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Crooked Smile Video

This is probably the must-see music video of the year.

As FUSE reports, the “video is a commentary on America’s War on Drugs, dedicated to Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the seven-year-old who was shot and killed during a Detroit police raid. Cole stars as a drug dealer who, despite his illegal line of work, is a doting father to an adorable little girl. A DEA agent, with a charming young daughter of his own, co-stars and leads a raid to arrest Cole on his daughter’s birthday. The final shot shows the two daughters together, coloring pictures for their daddies in a classroom with the message: ‘Please reconsider your War on Drugs.'”

The lyrics aren’t particularly connected to the story being told in the video, so much as simply providing a background for it.

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43 comments to Crooked Smile Video

  • Duncan20903

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    CARICOM has decided to inspect the bandwagon to see if they want to jump on. You’re probably wondering, “what in the heck is CARICOM?” If you get the information don’t forget to fill me in. But they do seem to think they’re some pretty impotent big shots in the Carribean.

    OP-ED: High Time Indeed to Review Marijuana Policies
    September 19, 2013
    By Sir Ronald Sanders

    On September 17, the Bureau of the Heads of Government of the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) discussed the decriminalisation of marijuana and its production for medicinal purposes.

    The discussion was prompted by the Prime Minister of the Caribbean state, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves who, prior to the meeting, is reported to have said “it is high time” that the matter is addressed “in a sensible focus not hysterical manner”.
    /snip/

    In the Caribbean, Jamaican chemist and cancer researcher Dr. Henry Lowe says that Jamaica could be earning “billions of dollars from the wide range of cosmeceutical, neutraceutical and pharmaceutical products being developed across the world”. The same observation holds true for other Caribbean countries.
    /snip/

    I’d really like to send my condolences for their loss to the prohibitionist parasites and their sycophants. But they’re hardly worth the cost of a 4th class stamp and I’ve never in my life been a gracious winner.

  • claygooding

    CARICOM is the organization all Caribbean Islands belong too,,they are the equivalent of a chamber of commerce keeping all the separate islands commercial policies supportive of each other and open trade between them.

    It means the business guys see the market as viable,,their disapproval would have held more sway than them approving it,,but it is one less hurdle towards all those islands legalizing,,,who wants to be the last contender in a new market?

  • Jean Valjean

    Counterpunch article on America’s rogue police SWAT teams etc.

    “At the state and local level every American faces brutal, armed psychopaths known as the police. The “law and order” conservatives and the “compassionate” liberals stand silent while police psychopaths brutalize children and grandmothers, murder double amputees in wheel chairs, break into the wrong homes, murder the family dogs, and terrify the occupants, pointing their automatic assault weapons in the faces of small children.”
    http://www.alternet.org/why-americas-police-are-more-dangerous-criminals

  • Pete bulkner

    This is offensive, that spear chucker deserved to died. Daddy shouldn’t have sold drugs. It’s his own fault. Her life was a waste anyways fucking Detorit get over t. That DEA agent did the right thing. A child’s life gone is worth another’s addiction.

    • Jean Valjean

      I think I hear the tune from Twighlight Zone…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzlG28B-R8Y

    • Anon

      Be careful Pete Bulkner, you forgot to add a smiley or ” /sarcasm” tag…without it we cannot tell if you are making a parody or actually hold those beliefs http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe's_law

      • Pete bulkner

        I’m being literal , damn you junkies know nothing do you? The very foundation of gods law states you can’t use drugs or look at then without becoming addictedand need to b killed

        • Plant Down Pete

          Nothing funnier than reading your ridiculous comments after I partake a big beautiful bong rip!

          Your life must be one giant disappointment surrounded by all these ‘junkies’.

          The best part, is that you have no idea how many of your coworkers and friends partake, but just don’t tell you.

          Last I checked, the Lord made Cannabis (Genesis 1:29) and Jesus made wine (John 2:7-11). How nice to be able to pick and choose your verses.

          My couch mates will probably yell at me for feeding you, but a snack of reality never hurts.

          What’s the old saying? “Do unto others as you’d have them do unto you”

          Everything in moderation my friend!

