America's $300 Billion Drug Problem

Did you know that $300 billion are spent as a direct result of substance abuse in the U.S. each year? If you were to divide that money, it would be enough to give everyone in the U.S. $950, or everyone in the world $40 each. It’s also enough money to buy Google outright, end world hunger or pay tuition for 3 million college students. When you really take a good look at the amount of money wasted on U.S. drug addictions, it’s horrifying. It seems fitting then that we’ve chosen Halloween to talk about something so scary, right?...more

#274 Present, Day 12 of 31

Third of the way through......more

The Greatest Love of All

Do we get it NOW????!!! Drugs KILL, they KILL, that's what they do, they don't make us happy they are NO fun, they just fucking KILL, even the people who struggle to break their influence. THEY KILL. And this amazing human being is done. Thank God she shared her voice with us for enough years that we will never be able to forget her. In my opinion her voice will NEVER be topped. It was the epitome of God given genius and in her prime there was no match for her....more
@nazatraz I know... this probably sounds crazy but today I was watching all her old performances ...more

Oh, My Brother

I am not quite sure where to begin, but I guess I'll start wherever my memories land me.He had very dark brown, almost black hair. He had thick black eyebrows and deep dark brown eyes.  He had a dark side to go along with his looks.The kids in the neighborhood called him "Hurricane" because of his uncontrollable temper.The strongest memories, including the earliest ones, I have of him are filled with anger.He was angry and he generated angry feelings in those around him....more

Can you really win the war on drugs?

Can you really win the war on drugs?In 2010 the US Department of Justice released its National Drug Threat Assessment. “Seizures of illegal drugs in transit exceeded 1,626 metric tons” this includes all manner of drugs such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine and other concoctions like methamphetamines and ecstasy (MDMA)....more
It is a complex issue with usually loaded answers. I have been in the presence of and listened ...more

Federal Government Rules That Marijuana Has No Accepted Medical Purpose. Really???

I can totally understand why the federal government would have trouble recommending a complete legalization of marijuana (it's a political nightmare), but it just seems blatantly irresponsible to announce that there is NO acceptable medical use for it.  Are they kidding?From the LA Times – Federal Government Says Marijuana Has No Accepted Medical Use…...more

Is It Wrong to Laugh at Charlie Sheen's Public Breakdown?

After his sitcom Two and a Half Men shut down production, Charlie Sheen's public breakdown -- or whatever it is that's going in -- has been widely documented on a number of televised and radio interviews. And by "widely documented," I mean Charlie Sheen is everywhere. Everywhere. Just try to escape the Sheen this week. Go ahead, try....more

At first I had little sympathy for a multi-millionaire actor, when life is so tough for my ...more

The People You Meet

        When you are in the military, you meet all kinds of people. People of different races, religions and backgrounds. Some of those people you get close to and keep a relationship with them long after you have left that duty station. Some you can't wait to get away from. And then there are some you lose touch with and forever wonder if they are okay.We met alot of different people from my husband's time in....more

From Rags to Riches to Rehab: Lessons From the Ted Williams Story

The story of Ted Williams captivated the hearts and imaginations of millions this month. This is a rags to riches story of a homeless veteran with a golden voice that took him off the street corner begging for change to the sets of the Today Show, The Tonight Show, The Early Show, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, and Dr. Phil. He had a tearful on-air reunion with his mother, and a public talk show inspired meeting with his children....more

By serendipity I had coffee this weekend at a church fashioned into a tearoom and met many ...more

Amazon and Pedophiles: If OJ Couldn't If He Did It, Then They Shouldn't EVER.

Amazon.com has made available (or had, in the past tense, as by the time I was able to type this up, the link was not working) “The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure”. Initially, despite a massive uproar, they refused to take the book out of their Kindle store saying "Amazon believes it is censorship not to sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable. Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions." ...more