Who Hijacked Our Country

Saturday, June 07, 2008

White Punks On Dope!

Summer is approaching. While we’re all looking forward to those days at the beach and long evenings in the backyard, summer can be a dangerous time. If you're concerned about Family Values and the moral fiber of this great nation, you’re probably dreading the arrival of those outdoor rock and roll festivals.

Our young people should be studying, working, praying, trying to better themselves — not listening to the Devil’s Music, cavorting half-naked and moving their hips in ways God never intended.

And worst of all — the Drugs! Thousands of decadent no-accounts shooting LSD, snorting marijuana and God knows what else — it’s enough to make you pray that the Rapture will hurry up and get here.

Fortunately, a few redneck police departments (with lots of gung ho narcs helping them out) are getting ready to tackle this serious problem. And they have a potent new weapon: Cultural Profiling. Nail those F#$%&! hippies and throw the key away!

“Routine” traffic stops — or even a highway drug checkpoint disguised as a “safety check” — will be set up on the roads leading to and from these rock festivals. And these “routine” stops and “safety checks” will include drug-sniffing police dogs. There’ll also be lots of undercover cops and narcs inside the festivals themselves.

Thank God this is a high priority. Your tax dollars at work.

Last weekend, the 2008 Summer Camp Festival in Chillicothe, IL was attended by 13,000 rock fans. Narcs and cops swooped in and made twenty drug arrests for pot, LSD and ecstasy. The local police chief beamed: “I think a lot of it had to do with all of the agencies getting together before the event and really planning out our attack.”

Whew! The citizens of Illinois are safe — for now! — from those pot-crazed maniacs.

And in Habersham County, Georgia, a 24-hour highway checkpoint yielded 31 drug arrests (mostly marijuana of course). The value of the cars and other property seized was $82,000. Yeehaw! Git ‘er done!

OK, I admit it — Conservatives were right. I sure do love this here Limited Government.

cross-posted at Bring It On!

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Blogger Snave said...

I have to rant about the music aspect of the "war on drugs" first.

I find it very odd, and a bit disturbing, that many of these same people who despise the influence of rock and roll music are members of fundamentalist churches which have their own rock bands, who use rock and roll music to lure young people into the fold. I can remember when Christian music was of laughable quality, very poorly produced, badly recorded, and not played very well. Nowadays, "contemporary Christian music" sounds just like pop, rock and country and unless you are paying attention to the lyrics you might not realize what it is you have on the radio.

Yes, Tom! It IS enough to make some of us pray that the Rapture will hurry up and get here, so that these idiots will be gone and so the rest of us can live in peace.

If they aren't religious types, it seems like they are "patriotic" rednecks who criticize rock and roll while listening to "country" music that is mostly just pop/rock music with fiddles and steel guitars thrown in, sung and played by people who wear fake Western clothing and who have probably never been on a farm or seen live cattle. These are the people who love to tie one on with alcohol but who think it's some kind of sin to smoke a joint.

I loathe the "drug war" and the conservative idea that drug use should be some kind of thing for which people deserve punishment and jail time. I decided long ago that as I see it, pot should be decriminalized and the government should just grow it and sell it. Regulate it. Grow good quality marijuana, cut out the foreign dealers, cut off some of their cashflow. Turn pot into a cash crop. Use the profits to help pay for universal health care. And for heaven's sake, quit putting people in jail for using marijuana or for growing a few plants for personal use... My gawd... And hemp might gradually reclaim its rightful place as a resource for rope, oil, clothing and paper! Hemp makes better paper, and we would have to cut fewer trees. Maybe that all makes so much sense that it will never happen here... makes sense to me, anyway.

June 7, 2008 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: That's true, some of the Christian music sounds pretty good. A couple of those songs in Jesus Camp really rocked. OMG, did I really say that?

Good point about modern country music. I don't like it anyway, but I'll bet half of those guys are singing in a fake accent and wouldn't be able to drive a pickup unless it was an automatic transmission.

