MMJ Rescheduling To Be Heard In Federal Court 
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MMJ Rescheduling To Be Heard In Federal Court 
Posted by CN Staff on August 01, 2012 at 18:36:45 PT
By Nick Wing, The Huffington Post
Source: Huffington Post
Washington, D.C. -- Medical marijuana advocates will get their day in court later this year, when they argue the therapeutic value of cannabis.The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit agreed late last week to hear oral arguments in Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration, a case that could have major implications for the rescheduling of marijuana out of Schedule I, a category that also includes heroin and LSD. Schedule I drugs are described as substances that have “a high potential for abuse, have no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and there is a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision.” Rescheduling can take place either by congressional vote, or through independent action by the executive branch in the presence of new research.
Marijuana policy reformers initially petitioned the DEA in 2002, arguing that the current classification of marijuana was improper. In 2011, the DEA finally denied their request, prompting Americans for Safe Access to file a lawsuit earlier this year. Advocates are excited about the opportunity to present scientific evidence before federal court, and especially optimistic considering the recent release of a report that claims, in the clearest terms yet, that there are medical benefits to marijuana.From the Americans for Safe Access press release:The announcement of oral arguments comes just weeks after a study was published in The Open Neurology Journal by Dr. Igor Grant one of the leading U.S. medical marijuana researchers, claiming that marijuana's Schedule I classification is "not tenable." Dr. Grant and his fellow researchers concluded it was "not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking." The study urged additional research, and stated that marijuana's federal classification and its political controversy are "obstacles to medical progress in this area." Marijuana's classification as a Schedule I substance (along with heroin) is based on the federal government's position that it has "no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States."Joe Elford, Chief Counsel with Americans for Safe Access, says the court's decision is long-awaited."Medical marijuana patients are finally getting their day in court,” he said. “This is a rare opportunity for patients to confront politically motivated decision-making with scientific evidence of marijuana’s medical efficacy ... What’s at stake in this case is nothing less than our country’s scientific integrity and the imminent needs of millions of patients.”While marijuana is currently accepted for medical use in 17 states and the District of Columbia, the Obama administration and DEA have been unmistakably hard-nosed in their approach to the substance. During congressional testimony earlier this year, DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart refused to say whether crack or heroin posed bigger health risks than marijuana.The administration has meanwhile continued an aggressive crackdown on marijuana dispensaries in California.Oral arguments in Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration are set to begin on Oct. 16.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Nick Wing, The Huffington PostPublished: August 1, 2012Copyright: 2012, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #46 posted by Hope on August 07, 2012 at 16:33:24 PT
I do like it. Cool. Thanks.
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Comment #45 posted by afterburner on August 07, 2012 at 12:31:52 PT
Hope #41
We think alike. I was just listening to another YouTube version of this Summertime by Janis on Sunday. It's a slow, soulful example of summer songs, which is what I was looking for, to celebrate and to enjoy the season (which is now half over) while we still have it.Wow! What excited dancing at the beginning. It reminds me of something I found at YouTube yesterday:Where the Hell is Matt? 2008.
14 months in the making, 42 countries, and a cast of thousands. Thanks to everyone who danced with me. hope you like it.
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Comment #44 posted by Hope on August 06, 2012 at 20:42:07 PT
Comment 43
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Comment #43 posted by FoM on August 06, 2012 at 19:20:52 PT
When my nephew and niece were on their way to church and he was driving they had an accident and flipped the car on the roof. He was 16 and my niece was 15. It was a VW Bug with a sunroof. My niece was thrown from the car but my nephew's head was trapped between the sunroof and ground and he was suffocating. She was a very little girl but she lifted that car up enough to free his head and saved his life. We can do amazing things when we have to.
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Comment #42 posted by Hope on August 06, 2012 at 17:49:43 PT
Snakes and running through the air....
to me, is about sometimes we can do the impossible.We just do it.
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Comment #41 posted by Hope on August 06, 2012 at 17:39:43 PT
1968. little time with Janis. 
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Comment #40 posted by FoM on August 06, 2012 at 16:01:55 PT
That is funny but spiders and snakes aren't funny.
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Comment #39 posted by FoM on August 06, 2012 at 16:00:23 PT
Maybe Matt Elrod should be contacted and explain to him what is happening. It hasn't happened with me so I don't think me telling him would help fix the problem since I don't have that issue on my computer.
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Comment #38 posted by Hope on August 06, 2012 at 14:48:44 PT
Speaking of snakes and the jungle.
