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  • United On Pot: Leftist Frank And Libertarian Ron Paul

    06/23/2011 4:32:45 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 181 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | June 24, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    Recently, I quoted, Ann Coulter on libertarians: “They lure you in with talk of small government and then immediately start babbling about drug legalization or gay marriage.” She’s right you know. In more recent news, the Los Angeles Times reports that the drugs-first libertarian Ron Paul has teamed up with Big Government “gay marriage” Democrat Barney Frank, to introduce a bill to end the so-called war on marijuana. It screams soft-on-border politics, naturally. “The legislation would limit the federal government’s role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, allowing people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states...
  • Common drugs linked to cognitive impairment and possibly to increased risk of death

    06/24/2011 12:13:51 PM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies · 2+ views
    Indiana University School of Medicine ^ | June 24, 2011 | Unknown
    INDIANAPOLIS – A large, long-term study confirms that medications with anticholinergic activity, which include many drugs frequently taken by older adults, cause cognitive impairment. The research is also the first to identify a possible link between these drugs – which include over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids and incontinence treatments – and risk of death. The two-year study of the impact of these medications on 13,000 men and women aged 65 and older is part of the Medical Research Council (UK) Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies (CFAS), a large UK-based longitudinal multi-center study initiative looking at health and cognitive function in...
  • Barney Frank and Ron Paul unite - over weed (FRUIT AND NUT ALERT)

    06/22/2011 6:07:47 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 233 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | 6-22-2011 | Caroline May
    Barney Frank and Ron Paul unite - over weed Caroline May June 22, 2011 ... Thursday the pair plan together to unveil legislation to legalize marijuana. ... Other co-sponsors include Tennessee Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen, Michigan Democratic John Conyers, Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis and California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee.
  • Police: Gunman at NY pharmacy wanted painkillers

    06/20/2011 2:57:07 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 20, 2011 | FRANK ELTMAN
    YAPHANK, N.Y. (AP) -- Four people killed during a pharmacy store robbery in suburban New York City, including a teenager due to graduate high school this week, were shot at very close range by a dangerous suspect intent on stealing painkillers, a police official said Monday. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer also warned physicians and the owners of small drugstores in the area to be vigilant about anyone "expressing an urgent need for prescription painkillers.
  • Zeta captives have to fight or die

    06/19/2011 4:51:49 AM PDT · by Racehorse · 54 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 15 June 2011 | Dane Schiller
    In one of the most chilling revelations yet about the violence in Mexico, a drug cartel-connected trafficker claims fellow gangsters have kidnapped highway bus passengers and forced them into gladiatorlike fights to groom fresh assassins. The elderly are killed. Women raped. And able-bodied men are given hammers, machetes and sticks and forced to fight to the death. In an interview arranged by intermediaries on condition neither his name nor the location of his Texas visit be published, the trafficker also admitted to helping push $5 million to $10 million a month worth of cocaine into the U.S. Law-enforcement sources confirm...
  • The Myths About Legal Gambling

    06/05/2011 6:23:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | June 5, 2011 | Steve Chapman
    Illinois is on the verge of a major gambling expansion, and citizens are being pelted with competing claims. The advocates envision a gusher of jobs and tax revenues. The opponents brace for an epidemic of bankruptcies, crime, divorce and suicide. Which side to believe? Neither. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is now considering whether to sign or amend a measure authorizing five new casinos, including one in Chicago, and slot machines at racetracks as well as Chicago airports. The capacity of gambling establishments in Illinois would more than triple. The motive for this sudden interest is economic. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel...
  • Pa. woman to stand trial for pot-laced margarine

    05/20/2011 1:21:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 46 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 20, 2011 | Associated Press
    NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. - A Pennsylvania woman will stand trial on charges she fed marijuana-laced margarine to a 12-year-old girl she was baby-sitting, as well as two other children at her home. The 12-year-old's mother called Upper Burrell Township police after discovering the drugs in a tub of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter in 22-year-old Stevie Hickey's freezer. The woman tells police Hickey spread the substance on two pieces of toast that Hickey gave to the girl. Police say Hickey told the girl it was "parsley butter" but later acknowledged to police that it was marijuana.
  • Ron Paul's Flip Flop No Surprise on Don't Ask, Don't Tell; Who is Next?

