posted on August 26, 2011 at 10:13 pm

chemical flame

brian smith sent me a timely article that

some scientists have just postulated :

marijuana can cause a condition

known as semantic hyper priming …..

in which the mind matches words from a larger pool of possible associations

thus giving the stoned poet a bit of a jump on some sober rival

wow havent i been saying that for years …?

and it doesnt just do that for verbal concepts either….

some strange thing in pot can make certain artists

come up with new ideas across the board

i always said that like a switchboard getting all mixed up

parts of the brain speaking to each other that normally dont

yeah it works for some n not for others….

kids dont try this at home etc…..

insert your favourite caveat here

semantic hyper priming eh….?

well i’ll be a monkeys uncle typing out the complete works of shakespeare

semantic hyper priming…..huh….well one has to do ones bit for things like that…

you mean i wanna be the top poet in this town n theres something out there give me SHP?
SHP…… kidding me

semantic hyper fucking priming why that is the wholly grail of your average jason rimbaud

why you smoke a lil’ THC n you got SHP…i mean ….LOL……

all them fuggen connections in my mind man

just like the time being man like he said the words coming off a roll in his skull

fuck my aunty warned me against SHP man

she said steven those words gotta come from somewhere man

no fucking way!

pot gives you all them words man and more

more fucking words than you can handle man if you aint dylan bobalaire

watch out! there should be a warning on neils purple heads

exactly now you think david neil did not exist then go back and listen

remindlessness done in 1989 and i sing of neils purple heads

yes i needed that SHP then and always

just think …and is that why theyve banned it wouldnt be fair..

imagine at the poetry playoffs …all them poets with artificially induced SHP

just freely associatin’ some fucken bullzshit

ooh wow imagine that surge of delicious semantic hyper priming

oh fuck yes it will feel good just like nevets yeblik choofing on the bone

words flooding inner my brain oh wow like….man…its insane….

imagine meeting chicks inner bar i will say hey babe i’m a SHPer…

how about you babe hows yer vocab hows yer priming hows yer rhyming…?

and all you needed all along was a bong ..bang you gotta song

seems not for some nongs …no matter how many bongs …….

ok guess i ‘ll get along

man it feels good to have all this most excellent SHP at my wherewithal

mmm it feels good…….





57 Responses to “SHP”

  1. avatar
    BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 26 August 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    A conduit to self realization and self expressions. Yeah, I’ll go for that. To many reasons and benefits (financially and otherwise) to legalize it across the board. But what would concern me the most is how major companies that would sell and market it, would also find a way to sneak in all their toxins and man-made chemicals to alter and destroy the ‘qualities’ of cannabis. They could easily, with their high priced chemists, make pot …what its not…addictive and destructive. Yes, the inner mind would open and release what has been locked away, for pain (something I exist in every second, every day) it would take the edge off. I know, iv done it – problem is I get drug tested by my ‘pain specialist’ and if I was found to have cannabis in my system- they would throw me out of their practice, but im on 5 other prescribed medications that help me, as best as they legally can, to live with the pain and insomnia.

    Alcohol – LEGAL and it kills …Cigs- LEGAL and boy do they kill. Im sorry, iv yet to hear s’not pot killing anyone. Maybe make them hungry, happy, sometimes even horny. So we can also help in the cure or control of depression – anorexia – male impotence.

    Again, What seems to be the problem or argument against ????

    Just asking…

    Darrin K.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 26 August 2011 at 10:44 pm #

      I’m not condoning the use of drugs for self gratifying and self- helping potentials…

      Oh wait…

      Yes, I am…Cool


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      thetimebeing | 27 August 2011 at 8:57 am #

      the argument is that pots very naughty!

