(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THE WEEKEND EDITION MAY 11-13, 2018) — Do you belong to a group officially designated as a “minority?” Do you have a past conviction for drugs? Do you live in a low-rent neighborhood with high arrest rates for doping? Have you been previously jailed? Do you have a criminal record? Congratulations! You’re in luck. You live in Massachusetts.

You may have missed it, but motley crews of all types and “the armies of the road” will have a leg up on other entrepreneurs breaking into the now-legal, now lucrative cannabis business. Under a proposed law now bonging in that bastion of morality and corruption otherwise known as the Massachusetts Legislature, the druggies and muggies will be given a place at the finish line to ensure they win. How naïve of THE PLANET for thinking equal opportunity meant fair access into the race at the starting gate.

You likely missed the big news last month, when the Bastard Bastions on Beacon Hill rolled out what they call and “equity program” for the marijuana industry. No other state in the nation has such an unjustly discriminatory act.

Ah, Massachusetts, ah humanity.

The “equity” measure flies in the face of logic as well as market-based dynamics. It stands as THE PLANET‘s nominee for Worst Example of Moonbat Social Engineering. The envelope, please. The new measure:

* Gives law breakers and deadbeats a head start in what is an Oklahoma land rush for cah-cow marijuana licenses.

* Requires that every other company in the business of growing, processing, or selling cannabis must help their “competitors.”

* Limits the size of these other companies.

* Requires the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission to train the flunkies, who likely know as much about running a business as Judge Crater knows about Mapquest.

Behind it all is what The Boston Globe calls “a simple premise: People of color were disproportionately prosecuted and jailed amid the nation’s ‘war on drugs.'” Globe reporter Dan Adams quotes hypenated State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz: “We’re going to use this moment to try to rebalance the scales.”

Are you scared, yet?

Time and again, we’ve seen how such forced attempts at justice inevitable fail. They HAVE to fail for a variation of the simple reason given by narrated Nick to Jay Gatsby in Scott Fitzgerald’s great novel: “You can’t repeat the past.” In this case, Nick would be saying: “You can’t change the injustices of the past by meeting out ‘equity’ in the present.” In fact, this kind of social engineering has the opposite affect. Not only does it set up unqualified people to fail, it alienates others who unjustly must deal with discrimination — in this case, reverse discrimination based on skin color. It will ensure more race-based hatred. There are few things more odious.

Moreover, this “equity” javelin will pierce the wrong heart when it lands. By trying to right the wrongs of the past, it keeps that past alive in an unhealthy, obsessive way. This stirring up the sediment at the bottom curtails the honest efforts of good people to make progress in racial and economic matters. It dooms us to repeat the past rather than mend the present, in that way securing a harmful, repetitive future.

True equality must grow from seed in the human heart. The seed lies present in every person’s soul, to use a loaded word. You don’t grow healthy by planting a seed in poor ground and refusing it sunshine and water.

The divisions of race, gender, income, and any other distinction one may wish to make dissolve in the realization of our recent thought that all dichotomies are false. We are one. Misguided bureaucrats and aparatchiks such as the Chang-Diaz employ false dichotomies for the selfish gains that, sadly, such political triangulation reaps. Dichotomies be two. Triangulation be three. The third member in counterfeit social division — victims, in this case — be us, the ” you” and”me” out there who employ common sense and a healthy measure of ethics in the humble pursuit of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

We see through the type of “equity” discussed here, though too many among us have been beaten down by political correctness from speaking out. Fear, not “equality” — let alone love — provides the fuel that keep the likes of Chang Hyphen Diaz and state cannabis commissioner Shaleen Title (entitled) motoring.

We won’t have it. Though they try to force it down our throats or into our lungs, we won’t have it.

Have a great weekend, everybody.


“The brain is Nature’s supreme achievement” — Friedrich Nietzsche



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  1. Pat
    May 13, 2018 at 5:44 am #

    As far left as you can go California wants to replace Lincolns birthday with a Socialist holiday. California is sounding like it is in collusion with Russia.

  2. Pat
    May 13, 2018 at 5:53 am #

    Fascism is alive and growing in California. California teacher’s pension fund threatens companies financially over gun control issues. Not only that, it’s against the law.

    • Gigi
      May 13, 2018 at 9:06 am #

      California is a mess. Thankfully some counties are beginning to wake up and rebel against the sanctuary cities policies. The teachers unions are leftist political organizations.

  3. h
    May 13, 2018 at 11:05 am #

    . Jung is Locked and Loaded

  4. u
    May 13, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    Code; America wi s in Elmo t today 2nd…

  5. H
    May 13, 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    I don’t know about you,but I do know this City will never come together because there are factions and hate amongst ninety percent of it citizens, probably higher right now over all in U S because of the spewing coming from the White House.

    On this water-sewer situation, does anyone have a clue of how much it will Cost rate payers as of today May 13? Didn’t think so.

    Where are all the complaints concerning this issue, none? We have at minimum six people who have gone out to bat for us on this nonsense. Hug your Mom today, then tell her, Mom your rates are going up possible thousands, then say to her. Good Luck!

    • dusty
      May 13, 2018 at 1:07 pm #

      Right, tell your Mom she may need to be moving into one of the new low income housing units for displaced seniors due to exorbitant taxes. It is a thing in Pittsfield.

      There is always the “reverse mortgage” but not a great option either.

      • H
        May 13, 2018 at 3:30 pm #

        Yeah, but is it hip.

  6. Jonathan Melle
    May 13, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

    Donald Trump paid people to not talk about his love life, but we all know about it. He even cheated on all 3 of his wives! He is in legal trouble over the Stormy Daniels affair. Donald Trump is a sexual deviant, who said he likes to “grab women by their [meow]”!

