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June 24, 2009 2:37 PM   Subscribe

Nice people take drugs
posted by PeterMcDermott (83 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'm not so sure some of those cards represent genuinely nice people.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:45 PM on June 24, 2009 [14 favorites]


What's important isn't what someone may have done as a foolish teenager. What's important is that they can now put people in jail for doing the same thing.
posted by Joe Beese at 2:50 PM on June 24, 2009 [10 favorites]


I was kind of hoping this would be about Mr. Rogers.
posted by naju at 2:51 PM on June 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


I would love to see some of these quotations backed up with proof. (After a minute spent Googling) I can't find the Clarence Thomas quote anywhere on the web.
posted by KokuRyu at 2:51 PM on June 24, 2009


Since when is Newt Gingrich a person?
posted by saladin at 2:54 PM on June 24, 2009 [10 favorites]


I wonder where I can get a set of these printed up for my next bridge night*, and how much that would cost.

*next night scheduled after they get the full set completed, of course.
posted by hippybear at 2:55 PM on June 24, 2009


They should re-name it to "A limited number of public figures who are well-revered by various political groups or affiliations have admitted to or at least insinuated past--but not current--drug use."
posted by The World Famous at 2:55 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Nice people take drugs

Yeah, but cool people share.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 2:57 PM on June 24, 2009 [32 favorites]


Politicians from all over the world have consumed cannabis and other drugs for many years.
Click on a card to see what they have to say about it.

Edwards gets right to the point.
posted by gman at 2:58 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Joe Beese: it seems what is important is they now have the power of jailing someone, and are willing to go against their former experience in order to exercise that power.

Ah, hypocrisy. It stays crunchy in milk!
posted by hippybear at 2:58 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


It's interesting to think this is just the people who are admitting it.
posted by crapmatic at 2:59 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Yeah, but cool people share.

Ace.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:00 PM on June 24, 2009


I would love to see some of these quotations backed up with proof.

It is a Release project, and they're an organisation that's traditionally been staffed by lawyers. Given the UK libel laws, it's pretty hard to imagine that they'd run a quote like that without having a solid basis for it.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:00 PM on June 24, 2009


Guess which of these politicians is Swedish?

Oh that was easy.

It's only scandalous in Sweden if he never finished recording an electro album because of his pot habit.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:01 PM on June 24, 2009 [4 favorites]


Guess which of these politicians is Swedish?

The one who appears to also be a member of The Hives?
posted by The World Famous at 3:04 PM on June 24, 2009


This seems as good a place as any to mention that John Kerry is one homely son of a bitch.
posted by Joe Beese at 3:06 PM on June 24, 2009 [4 favorites]


I hope they make room on a couple cards for Rush Limbaugh, a semi-official spokesperson for the GOP.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:08 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


I forget who it was, but someone said during the 2004 election season that John Kerry looks and sounds like a haunted tree. That's one of the most apt things I've ever read.
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:09 PM on June 24, 2009 [35 favorites]


I may not agree with Boris Johnson on much, but his answer is the best.
posted by jb at 3:11 PM on June 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


I don't know about the quote attributed to Clarence Thomas, but he has admitted smoking marijuana.
posted by jedicus at 3:16 PM on June 24, 2009


Nice people grubby, machiavellian politicians take drugs.
posted by acb at 3:18 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Smoking pot is "taking drugs" now? I haven't heard that formulation since 7th-grade Health class.
posted by Sidhedevil at 3:24 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Nice people take drugs

They just seem nice. Because you're on drugs.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:24 PM on June 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


Generally, it seems that politicians say that they tried it when they were younger, in college, etc. And I know it's said all the time, but I really, really want someone to ask the politicians who have done this "What was it ok for you to try it, but not us?"

And I want them to answer it, because they never do.
posted by quin at 3:25 PM on June 24, 2009 [2 favorites]


They should put out a nudie deck featuring politicians who have been caught having affairs.

No, wait...

*BARF*
posted by you just lost the game at 3:26 PM on June 24, 2009 [3 favorites]


John Kerry looks and sounds like a haunted tree.

Seconding this as so, so apt.
posted by sixswitch at 3:27 PM on June 24, 2009 [5 favorites]


I don't get the "deck of cards" theme, i mean obviously Bush as a joker is fitting but i don't get any of the other card locatiosn or why they have chosen to spread them out and not just go straight down the line.
posted by djduckie at 3:27 PM on June 24, 2009


Nice people grubby, machiavellian politicians take drugs, then tell you that drugs are for kids. Stop saying "Oh, I was young, I was foolish, and that was OK" or When I grew up I put away childish things" (sourced). It sounds like kids should be doing drugs, but you stop when you turn 18.

