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A Spot for Self-Medicating in Adams Morgan

A Spot for Self-Medicating in Adams Morgan


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Let’s face it, Adams Morgan is a complete mess — between the kids from GW, Howard, and Georgetown making eyes at each other and throwing up all over their oversized pizza, the cops looking to bust people for parking their cars nose-in, and the general riff-raff begging for bucks or dealing dimebags.

Forget Madam’s Organ, forget Heaven and Hell. Stop the Meskerem madness.

Pharmacy bar is here to save the day. Jukebox, take it as it is bartenders, and people you may not like, but far less of them you care to make pretend about. You happen to be in Adams Morgan, you need a drink, you’re comfortable, and hey, like the name of the bar says, you’re self-medicating.


Adams Morgan

Adams Morgan is a neighborhood in Northwest Washington, D.C., centered at the intersection of 18th Street NW and Columbia Road, about 1.5 miles (2.54 km) north of the White House. Known for its broad mix of cultures and activities, Adams Morgan contains together both residential and entertainment areas, and has a vibrant nightlife with numerous bars and restaurants, particularly along 18th Street NW. Columbia Road also holds a busy stretch of shops and businesses. [1] As a distinct, named area, Adams Morgan came into being in the late 1950s, when it drew together several smaller and older neighborhoods that were first developed in the latter 19th and early 20th centuries. It is today composed primarily of well-made rowhouses and classically-styled mid-rise apartment buildings, many of which are now co-ops and condos along with various commercial structures.

  • to the south, by Florida Avenue NW and the Dupont Circle neighborhood
  • to the southwest, by Connecticut Avenue NW and Kalorama-Sheridan
  • to the north, by Harvard St. and Mount Pleasant
  • to the east, by 16th Street NW and Columbia Heights

Reed-Cooke is a sub-neighborhood of Adams-Morgan, consisting of the easternmost area between Columbia Road and Florida avenue.


What Causes Pain?

Our ancestors thought that pain came from evil spirits or even avenging gods like Poine, the Greek goddess of revenge, from whose name we get the word "pain."

With the help of modern medicine, we now know that pain is a complicated process involving the various chemicals of the brain and spinal column. To start, electrical impulses send messages of pain from specific pain sensory nerves to the brain.

A big role in the chronic pain process is played by neurotransmitter receptors. These receptors are the things our bodies' chemicals are stimulating when they transmit pain, whether it's chronic or not.

When the brain reacts to pain, the signal is usually directed to the thalamus. The thalamus is a bulb-shaped object with two roughly walnut-sized halves split at the center of the brain at the top of the brain stem. It relays messages between the brain and various body parts.


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Boxing and Fitness

As a component of the physical fitness program, WhiteSands offers a one-of-a-kind specialized boxing program where patients are able to be trained by professional fighters and coaches using professional grade boxing equipment and heavy / speed bags and boxing mitts. Because this can be done within a personal training session, we can meet the needs of the typically sedentary individual and the needs of former professional athletes. Patients and alumni are able to witness professional boxers both spar for upcoming matches and attend the actual fights. Being successful in boxing, much like being successful in sobriety, requires day to day effort, determination, and focus. Boxing has many therapeutic benefits including allowing for unparalleled releases of frustration and anxiety, requiring complete focus and increasing concentration, increasing self-esteem and the belief that you can be powerful and protect yourself, and serving to exhaust the body and lead to a better night’s sleep. Boxing assists many people in slowing their thought processes and reacting in less impulsive manners. Many of our alumni have continued a boxing training regimen in their hometowns and have discussed how it aids them in maintaining their sobriety.

Electronics

At WhiteSands, we recognize that cutting patients off from all social and family contacts while in treatment, can be detrimental to lasting recovery. If patients are fully isolated while in treatment, they are often bombarded with voicemails, text messages, emails, and social media when they return home. This can lead to rapid relapses. Due to this, we provide nightly access to personal electronics for patients fully participating in all groups and individual sessions. This allows them to check messages daily, have lengthy conversations with family members, and be exposed to some “real-world” stressors while in a supportive treatment environment with staff nearby. Allowing patients to experience some inevitable conflicts with friends or family while having easy access to staff members and therapy, allows them to deal with this trigger within a supportive environment.

Activities

During the guest hours (4:30 PM - 10:30 PM), we offer a variety of activities on our large and resort-like property. When entering treatment, many individuals struggle with the belief that they will never be able to engage in social activities or have fun while sober. We challenge this nightly and work to have each individual identify sober activities and hobbies they can continue when they return home. We offer both small group and larger group activities that include karaoke, board game tournaments, corn hole games, basketball, volleyball, ping pong, escape rooms, and movie nights. Patients have access to pools to exercise or socialize in as well as a large entertainment complex with large screen televisions. As patients transition through levels of care, they begin to be exposed to off campus sober activities as well with trips to the bowling alley or beach. This allows for activities for all ages and interests.

10-Acre Campus - Room to Breathe

Our main goal was to provide ample space and room to breathe for all patients. If an individual is going to stay 30-60 days and be in a good frame of mind, having enough space to roam around is a very important element so that patients don’t feel cramped or crowded.

When patients are not attending treatment or therapy, they are welcome to enjoy the wide range of amenities that are offered at the facility, much of which would not be accessible without our significant investment in a 10-acre campus.


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Hi my name is Janet Walker. I lived in the Washington D.C. area in 1998 and 1999 with my dad who had an office directly across from the Comet. Bring from a small town in western North Carolina I was rather sheltered from anything “city”.
One day while visiting my dad at work he asked me to go across the street and get him a Reuben sandwich. First of all I had never even heard of a sandwich called a Reuben and so being an 18 year old smartass I assumed my dad was just mumbling some client’s name so I go to the Sunday on the corner and get my dad a steak and cheese sandwich. When I brought it back to my dad it was not well received at all. He asked me why I didn’t get him the sandwich he had asked for and again still had no idea what he was talking about. So finally after a few select curse words from my pops I figured I would take a chance and go ask the deli man for a Reuben sandwich. He went right to work building this mysterious structure of cornbeef on the with kraut and some weired pink sauce. I took it back to my dad to try and redeem myself and to my relief it worked. I had to know what all the fuss was about So after I built up the courage I asked for a bite. I was hooked instantly and then it all came together. It was like nothing I had ever had before in all my 18 years living in NC.
I’m 37 now and never had I had a Reuben sandwich that was even close to the quality of the Comet’s. I moved back to NC in 1999 and havnt been back since.
Today while planning a trip to D.C. with my husband I told him the mystery of the Reuben sandwich, I was highly disappointed when I read that the Comet had closed in 2005. I felt compelled to share my experience in hopes it would find its way to the former owner’s family so they could add it to their collection.
Because of the Comet, I will always have a story to tell my kids, etc about a sandwich that brought my dad and I closer in a neighborhood that I will always remember as a home away from home.

