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††Drug Warriors Push Broad Censorship of Speech

Posted by CN Staff on March 20, 2007 at 22:31:56 PT
By Jacob Sullum†
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Washington, DC -- When Joseph Frederick, a Juneau, Alaska, high school senior, unrolled a 14-foot banner proclaiming "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" at a 2002 Winter Olympics torch relay rally near his school, he was trying to attract TV cameras. Instead he caught the eye of Deborah Morse, the school's principal, who crossed the street, grabbed the banner, crumpled it up, and suspended Frederick for 10 days.
Morse was offended not by the banner's religious content but by what she took to be its pro-marijuana message, which she felt undermined the school's anti-drug stance. When the U.S. Supreme Court considered the constitutionality of Morse's heavy-handed censorship on Monday, it seemed a majority might be prepared to accept her interpretation and obligingly carve out a "drug exception" to the First Amendment.It's about time. The Supreme Court has been using drug cases to whittle away at the Fourth Amendment's prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures for years, leaving freedom of speech untouched. If achieving a drug-free society means students have to hand over their urine as the price for participating in extracurricular activities, why should they be free to mock anti-drug orthodoxy, even unintentionally?"Illegal drugs and the glorification of the drug culture are profoundly serious problems for our nation," Kenneth Starr told the Supreme Court during oral arguments in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case. And if linking the drug culture to Jesus Christ does not qualify as glorification, what does?Starr, a former solicitor general, feels so strongly about the issue that he is representing Morse and the school district for free. On the other side are the usual suspects: the American Civil Liberties Union, the Drug Policy Alliance, Pat Robertson's American Center for Law and Justice. Wait a minute.It turns out that Robertson's group, which probably does not share whatever sentiment Frederick's cryptic banner expressed, is not the only organization representing the interests of religious conservatives that is defending the right to offend school administrators. The Christian Legal Society, the Alliance Defense Fund, the Rutherford Institute and the Liberty Legal Institute also are alarmed by the sweeping claim that public school officials may censor any speech they consider contrary to their "educational mission," even if it happens off campus.Where does that leave students who condemn abortion or homosexuality, question evolution or insist on the importance of Holy Scripture in resolving moral issues? The question does not seem to trouble the Bush administration, for which hostility toward civil liberties is a more consistent theme than friendliness toward the religious right. Deputy Solicitor General Edwin Kneedler told the Supreme Court a school "does not have to tolerate a message that is inconsistent" with its educational mission.Justice Samuel Alito called this argument "very, very disturbing," noting that schools could suppress a wide range of speech "under the banner of getting rid of speech that's inconsistent with educational missions." That banner is even vaguer than "Bong Hits 4 Jesus."When it ruled that confiscating Frederick's banner violated the First Amendment, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said censorship of student speech is not justified "in the absence of concern about disruption of educational activities." No one claims Frederick, who displayed the banner at a school-approved but privately sponsored event on a public street, was preventing students from learning.Yet according to Justice Anthony Kennedy, whom The New York Times alarmingly describes as "perhaps the most speech-protective of the justices," the banner was "completely disruptive" because it contradicted "the message the school wanted to promote." Kennedy, the Times reports, is "highly pro-government on issues involving illegal drugs."Presumably, then, Kennedy also would take a dim view of a message such as "Legalize It." How strange it would be if students had a constitutional right to wear armbands protesting the Vietnam War, as the Court has held, but did not have a constitutional right to wear T-shirts protesting the war on drugs.Complete Title: Crumple Zone: Drug Warriors Push Broad Censorship of Student SpeechJacob Sullum is a senior editor at Reason magazine and a contributing columnist on Townhall.com. Source: Town Hall.com (DC)Author: Jacob Sullum Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2007Copyright: 2007 King Features SyndicateContact: info townhall.com Website: http://www.townhall.com/Related Articles & Web Site:ACLUhttp://www.aclu.org/ Precedent 4 Student Speechhttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread22786.shtmlHigh Schooler's Fun Unites Right and Left http://cannabisnews.com/news/thread22781.shtmlUp in Smoke At The High Courthttp://cannabisnews.com/news/thread22778.shtml 