When I was in the Navy, some of the lifers who were hardcore alcoholics were the most gung ho about "cracking down on drugs." And most of them were too dumb to even catch the irony.

And yes, when the Rapture comes we'll finally be rid of those Biblewipes once and for all.

June 7, 2008 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

Snave, and Tom,

Oh god! You are good, the first couple of paragraphs, and I thought that maybe someone had slipped me a little somethin' in my coffee. You definitely have one hell of a good "DRY" sense of humor.
To Snave, I was watching what I thought be MTV the other day, and actually it was CMT. I just about crapped my pants. I do like the outlaw country from the 60'-70's, but so many are dead.
I find it pathetic that they are going after drugs that more, or less subdue people, and make them a Wee bit mo' mello. Where I lived in the States(Spokane, Washington) the Meth. problem was so severe I did have to hold a few people on my property at gun point...I lived on over 10 acres; just outside of town....The scum bags were "tweeking" so fucking hard I really thought I'd be barying them with my backhoe; thank god the sheriffs showed up in an hour, and a half. Those mother F**kers were so wacked they danced in place while holding the tools they tried stealing off my work truck!
I see how it works; the light of day crack down on the easy pray, and stay the F**k away from the ones that really are a serious threat. The ones have something to "legally" steal, and the others don't. Someday I'll be that ther' smert!
On a side note, I am sitting here in 3rd world Latin America. I was in a banking district trying to conduct an important phone call. I had a missionary group that just got off the plane singing out of tone across the street....gospel music.....I couldn't hear so continually I yelled across the street to SHUT UP!! THIS IS A BUSINESS DISTRICT!!!
They then came up to preach to me. Between preaching, and taking several photos of me, which my friend with me noticed, I told the little fucker more about his bible than he could tell me.......I shut his ass down.......and then I told him that when he, and the rest of his cult get raptured I'll be with the normal people enjoying the Hot sun in Hell. I still don't know what the pictures were about???? If'n Ya'll see a picture floating around of the Anti-Christ, it might be me?
This whole time I was trying to conduct business.....???
p.s. All the "Latins" around me according to my friend were laughing, and giving me the thumbs up!

June 8, 2008 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

American Hill Billy: God, MTV turns out to be CMT -- talk about bait and switch.

Yeah, our whole drug approach is so backwards. I think you dialed it -- they go after pot smokers because they're the easy prey. It's too dangerous to tangle with hardcore drug pushers or try to shut down a meth lab. By going after potheads they can get higher arrest statistics and it's much safer.

I think Latin America has a lot of Christian missionaries. So many "primitive" people to convert, so little time.

June 8, 2008 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Yeah – Limited government! :-)

I wonder how many people have died at the hands of drug-crazed, hippy, rockers since 2003? Further, I wonder how that number compares to the number of US citizens who have died in Iraq.

I’m glad I got my drug-crazed hippy rocking out of the way in the 70s!

Thanks for reminding me I need to buy a Tubes CD!

June 8, 2008 at 1:45 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

I probably should start with an explainer: IMO recreational drug use is a stupid thing to do. Draw your own conclusions about those who risk their brains, bodies and lives on cheap, transient thrills.

That said, if that Illinois concert is a fair yardstick, we've come a long way in people understanding how dumb drug abuse is. Only 20 caught out of a crowd of 13,000?

Sheesh. I remember the '60's and '70's. Back then at a concert like the one you mention, cops would've been hauling junkies and abusers out by the busload, hour after hour.

June 8, 2008 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Carlos: Oh yes, those pot-crazed hippies are a clear and present danger. Same thing with that Satanic music they gyrate to :)

Americans need to channel all of that energy into activities that Jesus would approve of: invading countries and wrecking the environment.

SW: Sure, no argument there. There's certainly no reason people should use drugs recreationally. I used to do them, but I got it all out of my system a long time ago. Now I only use the wholesome all-American drugs: caffeine and alcohol.

