Huge win for medical marijuana! Congress prohibits DEA from future raids on marijuana shops and patients.Submitted by Diamond Dog on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 23:05
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.
Rand Paul insulted the business lobby in June; he starred in their ads in October. Here's how it all went down.
The Courtship: How Rand Paul Became a Chamber Republican
National Journal | December 15, 2014
Rand Paul had screwed up, and he knew it.
It was June and the Kentucky senator was in Texas speaking to a group of tea-party activists when he got loose with his words. "Chamber of Commerce is fine, I was a member of the Chamber of Commerce," Paul told the state's Republican Liberty Caucus. "But a Chamber of Commerce Republican is not going to win a national election."
It was a bold statement for a Republican plotting his own path to presidency. Too bold, he and his advisers realized almost immediately. While Paul has nurtured an iconoclastic libertarian image—stomping across Washington in cowboy boots and jeans, casting himself as a rare Republican willing to go to Berkeley, say, or reach out to black voters—he has also methodically courted the power class here in Washington.
I stumbled into this place but I will most certainly not stumble out. It’s all too much anymore. Sometimes I feel the dire need for a place to call my own; a place of brutal and empowering truth; a place where [we] are broken completely free of the pessimistic and languishing disingenuousness of those who have assumed lordship and autocracy over us. This place has given me so much of that, yet now I’m finding such brutal and empowering truth to be amiss here (this is just my interpretation and not meant to be contentious).
BBC Question Time 11/12/2014 Russell Brand Nigel Farage [FYI: the Britons & much of rest of the world cite the day before the month]
Published on Dec 11, 2014
Full episode. David Dimbleby presents topical debate from Canterbury in Kent. Among the panellists are Penny Mordaunt MP, Mary Creagh MP, Nigel Farage MEP, Russell Brand and Camilla Cavendish.
** How the MSM are characterizing the 'debate:'
In today's Beautiful Anarchy, Jeffrey Tucker explains why conservatives need to upgrade by being more consistent with their anti-government ideology. He explains why there is a disconnect among conservatives regarding a police force and the deep government that isn't represented by the people.
Tucker talks about Thomas Hobbes' influence and half a century of contradictory conservatism. He also demonstrates how we have an opportunity to upgrade the mindset of conservatives view toward police.
The Tucker takeaway gives a strong argument for why it is conservative to be part of the anti-police movement.
December 17th is heroic Wikileaks whistleblower Chelsea Manning's 27th birthday- the 5th year she'll have spent her birthday in prison.
Here are three important ways you can support Chelsea on her birthday:
1. Give the gift of a donation to the Chelsea Manning Defense Fund
Attorney Nancy Hollander and her law partner Vincent Ward have already begun the process of preparing for Chelsea's legal appeals next year. The appeals process has the potential to take decades off Chelsea's 35 year prison sentence.
#FreeChelsea! - Imprisoned 1661 days now.
Why? For exposing #warcrimes!
Is it just me, or has anyone else picked up on the increased frequency of these lame commercials about how many important functions Government employees perform for us? They tend to go something like this "Without us, your food wouldn't get inspected." or "without us, Us borders would not be patrolled."
Every time I hear these pathetic attempts to sway the hearts and minds of the American people, I want to vomit!
So, I thought it would be a little fun to see who can come up with the most anti Government "Without us..." slogans. I'll start out with
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.
Matthew Zirbel’s home in Great Falls, Virginia is filled with oriental carpets, perhaps collected from his time spent working in countries like Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. The million dollar home has “LOTS of “WOW!” You will “Oooh & Ahhh”, says this recent description on Zillow.
This isn’t the first time Zirbel’s surroundings have wowed someone. Over a decade ago, Zirbel, then a junior CIA officer, was in charge of the Salt Pit, a “black site” in Afghanistan referred to in the recent Senate torture report as “Cobalt,” where detainees were routinely brutalized and which one visitor described as a “dungeon.”
Watch What Happens When a 76 yr old Is Confronted By Police for Not Displaying a Vehicle Inspection StickerSubmitted by JO4RP on Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:57
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.
"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.