Jews and marijuana: “I see another thing in the news summary this morning about it. That’s a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them? I suppose it’s because most of them are psychiatrists . . .”
Marijuana and the culture wars: “You see, homosexuality, dope, immorality in general. These are the enemies of strong societies. That’s why the Communists and the left-wingers are pushing the stuff, they’re trying to destroy us.”
Marijuana compared to alcohol: marijuana consumers smoke “to get high” while “a person drinks to have fun.” Nixon also saw marijuana leading to loss of motivation and discipline but claimed: “At least with liquor I don’t lose motivation.”
Marijuana and political dissent: “. . . radical demonstrators that were here . . . two weeks ago . . . They’re all on drugs, virtually all.”
Drug education: “Enforce the law, you’ve got to scare them.”
I know many have already seen the before and after pictures of this devastation but I just wanted to put it in your face on last time. Please donate what you can spare, they obviously need it more than you need your next starbucks. In related news I am sick of hearing how much the GOP wants to cut the deficit, it obviously goes way too far and would cut many necessities AND/OR safety nets we have in place. You can’t cut things just to cut things.
“Even before the Japanese earthquake and tsunami on Friday, the Hawaii Star Reporter ran a piece with a shockingly ominous headline: ‘Cuts Could Kill, Union Says.’
The union representing National Weather Service workers says budget cuts proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives could jeopardize public safety and increase the severity of disaster losses in Hawaii.
‘People could die. … It could be serious,’ said Barry Hirshorn, Pacific region chairman of the National Weather Service Employees Organization.
Unsurprisingly, Hawaiians appear the most concerned about tsunami preparedness. The Hawaii Reporter also covered the cuts citing union projections.
The union says it anticipates a $125 million cut to the National Weather Service’s budget for the remaining six months of the fiscal year. During fiscal year 2010 there was $41 million of funding for the tsunami research and warnings.”
“For the second year in a row, more American soldiers—both enlisted men and women and veterans—committed suicide than were killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Excluding accidents and illness, 462 soldiers died in combat, while 468 committed suicide. A difference of six isn’t vast by any means, but the symbolism is significant and troubling. In 2009, there were 381 suicides by military personnel, a number that also exceeded the number of combat deaths.”
“If you think you know the one thing that causes people to commit suicide, please let us know,” Army Vice Chief of Staff General Peter Chiarelli told the Army Times, “because we don’t know what it is.”
A provocative new sculpture has opened at the U.S.-Canada border crossing near Vancouver, BC. It’s a billboard advertising…well, nothing.
“Borrowing the effectiveness of billboards to redirect attention away from the landscape… this permanently open aperture between nations works to frame nothing more than a clear view of the changing atmospheric conditions beyond.”
-Lead Pencil Studio’s Daniel Mihalyo
“Clearly it’s some kind of pinko Canadian stunt, right? A passive-aggressive commentary on Americans’ conspicuous consumption? Wrong! Non-Sign II is the brainchild of the Seattle art and architecture firm Lead Pencil Studio. Even crazier: It was commissioned by the federal government, which usually regards high art the way one would a dead rat.”