Monday, February 13, 2012

That Makes No Sense

When someone famous dies, all sort of people have to chime in on what they thought of the person and/or of their death if it was untimely or unexpected. Doesn't matter who it is. Doesn't matter if they actually "knew" the person more than just knew of them. None of that matters. What matters (apparently) is that they have something that they want to say and someone else is wanting to hear it and let them say it. I'm going to go ahead and say that's not exactly the best idea because the person might be grief-stricken or something and might say something completely asinine. (Do you like how I'm going with the 'possibly grief-stricken' angle and not just implying that they're likely a moron? I thought it was subtle.) In the instance of the newly departed Whitney Houston, that person with an opinion is Tony Bennett.

According to the Boston Herald, Tony Bennett was asking what he thought about the demise of
Whitney Houston. His answer? A little ramble-y and a lot ridiculous. He said, "First it was Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse, now the magnificent Whitney Houston. . . . I’d like every person in this room to campaign to legalize drugs. . . . Let’s legalize drugs like they did in Amsterdam. No one’s hiding or sneaking around corners to get it. They go to a doctor to get it." Where to begin?

I guess I'll just dive right in. Look, I'm not going to claim to
be an expert on the drug laws of Amsterdam or any other part of the Netherlands. But from what I understand, pot is totally legal over there and sold freely about. I don't think that it's a total drug free for all or anything. And it's also not like it isn't regulated. So if that's what Tony Bennett is referring to, I have some shocking news for him. That news being that I highly doubt that Whitney Houston died from an overdose of marijuana. In fact, it's kind of looking like she took a bunch of Xanax and passed out in the tub. (That would have been fine had the tub not been full of water or had she been wearing scuba gear.)

And that brings me to my second point. Michael Jackson died from an overdose of a sedative that could have been used to tranquilize
an elephant. Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning. And it's looking like Xanax and a tub full of water has done in Whitney. You know what all three of those deaths have in common? All involved perfectly legal substances. Needing a prescription, maybe, but legal regardless. Tony Bennett wants drugs legalized so that they can go to a doctor to get it? Two of them did! What is he talking about?!

How old is Tony Bennett? 85? Well, he looks great. He should just probably stop talking about things. Most things. He sings well. Can he just stick to singing? It'd probably be best. He's not very good at the talking.

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