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Comment #57 posted by whig on March 22, 2007 at 15:53:18 PT
What's the frequency, Kenneth?
420.
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Comment #56 posted by whig on March 22, 2007 at 15:45:19 PT
i'll spell out the joke
DONG HITS 4 KENNETH
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Comment #55 posted by whig on March 22, 2007 at 15:44:17 PT
Toker00
Pass it on. Put it on a banner if you dare. Have fun.
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Comment #54 posted by Toker00 on March 22, 2007 at 14:50:26 PT
Whig!
That's naughty!And Funny!!Toke.
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Comment #53 posted by whig on March 22, 2007 at 13:30:24 PT
It's true
Remember the Clenis.
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Comment #52 posted by whig on March 22, 2007 at 13:26:45 PT
DH4K
Yeah, you heard me.
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Comment #51 posted by whig on March 22, 2007 at 13:26:03 PT
the plan is working
BH4J persecution creates pushback. Ken Starr just puts the icing on the cake.
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Comment #50 posted by whig on March 22, 2007 at 13:23:02 PT
FoM
Richard Holbrooke going on national television talking about enjoying the fumes of Willie's bus is pretty big, though.
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Comment #49 posted by FoM on March 22, 2007 at 12:04:09 PT
Whig
We don't watch Colbert. He acts too much like a Republican and there isn't anything funny to us about a Republican so we missed it. I know he is liberal but the humor just isn't what we like. We like Jon Stewart though.
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Comment #48 posted by whig on March 22, 2007 at 11:51:37 PT
FoM
Did you watch Colbert the last few nights? He had Willie Nelson on for the Tuesday show, and Richard Holbrooke came on as well and said he had inhaled the fumes on Willie's bus and liked it very much.
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Comment #47 posted by FoM on March 22, 2007 at 11:31:36 PT
whig
That was good on the Daily Show last night.
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Comment #46 posted by whig on March 22, 2007 at 11:20:12 PT
FoM
They were talking about Lincoln on the Daily Show last night and how he had a cabinet made up of people who were that kind of heavy hitters.
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Comment #45 posted by FoM on March 22, 2007 at 11:18:19 PT

whig
It could be a good beginning. We need someone who understands the drug war and Dennis Kucinich does. We need an expert for a job like that.
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Comment #44 posted by whig on March 22, 2007 at 11:09:47 PT

FoM
Sure, they can't abolish the office of national drug control policy until congress acts anyhow, and it could certainly have a changed mission and name to help clean up the mess it's made.Dennis Kucinich for Director of the National Drug Control Policy.
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Comment #43 posted by FoM on March 22, 2007 at 11:06:16 PT

Dennis Kucinich
I hope you will humor me. If Obama was elected what very important job could Dennis Kucinich do? If we still have to have a drug czar wouldn't Dennis Kucinich be a good one?
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Comment #42 posted by whig on March 22, 2007 at 11:03:38 PT

Toker00
I would like there to be a president who is answerable to us, who speaks with honesty and can use the tools of modern communication to allow us to have a conversation with her or him.
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Comment #41 posted by FoM on March 22, 2007 at 11:03:30 PT

Whig
I am sorry that she has stage four cancer. That's a very difficult diagnosis.
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Comment #40 posted by whig on March 22, 2007 at 10:52:43 PT

News
Elizabeth Edwards has cancer.BH4EE
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Comment #39 posted by FoM on March 22, 2007 at 09:56:32 PT

Toker00
I would love to have a President like Obama. So far none of the spin has convinced me that he couldn't do a good job and people really like him and that gives me hope. We really do need a clean win to regain confidence.
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Comment #38 posted by Toker00 on March 22, 2007 at 09:49:48 PT

