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  • Understanding Addiction

    05/15/2012 6:25:37 PM PDT · by tedw · 101 replies
    You Tube ^ | 5/15/2018 | Ted Adamson
    New You Tube Video on Addiction. Basically I am sick and tired of the so-called "experts" spouting off nonsense regarding drug and alcohol addiction. The most current one I found was a licensed Clincial Psychologist "enlightening" (tongue in check) us that addiction is a "brain disease". You can find his link here: The problem with these so-called experts is that they understand nothing. They do not recognize the spiritual realm so they reduce these problems to a physiological level. They do not recognize the existence of demons or evil and the role it plays in addiction. As a consequence...
  • Ron Paul Supporters Boo Romney Son Off Stage at Ariz. GOP Convention

    05/13/2012 12:29:21 PM PDT · by Pinkbell · 212 replies
    The Blaze ^ | May 13, 2012 | Madeleine Morgenstern
    Supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul booed one of Mitt Romney’s adult sons off the stage Saturday at the Arizona Republican Party convention as he tried to consolidate support for his father. Josh Romney’s speech to state GOP members was cut short by jeers from Paul backers at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, the Arizona Republic reported. The state’s convention was to elect delegates for the national convention in August, where the former Massachusetts governor is expected to wrap up the nomination to take on President Barack Obama. “We cannot afford four more years of President Obama,” said Josh Romney,...
  • New Libertarian Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson Slams Republicans For Gay Staffer Flap

    05/06/2012 7:15:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | 05/06/2012 | Rosie Gray
    Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson officially became the Libertarian Party's nominee for President on Saturday with 70 percent of the vote, and one of his first acts as an official candidate was to issue a strong indictment of the Republicans for the situation surrounding Mitt Romney's gay former foreign policy spokesman. "I believe the majority of americans are fiscally responsible and socially tolerant," Johnson told BuzzFeed in a phone interview. "I believe the majority of Americans could care less about whether or not there is a gay individual working in the Romney campaign." Romney's newly hired foreign policy spokesman...
  • Gary Johnson Wins Libertarian Nod

    05/05/2012 5:37:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    KOB4 ^ | 05/05/20
    Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is campaigning to win the White House as a Libertarian after receiving scant attention in the Republican presidential race. Johnson easily became the party's presidential nominee at the Libertarian national convention in Las Vegas on Saturday. He hopes to appeal to voters fed up with the traditional two-party system this November. SNIP He won 74 percent of the vote on the first ballot in Las Vegas, an unusual showing of support. SNIP
  • Pelosi Calls for End to Raids on Marijuana Producers and Distributors

    05/05/2012 1:57:58 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 May 2012 | John Semmens
    Taking an uncharacteristic stand in favor of “states’ rights,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) beseeched President Obama to put an end to federal efforts to impede the production, distribution, and use of marijuana in states where it is legal. “I know how important it is to the President to establish the absolute supremacy of the federal government in all matters,” Pelosi conceded. “I share that goal. Nevertheless, we can’t allow ourselves to lose sight of the fact that marijuana users are a prime constituency of the Democratic Party. So, while I’d normally say ‘screw states’ rights,’ in this case...
  • Pelosi Questions Obama Marijuana Policy

    05/05/2012 1:42:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, May 5, 2012 | Chris Roberts
    Nancy Pelosi speaks out in support of medical marijuana.If President Barack Obama won't listen to the people, perhaps he'll heed Rep. Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi reacted to medical cannabis users' petitions this week when she issued a statement blasting the federal Justice Department's crackdown on state-legal medical marijuana, according to SF Weekly. Obama defended the Justice Department's crackdown in an interview in Rolling Stone. Obama insisted that he can't tell the Justice Department not to enforce laws on the books. In response, Pelosi issued a statement this week of her own, in which she voices her "strong concerns" about the federal...
  • Mexico drugs: 23 bodies found in Nuevo Laredo

    05/05/2012 8:30:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | May 4, 2012
    At least 23 people have been killed in gruesome circumstances in the Mexican city of Nuevo Laredo, on the US border. Nine bodies with signs of torture were found hanging from a bridge. Hours later, 14 decapitated bodies were discovered in a vehicle, police said. Their heads were found in ice boxes dumped outside the mayor's office. Nuevo Laredo is the scene of a feud between two of Mexico's biggest drugs gangs, who are fighting for control of smuggling routes into the US. A message left with the hanged bodies said they were members of the Gulf drugs cartel who...
  • Pelosi calls on Obama to respect states’ rights, end medical marijuana raids (Hussein's fault!)

