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Obama To Major Garrett: ‘This Is The United States Of America, Major!’ (VIDEO) No comments yet

That was one of the most straight forward, concise explanations of a position I have heard from him yet. Outstanding.
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The O’conomy No comments yet

Good read in the NYT Op-Ed section today.

Although it would have been nice if they could have added that we actually do have too few people earning enough money to pay federal income tax, We do have a wage deflation problem, and that, as well as historically low taxes for the wealthy and corporations are killing our ability to keep basic government services.

Not to say we are not wasting huge amounts of money on socially unproductive programs, (ahem DHS, DOD)… But state budgets are going to really be hurting next year. So much so that a lunatic could be elected president, and we could actually see a loss in GDP next year unless the continued manipulation of the markets continue. By the way, that is what will continue to happen, and it is almost certain that no major reforms will be seen for consumers that would hurt short term GDP, no matter how good the programs are over the long haul, or how much money they save taxpayers in the future.

One thing many people forget about government services and taxes. Over the long term, the consumer almost always gets a better deal (more services for less money) than when those same services are privatized.

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Arianna On Whether Obama Has Saved Or Betrayed Progressive Politics In America (VIDEO) No comments yet

Excellent discussion­.
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A Larger Police State No comments yet

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Talk about completely unconstitutional….

These new rules simply toss our rights into the shredder.

“Every one of these has been carefully looked at and considered against the backdrop of why do the employees need to be able to do it, what are the possible risks and what are the controls,” she said, portraying the modifications to the rules as “more like fine-tuning than major changes.”

Quick Facts From Medical Cannabis States (NORML) No comments yet


Quick Facts about Medical Marijuana States:

The 1.1 – 1.5 million estimated and registered medical marijuana patients in America are legally entitled to cultivate 17 – 24 million cannabis plants and possess 283 – 402 tons of harvested buds.

The seventeen jurisdictions with medical marijuana encompass over 90 million Americans and 162 votes in the 2012 Electoral College.

Patients make up over 3% of the population of Montana, almost 2.5% of Colorado, over 2% of California. and over 1% of Oregon, and Washington.

After Michigan at 0.76% of population, every other medical marijuana state has less than 3 in 1,000 (0.3%) patients in its population.

California, Colorado, Washington, Michigan, Oregon, and Montana comprise over 98% of the legal medical marijuana patients in America.

More than 3 out of four (77% – 83%) of all medical marijuana patients live on the West Coast.

Rhode Island and Vermont, two states where over 10% of the adult population uses marijuana monthly, have patient populations of 0.29% and 0.05%, respectively.

Monthly teen use of marijuana is down in every medical marijuana state except Maine.

Annual highway fatalities are down in every medical marijuana state except Rhode Island.

Incidents of workplace injuries and illnesses are down in every medical marijuana state

Corruption In Your Face Demands Harsh Consequences No comments yet

This should make you throw up.

Someone needs to be held accountable. The lack of accountability in almost every aspect of our civilization should be condemned. Americans must do whatever is required to make the media report responsibly, so the people of this country will demand accountability for numerous cases of fraud, corruption and systemic abuse in private corporations and government agencies.

We should embrace the acts of peaceful protest, for the alternative is unspeakable. When these acts are ignored, or go unannounced in the forums that inform our population, drastic actions must be taken. Heed the warnings of the people, so we may continue to make this nation a better place through the rule of law. The majority of this country is asking for accountability on all fronts. We must make it so.

The end result of inaction will be devastation on a scale not seen since the Vietnam protests of the weather underground. This country cannot afford to go back to such violent actions simply to be recognized.

We must make our voices heard, we must see accountability, and we must see it now.


FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker is leaving the FCC to become a lobbyist for Comcast – just four months after she voted to approve the Comcast-NBC merger.1
This is just the latest – but perhaps most blatant — example of so-called “public servants” cashing in on companies they are supposed to be regulating. But Baker’s jump to Comcast is particularly egregious. As recently as March, the commissioner was giving speeches complaining that the Comcast-NBC deal “took too long.”

And you wonder why the American people are disgusted with Washington.