    01/03/2011 12:51:43 PM PST · by · 5 replies ^ | 01/02/11 | David Shedlock
    Where were all the presidential candidates* as the vote to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell was nearing?  The collective silence was loud.  Only Rush Limbaugh brashly called the repeal, “gays in the military, show and tell”.  But at the end it was largely a GOP candidates no-show and no-tell. Before the recent votes in the lame-duck session of Congress repealing DADT (a policy that dated back to the Bill Clinton administration), I called on politicians to come out and announce their positions. Former governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson wrote a piece for the Huffington Post saying he was against...
  • Willie Nelson Endorses Gary Johnson, Pot Smoker

    05/17/2011 5:12:42 PM PDT · by CharlyFord · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/17/11 | KARIN TANABE
    Long-haired country crooner Willie Nelson and his Teapot Party have endorsed Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson. Johnson, the first presidential candidate the group has endorsed, got the nod from the Teapoters because of his views on legalizing marijuana. The former governor of New Mexico, who previously admitted to smoking pot for medicinal purposes, supported legalizing the drug when he was governor. Since he’s been out of office, he has continued to speak out for marijuana reform. Johnson said, “I advocate legalizing marijuana – control it, regulate, tax it” during the Republican debate on May 5 in South Carolina.
  • The Conservative War on Drug Prohibition

    05/16/2011 8:25:10 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies · 1+ views
    American Conservative ^ | 2011-05-12 | Jack Hunter
    Most people can’t imagine an America without a minimum wage. Without such wage regulation many believe poverty would run rampant, families would become homeless and children would be starving in the streets. Yet conservatives have rightly recognized that these are moralistic and emotional responses to what is essentially an economic problem. Pointing out the policy’s failure, National Review founder William F. Buckley wrote: “The minimum wage is about as discredited as the Flat Earth Society…” Yet the very notion of getting rid of it remains something most Americans simply cannot fathom. Most people can’t imagine an America without the War...
  • Couple stopped for shakes after dumping Melissa Best’s body

    05/14/2011 8:23:12 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 14, 2011
    Charles and Sherry Best stopped for bacon milkshakes after dropping off their dead sister-in-law’s body after she overdosed on heroin, prosecutors said Friday. The Bests remained in the Lake County Jail on Friday after Associate Judge Raymond Collins ordered them held on $1 million bond. Both are charged with concealing a homicide in the death of Round Lake Park resident Melissa Best, while Sherry Best faces an additional charge of drug-induced homicide.
  • Some Skeptical Views On “Medical Marijuana”

    05/10/2011 4:18:13 AM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 27 replies
    Weekend Libertarian ^ | May 10, 2011 | B.P. Terpstra
    New Zealand Are addictive medicines cures or problems? “Legalising cannabis for medicinal purposes would be the thin end of the wedge towards increasing drug use in New Zealand, according to a former detective who now manages a drug education company.” APN News and Media also reports: “Dale Kirk, managing director of MethCon, said taking a softer line on drug offenders would do more harm than good.” “I think we'd see people suddenly developing medical problems to source the drug,” asserts Kirk. The former detective is also concerned about impressionable children and vulnerable teenagers, but especially the many ways in which...
  • Actual Photo of Mr. Sheen on Coke

    04/10/2011 8:48:16 PM PDT · by Roscoe Karns · 31 replies
  • Anti-Pot Republican Lawmaker Charged with Pot Possession

    05/02/2011 9:29:39 AM PDT · by Graneros · 26 replies ^ | May 1, 2011 | Mike Hughes
    It’s likely that Robert Watson, the minority leader of the Rhode Island House, is now regretting his incendiary comments during a speech to the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce last February. Watson caused a commotion when he made clear his feelings that Rhode Island lawmakers were wasting their time debating marijuana decriminalization. According to Watson, making pot decrim a priority would be a good idea “if you are a Guatemalan gay man who likes to gamble and smokes marijuana.” Watson’s hypocrisy was revealed this week after he was stopped at a police checkpoint Friday and charged with – what else?...
  • Silencing Ron Paul's Supporters

