I've been watching a lot of historical documentaries on Netflix recently to freshen up on my history knowledge. I was thinking about it the other day; for someone with a history degree I know next to nothing about history. Something had to be done.
I was saying yesterday im-back.html that I need to start preparing for the harsh reality that I need a full time job and how with my background I'm not suited for much. For the time being I gotta think about teaching. I decided it was time to start freshening up on my historical knowledge. What better way to do that than with documentaries? The great thing about documentaries is that they aren't books.
I wanted to start with something light, so I watched a documentary called Oklahoma City about the Oklahoma City bombings and Timothy McVeigh. I learned that he was not such a nice guy. Timothy McAssHole is more like it? That dude sucked on ice. Did you know the whole reason he did it was payback for Waco and Ruby Ridge? I bet most of my readers don't even know what Ruby Ridge was. After you finish reading my blog check that shit out it was bananas. But not until you finish. It'll be like your dessert.
After that, I watched a documentary on that skunk haired Robert Kardashian and the Louis V bag (probably) full of evidence that he stole. That whole ordeal basically laid the groundwork for TMZ.
Now I'm all in on Prohibition. Well learning about it, fuck the actual execution of it.
I still can't believe so many people were for prohibition. What losers! Stupid, stupid losers. Think about how quickly you'd get laughed out of the room now if you brought that up. "Hey I think we should get rid of the one substance that makes everything in life better. and tolerable" You'd probably get a tomato thrown at you if you brought that up in City Hall today. Talk about being on the wrong side of history. I bet these people would've invested in HD DVD players and Crystal Pepsi had they lived a little bit later.
The way I see it booze makes life better. Even if you don't drink you know that's true. It takes the edge off, helps you relax, makes you better at stuff (darts, pool, talking to women etc.) plus it helps you fall asleep, the benefits are endless. Yet these people wanted that beautiful substance destroyed.
I can't believe more people weren't pro alcohol. Life fucking sucked back then. What else were you going to do to pass the time until you died? Roll a hoop down the street with a stick? Sit still for 5 hours to have your photo taken? Get Polio?
No you wanted to drink.
Despite a ton of social problems in this country and the fact that we elected a reality tv show host as President this is one the best times to be alive IMO. Women and non white people think it's bad now. At least you can vote and can buy a home. I'm not saying it's exactly ideal now, but a little perspective wouldn't kill ya.
Let's just look at all the great things we have now.
Food for the most part doesn't have rats and severed fingers in it so that's right away pretty cool. You like to avoid those both as much as possible. Most places are air conditioned, which is nice. Odds are you won't die in infancy, which I'm going to say most people are in favor of, and lastly we have smartphones. At any point you can take this baby computer out of your pocket and talk to anybody on earth with a phone, listen to any song ever made, buy basically anything, watch movies and tv shows, order a ride somewhere, order food, swipe right in hopes of getting laid, read literally anything ever written, or play a game some 13 year old created in his basement. It's pretty sweet. Way better than life 100 years ago.
Yet despite how great life is now we still need to drink to survive. If anything this would be the time were I could understand prohibition just because we have so many more options now. We're smarter now and have a ton of shit that we can do to entertain ourselves. Back in the 1920's (and before) if you were lucky you got to listen to a radio show.
But again, we're smarter now. We know people like to let loose. You gotta balance work and play. There's more to life than just working until you die. You just need a way to relax or have some fun or else you'll just go crazy and beat the shit out of your wife and kids like they were doing back then.
After a long day of work you want a beer. Shit, you might want 9 and that's after punching shit into excel all day. Most people aren't working 16 hour workdays in mills with no windows and still want to get hammered. I can't imagine how much people would've wanted to drink after spending 18 hours making rivets. No wonder why everybody was an alcoholic back then. Wtf else do you expect. Life SUCKED. If you somehow survived past 7 years old you got to go work on a farm or in a sweat shop until you died of natural causes at 37. So yeah, I can understand where their taste for whiskey came from.
The main arguments for prohibition included shit like that too many men were becoming alcoholics which turned them into bad husbands. I will say this is kind of on them. Maybe if women were allowed to work and help provide for the family men wouldn't have to work 80 hour work weeks and could've had more time to relax and get drunk. Then again maybe if dinner was ready on time after working 17 straight hours in a coalmine the Bradfords and Chesters are the world wouldn't be beating the shit out of you and the 7 of your 13 children that survived infancy.
What blows my mind about this time period is that shit like "Lips That Touch Liquor Shall Not Touch Ours" actually worked. How stupid were the men in these days? To steal a line from Vince Lombardi "what they hell's going on out there?" Did you see these bitches on the posters? How was this marketing strategy successful? First off they probably had bushes that went down to their knees. So right away barf. Secondly did these idiots know nothing about advertising back in the day? I get it times were different but sex sells, ever heard of it? Maybe don't have everybody's nasty great aunt trying to sell the point. How these "ladies" stopped even one person from drinking is next to a miracle. I don't know who I'm more upset at the people who thought that this would actually work or the idiots who allowed it to actually work. These beasts should've been in the zoo where they belonged.
You're telling me all I have to do is drink to have these beasts stay away from me?
Pass me the bottle.
Let's see who would you rather hang with?
I think the answer speaks for itself. Yet 36 states chose these pigs. I think the arugment can be made after Slavery this is America's second biggest mistake.
Hey every state that was for Prohibition?
Congrats you earned it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Ridge