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Federal and state governments must run anti-marijuana PSAs with the same vigor they do vaping because vaping is far safer than conventional cigarettes while pot-smoking is indeed a public dilemma

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Stop the war on legitimate e-cigarette use if you are unwilling to wage the same on the ‘miracle cure-all’ marijuana…
San Diego, CA 92122, 11-27-2019 WednesdayHola, mis amigos, how is everyone doing today?  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I have given the family some of my precious time down at the restaurant.  We have been cleaning and cooking the turkeys and once out of the oven, we quickly begin breaking them down so we can then prepare the stock we will use for our famous gravy by steeping it overnight in the massive steam-jackets.  We put the bones, root vegetables, scraps of skin and meat, our secret mix of spices, along with a few other things, bring it all to a boil, keep it there for about 10 minutes, then drop it to low and allow it to perk overnight.  We have perhaps one of the BEST gravies in all of metropolitan San Diego and attract loads of diners for our annual holiday bashes.    
The good thing about retirement is that I can work when I choose and then head for home when I become tired which seems to be more frequent these days.  My over-all health is not what it once was but then, I hit 79 in February.  I also have a long history of smoking cigarettes and imbibing more alcohol than I probably should have but when I came up in the kitchen standing next to my dad, I learned how to smoke cigarettes and that beer was not booze but a reason for life. 
I have liver and lung problems that have dogged me for the past several years but amigos, the will to live is strong and my good spirits are pervasive.  I am no quitter and I also am a veteran church goer and will always make it to Mass at least once per week.  I think the Lord knows and loves me and watches over me so what more can an aged chef ask?  Maybe making it through the next presidential election so I can cast my vote for Donald J. Trump?
Speaking of tobacco, a few years ago, I stopped smoking cigarettes and began vaping.  I will admit, I am somewhat stunned at the war on vaping.  It seems that the goodie-two-shoes and liberal busybodies hate tobacco in every form but you never hear them talk about the dangers of smoking the ganga.  Now that, my friends, is pure loco. 
Being a proud Latino male, I am no stranger to smoking the reefer.  As a young man, it was a welcome alternative to drinking booze.  Of course as I grew up and moved into running my father’s business, I stopped smoking the stuff.  There was no way I could become a competent restauranteur if I was stoned out of my gourd and folks, the stuff we smoked back in the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s was nowhere near the crazy whacky weed the young people are smoking now.  Nowhere even close!
Pot nowadays is a big business.  Oh, yes, it took the pot peddlers a good 35-40-plus years to sell the idea of ‘medicinal marijuana.’  At first, it cured glaucoma and helped minimize depression.  Then, it became the cure all, be-all for cancer, for stroke, for psychosis, for liver disease, for kidney disease, then heart disease, it was like, “Damn!  This stuff cures virtually everything for which, you use it.” 
Now that sort of reminds us how we know from history that back at the turn of the 20th century, cocaine and opium were curing all manner of fatal and debilitating diseases.  It was in cough syrup, it was in tonics, it was in tinctures, hell, it was in the Coca-Cola®, where the heck do you think the name, “Coca-Cola®” comes from?  It comes from the coca leaf, the parent of cocaine, and it was a major ingredient in the soda. 
Now, I could give a hoot if people want to smoke pot recreationally or they use it to cure their glaucoma.  However, when the powers that be push it as though it is some sort of magical cure all sent to the Earth by God Almighty, I have no choice other than to disagree. 
We have enough problems already and what with the appearance of edibles and all manner of other products designed for maximum penetration of the United States, why do we need to make pot legal when it is one-hundred-times stronger now than it was 40 years ago?  It makes no sense.
Yet, there was Sen. Cory Booker, in the last debate[i], pandering to the younger folks, accusing former Vice President Joe Biden of being ‘high’ when he made some remarks critical about the pakalolo. 
Mr. Biden has every right to say we ‘should study the stuff’ because where do you think all these homeless and destitute drug users started?  Sure, some with booze but more than likely, they were out there smoking the powerful reefer and now find themselves mentally deficient and living like urban outdoorsmen, crapping and peeing on the streets.  It ain’t good.
Still, politicians attack tobacco and want to destroy cigarettes and e-cigarettes.  Yet, tobacco pays for so many programs, that wiping it out would destroy massive tax revenues much like our estúpido Governor Gavin Newsom waging war on fracking.  Once the industry is gone, so, too, is the tax monies derived from it and the state will descend even deeper into the liberal-created morass of hopelessness, destitution, homelessness, and poverty.
As far as I know, everyone who developed lung disease or died from vaping was NOT vaping tobacco products.  Some might have been the flavors, but who needs flavors, all we need is the tobacco.  The culprit seems more like ILLEGAL THC additives to the vape liquid that contain vitamin E that for some reason the lungs have a challenging time absorbing and so people find themselves in pulmonary distress.
Federal and state governments, how about this: HOW about running commercials against pot with the same vigor you do against vaping.  Vaping is GOOD for those of us who want less harmful means of getting nicotine into our bodies or for those who wish to quit for good.   Pot, on the other hand, is a mind-altering drug, plain and simple.  Sure, it might aid glaucoma sufferers but for most anything else, it is a disaster.
Stop being hypocrites.  Enough is enough.  Oh, by the way, let’s impeach Gavin Newsom NOW. 
See you tomorrow.  
Executive Chef Pedro Muñoz
CEC, American Culinary Federation, Inc.