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"Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy."
- Henry Kissinger

Why would anyone join the military and get killed in a war?

I have a vehement question that I don't get. Why would anyone be dumb enough to join the military and go to war, where one has EVERYTHING to lose and NOTHING to gain? Technically, it's akin to committing suicide for no valid reason, especially since American involvement in wars usually have nothing to do with "serving your country" or "defending freedom".

I'm surprised they got anyone to serve in the Iraq War. What if no one agreed to go? Why would anyone go in the first place against all reason and common sense, as well as against their own survival instinct?

Who would risk their life and limb for a war they have nothing to gain from and everything to lose? Technically, it's no different than committing suicide. Further, there are no logical reasons to serve in a war, while there are many logical reasons not to, which I will elaborate on below.

Anti-war sentiment has been mainstream in America for a long time. Back in the 80's, blockbuster movies like "Born on the Fourth of July" with Tom Cruise and "Full Metal Jacket" by Oliver Stone, eloquently portrayed the true horrors of war as unjust and deceitful, without glory or honor.

So even back in the 80's, the American people already knew the truth about the horrors of war, and how there was nothing glorious in it, and how the government deceived young people into the military. The Vietnam War was a prime example, which was ingrained into the minds of the American people.

So how could anyone agree to serve in the Iraq War in 2003? Did they forget all those Oliver Stone films made long ago? Did they forget about the movie "Saving Private Ryan" which should have discouraged anyone from joining the military? Haven't all the poor youngsters who joined the military seen those films? Did they forget about the lessons learned from the Vietnam War?

How could they forget the Vietnam War, which has been etched into American history as a unnecessary tragedy and mistake that cost 60,000 American lives? Isn't that supposed to be common knowledge to Americans? If so, how could the troops in Iraq have forgotten all about it, since it was such an important lesson in history, and agreed to serve in another Vietnam War? It boggles the mind.

By now, everyone knows that the government lies a lot and starts unnecessary wars for profit, or some other nefarious reason (such as an Illuminati sacrifice ritual?) rather than for national defense. Even movies have taught us that. And conspiracies are all over the internet, in movies and pop culture. People get paranoid easily too. Government distrust is already part of the mainstream culture. So why are there still people who believe everything the government tells them, as if it were some bastion of truth? There is no basis to believe that authority=truth.

Besides, don't all living things have a natural survival instinct? Why would the troops serving in the war override their survival instinct by risking their lives in someone else's war? Why doesn't their survival instinct prevent them from serving in the war? If no one agreed to serve in a war, then the war would never exist. Simple as that, you'd think?

And why are more women serving in the armed forces nowadays? Women hate war the most. They don't even like watching war movies. Have you ever met a woman who was a fan of war movies? I've never met even one. Women are nurturers by instinct, not warriors. They are inclined toward social cohesion, not division. So this is very odd and inexplicable.

What's even more odd is why anyone would actually volunteer to serve in a war? For example, why did NFL star Pat Tillman feel the need to volunteer for the Iraq War so that he could get killed? That was a foolish suicidal move with no basis in logic, like a plothole in a movie. Why did Tillman's football coach describe him as an "intellectual athlete"? Would an intellectual volunteer for a war that anyone could see was a sham from the start? Before the Iraq War, no one wanted it and no one supported it, except the controlled corporate media, who were probably just pretending anyway, because it was their job to.

If you add it all up logically, by joining the military and being sent to war, you have EVERYTHING to lose and NOTHING to gain. The long list of negatives and drawbacks far outweighs any benefits. Thus the decision to serve in a war is totally illogical, foolish and suicidal. Consider the following list of reasons not to join the military or fight in a war:


20 Reasons Not to Join the Military: Why it's foolish, illogical and doesn't serve your country

"The pioneers of a warless world are the youth who refuse military service." - Albert Einstein

"There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs." - Dwight D. Eisenhower

Note: If you know anyone planning to join the military or currently serving in it, please forward this list to them.

1. The troops serving in Iraq are risking their life and limb for corporate profits, not for freedom, democracy or protection of their country. They must all know this since it's so obvious to anyone, right? As David Icke said, "When you join the military you are not serving your country. You are serving an evil cabal that wants to enslave you."

So why would they agree to give up their life and limb to serve greedy corrupt corporations? No sane person would do that. Especially since the elites and politicians that sent them to war refuse to send their own sons to fight in it. Don't the troops care about this hypocrisy?

It would be one thing if the US military were only used for national defense, as with the National Guard. But when it's used for unnecessary invasions of other countries, and the murder of many innocent people, all for the interests of the elite oligarchy and their cabals, that's where it becomes a bad thing, as well as wrong and evil. So if you are just joining to serve your country, or for the benefits, you should just join the National Guard.

What's ridiculous is that if a private citizen committed murder, he/she would go to jail or get the death penalty. But if the government murders thousands or millions of innocent people, then no one responsible goes to jail or receives capital punishment for murdering thousands. This is based on the principle that government = justice, so anything it does (including murdering many innocent people for profit and conquest) must be right and moral, since might makes right. Really stupid.

"War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it." - George Orwell

"All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting." - George Orwell

2. Those serving in the war risk losing their body parts or incurring permanent injuries, which would disable them for life and bar them from love, dating, relationships and romance with the opposite sex. They could never get a girlfriend or wife if they became disabled, since women will not love a disabled man. (like Tom Cruise's character in the movie "Born on the Fourth of July") This means that they will become miserable and depressed for the rest of their lives.

3. If troops who are married, got killed or became disabled, their spouses and loved ones would suffer greatly. This includes parents too of course. What this means is that, if you die in a war, then your mom goes to hell. Now why would you want to do that to your mother, who gave you life, fed you and raised you? All so you can get killed in an unnecessary war started by greedy sociopaths with no conscience?! Wtf?! That's the worst and stupidest thing you can do to your mom, whom you literally owe your life to! Think about it.

