Showing posts with label marijuana. Show all posts
Showing posts with label marijuana. Show all posts

January 23, 2019


Why medical marijuana research can’t get off the ground

fromNJMarijuana: “They can’t conduct cannabis research until they show cannabis has a medical use, but they can’t show cannabis has a medical use until they can conduct research,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo D-Calif.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

How to get a jury to ignore the law and do the right thing

fromAbovetheLaw: The basics of jury nullification.
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

Why LBJ's Great Society flopped—and what it means for the 2020 election

fromReason: Amity Shlaes's new history of the late 1960s explains the failure of the last time the federal government tried to fix all that was wrong with America.
The Welfare State: Promoting Dependency           Economic Policy: Statism Versus the Free Market

No 'insurrection' or violence at Virginia gun rights rally

fromReason: Plus: Clinton says "nobody likes" Bernie, Biden wants Section 230 revoked, Iran takes responsibility for Jan. 8 plane crash, and more...

November 21, 2019


10 reasons why this impeachment ‘inquiry’ is really a coup

fromNYPost: Analysis from the incomparable Victor Davis Hanson.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Colorado's growing Second Amendment sanctuary movement

fromReason: What happens when cities and counties have their own ideas about a law that authorizes the seizure of guns from people who are mentally ill?
2nd Amendment Assaults

Walter E Williams: Young people ignorant of history

fromCreators: Today's leftists, socialists and progressives would bristle at the suggestion that their agenda differs little from that of past tyrants. But ...
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Pending ban on flavored e-cigarettes in Massachusetts authorizes forfeiture of vapers' cars

fromReason: The bill, which the state House passed yesterday, says police may seize vehicles in which they suspect untaxed vaping products. It was never about safety. It was always about property.
Regulation Nation          Police State America

Biden vows to keep marijuana illegal - right after Pew reveals 80% of liberals want legalized

fromZeroHedge: "The truth of the matter is, there's not nearly been enough evidence that has been acquired as to whether or not it is a gateway drug," he said.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption           The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

One bad apple? Over 1,000 cops caught illegally accessing police database to stalk citizens

fromActivistPost: ust as in other even more serious crimes involving law enforcement personnel, often records request violations resulted in very little punishment if any towards cops.

November 15, 2019


Ukrainian officials release records of 46 payments to Hunter Biden totaling over $3.1 million

fromGatewayPundit: On Tuesday, CD Media posted leaked records of payments to Hunter Biden from Burisma Holdings totaling millions.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Florida county becomes latest place to declare itself a 'second amendment sanctuary'

fromDailyMail: Lake County Commission in central Florida passed a resolution to protect its residents from having their assault weapons taken away by state legislation. 
2nd Amendment Assaults

Day one of impeachment hearings: Schiff lies again, Jim Jordan goes ham

fromZeroHedge: Jim Jordan: You didn’t listen in on President Trump & Zelensky’s call? 
Taylor: I did not. Jordan: You’ve never talked with Chief of Staff Mulvaney? 
Taylor: I never did. Jordan: You’ve never met the President? 
Taylor: That’s correct. Jordan: And you’re their star witness.

Venezuelans are marked with numbers to stand in line at government supermarkets

fromBusinessInsider: The lines to get into government supermarkets are so long that people mark their arms with their place in line.
Economic Policy: Socialism Versus the Free Market

Eric Ciaramella: 5 fast facts you need to know

fromHeavy: Spoiler alert: Don't read if you like the "whistleblower" being anonymous.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Two-thirds of Americans support marijuana legalization

froPewResearch: If America was governed by consent of the people, marijuana would be legal. 

October 21, 2019


FISA court ruled that FBI improperly used NSA surveillance data to snoop on Americans

fromNola.com:  In 2017 alone, the FBI conducted over 3.1 million searches of surveillance data
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

A New Orleans man faced a felony marijuana charge; too many potential jurors wouldn't consider it

fromNola.com: Jury nullification. Learn it, love it, live it.
Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

The late great state of California

fromMisesInstitute: Are people leaving California? More people are out-migrating to other states than those coming in, but much of that was offset by international migrants resulting in a net population loss of only 38,000 (2018).
The Government is Not Us

Tulsi Gabbard: Canary in the Democratic coal mine

fromAmericanSpectator: The imminent demise of her presidential campaign portends disaster for her party.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Walter E Williams - Intolerance in academia

fromCreators: There's nothing better than the sounds of pocketbooks snapping shut to bring a bit of sanity to college administrators.

