Not Syria. Not North Korea. Not Uzbekistan. Not a country full of darker-skinned, non-Christian folk:
[H]uman rights are in retreat worldwide and the United States bears most responsibility… From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe the picture is bleak. Governments are increasingly rolling back the rule of law, taking their cue from the U.S.-led war on terror… “The USA as the unrivalled political, military and economic hyper-power sets the tone for governmental behaviour worldwide,” Secretary General Irene Khan said in the foreword to Amnesty International’s 2005 annual report.
Up In Smoke is on the telly right now. I remember watching this the year we had cable when I was a kid. I remember thinking it was really really funny but I don’t think I was really cognitive of the drug use. I just remember them driving around in an ice cream truck laughing a lot and when Cheech gets trapped naked on top of that elevator.
It reminds me of 4th grade where a bunch of boys and I had a table together (a bunch of desks pushed together) and our team was called the Potawatomi Indians (a native tribe in Indiana history). We just thought the fact that the name started with ‘pot’ was funny. We even did the joint smoking sound. And I don’t really feel like this caused me to be a drug user when I was a teen. It is like we knew that pot was something verboten and funny and that is why it was funny – we didn’t really get the whole stoned/stoner thing.
Hell, the first time I saw a bong, I thought it was a bird feeder.
From ‘Opium Made Easy’ in Harper’s:
The DEA was indeed trying to implement a quiet crackdown without calling attention to the fact that they are commonly available and easily converted into a narcotic. Why is it illegal to plant a seed, a gift from nature, when your only intention is to grow it for its physical beauty, yet at the same time it is perfectly legal to purchase an AK-47 when your only intention is gopher control?