"No mother would ever willingly sacrifice her sons for territorial gain, for economic advantage, for ideology." - Ronald Reagan

4. The troops have nothing to gain in a war, and everything to lose. The best they can hope for is to come back in one piece. Thus there is no logical incentive. They are not going to get a share of the billions in oil profits that the Bush family is getting. Don't they know that?

5. Troops often come back with post traumatic stress syndrome, which psychologically haunts them for years, or for life. Why would anyone want that? Many veterans even commit suicide because they can't deal with it. (like Tommy Lee Jones' character did in the movie "Heaven and Earth" by Oliver Stone)

6. In the military, you lose all your rights and every freedom you've ever known. This starts right from boot camp, where you are treated like property, not like a human being, while you are turned into a killing machine. It's very degrading. (See the boot camp section at the beginning of the movie "Full Metal Jacket")

Why would anyone like that? Why would anyone want to become an expendable pawn? Especially when you know you are giving up your life and freedom for sociopaths who only care about power and conquest, not you.

7. In combat, you may end up killing innocent people, including women and children (as US troops did in Vietnam) whom you have NO QUARREL with. Or you may even kill fellow troops in friendly fire. This would haunt you and leave you with guilt for the rest of your life. Why would you want that? It doesn't make sense to kill people you have no quarrel with, just because their leader has a quarrel with yours. See this quote below by Aldous Huxley:

"What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood." - Aldous Huxley

Why should you get involved in another's quarrel? Why should you die for it? That's so stupid and doesn't make sense. You should let the quarreling leaders sort it out themselves, not use you for it. Plus, the people you kill in a war may be wonderful people that you would have been friends with had you met them in cordial circumstances.

8. The pay in the military is not that great unless you are an officer. You don't get a pension unless you served for many years or you were injured in combat. Many vets come back home jobless or in need of help.

9. Veterans are usually treated like shit by the government, who no longer finds them useful. So they have to struggle to get benefits. Why would you want to serve a government who uses and dumps its own like that? It doesn't make any sense!

10. The food in the military reportedly sucks. This is according to people who have served.

11. Boot camp training is strenuous, exhausting and painful. This goes without saying. Even many movies depict this.

12. Troops have to spend long indeterminate lengths of time away from their families, all of which is out of their control. They also have no control over where they are deployed.

13. Joining the military or fighting in a war is NOT "serving your country" or the people of your country. Nor is it "protecting or defending freedom". That is a cliche which if you think about, has ZERO basis to support it. So why do all the people in the armed forces believe in it? It's very odd and is a sad testament to how gullible people are to believe in the most baseless things. Has the military pulled off some kind of miraculous mind control trick? Why would so many believe something for no reason other than that they were told it? Let me elaborate on this.

Think about it. How does you dying in a war help any of the common people back home? It doesn't. The common people's freedoms have nothing to do with a war foreign country. In fact, most people's freedom has nothing to do with any government. Governments don't really have much power over you except to use scare tactics on you and mind control you through your TV. A government cannot terrorize you with a standing army directly because it does not have enough troops to push everyone around. As long as you don't break any laws, the government won't even bother with you. It has better things to do.

In reality, one's personal freedom is far more directly affected by one's daily obligations to their work, family, employer and bills. All these things directly affect your everyday routine and personal life, far more than any government does. Even your employer has far more control over your "freedom" than the government does, and you are free to quit working for your employer if you want.

Therefore, a conflict between governments (yours and another) does not add or take away your freedom in any way. Governments exist to control people anyway, not to give people freedom. So what does it matter whether your government is controlled by domestic corruption or foreign? Thus, your participation in a war does not contribute anything to freedom. Besides, isn't it ironic that the military claims to be defending freedom yet there is no freedom within the military itself?

I've never understood why those serving in a war claim that war protesters are being unappreciative of them for defending their freedoms? This is not only bad logic, but false as well, since fighting in wars based on deception to serve elite/industrial nefarious interests has NOTHING to do at all with protecting the freedoms of the American people. It has ZERO relevance. How can people be that stupid? It's very sad and speaks badly about human intelligence.

What does it mean to "serve your country" anyway? A "country" is a social and political construct that doesn't really exist. So how can you "serve" something that doesn't exist? This concept seems like a mind control technique designed to brainwash people into doing whatever they are told by their rulers for the "love of their country". Otherwise, it has no logical basis in reality.

In this context, the idea of "patriotism" makes no sense either, since there is no "country" to be patriotic for - no "country" to love, serve and die for - since a country doesn't truly exist except as a sociological/political construct.

Here are quotes from what great thinkers, writers and intellectuals have said about the folly and danger of "patriotism":

“Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.”
- George Bernard Shaw

“Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.”
- Bertrand Russell

“Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.”
- Oscar Wilde

“Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?”
- Blaise Pascal

"What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood." - Aldous Huxley

“Patriotism in its simplest, clearest, and most indubitable signification is nothing else but a means of obtaining for the rulers their ambitions and covetous desires, and for the ruled the abdication of human dignity, reason, and conscience, and a slavish enthralment to those in power.”
- Leo Tolstoy

Likewise, the concept of "doing your duty" by serving in the military when drafted into a war (like the draft in Vietnam) has no logical basis either since the US Constitution says that we are free and that government has no right to force people into a war against their will.

Moreover, wars are started elites and their cabals for nefarious purposes that have nothing to do with justice or freedom. So obviously, you participating in that is not "serving" the common people at all. How do the American people benefit from the rich getting richer? Trickle down economics of the 80's proved to be a sham.

In addition, most wars the US has been involved in have had nothing to do with defending the security or freedoms of the American people. In fact, they have been based on lies and deception.

Finally, the elites that start wars were not even elected by the American people. They were placed there by their secret societies and fraternal orders (Freemasons, Skull and Bones, Illuminati, etc) to serve the agenda of that secret order, not that of the American people. Every researcher and thinker knows that by now. There is no "government by the people" in America. That is a myth that has no basis in reality. People have no real say in their government. There is no democracy and voting does not affect policy. The illusion of democracy has proven to be a sham again and again. Every example in history demonstrates this. How many examples have to occur before the American people realize it?

In fact, a true democracy cannot even work because most people are not wise or rational, but are foolish and easily misled. Mobs are not rational or wise, and therefore mob rule is not a good thing. Intellectuals throughout history, including our Founding Fathers, knew that and wrote about it. Plus, truth is not determined by the majority, but by evidence, logic and reason. So shouldn't evidence-based logic and reason rule a society, rather than the majority?