I have a funny story.A friend of mine was in one of the equatorial jungles once and was following a well worn path, along with some other people, when suddenly a large and colorful snake was upon him. I forget (chemo brain... aaargh) exactly how the story went as to what the snake did, but my friend said he leaped high in the air and ran through the air, like in a cartoon, until he was atop a near by rock that he felt was tall enough to escape the snake.
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Comment #37 posted by Hope on August 06, 2012 at 12:52:25 PT
Rainbow.... Wow... that sounds like what was
happening to me. But it seems to have stopped now.Strange.The Internet. It's like a jungle and sometimes spiders and snakes jump out in front of you and it's like, "What the....!"I hope it clears up for you. It's very strange and I can't imagine why it's happening. And it seemed so like it was from "out there" and not in my computer. Weird. 
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Comment #36 posted by Rainbow on August 06, 2012 at 11:19:14 PT
I posted a while ago that the main screen showed 10-15posts but I could only see 5. And mine was not one of the five.So I think something is going on too.
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on August 05, 2012 at 17:35:09 PT
Well you know we just love you to pieces! 
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Comment #34 posted by Hope on August 05, 2012 at 12:49:20 PT
That made me smile.
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Comment #33 posted by runruff on August 05, 2012 at 07:34:19 PT
Hi folks!
I like to mind my manners over here at C/News. Besides I have been posting here with many of the same folks for about 12 years now?I am a bit different on other web sites, however. I sometimes use unflattering language to describe what I think of some things and some people I don't like.I have had two non de plumes stricken over at Huffpo. They were "Retropatriot" and "Comebackid".Retropatriot got kicked off of Buzzdash before it folded.I tend to say things that will be noticed and some things that call for some thought. I am never trying to be liked or popular with with sites. I am there to make a point no matter how controversial or unbelievable.Here is home for me. At home we be nice.
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Comment #32 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on August 04, 2012 at 21:01:20 PT
Gary Johnson banned on International Cannagraphic
Thanks, FoM. I've never been banned anywhere, either. I put that up there in the title, just on the off chance that maybe someone will see it from there and find out what's going on.I have left sites. And I officially left IC back before the 2008 election, because things just got too rancorous over there in there Cannabis Politics section, and I couldn't take it.Still, would go over and read sometimes, though, because it does have a wealth of info. And I hold no ill will towards them.I rejoined as Gary Johnson, because I had seen some interest in him there and wanted to let folks know more about him. I was very upfront that I used to be SJ there, and was welcomed and thanked for making a thread about Gary favoring legalization. I had only made 9 posts, none of them objectionable and no one objected.I was being very careful, because there are a lot of Ron Paul fanatics there who still believe he's going to pull an upset at the Republican Convention. I was so low key, that I don't think anyone has noticed I'm gone.Everything seemed fine, and I hadn't even posted in a few days, when I noticed the Gary Johnson thread was gone. I logged in and found this -"You have been banned for the following reason:
No reason was specified.Date the ban will be lifted: Never"No warning, no reason, nothing. I was totally shocked, and felt helpless that they wouldn't answer my e-mails asking why. Hope you don't mind me posting this here. Just would like to know what happened. Keep thinking it must have been some kind of mistake.
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Comment #31 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on August 04, 2012 at 20:26:21 PT
Mercury Retrograde.
See, my Retrograde retrograded off of my Mercury Retrograde down there.Or maybe I forgot to type it.Anyways, Cannabis News hasn't retrograded!Great to see all you fine folks still posting away!
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on August 04, 2012 at 20:19:08 PT
Sinsemilla Jones 
I am sorry you were banned from another site. I never have been banned from anywhere and I wouldn't like it but heck I don't really go anywhere but a few rottie sites, Facebook and here.
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Comment #29 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on August 04, 2012 at 20:15:31 PT
Mercury Retrograde?
A lot of strangeness online for me this week. Maybe it's in the stars.I was banned forever from another cannabis site for no reason with no reason given, and they won't reply when I e-mail them about it.An online golf game I play did an update that screwed everyone up, but mine started screwing up the night before before the update.Some folks think you shouldn't leave the house during Mercury. Maybe you shouldn't go online.Doesn't seem to effect the Olympics, though.
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Comment #28 posted by Hope on August 04, 2012 at 17:36:40 PT
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Comment #27 posted by FoM on August 04, 2012 at 15:24:17 PT
Sometimes I have things happen on line that baffle me but then they seem to work out OK. I get your e-mails just fine. I think it just is one of those things and by the time we figure it out all is well.
