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Wed Jan 8, 2014, 03:04 PM

David Brooks smoked weed when he was young, now he regrets it, thinks no one else should

I've never smoked weed, ever, I don't regret not ever smoking, but I don't think that people should be prohibited from doing so.

We're both 52, two months difference, so it's not like it's that big of one. He went to school in Canada and now he's some right wing demagogue. I went to school in Michigan and spent most of my adult life in the military, where it was part of my job to process the separations of troops who were caught smoking weed and yet, I came out about as a pretty lefty guy as one could be.

What the fuck has Brooks done to slather his hands with the blood of weed smokers? Has he ever looked into their eyes as he was part of the process that ruined their lives? I don't think so.

I don't regret that at all either, I didn't think that weed smoking had its place for people who were in uniform.

He's white and I'm black, but it's been my observation that white guys can pretty much smoke weed at will, without any fear of being hassled by the cops. Black guys tend to get targeted by the cops as suspected weed smokers, even when a lot of them have not smoked or possessed weed at all.

In that, we're living in two different worlds.

Brooks couldn't be bothered to acknowledge that fact.

By the way, the way that Brooks is acting, with his dope smoking past and all, his "regrets" seem awfully hypocritical, as he could still be smoking it today (secretly), and being the white, middle class, right wing demagogue that he is, no one would even care.

Me, I have to live in this world of weed prohibition, where my rights and the rights of others could be violated at the drop of a hat on mere suspicion. Where poor people are suspected of smoking dope merely because they use the social safety net. Where jails are filled with their black and brown bodies merely because they're too poor to afford bail.

Brooks wants that all to stay the same… Hell, he's already had his unpunished thrills. I want it to change because it's unjust and unfair. Yet, he's all for ruining the lives of people for weed and would stay detached from the process as much as possible.

I've never smoked weed and chances are that I never will… But unlike Brooks, my own position isn't one of hypocrisy and isn't either self-serving or dripping with demagoguery.

It's about making world that has more freedom and fairness and less prejudice and fear.



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Reply David Brooks smoked weed when he was young, now he regrets it, thinks no one else should (Original post)
MrScorpio Jan 2014 OP
Bluenorthwest Jan 2014 #1
MrScorpio Jan 2014 #2
cherokeeprogressive Jan 2014 #4
tazkcmo Jan 2014 #14
Ezlivin Jan 2014 #3
Blue Owl Jan 2014 #5
panader0 Jan 2014 #6
MrScorpio Jan 2014 #7
panader0 Jan 2014 #8
MrScorpio Jan 2014 #10
Snotcicles Jan 2014 #9
OriginalGeek Jan 2014 #11
Egalitarian Thug Jan 2014 #12
cap Jan 2014 #13
DisgustipatedinCA Jan 2014 #15
bvar22 Jan 2014 #16
spanone Jan 2014 #17
MrScorpio Jan 2014 #19
AngryAmish Jan 2014 #18
Wolf Frankula Jan 2014 #20

Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 03:16 PM

1. Was your branch and base alcohol free? Are you?

Discharging folks for pot while selling alcohol on base and not punishing boozers is hypocrisy. If you yourself drink alcohol, it is a self serving hypocrisy on your part. 'they have no place in uniform, but some lush can be General'.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 03:25 PM

2. DUIs and being drunk on duty pretty much killed quite a few careers

So it's not the case that they didn't punish drinkers. I processed that paperwork too from time to time.

I wasn't much of a drinker anyway, and because of that, I usually volunteered to be the designated driver when we went out.

I was in the USAF and no, where I served wasn't alcohol free. But unlike weed, alcohol was a legal substance that troops could have while off duty.

By the way, it was never my call to kick out weed smokers. I still don't think that it has its place in uniform. People should be free to smoke all they want once they get out.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 03:31 PM

4. So you think MrScorpio sold alcohol on base?

Or had a say on the matter one way or another? Seems to me he was given a job to do and he did it. How is whether or not he drinks alcohol hypocrisy?

I think your criticism is misdirected.

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 04:58 PM

14. The regulations aren't secret.

I'm a pot smoking veteran that stopped smoking pot when I enlisted, both voluntarily. Don't like the rule? Don't enlist. Simple. This isn't hypocrisy on his part. That's a bunch of crap that tries to put the blame on him for a regulation someone else penned and all service members are aware of.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 03:25 PM

3. The Cold War was won by pot smokers

Ask anyone who served during that time.

Just because someone chooses to inhale instead of swallow doesn't mean they can't get the job done

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 03:38 PM

5. When the world ends, he'll be whining

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 03:41 PM

6. Just go ahead and try it. You'll enjoy yourself...

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Response to panader0 (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 03:43 PM

7. No thanks

I'll pass.

More for those who want it, I say.

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 03:44 PM

8. Out of curiosity, why?

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Response to panader0 (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 03:50 PM

10. Well, for one thing, I detest the smell

And on the other hand, I don't have the feeling that my mind needs any kind of consciousness altering.

I've been that way my entire life.

Sure, I've drank alcohol, but that's because I liked the taste of what I was drinking, not because I wanted to get drunk. Once I start getting tipsy, I usually lay off.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 03:50 PM

9. The twenty years of irrelevancy he has been experiencing has come to a boiling point.

Just when I thought he was getting use to it.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 04:05 PM

11. I don't regret smoking pot

And I don't regret quitting.

And if/when my state legalizes recreational use, I will do it again.


I am not impressed by David Brooks.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 04:17 PM

12. There seems to be something in the authoritarian mind that has no problem with taking

 

a benefit to advance themselves, and then pulling the ladder up behind them so nobody else can have the same benefit.
& R

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 04:55 PM

13. He's been talking to Bristol Palin

someone else who had fun and now doesn't want other people to do the same thing.


Some people will say anything for the sake of money or status or belonging to a certain group.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 05:20 PM

15. Young people: if you don't stop now, you'll never grow up to be just like David Brooks.

Or Tom Friedman, for that matter.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 06:40 PM

16. Here is a link to the hilarious clip from last night's Jon Stewart show exposing Brook's hypocrisy.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 06:42 PM

17. he looks like the guy who got the joint and pretended to inhale....knew a few

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Response to spanone (Reply #17)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 06:47 PM

19. The guy's only two months older than I

He looks like he has more than 10 years on me.

Being a right wing hypocritical asshole really ages a guy.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 06:45 PM

18. I smoked weed when I was young.

I don't regret it. The idea of putting soneone in prison for it is itself a crime.

I think stoners are losers but being a loser is not a crime.

No smoking in public, fine. Same with a dui of driving while stoned- positive blood test plus field sobriety failure.

Other than that, make it like alcohol for growing it. Small batch ok, big batch need a licensce.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Wed Jan 8, 2014, 07:27 PM

20. Once Again from the Traditional Family Values Crowd

Do as I say, not as I do.

I can (could in this case) but you mustn't.

Bite me Brooks, you neoconvict goof.

Wolf

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