Even George Washington in his letters said that the Freemasons (which he was a member of) were working to DIVIDE the government from its people so that the people had no real say (only the illusion of it), while the Freemason order ran things in secret. Therefore, if you are serving the interests of elites who were selected by secret fraternal orders rather than the American people, then technically, that is NOT serving your country or its people.

Before leaving office, President Eisenhower warned America in a public speech about the military industrial complex and its corrupt aims for domination, power and control. Obviously, serving a corrupt military industrial complex has nothing to do with serving the American people.

In summary, joining the military is NOT "serving your country" because:

a) A "country" does not really exist. It is a social and political construct artificially created by society and culture.
b) Serving in a war started for profit, conquest and other nefarious motives by the elites and their cabals is obviously not serving the common people of your country, who do not even benefit from it.
c) Most wars the US has been involved in have nothing to do with defending the freedom or security of the American people. Instead, they have been built on lies and deception. This is nothing new.
d) The notion of patriotism is foolish, untrue, delusional and illogical, as evidenced by the quotes above.
e) A government cannot really take away your freedom. It can only scare you from afar through the media. No government has enough troops to push everyone around. Your freedoms are far more directly affected by your daily routine and obligations to work, family, employer and paying bills than by any government. Therefore, a conflict between governments (yours and another) does not add or take away your freedom in any way. Governments exist to control people anyway, not to give people freedom. So what does it matter whether your government is controlled by domestic corruption or foreign? Thus, your participation in a war does not contribute anything to freedom.
f) The elites that start wars for nefarious purposes were not even elected by the American people, but placed there by secret societies, fraternal orders, and their cabals (e.g. Freemasons, Skull and Bones, Illuminati). Therefore, serving them is not technically serving the American people at all, especially since there is no "government by the people" or true democracy in America.

14. There is no logical reason to serve in someone else's war that they themselves refuse to fight in. If Bush starts a war, then he should have to fight in it too, like Alexander the Great, who fought with his troops, did. There should be a law requiring those who start wars to fight in them. Such a law would essentially end wars. It's not fair or right for those who start wars to make other people die in them. Don't the troops know that? If so, why didn't they call Bush a hypocrite when he visited them for a pep talk? They should have jeered him, not cheered him.

15. Anyone can see that George W. Bush is a liar, demon and con artist. It's written all over his face. His facial features look demonic and evil. He looks like a total con artist and scumbag. Even a dog can see that. He does not even look serious, credible or honest at all. And he talks like a very bad stooge actor who can't even act. He looks like a total joke and insult to the American people, and is not even funny or comical.

No one would even buy a used car from a guy like him, let alone elect him as President. So why would the troops cheer him when he visited them in Iraq? Were they all acting? At least Hitler looked honest and serious, whereas Bush doesn't at all.

Why is it that when a President is much beloved, like Lincoln or Kennedy, they get assassinated. But when everyone hates a fake stooge President, like Bush, who is universally hated, he never gets assassinated? Isn't that so upside down? Shouldn't the collective will of the people have saved Kennedy or taken out Bush, according to the "thoughts create reality" principle of the Law of Attraction?

16. The elite have publicly declared that they look down on military men as subhuman animals, so why would you want to serve them? In the book "The Final Days", Henry Kissinger was quoted as saying: "Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy." This is the mentality of the elites that start these unnecessary wars that only benefit them. Would you want to serve someone who thinks of you as subhuman? Where's your sense of self-respect?!

17. America is an oligarchy or corporatocracy, not a democracy or a republic, and thus not worth dying for. An oligarchy is a country ruled by a wealthy elite class (the top one percent) who operate outside of public scrutiny. Everyone knows that. The American system is set up to benefit the top one percent, who essentially own the country.

That's why the government doesn't use tax dollars to provide national healthcare, like all the other industrialized countries do, so that no one has to go bankrupt from medical bills. Instead, the government prefers to use tax dollars to drop bombs on other countries.

Now is that a system that you really want to serve? Geez. How obvious can it get? And more to the point, why would anyone want to serve such a system?

18. If war is natural, honorable and good, then why do veterans commit suicide so often? Why won't any of the Congressmen send their sons to a war? Instead, they have to recruit boys from the poorest families who can't get jobs to go die in wars. But again, why would anyone agree to do that?

19. If you have an inclination to go out and kill or destroy things, you can play video games, or go hunting, or join a sport like boxing, wrestling or martial arts, to unleash your aggression. Why would you need to risk your life and limb in a senseless war serving corrupt people who lie to you? It doesn't make any sense.

20. The US government has a long documented history of lying to the American public. So why would you want to serve a government that lies to you, or give you life for it? The US government has lied about a long list of things. They lied about the death of Pat Tillman, the rescue of Jessica Lynch, weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, atrocities in Kuwait, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Gulf of Tonkin Incident that started the Vietnam War, what happened on 9/11, etc.

These were not harmless lies either. For example, as a result of the staged Gulf of Tonkin Incident, which they used to start the Vietnam War, 60,000 Americans and millions of Vietnamese lost their lives unnecessarily. Yet no one was ever brought to justice for this lie that led to so many unnecessary deaths. Where is the justice in that? Instead, it was just treated as an "honest mistake". Yeah right.

What's odd is that if a friend lied to you about something important and serious, you would no longer trust that friend. Everyone knows that. So why then can the government repeatedly lie to you, yet you still consider it to be a bastion of truth? That doesn't make sense, and only testifies to the level of brainwashing you've received that "authority=truth" and your need to believe that government is a caring parent.

"In war, truth is the first casualty" - Aeschylus

"Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war." - John Adams

So you see, joining the military and serving in a war is 100 percent illogical and foolish, and is not even serving your country or the people of it. In light of the 20 reasons above, I can't understand or fathom why anyone would join the military and get obligated into serving in a war. It just doesn't make any sense at all. Why would anyone do something that was 100 percent illogical and senseless, knowing that they are serving evil powers that don't care about them, and could come back dead or disabled? I can't fathom that.

Could this be why the US government wants to dumb down people and keep them stupid, or else no one would agree to serve in a war if they knew the truth and could think logically? Do people who join the military tend to have lower IQ's? (no offense intended) or do they just have no job prospects?

If any of you reading this have served in the military before, can you explain why you joined up in light of the reasons above? What were you thinking? Didn't any of the sensible reasons above cross your mind? How could you join something with so many logical reasons against it?

Also, if those currently active in the military read the list of reasons above, do you think they'd drop out?

