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Israel-Palestine & the Future?

Amos and Andy were young Israeli and Palestinian prisoners at FCI McKean, PA, for a time when I served there.  They were inseparable.

Nature vs. Prohibition…

They lived in the same unit, ate together, and worked together at the prison factory, UNICOR.  Whenever you saw one, the other wasn’t far away.  They spoke each other’s languages.  They had met in prison and soon found that they had a lot more in common than differences.

They had each been involved in the drug trade back home—one of the more ubiquitous enterprises (thanks to the profits generated by prohibition) available to all.  That is, assuming one has the cajones to engage in illicit business.  (Not a stretch at all when one looks at the banks and Wall Street today…) more…

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Tobacco: Their Morals vs. Ours…

When I first served a particularly brutal stint on a rock-quarry, chain-gang in Tennessee (1964-65), one of the benefits I received from the state was a weekly packet of Bull Durham rolling tobacco.

Marlboro Posterboy 40-per-day

It didn’t matter if the inmates smoked or not, we lined up every Friday evening at the prison store window—really not much more than a large closet—for our dole.  Tobacco was money in prison; everyone took their ration.

I was 21 and had been a smoker since I was 14.  I quit.  Who wants to burn up their own money? more…