The Smoking Gun… I mean Gas Mask Bong.

by Screedler on May 1, 2016

(CNN) — It’s turning out to be a very expensive bong hit — and a harsh reminder of the perils of social media — for Laremy Tunsil.

It’s rumored Laremy quoted Spicoli when responding to a reporter’s inquiry about losing millions for a bong hit – “Knarly, don’t harsh my buzz dude”.

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We’ll Make Great Pets

by Screedler on April 27, 2016

Bob and Millie Frazier, average young New Yorkers who attended a party in the country last night and on the way home took a detour. Most of us on waking in the morning know exactly where we are; the rooster or the alarm clock brings us out of sleep into the familiar sights, sounds, aromas of home and the comfort of a routine day ahead. Not so with our young friends. This will be a day like none they’ve ever spent – and they’ll spend it in the Twilight Zone.

As the terrified couple stumblingly resume their running, Rod Serling, in voiceover, sardonically reminds the viewer not to drink and drive.

The moral of what you’ve just seen is clear. If you drink, don’t drive. And if your wife has had a couple, she shouldn’t drive either. You might both just wake up with a whale of a headache in a deserted village in the Twilight Zone.

Watch whole episode for free on Hulu if you register – http://www.hulu.com/watch/440859 or click the video below.

Additional commentary by Perry Farrell and company:

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Macklemore’s Kevin and… Prince?

by Screedler on April 23, 2016

In light of the recent speculation around Prince’s passing, I thought I would post this song by Macklemore as it relates the tale of a loved one sucked into addiction by a visit to the doctor. I heard this on the radio last week and was going to post anyway because of the detailed lyrics about one way people can and do become addicted to prescribed medication.

Kevin LYRICS

[Verse 1]
I seen pain, I felt the losses
Attended funerals and seen coffins
21 years old, an angel was lost here
Wings clipped by the grip of 80 milligram sniffs of oxycontin
Everyday through the nostrils
Never went away, never does it stop there
Death a line or two away and a couple tall cans
Cause you never know when God is gonna call, man
Precious, what we all share
I said peace at 5:30, the next time that I saw him was in the hands of the pallbearer
What if I would’ve never gone and dropped him off there?
Blaming myself, in hysterics, screaming “It’s not fair!”
21 years old, book of rhymes he was gonna recite to the globe
Only thing to numb the pain besides [?]
He was gonna quit tomorrow, we’re all gonna quit tomorrow
Just get us through the weekend, and then Monday follows
Then it’s Wednesday, then forget it, I’m already feeling hollow
Might as well go crack a pill, might as well go chug a bottle
Might as well go pop a pill and go and bathe in that problem
And escape this world, vacate this world
Cause I hate myself
No praying’s gonna cure this pain

[Hook: Leon Bridges]
Doctor, please, give me a dose of the American Dream
Put down the pen and look in my eyes
Oh, in the waiting room and something ain’t right
All this is on you, we’re overprescribed

[Verse 2: Macklemore]
My man Kev
He went up in jail, institutions are dead
And with our lives, we play Russian Roulette
And try to find a life we can be content
Cause for us, we’re just trying to minimize the fear of being alive
And then my little brother is in the sky
From a pill that a doctor prescribed
And a drug that a million dollar industry supplied
And the cops never go and profile at night
And the, the, the orange plastic with the white top they sell to you
Has us looking for the answers and not instead of you
Quick fix, whatever’ll do
We just gonna neglect the truth
Because a doctor with a license played God and said it’s cool
Played God and said it’s cool
But me? I don’t blame Kev or his mom freebasing while pregnant with him
I blame the pharmacy companies
Country that spends trillions fighting the war they supplying themselves
Politicians, business and jail
Public defenders and judges who fail
Look at Kevin, look at Kevin
Now he’s wrapped in plastic
First dealer was his mom’s medicine cabinet
Got anxiety, better go and give him a Xanax
Focus, give him an Adderall, sleep, give him Ambien
‘Til he’s walking ’round the city looking like a mannequin
Ups and downs shooting up prescriptions you’re handing him
Now America, is it really worth it? I’m asking you

