Charlie's Blog: Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 62

4.28.2018

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 62


When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
STEVEN WRIGHT


It was inevitable that there would be a push to try and legalize weed in the Palmetto State. This would be a total mistake. I suspect that a red state like South Carolina will reject such a thing, and I am counting on it. I will definitely vote against it if it is ever put to a referendum. And why do I feel this way? Marijuana is used to treat a lot of medical conditions such as glaucoma, chronic pain, and nausea from chemtotherapy and radiation. But the number one medical condition medical marijuana is used to treat is the condition called "not being high." In short, it is a joke.

You're not allowed to drink alcohol in public, but cops look the other way if your bottle is in a brown paper bag. Similarly, people tolerate weed if it is "medical." But we all know better. It is de facto legalization. Even the people pushing for medical marijuana know this. Let's just do ourselves a favor and not kid ourselves on this. And we definitely need to not demonize legalization foes as being against sick people.

The reality is that marijuana is a drug for stoners and losers. Colorado has already gone down this road, and Coloradans are feeling the regret of their stupid decision to legalize this crap. Crime has gone up in Colorado since legalization. The state has become a crap magnet for potheads and homeless people. And the state has become a growing ground for weed to be exported to states where it remains illegal. I suspect that if the referendum was held again that the people of Colorado would vote to make weed illegal once more.

I am not a drug warrior. I think the War on Drugs has been a disaster. But I do not favor legalization either. I favor decriminlization where marijuana possession is a misdemeanor punished by a fine and mandated drug treatment. I think it should be treated like drunk driving and not like capital murder. The point of this policy is to keep the stigma on it much like we keep a stigma on tobacco or alcohol.

Marijuana use should not be encouraged. And one look at opiod abuse shows the dangers of legalization. Weed carries no risk of killing anyone, but it does make people become layabout losers. That's enough to keep it illegal.

2. ALFIE EVANS

Alfie Evans is dead. The British NHS saw to that despite the opportunity for Alfie to be treated in Italy. His parents fought to save him much like Charlie Gard's parents did. But the NHS and the British courts fought to see him die. Let that sink in.

These tragedies are the inevitable result of socialized medicine. Judgments of life and death are made on purely utilitarian grounds, and the most utilitarian reason will be budgets and money. Gentle Reader, understand something. It costs no money to let someone die. Consequently, death will always be the most utilitarian option. Why even have hospitals?

As a conservative, I definitely believe in free market healthcare. Socialized medicine is death, but I think even the most progressive of people believe that a person should at a minimum be allowed to leave a hospital and refuse care and opt for their own. But I am a fool for believing this. These are the same people responsible for the death of millions in abortion and the champions of euthanasia. The only time these evil bastards are for life is when they defend murderers from being executed.

As a Catholic, I can say that the Roman Catholic Church should just shut up about cases like Alfie Evans. Once upon a time, the Church ran hospitals and were a real blessing to families like the family of Alfie Evans. But then, the bishops of the Roman Catholic Church decided that they would lobby for socialized medicine beside the Marxists and abdicate its long venerable traditions of charitable healthcare. What Catholic hospitals remain have sold out or elected to sell out to profit seeking healthcare corporations. Consequently, the Catholic Church wants to lecture corporations and governments about a job that it refuses to do but was commanded to do by our Lord.

3. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE


Once upon a time, NBC had this show on Saturday night that was actually funny. This show spawned the careers of comedy legends and quite a few hit movies. The show has had its highs and lows over its four decades, but it is now in some sort of permanent trough of garbage masquerading as comedy. I find the show utterly unwatchable. I catch a clip once in awhile that has been shared with me, and none of the clips are funny. Then, there is Alec Bladwin and his disgraceful impersonation of Donald Trump. It takes a special kind of stupidity to make yourself look more ridiculous than the person you are mocking, and Alec Baldwin has that special kind of stupidity.

