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I’m heading out early Saturday morning for New York with a group of students for a week-long theatre trip. We’ll be seeing Matilda, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Kinky Boots, and Caveman.

I’ll check in when I can, and bring back some cheesecake from Junior’s (and maybe some pastrami from Carnegie Deli).

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44 comments to Open Thread

  • allan

    Have some fun Pete! We’ll uh… yeah we will…

    I have to mention how flabbergasted I was last night to hear the reaction to Kim Jong Il’s proclamation about attacking the US… well, it seems that the embargo against N Korea will be stepped up. Yep, they’re putting down the heavy fist now… no longer will luxury items (yachts and other such ‘spensive foofraw) be sold to N Korea’s elite. Hooraw! Take that Kim! Put that on your missile and smoke it.

    Of course my thought (and I must qualify that by saying, yes I do poke smot) was why weren’t luxury items the first things embargoed?

  • Bruce

    Me: Still looking for a nice quiet consistent place to Bathe after our May 4, 1988 Fire.
    BigBro: Mountains of Cash, Helicopters, Heavy Weapons, Plate Readers, Face Recognition, CCTV, Checkpoints, Kinky Boots,,,Yawn

  • monogamy/will/shrink/your/dick

    Due to radiation soreness on my thighs, I had to stop spamming the airways for a few days. But I finally figured how to get my macbook connected with an ethernet cable—apparently it’s a problem you get when you update to snow-leopard 10.6. If anybody else is having a similar problem I’ll be more than glad to help.

    The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) sees Guinea-Bissau as the world’s only example of a narco state: “In Afghanistan and Colombia, individual provinces are in the hands of drug lords. Here, it’s the entire state,” says a high-ranking official at the agency’s headquarters in Vienna. In Colombia, the drug lords take advantage of the chaos. In Bissau, they benefit from the secure environment.

    african-hub-of-cocaine-trafficking

    • War Vet

      And that’s why their president was shot in 2009. The leading distributors of coke after the S. Americans are the Radical Islamic Militants (I would say Mexico is the 3rd leading distributor/trafficker of blow) . . . that’s why we had the Italian Mafia and Russian Mafia in our CIA/DoD prisons in Baghdad . . . something I saw with my own eyes. The money would come from Iraq or Iran -the dope bought in Africa and then headed up to Europe or Africa where the profits would then go back to Al Qaeda or the Taliban or Hamas or Hezbollah or the PKK and various insurgent groups. Cocaine is the only reason why the French military is in Mali and why the U.S. is sending thousands of troops for combat roles in Africa . . . without cocaine, one cannot buy a gun and without a gun, one cannot control the land and without control of the land, one cannot operate cells and change the governments from the inside out. Cocaine and heroin are the only reasons why you take your shoes off at the airport now . . . is a terrorist without any money to harm and buy violence still a terrorist? In the Real World, there is a physical distinction between let’s say a couch and a book shelf –well, there is no physical distinction between the War on Terror and the War on Drugs since without illegal drugs, there is far less terror . . . to be politically correct: America went to Iraq and Afghanistan to fight the war on drugs –not terrorism . . . fighting drug money and wanting to kick some ass over some drug money financed 9/11 attacks is the same thing as the war on drugs . . . it’s physically impossible to say America is in the midst of a War on Terror, since no such war has ever existed . . . I went to Baghdad in 08’ for drugs, not for terrorism or for insurgents or for WMDs or Saddam –not because 9/11 sent us on a Middle East rampage –nope, Afghanistan and Iraq are all about the drugs . . . the leading cause of death for the 9/11 victims came from illegal drugs –just like the nearly 7,000 of our dead from the two conflicts came from drugs. That’s why I’m trying to get a specially made ball cap that says, War on Drugs: Iraqi Freedom Vet.

  • peter

    pete enjoy the shows especially the wooster group. one of the most powerful shows i ever saw was their version of the crucible with the witch hunt directed at drug use instead of communism. unfotunately miller didnt like or get it and had it banned.

  • I’m unsure how to best state this, so I’ll be straight up.

    As a daily reader of Pete’s blog for years, and as someone who could only send him $7 several months ago for his excellent work here, I’ve been trying to figure out how to best have my small business All Sines get off the ground and join this wonderful and fitting community that shares my serious passion to end this unconstitutional, ineffective, destructive, expensive, and unwarranted war against people exercising an unalienable right to use certain drugs.

    All Sines seeks to naturally grow into recognition in today’s psychedelic culture, as our work is very trippy. However, we’re struggling to make ends meet, because we sculpt (not perform) audio, so finding fans is an online affair that we’ve only just been able to start. Also, we’re trapped in the ‘gotta be somebody to be somebody’ catch 22 (i.e. no one cares about us, because no one cares about us), and need help breaking free.

