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I think I could use a board right now, actually. Or maybe a kayak. To go to the market or something. XD
Inner Simpson
20th-Apr-2009 01:04 am - Monday...? What Monday?
Monday's been canceled this week in observance of Four-Twenty. :3

Think of it as... biblically sanctioned penance. I mean, the proper punishment for breaking most of those nitpicky laws in Leviticus (and who the hell can keep track of them all?!) is stoning, after all. Besides, as I like to point out, if I were to be standing within a few feet of a burning (cannabis) bush, I'd probably hear God speak to me, too. I know, I know -- I'm so going to hell. o_O;

Furthermore, April twentieth also marks the anniversaries of both Hitler's birth and the Columbine High shooting. If ever there were individuals who should have smoked a bowl, I think it's safe to say it'd start there.

And, according to Wikipedia, it's also Stephen Marley's birthday -- yes, one of Bob's numerous rastamuffins. I just found that kind of amusing. XD
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News is often its own punchline. Especially when it's taken from the Press-Enterprise--

100 pounds of pot, life vest wash up on beach in Del Mar
8:40 AM Wed, Mar 18, 2009

Eight bundles of marijuana weighing a total of about 100 pounds turned up this morning on the sand in Del Mar ... along with a life vest. The San Diego County Sheriff's Department says the pot was discovered at the foot of 11th Street at around 4 this morning. How the marijuana came to be on the beach is under investigation at this hour ... and there's no word yet on who may have been wearing that life vest.

—From News Services


Nude jumper sought by police in Alaska
11:10 AM Wed, Mar 18, 2009

Anchorage police are looking for a 47-year-old man who jumped nude out of a third-floor hotel March 4 and hasn't been seen since.

Richard Scott Van Cleve was reported missing last week by his girlfriend.

Police say Van Cleve reportedly has drug and mental problems.

Van Cleve was last seen by several witnesses running away from the Hampton Inn on Tudor Road and C Street after he jumped.

Van Cleve is described as white, 5-feet, 9 inches tall, 165 pounds, with blond hair, blue eyes and a scar on his left arm.

—The Associated Press
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15th-May-2008 11:59 am - California FTW.
JUST IN: State Supreme Court overturns gay marriage ban
10:10 AM Thu, May 15, 2008

The California Supreme Court has issued a ruling that overturns the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

The court said the state's domestic partnerships currently used by same-sex couples infringes on their constitutional right to marry and the equal protection laws guaranteed by the California Constitution.


Because clearly, there is no reason why one's sexuality should be a shield against the same misery endured by het couples everywhere.
SPANK
7th-May-2008 10:36 am - Well, whaddya know...
Chairman Of The House Committee On the Judiciary John Conyers Wants Answers From The DEA Regarding Raids In States With Medi-Pot 'Patient Protection' Laws
May 6th, 2008 By: Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director

On April 29, 2008 House of Representative's Committee on the Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) sent a 17-page letter to the Drug Enforcement Administration's Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart with pointed questions, a listing of over 60 medical marijuana dispensaries or patient cooperatives that have been raided by the DEA and federal law enforcement between June 2005 to November 2007 and numerous citations from local municipalities that are on the record of supporting patient access to cannabis and oppose federal intervention.

Excerpt from Conyer's letter to Leonhart:

"Every month new science supporting the therapeutic value of cannabis is published. As a result, medical and scientific organizations, like the American College of Physicians and the American Psychiatric Association, are urging reform of laws that place in legal jeopardy physicians or their individual patients who may benefit from the use of cannabis. As the Administrator, you have the discretion to decide whether to continue heightened enforcement activities in California and in other states that have authorized the use of medical cannabis by qualified individuals. Please explain what role, if any, emerging scientific data plays in your decision-making process to conduct enforcement raids on individuals authorized to use or provide medical cannabis under state law."

Read the entire letter and list of raided medical marijuana dispensaries and cooperatives here.



Let's hope the DEA's answers are as illuminating as the questions being asked by Chairman Conyers.


It's closing in on a year since the Corona raid, which was part of a long, statewide policy of persecution, and finally it's being reviewed. Well, better late than never?



