Marijuana, Bourbon, and Secession

Once again, citizens of California voted on another proposition to legalize marijuana in the state, and marijuana is now legal in the state of California. This was a long time coming. It will make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess and grow marijuana with certain restrictions on those activities. It also puts a tax on marijuana products. Taxes on marijuana will be used to fund after-school programs and drug rehabilitation center.

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There are some pretty hard facts you about life: the first being that life kind of sucks. You have a bunch of blood-sucking parasites at the top of the pyramid feeding off of everyone below and making life harder for everyone else just to make more money.

The things that make life better are sex, drugs and rock and roll.

Sex is self-explanatory. 

You don’t have to be a fan of rock and roll, this is more of a figurative “rock and roll,” which can cover a whole list of leisure activities beyond music, like watching TV, movies, hiking in the wilderness, etc. Religion can also be a person’s “rock and roll.”

As for drugs? Well, everyone is on some form of drug. I’m not just talking about those Big Pharma drugs with the usual 20-page list of unpleasant side effects, marijuana, or some harder fare, such as meth or heroin; I’m talking about things like coffee and alcohol. They sure make life more palatable; coffee is awesome and helps perk you up, and alcohol liquor help slow things down in order to chill out a bit. Weed works similarly to alcohol, but is considerable safer than the latter.

In all, in order to get through life, you either have to be high on life, high on Jesus, high on drugs, or a combination thereof.

Voting yes on 64 will ramp down the Drug War, which has been going on for far too long, yielding no positive results, and locking up a bunch of people for no good reason, into our for-profit prison system—both the drug war and our prison system compliment each other, but that’s a story for another post. 

People are going to take drugs regardless of whether it’s illegal to do so or not.  The least we can do is legalize them and then provide drug treatment for people who want to quit. Marijuana is one of the least harmful drugs out there, and what consenting adults are going to smoke it like there’s no tomorrow. If it’s not harmful to oneself and others, why should it be illegal?

Well, now with the election of Trump, and Democrats blaming everyone else but their candidate, messaging, and overreliance on and abuse of identity politics. America further enters the twilight. The two big political parties here only give a damn for whomever can make it rain into their campaign coffers, and so the average Joe gets kicked down the road, once again.

It’s a good thing that weed was just legalized. California will have some extra tax revenue, and the people will have the weed to make the next four years blaze by and seem like one big mistake.

It seems highly unlikely that we’ll be able to get the entrenched interests out of Washington, so instead of trying to fix a problem that’s almost 2,300 miles away, why not disassociate ourselves from the problem altogether.

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Boo-yah!

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The Fallout universe predicted this… somehow.

Now that weed has been legalized here, the next step would be to secede. Regardless of whomever won the election, I think that California should’ve gone its own way, away from those Beltway knuckle-draggers. At least those young folks who keep chanting “NOT MY PRESIDENT” can actually meant that since, newsflash, he is your president, unless move to a different country and renounce your American citizenship.

I not only think California should secession, but so should other states like Texas or the entire South. #BalkanizeAmerica

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“Smoke Weed Everyday.” -Snoop’s slogan for governor.

Why Trump Won

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The election of Donald Trump was a surprise to most. There were some other people who might’ve envisaged this outcome if Hillary won the primary, as the general election rolled on, it was still surprising to watch Trump win this election, given his antics and big mouth.

However, America has spoken. They wanted Donald Trump instead of Hillary Clinton, and as surprising as this may seem to some people, there are some few very important reasons for this outcome. Would you be surprised if racism and misogyny aren’t one of them? You know, ‘cause they’re not. If you’re thinking that she lost because she was a liberal woman, you need to shit-can that line of reason immediately. It’s only going to lead to a similar outcome in the future.

Before I get into this, I’d quickly like to point out that rural, white voters in Pennsylvania who voted for Obama in 2008, voted for Trump in 2016.

Hillary’s presidential campaign was not top-notch at all. It mainly consisted of identity politics, virtue signaling, and “ZOMG TRUMP!!!!!1!!!” Whilst Trump was able to persuade working class people—making vague promises of how he intends to do so. Hillary’s campaign mostly consisted of “I’m not Trump, vote for me.” I’m paraphrasing here. Trump is a big, fat liar, but he had his pulse on the mood of voters, which was that Washington has failed the middle class, trade deals were leaving Americans in the dust.

Now as for the most important reason why Hillary lost? In large part, blame the Democratic Party Establishment. Bernie Sanders was the best candidate to field against Trump. He was beating Trump in hypothetical match-ups, while Hillary was losing. However, the DNC decided that it was “her turn,” and that all the aspirational leftists should just go home and let them continue with the coronation of their precious third way candidate—loved by them, much unloved by everyone who didn’t buy into the identity politics.

The fact is that some on the left, Hillary was seen as a Republican light candidate; on the right, she was seen as untrustworthy and criminal who should be in prison, and who was really only loved on the center. Most people on the left held their noses to vote for her. For voters across the political spectrum, she embodied much of the same Beltway politicking, Wall Street boot-licking that we all see from those types of politicians.

