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MARIJAUNA!! To be legal! Or Not to be! Is the question!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Well as usual I am picking a topic I feel very strongly about! Through the myriad of crap I will wade, exploring,  in parts. Whether I do or don’t partake is irrelevant ( Smoke the cannabis!! )  Reason being?! Since you don’t know me, this should not persuade your opinion one way or the other. First!

Going to Procon.org I copied the Pro and Con page, Sooooo here it is!!!!

PRO: Proponents for the legal use of medical marijuana argue that marijuana has “accepted medical use in treatment in the US,” and that it would easily meet the FDA criteria over “whether a new product’s benefits to users will outweigh its risks.” Marijuana, they claim, is a safe and effective treatment for dozens of conditions, such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, pain, migraines, glaucoma, and epilepsy. Proponents say that thousands of yearly deaths from legal prescription drugs could be prevented if medical marijuana were legal.

CON: Opponents of medical marijuana argue that marijuana has not been FDA-approved because it is too dangerous to use, and that various FDA-approved drugs make the use of marijuana unnecessary. Marijuana, they claim, is addictive, leads to harder drug use, injures the lungs, harms the immune system, damages the brain, interferes with fertility, impairs driving ability, and sends the wrong message to kids. They say that medical marijuana is a front for drug legalization, and that people who claim medical use are actually using it for recreational pleasure.

Hmmm!!!! Where to start? I mean there’s so much here. I will start with the Pros! Although I will agree that there are benefits for the truly sick and needy, as well as, I am extremely opposed to pharmaceutical companies who peddle so much of their under-tested poisons.( Which by the way derive from natural existing sources! ) I believe this may be a wasteful and damaging argument, if pursued to the end.

Why, you may ask? Here’s why! Because you have asshole drug dealers, masquerading as caregivers, when they don’t give a shit! They don’t pay or should I say avoid taxes. You’ve got people lying about their ailments, headaches, which are hard to prove, as well as others… menstrual cramps anyone??!! Anybody can walk into a local marijuana-friendly doctor’s office and say, “I get these Migraines,” and poof!  You got a recommendation! This really isn’t helping the cause, its abusing it! The Laws in place are riddled with half-ass measures, that have gaping holes in them. I seriously wonder sometimes whether the lawyers involved knew how rich they would become because of the nebulousness of the laws they created? This I will cover in another part!

Stay with me here to the end! I’m not done! What I’m saying, in a nutshell (Where did that expression come from anyway? Only people who talk inside nutshells are crazy or drunk squirrels or both!): This approach to having Marijuana! Legalized! For medicinal sake, alone, is insane! Just chasing a drunk monkey down a dead end ally with a wet stick. These things only cause more controversy and elude the real truth, which is, It should simply be legal, period! Forget the whole medical thing, Those particular people should have it no matter what happens, for it is their right to choose.

Now Con! Ready?! Well these people are really talking out their asses! Approved? FDA? You got to be freakin’ kidding me! The FDA is merely a protector of special interest groups (read into this all you want), clearly, “PHARMACEUTICS” and all their lovely friends! The billions of dollars lost would be a huge blow to them and their investors. “INVESTORS?” Yes, don’t forget them!  Harms the brain which has been proven wrong and  “Whoa” The lungs?? You gotta be freakin’ double-kidding me! This is ludicrous. Comparing pot to cigarettes? Or other tobacco products? I don’t know anyone who got mouth, lip, or tongue cancer smokin’ pot! Don’t forget, those are legal! Thank god for interfering with fertility! There’s enough unwanted children already out there.

And my personal favorite, sends a wrong message to kids! Which one might that be? Hey Kids don’t smoke pot, drink your lives away like your good ole mom and dad cus that’s what real adults do! God forbid don’t compare those high-fructose corn syrup, cancer aiding, diabetes-in-waiting sodas you’re drinking like water, that isn’t anything remotely close! No Sir!!!!