Mentions of government as top U.S. problem near record high

fromGallup: "Government," which includes negative comments about leadership and politicians, has been the top problem in 31 of Gallup's 34 readings since January 2017.

July 13, 2019


Is facial recognition the new fingerprinting—or something much worse?

fromHumanEvents: State DMVs are building a vast national digital identification database for federal law enforcement.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

A complete list of alternatives to the Google search engine

fromCollectiveEvolution: Using Google as a search engine is no longer giving you access to unedited truth, as admitted by Google exec Jen Gennai. You will see what Google wants you to see.
Indoctrination and Censorship

Citizens now charged with a crime for repairing their own car in their own garage

fromFreeThoughtProject: Another kick in groin to private property rights. In Sacramento, California, residents can now be fined $500 for simply fixing a tire or changing their car's oil in their "own" driveway.
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle               Regulation Nation

Florida sheriff deputy arrested after planting drugs on innocent people

fromReason: Drug war incentives are perverse. Make no mistake, the war on drugs is a war on you.
Police State America                The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange 

Congress votes to block feds from enforcing marijuana laws In legal states

fromHumanEvents: At long last, the federal government is dragged, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Judges appear set to rule against Obamacare individual mandate

fromHumanEvents: It didn't satisfy Obama's overlord mentality enough that government could confiscate a large percentage of your earnings already, he was hellbent on dictating what you must buy. 

July 1, 2019


Political winds have shifted in favor of marijuana legalization

fromTheHill: At the federal level, members of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time overwhelmingly voted in favor of legislation halting federal interference in state-specific marijuana laws.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Homelessness and the problem of public space

fromMises: The debate is between leftwing activists and nearly everyone else: namely, that public spaces ought to be opened up for use by anyone wishing to live on it.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Drug warriors peddle fears about cocaine -- again

fromReason: Cocaine offers better value than the market in prohibitionist fears.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

⭐️ VIDEO: In Their Own Words - The Democratic Party's Vision for America

fromConsortiumNews: From the Democratic Party Presidential Candidates Debate (June 26-27, 2019), candidates put forward their vision to transform America into a socialist utopia.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption           Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Kamala Harris is a cop who wants to be president

fromReason: The California senator and former prosecutor has a long record of pushing illiberal policies. 

CIA seeking more impunity

fromConsortiumNews: The agency is trying to get a pass on crimes even before they’re committed and it represents a threat to press freedom.

June 21, 2019


Decentralize the drug war — on the way to abolishing it

fromTheDailyBell: It was only a few decades ago that legalizing marijuana was still considered fringe. Now, marijuana legalization is a commonly accepted policy proposition.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

VIDEO: Bernie Sanders - How America would Feel the Bern

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: Bernie Sanders' vision for America, in his own words.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market           Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

"He will get subpoenaed": Congressman assures 'triggered' Joe Scarborough that Mueller will testify

fromZeroHedge: "It's going to happen. He will get subpoenaed."
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Enemy of the state: The war on Julian Assange

fromMedium: Assange is to be made an example of to journalists not only in the US but in other nations as well. If he winds up extradited and found guilty, this will be a hammerblow to reporters who constantly are working on exposed truths and secrets and pertains not only to the US but to other governments as well.
Indoctrination and Censorship              The Government is Not Us

Central planning is poisonous to innovation

fromCreators: It was only a few decades ago that legalizing marijuana was still considered fringe. Now, marijuana legalization is a commonly accepted policy proposition.
Regulation Nation

We fabricated drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas, former detective testifies

fromNYDailyNews: A former NYPD narcotics detective snared in a corruption scandal testified it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas.
Police State America                                 The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

June 5, 2019


Could prostitution be next to be decriminalized?

fromNYTimes: Marijuana has gone mainstream, casino gambling is everywhere and sports wagering is spreading. Could prostitution be next? It will happen just as soon as the government figures out how to replace the pimp as profiteer.  
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

"It's all a fraud": Deceptive edits found in Mueller Report

fromZeroHedge: Mueller's deceptive edits beg the question; what else may have been manipulated by the special counsel to make Trump look guilty?
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Police to use TSA-style scanners to spy on people in public places

fromMassPrivateI: TSA-style body scanners are coming to public spaces, and that should scare the hell out of everyone.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