        • Jean Valjean

          here’s little taste of bulkner logic:

          “The hell is this crap! this isn’t american.This isn’t change.This isn’t right! Those caught with “small amounts” shouldn’t be taken to the jail and given a summons.They need to STAY in jail where they fucking belong,.Drug use ,perticulary marijuana use is the #1 cause for social and moral decay, it destroys tradional family values, it turns kids into drug addicts who,cheat,steal,rob,act out,unruley behavior,unprotected sex,atheist mindset,turns them into homosexuals(which helpsout that qweer agenda) rape. murder,child abuse. It’s all doctumented, Why else would children be taken away from their parents who smoke marijuana.Because of the evidence that shows those children are abused by they’re parents………” and so on and so on. (Time to get those meds checked, Pete Bulkner)
          http://tinyurl.com/n3ce33u

      • Freeman

        Hey you guys want a laugh, just google “Pete Bulkner”. He’s either a very good poe or the most illiterate commenter on the ‘net.

        BTW: He trolled us once before earlier this summer.

        • Windy

          Looks to me like he’s trolled us here once a month since March of this year.

          He needs to take that biblical verse, which I posted in the previous post’s comment thread, to heart. Hmm, decided to repost it here and now:
          “However, let none of you become as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer OR AS A BUSYBODY IN OTHER PEOPLE’S AFFAIRS.” 1Peter 4:15

    • Duncan20903

      Gee whiz, is that guy the wiggle dude gone bad or what?

  • Francis

    From the link:

    In the visual for the TLC collab, the ‘Born Sinner’ MC makes the case that drug dealers aren’t so different from DEA agents

    Not sure how that was the takeaway. I didn’t see the ‘drug dealer’ in the video conduct an armed invasion of someone else’s home, physically assault anyone, or shoot any kids.

  • Jean Valjean

    Did I miss something? How do we know he’s a drug dealer…all I saw was some weed hidden in a shoe, responsibly placed on a high shelf, out of reach for the kids party.

  • Wiggles

    Please don’ compare me. TheWiggles lost his child yah see, to the DARE programming. Officer friendly brought a little weed fr entrapping the children. Deluted them like a mental abortion. I saw the light, lost prohibtions futile insight.its afailef mission , hope y’all listen , legalize BS watch Savet tap in to submission. Pete bulkners got a little agena although it’s bigger than his pacnta.

    • darkcycle

      No, Wiggles, you show too much class while trolling. Never once thought P.B. was you, P.B. is just flaming anything he thinks will get him attention.

  • mr Ikasheeni

    http://gothamist.com/2013/09/20/house_of_representatives_vote_to_sl.php No! I don’t think CEO bonus recipients should undergo jar wars. Yet another attempt to weasel in classist BS!

  • CJ

    i woke up this morning dope sick as hell in so much pain, a person with no opiate experience who would not have seen it coming would have probably killed themselves, suicide by cop, train, plane or automobile. it hurt so bad and it still does, nothing like the first few seconds/minutes though when you wake up without a wakeup, right anybody who knows?? of course.

    i peeled myself of the cardboard behind the cooper building (downtown manhattan) and contemplated that very notion until i realized that one way or another, to quote blondie, today i would be a good junkie and find the necessary funds to perpetuate my existence. The faith keeps me going. I know God is, like that president in WW2 said, on our (the junkie) side, because if he wasnt, well then, why would so many “junkies” become such famous rock stars/super stars? right?

    its an interesting thing, the relationship between junkie and Lourd. I saw His further favor this morning, wandering the streets looking for abandoned cigarettes to grab off the ground. It was the front page of todays New York Post. The Post cover story was about Joe Biden’s neice. Addicted to alcohol and prescriptions pills. HOW AWESOME!!!! COULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED TO A BETTER FAMILY!! COME ON DOWNTOWN SWEETHEART AND I’LL SHOW YOU WHAT YOU NEED!!

    I’d love to be a fly in the oval office when her parents are calling him. no??? didn’t we already see something like this in that movie traffic?? rush rush get the yayo

    • jean valjean

      come on cj. it really doesnt sound like you re having fun any more. as we ve discussed before there are ways out of opiate addiction amd its never too late while you re still breathing.

