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A Very Disappointing “Peace” & “Justice” “Coalition” “Attempt”

8:04 am in Uncategorized by normanb

A Very Disappointing “Peace” & “Justice” “Coalition” “Attempt” — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

 

I just came from a meeting. At the Friends Meeting House. A political meeting. Of radicals, so to speak. The local Left, showing up in Northampton, Mass. Peace and justice issues. Thirty-five or so activists. Real dedicated people.

You know, it’s impressive and inspiring to see and hear dedicated activists who’ve worked hard through many decades, and even through the Obama years, unflinching. (Let’s see, just a minute, let me do the math…) Okay: I’m 57; and I was one of the youngest people in the room. Someone quoted the completely non-commercial songwriter Charlie King (who wrote the legendary Vaguely Reminiscent of the Sixties), and nobody even asked “Charlie who?” But, something was missing. Why were so few young people there?

There was an Election Tuesday. President Obama was reelected. Here in Massachusetts, voters replaced pliable incumbent Republican Scott Brown with hawkish Democrat Elizabeth Warren. Massachusetts also saw one of the nation’s biggest landslides Tuesday:

In a binding Referendum, Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly Legalized Medical Marijuana, voting 63%-37% in favor of the new law, which takes effect in early 2013. In a previous Election, the state voted by a similar margin to instruct all of its elected representatives to work to Legalize Marijuana. Massachusetts US Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren said (in her Debate against Brown) that on this issue she will defy the will of the people who elected her, and will refuse to strive for Marijuana Legalization.

Because of that, I couldn’t vote for her, I mean, if she’s going to snub our democratic process and not protect our Rights, well, as George Wither wrote 400 years ago in Shall I Wasting in Despair, “…But if she be not so for me, What care I how fair she be?”

Back to the meeting: There were several cool people there, and some important Progressive organizations were represented. Jill Stein’s 2010 Gubernatorial running mate Rick Purcell was one of the speakers. Former Political Prisoner Paki Wieland was there, fresh from her courageous trip to Pakistan to witness Obama’s Coward Drone Murder regime for herself. (At least it wasn’t like in Bahrain, where Obama’s thugs detained her immediately before one of Bahrain’s infamous ‘Torture-the-protesters’ crackdowns in March.)

The Murderous Obama-backed Fascist Khalifa regime was then running, and now continues to run Genocide programs (Pogroms) against Bahrain’s Shi’a Muslim majority, and against its South Asian Slaves (which far outnumber the citizens). The Obama Government’s Genocidal Murders in Bahrain are often carried out with Poison Gas paid for by US taxpayers. Hurry, hurry, don’t look, walk fast, nothing to see here.

It’s the deplorable, anti-Semitic Genocide in Bahrain that gets more noticed in the limited news coverage; but most reporters don’t use the words Genocide or Pogrom – though the more honest ones do. (Google it if you care to.) Yes, it’s the horrific anti-Semitic Genocide that gets the more notice, because the Semitic Arabs are citizens and they’re protesting; however, I think the anti-Slave Genocide is just as bad. But, maybe that’s just me.

In fact, I don’t even think they should have Slaves. I think it was Archie Bunker who said of Slavery “I was never for that!” Me too neither, but you know, I’d like to take it a step further even than Archie was willing to go: I just don’t think that the US should arm Genocidal Slave states at all. Maybe that’s just me. And that’s even if they give the President lots of money, I still say No Pogroms. No Poison Gas to killers. Just Say No!

So, back to the meeting. We were all pretty happy about the ‘Budget-For-All’ non-binding Referendum that passed overwhelmingly – 87% in Northampton, and 86% in neighboring Amherst. Such bills passed in many towns in Western Mass, and in Vermont. It’s basically Green Presidential candidate Jill Stein’s Green New Deal (but without Dr. Stein’s understanding of Hemp’s place in our economy and environment): The Referendum advises that money now going to the Military and giant capitalists should instead be spent locally, hiring the jobless, manufacturing the things we need, addressing the environment; and, taking the money out of politics – thus getting rid of Citizens United.

We’re against Nuclear weapons, against war in Iran and Afghanistan. Hopefully against the war in Syria, too, but no one said that. (I hope that people aren’t now considering Syria ‘the good war,’ like Afghanistan before it.)

We’re against Drones, very much. We’re seeing that Obama is already putting Medicare and Social Security on the Fiscal Cliff for his Grand Bargain with his Republican cronies (even though, in the Vice Presidential Debate, Joe Biden revealed that Obama is lying about one reported part of that Grand Bargain, and that Military cuts are not really on the table as Obama has repeatedly claimed): In the Debate, Paul Ryan challenged Biden on the issue, asserting that cutting the Military arbitrarily is completely irresponsible. Biden hushed him up immediately saying “We’re not gonna do that” [cut Military spending].

A speaker at our meeting pointed out that Obama has already offered to cut twice as much from the social safety net as is cut from the Military. On how we might attain Jill Stein’s goal of Medicare For All, and the Budget-For-All, Richard Purcell quoted Jill Stein: “It doesn’t take an army [to organize for political change], if you start a street at a time.”

Many people at the meeting said that they wanted to form a broader coalition. Amid all the praise for the success on non-binding Referendums, there were calls of “Let’s do some binding Referendums!” (Or is it Referenda?)

The highlight of the event, as far as I’m concerned, was when 93-year-old peace and anti-Nuclear activist Frances Crowe called for a national General Strike. Nobody said nothin’! So she explained a scenario wherein lots people would simultaneously not work or drive on a Sunday afternoon. The audience looked very confused. Then she came to her point. She lamented that in Italy people just stayed out on strike nationwide for five raging days, but here, we couldn’t even get a few people to strike for just part of a Sunday afternoon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Crowe

Frances, and several others there, noted that Obama had quoted Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s words on getting Progressive change accomplished: “‘Now, make me do it.’” We intend to make him. Please help.

Frances, Paki, and Rick were brilliant, and the other speakers were good too. Even the guy from Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). He said that social issues showed a Progressive victory in this Election. He mentioned Gay Rights. He did not mention Marijuana. He bragged that his organization had not endorsed Obama in 2008 or in 2012. He glowed over the electoral victories Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren, and the ever-popular Alan Grayson. He said he did not like Warren’s pin-headed jingoistic Militarism, but that they had worked something out. Then he went on to name some prominent members of Congress’s Progressive Caucus.

(Elizabeth Warren is a rabid war monger on Iran, inferring [when she endorsed throwing "all Military options" on the table] that the United States should consider such a Genocidal move as Nuclear Bombing Iran’s Nuclear facilities, even though that would set much of the country on fire, and would kill many US servicemen in Bahrain and Afghanistan – the latter because it is downwind from Iran, via the jet stream upper air current. I hope that Warren and Obama don’t Dirty-Bomb our own troops. Jet stream phenomena, by the way, also show that Warren and Obama are lying in their claim that Iran would shoot Nukes at Israel if it ever had them: Iran is downwind from Israel: They’d be Dirty-Bombing themselves!)

And there were other names dropped at the meeting too. I had to take exception eventually, when I finally got my chance to say a few words. Someone mentioned our state’s senior Senator John Kerry, who was directly involved in the most viewed public Torture video in history [up to that time]. Yes, John “Taser Torture” Kerry is our US Senator, as disturbing as that is. I was once Tortured until my back was broken. I don’t like Torturers. If you don’t remember the incident, let me refresh your memory:

John “T.T.” Kerry was speaking at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was taking questions. A student asked Kerry embarrassing questions, including one about his lodge-brotherhood with his Presidential Election opponent George W. Bush: Kerry and the Bushes belong to Yale University’s ghoulish homoerotic Skull & Bones secret society (believed by many people in Florida to be a devil-worshipping cult). Apparent Democratic Party shills started to shout the young man down. Cops started brutalizing him and arresting him. A cowardly policeman stepped forward and aimed a Torture device at the student.

“Don’t Tase me, bro!” the Torture victim pleaded. Incredibly, even though the incident was before large group of witnesses, and on widely circulated video, the Torturer was not arrested. Incredibly, though he was once said to have courage, Senator Kerry did not speak up for the Torture victim. Incredibly, the University blackmailed the student, threatening him with the loss of his college education – everything but the loans – the University in violation the law forced the Torture victim to apologize to his Torturer, and to the cowardly crooked politician too. UF has done a lot of good in history, but it should lose its certification over its criminal Conspiratorial participation in Torture. University officials should be turned over to the Hague in Holland, for War Crimes prosecution. (But I didn’t tell the Quakers all that.)

 

 

None of those Torturers has been arrested. So much for Bushbama’s lie “We don’t Torture.” Incredibly, the cowardly Senator Kerry has not yet apologized for his role in the Torture of Andrew Meyer, and for Meyer’s ordeal as a Political Prisoner. What an incredible disgrace to our Commonwealth and country, what a disgrace to the human race is John Taser Torture Kerry! Why are there not loud protests everywhere he goes?!

Yeah, so I mentioned Kerry’s part in the Torture at the meeting, to dead silence. The PDA guy had already mentioned Kerry voting for war twice. Said that they had found some common ground, though. And don’t get me started on Kerry’s fake climate protection bill. http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2010/05/14/massachusetts-is-embarrassed-humiliated-by-senator-kerrys-disgraceful-climate-fraud-bill/

And I pointed out that most of those “Progressive” Democrats now in the Caucus in Congress that he’d just named had recently Covered Up for our criminal Attorney General Eric Holder’s Operation Fast and Furious, which smuggled assault weapons to the notorious Zetas Cartel in Mexico. Some of the assault weapons Holder’s F&F smuggled to Mexico got smuggled back to the US, and used to Murder Law Enforcement.

And Holder and Obama have Conspired in Hate Crimes against Skin Cancer patients, thousands of whom will die this year. But active ingredients in Marijuana kill Cancer cells, and with a stroke of his pen, Obama could give Skin Cancer patients access to Rick Simpson Oil, simply by removing MJ from Schedule 1, which he can do at any time as an Executive Order. If you’ve never seen the photographic evidence that it works, I recommend seeing it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nBSc6TOb-Y and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hy66MUZP538&feature=related and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnFJYxCx7zk&feature=related

So there was no reaction to Frances Crowe’s call for a General Strike, no reaction to Kerry Torture, no reaction to so-called “Progressive” Democrats sold us out on Eric Holder, lying that the Congressional investigation was a “Witch Hunt.” A Congressional Committee subpoenaed Holder but he [and Obama] refused to honor the subpoena, just like the Bush Administration. That’s crooked, and it’s Fascism. In the last couple of months, Ron Paul, Rocky Anderson, and Cornel West have all publicly called President Barack Obama “Fascist.”

And there was no reaction to the information about our President and Attorney General – the nation’s two highest ranking Law Enforcement officials – and their Fascist refusal to answer a subpoena, and their Hate Crimes against medical patients. Hate Crime against Skin Cancer patients. That seems pretty bad to me. (One would think that someone would rationalize some conscience-easing by saying ‘Hey, that’s not Hate Crime,’ or something.)(I’d like to see Human Rights extended even to the people who will die if they don’t get Rick Simpson Oil for their Skin Cancer, even though they’d technically be using a Marijuana product – albeit one that doesn’t get people high.) Seems pretty bad to me, but maybe that’s just me: Obama-Holder Hate Crimes against Skin Cancer patients.

Still no reaction. But my main message was about the landslide. These people and groups at the meeting were (I thought) trying to build a broader coalition. Some had suggested that they go for binding Referendums in the future. (Or is it Referenda?) So, here, in the Marijuana movement, we just put together a coalition that includes 63% of the voters in the state. We are less than a dozen small-s socialists and Rainbow hippies who did the leg work for years, proving with hundreds of Public Policy Questions put before Massachusetts voters town-by-town that we could carry just about exactly 63% of the vote.

Looking for a broader coalition? Broader than 63% may not be possible anywhere. We carried every ethnic group by a landslide. We carried Gays and Straits. We carried Freaks and Straits. We carried Democrats and Republicans and Independents and Blacks and Whites and Hispanics and college students, lots of college students. Our percentage was even higher among young voters. Looking for an economically revolutionary binding Resolution? We just passed one by a Super Majority. The group took no interest.

