Welcome Guest
( Log In | Register )
The time is now 6:02 pm
You last visited January 16, 2017, 4:44 pm
All times shown are
Eastern Time (GMT-5:00)

The more they stay the same

Published:

Last Edited: December 4, 2005, 9:36 am

Morning blogsters:

One of the things I was doing elsewhere for a few days involved going through newspaper microfilm looking for some info for a friend.  I spent several days poring over small-town newspaper screens from 1900 to 1931.

Strange times.  I kept getting side-tracked into story sequences that had nothing at all to do with what I was searching for.

I'd never thought about the Mexico borderland being a magnet for rum runners during prohibition, but friends and neighbors, there was a war going on down there during the 1920s and 30s.  Guys with cars and trucks full of the devil rum coming across the border down at Hatchita and Antelope Wells, getting in running gunfights with the law, getting themselves killed and killing the chasers.

These were sometimes bigtime crooks, other times just local guys who were doing some bootlegging on the side.  Meanwhile, the newspaper was full of opinion by the citizenry, some thinking the guys all needed killing, others really wishing this prohibition thing would spang go away.  Arguing about the same kinds of ideas about freedom and government intrusion into private decisions you and I might make about the War on Drugs.

Weird feeling reading those kinds of words and thoughts from seventy-five years ago with only a few nouns altered, but people dying and going to prison in a country at war with itself about freedom of choosing which mistakes a man wants to make, which ones he's willing to have the government make for him.

What hill he's willing to die for.

Then there was all the stuff about the 1918 flu epidemic, who all died this week how many died where....

We have better cars and roads these days, better medicos, a lot more cops and prisons full of prisoners, but not much else has changed.  We Americans know a lot about freedom for a people willing to make criminals of people doing just about anything we think a person would be better off not doing.

Such as sipping a beer or martini.  And killing the delivery man and bartender.

Jack

 

 

 

 

 

Entry #467

Comments

1.
konaneComment by konane - December 4, 2005, 11:47 am
My view about legalizing drugs is a double edged sword. I couldn't care less what an adult puts in their body except for crimes they may commit while that substance is present or while trying to obtain money to buy the next. Their body, their mind, their health.

My objection to legalizing drugs is how significantly they lower the primary chi of the person who uses them which opens that person to all kinds of entities which can attach to them as a result. Makes a darn good argument for exorcism in most instances because once the door is opened they're bombarded with psychic parasites which don't go away by themselves.

However, on the flip side if kids were to see a bunch of adults constantly ******up on their choice-du-jour then perhaps it would offer them an egregious example of what drugs do, and they would choose to make a 180 away from those choices for themselves because kids are pretty smart and catch on fast. Drugs are legal or ignored in Amsterdam so not sure how that experiment is going with respect to kids choices there.

Maybe when humans become smart enough to make such a decision then it will be publicly debated for merits or lack thereof.

But for now I'm choosing to err on the side of caution because there is way too much at stake.
2.
Comment by Rip Snorter - December 4, 2005, 11:55 am
Thanks konane:
Your views against personal freedom don't come as a surprise.
Jack
3.
konaneComment by konane - December 4, 2005, 12:18 pm
I think when we activate our dormant strands of DNA and are able as a species to evolve to hold a higher vibration of light than we currently are able, then perhaps we'll be in a position to allow society to choose to legalize drugs. We're in the process but aren't there yet .... may not be in our respective lifetimes.

I saw a PBS program years ago where an American Indian shaman was going on a vision quest. He mixed up some hallucinogenic potion according to tradition which would take him very near death in order to be able to receive information he was seeking.

He took the potion, laid down in his prepared spot and proceeded to go deep into that induced state.

However, as part of the vision quest he had someone who constantly smudged his entire body to prevent attachments of lower energy forms or underworld demons ........ since the potion had lowered his primary chi and he was unable by himself to prevent them from entering his body and aura.

I've always considered the source of those actions to be well founded and cautionary as far as anyone's ingesting anything which would lower their primary chi and defenses against things they don't realize exist until the learn the hard way.

We as a species aren't there yet no matter how smart or evolved we think we may be.
4.
Comment by Rip Snorter - December 4, 2005, 12:42 pm
You are certainly in the right, konane. Might is right in this reality, and your way of thinking has might on its side. You can send your men with guns to kill or imprison anyone who disagrees with your viewpoints, so you must be right. Same as Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler were right.

I'm wrong, by nature, when I believe adults in an actually free country ought to be able to make decisions concerning their own personal lives and possible mistakes so long as they don't harm anyone else.

You and uncle Joe and Adolph are absolutely right. Mightily right.

Jack

You must be a Lottery Post member to post comments to a Blog.

Register for a FREE membership, or if you're already a member please Log In.