Category Archives: War on Some Drugs

Bush’s Proudest Moment: Catching a Fish

Not liberating Iraq.

Not ‘smoking them outta their holes.’

Not bringing freedom and democracy to the rest of the world.

Nope. None of these makes George W. Bush smile like a just-farted baby:

“I would say the best moment of all was when I caught a 7.5 pound perch in my lake,” he told the newspaper in an interview published on Sunday.

In other news, Bush is calling his undeclared, unending, unwinnable War on Terror World War III.

Frontline: The Meth Epidemic

If you can catch Frontline’s show on the crystal meth epidemic that is destroying the country from the west to the mid-west and is due to arrive very soon in the east, you need to. It is excellent excellent television and very informative – and shocking. Quick facts:

Remember Quaaludes? A guy from the DEA killed the ‘Lude business by simply finding the manufacturers of the ingredients and shutting them down. Fascinating. Of course when they try this approach with ephedrine – that worked – then with pseudoephedrine: all of the pharmaceutical companies went apeshit. That’s why there’s been so much movement at the local and state levels.

The amount of money spent on the crime, rehab, prison, foster child care and police time spent on meth is absolutely astounding.

And a great detective story to boot! You’ll be able to watch the full program online after 5pm tonight. Or you can check your local PBS stations. 

Amnest Int’l: US Leads World in Global Attack on Human Rights

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.

Cheech and Chong

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.