    05/03/2012 7:15:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/03/12 | Steven Nelson
    Pelosi calls on Obama to respect states’ rights, end medical marijuana raidsBy Steven Nelson | The Daily Caller – 5 hrs ago House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wants President Barack Obama to lay off the weed. Reacting to an ongoing crackdown on medical marijuana facilities in California, Pelosi said in a Wednesday statement, “I have strong concerns about the recent actions by the federal government that threaten the safe access of medicinal marijuana to alleviate the suffering of patients in California.” The California Democrat said that medical marijuana is “both a medical and a states’ rights issue.” California legalized the...
  • A Dispassionate Assessment of Libertarians

    04/17/2012 4:03:24 PM PDT · by WPaCon · 24 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | 5/28/1988 | Russell Kirk
    The term "libertarianism"is distasteful to people who think seriously about politics. Both Dr. F.A. Hayek and your servant have gone out of their way, from time to time, to declare that they refuse to be tagged with this label. Anyone much influenced by t h e thought of Edmund Burke and of Alexis de Tocqueville - as are both Professor Hayek and this commentator - sets his face against ideology; and libertarianism is a simplistic ideology, relished by one variety of the folk whom Jacob Burckhardt called "the terrible simplifiers." Nevertheless, I have something to say favorable to today's libertarians...
  • Stoned Swedish Nurse Ignored Suffering Patient

    04/15/2012 11:49:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The Local ^ | 13 Apr 12
    A Swedish night shift nurse has been fired from a Gothenburg hospital for being high on cannabis and failing to notice a patient's rapidly deteriorating condition. "You can't be stoned while on the job," Anne Skånberg of the human resources department of Sahlgrenska Hospital told The Local. Staff at the hospital first noticed signs that the nurse, who had worked at the hospital for nearly a decade, may have been drugged after his questionable behavior in response to a patient's worsening condition. The patient had previously been taken from intensive care to the regular ward, but when the patient’s symptoms...
  • Republicans retreat on gay marriage

    03/30/2012 9:53:45 AM PDT · by C19fan · 91 replies
    Politico ^ | March 30, 2912 | Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer
    ust a few years ago, House Republicans were trying to etch their opposition of gay marriage into the Constitution. Now? They’re almost silent. It’s been one of the swiftest shifts in ideology and strategy for Republicans, as they’ve come nearly full circle on same-sex politics. What was once a front-and-center issue for rank-and-file Republicans — the subject of many hotly worded House and Senate floor speeches — is virtually a dead issue, as Republicans in Congress don’t care to have gay marriage litigated in the Capitol.
  • Republicans Should Avoid Social Issues

    03/19/2012 11:23:44 AM PDT · by Fred · 114 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 031912 | Wayne Allyn Root
    Rick Santorum could be the worst thing to happen to the GOP — ever. Worse even than George W. Bush. And that’s saying a lot. Bush did so much damage to the GOP brand, he almost destroyed the party forever. It was George Bush who brought us Barack Obama. Few Americans voted for Obama, they just voted for ABB (Anyone But Bush). Now the GOP has a golden opportunity. Obama has wrecked the U.S. economy from sea to shining sea. He has turned off voters by the millions. By historical standards, based on the current disastrous economic and unemployment numbers,...
  • Iran executed 670 in 2011, says U.N. investigator