 FoM
In nature, animals usually have one in their group who stands above and protects/defends the others. Leadership is a natural thing. Being given a Free Will by the Creator places the responsibility of direction of the, (for lack of a better word right now), flock, on the Leaders. Free Will allows those leaders to be anywhere from a negative "leader" like Bush, to a positive leader like, IMHO, John Lennon. We have to be very, very careful in choosing our Leaders. We haven't been for way too long. We've been accepting their art of Illusion as Reality. We have lost our way, but only because we chose the wrong Leaders. If they tell us the Truth, we can chose the Right Leader, but if they tell us Lies, we have to be able to recognize that and not being careful in our choice of Leaders has gotten us in a very serious JAM. Most people don't even realize HOW serious. Many times things have been discovered about a leader right before election time and there's no time to stop the momentum. I say we pull down the Vail on every single one of the Contenders before we solidify our Voting Block on one candidate. Don't get me wrong, Obama could still be the one on top of the heap. Kucinich has begun to subtly flex HIS influence, too. This will be the most exciting and nail biting election in our history. We MUST make the right choice, we CANNOT fail this time. If we do, I hate to think of the consequences, after making the wrong choice of Bush. (Not us, Them).Toke.
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Comment #37 posted by FoM on March 22, 2007 at 07:22:58 PT

Looking For a Leader Documentary Clip
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZejS7ix_s9g
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Comment #36 posted by FoM on March 22, 2007 at 07:18:25 PT

Just My Thoughts
I haven't found anything but good vibrations on the blogs that I check out. If I know that it is a Republican web site I don't read it. Neil Young's one song called Looking For a Leader says that we need a clean win to regain confidence.We can't afford to have a close election because they can manipulate it again.We have to make this a clean win or we will have more of the republicans and I don't think I could handle that.
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Comment #35 posted by The GCW on March 22, 2007 at 05:30:23 PT

For what it's worth...
We haven't heard much lately about the Masons, Illuminati, Skul-n-Bones implication lately, with the 32nd and 33rd degree concepts, but on that level Hillary Clinton is higher on the ladder that Bill.It would make sense that if the Republicans were to choose who would be the Dem nominee, they would want Hillary knowing there is X amount of Dem Americans that simply will refuse to vote for a woman and that would play into the Repubs hands.Consider again how the Repubs will register to vote as Dems to help control who will be the Dem nominee...
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Comment #34 posted by BGreen on March 22, 2007 at 02:19:58 PT

Phony Right-wing Blogs or PHROGS
They're the only ones you'll find still against us.The Reverend Bud Green
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Comment #33 posted by whig on March 21, 2007 at 23:06:23 PT

observation
As far as the progressive blogs go, nobody is against us.
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Comment #32 posted by whig on March 21, 2007 at 23:05:25 PT

I pointed out elsewhere
While the Democratic party persecuted us, they had no majority.If they stop, they win.
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Comment #31 posted by whig on March 21, 2007 at 23:04:12 PT

FoM
Keep in mind they've shifted the major primaries (including California and New York) to February 5. So we have to be prepared to know how we are going to shift this thing before then and then move it.
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on March 21, 2007 at 20:39:56 PT

whig
I agree and this will be an election that will make history. The people do matter now because of the Internet. That's really a great thought.
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Comment #29 posted by whig on March 21, 2007 at 20:02:58 PT

Here is the truth
The candidate who can win the blogs can win. The campaigns know this. It's not even like 2006, the growth is geometric.
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Comment #28 posted by whig on March 21, 2007 at 19:59:46 PT

However
I think she should have a role in the next administration if she wants one, like secretary of health and human services maybe.
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Comment #27 posted by whig on March 21, 2007 at 19:58:36 PT

Hillary Clinton
If she is the nominee the Democratic party would split. The blogs would yank away from it.
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Comment #26 posted by FoM on March 21, 2007 at 17:45:49 PT

Toker00 and Anyone Interested
This article is about the 1984 Video. I think I understand what he means. Anti-Hillary Clinton "1984 Video" A Work Of Arthttp://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=22504
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on March 21, 2007 at 17:07:02 PT

Toker00
It's mind boggling to me. I can't even think how it would be if she got elected. I'd probably crawl in a hole and die.No it's not that bad. LOL!
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Comment #24 posted by RevRayGreen on March 21, 2007 at 17:05:33 PT