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Comment #26 posted by Hope on August 04, 2012 at 14:40:58 PT
Man! This piece has a photograph
of Mr. Pion. I think I could write a song, a ballad maybe about that face. There's all sorts of things such a ballad could be called.I see the face of a man very worried for a very long time from the looks of the lines in his forehead. A man that works long, hot, dusty, dirty, sweaty days in the fields, maybe. Maybe he's a welder. Maybe he was just passing by on the tractor and his anger management went out the window and he did not practice what he knew about impulse control and whoosh... another fancy cop car done gone.:0(I can see Mr. Pion apparently had a bit of conscience still alive, and well, and working, even in his anger. That's good.I'd like to think the best possible of him. I hate to think he plotted and seethed about it. Seething and plotting is not good, no matter who does it.
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Comment #25 posted by Hope on August 04, 2012 at 14:11:25 PT
I like the way Laura J. Nelson writes.
"They also saw a large tractor rumbling down the road and out of sight."That paints a picture. 
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Comment #24 posted by Hope on August 04, 2012 at 14:07:18 PT
Back to Vermont, then.
Fourteen charges and counting.Some people have a lower tolerance for sheer injustice.This piece is an update.US VT: Tractor Crushes Sheriff's Cruisers
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on August 04, 2012 at 13:57:27 PT
Well dosed
in virus and malware protection.Does my mail to you get stopped or flagged?The site has been working fine since my last post. It's only this site that was acting strange and it's very strange. I ignore a bit of "strangeness". It's the Internet. But a lot of strangeness, I have to notice. I've never ever seen such a thing here or anywhere else for that matter. Either C-News is down or it's up, but we're never just half way up. :0)The articles and everything else are just fine. I knew it was really strange when it was obviously messing with Recent Comments as well as the comments with the articles. The articles and all the other was just like always. I don't know how or why a virus would do that. But that's just it. I don't know. Lol! I used to could claim I was new to computers. That was a while ago, though.I was experiencing some mild affliction... as in flickin! Lol.. I hope it's stopped. This might have something to do with a Java update I did the other day and McCaffee slipped through the gate. Seems like McAffee and I do not like each other nor do we get along well. AoL, the download of death, afflicted me more, but McCaffee runs a close second. They will take over your computer. Other things may, too... but they don't change stuff like AoL and McCaffee used to. Grrr. It's like some stranger creeps in and rearranges all your furniture while you're asleep or out.I hope it's over. 'What's it about?', I always wonder, when things start acting abnormal. Is someone trying to steal my identity? (There are some scary identity theft commercials. I'm not sure I even have an identity... that's a bit transcendental sounding... but my gosh... I don't want it stolen. They can obviously ruin your life beyond redemption.) 
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on August 04, 2012 at 12:49:18 PT
It sounds like a bug. Have you run your virus program recently? 
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Comment #21 posted by Hope on August 04, 2012 at 12:19:31 PT
It wasn't just my comments that disappeared.
And they sometimes showed up and sometimes didn't. I can't imagine what was happening... or maybe is happening. I may not be able to access or see these comments for hours now. Or maybe they'll be just fine. It's puzzling.
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Comment #20 posted by Hope on August 04, 2012 at 12:16:51 PT
Actually, Museman... it did disappear... sort of.
I usually go to Recent Comments first. I saw your post and clicked on it. It went to the article but no comments at all showed up. I'd check Recent Comments again and it would not show your post or FoM's. I left it alone awhile and your comments and FoM's showed up again. They may not the next time I check them. The way it looks from here... it's something more than something messed up in my computer. Like one time it would show the article with no comments with it, yet it showed that there were comments in the Recent Comments queue. It started doing all this yesterday. All other sites seem to operate fine. Speaking of "Big Brother" and "Maybe someone really is" out to get someone... this interesting news and commentary ran at Grits for Breakfast this morning. 
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Comment #19 posted by FoM on August 04, 2012 at 09:27:32 PT
I am not sure I know what you mean. I haven't removed a comment unless asked by someone in a very long time. It would show a number missing in the order of comments if one was removed.
