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PostSubject: Disneyland, version 2010   Thu Dec 09, 2010 4:30 pm

Took the fambly to Disneyland yesterday. Mrs. Vito figured out how to get some kind deal on annual passes that cost less than the full price of two one-day passes. I don't know how she did it. I just pay for the stuff.

Disneyland isn't exactly a weed-friendly place. Like most places, they make no distinction between pipe smoke and other forms of tobacco smoke. I've heard that at one time there was a pipe and weed shop on Main Street, USA. Those days are gone, apparently forever. Since January 2000, all forms of smoking have been verboten everywhere in the park, except for three designated areas. Of course, there are still cigarette-smoking jerks who light up outside of those areas.

I hung out in one of the smoking areas to burn a bowl o' weed yesterday, partly because I wanted to smoke after a stout bowl of steak gumbo in New Orleans Square, but mostly because I wanted to observe the smokers, and the attitudes of non-smokers toward them. I drew stares with my full-bent pipe, and a few grins, nods, and double-takes...even from some non-smoking passers-by. I think some of them see pipes being smoked so infrequently that they couldn't help but look. Some little kids (who possibly have never seen a pipe smoker) stared, fascinated.

In the time it took to burn most of a Group 5 bowl, I saw no other pipe smokers, and no 'gar stick smokers. Everyone else who came there to smoke was smoking cigarettes. We are a very "safe" minority to pick on.

Thanks to the tyranny of the majority, I expect this gentle pastime to become extinct—possibly within my lifetime. None of the people who give their assent to that extinction are likely ever to make the connection between that crime against our liberty and the fact that their own turn will come. It will be for some other thing that the majority decides is harmful, and it too will be forbidden for The Good of All. They'll be pissed, but they won't recognize how their own political zeal in depriving others of the pursuit of happiness is coming back to bite them. Unless we're all free, eventually none of us will be free.

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Disneyland is transformed at night, no matter what the time of year. But at Christmas time, it's especially cool. Here's what they do to the castle for the holidays...although it's way cooler in person:


We took the train back to Main Street USA after dark, whereupon I exclaimed, "Wuh...lookit that Christmas tree...!"


With impeccable timing, Daughter No. 2 replied, "That's no tree...that's a space station!"

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PostSubject: Re: Disneyland, version 2010   Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:33 pm

Vito wrote:
... their own turn will come. It will be for some other thing that the majority decides is harmful, and it too will be forbidden for The Good of All. They'll be pissed, but they won't recognize how their own political zeal in depriving others of the pursuit of happiness is coming back to bite them.
Bingo. The path from free state to socialist state lies at the feet of the people and they don't have the vision to see where each little step leads, and how every freedom they snatch from their neighbor is actually one snatched from themselves.

Disneyland is pretty cool Cool Can't wait 'til the girls are big enough Very Happy

BTW, what tobacco did you deem worthy for the magic kingdom? Some GawHoggian delight to totally confound the noses of the overly scrutinous, pipe snubbing proletariat?

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PostSubject: Re: Disneyland, version 2010   Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:43 pm

Last time I was at Disneyland I was surprised at how "weed" friendly it was. Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Disneyland, version 2010   Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:26 pm

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Last time I was at Disneyland I was surprised at how "weed" friendly it was. Laughing

And we have the police report to prove it! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Disneyland, version 2010   Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:54 pm

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...they don't have the vision to see where each little step leads, and how every freedom they snatch from their neighbor is actually one snatched from themselves.
Yup...that's it, right there, PD. They don't practice "Do not do unto others as you would not have them do unto you". In fact, as far as I can tell, they think it doesn't matter when they do it to others. But do it to them, and they scream bloody murder.

That's the part I can't figure out, bro'. Principles are called principles for a reason, and the reason is that they apply universally. They work when you use 'em, and when you dont use 'em, you pay heavy duty tuition. But the degree to which political zealots of all types (I'm talking about both the "left" and the "right") just don't seem to realize that there are consequences to their actions, their choices...indeed, their very thoughts—well, I just don't get it. How can there not be consequences to meddling in other people's lives against their will?

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...BTW, what tobacco did you deem worthy for the magic kingdom? Some GawHoggian delight to totally confound the noses of the overly scrutinous, pipe snubbing proletariat?
HHVS. It has become my all-purpose, go-to weedage, especially when I want a SyriLat fix (which is almost always Wink ) from a weedage that isn't going to provoke people to query me as to "Say, what kind of buffalo dung is that yer smokin'?" ...by which I mean that the room note is tolerable...or in this case, the "under the Monorail, right next to Autopia" note.