    03/12/2012 2:43:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Mar 12, 2012 3:20pm EDT | Robert Evans
    Iran executed some 670 people last year, most of them for drug crimes that do not merit capital punishment under international law and more than 20 for offenses against Islam, a United Nations investigator said on Monday. The investigator, former Maldives foreign minister Ahmed Shaheed, also reported what he said were a wide range of violations by Iran of U.N. human rights accords, from abuse of minorities to persecution of homosexuals and labor unions. Shaheed was delivering his first report to the U.N.'s 47-nation Human Rights Council on the rights situation in the country since being appointed last year. It...
  • Ron Paul on Social Conservatism: 'I Think It's a Losing Position'

    02/20/2012 11:56:59 AM PST · by mnehring · 140 replies · 1+ views
    ( - Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Texas.), who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, told Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that social conservatism is "a losing position" for the Republican Party. "Do you--are you uncomfortable--certainly Rick Santorum is the one who has been in the forefront of some of this talk on social issues, but there have been others in the race," Crowley asked Paul. "Are you uncomfortable with this talk about social issues? Do you consider it a winning area for Republicans in November?" "No," said Paul. "I think it's a losing position. "I mean,...
  • What to do about Honduras

    02/11/2012 7:57:07 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 17 replies · 1+ views
    InterAmerican Security Watch ^ | February 7th, 2012 | José Cárdenas
    “Our homeland is bleeding painfully,” is how Honduran Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez put it recently at a religious event whose audience included Honduran President Porfirio Lobo. Indeed, Honduras is spiraling into an ungovernable and unstable situation due to the increased operations of international drug syndicates and their local gang proxies within its territory. Last October, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime reported that Honduras, a nation of 7.6 million, now has the highest homicide rate in the world. Honduras is a victim of what counter-narcotics experts refer to as the “balloon effect,” where heavy pressures on traffickers in Colombia...
  • Are libertarians part of the conservative movement? An interview with Jonah Goldberg

    02/10/2012 9:16:22 AM PST · by Superstu321 · 301 replies
    American Enterprise Institute ^ | Feburary 10, 2012 | AEI Podcast
    Jonah Goldberg makes the case that Libertarians are a essential to the Republican party and that conservatives and libertarians aren't that different.
  • Ron Paul's Finished; Who Takes His Place?

    01/23/2012 6:39:43 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies ^ | January 23, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    In spite of a carefully timed announcement by Newt Gingrich's ex-wife Marianne on an "Open Marriage, Mistress Proposal", Gingrich rallied from a 16 point deficit on January 3 to a stunning 12 percentage point slaughter of Mitt Romney less than three weeks later. South Carolina Primary Results The Associated Press announces these South Carolina Primary Results. This goes to show you that "It ain't over until it's over." Dog Whistle Politics The Financial Times reports Victory Horrifies Republican Establishment Gingrich didn’t just win the primary. He crushed Mr Romney, by more than ten percentage points, and that after the former...
  • Beware of conservatives who see benefit in Obama's re-election

    01/05/2012 9:16:42 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 49 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/05/2012 | Doug Book
    At least one well-known conservative has begun speaking out-loud the notion that an Obama re-election might not be the very worst thing that could happen, either to the nation or to Republicans—even to REAL Republicans–that is, conservatives, members of the Party base whose mistrust of Obama is nearly equaled by their mistrust of Mitt Romney and the 2008 ‘Ghost of Romney past’, John McCain. The best-selling author of “Looking out for Number One” and “Restoring the American Dream”, Robert Ringer has been a Libertarian/conservative for decades. And given 5 decades of Libertarian leanings, his support of Ron Paul should surprise...
  • UC system banning smoking from all campuses

    01/13/2012 11:15:06 PM PST · by Drango · 42 replies
    SF Chron ^ | 1/13/12 | Erin Allday
    The University of California is banning cigarettes and all other tobacco products from its campuses over the next two years, in a move designed to both protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke and prevent young people from developing the bad habit. Students and staff alike will be prohibited from smoking anywhere on a UC campus - including outdoor spaces, parking lots and private residences. There won't be any designated smoking areas. But a major benefit, they hope, will be an overall reduction in smoking among those who work or study on the campuses. "Our young students who come here as freshmen,...
  • Romney Wins But Takes A Beating

