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These are super-powerful meds that calm and soothe, but are ultra-addictive to many people and make them crazy if they try to stop taking the pills. The FDA originally banned them as too dangerous.
Interestingly, I knew the lawyer at Clark Clifford’s firm who fought and fought and probably used LBJ’s clout to get them on the market. Appropriately, he died young. Now, we have millions of addicts of benzos. If your doctor tries to give them to you, think carefully. In general, once you start and stay on them for a few months, you simply cannot ever stop. To be sure, they have their uses, but they are very dangerous.
Psychoactive drugs are super scary generally. Long ago, in 1966, when I was a first-year student at Yale Law School, I went to the student health service to see a shrink because I was so anxious about my classes. My doctor there, a total imbecile, put me on Mellaril and Trilafon, mighty strong anti-psychotics that twisted my mind, wrecked my relationships, and even caused partial paralysis. Ultimately I had to drop out of school because of them. In my whole life, almost every bad incident of my acting strangely has been based on some doctor-prescribed psychoactive med. These are really, really dangerous things. Beware. They are prescribed by doctors who mean well but have no idea of the damage they do. For decades now, I have been wary of them and have felt better without them than with them. Oh, well. Never mind. The world is about Obama now, not medicines. Mr. Obama, I know you will never read this, but proceed with extreme caution and humility. Your job is simply impossible. I wish you well, but you have no idea of what’s in store for you. It is not a job. It is the impossible dream.
And get a lot of sleep. And stop smoking.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online