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African Drug Found in Shelbyville (Khat)
The Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | 14 February 2006 | David Melson

Posted on 07/23/2006 12:18:23 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

One of the first Shelbyville confiscations of the African drug khat occurred early Sunday morning. "Approximately 11.26 grams of a green leafy substance believed to be khat" were found in a coat pocket of Mustaf Shire Abdi, 21, Anthony Lane, Officer Tracey Nelson said. Abdi tried to pull away as Officer Benjamin Burris was checking the pocket and was immediately handcuffed, Nelson said. "Khat use is most prevalent among immigrants from Somalia, Ethiopia and Yemen," a May 2003 National Drug Intelligence Center bulletin said. "These individuals use the drug in casual settings or as part of religious ceremonies.

"The use of khat is accepted within the Somali, Ethopian and Yemeni cultures. In those countries khat is not a controlled substance and is openly sold at markets." Khat's effects are similar to those of cocaine or methamphetamine but lesser in strength, the report said. Nelson stopped Abdi at 3:41 a.m. after he allegedly made an erratic move while driving on East Depot Street, then drove behind a building on Anthony Lane. Officers noted a strong odor of alcohol on Abdi, who Nelson said admitted having had three beers. Abdi was charged with DUI and violation of the implied consent law.

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KEYWORDS: 3beers; 3rdworlddecay; addiction; civersity; drugskilledbelushi; drugwar; dui; khat; leroyinafrica; mrleroybait; shelbyville; somalia; thatsmrleroytoyou; time2deport; tn; tyson; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; zerotlerance
What the story doesn't tell you and I have since learned is this: Tyson, having employees convicted of bringing in illegal aliens in an organized fashion, is now bringing in Somalians (Muslim) legally, teaching them English and cultural aspects to smooth their ability to live and work at the plant in Shelbyville, TN. The drug Khat (found months ago) is a growing problem. Personally, I believe Tyson has brought this culture to Shelbyville to punish those who criticized the company for bringing in illegal aliens from Mexico because the problems from the Somalians is going to be far worse than the problems that came with illegal alien Mexicans. Wonder if Tyson is bringing Somalians to its other processing plants? Anyone know? This sort of thing is going to lead to conflict. How stupid.
1 posted on 07/23/2006 12:18:24 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Explain the problem of legally bringing in immigrants. I'm no fan of Tyson but what is the problem if it's legal?


2 posted on 07/23/2006 12:20:01 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Ahh, the Gorgeous Mosaic!


3 posted on 07/23/2006 12:21:42 PM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Ha! Take that Springfield!


4 posted on 07/23/2006 12:22:01 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Yaelle

Muslim immigrants.

A problem if they are Islamists.


5 posted on 07/23/2006 12:26:32 PM PDT by turnrightnow (bink's mom)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

My gut reaction is that Tyson brought the Somalians in because they needed cheap labor and didn't want to risk bringing in more illegals. Occam's Razor favors money over revenge.


6 posted on 07/23/2006 12:27:07 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

7 posted on 07/23/2006 12:30:04 PM PDT by cmsgop ( President Mahmud Ahmadinejad Must Purify Himself in The Waters of Lake Minnetonka)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

The melting pot is becoming a toxic stew.


8 posted on 07/23/2006 12:30:33 PM PDT by cripplecreek (I'm trying to think but nothing happens)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The Somalians are only "cheap labor" if the value of their productivity is much better than the cost of their pay. Stoned folks are not that productive. And have to be paid at least minimum wage


9 posted on 07/23/2006 12:32:19 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (A planned society is most appealing to those with the arrogance to think they will be the planners)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

My big question is why we're allowing hords of Somalis into the country?


10 posted on 07/23/2006 12:33:33 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (A planned society is most appealing to those with the arrogance to think they will be the planners)
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To: SauronOfMordor

Considering the fact that extreme violence seems to be the hallmark of khat users, I suspect this new cheap labor is going to cost a great deal.


11 posted on 07/23/2006 12:37:03 PM PDT by cripplecreek (I'm trying to think but nothing happens)
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To: Wolfie

LOL! I thought of that when I saw the title!


