Today is a rant.  A rant about how infantile the media is and how infantile the U.S. is in general.  About how I am fed up with the propaganda that illegalized marijuana and the repugnance I feel for the whole “puritan ethic” that spawned this continuing fiasco.

cannabis sativa To be clear, I do not smoke the ganja.  I just can’t do it…even though I love the smell of some of the very high quality stuff and would like to make little sachets for my underwear drawer with it.  I. Just. Don’t. And. Can’t.  You don’t want to see me on THC.  I don’t want to see me on THC.  It speeds up my brain even faster than it already is and my physical being can’t catch up.  It’s not pretty.

That said…

Who the frak cares that Michael Phelps smoked some weed from a bong recreationally?!  He’s 23 years old and I bet a similar percentage of 23 year olds still smoke weed as did when I was 23…and as when my mother was 23.  That’s what 23 year olds do.  If he wants to play around with (aka experiment?) with an herb that has been around for many millennia…in moderation…why shouldn’t he? 

Oohhhh…yeah…we forgot.  It’s illeeegal. Here. In the U.S.  Because of some very well placed continuing (false) propaganda. 

And, oohhhh yeaahh…he’s a “role model” for kids because he’s an Olympian Athlete. 

Okay.  So maybe it wasn’t the best idea for him to smoke some weed and get caught doing it.  For the kids.  Okay.  Well, he apologized for that…for whatever reason and because of whatever pressure was placed on him.   I don’t really think he should have had to do that.  But, we do live where we live in the times we live and…

*sigh*

I’m just working myself up over this and I really don’t feel like fleshing this one out.  I just don’t even see why I need to.  It’s a very cut and dried issue for me:  it’s an herb, it’s less harmful than many other substances that are fully legal and even socially acceptable, it’s something that I wholeheartedly believe that the government should legalize and tax the frak cannabis plantout of so that we can fund whatever it is that needs to be funded that isn’t getting funded.

To get up in arms about a 23 year old smoking something that our founding  fathers grew…for both industrial use, as well as personal use…is just plain preposterous to me. It’s ridiculous.

And it makes me SICK.

There you have it.  Talk amongst yourselves.  Add a comment or five.  Tell me what you think, even (and especially) if you don’t agree with me. 

“In the old time…it was not a crime…” ~ Gogol Bordello

Okay. I’ve said my piece for now on this subject.  It’s not the end, I can tell you…

See you tomorrow…one way or the other…

© 2009 D. Kessler

I can not stop fuming about the absolute horrification that is Sarah Palin, the Psycho Stepford Pitbull.  Really.  She reminds me of that fascist lady in pink at Hogwort’s in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (what’s her name? Oh, yeah…Dolores Umbridge).  FAKE FAKE FAKE LIAR FAKE TWO-FACED EVIL EVIL FAKE.

LOOK! It’s a view of the possible future Palin-McCain administration! Wait, I guess it’s supposed to be McCain-Palin, isn’t it?  Maybe someone should tell the Psycho Stepford that?  The way she’s been talking lately, it sounds like she is (or can’t wait to be) in charge and President.

But seriously now…The twisted lies and fear-mongering that Palin spews!  She said Obama “is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists…”.   Come on!  Just because he now lives in the same up-scale neighborhood as Bill Ayers and they currently have some compatible civic concerns does not constitute paling around!  Ayers may have been a radical militant protester in the 60’s, but that was 40 years ago.  Barak was only 8 years old and far, far away on an island in the Pacific Ocean…his family having absolutely nothing to do with Ayers.   By the way…Ayers is now a 60-year old distinguished and respected Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and works calmly and legally for educational reform, as well as is involved with other philanthropic endeavors (http://www.woodsfund.org/about/mission )…hardly the same man as he was then!  

To quote Obama Spokesman, Bill Burton:

“Senator Obama strongly condemns the violent actions of [Ayer’s] Weathermen group, as he does all acts of violence. But he was an eight-year-old child when Ayers and the Weathermen were active, and any attempt to connect Obama with events of almost forty years ago is ridiculous.”

Even so, there were a lot of militant protesters in the 1960s…A LOT…though I wouldn’t call them “terrorists”.  They were people responding to a situation (America’s involvement in the Vietnam War) that was unconscionable to them and therefore may have felt required to take some drastic measures in order to make their point.  Don’t get me wrong…I am NOT advocating the violence some of them may have used, but you have to look at the times they were living in.  In fact…if you want to call Ayers a “terrorist”, then you had better label the participants in the Boston Tea Party as also terrorists…they SET FIRE TO A SHIP with gunpowder (in today’s terms…that’s setting a bomb)!  Under that criteria, George Washington and anyone else who actively participated in the Revolutionary War are also thereby terrorists! 

In using the term “terrorist” in the same sentence as Barak Obama’s name, Palin is intentionally attempting to portray him in a non-American light…a “us and them” light…and trying to plant in the mind of the American public the picture of those that attacked us on 9/11.  It’s a cheap, dirty, smear tactic…complete bogus propaganda similar to that used by the Nazis in pre-WWII Germany.

For a more realistic point of view, ask your mom or your aunt or uncle about what they and their friends were doing in the 60’s…or friends of their friends, or the neighbor-next-door’s son or daughter’s girlfriend/boyfriend.  You may be surprised to find out how close YOU are to being accused of “paling around with terrorists”.  I mean, really…

© 2008 D. Kessler