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 27 August 2011 at 9:30 am #

        Shame Shame Shame on so many of us naughty ones…we should have our hands spanked (or something spanked somewhere ….), oh wait that goes to my prior discussion that pot may make someone horny…HaHahHaaaaa

        And honestly – who doesnt want to be naughty? Raise of hands…

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          thetimebeing | 27 August 2011 at 1:13 pm #

          being naughty is unconstitutional

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            BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 27 August 2011 at 2:41 pm #

            Oh hell I’ve been naughtier for past transgressions that I still cannot believe never came back to bite me in the arse. And the tales you have locked away in their secret place …I can imagine they would define ‘naughty and unconstitutional ‘. The flaw that my country lives within day in and day out is how scholars and everyday folks interpret a document written centuries ago that, has stand the test of time, needs a complete re-write before it becomes t late and the consequences of the actions of many men and women, who have been voted into power, cannot correct the errors of their ways. I would love to read a ‘constitution’ created and constructed by someone as gifted with words as you. Of course you would be encouraged to ‘endulge’ in some chemical enhancements to stay the course of document. How profound would that be? Wouldn’t you just love to create your own ‘preamble’? That would make a great blog entry. “We the fuckin people” by SK. I know for sure…it would (or will) be quite interesting to read. I know you probably are not a political person, but you have been witness to many political view points and laws across many places you have called home for these many years. I say…go for it. Tell it like it should be told. You most definitely can never be accused of not being honest, all joking aside. That is one of many strengths that you have. So…think about it. Fuck ‘unconstitutional’. Let’s have SK be a founding father and construct a blueprint for generation upon generation to live and learn from. Crazy idea…isn’t it.

            Darrin K.

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      Cocoamo | 28 August 2011 at 6:25 am #

      Hate to be the devil’s advocate here – and we are in favor of legalizing pot – but some recent studies are showing pot may make pain conditions worse; so if you are thinking about it, you might want to study on it a bit more.

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 29 August 2011 at 3:19 am #

        Oh Cocco…

        Thats ok, there is a universal ying-yang to everything. What does not kill me…only makes me stronger (and something else out there will probably kill me). Your not being a ‘devils advocate’ , I think you just care enough to inform. That is perfectly cool with me. If I listened and followed everything I’d read in and study (recent or otherwise)…I’d be in my basement…stuck firmly in the corner…waiting for the End Of Days. Or whatever’s / whoever’s ringing my door bell. I am glad your gathering and studying information – and sharing it with us.

        Darrin K.

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    JW | 26 August 2011 at 11:38 pm #

    You didn’t really just write LOL in your blog did you?
    This new news gives me more of an excuse to go smoke up and do some tracks.
    BTW, I am about to make a series of ‘flavored hemp ghees’ that’ll knock yr socks off…

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    . | 27 August 2011 at 12:18 am #

    that is some very interesting scientific news
    i would agree that the aroused brain holds some of the clues
    to our beautiful creativities, literary vernacular, or world views
    but it’s still just a portion of the record of the entire truth
    of our existence which is still largely unknown, without proof
    semantic hyper priming sounds largely static when compared to
    our dynamic abilities to invoke art from sight, smell, coitus, even food
    which can make us nostalgic, reinvigorated, and spiritually renewed

  4. avatar
    . | 27 August 2011 at 12:32 am #

    “imagine at the poetry playoffs all them poets with artificially induced SHP”

    i love that line.

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    Tanya | 27 August 2011 at 1:21 am #

    Yeah! I’ve had a hunch bout’ that for quite some time. One must already have the gift of verbage as you do…SHP would just be the key to unlock it. Key’s not gonna fit everyone’s brain.

    ‘Poetry playoffs’ gave me visions of the same controversy that has accompanied so many sports players and thier ‘doping’ scandals. Headlines read “SHP scandal shakes the poetry world.” Lance Armstrong has nothing on them. (Hmmm, Why do they call it ‘doping’ anyway?)

    I’m a bit surprised that scientists have only now begun to postulate on this. Well, guess I shouldn’t be; those at ‘the helm’ have always been slow to admit to any value of the herbaceous wonder. I could think of worse ‘conditions’ to have other than semantic hyper priming like, back pain, cancer patients nausea, etc… which this banned substance just so happens to eleviate!