I want to know, when was marajuana illegal but moral? The 1980s?
posted by filthy light thief at 3:30 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Smoking pot is "taking drugs" now? I haven't heard that formulation since 7th-grade Health class.

Cocain Addict: Marijuana is not a drug. I used to suck dick for coke. Now that's an addiction. You ever suck some dick for marijuana? (source)
posted by filthy light thief at 3:32 PM on June 24, 2009 [3 favorites]


Rarely.
posted by gman at 3:35 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Coincidentally, I heard someone say something very similar recently. It was some sort of middle class therapist addressing a room full of working class women in recovery, and she said something to the effect of:

'Don't think I don't understand where you're coming from. I've got a terrible addiction to chocolate myself.'

In response, one of the women piped up from the back of the room:

'Come back and see us when you find yourself tooled up and jumping over the sweet shop counter to get yourself a Twix.'
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:38 PM on June 24, 2009 [8 favorites]


They're missing Kinky Friedman's response to the drug question when he was running for Governor of Texas:
"When Eric Clapton offers you a toot of cocaine, what are you going to do? Say, 'No thanks, I had an apple on the train?'"
posted by Turtles all the way down at 3:39 PM on June 24, 2009 [16 favorites]


"When Eric Clapton offers you a toot of cocaine, what are you going to do? Say, 'No thanks, I had an apple on the train?'"

I'd say, "How the fuck did Clapton get in my house again? I must be smoking some serious shit!"
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 3:42 PM on June 24, 2009 [17 favorites]


It was Charlie Brooker (as usual) that said Kerry looked like a haunted tree.

Here.

Much as he is a wanker, I did like Boris Johnson's response to being asked.
posted by ClanvidHorse at 3:45 PM on June 24, 2009


Ahh, cut and paste appears goosed. He is the 6 of spades.
posted by ClanvidHorse at 3:48 PM on June 24, 2009


The US Government says that , "Marijuana is an addictive drug", and they wouldn't lie to us, would they?
posted by octothorpe at 3:52 PM on June 24, 2009


I'm guessing that Tony Abbott must've been taking those Haitian voodoo drugs that turn you into a zombie.
posted by UbuRoivas at 4:01 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


yeah, that newt gingrich quote when i smoked pot it was illegal, but not immoral. now, it's illegal and immoral. the law didn't change, only the morality. that's why you get to go to jail & i don't. what. the. FUCK?
posted by msconduct at 4:06 PM on June 24, 2009 [6 favorites]


To inhale or not to inhale, that is the...shit, I forgot the last word.
posted by jamstigator at 4:06 PM on June 24, 2009


Reading some of these quotes I start to worry that pot really does make you stupid.
posted by Killick at 4:07 PM on June 24, 2009


It sounds like kids should be doing drugs, but you stop when you turn 18.

No, kids should not be doing drugs and you can start when you are 18. Drugs, like youth, are wasted on the young. (And sometimes the young are wasted on drugs.)
posted by binturong at 4:09 PM on June 24, 2009


Oh wow, the "haunted tree" comparison had me laughing for quite a while.
posted by darkstar at 4:13 PM on June 24, 2009


@ Yeah, but cool people share.

Eponysterical?
posted by ryoshu at 4:20 PM on June 24, 2009


Nice people DO do drugs. However, admitting you smoked pot (always with the caveat that you did it as a "stupid teenager" and don't do that stuff anymore) is old hat.
Show me a website with nice people talking about how they take mushrooms, LSD or coke. Then it might actually mean something.
posted by dunkadunc at 4:24 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


You all are so much more interesting than the link was. Stay crazy MeFites.
posted by greekphilosophy at 4:35 PM on June 24, 2009


Nice people DO do drugs. However, admitting you smoked pot (always with the caveat that you did it as a "stupid teenager" and don't do that stuff anymore) is old hat.
Show me a website with nice people talking about how they take mushrooms, LSD or coke. Then it might actually mean something.


It's disheartening to run into people with the frequency I do who share their narrow-minded view of "drug-users" (and not be able, due to other factors, to be able to provide a contrary data point). So while I don't particularly like the execution, I like the premise. "Nice guys look at porn" should be next.
posted by Durn Bronzefist at 4:36 PM on June 24, 2009 [3 favorites]


The problem is, I keep hearing about LSD, but haven't had any actually cross my path in over a decade. *sigh* it's the ctrl-alt-delete for my soul, and I could use a reboot.
posted by hippybear at 4:40 PM on June 24, 2009 [7 favorites]


"Nice guys look at porn" should be next.