VIDEO: Julian Assange - Wikileaks and the 2016 Presidential Election

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: Journalist Julian Assange gives a fascinating interview in 2016 by Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi, regarding the Wikileaks disclosures that affected the 2016 presidential election.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Cops raid innocent family, stop mom from breastfeeding for ‘smelling weed’—they found none

fromTheFreeThoughtProject: If you wonder why some folks have an adversity to cops, you need only watch these bullies harassing a family under the pretense of having smelled weed. And they claim to be public servants.
Police State America

Walter E Williams: Colleges committed to ideological diversity

fromCreators: Students "have to walk on eggshells, respect taboos, snitch on fellow students for politically incorrect jokes and learn to use ad hominem arguments as a means to attack ideas they find "disagreeable."

June 3, 2019


The predictable fate of Julian Assange: An assault against liberty

fromLewRockwell: The American herd will likely never understand the monstrous risk and extreme danger in what is being done to Julian Assange.
Indoctrination and Censorship        Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

Is AOC a white supremacist?

fromMises: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may have exposed her true self, unleashing something so awful, so disgusting, so fascist and racist that it likely left many of her viewers triggered and in need of a safe space. 
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Illinois is on the verge of legalizing marijuana. Here Is what the bill would do

fromReason: New York legislators also are taking another shot at legalization. 
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

The welfare state is tearing Sweden apart

fromMises: Forced multiculturalism increases polarization and tribalism along the most basic, and most easily recognized dividing lines. 
The Welfare State: Promoting Dependency

Dershowitz: Shame on Robert Mueller for exceeding his role

fromTheHill: No prosecutor should ever say or do anything for the purpose of helping one party or the other. 

May 17, 2019


Judgment day for John Brennan

fromTheUnzReview:   What's ahead for the mastermind of the Russia hoax.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Stung by tariffs, farmers seek bailouts and more protectionism

fromReason:   While Trump prepares another round of aid payments for farmers, Marco Rubio is pushing for tariffs on Mexican fruits and vegetables that will send prices soaring.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

☆ VIDEO: Remy - People will die

fromReason/YouTube:   Remy channels his inner Elizabeth Warren to vilify the other side.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Fear, loathing, intolerance – and worse

fromWattsUpWithThat:   The climate-fearing, capitalism-loathing Left cannot abide questions or differing opinions.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Conviction will soon be required before civil asset forfeiture is initiated

fromTheUnzReview:   New standard may hamstring law enforcement's ability to legally steal.

Las Vegas, which just authorized cannabis lounges, aspires to be the 'new Amsterdam'

fromReason:   The tourist mecca will be one of the few U.S. jurisdictions that give visitors a place where they can legally use the marijuana they can legally buy.

April 24, 2019


NYT: The tables have turned -- Time to investigate the FBI, Steele and the rest of the 'witch hunters'

fromZeroHedge:  Now that the shoe is on the other foot, and key Democrats backing away from talks of impeachment, let's see if lady justice will follow the rest of us down the rabbit hole. 
The Government is Not Us           Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Is nationwide marijuana legalization just around the corner?

fromReason:  It's hard to be pessimistic about marijuana legalization these days. Recreational cannabis is legal in 10 states and decriminalized in another 14.  

Walter E Williams: Millennials for socialism

fromCreators:  If one needed evidence of the gross ignorance of millennials, and their teachers and college professors, it's their solid support for socialism and socialist presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders.

VIDEO: Victor Davis Hanson - The Russia Collusion Hoax, A Retrospective

fromLibertyPen/YouTube:  From American Thought Leaders, historian Victor Davis Hanson provides a brilliant retrospective of the Russian Hoax, detailing the players, the playbook and what could come next. 

Should prostitution be a normal profession?

fromBBC:  When prostitution is illegal “what ends up happening is the sex workers themselves have to pay bribes to the police – either sexual bribes or financial bribes – to then escape the enforcement of the law. That simply means they have to do more sex work in order to make up the money they’ve paid to the state.”

The panic over ‘social media addiction’ threatens free speech

fromReason:  Classifying heavy internet use as medical addiction leads to bad policy and inferior patient care. 