12 posted on 07/23/2006 12:41:55 PM PDT by Irish_Thatcherite (A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!|The IRA are actually terrorists, any questions?)
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To: cripplecreek

Most likely it won't cost the employer, so no harm done, eh?


13 posted on 07/23/2006 12:43:35 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: SauronOfMordor

On paper, I would imagine a Somalian warm body looks like a Mexican warm body. On the factory floor it may be quite different - or it may not.

I stand by my economic hypothesis. Revenge would be throwing good money after bad.


14 posted on 07/23/2006 12:45:27 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Pray for peace, prepare for war.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

I spent many hours one long afternoon once in Sa'ana, Yemen,
chewing Qat until my jaw ached and was almost ready to fall off.

The narcotic effects were negligible, like having a a couple of cups of strong coffee.

I would advise those who are tempted to try this drug to stick to espresso.

It tastes better, is easier to imbibe and works faster.


15 posted on 07/23/2006 12:46:28 PM PDT by Allan (*-O)):~{>)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

I live close to Columbus Junction, IA, which has a Tyson plant... there are tons of Hispanics (who knows what their status is) but I have yet to see anyone that looks to be Somali. Will keep an eye out now though. Wonder why they didn't take the time to teach the Hispanics english?...;)


16 posted on 07/23/2006 12:46:51 PM PDT by callthemlikeyouseethem
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To: cripplecreek
The melting pot is becoming a toxic stew.

IMHO, pure islam is unmeltable.

Islam is to life what antimatter is to matter. Islam is negatively charged and negates or destroys positive living energy.

17 posted on 07/23/2006 12:49:02 PM PDT by Dark Skies
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To: Slings and Arrows
Revenge would be throwing good money after bad.

That would be true if this was the only Tyson plant.

If it serves as a warning to the towns where their other plants are located, that if there's objections to the Mexicans it will result in Somalians being brought in to replace them, then it can be cost effective

Also, you assume that corporate executives always act from rational profit motives, and would never, ever consider doing something unprofitable just to stick it to some people who have f%$#@d with them. I've known a few corporate execs. For too many of them, sticking it to somebody who has messed with them comes first

18 posted on 07/23/2006 12:53:53 PM PDT by SauronOfMordor (A planned society is most appealing to those with the arrogance to think they will be the planners)
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To: Allan

From p. 47 of "The Hallucinogens", by A. Hoffer and H. Osmond, 1967,
Academic Press.

KHAT (KAT)

Because khat contains ephedrinelike compounds it seems best included
in this section [a setion on Amphetamines]. Lewin (1931) gave a brief
account of khat and how it was used. Apparently it was taken socially
to produce excitation, banish sleep, and promote communication. It was
used as a stimulant to dispel feelings of hunger and fatigue.
The natives chewed young buds and fresh leaves of catha edulis
(_Celastrus edulis_). This is a large shrub which can grow to tree
size. It originated in Ethiopia and spread until its use covered Kenya,
Nyasaland [now Malawi], Uganda, Tanganyika [now Tanzania], Arabia, the
Congo, Rhodesia [now Zimbabwe and Zambia], and South Africa. The khat
trees are grown interspersed between coffee trees.
Khat was used in Yemen even before coffee and it was immensely
popular. Lewin described khat markets to which khat was brought in
bundles of branches from the mountains.
Khat contains cathine (d-norisoephedrine), cathidine, and cathinine.
Cathine is also one of the alkaloids found in _Ephedra vulgaris_. It is
fortunate, perhaps, that khat is also very rich in ascorbic acid which
is an excellent antidote to amphetamine-type compounds.
In animals, khat produces excitation and increased motor activity. In
humans, it is a stimulant producing a feeling of exaltation, a feeling of
being liberated from space and time. It may produce extreme loquacity,
inane laughing, and eventually semicoma. It may also be an euphorient
and used chronically can lead to a form of delirium tremens. Galkin
and Mironychev (1964) reported that up to 80% of the adult population
of Yemen use khat. Upon first chewing khat, the initial effects were
unpleasant and included dizziness, lassitude, tachycardia, and sometimes
epigastric pain. Gradually more pleasant feelings replaced these
inaugural symptoms. The subjects had feelings of bliss, clarity of
thought, and became euphoric and overly energetic. Sometimes khat
produced depression, sleepiness, and then deep sleep. The chronic user
tended to be euphoric continually. In rare cases the subjects became
aggressive and overexcited. Galkin and his colleague observed 51
subjects who had taken khat. Of these, 27 became excited, 18 became
somnolent, and 6 remained unchanged. The respiratory rate and pulse
rate were accelerated and the blood pressure tended to rise. The
subjects also had a decrease in the functional capacity of the
cardiovascular system.


