Warm Welcome for Republicans 

  Warm Welcome for Republicans 

Posted by CN Staff on August 22, 2004 at 20:58:21 PT
By Ian Austen 
Source: New York Times  

Republicans may be apprehensive about what kind of reception they will receive when they arrive in New York next week for their national convention, but one unlikely group - the Drug Policy Alliance - has decided to greet them with open arms. The alliance, which supports, among other things, easing laws involving marijuana and other drugs, has been raising money to take out advertisements in The New York Sun to welcome the Republican delegates for the four-day convention.
"I think there were a few people who were a little weirded out that we were making this kind of pitch and welcoming the Republicans," said Ethan Nadelmann, the group's executive director. "But there are many other people who think we'll get a major breakthrough on drugs by a 'Nixon goes to China' initiative from a Republican."Besides welcoming the conventioneers, the ads will quote public remarks made by prominent Republicans - including Arnold Schwarzenegger, George P. Shultz and Milton Friedman - that Mr. Nadelmann said indicated support for changes in the drug law.The alliance, which draws most of its membership from, as Mr. Nadelmann puts it, "the progressive end of the spectrum," selected The Sun because its conservative bent is shared by many Republicans and because the paper plans to distribute copies to convention delegates. An e-mail appeal from the group had raised, as of late Friday, $10,289.50 from 202 donors to cover the cost of the ads."When we do an e-mail blast, sometimes we're lucky to get $1,000," Mr. Nadelmann said. "In this case we got $10,000 in 48 hours." Complete Title: Warm Welcome for Republicans in a Bid to Reach Drug DétenteNewshawk: VirgilSource: New York Times (NY)Author:  Ian AustenPublished: August 23, 2004Copyright: 2004 The New York TimesContact: letters Website: Articles & Web Site:Drug Policy Alliance Time To Eliminate Drug Laws? End To Marijuana Prohibition Weeds: The Marijuana Debate 