Note: No disrespect or offense is intended to those who served in the military, but the truth is the truth isn't it? There is no logic in voluntarily dying to serve the interests of a corrupt greedy elite that do not care about you or the American people, all of which has NOTHING to do with "serving your country or people, or defending freedom".


The diplomat-studded and desirable neighborhood the Obamas look set to call home

There is a basketball court, some trendy restaurants and a dog-walking path that will suit Bo and Sunny. And in a delicious dig at the conspiracy theorists who have hounded his presidency, there is also a mosque.

Barack and Michelle Obama’s life after the White House will begin in Kalorama, a bucolic, elegant and diplomat-studded area of Washington, according to reports officials declined to confirm.

The first couple are believed to have leased a 8,200-square-foot, nine-bedroom mansion in the affluent neighborhood for when the president leaves office in January. While their younger daughter Sasha finishes high school, the family will reportedly rent the home of Joe Lockhart, once press secretary and senior adviser to Bill Clinton.

Lockhart bought the house two years ago for $5.3m. It has castle-like turrets, three fireplaces and parking for up to 10 cars and overlooks Rock Creek Park, making it discreet and easy for the secret service to protect. Yet it is also within walking distance of shops, bars and restaurants in Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan. The website Zillow estimates the monthly rent at $22,000.

All things considered, it is an unsurprising choice. Other former presidents who lived in this urban oasis include Woodrow Wilson, William Howard Taft, Franklin Roosevelt, Warren Harding and Herbert Hoover. Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Senator Edward Kennedy were also residents. Prince Albert of Monaco chose it for his first embassy to the US.

Just a couple minutes’ walk from the Obamas’ new front door is the Islamic Center of Washington, a mosque and Islamic cultural centre. An employee, who did not wish to be named, said: “All the Muslim diplomats come to pray here on Fridays.”

Told of Obama’s arrival in the area, he added: “Why not? We welcome anybody.”

Rumour-mongers, including Republican nominee Donald Trump, have long tried to make mischief with claims Obama may in fact be a Muslim born in Kenya. The president has dismissed such speculation, once joking: “These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be.”

Nor is he quite the basketball player he used to be, tending to prefer golf these days. But on Thursday the president would have found men shooting hoops near his future abode. Among them was Evan Ruchell, 24, an unemployed graduate.

“It would be neat to see him play here but I don’t think it will happen,” he said.

The Obamas’ elder daughter, Malia, turns 18 in July. She is bound for Harvard after a gap year. Would she want to hang around with mom and dad?

Ruchell added: “Adams Morgan is a very popular spot for college-age people. There’s a lot of good food and divey bars.”

In Adams Morgan, Sofia Grace, 35, managing partner of the Soussi bar and restaurant on Kalorama Road, said: “On Fridays and the weekends it’s crazy. People come for all the nightlife. My clientele is very diverse in all aspects.”

Another neighbour will be one of Washington’s few openly gay ambassadors. Gérard Araud of France is known for throwing parties at his grand neo-Tudor residence, including the Vanity Fair bash that follows the White House correspondents’ dinner every year.

But Virgilio Reyes, 53, residence manager for another neighbour, the European Union ambassador, expressed concern: “I’m very surprised. It’s not a good choice because security will be tight every time he gets home and goes out. He will have his own private bodyguard.”

In Kalorama, crime is low and rents are high. Mandy Mills, of The Mandy & David Team estate agency, estimated the average house price at $3m to $4m.

“Kalorama is very desirable,” she said. “It’s one of the chic-er neighbourhoods. People really love Kalorama because it is beautiful and discreet but it’s got everything downtown has to offer. There’s a quieter vibe and you still have all the privacy but you also have all the advantages of the city.”

In this there is an echo of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s choice for life after the White House of Chappaqua, New York, which enjoys a quiet, woodsy setting but is within commuting distance of Manhattan. The Obamas’ commute to downtown DC will be drastically shorter, however.

Their future home was built in 1928 by F Moran McConihe, a property developer who served in the General Services Administration under President Eisenhower, according to the New York Times. It was bought by Captain Charles Hamilton Maddox, a veteran of both world wars, who in 1912 designed and tested the first successful radio equipment used in naval aircraft.

On Thursday afternoon people were rolling pushchairs and walking dogs along the tree-lined streets. Iris Miller, 19, a student, was lying in the sun with friends in Kalorama Park. She welcomed the prospective residents.

“I’m excited for it,” she said. “I’m probably going to be stalkerish: ‘My neighbours the Obamas.’ I really hope they’re protected because some people hate them. I’m happy they’re staying in DC, though.”

The president and first lady have chosen wisely, she added.

“If they had asked me, I would definitely have said here. It’s not too secluded and it’s not too crazy.”


Inside the secret lives of functioning heroin addicts

They're not slumped over in alleyways with used needles by their sides. Their dignity, at least from outside appearan.

They're not slumped over in alleyways with used needles by their sides. Their dignity, at least from outside appearances, remains intact. They haven't lost everything while chasing an insatiable high.

They are functioning heroin addicts -- people who hold down jobs, pay the bills and fool their families.

Functioning heroin addicts are peers, neighbors and co-workers

They fool their families and friends, managing fixes to avoid withdrawal

What works now, however, will not last and may kill them, experts say

For some, addiction is genetic they're wired this way. For others, chronic pain and lack of legal opioids landed them here. Or experimentation got them hooked and changed everything.

What addicts have in common, according to experts, is a disease that has more to do with their brains than the substances they use. About 85% of people can take a pain pill, for example, and never crave it again.

This is a story about the others, those traveling the dangerous road of functional addiction. What works for them now, experts explain, can easily and lethally be derailed.

Hanging in the balance are people you may never imagine: peers, co-workers and neighbors. Loved ones, bosses and teachers. Respected members of your community who, for the benefit of everyone's understanding, want to be heard.

After CNN gave voice last fall to addicts on skid row, the sorts we think of when we picture "heroin addict," I set out to tell this overlooked part of the heroin story.

Being a functioning addict hinges on heroin use staying hush-hush, so we agreed to change the names of those willing to open up.

'All smiles and happiness at work'

Loving and successful parents, good schools, a great upbringing in the Midwest: Todd can't point to anything that drove him to drugs. He was a typical suburban high school student who dabbled in weed. Then, at 15, he popped a Percocet his mother left lying around while she was recovering from surgery.

"The feeling in my head was, 'I want to feel like this for the rest of my life,' " Todd says. "It was the perfect drug for me."

