Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Grapes of Wrath Reloaded

"I'm goin' to California, Ma."
"But who'll take care o' you, boy?"
"The governator, Ma. He's goin' to put us up at the State Fair."
"Well, I swan. Whatcha gonna do there, boy?"
"I hear there's mountains o' dope that need smokin', Ma."
"Well, I swan."

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Oddly, doing more of what fails, still fails


The latest group to call for the prospect of legalizing narcotics is El Paso's City Council.

Out in the west Texas town of El Paso,
they wrote a request to legalize drugs.
"Hell, no!" the Mayor said, "Not in this lifetime.
"Dudes getting high? I'll take Mexican thugs."

Meanwhile, the prisons are swelling with stoners,
while usage continues untrammeled somehow.
Odd how it took a full blown Amendment
to bring Prohibition, but not so much now.

So at last, here I am in El Paso,
watching the border through hotel window.
Drugs and illegals pour through it unhindered,
cash heading back to poor doomed Mexico.

Not so far from Teapot Dome


In the Teapot Dome matter of the 1920s, Senator Albert Fall was convicted of receiving a bribe of $100,000 that multimillionaire oilmen Harry Sinclair and Edward Doheny were cleared of giving.

In our more enlightened age ---

From Wiki:

Smith v. United States, 508 U.S. 223 (1993), was a decision by the Supreme Court of the United States holding that the exchange a gun for drugs constituted "use" of the firearm for purposes of a federal statute imposing penalties for "use" of a firearm "during and in relation to" a drug trafficking crime.

In Watson v. United States, 128 S.Ct. 697 (2007) the court later decided that a transaction in the opposite direction does not violate the same statute (i.e., Smith holds that one "uses" a gun by giving it in exchange for drugs, but Watson holds that one does not "use" a gun by receiving it in exchange for drugs).

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Hollywood slips one over on Obama

Richard Gere Starring in
An officer and a Lentilman

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Obama, lost for words


If Obama gets a double case of the pink eye and can't read for a while,
does Joe Biden automatically take over?

Does inability to speak extemporaneously qualify for parking in handicap spaces?

Mel Tillis was unable to speak without stuttering unless he sang.
If a teleprompter dies during the next SOTU address,
will Obama turn the speech into musical comedy?

Will Obama's next press give & take be limited to twittering?

When Obama answers the phone, how far past "Hello" can he get?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Gridiron singed by Obama no-show

“I don’t think [Obama] understands the implications of not coming to the [press] club in the first year. It’s not your ordinary state dinner. I think [the Gridiron dinner] would be helpful for him and his relations with the Washington establishment to come to the club.” Politico
So then, there are degrees of adoration?
I'm so sorry to be hearing that.
If adoration isn't quanticized,
a modern Moses taxed with getting media
back to the frontage road of objectivity
has a long, long journey ahead of him,
with no epiphanies, just the steady
grind of backfilling, denial, and amnesia.

Friday, March 6, 2009

No Soup for You

"I can hock a loogie into the soup before you can stop me."
"Hock a loogie? Right here? In my dumpling chicken broth?"
"Yeah. Actually, I already did."
"Get outta here!"
"Yep. That's not a dumpling."
"How would you like a job at the White House?"
"Sorry, I got tax problems."