Saturday, March 23, 2013


Funny number by The Stranglers, Let me introduce you to the family.

From the 1981 album La Folie.

The Breeders with Cannonball. From the 1993 album Last Splash.

Despite the obvious talent (Kim Deal came from the Pixies, Tanya Donelly from Throwing Muses), The Breeders remained - remain, they still tour - a one hit wonder.



Thursday, March 21, 2013


The older I get the more I tend to think that to hold leftist views is actually a sign of mental derangement. One cannot deny that the efforts of the 'Old Left' during, say, the first half of the twentieth century in securing essential rights for the working class, women, the elderly, deserve the highest praise. But somehow, somewhere in the mid-sixties, things started to go wrong for the left. Perhaps it was modern media which brought home to westerners the appalling conditions in which the greater part of humanity still lived, thereby inducing guilt for 'having it so good'. Perhaps it was a series of vicious nest-crapping philosophers - Derrida, Sartre, Marcuse - who made it their life project to poison the minds of generations of students.

Either way, since let's say the sixties the Left generally pursues goals and interests that are simply harmful to our own people and our own societies. A good example is given by Dennis Prager in a column over at


"Denver television station CBS4 reports that Colorado has seen a sharp spike in marijuana use among teenagers since Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 last November legalizing recreational use of the drug. As described in The Economist, along with a Washington State measure also legalizing marijuana, Amendment 64 is "an electoral first not only for America but for the world."

That means two American states are to the left of the Scandinavian countries, Holland, and every other liberal country regarding marijuana.

CBS4 quotes a number of local high school students:

"I've seen a lot more people just walking down the street smoking (joints)," high school student Irie Johnson said.

"In high school it has kind of gotten out of hand," student Alaina Tanenbaum said.

According to the CBS4 report, based in part on data from a local drug testing lab: "Experts say the test results show that children are getting higher than ever with alarming levels of THC, marijuana's active ingredient, in their bodies."

The massive increase in both the number of users and the amount of marijuana used by young people is precisely what I, and many others, predicted.

It was easy to predict.

When something desirable is made easier to obtain, more people will obtain it. It is difficult to imagine an exception to this common sense observation.

So, legalizing marijuana is foolish because it leads to far more use of the drug and the availability of ever more potent forms. But the foolishness doesn't end there. Equally foolish is that as a society we have made peace with marijuana while making war on tobacco. This has been a classic example of upside down thinking, and we are reaping exactly what we have sown. We have produced a generation of young Americans who would never put a cigarette or cigar near their lips but who increasingly get high on pot.
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Yes, tobacco -- specifically cigarettes -- kills and marijuana doesn't.

But, forgive the ultimate political incorrectness, young people would do much better in life if they smoked tobacco rather than weed.

First, tobacco doesn't kill young people. When it kills, it generally kills much older people. Moreover, according to a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, if you stop smoking cigarettes by age 44, you will lose only one more year of life than a person who never smoked.

Second, regular pot smokers increasingly tune out of life, becoming what are known as potheads, or, to put it bluntly, losers.

Third, as noted in the CBS4 report, "new studies that have been published say the risk of a car accident increases two-fold after someone consumes pot." In other words, innocent human beings -- sometimes whole families -- are more likely to be maimed, paralyzed and killed by pot smokers than by cigarette smokers.

For myriad reasons, then, I would far prefer my teenager indulge in cigarettes -- not to mention cigars -- than pot. Anyone who thinks that pot is less harmful to a teenager than tobacco is fooling himself -- and his teenager.

If this is not obvious, ponder these questions: Would you rather your airplane pilot smoke pot or tobacco while flying? How would Britain have fared in World War II if Winston Churchill had smoked pot instead of cigars?

In terms of the effects of tobacco and pot on the smoker while smoking, there is simply no comparison between pot and tobacco.

What the left has done to America's youth in the last 40 or so years is so damaging as to be unforgiveable. They have ruined public school education; left them with so much debt that they will likely be the first American generation to live materially inferior to the their parents; and robbed their innocence with sex education classes, now beginning in kindergarten in Chicago and elsewhere. Now they are making marijuana available to more kids and in greater potency than ever before.

But they have left them with higher self-esteem."

Damn right.


Wednesday, March 20, 2013


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Sorry. I just lost my text. I know that this sounds lame, but I have neither the time nor the energy to reconstruct what I just wrote. I was diagnosed with cancer of the bone marrow in November 2012, have until now undergone 17 chemiotherapies, and still have my company to run. Which means that not only my time but also my energy is very severely limited.

Suffice to say that ten years on, I still squarely endorse the Bush Administration's decision to invade Iraq. Those who were for the war, were right. Those who were against were and are dead wrong.

A salute to the brave Coalition troops, the Americans up front. Our throughts and prayers should go to those who paid the ultimate price, as well as those who still bear the consequences of wounds inflicted during the campaign.