You know, my niece was doing a presentation for college on this very subject and she found that since recording such facts, there has never been a death documented from someone using pot! I was stunned, for I figured that, we all know at least one idiot out there, that you would imagine, even through pure stupidity it had to have happened at least once! I don’t know man, I was filling up the car and took a toke and!/??/!/!?!?!  I’m sure Alcohol had that beat the first day it was introduced. Lastly who ever said that about patients! I personally would love to stick my size eleven wing tip shoes in their proverbial recreational ass! Obviously you’ve never seen someone coming off a chemotherapy session!.

My point? Well here it is! People\Americans, have a right to CHOOSE how they medicate themselves, period! Lets get past the political bullshit being thrown around and over that Pharmaceutical wall that’s been built and get to straight, hard, cold facts. Someone tell me the difference between the person who comes home after a hard day at work and pours a couple of stiff ones and the person who sits down and rolls and smokes a spliff or two? None! Say what you want, but if this is a free country, which it’s slowly not becoming. It shouldn’t matter!

What is it saying to kids? They’re not stupid! They see the hypocrisy of our society and its rules. These rules were made to benefit a select group of wealthy business men, and they were real good at getting people to believe the lying, bullshit, propaganda they wove.

The city of Oakland, California, has over three hundred thousand patients! Gee, and the city embraces it! Pick your beliefs for yourself, but leave the others alone. Laws have changed over time to deal with alcohol and they are already being used for pot. I am trying to stay away from the sensationalism that goes so often around this subject. but I will say this! One of the main reasons it is not legal is because it cannot be controlled. The fact that you can grow it from a seed, means profits would not be as large for those who would want it all for themselves and yes read all you want into that.

Did you know that Tobacco companies back in the 70s bought up the more famous “name-brands” at that time, like “Panama Red,” “Acapulco Gold,” so on and so on. Hedging bets?? This will be continued, but a moment of thought. Does anyone here think for a moment that no one lies to their doctor for their own preference of pain killer: Zanax! Valium! Anyone?

Have you ever looked at the disclaimers for some of the most commonly prescribed drugs? It would scare you. Aside from your genitals falling off, (Who knows, sooner or later that might happen too!) Just about anything else can happen, including death! Remember, they call it side-effects when really it is a reaction to the specific drug. Desensitizing propaganda created by those lovely people from the FDA in working affiliation with the Pharmaceutical Co’s. They should just get married and get it over with, they’re not fooling anybody anymore. THE FDA IS A BIG FREAKIN’ JOKE! WHO ARE THEY PROTECTING BESIDES BIG MONEY?!

It is not a perfect world, all I know is, I don’t need someone telling me what I can, and can’t take. If and when I’m in pain, and that should be respected, not debated in the political arenas by self-serving, vote-goading, two-faced, hypocrites who may or may not smoke pot themselves. We who are Americans live in this Controlling, Parental Society we once called the United States!  Whether you like what I do or don’t, you should fight for my right to choose, as I should fight for whats right for you!.

Its another day, Peace out



Adventures Without Health Insurance!

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Last August, I was laid off from my job of 8 years.  I worked for a Civil Engineering firm, and the housing market collapse forced my employer to make serious cut-backs.  In fact, they’re still trying desperately to at least survive through the recession.  I am a network administrator/computer tech, and since the layoff, I’ve been doing business 100% freelance.  The positives?  Plenty.  I work on my own schedule, I make more money per hour (nearly double), and I have more time to work on my creative endeavors.  The down-sides?  No health plan, work is come-and-go, the current economy makes it difficult to find new clients, my current clients are also suffering the wrath of the economy and they can’t always afford to call me for work – or pay me on-time (though they’re usually very good about it)… what else?  Overall, I’m making less money, and I’m now ordering a very expensive Asthma medicine (Advair) from overseas, because I cannot afford to buy it here.  My local mom-and-pop pharmacy (Yes, miraculously, we still have one here!) would charge me about $250  for one month’s worth, when I can get THREE months worth from Germany for $105.

I cannot live a productive life without this medicine.  I question whether I could actually have a life worth living without my Asthma medication.  It makes that much of a difference.

Currently, I have a prescription for 9 more months of medication.  After that, I have to see a physician to get a refill.  How, I ask you, do I do that without Health Insurance?  I have never been in this position before.  Many of you reading this could be in the same position as I or worse, I realize that.  You might be scratching your head, thinking “this dude is complaining to ME?”  I’m not claiming to have bigger problems than you, or anyone else.  My problems are my own, but I feel its important for people to know about this one, because it’s one that over 50,000,000 Americans face, not to mention God knows how many more hundreds of millions across the globe that go without adequate health care.