Stop the Revolving Door: Demand Congress Investigate Baker’s Conflict of Interest

Congress is already concerned about how the FCC conducts itself. Rep. Darrell Issa, chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been making a lot of noise recently about alleged ethical violations at the agency. By signing this letter to Congressman Issa, you’re urging him to launch an investigation of Commissioner Baker’s seemingly blatant conflict of interest.
Outside of Washington, people of every political stripe have expressed near unanimous contempt for a system of government that favors powerful corporations at the expense of the many. Sadly, the complete capture of government by industry barely raises an eyebrow inside the Beltway anymore. That’s why Congress needs to hear from you.

Urge Congress to Investigate this Conflict of Interest at the FCC

The revolving door at the FCC erodes any prospect for common-sense public policy — such as strong Net Neutrality rules or a rigorous review of mega-deals like AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile.
Unless we speak out now and demand an investigation, business as usual in Washington will undermine our media system and endanger our democracy.

Thank you for taking action,
Craig Aaron
President and CEO
Free Press Action Fund
1. ‘Regulator to Join Comcast After OK of NBC Deal,’ Associated Press,

Free Press Action Fund is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media. Learn more at

In my opinion, this woman, and the people that formulated this plan need to be made examples of.

Global Capitalism and 21st Century Fascism. William I. Robinson No comments yet

The global economic crisis and the attack on immigrant rights are bound together in a web of 21st century fascism.
William I. Robinson

Take a few minutes and read this. Then read it again.

Obama’s campaign tapped into and helped expand mass mobilisation and popular aspirations for change not seen in many years in the United States. The Obama project co-opted that brewing storm from below, channelled it into the electoral campaign, and then betrayed those aspirations, as the Democratic Party effectively demobilised the insurgency from below with more passive revolution.

In this sense, the Obama project weakened the popular and left response from below to the crisis, which opened space for the right-wing response to the crisis – for a project of 21st century fascism – to become insurgent. Obama’s administration appears in this way as a Weimar republic. Although the social democrats were in power during the Weimar republic of Germany in the 1920s and early 1930s, they did not pursue a leftist response to the crisis, but rather side-lined the militant trade unions, communists and socialists, and progressively pandered to capital and the right before turning over power to the Nazis in 1933.

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A Lesson Lost No comments yet

Bin Laden dead, yes.

We have a funny way of forgetting that Bin Laden was a “Freedom fighter” when the USSR invaded Afghanistan. Backed by the full force of U.S. treasure and weapons, the Afghans drove them home in humiliation, and we cheered the Mujahidin. But the United States and the western world were not done. Our mission was the same as it has been for the last 70 years, to open markets. Open markets for corporations, and for the church. Our leadership would have you believe we fight for freedom and democracy, that our goals are righteous and true, so true that, they cannot be questioned by rational men.

It is quite the joke really. So many fooled, in the light of such blatant historical fact. I find it interesting that our stories that explain reality swing so far from the actual occurrences, and our journalists ignore it. Our history is not unlike most conquering civilizations, yet we pretend so well that it is. We are special, even exceptional.

I maintain that our country continues to invade sovereign nations, both outright and covertly, not in the name of freedom and democracy, but out of greed and vanity. How many millions are dead in Africa, yet our target was Bin Laden? How many thousands die in the “war on drugs” in Mexico, before we give priority? Instability in resource rich nations is the back-door to sweet business deals. We like it that way. Only when the resources and interests of the richest white men on the planet are in danger do we seek “democracy and freedom” or even consider “justice” for indigenous people.

Our lesson in all of this should be plain as day. Our mistakes are echoed in the some 25,000 men and women missing limbs, surrounding us in our daily lives yet fully invisible. Our economy in ruins, our lifestyle and freedoms stolen by those that swore to defend it. Our energy, schools and water supplies slowly handed over to the same private corporations that provide the reasons and the means to install corporate friendly regimes in places we have never heard of. We sit ready to eat our next generation, as we have silently dined on the last.

But we will miss this chance. Our species, as far as we have come, is infantile in the grand scheme of things. We grasp stupidity as a prize, allowing us to live in bubbles full of things we use and throw away. Our ignorance is a comfort in the United States. It has allowed us to blind ourselves to the true realities that might make our existence difficult, but truly meaningful. A lesson we will most certainly learn (sooner or later) is that reality cannot be hidden forever. Truth comes. Especially in this day and age where communication is easier than ever and ideas flow across societies like an afternoon breeze, the common language of reality cannot be far away.