NBH4B
No Bong Hits 4 Bush
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Comment #23 posted by Toker00 on March 21, 2007 at 17:01:49 PT

Do you guys realize...
that if Hillary were to be elected and then re-elected, that would be 28 consecutive years of BUSH/CLINTON! Two Families ruling this country for 28 years!?! Da*g! That would be seven Presidencies!Toke. 
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on March 21, 2007 at 16:37:48 PT

A Little Off Topic News
Who Created "Hillary 1984"? Mystery Solved!http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/who-created-hillary-1984_b_43978.html
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Comment #21 posted by whig on March 21, 2007 at 16:22:05 PT

Toker00
It sounds like Mr. Lampson knows who is in charge.
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Comment #20 posted by Toker00 on March 21, 2007 at 15:38:52 PT

Change, or illusion?
Bush to Congress: Drop DeadAfter weeks of administration lies about the "Pearl Harbor Day Massacre" of eight U.S. Attorneys, the Senate and House Judiciary Committees are preparing to subpoena Alberto Gonzales, Harriet Miers, and Karl Rove.But George Bush went on TV to declare he will "oppose any attempts to subpoena White House officials." Why? Obviously because Bush, Gonzales, Miers, and Rove conspired to fire U.S. attorneys who were prosecuting Republican corruption. That's obstruction of justice - grounds not only for impeachment but also prosecution.Bush promised to fight any subpoenas in the courts if he has to. Of course we know the Republican-controlled Supreme Court will take Bush's side, just as it did in 2000 when it threw out 175,000 never-counted Florida votes to steal the Presidency for him.Ultimately Congress has just one tool to force Bush and Cheney to respect the Constitution: Impeachment and Removal.Over 74,000 of our supporters have urged their Representatives to Impeach Bush and Cheney. Help us reach 100,000:
http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/88?ad=d7______________Join Cindy Sheehan in Urging Dennis Kucinich to Introduce Articles of ImpeachmentOn Monday, Dennis Kucinich asked everyone if it's time for impeachment, and many of you visited his website to enthusiastically say Yes.On Tuesday, Cindy Sheehan wrote a letter to Kucinich urging him to introduce Articles of Impeachment. Ask everyone you know to sign Cindy's letter:
http://www.democrats.com/kucinich-please-impeach______________Tell Congress to Vote NO on Supplemental Spending Bill for WarThe House is scheduled to vote to give Bush another $93 billion for his disastrous Iraq War on Thursday.Speaker Pelosi is desperate to pass the bill and is threatening political revenge against progressive Democrats who oppose it, led by Barbara Lee and Maxine Waters.Pelosi is also trying to prevent Barbara Lee from offering her crucial amendment to restrict any new funds to a "fully-funded withdrawal." Tragically, she even persuaded Moveon to conduct a dishonest poll of its members that deliberately excluded Lee's amendment:
http://www.democrats.com/more-dishonesty-from-moveonThis is our last chance to ask our Representatives to support Barbara Lee's Amendment:
http://www.democrats.com/peoplesemailnetwork/96Here are some words of inspiration from Democrats who oppose the Supplemental:Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.): "As a nation, can we hear the words of Gandhi, so simple, so true--that it's either non-violence or non-existence? Can we hear the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. that we must learn to live together as brothers and sisters or perish as fools? Tonight I must make it plain and clear, that as a human being, as a citizen of the world, as a citizen of America, as a member of Congress, and as an individual committed to a world at peace with itself, I will not and cannot vote for another dollar or another dime to support this war."Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.): "The best way to keep [the troops] safe is to bring them home. It's difficult to oppose [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). She's a great leader and working wonders to get this passed, but some things I can't vote for. [If the resolution fails] It won't look good, like the Democrats can't get their act together, but that's OK. We can write a better bill."If you have a few extra moments to end Bush's disastrous war, please call one or more undecided members of the Progressive Caucus and post the results in our comments:
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/node/19669______________Peace and Impeachment Photos ProjectSome friends of ours took anti-war signs onto public trains last weekend and asked people if they would be photographed with them. On Sunday, March 18, four teams of photographers went through the New York City subway. On five subway lines, 333 people agreed to be photographed. Looking through the collection is an eye-opening experience.
http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/subwayWhy not try this in your city or small town? And include Bush Is Over and Cheney Is Over signs!
http://www.bushisover.org______________PDA Grassroots Leadership Conference -- March 23-25, 2007Join us in Washington, D.C., to work on these issues:
-End the Occupation/ Redirect Funding (Oversight/Accountability/Impeachment)
-Implement Universal HealthCare
-Assure Economic Justice
-Guarantee Clean, Fair Transparent Elections
-Stop Global Warming
Panelists include: Medea Benjamin, PDA Board Member/Code Pink; Marilyn Clement, PDA Universal Health Care Issue Organizing Team/Health Care Now!; Lori Wallach, Public Citizenís Global Trade Watch; Bill Fletcher, Center for Labor Renewal; Steve Cobble, PDA Board Member; David Swanson, PDA Board Member; Tim Carpenter, PDA Executive Director; Bill Goold, Congressional Progressive Caucus Executive Director; Terry Lierman, PDA Board Member and Maryland Democratic Party State Chair; Greg Moore, PDA Board Member; Jeff Cohen, PDA Communications Consultant.
http://tinyurl.com/2e6odd______________Come to Crawford for EasterThe Spring holidays are a time of re-birth, and nothing could bring a re-birth of our democracy like impeachment. So, we'll be holding an impeachment hearing outside Bush's estate in Crawford, Texas. Please come join Cindy Sheehan, David Swanson, Ann Wright, Debra Sweet, and many others for an imPEACHment festival and impeachment hearings on the emperor's back porch. Willie and Annie Nelson, Jodie Evans, Ann Wright, the Crawford Peace House, and Ava Lowery will receive Camp Casey Peace Awards. Emma's Revolution and many others will perform. And the Make Hip Hop Not War Tour will roll through. Join us:
http://www.gsfp.org/article.php?id=320______________On April 28, Spell Out IMPEACH
Since Congress doesn't seem to get it, on April 28th America will spell it out: IMPEACH! Spell it out in your own creative ways. You can use your bodies on the ground, or use chalk on the sidewalk, paint it on the side of a barn (provided it's your barn!), tattoo it on your arm, parade down the sidewalk carrying giant letters, hire a skywriter, plant flowerbeds in the shape of the letters, etc. A military mother in Brooklyn plans to spell it out with pizza pies on the Coney Island boardwalk. Let us hear your creative ideas!http://www.a28.orgToke.
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Comment #19 posted by Toker00 on March 21, 2007 at 15:02:02 PT

