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Musical interlude: “Truckin’”

Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019

* At the end of a whiny editorial about the state’s cannabis legalization measure, the Tribune editorial board opines

Because as the Grateful Dead, early advocates of mind-bending substances, noted in song, life with drugs can make for a long, strange trip.

That’s some tortured syntax right there.

* More importantly, though, “What a long, strange trip it’s been” is a line from a Dead song called “Truckin’”

The lyrics refer to a drug raid of the band’s hotel lodgings in New Orleans during a concert tour earlier in 1970:

    Busted, down on Bourbon Street
    Set up, like a bowling pin
    Knocked down, it gets to wearing thin
    They just won’t let you be

Leave it to the Tribune to bungle a Dead reference. The whole idea of cannabis legalization is to finally stop and reverse the very real harm done from arrest and incarceration.

* On to the tune

Sittin’ and starin’ out of the hotel window
Got a tip they’re gonna kick the door in again
I’d like to get some sleep before I travel
But if you’ve got a warrant, I guess you’re gonna come in

* Related…

* Marijuana Legalization Leader: Illinois Just Made New York And New Jersey Look Like Dorks

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Joe Bidenopolous - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:03 am:

    Multiple GD references before 10? Must be a good day…

  2. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:05 am:

    ===Must be a good day===

    Finally starting to feel human again.

  3. - Mr. Smith - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:08 am:

    Very nice, good sir. Being the youngest brother growing up in the 60’s meant I got a lot of exposure to the Dead, Jefferson Airplane, etc.

    Hearing the Dead is like going through your drawers and finding an old shirt that you love to wear…

  4. - LoyalVirus - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:16 am:

    All I want to know is are you kind?

  5. - Grandson of Man - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:20 am:

    We did such a great thing in history, to get together and pass marijuana legalization when two Democratic states failed to even vote on it, New York and New Jersey. Kudos to those who overcame their reservations and voted to begin moving away from the abysmal failure of marijuana criminalization.

  6. - OneMan - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:21 am:

    It adds up to a demanding new experience for a politically diverse state. People who find that marijuana relaxes, heals or otherwise enhances their lives will enjoy the new Illinois. Some people will abuse the privilege and pay a cost. Others will feel uncomfortable because what they considered dangerous or immoral will suddenly become as trendy and marketable as a craft beer.

    If we prevented people from doing things “because what they considered dangerous or immoral will suddenly become as trendy and marketable as a craft beer”, we would indeed live in a land of limited freedom and fun. As for “trendy and marketable as a craft beer” I doubt that the MJ market is going to become satureated with IPAs that taste like hop milshakes (also part of the Cannabaceae family)

    Employers will have to decide whether to continue drug testing or accept cannabis use outside of working hours. Another option, we suppose: expanding imbibing choices at the company TGIF.

    Might just be the high rises I have worked in while working in the loop but more than once I have smelled that smell in the stairwell and the world keeps on rolling.

  7. - Amalia - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:25 am:

    Tribune thinks they are the Eyes of the World.

  8. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:26 am:

    –That’s some tortured syntax right there.–

    Awful writing. They don’t read their own stuff before putting it out there.

    And just how sad is it to butcher a reference to a 50-year-old tune in a failed effort to sound cool? Who wrote it, Joseph Medill?

    Can we expect more rock-with-the-addition-of-roll references from the hep-cats in troncsylvania?

    “Like those lovable moptops from Liverpool, The Beatles, who are sweeping the AM airwaves on your transistors, we borrow from their latest on the Dick Biondi hit-list and say ‘yeah, yeah, yeah’ to term limits….”

  9. - Rich Miller - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:33 am:

    ===Others will feel uncomfortable because what they considered dangerous or immoral will suddenly become as trendy and marketable as a craft beer===

    I get the feeling that the “others” in that editorial are the moralizing, finger-wagging, get off my lawn, bring back the 1950s members of the Tribune editorial board.

  10. - Mark - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:39 am:

    better GD reference might have been “Comes a time when a blind man takes your hand and says don’t ya see” but if they can’t pull of a Truckin’ reference that would be lost

  11. - benniefly2 - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:41 am:

    If the Trib folks had wanted to look a little more edgy and still miss the context of a song, they should have gone with something from Ween’s Puffy Cloud.

