Yesterdays Reliable Source column in the Washington Post was interesting for the first time since Lloyd Grove left town fo the bright lights and tall buildings of New York City. While also including the hilarious story of Max Baucuses wife's fisticuffs at a local gardening store it was the focus on hippies that struck my fancy.
The first report involves pot smokers and Ron Paul.
A Different Kind of Joint Session
• Last week the Capitol Police busted a young intern working for Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) for toting a baggie of pot and a bong into the Cannon House Office Building, but they'll have to look the other way when stockbroker Irvin Rosenfeld brings his stash onto their territory today. For more than 20 years, the federal government has supplied Rosenfeld with marijuana cigarettes, which he smokes under doctor's orders to ease symptoms of a rare bone disorder.
Before arriving from Florida to lobby in Congress for medical use of marijuana with the pro-pot group NORML, Rosenfeld made sure to inform authorities of his dispensation to smoke 12 joints a day -- he's one of seven people who get Uncle Sam-grown reefer under a program that began in the Carter era. (It was shut down in 1992, but some patients were grandfathered in.)
The other item invovled Bob Dylan's recent commercialsfor Victoria's Secret. Mr. Dylan, in years past, has been very protective of his intellectual property and steadfastly refused to "compromise" his art for purely commercial purposes (as if the millions he has made performing his music isn't a purely commercial interest - but thats a comment for another day).
Anyway, it turns out that long ago Mr. Dylan agreed to "sell out" to only one type of industry . . . "Ladies Garments" of which Victoria's Secret sell some of the nicest looking (and on nice looking ladies taboot). You can watch the 1965 press conference here.
As my brother would say . . . . NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!