the green devil...  

sparkee58 58M
606 posts
7/26/2006 1:59 am

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7/28/2006 3:24 am

the green devil...


I get The Nation magazine every week and usually read it cover to cover. It takes no partisan stand, has no major corporate advertisers and has been published since right after the Civil War (or war of Northern Aggression as we call it here). It is an opinion magazine and has never turned a profit. It gives the progressive point of view.
One thing they opine on is the draconian drug laws that have swelled our prisons and local jails to overflowing. There is a lot of money to be made both selling and prosecuting.
Common Sense for drug Policy ran the following ad based on an exerpt from "drug Crazy" by Mike Gray

"The Devil Weed and Harry Anslinger"

"Harry J. Anslinger, a former railroad cop and Prohibition agent, is almost single-handedly responsible for outlawing marijuana. A law-and -order evangelist- one biographer called him "a cross between William Jennings Bryan and Jerry Falwell"- Anslinger believed that alcohol prohibition could have succeeded if only the penalties had been tougher.
"When he was named America's first drug czar in 1930 Anslinger initially tried to keep the Bureau of Narcotics clear of the marijuana issue because he knew eradication would be impossible. The stuff grows, he said, "like dandelions." But in the budget squeeze of the Great Depression he decided to create a little excitement by transforming marijuana from a low-grade nuisance into an evil "as hellish as heroin." To add a little spice he played the race card.
"Reefer makes darkies think they're as good as white men," said Anslinger, "...the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on degenerate races." To make sure nobody missed the point he offered this profile of the average toker: "...most are Negroes,Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with negroes, entertainers and any others."
"Most Americans had never heard of the Weed. Clearly Congress hadn't either. The transcript of the 1937 Congressional Hearings on the Taxation of Marihuana are "near comic examples of dereliction of legislative resposibility," according to one legal observer. The principal witness was Commissioner Anslinger and his evidence consisted of newspaper clippings. The solitary medical expert, Dr. William Westward of the American Medical Association, undermined Anslinger's testimony by pointing out that the facts in these newspaper clippings had originated with the Commissioner himself.
"But the hour was late and it was time to move on. In a vote they didn't bother to record, on a matter of little interest, a handful of Congressmen forwarded a bill that would one day fill the nation's prisons to the roof beams."

catseyes23 61F

7/26/2006 2:18 am

Excellent read about the weed.
That last line reminded me of J.D. Salinger for some reason.


sparkee58 replies on 7/26/2006 2:31 am:
wasn't "Catcher in the Rye" a wonderful book?

catseyes23 61F

7/26/2006 2:36 am

sparkee58 replies on 7/26/2006 6:31 pm:
"wasn't "Catcher in the Rye" a wonderful book?"

It most certainly was.


sparkee58 replies on 7/26/2006 2:58 am:
i'm prety sure holden would have been busted at some point

rm_4it921 61M
1371 posts
7/26/2006 5:26 am

Hey man ( no pun intended )that was really interesting i'll def checkout the rest of your blogs.
cheers


sparkee58 replies on 7/26/2006 7:41 am:
thanks, dude
drop by anytime

marnison 79F

7/26/2006 7:13 am

..perhaps if we treated...them like ..other countries do...

our population would be noticably smaller.

lets take a vote.


sparkee58 replies on 7/26/2006 7:40 am:
...we're already knee deep in the business of population thinning

marnison 79F

7/26/2006 10:47 am

knee deep

then we can't vote...just try to

understand the why

or where for art thou.


sparkee58 replies on 7/26/2006 11:19 am:
to paraphrase stalin:
"it only matters who counts the votes"

bush certainly learned that lesson well

SirMounts 102M

7/27/2006 2:36 am

sparkee58...
Right On!
Now, if you were just for economic freedom too, you'd be a libertarian!


sparkee58 replies on 7/27/2006 2:54 am:
the economic freedom to continue the planet?

SirMounts 102M

7/27/2006 5:27 am

sparkee58...
Nope. lol


sparkee58 replies on 7/27/2006 3:41 pm:
yep.

marnison 79F

7/27/2006 7:40 am

ope

op

can i buy a vowel...


sparkee58 replies on 7/27/2006 3:42 pm:
your money is no good here
take all you want

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