    • Harrison
      May 13, 2018 at 1:43 pm #

      We are all adults (I assume). You can say pussy. If the president can say it, so can you.

    • Steven Dean
      May 14, 2018 at 3:17 am #

      Jonathan stop being a disgrace

  7. U
    May 13, 2018 at 3:53 pm #

    Gaetani wants the minutes of the meeting et al with Tyer and EPA administrator A Dunn.These are public documents, he said.

    He states the meeting was a sham and had a clandestine motive to scare the eight weak minded City Vouncilors.

    These eight took the bait and their votes will eventually lead to water-sewer rates that are higher than Property taxes.

    The G-Man wonders who will stand up and be counted? Once he gets the E P A here to answer questions from the public and full Council.

    The Wiz hopes that intelligent individuals sow up, but hopes the intelligence such as fritz-dean-Lenny-still wondering,two cents shakes and other a-holes will stay in there holes and not come out and show they are idiots.

    They have already shown they are idiots, and never lend anything to any co versatile on the Planet period. Unfortunately many are like these Clowns, and that is why good men like the Wizard can only do so much, but Gaetani never quits until he wins, and that is something we intelligent should be thankful for.

    Now-let the idiots reply.

  8. U
    May 13, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

    Seventy million people headc him say it (meow)except dizzy dean. What a goof.

  9. Cos
    May 13, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

    The only thing worse than lying politicians is the
    enabler’scwho defend their every lie.

    This is what we have With Trump and the deranged that support him. THIS CANNOT LEAD TO ANY GOOD FOR ANYONE.

    We must start to weed this cancer from our society or we will end up not knowing right from wrong.

    When this happens,it will be late.

    • Pat
      May 13, 2018 at 5:06 pm #

      The Progressive agenda is the cancer in our society. It has infected the schools, the media, and even some businesses. The Progressive agenda wants to silence all voices except Progressive voices. The people that support President Trump think logically and want our country to include everyone not just Progressives. Just as an example, African American employment is higher than ever, but Progressives can’t be happy about it because it is happening during the Trump presidency. They will not allow themselves to be happy about anything that this President is doing including historic meetings with North Korea when just a few months ago Progressives were saying nuclear war would soon start with North Korea. Progressives need help dealing with reality.

  10. Jonathan Melle
    May 13, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

    Donald Trump won’t release his federal tax returns! I wonder what he is hiding?

    Donald Trump’s federal tax cuts will cause trillion dollar federal budget deficits! Why would he pass the tax bill to our nation’s children and grandchildren?

    Donald Trump declared business bankruptcy 4 times over! I wonder if he will bankrupt the United States of America?

    • Steven Dean
      May 14, 2018 at 3:16 am #

      You are fake news and a disgrace

  11. Cos
    May 13, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

    He”ll go to N K and while he’s there some bullshit will break out somewhere else,you watch. Or he will have impeachment papers waiting for him at the dock.

  12. Jonathan Melle
    May 13, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

    Down with Trump!
    Trump = Hate! (Adolf Hitler)
    President Trump had neo-nazi staffers working for him in the White House, including Stephen Bannon!
    Donald Trump kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bed and read them before he went to sleep at night!
    Trump is a bigot!

    • 12 Gauge
      May 13, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

      You need help.

  13. Trumped Up
    May 13, 2018 at 6:20 pm #

    The jobs are a joke also. Three quarters of them are corporations coming back paid for by maryjane and andy Kapanski with corporate cash and the corps-in return,go to the Dow and buy and sell their own stock.

  14. Bill Q
    May 13, 2018 at 6:32 pm #

    Exactly, and guess who will pay for I flared goods and services if the corps invest in Capital,and don’t hold your breath, you got it, the consumer. Anyone have private Insurance out there, how much has it gone up?

  15. Jonathan Melle
    May 13, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

    Donald Trump’s decision to break the Iran treaty will cause gas prices to go over $3/gallon this summer!
    Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on foreign countries will hurt farmers and other businesses. Thousands of people will lose their jobs!
    Donald Trump’s decision to break the Paris Treaty will cause global warming!
    Donald Trump makes bad decisions will deleterious impacts on workers, businesses, gas and energy prices, the environment, and diplomacy.
    Donald Trump is the worst President EVER! He is an embarrassment to our country and the nation!

    • Steven Dean
      May 14, 2018 at 3:16 am #

      Jonathan’s decision to be a victim all his life is a joke

  16. Jonathan Melle
    May 13, 2018 at 7:39 pm #

    Donald Trump’s campaign is being investigated by Robert Mueller for alleged “Russian Collusion”! Is Trump’s relation with Putin unethical or illegal?

    • 12 Gauge
      May 13, 2018 at 8:25 pm #

      It’s made up you buffoon.

  17. Jonathan Melle
    May 13, 2018 at 8:12 pm #

    Donald Trump wants to rig the 2020 U.S. Census by asking a controversial citizen question, which will help Republicans!

    • 12 Gauge
      May 13, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

      Since when is asking if someone is a citizen controversial?

    • Steven Dean
      May 14, 2018 at 3:15 am #

      Jonathan you are fake news. Get a job

    • Spider
      May 15, 2018 at 3:58 am #

      Thank you Jonathon for confirming that Democrats do not want the wall because “illegals” will vote for their party and avail themselves of all the give away programs our taxes provide.

      You bet I want voter ID!

  18. Bill Q
    May 14, 2018 at 3:18 am #

    Steve go home…..topix