    01/09/2012 10:31:02 PM PST · by Sick of Lefties · 8 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 1/6/12 | Noman
    Peggy Noonan makes some interesting observations about Iowa's Republican primary results, and Mitt Romney's bruising victory. [quote] The Iowa results almost perfectly reflect the Republican Party, which, roughly speaking, is split into three parts—libertarians, social conservatives and moderate conservatives, who went for Ron Paul, Mr. Santorum and Mr. Romney respectively. The three parts of the party have been held together by agreement on three big issues: spending (which must be cut), taxing (which must be reformed), and President Obama (who must be removed). These three issues have force. Taxes and spending are the ties that bind, the top and bottom...
  • Palin: GOP Should Not Alienate Ron Paul Voters

    01/04/2012 1:16:42 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 344 replies
    NewsMax ^ | Jan. 4, 2012 | Staff
    Sarah Palin said she wasn't surprised at Rick Santorum's success in Iowa, and warned that the GOP should not take Ron Paul's supporters lightly. Speaking on Fox News before Iowa's final numbers were in, she called Santorum "spot-on" with his policies toward Iran and praised his "social conservative" positions. Her strongest comments came for Paul, however, saying "the GOP had better not marginalize Ron Paul and his supporters after this" because "a lot of Americans are war-weary and we are broke" and Paul has reached that constituency well. She warned that the GOP "better work with them."
  • 'I’m a cop, I can do whatever I want ' off-duty policeman shouts before 'executing guy in bar'

    12/30/2011 12:59:51 AM PST · by bkopto · 98 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Dec 25, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    An off-duty police officer has been charged with executing a man in a sports bar - after an argument over a game of darts. Riverside County sheriff's deputy Dayle Long, 42, allegedly shot Samuel Vanettes, 36, three times, leaving him to die on the floor of the bar in Murrieta, California. SNIP An altercation allegedly broke out after the police officer told one of the friends 'I’m better at darts than you are', Chris Hull, 39, told 'My buddy says, "Aw, you suck at darts". (The man) says, "That’s why I’m a cop, I can do whatever I want...
  • Ron Paul’s Base of Support: Not Republican

    12/27/2011 7:30:46 AM PST · by TBBT · 50 replies
    Redstate ^ | 12/27/2011 | Leon H. Wolf
    Via Ben Domenech’s Transom comes perhaps the least surprising news of the month. That news is that almost exactly half of all Ron Paul supporters in Iowa and New Hampshire self-identity as non-Republican. Without the support of these Democrats and Independents, Paul pulls roughly the same trivial level of support he got in 2008. This has some important implications for the state of the race. First, as Neil Stevens has been patiently noting here on the front page, this makes Paul’s level of support in Iowa potentially much softer than it appears. While these voters can at least theoretically register...
  • Ron Paul on Morton Downey Show in 1988

    12/24/2011 6:23:25 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | October 10, 2011 | VoteRonPaul12
    Part 1Part 2Part 3
  • Poll Asks Free Republic: What Is The Most Dangerous Threat To The United States?

    12/21/2011 4:53:57 PM PST · by writer33 · 137 replies
    12/21/2011 | Chris Davis
    With all of the talk of Ron Paul’s foreign policy, we wanted to know what is the most dangerous threat to the United States today. As usual, we go to the finest gathering of conservatives minds found on the internet. We go to Free Republic. We would love to know if Iran is the greatest threat. Is China the greatest threat? Is Barack Obama and the Democrat Party the greatest threat? Or is it the Republican Establishment that’s the greatest threat?
  • Newt Crashes, Romney Soars On InTrade

    12/17/2011 4:00:51 PM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 51 replies
    Business Insider ^ | December 15th | Zeke Miller
    Newt Gingrich's fortunes on the prediction betting website InTrade have collapsed in the past three days, amid an unrelenting assault from all sides in the Republican field. After pushing close to 40 percent on the site, he's down to a 16.5 percent chance of winning the nomination. Mitt Romney, who fell as low as 42 percent on the site last week, is back up to 64 percent. The radical swing is a reflection of the growing unease on all sides about Gingrich's viability as the nominee - and recent polling showing that Gingrich's rise to the top in Iowa was...
  • Libertarian Case For Jon Huntsman[and conservative case for zotting the retread morons who like him]