    06/08/2007 10:52:27 PM PDT · by The_Eaglet · 39 replies · 1,219+ views
    Commentary USA ^ | Raymond kish
    After the Republican debate on june 5th, had a blog entitled "Who Won?". The overwhelming majority of comments left on that blog said that Congressman Ron Paul had won the debate. Well it appears that CNN did not like all the comments that were left by the Ron Paul supporters because somewhere around 11:05 Central time they took down that blog and started redirecting to a blog of the same name that was posted on June 3rd for the Democrats debate. Here is the link for the Republican debate blog posting and here is the link to the...
  • Ron Paul is NO Libertarian

    06/06/2007 8:42:11 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 55 replies · 1,790+ views
    06.06.07 | perdogg
    MR. PAUL: The president ran on a program of a humble foreign policy, no nation-building, and no policing of the world. And he changed his tune, and now we are fighting a war, and our foreign operations around the world to maintain our empire is now approaching $1 trillion a year. MR. BLITZER: Thank you. MR. PAUL: That’s where the money’s going, and that’s where it has to be cut so we can take care of education and medical cares that are needed here in this country. (Applause.)
  • GOP Ron Paul - Five Million Dollar Man? (Paul increases campaign funds by 1,000% in 60 days to $5M!)

    06/07/2007 7:08:11 PM PDT · by Remember_Salamis · 241 replies · 4,201+ views
    Ron Paul Campaign | June 7th, 2007 |
    GOP Ron Paul - Five Million Dollar Man? Thursday, June 07, 2007 - Congressman Ron Paul’s donations have moved up - not by hundreds of thousands - but by millions as a result of his debate performances and groundswell of support on the Internet and in New Hampshire, observers close to the campaign say. The move is especially impressive since as of March 31, 2007, he had perhaps $500,000 on hand (see candidate estimates below). FMNN had previously reported – after the GOP presidential debate in South Carolina - that candidate Ron Paul’s (R-Tex) donations, large and small, had...
  • How the MSNBC and the Mainstream media will attack tea party candidate Ron Paul

    05/05/2011 6:38:22 PM PDT · by packback · 42 replies
    Milwaukee Story ^ | 10.16.10 | Shaun Booth
    The recent appearance by Ron Paul on MSNBC demonstrated perfectly the tactic, used repeatedly by the MSM, called concision. Concision is essentially when commercial broadcast media uses the time constraints of the medium to their advantage. The host extracts a view or statement held or made by the guest that is unconventional or outside of the realm of the agreed upon limits of any given debate by the corporate media.
  • Ron Paul's stance on Education Spending (HR 1056 - Family Education Freedom Act)

    06/09/2007 5:40:59 PM PDT · by Remember_Salamis · 93 replies · 3,259+ views
    House of Representatives ^ | February 14, 2007 | Rep. Ron Paul
    Family Education Freedom Act of 2007 (Introduced in House) HR 1056 IH 110th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1056 To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals a credit against income tax for tuition and related expenses for public and nonpublic elementary and secondary education. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 14, 2007 Mr. PAUL (for himself, Mr. FEENEY, Mr. RUSH, and Mr. SENSENBRENNER) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means A BILL To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow individuals a credit against income tax for...
  • Ron Paul, man for the times, announces exploratory on Hannity

    04/26/2011 7:43:00 AM PDT · by Crush · 124 replies
    The US Report ^ | Apr. 26, 2011 | Kay Day
    Texas Congressman Ron Paul appeared on the Sean Hannity Show on Monday, and the Libertarian leaning Republican confirmed possibilities for a 2012 presidential run. “We are going to announce I’m going to form an exploratory committee,” Paul said. That announcement will presumably happen, according to Politico, on Tuesday afternoon in Iowa at the Holiday Inn near the Des Moines airport. Paul is making the talk show rounds, appearing on programs like 'Fox and Friends' and dropping by the chatty den 'The View'. Along the way, Paul is also promoting and signing his latest book, ‘Liberty Defined.’ On 'Fox and Friends'...
  • Ron Paul Sinks Own Ship - Immigration