SNL needs to end. I am not a proponent of euthanasia, but I will make this singular exception and say that Saturday Night Live is in desperate need of a mercy killing. The reason a show like SNL has lasted through its down periods is mostly because of scheduling. Saturday night at 11:30 is a graveyard for network programming, and SNL faces virtually no competition in that slot. Similar shows on other networks which were better did not last nearly as long because of unforgiving time slots and competition. But SNL is so bad now that a late night infomercial is more pleasant to watch in comparison.

The secret to comedy is to show the world and the people in it as being worse than they are in actuality. This requires a belief in normative standards of goodness and morality that your fallible characters fail to achieve. Without these, you have no comedy. SNL has succumbed to its own nihilism. The result is that you have an actor like Alec Baldwin who is personally more flawed than the man he mocks. If you doubt this, here's a refresher. As for the rest of the SNL cast, they are a collection of talentless hacks not worth the union minimum they pay actors in NYC. SNL is so bad now that another show could just make a running gag out of how bad SNL is now.

Saturday Night Live should be retitled as Saturday Night Dead. This show makes roadkill seem refreshing because it stinks so badly now. Bill Murray is spinning in his grave right now except the guy isn't dead yet. That's how bad this show is now. NBC needs to pull the plug on this one.

4. THINGS THAT NEED TO BE SAID

I don't know if South Carolina drivers are the worst in the USA, but I do believe they are the stupidest. There is not a single day that I don't see a wreck of one kind or another. The most baffling of these accidents are the one vehicle accidents where people run off the road. The weather will be perfect, yet you see these idiots with their cars in the ditch or mangled in the cables in the median. What's the story here? That's easy. You see, the drivers in SC can't spend a moment not glued to their smartphones, and SCHP never polices these idiots texting while driving. So often, I look in my rearview mirror to see the back of someone's smartphone. The Apple logo has become synonymous with "idiot driver" for me. They need to start writing tickets for this crap. Then, it will stop.



5. QUOTABLE QUOTES

The best penance is to have patience with the sorrows God permits. A very good penance is to dedicate oneself to fulfill the duties of everyday with exactitude and to study and work with all our strength.
SAINT PETER DAMIAN

If you have too much to do, with God's help you will find time to do it all.
SAINT PETER CANISIUS

We must speak to them with our hands by giving, before we try to speak to them with our lips.
SAINT PETER CLAVER

If then a practical end must be assigned to a University course, I say it is that of training good members of society... It is the education which gives a man a clear, conscious view of their own opinions and judgments, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in urging them. It teaches him to see things as they are, to go right to the point, to disentangle a skein of thought to detect what is sophistical and to discard what is irrelevant.
BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

Even in a world that's being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong.
SAINT HILDEGARD OF BINGEN


6. ODDS AND ENDS

--No one can accuse Emmanuel Macron of marrying a trophy wife.


--The only thing more disgusting than ritual child sacrifice are the millions of unborn children killed in abortion over the last four decades. When will this country's divine retribution come?

--Peace between North and South Korea and an end to tyranny would be an awesome thing. And does Donald trump deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for this? Absolutely. But he won't get it. I pray daily for an end to the tyranny in North Korea.

--Kanye West escaped the Democrat plantation. Now, they will send out the dogs to find him. He'll be hanging from a tree tomorrow. Black people aren't allowed to be Republican or think for themselves.

--Diamond and Silk left the Democrat plantation sometime ago, and there was an attempted lynching of these ladies in Congress especially by black Democrats. These ladies are heroes. As for their detractors, they are slime and a disgrace.

--I thought Paul Ryan was a terrible House Speaker, but I applaud this move. Is anything more damnable than a homophile Jesuit priest?

--It's sad that the new American dream is a job with the federal government. Bernie Sanders knows what this pathetic country wants now. Sad times.

--Does Bill Cosby deserve prison? Probably. The problem is that these women sat on their allegations for a really long time. The result is they look more like desperate losers out for a payday than real victims. The wider #MeToo movement suffers from this perception and may have shot itself in the foot with recent allegations against Tom Brokaw. The quickest escape for these men may be to declare bankruptcy.

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