This is a caricature of me created by up-and-coming Bakersfield street artist Simone.  We decided to go this route to protect our identities from readers who make some virulent threats, which means we find it best to use cartoons instead of photos.  Anyhow,  I began my culinary career in the 1950's and had the good fortune of working with many different chefs before meeting my good friend, Stinkbug, in the mid 1980's in Bakersfield. I am still working part-time in my semi-retired years in my hometown in San Diego, CA.
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11-27-2019 Wednesday-- Political Topics and Essays, Part MMI: “Federal and state governments must run anti-marijuana PSAs with the same vigor they do vaping because vaping is far safer than conventional cigarettes while pot-smoking is indeed a public dilemma” by Chef Pedro Muňoz
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Muňoz, Pedro. Federal and state governments must run anti-marijuana PSAs with the same vigor they do vaping because vaping is far safer than conventional cigarettes while pot-smoking is indeed a public dilemma.”  Political Topics and Essays, Part MMI
FOR FURTHER READING:
04-28-2015 T: “Political Topics and Essays, Part CDXLVI: A Growing Number of Hawaiian Leaders believe decriminalizing Marijuana in the Aloha State would be beneficial for EVERYONE—what the Heck have these Lawmakers been smoking?” by Chef Itzi Nakamura.
09-15-2016 Th: “While promoting the ‘Benefits’ of Recreational Marijuana, the American Left seeks to criminalize the Harmless Alternative to Cigarette Smoking, E-Cigarettes or ‘Vaping’” by Chef Lilah Paulikovich.  Political Topics and Essays, Part DCCCLVII
04-22-2017 S: “Libertarians believe in ‘live and let live;’ however, if you want to smoke pot, just say that is what you want to do, do not give me the song and dance that you have legitimate medical needs requiring its use” by Chef Gervais Krinkelmeier.  Political Topics and Essays, Part MLXI
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TODAY IN HISTORY—NOVEMBER 27, 2019:



A.   399: St. Anastasias the I begins his reign as Catholic Pope.
B.    1095: Pope Urban II preaches for all Christian knights to go on the First Crusade to the Holy Land to liberate it from the Muslim enemy.
C.   1701: Astronomer Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius temperature scale, was born in Uppsala, Sweden.
D.   1779: The College of Pennsylvania became the University of Pennsylvania, which made it the first legally recognized university in America. 
E.    1817: The First Seminole War commences as U.S. soldiers attack a Native American village in the Florida Everglades.
F.    1839: Mathematicians founded the American Statistical Association in Boston, Massachusetts.
G.   1889: New York City government issued the first permit to drive an automobile through Central Park to Curtis P. Brady on this date.
H.   1901: The U.S. Army War College underwent establishment in Washington, D.C.
I.      1910: The Pennsylvania Railroad began regularly serving New York’s Pennsylvania Station.
J.     1911: The stage comedy, “The Playboy of the Western World” by J.M. Synge received a hostile reception in New York because of its supposed portrayal of Irish characters.  Elsewhere, theatrical producer David Merrick was born in St. Louis.
K.   1912: The Spanish Protectorate of Morocco begins.  Elsewhere in Albania, the small Balkan nation adopts its new flag.
L.    1924: Macy’s first Thanksgiving Day parade—billed as a “Christmas Parade”—took place in New York City.
M.  1934: Near Barrington, Illinois, FBI agents shot dead bank robber, George “Baby Face” Nelson on this date.
N.   1939: The play, “Key Largo,” by Maxwell Anderson, opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York.
O.    1942: During World War II, the French navy at Toulon scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them from falling into the hands of the Nazis who were overrunning the Low Countries and France.  Elsewhere in the world, Jimmy Hendrix (later to be "Jimi") --the famed guitarist who died young--was born in Seattle, Washington on this date.  Finally, in Yugoslavia, Partisan leader Josef Broz Tito appoints members to an anti-Fascist council.
P.    1951: Hosea Richardson received a license from the state of Florida to become the first black horseracing jockey in the state.
Q.   1953: Playwright Eugene O’Neill died in Boston at age 65.
R.   1962: Boeing construction crews rolled out the first Boeing 727 at the company’s Renton plant.
S.    1963: President Lyndon Baines Johnson made his first address to a joint session of Congress on this date.
T.    1965: 15,000 anti-war demonstrators march on Washington, D.C. in protest of the growing war in Vietnam.
U.   1966: In the highest scoring game in NFL history, the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 72-41.
V.   1967: The Beatles release the “Magical Mystery Tour,”[ii] album to critical acclaim.
W. 1970: At the airport in Manila, a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest slightly wounded Pope Paul VI as he was visiting the Philippines.  Meanwhile, George Harrison releases three-record set, “All Things Must Pass.”[iii] 
X.   1973: The Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew who had recently resigned. 
Y.   1978: San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, a Gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside city hall by former supervisor Dan White
Z.    1980: Dave Williams of the Chicago Bears became the first player in NFL history to return a kick for a touchdown in overtime.
AA.        1983: 183 people lost their lives when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid’s Barajas Airport.     
BB.         1985: The British House of Commons approved the Anglo-Irish accord giving Dublin a consulting role in the governing of British-ruled Northern Ireland.
CC.        1987: In West Beirut, Lebanon, pro-Iranian thug kidnappers released two French hostages on today’s date—Jean-Louis Normandin and Roger Auque.
DD.        1989: A bomb blamed on drug traffickers destroyed a Columbian Avianca Boeing 727, killing all 107 people on board and three people on the ground.  Law enforcement authorities blamed the crime on Columbian drug cartel boss, Pablo Escobar.
EE.         1990: British Conservative Party members choose John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher as prime minister.
FF.          1991: The Undertaker beat Hulk Hogan to become the new WWF champion.  Meanwhile, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that led the way for the establishment of a UN peacekeeping operation in Yugoslavia.
GG.       1992: In Venezuela, rebel forces tried but failed to overthrow President Carlos Andres Perez for the second time in 10 months. 
HH.       1994: In the 82nd Canadian Football League Grey Cup, the British Columbia Lions beat the Baltimore Stallions 26-23.
II.   1997: Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions becomes the second leading all-time rusher of the NFL.
JJ. 2004: After four decades in North Korea and less than one month in a U.S. military jail near Tokyo, U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins became a free man.
KK.       2008: The ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) went out of service after more than 30 years.  Its builders launched the vessel on September 20, 1967.
LL.         2009: Tiger Woods crashed his SUV outside his Florida mansion, sparking widespread attention to reports of cheating on his wife, Elin Nordegren; the couple divorced the following year.
MM.     2010: Icelanders vote for the creators of a new constitution to replace an edited version of the Danish constitution since 1994.  
NN.        2011: The Arab League votes to impose sanctions on Syria due to the continued violent uprising taking place within that country; Syria says the move is ‘unprecedented.’
OO.       2012: The United Kingdom agrees to create new public and private universities; these will be the first universities the UK has created in decades.
PP.          2013: In Italy, legislators expelled ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi from parliament due to his tax fraud conviction.
QQ.       2014: Despite pressure from non-OPEC oil-producing nations, OPEC announces that it will continue oil production at present levels, causing oil to fall to $69.00 per barrel.                                                       