    05/03/2011 9:38:07 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 17 replies
    Market-Ticker ^ | 5/3/11 | Karl Denninger
    "It could be argued that (this system) may well allow some immigrants who come here illegally a beneficial status without automatic citizenship or tax-supported benefits -- a much better option than deportation," Rep. Paul writes on page 156. In a word, no. No nation can be successful if it allows unbridled immigration. Here's the basic fact folks: The land upon which this nation rests belongs to you and I as citizens. That is, the "United States", as a collective, belongs to the citizens of the country. Each and every person who we allow to come into this nation adds to...
  • Has Ron Paul Done An Immigration 180?

    05/02/2011 11:34:26 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 10 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 2, 2011 | By W. James Antle, III
    Is Ron Paul the next "pro-immigration libertarian" to bedevil conservatives? VDare's Washington Watcher columnist surveys Liberty Defined, Paul's latest book, and finds a "tragic turnaround on immigration." In an email to supporters, Tom Tancredo accused his former congressional colleague and fellow 2008 Republican presidential candidate of doing a "180 turn" on immigration and "standing with La Raza and the Chamber of Commerce." ... "While we have differed very publicly on issues such as the threat of Radical Islam, he had generally been an ally on immigration in Congress. He was a solid vote against amnesty, a leader in ending birthright...
  • Ron Paul's New Book Sinks His Immigration Grade to an 'F'

    05/02/2011 4:53:50 PM PDT · by DangerZone · 16 replies
    NumbersUSA ^ | Monday, May 2, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT | Roy Beck
    The biggest problem with Rep. Paul's (R-Texas) latest comments on immigration is that they are NOT just some ad hoc thoughts tossed off carelessly at some speaking event. These are engraved in a brand new book. Until the release of the book, Liberty Defined, Dr. Paul had a mixed record in Congress and the fact that he had taken the NumbersUSA "No Amnesty" pledge at the end of his Presidential campaign in 2008. That had earned him a C-minus on our 2012 Presidential Hopefuls Immigration Stances Report Card. Not impressive, but the third best (behind Rep. Bachman with a B-minus...
  • Chief executives say California worst place in the nation to do business

    05/05/2011 3:35:00 PM PDT · by SmithL · 33 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/5/11 | Mark Glover
    For the seventh year in a row, a survey of chief executives has ranked California as the nation's worst state in which to do business. More than 500 U.S. CEOs polled by Greenwich, Conn.-based Chief Executive magazine based their opinions on numerous factors, including regulations, tax policies, work force quality, education resources, quality of living and infrastructure.
  • A very American distinction

    05/01/2011 5:49:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies ^ | May 1, 2011 | Paul Jacob
    If you’re like me, you don’t particularly want to live in an America where Donald Trump has a chance of being elected. But, also if you’re like me, you definitely don’t want an America that would prohibit The Donald (or is it “The Trump” . . . or “The Hair”?) from running. This distinction, between the outcomes or the things you approve of, on the one hand, and the system you support, on the other, must be kept in mind as the political season heats up. Especially in America, because, in the land of the free, we pride ourselves on...
  • Massachusetts Court: Marijuana Smell Not Enough for Traffic Stop

    04/22/2011 6:33:00 PM PDT · by Ken H · 40 replies · 1+ views ^ | 04/22/2011 | n/a
    Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rules a police officer may no longer search a motorist merely on the basis of smelling pot. The highest court in Massachusetts ruled Tuesday that a police officer is not justified in stopping and searching an automobile merely because he smells the presence of marijuana. The Supreme Judicial Court took up the case of Benjamin Cruz to clarify the legal impact of a 2008 voter referendum that had decriminalized possession of less than one ounce of pot in the Bay State. On June 24, 2009, Boston Police Officers Christopher Morgan and Richard Diaz were cruising the...
  • Could Legalized Marijuana and Prostitution Save Detroit?