      • darkcycle

        Don’t you think C.J. can make his own decisions? He’s an adult and always accepts responsibility for his actions. In fact, his honesty and perspective here on the couch is greatly valued. I think we owe it to him to refrain from offering advice he’s gotten from a few hundred other mouths.
        C.J. has heard all that before, and if he’s interested in help from the couch, I’m certain he’ll be very straight forward and ask for it.
        Not trying to correct you, jean, I know you mean well. Just trying to remain respectful of all our couchmates.

        • jean valjean

          sorry cj if it seems like im giving you advise. it was more an identification with the circumstances you described which you said only another junkie would understand

  • mr Ikasheeni

    But both sides are not waging legislative terrorism on the 99%.

  • Duncan20903

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    Yet another load freshly produced by The Sabet Manure Factory®:

    “(People) don’t smoke opium to get the medicinal benefits of morphine or eat willow bark to get the benefits of aspirin — why not apply the same logic to marijuana?” Sabet asked.

    You know, for a moment I forgot the prohibitionist parasites’ prime directive which uses language identical to the motto of manure farms everywhere:

    “Never let the facts get in the way of disseminating an effective piece of hysterical rhetoric” ~~ The motto of the prohibitionist parasite


    In this reality there’s a thriving trade of people who are buying and selling willow bark as a headache remedy. A Google search for — buy willow bark — returns 703,000 items.

    You’ve got to ask yourself, is “Dr.” Sabet promoting fiction on purpose or is he just plain incompetent? Of course either choice makes anyone who believes his fairy tales a certified chump.

    “Don’t settle for any old shit, demand certified Sabet Manure®. Available fresh, so fresh you’ll swear it’s still steaming. Also available aged and cured to perfection from The Sabet Manure Factory®. All Sabet Manure® is certified kosher for our Jewish friends.

    • Duncan20903

      Ooops, here’s a better link to the article mentioned above. They might not post my comment as it’s “awaiting” moderation and I wasn’t playing nice.

    • claygooding

      Cities and states around the country are displaying what may become known by it’s layman’s name of Prohibs with Mock-authority Syndrome,,PMS for short which explains Kev’s mood swings.

    • Tony Aroma

      I posted a comment pointing out that people who choose willow bark tea over aspirin are not arrested or imprisoned. Guess facts aren’t relevant to the discussion.

      • Windy

        I tried to post a 5 word comment (awaiting moderation) nearly 24 hours ago, the site still is showing zero comments just a minute ago.

  • Duncan20903

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    The key phrase for explaining the dilemma is “confirmation bias.” The sycophants of prohibition judge the credibility of an assertion by how closely it matches their beliefs.

    The prohibitionist parasites and their sycophants consider invisible evidence to be their very favorite kind of evidence because it’s impossible to prove that it doesn’t exist. Please consider that they’re only (allegedly) human and get annoyed with being proved wrong over and over and over and over and over again.

    Earlier today I was reading yet another comments column under an article about a mother who found her two children dead in the family swimming pool. She then proceeded to tell the police a pack of bald faced lies. Evidently she’s not a very talented liar because the police caught on after her initial interview. Further investigation and a few hours later found the police eradimacating the lady’s inside grow room. That’s what may have made her to feel compelled her to lie to the police in the first place. Sgt Friday may have been lurking in the bushes.

    Or is it? Couldn’t she actually have murdered her children and that was what motivated her dishonesty? Perhaps she was drunk and passed out? It’s the left coast so perhaps there might have been some methamphetamine in the general vicinity?

    But the point of this diatribe was to serve an example of the common character flaw among the sycophants of prohibition. 2 dead children in a pool with a small grow op found in the house was all the evidence needed by the Ignorati to blame the children’s death on cannabis.

    Californians should try to take away the object lesson that a doctor’s 215 recommendation is cheap at twice the price.

    • N.T. Greene

      I feel like if we were to inject -logic- into this whole drug war bit, the sheer volume of fallacies extant would cause the heads of some people to explode.

      It’s a good thing we don’t teach logic in many contexts aside from high level university courses! And by “good thing” I mean WTF.

