The first of the Manson murders: Aug. 9, 1969

Another bizarre anniversary today. Forty years ago, Richard Milhous Nixon resigned as president of the United States.

But 45 years ago, the first of a series of crazed murders occurred in California:

Charlie Manson is a psychopath. His followers were insane sheep. Patricia Krenwinkel was a member of the flock. She’s still in jail and as poignant as this interview is, she should stay there for the rest of her life..

If you don’t know what happened that day 45 years ago, the best book about it was “Helter Skelter” by Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor of the Manson family,

Here’s how crazy the Manson clan was. They believed a song that Paul McCartney wrote because he wanted to make a really loud song, was, in their reality, and I have to quote Wikipedia on this:

A part of the Beatles’ coded prophecy of an apocalyptic war in which racist and non-racist whites would be manoeuvered into virtually exterminating each other over the treatment of blacks. Upon the war’s conclusion, after black militants would kill off the few whites they would know to have survived, Manson and his companions would emerge from an underground city in which they would have escaped the conflict. As the only remaining whites, they would rule blacks, who, as the vision went, would be incapable of running America. Manson employed “helter skelter” as the term for this sequence of events.

I try to refrain from profanity in my postings, I can’t come up with any other way to describe this: That was some fucked up shit!

Why you should vaccinate your kids

Apparently, there’s an epidemic of whooping cough on the West Coast, even though there’s a vaccine that can wipe it out. (Via USA Today):

Scientists are searching for clues to the resurgence of whooping cough, a nearly forgotten childhood infection causing outbreaks around the country.

California last week announced a whooping cough epidemic, reporting more than 800 cases in two weeks, along with two deaths in infants. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports nearly 10,000 cases so far this year of whooping cough, also known as pertussis.

Although whooping cough is cyclical, peaking every three to five years, cases have soared in the past decade, with 48,277 cases in 2012, the largest number in 50 years.

The best defense against whooping cough is vaccination, says Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health.

The reason: There are people in this country who, when faced with getting their medical advice from either a Nobel Prize winner in medicine or a former Playboy centerfold figure the boobmeister has a better grasp on health issues.

I don’t know. I guess that’s God’s way of thinning out the herd.

Anyway, listen to this. It makes sense.

Stop listening to the kooks.

Land of the free?

We know for sure that Americans live in the nation that honors individual liberty above everything else, right?

So how do we square that belief with this:

Global-rates-of-imprisonmentThe United States puts more people in prison, per capita, than any other country in the world. More than Russia. More than China.

Why?

Are Americans more dangerous than people on the rest of the planet? Are we more corrupt than people in what are considered the most corrupt places on Earth.

The answer is simple: drugs.

According to a report by the London School of Economics:

Ernest Drucker, adjunct professor of epidemiology at Columbia University, dives into one of the most costly, counterproductive byproducts of the war on drugs in America: mass imprisonment. Drucker details the grisly measures used to punish inmates brought in on drug charges in the U.S.—citing discipline that includes hard labor, severe mental and physical privations, isolation, body mutilation, and execution. The collateral effects, Drucker argues, show how imprisonment, human rights, and public health are related.

Our war on drugs has made the U.S. a prison for more people than anywhere else in the world. Something has to change.

So that’s why the Brits are so twitchy

I always wondered why, when I lived in England, every public service seemed to take more effort than required. This answer seems as legitimate as any other (From the Independent):

Cocaine use in the UK is now so common that traces of the drug have contaminated the drinking water supply, a report has shown.

In a study to assess the dangers from pharmaceutical compounds appearing in the water we drink, scientists discovered traces of cocaine after it had gone through intensive purification treatments.

Experts from the Drinking Water Inspectorate found supplies contained benzoylecgonine, the metabolised form of the drug that appears once it has passed through the body. It is the same compound that is looked for in urine-based drug tests for cocaine.

Now I know why the term “Your Highness” is so popular in London.

Chane Behanan: Let no return go unstoned

What a dope (from the Courier-Journal):

Former Louisville basketball player Chane Behanan was cited for marijuana possession early this morning, according to the Louisville Metro Police.

Behanan, who was kicked off the team this season for what he later admitted was repeated drug use, was cited around 1 a.m. near 17th and Broadway, according to police.

It was not clear how much marijuana Behanan had on his person nor would police say whether he was intoxicated.

He’s going to play in Colorado. Pot is legal there. Why go to Louisville, where you’ve been busted before, when you can obey the law in Colorado? I guess I’m one of the Louisville fans who believe if this guy had his head together, we’d still be in the NCAA tournament.

Remember this?

That fight for the ball under the board against Michigan is one of the best examples of toughness in basketball.

I should be cheering another march to the Final Four now. Instead, I’m doing this:

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