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Friday, June 29, 2007

My Position on Steriods

You should be able to do them all you want.

They should be legal.

Just like reefer, cocaine, horse, opium, and all the rest.

This does not mean that you should be able to do them while driving a car. Or a plane. Or a train. Or anything else.

If you want to shoot up, or smoke or drink in the privacy of your own home, go ahead.

Society should not care.

It is your choice.

But if you choose to endanger others, it becomes society's problem.

If you drive a vehicle of any kind while under the negative influence of anything, society has a legitimate objective in stopping you.

Ergo, drinking is legal. You can get as drunk as you want at home. But if you drive, that is illegal. Makes perfect sense.

The same reasoning should apply to every other drug. Every one. Every single one.

Without exception.

Society could save some money if it did away with law enforcement of our current drug possession laws.

You possess drugs? No problem. You under the influence the drugs and driving a train? That is a problem.

It is a simple distinction. It is an important distinction.

You have a heroin addiction? Keep it at home.

You need money to buy some more heroin? Earn it. Society has no problem.

You decide to steal so you can buy more? Society has a problem.

Arrest people and subject them to our criminal justice system for hurting others. Not for hurting themselves.

If they are hurting themselves, and no one else, they need to be in our public health system, nor our criminal justice system.

If they are hurting themselves AND others, they need to be in both.

Right now, drug addicts are almost exclusively in or criminal justice system. Not our public health system.

Take some money from our jails and give them to our hospitals.

We will all be better for it.

Incomplete?

Marty Burns, of Sports Illustrated, graded every NBA team's draft.

He gave the Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets "incompletes" because they did not have a pick. They had traded them away.

That is an inappropriate grade.

They did not fail to complete their picks. They did not have any picks.

If he wanted to list them in his article, it would have been more appropriate to say they had audited the class and did not get a grade.

Metaphors can be tricky.

Is That a Goiter?

Forget the red bloomers, I really think she should get a doctor to look at that thing.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A Trip Down the 16th Street Mall

At lunch, the tourists seemed to have taken over.

I saw a teenage girl wearing a t-shirt that I read as saying "Mostly High Lady Dolphin Soccer." That sounded like an interesting league. I would pay to watch that.

Upon rereading, however, her shirt actually said "Mosley High Lady Dolphin Soccer." I'm sure that's a nice league, too, but not as exciting as a league full of stoned female aquatic creatures.

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I overhead an older Southern lady say, with the appropriate drawl, that "This reminds me of downtown New York."

Say what? I am as Southern as the next guy, and not one of my brethren (or sistren for that matter) would ever confuse The Big Apple with this Dusty Ol' Cow Town.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Live Free or Die Hard

Yahoo! has posted the first eight minutes of the newest Die Hard movie. (Click the title above for the link.)

It looks completely over-the-top, ridiculous and silly.

I can't wait to see it.

I will point out that the bad buys trying to kill the kid from the Apple computer commercials in the first scene are not very good. They spray machine gun fire randomly into the kid's apartment when they can't see him.

That's just a waste of perfectly good bullets.
And What Exactly Did They Witness?

Jean Torkelson, religion writer for the Rocky Mountain News, wrote an article about a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She explained that Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate any holiday except Jesus’ crucifixion because “the Bible only permits observing the day Jesus died. And whatever the Bible says, goes.”

A citation would be helpful.

She also mentions that according to the Jehovah’s Witnesses, only 144,000 of us will “reign… in heaven until Satan is vanquished.” Again, on what verse is this based?

If what the Bible says goes, where does it say this?

If she wants us to understand, she needs to explain.