It’s also a very hot topic in our Government right now, and one thing I’ve been hearing a lot of is that “our economic crisis, in large part, stems from the health care problem that individuals and businesses face.”

Did you know we are the only industrialized nation on Earth that doesn’t have national health care?   Can you believe that?  Not every nation on earth thinks of national health care as Communism!  The only “red menace” I’ve heard about lately usually has to do with some sort of staph infection!  I’d wager that the vast majority of Americans right now are in favor of national health care.

Can one prostitute themselves for a good health plan?  Are there any pimps out there with a good HMO & Dental? Maybe profit-sharing, or a 401K?  Uhhhhh… where was I?

I kid, I kid… but you get the point.  America needs national health care now.  Hell, I need national health care, now.  If I were on my wife’s plan, it would cost her an additional $600 a month.  I can get my own individual plan for about $350 a month.  The SAME plan that she has.  How the hell does that make sense?  My grandmother recently got a shot that would have cost her over $700 without insurance.  With insurance, she got it for $20.  Someone please explain to me how this makes sense!  If my grandparents hadn’t worked their asses off for a living, she might be screwed right now.  And trust me, they did far more than their share to help other people in need.  Years ago, before my wife and I were married, she gave her a place to stay for OVER A YEAR when she needed it.  She and my grandfather not only raised my mother and aunt, but raised my grandmother’s half sisters, and put an enormous strain on the family, but they did it because they wanted to help!  I’m not saying that the government should just hand stuff out willy-nilly, but we all know they can do more to help, especially when it comes to health care.  After all, good health means a happier, more productive life, and that benefits more than just that individual.  It just makes sense – a healthy populace is more productive.  Happier workers produce better products, generally speaking.  How can that not be viewed as a sound long-term investment in this country’s infrastructure?

My personal adventure without insurance is not over yet, and I’m working so that I might be able to afford that individual plan… SOME DAY!

Take it easy,



That Damned TV’ll rot your brain!

Friday, December 5th, 2008

(Originally from Friday, February 29, 2008)

Hello again! Well, I’m back and thoroughly refreshed from my visit on the big island, Hawaii. Nothing like being around the birthing of an Island to bring perspective on things. Though I can say I don’t miss those damn frogs.

So, once again I feel compelled to write. I was on the freeway this evening when I came upon this truck. Model and make are immaterial. Through its back window I could clearly see a screen showing some movie. Now understand, this is not the first time I have seen this. I find myself rationalizing how a law for the use of cell phones exists; yet, one can still possess what amounts to a home theater system in their car. This makes no sense!

These things are playing while someone is driving; yes I know they come with headphones, yet it is a rarity that I see someone wearing them. Bet the batteries ran out! The screen is positioned so the driver can’t watch. So what (Remind me at some point what I want to say about headphones) So, you know, bombs going off, people screaming… somehow the driver isn’t the least bit distracted?

Now before someone who knows me says “But, Zen, you own a car that has one of those!” Yes, I do, and I have a good explanation! I never wanted it. It was acquired from my brother in-law, in trying to help him out of a difficult financial situation, hence, here it is. To my credit I have never used it, nor care too. Although, from time to time I’ve had this fantasy of being on a hot date, driving deep into the woods amongst the bears and squirrels, commencing to fondle and grope each other while watching some hot porn. Bears applaud, squirrel’s blush. Now that sounds cool, and never during any of that would I be driving. The car, anyway…

Maybe more importantly is the issue that family values may have forever officially washed down the proverbial toilet. What’s the matter Mom? Dad? Whoever you are! Can’t have a meaningful conversation about life or how was your day? Kyra, Bobby, Billy and what’s your name? Or maybe have some deep conversation about what’s going on in our world? Explain to those confused kiddies how a guy who’s never had a real job in his life, snorted coke, and is basically a raging dry drunk, somehow got to be president. That ought to take up a good few hours!