    04/17/2011 8:45:42 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 68 replies
    Conclub ^ | 04-17-11 | The Rat
    PROGRESSIVE WANTS TO RESCUE MOTOR CITY WITH SEX AND DRUGS Could Detroit become America’s version of Amsterdam? As far as oft-mayoral candidate Geoffrey Fieger is concerned, why not give it a shot? Feiger, who gained notoriety as Jack “Dr. Death” Kevorkian’s attorney, believes that legalizing pot and prostitution would attract young people to Detroit, which would turn the decaying city around “in five minutes.” “I could turn it around in five minutes. I’d shovel the snow and I’d clean the streets and parks. Then, I’d tell the police department to leave marijuana alone and don’t spend one dime trying to...
  • More Black Men in Prison.. Than Were Enslaved in 1850

    04/16/2011 6:29:25 PM PDT · by libh8er · 68 replies
    LA Weekly ^ | 3.30.2011 | Dennis Romer0
    It was a tall claim. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness told a Pasadena crowd last week that more African American men are in the penal system now than were enslaved in 1850. More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began. A chilling claim. But true? We checked it out. Frankly, as an Ohio State law professor and author on the subject, Alexander is way more qualified than we are to verify the claim. (She ran...
  • Federal ban on marijuana results in inefficient industry, report says

    04/16/2011 10:04:09 AM PDT · by gitmo · 22 replies
    Smart Planet ^ | Apr 13, 2011 | Andrew Nusca
    Weed may not be as green as you think. Indoor marijuana growing operations in the United States are massive energy hogs, consuming some $5 billion worth of electricity each year, according to a new report. That’s about 1 percent of the nation’s total power consumption. The problem, according to efficiency firm Energy Associates, is that the pot industry is almost entirely prohibited in the U.S., keeping it hidden from regulators and, by extension, efficiencies in agricultural production. Study author and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist Evan Mills writes that the average grow operation approaches 200 watts per square foot —...
  • Why Pot Smokers Are Paranoid

    04/09/2011 3:34:13 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 166 replies
    TIME ^ | 6 April, 2011 | Maia Szalavitz
    Paranoia is one of the most unpleasant "side effects" of marijuana. It's also a key experience shared by marijuana smokers and people with schizophrenia. But exactly how does smoking a joint cause the feeling that dark forces are conspiring to do you wrong? New research in rats may help explain the source of this distress. The study, led by Steven Laviolette at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, involved training rats to fear the scent of either almond or peppermint. The scents were delivered to rats in a cage either with black-and-white striped walls or with black polka dots...
  • Man Caught Smuggling Pot Across Border In Wheelchair

    04/09/2011 5:36:15 PM PDT · by PROCON · 9 replies ^ | April 8, 2011
    <p>SAN DIEGO, California ~ Border authorities report that a man was caught trying to smuggle marijuana through a US-Mexico crossing with marijuana stashed under the seat of his wheelchair.</p> <p>Officers working the San Ysidro port of entry claim that 19-year-old Donte Jonae Damas was crossing the border into the United States on March 28th in a wheelchair. Damas looked nervous as a drug-sniffing dog approached him at the port of entry’s pedestrian processing area. During a search, three packages of weed were discovered under the seat. US Customs and Border Protection then seized the smoke and the wheelchair and turned Damas over to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement.</p>
  • District Judge rules state medical marijuana rules unconstitutional

    04/09/2011 3:28:12 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 66 replies
    Press & Guide Newspapers ^ | April 9, 2011 | J. Patrick Pepper
    DEARBORN — The city’s chief judge last month made a ruling that could have big implications for the state’s two-year-old medical marijuana law. In an order denying a motion to dismiss a possession of marijuana case, Judge Mark Somers wrote, “This court finds that in consequence of the lawful designation of marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic under the Controlled Substances Act, the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act is rendered unconstitutional and void in its entirety by operation of the Supremacy Clause of the United States Constitution.” The Controlled Substance Act is a federal statute that classifies drugs into five categories,...
  • Police find grow house while investigating robbery

