Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Room Full of Ghosts

I circle around the memory of all the aunts and uncles, cousins and in-laws gathering for the Holidays at the Big House...

There's Uncle Carl, pulling you into his stories of genealogy and history and politics. There's Uncle Hoyt, playing his acoustic guitar and singing "North To Alaska."

There's Aunt Sara, with her delicious, made-from-scratch homemade rolls. There's Uncle Hubert, so proud of his colorful holiday socks. There's classy Aunt Jewel and her husband Uncle Jack, a Chicago transplant who loves to talk about Flatt and Scruggs.

There's Dad, among all his brothers and sisters, looking as happy as I've ever seen him. There's Aunt Martha Jean, giving me a hug and a slipping a $5 bill into my hand because I made the Honor Roll. There's Uncle Gober, regaling me with Navy stories of the Galapagos Islands and the Middle East.

There's Aunt Mabel, leading everyone in the singing of the Christmas carols. And there's Uncle Ernest, visiting from out in Texas, with his stories of pot smugglers who didn't quite make it across the border.

From outside the Old Elliott House as I slip into the distance, I can see the tree, and the lights; I can hear the happy voices and the Christmas carols.

There goes a world. And a worldview. And a childhood.

I'm in a room full of ghosts.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Steve Elliott at Idaho HOPEFest 2012

Jared Allaway walked, filming, up on my speech at Idaho HOPE Fest 2012... 

I just realized today that this footage existed.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tune In To The Hidden Stash Show March 20

Tune in next Tuesday, March 20, to The Hidden Stash Show on 420 Radio, WTHC.

We'll be talking about our favorite subject, CANNABIS!

I'll be one of the guests, along with my good friend Dr. Sunil Aggarwal, formerly of Seattle. 

Tune in live 7-9 pm EST (4-6 pm Pacific) on 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Zombie-Brained Cultists Are Annoying...

A Ron Paul fan just helpfully informed me that I work for:

• the federal government; and/or

• Big Pharma; and/or

• Monsanto...

because I'm not a Ron Paul fan.

Geez. And you Paul-Bots wonder why we find you so damn annoying?

Get a grip. Not everybody has to agree with you; I promise the sky won't fall.

Fuck! Are you THAT damn insecure in your beliefs?

(Don't try to "convert" me. I likely already know more about Ron Paul than you do. Disregard these words and get your dumb ass blocked. Thank you.)

Here she is:!/mjDreamin

If you think you've seen a government against you, you ain't seen nothing yet. Let Ron Paul and his ilk take over, and the kind of corporate deregulation we saw under Bush -- which wrecked the economy, if you haven't noticed -- would be NOTHING compared to what Ron Paul wants to do.

Ron Paul would completely unleash the corporations, removing any remaining regulations that keep them from completely poisoning the air, the earth, and the sea, for the sake of their bloated profits.

Ron Paul would completely remove all the civil rights laws, leaving minorities to fend for themselves.

Ron Paul would completely remove all workplace regulations protecting employees from unsafe and unsanitary working conditions.

It's the stupidest set of ideas ever advanced by a major politician, and I'm not supposed to SAY anything? And then when I dare speak up, THEN you say I'm "insulting people who support Ron Paul"?

If you believe in the mythos advanced by Ron Paul -- that we should return America to some glorious past of freedom -- then you must have a hard time distinguishing fact from fiction.

If you truly believe "freedom is the old American way," you must have studied a different American history than the one I know.

Freedom's a great idea -- not that we've ever tried it in this country.

And if your idea of "freedom" is corporate slavery -- which is EXACTLY what we'd get under the ideas espoused by Ron Paul -- then don't expect me to keep my mouth shut about it, because your dream is my nightmare.

10 Reasons Not To Vote For Ron Paul

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Save The Internet: Stop SOPA/PIPA!

Thanks to action by a broad and bipartisan coalition of Internet users, companies, and organizations, the U.S. House of Representatives has now put the brakes on SOPA, a well-intentioned but deeply flawed bill that would use Internet censorship to combat overseas copyright infringement. Even President Obama's White House has joined the opposition.
But nevertheless, the Senate is continuing to move forward — and fast — with its equally dangerous version of the bill, called PIPA, the Protect-IP Act. As written, PIPA would import censorship and surveillance techniques pioneered by countries like China and Iran, reversing longstanding U.S. policy on Internet freedom, betraying U.S. First Amendment values, damaging our standing around the world, threatening our job-creating innovators, and undermining Internet security for everyone.
Today is a day for action across the Internet. Learn about these destructive bills. Tell your Senator what you think. Congress needs to hear from you.

Sunday, January 1, 2012