[Hook: Leon Bridges]
Doctor, please, give me a dose of the American Dream
Put down the pen and look in my eyes
Oh, in the waiting room and something ain’t right
All this is on you, we’re overprescribed

[Outro: Leon Bridges]
Doctor, your methods, any old methods
Can’t cure my disease without killing me
You’re killing me, you’re killing me
You’re killing me, you’re killing me

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Heroin AM – SNL… We Are Not Amused

April 18, 2016

Did SNL go too far this week with this Heroin parody ad?  The Washingington Post and it’s readers thought so – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/04/17/snl-tried-to-joke-about-the-heroin-epidemic-in-america-america-didnt-laugh/

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Cansei de Ser Sexy – Drugs, Alcohol, and Hangovers

April 15, 2016

What’s better than a song by a Brazilian girl band that crafts pop tunes around our subject matter here – three songs. The first one caught me with the “music is my drug” lyric, the second one for it’s title, and the third a logical ending for the trilogy called “Hangover”. CSS (an initialism of […]

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Is This Rock Bottom?

April 12, 2016

Probably not, but I can hope.  The poor guy may never live this one down, as the sleuths of the internet have already figured out where the picture was taken.  They have also deduced that he is a Jimmy Buffet fan, based on his shirt adorned with parrots.  Lucky for him, someone blurred out his face. I am grateful […]

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The Brent Shapiro Foundation

April 9, 2016

While binge watching American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson today,  I was so mezmerized with John Travolta’s characterization of Robert Shapiro, I wanted to find out more about the attorney in real life, and after googling for more info found an interesting factoid that fits in with TDA here. Most people over 40 know Shapiro was the […]

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R.I.P. Merle Haggard

April 7, 2016

As famous for his music as his hard living days and ways, country music star Merle Haggard passed away earlier this week.  The term “Outlaw Country” was used widely to describe his brand of country music and deservedly so; he was serving a prison sentence for a  drunken escapade in San Quentin when Johnny Cash […]

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Self-Help Sunday

April 3, 2016

I ran across a great post on Quartz that was reprinted from LinkedIn: Almost everyone who is unhappy with life is unhappy for the same reasons If you will read, you will immediately see how it can be helpful in recovery.  In brief, it’s all about setting expectations, thinking positive, and being realistic. Your expectations, more than […]

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The Trouble with Marty

March 30, 2016

Impossible to find on purpose…  but it is in the public domain.  I am not even sure how I found it.  File this in historical PSA’s.  Heroin, Cocaine, and Marijuana are the demons that trouble Marty; give this film 3 minutes and you will be “hooked”. Drug Addiction by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc. Published 1951 Usage Public Domain […]

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Functioning Alcoholic of the Animal Kingdom

March 27, 2016

A regular reader sent me this interesting article on an evolutionary distant relative of humans, that survives and thrives on an almost exclusive diet of alcoholic beverage in the form of a natural fermented nectar.   From Smithsonian.com: The pen-tailed treeshrew of Malaysia gets credit for having the world’s highest alcohol tolerance.  Seven species of animals, including the treeshrew and […]

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Bath Salts

March 24, 2016

In the history of rock and roll, there have been plenty good songs that caution against drug use; but they are usually about the more commonly abused drugs like cocaine, heroine, or LSD.  This one about bath salts strikes me as odd. “Bath Salts” by the highly suspect named band, Highly Suspect , may not be as rock ‘in to me […]

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From MADD To MAD

March 20, 2016

M.A.D.D. might be a good deterrent for drunken drivers.  But what about M.A.D. – Mutually Assured Destruction; that’s the worst case scenario of drunken or drug-fueled destruction.  The Air Force is investigating and has removed from their posts 14 airmen at a nuclear missile base in Wyoming for alleged illegal drug use, in some cases […]

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Leprechaun or Crackhead?

March 17, 2016

A flashback from my home state for a good laugh.

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ch-ch-ch-Changes

March 14, 2016

I am in the midst of a career change, or more accurately a rearrangement. Cutting off ties with my present biggest employer reminds me of terminating some toxic friendships for sobriety’s sake.  The job wasn’t all bad, as it crystallized some of my life goals.  Being happy is way more important than being successful.  Or as I now see it, […]

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