I don’t know, I guess on long trips videos could be handy, but a drive to the local market? Geez! Guess the kids got to watch The Little Mermaid for the billionth time. I remember telling stories or just bonding, occasionally throwing up, but only on long drives (Something about facing backwards in that ole station wagon). Anyhow, mostly I remember mom or dad telling us stuff about our history or their parents and past, giving us clues to where they, and we, came from. Telling jokes. Dodging dad’s backhand when we were out of control.

Now, it’s sitting mindless like good little robots being brain sucked by some flashing lights and music telling us when to laugh, cry, or be mad. Uhggg! Oh man that reminds me of that commercial I just saw (I know! I know! I get caught up in it too!). There’s this family who has no connection to each other dad makes them all go for a ride to drive around and watch TV or movies in the car and get closer. Makes me want to puke in my own living room. Yeah, GMC is bringing families closer together while polluting the environment, all at the same time. Now there’s your special two for one deal!

While we’re on commercials, let’s get serious for a moment. Not too long ago I was in Vegas. Yes, Zen loves to play Poker occasionally. Anyway, I pulled into this gas station and thought I was blasted right into a Blade Runner movie. Jesus! Multiple screens with advertisements on the gas pump! What is wrong with these people? Can’t I have a moment to myself? Can’t I just smell the toxic fumes in peace? It gets worse… I was at a checkout stand in Arizona. Same thing: T.V. advertisements. Seriously, this has got to stop! First, noise pollution now its advert-pollution. Give us a break! Honestly, I will never buy a product from anyone who uses that medium, just to prove a point. Man, it makes me want to pull an Al Capone on the next advertiser I meet. Let’s see, do I have any baseball bats lying around?

You know what started this? It’s the damn mute button and TIVO, that’s what did it! Too many people not wanting to hear their sex lives, lifestyles, homes, cars, kids, bodies and minds aren’t good enough. Or 1 out of 3, 4, 7, 12 will die of something, somehow, someway, someday, and there is nothing you or I can do about. Why? Because even the answer will blind you, hurt you, cause any number of emotional distresses and/or a variety of other ailment’s including the failure but not limited to just one of many organs, or just simply kill you. Then again it may do absolutely nothing, but that’s a lie, because it will cost you your money so you still lose and that’s another pain in the ass.

They make cars that can go 160 miles an hour, yet the speed limit here is 70, tops. What the hell is going on? Madness, I tell you, and it’s being shoved right down our throats. When we tune them out, change the channel or hit the mute button they’ve got to find us… Stalkers, they are! Commercial stalkers out for that buck, worse than the crack dealer. At least those guys have a corner to hang out on! Pretty much anyone who wants to find them knows where to go. They’re not hanging out in my living room trying to sell me something every ten minutes that I don’t even want! They go where the business is, not where it isn’t.

I imagine that’s why the home video industry is so huge. Except, what is with this? I can’t fast forward for those first few minutes? See, again, it’s like making you watch when you don’t want to watch. That’s called holding you hostage, and that tactic sucks, because there is no one to hold them accountable, or put them in jail for invading my space, my mind, my childrens minds, my friend’s minds. But I bet if someone finally loses their mind, it might be considered.

Again! Where is my bat?

~Zen Twist.


Please allow me to introduce myself

Friday, December 5th, 2008

(Originally from Tuesday, January 22, 2008)

Being the first blog of this virgin site I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say first. I mean it seems almost an impossible task to try to reach everyone, so just whom would I be talking to and does it even matter? A long hard pause brings me to the conclusion that it doesn’t. So without further ado:

This world has become a prison, for the most part run by mindless, thoughtless people, who it would seem, even through their moving lips, care not for the state of the planet as a whole. Whether you believe we came from the earth or from the distant stars one thing remains constant: We are responsible for this beautiful place and we are not moving quickly enough. Waiting for a catastrophe to happen is what we usually do; why not change it before it is too late? If not, how late should we wait? Yes, I know you want to blame Bush and his cohorts, but let’s be practical. Although he has made some ghastly contributions on his own, this started way before he was born. More simply he and his people were just continuing the madness set into motion long ago.

