Friday, November 10, 2006

Friday but not the end of the week

Well, it's Friday, alright, but long from the end of the week. Finished a cover story on prisons and now I've got my column due for Skunk Magazine three days ago and it's still not done. Was waiting for the elections and hoping that Colorado and Nevada would shred the fabric of the drug war a bit by making it legal==or illegal to prosecute==adults for possession or use of one once or less of pot. Neither state went for it, so I guess that's what people want. Either that or pot smokers were too damned busy sucking on their bongs to go vote. Or, of course, so many pot smokers have felonies on their records that they can't vote. I love that one. It's such a cool way to manipulate the system. Criminalize millions with felonies, then take away their right to vote. Just cause someone steals a car or gets busted with a pound of ganja means they can't think clearly enough to vote. Who made that rule up? And another thing: how on earth can we put kids in the military at 17-18 and send them off to war in foreigh lands but not let them have a beer when they come home because the drinking age is 21? Not that everybody should have beer, but the concept is mind-boggling. How about we don't let 17-18 year old kids in the military? How bout we raise that age to 21, or 26, or 60. How about only people who have raised kids to adulthood and retired from their jobs can go to war?
Cause nobody would go, that's why. The kids still see the John Wayne/Van Deisel glory in blowing people to bits, and they believe the rhetoric about the army making you a man, and they love the advertising. Heck, a couple of my kids friends joined the Marines straight out of high school and 12 weeks later were marines in Iraq. I salute them, but salute them even more when, being told they were being rotated back to Iraq said "Hell no. I did my time."
Heck, if there was a reason for the war==and I know oil is a big and legit reason--a reason bigger than oil, then I think half the people in the US would sign up. But there isn't. There wasn't. Don't want Hussein? Take him out. We've got hundreds of assassins doing a job or two every year for Langley--the CIA--and they could have made him one of them. But letting young mister Bush, who awol'd most of his cushy military time, and the recently departed Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, neither of whom saw military service, get their collective rocks off with the blood of your sons is just too much.
Speaking of Rummy, good riddance. His arrogance was matched only by his shortsightedness and stupidity. Unfortunately, he'll remain in the circles of power as a high-priced consultant or CEO of a major corporation, which will allow him to continue to manipulate, or have considerable influence in the corrodors of Washington.
Did I mention it's Friday and I've got work to do?


conchoo7 said...

Linersthrowbacks review was a joke to me.
I ordered a custom built motorcycle from them in March 2006 and paid $16000.00 up front. As of today they do not respond back to my phone calls or e-mail.
At the time they moved into there new building was when they cashed my check.
Look at the BBB Ft Worth site within the last 12 months they have 12 complaints.
There customer service must have fooled you like myself, I was promised a wait of 16-20 weeks and no reason is being given why?
I hope someday you write about the real story with Liners expanding and promoting off the internet selling custom build bikes.
Tom Mihalenko
E-17 11th Ave.
Key West Fl.

Peter Gorman said...

Tom: Thanks. This is the first I've heard of this. But I will make it a point to look into it when I return from a trip to Peru in early February.
You realize I was just reviewing the atmosphers for a joint where you could get a burger.
But now you've got the investigative reporter in me going so I'll get on it. Promise.
Peter G

conchoo7 said...

Peter, just a little update. Liners has had its doors padlocked. The bikes inside belong to the landlord currently. What a mess, the local DA is involved, but not much they can do I think. I understand they have sold many bikes they could not produce. Any info would be a great help, what a loss I'm facing and not sure what to do.
Thank you for your time.

Tom Mihalenko

whoodie22 said...

I am in the same boat I paid in full back in Feb 2007. I received a bike 7 months later and still not able to ride it because it's falling apart, if anyone knows the landlords info that would be helpfull.

Jason Starks
Houston, TX