should investigate the Dr. who prescribed her meth and cocaine and all the other prescription drugs she was taking!

rjoco1 on February 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

“…there are literally billions of Americans suffering from this problem”. Really, billions? They must live in the 57 states.

ratherbskiing on February 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

The entire Obama administration is a teachable moment. What NOT to say and what NOT to do.

…and who NOT to vote for!

Dexter_Alarius on February 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

“teachable moment”

Let’s put it on her headstone and call it a day.

jfox21 on February 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

OK, I LOL’d. I’m going to hell for that.

Nikki Haley posted a message about Whitney Houston’s death on her Facebook page. It seems OK to hear it from a state official, but much creepier to hear it from the Obama administration.

22044 on February 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Hey Gil Kerlikowske, does that mean that what happened to Michael Jackson should be considered a “teachable moment”? Or how about Amy Winehouse, or Bob Marley, or Janis Joplin, or Jim Morrison, or Jimi Hendrix, and on and on and on and on?

Because if these are all “teachable moments”, then there are a lot of folks out there who have a serious learning disability!

pilamaye on February 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Please, can we just ban the phrases “teachable moment,” “empower,” “robust,” “fair share” and “let me be clear” ?

LASue on February 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Water wings: don’t hit the tub without ‘em.

Maybe water wings should be considered a required form of healthcare that all plans should provide, subject to no co-pays or deductibles.

BuckeyeSam on February 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Any truth to the rumor that Whitney’s doctor was Marvin Murray, first cousin of Conrad Murray? /

coldwarrior on February 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Unless treatment is sought or the addict or alcoholic is imprisoned or institutionalized, cut off from supply for one reason or another, outcome is invariably terminal.

troyriser_gopftw on February 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Nonsense.

Paul-Cincy on February 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Kerlikowske was the Seattle Police Chief when the WTO riots trashed downtown Seattle.

That was Norm Stamper. Kerlikowske took over after WTO. I saw him the following year at the N30 protests standing around doing nothing while some hippy drank a beer on the roof of an SPD car after having kicked in the light bar.

Kerlikowske was in charge for the mardi gras riots, though.

rw on February 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Alternate headline:
Whitney Houston Beat Bobby Brown To Death

tom daschle concerned on February 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

ding ding!

bernzright777 on February 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Please, can we just ban the phrases “teachable moment,” “empower,” “robust,” “fair share” and “let me be clear” ?

LASue on February 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Add “investments” and what would Barry’s speeches consist of other than “and”, “but” and “uh”?

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

While gazillions are abusing prescription drugs, I have to sign a form saying I’m not making Meth whenever I pick up my OTC allergy meds. Everything is A-OK in the USA.

Fallon on February 14, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Yeah, like the druggie who’s actually making meth is going to not sign the dumbass form.

TXUS on February 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Clearly we need to implement more bathtub laws.

rogerb on February 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Teachable moment:

Drugs are bad, m’kay?

Trafalgar on February 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Please, can we just ban the phrases “teachable moment,” “empower,” “robust,” “fair share” and “let me be clear” ?

LASue on February 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

“Unprecedented”
“Inherited”
“Created or saved”
“Tea Party extremists”
“Do-nothing Congress”

steebo77 on February 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I don’t feel sorry for her. She could have had it all but blew it. That’s tough but that’s life.

LizardLips on February 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

tina… really? what exactly is wrong with what this guy said? prescription drug abuse IS a serious problem. this IS a moment that can wake people up and educate people about prescription drug abuse.

and it may not be a disease people contracted through no fault of their own, but still, addiction to anything IS a trap that once people get into, it’s tough to get out of. addiction means that you might want to stop but you’re so deep into it that you may not be able to. someone else needs to step in and help an addicted person, who may not have the physical and mental strength to get out on their own. i feel like you’re glossing over that problem.

i don’t see the point of this post tina, you criticize the guy for no reason here. you didn’t even suggest any solutions for the addiction problem- you said you didn’t want gov’t involved yet you didn’t propose an alternate solution. “personal responsibility” is a good thing but it’s too vague. if you’re gonna criticize him on this statement then come up with a better solution.

Sachiko on February 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Please, can we just ban the phrases “teachable moment,” “empower,” “robust,” “fair share” and “let me be clear” ?

LASue on February 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

I want to add “going forward,” “game changer,” “this process,” “balanced,” and “balanced approach.”

BuckeyeSam on February 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Nonsense.

Paul-Cincy on February 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Not much on counter-argument, are you, sport? Why is what I wrote nonsense? Support the claim. I’m genuinely curious.

troyriser_gopftw on February 14, 2012 at 1:17 PM

Damn right!

By the way, congratulations on a great OSU football season.

I wish the same could be said about Texas.

MessesWithTexas on February 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Thanks … very cool of you to mention it. Y’all will be back. The UT program is just too damned powerful to stay down for long. We’ll see what oSu has this next year – when they don’t have a once in a generation quarterback and a Blackmon.

I was kinda hopin’ that we could join y’all in the Pac 12 – I just don’t think that the Little 10 will last.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Mayo Clinic

Excerpt:

“To understand the roles of genetic components in alcoholism and drug addiction, we use various approaches in the areas of molecular biology, biochemistry, neuroanatomy, behavior, electrophysiology and pharmacology.”

Whole host of other medical research, definitions, etc. with a 5 second Google search.

Odie1941 on February 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Clearly we need to implement more bathtub laws.

rogerb on February 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM

When bathtubs are outlawed, only outlaws will have bathtubs.

And then where will we get our gin?

NoDonkey on February 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

People will live and die by the choices they make in life.

Whitney had a medical problem. It was her problem to fix. She had people who tried to help.

She made her choice.

Anyone opposed to the legalization of drugs is an idiot.

This is a teachable moment: If drugs are illegal there is no justifiable reason as to why alcohol is legal.

rickyricardo on February 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

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