  12. - Ted Slowik - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:41 am:

    I’m curious about what this means for traffic stops, and how that figures into law enforcement opposition to legalization. Officers and K9s have used the smell of marijuana as probable cause to search vehicles. Do law enforcement agencies now voluntarily adjust their policies to address that, or will it take a test case and legal challenge to force change?

  13. - wordslinger - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:42 am:

    –…bring back the 1950s members of the Tribune editorial board.–

    Watch out for those Jazz musicians. They reap the Devil’s Harvest.

    I guess the troncs missed that day in high school history class on Prohibition, when “others” considered beer “dangerous” and “immoral.”

    Maybe they were in the parking lot getting stoned.

  14. - PJ - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:44 am:

    Who can say with a straight face that pot is immoral and should be banned while there’s a bar on every corner? If you’re not actively campaigning for the return of the temperance movement, you are a hypocrite of a highest order.

  15. - Dance Band on the Titanic - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:45 am:

    What in the world ever became of Kristen?
    Trib lost its sparkle, you know she isn’t the same
    Livin’ on red ink, vitamin Z(orn), and Kass pain
    All a friend can say is “Ain’t they a shame”

  16. - Paddyrollingstone - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:46 am:

    - Mark - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:39 am:

    better GD reference might have been “Comes a time when a blind man takes your hand and says don’t ya see” but if they can’t pull of a Truckin’ reference that would be lost

    Mark - I hadn’t thought of that one but another appropriate lyric for the Trib would be:

    “Got two good eyes but you still don’t see”

  17. - Annonin' - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:53 am:

    From the moment we read those words I thought:
    (1) Katrina took the day off
    (2) Zorn wrote the piece trying to look hip

    While not a Dead expert I would have bet a lot that they bungled the quote — mostly because they bungle nearly everything. Great catch

    For your next trick listen to the first segments of Pearson’s Sunday show. His guest was some dude touting a new website pushing term limits and remap. He basically confirms compliance with the Voting Rights Act cannot happen with pending reform schemes. Actually he calls it “tricky”
    Pretty funny stuff.

  18. - Henry Francis - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:56 am:

    I’m surprised the editorial didn’t tell the reader to cut their hair.

  19. - So_Ill - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 10:57 am:

    One of the greatest songs by the greatest band in the history of music.

    Tribune, like usual, is on the wrong side of history.

  20. - Henry Francis - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 11:02 am:

    I do like the Dead references today. If Rich posts anything about Ed Burke’s court appearance yesterday might we be treated to Shakedown Street?

  21. - Builder - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 11:02 am:

    “The thoughts are broken, perhaps they’re better left unsung.”

  22. - Slydog - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 11:17 am:

    The members of the Trib editorial board might have two good eyes, but they still don’t see.

  23. - Old OG - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 11:20 am:

    Not throw cold water on the “social equity” victory lap, but the economic aspects of the Marijuana Bill seem like Davos inspired, nip around the edges, BS. Elizabeth Warren is on to real social equity by her promotion of a wealth tax. Any thing less is really just designed to placate the masses being squeezed by massive and inequitable wealth distribution imbalance in the United States.

    Davos Link on taxing the wealthy:

    “It feels like I’m at a firefighters conference and no one’s allowed to speak about water.”

  24. - NeverPoliticallyCorrect - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 12:10 pm:

    While I agree the Trib was whiny, the issue of legalization isn’t so cut and dried. For the record, I don’t use MJ, nor do I drink alcoholic beverages or indulge in other street drugs. Never have, too much family history of addictive behaviors to ever want to start. Obviously, prohibition never works. But why does it keep coming up as a solution, because problems almost always develop with these chemicals. people abuse them and the rest of us have to pay for their treatment and deal with the consequences. The world will continue, I won’t smoke but that doesn’t mean I have a lot of sympathy for people who abuse these drugs and then come running for help. And no, I don’t have sympathy for cig smokers. they made a choice, ok but don’t ask me to pay for it.

  25. - Kayak - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 12:31 pm:

    Ashes, ashes, all fall down.

  26. - Bourbon Street - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 1:13 pm:

    =bring back the 1950’s members of the Tribune editorial board=

    No need; they’re already there.

  27. - g - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 3:29 pm:

    Maybe the Trib will have a Grateful Dead cover band play at their “caucus” meetings.

  28. - JDuc - Wednesday, Jun 5, 19 @ 7:39 pm:

    “Honest to the point of recklessness”


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