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PostSubject: Re: Disneyland, version 2010   Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:28 pm

Mebbe you shoulda smoked em out with Old Ironsides. If they're hate on ya, give em some serious stinkage to be hatin on Twisted Evil

Jason woulda got away with his Magic Weedular Kingdom activities but the 3 foot tall bong he smuggled in kinda stood out in the "It's a small world" ride Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Disneyland, version 2010   Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:44 pm

Just curious ,what is HHVS?
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PostSubject: Re: Disneyland, version 2010   Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:48 pm

Funny thing is, some of those rides seem to have been conceived by some folks who have...er, shall we say, a "working knowledge" of certain pharmaceutical substances. Twisted Evil

My kids said, "Dad, you have to go on the Snow White ride. You're not going to believe it."

"Why?"

"Just go...you'll see."

I did. When I got to the end, the kids were howling with laughter. "What...?", I said.

"The look on your face... Laughing "

"I can't see the look on my face. Show me."

They showed me. Imagine the kind of look you'd have if reality were turned inside out...and maybe a few weasels and wombats were turned inside out into the bargain.

"So what do you think, Dad."

"Eeewww...they're telling me that ride is supposed to be for little kids? That's just not right!"

That ride is going to haunt me for some time to come. It's friggin' creepy. Shocked affraid

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PostSubject: Re: Disneyland, version 2010   Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:49 pm

lowflyingpenguin wrote:
Just curious ,what is HHVS?
MacBaren HH Vintage Syrian...it's nearly 50% Syrian Latakia. Yummmm!!

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PostSubject: Re: Disneyland, version 2010   Thu Dec 09, 2010 9:52 pm

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Bingo. The path from free state to socialist state lies at the feet of the people and they don't have the vision to see where each little step leads, and how every freedom they snatch from their neighbor is actually one snatched from themselves.

Too bad and very sad that so many middle aged white men ('the people") were buffaloed into voting for the socialist regime in 08' and opted to snatch freedom from themselves.
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PostSubject: Re: Disneyland, version 2010   Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:10 pm

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Too bad and very sad that so many middle aged white men ('the people") were buffaloed into voting for the socialist regime in 08' and opted to snatch freedom from themselves.
Too bad so many more actually think they had it before that election.

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PostSubject: Re: Disneyland, version 2010   Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:30 pm

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Justpipes wrote:
Too bad and very sad that so many middle aged white men ('the people") were buffaloed into voting for the socialist regime in 08' and opted to snatch freedom from themselves.
Too bad so many more actually think they had it before that election.

LOL (You are going to make JP's head explode, PD)

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PostSubject: Re: Disneyland, version 2010   Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:34 pm

Well JP, I used to think that way. But after a while, I came to the conclusion that when those who openly avow Marxism are in the driver's seat, at least the blame will fall squarely where it belongs.

The problem with that view is that people don't seem to learn much from history. They don't connect the dots, and so they never place the blame where it truly belongs—namely on a system that is broken from the get-go. The evidence that that's the case is the simple fact that they keep electing the same kind of idiots to run their lives for them...over and over again, never questioning the idea that we "need" someone to run our lives for us in the first place. That's the part we miss when we choose up sides in these endless, unresolvable political squabbles.

The hell of it is that the jokers on the other side of the aisle—the Republicrats—don't do any better. As a matter of fact, they usually make things much worse. The reason why is because they claim to be for free enterprise and personal liberty, and everyone seems to believe that they actually are. In truth, they simply practice a different brand of socialism — the right-wing brand. Then, after they've screwed things up pretty well, there's always a backlash — not against the notion that it's a good idea to let anyone run our lives for us, but against the specific version of that creeping statism that the Republicrats inflict on us.

And then there'll be another backlash after the Democans screw things up their way for a while. So we just bounce back and forth between two different versions of the same insanity. Either way, the casualty is always a further erosion of personal freedom, each "side" blaming the other, as though either side is innocent of the crimes they commit. It's a total fiasco.

In my view, the differences are superficial. The choice is between a more overt, direct road to national socialism with the Democans, or a more insidious, more deeply fraudulent road with the Republicrats. Either way, they're dragging the last vestiges of freedom down by the throat.

I remember when Nixon ran for the presidency. He billed himself as "the free enterprise president". That sumbitch founded the friggin' EPA, one of the most viciously destructive command-and-control bureaucracies ever to come down the pike. He was also the first president in history to implement wage and price controls during "peacetime"...er not that you could convince those of us who got our asses drafted for 'Nam that there was anything like "peace" going down. He and his Republicrat buddies escalated that undeclared war beyond what even the Democans (who previously could legitimately have been called "the War Party", having dragged us into most of the previous major wars) managed to do.

So, while I'm not happy about the excesses of chairman Maobama and his more aggressive Obamunism, I have no delusions that those who oppose his policies have any ability whatsoever to do any better. They don't. They make less socialistic noises, to be sure, but for all practical purposes, the choice offered to the American electorate is, "Do you want a broken arm or a broken leg?" "Neither one" is not one of the available choices.

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