Man, was that frustrating! One person came up to me afterward and noted that my sound advice on coalition building unfortunately fell on deaf ears. Frances Crowe may have been the only person there who actually had deaf ears, but the others were faking it pretty good.

It is unfortunate: The Republicans are going after the Marijuana demographic, and they might get it. Republicans have now taken over what much of what the the public perceives and the pro-Marijuana Party, the Libertarians, it seems: In 2008, Right-wing Republican Bob Barr supposedly turned over a new leaf and campaigned for the Libertarian nomination. He got it, but here in Massachusetts, the state Libertarian Party refused to recognize Republican Barr. The Mass Lib Party ran George Phillies instead.

But this year, Gary Johnson, the former Republican Governor of New Mexico, got the full Libertarian Presidential nomination, even here. The Republicans have taken over the Libertarian Party, and Libertarian nominee Johnson got three times as many votes as Green Party candidate Jill Stein. So, lots of Marijuana smokers don’t vote, perceiving that the Democrats and the Republicans are all against their Civil Rights, and that Progressive organizations are indifferent to our Rights. And caring about Rights but not our Rights makes the organizations seem much less sincere, and even a little hypocritical.

To counter that argument, one of the speakers said to me privately that probably everyone in the room had voted for the bill. But that’s not the same thing as working for it. That’s not the same as joining the coalition. Not quite the same as really caring fully. Someone there mentioned the Occupy movement, which of course had some old people, but mainly young. And we here in the room were mainly old. And Marijuana voters are mainly young. In Massachusetts, without Marijuana voters, what can this movement’s chant be? I’ve got one: “We Are The Thirty-Seven Per Cent!”

And as if that weren’t frustrating enough, as I walked away from the Friends Meeting House on this warm and sunny, touristy afternoon in downtown Northampton, I ran into a friend, an award-winning investigative documentary filmmaker. Everybody here at FireDogLake.com is familiar with dirt on Bush that this man has uncovered, and the memes he generated therefrom. A brilliant writer. Tremendous activist. I told him about my frustration, trying to Left-orient people who’d thought they were already Left enough, but (to my mind) may have overlooked some important facts.

I told him my disdain for Obama ordering Murders and then pardoning himself for it, noting that self-pardons are illegitimate everywhere. He said that people take it too easy on Obama, and that he is one of them. He even used the term Liberal, referring to the President. I had to correct him. He feebly tried to argue back, but facts are facts. If the President or the King or the Dictator orders someone killed, then, by definition we’re living in a Fascist country.

And the President ordering Murders and then self-pardoning is not Liberal. And I had to correct him again. No Liberals condone Presidents ordering Murder. Fascism is not Liberalism.

That exchange was troubling, too. Even a little stressful. We smiled and cordially parted company. Luckily, 4:20 pm was approaching, time for meds. I ducked away to an undisclosed location and began to toke up. Right away something happened to restore my faith in humanity. A couple of young voters came walking along with a guitar. When they saw me, one of them said “We won!” I didn’t know if they smelled the pot, or recognized my face, or what. As they walked up to me, one of them asked “Aren’t you Norm?” (It’s a small town.)

We introduced ourselves and toked up together and talked about the Election. “There’s gonna be 35 Dispensaries.” “At least 14, one in each county” I told them, having read the text of the new law. As we walked away from the scene of the crime, we continued to discuss the election. “Can’t wait till March!” “Obama sucks, though.” “Yeah, Obama sucks.”

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You see, the point is: We’ve already got 63% of the voters on our side: That means, in two years, if we hang together and put up a Full Legalization binding Referendum, then in 2014 we Marijuana voters can pick both our new Governor, and a new US Senator to replace our current Taser Torture Senator.

by normanb

Legalize Ganja and Overthrow the Fracking Obromney Crooks: Jill Stein for President – Last Chance

7:11 pm in Uncategorized by normanb

Legalize Ganja and Overthrow the Fracking Obromney Crooks: Jill Stein for President – Last Chance — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

Medical Marijuana versus Fracking: The Corporate Parties – Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians – all support Fracking; which kills all the children in the world with Global Warming, poisons the drinking water, and launches an enemy Military attack against our country’s actual structural integrity. Fracking is a thoroughly insane risk to take, even if somebody gives the President a million dollars.

The corporate crooks support Fracking; and it supports them. Fracking gives money to Barack Obromney (http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/contrib.php?cid=N00009638 [#2 on his list is Romney donor Goldman Sachs, e.g.]), Mitt Obromney (http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/contrib.php?id=N00000286 [#1 on his list is Obama donor Goldman Sachs, e.g.]), and Gary Johnson (http://www.opensecrets.org/pres12/contrib.php?id=N00033226 [#1 on his list is Tower Energy, e.g.]).

All three Corporate candidates say burning Fossil Fuels can bring us Energy Independence. They are lying, and leading us like lemmings to suicide. Everyone who supports Fracking is in full Climate-Science Denial. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-zeller-jr/mitt-romney-energy-plan_b_1828378.html

and http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2012/aug/31/natural-gas-150-the-bipartisan-fuel/ and http://market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=210796

 

 

It’s time to Legalize Marijuana. It’s time to halt Global Warming. It’s time to end Oil wars. Those are all the same issue, because Marijuana has the highest biomass of any plant. That means that with Marijuana we can grow enough fuel to make our nation completely Energy Independent in a few months. http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2010/11/11/breakthrough-swedish-hemp-energy-study-corroborates-hemp-emperor-herer/

and http://www.jackherer.com/thebook/chapter-nine/ and http://mamamojournal.blogspot.com/2010/11/hemp-energy-farming-breakthrough-study.html

and the study: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V24-51C4RRC-4&_user=10&_coverDate=10%2F31%2F2010&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_origin=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1537022627&_rerunOrigin=google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=2c65f9591666c0e3039de2fae1c04549&searchtype=a

In doing that – achieving Energy Independence through Hempen Energy farming – we will cause NO Global Warming, and will never need Oil Drilling, Coal Mining, Fracking, Shale Oil, Pipelines, “Natural” Gas, Mountaintop Removal, Nuclear Energy, or Oil wars. As it is, we have the President lying to fool us into attacking countries that have Oil.

Obama, Romney, and Johnson are willing to nudge Iran and Israel into a war that could include dirty bombs, Syria and Iraq, or even a Nuclear strike from Russia. Johnson said let them fight it out, and the Obromney twins are a lot more militant about it. (They will do anything to raise the price of Oil and so-called “Natural Gas.” [It used to called "Petroleum Gas," before somebody came up with the new Propaganda term "Natural ..."].)

Under the Cheney-Obama Administration we’ve already tried Right-wing idiocy, for years now. How’s that workin’ for ya? But wait: The Green Party Presidential candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, MD, is on the Left, not the Right. The Right-wing Obromney team is driving fast, driving us off the road, and off the financial cliff. Somebody’d better steer Left fast.

The good is better than the bad and the ugly.

If we donate to Jill Stein now, we can try to air the above commercial. We can try to get her in the debates. We can try. The Corporate Parties are trying to Frack all the children in the world to death. Give to Jill Stein immediately. Please! She can only get Matching Funds for a few more days. Give like your life depends on it.

It does. And President Obromney has already bet your children’s lives on it, too. https://jillstein.nationbuilder.com/donate

 

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=360729313996524&set=a.184332028302921.46555.113391065397018&type=1&theater

by normanb

MLK would be Ashamed: Georgia Needs Voters’ Rights Freedom Riders Again – This Time for Ganja Jill Stein & Kwabena Nkromo

2:59 pm in Uncategorized by normanb

MLK would be Ashamed: Georgia Needs Voters’ Rights Freedom Riders Again – This Time for Ganja Jill Stein — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

 

Yes, Kwabena Nkromo, we’ve got to stop Obama’s Nuke Plants planned for Georgia, Environmental Racism that they are. We’ve got to get you and Jill Stein on the ballot. Yes, Georgia has the most repressive anti-democratic ballot access law on the planet. That’s the US State of Georgia, not the Republic of Georgia. Martin Luther King’s home state.

That’s the state where they executed Troy Davis on flimsy evidence. But we are all Troy Davis now. The State of Georgia is Premeditating its Murder of Warren Hill right now, planned for four days hence, on July 23, 2012. http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/07/19/us-supreme-court-halt-georgia-execution Torture and brutality are so prevalent in Georgia prisons that inmates there have been on a hunger strike for five weeks! http://www.georgiagreenparty.org/GPGARadio/issues/hunger-strike-ga-prison-enters-5th-week

Texas just killed a Black man last night, with the new “single-drug” Murder dose: Phenobarbital. Two or three drugs mixed together would kill the victim quicker and more mercifully, but that could be temporarily blocked by interrupting the supply of either drug. Georgia is also switching to the now in-vogue, less-paper-work single-drug killings. Here’s Business Week‘s take on it. http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-07-18/ga-dot-switching-to-single-drug-method-for-executions

Martin Luther King would truly be ashamed that his state is so far behind. And Georgia requires well over 50,000 signatures to get Jill Stein on the Presidential ballot. Also, 1,500 signatures are needed for Kwabena Nkromo, candidate for Georgia’s House of Representatives District 57, whom we heard speaking above. Can we take no for an answer? Don’t we have to get these two reformers on the ballot, even in backward Georgia? Lots of people in Georgia smoke Marijuana and want it Legalized. Lots of people there want those Nukes stopped. Lots of people there want the stink of those filthy paper mills out of their air. This is who we have to reach out to, you and I, if we are to get these two true reformers before Georgia’s voters. And we can do much of it through the internet.

And that paper-mill pollution stench in Georgia and North Florida, that’s from using wood pulp paper. Books from the 1750s printed on Hemp paper are still in fine shape, but books from the 1950s printed on wood pulp paper are rotted away. We need to go back to the Hemp and shut down those filthy wood pulp mills. One reason they stink so bad is that wood pulp paper requires a dioxin-producing coagulant chemical bought from DuPont. Every rolling paper, every sheet of computer paper, toilet paper, all wood pulp paper, has to pay a share to DuPont. And President Obama frequently meets with high ranking DuPont company officers. Google that, if you want to check it.

We Freedom Riders and Virtual Freedom Riders can reach our target populations through social networking and through websites of reform groups. You can think of as many as I can. We need to stop Obama’s superstitious push to drill more Oil, in the Arctic, in the Gulf, and Fracking, a Pipeline From Nowhere! He wants to start a war with Iran to raise the price of Oil. And all this Gas and Oil and “Clean Coal” and “Clean Nukes” he wants us on, it poisons our children. Instead, we can grow Hemp, stop Global Warming, and be self-sufficient with out own energy.

President Obama’s dangerous Marijuana policy reared its ugly head in so many ways this week. You see, Marijuana is the key to our climate and energy needs. Lund University in Sweden proved Jack Herer’s hypothesis that the US can fulfill all its current energy usage and needs merely by growing Hemp for seed oil and biomass. And in doing so, the US would no longer be emitting any Carbon Dioxide. Zero! The truth is, in two or three months, our country can be completely self-sufficient: “Energy Independent,” on clean energy, Green Energy!