My Newbie Congressman. 
DeLay ignored me and you see what it got him. Lol! I'll see if I can get Nick's take on Drug policy. I'll be gentle. March 21, 2007Dear Mr. Toker, (No, not really)I would like to thank you for contacting me to request Congress conduct immediate and thorough oversight of the NSA surveillance program. I share in your concern regarding the constitutionality of this program.As your representative in Congress I understand that it is my constitutional duty to oversee the actions of the executive branch. As you know, the President has spoken of a plan to modify the surveillance program. I am anxious to see this proposal and understand how it differs from the original proposal. Any such proposal must never violate the Constitution, and the civil rights of the American people must be protected.I agree with your assertion that Congress should require any President to abide by the constitutional requirements and laws governing domestic surveillance. I continue to follow this issue closely, and will work with Chairman Henry Waxman and the other members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to ensure that all branches in the government are held accountable for their actions.Again, thank you for taking the time to share your views with me. I look forward to hearing from you again soon.Sincerely,NICK LAMPSONMember of CongressP.S. I apologize for the delay in response, and I appreciate your patience as I work to establish my new congressional offices in Stafford and Washington, DC to better serve you and the entire 22nd District of Texas.Please be sure to visit my website at http://www.lampson.house.gov to learn more about our district and how I may be of service to you.
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Comment #18 posted by dongenero on March 21, 2007 at 13:36:18 PT

