Friday, June 27, 2008


Congressman Barney Frank has introduced bi-partisan legislation aimed at removing federal restrictions on the individual use of marijuana. One bill would remove federal penalties for the personal use of marijuana, and the other - versions of which Frank has filed in several preceding sessions of Congress - would allow the medical use of marijuana in states that have chosen to make its use for medical purposes legal with a doctor’s recommendation. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) joined Frank as a cosponsor of the federal penalties bill. The co-sponsors of the medical marijuana bill are Rep. Paul, along with Reps. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), and Sam Farr (D-CA).

A federal judge has ruled that the NSA does have to reveal whether it tapped the phones of lawyers for Gitmo prisoners, agreeing with the agency that even revealing the fact would endanger national secuirity, whatever that is these days. Said Judge Denise Cote: "Confirming or denying whether plaintiffs' communication with their clients has been intercepted would reveal information about the NSA's capabilities and activities."

CHARISSE JONES, USA TODAY The digital divide between blacks and whites is fast disappearing. The hip-hop generation, often portrayed as rebellious, has tremendous respect for its elders. Prejudice persists, but most blacks are optimistic about their future. Those are among the findings of one of the largest surveys ever taken of black Americans . . . The national study, taken by Yankelovich and commissioned by Radio One, . . . found:

- 68% of those surveyed use the Internet. By contrast, a study by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that, as of December, 70% of all Americans ages 18 and older - and 72% of non-Hispanic whites - were online.

- Blacks are nearly evenly divided about what they prefer to be called - 42% favor "black" and 44% favor "African American."

- 88% of respondents - and 84% of teenagers - have tremendous respect for the opinions and desires of their elders.

- 24% say they had experienced bigotry personally within the past three months, and 82% believe it is "important for parents to prepare their children for prejudice."

- Many still deeply mistrust police, courts, government and mainstream media.

- 60% say "things are getting better for me," while more than half are positive about the future of the black community. . .


At June 27, 2008 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is obvious at this point, to anyone who is following the issue, that the US government has no interest in objective truth about marijuana. It is in total propaganda mode even to the point of both suppressing valid research and pushing knowingly false information in order to cement its now pathological position that serves no useful purpose.

As to the perceptions of black Americans:

"Many still deeply mistrust police, courts, government and mainstream media."

they aren't stupid. This is the reality of America today.

"Truth, justice and the American way" has become an oxymoron.

At June 27, 2008 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Feds have been raiding marijuana gardens in Northern California for the past 2 days; meanwhile dozens of known meth labs go untouched. There are plenty of meth labs along the Klamath River and in the Klamath and Siskiyou National Forests in California. These provide much of the methamphetamine plaguing Arcata, Eureka, Ashland, Medford, and Grants Pass, OR; much of it is cooked by Mexican Nationals. Law enforcement even knows about it and does nothing, targeting harmless pot growers instead. Meth is devastating our communities.

Here's one of many sources on this. Excerpt:

Two intriguing new elements are being suggested as suspects behind the deaths of 33,000 salmon and steelhead trout in the Klamath River last September. One is the discovery of an illegal crytal-meth (methamphetamine) cooking equipment dump on the Ohpah Creek, a tributary of the Klamath. The other is a possible warming of the Klamath waters due to a diversion of cooler water from the Trinity River away from the Klamath and into the Sacramento river. The California Department of Game and Fish blamed the Bush Administration for releasing too much water last Spring for farming and not leaving enough for the fish. The DGF own actions in the fish kill controversy only increased the credibility of the two new theories. The DGF did not test for toxic substances in the river?s waters until seven days after the die-off. Nor did they take water temperature measurements. A few degrees of too much water warmth can be critical to the fish.

The methamphetamine dump was located one mile north of the origination point of the die-off. Among the toxic substances used in producing the illegal drug are toluene, ether, drain cleaner (sulphuric acid), car batteries (lithium), lye or sodium hydroxide, hydrochloric acid, white gas, laundry soap, and diesel fuel. Law enforcement officials know of five meth labs in the area but suspect the number could be as high as 50.

At June 30, 2008 1:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It might surprise some folks, but, some of the most profitable pot growing operations in California are run by 'law enforcement'. Corruption is rife in the Golden State. This is true on every level from small town sheriffs, to the state and federal forest services, right up to DEA. This issue is more about shaking up competition and expanding turf rather than any kind of imagined pursuit of a drug enforcement policy.

At June 30, 2008 9:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At this point the primary purpose of the "War on Drugs" is to keep drug prices up for the benefit of all the clandestine government agencies who use drug smuggling to fund the black-ops and disinformation campaigns that they don't want anyone to know too much about.


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