The 11 years since have been a dance with opioid addiction, even as he graduated from college and embarked on a successful career in corporate management. Now 26, he has gone stretches where he's been sober, but the pull is strong and keeps yanking him back.

He's done heroin for periods of time and says it's "fantastic," but shooting up isn't his style. His preference, assuming he can find them, is to buy more expensive opioids. For a long time, OxyContin was his drug of choice now he prefers Opana and, if he can't get that, Subutex.

He makes good money, which means he can afford his $350- to $600-a-week habit.

He's figured out how much to take so he doesn't feel the pains of withdrawal, which is now his goal -- rather than getting a full-on high. His sweet spot: 60 milligrams of Opana.

"I don't know how to describe withdrawal. It's like the worst flu you've ever had in your life -- and then multiply that by 1,000," he says. "There's a scraping inside your brain. You're willing to do anything to feel better."

To avoid that hell, Todd often lives a lie. He's "all smiles and happiness at work," he says, and he spins tales to guard his secret. He might say he's in one city when he's really in another. That quick trip he says he's taking to McDonald's could be to meet his dealer at Burger King. When he's used heroin, he's explained the bruises on his arm by telling people he has diabetes or an infectious disease. He once told a pharmacist he was a science teacher in need of syringes for experiments. He's invented the deaths of family members to get days off.

But death is very much a reality in his life.

His last serious girlfriend also used drugs and died from an overdose. Over the past six years, he's lost seven people he cares about to addiction.

He'd like to find love, build a relationship and have a family but says, "It would be dishonest, and I never want to hurt anybody. That's the biggest problem."

He knows that he has a lot to live for, but he often forgets that and struggles to imagine a future. And because he can't stray far from his dealer, a dream he does have remains on hold indefinitely.

"I've always wanted to see the world," he says. "I've never been outside the country because I can't leave. I'm f***ing chained where I'm at. It's a f***ing prison."

The sign of an addict

The sensation Todd had the first time he popped a Percocet, that feeling he wanted to hold onto for the rest of his life, was the giveaway. He, like 10% or 15% of people, has the disease of addiction, explains Dr. Stuart Gitlow, past president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

What offers no special high for most people or may even make them feel queasy became Todd's aspiration. And part of the problem, says Gitlow, is that "you don't know in advance what person you're going to be."

Todd may be functioning now, but Gitlow warns that tolerances and doses often change. As an addictive disease progresses, it is also influenced by life events and stressors. What happens if Todd loses his job someday or can't afford his preferred pills?

"They all start out functioning," he says. "The bulk of people taking heroin are probably functioning. It's only in the end stage that they're nodding off in an alley and have a pretty good shot of dying."

What Todd needs, Gitlow says, is help from a doctor who is certified in addiction medicine and can treat his disease. The vast majority, or 80%, of those who seek appropriate treatment and adhere to their treatment recommendations do well, he says.

Not a unique story

It didn't start with a pill for Lisa. Her first addiction took hold at 12, when she began cutting herself.

Carving into her flesh released dopamine in her brain, giving her a high, she says. The first time she did it, she never anticipated a rush. She was overwhelmed emotionally and simply acting out. But cutting became her way to self-medicate because it offered her solace, easing the emotional pain of living in a household full of screaming.

Now, at 23, Lisa opts for heroin. And because of it and other opioids she's used, "I hurt myself a lot less."

The difference now is that she, like Todd, no longer seeks a high. When she shoots up each morning, she insists, "I just do enough to stay well" through the day and not feel physical pain.

She works hard, always has. She excelled in her college-prep private school, where she was dubbed "gifted and talented," she says. She takes her job as a store manager seriously and enjoys a supportive marriage. No one at work knows that her day begins with a call to her dealer. If she has track marks, a simple long-sleeved shirt hides the evidence.

How she found heroin, she says, is not unique.

Long plagued by tendonitis in her knees and two herniated discs in her back, Lisa tried everything. Steroid injections gave her migraines, and her stomach couldn't handle anti-inflammatories. Physical and aquatic therapies offered little relief, as did deep-tissue massage. Finally, four years ago, a physician wrote out a prescription for pain pills.

She found comfort in those legal opioids. But then came the crackdown on opioid prescriptions, she says, effectively ending her lawful pain management.

Once her pills ran out, she turned to buying them on the street. They were hard to find, though, and the cost became prohibitive. An old friend, a heroin user, suggested that she give his drug a try.

"I can't find pills, I'm in pain, and it's really cheap," she remembers telling herself. "What happened to me is what happened to thousands and thousands of people."

Where she lives in Texas, near the Mexican border, the price of heroin can't be beat. One pill might cost her $50, but she can get half a gram of heroin, which is far more potent, for $20. The same product, she says, would cost up to five times as much in other parts of the country.

"If I moved somewhere where it was $100," she says, "I'd quit."

Her husband doesn't do drugs. He barely drinks. And although he'd prefer she kick the habit altogether, he's committed to being by her side -- so much that he keeps Narcan, the overdose antidote drug, in their home and has watched training videos to learn how to administer it in case she overdoses.

"He loves me enough that he's willing to stay with me," Lisa says. "That's a key component to keeping me from going off the deep end."

Lisa says a small handful of friends know that she uses heroin. Everyone else, her family included, believes she's hooked on "just pills." It's easier that way. Pills and other vices don't come with the same sort of judgment.

"People drink, and we think nothing of it. You do heroin, and you're the scum of the earth," she says. "People will cut you out of their lives."

Everybody's problem

Heroin users weren't always "the scum of the earth." In the late 19th century, it was a trademark name for an over-the-counter drug made by Bayer.

Today, there are politics behind which drugs are demonized and which aren't, and much of that is rooted in racism, says Dr. Michael Miller, who preceded Gitlow as president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

White socialites snorting cocaine in an Aspen ski lodge are forgiven, while inner-city blacks smoking crack -- just another form of cocaine -- are vilified and locked away, Miller explains. Heroin was romanticized when musicians used it, he says, but after black kids in coastal cities got hold of it, the perception changed and stuck.

Now, with the explosion of the opioid epidemic and the emergence of heroin as a less expensive alternative, it's become everybody's problem -- white or black, rich or poor, on the coasts or in middle America, no matter whether you live in a city, suburb or rural community.

That's how Lisa got roped in and learned to keep a secret.

She admits that the management of her addiction hinges in large part on her husband being by her side. But what if he leaves? What if life tosses her another kind of doozy? How much heroin would she need to ease her pain then?