    This is the topic I’ve been searching for and all its controversy. Comments today will be interesting indeed.

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    ticktockclarice | 27 August 2011 at 1:48 am #

    Wow, that is excellent for you. I know you’re being sarcastic but you are excellent at poetry and songwriting because you have the discipline to sit down and write despite what stimulants (depressants) you are taking. I mean. how many heroin addicts could come up with Priest=Aura? Pete Dougherty, i’m looking at you! You’re a special case and you know it. I’ve always been jealous of people who could drink heaps and never seem drunk, guess they never really needed it in the first place, just enhanced their special outsider qualities. In case anyone was wondering, i’ve fallen off the wagon after a tedious, mediocre 8 months. I didn’t become a better parent/partner/anything sober. I’m just very ordinary and i guess i’d rather be off my head and not so conscious of it than painfully aware of it every minute. I hate that i’m attracted to The Church and Gotye and Arcade Fire and Joy Division and EVERYONE that surrounds me is into footy and Accadacca and Metallica. I give up. I never got SHP the couple of times i was stoned. Just got completely paranoid and thopught goblins were trying to pickaxe their way out of my head. Very substandard brain i think. You are very special SK. It’s not just the waccy tobaccy. You know how to corral it properly.

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    Anonymous | 27 August 2011 at 2:30 am #

    my dog, he’s getting old and someone hurt him severely over a year ago. Fixing him took thousands and thousands of bucks and operations and lots of meds …and he will never be the same, but: someone informed me that pot was way easier on their systems (their livers) than the stuff rx’d for them; and it works. So I got a pot card and the dog gets pot (his favorite seems: orange velvet) mixed in twice a day with his food after being cooked in a little olive oil (good anti-inflamatory). For what he’s been through, he does quite well — and seems to enjoy the stuff and all But: for the first year of his recovery I became his 24/7 nursemaid — almost completely together — which is fine, he’s a great little soul and it was a really bad rap what happened to him so (I’d do it again if I had to) and had to hire babysitters when I went out… anyway, while he wasn’t still too ambulatory: I’d just sit and read… (while on the pot, he seemed to want to read with me — that’s what it seemed, but…) I bought some jigsaw puzzles – and put them down on the floor instead of table to let him have something to watch me do while being mostly cooped up… after a few days, my dog (Sigmund) started using his nose to point out/touch the puzzle pieces that (he was right!) were to be used next… it became a game for him. And after a few puzzles, as long as I started some recongnizable part of the picture, he could finish it (it would take a couple days sometimes); each time he could do this he was stoned. Without being stoned, he has no interest (seemingly) in the puzzles — he just lays there. So — the pot is what it is that opens his mind up to see these things and be able to accomplish? I think so.

    while out on walks on the stuff — he just smiles and prances along and everyone oohs and ahhs at how happy he looks — and he has hip arthritis but/so the pot is the only thing I think keeping him active — he sees a squirrel and he can still get it up to chase! I know other people that do the same for the dogs – we all agree: magic and their years are happy and at peace and yes, it opens cannine minds too — ocassionally, he’ll hear a specific noise (that he’d heard before many times in his life when he wasn’t medicated with pot) and his face gets all dreamy and he’ll sit where he is and his nose goes up into the air — and he sings/howls – never before this reaction to those stimulus — it’s the pot and he’s a happy little boy.

    (caution: must carry lots of water — they get thirsty on the stuff – and yes, he gets the munchies — tiny little biscuits given here and there only so he doesn’t get fat.)

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      Anonymous | 27 August 2011 at 9:38 am #

      the image of a dog with the munchies will keep me smiling all weekend
      imagine if the sniffer dogs cotton on!

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    monksphere | 27 August 2011 at 3:36 am #

    Got a good buzz going just reading your blog. Thanks man!
    I discovered a curious thing on Remindlessness, during the track Goliath, whether the counter is going forward or counting down the time remaining in the song, whenever you sing,”Aw Goliath let’s get stoned ” it occurs at 4:20. Since things are reversed south of the equator do you pass joints to the right in a powwow?