      Edit: In the above example, we must remember that cum hoc ergo propter hoc is a favorite of just about anyone in power — if just because it is more convenient than establishing legitimate causality.

  • jean valjean

    reading the comments about the two kids drowning it occurs to me that prohibs love it when something bad happens to someone else where there is even the most tangential link with weed. i believe the word is schadenfreude.

  • DdC

    Eric Holder’s Drug War Deception
    By Steve Kubby, Cannabis Culture – Thursday, September 19 2013
    In recent remarks at the American Bar Association convention in San Francisco, Holder even publicly acknowledged and praised US Attorney for northern CA, Melinda Haag, just prior to his remarks about the unintended consequences of the drug war, suggesting that the war against medical marijuana will continue unabated.

    Why Police Officers Lie Under Oath
    Ending D.E.A.th & Pillage Incrementally
    Incrementalretardation…
    What happens when cops write initiatives.

    Your Views on U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag [Poll]

    Aggressive California U.S. Attorney Says
    She’ll Keep Prosecuting On Marijuana

    By Nicole Flatow, Think Progress – September 4 2013

    In the past few years, as some medical marijuana business people have been made into criminals in states with their own laws, no state has been more center stage than California.

    The state saw the first marijuana law, so the medical marijuana industry has had longer to develop. And crackdowns have been vigorous, particularly at the hands of U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, who covers the Northern District of California.

    It is Haag who is pursuing seizure of two major Bay Area dispensaries that even the cities that host them have considered crucial to public health and defended in court. It is Haag who played a key role in the raid of a dispensary that was the model for a county program to police pot. And it is Haag who recently threatened some seemingly state-compliant dispensaries with as much as 40 years in jail. – Read the entire article at Think Progress.

    Book Review: Reefer Sanity-
    Seven Great Myths About Marijuana by Kevin Sabet
    By Phillip Smith, Stop the Drug War – Friday, September 20 2013
    The important thing to know about Sabet is that he generally approaches marijuana policy from a public health perspective. For him, policy is about preventing marijuana use in the first place and then reducing the harms of its use (see below) when prevention fails. Yes, he still wants to arrest you, but only for the kinder, gentler reason of getting you into forced drug treatment.

    Hey kiddies, see how they fight this war?
    Cowards and Traitors are much worse than toking a doobie.

    Blocking Proponents From Attending; Protest Planned
    The conference, sponsored by the National Narcotic Officers Association, California Peace Officers Association, DARE America, Drug Free America Foundation, California Narcotic Officers Association, BB&K Law Firm and other narcotic police officer and related associations, is aimed at devising strategies for deterring the burgeoning political marijuana legalization movement and halting the growing acceptance of medical marijuana.

    According to Lanny Swerdlow, Director of the Brownie Mary Democratic Club and one of the organizers of a planned peaceful protest, “This not only shows how paranoid they are, but graphically demonstrates they know just how indefensible their position is. They know the media will be there and they are mortified that we will be there to give the media another side of the story — the side they are working against.

  • Will S.

    I love how Pete Bulkner got called out and then disappeared. He started his post with “this is offensive” then immediately drops the term “spear chucker”. Just another internet coward, hiding in his basement, afraid of the world.

  • N.T. Greene

    Oh, and don’t feed the trolls. You just ignore them and they go away on their own. Don’t even downvote them.

    Haven’t you ever been to 4chan? The most effective deterrent is just skipping over those posts (or sage, but you can’t do that on this forum of course).

    • Duncan20903

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      But I really, really enjoy insulting the prohibitionist trolls!

      While it certainly is true that correlation by itself doesn’t prove causation, the problem with getting the foaming at the mouth and/or brain dead to understand that is because causation does in fact cause correlation and we’re not talking about the sharpest tool in the government shed.

    • Anon

      I just happened upon poe’s law before reading that post, so I just put in the reply….but I’ll remember for next time not to feed them….I thought that name sounded familiar….anyway thanks y’all…longtime couch mate first time posting

  • cy klebs

    Maybe Michelle Leonhart,after her retirement can sell Cheerios.

  • mr Ikasheeni

    What possible reason or consensus could possibly exist for that horror depicted in the video?