Jill Stein with her Green New Deal will initiate sweeping reforms that will Legalize Marijuana and institute a Hempen Clean-Energy-based Green Economy. With Hemp, we can raise our own fuel that doesn’t cause Global Warming. Hemp grows so fast, that the US can be energy-independent in a matter of weeks, with never a need for Fracking, Pipelines, “Natural” Gas, Gasoline, Oil, Coal, or Nuclear Power. Drilling Alaska and the Gulf indeed! No Fracking way! (Here are links on energy and stopping climate change.) http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2012/06/29/today-makes-or-breaks-jill-steins-funding-wwiii-gl0warm-legal-ganja-get-up-stand-up-occupy-your-rights/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2010/11/11/breakthrough-swedish-hemp-energy-study-corroborates-hemp-emperor-herer/

http://mamamojournal.blogspot.com/2010/11/hemp-energy-farming-breakthrough-study.html

http://www.electricemperor.com/eecdrom/

If you can help out by going to Georgia, to do the actual outreach, sign people up, please do so. If you can drive in from Florida or Carolina, or anywhere, we need you now. We need Freedom Riders. People in Georgia are offering their homes for you to stay in when you get there to work. If you’re in Georgia, and you can offer such people housing, we need to hear from you now too. To network this, please contact Nan Garrett (nan.garrett@georgiagreenparty.org)

If you can help with Green Energy in the form of money to the Georgia Green Party, to help mount this massive Freedom Riders effort, here’s where you can do that. http://www.georgiagreenparty.org/ If you want to donate to the Jill Stein for President campaign, or see which states still need help to get on the ballot, you can do that here. http://www.jillstein.org/ And if you can help out with Green Energy by getting somebody high, and then explaining to them why they should vote Green and sign the paper, by all means, do that first.

by normanb

Today Makes or Breaks Jill Stein’s Funding, WWIII, Gl0Warm, Legal Ganja: Get Up – Stand Up: Occupy Your Rights

8:51 am in Uncategorized by normanb

Today Makes or Breaks Jill Stein’s Funding, WWIII, Gl0Warm, Legal Ganja: Get Up – Stand Up: Occupy Your Rights — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

2012 Green Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein, MD, calls for full Legalization of Marijuana and a vibrant Hempen economy in this video from her 2010 Massachusetts Gubernatorial run.

 

 

The Jill Stein Green Presidential campaign, A Green New Deal for America, now stands at the crossroads of infinity. Let me elaborate on that first, then I’ll deal with World War III, Global Warming, and Legalizing Marijuana.

Jill Stein could become the first Green Presidential candidate to earn Federal Matching Funds for the campaign. Presidential efforts are so expensive, that if she doesn’t get these Matching Funds, I don’t know if straight people will ever even hear of her. Whether you want to elect a Green, or if you only want to pressure President Obama to do the right thing, or if you just want fairness and democracy in the Presidential Election, your last best chance is hanging by a thread.

Don’t get me wrong: Jill Stein will not quit this campaign. With or without these Matching Funds, she will continue to lead the Greens. And whether or not she gets those funds, I will continue to work hard every day to ensure that she does well in the Election. Because I have been a Journalist and political activist for forty years, and I have never encountered a candidate as right for the job as is Jill Stein.

Dr. Stein has received at least $5,000 in donations in sixteen states, though the site incorrectly reported this morning that they had seventeen. But, it is what it is: We need twenty and we might not get it. We need your help.

If Jill Stein does get $5,000 from potential voters in at least 20 states, her campaign will get over $100,000 at once in Matching Funds. And every contribution dollar that the campaign receives for the rest of the race will be doubled, up to the first $250 from each individual. Considering how much money she still needs to raise Today, getting that funding is still a very tall order. Please help us fill that order today, if you can.

(Of course, any size donation from any state is always welcomed, and needed.) http://www.jillstein.org/funding

Jill Stein has qualified for the Matching Funds in these sixteen states: California, Oregon, Washington, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Ohio. She needs four more states. Three more could come over today. The fourth one’s going to be very hard.

If you are in Connecticut, or know someone there who cares about peace, the environment, Human Rights, and/or Legalizing Marijuana, then please get in touch with those persons now, right now. Connecticut looks like that crucial twentieth state that either puts Jill over the top, or almost does. Jill Stein will be speaking in Connecticut today. This morning, we must reach out to people in Connecticut’s Marijuana movement to encourage them to: (1) Go out today and meet the candidate for themselves; (2) Donate to the campaign (she still needs eight people in Connecticut to give $250 each today, or alternatively more people to give less money each); and (3) Sign the petition to get Jill Stein on the ballot in Connecticut.

UPDATE: Jill Stein has qualified now in 19 states, but she need twenty. Arizona, Washington, DC, and Connecticut are the three closest, but they are all quite far away! Please use the internet to help me send this article to Marijuana businesses in Arizona, Connecticut, and DC. We only have 12 hours before the deadline! The latest statistics I have, telling how much is still needed from states to put them over the top, came out about 4:20 pm. Here are the top 3: District of Columbia:  $2,291; Arizona:  $1,465; Connecticut:  $1,249.

North Carolina now needs just one person to donate $250, and another to give $42, or maybe they could just pay $146 apiece. Florida needs two people to contribute the $250. That’s it. Just four people could do it all now in those two states. If you know anybody in North Carolina or Florida, or Connecticut, … or if you know how to use a computer, you can help me reach out to reform-minded groups in those states today, right away, because we’ve got to do this Now! Call your friends, neighbors, and family in the states that are close.

And the other state that’s close is Virginia. Please help me contact reform-minded groups in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, right away. Maybe we can put both of them over the goal. Virginia needs four people to give $250, and one to give sixty dollars and ten cents. DC needs ten people to give the max and one to pitch in sixty-five dollars and forty-five cents.

You can help by contacting interested groups and people, for instance, through phone or Facebook. The New England states are home turf for Jill Stein, she’s from Massachusetts, but the Green Party isn’t too strong in the rest of New England. However, in all five surrounding states, the Marijuana movement is huge! That’s how you can help. I’ll only be able to get in touch with as many people as humanly possible. I’ll need your help with the rest.

Maine: Maine has a strong Medical Marijuana movement, and a strong [Industrial] Hemp movement, and a strong Legalization movement. Get in touch with as many of them as you can, by sending them this article, to their Facebook page or website.

Rhode Island: Rhode Island Legalized Medical Marijuana, but the Obama Administration ruthlessly cracks down on it there. Contact the Medi-Juana facilities, providers, groups, and organizations about it, and ask them to contact their patients fast!

New Hampshire: The people of New Hampshire want Medical Marijuana. The Obama Administration severely unjustly made a Political Prisoner out of a nurse there over saving lives with MMJ. This is now known colloquially Obama’s Naziesque Drug Policy (ONDP). There is a strong Civil Disobedience movement in New Hampshire (“Live Free or Die”), and people there gather in public downtown to smoke Marijuana and taunt the police. Try to reach any of that if you can.

Vermont: Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) is a Socialist. Vermont has very active Socialist Parties, who can be approached on this – Jill Stein once told me that Socialism doesn’t conflict with her agenda. Vermont also has very active pro-Marijuana Parties, the members of which can be approached, somehow. Northern Vermont, home to the amazingly brilliant Revolutionary Communist Bread and Puppet Circus of giant puppet theatre, is a place where Leftist radicals predominate. They should vote for Stein. (Where else they gonna go?) But our ace in the hole in Vermont is Phish, the non-commercial band that is the world’s highest paid entertainment act – highest paid because their loyal fans want to see them as much as possible. Vermont, especially the Burlington area, is full of Phish fans, Deadheads, drum circles, hippies, and jam bands. They smoke pot, all of ‘em. Help me reach them, we’re running out of time.

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Look; if you can’t see that peace is better than war, militarism, expansionism, confrontation, and enmity; and if you can’t see that Human Rights are better than lack of Human Rights, and that the Green Party is already on the correct side on those issues; well, whoever you are, you probably already know those three things. So, you can see. So, let’s move on to Global Warming.

Cannabis Hemp has the highest biomass of any plant on the planet. That means that more weight of Hemp can be grown per acre or hectare than of any other plant. That means that Hemp is the plant from which the most Alcohol can be made. Alcohol can power internal combustion engines, including the ones in our cars, trucks, buses, and boats. Gasoline can power them too, but Gasoline is made from Petroleum Oil. So, when Gasoline and other Fossil Fuels burn, they emit Carbon Dioxide from the fossilized Carbon in the Oil. But when Ethyl Alcohol – Ethanol – burns, it can only emit the very same Carbon that the Hemp from which it was made recently has sequestered out of the atmosphere, because that’s all the all the Carbon that there is in Alcohol.

Therefore, Hempen fuels cannot emit any Carbon into our air, ever. Hemp is also the richest source of Diesel fuel. I was there when the anti-Global-Warming/pro-Marijuana activist 1991 Kentucky Gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith showed up with Hempseed oil that he had just expressed with a seed press. He poured it into his standard showroom Cadillac, and drove all over the state, without causing any Global Warming or Oil Wars. He didn’t win that election, but he opened some eyes. And now, the Kentucky Governor opposes Prohibition, and that will be the standard in Kentucky from now on.

Remember, that 0 in Gl0Warm is a zero. If we are not using the highest biomass plant to stop Global Warming, then we are not actually trying to stop Global Warming, are we?

Besides causing Global Warming, getting Gasoline requires dangerous Drilling that risks our land and our water, even as it pollutes our air. No air pollution with Hemp fuels. None. We don’t need new designs for our cars and boats, or even for our power plants. We can still use the same cars and boats and plants that we always have. We just need to put clean fuel in them, which we can get from another plant: Hemp. All Oil Wars are ultimately caused by the ban on Hemp, including the war President Obama is trying to start in Syria. That war is named “World War III.”

Fracking is also dangerous and Pipelines are invasive, and completely unnecessary and irresponsible, since Hemp for energy can be grown anywhere and everywhere. It makes money for American farmers, not multi-national corporations.

The more Petroleum Oil is extracted from the ground, the higher the price gets for Oil and “Natural” Gas, because less remains in the ground. The same for Coal mining: The more we mine, the less Coal is left in the ground, so, the more expensive the Coal gets. But with Hemp fuels, the more we extract, the cheaper it gets. That’s because, the more we produce, the bigger supply we have – not less. (Here are links to information about stopping Global Warming with Hemp.)

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2012/06/24/marijuana-voters-join-jill-stein-now-green-revolution-economic-conversion-this-week-only/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2010/11/11/breakthrough-swedish-hemp-energy-study-corroborates-hemp-emperor-herer/

http://mamamojournal.blogspot.com/2010/11/hemp-energy-farming-breakthrough-study.html

http://www.electricemperor.com/eecdrom/

A  majority of voters in Massachusetts will definitely vote to Legalize Marijuana in November on the day of the US Presidential Election. Could Jill Stein potentially win Massachusetts? I think she could: Millions of anti-Prohibition voters will be most enthused to vote in Massachusetts and eight other states running Marijuana ballot questions this November. The others are Oregon, Washington, North Dakota, Michigan, Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, and Arkansas. Marijuana Legalization already lost the two county races seeking to restrict it in California. Prohibition won.

With highly incentivized voters, Jill Stone and the Prohibition Repeal movement actually stand a chance of winning all nine states that have Marijuana on the ballot. And 43 states plus DC are already moving to Legalize Marijuana this year. The 2012 Presidential Election can be a referendum on Marijuana. And the fallout from that could be an era of peace, freedom, and energy independence.