    Yours, Anthony

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    Lara | 27 August 2011 at 4:49 am #

    No limits to our tidy acronyms, are there? Still, was happy to see on my recent trip to CA that the medical marijuana industry is blossoming. 🙂
    Speaking of Mr. Neil, where did that scoundrel bury his CDs?

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 August 2011 at 5:15 am #

    : …and a baby bunting we will go (they were singing along; I’m making that up but maybe…); they (were) happy together because of words flowing through – Fitzgerald believed as well in the above; and Zelda’s love of long scarfs – quite fashionable for a flapper in a convertible would make them dream and the two would laugh with pretty words as he drove the car! with the wind blowing… became the Gatsby’s greater even at her birth those exact “words” given to the Gatsby were remembered and the same told a little girl – by her mother – a child’s first ever heard; and all because of something smoked while driving down the road. Mostly this is all true and when you think of the two on the road that day and then everything that came to them following after – remains a very pretty thought – one specific day (in their minds) became so much more – like everything next in the world started right there.

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    Cocoamo | 27 August 2011 at 5:21 am #

    An interesting book on altered states of consciousness is “The Natural Mind” by Andrew Weil.

    Way back in the 60’s, long before Weil was the warm and fuzzy advocate of CoEnzyme Q10, vitamin D, and all such healthy things, he was considered quite the dangerous radical. This was his first book.

    While getting his MD from Harvard Medical School, he studied mind altering drugs (lots of experiments were conducted, ahem). He developed some very interesting conclusions, many of which were misinterpreted as condoning or even recommending drug use, partly because he didn’t draw the usual line between illegal drugs and legal drugs (like alcohol, nicotine, sugar, and caffeine).

    It was an epiphany book for us, but not for some of the people we recommended it to. We think you have to be ready to hear the message; but then, isn’t that true about practically everything?

    It’s all about escaping the ego, that suffocating stricture that squeezes us all, and interesting things happen when the ego is suppressed. We suspect that if there really is a devil, he resides in the ego – although some might say the id – but we’re splitting hairs.

    Ultimately, he is a major fan of meditation as a means of getting high without the inevitable side effects and tolerance that people acquire to drugs, requiring increased use and then even more side effects.

    Nice little book. It’s an objective look at what is usually an emotionally charged subject and a good read!

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania

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    monksphere | 27 August 2011 at 8:20 am #

    Cannabis not only gives poets an advantage in the poetry play-offs but athletes as well, perhaps. Look at the American swimmer Michael Phelps and the records he set during the last Olympic games. There’s also a story about an MLB pitcher in the ’70s or early ’80s pitching a no hitter while peaking on LSD. As been stated though, kids don’t try this at home or the gym and if you do do it, make sure to be as discreet as possible at parties. You never who might snap a picture and put your Wheaties contract in jeopardy.


  13. avatar
    Sharka | 27 August 2011 at 9:38 am #

    It’s definitely a great tool of all the rhymers out there including some of hip hop’s greatest stars!

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    Steven Krut | 27 August 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Maybe that study will lead to legal pot dispensaries for poets. But you gotta get a card from the government first that says you’re a poet, of course. Which in turn requires a note from a tenured English professor or an underground rap artist. 🙂

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      matthew | 27 August 2011 at 5:13 pm #

      Ah, that made me laugh audibly Steven!

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      Lara | 28 August 2011 at 12:11 am #

      Guess I’ll need to get a prescription pad. (And, no, I’m not the next big thing in hip hop.)

  15. avatar
    bc | 27 August 2011 at 11:52 am #

    And here I thought you had banished the buds forever. Knarley nugs!

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    Ingrid | 27 August 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    Hi SK, this was so funny,

    “…and all you needed was a bong..bang you gotta song
    seems not for some nongs…no matter how many bongs….

    Your humour is brilliant. I had tears laughing. Great stuff.