sorry Jack
Typing this on the fly while I'm working....I'd better slow down.
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Comment #17 posted by dongenero on March 21, 2007 at 13:33:14 PT

ekim post #14
Great post ekim. I have known the general story on this but have not read all of Lack Herer's book.That passage should be sent to every senator and representative in the country. What a shameful event. There are many great things about our Nation but We The People must be ever vigilant of those in power and should demand that amends are made for such wrongdoing.This particular wrongdoing has stood for 70 years! That is quite long enough!
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on March 21, 2007 at 13:19:22 PT

Taylor121
Thank you. I won't be able to hear it because I uninstalled the real player. The only one that has worked for me is WMP.
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Comment #15 posted by Taylor121 on March 21, 2007 at 12:50:49 PT

Texas hearing on lessening pot penalties
The archived version is up on the hearing that took place yesterday that will decide the fate of HB 758. You need Real to watch it. 1)Go to:
http://www.house.state.tx.us/committees/broadcasts.php?session=80&committeeCode=2202)Click on the top link dated 3/20/07
3) Fast forward to 6 hours and 6 minutes into the hearing for the marijuana bill. Texans, some of the testimony may anger you because there are some outright lies and generalizations, but I urge you not to make an angry phone call to committee members and to stay polite on the phone. Remember, this same committee passed this legislation last session, let's hope they have the wisdom to not give into the fear.
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Comment #14 posted by ekim on March 21, 2007 at 12:30:43 PT

70 years pushing censorship
http://www.jackherer.com/chapter04.htmlAfter the Supreme Court decision of March 29, 1937, upholding the prohibition of machine guns through taxation, Herman Oliphant made his move. On April 14, 1937 he introduced the bill directly to the House Ways and Means Committee instead of to other appropriate committees such as food and drug, agriculture, textiles, commerce, etc. His reason may have been that "Ways and Means" is the only committee that can send its bills directly to the House floor without being subject to debate by other committees. Ways and Means Chairman Robert L. Doughton,* a key DuPont ally, quickly rubber-stamped the secret Treasury bill and sent it sailing through Congress to the President. * Colby Jerry, The DuPont Dynasties, Lyle Stewart, 1984. "Did Anyone Consult the AMA?"However, even within his controlled Committee hearings, many expert witnesses spoke out against the passage of these unusual tax laws. Dr. William G. Woodward, for instance, who was both a physician and an attorney for the American Medical Association, testified on behalf of the AMA. He said, in effect, the entire fabric of federal testimony was tabloid sensationalism! No real testimony had been heard! This law, passed in ignorance, could possibly deny the world a potential medicine, especially now that the medical world was just beginning to find which ingredients in cannabis were active. Woodward told the committee that the only reason the AMA hadn't come out against the marijuana tax law sooner was that marijuana had been described in the press for 20 years as "killer weed from Mexico."The AMA doctors had just realized "two days before" these spring 1937 hearings, that the plant Congress intended to outlaw was known medically as cannabis, the benign substance used in America with perfect safety in scores of illnesses for over one hundred years. "We cannot understand yet, Mr. Chairman," Woodward protested, "why this bill should have been prepared in secret for two years without any intimation, even to the profession, that it was being prepared." He and the AMA" were quickly denounced by Anslinger and the entire congressional committee, and curtly excused.3 *The AMA and the Roosevelt Administration were strong antagonists in 1937. When the Marijuana Tax Act bill came up for oral report, discussion, and vote on the floor of Congress, only one pertinent question was asked from the floor: "Did anyone consult with the AMA and get their opinion?"Representative Vinson, answering for the Ways and Means Committee replied, "Yes, we have. A Dr. Wharton [mistaken pronunciation of Woodward?] and {the AMA} are in complete agreement!"With this memorable lie, the bill passed, and became law in December 1937. Federal and state police forces were created, which have incarcerated hundreds of thousands of Americans, adding up to more than 14 million wasted years in jails and prisons - even contributing to their deaths - all for the sake of poisonous, polluting industries, prison guard unions and to reinforce some white politicians' policies of racial hatred. (Mikuriya, Tod, M.C., Marijuana Medical Papers, 1972; Sloman, Larry, Reefer Madness, Grove Press, 1979; Lindsmith, Alfred, The Addict and the Law, Indiana U. Press; Bonnie & Whitebread; The Marijuana Conviction, U. of VA Press; U.S. Cong. Records; et al.) 