If we frame this Election right, Prohibition Repeal could win, like it did in 1932. Then, the rest of the country could vote to end Prohibition by electing Jill Stein. And if the people actually do elect Jill Stein, we will have voted for Legalizing Marijuana, and, like in 1932, then, we’ll be able to start celebrating with Legal Marijuana that very night! If Jill Stein doesn’t win, you may not be able to celebrate with Legal Marijuana, but I still will: I live in Massachusetts.

http://mamamojournal.blogspot.com/2011/02/notes-from-dick-evans-presentation.html

http://cantaxreg.com/the-story-of-repeal/

http://www.druglibrary.org/think/~jnr/endprohb.htm

http://cantaxreg.com/prohibition-redux/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2012/06/24/marijuana-voters-join-jill-stein-now-green-revolution-economic-conversion-this-week-only/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2012/06/25/the-magic-map-says-43-states-want-pot-reform-but-the-clock-says-just-4-days-left-to-repeal-prohibition-with-president-jill-stein/

In California, the June 5 Elections were both local and countywide: Kern County (Bakersfield) and Butte (Chico) County voted to regulate Marijuana dispensaries. In Bakersfield, the regulation was to strike back at would-be Legalizers who had blocked their previous attempt to ban the dispensaries completely. Chico is a pretty Conservative area, and now they are shown to be something like Nazis: The Right-wing Prohibitionist side won, they voted in their oppressive law, despite the alarm it raised among the Medicating populace there and around the world when a video went viral of a local woman screaming as evil Government Inquisitors took her baby over Marijuana smoking. Governor Jerry “Storm Trooper” Brown strikes again.

http://www.mercurynews.com/medical-marijuana/ci_20741804/butte-countys-marijuana-battle-inflamed-by-taking-newborn

In Chico, in 1998, just after enjoying some excellent Legal Prop-215 Medical Marijuana in San Francisco, my partner and I tried to tell our straight college professor hosts about the scene at Dennis Peron’s Cannabis club down in the Mission, but they wouldn’t hear of it: The male professor corrected us: “They defeated it. They’re not open,” he insisted. There he was, just 138 miles away from the freedom we had just enjoyed. Yet he couldn’t even let himself know about it. Who are you gonna believe; your eyes, or a college professor? http://www.jillstein.org/funding

Massachusetts’ incoming Marijuana law requires that dispensaries open right away. But we knew that, win or lose the Election, Obama would not allow any dispensaries to open. But the law also prevents prosecution of patients and absolutely allows patients to Legally grow Marijuana in case of hardship. And in case of hardship, all Medical Marijuana patients in Massachusetts will legally be allowed to grow, use, and possess Marijuana. And until and unless fully Legal dispensaries open, all Medical Marijuana patients in Massachusetts will be in “hardship.”And there are millions of us. http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2012/06/28/30-stoners-can-overthrow-the-government-legalize-freedom-stop-gl0warm-wpresident-jill-stein-but-only-2-days-left-to-do-it/

by normanb

30 Stoners Can Overthrow the Government, Legalize Freedom, Stop Gl0Warm w/President Jill Stein, but Only 2 Days Left to do it

12:37 am in Uncategorized by normanb

30 Stoners Can Overthrow the Government, Legalize Freedom, Stop Gl0Warm w/President Jill Stein, but Only 2 Days Left to do it — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

Thirty pot smokers in seven states can remake the world, prevent World War III, stop Global Warming, and restore Human Rights in the United States and around the world. If they hurry!

(NOON UPDATE at bottom of this column.)

(Ha ha. “Stoners” is an attention-grabbing-type headline word. I meant “Medical Marijuana users.” Remember, that 0 in Gl0Warm is a Zero: With the Cannabis economy, we can bring our Carbon Dioxide emissions down to zero, fast.)

I just joined Facebook a year ago, during the Arab Spring, when I heard that you can use it to overthrow the Government. And now here we are, about to do just that! This Oil War Economy is going down, to be replaced by full employment, universal healthcare, and a debt-free kindergarten-through-college education for all who want it. We don’t have to stick with the crooked corporate Parties anymore. Now that we are the media, people less and less believe what the corporate media spews. Even with today’s educational standards, the public can tell the dif between covering news and Covering Up.

The 2012 Presidential Election is going to be a national referendum on Legalizing Cannabis: Ten states are voting on Marijuana this year; forty-three states and Washington, DC, are trying to Legalize it, right now. This Election can be Earth-moving. Marijuana voters will hit the polls. And nobody else but pot smokers is going to be juiced to vote, because the other two candidates kind of – well – suck. They’re crooks, and nobody wants either of them. So, we do have a real chance.

Here’s what’s happening: According to polls, about 100 million more US voters want to Legalize Cannabis than the record number – 69 million – that voted for Barack Obama in 2008. I want to bring that hundred-and-two-thirds million Americans into the camp of Green Party Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein, MD, who has long supported Legalizing. Jill Stein with her Green New Deal will initiate sweeping reforms that will Legalize Marijuana and institute a Hempen Clean-Energy-based Green Economy. With Hemp, we can raise our own fuel that doesn’t cause Global Warming.

And Hemp grows so fast, that the US can be energy-independent in a matter of weeks, with never a need for Fracking, Pipelines, “Natural” Gas, Gasoline, Oil, Coal, or Nuclear Power. Yet President Obama bragged today about opening the Southern leg of the Keystone XL Pipeline for a Canadian company. Who’s paying for this? (Here are links on energy and stopping climate change. Down the page a little are links on repealing Prohibition. Please read them when you get a chance.) (But first, help me out a little, will ya?) (This fundraising all has to be done by Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 3 pm Eastern Time.)

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2012/06/24/marijuana-voters-join-jill-stein-now-green-revolution-economic-conversion-this-week-only/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2010/11/11/breakthrough-swedish-hemp-energy-study-corroborates-hemp-emperor-herer/

http://mamamojournal.blogspot.com/2010/11/hemp-energy-farming-breakthrough-study.html

http://www.electricemperor.com/eecdrom/

If the Jill Stein for President campaign can raise at least $5,000 in donations from people in at least 20 different states, then she can be the first Green Presidential candidate ever to get Matching Funds. That means that every dollar given (up to $250) will be doubled, when its Matching Funds from the Federal Government come in. The Stein campaign has qualified for the funds in 13 states so far. If she can make it in seven more states in the next two days, she can do it, she can double up on all monies donated from now on. http://www.jillstein.org/funding

These are the Matching Funds promised on our Income Tax form, when we check the box that says we want $1 to go to the Presidential Election fund (but that won’t increase the amount of our tax). The Green Party has been around for 40 years, and the fair-election fund for a long time, too. I guess most of the Matching Funds so far have gone to Democrats and Republicans. President Obama was the first Major Party Presidential nominee to eschew the funds in favor of less restrictive raising of more and dirtier money. In 2008, his Republican opponent John McCain decried Obama’s lack of ethic for doing it, for subverting the fair-election fund. He’s doing it again this year, and today, Democracy Now! showed ex-Senator Russ Feingold, of President Obama’s own campaign, pointing out Obama’s dishonesty and ethical lapse in selling out so sleazily. Jill Stein takes no corporate funds.

The main reason for having wars is to raise the price of Oil, because Oil speculators pay for our Presidential campaigns. With Jill Stein, there will be no more Oil drilling, so there will be little need for wars. Not coincidentally, that stopping drilling stops the Gl0Warm. Remember, that 0 in Gl0Warm is a zero.

And we also need Human Rights, including for the millions of Medical Marijuana patients, and for the millions of Americans discriminated against by our Drug War’s “New Jim Crow” paradigm: Imprisoning political dissidents, Blacks, Latinos, longhairs, severely ill patients. What a travesty!

But if we elect Jill Stein President, we could have Legal Marijuana with which to celebrate on Election Night! Here’s how: If we vote for the Legalize candidate, it will be Legal, de facto, immediately, that day, because the people will have chosen. That’s how it went when the people overturned Alcohol Prohibition in the early 1930s.

http://mamamojournal.blogspot.com/2011/02/notes-from-dick-evans-presentation.html

http://cantaxreg.com/the-story-of-repeal/

http://www.druglibrary.org/think/~jnr/endprohb.htm

http://cantaxreg.com/prohibition-redux/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2012/06/24/marijuana-voters-join-jill-stein-now-green-revolution-economic-conversion-this-week-only/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2012/06/25/the-magic-map-says-43-states-want-pot-reform-but-the-clock-says-just-4-days-left-to-repeal-prohibition-with-president-jill-stein/

Yes, I said we need 30 activists to chip in. That’s assuming that each of them donates $250 – the maximum from any one donor that counts toward the Matching Funds. (Of course the campaign needs all large and small donations from all states.) If the Stein campaign gets these Matching Funds, that could turn this Election into a whole new ballgame! (Sorry about the sports metaphor.) This will pump more than $100,000 into the campaign at once, greatly increasing its visibility and viability, and double every dollar.

Yes, I said we need 30, but actually, we probably need less. Here’s why I think so: My previous two Jill Stein/Marijuana posts went kind of viral, and seemed to have an effect: One of them got posted on 108 Twitter pages, so far; and the other got posted on 569 Facebook pages, so far: In the sending out of those posts to activists, I was targeting Michigan, Florida, Ohio, and North Carolina: After that internet barrage to pot activists, Michigan went over the top, and the other three took in more than $1,000 in one day – pretty good considering how long they’ve been trying.

So, as things stand, Ohio only needs two more people to pay, and I’m confident that they already have, or soon will. Florida needs four, but I used to live there, and I’m putting that one in the bag too – I think we got it. North Carolina needs three, and they’re coming, I bet. Over the past few hours tonight, I’ve hit Colorado potheads very hard with info on Jill Stein. Colorado needs four, but they’re hopefully calling in their donations as we speak. For security’s sake, if you have any connections in those states, give them a call and a push, just to make sure.

New Mexico also needs three, but things are moving very slow there. If you know anybody in New Mexico, please get in touch with them and encourage them to support Dr. Stein with a contribution. Virginia needs five, and Connecticut needs nine. And, that’s the thirty $250 slots we seek to fill. Calls, emails, and posting this article to Facebook pages of activist organizations in the DC area could help push both Virginia and Washington, DC over the line. So do it. Quick.

She needs to get seven more states. You can help by reaching out to your friends across the country, and by networking with me, hard, for the next two days: We can’t let our country to miss this crucial opportunity. No state needs more than 20 donors to put it over the top, so the help could come from anywhere. However, this is anything but a done deal. Other states in play are: Arizona, which needs just ten more, and DC, needing 11, Missouri 13, Tennessee 14, Maine 15, South Carolina 16, Georgia and Indiana: 17 apiece. All the other states probably need twenty, or close to it. But that’s just twenty people. It can be done.

The map below tells how close each state is to qualifying for the Matching Funds. It also tells about the Marijuana Legalization situation in each state. If you really seriously want to help me put on the blitz to make sure Jill gets these Matching Funds, then, meet me below the map.

How to Read this Map

A. Get so stoned that it looks like a map. All 50 states and the District of Columbia are situated approximately where they should be. Find your state on the map. Compare it to other states.

B. The caption for each state shows how close Dr. Stein is to securing $5,000 in donations from that state, and it shows the Marijuana legal situation in the state.

Line 1: Two-letter state abbreviation, followed in parentheses by the number of donors needed to put that state over the top, assuming that each donor gives the maximum of $250.

Line 2: Tells if donation collection in each state is: Below 25% of the $5,000 needed [<1/4]; around a quarter of the way there, as estimated by the campaign [quart]; around halfway there [half]; more than three-quarters there [>3/4]; or already over $5,000 [done].

Line 3: Tells if state has Medical Marijuana [mmj]; if the state’s Medi-Juana is crucial to our national economy [mmj(!)]; and if the state had/has a Marijuana Proposition this year [prop].

Line 4: Tells if Marijuana is on the ballot in the state this year [ballot]; if outlaw Marijuana Smokeasies currently operate in the state [smokeasy]; if state citizens frequently use Civil Disobedience pot smoking to intimidate police [CD]; if the state has a strong Industrial Hemp movement [hemp]; if the state has Willie Nelson helping out its (Industrial) Hemp movement [Willie]; and if the state has a hidden loophole through which Marijuana is already more legal than it is in other states [loophole]. (The Line 4 stuff may spill over into other Lines. That’s just it goes when you get to Line 4.)

Loopholes: (1) In Florida, prescription Marijuana is already legal. Very few people get it. Elvy Musikka, a good friend of mine who has severe Glaucoma, is one of the few patients in this country getting it prescribed. Unfortunately, it is the worst pot you can imagine: The males and females aren’t separated; it’s harvested by lawnmower; if she gets a bud, it’s by accident; it’s warehoused for years so that by the time she gets it, she has to re-humidify it or it won’t even smoke. (2) In Ohio, if you possess less than 100 grams, you cannot even be ticketed. Nearly everyone in Ohio has under 100 grams. (3) Here in Massachusetts, if caught with Marijuana, the culprit doesn’t have to give the police his or her real name, and doesn’t have to pay the fine. Another Massachusetts Loophole: If the person caught with Marijuana is using it medicinally for Asthma, AIDS, or Cancer, then the charges must be dropped. (4) Alaska’s Supreme Court ruled Marijuana legal there. (~5) Wisconsin’s Constitution provides that possession of Marijuana on private property is not a crime unless and until someone files a complaint. (Wisconsin is not marked as a full Loophole on the map.)

