The Left is guilty, perhaps even more so, of the intolerance it accuses the Right of. The psychology of bigotry enables it to believe the opposite.

When a revolutionary movement succeeds and becomes the ruling party – when it ceases to be radical and becomes mainstream – it comes to be peopled by a completely different personality as before. It no longer requires courage to be an exponent of the movement’s principles and it’s no longer revolutionary personalities that don’t fear to challenge authority and the status quo to gain justice that it is primarily composed of..

It is now the fearful, conservative personality that takes its place – now that courage of convictions isn’t anymore needed to be a part of it – that fears freedom and tolerance and wants to stop challenges to orthodoxy, the status quo and the new authority. It reinvents the tyranny it overthrew and becomes it’s mirror image, only in different clothing.

This is what happened to the Christians when Emperor Constantine of Rome made Christianity the official, state religion of Rome and it no longer required courage to be a Christian. Christianity went from persecuted to persecutor and from being a movement of and for the downtrodden and oppressed to an institution of the high and mighty – oppressing those it before uplifted.

This is what happened to Marxism when it became the official, state religion of Russia. It’s what happens to reform candidacies when the reform candidate is elected and it’s what happens to almost every successful liberation movement when it is no longer the opposition.

Anarchists have a saying, “Whenever something becomes institutionalized it becomes so much bullshit.” That is what has happened to the Left in the Western World today.

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rs allen 1 year 3 weeks ago
#1

What left?

Otherwise what is it you're whining about?

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BenDorigan 1 year 3 weeks ago
#2

I'd say it takes some courage to be a proud, outspoken liberal today, especially given the villification and denigration we receive daily from rightwing media outlets like Fox News. And let's not forget that, though we are the majority in this country, we have a representative minority in every branch of government. It's much easier to be one of the sheeple or Trumpanzees today. You may be right about the trajectory of revolution, but maybe reconsider suggesting we're all wimps, or "much bullshit."

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gumball 1 year 3 weeks ago
#3

I think it would be better if both sides stopped vilifying each other.

The segmented news/social media today has placed us into ideological bubbles that cause us to lash out at any idea that conflicts with our worldviews.

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DdC 1 year 3 weeks ago
#4
“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”
~ Frank Zappa

"In politics, nothing happens by accident.
If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."

The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know that “
A financial element in the large centers has owned the government
since the days of Andrew Jackson.”
- Franklin Roosevelt,
- FDR to Col. E. Mandell House 11/21/1933

The greatest service that can be rendered to any country
is to add a useful plant to its culture.
-- Thomas Jefferson

Coalage3 1 year 3 weeks ago
#5

And now more Nazi, fascists tactics from the left: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/a-disillusioned-liberal-writes/

Excerpts: Kirkus pulled the review of a Young Adult novel because progressive activists complained. It was with these policies in place that Kirkus published its review last week for American Heart, a YA novel by author Laura Moriarty. American Heart takes place in a dystopian future where the U.S. has rounded up and relocated its Muslim population to internment camps in Nevada. Its protagonist, Sarah Mary, is a 15-year-old from Missouri who doesn’t question the validity of the ban until she meets a Muslim woman on the run, an Iranian immigrant and professor named Sadaf. In a story loosely modeled on Huckleberry Finn, Sarah Mary ends up traveling north with Sadaf in the hopes of helping her escape to Canada.

For some members of the YA community, the premise was objectionable from the get-go (the first Goodreads review, left on September 7, begins with “f*ck your white savior narratives”). But after a research and review process including multiple sensitivity reads, Moriarty was prepared to stand by her work, and the notoriously prickly Kirkus gave the book a starred review. Published on October 10, it described American Heart as “terrifying, suspenseful, thought-provoking, and touching” and “a moving portrait of an American girl discovering her society in crisis.”

Only a few days later, the review was pulled amid continued criticism of the book from community members. The review was replaced by a statement from Kirkus’s editor-in-chief Claiborne Smith explaining that the editorial board and the reviewer — described as “an observant Muslim [woman] of color” and “expert in children’s & YA literature [who is] well-versed in the dangers of white savior narratives” — were “evaluating” the review. Shortly thereafter, Kirkus published an amended review that retracted the book’s star and condemned Moriarty’s choice to write the story from the first-person perspective of a white teenage girl.

So there you have it. The left and the democratic party continue to support policies that resemble Nazi Germany. Now they are trying to ban books along with trying to stifle the free speech rights of people and groups they don't like. What has happened to the democratic party in this country?

rs allen 1 year 3 weeks ago
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rs allen 1 year 3 weeks ago
#7

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/laura-moriarty/american-heart/

Big whoop, she lost a star.

And you can still buy the damn book and likely borrow it at the library. So no one has banned a thing ya twit.

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gumball 1 year 3 weeks ago
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Quote rs allen:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/laura-moriarty/american-heart/

Big whoop, she lost a star.

And you can still buy the damn book and likely borrow it at the library. So no one has banned a thing ya twit.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/statement/laura-moriarty/american-heart/

I'm guessing you are at least middle age, do you not see some of the college kids nowadays a little too sensitive? As in they seem to be actively looking for things to take offense at?

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DdC 1 year 3 weeks ago
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George W. Bush just laid a major smackdown on Trumpism

George W. Bush doesn't talk much about politics in public. Which makes the speech he gave Thursday in New York City -- a point-by-point rejection of Trumpism -- all the more important and noteworthy.

Bush condemned "nationalism distorted into nativism."

He derided "discourse degraded by casual cruelty."

He acknowledged that "our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication."

And, most importantly, Bush said that "bigotry seems emboldened."

John McCain -- describing the dangers posed by the rise of "half-baked, spurious nationalism." (McCain tweeted Thursday afternoon in praise of Bush's speech; "

The two speeches, taken together, amount to a verbal lapel-shaking by Bush and McCain of the Republican Party they have led over the past two decades. "Wake up!" Bush and McCain are saying to their party. "What Trump represents is neither Republican nor conservative. It is Trump. Which is fine for Trump but far less fine for the medium-to-long-term health of the Grand Old Party."

Coaldust thinks Bush is a liberal for going after Drumpf?
Whatever happened to the GOPerverts? When Nazi traitors condemn Drumpf and Bannon for their bigoted self serving bullshit letting the gopers fall by the wayside. While a minority still cheer. What happened to the gopers? They went extinct.

Or the fake gopers tax and spend policies Sessions is fighting to keep. Billions in tax spent on doing harm to Americans or other countries civil wars costing us schools and infrastructure repairs. ITs clear the gopers are sheep blindly following their masters as self imposed slaves. Praying for some tinkle down. Also clear they spew anything to avoid the truth. FDR had to bilk these isolationist xenophobes into fighting Nazi's who were paying salaries to Prescott Bush and many on Wall St. Except his little pea brain see them as democrats? FDR was a Democrat duffis. He fought Nazi's while GOPers cowardly hid in their bank vaults.

Now drumpf makes an idiot out of a 4 star general covering his ass for bashing gold star families. Can't question a generals lies? My ass, that just shows GOPers have no intent in democracy, truth or what it is to be an American. Without money, they are running on empty, gas tanks collecting dust. Sputtering and spewing weird noises. Ugly Americans.

The Annual Cost of The War on Drugs
Since Richard Nixon declared a war on drugs back in the 1970s the United States Government has spent nearly $1 Trillion towards eradicating the drug problem in this country. In 2015 alone $36 billion was spent on the war on drugs, but that number was just for law enforcement and some social services, and does not take into account the cost of incarceration for nonviolent drug offenders once they are arrested and sentenced to jail.

Roughly $80 billion is spent each year on incarcerating American prisoners and since 50% of our prison population is serving time for drug-related crimes that means that an additional $40 billion needs to be added to $36 billion price tag for the war on drugs, bringing the grand total to $76 billion.

Bush Family History with Nazism

From Whom Did the Fascists Get Support?
Whom Did the Fascists Support?
There is a vast literature on who supported the Nazis, but relatively little on whom the Nazis supported after they came to power. This is in keeping with the tendency of conventional scholarship to avoid the entire subject of capitalism whenever something unfavorable might be said about it. Whose interests did Mussolini and Hitler support?

How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power
The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.

When Nazis held mass rallies in Madison Square Garden

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Archeology:
Ancient Temple Hashish Incense!
Did Jesus Inhale?

In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own.
-- Thomas Jefferson, 1814

"Secular schools can never be tolerated because such schools have no religious instruction, and a general moral instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently, all character training and religion must be derived from faith . . . we need believing people."
Adolf Hitler, April 26, 1933,
Nazi Vatican Concordant of 1933 speech

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gumball 1 year 3 weeks ago
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Quote DdC:George W. Bush just laid a major smackdown on Trumpism

Who would have guessed a year ago that W would be the new darling of the left? lol

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RichL1004 1 year 3 weeks ago
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Has anyone ever had any dreams? Did you follow that dream? Did you dream new ones, and pursue those as you grew older? Did you go to college and get a degree? Do you work in the field in which you studied, or do you work elsewhere? Were you ever upset, and then became calm? Were you ever heartbroken, and then found yourself in love?

My point is that people, moments, characters, and lives change. Sometimes from moment to moment. The person remains the same, but now has more knowledge into what direction they are heading. These are all Politics. Politics, political views, convictions, desires can change, or are reaffirmed as we gain that knowledge. Goverment is not about politics. Nowadays you have to play politics to get into government, but when you are there they have no merit. Politics are not law. They are not legislation, court rulings, or ammendments. Governance of a country is relying on these facts to allow our freedoms to grow, and to protect us when needed. They protect both sides. They keep companies from unjustly taking advantage of employees or putting them in harms way. They also keep employees from embezzling money from the company.