    12/02/2011 10:07:47 AM PST · by Retro Llama · 50 replies
    Portsmouth Herald ^ | 12/2/11 | Eduardo J. Lopez-Reyes
    Last May, when Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels was pondering a White House bid, Jason Sorens of the University of Buffalo wrote a commentary that went largely unnoticed. Wanting to "take a look at Jon Huntsman," who has been "widely viewed as a 'moderate' Republican, but whose" policies "stake out a position that may be more libertarian than Daniels'," Sorens concluded that after former Gov. Gary Johnson and Texas Congressman Ron Paul, Huntsman offered the most libertarian credentials — besting even Daniels. Sorens's views deserve recognition in New Hampshire, a generally conservative state with decisively libertarian leanings, as our first-in-the-nation presidential...
  • Study shows medical marijuana laws reduce traffic deaths

    11/29/2011 2:55:05 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 38 replies
    University of Colorado Denver ^ | 29-Nov-2011 | David Kelly
    Leads to lower consumption of alcohol DENVER (Nov. 29, 2011) – A groundbreaking new study shows that laws legalizing medical marijuana have resulted in a nearly nine percent drop in traffic deaths and a five percent reduction in beer sales. "Our research suggests that the legalization of medical marijuana reduces traffic fatalities through reducing alcohol consumption by young adults," said Daniel Rees, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver who co-authored the study with D. Mark Anderson, assistant professor of economics at Montana State University. The researchers collected data from a variety of sources including the National Survey...
  • Feds find 32 tons of pot in Calif. border tunnel

    11/30/2011 5:15:07 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/30/11 | ELLIOT SPAGAT
    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Tis the season for finding cross-border drug tunnels. The latest secret passage - equipped with a hydraulic lift, electric rail cars, wooden staircase and end-to-end wood floors - was discovered Tuesday on the U.S.-Mexico border, highlighting an emerging seasonal trend. For three years, authorities have found the most sophisticated tunnels shortly before the winter holidays in what officials speculate is an attempt by drug smugglers to take advantage of Mexico's fall marijuana harvest. The discovery of the 600-yard tunnel resulted in seizures of 32 tons of marijuana, one of the largest pot busts in U.S. history,...
  • Children Are Being Exposed To Shocking Levels Of Sexual Content

    11/26/2011 7:58:50 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 37 replies
    Movieguide ^ | November 26, 2011 | Marsha West
    This probably won’t shock most people because we live in an age where the envelope has been pushed so far it’s disappeared over the horizon.  According to the Daily Mail, pink and leopard-print thong panties with no crotches sized to fit a seven-year-old were being sold at Kids N Teen in Greeley, Colorado.  The panties were yanked after a mortified mother complained. As one writer put it: “It’s a new kind of memory: A daughter’s first pair of crotchless panties.” It’s also a sign of the times when a retailer decides there’s nothing wrong with selling sleazy leopard-print thong panties...
  • Cecil's story: Man who cost Tacoma taxpayers millions for care, emergency services, is sober

    11/20/2011 9:56:23 AM PST · by fireman15 · 28 replies
    The News Tribune ^ | November 20, 2011 | KATHLEEN MERRYMAN
    Nicholas Cecil Leading Horse was born into the Sioux Nation in Valentine, Neb., on Christmas Eve 1946. The youngest of Lewis and Margaret Leading Horse’s six children, he would grow up to become Tacoma’s most expensive street drunk. From his mid-40s into his early 60s, he would cost taxpayers an estimated $2,407,100. The money was spent on emergency fire, police and medical care, ambulance rides, food, shelter, detox and sobering services, court and jail time, and rehabilitation efforts. A decade ago, The News Tribune added up Leading Horse’s tab from the previous 10 years and put it in the seven-figure...
  • Endless Evil: The Drug War’s Continuing Collateral Damage, Part 1