AK(20)

*<1/4*

*mmj*

loophole

 

*****   WA(0) MT(20) ND(20) MN(0) WI(0) MI(0) ******  MA(0) VT(20) NH(20) ME(15)

*****     *done* *<1/4* *<1/4* *done* *done* *done* ****    *done* *<1/4* *<1/4* *quart*

*****     *mmj* *mmj* ooooo oooo *prop* *mmj* ********   loophole *prop* *mmj* *mmj*

*****     *ballot* ooooo *ballot* oooo *hemp* *ballot* ****    *ballot* ooooo *CD* *hemp*

 

*****       OR(0) ID(20) WY(20) SD(20) IL(0) IN(17) OH(2) NY(0) CT (9) RI(20)

*****      *done* *<1/4* *<1/4* *<1/4* *done* *quart* *>3/4* *done* *half* *half*

*****     *mmj* *prop* oooo ***** oooo *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *mmj* *mmj*

*****     *ballot* oooo oooo *hemp* *ballot* oooo *ballot* smokeasy oooo oooo

 

*******  NV(20) UT(20) CO (4) NE(20) IO(20) WV(20) VA(5) DC(11) PA(0) DE(20) NJ(0)

*******  *<1/4* *<1/4* *>3/4* *<1/4* *<1/4* *<1/4* *>3/4* *half* *done* *<1/4* *done*

*******  *mmj* oooo *mmj(!)* oooo *mmj* *prop* oooo *mmj* *prop* *mmj* *mmj*

*******  *prop* oooo *ballot* oooo *prop* oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo

 

CA(0) oooo    KS(20) MO(13) OK(20) AR(20) TN(14) KY(20) NC(3) MD(0)

*done* oooo    *<1/4* *quart* *<1/4* *<1/4* *quart* *<1/4* *>3/4* *done*

*mmj(!)* oooo  *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop* *prop*

*ballot* oooo      oooo oooo oooo *ballot* oooo *hemp* oooo oooo

 

*****   AZ(9) NM(3) TX(0) LA(20) MS(20) AL(20) SC(16) GA(17)

*****   *half* *>3/4* *done* *<1/4* *<1/4* *<1/4* *quart* *quart*

*****   *mmj* *mmj* oooo oooo *prop* *prop* *prop* oooo

*****    oooo oooo *Willie* oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo

 

HI(20) oooo       oooo         oooo      oooo        FL(4)

*<1/4* oooo       oooo         oooo      oooo         *>3/4*

*mmj* oooo     oooo         oooo       oooo        *prop*

oooo oooo    oooo         oooo       oooo    loophole

The only seven states not trying to Legalize Marijuana this year are Georgia, Louisiana, Utah, Nebraska, Virginia, Minnesota, and Wyoming. Even so, in all seven of them, Marijuana is by far the biggest cash crop.

http://www.jillstein.org/funding

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You can help by contacting interested groups and people, for instance, through phone or Facebook. The New England states are home turf for Jill Stein, she’s from Massachusetts, but the Green Party isn’t too big in the rest of New England. However, in all five surrounding states, the Marijuana movement is huge! That’s how you can help. I’ll only be able to get in touch with as many people as humanly possible. I’ll need your help with the rest.

Maine: Maine has a strong Medical Marijuana movement, and a strong [Industrial] Hemp movement, and a strong Legalization movement. Get in touch with as many of them as you can, by sending them this article, to their Facebook page or website.

Connecticut: Reach out to the Medical Marijuana facilities and organizations in Connecticut. Jill Stein will be there Friday, so people there could go meet her, but they should make their donations online first. We’re up against the clock here! Connecticut also needs lots of signatures to get Jill Stein’s name on the ballot, so I’m going to try to push some of that too. They could go see her, donate, and sign the paper.

Rhode Island: Rhode Island Legalized Medical Marijuana, but the Obama Administration ruthlessly cracks down on it there. Contact the Medi-Juana facilities, providers, groups, and organizations about it, and ask them to contact their patients fast!

New Hampshire: The people of New Hampshire want Medical Marijuana. The Obama Administration severely unjustly made a Political Prisoner out of a nurse there over MMJ. There is a strong Civil Disobedience movement in New Hampshire (“Live Free or Die”), and people there gather in public downtown to smoke Marijuana and taunt the police. Try to reach any of that if you can.

Vermont: Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) is a Socialist. Vermont has very active Socialist Parties, who can be approached on this – Jill Stein once told me that Socialism doesn’t conflict with her agenda. Vermont also has very active pro-Marijuana Parties, the members of which can be approached, somehow. Northern Vermont, home to the amazingly brilliant Revolutionary Communist Bread and Puppet Circus of giant puppet theatre, is a place where Leftist radicals predominate. They should vote for Stein. (Where else they gonna go?) But our ace in the hole in Vermont is Phish, the non-commercial band that is the world’s highest paid entertainment act – highest paid because their loyal fans want to see them as much as possible. Vermont, especially the Burlington area, is full of Phish fans, Deadheads, drum circles, hippies, and jam bands. They smoke pot, all of ‘em. Help me reach them, we’re running out of time.

Come on. We’ve got less than two days, and a lot of work ahead of us. It’s the right thing for America. We can do this.

NOON UPDATE: It’s noon Eastern Time. Jill Stein has just qualified in three more states, and four others are getting close. We still need your help, especially (right now) in these states: We need nine people in Arizona and/or eight in Connecticut; four people could do it in Virginia, if a fifth one would put in sixty dollars and ten cents; two people giving the maximum of $250 would do it for Florida; one person giving $250 can put Jill Stein over the top in North Carolina, but someone else would need to kick in $42. Everything I said above about calling still holds. We still need your help. Thanks for all you’ve done so far! Please continue to help! If you’re in Connecticut, go see Jill’s appearance tomorrow – she’s an inspiring speaker – and give her that $250, and get your friends to do it too, then all of you together go out to meet the candidate, and sign the petition to get her on the ballot. We only have two days and fourteen-and-a-half hours left! Sports metaphor: Time for that finishing kick!

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2012/06/24/marijuana-voters-join-jill-stein-now-green-revolution-economic-conversion-this-week-only/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2012/06/25/the-magic-map-says-43-states-want-pot-reform-but-the-clock-says-just-4-days-left-to-repeal-prohibition-with-president-jill-stein/

by normanb

URGENT: Demand President Obama Stop Murdering Bahrainis with Poison Gas, so People won’t Compare him to Hitler

3:34 am in Uncategorized by normanb

URGENT: Demand President Obama Stop Murdering Bahrainis with Poison Gas, so People won’t Compare him to Hitler — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

When you’re done reading, watch this: http://www.linktv.org/mosaic

Anger over the US/NATO burning of Qurans in Afghanistan sparked demonstrations sweeping across the Muslim world, as protests erupted against the US-Government-approved Hate Crime this weekend in Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Palestinian Territories, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Yemen, Somalia, Egypt, and elsewhere.

Instead of prosecuting the War Criminals, US President Barack Obama apologized for the desecration. By the way, Obama claims he can order Muslims Murdered anytime he wants, anywhere in the world, without evidence, and for no reason. He has authorized the Murder of Muslim children in Somalia and Yemen, calling them “pirates” and “masterminds.” He has authorized Assassinations and pogroms.

He has funded, trained and armed snipers who Murdered peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators in Yemen. He has authorized remote Murder through Coward Drones – operated by American cowards who usually miss their stated targets. US Military Murderers and Torturers of Muslims keep getting off with a pat on the back; while Tortured Muslims supposedly plead Guilty – as nobody with competent counsel actually would do, in an honest trial. http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/09/26/obamas-sharpshooters-murder-40-peaceful-pro-democracy-protesters-in-yemen-again-is-this-a-warning/

Afghan policemen Murdered US officials. The US and its allies are retreating. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106305/Afghanistan-2-US-troops-killed-Koran-burning-protests-continue.html

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/afghan-quran-protests-enter-4th-day-15788834#.T0nY-cy0zJw

Bahrain is a far-Right repressive regime where Torture and Slavery are prevalent. A figurehead Oil King “rules” there, carrying out the dictates of the US President. Under President Obama, he has carried out pogroms against both the non-citizen Slave population http://bikyamasr.com/52331/bahrain-commission-report-details-deadly-pogroms-against-migrant-workers/ and the Shiite Muslims, who make up 85% of the citizens. http://www.demotix.com/photo/669738/shia-homes-destroyed-bahrain

http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/08/03/pogroms-and-purges-in-bahrain/

You may remember that when Bahraini troops fired on peaceful protesters last February, as doctors and nurses tried to help the injured, they too were fired upon. This is part of President Obama’s M.O.: Remember Occupy Oakland? Obama’s goons shot a US Marine in the face with a Tear Gas canister, nearly killing him, then threw flash-bang grenades to prevent other demonstrators from helping their victim. For treating the injured Bahraini protesters, the doctors and nurses received lengthy sentences. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/29/bahrain-protester-death-sentence/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/02/18/our-international-shame-the-5th-fleet-quit-disgracing-the-us-and-get-the-hell-out/

http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/03/15/democratic-party-strikes-again-obama-thugs-torturing-and-murdering-peaceful-bahraini-democracy-advocates/

As the protests continue, and continue to grow, President Obama’s puppet thugs are Murdering Bahrainis with Poisonous Gas. And in Afghanistan itself, where the Hate Crime happened, US and Afghan troops opened fire with live ammunition, Murdering peaceful protesters with bullets. (Bizarrely, the New York Daily News propagandistically says the peaceful protesters “clashed” with the Military bullets. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/anti-american-demonstrations-erupt-outskirts-kabul-consecutive-day-article-1.1026684

http://ozhouse.org/2012/02/23/us-troops-open-fire-at-afghan-protesters/

The immediate problems began in January 2012, when the United States lost two Wars:

~On January 1, the US combat forces had to be out of Iraq, a consequence of the Surrender Agreement President George W. Bush signed with Iraq during his last weeks in office: The Surrender required that remaining soldiers be restricted to base unless requested by the Iraqis, and that they leave Iraq at the end of 2011. Obama did everything he could to talk or trick the Iraqis into letting the US just stay there, and not keep its word. No dice.

~Then on January 16, the Taliban declared victory in Afghanistan, the poorest, weakest, most backward country in the world. And they just won the longest War in our history over the United States – supposedly a strong nation – and they skunked us! http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/16/taliban-declares-victory-as-fighting-goes-on/

And going into the Afghanistan War under such cowardly circumstances marked the US as a coward nation: Every bully is a coward, no exceptions. Then the Coward Drones: US Military Cowards kill Pashtun children; respect; Tawakkul Karman won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for her courageous opposition to President Obama’s bullying repression and targeted Assassinations. http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/10/07/nobel-peace-prize-to-tawakkul-karman-for-resisting-obama-saleh-massacres-of-peaceful-protesters-premeditated-murders-democracy-suppression/

But the people Obama is now Torturing with Tear Gas and Murdering with Poison Gas in Bahrain had nothing to do with that War. They are angry over a Hate Crime in Afghanistan which Obama has now Conspired to Cover Up. He’s shirking his duty: He refuses to do anything about the Atrocity. http://islamtimes.org/vdcepz8z7jh8wni.1kbj.txt

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=294184

I lived through the loss of a War before: The Vietnam War. I know: TV news hasn’t announced that we lost these last two Wars yet. But they will, after they get us into the next two. Everyone will realize we lost, within a few years, just like with Vietnam: When the US retreated – fled Saigon – propaganda called it “Vietnamization” – letting the Vietnamese, or the Afghans or the Iraqis, handle their own defense.

And “Vietnamization” is exactly the word General David Petraeus used in Iraq on December 13, 2003, at his press conference announcing the capture of Saddam Hussein. He said it was time for “Vietnamization” in the Iraq War. That means we lost; and the Military knew we lost the Iraq War way back in 2003, but they just let the killing continue. Because it was making profits for Oil companies and Wall Street.