http://www.jackherer.com/chapter04.html
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Comment #13 posted by nuevo mexican on March 21, 2007 at 12:06:56 PT

Al Gore on C-span 3 now....
Here's the link!
http://www.c-span.org/watch/cspan3_rm.asp?Cat=TV&Code=CS3
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Comment #12 posted by ekim on March 21, 2007 at 12:00:24 PT

pete had this up a while back
Billy Bob Thornton Signs For Halle Berry's 'Tulia'http://www.cinematical.com/2007/03/14/billy-bob-thornton-signs-for-halle-berrys-tulia/
http://www.drugwarrant.com
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on March 21, 2007 at 10:52:47 PT

Press Release from The Drug Policy Alliance
Victory for Medical Marijuana in New MexicoWednesday, March 21, 2007 http://www.drugpolicy.org/news/032107nm.cfm
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Comment #10 posted by FoM on March 21, 2007 at 10:11:44 PT

Toker00
Thank you too. We might have our minds looking at different issues of concern but we all are on the same page. I don't march to the beat of anyones drums and neither do we as a community.
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Comment #9 posted by dongenero on March 21, 2007 at 10:04:08 PT

great final comment in the above article
"How strange it would be if students had a constitutional right to wear armbands protesting the Vietnam War, as the Court has held, but did not have a constitutional right to wear T-shirts protesting the war on drugs."Indeed!
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Comment #8 posted by Toker00 on March 21, 2007 at 09:48:39 PT

Thanks, FoM
I'll check it out.I haven't said this lately, so: "THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO!" Toke.
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on March 21, 2007 at 09:46:48 PT

The Internet Has Power Too Now
You Choose 08: http://www.youtube.com/members?s=po&g=-1My Space: Impact: http://impact.myspace.com/
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on March 21, 2007 at 09:35:45 PT

Toker00 
I think that Senator Obama is a very strong willed person and his strong will is centered in a different direction then he has seen in Washington since he has been there. Mild mannered doesn't mean whimpy. Sarah Carter just endorsed Senator Obama and that was really great to read on the Daily Kos. Close to 500 comments on that thread too.
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Comment #5 posted by Toker00 on March 21, 2007 at 09:27:48 PT

FoM
I share your skepticism. That may be because you and I, like many others here, know that change has to be far more substantial than anything the Pols suggest. Obama can talk it, but the corrupt will never let him walk it. WE have to occupy the White House. Sounds unreal buts that's what we'll have to do in order to gain control of our destiny. Otherwise, as has been proven over and over, indefinitely numerous times, the rulers will create our destiny for us.It's time for the People's Constitutional Republic to go from experimental to reality.Toke.  
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Comment #4 posted by Toker00 on March 21, 2007 at 09:18:18 PT

SSDP Video
http://www.ssdp.org/freespeech/We should be lavishing praise on these kids for doing what so many adults are AFRAID to do. Bong Hits 4 Free SpeechToke.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on March 21, 2007 at 09:11:06 PT

nuevo mexican 
These are amazing times but I can't find any joy in it all. I am sad that corruption has become so wide spread. I am not looking forward to Al Gore running if he decides that's what he wants because my mind is already made up but if he does and would get the nomination I would vote for him.
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Comment #2 posted by nuevo mexican on March 21, 2007 at 09:05:49 PT