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    hellbound heart | 27 August 2011 at 12:35 pm #


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    Kristina | 27 August 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    Hey Steve,
    An inspirational song whilst in an altered state of mind –
    Corridor by The Clean.
    Something I could imagine the Church adopting in their playlist.

    Just out of idle curiosity, has the Church ever played with The Clean?
    I remember a gig way back when, at the Palace when Straitjacket Fits were your support band… they were playing to a half empty room and no-one was
    really into them which was a shame as they were truly talented…

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      thetimebeing | 27 August 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      never done the clean , K

      • avatar
        Kristina | 27 August 2011 at 1:34 pm #

        Maybe one day, Steve.
        They’re a great band and to think they’ve been around even longer n’ you guys….

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    monksphere | 27 August 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    It may be unconstitutional but it’s so damn sexy.

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      thetimebeing | 27 August 2011 at 2:21 pm #

      i will not have people promoting naughtiness or sexiness here on my good web thingy
      please be serious
      if you want to be sexy or naughty i believe bono has a nice blog for you….

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        BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 27 August 2011 at 2:56 pm #

        Holy shit that is way to funny !!! I can see him typing away, answering questions about lyrics from Joshua Tree all the while wearing sunglasses so as he can’t even make out what the hell he is trying to convey as re-runs of Oprah shows are plying on the telly in his hotel room. Nothing against Honk, he was so clever that when he SOLD his soul for Rock n Roll …poor Lucifer still can’t figure out the contract he has, after all these years, he thought he was clever enough to trick old Honk only to have a legal disclaimer added, without his knowledge, that Bono is eternity, not Lucifer would have his soul for eternity.

        Always get yourself a good proof-reader or you’ll be trapped hearing retreads of the same damn songs for…for…eternity.

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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 27 August 2011 at 3:04 pm #

          Honk is a nickname an old girlfriend of mine had for Bono many many years ago. She said her reason behind it was that she saw him ad a clown and was waiting for the little horn he kept in his pocket to make an appearance and Bono would stop singing and just honk his tiny horn over and over. Yeah, come to think about it that was one of the stranger girls I dated, but she really loved the church. Especially Blurred Crusade.

          Darrin K.

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        Anonymous | 28 August 2011 at 7:36 am #

        I bet you wish you could live bono’s life

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          thetimebeing | 28 August 2011 at 8:31 pm #

          i dont actually

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          BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 29 August 2011 at 3:26 am #

          Hey Anon…I don’t either. You see that avatar. She is my princess and was quite ill around when that picture was take. Now she is 3.5 , in perfect health, and starting school tomorrow. I have money. I have enough material possessions. I played the role of rock-star from 16-22 years old in many bands, I paint and I write. I am really lucky to be me. I have an amazing wife and kids. My only defect is that I have severe lumbar and cervical diseases. I live with pain every day, unimaginable pain. Why…so I can get out of bed and see that beautiful smile everyday, listen to the greatest music ever created and be alive.

          I just wonder if Bono wishes he was someone else.

          Darrin K.

  20. avatar
    zORRO 10-15 | 27 August 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    I Luv ya Kilbo! Keep the Musiq Rockin, & The poetryn Rockin”

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    DavidP | 27 August 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    sk, I remember a blog entry of yours from about a year and a bit ago
    when you had been clean for a bit
    you talked about how pot smoking obfuscates yer yoga
    you likened your stopping to throwing off yer last shackle
    this shp sounds to me like just another way of saying overactive mind
    more inner chatter, giving no peace, did the scientists look into that?
    I like what cocoamo mentioned above about Weil’s view on meditation
    ticktockclarice dont be so hard on your self, sobriety is worth it imho

  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 27 August 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    don’t know what to make of you anymore. i guess we have that in common.

