Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country
of West Texas
Tuesday, February 25, 2002
By Smokey Briggs
For men and women
(but mostly men)
I have been a wage-challenged individual for most of my life. My lack
of earning ability has been chalked up to many different reasons by a number
of well-intentioned folks who were concerned with my lack of financial
capabilities _ reasons that ranged from a serious lack of ambition to being
somewhat mentally challenged to plain old bad luck.
Personally I had decided that my choice of careers had something to do
with the matter _ rich and newspaper editor do not see each other in the
same sentence very often.
Now, however, I know that these judgments were way off the mark. Now
I know what it is that has held back my pecuniary-gathering ability all
And, I suspect, She-who-must-be-obeyed (SWMBO) will never again cast that
sideways mama-told-me-you-were-a-bum look in my direction as we take turns
pitching bills at my upturned hat on the floor at the end of the month.
(You lucky folks who got a check last month made it into the hat).
While reading Tumbleweed Smith's column last week, I discovered the answer.
I discovered the difference between those breadwinners who bring home thin
slices of rye and those who bring home whole loaves of fresh white bread
with a little butter melted on top.
The answer is in a kiss.
Tumbleweed was verbally ruminating on the scientific data associated
with the human custom of kissing. It was very interesting stuff. Tumbleweed
discussed the history of kissing, the scientific basis for it, all kinds
And then, I read the key _ the key to wealth.
I found out why I do not walk out my front door each morning to fetch
the paper and toss a friendly wave to Mr. Rockefeller and Mrs. Gates.
It turns out that men who kiss their wives each morning before they go
to work are more successful than those who do not.
This is a scientific fact. As a group they are on the top end of the
This stumped me for a bit.
You see I steal a smooch nearly every morning.
But, most mornings, it is not really a kiss with a capital K. It is a
A non-verbal reminder of our love and affection. And hey, I'm not at
the bottom end of the wage scale. So, this kissing in the morning thing
But it occurs to me that if a little peck works a little, then a 1950s-end-of-the-movie
kiss where the starlet's foot ends up off the ground might really provide
me with the mental energy to start climbing the ladder to success two or
three rungs at a time.
Do you see where I'm going here boys?
Do you follow the logic? Stay with me.
I figure making out for a 5-10 minutes every morning, with your wife,
would probably put you in the six-figure bracket.
I can only imagine the good-bye rituals of multi-millionaires.
So boys, now we know.
Talent, hard work, skill, dedication _ all those things will only get
you so far. Most of us are already there.
To make it to the next level, it's going to take something extra and
now we know what that something extra is _ just a little cooperation from
I'll be explaining all this to SWMBO tonight. You guys out there don't
be surprised if I start looking a lot more successful soon.
And remember, you owe me one.
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:
Jury nullification can be a good thing
Jury nullification is how bad laws are taken off the books.
Laws are like plastic bags it seems _ once created the darn things stick
around forever. Getting rid of a law takes an act of Congress usually, and
Congress at any level is setup to pass laws, not get rid of them.
Ed Rosenthal's trial in Federal Court gave rise to a sad statement regarding
jurors' view of their own power and role in the judicial system.
Rosenthal was being tried for growing marijuana. He was growing it for
medical use, which is legal where he lives in California.
So, since he was not breaking any state laws the Federal government decided
to prosecute him.
At his trial, the judge tried to keep the jury in the dark about his
reasons for growing the stuff.
Interviews with the jury after the trial showed that it did not work
_ they knew that what he was doing was legal in California.
But, they convicted him anyway.
"But we couldn't base our decision on that….(the fact that it was for
medical use and was legal in the state) … We followed the letter of the
law. We followed the court's instructions," the jury foreman said later.
That is a sad statement.
Juries are the leavening in the loaf of bread baked in the justice system.
The law is the realm of judges and lawyers.
Justice is the realm of juries.
Laws are imperfect and rarely fit each individual case perfectly.
It is the job of juries to make sure that justice does not get thrown
out with the bathwater of legality.
It is their job. It is their duty.
The Federal prosecution of marijuana growing in a state where it has
been legalized is not just, no matter what you think of the marijuana issue.
The Constitution does not give the Feds the power to override the State
in such matters One of the few protections from such illegal moves on the
part of the federal government is jury nullification.
It is your legal system folks. It is your job to see that justice is
done. Your best opportunity to do that is when you are sitting in the jury
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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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