    03/20/2011 1:43:05 AM PDT · by dennisw · 7 replies
    miamiherald ^ | Posted on Sunday, 03.20.11
    BOCA RATON -- Boca Raton Police were responding to a home invasion when they found something unexpected in the victim's garage - a marijuana grow house. Dana Carvello said three to five masked men broke into his home Friday night, tied him up and forced his girlfriend and their child into a bedroom. Carvello also said the armed men hit him several times on the head. He escaped and ran to a neighbor's house for help. He was treated at the hospital for head and face injuries. As police searched the robbery scene they found a grow house in the...
  • Scranton woman hides heroin, money, loose change in herself

    03/17/2011 8:16:03 PM PDT · by Born Conservative · 57 replies
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 3/17/2011 | DENIS J. O'MALLEY
    After crashing her car Sunday, police said a Scranton woman suspected of burglarizing the Dunmore Inn was found to have a sizeable stash of drugs and money hidden in an unlikely location. According to a criminal complaint: Dunmore police Officer Anthony Cali asked Scranton police Officer Nancy Baumann to detain Karin Mackaliunas, 27, 1609 Mulberry St., at the scene of a crash at the North Seventh Avenue off-ramp Sunday evening. After her car was towed, Ms. Mackaliunas was ready to leave the scene of the crash when Officer Cali contacted Officer Baumann and asked for Ms. Mackaliunas to be detained...
  • 100mph driver claims he was fleeing aliens after Dr Phil warned him of ET invasion

    03/17/2011 7:50:38 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 27 replies ^ | March 17, 2011 | Craig Mackenzie
    A driver told police he raced at speeds over 100mph to get away from chasing aliens after getting a warning from television host Dr Phil. Richard Blanscet claimed the talk show star spoke in a high-pitched voice telling him an ET invasion had began near his home in Rowan County, North Carolina. The 21-year-old, who said he had been smoking 'a legal form of marijuana,' set out in his father's high-powered Jaguar XK8 to 'rescue' his girlfriend. Now Blanscet has been charged with trying to elude arrest, driving while impaired, and resisting an officer. He was released after posting a...
  • Man jumps out window, breaks legs trying to avoid arrest

    03/17/2011 4:38:48 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies
    Inside Bay Area ^ | 3/17/11 | Harry Harris
    OAKLAND -- As police were entering his third-floor hideout in the heart of Chinatown on Thursday morning, a 32-year-old man wanted on marijuana and gun charges in Georgia jumped through a closed window and broke both his legs when he landed on the street below. Inside the converted warehouse, police arrested his 30-year-old girlfriend, also a Georgia fugitive, and seized marijuana worth at least $300,000. The two were identified as Phillip Laughlin and Sarah Townsend. The raid occurred about 6:30 a.m. at 1214 Webster St. by officers with the police field support unit, which includes the fugitive detail. Sgt. Barry...
  • Pew poll: Support way up for gay marriage, abortion, legalizing marijuana

    03/04/2011 1:43:05 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/04/2011 | Allahpundit
    The perfect companion to this story describing how social cons are coping with the idea that their interests are momentarily subordinate to fiscal conservatism. Rather than quote, let me toss out a few of Pew’s graphs so that you can see how dramatic the trends are. The silver lining for conservatives: Support for gun rights is way up too.Libertarian fee-vah — catch it?And the gun rights data:A near majority of independents (49/45) favors marijuana legalization and clear majorities of indies side with the overall majority on the other three. The long-term national trends explain the results on gay marriage and...
  • Teen's medical marijuana fight escalates as school says he cannot come back to class after going...