To be followed by "Nice interns put out"?
posted by ...possums at 4:43 PM on June 24, 2009


"Nice guys look at porn" should be next.

As long as they just look at it and keep both hands on the table where we can see them.
posted by philip-random at 4:56 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


Nobody cares about pot anymore. Caring about post smoking is as quaint as being shocked about fucking doggy style.

My old man has smoked pot. My 76 year former army officer old father. The same man who 27 years ago told me it was "bad for my posture"... becuase he'd break my legs.

Now he goes fishing up in Alaska and after only ten minutes on the river say's "Hey... uh... so... whose got the hootch?" Which the first few times I thought was some sort of trap. So I would launch on a loud anti-drug tirade. Then the next day I noticed suddenly I'm on other boat. With the nerds. Those of you that fish know exactly what I'm talking about. Fishing nerds are the WORST.

So there I am with these dorks who don't even have any whiskey. And there's my old man's boat floating by kick back with happy cloud of Ganja drifting behind them.

"Squares!" he yells at us.
posted by tkchrist at 4:58 PM on June 24, 2009 [37 favorites]


That Clarence Thomas quote was jaw dropping. I came here hoping to find a source after I couldn't find one on my own. I think they created a fiction with that one.
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 4:59 PM on June 24, 2009


post smoking = pot smoking. heh.
posted by tkchrist at 4:59 PM on June 24, 2009


Heh...
They would need a "couple" of decks if they included show business people... :)
posted by Drasher at 5:07 PM on June 24, 2009


Heh...
They would need a "couple" of decks if they included show business people... :)


Even John Wayne smoked pot...
posted by 445supermag at 5:11 PM on June 24, 2009


"Have I ever smoked weed? Shit, I'm high right now."
posted by Optimus Chyme at 5:12 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


God damn it. That should've read: "My 76 year old former army officer father."
and "kick back with a happy cloud of Ganja drifting behind them"

I swear I am not high.
posted by tkchrist at 5:25 PM on June 24, 2009


i was enjoying the story & didn't even notice the typos & i haven't been high since ... i can't remember when.
posted by msconduct at 5:37 PM on June 24, 2009


The problem is, I keep hearing about LSD, but haven't had any actually cross my path in over a decade. *sigh* it's the ctrl-alt-delete for my soul, and I could use a reboot.

But you've been to Rainbow Gatherings, no? You can't walk three feet at a festival-type event without bumping into some dude selling acid, so I hear.
Either that or you need sketchier friends.
posted by dunkadunc at 5:43 PM on June 24, 2009


I will not swear I am not high.
posted by Joe Beese at 5:48 PM on June 24, 2009


In Utah? That's a paddling for you.
posted by dunkadunc at 6:25 PM on June 24, 2009


post smoking = pot smoking

The gay men on MeFi will probably argue this point...
posted by hippybear at 7:11 PM on June 24, 2009 [3 favorites]


dunkadunc: Indeed. Sadly, I haven't been in YEARS, and likely won't make it there this year, either. It's going to be in the New Mexico Gila Forest, and that's about 2000 miles from me.

Although at RFG, nobody sells anything... Money is forbidden except at Magic Hat.

If someone wants to give me a ride Home, I'd be happy to take them up on that...
posted by hippybear at 7:12 PM on June 24, 2009


Your home or mine?

Ba-dum-tssssh!



(Note: I did not say "rimshot".)
posted by darkstar at 7:22 PM on June 24, 2009


I forget who it was, but someone said during the 2004 election season that John Kerry looks and sounds like a haunted tree.

I always thought he looks kind of like this guy.
posted by lexicakes at 7:24 PM on June 24, 2009 [1 favorite]


hippybear beat me to it. anyway, I'm off to smoke some post...
posted by greekphilosophy at 7:39 PM on June 24, 2009


Lots of the same in here.
posted by futureisunwritten at 7:42 PM on June 24, 2009


I can't find a video of the debate during which Kerry, Edwards, and Dean all said "yes." But, if I recall correctly, one of the three passed the microphone to Joe Lieberman. Lieberman hesitated for a second, then denied having smoked pot in an awkward, apologetic fashion.
posted by decagon at 9:14 PM on June 24, 2009


"...it's pretty hard to imagine that they'd run a quote like that without having a solid basis for it"

They definitely made sure to get the quote from the Speaker of the Senate Newt Gingrich right.
posted by vorpal bunny at 10:34 PM on June 24, 2009


Vaguely related breaking news: Hopping mad: stoned wallabies make crop circles

Wallabies are getting stoned on Tasmania's opium poppy crops and hopping about in circles, authorities say.

