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30 votes

Huge win for medical marijuana! Congress prohibits DEA from future raids on marijuana shops and patients.

December 15, 2014

49 Republicans and 170 Democrats approve the historic amendment intended to prevent the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration from raiding state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congress approved a measure Thursday (219-189) that will prevent the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. The legislation marks the first time in history that Congress has voted in favor of ending the federal government’s war on medical marijuana patients and providers. A record-high 49 Republicans voted in favor of the measure.

The amendment to H.R. 4660, the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, offered by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), prohibits the Department of Justice, including the DEA, from spending funds to prevent states from implementing their own medical marijuana laws. The amendment has been offered seven times since 2003. It received a then-record high 165 votes in 2007, which included 15 Republicans.

13 votes

WaPo: The CIA torturers should be prosecuted

By Kenneth Roth | December 12, 2014 | Washington Post
Kenneth Roth is executive director of Human Rights Watch.

The primary international treaty against torture, the Convention against Torture, which the United States ratified in 1994, contains two key requirements. First, it bans torture, without exception, as well as other inhumane treatment. Second, it requires that torturers be prosecuted.

President Obama has been firm in stopping torture. On his second day in office, he ordered an end to the Bush administration’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” — a euphemism for torture — and the closure of the secret CIA detention centers where torture was carried out.

But Obama has utterly failed in the second requirement. He has flatly refused to investigate the torture, let alone prosecute those responsible. The sole exception was a limited inquiry into any CIA interrogations that exceeded what was authorized, but even then the investigators didn’t interview victims or recommend charges. The Senate intelligence committee report should lead the president to reexamine this refusal.

23 votes

The day that made the establishment take notice

This was one of the happiest days of my life. Enjoy.

Ron Paul Tea Party 07:

25 votes

Obama got EVERYTHING. NSA dirt on Boehner must be incredible. -Matt Drudge

Dear Matt: Everyday is like Christmas for this Prez. And like April Fools Day, everyday, for the rest of us.

30 votes

To prohibit the purchase, ownership, or possession of enhanced body armor by civilians, with exceptions.

Sec. 932. Ban on purchase, ownership, or possession of enhanced body
armor by civilians
``(a) Except as provided in subsection (b), it shall be unlawful
for a person to purchase, own, or possess enhanced body armor.
``(b) Subsection (a) shall not apply to--
``(1) a purchase, ownership, or possession by or under the
authority of--

9 votes

Concealed Carry For CO Pot Users

Last time I checked, in states that allow concealed carry, people who drink alcohol or take prescription drugs are allowed to apply for and receive a concealed carry license. So why would the rules differ for an individual living in a state that has legalized medical and recreation marijuana? Shouldn’t they also be allowed to apply for a concealed carry permit if they admit to using marijuana?

10 votes

Prof: ‘Elf on the Shelf’ conditions kids to accept surveillance state

TORONTO – Could there be something more sinister behind the little elf sitting on the shelf who returns to the North Pole each night?

Yes, says Laura Pinto, a digital technology professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

She recently published a paper titled “Who’s the Boss” on the doll, saying the idea of it reporting back to Santa each night on the child’s behavior “sets up children for dangerous, uncritical acceptance of power structures,” according to

From her paper:

When children enter the play world of The Elf on the Shelf, they accept a series of practices and rules associated with the larger story. This, of course, is not unique to The Elf on the Shelf. Many children’s games, including board games and video games, require children to participate while following a prescribed set of rules. The difference, however, is that in other games, the child role-plays a character, or the child imagines herself within a play-world of the game, but the role play does not enter the child’s real world as part of the game. As well, in most games, the time of play is delineated (while the game goes on), and the play to which the rules apply typically does not overlap with the child’s real world.

38 votes

Watch What Happens When a 76 yr old Is Confronted By Police for Not Displaying a Vehicle Inspection Sticker

Police in Victoria, Texas, placed an officer on administrative duty pending an investigation after an altercation with a 76-year-old man who didn’t have an inspection sticker on his car.

Victoria resident Pete Vasquez pulled over at the Adams Auto Mart, where he helps with mechanical work, when the officer, 23-year-old Nathanial Robinson, got out of his patrol car and confronted him. The 76-year-old is seen on dashcam video pointing to the dealer license plate on the back of the car.

14 votes

Say Something Nice about the President

No, I’m not a shill, just trying to keep my sanity. If you look at previous posts you’ll see that probably every single one is about how much I dislike the current state of this country and where it’s headed. Some days, like many of you, I’ve had to zone out from the news in order to maintain a positive attitude.

7 votes

Robert Murphy and Jeffrey Tucker Talk Bitcoin

Both Bob and Jeffrey have new books on the subject of Bitcoin and P2P. Here they talk about what they learned as they researched and wrote, and how Bitcoin has changed their views concerning money, property, and emergent technology.

8 votes

Real CNBC Headline: US housing starts, permits fall; trend points to recovery

US housing starts, permits fall; trend points to recovery

12 votes

Sentencing Looms for Barrett Brown, Advocate for “Anonymous”

"The government's actions in this case have been extreme. Prosecutors in the Northern District of Texas have written that Brown, along with the activist group Anonymous, sought to overthrow the U.S. government. They tried to seize funds that were raised for his legal defense. They obtained a gag order against defendant and his lawyers restricting what they could say about the case for several months. They sought to identify contributors to a website where Brown and others dissected leaks and researched shady links between intelligence contractors and governments.

8 votes

ViCE: WarCriminal USAF Shrink James Mitchell idiotically volunteers to be tried @Nuremberg 2.0; ADMITS to waterboarding KSM!

Karma commeth? Ahh... warcriminals proud of their 'expertise'; give lunatics a rope, they'll eventually not so creatively fashion a knot to hang themselves:

Psychologist James Mitchell Admits He Waterboarded al Qaeda Suspects
"Yes, I waterboarded KSM. I was part of a larger team that waterboarded a small number of detainees," Dr. James Mitchell said in an interview with VICE News.
By Jason Leopold
December 15, 2014 | 9:10 am