Groovy: Summer of Love, Message of Love

Groovy: Summer of Love, Message of Love
Posted by CN Staff on June 08, 2007 at 16:19:52 PT
By Paul E. Anna
Source: Aspen Times 
USA -- Groovy. It's a word I'll be using all summer long.It's my way of paying tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Yes, it was 40 years ago today that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. Actually, it was 40 years ago last Friday, June 1, 1967, that the Beatles released "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" in the U.K., commencing a summer that would change everything.
For those who are too young, or simply choose not to remember, back in 1967 we were in a place not very different in many respects from the one we are in now. We were engaged in an unpopular war with no way out; we were less than five years removed from a catastrophic national nightmare (the Kennedy assassination); and the Middle East was about to explode in conflict. But there was also an undercurrent of change that ran strong at that time. The youth of America were letting their hair down, and many were listening to the exhortations of Dr. Timothy Leary, who, at the "Be-In" gathering in San Francisco in January 1967, urged people to "tune in, turn on and drop out." By that summer, tens of thousands of young people were headed to San Francisco and, more specifically, the Haight-Ashbury district, to participate in what they believed would be a the beginning of a new world order based on love. The spirit of that summer gathering had been simmering as an American undercurrent for some time. The basic principles of the youth movement revolved around communal living, free will, free love, and taking care of your fellow man. Drugs, specifically marijuana and LSD, were key components of the new world order, the first because smoking pot was seen as a act of defiance and the second because its use expanded the mind. Or, in some cases, blew it. The Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane and the Quicksilver Messenger Service provided the soundtrack for the happening.Fashion, music, sexual mores, how to organize groups and a society, the mixing of races and genders, technology, the environment, all of these things were affected by the gathering of the tribes during that summer. It was a moment in time.That's not to say that the Summer of Love was, in and of itself, the focal point of all the change the '60s begat. Rather, to this day, it serves as a touchstone. The memory of San Francisco in that summer of '67 reminds us of what power resides in the people when a collective consciousness for good takes over. And that's a groovy thing.Paul E. Anna, Aspen, CO ColoradoSource: Aspen Times (CO)Author: Paul E. AnnaPublished: June 8, 2007Copyright: 2007 Aspen TimesContact: mail aspentimes.comWebsite: Articles:Through Rose-Colored Granny Glasses Back, Starshine Hippies Were Right All Along -- We Knew That 
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on June 09, 2007 at 17:46:19 PT
Thanks Dankhank!
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Comment #16 posted by Dankhank on June 09, 2007 at 17:29:03 PT
summer of love ...
another perspective ...
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Comment #15 posted by DjLoTi on June 09, 2007 at 11:25:47 PT
When I first saw the article, I was outraged and upset. It kicked into high-gear when I didn't see the article here. Then I realized it was 2 years old. However, I am glad to bring it up, because (Sinsemilla Jones) you're right. The Paris Hilton stuff is absolutely degenerate to our society and standards. I mean, why doesn't 1 news station cover it, and then the rest cover real news? No.. The internet is the only source for real and important news. Jonathan Magbie will be remembered in my thoughts. 
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on June 09, 2007 at 09:41:57 PT
Two months
Two more months. Stolen from him, Linda, and everyone that cares about him.My thoughts are darkened by shadows. I need to do chores.Back later, God willing.
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on June 09, 2007 at 09:17:44 PT
Two months and he should be home. I hope both of them are doing well.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on June 09, 2007 at 09:11:51 PT
Comment 4
Just got another "air" trauma! Looking back at that article and the comments I got "air" gut-slugged.The first commenter. Runruff.Runruff...are you ok? What are you doing today? What is happening to you?We love you and are horrified at this happening to you. We love you and we miss you.We...all of us...activists, not so activist, and certainly prohibs, have failed this decent, kind man.
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Comment #11 posted by Hope on June 09, 2007 at 07:58:40 PT
So many people need to join us in our 
activism and efforts to change the way things are going.I don't see how the judge in this case can stand to look at herself in the mirror. If she has any sense of guilt or dismay about what happened, she should hang up the robes and join LEAP, DPA, Norml, or MPP, and get to work right away, and vigorously, to try and right a terrible wrong.Maybe instead of LEAP....she could start JAP. Judges Against Prohibition.
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on June 09, 2007 at 07:53:21 PT
Johnathan Magbie
He didn't just lay down and die, you know.He suffered hideously....body, soul, and spirit.We are responsible. We the people let our paid "servants" do this and virtually get away with it like it never happened.That's wrong and it is not impossible to make the world...and the USA and our justice system better. Is it?
