Happy birthday prohibition. Now die.

A brilliant blog post by musician Vivian McPeak. I’m not even going to quote from it. Just go read. And share.

Happy birthday, prohibition. Now die.

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11 Responses to Happy birthday prohibition. Now die.

  1. darkcycle says:

    That’s Viv at his very best. He’s not been a driving force in the legalization movement for twenty-plus years for no reason. But I must admit, this one merits special attention. I’ve linked it all over. Kudos again, Viv.

    • darkcycle says:

      Pete, for the last two decades, Vivian has been much more of an activist than a musician. His work on Hempfest and legalization are only the best known of his efforts. He’s done tremendous work as a community organizer in Seattle. I helped him work on the first issue of a comprehensive community resource guide that was provided free and was published for about ten years here in the Seattle Area. It would be published, he’d print as many copies as their budget could afford, and distribute them. He did this without pay for years and years. Viv and I occasionally have personality conflicts, but I’m proud to call him my friend.

      • claygooding says:

        One poster couldn’t believe he hadn’t mentioned 502 in the article but the article wasn’t about advertising our efforts to end prohibition,,just the facts ma’am,just the facts,,on the terrible outcome if this ignorant policy.

        • Maria says:

          Yeah. It’s a much more efficient gut check that way. I get the feeling that slipping in a “Go support prop XYZ!” at the end would cheapen it and make the piece less effective, less flexible, and less apt to be sent out far and wide.

    • Windy says:

      I shared it on facebook (right after reading it due to your comment on Pete’s previous post), and some semi-private fora, too, it will get passed along to other fora and shared to more people. I also sent it via email to those who are not on fb or those other fora. And I tweeted this post. The news is being spread.

  2. Duncan20903 says:


    This one is pulled from the “boo yeah! We are going to win!” category:
    $1 million more for marijuana legalization campaign — and support from King County sheriff

    Read em and weep Kev-Kev.

    • Liam says:

      I wonder if Peter B. Lewis’s largesse is, in part, motivated by the knowledge that inhalers don’t bend their cars as often as imbibers, hence, Flo can afford to buy a brand new tag.

  3. kaptinemo says:

    75 years of living with the equivalent of an at-large, schizoid mass murderer who sounds sane as he destroys piecemeal everyone and everything around him. Rubber rooms and Thorazine is not enough. He might get loose again. Nope, in this one instance, I have no qualms with a death penalty…and to show I practice what I preach, I volunteer as the trigger-puller.

  4. Servetus says:

    Want to know which schools offer training for DEA agents?

    Check out http://www.legal-criminal-justice-schools.com/Criminal-Justice-Degrees/DEA-Agent.html

    The cloak and dagger School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Georgia (AKA: The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, School of the Assassins, etc.) receives protests from peace activists on a regular basis. But not drug enforcement schools, some of which offer online degrees.

    Anti-prohibitionists have neglected to confront the institutions of lower learning and diploma mills that turn out DEA thugs by the hundreds.

    This contribution by academia to ongoing drug war crimes against humanity must be stopped. Massive demonstrations are called for. Graduating class pictures need to be posted on websites. No aspect of the drug war machine can be ignored if prohibition is to be stopped.

  5. Servetus says:

    Sarah Stillman writes in the New Yorker about the dangerous problems confronting drug informants. Be an informant, and die. Stillman gives a detailed account of what happened to 23-year-old Rachel Hoffmann:

    New Yorker piece: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2012/09/03/120903fa_fact_stillman

    Neal Connan Interview at NPR: http://www.npr.org/2012/09/05/160615427/use-of-confidential-informants-mostly-unregulated

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