No Milk Left In The Sacred Cow

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The Stepford Network

A while back, I started to put together a list like this, but it was too time consuming. Thankfully there are others who took the time to point this out…

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Cartoon Flypaper

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You Are What You Drink

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SAM026SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) is a national organization that professes to be seeking honest solutions to the proliferation of medical marijuana gardens in rural areas. Locally, they spent a lot of time working to defeat the compromise marijuana growing initiative on last November’s ballot. (Measure S) They were successful, and now, giddy from the sweet taste of victory, they have decided to attempt banning ALL outdoor gardens in the county, using the drought as an excuse. (They have been encouraged by similar efforts in neighboring Yuba County.)

It’s a ruse. The local committee is a stacked deck of right wingers looking for any chance to shut off the flow of marijuana, medical or otherwise. What they will accomplish is to drive production back underground, where it has flourished for the last forty years. Look for more grows on federal land, and more water diversions. Should keep Sheriff Keith Royal and the boys busy until late fall.

Just when marijuana advocates thought they were in sight of achieving their goal of legalization and a modicum of respectability,  “straight” rural residents have risen up in opposition. The neighbors are uncomfortable with cyclone fences topped with razor wire, vicious guard dogs, and the skunk smell that permeates their outdoor activities. And there’s always the chance that outlaws will try to heist the fall crops.  Nevada county has a history of armed altercations involving marijuana. The real victims are the legitimate prescription holders who will now have to scramble to find their medicine.

But like I said, the industry has flourished for decades, despite the threat of jail or robbery. Do the people who want to shut it down think they are going to make a dent in production? If so, I’ve got a bridge on Maybert Road I’d like to sell you.

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Martin Ramirez

Mexican artist Martin Ramirez has been honored by the U.S. Post Office with a set of stamps of his art. He was born near Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1895 and emigrated to the U.S. in 1925, where he worked in the mines and the railroads. Like so many others, he lost his job in the Great Depression. Emotionally upset and in failing health, he was detained by police and committed to DeWitt State Hospital in Auburn for the remainder of his life.

It was in DeWitt that he began to create his works of art, using such materials as he could find there. The content of his work suggests that drawing was a prime means of preserving memory and identity, and giving some sense and order to the world around him.

Ramirez died in DeWitt in 1963, unaware of his growing popularity in the art world. Governor Ronald Reagan closed the hospital a few years later, along with many other in the state. Before it closed, I did a show there with a teenage rock band as part of an outreach program of a local church. DeWitt was known as the local “nuthouse” around the area, and  I still remember how frightened we were when they opened the doors and let a screaming mass of mental patients into the hall. They thought we were the Beatles.

Attitudes have changed somewhat since those days, but we still have trouble dealing with mental illness. Most of the homeless who wander these hills suffer from it in one way or another, and there are few facilities to house and treat them.

You have to wonder if Martin Ramirez would have recovered some of his dignity if he had been properly diagnosed and treated. In a better world, he may have died a rich man.

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Product Endorsement

Bat GuanoPeople often ask me, “Bob, how do you maintain that bat shit crazy attitude?” Well, folks, it’s because I always start off my day with a heaping bowl of organic BAT GUANO, freshly harvested from the bowels of the Skeptic Tank Mine. I like mine with goat milk and chopped banana.

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Brother, Can You Spare A Billion?

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Looks Pretty Good For Her Age

Happy Birthday Nevada City

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