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When They Used To Market Cocaine

Through the 70s and 80s, one drug rules them all.?That drug was cocaine.

Before it was rendered illegal, the sale of drug paraphernalia was big business.?These vintage commercials show luxurious black sofas, sexy women, and lots of cocaine.

These advertisements, ripped from magazines such as?Head,?High Times,?Rush?and Flash?offer a glimpse of the wide range of flashy gear and accessories offered to the cocaine connoisseur of the late ?70s and early ?80s.

The 1970s were a weird time, not least because you could apparently advertise cocaine in magazines despite this being the first decade of President Nixon?s Controlled Substances Act.

In June 1971, Nixon declared a war on drugs. He said that drug abuse was ?public enemy number one in the United States?. Which is right where all of these ads were published.

The devices and gadgets up for sale include the practical, such as a spray to ease irritated nostrils and products to keep the powder dry and free of clumps. Then there’s more performative and ostentatious gear, including gold-plated razor blades and ornately carved, ivory snorting straws. For a drug as classy and luxurious as coke, a rolled-up dollar bill simply won?t do.

While the War on Drugs was underway???Ronald Reagan popularized that infamous?phrase???and cocaine was still very much illegal, selling and marketing paraphernalia (?Not intended for illegal use!?) was a legitimate and lucrative business.

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Interviewer tries and fails to censor interviewee’s words


MSNBC host Joy Reid tried to censor Steve Cortes on live television, but he refused to bow down to her politically correct demands. It was very entertaining and refreshing to see someone standing up to the creeping censorship of the left.

JOY REID (HOST): Hold on a second. Let me stop you right there. Let me stop you just one second. I?m going to stop you right there. You are Hispanic, Steve. Are you comfortable with that term, ?illegals?? That is a pejorative to a lot of people. Why do you use that term?

STEVE CORTES: You know why, Joy? Because words matter, OK?

REID: Yeah they do.

CORTES: And because if you do something that is against the law, it?s illegal. If you go into a store and you shoplift, you?re not an undocumented holder of a good, you?re a thief. If you come to the United States against the immigration laws of the United States, you?re not undocumented, you?re illegal.

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A tale of two journalists

Lets’s compare and contrast the journalist who profited from a criminal act against another journalist and the journalist whose journalistic privilege was ignored.

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Labour flouts the law all over the country

The Labour party has been out in force all over the country flouting council by-laws and electoral law. The law is specific:

221B Display of advertisement of a specified kind

(1)?During the period beginning 2 months before polling day and ending with the close of the day before polling day, the display of an advertisement of a specified kind is not subject to?

(a)?any prohibition or restriction imposed in any other enactment or bylaw, or imposed by any local authority, that applies in relation to the period when an advertisement of a specified kind may be displayed; or

(b)?any prohibition or restriction imposed in any bylaw, or imposed by any local authority, that applies in relation to the content or language used in an advertisement of a specified kind.

This means that within two months Electoral law applies not council by-laws. Labour have broken this law all over the country but none are more outrageous than in Auckland Central. In Auckland council by-laws prevent signage outside of two months. Predictably Cameron Brewer is outraged, but it is not without merit. This sign is at the top of Western Park, on Ponsonby Road right alongside the Rugby World Cup fan walk.

Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer says it is very disappointing the Labour Party?s Auckland Central candidate?Jacinda Ardern has deliberately ignored official advice around election hoardings.

On Tuesday Auckland Council?s senior lawyer Wendy Brandon advised candidates that election signs are allowed up from 12.00am, Monday 26 September ? two calendar months prior to the 26 November general election. Signs up around Auckland today breach the Electoral (Advertisements of a Specified Kind) Regulations 2005 bylaw.

?Like every other party, Labour was given very specific legal advice from the council but deliberately chose to breach the bylaw. It?s very disappointing and only reflects poorly on them.?

So Labour were warned, along with every other party, and they chose to ignore advice from the Auckland Council senior counsel.

Mr Brewer says Auckland Council CEO Doug McKay also wrote to political parties asking them to respect the Rugby World Cup and be sensitive to where they put signs up.

?By splashing red around the central city, Labour has ignored the council?s request to be sensitive around the Rugby World Cup. Aucklanders? have gone to a lot of trouble to have the city looking its best and people won?t appreciate makeshift hoardings on the likes of Western Park, Ponsonby Road.

?The Mayor needs to tell his colleagues in the Labour Party to pull their heads in. Auckland residents and ratepayers deserve better. They have spent over $100m on this tournament and ensuring Auckland looks great.?

So if the law breaking wasn’t bad enough they have decided to hijack the World Cup and splash Labour?party?signage all over the place during the World Cup, again against specific requests from the Council.

Never mind loyal readers, help is at hand.

Cameron Brewer says people who are annoyed by signs up illegally today, or poorly placed given the Rugby World Cup, should report them to the council by phoning (09) 301-0101.

Why is that the Labour party can’t comply with simple laws. If our law makers can’t keep the law then why should anyone else?