Government, true government is not about favoring one over the other. It is about keeping the balance at a level field of play. Take the NFL. Yeah I know. Forget the politics surrounding it now. Just the game itself. Two teams on opposite ends. Both trying to win by scoring the most points. If there were no government, or "Rules" of the game one side could just bring a bulldozer and run over the other team to score. It would be chaotic. The "Rules" balance the game so both sides have to run the same distance to score. Both have the same rules to follow. In doing so it makes a great game. Sometimes your team wins, and sometimes they do not. Same in government. Only difference is that with government the stakes are much higher, and the game never ends. That is unless our democracy does.

So as to your question about the "Left" getting complacient when in office I believe both are guilty. The Republicans of 60+ years ago are far different than they are today. Hell even 8 years ago they were. So were the Democrats. I say to both sides to hell with politics, and get back to governance. Maybe then people will be able to see reality from...well whatever we see today.

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DdC 1 year 3 weeks ago
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Definition of a Trumpster.

They will rape a young girl, and blame it on her miniskirt.
Then force her to have the baby and marry the rapist.

Let people die because they couldn't pay for health insurance.

The GOPerverted sado Moralist Majority...

The cowardly way they hide behind cops and the military, praising them while condeming brutalized victims of abuse. Putting them on a pillar to salute and the flag and racist nationalist anthem as a symbol of their sacrifice. Then throws General Kelly under the bus cleaning up his botched catch up with Obama. Weasels lowering the bar into the gutter. Botched mission in Africa so he hasn't uttered a word about the dead soldiers. Not a word on the wild fires burning 7000 homes in CA. But the little gopers Hate is so profound they disregard reality itself just to suck up to their money masters. Coaldust you really embarrass your party and country.

Nixon's Treason
Extended the Vietnam War several years
killing thousands of Americans.
Nixon's Racist Drug War
His lie to schedule Ganja #1
has persecuted 40 million Americans.

The Neocons seem to believe the middle class is taking their money, unions are costing them profits, equallity means bigger paychecks, more overhead, just a digusting race of ingrates whom most inherited it with nothing invested. I say go for it. Cling to these religionists sheep as the American people get fed up. It always happens. Hoover trumped the country with poverty and FDR bailed us out. Nixon continued killing Americans after sabotaging the Paris Peace Talks, Reagan and tinkle down and Bush with Iraq, leaving the sequal to his 2nd son George while #1 son Bill Clinton continued dwindling the middle class as a true dixiikrat not changing parties but having the Bush machine give him Arkansas to import cocaine for iran Contra. Then getting Perot to conveniently drop out and then 8 years of NAFTA and gutting the HEA.

Then junior trillion in Iraq and trillion in Afghanistan, 2 trillion to the Banksters and a trillion on the drug war since Nixon fabricated it to remove his enemies who are Americans. Now the party has let its greed kill its soul. Winning at all cost makes policy says turtle. Ends justify means said Hitler. GOPers are either so naive or dumbed down or just mean ugly people picking wings off of flies or kicking dogs. Bullies for lack of sense, inferior, afraid to ask why when they see it for themselves. The factores going to India, the Unions going to government jobs like private schools taking a chunk out of a budget that is already too low. Blaming the teachers or integration. Addicted to religionists words as gospel.

Reagans 100th birthday
Reagans lies about Cannabis, diverted research, killing Americans.

The bastardization of religion and science ends with profits every time. But when the profit Rush or Handity spew hate. Trumpete's hate. Or have you ever in your life seen a better portrait of a lying weasel than the string of drumpf press secs? This is the GOP and its not republican. The trolls spew verbatim from talking points. Inuendo, conjecture, gossip, known falsehoods and diversions has become the norm and all American citizens except the top 10% suffer and pay for it. Those who protect Neocons out of their own greed are the silliest of all. Putin's government took corporate assets, the whole kit and kabuttle. Same here. Houses are being forfeitured hourly on trump up charges. Bad location for a new development from Saudi Arabian prince's wim. Over a mineral or fossil fool. New tourist trap. Fair market value is null and void.

You worship money and demand everyone else bow down to your money god geeeeeeezus. 180* from anything ever written about Jesus, true or fiction. Anything he said or others repeated can be nitpicked over meanings but they are all the same message totally opposite of the religionists ends justifying means to fight for their fascism over the we the people Constitution. Jefferson saw Jesus as a person who discovered random acts of kindness bring the same joy as buying a new toy. Free joy for the poor makes GOPerverts hate them because they can only buy new toys. They have to pay for favors and try to buy people to agree with them. Plenty ready and willing to become a goper for some tinkle down.

Nancy Reagan's Role in the Disastrous War on Drugs
Has tortured millions of American families over mandating piss tasting on Federal contracts. 40,000 from one lab tech DARE grad adulterating and misrepresenting truthful results. Causing unemployment, jail, loss of driving, loss of tuition assistance. Still tormenting Americans. These Pseudo-americans are selfish rich scum of the earth. Flimflamming ignorant small r republicans into hate driven rage and aim them at liberals while they rake in the big bucks laughing all the way to the bank.

While the poor have organized resources like free clinics and sliding scale. Ganja dispensaries have bypassed GOPerverts murderous ban on medicinal research. It could be said without much deviation that the Ganjawar is an American Holocaust. Banning tumor research after mistakenly discovering it shrank brain tumors has let millions suffer horrible cancer symptoms or forcing a chemo monopoly as the only choice, knowing their own members are willing to die over political correctness servants of big pharma. With lapdogs like Sabet and Sessions spreading lies to the tax payers who pay their salaries. Sabet is a tax paid gossip queen killing American kids. Letting 50,000 Americans die from opiates when Ganja is an alternative and nonlethal supplement. Where alcohol and pharmaceuticals are the polychemical combo that kills most heroin users. Not heroin alone.

Gretchen Carlson on ☛ GOPervert Roger Ailes
July 6, she filed a lawsuit against then Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes claiming sexual harassment. Subsequently, dozens of other women also stepped forward to accuse Ailes of harassment, and Ailes was forced to resign under pressure.[5] In September 2016, Carlson and 21st Century Fox Corporation (Fox News' parent corporation) settled the lawsuit for $20 million.

Caging and making criminals out of sick people banned for life from Pell Grants to advance any research on anything. Forced to stay in their places. DEA with over 200 tax paid offices around the world gets no whining from Ayn Ryan or Rush or Drumpf and Sessions. Nixon's war has killed American Veterans as much as any group. PTSD or Prison causing PTSD for helping Vets the Admin not only neglected but persecuted. Shame on the Neocon DNC Feinsteins, Bidens, Clintons and Gores. Following the money along with the Unions siding with GOPerverted Pisstest for metabolites with no causal connection to impairment. Road side anal probes by cops looking for drugs. In schools. Sheriff Indicted for Groping 900 Students in Alleged Drug Searches

The Asshole Police

Second Probe Raises Stink

Judges Caging Kids for Cash

GOPervert Bill O'Reilly
After a New York Times investigation revealed that O'Reilly and Fox News had settled five sexual harassment lawsuits totaling $13 million, Fox News terminated O'Reilly's employment.

Killers for Christ? Killing mothers to protect the fetus? Shooting doctors in church isn't as horrifying as someone kneeling down to the racist nationalist anthem protesting police corruption, brutality and abuse on people of color.

Not just by preaching, legislating their particular version of morality. According to a book, that shows clearly what Jesus said and did. It was all about the people, rich or poor. Not requiring bible colleges to legislate laws forcing Jewish kids to find Jesus or fail rehabilitation and go to jail. Laws banning Ganja used by several religions the same as wine for kids at Mass. Without the addiction or liver problems, wife beating, reckless driving, abortions, murder and to prevent acting stupid at 3 martini lunch deals are a major player in snorting cocaine, that they buy from Cartels. Who launder money in banks. While they prevent Ganja Dispensaries from hiring armored cars.

GOPervert Rush Limbaugh has been an outspoken critic of what he sees as leniency towards criminal drug use in America. On his television show on October 5, 1995, Limbaugh stated, "too many whites are getting away with drug use" and illegal drug trafficking. Limbaugh proposed that the racial disparity in drug enforcement could be fixed if authorities increased detection efforts, conviction rates, and jail time for whites involved in illegal drugs

On October 3, 2003, the National Enquirer reported that Limbaugh was being investigated for illegally obtaining the prescription drugs oxycodone and hydrocodone. Other news outlets quickly confirmed the investigation.[160] He admitted to listeners on his radio show on October 10, 2003, that he was addicted to prescription painkillers and stated that he would enter inpatient treatment for 30 days, immediately after the broadcast.

A subsequent investigation into whether Limbaugh had violated Florida's doctor shopping laws was launched by the Palm Beach State Attorney, which raised privacy issues when investigators seized Limbaugh's private medical records looking for evidence of crimes. Roy Black, one of Limbaugh's attorneys, stated that "Rush Limbaugh was singled out for prosecution because of who he is.

Note the GOPerverts always attack others for not doing what they do. They are also the hypocrite masters in not doing what they say, while continuing to say what to do.