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Comment #11 posted by FoM on August 23, 2004 at 16:57:37 PT
Arnold Schwarzenegger
What will Governor Schwarzenegger do about this raid? I'd really like to know. He said he doesn't want prosecution of medical marijuana patients. Will they get all their plants back before they are ruined?Eddys Medicinal Gardens Grower Could Face Life in Prison: Arraigned in Federal Court:$80 Million Pot Farm Busted: Raids Lepp's Pot Farm: 
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Comment #10 posted by ekim on August 23, 2004 at 14:18:23 PT
Thanks Jose
today on Cspan they had the opening of the Natl Underground railroad museum in Cincinnati. i tried to get in a call i wanted to know about how the word was spread about where people could go to head north and get free. i read about quilts and i think the book was in plain sight was talken about how pictures on the quilts were maps of how to run the enemy lines. i wanted to ask the question about how much of the old cloths and quilts were made out of Hemp as that plant has suffered being striped from all history books and fiber and cloth museums. but maybe another time i guess it was not the right time as if i get through i feel it was right.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on August 23, 2004 at 08:12:05 PT
Just a Comment
Last night we were watching CNN and they talked about it being the 35th Anniversary of Woodstock. It was a really good news interview. They talked about the message and it's still the same now as it was then. No poor child should have to ever go and fight in a foreign country to kill other poor children. The spirit of Woodstock is still alive. We decided to watch the Director's Cut of Woodstock 3 Days of Peace & Music. What a happening it was for those who were there and for people like me that only felt the spirit of Woodstock but never even was there.
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Comment #8 posted by Jose Melendez on August 23, 2004 at 07:33:08 PT
Operation Truth
from: What is Operation Truth? Operation Truth will educate the American public about the truth of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from the perspective of the soldiers who have experienced them first-hand. We will provide returning veterans with national, regional, and local podiums from which they will expose the preventable hardships that they endured as a result of failures at the top levels of leadership. We intend to publicize how poorly-planned policies and approaches have manifested themselves as problems on the front lines and back at home. We will act domestically to protect our troops and to aid them in their fight to protect us. Operation Truth's battle does not end when all of the warriors come home. Our relevance will continue indefinitely, addressing the ripple-effects of this war on the Service members and their families for decades.
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Comment #7 posted by ekim on August 23, 2004 at 07:27:44 PT
Jessie talking truth to people
today on C-span Wash.Journal it was reported that Jessie Ventura is working with www.operationtruth the report did not say org or com so I tried both with no response except to say coming soon. the report said that Jessie will be giving information on the truth about the vets and what they have gone through in the most recent war.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on August 22, 2004 at 22:06:58 PT
Related Article from The New York Times
Yippies Protest Near Bloomberg's Town HouseBy Patrick Healy and Colin MoynihanAugust 23, 2004The Yippies hit the Upper East Side last night, banging bongos and shouting anti-Republican chants. They had come to protest outside Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's town house, and they dubbed their demonstration the opening salvo of the Republican National Convention.If so, it was a shot barely heard round the corner. Advertisement
They obediently stayed within the police barricades at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 79th Street, a perch well away from Mayor Bloomberg's home farther east on 79th Street. The 60 people who had gathered were not quite enough to fill up the cordoned-off pen. Their invective, calling the mayor "Bummerberg" and chanting the "Liar, liar, pants on fire" rhyme, was not quite incendiary. And they offered Krispy Kreme doughnuts to police officers monitoring the demonstration. The officers politely declined.Many of the Yippies who gathered at the corner are now in their 50's, and remember the birth of the Youth International Party under Abbie Hoffman in the 1960's and the group's violent confrontation with the Chicago police during the 1968 Democratic National Convention.The Yippies, whose protests combine street theater and radical liberalism, reiterated the refrain of other protest groups: that Mr. Bloomberg should allow demonstrations in Central Park during the weeklong convention. What is expected to be the biggest gathering of protesters has been limited to the West Side Highway, and Mr. Bloomberg has shown no sign of changing his mind to allow demonstrations in the park."Bloomberg is putting people in danger by saying we can't have Central Park," said Aron Kay, a protester whose modus operandi is flinging pies at politicians and celebrities. "The people of New York don't need it. The mom-and-pop stores don't need it. We don't need it, and the police don't need it."As the sun set over Central Park, the demonstrators clapped, encouraged one another's iambic chants and offered passers-by antiwar buttons, fliers advertising other rallies and pro-marijuana magazines.Mr. Kay said: "I feel that the park belongs to people. We have the right to assemble in our park."Dana Beal, another demonstrator, agreed, saying, "There's going to be total chaos if they don't let us have Central Park."An hour and a half after they arrived, the Yippies broke up and filtered into the night. Whether the mayor had even been home to notice them, however, was unclear."I don't know whether he was there or not," said his spokesman, Edward Skyler. "That's not the sort of thing that would bother him." Copyright: 2004 The New York Times
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on August 22, 2004 at 21:50:48 PT
I Forgot
I've been at the top of the Empire State Building too. How could I forget that! 
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Comment #4 posted by E_Johnson on August 22, 2004 at 21:47:34 PT
But what did Nixon do for China?
Okay, so they have rich people who avoid taxes now, but they still don't have democracy or freedom.Perhaps Nixon going to China is a dubious analogy for our cause.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on August 22, 2004 at 21:44:16 PT

Oh Dankhank!
I didn't mean New York! I only meant the Republican Convention. I've been to the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden. Walked thru Greenich Village in the middle of the night. Ate in a restaurant and watched people skate at Rockefeller Center. I've been to Radio City Music Hall, and Times Square. I love living in the country though. There are people who would come undone living in a city and I'm one of them. 
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Comment #2 posted by Dankhank on August 22, 2004 at 21:35:19 PT

It's a funny place, but intensely interesting, FOM.I have passed through it, stayed for a couple of days here and there, have relatives in White Plains, Bronx, Yonkers ... and a desire to learn more.I went to MMM99 there, met Dana Beal, RJ Cote, David Peel ... a wild and crazy time. (photo's on my site)It really is a fascinating place ...Don't want to live there I think ...
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on August 22, 2004 at 21:03:12 PT

I Guess I Understand
I know that is one place that I would never want to go. I wish them good luck and hope they can make something positive come from it. 
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