"She has no coping skills. She's right at the edge," Gitlow says. "What if her dealer gets arrested and her new dealer mixes in fentanyl? Boom. She's dead."

'Like downing a beer'

Not everyone I spoke to considers themselves addicts. Enter Matthew.

For as long as Matthew can remember, he's battled anxiety and depression. Beyond prescriptions like Xanax or Valium, he began self-medicating at 19 with marijuana and LSD, he says.

An arrest for possession of pot and LSD with intent to distribute landed him on probation. Facing regular drug tests that would detect cannabis, he turned to harder drugs that wouldn't stay in his urine as long. That's how Matthew, 28, first tried oxycodone.

Later, a doctor would prescribe opioids for chronic stomach pain, a condition he's had for six years.

It's the sort of pain, he says, that used to leave him racing to bathrooms so frequently, he couldn't keep a job. Multiple GI doctors have tried to help him. Only prescribed opioids and marijuana have offered relief.

Raised in the Eastern US, he now lives in rural Northern California and works as a consultant in the cannabis industry. He doesn't hide his marijuana use or his dependence on pain medications.

It's the powdered heroin he purchases on the dark net, the stuff he snorts in the bathroom a few times a day, that he keeps to himself. He says he uses it only when his prescriptions or insurance coverage lapse.

He's never used heroin intravenously. Having gone back and forth between pharmaceuticals and illegal supplies, he says he's able to use a milligram scale to carefully measure how much of the powder to take.

"It's similar to a dose of Percocet." he says. "The effect would be like downing a beer or a cocktail."

He doesn't use a lot and says he snorts only about $5 of heroin a day. He's stopped in spurts and has written down pro and con lists to see whether he can move on. The pros keep winning out.

"I just don't find sober me is the best me," he says.

Having a secret can be isolating, he says, but otherwise, heroin has not hindered his life. Rather, Matthew says, "It's changed my life for the better."

Not only does it help with the pain, he says, it constipates him, allowing him to ditch the bathroom and get out of the house.

"I'm dependent," he says. "But I wouldn't necessarily call myself an addict."

The crippling truth

Matthew is kidding himself, experts say.

"Denial is a crippling component of addictive disease," Gitlow said. "Here we have a well-documented illustration of that deadly component."

Starting at 19, the signs were there when Matthew turned to drugs rather than "conventional coping mechanisms," Gitlow explains. Someone without the addictive disease might have tried those drugs for temporary relief but then realized they weren't worth the long-term risk.

Matthew's belief that he doesn't have a problem, Gitlow says, is no different from a man with hypertension or diabetes pretending there's nothing wrong with him.

Plus, using heroin and other opioids changes brain chemistry, says Siobhan Morse, director of clinical services for the Foundations Recovery Network.

The natural way a body manages pain or stress, Morse says, is by producing endorphins.

"If you're giving it the artificial substance," she explains, the brain thinks it doesn't have to make the real thing. "So when you take away the artificial substance, everything is so painful."

And for people like Matthew who have coexisting mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, self-medication with opioids can make those matters worse, Morse adds. She describes the combination as a "moving target."

Eventually, she and other experts say, Matthew's drug use will catch up with him.

"I've never met anyone who's indefinitely held it down being a heroin addict," Morse says.

The fall of 'Superwoman'

Rebecca has been using for more than three decades -- longer than Matthew, Todd and Lisa combined. She is surprised to still be alive.

She grew up in an upper-middle-class household in a tony suburb in the South where she was raised more by the housekeeper than her parents. Her mother was checked out her father had mistresses and often traveled.

"I didn't have any boundaries," says Rebecca, 59. "I could do whatever I wanted, which was a recipe for disaster."

Starting at 12, she tried every narcotic she could find. At 15, the man who was her drug dealer and boyfriend introduced her to heroin.

"I was in love," she says of the drug. "It became the love of my life."

One day, she was sleeping on the couch in her family's home when an older sister pinned her down, rolled up one of her sleeves and called out her track marks.

"Mom didn't bat an eye," Rebecca remembers. Instead, she shrugged it off, saying, "Jewish people aren't addicts."

Her father, when he was around, was more a friend than a parent. He partied with Rebecca and gave her Quaaludes, she says.

Rebecca eventually married the drug dealer-boyfriend, and they had a daughter. But the marriage was short-lived.

Divorced and 24, Rebecca went into treatment after her daughter turned 3. Rebecca knew that she was unfit to be a parent and feared she'd lose her daughter forever. It was the first of some 20 times she'd check into a treatment facility for help.

Along the way, she re-married husband No. 2 died of a heroin overdose.

Rebecca met her third husband in treatment and stayed sober for eight years. They had two more children and a comfortable lifestyle, enjoying the sort of privileges she knew growing up. But when this marriage fell apart, so did she.

"That was when I started to spiral down," Rebecca says. "As soon as I started using, it was immediate. . It was like I never stopped using."

Even as Rebecca returned to heroin, spending $100 or more a day, she built a career in corporate travel, working for big-name companies.

"As long as I didn't run out [of heroin] and get sick, I was like Superwoman," she says of her job performance. "If I had come in and said I was a heroin addict, people would have laughed."

Years of use caught up with her. Lunchtime runs to see her dealer grew longer and became lies about flat tires or broken-down cars. She bounced around between five or six companies, taking extended leaves to go into treatment or try to detox at home. She kept overdosing. A $30,000 mistake at work got her fired.

"People kept saying, 'You're going to die,' " Rebecca says. "The problem with me wasn't that I was going to die, it's that I was going to live."

Her kids were mostly raised by other family members and knew her at her worst. They'd see her after overdoses and visit her in the "nasty places" she called home. "It was just awful," says Rebecca, who's still working to repair the relationships she frayed.

Today, Rebecca is three years sober.

The last time she entered treatment, she says, "something clicked, and I remember thinking, 'I can't do this anymore.' "

She was "sick and tired of being sick and tired," she says. "I didn't have it in me anymore to keep doing what it took to stay high."

Rebecca is not the only member of her family who's struggled. One relative is an alcoholic, another is also a heroin addict, and a third -- who won't touch heroin because of Rebecca -- is hooked on pain pills.

"It's in the genes," Rebecca says. "No doubt."

She has seven grandchildren and is determined to be a better grandmother than she was a parent. She lives with a friend in an apartment and works part time for a sober living community.

