The federally provided medical kits held phenobarbitol tablets that were attractive targets for thieves. .... In October 1971, Spokane CD director Pounds announced that robbers had stolen pills from 60 public shelters in Spokane County. Later that year, the feds ordered the removal of pills. CD officials pulled 1.25 million sedative pills from all Spokane area shelters. Pounds and his aides mixed the pills and hot water into a slurry and flushed the mixture into the sewage system.Must have been some mighty happy (or dead) fish all the way down the Spokane River into the Columbia and then the ocean. Oh well. Whatever it takes!!! to keep people away from any sort of narcotics. Now let's have a smoke and a highball to celebrate our success. Reminds me of the many scenes in '50s cop shows where Joe Friday or Dan Matthews disgustedly snorts "Narcotics are worse than murder!" while puffing a Pall Mall and sipping a martini.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.