Damien on… America: The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum
A while back, a swish New York shop called Barney’s hit the news when a black girl was roughed up by NYPD, after she had bought a handbag there, which cost two THOUSAND five hundred bucks.
The incident was similar to an earlier one, where a young black man had bought a belt for $349.
Apparently, neither of these people had done anything wrong. Both had paid for their purchases with legitimate debit cards.
Barney’s said THEY had not called the cops on either of the two customers – it appears the NYPD had a “fraud task force” operating independently, inside their shop.
But if that was true, why arrest the CUSTOMERS? Two-and-a-half GRAND for a HANDBAG? Three hundred and fifty for a BELT?
If anyone needed to be busted for FRAUD, it was BARNEY’S – for taking advantage of two SIMPLETONS – regardless of their colour.
More recently, a NINE-year-old girl was taken by her parents to an establishment in Arizona, called “Bullets And Burgers” (I swear I’m not making this up) where she was allowed to have a go with a gun (Arizona has no minimum age for this).
She was given an UZI by the instructor.
After letting her pop off a couple of rounds in single-shot mode – he switched it to full automatic. Understandably, the weapon got away from her and swung around in an arc, KILLING said instructor stone dead (the girl will likely still be in counselling when I’m pushing up the daisies).
No-one is being charged over the incident. The range’s owner said, “This was a very mature young lady… …what we’re kind of kicking around right now is like at Disneyland – you know; if you’re not this tall…” – and that appears to be that.
Of course, America is the place that brought the World to its knees during their Great Depression of 1929. And while measures were then brought in to prevent a repeat of that fiasco, they began REMOVING them twenty years ago – with predictable results.
Then in 1969, despite their thirteen-year Prohibition having showed them what would happen, Nixon’s America decided to go for a War On Drugs – AGAIN, with predictable results. Except this time, it has taken them nearly FIFTY years to BEGIN to acknowledge their error.
Thus today, they are AGONISINGLY slowly – state by state – starting to legalize marijuana.
Perhaps, once their entire population is STONED – Americans may FINALLY start to behave SENSIBLY…
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A response to the above…
Well, I’m a little late to the party here, but I wanted to weigh in on your observations regarding the legalization, or more often, decriminalization of the devil’s weed.
The US is so completely fractured as a society that we are nearly non-functional at this juncture. The inane right wing tea baggers have taken over the GOP, waving their bibles and KKK flags and still endlessly trotting out their anti-Obama rhetoric (“He’s a Muzzlim!” – “He’s a forrinner!” – “He’s a commie!”)…and the more reasonable members of the party are too terrified to stand up to them so it looks like the psycho roadshow and traveling curiosity that is the current Republican party will continue bumbling along with idiots like Ghomert, Ruiz, Bush III, Batshit Crazy Bachmann, Huckabee, Jindal, Walker, Santorum, et al continuing their mission to turn the United States into a proper theocracy (I firmly believe that they secretly admire ISIS and harbor a good deal of jealousy over their success).
And yet right square under the big top we have hard line right wingers joining forces with the progressive enemy in order to push for federal legalization of pot! I mean, this has been their war, created by the most famously criminal president in history as a measured response to his raging paranoia towards anyone under the age of thirty, all of whom he was certain were out to get him (they were).
So now tea party members are standing on libertarian ideals of personal freedom, coupled with dreams of new business and tax revenues, along with us democrats who just like to A) get stoned, B) listen to music, and C) not get busted.
Man, I mean this juggernaut of states flipping the bird to the feds would seem like the perfect excuse to hand over more armored vehicles, stun grenades, and assault weapons to police forces around the country (we have quite a few that are doing nothing right about now) but instead the misty-eyed dreamers can smell the big bucks in the air now that Colorado’s experiment not only greatly increased the general fund, but failed to bring the second coming of Christ (so far, at least, of course the predictions have had a marked upturn in the past few days following the SCOTUS gay marriage decision, but I digress).
I find it hilarious that in the midst of an era in which the gears of government have nearly ground to a halt over every possible decision, be it the ACA, our endless mingling in world affairs, the ever widening income gap, immigration reform, secret trade assignments, etc., etc…the one area in which we can finally begin to find some common ground appears to be over smoking dope.
What a time to be alive.
Excellent comment. Better than the article that inspired it! Therefore, I am “elevating” it from Comments to the piece itself. Thanks.