    10/30/2011 11:58:33 AM PDT · by bamahead · 73 replies · 1+ views
    Future of Freedom Foundation ^ | October 27, 2011 | Radley Balko
    In September 2009, 28-year-old Jonathan Ayers pulled into a gas station in Stephens County, Georgia, to withdraw money from an ATM. Ayers, a pastor, had just given $23, all the cash he had in his pocket, to Johanna Barrett, a drug addict alleged to be a prostitute to whom Ayers had been ministering. His purpose was to help Barrett pay rent at the motel where she was living with her boyfriend. According to friends and family members, it wasn’t unusual for Ayers to give the money he was carrying to help those to whom he was ministering get out of...
  • Obama's War on Weed Represents a Strange About-Face on Medical Marijuana

    10/26/2011 5:48:16 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 19 replies
    Broward-Palm Beach New Times ^ | October 27, 2011 | Ray Stern
    The new federal crackdown on medical marijuana announced October 7 by the four California U.S. Attorneys sent chills throughout the industry. It was a stunning reversal by the Obama administration. Only two years ago, Deputy U.S. Attorney General David Ogden wrote his infamous "Ogden Memo," announcing that the feds wouldn't bother businesses in compliance with their own state laws. It proved a dose of Miracle-Gro to California, where pot-selling stores have multiplied since voters approved the state's 1996 medical marijuana law. By late last year, California reportedly had more dispensaries than Starbucks outlets.
  • Pair Living With Occupy Boston Protesters Arrested For Selling Heroin

    10/25/2011 4:03:18 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    cbs boston ^ | 10/24/2011 | staff
    <p>A man and woman were arrested in Dewey Square for allegedly selling heroin to an undercover police officer.</p> <p>Thirty-four-year-old Isaac Bell and 31-year-old Charlene Dumont both face drug charges. The two were living in a tent with Occupy Boston protesters on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.</p>
  • The Misguided Foreign Policy Of Paul's Libertarian Loyalists

    10/26/2011 4:02:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 26, 2011 | K. E. GRUBBS JR
    As Republican realists question President Obama's wisdom in pulling U.S. forces out of Iraq by year's end, one subset of GOP activists is cheering: the followers of candidate for commander-in-chief Ron Paul. That should concern Americans who, understandably, are fatigued by war but who see their country as a force for global stability, not to mention as an influence for universal freedom. The Texas congressman, now in his third run at the highest office (once as the Libertarian Party candidate) brings magnetic appeal to a burgeoning electorate worried about the unsupportable and oppressive growth of government, for which both the...
  • Hume on Cain: Smoking campaign ad ‘sheer oddness,’ attacks on Rove ‘another odd thing to say’

    10/25/2011 11:03:45 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 66 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 25 Oct 2011 | Jeff Poor
    On Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday, network senior political analyst Brit Hume attempted to make sense of recent “odd” decisions by GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, including accusing GOP campaign strategist Karl Rove of picking on him and releasing a web ad of his chief of staff touting Cain’s accomplishments while smoking a cigarette. The unconventional web ad is “sort of a metaphor for the Cain campaign,” Hume said. “You can never quite figure out what the guy is quite up to. You know, if he were a conventional candidate he would be campaigning in Iowa and New...
  • Cautiously, Libertarians Reach Out to Occupy Wall Street

    10/21/2011 6:48:05 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 68 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Oct 20 2011 | Conor Friedersdorf
    With a left-leaning populist movement taking to the streets in cities around the country, conservatives are mostly content to bash the protestors as unemployed hippies jealous of their betters. In contrast, a few savvy figures with libertarian messages appreciate that although they may or may not succeed in influencing Occupy Wall Street, a limited alliance does make sense if possible, and a better opportunity to engage persuadable leftists has never before presented itself. Prof. Larry Lessig, the Harvard academic and political activist, is among the observers calling on Occupy Wall Street and the tea party movement to recognize what they...
  • Let Our Farmers Grow - Industrial HEMP act - Ron Paul

