Little Blow

I can't quite comprehend what's happening to Michael Phelps.
Long before the national media spotlight began to shine on every twist and turn of his life's journey, Barack Obama had this to say about himself: "Junkie. Pothead. That's where I'd been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man. . . . I got high [to] push questions of who I was out of my mind."
One photo with a bong, and he goes from hero to goat.
In the book, Obama acknowledges that he used cocaine as a high school student but rejected heroin. "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though," he says.
Is this a double standard, or what?
Record-setting Olympic champion Michael Phelps has been banned for three months by USA Swimming amid controversy over a photograph published in a British newspaper purportedly showing him smoking marijuana. Phelps's financial support has also been cut off for the same three-month period, the sport's national governing body said in a statement on its website ( on Thursday.
We have such a confused relationship with drugs. We spend $50K a year to send our kids to schools where drug and alcohol abuse are required courses, elect a president who used early and often, and we persecute an athlete for acting his age.
it's not exactly heaven being sheriff of a county with escalating drug crimes and pressure to treat all offenders equally. Thus it is that Olympian swimmer Michael Phelps and Sheriff Leon Lott of South Carolina's Richland County are being forced to treat seriously a crime that shouldn't be one.
It's not just causing Phelps aggravation - there's serious money involved.
Kellogg's will not renew Michael Phelps' endorsement deal when the Olympic swimmer's contract with the company expires at the end of the month, an inside source confirmed to CNBC.
I find it a bit curious, is all. Does it go back to that old axiom about how we like to lift them up then pummel them back down?