EDIT:
"The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in the United States is closely connected with this."

- Albert Einstein

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Band Profile: Buddha Bomb carries ska torch

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, March 4, 2008


By VANESSA FRANKO
The Press-Enterprise


Who: Kim Haslam, vocals; Chad Jones, trumpet; Jesse Gomez, guitar; Colt Rhodes, guitar; James Baylor, saxophone; and Jason Gardner, bass.

From: Riverside

Formed: 2006



Sounds like: Fun ska with plenty of punk and hardcore injections. "Comfortably" will remind you why ska was such a blast in the first place.

Releases: A four-song demo

See it live: March 17 at Romano's in Riverside, 5225 Canyon Crest Drive, 9 p.m., $10, 21 and older; or March 22 at Red Planet in Riverside, 6192 Magnolia Ave., 8 p.m., $5, all ages.

Sample the music: www.myspace.com/bombbuddha

With the individual members' love of music, it makes sense that ska/punk band Buddha Bomb is following in the footsteps of influential Riverside acts Voodoo Glow Skulls and the Skeletones.

"We are so highly influenced by those guys," said singer Kim Haslam. "We were the kids sneaking into the bars to see them."

So the members, who met each other going to local shows, decided to start their own band.

And thus, the Riverside baton of ska was passed, or at least, the microphone was.

When Haslam told Skeletones singer Jonas Cabrera that she was starting a band, he gave her a microphone.

"The mic of destiny," guitarist Jesse Gomez added, laughing.

Buddha Bomb now consists of Haslam, Chad Jones on trumpet, Gomez and Colt Rhodes on guitar, James Baylor on saxophone and Jason Gardner on bass and is in between drummers.

"I never ever thought we'd get out of the garage," Haslam said.

But in the year that the band has been together, it has played with the likes of Bad Manners, the Toasters and other ska pioneers in addition to picking up an Inland Empire Music Award for best punk band in January.

"We're playing with bands that I've idolized for 15 years," Jones said.

"That's the coolest part," Haslam added.

Reach Vanessa Franko at 951-368-9575, vfranko@PE.com, www.myspace.com/Audio_File or www.PE.com/blogs/music
Meditation
16th-Sep-2007 07:17 pm - Dad doesn't communicate; he forwards.
And I lawl.

New Medical Information
In Pharmacology, all drugs have two names, a trade name and generic name. For example, the trade name of Tylenol also has a generic name of Acetaminophen. Aleve is also called Naproxen. Amoxil is also called Amoxicillin and Advil is also called Ibuprofen.

The FDA has been looking for a generic name for Viagra. After careful consideration by a team of government experts, it recently announced that it has settled on the generic name of Mycoxafloppin. Also considered were Mycoxafailin, Mydixadrupin, Mydixarizin, Dixafix, and of course, Ibepokin.

Pfizer Corp. announced today that Viagra will soon be available in liquid form, and will be marketed by Pepsi Cola as a power beverage suitable for use as a mixer. It will now be possible for a man to literally pour himself a stiff one. Obviously we can no longer call this a soft drink, and it gives new meaning to the names of "cocktails", "highballs" and just a good old-fashioned "stiff drink". Pepsi will market the new concoction by the name of: MOUNT & DO.

Thought for the day: There is more money spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2040, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.


EDIT: Almost forgot -- Da didn't send me this one, it's from a co-worker, but I've been meaning to post it for almost a month... it's a handful of pics, so here comes the LJ cut!