    02/22/2011 1:35:12 PM PST · by neverdem · 54 replies
    Colorado Independent ^ | 02.07.11 | Scot Kersgaard
    Teen's medical marijuana fight escalates as school says he cannot come back to class after going home for medicineFather appeals to legislators for helpThe saga of a Colorado Springs teenager struggling with a rare neurological condition best controlled with medical marijuana lozenges became a little more surreal when Harrison School District 2 informed the student’s father that the child cannot return to school on any day that he consumes medical marijuana.“They say if he takes his medicine he cannot come back to school,” the teenager’s father told The Colorado Independent. The boy attends Sierra High School.The child missed most of...
  • China in business with drug cartels

    02/07/2011 10:42:14 AM PST · by AuntB · 6 replies
    Examiner ^ | Feb. 4, 2011 | Dave Gibson
    Last week, Mexican authorities seized over 23 tons of ethyl phenylacetate, which is used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. The drug component was discovered at the Pacific port of Manzanillo, in a shipment from China. In April 2010, Mexican officials seized 80 tons of phenylacetic acid and its derivatives shipped from Shanghai, China. Imports of ethyl phenylacetate require authorization from the country’s health ministry, so the shipments are intentionally mis-labeled before leaving China. Last year, an anonymous U.S. official told Reuters that between October and November 2010, Mexican authorities seized 818 tons of chemicals used in making crystal meth. Due...
  • Golden State: Everybody Must Get Stoned

    02/02/2011 5:22:13 PM PST · by sfwarrior · 26 replies ^ | 02/02/2011 | Adam Sparks
    From Bob Dylan’s lyrics to a real California workplace policy, progress is being made. Despite an economy on life support with only weeks, if not hours, remaining to survive fiscally before the State Treasurer of California begins issuing IOU’s for payments, legislators have come up with a plan. Their plan is now to force employers to accept employees who come to work stoned. This should really help light-up the ailing economy. It may sound like a joke, but it’s serious. A state lawmaker in California, during the nation’s worst recession, wants to outlaw employers from firing workers who come to...
  • Pat Robertson: Pot Isn’t The Devil’s Harvest?

    12/23/2010 6:01:47 AM PST · by decimon · 77 replies
    Forbes ^ | December 22, 2010 | Art Carden
    Pat Robertson says a lot of things that people don’t like. At the beginning of the year, he blamed the devastating earthquake in Haiti on a supposed pact earlier Haitians had made with Satan (I discuss this here). Robertson is closing the year with something that absolutely shocked me when I heard about it. He has come out against the War on Drugs, or at least against mandatory minimum sentences for marijuana offenses.
  • Portugal's drug policy pays off; US eyes lessons

    12/26/2010 4:54:42 PM PST · by decimon · 79 replies · 2+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 26, 2010 | BARRY HATTON and MARTHA MENDOZA
    LISBON, Portugal – These days, Casal Ventoso is an ordinary blue-collar community — mothers push baby strollers, men smoke outside cafes, buses chug up and down the cobbled main street. Ten years ago, the Lisbon neighborhood was a hellhole, a "drug supermarket" where some 5,000 users lined up every day to buy heroin and sneak into a hillside honeycomb of derelict housing to shoot up. In dark, stinking corners, addicts — some with maggots squirming under track marks — staggered between the occasional corpse, scavenging used, bloody needles. At that time, Portugal, like the junkies of Casal Ventoso, had hit...
  • More bad news for “medical marijuana” activists

    11/28/2010 3:53:45 PM PST · by AustralianConservative · 47 replies · 2+ views
    Australian Conservative Blog ^ | November 28, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    Dr. Prakash Nagarkatti of the University of South Carolina is quoted in the Health News report, “Cannabis is one of the most widely used drugs of abuse worldwide and it is already believed to suppress immune functions, making the user more susceptible to infections and some types of cancer.” Some “medical marijuana” activists, however, see themselves as victims of the state, but in truth are more likely to be taxpayer dependents. Imaging technology and long-term studies too have undermined their super-groovy “wonder drug” myths. Science-first researchers have linked long-term cannabis use to respiratory diseases (such as bronchitis and cancers), loss...
  • Medical Marijuana: Prop 203's Passage Means a New Billion-Dollar Industry for Arizona