19 posted on 07/23/2006 12:55:40 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Euphoria...........((ping)).......(((ping)))........((((ping))))


20 posted on 07/23/2006 12:58:17 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Allan
The narcotic effects were negligible, like having a a couple of cups of strong coffee.

Isn't it interesting how they connect Khat to cocaine and meth? They just can't be truthful when it comes to drugs!
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21 posted on 07/23/2006 1:14:46 PM PDT by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

" is now bringing in Somalians (Muslim) legally"

Some people bitch when they're being hung with a new rope.


22 posted on 07/23/2006 1:23:23 PM PDT by gcruse (http://gcruse.typepad.com)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

Several countries like the U.S. currently deem the use of khat illegal due to its psychoactive ingredients. To get the desired effect, chewers must be orally dexterous to consume large amounts of the shrub. In the U.S., many people do not know about khat, although the federal government classifies it as a non-narcotic Schedule I controlled substance, a categorization born out of a debatable conclusion reached after a tragic event. In 1991, the U.S. sent soldiers to Somalia to aid in calming social and political unrest. Following several heated encounters with local forces in 1993, news stations aired video of rebels dragging dead U.S. soldiers through the streets Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. Reports at the time suggested that the rebel forces were users of khat.
23 posted on 07/23/2006 1:42:17 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life)
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To: SauronOfMordor

We need more black Muslims is all I can figure. Farrakhan needs more people in his pew.


24 posted on 07/23/2006 1:56:28 PM PDT by jeremiah (How much did we get for that rope?)
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To: Yaelle
Explain the problem of legally bringing in immigrants. I'm no fan of Tyson but what is the problem if it's legal?

Because for some, all immigration is bad and should be stopped.

25 posted on 07/23/2006 1:58:13 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Free Republic is Currently Suffering a Pandemic of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.”)
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To: Yaelle
Explain the problem of legally bringing in immigrants. I'm no fan of Tyson but what is the problem if it's legal?

What part of:

1. They're Muslim.

2. They smoke Khat.

3. They have a culture that, beyond Islam, is diametrically opposed to ours (i.e. female genital mutilation).

4. Tyson possibly did this out of spite for those that complained about their importation of ILLEGAL aliens. If I were a Tyson high official, I could think of no better revenge, literally.

DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND?

26 posted on 07/23/2006 2:12:08 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
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27 posted on 07/23/2006 2:17:37 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Fiddlstix

Ha ha ha...I understand. Well, the genie can't be kept in the bottle for long.


28 posted on 07/23/2006 2:44:24 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Yaelle
"Explain the problem of legally bringing in immigrants. I'm no fan of Tyson but what is the problem if it's legal?"

Do you understand the term "Balkanization"?

Do you think they assimilate?

29 posted on 07/23/2006 2:47:07 PM PDT by Jumpmaster (Teddy is all wet.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
J

BTW, Your tagline is Great!

30 posted on 07/23/2006 2:49:14 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: callthemlikeyouseethem

"Wonder why they didn't take the time to teach the Hispanics english?"

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They wouldn't need to due to so many of us (unfortunately) now having to learn Spanglish in order to interact with the hired help and customers.


31 posted on 07/23/2006 2:58:06 PM PDT by Harrius Magnus (Seared in my mind: Is Is.)
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To: Allan
Do you suppose there might be a genetic component to its effects?

Other than that, I got nuthin'

32 posted on 07/23/2006 3:01:31 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (Sixty-six days (counting up))
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND?

Not yet. I read your points, but I don't believe in being racist/xenophobic. All immigration isn't bad, even if some immigrants might be.

I feel that the biggest problem here in SoCAL is indeed illegal immigration. But if what Tyson is doing is legal, we have to look a little more long term to see if these immigrants from Africa never blend in or cause true problems.