Or supposedly the goper leaning chamber of commerce business protectionists are like quiet lil mice when they can't even get basic deductions or credit cards for dispensaries. Churches turning down donations out of some fake morality. Using the homeless as visual aids teaching kids about sinners. Because their god lifted up and hurled the town's only factory to India using Dorothy's tornado after it set her down in Oz. Pisstasting is a billion dollar business Nancy Reagan forced corporations to sign a purity clause in contracts to sell fake piss tasting kits to business' before granting them a government contract. GOPerverts profit prisons with max cap contracts filling beds with nonviolent sinners. Nothing American about GOPerverts from the Fasces Lincoln rests his hands on, to the Nationalism and Corporatism revolving doors with the Pentagon and Congress.

Weasels like Benedict Arnold or Judas selling out their own people because of a crooked political system promising some riches for obedience. GOPerverts are who Lincoln warned about. Those who pervert the Constitution. That has not one word in it about rights having a price tag dangling on it. They have perverted it many times and ways for the weasel war on drugs. 13 profit wars around the globe sacraficing kids lives like a Ancient ritualist beheading for good hunting. Sending them to Africa or Syria or Latin America to protect corporate interest. While the blue collar smucks watched their jobs nafta off to Mexico they vote on the party who wrote it. Clinton signed it but it was another of a long line of GOP trying to force their beliefs on everyone while the rest defend what they do to themselves. Not push on gopers who try to do harm to liberals. Liberals may go overboard with PC banning Mark Twain and although PC may be correct in fine tuning civilization. Its sorta moot like a napkin in a war zone.

GOPervert William J. Bennett
After pondering on his radio program how aborting every black infant in America would affect crime rates, best-selling author and self-styled "Values Czar" Bill Bennett is vehemently denying he is a racist and defending his willingness to speak publicly about race and crime. FRCn sadomoralists, Bennett's $8 million lost to Slot Machines as Ed Sec/Drug Czar writing books on virtues. Walters Philanthropy Round table laundering money for Iran Contra and anti drug groups from Calvina to Sembler. Probably Sabet and the Mickey Mouse Club. It seems clear who is fucking up the world. Hypocrites ends justifying means. Warped religionists legislators. Drug Crazy Worriers, Profit Prophets and authoritarian traitors and sheep. Making America Hate Again

But only leaving their own ideals and following GOPerverted oppressive policy has the progressives ever tried to do harm to Americans for victimless crimes. Both Neocon party committees are working together for a world committee with a global BoD government. The people getting shafted fighting one side for using safety nets while the gopers are told its weak and their ego pride only sees hate. The good old boy network doesn't like competition. They fought unions and then brought unions in to fight corporate training for all. Trying to keep the best paying jobs for the klan, while outsiders and people of color made up the labor force.

Giving exams to fill job slots gave the nepotists and partially literate friends heartburn. So they brought the union to fight it. Same as they fought for right to work laws and not co-opting the factory under eminent domain. Fought for less money and overtime starting at 60 hours. While keeping the highest low pay jobs for themselves. Same as their ancestors guarding the slaves, living dirt poor in shacks with an abundance of ignorance. Past down generation after germination. Hating the slaves for the bennies of the sometimes, Yankee plantation owner. Who never invited them in for tea. Traitors told to die for slavery when the Industrial Revolution was making it obsolete. Cheaper to hire someone for minimum wages and let them fend for themselves than housing a dozen people.

GOPervert William J. Bennett
Bennett's Fuzzy Drug-War Victory
Federal Drug Use Surveys and Fuzzy Math
Fuzzy Numbers? Study Finds Pot Lowers Math Scores
More Fuzzy Drug-War Math

At the time they were the new democrat Dixiekrats, selling out their party because Lincoln was a Republican. Same reason they left the democrats 100 years later after LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act. That sums it up. They changed spots again after Wallace was shot. Nixon took them in with the religionists and chickenhawk blue dawg dems voting party line Neocon since. Changing the country from an attempt or a base to actually have a democracy. Good or bad.

Just remove the money and federalize voting so its all done the same. Like the post office trucks or army uniforms. Prioritize checks and balances in all institutions, especially the church and military and police. All candidates should be qualified according to local laws and community safeguards. Or state or federal laws they will be governing. Drumpf is gutting everything with clowns heading departments they have tried to destroy. These are safeguards for the people and all they see are corporate profits. OSHA or HUD or the FDA fast tracking poisons on the shelf listed as toxic. Money god makes them as crazy as ECS deficiency.

☛ Enter billionaire hedge fund manager Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah.They say she was a leading advocate inside Trump’s inner circle for the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general, Mercer also has lobbied forcefully for John Bolton for secretary of state and retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn as national security adviser. She played a pivotal role in persuading Trump to bring Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway and David Bossie into his inner-most circle..

Until we stop lettting corporate media steal our free press, like money will continue to influence or censor the message. Not for we the people. So entertainment or programmed news are one in the same. Not informing the public of what is really going on. Ganja prohibition is a clear red flag both sides were afraid to tackle and nip in the bud. GOPers still push unprovable intangible things. Bully and stigmatize those who disagree. Truth is easier than remembering lies unless you are so calloused that there is no recognition of guilt. Just say no. Just say no it isn't, no it can't, no it won't. No proof required.

Ugly Americans going against every American ideal I've ever heard of. Basic manners and how to treat women as humans not objects are seen as against the church wishes. Same as Darwin or Ganja or Weapons for Weasels. Hunting for game to eat and Sportsmanship in conducting yourself. Not blasting anything with converted auto weapons of mass destruction invented to take large numbers of human beings lives. And do. Same as booze taking more lives than all drugs combined or chemical cigarettes hundreds of thousands of lives and yet opiates are a national emergency? When Ganja is proven an alternative, a supplement and a way to lower use and abuse from legal states statistics not filtered by Sessions and the DEA.

ONDCP with the DEA and NIDA statutory responsibilities, which include taking such actions as necessary to oppose efforts to legalize certain controlled substances such as marijuana.
~ Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie DWR

“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana
is its effect on the degenerate races.”
Harry J. Anslinger

Everyday GOPerverts make anti American statements on TV, protecting a snafu by a dunderhead rich boy WH resident. Now trashing a generals reputation and showing a vast ignorance of the Constitution covering up for drumpf. Always "laying in wait" to ambush the most vulnerable. If the leader harken to lies, all of his servants are wicked. It sure seems like parts of the bible are matching reality. I hope the religionists aren't trying to bring nuclear Armageddon on, just to die as chosen ones. Save the expense and destruction and thousands of hours of misery to the American people if they would just drink the Jim Jones kool aid. If they hate freedom then it would be a compassionate act, especially for the rest of the Americans. Look, its Geeeeeeezus, go get him boyz and spineless goper gals in mini skirts.

At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. O! Had I the ability, and could reach the nation's ear, I would today, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, the earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened; the conscience of the nation must be roused; the propriety of the nation must be startled; the hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed; its crimes against God and man must be proclaimed and denounced.
-- Frederick Douglass

Pat Robertson tried to splain the metaphor of the camel and the eye of a needle. That the entrance to a walled property was an archway that looked like an eye of a needle, that the camel had to duck to get under and it would become skittish and difficult to get it through. But it was common for them to enter. God blesses him with riches, how can you argue with that? The little old lady was evicted for giving Pat her Social Security check to pay the rent. Like the woman working 3 jobs and Bush said she was a trooper. Not that a living wage would give her time to care for her kids. Not that weasels with money have no allegiance to the American people or the potential of the unused and abused Constitution. Money is their god almighty and it shows in every single thing they promote. Scum of the Earth. Nixon lowered the bar and Drumpf is burying it. While the trolls throw feces like little monkeys. Blaming the victims for upsetting their masters. Having to lash and flog them for insubordination is tiring. Or uppityness or nonconformance or breaking the law. Even if the law is a bogus lock on profits tormenting Americans. And the sheep goes on and the sheep goes on. La dee da dee dee, la dee da dee doh!.

“I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.”
– Tolstoy
rs allen 1 year 3 weeks ago
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Quote gumball:
Quote rs allen:

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/laura-moriarty/american-heart/

Big whoop, she lost a star.

And you can still buy the damn book and likely borrow it at the library. So no one has banned a thing ya twit.

https://www.kirkusreviews.com/statement/laura-moriarty/american-heart/

I'm guessing you are at least middle age, do you not see some of the college kids nowadays a little too sensitive? As in they seem to be actively looking for things to take offense at?

Too sensitive? Ack.

Yeh, I guess the women, the blacks, the A. Indian, the chicanos and all the others that aren't white christains should just stf-up and swallow another 400 years of the great white hope bullshit story.

Yeh, we just too sensitive.

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gumball 1 year 3 weeks ago
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Quote rs allen:

Too sensitive? Ack.

Yeh, I guess the women, the blacks, the A. Indian, the chicanos and all the others that aren't white christains should just stf-up and swallow another 400 years of the great white hope bullshit story.

Yeh, we just too sensitive.

I find the reaction to the book to be odd.

Here is a book that vilifies American culture by suggesting America today could somehow lead to imprisoning Muslins like FDR did with the Japanese. Maybe Trump is as bad as FDR was and would try something like that, I suspect he would not get far.

The part I find odd is the criticism that the protagonist is white. It seems to me the intent of the author is clearly to create sympathy from white America. She probably thought she would be lauded by the Left, now she is being tarred as racist....

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DdC 1 year 3 weeks ago
#15

Its clear the difference between liberals and gopers,
Liberals founded the country and want to maintain America for the people and don't care what gopers do except when they do harm for profits, like pollute or gut workers safety. Being so gullible and obedient to authority doing harm to their own children for the gipper goper.

gopers by force if necessary, want all to be as they see it or act and base it on the bible with no science interfering with their agenda to profit on others misery.