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on June 09, 2007 at 07:48:11 PT
Thanks for the reminder. I hadn't forgotten the man and the horror visited on him, his family and friends, and all of us, by our "Justice system", but I have had trouble recently recalling his last name easily.We should not forget these victims.Some people, sometimes, make fun of or laugh at me because of my "pot activism". I try to explain how serious it is and they don't seem to have a clue. They just ignorantly.Johnathan Magbie and so many others. These horror stories are embedded in my soul and they and all the other injustices, and there are so many, wrought by the war on drugs and those who love and worship it, is why we fight.It's serious. It's serious as hell. It's not about getting legal pot or getting to get high legally.Who gives a tinker's damn about that? Cannabis is available everywhere and a bit of discretion will always be required in using it, legal or not. It's what happens to people when they are caught. And it's not just a situation of "I don't want that to happen to me."'s a serious situation because of what is being done to people because of this prohibition. It's outrageous. I can't bear these things happening to anyone...and if you want to throw in "You don't want it to happen to you!"...I have to answer this, "More than I don't want it to happen to me, I don't want it to happen to anyone. I don't want it to happen to my children, their children or my friends or your friends. I never wanted any of the fruits of the prohibition tree to come into existence. I hate what it has done to people and this country." I have to say to the silly geese that say "You just want to get high legally",...."I don't want it to happen to you! I don't want it to happen to anyone! It's wrong!"I'm outraged. I'm still outraged. I hate having to be outraged. Jonathan Magbie....his mistreatment, his wrongful death, his murder, and suffering should never be forgotten.May his memory and what happened to him, and so many others, strengthen us and give us courage to stick to this uphill trail we've chosen.
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Comment #8 posted by charmed quark on June 09, 2007 at 04:14:16 PT
Paris and Jonathan
I was talking about this strange contrast yesterday. A man thrown in jail to die for medical marijuana use. And a (whatever Paris is) let out of jail for minor discomfort reasons.Of course, LA is a very different place than Washington. LA has a VIP jail section for people like Paris. Even in jail, the hoi palloi get treated worst.
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Comment #7 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on June 09, 2007 at 03:50:50 PT
Jonathan Magbie
I thought of Jonathan Magbie earlier when viewing the hubbub over Poorich Paris.Why wasn't his wrongful death covered by every news channel?!Where was the scrutiny of his judge by numerous expert commentators?Where was Robert Shapiro to question the harshness of his sentence?While Paris' crys for her Mom were reported ad nauseum on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox, why did they ignore Magbie's Mom's efforts to ensure her son's health only to be put off and lied to at every turn?What was Nancy Grace, Larry King, etc, reporting on instead      a young man's death that resulted directly from the incompetence and cruelty of our justice system?If ever a 2 year old story was relevant today, it is that of Jonathan Magbie.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on June 08, 2007 at 21:51:43 PT
The GCW 
 I believe that neglect can be the same thing as abuse. What happened to Jonathan Magbie was totally immoral in my opinion. We are our brother's keeper. 
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Comment #5 posted by The GCW on June 08, 2007 at 21:33:24 PT
DjLoTi, & FoM,
I believe that (the governments caging of quadriplegic, Jonathan Magbie for cannabis...) is sold as, -compassionate conservatism.-0-That was a very sad bit of news... (thanx for the follow-up, FoM)But I appreciate the reminder.Our government is and has been sick. Very very sick.We haven't seen the worst of it, either.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on June 08, 2007 at 20:18:15 PT
That was a very sad story. We have quite a few links to more articles on this article if you want to know more. Jonathan Magbie died from neglect.A Searing Portrait of Abuse:
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Comment #3 posted by DjLoTi on June 08, 2007 at 19:39:26 PT
ooo man...
The article is 2 years old... lolThe 'digg' website is usually new news. I wish I could delete my comment :PHave a great weekend everybody!!
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Comment #2 posted by DjLoTi on June 08, 2007 at 19:36:52 PT
Why is this not on the front page?
Quadriplegic Serving Sentence for Marijuana Charge Dies.
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Comment #1 posted by mayan on June 08, 2007 at 18:14:01 PT
Summer of Justice
Time and circumstance have finally brought the cycles of revolution back around. It's definitely going to be another VERY hot summer. To quote a lyric from the new Rush CD, "So you might as well rise and put on your bravest face." For those who haven't heard the new Rush (Snakes & Arrows), it's incredible. Here's a link to some lyrics from their new one which seem to perfectly sum up our current situation...Rush - Way the Wind Blows - Lyrics to the tide slowly turning...Impeachment on a Roll: WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...Rigged Debates And Jailed Reporters: of Government (DOG): An Idea Whose Time Has Come, and Then Some: Visibility-- First 9/11 Truth Feature Film. An Interview with Paul Cross: with the Loose Change Crew: 9/11 Truth Conference - June 22-24: WAS AN INSIDE JOB - OUR NATION IS IN PERIL:
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