Feb 28, 2019


Marijuana legalization bills are advancing in several states

fromForbes:  Marijuana legalization advocates came into 2019 expecting it to be a huge year for cannabis, and lawmakers around the country are not disappointing them so far.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

No drugs, no crime and just pennies for school: how police use civil asset forfeiture

fromPulitzerCenter:  In the past two decades, the federal government took in $36.5 billion in assets police seized from the America people, many of whom never were charged with a crime or shown to have drugs.
Police State America

Political bias is destroying people’s faith in journalism

fromNYPost:  A war on liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not enough. Democrats go for the trifecta, as 44 vote for infanticide.
Media Bias on Parade

Apple's intensifying privacy & encryption stance worsening FBI struggles with lawbreakers 'going dark'

fromAppleInsider:  Because of Apple's and other companies' stances on end-to-end encryption, the U.S. government's trouble in intercepting online communications is only accelerating.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Additional Little Rock residents share stories of "unjustified" no-knock warrants

fromKATV:  Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump: "So as long as officers know that police involved shooting reviews that are meaningless rubber-stamps, they have no incentive to change their behavior."
Police State America

How Is abortion after birth not news?

fromLATimes:  A war on liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not enough. Democrats go for the trifecta, as 44 vote for infanticide.

Feb 13, 2019


Rights and non-rights: a simple way to distinguish the two

fromFEE:  It’s readily apparent today that Americans are of widely different views on what a right is, how many we have, where rights come from, or why we have any in the first place.
Individual Liberty: America's First Principle 

Some Washington sheriffs refuse to enforce new gun laws

fromABCNews:  Sheriffs in a dozen Washington counties say they won't enforce the state's sweeping new restrictions on semi-automatic rifles until the courts decide whether they are constitutional.
2nd Amendment Assaults

Police can seize cash in the mail. An innocent man found out the hard way.

fromGreenvilleNews:  Not since the days of the Sheriff of Nottingham have cops so openly practiced state-sponsored theft.
Police State America

Senator files '420' marijuana bill to legalize it federally

fromForbes:  The proposal would remove it from the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), impose more taxes on sales and create a system of permits for businesses to engage in cannabis commerce.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Study: voter ID laws don’t stop people voting

fromFreeBeacon:  Strict voter ID laws do not suppress turnout, a new paper finds, regardless of sex, race, Hispanic identity, or party affiliation.
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

Abuse of Force: Body camera video shows man tased 11 times by officers in Arizona

fromKSHBKansasCity:  Multiple independent law enforcement experts, who agreed to review the incident, said the officers’ conduct was unlawful, potentially criminal.

Feb 4, 2019


Walter E Williams: Demonizing white men

fromCreators:  The new racism. "There are only two ways to explain the silence by people who should know better. Either they agree with the sentiments expressed or they are out-and-out cowards."
Political Correctness and Other Nitwittery

‘I’m not going to enforce that’: sheriffs disobey new anti-gun laws—refuse to disarm citizens

fromPJMedia:  We see "the behavior of a police state where the laws are written to help the government achieve its ends, not to guarantee the freedom of the people — and where police break the laws they are sworn to enforce."
2nd Amendment Assaults

⭐  VIDEO: The proper social system for man.

fromAynRandInstitute/YouTube:  A short lesson from Ayn Rand herself.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market         Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

VIDEO: Don't talk to cops

fromRegentUniversitySchoolofLaw/YouTube:  Information is Power. Know Your Rights
Police State America      Individual Liberty: America's First Principle

Apocalyptic debt crisis in America: 63 of America’s largest 75 cities are completely broke

fromSHTFPlan:  Most of the debt is due to unfunded retiree benefits such as pension and health care costs.  That means those depending on that money, likely won’t see a dime of it. 
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Kamala Harris hopes you'll forget her record as a drug warrior and draconian prosecutor

fromPJMedia:  The senator and presidential hopeful went to bat for dirty prosecutors, opposed marijuana legalization, and championed policies that endanger sex workers.

Jan 31, 2019


Free speech liberalism is dying in its birthplace

fromTheAmericanConservative: Britain, the home of Swift and Mill, is increasingly clamping down on expression.
Indoctrination and Censorship

TAKEN: How police departments make millions by seizing property

fromGreenvilleOnline: In South Carolina, civil forfeiture targets black people’s money most of all. 
Police State America

The Trump administration’s crackdown on marijuana legalization might end under Bill Barr

fromTheSpokesmanReview: Trump’s nominee to replace Sessions as attorney general confirmed that he won’t be continuing that push to crack down on legal pot if he is confirmed by the Senate. 
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

The 100-mile rule runs contrary to reasonable searches

fromTheSpokesmanReview: Federal agents board buses and perform “show-us-your-papers checks” that are exactly the kind of fishing expedition the Fourth Amendment seems designed to prevent. 
Police State America

Chronic pain patients gather to protest opioid regulations

fromGreeleyTribune: When law enforcement policy, not medical evaluation, decides who gets painkillers, the citizens suffer. 
Police State America      Regulation Nation

Make individualism great again

from71Republic: Across the country, we are witnessing a decline of the influence of individualism in our society with the effects of this being purely negative. 