But our War on Drugs is the most stupid counterproductive effort our government has ever undertaken (and that's saying a lot). Trillions of tax dollars, millions of lives wrecked by long jail sentences -- and for what?

I'm not usually big on conspiracy theories, but I suspect there's a lot of wheeling and dealing and cooperation between governments, international drug dealers and businesses. It's a multi-trillion dollar cash cow, and it also feeds America's prison-industrial complex which is a large segment of our economy.

June 8, 2008 at 4:55 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Tom, I don't know about an international conspiracy of the kind you mentioned, but the so-called war on drugs — really just an open-ended suppression campaign — really is all the bad things you say.

And yes, because so many public- and private-sector jobs and businesses depend on the drug war, it's taken on a life of its own.

This thing will continue bilking taxpayers and imprisoning hapless low-level pot users as if they were major-crime, hardened criminals because too many right-wingers will demagogue any public official, elected or appointed, who speaks against it or tries to change it. They'll demagogue it for political gain, of course.

This is one of those things that might, just might, be reformable if for once Democrats could get and keep overwhelming control of both houses of Congress at the same time we have a Democratic president.

I don't look for it to happen any time soon, though, even if we get all that good stuff after Jan. 20. There are too many other screwed up things to tackle, from the Iraq mess to all the rotten federal appointees that will need to be replaced, to the dipstick Homeland Security Dept., to the politicized and demoralized Justice Dept., and on and on.

And so it goes.

June 8, 2008 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: I'm glad you agree that the War on Drugs is a totally bogus crock of shit.

Unfortunately, I think this phony "war" is so entrenched in our government -- the Powers That Be or whatever you want to call it -- that both parties are equally mired in it. So I don't think the War on Drugs will be affected one way or the other regardless of who gets elected this November.

I hope that at some point the public will get smarter and start to realize how much they've been manipulated by Government and Big Business. But with the continual dumbing down of the American public, that doesn't seem hopeful.

I think you summed it up with "And yes, because so many public- and private-sector jobs and businesses depend on the drug war, it's taken on a life of its own."

That's the fix we're in and I don't see a way out.

June 8, 2008 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Robert Rouse said...

That reminds me, I think I'll smoke a couple of joints and watch Woodstock again.

June 9, 2008 at 6:38 AM  
Blogger American Hill BIlly said...

I have to comment on the Job loss category. I fully recommend to all young people, to encounter trades like welding, auto body repair, mechanical traininng in general, motorcycle repair, and the like. They are some the most universally in demand carriers.
As far as OUR jobs going to Mexico, and Latin America. Weeks before they started allowing The Mexican Trucks in OUR country, there were massive protests all over Mexico....They didn't want it either..cause' The Federallis were cracking down on their trucks among other reasons! Personally being there; I saw literal miles of trucks lined up in the different cities; protesting. The trucks were parked on the sides of the road with banners the length of the truck, and whole families, and trucking buddies talking/eating together while peacefully protesting........Don't worry though the local, and the federal police were ligned beside them with machine guns incase it got out of control...........Long story short, sometimes the outsourcing hurts the people in the other country as well. This mexican trucking issue has run alot of their independent operators out of business!!!

June 9, 2008 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger rockync said...