My friend Paki Wieland, of Witness Bahrain, was arrested by US forces in Bahrain twelve days ago, Tuesday February 14, on the first anniversary of the Uprising, to prevent her from witnessing what the thugs were about to do: They picked her and other Western activists up just before firing Tear Gas at a kettled crowd. http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2012/02/15/urgent-bahrain-action-needed-immediately-help-prevent-obamas-goons-from-further-torturing-us-rights-observers/

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/02/northampton_resident_paki_wiel.html

“What do you think they use Tear Gas for? Crowd control?” Paki asked at her press conference last Saturday, hours after returning home from detention in Bahrain. The audience seemed stumped, as I shook my head from side to side signifying “No!” “Norman knows…” she said: She explained that the US puppet regime in Bahrain Tortures Political Prisoners with Tear Gas. http://observers.france24.com/content/20120130-bahrain-riot-police-destroy-residents-efforts-protect-homes-air-conditioning-tear-gas

She said all the prisoners in that jail were Tortured. And, like Paki, they’re all Political Prisoners. And Obama just appropriated another big shipment of Torture devices for the Bahrain Dictatorship. http://www.democracynow.org/2011/11/28/wife_of_bahraini_political_prisoner_condemns

http://article.wn.com/view/2012/01/27/Obama_administration_selling_new_arms_package_to_Bahrain/

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/1439/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=8442

And to make matters worse, the US Fifth Fleet is docked in Bahrain, so the US Military just sits there cowering on its ships while US-armed thugs commit these disgusting Atrocities. We should all be very ashamed of the US Military. http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/02/18/our-international-shame-the-5th-fleet-quit-disgracing-the-us-and-get-the-hell-out/

And – excuse me while researching Obama’s Atrocities makes me throw up, I’ll be right back – I’ve been writing about President Obama’s crimes against the Bahraini people for more than a year now, but I usually haven’t gotten into as much detail as I’m about to. (I’m a Torture victim too, so this is hard for me.) If you still belong to the Democratic Party, perhaps you should quit now, or at least take at least some responsibility for this:

Nearly three months ago, December 7, 2011, the World Organization Against Torture’s (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights’ (FIDH) joint project – the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders – unleashed a desperate demand and plea for emergency help ending the Obama Administration-sponsored Bahraini attacks and Assassinations against Human Rights activists. http://www.omct.org/human-rights-defenders/urgent-interventions/bahrain/2011/12/d21549/

http://presstv.com/detail/227401.html

“The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the death threats made by a former official from the State Security Services against Mr. Mohammed Al-Maskati, President of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR), Mr. Nabeel Rajab, President of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and FIDH Secretary General, and Mr. Yousef Al-Mahafdha, a member of BCHR.”

Why are they so desperate?! Why was I so desperate when I wrote about Paki in custody in Bahrain? Well, for one thing, there’s the case of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, co-founder of the BCHR. Until last February, he was Middle East and North Africa Protection Coordinator with Front Line Defenders (of the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders). He’s an International Adviser in the Business and Human Rights Resource Center led by former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/04/09/bahrain-free-prominent-opposition-activist

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdulhadi_Alkhawaja#Torture

You can read more about him in the Wikipedia entry, but for now, know this: On President Obama’s watch, April 9, 2011, US-equipped masked Bahraini security police invaded al-Khawaja’s house in a warrantless search and Tortured him there in front of his daughter for 45 minutes, until he was unconscious, causing a gaping head wound. Of course his daughter was assaulted too when she tried to stop his Torture. She said her father’s blood left a wide trail as Obama’s goons dragged him down the stairs and out the door.

Locked up in Obama’s Bahrain, al-Khawaja’s Torture got worse. A lot worse. He was repeatedly gang raped by masked security police. To avoid another gang rape, he intentionally smashed his already wounded head, so he would be unconscious and hospitalized. His jaw bones were smashed. He’s had extensive surgery for his head wound, and he will need a lot more. His face is broken at least four places. He is sentence to Life.

Is that the kind of change that you can believe in?! Go Democrats!

Al-Khawaja’s two sons-in-law were Tortured and arrested in the raid too, and a third son-in-law, Muhammad al-Maskati, President of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, at the house at the time doing his job monitoring Human Rights violations, was himself Tortured on the spot. Since March 10, 2011, websites and messages have called for the Murders of the three Human Rights activists: Al-Khawaja, al-Maskati, and Nabeel Rajab. http://byshr.org/

http://www.euronews.net/2012/02/15/bahrain-activists-urge-more-protests-despite-bloodshed/

I hope to have Human Rights activist Paki Wieland herself here at the computer soon to answer your questions about the situation LIVE. Possibly even today during this post, though I wrote the article during the night and haven’t contacted her about it. I will also upload the video of her aforementioned press conference soon.

There are some things you can do to help the situation in Bahrain:

1. Spread the news: We are the media now; get the word out about Bahrain; share this article;

2. Contact the the shows that look like they’re news and claim to be Progressive: Send Cenk Uygur, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, Jennifer Granholm, Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, and Stephen Colbert a copy of this article: Ask them not to Cover Up this story;

3. Contact your Senators and Congresspersons about it;

4. Call the White House and demand that President Obama stop Murdering Bahrainis with Poisonous Gas, 202-456-1111;

5. Urge the International Criminal Court at the Hague, Netherlands, to fully empower Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzón to indict US President Barack Obama and Sheikh Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifa (the Bahraini King) under Article 15 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court for Crimes Against Humanity: Their Atrocities in Bahrain against the Bahraini people, their Atrocities against more than one million Slaves held there, and their Atrocities against the foreign Peace Observers like Paki Wieland. otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int

Here is the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. http://www.preventgenocide.org/law/icc/statute/part-a.html

 

 

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My First Occupation/RIP Whitney Houston/One of the Worst Moments in Our History

11:13 pm in Uncategorized by normanb

My First Occupation/RIP Whitney Houston/One of the Worst Moments in Our History — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

 

Here is one of the worst moments in our country’s history: The 1991 Super Bowl National Anthem sung by Whitney Houston, who just died. A good singer and a good song.

But when this song was sung, twenty-one years ago, I was at my first occupation. The Gulf War had started days earlier, for no good reason. Though it was the most protested war in history, the media blackout said that there were no protests against it anywhere.

When war broke out, fifty of us activists without planning spontaneously put up our tents under the historic arch at the entrance to the University of Georgia in Athens.

We were threatened by soldiers from the School of the Americas. We were threatened by the Ku Klux Klan. We were threatened by frat boys, who fired a bottle rocket into one of the tents, and set one on fire.

My tent under that arch was the first place I ever lived whereat I had to talk to the town’s police chief every day.

The rednecks wanted us out, but the professors were on our side. So were the two most prominent politicians in Georgia: Ex-President Jimmy Carter and Senator Sam Nunn, both staunch opponents of the Gulf War.

We held an anti-war rally one day, and thousands of people came to march with us. But the news reported that it was a pro-war rally. They showed a photo of four people standing around a storefront, and said that was the rally.

Every day in Georgia, Governor Zell Miller would go on TV giving the State of the State Message, standing in front of the Hate Flag State Flag, which you’ll see 32 seconds into this video.

At a televised basketball game that weekend, protesters in Idaho were pelted with potatoes by faux-patriotic spectators, as the broadcaster loudly lamented the Fascist intimidation. It was in this atmosphere that Whitney Houston chose to sing The Star-Spangled Banner.

The George H.W. Bush Administration no doubt hoped that by having a Black singer at the Propaganda Bowl, Americans would be inspired at the sight of a minority person who had risen to such a pinnacle that she could now be used to trick other people into killing Arabs to profit Oil companies.

Disgraceful and disgusting. But a good singer and a good song. I’m sad she died.

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I Warned of this Heinous Murder Three Days Before it Happened – Here’s the Full Text

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I Warned of this Heinous Murder Three Days Before it Happened – Here’s the Full Text — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

 

Three days before Anwar al-Awlaki was Murdered, I published the following (unfortunately ignored) Diary warning about the Assassination, exclusively here at firedoglake.com.

 

By: normanb Monday September 26, 2011 5:05 am

Obama’s Sharpshooters Murder 40 Peaceful Pro-Democracy Protesters in Yemen, Again – Is This a Warning? — by NormanB (“Deviations form the Norm”)

 

Forces loyal to President Obama’s puppet Fascist dictator Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh massacred at least 40 unarmed peaceful protesters Friday and Saturday, in the wake of Saleh’s return from three month’s exile in Saudi Arabia, where he was trying to recover from an Assassination attempt. The United States Central Intelligence Agency trained Saleh’s murderous marksmen who shot the protesters.

The protesters are demanding democratic reforms: Saleh has ruled Yemen with an iron fist for 33 years.

O, horrible realization! And I hope it’s incorrect! But the timings of the Yemeni Atrocities and of the Mexican Atrocities this weekend, both coming from violent Terrorist groups with ties to US President Barack Obama, and both happening during the most intense protests of his Presidency, look horrifically as though President Obama’s thugs are trying to warn or threaten the Wall Street protesters:

(Concerning the Yemeni Atrocities) ‘Hey! Do you know what happens to peaceful protesters that get in the way?’; and (On the Mexican Atrocities) ‘Hey, do you know what happens to people who try to outsmart the powers that be by using social media?’

Meanwhile, the CIA-allied New York City Police Tortured scores of people on Wall Street Saturday and Sunday. (Lots of that viewing is available on YouTube video.) You can actually watch Atrocities, including Torture, live: http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

YEMEN

President Obama, President Saleh, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and everybody else who parrots the President, all say that the bad thing about Yemen is Al Qaeda. Not the real Al Qaeda, no, not that original Al Qaeda organization that our Government has warned us of all these years; but a different one, named “Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula” (AQAP).

Friday, President Obama’s Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Fierstein met with the man who founded Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, defector General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar. (To be clear, Gen. al-Ahmar was not a dissident nor a defector when he formed Al Qaeda AP.) http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=4020

According to President Obama’s National Intelligence Advisor Ellen Laipson, Yemeni General al-Ahmar started AQAP. That start date? Why, January 2009, of course, the same month the Obama Presidency started. US counter-terrorism officials claim that Anwar al-Awlaki is an important regional commander of AQAP. Al-Awlaki met with US Defense officials in the Pentagon just a few months after the attacks on September 11, 2001, invited by Donald Rumsfeld.

President Obama (the Mafia Don of Greater Chicago?) has ordered a hit against al-Awlaki, who is in Yemen (on the outskirts of Greater Chicago). Obama said he wants to Murder American-born al-Awlaki because he is suspected of inspiring a fake bomb plot. That’s all?! Our President is willing to commit Premeditated Murder because he suspects someone inspired a FAKE bomb? http://news.firedoglake.com/2010/10/21/rumsfelds-defense-department-invited-anwar-al-awlaki-into-pentagon-after-911/

I asked Laipson if any US personnel can be tried for Crimes Against Humanity for Murdering peaceful Yemeni civilian protesters. She indicated that neither President Obama, nor anyone in the United States, nor even the CIA officers who trained the Murderers could face charges: The only ones to her mind legally culpable are the trigger men. http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/03/15/democratic-party-strikes-again-obama-thugs-torturing-and-murdering-peaceful-yemeni-democracy-advocates/ (& http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/03/15/democratic-party-strikes-again-obama-thugs-torturing-and-murdering-peaceful-bahraini-democracy-advocates/)

(Ellen Laipson is President Obama’s National Security Advisor; she is CEO of the Stimpson Center and is Director of its Southwest Asia Project, which focuses on security issues in the Persian Gulf region; she formerly chaired and is now vice chair of the National Intelligence Council, where she managed the Global Trends 2015 interdisciplinary study; she directed the Near East and South Asian affair of the National Security Council [NSC], and before that was a national intelligence officer for Near and South Asia for the NSC; before that she was a US State Department policy planner under Reagan; before that she was a specialist in Middle East affairs for the Congressional Research Service; she also serves under Secretary Clinton on the State Department’s new Foreign Affairs Policy Board; she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and of the International Institute of Strategic Studies; she currently serves on the boards of the Asia Foundation.)

General al-Ahmar defected from Saleh’s Government when the Saleh/Obama sharpshooters Murdered 52 Yemeni citizens, in the March 2011 massacre. It was specifically that March incident about which Ellen Laipson and I spoke, but I took her answers on US CIA training of Yemeni snipers to be about conditions in Yemen in general, not just referring to that one set of killings on one day. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12804552

Obama began ordering Assassinations in Somalia and Yemen in autumn of 2009, the first year of his Presidency, around the time he appointed Laipson to his National Intelligence Advisory Board. The Obama Death Squad’s (ODS) first reported victim in Somalia was suspected of involvement in a bomb plot eleven years earlier, when he was a child of 17. The ODS then moved on to Yemen to Assassinate people.