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Comment #18 posted by museman on August 04, 2012 at 09:06:59 PT
Hope #17
It's me. I know it is :-)I had some of that very thing happen to me recently after posting some rather heavy opinions on the stink of government on another forum. But those posts did not come back, they remained gone. I may be paranoid, but there could be some playing around with our interface going on.Or it could be some kind of malware infecting your browser.But it's probably just me being monitored by Big Brother...If this post disappears...But in any case;LEGALIZE FREEOM
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on August 03, 2012 at 22:24:08 PT
Oh my gosh.
They're back again! I don't get it. I've never seen this happen before.Everything from Museman's post on has been disappearing, then coming back again. At least twice and when it disappears, its gone. It doesn't even show in the recent comments.
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on August 03, 2012 at 22:21:42 PT
"There's something happening here...
What it is ain't exactly clear."
Posts have been disappearing from this thread, disappearing then reappearing, then completely disappearing. Posting has been kind of weird and glitchy here, for me, all day.
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Comment #15 posted by HempWorld on August 03, 2012 at 15:00:18 PT
Hey does anyone have a video of this that we can
post on, "making love to other machines." Very funny! Lol.We need more of those and on film...
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Comment #14 posted by Hope on August 03, 2012 at 12:44:48 PT
Vermont Protest
Here's the charges... so far... that I found in the Sun Journal. Assault is in there, but not vandalism. That's odd.Police: Vermont man crushed cop cars with tractor State Police said in a statement that Pion would face seven counts of felony unlawful mischief, one count of misdemeanor unlawful mischief, one count aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, one count of gross negligent operation, and one count of leaving the scene of an accident.Pion was being held at the Northern State Correctional Center in Newport on $15,000 bail.A report is at Fox News, too.Vermont farmer angry over pot arrest is accused of crushing cop cars with tractor
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on August 03, 2012 at 12:14:11 PT
Charges against Mr. Pion.
"Leaving the scene of an accident"? I don't think that was an accident. That charge can certainly be dropped.
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on August 03, 2012 at 12:11:53 PT
Lol! (Really.) Not just a smile.
"...using his machine to make love to their machines." 
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Comment #11 posted by museman on August 03, 2012 at 11:49:54 PT
# 6
Ha Ha!Thank Yah some people got some fortitude to stand up to these thugs. Keep pushing us and see how many other tractors appear in your parking lots!Roger, you're a hero in my book!LEGALIZE FREEDOM!
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Comment #10 posted by schmeff on August 03, 2012 at 11:15:41 PT
Nonviolent Protest ...Ghandi Would Be Proud
The Vermont farmer is misunderstood. He wasn't showing disrespect for the police. He was showing his affection for our beloved police state by metaphorically using his machine to make love to their machines. Sure, there was some damage done, but sometimes it's better when it's a little rough.Seriously, this is nonviolent protest that should be an example for us all. No one was hurt. No one was threatened. Machines were broken.This guy will be charged with a laundry list of every possible crime the police can imagine, because there is nothing so pissed-off and petty as a cop who thinks they're disrespected. Maybe an officer banged her knee on the door frame running out into the parking lot to see what was going on? That's good for a charge of assaulting a police officer. Leaving the scene of an 'accident'? If it was an accident, how could there be an assault? It will be a long list of charges.A statement was made. Machines were broken. Punishment should be limited to restitution to replace the machines. If the farmer set up a donation fund to pay for the machines, I'd contribute. I bet a lot of people would. Then the farmer could replace the police cars and endow a curriculum on civil liberties at the state college with the leftover contributions.That seems reasonable. But I'm not observing much reason in our current governance. Roger Pion will be crushed and ruined for his defiance. An example will have to be made.Similarly, don't expect much reason to prevail in the Federal Court with regards to the rescheduling of cannabis. The Court is part of the system, and the system will not reform from within.Change has to come from below...we've got to be enraged enough to drive our collective tractors over prohibition. Citizen-driven voter initiatives will bring the issue of legal cannabis use for adults to the November ballot boxes in Washington, Oregon and Colorado.Corporations and special interests have unlimited power and money to influence elections this fall. Interests in big Pharma, Distilling and Brewing, the Prison Industrial Complex, law enforcement and 'justice', oil and chemical industries, etc. will have unlimited resources to convince voters in these states that the freedom to choose cannabis instead of corporate products (tobacco, chocolate, beer, wine, Prozac, Doritos) will unleash the apocalypse.Certainly there will be ads saturating the airwaves reviving the 'druggie' or 'stoner' stereotypes, and all the reefer madness bologna. But it will be subtle and psychological and focus-grouped to death. We'll be needing our tractors to manage the BS.I'd like to say I'm optimistic that the People will prevail. I'm going to keep my tractor in good repair just in case. And make sure I have enough fuel to keep 'er going until the gas stations open back up. 
