Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
Tuesday, September 3, 2002
By Smokey Briggs
Susan Sarandon does not approve of President Bush's foreign policy. Neither
does Alec Baldwin although his credibility with me has been severely damaged
since he has reneged on his promise to leave the U.S. if Bush was elected.
Oh, wait a minute. He never had any credibility with me.
Because he is a stupid actor. (I yelled that, by the way so feel free
to add the appropriate volume).
I do not get it.
How does being a well-known actor make your opinion about things political
It does not. (I yelled that too).
Alec Baldwin's opinion on foreign policy, domestic policy, social policy
or even garbage policy, is worthless. Poor Susan is in the same boat.
They may be quite good at what they do, but what they do is play make-believe
in front of a camera.
Which, I suppose explains most of the opinions held by most actors and
reported by most media. Only in a make-believe world could you come up with
most of that drivel.
But, even when I agree with a given actor's political statement, it is
still worthless. The guy still makes his living memorizing words, dressing
up in costumes, putting on makeup, and playing pretend.
Amazingly enough, none of these activities ranks in the top ten in the
"Reasons to Listen to a Guy's Opinion," list.
So why does our national media insist on reporting to us what Jane the
Casting Couch Potatoe most recently uttered between plastic surgery and the
I fear that the reason lies in readership and viewership. We seem to care
what these overpaid talking heads say and do in the off-screen lives.
Or at least that is the perception in the smoke-filled-rooms where high-dollar
decisions on news coverage are made.
So, today, I am calling on you, my fellow Americans, to show the smoke-filled
room crowd that their perception is clouded by cigar smoke and maybe the
image of Sarandon prancing about in her undies in the Rocky Horror Picture
From now on, the moment a reporter starts telling you what Hollywood Joe
or Judy thinks, just change the tv channel, dial in a new radio station or
change your newspaper subscription.
That should blow a little smoke out the window in the smoke-filled rooms.
We will prove that we as a people are not so silly as to actually care what
a goofy actor thinks and that we are insulted when a major news outlet wastes
our valuable time telling us what TV-Land thinks.
By the way, about that changing your newspaper subscription idea…,
rest assured that the Pecos Enterprise would never stoop so low as to reproduce
Hollywood mush as news, and if we do, be further assured that this is the
one exception that proves the rule and do not worry with that change-your-subscription
EDITOR'S NOTE: Smokey Briggs is the editor and publisher of the
Pecos Enterprise whose column appears on Tuesdays. He can be e-mailed at:
Should pot be easier to buy than beer?
Pot is now easier to score than cigarettes or beer.
In a recent article the Associated Press reported that kids under the
age of 18 say that it is far easier for them to buy a joint than it is for
them to buy a cigarette or a can of beer.
As a practical matter, if marijuana really is more dangerous than tobacco
or alcohol, then this is a bad thing, and sends a terrible message to our
It is the natural result of our social policies of the past few decades.
Our military encountered the same trend when the drinking age in most
states was raised back to 21 under federal pressure and enlisted clubs on
military bases were pressured into following the state laws.
Military leaders more suited to lives in politics rather than leading
warriors were amazed that young men subjected to the hardships of military
life sought an alternative mind altering drug during the brief periods of
rest and relaxation when they found the enlisted man's club closed to them.
Undoubtedly there is an element in our society that will be similarly
amazed that drug use escalates among the under-21 crowd in direct relation
to prohibition of beer and tobacco. Those that are surprised are probably
also surprised by such phenomena as the rising sun at dawn.
The farthest reaching effect of such conflicting policies is the very
clear message to our youth _ that the policies shaped by the adults in our
society are at best silly, and at worse deluded.
Like the boy who cried wolf one too many times, our adult policy makers
have and will find their cries of danger falling on ears already deafened
by years of conflicting messages.
Our policies dealing with drugs, tobacco and alcohol need to be squared
with a little common sense if they are to have any beneficial effect in the
Industry deal in people's lives for financial gain
"Every year cigarettes kill more Americans than were killed in WWI,
the Korean War and Vietnam combined…The cigarette industry is
peddling a deadly weapon. It is dealing in people's lives for financial
gain."—U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, 1967.
So why is it that a government—(supposedly) "of the people, by the
people, and for the people," cannot shut off the flow of the largest selling
drug in America?
Some time ago an insane asylum tested it's inmates for possible release
by placing them in a large room where water flowed onto the floor from a
faucet. The inmate was given a mop and told to mop the floor. If he first
turned off the faucet, then mopped up, he was considered sane enough
How amazing (and sickening) that no such simple sanity exists today against
the tobacco-murderers/pushers by our governments, State and Federal. Tobacco
pours out it's vile, hell-begotten fifth day after strangling day upon our
youth and children, even from birth, and the "tobacco-faucet" flows on and
on without let-up.
Some fool will say "it's a lawful business!" But is it? The law is good
only if it is used lawfully (I Tim 1:8)! Drug dealing will
never be lawful. The pushers know this but they say, "we don't understand
you, you'll have to speak through our bank accounts." Same old conniving
devil. Thank God "he hath but a short time," (Rev. 12:12).
With All Due Respect,
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York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
Division of Buckner News Alliance, Inc.
324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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