Let me take this opportunity to point out that it is illegal and severely insane to Murder a person based merely on suspicion, especially when that person is only suspected of inspiring something, especially if that person is only suspected of inspiring something that’s not real. If it had been real, it could have been dangerous. But it wasn’t.

MEXICO (and HONDURAS and INDIA)

In December 2008, the month after Barack Obama was elected, the month before he was inaugurated, he made a speech in Mexico. People of both our countries had high hopes for that speech: Over the previous few years, thousands of Mexicans had been Murdered over Marijuana exportation to the United States.

When the inevitable question finally came at the Mexico press conference, President-elect Obama laughed at the idea of ending these Murders by Legalizing Marijuana. He laughed cruelly at the people straining for their Civil Rights. As usual, he refused to even mention the word Marijuana: When he is asked about Marijuana, he always: (1) Laughs, to ridicule us; (2) Calls it “Drugs,” to trick ignorant people into thinking it’s as bad as Heroin; and he (3) talks about addiction. Civil Rights are not funny. Marijuana is not Heroin, and it’s not addicting, either.

So, every time he’s asked, the President lies about it. But this time (December 2008), his lies started the Mexican Civil War: From that day to this, more than one thousand Mexicans per month have been Murdered over Marijuana’s illegality.

Obama’s Administration has deported a lot more Hispanics than Bush’s did. It does so in a most unconstitutional fashion: People are “given their due process” in a huge warehouse room with hundreds of Mexicans and other Latin Americans. No Judge sees them at their hearing, but they can see him on a video screen. (By the way, no matter what President Pinocchio says, that is not what the Constitution guarantees as “due process of law.”) Sometimes, mentally disabled US citizens who can’t speak are put through this sham and “deported” to a country where they’ve never been.

And all of these deportations are unconstitutional (even apart from the “due process” sham cited above): The US Constitution says clearly in Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3, that: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law will be passed.” Bills of Attainder are banned, because they would make a person “illegal,” and it is unconstitutional in the United States of America for a person to be considered “illegal.” “Illegal Aliens/Immigrants” don’t exist in the US, at least not by law.

The Obama Administration armed the Mexican Army and police, as well as the drug cartels: The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms illegally shipped thousands of military style weapons and ammunition to the Mexican cartels, on orders from above. Obama started that Civil War with his arrogance and dishonesty; and then he armed all sides in it. Smuggling gangs killed lots of Mexicans and some Americans, including cops, with those illegally supplied weapons.

Saturday Mexican police reported discovering the beheaded body of a woman near the US border, with a note saying that her head had been cut off because she was spreading news via social media. The Murdered woman was a newspaper editor. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_DRUG_WAR_MEXICO?SITE=NCKIN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Since the Obama Administration’s coup in 2009 that overthrew the elected Honduras Government, Obama Death Squads (ODS) have exterminated most of the prominent Journalists in Honduras and Mexico. The Obama coup re-installed the repressive Fascist Honduras Government which housed the Iran-Contra stopover station:

Weapons were flown from the US to South America to arm Nicaraguan Contras and to arm both sides in a South American conflict, stopping in Honduras to refuel and drop some weapons. Guns were exchanged for Cocaine and cash. The cash went to the Government of Iran to secretly pay ransom for the release of US Embassy hostages there. Those hostages were released January 20, 1981, just minutes after the Ronald Reagan/George H.W. Bush Administration took over the reins of Government, thus gaining the ability to make payments.

When pilot Eugene Hasenfus was shot down over Nicaragua on his way to the stopover airport in Honduras, the Iran-Contra scandal was exposed. I kind of said where the guns and money went above. Some of the Coke went to Freeway Ricky Ross in South Los Angeles, who’s still locked up for being a US intelligence asset whose job was dealing Cocaine.

High Times Editor Steve Hager reported that pilot Hasenfus said that the person who met him at the Mena, Arkansas, airport (where he delivered the Coke) was Arkansas’s then-Governor Bill Clinton. See the book Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America by Peter Dale Scott and Jonathan Marshall, as well as the following link. http://www.ncoic.com/clinton.htm

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry headed the committee that uncovered most of the information in the book cited above. He found that when Cocaine smugglers in the operation got caught, both Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney (of the Reagan Administration) blocked prosecution of those smugglers, who in turn flooded the United States with Cocaine. Chemists in that operation (possibly Government chemists) invented Crack Cocaine, which has been a scourge of this country ever since. This Cocaine smuggling operation seems quite related to the Heroin situation we have now:

Practically all of the world’s Heroin comes from 21 miles squared of acreage in Afghanistan (even as all the world’s Cocaine comes from a 12-mile wide swath of land high on the Eastern slope of the Bolivian Andes mountains). When US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the annual number of Heroin deaths in this country was under 2,000. It soared to over 20,000 with the invasion, and has maintained that level since. Cheney and Rumsfeld oversaw this operation too. At least one of those Heroin smugglers got caught:

A few months after 9/11 (when Anwar al-Awlaki was in the Pentagon on Rumsfeld’s invitation), US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Agent David Headley began smuggling Heroin, by his own admission. He also admitted to planning the bombing of a European newspaper for its cartoon about Muhammad the prophet.

He also admitted to Murder: He confirmed that he planned and carried out the 2008 Mumbai bombings in India’s financial district, during the American Thanksgiving holiday. That day Headley killed at least 21 people in three separate bomb blasts. One of Headley’s bombings was the Racist attack that targeted and killed Jews in India.

The attacks were over the US Thanksgiving Day holiday, weeks after Obama was elected. One fake bomb plot was over the Christmas holiday; and false propaganda calls the accused “the Christmas Day Bomber.” Thanksgiving and Christmas, huh? Does anybody else see a pattern emerging here? An M.O.?! And remember the man who flew in from Amsterdam with a chemical that can be made into a bomb, but wasn’t? False propaganda still calls that man “the Underwear Bomber,” even though he had no bomb.

India wants David Headley for prosecution. Obama won’t allow it. Here’s an article wherein the President claims to be thinking about allowing India access to the man who admitted killing 21 of its citizens to carry out a Racist attack against Jews for the US Government. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-11/india/29646721_1_pakistani-canadian-david-headley-chicago-court

Here’s one wherein Headley, who though he is a confessed Racist Murderer, is obviously still working for US intelligence now, speaks up to support Admiral Mike Mullen’s assertions this week that the US should start a war against Pakistan. Oh, and did I mention: Even though President Obama knows that US DEA Agent Headley planned and carried out the Mumbai bombings, Obama continues to blame Pakistan for it publicly. I guess he’s willing to lie to get another war started, too. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-08/india/29633162_1_tahawwur-rana-david-headley-major-iqbal

Speaking of patterns, the US Ambassador met with the founder of AQAP Friday, then AQAP cut a boy’s hand off Sunday. After severing his hand, they said for stealing, they marched the 15-year-old in shock through the town, to terrorize other townspeople. http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=4117&MainCat=3

WALL STREET

I hope our brave sisters and brothers won’t be Tortured again today. I hope they won’t be shot by troops loyal to Obama and his lackeys, like the peaceful protesters in Yemen. I hope they won’t be beheaded by thugs armed by Obama for using social media to fight the power, like that Journalist in Mexico.

(Information drawn from personal statements to me from an asset who smuggled Cocaine for the C.I.A. during the Reagan era was used in this report.)

(Information drawn from personal statements to me from a US Special Forces soldier who worked undercover in Honduras during the Iran-Contra operation was used in this report.)

Here’s the link to the original article:
http://my.firedoglake.com/normanb/2011/09/26/obamas-sharpshooters-murder-40-peaceful-pro-democracy-protesters-in-yemen-again-is-this-a-warning/

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Obama’s Sharpshooters Murder 40 Peaceful Pro-Democracy Protesters in Yemen, Again – Is This a Warning?

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Obama’s Sharpshooters Murder 40 Peaceful Pro-Democracy Protesters in Yemen, Again – Is This a Warning? — by NormanB (“Deviations form the Norm”)

 

Forces loyal to President Obama’s puppet Fascist dictator Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh massacred at least 40 unarmed peaceful protesters Friday and Saturday, in the wake of Saleh’s return from three month’s exile in Saudi Arabia, where he was trying to recover from an Assassination attempt. The United States Central Intelligence Agency trained Saleh’s murderous marksmen who shot the protesters.

The protesters are demanding democratic reforms: Saleh has ruled Yemen with an iron fist for 33 years.

O, horrible realization! And I hope it’s incorrect! But the timings of the Yemeni Atrocities and of the Mexican Atrocities this weekend, both coming from violent Terrorist groups with ties to US President Barack Obama, and both happening during the most intense protests of his Presidency, look horrifically as though President Obama’s thugs are trying to warn or threaten the Wall Street protesters:

(Concerning the Yemeni Atrocities) ‘Hey! Do you know what happens to peaceful protesters that get in the way?’; and (On the Mexican Atrocities) ‘Hey, do you know what happens to people who try to outsmart the powers that be by using social media?’

Meanwhile, the CIA-allied New York City Police Tortured scores of people on Wall Street Saturday and Sunday. (Lots of that viewing is available on YouTube video.) You can actually watch Atrocities, including Torture, live: http://www.livestream.com/globalrevolution

YEMEN

President Obama, President Saleh, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and everybody else who parrots the President, all say that the bad thing about Yemen is Al Qaeda. Not the real Al Qaeda, no, not that original Al Qaeda organization that our Government has warned us of all these years; but a different one, named “Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula” (AQAP).

Friday, President Obama’s Ambassador to Yemen Gerald Fierstein met with the man who founded Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, defector General Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar. (To be clear, Gen. al-Ahmar was not a dissident nor a defector when he formed Al Qaeda AP.) http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=4020

According to President Obama’s National Intelligence Advisor Ellen Laipson, Yemeni General al-Ahmar started AQAP. That start date? Why, January 2009, of course, the same month the Obama Presidency started. US counter-terrorism officials claim that Anwar al-Awlaki is an important regional commander of AQAP. Al-Awlaki met with US Defense officials in the Pentagon just a few months after the attacks on September 11, 2001, invited by Donald Rumsfeld.

President Obama (the Mafia Don of Greater Chicago?) has ordered a hit against al-Awlaki, who is in Yemen (on the outskirts of Greater Chicago). Obama said he wants to Murder American-born al-Awlaki because he is suspected of inspiring a fake bomb plot. That’s all?! Our President is willing to commit Premeditated Murder because he suspects someone inspired a FAKE bomb? http://news.firedoglake.com/2010/10/21/rumsfelds-defense-department-invited-anwar-al-awlaki-into-pentagon-after-911/

I asked Laipson if any US personnel can be tried for Crimes Against Humanity for Murdering peaceful Yemeni civilian protesters. She indicated that neither President Obama, nor anyone in the United States, nor even the CIA officers who trained the Murderers could face charges: The only ones to her mind legally culpable are the trigger men.

(Ellen Laipson is President Obama’s National Security Advisor; she is CEO of the Stimpson Center and is Director of its Southwest Asia Project, which focuses on security issues in the Persian Gulf region; she formerly chaired and is now vice chair of the National Intelligence Council, where she managed the Global Trends 2015 interdisciplinary study; she directed the Near East and South Asian affair of the National Security Council [NSC], and before that was a national intelligence officer for Near and South Asia for the NSC; before that she was a US State Department policy planner under Reagan; before that she was a specialist in Middle East affairs for the Congressional Research Service; she also serves under Secretary Clinton on the State Department’s new Foreign Affairs Policy Board; she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and of the International Institute of Strategic Studies; she currently serves on the boards of the Asia Foundation.)

General al-Ahmar defected from Saleh’s Government when the Saleh/Obama sharpshooters Murdered 52 Yemeni citizens, in the March 2011 massacre. It was specifically that March incident about which Ellen Laipson and I spoke, but I took her answers on US CIA training of Yemeni snipers to be about conditions in Yemen in general, not just referring to that one set of killings on one day. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12804552

Obama began ordering Assassinations in Somalia and Yemen in autumn of 2009, the first year of his Presidency, around the time he appointed Laipson to his National Intelligence Advisory Board. The Obama Death Squad’s (ODS) first reported victim in Somalia was suspected of involvement in a bomb plot eleven years earlier, when he was a child of 17. The ODS then moved on to Yemen to Assassinate people.