"If there's any regret, it's that I've missed decades," Rebecca says. "I just thought I wasn't going to live, so I never worried about getting old."

She is fighting to make the rest of her life matter, all the while knowing -- based on decades of experience -- how easily she could slip again.

One lapse, one moment of weakness or overconfidence that she can handle it, and everything Rebecca is building up could come crashing down and, quite possibly, bury her.


How Tiger Woods roared again after his humiliating sex scandal, crippling injuries and a DUI arrest to become Masters winner for fifth time

BEFORE his shot at redemption at Augusta, Tiger Woods had been BANGED UP by the police, BEATEN UP by injuries – and it looked for all the world like he was was WASHED UP as a golfer.

But the sex scandal that wrecked his marriage, the arrest for being behind the wheel of a car with a mind-numbing cocktail of drugs, and the barren, injury-plagued years were all forgotten at the Masters.

Evan after all that has happened to him - with enough material to inspire the next TV blockbuster to rival Game of Thrones – it is still hard to believe it is 11 years since Woods, 43, won his 14th Major.

He looked unbeatable but then did the unthinkable by changing his seemingly perfect swing.

Critics slammed him, but what followed was a period of dominance the likes of which we may never see again.

At the Masters in 2001 he completed the Tiger Slam by becoming the first player ever to hold all four Majors at the same time.

Companies begged to sponsor him and Woods - who was guided by late dad Earl, a Special Forces Green Beret in the US Army - charged a £2million appearance fee just to play in tournaments.

CHANGED GOLF FOR EVER

As the trophy cabinet filled and filled and filled, so did his bank account.
Woods, according to respected finance outlet Forbes, became the first billionaire sportsman.

But when he won the 2008 US Open on one leg no-one would have predicted he would have turned up at the 2019 Masters still looking for number 15.

He did have to undergo one of four knee operations FOLLOWING that US Open victory, after playing somehow winning it despite a ruptured cruciate ligament and a stress fracture in his leg!

But it was shortly after that that his life began to unravel. He was still feeling his way back when he smashed his car into a tree outside his Florida mansion in November 2009, with wife Erin chasing him with a golf club in her hand.

Woods' affairs with a string of porno actresses and cocktail waitresses – and even a neighbour’s daughter – had been exposed by the National Enquirer. Erin, mother of his two children, divorced him soon after.

There was more humiliation as Woods tried to battle the constant pain that led to four back operations – the most recent one a career-saving procedure to fuse a couple of discs together in his lower spine.

SEX SCANDAL WITH PORN STARS

He was arrested for driving under the influence two years ago, and the mugshots released by Florida police with the former world No 1 looking haggard and bleary-eyed continue to haunt him.

Woods had no fewer than five different pain-killers in his system, but was spared a court appearance when he agreed to stop self-medicating, and to undergo a period of community work.

His career enjoyed a brief resurgence in 2013, when he won five times and returned to the world No 1 spot.

But it did not last, and with his back problems getting worse, Woods admitted he began to doubt whether he would ever play golf again.

Woods played just four events in the whole of 2016 and 2017. But the fusion surgery in April 2017 paved the way for his triumphant return to the top level.

He threatened to win that elusive 15th Major at last year’s Open, hitting the front on the back nine before being de-railed by a couple of costly errors.

Woods eventually finished fifth behind Francesco Molinari, but his army of fans were united in declaring: Tiger is back.


Adams Morgan’s Perfect Spot for African Cuisine & Live Reggae Music

was visiting a friend over the weekend in DC when I heard some of the house guests talking about Bukom Cafe, the West African chill spot in Adams Morgan DC, on the corner of 18th street across from Tryst Coffee House “Will you come out with me to this Ghanaian place where they play live reggae music almost all night? Their food is so good!”—-I almost spilled my drink when I overheard that conversation because I had just interviewed Bukom for this series and hearing young people rave about the spot as their nightlife destination was more material to solidify my reviews.

Bukom Café is known as one of Washington, DC’s best spots for live music and good eats. Some of their past and present clients include: DC Mayors, The world bank, Friends of various African Peace Corp, various international organizations in the DC metropolitan area and Universities.

In one adventurous week, I toured the DMV (DC, Maryland & Virginia) interviewing African restaurateurs about their African Triumph (Immigrant) stories as local business owners. A mind blowing experience playing an Anthony Bourdain for a week. This tour venture is a minute effort to get my African people to start telling their own stories because we can’t sleep on our triumphs, we have to continue to shape the diaspora narrative into a positive direction.

If you want to know what a culture is like, it’s easily the food. The restaurateur Justice Matey identifies as both Ghanaian and Nigerian because of his parents’ origins. Bukom Cafe can be said to be a purely West African cuisine dining because their menu selection satisfies the cravings and taste buds of any West African indigen.

In its 25th year at same location in Adams Morgan, Justice says the staple dish there is their “Egusi and Pounded yam” Egusi is made from ground melon seeds, it’s tasty broth is dressed in tender goat meat and spinach in palm oil served with your fufu, pounded yam, or even rice. There is also Jollof rice of course on the menu but he claims that you can’t come asking for “Nigerian or Ghanaian Jollof” but he would rather you request for the “Bukom Jollof” calling Bukom a melting pot and a place welcoming to people from all regions & appreciative of diversity.

On the menu, there is the ECOWAS Okro Soup that is cooked with palm oil and ECOWAS Spice which can be served with your choice of pounded yam or Fufu. For fish lovers, the Red Snapper deep fried served with salad , plantains and rice. For vegetarians, the Vegetarian II which is black eyes peas, Jollof rice, plantains with Bukom Collard greens. The Wache, ox-Tail stew, Chicken Yassa, Cassava Leaves, African Curry chicken are some of the yummy entrees Bukom serves.

The Bukom scene brings a local jazzed up night of live music over delicious meal and specialty drinks like the “Bukom Bomb” which I tried—good for you if you’re looking for a nice strong kicker.

There is a lot to be said about the possible good touring of African restaurants and writing about not just the food but about the minds behind these establishments. I strongly believe that these stories will be an exposure of the culture and the nature of a people. This generation is the first generation that will really get to know more about their African neighboring nations in the most intimate way because of globalization. Africans are just getting to know each other not to even talk about the western world getting to intimately know us!

When you visit, be sure to mention #TANTV

Bukom Café is located at
2442 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The closest Subway or metro rail is Woodley Park- Zoo/Adams Morgan on the Red Line. There are Bike racks available for Bike riders too.