What kind of cat are you?Collapse )
Meditation
23rd-May-2007 12:52 am - Joint Financing
by Dan Bernstein
The Press-Enterprise
22 May 2007


Joint Financing

      Despite the alarming news on the housing front, economists predict the [Inland] Empire will rebound fairly quickly.
      This optimism confounded me when I read that April home sales in the Empire had plunged by nearly 50 percent from a year ago. Then I met a housing expert who explained why things really aren't so bad.
      "You're making the same mistake most poeple make," he smiled kindly.
      "I am?"
      "You're focusing on the wrong sales figures."
      "I shouldn't be focusing on home sales?"
      "You should be tracking marijuana sales. They're way up."
      "What does that have to do with the housing market?"
      "Are you kidding? Marijuana is going to save the housing market. It's the safety net for all those loosey-goosey mortgage loans."
      "I don't understand."
      "You're not alone," he smiled kindly. I noticed his eyes were bloodshot. "These loans snookered lots of people. Now, their mortgage payments are ramping up, home prices are flat and their equity is kaput."
      "I know all that. The market's glutted. They can't sell. They're going to lose their homes."
      He smiled again. "That's where you're wrong."
      "I don't understand."
      "Oh, some will lose their homes. But others have a good shot at hanging onto them if their house undergoes a marijuana conversion."
      "A what?"
      "It's happening everywhere. Chino, Yucaipa, Corona, Norco, even Riverside. It's the latest in creative financing."
      "You're talking about pot houses!"
      "We in the industry prefer to call them marijuana conversions."
      "You're talking about homes with nothing in them but marijuana plants. No couches, beds, chairs. Nothing but tables of pot plants and bad lighting. Those houses are getting busted left and right. Street value in the zillions, as the cops say."
      He smiled as he nibbled on his shirt cuff. "Some get busted. A minute fraction. Most are doing quite well. Marijuana conversions will help the savvy homeowner ride out the storm."
      "How?"
      "Think of it as a refinancing tool. They don't have the income to occupy their homes so they're relying on their homes to produce enough income to allow them to move back in."
      "It sounds awfully risky."
      "Risky? How about those horrible loans! By the time the marijuana conversion yields sufficient revenue, the loan mess will be straightened out and these people will be able to get decent mortgages."
      "If they don't get caught first."
      "We don't see that happening on a wide scale. Don't forget, these homes don't look like 'pot houses'. They're very well maintained. We insist on it. We don't assist just anyone with a marijuana conversion."
      "Wait a minute. What do you mean 'assist' them?"
      "People need start-up cash."
      "They can't pay their morgages and you're issuing marijuana loans?"
      "I just got through telling you marijuana sales are way up. These loans will be repaid in a heartbeat. Folks will be sitting pretty. That's our slogan."
      "Sitting pretty is your slogan?"
      "Not really. Are you sure you want to hear it?"
      "I've come this far."
      "People who live in grass houses shouldn't owe loans."
Meditation
18th-May-2007 11:30 pm - Lyrics: Sky Blue and Black
(I'm astounded I hadn't already posted this somewhere... o_O;)


Sky Blue and Black
by Jackson Browne

In the calling out to one another
Of the lovers up and down the strand
In the sound of the waves and the cries
Of the seagulls circling the sand
In the fragments of the songs
Carried down the wind from some radio
In the murmuring of the city in the distance
Ominous and low

I hear the sound of the world where we played
And the far too simple beauty
Of the promises we made

If you ever need holding
Call my name, I'll be there
If you ever need holding
And no holding back, I'll see you through
Sky blue and black

Where the touch of the lover ends
And the soul of the friend begins
There's a need to be separate and a need to be one
And a struggle neither wins
Where you gave me the world I was in
And a place I could make a stand
I could never see how you doubted me
When I'd let go of your hand

Yeah, and I was much younger then
And I must have thought that I would know
If things were going to end

And the heavens were rolling
Like a wheel on a track
And our sky was unfolding
And it'll never fold back
Sky blue and black

And I'd have fought the world for you
If I thought that you wanted me to
Or put aside what was true or untrue
If I'd known that's what you needed
What you needed me to do

But the moment has passed by me now
To have put away my pride
And just come through for you somehow

If you ever need holding
Call my name, I'll be there
If you ever need holding
And no holding back, I'll see you through

You're the color of the sky
Reflected in each store-front window pane
You're the whispering and the sighing
Of my tires in the rain
You're the hidden cost and the thing that's lost
In everything I do
Yeah and I'll never stop looking for you
In the sunlight and the shadows
And the faces on the avenue
That's the way love is
That's the way love is
That's the way love is
Sky blue and black
Inner Simpson
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