Kettle Calling the Pot Black: Alcohol Lobby Pumps Money Into Anti-Pot Legalization Campaign

California campaign finance disclosures reportedly show that the campaign to defeat marijuana legalization is being funded in part by the alcohol industry which does not relish the idea of joints replacing shots as intoxicants of choice.

The California Beer and Beverage Distributors contributed $10,000 to the No on Prop. 19 campaign, also known as “Public Safety First.” The industry has also spent considerable funds to fight other pot-related legal change, including opposition to Proposition 5, the Nonviolent Offender Rehabilitation Act (NORA), which attempted to reduce marijuana possession from a misdemeanor to an infraction.

This is something truly out of the movie “Thank You For Smoking.”

Polly: Did you see the coverage the fetal alcohol people got themselves over the weekend? They made it seem like we were encouraging pregnant women to drink. I’m surprised I didn’t get kidnapped to my way to work this morning. NICK: I don’t think people from the alcoholic beverage industry need to worry about being kidnapped just yet.

Polly: Pardon me?

Nick: Look, I mean, nothing personal, but tobacco generates a little more heat than alcohol.

Polly: Oh, this is news.

Nick:My product puts away 475,000 a year.

Polly: Okay, now, 475 is a legitimate number.

Nick: OK 435,000. 1,200 a day. How many alcohol deaths a year? 100,000, tops? That’s what, 270 a day? Wow, 270 people, a tragedy. Excuse me if I don’t see terrorists getting excited about kidnapping anybody from the alcohol industry.

Nick: How many gun-related deaths a year in the U.S.?

Bobby Jay: 11,000.

Nick: Thirty a day. That’s less than passenger car mortalities. No terrorist would bother with either of you.

Source: Huffington Post

105 thoughts on “Kettle Calling the Pot Black: Alcohol Lobby Pumps Money Into Anti-Pot Legalization Campaign”

  1. Freudian Projection – A defense mechanism in which the individual attributes to other people impulses and traits that he himself has but cannot accept. It is especially likely to occur when the person lacks insight into his own impulses and traits.

  2. rhubarb IS good
    Seems like Secret Agent Man is 2
    All cant stand that “logical” pud
    who has shite for brains and is called Bud
    Who would’ve known that so many people
    could follow Bud around like sheeple
    Rhubarb and Secret Agent Man and Bakersfield to
    have pointed out that Buds just a pudknocker
    and extremely vile and bitter and just down right nasty to

    It dont rhyme very well but it gets the point across.

  3. wow deja vu

    that might explain the aqbnormally large amount of excrement comin out you lot


  4. This is starting to sound like “Wind in the Willows”.

    There was a little fat big mouth in thaqt book as well if I recall, and didn’t he have a puffed up green face as well,

    So now we see where the inspiration came from for Dopeys Mr Toad act

    bad toad, bad toad


    good luck with that

  5. Part of an interview with Harlan Ellison:

    “I’ll give you a for instance. I did a thing that I thought was wrong. No one else thought it was wrong, but I thought it was wrong. Prior to White Wolf getting the rights to do all of the books that they’re releasing as Edgeworks, I had a verbal deal with a wonderful, wonderful woman, a good friend of mine named Pam Pia. And Pam Pia worked for Longmeadow Press, the publishing arm of Waldenbooks, the book chain. Pam is a dear woman and a good editor, and she wanted all these books. They were not going to pay a lot of money for them because it was a start-up company and they didn’t have a lot of money despite the fact that Waldenbooks has all the money in the universe. But I said OK we would do it, and we started forward doing it. At just about that moment, here came this offer from White Wolf with an enormous amount of money. And I would have complete control of the cover art, and the editorial. I mean it was a really terrific package. It couldn’t be any better. Well, I hadn’t signed a contract with Longmeadow, and I was not actually committed, but I was committed in my mind, because I had given my word. I anguished over it for almost two weeks while everybody sat and waited, and I could’ve blown the whole damn thing. Everybody said the same thing to me, including Pam Pia. She called me and said “Harlan, you’ve got to take the deal with White Wolf. You’ve got to.” And I said “Pam, I gave you my word.” She said “That’s all right. It’s not going to hurt me any.” And I said, “That’s not the point. The point is that ethically, I gave my word and I’m having a hard time reconciling it.” Finally, I acquiesced. And I acquiesced and I did it and I begged out with Pam and I told her I would do another book with her for a third the price of what they would ordinarily have paid for a book of mine. What happened was, of course, Longmeadow went out of business and we never did anything. But I still think, even to this day, that what I did was unethical. If you ask me, this is a bad thing I did. And I’m not trying to tell you that it’s justified in any way because of circumstances.”

  6. Buddha,

    I’m not talking about Weekly Reader. Perish the thought!

    BTW, I was often given more than my share of rambunctious and obstreperous little lads when I taught elementary school. Most of them turned out to be quite endearing. I guess I understood them better than some of the other teachers–seeing as I had a bit of the devil in me.

    😉 😉

  7. Elaine,

    I know I must have. But it’s hard to read your Weekly Reader once you’ve discovered “Starship Troopers”. That got me sent to the Principal’s Office by the way. It was either that or because I called the WR “a stupid waste of time”.

    I was an rambunctious kid.

    Who’d have guessed? 😉

  8. Technorat,

    Welcome! Do stop by again.

    BTW, when I was an elementary teacher and later a librarian I used to read tales about trolls to my students. I remember well what happened to the troll who lived under the bridge in “The Three Billy Goats Gruff.” ‘Twas not a happy ending for him.

  9. Elaine,

    It was always one of my favorites. So was “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM”. But I bet I heard about Mr. Toad and Ratty at least two dozen times before I found Harlan Ellison and Robert Heinlein in the summer between second and third grade. That pretty much ruined me for kids books!

  10. agent et all,

    I kept trying to help you but you kept following the habitual path. Express an opinion but be prepared to have that opinion challenged. If you can not defend it without profanity and disparaging the challenger then pull back and rethink your opinion or restate your opinion in a manner that you can support with logical argument.

    This is not a mollycoddling classroom … it’s real life with people who know that about which they speak. They have strong opinions and can support those opinions with strong argument. They have little time for those who can’t.

    Don’t expect them to cut you any slack because of your age or your politics. Man up!

  11. Admit, demonstrate.

    Same net result.

    I didn’t say I believed I was logical. I presented logical arguments with citation you clowns can’t refute. Which would mean I proved I’m logical until you can come up with logical proof-based counter-arguments that can hold water.

    Which you can’t.

    Please continue your puerile wailing though.

    Not only do you have the right to your opinion, you have the right to look stupid too.

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