So, if you still think that this was mostly about racism and misogyny, then the Democratic Party will blame FBI director James Comey, Julian Assange of Wikileaks, Russia, millennials, and so-called “fake news.”Anyone or anything that is not the hubris of the Democratic Establishment. Nothing will be learned, and that’s pretty much the point since it’ll allow the Democratic establishment to continue fielding the same pro-big business, Big Pharma, Wall Street, neoliberal, neoconservative candidates. We won’t get any sort of meaningful progress on the environment, healthcare and for an economy that works for everyone.

The most important thing is to look upon the system that allowed two of the two most unpopular candidates to run for president. From corporate media to corrupt political parties.

Photojournalism Story – US Senate Debate, CA

These are images of the debate where Loretta Sanchez made an ass out of herself by dabbing, or whatever it is the kids call it. Good times.

As you can see from the images, people were getting situated. There were people who were just coming in and sitting down, waiting for the debate to begin, some were getting food, and some were wandering around like confused children.

Loretta Sanchez fancies herself as a politician that’s popular with millennials, but Kamala Harris seems to have the maturity and stability to be a US Senator. Let’s hope that Harris does us proud and doesn’t end up becoming like Dianne Feinstein.

Everything started out pretty well, and by everything, I mean the during the preparation for the debate. What followed was a mess in the form of Loretta Sanchez. Especially when she did that dab, because if it’s one thing millennials like, it’s pandering baby boomers. Too bad most of the people that would’ve thought that was cool are generation Z kids, who are too young to vote.

What would follow would be an exercise in embarrassment, courtesy of Loretta Sanchez. We can only hope this isn’t some sort of new trend in American debate conduct.

California Ballot Initiatives – Prop 60

Let’s talk about California ballot initiatives, and by ballot initiatives let’s talk about the one everyone and their cousin is thinking about: Prop 60: Mandatory condom use in adult films. Prop 69 would’ve been more apt, amirite? This proposition is to protect adult performers from contracting STIs.

Yes, people, this is just a statewide-version of LA County’s Measure B, because if government is good for one thing, it’s telling consenting adults performers how to perform, never mind the fact that condom manufacturers didn’t make condoms with adult films in mind. Sure, it looks like a simple in and out procedure, but shooting lasts for quite a good while. Just because you get a 20-minute scene, doesn’t mean the scene was shot in that amount of time. This also doesn’t account for the still shots for video covers and screenshots. During extended shoots, condoms can breach and can chafe the skin. Not to mention the fact that even with condoms, one can still transmit a number of infections.

Not only that, the measure would also create a porn czar. This porn czar would be the same person that wrote the bill, Michael Weinstein, and he would become a state employee whose sole purpose would be to review any porn produced in California for any violations of the law and file lawsuits. It was written as if someone was thought to themselves, “Huh? I already watch porn at work when the boss is not around, how cool would it be if that was actually in my job description? Except for the boss part—I’ll be my own boss.”

California taxpayers and the state have more important things to do than to waste time and money on telling people what they can do when performing their duties within a legal enterprise.

The prop 60 would threaten the privacy of adult performers and webcam models, as well as scare out $9 billion-a-year business.

Middle East Mess

American foreign policy makes it and its allies less safe in the world. Spending trillions in the most failtastic region (although, the West had a hand in ruining that region since at least the early 20th century—after WWI) of the world in order to bomb brown people, because America must ensure its defense industries’ profit margins. And it’s also a low-risk, high-reward endeavor when attacking an enemy without an air force.

When dealing with insane religious fanatics, you do what Reagan did after the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing—cut and run! Run as fast and as far as you can. If these people want to live in the 9th century, why should the West say no? People have the right to determine their own destiny; they should be able to do so without fears of having other countries

mettle in their affairs for their own gain. Unfortunately, the West is run mostly by corporate interests, and there’s oil and other natural resources in that region, so anyone with a brain can figure out what that means. The only way the west is getting out of the Middle East is if all the natural resources in that area extracted. These activities also compliment the enormous military-industrial complex, since war makes money for all these defense concerns. War is a profitable “industry”, and wars are being fought increasingly by mercenaries They make up the majority of American forces in Afghanistan. PMCs are largely becoming the largest players for prosecuting wars. It’s almost like warfare during the Renaissance where wars were almost exclusively fought by mercenaries, rather than regulars or feudal levies.

The West’s actions over there have consequences over here, when Islamic radicals, either foreign or homegrown terrorists (homegrown terrorism is actually a greater concern in America than from foreign forces).

Dealing with terrorism is more of a job for law enforcement, not a broad and massive military campaign, but where is the money in that. To put forward a better, yet controversial approach, is to do what Israel did after the Munich massacre in 1972: Operation Wrath of God—an operation carried out by Mossad to hunt down and kill those suspected of having taken part in the massacre. I’m not entirely convinced that this is a good idea, but it is miles better than a large and expensive military operation. Also, assassination need not be the primary objective but the hostile extraction of suspected terrorists.

In the end, with the status quo, it’s regular people who pay the price in taxes and in life in order to support an empire in decline. There’s no negotiating with people who think that they are a part of some epic struggle against some great evil power. The best thing to do is to ignore the countries and governments of that part of the world until they join the rest of the world in the 21st century.