Bush is toast, (subpeanos) and so is Prohibition!
The Democrats have grown a huge spine and some major testicles recently.Todays' vote to subpoena Rove and Miers has proved this, with Bushes politically motivated firing of 8 attorney generals, one from New Mexico, David Inglesias.Good Republican appointees who didn't tow the Chimperors' line, and we're fired for it, (and many other reasons soon to be revealed, bush thinks he is the 'fuhrer' doesn't he)?How does todays vote in Congress affect prohibition?As bush goes down, he takes the Republican Party with him, and the Drug Warriors in BOTH parties with become extinct.By natures very design!Prohibition is Republican by design, and should die like dinosaurs going extinct.A good day in New Mexico, thanks Bill Richardson, and a good day in Washington, thanks John Conyers and Al Gore!Al Gore looks more than 'Pretzel-dential, he looks like a leader from the Inter-Planetary Council, who's come to save the world from bush, the Rupukes, and all that would allow them to lead us to the world we currently inhabit.This is a great way to bring focus to the x-treme court jesters, who bush is counting on to save him, cheney and rove from their certain self-condemned, self-destruction.With all eyes on the X-tremes now, and bush, and bongs, and Jesus, (GCW gets his mantra printed thousands of times a day in the press now, if anyones noticed the massive coverage, most positive, some neutral, any press is good press, as they say)! So Gonzo is going, and bush and cheney are next, they are bonafide torturers, watch HBO's 'the Ghosts of Abu Gharib', and you will head to Washington soon and make sure Bush, 'ole bloodclot' Cheney, Gonzo and Rumsfeld are held accountable for torture, death, and the destruction of the Constitution and Bill of Rights!www.democracynow.orgAnd once this is all revealed, then we call for bush and cheney to be questioned 'under oath' about 9-11, and Mayans' agenda for truth will be fulfilled, and Cannabis is legalized, fulfilling FOMS' life mission, and the World uses 
Cannabis and Hemp to save the World from global warming and certain starvation, and everyone at C-News is joyful at the outcome of all of our 'focused energy'!First things first!
We have to get rid of Blackwater Inc. as well folks, 
read Jeremy Scahills new book, and how Blackwater is selling 
surveilance blimps to watch our every move. Privatized warfare, the history of this company will inspire you to action, these guys operate below the radar, and need lots of sunlight and exposure!We are the Watchers, watching the NSA watch us, and now, all will be revealed!The sixties were a dress rehearsal for these times, everything that is happening now, unfolded 40 years ago, and this time, the change for the better will be permanent!Can you say 'Age of Aquarius!' 

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Comment #1 posted by Toker00 on March 21, 2007 at 03:35:19 PT

Good little Anti. 
"Illegal drugs and the glorification of the drug culture are profoundly serious problems for our nation," Kenneth Starr told the Supreme Court during oral arguments in the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case. And if linking the drug culture to Jesus Christ does not qualify as glorification, what does?Do they know that the destruction of a peaceful Culture of people, whether they use drugs or not, is Genocide? What about the glorification of LEGAL drugs? They kill far and away more people than illegal drugs, yet they attack speech about the safest medicine in the medicine cabinet. Oh, that's right. God made the Illegal drugs. He didn't know what He was doing. We must trust the folks at Frankenceuticals Corp., instead. They know more than God. Just ask any Politician with investments in them. They'll tell you.If they ban speech about an herb that heals, claiming it to be a great Societal Harm, then they should also ban all these Legal Drug ads and doctors from talking to their patients about them. After all, which is more dangerous for society, Legal Drugs that Kill, or Cannabis that Heals? I suppose Alcoholists could say that alcohol was glorified in the Bible when Christ turned the water into wine. Yet they remain quiet about the fact that the Bible also Glorifies Cannabis as the TREE OF LIFE AND THE HEALER OF NATIONS and was what Jesus HEALED with. Where are the Societal Harms again? None with alcohol, right? Yet it will destroy our society if we offer Jesus a toke out loud.Tell me. What do people in church say these days when they get all spirited up? Praise MERCK? Thanks be to LIBBY? Thank you God for Fascism?God, I thank you once again for the Life giving and Life healing herb, Cannabis.Toke.   
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