I'm reading this and just shaking my head - once our numbers were multitudes, but these days all I can ask is "where have all hippies gone?"
I attended the original Woodstock as well as other lesser known concerts where the booze and pot flowed and yet no one tore up the surrounding neighborhoods or invaded nearby towns driven by "reefer madness."
In the early 70's I had a native American boyfriend who had a cousin involved in the formation of AIM. He was quite the militant and he hung out with us quite a bit that summer. He would light up a joint in public, expousing his right to do so as a native person who was not subject to the laws of the invaders of his land. He was never approached by the police as long as I knew him.
I don't smoke pot anymore because my lungs are shot from cigarette smoking which I finally quit 6 years ago. Did me a lot more damage than pot ever did.
Everybody is looking for a high be it religion, alcohol, drugs or dangerous risks. Hey, whatever floats your boat as long as I don't have to row. So, I still advocate legalizing drugs, taking all the profit out of it so the dealers starve and make it available at reasonable prices through state stores like the ABC stores in North Carolina. Reduces the crime rate, saves homeowners the cost of new doors and windows broken in breakins.
Got a call from my son this morning. Not long after he left for work, someone kicked in his kitchen door most likely to rob his house at like 9:30 am. Who wants to lay odds this was some desparate crack head or meth addict? While I don't advocate the use of processed drugs as I think they are much more destructive, I think the decriminalization of drugs might have prevented this morning's break in.
BTW to those young people who have been denied the experience of sex, drugs and rock & roll by the morals police -- I'm so sorry my generation has let you down.

June 9, 2008 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Robert: Hey, light one up for me too.

American Hill Billy: That’s very true; excellent advice. All of those job categories are facing worker shortages in the next few years or decades. Everybody wants to go into computers or other hi-tech industries, but there are only X number of jobs available.

People may thumb their noses at the building trades, mechanical jobs, etc. but the pay and job security are good. As far as I know, repair shops haven’t figured out a way to ship cars and motorcycles over to India to be worked on. Same with construction work.

I first heard people talking about this about 8 years ago. This contractor was saying “kids today just want to do computers. Who wants to drive a truck or a backhoe.” But it sure beats the shit out of being a downsized office worker.

Rockync: “Where have all the hippies gone” — good question. I guess they all went straight or found Jesus or something. For that matter, my own lifestyle is pretty straight and mundane these days. My only drugs are the cabal-approved ones: caffeine and alcohol (honest, officer!). But my political ideas are pretty much the same as they were in the late ‘60s.

Woodstock — cool! The closest I ever came to anything like that was a 3-day folk festival near Bethel, Maine in 1975. The Eagles were supposed to be the headliner but they never showed up. Seals and Crofts were the biggest name group there.

I’m glad your boyfriend didn’t get hassled for smoking in public. When I was in Afghanistan, a friend of mine insisted on lighting up a hash pipe right in downtown Mazar-i-Sharif (not sure about that spelling). I was sure he was signing his own death warrant so I didn’t go with him, but he didn’t get arrested or hassled. At that time the drug laws were pretty lenient for the local people, but it was a different story for western hippies. I got high a lot during my travels, but always discreetly.

And yes, legalization/regulation is the only answer to “the drug problem.” It’s funny how the drug dealers and the straightlaced conservatives are on the same side in this issue. They both want drugs to stay illegal.

June 9, 2008 at 10:10 AM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

rockvnc's legalization approach has a lot going for it, at least where pot is concerned. It's what I've advocated for years, although I add that profits from sales should go to drug abuse education and public-health-type prevention programs for kids.

June 9, 2008 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: Yes, legalization and regulation are ultimately the only solution. But realistically speaking, if this ever happens it'll probably be patterned after the model for tobacco and alcohol. Profits would go to a few companies; probably the same companies that are now making booze and cigarettes.

Of course these legal drugs would be taxed heavily, and that tax money could be directed toward public health and drug education programs.

June 9, 2008 at 11:42 AM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Country "music" is a joke, much like the wingtard politics it usually espouses. The average country fan tsk-tsks about nose rings and the occasional J or 2, but has no problem with drunked up husbands beating the holy hell out of their families, or brothers and sisters mating.

If they represent "patriotism," then I'll take Communism.

June 9, 2008 at 2:49 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

JR: Yup, good ol' country music. Drunk husbands beating up their wives, 8-year-old girls being chased by their 9-year-old brothers, and everybody taking turns running over Gramma with the pickup truck. These are the values that Jesus taught.

June 9, 2008 at 5:19 PM  

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