Ganja

gopers want it illegal so no one can have it because it would take profits from their big pharma and big booze and hemp would strike a blow against fossil fools, frankenfood and chemical cotton, dead trees and nukes. With billion dollar growth markets in pisstasting and profit prisons.

liberals want it legalized for anyone.and as a healthier choice over the status quo man made synthetic products.

Abortions

gopers want to outlaw all abortions for every woman. Fighting against American women and against America itself. Trying to force women into second class citizenship according to the bible, they are servants of a man, to support and obey. GOPer women choose to give up their rights and stand by their man.

liberals want the woman to make the choice, not the church or government. Liberals are fighting for all women's equal pay and opportunities.

War

profits drive goper wars, sending kids to die to protect corporate interest

liberals protest for profit wars

Money

gopers see money as gods gift to his followers while the poor are sinners who didn't obey his commands.

liberals see money as a convenient bartering tool but should not hinder, prevent or be an obstacle in obtaining the basics or prerequisites of life, guaranteed in the Declaration of Independence.

Healthcare

gopers want it to go to those who can pay for it

liberals want it for anyone, as their rights dictate it be so.

Housing

gopers want to maintain the rent racketeering

liberals want affordable housing for all

Guns

gopers want to play with military weapons of mass destruction and sell them to anyone anywhere. Another justifying the death of thousands of Americans for gun makers profits. Same as they do chemical cigarettes without disclosing the chemicals, or thousands killed by booze or thousands more killed by big pharma profits. While Ganja has never killed a person from overdosing.

while liberals want them used as they were intended, by the military. Not cops or civilians. For hunting game, not people. The same for untrained kids driving vehicles. Most of the guns used by criminals are stolen from NRA members, the NRA sells their names like Amazon.

Jobs

gopers want to export factories and mills to get cheaper labor, the same way they use temps to cut benefits and overtime for people of color. Keeping minimum wage lower than the cost of living to force families to farm out their kids to babysitters just to make ends meet. Family values are measured in dollar bill signs.

liberals want living wages and safe work place and a clean environment without doing harm to Americans downstream of of a Koch paper mill dumping toxins upstream. Legalizing hemp as an alternative for jobs or the hundreds of thousands now working in the cannabis industry. Family values are measured in the health, happiness and safety of the family.

Immigration

its gopers corporate farms and factory waste dump farms exploiting immigrants in the fields or tourist traps, restaurants and motels. While if the DEA got off their backs to let them legalize hemp without cutting sanctions. It would keep many at home making a living without the risk of rowdy gunuts paranoid of darker skin. Or billion dollar walls with holes in them to see when cartels hurl 100 pound bales of Ganja onto unsuspecting goper heads. lol The only logic in a wall is to exploit the large unemployment pool of Americans out of work due to profits outsourcing, prison slave labor and importing scab labor. gopers created the unemployment of Americans and profit on their incarceration to exploit slave labor on bogus drug charges.

liberals say If they are here then they should make a decent wage the same as their counterparts with lighter skin color. They should have protection against harmful chemicals causing abortions the gopers never talk about. Same in the factories. Legalizing cannabis would provide jobs and domestic plastic and fiber steel homegrown by family farmers and not drilled out of Arabian crude supplying religious fanatics. Leaving the forests to produce fresh water and oxygen as they eat up CO2. No Nukes that are so destructive no insurance company will cover them.

So regardless of the subject gopers are anti American, thugs and brutal misogynist and even stigmatize children. They lie as a means to their end no matter the subject tehy will crawl into denialism to spite liberals even if it cost them. Like most of the poor are rural whites blaming people of color and not the corporation outsourced leaving them unemployed. Blame the liberals for too many regulations protecting the people. Just no logical way to live as a free American with suicidal chihuahuas.

liberals want to live and let live and have no qualms about gopers benefitting, while gopers want everyone to become pseudo christian gopers. Genuflecting the iranian crude oil plastic flag made in chinese sweatshops by kids they lie about protecting. While stigmatizing those being abused and calling out the abusers wrapping themselves in the plastic flag as some phiny patriotism. Worshiping their money god geeeeeeezus and to hell with reality.

The good news is the gopers believe these are the end times so Geeeeeezus is coming to take them to heaven, good riddins say I.

rs allen 1 year 3 weeks ago
#16

gumbie,

Are you really sure about just how far trumpkof would get with an internment program? Take a good cool look at what america willingly gave up for their own rights in the aftermath of 9/11 and tell me how far fetched it would be. Look at the mess created in the american flailing madness throughout half the world because some criminal (who we armed by the way) talked some others into flying a couple planes on a oneway trip. Then tell me how america is so sane as not to go off the deep end (again). Pffff, america is still running scared. Now 'certain people' can't get to the us. from the east, and yes that f'kin wall is getting built to the south. Big bad america running scare. I know it and you know it. All it would take is just one more sizable attack and america wouldn't know whether to shit or go blind. Yeh, tell me how much trouble trumpkof would have about a smallish thing like internment.

The book will have to wait for later.

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DdC 1 year 3 weeks ago
#17

The audacity of dragging out the N word, Nazi, over a book with access in several places. Is just troolish buzzwording for lack of having a point or clue. Banning books is nothing new to GOPerverts.

They want to ██████ the Internet
Now They're Coming For The 1st?

The face of the GOPerverts. I can't in all honesty side with Junior, or Bunion bashing him. just for coming out against drumpf, or standing with the other 4 over the hurricanes recovery while I haven't heard a word from drumpf over the 7000 homes lost in the CA inferno. Bush can hide from public scrutiny but he won't be forgotten over bilking 4000 soldiers to die. With the MSM inbedwith the generals keeping a wrap on protests and body counts. What a mess.

Steve Bannon delivers blistering attack
on former President George W. Bush

The Family Values Party?

Report: Bill O'Reilly settled another
sexual harassment claim for $32 million

The problem with the lil Debbie Wasserface DNC
was it was too GOP.

Another prime example of when the people lead,
the leaders will follow. Sooner or later.

Alan Clendenin elected chair of National Dems Southern Caucus
Many voters are also connecting the line of historical dots that connect famous mega-wealthy people who have manipulated the American people to support a fake “drug war” in order to create situations whereas cannabis users in Florida are convicted as felons, who lose their right to vote for life. The lies and acts contrived to create a class of felons unable to vote, along with the violations of personal privacy impacting an employee’s private life through pre-employment and random drug tests that include cannabis as a means to control the workforce of American voters are beginning to resonate with the working class. To the extent that change can soon be expected, here in Florida and elsewhere around the country.

All sorts of new lows these days...

Fundraiser for burned marijuana farms shut down
GoFundMe shut down a crowdfunding page to help California marijuana growers harmed by recent wildfires.

California fires and the federal government’s
drug war manipulations and distortions:

For decades the stigma and ignorance was held up by
censorship and demonizing from the government and mainstream media.

Hemp stigma fades in SC as scores apply for production permits

See, I told you... neenerneenerneener

Legal Cannabis Jobs Growing Fast in Vermont

They're finally getting around
to having a firmer grasp of the obvious.
That's a good thing, in these times.

Hemp power-players lobby Congress to shift mind-set, legalize crop

Digging into the economic benefits of hemp and marijuana

I'm happy for the Native Americans,
but its been a long and winding road to get here...

NDLEA kicks as Indian hemp plantation owners smile to bank

The Ganjawar Comes to the The Rez 12/19/03

Prohibition is more than opinion, it leaves a trail of evidence as to why it exists and has remained a boondoggle since Nixon created it. Who profits on it and because of it? Who gets shafted and who censors it while the internet is shedding ignorance.

HIGH ON HISTORY:
Was Government Corruption at Fault for Cannabis Prohibition

(or Was It Just Plain Old Ignorance)?

Why Do YOU Think They Call it DOPE?

ONDCP with the DEA and NIDA statutory responsibilities, which include taking such actions as necessary to oppose efforts to legalize certain controlled substances such as marijuana.
Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie

rs allen 1 year 3 weeks ago
#18

Of course no one is trying to ban that silly shallow book unlike as you say DdC the gopers do who are as like as not to try and ban anything they find the least bit objectional from school curiculum all the way to the public library, into the hospitals or onto main street usa and into private bedrooms. But even some mild critical review on some thinly veiled great white hope bs story line they naturally would like and they just about jump out of their skins.

And they have the nerve to call us too sensitive.

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DdC 1 year 3 weeks ago
#19

They hide in their little fox bubbles and all their problems trickle down to the least common denominator. Mindlessness is a terrible waste thing. How many people knew or Congress knew there were 1000 troops in Africa where 4 were killed in a botched mission 2 weeks ago? Like the CA fires, not a mumbling word.

Time for Nit Twitting adolescent jabs at a black Congresswomen, friend of the family of the soldier. Drumpfy felt he should tell the grieving widow what general kelly told him. Without a tele-promtor? Of coarse he fucked it up. Then as any red blooded weasel would do. Throw general mad dog under the bus. Then twit to the op resque.

Oh, yawn, crooked Hilary's back. We should have seen it coming. At his swearing in ceremony he said, I Donald J. Tr... look a birdie... most wonderful colors, ever seen, I think its some kind a blue, better than the bird Obama saw, much much better, best ever I promise you.

Burn Your Beatles Records!
Early August 1966, Christian groups, primarily in the Southern United States took to the streets to burn the sin out of their beloved Beatles records in response to John Lennon’s remark that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.”

WTF is with these people always worrying about size?