    11/27/2010 3:05:16 PM PST · by Wolfie · 47 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | Nov. 25, 2010
    Medical Marijuana: Prop 203's Passage Means a New Billion-Dollar Industry for Arizona Phoenix -- In Arizona, you can ride a motorcycle without a helmet, conceal a handgun, and buy an AK-47. And soon, if you qualify, you'll be able to smoke a big, fat doobie. Legally. Proposition 203, the state's new medical-marijuana law, passed by the slimmest of margins once all the votes from the November 2 election were finally counted. But it passed by 4,341 votes, and now Arizona is on the verge of establishing a billion-dollar pot industry. The official canvass of votes from the election will take...
  • drinking with the workers and peasants

    11/26/2010 4:23:10 PM PST · by franksolich · 22 replies
    conservativecave ^ | November 25, 2010 | franksolich
    I quit drinking in 1987, and since then alcohol has never crossed these between these shores. Exactly why I quit drinking remains cloudy, ambiguous, to this day. While I had been a heavy drinker from the time I was about 17 years old, I had never gotten into any legal, financial, or academic trouble because of it. My drink of choice was usually St. Louis-Beajolais, that bitter red wine that tastes like the blood of one's enemies, and for about 15 years, I drank a vineyard of the stuff. There was a vague notion that being deaf, drinking was...
  • Method to erase traumatic memories may be on the horizon

    11/22/2010 6:35:52 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 28 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | November 22, 2010 | Meredith Cohn
    "Soldiers haunted by scenes of war and victims scarred by violence may wish they could wipe the memories from their minds. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University say that may someday be possible. A commercial drug remains far off — and its use would be subject to many ethical and practical questions. But scientists have laid a foundation with their discovery that proteins can be removed from the brain's fear center to erase memories forever."
  • Man robbed while trying to sell his med pot stash ( CO )

    11/20/2010 7:28:08 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    THE GAZETTE ^ | November 19, 2010 | MATT STEINER
    A man apparently was robbed Thursday night while trying to sell his medical marijuana to two teenagers... The suspects asked if he had any marijuana and the victim, who is a medical marijuana patient, offered to sell them some. The three went behind a business where one of the boys pulled out a gun, demanding all the marijuana. The victim pulled out his knife and stabbed one of the suspects in the leg. They attacked him, took the pot and ran. “I think he got his justice,” said Colorado Springs police spokesman Lt. Kirk Wilson, noting that the victim had...
  • Colorado waives medical marijuana fees for poor

    10/21/2010 9:16:25 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies
    hosted ^ | Oct 21
    DENVER (AP) -- Poor medical marijuana patients in Colorado won't have pay state marijuana registration fees or sales tax on the pot they buy. The Colorado Board of Health approved a plan Wednesday to waive the $90 registration fee for indigent medical marijuana patients, starting Dec. 1. Patients who want their fees waived will have to show that they meet other government standards for indigence, such as qualifying for food stamps.
  • Missouri prosecutors: Warrant not needed for blood test in drunken driving cases.

    11/12/2010 6:46:29 PM PST · by MissouriConservative · 57 replies · 2+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 11-12-2010 | CHRIS BLANK
    JEFFERSON CITY | Missouri prosecutors say they believe a new state drunken driving law gives police the authority to take blood samples from reluctant suspects without a warrant. The guidance came during a presentation organized by the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services for law officers and prosecutors. Officials across the state received training Friday on handling drunken driving cases. Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson, who led the discussion during a session in Jefferson City, said the new drunken driving law seems to permit the taking of blood without a warrant under certain circumstances. However, Richardson said he still advises law...
  • Man threatens to cut off son's arms; wife flees topless

    11/02/2010 11:24:58 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 26 replies · 1+ views
    NW Florida Daily News ^ | October 29, 2010 9:50 PM | staff reports
    NICEVILLE – A man who police say threatened to cut off his son’s arms and menaced his wife so that she fled their home topless has been arrested on domestic violence charges. Levy Lucas Jr., age 50, of Niceville was taken into custody by Niceville Police officers on Oct. 19 after they found him stumbling in the parking lot at 719 Bayshore Drive. “He had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person and stumbled as he walked around,” the officer wrote in his report. “I asked (Lucas) what happened and he became verbally combative and uncooperative.” Lucas told...