posted by UbuRoivas at 12:46 AM on June 25, 2009


How the hell is this still a big deal. I've only tried pot once, thought it made me stupid, which I didn't like. However, being ashamed of trying it would be ridiculous.
posted by BrotherCaine at 1:27 AM on June 25, 2009


DEA Chief: Winners Occasionally Use Drugs
posted by jcruelty at 2:58 AM on June 25, 2009


Apropos to the Phelps brouhaha.
posted by BrotherCaine at 4:01 AM on June 25, 2009


John Kerry looks and sounds like a haunted tree.

funny. I always thought of him as an Ent.
posted by gaspode at 5:44 AM on June 25, 2009 [3 favorites]


Pretty much everyone on that list seems like they would be annoying to be around while they were high.
posted by orme at 6:04 AM on June 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


John Kerry and a horse walk into a bar. The bartender asks: "Why the long faces?"
posted by dunkadunc at 6:17 AM on June 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


The horse replies: "I was one of the best racehorses in the world, chosen specially to run in the Grand National steeplechase. I jumped barriers, I jumped moats, I leaped over wide hedges, I ran neck-and-neck for two miles with the best, and was beaten at the finish line by a nose..."

The bartender says "Gee, that's harsh; I sympathise. Have one on me. And you - what's your story?"

"You think that's bad? I couldn't even get past a single bush"
posted by UbuRoivas at 6:45 AM on June 25, 2009 [8 favorites]


This is so depressing. How can people get away with saying things like this: "If you were stupid enough to get caught, that's your problem." Mind boggling, and heart breaking.
posted by lunit at 8:08 AM on June 25, 2009


The best part of that quote is that it is basically a member of the highest court of the US advocating for "legality through obscurity." Meaning he doesn't believe the laws are there to help people understand the correct behavior within society. Rather, that statement seems to say that you should be free to do anything you wish, as long as you don't get caught. That's a poisonous meme to put into the world, I must say.
posted by hippybear at 8:11 AM on June 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


"I ran neck-and-neck for two miles with the best, and was beaten at the finish line by a nose...

But do they call me Pierre, Pierre the Steeplechaser?

Non!

But then it a moment of weakness, when you're consoling each other after a long hard race in which victory has been stolen from you, you let just a just a single jockey with whom you've had a long term relationship make love to you, just once.."
posted by PeterMcDermott at 9:29 AM on June 25, 2009


This is so depressing. How can people get away with saying things like this: "If you were stupid enough to get caught, that's your problem." Mind boggling, and heart breaking.

Is it an actual quote? Because it appears not to be.
posted by The World Famous at 11:05 AM on June 25, 2009


SHOCKING.
posted by atsotsis at 12:18 PM on June 25, 2009


John Kerry and a horse walk into a bar. The bartender says: “Don’t shit on the floor, John.”

Nice people? ‘Stupid enough to get caught’, what a dick. So … is there anyone who didn’t do drugs, or smoke marijuana, who is just fine with it as opposed to the assholes who did it who are now against to it?

(Besides me, I mean. Never smoked it. Ate a bunch though, but just too much hassle to procure. Hell, I can’t even remember the last time I had a beer.)

"When Eric Clapton offers you a toot of cocaine, what are you going to do? Say, 'No thanks, I had an apple on the train?'"

Well, yeah. If you want to be friends and you’re just being yourself, he’ll understand. If he doesn’t, f’em. Who’s Clapton that you have to change for him?
One of the reasons I dislike personal security is that kind of thing. You offer coke to the guy watching your back? Would you offer it to your surgeon or airline pilot? On top of that – wtf is up with going anywhere near a drug dealer if you’re worried about your security? Ugh.

I don’t get the disconnect some 'nice' people asserted between the recreational aspect and the ‘responsible’ or ‘adult’ end. So you smoke dope – so? Doesn’t mean you’re infantile.
Certainly there’s use and abuse, but that’s true with anything. If I’m in the gym all day every day, I’m kind of missing out on life. As it is you get the occasional ‘narcissism’ oriented comment, but it’s just a means to enjoyment. (My thing is adrenaline)
Someone digs toking up and watching goofy movies, who am I to harsh their mellow? Spending all day on the couch buzzed – different story.
But if there’s this recognition that one can use a substance and go on to be a senator or high ranking executive or judge or some such – yeah, why doesn’t that apply to other folks?
I think this ‘nice people’ list is good example of ‘elitists who have used drugs and think they’re privileged’ – which, yeah, I guess is the point.
“Hey these guys are phony! Big phonies!” – Smed, O-3 (or O-6), stating the obvious.
posted by Smedleyman at 2:05 PM on June 25, 2009


you people are skeezed.
posted by artof.mulata at 4:16 PM on June 25, 2009


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