Birmingham disc jockeys.jpg
Tommy Charles, left, and Doug Layton of Radio Station WAQY, rip and break materials representing the British pop group The Beatles, in Birmingham, Ala., Aug. 8, 1966. The broadcasters started a “Ban The Beatles” campaign. AP

No wonder Sessions is such a freak.
Ignorant Jeff Orders Moral thing to do. Profit Prisons

Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I’ll be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first—rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.

Now that the longhouses breed superstition. You force us to send our toddlers away. To your schools where they're taught to despise their traditions. You forbid them their languages, then further say. That American history really began. When Columbus set sail out of Europe, then stress. That the nation of leeches that conquered this land. Are the biggest and bravest and boldest and best. And yet where in your history books is the tale. Of the genocide basic to this country's birth, Of the preachers who lied, how the Bill of Rights failed.,How a nation of patriots returned to their earth? And where will it tell of the Liberty Bell. As it rang with a thud. O'er Kinzua mud, And of brave Uncle Sam in Alaska this year?
~ My Country "tis" of Thy People You're Dying * U2b

Once the religious, the hunted and weary
Chasing the promise of freedom and hope
Came to this country to build a new vision
Far from the reaches of kingdom and pope
Like good Christians, some would burn the witches
Later some got slaves to gather riches
~ "Monster" Steppenwolf

Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male
The purpose of this study was to observe the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African-American men in Alabama under the guise of receiving free health care from the United States government.

The United States government did something that was wrongdeeply, profoundly, morally wrong. It was an outrage to our commitment to integrity and equality for all our citizens. . . . clearly racist.
President Clinton's apology for the The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment to the eight remaining survivors, May 16, 1997 Never forget Tuskegee

The Racist Ganjawar
Using the drug war to keep blacks from voting
Re-Inventing Jim Crow, Targeting The Counter Culture

"They say you can't legislate morality.
Well, you certainly can."
John Ashcroft Chicago Tribune May 25, 1998

In 2000, there were 1,579,566 drug arrests in the US.
Of those, 46.5 percent -- 734,497 arrests -- were for marijuana.
There were 646,042 arrests for simple possession of marijuana in 2000.

The rise of authoritarianism and the racist drug war

Among the report's key findings:

* Nationwide, blacks comprise 62 percent of drug offenders admitted to state prison. In seven states, blacks constitute between 80 and 90 percent of all people sent to prison on drug charges.
* Nationwide, black men are sent to state prison on drug charges at 13 times the rate of white men.
* Two out of five blacks sent to prison are convicted of drug offenses, compared to one in four whites.
* Black men are incarcerated at 9.6 times the rate of white men. In eleven states, they are incarcerated at rates that are 12 to 26 times greater than that of white men.
* Nationwide, one in every 20 black men over the age of 18 is in prison. In five states, between one in 13 and one in 14 black men is in prison.

Race and Imprisonment in the Drug War

"Freedom Rides" in Texas against the racist drug war.
Of the 43 people arrested, 40 were Black--
amounting to 12 percent of Tulia's Black population.

Almost every Black person in town
had a relative or friend on the indictment list

The only reason George W. Bush was president – unleashing the dogs of war and pushing the U.S. into becoming a hard right, authoritarian and militaristic state – is the unconscionable “War on Drugs.”. Like Benito Mussolini in the 1920s, drug wars are usually the harbinger of encroaching authoritarianism, as the state utilizes its police forces to disenfranchise voters and silence dissent.

So, when you think about the War on Drugs, realize that the only reason Bush was President after losing the popular vote by more than 500,000 votes, is because of the racist and undemocratic policies of our increasingly authoritarian government.
~ Bob Fitrakis,
The rise of authoritarianism
and the racist drug war

Coalage3 1 year 3 weeks ago
#20

The point is they wanted the book to be banned...you twit. Since when do we call for book banning in this country? Well. since progressives/liberals decided they were just too sensitive and could not be exposed to contrarian views. They might get their feeling hurt.

rs allen 1 year 3 weeks ago
#21

Who they? The NAACP? The SPLC? The ACLU? The Nation of Islam? The Black Lives Matter org? The NEA? Some writers guild? Academia? The union of librarians? Who is this they that want the book banned? Come on ya twit back those words up, what org. or even what large group of people demands that stupid little book be banned. Come on ya twit show us where there is some big outcry that that poorly written and shallow white savior narrative be banned from ever reaching anyone that may choose to read it? Where?

Coalage3 1 year 3 weeks ago
#22

http://www.vulture.com/2017/10/american-heart-review-kirkus-editor-on-wh...

Excerpt: "Only a few days later, the review was pulled amid continued criticism of the book from community members. The review was replaced by a statementfrom Kirkus’s editor-in-chief Claiborne Smith explaining that the editorial board and the reviewer — described as “an observant Muslim [woman] of color” and “expert in children’s & YA literature [who is] well-versed in the dangers of white savior narratives” — were “evaluating” the review. Shortly thereafter, Kirkus published an amended review that retracted the book’s star and condemned Moriarty’s choice to write the story from the first-person perspective of a white teenage girl."

The fact is its the progressive left that is trying to stifle the basic rights of American citizens from free speech, to now wanting to censor books. Lord help us if these deniers of rights are ever elected or appointed to office.

What has happened to the democratic party in this country?

rs allen 1 year 3 weeks ago
#23

One review? That's it? Is that what your premise is based on, just one rather mild repuke of writing tone in plot development that the author lost a star because of? What ails you child?

Now then Kloset Koal Kountry listen to this as this will be the last time I address you directly; over the years I have read many thousands words from others that have much more patience than I do in trying to bring you into adulthood and I myself have indulged you at times only to see all of it go to naught. Those days are over from this end so from now on if I do refer to you it will be as an example only but I will no longer play your games of circular logic and dead end street arguements.

And one last word KKK, if you happen to meet me on the street you best be moving along without saying a word or even give a look.

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DdC 1 year 3 weeks ago
#24

Its not a ban. I posted bans and this clinker disregards them for a critique of a book. Here is why she lost the "star". No talent. Comparing this bad writing to Nazi's book burnings shows how utterly foolish and weak the arguer and argument is.

NEARY: YA novelist Justina Ireland has read "American Heart."

JUSTINA IRELAND: It's just a bad book.

NEARY: Ireland is concerned that as publishing attempts to diversify books for kids and young adults, it is ignoring the very people who should be at the center of that effort.

IRELAND: People of color are tired. I think people of marginalized backgrounds are just tired of having our stories told in such a poor manner and then people getting mad when we critique it. I don't think white writers know what they're signing up for because, I'll tell you what, it's hard enough to tell our own stories having lived with those experiences, you know, it's exhausting to be told - you're important; your voice matters - and then be discredited at every single turn.

Bet they're really peeved at this Jefferson dude ...
Re-writing the Bible? Doh!

The Life & Morals of Jesus of Nazareth

Its much different than banning the anthem protests. While Racism is a disease the same as Cancer. Except the NFLNBAMLB has no qualms about pink uniforms or dumping buckets of ice water on people to bring awareness. Several people actually died from broken necks. Pink uniforms or buckets have no real connection to what they want made aware.

While the nationalist anthem directly insults people of color. It symbolizes the rights of the citizens to state grievances. When it fails in that commitment, the symbol loses its meaning. It is not degrading the military or cops by kneeling down. They don't own the anthem or flag. It represents all people, not just those in uniforms.

When the uniformed fail the people, then that is what should be protested by anyone actually giving a rats ass about it and the symbolism. The fact they don't, or worse actually try to ban players from stating their grievances. Then its a fake patriotism.

Window dressing while harmful, bigoted acts of the humans inside the uniform is disregarded, When people are harassed and even shot and jailed for skin color. By racist cops hiding behind the thin blue line the same as when they lie in court about drugs. Then the anthem and flag represent only bigotry and racism. Bad cops hurt good cops and yet even the "good" cops stay silent. Bigots hurt America the same as Fascist in government. Isn't it special how they have come together like a magnetic attraction. Plucking them out of their swamps and corn fields just to go out and Make America Hate Again.

Coalage3 1 year 3 weeks ago
#25

I know you hate to face the facts. You lack of responsives to specific questions reinforces that. Yes one review. But why even one review. What has happened to the left in this country? But the fact remains...as far as I know, no one from the right is calling for book bannings, or even the banning of speakers at different locations across the country. Why is the left supporting these actions? Your non-responses must mean that you support it as well. At the very least, progressives should be condemning the idea of suppression of thought, speech. What are they afraid of?

Why are you threatening me now? Isn't that against the law? Your last sentence sums up very nicely the reason progressives have been steadily losing elections for the last 8-10 years.

Not that we would ever meet anyway, but what's up with that? And by the way, I'm no more KKK than you are. Arrivederci...

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DdC 1 year 3 weeks ago
#26
Quote Coalage3:as far as I know

Next

Just Another Day For The Cops:
Terrorizing A Cannabis Dispensary

Although no warrant was obtained by the Long Beach Police Department and no resistance was offered by NatureCann, specialized assault equipment and armed tactics were used to force entry into the property. In an attempt to avoid being filmed and prior to making entry, an electronic video surveillance system designed to assist law enforcement was instead destroyed and disabled by the officers.

The Trump administration
is holding a teenager hostage over abortion

J.D., short for Jane Doe, isn’t asking the federal government to pay for an abortion; she just wants the government not to stand in her way.

Instead, federal officials required J.D. to undergo counseling at a religiously affiliated, antiabortion center. Although J.D. said that when her older sister became pregnant in her home country her parents beat her so badly she miscarried, U.S. authorities contacted J.D.’s mother to inform her of the pregnancy. They also threatened to revoke federal funding for the shelter where J.D. is living if it let her leave to obtain an abortion.