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[i] The debate of which, we speak was the Democratic Debate that occurred on Wednesday, 20-November-2019.
[ii] We began promoting the music of both the Beatles and the band’s individual components on Friday, 04-November-2016 through Sunday, 11-June-2018.  Besides the Beatles, we also promoted the music of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison as well as the Traveling Wilburys.    The “Magical Mystery Tour” album appeared on Wednesday, 23-November-2016.  Please seek out this massive offering by visiting the blog posts between those dates. You will be glad you did.
[iii] “All Things Must Pass,” a three-record set appeared on Friday, 09-December-2016.  Please, seek it out and consider adding it to your collection. 
























































































































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The Zombies, dead and buried, yet their record company put out the next of what would be the next of many compilation albums. “Greatest Hits, Greatest Recordings,” came out on April 15, 1995  and it featured 27 unbelievably important tracks, some of which appeared on singles as well as on their first two albums.  While you might only find it on CD if you search the web, you sure as heck can find it on wax so visit your favorite record store and consider adding it to your collection- you will be you did.




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Today’s album is Frank Zappa’s thirtieth solo album, “Guitar,” which came out on April 26, 1988 and gave Mr. Zappa the opportunity to demonstrate his unique prowess on the guitar.  Joining him are numerous amazing musicians such as Ray WhiteSteve ValIke WillisDenny Valley on guitars as well as bassists Scott Thunes and Arthur Barrow.  Also featured here are keyboardists Tommy Mars and Bobby Martin as well as drummers Ed Mann and Charles Wackerman among others.  Due to the musical topics and lyrical stances Mr. Zappa took over the course of his life, it is a shame he did not get more respect for his musical abilities but instead remained in an odd area within music.  However, we highly recommend all his work and believe that you should pick up this exceptional album—you are going to love it. Go to Amazon.com NOW and buy it.

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Bad Company released their next album, “Hard Rock Live,” which came out on February 09, 2010 and featured the current lineup of the band live in concert.  The lineup featured Simon Kirke (drums/percussion/vocals), Paul Rodgers (vocals),   Mick Ralphs and Howard Leese (guitars/backing vocals/keyboards) and Lynn Sorensen (bass).  We hope you will seek this album out and consider adding it to your ever-growing collection as it is worthy of ownership by you and a big snapshot of the group’s career as it features 17 classic tunes as well as well as a DVD.  We thank you- get it from Amazon.com.

       









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