    10/21/2011 1:47:36 PM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 48 replies
    The Oklahoma Observer ^ | October 21, 2011 | RALPH NADER
    Congressman Ron Paul introduced H.R. 1831, the “Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2011,” on May 11. It is a simple bill at just two pages in length, and it would legalize the growing of industrial hemp in the United States. Currently farmers can grow industrial hemp only if they have received a permit from the DEA – a prospect that the agency has made all but impossible for decades. Otherwise, it is illegal to grow. Although Rep. Paul has introduced several bills like this one in the past, there are several reasons that this bill should be passed now. Hemp...
  • Gallup Poll: 50 Percent of Americans Support Legalizing Marijuana

    10/17/2011 7:00:16 PM PDT · by Freemarkets101 · 90 replies
    Brian Koenig ^ | 10/17/11 | Brian Koenig
    According to a new Gallup poll, a record-high 50 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana use, while 46 percent say marijuana use should remain illegal. When Gallup first posed the question, in 1969, a mere 12 percent of Americans favored it, while 84 percent were opposed. For good or for worse, times have definitely changed. Gallup's "Bottom Line" ponders that if the current trend on marijuana legalization continues, "pressure may build to bring the nation's laws into compliance with the people's wishes." Not right now it won't. In my opinion, this shift in popular opinion means jack for the political...
  • Barack Obama, Ron Paul Lead in Campaign Cash From Military Donors

    10/16/2011 12:59:41 PM PDT · by bimboeruption · 17 replies
    OpenSecretsblog ^ | 10-16-2011 | Michael Beckel
    U.S. wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya may weigh on the minds of voters next year, but during the early months of the 2012 election cycle, members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are active political donors are mainly rallying around two candidates, according to a new analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. Those candidates are President Barack Obama and libertarian-leaning Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). Overall, individuals who listed their occupation as one of the branches of the military or the U.S. Department of Defense have donated about $78,000 to presidential candidates, according to the Center's analysis of donors...
  • One dead in shooting at Hell's Angels funeral

    10/16/2011 6:40:49 AM PDT · by Winstons Julia · 11 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/16/11 | staff
    The funeral was being held for Hells Angel Jeffrey "Jethro" Pettigrew, who was president of the Hells Angels' San Jose chapter. A member of the rival Vagos motorcycle club is accused of killing Pettigrew Sept. 23 in a Sparks, Nev., casino, sending gamblers diving for cover. The mayor canceled a regional motorcycle rally as a result.
  • Border drug war: Is it really out of control? (Perry's effort to secure the border)

    10/15/2011 11:07:03 PM PDT · by Clairity · 50 replies
    Star Telegram ^ | Oct 16, 2011 | Dave Montgomery
    Aerial surveillance missions such as this one are part of Gov. Rick Perry's multifaceted law enforcement effort, which has operated along Texas' portion of the 2,000-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border for five years. Unique to Texas, and put in place because of what Perry said was inadequate enforcement by the federal government, the operation is designed to marshal the forces of dozens of state, federal and local entities in a cooperative "boots-on-the ground" offensive in border counties. The Republican governor has repeatedly cited the law enforcement effort as a display piece in his presidential campaign, while warning that drug violence from Mexico...
  • OccupyLA Protester: ‘Zionist Jews’ Who Run Banks Should Be ‘Run Out of This Country’

    10/15/2011 12:32:00 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 15, 2011 | Staff
    Here’s one of the protesters spoke to at Occupy Wall Street in Los Angeles on October 12, 2011. She identifies herself as Patricia McAllister and as an employee of Los Angeles Unified School District. “I think that the Zionist Jews, who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve, which is not run by the federal government… they need to be run out of this country,” she said.
  • Pentagon error suspends anti-narcotics programs worldwide

    10/15/2011 12:19:48 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner [Washington DC] ^ | 13 October 2011 | Sara A. Carter
    Pentagon counternarcotics and counterterrorism operations around the world were abruptly suspended this month when the Defense Department officials overseeing the programs failed to ensure they were funded by congressional authorizations, according to documents obtained by The Washington Examiner. The lapse has caused serious national security and diplomatic problems for the U.S. military, according to Defense Department officials. The authorizations cover joint counternarcotics operations with foreign governments, as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in the U.S. The mix-up occurred when the anti-narcotics programs were not included on a list provided to Congress of operations that needed to...
  • Feds vow crackdown on Calif. pot operations

