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  •  Many politicians and power grabbers are on (3+ / 0-)
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    True story:

    Back in the early day of the original satellite TVs, when the dishes were six feet across in your back yard and you had to move it to the different satellite locations in the sky, the network and cable feeds were available for the scanning. One time I was watching the Larry King show when he had 'Pappy' Bush on. When they went to what would be a commercial break for the cable viewers, the live feed remained active. No sooner had they gone to break that Larry and Bush started to compare the various drugs they had tried or were on. Basically the downer scripts of the day. LOL, they really are on drugs.

    Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothing new to say. If you please, don't back up the track, this train's got to run today.

    by kafkananda on Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 02:07:19 PM PST

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    •  not hard to imagine (3+ / 0-)

      If major league baseball players and air force pilots regularly use small doses of amphetamines to keep going and to stay up, then I'm sure politicians and other people in the media eye will do it to keep from looking down.

      Pessimism is an abject failure and will never live up to its promise. Skepticism as well, I have my doubts about it.

      by otto on Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 02:14:38 PM PST

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    •  "Our Man in Nirvana" (3+ / 0-)
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      Ben Stein, riffing on the incident when George H. W. Bush threw up in the Japanese Prime Minister's lap, in a memorable New York Times op-ed:

      In the first week of August 1974, when I was a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon, I walked into the office of the White House physician, next door to the White House. As I asked for some allergy medicine, I noticed a surgical-steel tray laden with filled syringes, their needles dripping. Next to them was a vial of a potent chlorpromazine tranquilizer.

      I knew the corpsman who was loading the tray and I asked him what it was all about. He said it was for someone "over there," jerking his thumb toward the White House. He would not tell me who was getting shots of tranquilizers in those final days of the Administration. He said only that it was "someone who needs to have his head clear, and won't."

      This all comes to mind with the news that President Bush has been taking powerful benzodiazepene sedation in the form of the prescription drug Halcion when he travels. It was also revealed over a year ago that the Secretary of State, James A. Baker, had been taking Halcion when he went to conferences overseas.

      "Government is not instituted for the good of the governor, but of the governed; and power is not an advantage, but a burden." --Algernon Sidney

      by James Robinson on Tue Nov 17, 2009 at 02:55:12 PM PST

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