My Drug Experiences As A Youth

The other day an old friend asked me a rhetorical question:

‘Why didn’t we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?’

I replied that I did have a drug problem when I was young:

  • I was drug to church on Sunday mornings.
  • I was drug to church for weddings and funerals.
  • I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.
  • I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults.
  • I was drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the priest, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything I did.
  • I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity.
  • I was drug out to pull weeds in the garden and flower beds.
  • I was drug to the homes of neighbors to help mow the yard, repair the clothesline, and if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, my dad would have drug me back to the woodshed.

Those drug experiences s are still in my veins and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin, and if today’s children had that kind of drug problem, our country would be a better place.

Thumbs up to all the parents who drugged us during our youth and taught us right from wrong.

California’s Endless Budget Pit

The proliferation of Government at all levels in our lives is beyond imagination.

It is not until you see it all laid out before your very eyes that you are able come to realize that spending is totally out of control and we have allowed the creation of a pledge of hangers on with unlimited access to our pocket books not to mention their ability to stifle growth in the private sector while all the time holding out their hands for more and more of our tax dollars.

When will they and we come to the realization that the ‘tax bucket’ has a bottom and we are very near it, if not already there.

These are all California State Agencies — Scroll to the end: (Just State agencies . . . Federal agencies are not included)

A
California Board of Accountancy
California Achieving a Better Life
Office of Administrative Hearings
Office of Administrative Law
California Commission on Aging
Department of Aging
Agricultural Labor Relations Board
Air Resources Board
Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
State Allocation Board
California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority
California Apprenticeship Council
Arbitration Certification Program
California Architects Board
California Arts Council
California State Assembly
California State Athletic Commission
California State Auditor
Bureau of Automotive Repair
B
Baldwin Hills Conservancy
State Bar of California
Board of Barbering and Cosmetology
Board of Behavioral Sciences
California Biodiversity Council
California Boating and Waterways Commission
California Building Standards Commission
Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers
Department of Business Oversight
Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
California Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency
C
Cannabis Control Appeals Panel
Bureau of Cannabis Control
Cemetery and Funeral Bureau
Central Valley Flood Protection Board
Department of Child Support Services
Board of Chiropractic Examiners
California Citizens Compensation Commission
Citizens Redistricting Commission
Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy
California Coastal Commission
State Coastal Conservancy
Colorado River Board of California
California Community Colleges
Department of Community Services and Development
State Compensation Insurance Fund
California Conservation Corps
Department of Conservation
Department of Consumer Affairs
Contractors State License Board
State Controller’s Office
Cool California
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
California State Association of Counties
Court Reporters Board of California
California Courts
Council on Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health
D
California Debt Limit Allocation Committee
California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission
Delta Protection Commission
Delta Stewardship Council
Dental Board of California
Dental Hygiene Board of California
State Council on Developmental Disabilities
Department of Developmental Services
California Commission on Disability Access
Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Advisory Council
E
California Earthquake Authority
California Department of Education
California State Board of Education
California Educational Facilities Authority
Emergency Medical Services Authority
Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
Employment Development Department
Employment Training Panel
California Energy Commission
Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Environmental Protection Agency
Board of Equalization
California Exposition and State Fair
F
Department of FI$Cal
Department of Fair Employment and Housing
Fair Political Practices Commission
California Film Commission
Department of Finance
California Financing Coordinating Committee
First 5 California
Fish and Game Commission
Department of Fish and Wildlife
Department of Food and Agriculture
Board of Forestry and Fire Protection
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Franchise Tax Board
G
California Gambling Control Commission
Department of General Services
Government Operations Agency
Governor’s Office of the Tribal Advisor
Office of the Governor
H
California Health Benefit Exchange
Department of Health Care Services
California Health Facilities Financing Authority
California Office of Health Information Integrity
Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
Health and Human Services Agency
Commission on Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation
California Healthy Food Financing Initiative Council
High-Speed Rail Authority
California Highway Patrol
California Historical Records Advisory Board
State Historical Resources Commission
California Horse Racing Board
Bureau of Household Goods and Services
Housing Finance Agency
Department of Housing and Community Development
Department of Human Resources
I
California State Independent Living Council
California Industrial Development Financing Advisory Commission
Department of Industrial Relations
Industrial Welfare Commission
Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank)
Office of the Inspector General
Department of Insurance
J
Commission on Judicial Performance
Department of Justice
Juvenile Parole Board
L
Labor and Workforce Development Agency
California State Lands Commission
Landscape Architects Technical Committee
California Law Revision Commission
Legislative Analyst’s Office
California State Legislature
California State Library
Office of Lieutenant Governor
Little Hoover Commission
California Lottery
M
Department of Managed Health Care
Medical Board of California
Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission
California Military Department
State Mining and Geology Board
Department of Motor Vehicles
N
Native American Heritage Commission
Natural Resources Agency
Naturopathic Medicine Committee
New Motor Vehicle Board
O
Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board
California Board of Occupational Therapy
Ocean Protection Council
California State Board of Optometry
Osteopathic Medical Board of California
P
California State Parks and Recreation Commission
Department of Parks and Recreation
Board of Parole Hearings
Office of the Patient Advocate
Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training
State Personnel Board
Department of Pesticide Regulation
California State Board of Pharmacy
Physical Therapy Board of California
Physician Assistant Board
Board of Pilot Commissioners for the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun
Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
Board of Podiatric Medicine
California Pollution Control Financing Authority
Pooled Money Investment Board
Prison Industry Authority
Bureau for Private and Postsecondary Education
Professional Fiduciaries Bureau
Board of Psychology
California Public Employees Retirement System
California Public Employment Relations Board
California Department of Public Health
California Public Utilities Commission
R
Department of Real Estate
California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
California Board of Registered Nursing
Department of Rehabilitation
Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
Respiratory Care Board of California
S
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy
San Diego River Conservancy
San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy
San Joaquin River Conservancy
Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
Save Our Water
Scholarshare Investment Board
California School Finance Authority
Secretary of State
Bureau of Security and Investigation Services
Seismic Safety Commission
California State Senate
Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Department of Social Services
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board
Office of the State Fire Marshal
Department of State Hospitals
Commission on State Mandates
California State Teachers Retirement System
State Water Resources Control Board
Commission on Status of Women and Girls
Structural Pest Control Board
California Student Aid Commission
Office of Systems Integration
T
California Tahoe Conservancy
California Tax Credit Allocation Committee
California Department of Tax and Fee Administration
Commission on Teacher Credentialing
California Department of Technology
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Office of Traffic Safety
California State Transportation Agency
Transportation Commission
Department of Transportation
State Treasurer’s Office
U
Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board
California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission
University of California
California State University
V
Department of Veterans Affairs
California Veterans Board
Veterinary Medical Board
California Victim Compensation Board
Visit California
Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians
California Volunteers
W
California Water Commission
California Water Quality Monitoring Council
Department of Water Resources
Wildlife Conservation Board
Worker’s Compensation Appeals Board
California Workforce Development Board