Jan 23, 2019


Uncle Sam wants your DNA: The FBI’s diabolical plan to create a nation of suspects

fromRutherfordInstitute: Uncle Sam wants you. Correction: Uncle Sam wants your DNA. Actually, if the government gets its hands on your DNA, they as good as have you in their clutches.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make        Police State America

Marijuana is legal in California. So why is the CHP arresting delivery drivers?

fromMercedSun-Star: The CHP hasn’t slowed down in cannabis seizures since legalization. In fact, the department seized nearly eight tons of cannabis between January and November of 2018.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange      Police State America

Homeschooling produces better-educated, more-tolerant kids. Politicians hate that

fromReason: Government officials should use the success of the competition as an educational moment.
Indoctrination and Censorship

Big Data meets Big Gov't: New IRS spy software

fromWND: Daniel J. Pilla explains agency's plan to surveil your finances.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

Several states invoking nullification to rein In federal government

fromWND: From the Dakotas to Rhode Island to Kentucky, states are increasingly moving to use nullification as a method to curtail what they contend are unconstitutional actions by the U.S. government.
The Government is Not Us

How can we take power away from criminal gangs? Legalize drugs

fromTheGuardian: Prohibition makes our world a more dangerous place, trapping people in poverty

Jan 21, 2019


Yes, the FBI is America's secret police

fromTheHill: In order to boost the credibility of the FBI’s investigations of the Trump team, much of the media is whitewashing the bureau’s entire history. But the FBI has been out of control almost since its birth.
Police State America

VIDEO: Rand Paul - The mindless Middle East war machine

fromTheHill: For several years now, Senator Rand Paul has worked tirelessly to extract American soldiers from perpetual wars in the Middle East. He explains his position and praises Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria.
Defense Versus The War Machine

A victory for the Chicago police code of silence

fromCreators: The acquittal was a shock but, in a city with a history of unpunished police abuses, not a surprise. No one ever got rich betting that Chicago police will face punishment for committing crimes in the line of duty.
Police State America

Fast food is getting more expensive as minimum wages rise

fromTheHill: Government regulators are relentless in their quest to lower the standard of living for Americans.
Regulation Nation      Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market

Florida to announce legalization of medical marijuana flower

fromForbes: When Florida legalized medical cannabis, one of the most highly debated regulations was Florida’s ban on flower sales.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

Trump wants to leave NATO? It's not a bad idea

fromCreators: The military threat that the Kremlin once represented has shriveled.

Jan 19, 2019


Congressman slams civil forfeiture as 'a series of government shakedowns'

fromForbes: Under federal law, property owners facing civil forfeiture are essentially guilty until proven innocent and must bear the burden of proof, unlike criminal cases.
Police State America     Justice is a Result, Not Just a Process

VIDEO: John Stossel: Government shutdown shows private Is better

fromReason: Shutdown teaches us that much of government is NOT essential.
Economic Policy: Statism Versus The Free Market       The Government is Not Us

How long can Congress keep pretending marijuana legalization isn’t the norm?

fromCourant: As more states vote to legalize adult recreational use, they are creating a powerful coalition against the federal government, which continues to classify marijuana as an illegal Schedule 1 drug on par with heroin.
The War on Unapproved Voluntary Exchange

How U.S. surveillance technology is propping up authoritarian regimes

fromWashingtonPost: The sale of technologies such as spyware and facial-recognition systems to human rights abusers enables insidious social control and encroachment on basic civil liberties.
Government is Watching Every Move You Make

VIDEO: Why they keep coming - The migrant caravans

fromLibertyPen/YouTube: A look at the incentives that attract migrants and have politicians blocking attempts to secure the border. Also, a look at the political dynamics driving the government shutdown.
Politics and Other Official Acts of Corruption

Norway readies 'Big Brother' GPS-based taxation per mile-driven

fromZeroHedge: Coming to a tyranny near you. The idea is to transform the public to electric cars, then make up lost fuel tax revenue with a scheme like this.