"Renaissance Thinking About the Issues of Our Day"
Californians — it’s time to retire Feinstein. Seriously, vote for anybody but Feinstein. She’s got too much party clout and she’s a dinosaur. She’s probably also extraordinarily corrupt.
Her column today on The Hill is one of the worst things I’ve read in recent days. She actually channels the ghost of Nancy Reagan’s failed drug war slogan.
First, we should once again make anti-drug campaigns a priority. In the early 1980s, former first lady Nancy Reagan coined the now-famous slogan “Just say no” as part of her national anti-drug campaign.
Although her strategy was criticized, she was able to use the White House as a national platform to address these issues.\
Next, Congress should refund the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s youth media campaign — the only national media campaign dedicated to reducing youth drug use. Funding for this program was eliminated last year in spite of the fact that 85 percent of teens are aware of the advertising campaign.
This campaign should be provided with the funding it deserves and expanded to make the connection between U.S. drug use and violence in Mexico.
"Several generations of high school students have grown up ignoring and disbelieving everything they've heard from government and police about drugs, including information that was factual and valid, because they discovered for themselves that most of what has been taught to them was simply not true."
Ann Shulgin, PhD, Therapist and Author, Lafayette, CA,
at the DPF Conference, November 1996
►2009:Via ASA: Medical Marijuana “Truth in Trials” Bill Introduced in House
U.S. Representative Sam Farr (D-CA), and a bipartisan group of his colleagues, re-introduced the “Truth in Trials” bill in the U.S. House of Representatives today.
The “Truth in Trials” Act establishes an affirmative defense for individuals who are authorized to use and provide medical cannabis in accordance with state and local law. Under the provisions of the bill, patients and their caregivers would be permitted to introduce evidence for the court’s consideration which may demonstrate compliance with a state medical marijuana law.
►A Lie College Students Might Want To Tell
So far, about 190,000 students across the country (and abroad) have told the truth and been denied financial aid. It's impossible to know how many lied and headed off to college, federal aid in hand. Nearly 300,000 student-aid applicants, however, simply ignored the question in 2000-2001, the first school year in which it was asked.
Like the Red Menace of the early 1950's,
the current drug hysteria has led to a loyalty oath,
this time, the urine test.
~ Abbie Hoffman, the Nation, Nov.21,1987.jpg
►Campaign Finance Cycle via christy April 27, 2012
Diane Feinstein needs to “Just Say No” to money from big pharma and alcohol. The following campaign money she has received throughout her Congressional career:
Beer, Wine & Liquor $405,462
Pharmaceuticals/Health Products $381,050
Lawyers & Lobbyists $3,819,136
►If U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Dianne Feinstein have their way...
Here's the censorship language of the Hatch/Feinstein bill (S.486): "It shall be unlawful for any person-- (A) to teach or demonstrate the manufacture of a controlled substance, or to distribute by any means information pertaining to, in whole or in part, the manufacture or use of a controlled substance, with the intent that the teaching, demonstration, or information be used for, or in furtherance of, an activity that constitutes a Federal crime."
My opening statements "teach" people how to "use" criminalized drugs in a way that reduces potential harmfulness. They are nonetheless information that, if heeded at all, would be used "for ... an activity that constitutes a Federal crime," namely the use of marijuana or heroin. (Don't believe for a minute that the "intent" aspect clarifies anything: the "intent" of suspects in federal crimes is exactly what the prosecutor says it is. Period.)
The penalty for my heinous utterances: 10 years in federal prison.
►Internet Free Speech Goes on Trial - 07/14/01
►Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP)
Free Speech 4 Students Rally
The following activities could be banned:
• Writing a paper on the history of drug prohibition.
• Debating marijuana legalization on a debate team.
• Questioning the school’s drug testing policy.
• Anything that could be construed as promoting illegal drugs.
On March 19, 2007, the Supreme Court heard a case in which they were asked to outlaw ALL SPEECH in high schools concerning drugs or drug policy!
"A violently active, intrepid, brutal youth that is what I am after...
I will have no intellectual training.
Knowledge is ruin for my young men."
Adolf Hitler quoted by John Gunther "The Nation"
D.A.R.E. to keep cops off kids
"All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it."
Just Say No
"Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise."
~ Benito Mussolini,
"London Sunday Express," December 8, 1935
"I wouldn't answer the marijuana questions. You know why?
Because I don't want some little kid doing what I tried."
- George W. Bush, US President
►DAREyl SWAT Gates LAPDog Perversions
Legislating toll booths to enter castles in the sky.
Daryl Gates was picked to be the chauffeur for Chief William H. Parker. During his lengthy tenure as chief, Parker greatly reformed and streamlined the LAPD, bringing in changes to stamp out corruption and improve efficiency. In general, Parker's reforms had the effect of making LAPD a paramilitary body.
