More on Donna Jou

Articles galore:

Los Angeles Times
More Los Angeles Times
San Diego Union-Tribune
The Associated Press
Orange County Register

The OC Register article says Donna took the drugs intentionally, and she went to the party planning to use drugs. Again, smart people do stupid things sometimes. When I was younger, I had a sort of mental list of things I should do to prove I was grown-up. Things like get a driver’s license, have sex, get a job and so on. Using drugs was one of those things. I indulged a little in college; many people do. Thank goodness I never got in over my head, and thank goodness I outgrew that silliness quickly (though it took me longer to outgrow the binge drinking). I had no better sense than Donna, only better luck.

The police are looking for the body, but I don’t think they have a prayer. The Pacific Ocean doesn’t like to give up its dead, and it’s been almost two years. That’s IF Burgess was telling the truth about where he put it.

He faces only seven to eight years in prison if convicted. That’s disgusting.

8 thoughts on “More on Donna Jou

  1. Anthony March 19, 2009 / 6:46 pm

    For a person of my generation (i.e., boomers), it strikes me as odd that one has to apologize for one’s youthful felicities—of course intelligent youths tend to experiment with drugs, it’s a part of life’s rich tapestry (and in re: Donna, there but for the grace of God went a goodly many of us).

  2. Meaghan March 20, 2009 / 12:41 am

    Well, this isn’t the sixties anymore. The government has launched a “war on drugs” and from day one in school, kids are told how horrible they are. And if you get caught with enough of them, or with the wrong kind, your life is basically over.

  3. Anthony March 20, 2009 / 2:34 am

    And yet the war on drugs is another lost war, and drugs continue to flow freely into areas in which they do the most damage, i.e., to the portion of the population particularly susceptible to their allure—while the middle class cheerfully acquiesces to stern, even draconian, abridgements of our civil liberties, fearful that their sons and daughters will succumb to the temptation. Which of course they still, in large numbers, do. When do drugs become an epidemic? Simple—when they show up in the white suburbs.

    It’s the sheer wrongheadedness of official policy which does the damage to our society as billions are spent on interdiction and a mere fraction of that on treatment, and, oddly, even as the two most addictive, destructive drugs—alcohol and nicotine—remain legally available. Not the ’60s anymore, you say? Of course not. Things weren’t nearly as Orwellian in the ’60s and while those indeed were trying times, hypocrisy could not then be spelt with four letters: D.A.R.E.

  4. Emma l March 20, 2009 / 12:31 pm

    Smart people do stupid things all the time. I am living proof. In fact if my parents knew half the things I did as a teenager they would never let me out of the house. Scary.

  5. Meaghan March 20, 2009 / 3:46 pm

    Oh, Anthony, I totally agree with you. The war on drugs is ridiculous. People often serve more time for drug offenses than they do for violent crimes like rape or murder. The money we spend incarcerating nonviolent drug offenders would be much better spent towards education about the risks of drug use, and treatment for drug addicts so they might lead productive lives and not become human chaff.

    And, as you point out, it’s a dreadful hypocrisy that nicotine, which causes millions of cancer deaths, and alcohol are still legal. People talk about drugs being a cause of crime: no, the need for drugs is a cause of crime. If you take heroin, you’re stoned and you don’t care about anything, you just want to sit there. Then you wake up and need more, and that’s when you go out and steal something or kill someone. Alcohol on the other hand really is a cause of crime. Many, many crimes are committed every day by people who are drunk and would not have committed the crime if they were sober. And that’s not even getting into the long-term health and society problems alcohol causes. But remember what happened when we tried to ban it? In that way America was handed over to the Mob. And we’re repeating the same mistake with the drug war.

  6. Anthony March 21, 2009 / 6:06 pm

    Hi Meaghan (and a tip o’ the hat to Emma: same here!), agreed on all points, and thanks much for the increase in traffic in posts on ye olde blog here—great reading, as all your fans will agree. Of course in the UK, after a period when they ditched the experiment (at great societal cost), addicts register AS addicts (we’re talking heroin and the harder opiates here) and thus their needs, insidious though they may be, are provided them, therefore removing the criminal aspect of having to rob and steal to score the next fix—the government controls the so-called “algebra of need” (love that phrase) so that that need does not inflict, upon others, the cost of criminality. Unfortunately, here in puritan America, we hate both sin & sinner and cannot come to grips with anything so frightfully progressive.

    Alcohol of course we can’t ban, as we’ve tried—and besides, in the words of A.E. Housman, “And malt does more than Milton can, / To justify God’s ways to man,” i.e., it can be a useful vice if one can keep control of it, it removes a bit of the pain of being human. (If anyone knows the secret of controlling it, post here! I’ve a predilection to binge-drinking myself, sad to say.)

  7. Meaghan March 22, 2009 / 10:19 am

    I have to agree with you about the alcohol — it has its good points. Before I found some good medication I self-medicated with alcohol, often quite successfully. In December of 2007, in a suicidal despair, I drank myself nearly to death and when I woke up I felt fine (mentally) and remained depression-free for the next six months. A friend of mine who is a psych nurse reckons I probably had an alcohol-induced seizure that “fixed” my brain temporarily. The affect went away in June 2008 and I tried to make it happen again, but that time I woke up with a black eye, a hideous raw and bleeding wound on my chest, various scratches and bruises on my arms and legs, and no memory of how I got them. And I STILL felt like killing myself. A week later I had a complete breakdown and wound up in the hospital; what fun! So I’m on the straight and narrow now: no more liquor for me, happy pills instead.

    I’m quite the Anglophile and it seems to me that the Brits have the right idea about a lot of stuff, drug addiction included. Also providing birth control even if the person is supposedly too young to be having sex.

  8. Anthony March 22, 2009 / 2:57 pm

    No more drinking for you then, our Meaghan. I know that score, me. Yer mean too much to those that come here, to this site I mean. Cor blimey, your work’s important, lass. Mustn’t wind up ending it when it’s just begun. But you yourself are more important still, beyond all that–and it’s care of yourself you must be taking.

    (And I do mean it, even if for whatever reason a birth Kansan like me has suddenly been seized by the need to write it in cockney dialect at this hour of a Sunday morning!)

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