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When the rabbit got the gun

There are those who claim that smoking cannabis is a relatively benign recreation with marginal deleterious effects on the user - especially when compared to alcohol and other intoxicants. Though its used is common by both high and low performers and is now legal in some states there remains strong Federal laws prohibiting its consumption and those laws were enacted for very good reason. While the short term effects of ingesting the THC SOMA simply make a person stupid (and sometimes paranoid) the detrimental impact of long term toking is significant.
"Marijuana also affects brain development. When people begin using marijuana as teenagers, the drug may reduce thinking, memory, and learning functions and affect how the brain builds connections between the areas necessary for these functions. Marijuana's effects on these abilities may last a long time or even be permanent."
Exhibit A:


Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. is 45 years old and assuming that he started puffing in earnest at age 15 that constitutes 30 years of dedicated marijuana use the effects of which are obvious - the D O double G is now a middle-aged pot head who's clowning around and shooting a dummy dressed up like the POTUS. Just "taking a satirical jab at the current state of US politics" - no big deal and who gives a shit what some 45 year old "rap star" who's got more money than God, lives in Diamond Bar and has his oven on at 450 degrees 24/7 "thinks" anyway.

 shazizzly Wabbit
When Snoop Dogg was a 20-something singing about "Gin and Juice" and his life as an inner-city layabout a lenient and understanding society might well cut him some slack and just chalk it up to youthful storytelling without a care in the world - no harm in that. When a thickening multi-millionaire mocks up an assassination of the current US president I think we should take it more seriously. Not that I object to clowning around with the president or anyone else in high office but even I will draw the line at the "satirical jab" of premeditated murder. This raises a deeper and more profound problem than the scolding of a drug addled, fuddy-duddy hip-hop star is capable of solving and it springs from the unlimited license members of "the blue church" afford themselves in making social commentary while diligently leashing anyone from the other side who steps over that invisible (imaginary) and constantly moving line. The terms of the argument (if you can call it that) goes something like this: One side must gingerly navigate the mine field of race, sex, religion and a host of "isms" real of imagined and the other side can say and do whatever it feels like in order to win. This crooked rule book has been imposed on society at a steep price that creates a hole or vacuum that simply can't be filled by the peanut gallery on the alt-right internet fringe. From the late night talk show comics to Saturday Night Live there is virtually no satire of the "true Blue Church" and when there is the clergy freak out. The dogma (let's call it Doggma) is even more rigidly adhered to by corporate industrial policy - record labels, film and television producers, network news, magazine publishers and so forth. It's not that there's no "free speech" for surly pretend-killing a president, calling a politician a Nazi or threatening to blow up the White House (or even blowing it up with CGI) is proof that our first amendment rights are secure except for the fact that only one side of the political "conversation" is afforded those "rights" in full measure - BEYOND full measure actually because what those sympathetic with the Left, SJW, Resistance, HR diversity training class are allowed to get away with borders on sedition (and sometimes is sedition).

The fabric of a nation will tear if one side of the political argument is allowed to foment sedition and fantasize about treason without restraint and, in a sick kind of suicide impulse, lionized for pushing the boundaries their 1st Amendment freedoms. While the other side is vilified for engaging in political debate and promoting what amount to bland (that's right I said bland) policy changes. Enforcing immigration law, increasing military spending, modifying health and education regulations is NOT unprecedented or un-American and anyone who claims that it is, which I'll grant you is a lot of people, is suffering from a form of psychosis. Somethings gotta give because you can't have a mass culture diametrically opposed to the duly elected ruling order and have a functioning society - eventually one side or the other will give up or fight.


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