"The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents.

Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy ... and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with 'scientific support' ... fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others."
~ William F. Buckley, Jr. Requiescat In Pace
Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495

People Are Dying Because of Ignorance,
not Because of Opioids
by Carl L. Hart
Ignorant Jeff: Miner's Lullaby, Drug Overdoses & MMJ
http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1161

DEA Bans Armored Cars From Picking up Pot Shop Cash
The federal authority has told armored car companies they can no longer work with some, perhaps all, cannabis retailers in California and Colorado.

ONDCP with the DEA and NIDA statutory responsibilities, which include taking such actions as necessary to oppose efforts to legalize certain controlled substances such as marijuana.
~ Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie

"At DEA, our mission is to fight drug trafficking in order to make drug abuse the most expensive, unpleasant, risky, and disreputable form of recreation a person could have."
– Donnie Marshall,
Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

California Gets Into the Weeds of Pot Marketing
While buying pot is legal, using branded merchandise to promote marijuana products soon may not be.

Marijuana leaf logo dropped from Washington state's pot rules
Washington state was the first in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana use, but image-conscious regulators there think the cannabis-leaf logo designed for state-licensed pot merchandise conveys the wrong impression of the Evergreen State.

Citing Free Speech,
A.C.L.U. Sues Washington Metro Over Rejected Ads

A.C.L.U. ad consisted of little more than transcripts of the First Amendment of the United States Constitution in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Metro Displays Drug Ad That's Banned in Boston
Metro subway stations and buses began displaying advertisements this week that suggest marijuana use should be decriminalized. The ad campaign, rejected by Boston's subway system and the subject of a pending lawsuit there, was funded by Change the Climate Inc., a nonprofit organization that believes punishment for marijuana use is too harsh.

Why medical marijuana patients can’t buy guns
An appeals court ruled last week that a federal law prohibiting medical marijuana cardholders from purchasing guns does not violate their Second Amendment rights, because marijuana has been linked to "irrational or unpredictable behavior."

The court then concluded that it is reasonable to assume that a medical marijuana cardholder is a marijuana user, and hence reasonable to deny their gun purchase on those grounds.

So if booze has a clear long record of "irrational or unpredictable behavior. Its reasonable to assume like the courts, if they own a gun they will shoot someone.

The court then concluded that it is reasonable to assume that a medical marijuana cardholder is a marijuana user, and hence reasonable to deny their gun purchase on those grounds.

Are "assumptions evidence?" I thought it was ass u me, making an ass out of u and me? So I'll be waiting for the NRA to advocate that no boozers be able to buy guns.

State-by-State Guide to Cannabis Advertising Regulations

Proposed ban on outdoor cannabis gardens
returns to Santa Rosa City Council

“They are basically forcing people to either go to a cannabis club or have nothing,” Bekas said. “But cannabis clubs will bankrupt you.”

Medical Marijuana User Denied Organ Transplant
Simchen, a 33-year-old diabetic who lives near Seattle, soon found out there was a Catch-22 rolled up in his legalized joints. He was turned down by two organ transplant programs because he uses medical marijuana.

The Heartlessness of Dying for Prohibition
http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/585
The tragic fate of Norman B. Smith is all you need to know about to see how senseless it is to make consumption of marijuana a crime. September of 2010, Mr. Smith was notified that he was eligible for a liver transplant and was placed on the liver transplant list. Mr. Smith was taken off the transplant list and denied a life saving procedure. Mr. Smith died because of this. It did not matter to the hospital that Mr. Smith's marijuana use was non-recreational, and was approved by his oncologist as a way to treat his chemotherapy side effects.
This story is a more common than one might think.

The Economist March 28th 1992:
"Medicines often produce side effects.
Sometimes they are physically unpleasant.
Cannabis too has discomforting side effects,
but these are not physical, they are political"

Internet Free Speech Goes on Trial
Narco News
http://www.narconews.com/

Making War On Free Speech!
Civil liberties advocates at WorldNetDaily and elsewhere can be pleased and grateful that a certain amount of lobbying and agitation seems to have gotten the "sneak and peek" search without notification provisions out of the (S. 486/H.R. 2987). But the bill, which passed the Senate unanimously, still contains limitations on free speech that are breathtaking in their breadth. The mainstream press seemed not the least bit interested even in reporting on it, let alone viewing it askance.

Bong ban in Florida starts July 1 (sort of)

Bong Hits 4 Jesus
Bong Hits 4 Jesus’ Case To U.S. Supreme Court? Former Whitewater special counsel Kenneth Starr petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take up Alaska’s “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case, a dispute involving a high school student, a banner and a tough school policy. The appeals court sided with a high school student who displayed a banner reading “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” during an Olympic torch relay in 2002. It ruled former Juneau-Douglas High School principal Deborah Morse violated former student Joseph Frederick’s free speech rights.

A Lie College Students Might Want To Tell
1998, Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind., an advocate of stringent drug laws, slipped into a House bill an amendment denying federal financial aid for college to anyone who had been convicted of either selling or possessing drugs. No congressional committee voted on the amendment. But it passed as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, first enacted in 1965 to create federal financial aid for college students.

Cities are Banning California Recreational Cannabis
If you go to a movie premiere in Hollywood or a community college play in Santa Cruz, the scent of marijuana will surely be in the air, despite the fact that recreational cannabis won't be legal in California until January 1, 2018. Most communities in California are embracing recreational pot. More than 80% of Californians voted to legalize recreational cannabis in the last election. But not all cities are jumping on the marijuana bandwagon. Several cities will have restrictions on California recreational cannabis, and some are banning it all together.

Coaldust your ignorance is self inflicted,
burying your head in the fox bubble.

Coalage3 1 year 3 weeks ago
#27

Yes I am ignorant. I believed that the democratic party actually stood for something and was for the working man and the poor in this country. How stupid was I? The leaders and supporters of the party are nothing more than elitist, money hungry, facsist, anti-family, pro-war, and anti-religion crybabies.

So you go ahead and bury your head in a fog of cannabis smoke. The democratic party, as represented by Hillary Clinton (who by the way blew the presidential election to TV personality and supposed real estate mogul Donald "Freakin" Trump) is lost in that haze of smoke right with you. FIgures....

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DdC 1 year 3 weeks ago
#28
Quote Coalage3: Yes I am ignorant.

Well, that's the first step towards enlightenment,
after shooting your TV

Coalage3 1 year 3 weeks ago
#29

Now if we could just get the progressives and the rest of the democratic party to come to their senses...

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DdC 1 year 3 weeks ago
#30

Well that was short lived. Enlightenment isn't for everybody I reckon. Keep on whining, maybe you can be the last goper standing. Why would progressives change when they have such weak opposition? All Hat, No Cattle

Seems with all the Flakes, McCain and Corker, GOPers are joining them, seeing Drumpf as the enemy traitor of Americans.

A new Gallup poll finds that 64% of Americans -- including a majority of Republicans for the first time -- now support legalizing marijuana. That's the highest level of support in the firm's 48 years of polling on cannabis.

Jeff Flake's Wild Anti-Trump Tirade Was Also a Total Surrender
One of the president's most vocal critics called him out on the Senate floor, then announced he was qutting.

When even the Flakes in your party are abandoning ship, you may be in trouble.

“We must never allow ourselves to lapse into thinking that that is just the way things are now. If we simply become used to this condition . . . then heaven help us,” Flake said, his voice shaking. “Without fear of the consequences and without consideration of the rules of what is politically safe, we must stop pretending that the conduct of some in our executive branch are normal. They are not normal. Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused as telling it like it is when it is actually reckless, outrageous and undignified.”
~ Sen Jeff Flake

The 12 most damning Bob Corker quotes about Donald Trump

"The President has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful,"

"We should hope that (Trump) aspires that he does some self-reflection, that he does what is necessary to demonstrate stability, to demonstrate competence, to demonstrate that he understands the character of our nation and works daily to bring out the best of the people in our nation."

“I think at the end of the day, when his term is over, I think the debasing of our nation, the constant non-truth-telling, just the name-calling ― I think the debasement of our nation will be what he’ll be remembered most for. And that’s regretful.”

“Let’s just put it this way: I would not do that again,” Corker said of supporting Trump. “I think many of us ― me included ― have tried to intervene ... to try to create some kind of aspirational approach, if you will, to the way that he conducts himself. But I don’t think that’s possible.”

“When you kneecap your secretary of state, whose diplomacy you have to depend upon ... you really move our country into a binary choice, which could lead to a world war,” he continued. “So, yes, I want him to support diplomatic efforts ― not embarrass and really malign efforts that are underway.”

ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Corker defended another statement earlier this month that likened the White House to an “adult day care center.”

“I don’t make comments I haven’t thought about,” Corker said. “I would just like [Trump] to leave it to the professionals for a while and see if we can do something that’s constructive for our country, the region and the world.”
~ Sen Bob Corker

“It’s very bad, This performance with our friend out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me,
Because what he did was he fired up the crazies.”

“We have a very extreme element within our Republican Party,”

McCain said. He then noted that he was personally censured by Arizona Republicans in January of 2014 and has been fighting to push out the extremists in the state G.O.P. ever since.

“We did to some degree regain control of the Party.”

But McCain fears that Trump may be reversing those gains.

“Now he galvanized them,”
“He’s really got them activated.”