Those dirty Irish, Italians, and Jews did assimilate. As did those Japanese and Caribbeans. Let's give these guys a chance.

I have seen some wonderful truly-African-Americans joining into the American dream and becoming good, productive members of society, civilizing their kids, etc. Be careful knocking legal immigration.

33 posted on 07/23/2006 3:23:40 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Fiddlstix
Your tagline is Great!

Thanks. However, those who disagree with me don't think so or don't know to even disagree. LOL.

34 posted on 07/23/2006 6:32:30 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Yaelle
I read your points, but I don't believe in being racist/xenophobic.

I will forgive you for insinuating that I'm racist/xenophobic. You know nothing about me and you make that implication? ROFL. Do me a favor. You drop a freepmail to basil and ask her the nationality of menemenetekelupharsin's wife and if he is racist/xenophobic or has just been telling the truth for the last 5 years she has known of me. You do that, and then we'll talk. I'm trying to help you keep from choking on your toes. The Irish did NOT assimilate. They brought catholicism to this country in great numbers and started its decline. Before you debate, you get ALL of your notes together.

35 posted on 07/23/2006 6:36:51 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
The Irish did NOT assimilate. They brought catholicism to this country in great numbers and started its decline.

Wait - the Irish started it? The Catholics? Or both? Something's bringing to mind Henry Gibson in the Blues Brothers...
36 posted on 07/23/2006 6:44:46 PM PDT by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: July 4th

Decline of U.S. -- The Civil War was largely about religious and economic differences more so than slavery. Slavery was just an excuse to get the fighting started.


37 posted on 07/23/2006 6:50:36 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: SauronOfMordor

Sounds like this stuff is a low-grade speed. That might cause an increase in productivity, unlike other substances which would probably slow most employees down.


38 posted on 07/23/2006 6:54:41 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin; cardinal4

I found myself, quite by accident, one morning in Djibouti. After happy hour at the Sheraton, and a couple more Heinikens in a Legionnaire bar, we repaired to the home of some State Department contractors (AID). I stuck with the green bottle so favored by Looter Guy, and my friends broke out the khat. I got up to leave and bade my newfound pals a "bon soir." Nobody said anything, so I said, "what's the matter, KHAT got your tongue?"


39 posted on 07/23/2006 6:57:07 PM PDT by Ax ("Burn the Village to the Ground, Doo-dah, Doo-dah....")
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
They brought catholicism to this country in great numbers and started its decline.

Catholicism was already here. Catholics founded the Maryland colony.

40 posted on 07/23/2006 6:59:28 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin

"The Irish did NOT assimilate. They brought catholicism to this country in great numbers and started its decline."

That hood and white robe of yours ever get in the way of your typing?


41 posted on 07/23/2006 8:15:37 PM PDT by TKDietz
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To: TKDietz
If MMTU wants fewer Catholics voting GOP, he's going about it the right way.
42 posted on 07/25/2006 7:02:21 PM PDT by Know your rights (The modern enlightened liberal doesn't care what you believe as long as you don't really believe it.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
He should have ridden the monorail instead.


43 posted on 07/25/2006 7:04:27 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: Know your rights; MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
"If MMTU wants fewer Catholics voting GOP, he's going about it the right way."

He managed to insult Irish Americans to with his ridiculous wrongheaded comments. What brings our country down are idiots like him. He's nothing but a stupid bigot with a perverted view of history. He's like those Jew haters that say the Holocaust never happened. He feels the need to blame all of our problems on someone, and for some reason he's picked Irish Catholics.

He says, "The Irish did NOT assimilate. They brought catholicism to this country in great numbers and started its decline." What complete bull. There were plenty of Catholics here before we saw great numbers of Irish coming in, and the Irish assimilated fine. It didn't happen overnight, but it happened. It's just a fact of life that anytime we have a huge number of immigrants from one country coming over a brief span of time and all congregating in the same neighborhoods it's going to take a while for them to break out and assimilate. Children growing up in these neighborhoods move on and those that remain become more and more Americanized in time. I don't know what his problem is with Catholics, or Irish Americans. I'll think about him this Sunday at Mass and next time I stop by my Irish American grandfather's grave.
44 posted on 07/26/2006 1:59:14 PM PDT by TKDietz
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