  23. avatar
    hard rain | 27 August 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    broke my arm recently, feeling pretty bummed, cant play guitar, will recover soon, not fast enough, docs perscribe pain pills, yuk, yet a hit weed and mr happy pays a visit, whow, drug wars would vanish if the stuff was legal, liquor industry would have a fit, just saw macca at wrigley field, best I’ve ever seen him, he nailed it, you guys nailed your last US tour, thanks so much for the great times over the years steve, its great to have a hero or two, listen to a lot of Dylan lately, macca, dylan, the church, some pretty good company, helps with the recovery and keeps the spirit high, we need more mr happy, nice work if you can get it.

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    Karen | 27 August 2011 at 8:46 pm #

    I have a lot to say on this subject bu it probably wouldnt make much sense so i wont yabber on …I smoked a truckload of dope in my younger years & I cant string together a coherent I come here to read stuff I still cant “half the time” make head nor tail of” but i still enjoy reading kids father smoked and took acid god knows what.. I just smoked dope and a bit of hash ( i did dabble in E’s & stuff later) I remember the good old days smoking dope and laughing my arse off that was fun..then a few yrs ago I had a smoke of my sons dope this new enhanced hydroponic stuff i cant handle it.. nearly called an ambulance hence i dont smoke it amy more.. I think its in your jeans sk..not the luck of the dopeish… i wont go there ..

  25. avatar
    andy | 27 August 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    every long-time user iv’e ever met has had intense paranoia!

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    Jonny Hollywood | 28 August 2011 at 2:57 am #

    SHP sounds like the real thing because I wrote all my screenplays under the influence of marijuana and it does open the other side of our brain to bigger and better things, i call it my mind expansion 🙂

  27. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 28 August 2011 at 5:59 am #

    Some people have died in car accidents because of pot. I would still want it to be legalized because it’s far less dangerous and deadly than booze. Conversely, some of the greaters writers in history were addicted to booze and wrote great novels and nonfiction under the influence of booze

    In Chicago and many other parts of the United States there are way too many pot smokers in prison. It’s a moral disgrace to incarcerate people for smoking pot. At the same time malevolent people who abuse, torture and kill dogs and cats only get a slap on the wrist.

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      BROKEN TOYS AND HEROS | 29 August 2011 at 3:29 am #

      Perfectly Written As Always Brien !!!!

      Darrin K.

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    monksphere | 28 August 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Are the shamans, witch doctors, holy men, magicians, etc. of the tribes found in rainforests and jungles ’round the globe shackled when performing rituals under the influence?

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    mc | 28 August 2011 at 11:53 am #

    DavidP, that’s fine that sobriety works for you, but you come off as a bit of a preacher. You seem to think that your fan connection gives you special insight into what sk should or shouldn’t do. Each to their own. Moderation in all things works for me.

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      DavidP | 29 August 2011 at 1:06 am #

      Thanks for sharing your point of view mc
      I offer my view on things based on my life experience
      and I don’t expect it to change anyone’s life
      nor do I expect everyone will agree with me including sk
      Each to their own is something I have said too before on this blog
      and I hold it to be true

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    ASSMIDGET | 28 August 2011 at 3:06 pm #

    How dare anyone suggest legalization! The economy is bad and you people want to take away the #1 source of income for violent street gangs, mafia, terrorists, corrupt law enforcement, dea,cia, fed government? You guys sound as bad as Mexico’s former pres Fox who thinks legalization is the answer after his country achieved the most beheadings award shortly after the US encouraged them to start their own war on drugs. This has been a massive gain for our nations gun industry

  31. avatar
    sanfoin | 29 August 2011 at 1:12 am #

    SHP. . .

    poetry > pottry

  32. avatar
    mc | 29 August 2011 at 10:51 am #

    DavidP, didn’t mean to be so harsh. Nice reply to my finger-wagging.

  33. avatar
    DavidP | 29 August 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    its ok, I tried to take it as constructive criticism and I learned something from it.

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    mc | 30 August 2011 at 11:05 pm #

    Thanks, guys. Learning to never write replies whilst in a bad mood!

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    Sir Walter Raleigh | 1 September 2011 at 8:25 am #

    I get a kick out of ex-smokers, they’re always the worst!

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