    I hate boasting (and spam), but we (i.e. SunChill3, our psychill cosmic-soundscape/music project) just released a beautiful and very trippy EP titled “Modulations”. All of our works are free to download (though Bandcamp has a monthly limit), so if money is an issue for you, just type $0 after hitting the ‘buy now’ link there (no registration required). “ChronoRipples” is a very trippy and gentle audio roller coaster ride with many surprising twists and turns. Noting the SunChill3 slogan is “Exhale Hit Play”, feel free to tap into our distinct flavor of psychill at: http://sunchill3.com

    In tune with drug policy reform, All Sines is set to start our annual Psychedelics chief day (September 7) that focuses on the benefits of responsible psychedelic use, and preventing their abuse through liberty-embracing and effective means. MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) is our donation recipient for that day, as a well-known non-profit focused on psychedelics: http://allsines.com/chief-day/psychedelics

    I hope All Sines can reach a fair level of success allowing me to volunteer to pay Pete at least $1 monthly (which he easily deserves). If things go really well, then I hope we can volunteer to create a free promotional high-def video for DrugWarRant as an additional thank you. My friends produce top-notch results on shoestring budgets (e.g. I meticulously engineered the SunChill3 EP in my apartment: http://allsines.com/studio — you may get a laugh from the photo of me there). While my friend Michael Bilotta is literally on par with the world’s best Photoshop masters (http://www.michaelbilotta.com/), he is equally brilliant with video and I should be able to secure his services.

    If you’re interested in our recently started crowdsourcing effort to raise All Sines awareness, check out: http://allsines.com/connect

    I apologize if this comment is spammy, but we really need help and feel mutual benefit can be achieved here. Thankfully, it doesn’t take much support to keep All Sines going, since our means are humble.

    Any input any of you have on any of this is warmly appreciated.

  • ezrydn

    You’re so good to us couch rats.

  • Jim Jeppson

    “Oh Homer, of course you’ll have a bad impression of New York if you only focus on the pimps and the C.H.U.Ds!”
    Also stop-and-frisks?

  • allan

    mmm… pastrami… the last really good pastrami sandwich I had was in 1974. A traditional old style German Deli (owned by old Germans) in Denver. Flavorful meat, piled high on delicious black rye, tangy mustard, a splash of grilled onions and a slice of dill. Yummm…

    • Windy

      What? No horseradish? A pastrami on rye MUST have horseradish, and mustard (I actually prefer the mustard be Nally’s Horseradish Mustard, myself, but it’s getting harder and harder to find).

  • n.t. greene

    Is Holder done being an idiot yet?

    I’m waiting to see his reaction to reduced funding.

  • My/favorite/knife

    “Anyone caught possessing or smoking marijuana, except sadhus or sages, at the temple during the Mahashivaratri festival would be detained at least for 24 hours. Referring to the past trends, Sushil Nahata, PADT member secretary said most of the youngsters visit the holy site to puff on weeds instead of paying homage to Lord Shiva.”

    holy/ostracised/sadhus

    • claygooding

      That’s funny right there,I don’t care who you are,,,isn’t smoking marijuana the way you pay homage too Lord Shiva?

      • went/further/downhill/from/there

        “We have arrested 67 persons from the Pashupatinath temple. Most of them were found intoxicated with cannabis and disturbing the peace,” Kathmandu police spokesman Uttam Subedi told AFP, adding that those arrested were pilgrims.

        nepal-police-crack-down

      • Why do you think that they call it muggles?

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      • Why do you think that they call it muggles?

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        clay, it’s just a short hair less laughably absurd as a member of the Ignorati saying, “Dope has no medical use. The only reason that it makes sick people feel better is because they smoked it. Why do you think they call it dope for anyway?

        Are these people aware that doctors can earn board certification in palliative care and then call themselves specialists in that field of medical discipline?

        Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

        Of course what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander:
        American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine

        But I usually can’t get past the fact that these idiots actually appear to “think.” Not only that, but also because they appear to “think” that proving a negative can be done any other way than by exclusion. How many centuries have leeches and the doctors that use them in human medicine been ridiculed as a medical device? How many centuries have maggots and the doctors that use them in human medicine been ridiculed as a medical device?

        Yes Virginia, a negative can be proved. It’s just not a very easy thing to do.

  • War Vet

    And may Holly Golightly be with you . . . The book was fantastic, I bet the performance of ‘Breakfast’ will be just as good.

  • darkcycle

    He’s in New York, seein’ plays and eating souvlaki in Washington Square Park with a bunch of college students, and what did he leave in the pantry? !%*# Peanut Butter. And a half a bag of almond slivers that have been here since CHRISTMAS! I thought I saw Wiggler head up into the attic with a bag of Cheetos. I’m going up there.
    Have a good time, Pete!