Let me take this opportunity to point out that it is illegal and severely insane to Murder a person based merely on suspicion, especially when that person is only suspected of inspiring something, especially if that person is only suspected of inspiring something that’s not real. If it had been real, it could have been dangerous. But it wasn’t.

MEXICO (and HONDURAS and INDIA)

In December 2008, the month after Barack Obama was elected, the month before he was inaugurated, he made a speech in Mexico. People of both our countries had high hopes for that speech: Over the previous few years, thousands of Mexicans had been Murdered over Marijuana exportation to the United States.

When the inevitable question finally came at the Mexico press conference, President-elect Obama laughed at the idea of ending these Murders by Legalizing Marijuana. He laughed cruelly at the people straining for their Civil Rights. As usual, he refused to even mention the word Marijuana: When he is asked about Marijuana, he always: (1) Laughs, to ridicule us; (2) Calls it “Drugs,” to trick ignorant people into thinking it’s as bad as Heroin; and he (3) talks about addiction. Civil Rights are not funny. Marijuana is not Heroin, and it’s not addicting, either.

So, every time he’s asked, the President lies about it. But this time (December 2008), his lies started the Mexican Civil War: From that day to this, more than one thousand Mexicans per month have been Murdered over Marijuana’s illegality.

Obama’s Administration has deported a lot more Hispanics than Bush’s did. It does so in a most unconstitutional fashion: People are “given their due process” in a huge warehouse room with hundreds of Mexicans and other Latin Americans. No Judge sees them at their hearing, but they can see him on a video screen. (By the way, no matter what President Pinocchio says, that is not what the Constitution guarantees as “due process of law.”) Sometimes, mentally disabled US citizens who can’t speak are put through this sham and “deported” to a country where they’ve never been.

And all of these deportations are unconstitutional (even apart from the “due process” sham cited above): The US Constitution says clearly in Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3, that: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law will be passed.” Bills of Attainder are banned, because they would make a person “illegal,” and it is unconstitutional in the United States of America for a person to be considered “illegal.” “Illegal Aliens/Immigrants” don’t exist in the US, at least not by law.

The Obama Administration armed the Mexican Army and police, as well as the drug cartels: The US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms illegally shipped thousands of military style weapons and ammunition to the Mexican cartels, on orders from above. Obama started that Civil War with his arrogance and dishonesty; and then he armed all sides in it. Smuggling gangs killed lots of Mexicans and some Americans, including cops, with those illegally supplied weapons.

Saturday Mexican police reported discovering the beheaded body of a woman near the US border, with a note saying that her head had been cut off because she was spreading news via social media. The Murdered woman was a newspaper editor. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_DRUG_WAR_MEXICO?SITE=NCKIN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Since the Obama Administration’s coup in 2009 that overthrew the elected Honduras Government, Obama Death Squads (ODS) have exterminated most of the prominent Journalists in Honduras and Mexico. The Obama coup re-installed the repressive Fascist Honduras Government which housed the Iran-Contra stopover station:

Weapons were flown from the US to South America to arm Nicaraguan Contras and to arm both sides in a South American conflict, stopping in Honduras to refuel and drop some weapons. Guns were exchanged for Cocaine and cash. The cash went to the Government of Iran to secretly pay ransom for the release of US Embassy hostages there. Those hostages were released January 20, 1981, just minutes after the Ronald Reagan/George H.W. Bush Administration took over the reins of Government, thus gaining the ability to make payments.

When pilot Eugene Hasenfus was shot down over Nicaragua on his way to the stopover airport in Honduras, the Iran-Contra scandal was exposed. I kind of said where the guns and money went above. Some of the Coke went to Freeway Ricky Ross in South Los Angeles, who’s still locked up for being a US intelligence asset whose job was dealing Cocaine.

High Times Editor Steve Hager reported that pilot Hasenfus said that the person who met him at the Mena, Arkansas, airport (where he delivered the Coke) was Arkansas’s then-Governor Bill Clinton. See the book Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America by Peter Dale Scott and Jonathan Marshall, as well as the following link. http://www.ncoic.com/clinton.htm

Massachusetts Senator John Kerry headed the committee that uncovered most of the information in the book cited above. He found that when Cocaine smugglers in the operation got caught, both Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney (of the Reagan Administration) blocked prosecution of those smugglers, who in turn flooded the United States with Cocaine. Chemists in that operation (possibly Government chemists) invented Crack Cocaine, which has been a scourge of this country ever since. This Cocaine smuggling operation seems quite related to the Heroin situation we have now:

Practically all of the world’s Heroin comes from 21 miles squared of acreage in Afghanistan (even as all the world’s Cocaine comes from a 12-mile wide swath of land high on the Eastern slope of the Bolivian Andes mountains). When US invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the annual number of Heroin deaths in this country was under 2,000. It soared to over 20,000 with the invasion, and has maintained that level since. Cheney and Rumsfeld oversaw this operation too. At least one of those Heroin smugglers got caught:

A few months after 9/11 (when Anwar al-Awlaki was in the Pentagon on Rumsfeld’s invitation), US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Agent David Headley began smuggling Heroin, by his own admission. He also admitted to planning the bombing of a European newspaper for its cartoon about Muhammad the prophet.

He also admitted to Murder: He confirmed that he planned and carried out the 2008 Mumbai bombings in India’s financial district, during the American Thanksgiving holiday. That day Headley killed at least 21 people in three separate bomb blasts. One of Headley’s bombings was the Racist attack that targeted and killed at Jews in India.

The attacks were over the US Thanksgiving Day holiday, weeks after Obama was elected. One fake bomb plot was over the Christmas holiday; and false propaganda calls the accused “the Christmas Day Bomber.” Thanksgiving and Christmas, huh? Does anybody else see a pattern emerging here? An M.O.?! And remember the man who flew in from Amsterdam with a chemical that can be made into a bomb, but wasn’t? False propaganda still calls that man “the Underwear Bomber,” even though he had no bomb.

India wants David Headley for prosecution. Obama won’t allow it. Here’s an article wherein the President claims to be thinking about allowing India access to the man who admitted killing 21 of its citizens to carry out a Racist attack against Jews for the US Government. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-11/india/29646721_1_pakistani-canadian-david-headley-chicago-court

Here’s one wherein Headley, who though he is a confessed Racist Murderer, is obviously still working for US intelligence now, speaks up to support Admiral Mike Mullen’s assertions this week that the US should start a war against Pakistan. Oh, and did I mention: Even though President Obama knows that US DEA Agent Headley planned and carried out the Mumbai bombings, Obama continues to blame Pakistan for it publicly. I guess he’s willing to lie to get another war started, too. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-08/india/29633162_1_tahawwur-rana-david-headley-major-iqbal

Speaking of patterns, the US Ambassador met with the founder of AQAP Friday, then AQAP cut a boy’s hand off Sunday. After severing his hand, they said for stealing, they marched the 15-year-old in shock through the town, to terrorize other townspeople. http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=4117&MainCat=3

WALL STREET

I hope our brave sisters and brothers won’t be Tortured again today. I hope they won’t be shot by troops loyal to Obama and his lackeys, like the peaceful protesters in Yemen. I hope they won’t be beheaded by thugs armed by Obama for using social media to fight the power, like that Journalist in Mexico.

(Information drawn from personal statements to me from an asset who smuggled Cocaine for the C.I.A. during the Reagan era was used in this report.)

(Information drawn from personal statements to me from a US Special Forces soldier who worked undercover in Honduras during the Iran-Contra operation was used in this report.)

Links are repeated here and below in Comment 1:

Obama’s Ambassador met with Al Qaeda founder on Friday: http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=4020

Rumsfeld invited Al Qaeda leader to Pentagon: http://news.firedoglake.com/2010/10/21/rumsfelds-defense-department-invited-anwar-al-awlaki-into-pentagon-after-911/

March massacre: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12804552

Editor in Mexico killed for reporting via social media: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_DRUG_WAR_MEXICO?SITE=NCKIN&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

Iran-Contra smuggler: http://www.ncoic.com/clinton.htm

President claims to be thinking about allowing India access to the man who admitted killing 21 of their citizens while carrying out a Racist attack against Jews for the US Government. http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-11/india/29646721_1_pakistani-canadian-david-headley-chicago-court

Headley wants US to start a war against Pakistan: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-08/india/29633162_1_tahawwur-rana-david-headley-major-iqbal

US Ambassador met with the founder of AQAP Friday, then AQAP cut a boy’s hand off Sunday: http://yemenpost.net/Detail123456789.aspx?ID=3&SubID=4117&MainCat=3

by normanb

Gay Rights/Marijuana/Peace Proponent ex-Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM) in Tonight’s Debate

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Gay Rights/Marijuana/Peace Proponent ex-Gov. Gary Johnson (R-NM) in Tonight’s Debate — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)

Candidates who favor Gay Rights, Legalizing Marijuana, or ending the wars often don’t get in televised Presidential debates. But one will be included tonight, at 9 pm on Fox News. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson should have been included all along.

Johnson, Fred Karger, and Jimmy McMillan are three Republican Presidential candidates who espouse those taboo opinions. One of them is in tonight.

Fred Karger is unique as the only openly Gay candidate in the race. He filed a complaint against Fox News for blocking his participation in a previous debate. Poverty Rights activist and performance artist Jimmy McMillan was a Democrat when he soundly defeated current New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and all others in the 2010 Gubernatorial Debate, by harping on the theme of his own The Rent Is Too Damn High Party.

Ron Paul, who’s now third in the Republican Presidential polling (behind Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. Mitt Romney), agrees strongly with them on two of the three above issues. He’s adamant about Rights in most cases. Paul, Johnson, Karger, and McMillan may be competing for that segment of the Republican electorate who are considering moving over to the Libertarian Party, or who already have.

Gary Johnson and Ron Paul are popular among Marijuana advocates, who are by now after all grasping at straws. Getting exposure for his views, and facing Ron Paul in the debate could be the push Johnson needs to start polling above zero.

The League of Women Voters was years ago elbowed out of debate facilitation by corporate debate panels which suppress certain candidates with certain political opinions. And so we’ve reached our current sitch, wherein MSNBC nervously warns us each night that we need Obama’s corporatist anti-Human-Rights, anti-science brand of Save-the-War-Not-the-Poor neo-Fascism to protect us from stupid violent crazy Tea Partiers.

To ensure that we’d face this Crazy-or-Fascist dilemma, the 2008 debate dictators used anti-democratic moves to winnow the field of candidates: The first 2008 Democratic Presidential debate in Iowa didn’t allow Dennis Kucinich or Mike Gravel, and threatened not to allow Barack Obama, until he announced that he did not favor single-payer health care. So, on television, the moderator merely asked: “I don’t think anyone here favors single-payer health care – if anyone here favors single-payer, raise your hand.” No one did. That was the extent of discussion on health care in that debate.

Kucinich and Gravel both favor Gay Rights, Marijuana Legalization, and peace. When Kucinich finally was allowed in a debate, he only got one question, and it was specifically designed for character assassination. The questioner was Tucker the Dumb Guy, Tucker Carlson who had an MSNBC morning show in those days. Laughing his ass off, Carlson asked Kucinich his only question: “You saw a UFO?!” Weeks later, Carlson revealed his position high up in the John McCain for President campaign.

And while you’re watching tonight, remember that it is Fox News, owned by Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch’s empire admitted this summer that it Bribed police and public officials in the United Kingdom. President Obama is empowered by the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to withdraw all of the Fox networks’ broadcast licenses. And leaked info says he won’t do that, at least not before the election. Why wouldn’t he? Is he trying to help Fox rig the election? On the other hand, if he had pulled Fox’s licenses, they might not now be hosting tonight’s debate. But perhaps someone else would.

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2011/09/fox_news_will_let_gary_johnson.html

http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-gary-johnson-ron-paul,0,5388217.story

http://dailycaller.com/2011/09/01/fec-will-investigate-karger-complaint-against-fox-news/