    10/09/2011 5:35:51 PM PDT · by Christian Engineer Mass · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Ass. Press ^ | 8 Oct | Don Thompson
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal authorities in California vowed to shut down dozens of pot growing and sales operations in a major crackdown, saying the worst offenders are using the cover of medical marijuana to act as storefront drug dealers. The aggressive crackdown comes a little more than two months after the Obama administration toughened its stand on medical marijuana. Prosecutors Friday described it as the first coordinated statewide offensive against marijuana dealers and suppliers who use California’s 15-year-old medical marijuana law as legal cover for running sophisticated drug trafficking ventures in plain sight.
  • Police: 2 Arrested Accidentally Called Cop, Asked For Pot

    10/03/2011 8:23:26 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 14 replies
    Two men were arrested in St. Cloud after police say they dialed the wrong number and attempted to buy a pound of marijuana from a police officer. According to St. Cloud Police, a uniformed St. Cloud patrol officer received the call at 11:33 p.m. Sunday. After the officer received multiple phone calls from the suspect, a meeting was arranged on the 1100 block of 15th Avenue South. Police say the men fled when they met with uniformed officers, but were quickly apprehended and taken into custody. The two men have been identified by police as 21-year-old Kewon Donte Johnson of...
  • Russian grandmother kills self after dogs maul baby to death

    10/02/2011 9:25:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies · 1+ views
    BNO News ^ | Oct. 3, 2011
    MEZHDURECHENSK, RUSSIA (BNO NEWS) -- A grandmother committed suicide in southern Russia on Saturday after two dogs mauled a one-year-old baby to death, local media reported on Monday. The tragedy happened on Saturday at a home in Mezhdurechensk, a city in Russia's Kemerovo Oblast, when a one-year-old baby boy was left alone at a home. He is believed to have walked or crawled to a room where two dogs, a Staffordshire terrier and a pitbull, were kept. The Russian ITAR-TASS news agency, citing police, reported that the boy's grandmother committed suicide after she found the lifeless body. It was not...
  • Authorities Say California Slayings Suspect Killed in Manhunt

    10/01/2011 3:51:12 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 1, 2011 | AP
    FORT BRAGG, Calif. – A man suspected in the fatal shootings of a Fort Bragg councilman and a county land trust official was shot and killed Saturday after a massive manhunt in the redwood forests of Northern California, a sheriff's deputy said. Deputy Ron Parsons of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said Aaron Bassler was shot and killed around midday,
  • Sarah Palin may be the one liberals have been waiting for (Palin Democrats and Independents?)

    09/10/2011 12:34:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies · 1+ views
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 9, 2011 | Professor William A. Jacobson, esquire
    I made the point the other day that Sarah Palin’s speech in Indianola, Iowa, went to the core of the Tea Party movement: "I don’t know what the future holds for Palin, whether she will be a candidate or just a powerful voice against crony capitalism. I also don’t know whether the two are compatible. I am not convinced that even the Republican electorate is ready for the message. That’s for another day. What I do know is that in attacking crony capitalism, Palin gave voice to those of us who refuse to buy into the Democratic narrative that the...
  • Mental health group B4U-Act looks to remove stigma from paedophilia

    08/24/2011 9:33:39 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 17 replies ^ | August 25, 2011 | Fox news
    The organisation, which calls itself B4U-Act, is lobbying for changes to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, the guideline of standards on mental health that is put together by the American Psychiatric Association, said. The group says its mission is to help paedophiles before they create a crisis, and to do so by offering a less critical view of the disorder. "Stigmatising and stereotyping minor-attracted people inflames the fears of minor-attracted people, mental health professionals and the public, without contributing to an understanding of minor-attracted people or the issue of child sexual abuse," reads the...