    • Plant Down Babylon

      does Wiggles share? probably with people he knows, like you..
      Do you talk? or just stare at the ceiling.
      I wanna know more bout da wigglers. you long time couch people, enlighten me

      myself, i like the jalapeno cheddah puffs by Barbara’s (organic)

      • darkcycle

        Wiggles is our resdent troll. He’s a foul mouthed unsanitary sort of guy, with worrisome sexual tendancies. He claims to have been in school with Cavina Fay (and to have groped her after she passed out at a party once), and he groped Mark Kleiman once when he showed up here. If you begin to hear him banging around up there and yelling, the smart thing is throw a joint through the door up there, and hope he doesn’t come down and start to speak.
        (Actually, he started out here trolling, but discovered we didn’t play the same silly “react to the Troll” game you find on most websites. Funny thing is, he came here for a reaction and stayed because he’s on our side, and we engaged him constructively. He still fishes for a reaction, but when he does, it’s no longer to disrupt the thread.)

        • darkcycle

          BTW…I never believed the Calvina Fay story. Not that it couldn’t ‘ve happened, it’s just that I cannot envision anybody inviting either one of them to a party. Wiggler is just a troll, but he’s OUR troll.

        • That's right folks don't touch that dial

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          He may be vile and pernicious but he isn’t *that* vile and pernicious. DC, you’ve left out the part about how much he enjoys huffing Raid® and just how much he can inhale in one sitting with no particular consequences.

        • darkcycle

          Duncan, you reminded me of a client I once had who had earned the nickname “Bugs”. He had tried to commit suicide by chugging bottle of Ortho insecticide. For some unknown reason, it failed to kill him (Docs all said it should have left him curled up like a roach on the kitchen counter). But no. Bugs was still around, and crazy as ever.

  • If you ever had any curiosity about why most all L.E.A.P. members are retired, take a gander at this still unfolding situation about a marijuana lobbyist:

    http://tinyurl.com/az88nbp

  • My/last/sock

    Jose de Jesus Gallegos, tourism minister for Jalisco, the home of tequila and Mexico’s mariachi music, was stopped in his vehicle by armed men and gunned down with a pistol, state Interior Minister Arturo Zamora told reporters.

    Guadalajara has seen deepening violence since soldiers killed drug boss Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel in 2010 in the same neighbourhood of mansions where Gallegos was ambushed. Coronel’s death fuelled turf wars among drug traffickers in the area.

    mexico-violence

  • I'm lost. Where do I find the lost & found?

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    O.K guys, who here thinks we don’t have enough friggin’ laws? This one is from “the inmates are running the asylum” category:

    House OKs telling stores how to handle dropped marijuana

    That’s got to be a joke, right?

  • look what I found...

    from Allen St Pierre, NORML: Congress’ Continued Disconnect on Marijuana Prohibition

    According to the March 6 print edition of The Hill, the new marijuana legalization legislation introduced by Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) was the second most popular legislation that citizens have searched on in the previous week (second only to the white hot issue of pending gun control legislation).

    -snip-

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) measure to ban assault weapons has the top spot with Rep. Earl Blumenauer’s (D-Ore.) bill to allow states to legalize medical marijuana in second place.

    so, maybe it’s a dumb question but I hear a lot of (a LOT) on guns and gun control but where’s the discussion on ganja?

    It made it into a meeting of Oregon Repubs:

    -snip-

    The activists attending the conference also had a lively debate over whether Oregon should legalize marijuana, with several arguing it was an opportunity for the Republican Party to show that it wants to get government out of the personal lives of citizens. But others argued that marijuana is a dangerous drug and that legalization would lead to increased use.

    In the end, on a 145-97 vote, conference attendees decided against supporting the drug’s legalization.

    • claygooding

      I think the Replican’ts are so worried about staying alive they can’t see the forest for the trees.. It will take losing several key legislators,,of the prohibition scum sucking whores like Wolfe from VA(apologies to whores,,it slipped)to alert them that YES,,marijuana legalization and ending the war on drugs IS THAT IMPORTANT!

      If they want to end any budget draining cancer in our government,,the war on drugs is the prime rib of cuts.

  • darkcyle

    Hey Duncan, look at yer FB wall, I sent you a present.
    *winky-face*

  • Brucifer

    “We must guard against the disastrous rise of”…

    pause
    Crickets

    Hellfire Misssssssile
    POOOoom

    Crickets

  • BongoOla

    Iran UN’s number one partner in war on drugs: UNODC
    http://bit.ly/13QcWMG

    Poor Iran, only UNODC and Yury Fedotov likes you.