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New York State of Mind Amoeblog #34: Weed and the City, Wheelchair Sports Camp in NYC, Park Jam, Governors Ball Fest, Tony Awards +

Posted by Billyjam, June 5, 2013 09:10am | Post a Comment


Welcome to installment number 34 in the weekly New York State of Mind Amoeblog. This past week here in NYC witnessed the first non-stop, uninterrupted week of hot weather (finally), the launch of the wonderful new CitiBike bike share program to mostly positive feedback (more on this in a future NY Amoeblog), new NYPD released statistics that the subways are safer than ever with robberies on the mass transit system (typically iPhone grab and runs by opportunist thieves) down 30% from this time last year.  And while this past week's tabloid news of Amanda Bynes getting in trouble for weed smoking and bong tossing in New York City dominated most headlines, on Monday up in the state capital of Albany the New York State Assembly passed a medical marijuana bill (for the fourth time) that would allow medical marijuana, passing with a 95-38 vote.

If this new medical marijuana bill makes it through the Senate New Yorkers with "severely debilitating or life-threatening conditions" can be legally prescribed weed by their doctors. As it stands now the difference in attitude towards weed (medical and recreational) in NYC and such California cities as Los Angeles or Oakland is like night and day and has been such since the early 90's. It is radically different here with the NYPD enforcing a zero-tolerance towards any public weed activity. It has been this way ever since the reign of Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani who initiated the "broken window" theory which meant that that small crimes like weed smoking in public (once a common non-issue thing in NYC) were now an arrestable offense. People get arrested in NYC and thrown in jail for the weekend over half a joint and many of these are young black and Latino males who fall into the net of the NYPD's controversial, often illegal 'stop-and-frisk' program whereby the cops randomly stop someone for no reason other than they fit a profile, have them empty their pockets, and arrest them for small amounts of pot.

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John Lydon vs Judge Judy

Posted by Billyjam, August 3, 2007 01:45pm | Post a Comment
After posting the Tom Snyder vs John Lydon 1980 television appearance on yesterday's AMOEBLOG I got off list emails from three people about it. One AMOEBLOG reader linked me to a video clip that I never knew about. It was from 1997, when tour/session drummer Robert Williams took John Lydon to court TV -- specifically the Judge Judy Show -- to sue the former Sex Pistol. And all I can say is, God I love YouTube, since thanks to it we get to see all these classic TV moments that we missed first time around or saw but want to watch again, including this one from ten years ago when John Lydon (in classic form) appeared on Judge Judy. Surreal TV for sure! In case you don't have the time or patience to check out the seven minute clip below, the result was that Judge Judy sided with Lydon and not the bozo (or so he appeared to be on national tv) who filed suit against Johnny Rotten.