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Comment #9 posted by ekim on August 03, 2012 at 10:27:42 PT
MI blogradio show on recent COA
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Comment #8 posted by rchandar on August 03, 2012 at 08:05:43 PT:
Schedule 1? Must Go!
The truly laughable note is that under Bush, the DEA pushed Marinol. 
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on August 03, 2012 at 07:46:27 PT
Vermont Protest
I'd never ever encourage such a thing and I'm very thankful no one was physically injured. Roger Pion is in a lot of trouble and I'm sure he's lost more than he would have in the first place, a lot more, and he obviously has a temper control problem, but I have to say, "Wow!" "Totally EPIC!!!"He will, indeed, be a hero to a lot of people.Maybe promoters need to start buying up old police cars and have a new event for "Monster" truck and tractor shows.
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Comment #6 posted by Sam Adams on August 03, 2012 at 04:28:05 PT
Vermont protest
fantastic, although it will cost the poor guy dearly:
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Comment #5 posted by Richard Zuckerman on August 02, 2012 at 12:21:36 PT:
10 reasons for supporting "Marijuana"/Hemp:
1. Police only solve 10% to 20% of crimes.
2. Many tax dollars are allocated to maintain police departments.
3. Our Founding Fathers never envisioned police departments to the extent we have today.
4. Police are trained liars. Ever police misconduct commission has concluded police misconduct is a serious problem, such as excessive force, framing suspects, etc.
5. Every human body produces "endogenous cannabinoids", otherwise known as "endocannabinoids", which a few "Marijuana" researchers claim children cannot develop normally without and adults suffer disease without adequate amounts of. Public schools and major media mention nothing about this.
6. Attention and resources are directed towards "Marijuana" law enforcement.
7. Some economists claim Americans stand to make a noticeable amount of tax revenue if "Marijuana" was to be legalized, regulated, and taxed.
8. Several studies support Cannabis for medicine.
9. There is no lethal dose from "Marijuana" usage. There are studies which concluded driving while intoxicated on "Marijuana" does NOT cause traffic accidents.
10. At least one Bible has Cannabis (by a different spelling) listed in Genesis 29.
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Comment #4 posted by afterburner on August 02, 2012 at 11:04:10 PT
Look How Far We've Come Since 1996
Drug Warriors and Their Prey -
From Police Power to Police State,
Richard Lawrence Miller,
Praeger Publishers 1996, ISBN 0-275-95042-5
A Review by Peter Webster
Excerpt: {
Miller goes to great lengths to make it painfully obvious that we are not dealing with a few minor incidents provoked by the occasional renegade, but as in 1930's Germany, a vast and vicious machine is being oiled and tested, a horribly familiar pattern is again materializing, and normal law-abiding citizens are today just as unaware of what lies just around the corner as they were formerly. More critically, just as leaders and intellectuals of the 1930's were equally as duped and pacified into non-action, even to supporting the rise of the Nazi machine, a significant movement of leaders and intellectuals resisting the American lead in the War on Drugs, a coalition of nations, for example, which might quickly put an end to the rising power of Drug War Fascism, is nowhere on the horizon, it would seem. Such a project would need to be a widely visible, intentional and public denunciation of American policy accompanied by a radical shift in Prohibition policy itself within those nations. }We now have that "widely visible, intentional and public denunciation of American policy accompanied by a radical shift in Prohibition policy itself within those nations," thanks in no small part to the efforts of activists on the Internet, in the courts, in the streets and in the alternative media.We are now finally getting our day in court!Hallelujah!
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Comment #3 posted by Rainbow on August 02, 2012 at 07:31:22 PT
You mean Payless
Sorry but I my mind pawlenty would be an anchor to mitt, which would be great too.Pawless left minn. in a world of hurt. He invented fees to get around taxes. He forced an increase in property taxes. He is very opinionated and arrogant. He only won the gover job with 35% of the vote.In essence I hope mittens does pick Pawless it will get rid of the republican menace at least in theexecutivebranch.
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on August 02, 2012 at 06:49:12 PT
Tim Pawlenty for VP?
So Mitt the Wit might choose Tim Pawlenty but Pawlenty won't be enough.
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Comment #1 posted by ekim on August 02, 2012 at 06:14:53 PT
ck out caravan route
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