►SWAT (special weapons and tactics)
The first SWAT team was established by inspector Daryl Gates in the Los Angeles Police Department in 1968.
►DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)
Founded by Daryl F. Gates in 1983.
“Casual drug users should be taken out and shot.”
– Daryl DARE Gates – Former LAPD Chief
►Shocking: US Federal Agency Armed Mexican Drug Lords
May Have Led to More Than 1,000 Deaths
A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms operation allowed guns to be trafficked south of the border with the hope they would lead to high-level cartel operatives. full story
►Killer Cop Walks in Massachusetts Drug Raid Death Mar 15 2011
The Framingham, Massachusetts, SWAT team officer who shot and killed a 68-year-man lying prostrate on his apartment floor during a drug raid will face no criminal charges. full story
►The Murder of Peter McWilliams
On 6/15, poet, publisher, Libertarian crusader, bestselling author of over 30 books (How to Heal Depression; Getting Over the Loss of a Loved One; The Personal Computer Book; Life 101; et al...), Peter McWilliams, died in his home, asphyxiated on vomit, for lack of medical marijuana. Remember Peter McWilliams the next time Drug Czar Walters claims the "drug war" is not really a "war." McWilliams had his computers siezed, his livelihood and works in progress destroyed, his finances frozen and bankrupted, his critical lifesaving anti-nausea medication- marijuana- denied, even his mother threatened with the loss of her bailbonded-home if Peter tested positive with one iota of THC in his system. The federal judge even denied McWilliams the right to use Marinol, "legal" synthetic THC available in pill form.
►Newt Gingrich, as Speaker of the House, had that in his "Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996."
D.A.R.E. I turned in my parents and all I got was this lousy tee shirt..
►DARE Scare: Turning Children Into Informants? By James Bovard
WP 1/29/94 9:00 PM
►Rachael Hoffman RIP
Rachael is another kind of drug war victim. Facing drug charges, and afraid to go back to jail, she reluctantly agreed to act as a snitch for the cops and purchase drugs and a gun from two men. She was discovered murdered yesterday.
►Kathryn Johnston shooting
92-year-old woman's death has done little to curb the use of paramilitary police tactics around the country.
►Lima, Ohio Drug Raid Gone Bad
Police in Lima, Ohio shot and killed Tarika Wilson, a mother of six, and seriously wounded her one-year-old son during a drug raid yesterday.
►US PRAISES THAI DRUG WAR!
Close to 3000 PEOPLE HAVE DIED through police operating a "shoot to kill' policy against suspected dealers The high death toll has provoked international concern A further 50,000 people have been arrested. Now slave labor making wallmart products Americans used to make
►Koch Roaches A.L.E.C. Drug Detention Centers
Today many have had their eyes opened regarding the huge profits made off of what is commonly called the "Prison Industrial Complex." Suddenly awareness has turned from disbelief to anger as taxpayers realize the screwing private prison companies, their lobbyists and elected Legislators have been giving them for more than three decades now.
“DEA Success Update: Let’s see. After 20 years of relentless federal Drug War activity, while the price of world-class marijuana has gone from $60 an ounce to $450, the price of quality cocaine has plummeted from $125 a gram to $30, and 30%-pure heroin has dropped from $700 a gram to about $100. Way to go, boys! “
– High Times, April 1995
SCAPEGOATING - Blaming social problems on a cultural, racial, or behaviorial group. PREJUDICE - Selling the public on the idea that all members of the targeted group are 'bad' people. LIES -'Facts', which cannot be verified, and pseudo scientific studies are used as propaganda against the targeted group. History is rewritten. NO PUBLIC DEBATE - "These people have no right to have their viewpoiunt aired." and " Anyone who disagrees or questions us must be one of them!" DEHUMANIZATION - Characterizing all members of a targeted group as subhuman and typically capable of monstrous deeds and/or crimes. PROTECT OUR CHILDREN -"They corrupt, seduce and or destroy our children." CIVIL LIBERTIES SACRIFICED -"We must give up some of our freedoms, liberties, and rights in order to combat this menace to society." LEGAL DESCRIMINATION - Laws criminalize members of targeted group and they may be denied jobs, the right to own property and/or be restricted as to where they may live or go. INFORMERS - Citizens are urged to 'turn in' friends, neighbors, co-workers and family members. SECRET POLICE - Non-uniformed police squads set up to wage war on targeted groups utilizing deception, infiltration, espionage and entrapment. CONFISCATION OF PROPERTY - Property and assets are seized from people who are members of targeted group. Property may be divided between the informer and the state. REMOVAL FROM SOCIETY - Prisons, rehabilitation camps, 'hospitals', executions and genocide... Zero Tolerance IIllistrated