I know I’ve trailed, but there’s just so much on my mind, so I want you to know this will happen from time to time. So where was I? Yes, what did I want to say? Well, first point, if you were more wrapped up about the new Xbox that was coming out this past Christmas and had not a thought about the environment or the war that we won that somehow we are still fighting that’s a start.How do you win if it isn’t over? That’s our government for you! Sort of like proclaiming the winner of the Super Bowl before it’s been played.

While we’re there, how do you like Marion Jones now serving six months in jail for lying to the federal government? That’s one big joke, because meanwhile, certain people within our own government perjured themselves more than once and won’t see one single day behind bars! There lies the truth and disgrace of this country. She hurt and embarrassed herself more than anyone else, while our own elected officials remain untouched, and what they do affects us all! Who’s ripping off whom? What a scam! The government does what it wants without the fear of consequences. That is not what our forefathers had in mind by checks and balances. Go figure!

Hey, want to stop steroids? Fine the freaking owners a million for each infraction and see how quickly it stops. That’s what they do in horse racing! Oh I forgot, those are just animals! There’s way more integrity in horse racing. Owners of baseball and football teams want all the rewards without the responsibilities. What is that? It’s just more of the same old crap. Hey, GMC finds out a car has a faulty part! Did you know that they don’t have to tell you or replace it for free until it hits that magic recall number, something like 60,000? The point? Glad you asked! The point is, somewhere down that glory road of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, people got lazy and stopped caring about getting it right. Quality went out of the window with greed and sloth. Winning at any cost became more important than good, even competition.

Speaking of competition: Damn the Yankees and Red Sox! Buy your way to the playoffs. Suck the best talent from what amounts to farm teams who can never afford to pay the salaries they offer from the rest of the league. Think I’m wrong? Just ask yourself: On those rare occasions when teams like Minnesota, San Diego, Oakland, Arizona, Houston or Florida went to the Series, it was special because they were home-grown, smaller cities, and it’s something more natural and real. Blame the players too! They only proved what was feared in the very beginning, in the early 1900’s, which was if you started paying players it would ruin the integrity of the game. Best player goes to the highest bidder. Tony Gwynn is my hero. I’m sure he would have had a couple of rings if he had chosen to leave the Padres. He gave that up and earned integrity and respect.

Now on a different note: Say I’m some guy or gal who’s working in a place that doesn’t care about quality, bottom line is all about the cheap, and in fact the only way I can produce the numbers they want is dependent on shoddy work. I don’t know about you, but why would I care much about my performance or how well I’m doing my job if they are paying me dirt crap. So enough with the blaming the Mexicans for your inadequacies, or more to the point the fact that it’s about the all-mighty dollar and one employer or another wants to save a few bucks extra so he can get some lap dances a couple of times a week or the extra pedicure or manicure he or she wants Quit being lazy welfare scooping bums! Get off your ass and get a job! Oh, I’m sorry, did I hurt your delicate sense of faltering egos? Gee, not good enough to pick veggies or fruit? Oh, what was it that farmer told me? “I tried to hire blacks and whites you know what happened? They come one day, eat half of what they pick and they don’t come back the next day!” Know why? Because it’s back breaking work and they don’t want to do it.

Hey America, wake up! Mexicans are the modern day slave labor, so digest that inconvenient truth! You want to pay three to five dollars for a head of lettuce? Keep voting for those racist laws, because if whites and blacks picked your food you can believe that it will cost a pretty penny more, you know how unions are?! Oh wait, I know your employers will give you that compensatory raise to equal things out, so hey, it won’t even affect you.

Another question I have is who is going to explain why organic food costs more? Shouldn’t we all have the right to healthy consumption? Should it not be mandatory that all farming be done in an organic fashion? Funny, but it sure seems that some are cashing in on others trying to live healthy. Having healthy food and water should be the norm, and our just due right, not something that we should have to fight for.

One must ask themselves just who is the FDA really protecting and fighting for, because I can tell you It’s certainly not you or I! I remember when I was a child that it took 3 to 5 years for certain drugs or food products to be tested before being made available to the public. Of course that obviously didn’t make any difference, so, public enemy number one: Pharmaceutical companies. Do you really believe they have your best interest at heart?

~Zen Twist.