~ John McCain Has a Few Things to Say About Donald Trump

6 key quotes from Sen. Jeff Flake’s speech blasting Trump

When the next generation asks us, why didn't you do something? Why didn't you speak up? What are we going to say? Mr. President, I rise today to say, enough. We must dedicate ourselves to making sure that the anomalous never becomes the normal.

With respect and humility, I must say that we have fooled ourselves for long enough that a pivot to governing is right around the corner, civility and stability right behind it.

We know better than that. By now, we all know better than that.

Maybe you should listen to the man coaldust.
Or don't you know any better?

Coalage3 1 year 2 weeks ago
#31

Listen to a disgruntled loser? Why? He's mad because he can't get reelected. Same for Corker. Trump has trumped them. The nation will survive and go on.

You need to pull your head out of your cannabis haze and start paying attention to the faults and problems of the democratic party. They keep losing elections for a reason and its not "white supremacy". Its because they have completely gone off the rails.

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DdC 1 year 2 weeks ago
#32

I guess your ignorance is bliss. The entire GOP are disgruntled losers, you'll have to be more specific. In just one post maybe you could bring a reference to back up your whiny outbursts? I'm not holding my breath until you do. If the leader lies all his servants are wicked. Anyone who would let kids suffer and die over big pharma and politician bullshit is scum. You are anti christian for repeating gossip and serving human gods. Not my rules dude. So if that is all you got, yawn. Go back to trolling posts you can handle and not just repeat memo's you read.

I realize you serve big pharma profits over dead Americans. But Ganja could help save those opiod addicts that drumpfy's freaking out over. Not that overdoses on opiods are the largest numbers of drugs killing people. That honor belongs to booze. Or cigarette chemicals killing 10 times more. Not even listed on the package. So once again rhetoric will continue killing Americans while you point fingers and kiss ass. So Un-American. Its weak servants like you that makes the world hate us. isolationists afraid of progressives advocating clean air and water is the act of a child beater, a suicidal chihuahua, a GOPervert. Proving you have no shame or mechinism to deal with reality. Just follow blindly and the rich are happy to take advantage. Such a slave.

Federal Government Admits Legal Marijuana Could Reduce Opioid Epidemic
https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/endingcannabisprohibition/drumpf-16-t206...

Ignorant Jeff. Miner's Lullaby Drug Overdoses & MMJ
http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1161

Brookings Institution argues the U.S. Department of Justice should allow more cultivation of marijuana for research.
https://t.co/xW5XscyBq3

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta examines the effects of safe consumption facilities for illegal drugs.
https://t.co/qXMfSDh1Nq

A review of medical cannabis for children and adolescents
https://t.co/qTPIHSqHA7

Dr. Mehmet Oz says he personally knows people who benefit from medical cannabis.
https://t.co/4pZjlwGriB

The losers you point to going against your master are low life's we've been pointing out for years. Drumpf courted Corky, gave him a big kiss for an endorsement. Flakey has been an anti American since the gitgo. You bashing John McCain too? Sounds like an addiction. Drumpf junkie. lol Sad when hicks kiss the rich's ass in hope of tinkle down that Rayguns never delivered on. Weak sniveling moneysluts selling out their own white race, keeping them poor and goper ignorant. I hope you aren't waiting for me to feel bad. Weak sheep always get led to slaughter and drumpfs chihuahuas are leading the pack. Neocon slash and burn = America Requiescat In Pace.

As for your minority opinion of racist reefer madness. Your ignorance explains that. Repeating untrue lame statements about progressives only shows how ignorant you are. You go slither under your rock boy. Reality is coming. Maybe you can hire someone to read these for you.

A new Gallup poll finds that 64% of Americans -- including a majority of Republicans for the first time -- now support legalizing marijuana. That's the highest level of support in the firm's 48 years of polling on cannabis.

Here are your hero's chihuahua.

Enter billionaire hedge fund manager Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah.They say she was a leading advocate inside Trump’s inner circle for the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general, Mercer also has lobbied forcefully for John Bolton for secretary of state and retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn as national security adviser. She played a pivotal role in persuading Trump to bring Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway and David Bossie into his inner-most circle..

Reporter Zachary Mider, writing for Bloomberg in January 2016, called Mercer "the biggest single donor" in the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

Citizens United v. FEC,
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizens_United_v._FEC
The Mercer Family Foundation
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercer_Family_Foundation

In the months leading up to Trump’s presidential win, the Mercers would prove a formidable force. Beginning after the disastrous Republican convention in July, they would furnish the Trump campaign not only with millions of dollars but with new leadership. But they would furnish him with something more: a vast network of non profits, strategists, media companies, research institutions and super PACs that they themselves funded, and largely controlled.
Carrie Levine, Center for Public Integrity

The web of connections Mercer’s built over the last decade is vast and complex. It includes efforts to dismantle tax law and weaken the IRS; it’s about funding quack scientists and conspiracy theorists who blame the government for, among other things, playing a role in the San Bernadino massacre and of colluding with the United Nations in using climate change as an excuse to implement environmental laws meant to depopulate America’s midwest. It’s about pouring money into the neoconservative John Bolton Super PAC, which props up candidates who ascribe to Bolton’s very hawkish foreign policy.

But one of Mercer’s earliest activist ventures was financing a slew of fringe documentary projects that’ve helped raise the profiles of people like Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and most notably, the director of those films, Steve Bannon.

Coalage3 1 year 2 weeks ago
#33

McCain? Are you referring to War Monger John McCain? You mean Hillary's buddy? Neither one of them ever met a military action that they didn't like. And the bigger the better.

If that is your reference, you better get somebody else.

I'm not worried about the GOP. They are the ones winning the elections. How come you or RS (or even Thom for that matter) never address the severe problems facing your own democratic party?

rs allen 1 year 2 weeks ago
#34

How are you going teach any type of koal kheart kine history DdC? They either don't or can't read and never were taught to think for themselves. It's a waste of time trying to reach them that need it but for those interested or want to review history:

How the GOP became the "white mans party"...

https://www.salon.com/2013/12/22/how_the_gop_became_the_white_mans_party/

and the whole book on how race has been and is used for a political agenda against better interest go here:

https://www.amazon.com/Dog-Whistle-Politics-Appeals-Reinvented/dp/019996...

Fair warning; that book is only for those that can read.

Nah, america isn't racist. lol A person would have to be completely numb, dumb or living in another country to believe that bullshit.

Coalage3 1 year 2 weeks ago
#35

Yeah, yeah, yeah...now what about the problems of the democratic party? Or do you believe that they are just fine? No issues...

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DdC 1 year 2 weeks ago
#36

Your right RS.
He keeps yappin at the door, but is too afraid to go outside. So he bashes the GOP refs for being war mongers and disgruntled losers. Then goes off on the democrats and Hillary with generalities, like he has no ammo or even a target, just shooting blind. He's a chihuahua voting for the money gods in hopes of tinkle down. Sad. Making America Hate Again.

I don't think I've ever heard of a winner in an election continue to campaign against their opponents a year after the election. Drumpf's so goofy his voters are bashing each other. I don't think the democrats even have to campaign. The GOPers seem to be all selfish cannibals and are devouring themselves.

Hey chihuahua, your sista didi might be interested in this...

Regular marijuana use linked to more sex, Stanford study finds
AAAS Public Release:

Stanford researchers have horrifying news for organized religions that consider recreational copulation a sin—it’s possible marijuana may act as an aphrodisiac. However, the researchers stop short of calling their results proof of a cause-and-effect relationship:

27-OCT-2017 — A study by investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine indicates that, despite concerns among physicians and scientists that frequent marijuana use may impair sexual desire or performance, the opposite appears more likely to be the case.

The findings, to be published online Oct. 27 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, are based on an analysis of more than 50,000 Americans ages 25-45. And they’re unambiguous.

“Frequent marijuana use doesn’t seem to impair sexual motivation or performance. If anything, it’s associated with increased coital frequency,” said the study’s senior author, Michael Eisenberg, MD, assistant professor of urology. The lead author is Andrew Sun, MD, a resident in urology.

The study does not establish a causal connection between marijuana use and sexual activity, Eisenberg noted. But the results hint at it, he added. “The overall trend we saw applied to people of both sexes and all races, ages, education levels, income groups and religions, every health status, whether they were married or single and whether or not they had kids.”

The study is the first to examine the relationship between marijuana use and frequency of sexual intercourse at the population level in the United States.[…]

Moreover, Eisenberg said, the positive association between marijuana use and coital frequency was independent of demographic, health, marital or parental status.

In addition, the trend remained even after accounting for subjects’ use of other drugs, such as cocaine or alcohol. This, Eisenberg said, suggests that marijuana’s positive correlation with sexual activity doesn’t merely reflect some general tendency of less-inhibited types, who may be more inclined to use drugs, to also be more likely to have sex. In addition, coital frequency rose steadily with increasing marijuana use, a dose-dependent relationship supporting a possible active role for marijuana in fostering sexual activity.

Nevertheless, Eisenberg cautioned, the study shouldn’t be misinterpreted as having proven a causal link. “It doesn’t say if you smoke more marijuana, you’ll have more sex,” he said.

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DdC 1 year 2 weeks ago
#37
Quote coaldust: McCain? Are you referring to War Monger John McCain? You mean Hillary's buddy? Neither one of them ever met a military action that they didn't like. And the bigger the better.

Not like Nixon prolonging Vietnam, or Bush1 going after his own Op Sadamn in Iraq, Or junior finishing the job for daddy, plus invading Afghanistan, more Ops in Africa and provoking nuke war with North Korea. All for profit police actions except the last bit of insanity. Hilary wasn't elected so she started no wars. Her hubby only bombed Kosovo to stop the GOPers from getting too exited in public over Monika. When he was getting BJ's he wasn't bombing anyone.

The latest Trumpist act.

Tell Congress:
Take Real Steps to Address the Opioid Crisis

Yesterday, the Trump administration addressed the opioid epidemic, declaring it a national health emergency, and putting forth a plan for increased law enforcement action and a “really tough, really big, really great” advertising campaign to discourage drug use.

Empty rhetoric won’t save lives. We’re in a situation we can’t “just say no” to and hope it goes away.

People are dying every day. One hundred and forty-two people die of overdose daily;* since 1999, the number of American deaths due to opioid overdose has quadrupled.** The Trump administration’s solution is to access the Public Health Emergency Fund, which amounts to an additional $57,000.*** That amount wouldn’t cover legitimate treatment options for ten people, much less the tens of thousands that will die of opioid overdose this year.

This is a public health crisis. Actions speak louder than words, and “Just Say No” style advertising tactics don’t work. They were a failure and an embarrassment in the 1980s, and they are even more out-of-touch today. We need real solutions: harm reduction measures like safe consumption spaces, naloxone distribution, and Good Samaritan laws to protect people who report an overdose.

We need open, honest drug education, and we need accessible treatment options for all who choose to seek it. We need to treat the opioid crisis like the public health issue that it is, without threat of legal consequence.

We’re talking about people’s lives. That’s worth more than platitudes and funding that amounts to little more than a band-aid on a hemorrhage. To all those who’ve suffered the loss of a family member or friend to overdose or addiction, and to all who struggle with opioid addiction every day: we are with you. We won’t stop speaking out for more practical, compassionate drug policy. As law enforcement, we are responsible for protecting all of those who reside in our communities, and we want people to trust us. We can’t build that trust back when we are tasked with arresting people who need help.

Tell your Congressperson: take real, health-based steps to address the opioid crisis now.

In solidarity,

Major Neill Franklin (Ret.)
Executive Director
The Law Enforcement Action Partnership

Coalage3 1 year 2 weeks ago
#38

Get your head out of the haze. If you don't see the problem with Hillary in particular, and democrats in general, then you are truly a lost cause. That's why the dems are on a severe election losing streak which sees no sign of abating any time soon.

And you and RS think everything is just peachy keen.

Nixon prolonging Nam. Ha ha. Nam was a democratic debacle. Thanks LBJ. Nixon, like Obama, got stuck with a war he couldn't easily get out of.

I give you credit though...at least you keep trying even though you keep missing the mark.

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DdC 1 year 2 weeks ago
#39

Haze drumpfit?

Study: "cannabis users appear to demonstrate enhanced creativity" and "heightened levels of openness to experience."
https://t.co/EsunJeFeNq

Goes back to my theory that prohibitionists have larger fear centers and are more incline to follow blindly, regardless what damage is being done to their own families. Chihuahuas.

☛ Conservatives Have Larger 'Fear Centers' in Their Brains
http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/topic/1690

Drugwar Lies Linked to Schizophrenia
Drugwar Lies Linked to Schizophrenia

☛ Cannabis reverses aging processes in the brain
http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1169
☛ Using Pot To Save Brains!
http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/601

All hat no cattle. Hilary is the wife of a former president, that's it. Your paranoia over her tells it all. Nixon prolonged Ike's war in Nam. So did JFK and LBJ until the hippies got the word out. Nixon committed treason sabotaging the Paris Peace Talks. You say that's ok because you are a troll puppet following whoever drops scraps of their cheeseburger for you to lap up on the sidewalk. Tinkle down fairy princess for drumpf. There is no haze outside of your silly money worship. And once again, I'm not a democrat, I'm an American. Now if you wish this to continue and not become an ammo dump. Bring references. You know your word is shit.

The drug industry’s triumph over the DEA
A Guide To Trump's Gilded Inner Circle

Who stands up for the Vets after they come home? Not the GOPervert flag jerkers sending them off to protect their profits.

A group of ten House Democrats wrote a letter pressing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to increase research into medical cannabis's benefits for military veterans.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/tomangell/2017/10/26/feds-should-research-m...

In a related development, Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA) filed a resolution calling on the V.A. to study medical cannabis use for chronic pain.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-resolution/590

While typical drumpfy dumpty just says no and more this is your egg on heroin commercials.

The president promised a "massive advertising campaign" to discourage drug use, but such ads have shown to be failures in the past.
https://apnews.com/ecfeabb69c384f9b969c14afe4731db2

I do believe The National Review is a GOPer rag.

"The anti-marijuana campaign is a cancerous tissue of lies, undermining law enforcement, aggravating the drug problem, depriving the sick of needed help, and suckering well-intentioned conservatives and countless frightened parents.

Narcotics police are an enormous, corrupt international bureaucracy ... and now fund a coterie of researchers who provide them with 'scientific support' ... fanatics who distort the legitimate research of others."
~ William F. Buckley, Jr. Requiescat In Pace
Commentary in The National Review, April 29, 1983, p. 495

Knowing what is working and still goes off on his nonsense.

People Are Dying Because of Ignorance,
not Because of Opioids
by Carl L. Hart
Ignorant Jeff: Miner's Lullaby, Drug Overdoses & MMJ
http://endingcannabisprohibition.yuku.com/sreply/1161

Coalage3 47 weeks 6 days ago
#40

John McWhorter absolutely nails it: https://heterodoxacademy.org/2017/12/14/an-interview-with-john-mcwhorter/

Excerpts:

When I say theater, yes, there’s theater in any kind of protest. The very fact that you’re making a loud noise in a public forum is theater. The very fact that you’re trying to attract people’s attention who otherwise would not be inclined to give it, that’s theater. That’s part of politics. But there’s a particular theatrical aspect to all of this in that I find it simply incoherent—it’s not believable—that a psychologically healthy person and one intelligent and ambitious enough to have gotten into a selective school, in particular, is somebody who is constitutionally unable to bear hearing somebody express views that they don’t agree with, or that they even find nauseous. It’s one thing to find views repugnant. It’s another thing to claim that—to hear them constitute a kind of injury that no reasonable person should be expected to stand up to. That’s theatrical because it’s not true. Nobody is hurt in that immediate, lasting and intolerable way by some words that a person stands up and addresses, in the abstract, to an audience at a microphone.

There’s an argument as to whether somebody can be harmed by being called names directly over a longer period of time. But the idea that hearing ideas that can be construed as being complicit in something as abstract as societal racism—hearing these ideas constitutes injury along the lines of, for example, somebody calling you a nigger to your face once a day—it’s not that I don’t agree with this idea; it’s that it doesn’t make any sense. It isn’t true.

To claim that is a kind of theater in itself. You are pretending—and that really is the only appropriate word—you’re pretending that something that you find unpleasant to behold is injurious. And I think that the theatricality of that kind in the argument is a response in part to the fact that to make your case otherwise—that somebody just shouldn’t be heard—is difficult. You have to pretend that it’s hurting you like a punch in the stomach, because otherwise it becomes a little inconveniently transparent that, really, you’re just insisting that you have your own way because you’ve decided that a certain way of thinking is what’s on the side of the angels.

Coalage3 47 weeks 6 days ago
#41

John McWhorter absolutely nails it: https://heterodoxacademy.org/2017/12/14/an-interview-with-john-mcwhorter/

Excerpts:

When I say theater, yes, there’s theater in any kind of protest. The very fact that you’re making a loud noise in a public forum is theater. The very fact that you’re trying to attract people’s attention who otherwise would not be inclined to give it, that’s theater. That’s part of politics. But there’s a particular theatrical aspect to all of this in that I find it simply incoherent—it’s not believable—that a psychologically healthy person and one intelligent and ambitious enough to have gotten into a selective school, in particular, is somebody who is constitutionally unable to bear hearing somebody express views that they don’t agree with, or that they even find nauseous. It’s one thing to find views repugnant. It’s another thing to claim that—to hear them constitute a kind of injury that no reasonable person should be expected to stand up to. That’s theatrical because it’s not true. Nobody is hurt in that immediate, lasting and intolerable way by some words that a person stands up and addresses, in the abstract, to an audience at a microphone.

There’s an argument as to whether somebody can be harmed by being called names directly over a longer period of time. But the idea that hearing ideas that can be construed as being complicit in something as abstract as societal racism—hearing these ideas constitutes injury along the lines of, for example, somebody calling you a nigger to your face once a day—it’s not that I don’t agree with this idea; it’s that it doesn’t make any sense. It isn’t true.

To claim that is a kind of theater in itself. You are pretending—and that really is the only appropriate word—you’re pretending that something that you find unpleasant to behold is injurious. And I think that the theatricality of that kind in the argument is a response in part to the fact that to make your case otherwise—that somebody just shouldn’t be heard—is difficult. You have to pretend that it’s hurting you like a punch in the stomach, because otherwise it becomes a little inconveniently transparent that, really, you’re just insisting that you have your own way because you’ve decided that a certain way of thinking is what’s on the side of the angels.

Coalage3 47 weeks 6 days ago
#42

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The Thom Hartmann Program - Aug 30th 2018

It seems it's all racism, all the time w/the GOP...Neo-Nazi robocall hits Iowa on Molly Tibbett’s murder: “KILL THEM ALL. ” Richard Wolff drops by about the National Debt. Is it a disaster or an OK thing? Also - Trump & The National Enquirer - Is the Economy Here To Serve Us Or Are We Here to Serve the economy?