One thing is certain, celebrating death is not human. Yet another lesson lost. Another lesson bouncing off the invisible bubble that surrounds the righteous masses. If humans continue thinking that this bubble is impenetrable, the real world is going to crash in with vicious retribution.

Right or wrong, and wrong this man was, I would fight with sticks and stones (and car bombs) to defend my homeland against all that would harm it, foreign or domestic. For that you can call me a freedom fighter, or a terrorist.

So the freedom fighter terrorist is destroyed by the hand that created it. I fitting end I imagine. A fairy tale ending for a fairy tale existence.

Trish Regan Has Grown No comments yet

I possibly owe her an apology for being so hard on her first looks into the Cannabis industry, so, I apologize. I was too harsh.

In her latest, she seems to have come to the understanding that many of us that know and understand the drug policy situation in this country have known for years in her most recent piece “What Pot Legalization Looks Like” over at the Huffington Post.

Well done Trish, and thank you.

Sanity In Canada No comments yet

Cannabis prohibition deemed unconstitutional. AMEN.

Full story here.

Olbermann Still Rocks. No comments yet

Cannabis Treats Cancer- National Institute of Health No comments yet

Direct from the National Institute of Health. Read it all here.

Cannabinoids may cause antitumor effects by various mechanisms, including induction of cell death, inhibition of cell growth, and inhibition of tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Cannabinoids appear to kill tumor cells but do not affect their nontransformed counterparts and may even protect them from cell death.”

…The potential benefits of medicinal cannabis for people living with cancer include antiemetic effects, appetite stimulation, pain relief, and improved sleep. In the practice of integrative oncology, the health care provider may recommend medicinal cannabis not only for symptom management but also for its possible direct antitumor effect.”

Disaster Economics by Fools No comments yet

As reported by The Hill, full story here.

The 70 spending cuts to the White House’s fiscal 2011 requests are as follows:

Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies -$30M

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy -$899M

Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability -$49M

Nuclear Energy -$169M

Fossil Energy Research -$31M

Clean Coal Technology -$18M

Strategic Petroleum Reserve -$15M

Energy Information Administration -$34M

Office of Science -$1.1B

Power Marketing Administrations -$52M

Department of Treasury -$268M

Internal Revenue Service -$593M

Treasury Forfeiture Fund -$338M

GSA Federal Buildings Fund -$1.7B


International Trade Administration -$93M

Economic Development Assistance -$16M

Minority Business Development Agency -$2M

National Institute of Standards and Technology -$186M

NOAA -$336M

National Drug Intelligence Center -$11M

Law Enforcement Wireless Communications -$52M

US Marshals Service -$10M

FBI -$74M

State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance -$256M

Juvenile Justice -$2.3M

COPS -$600M

NASA -$379M

NSF -$139M

Legal Services Corporation -$75M

EPA -$1.6B

Food Safety and Inspection Services -$53M

Farm Service Agency -$201M

Agriculture Research -$246M

Natural Resource Conservation Service -$46M

Rural Development Programs -$237M

WIC -$758M

International Food Aid grants -$544M

FDA -$220M

Land and Water Conservation Fund -$348M

National Archives and Record Service -$20M

DOE Loan Guarantee Authority -$1.4B


EPA GHG Reporting Registry -$9M

USGS -$27M

EPA Cap and Trade Technical Assistance -$5M

EPA State and Local Air Quality Management -$25M

Fish and Wildlife Service -$72M

Smithsonian -$7.3M

National Park Service -$51M

Clean Water State Revolving Fund -$700M

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund -$250M

EPA Brownfields -$48M

Forest Service -$38M

National Endowment for the Arts -$6M

National Endowment for the Humanities -$6M

Job Training Programs -$2B

Community Health Centers -$1.3B

Maternal and Child Health Block Grants -$210M

Family Planning -$327M

Poison Control Centers -$27M

CDC -$755M

NIH -$1B

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services -$96M

LIHEAP Contingency fund -$400M

Community Services Block Grant -$405M

High Speed Rail -$1B

FAA Next Gen -$234M

Amtrak -$224M

HUD Community Development Fund -$530M

Where I come from, we call this SEDITION.

One Guess Where They “Frak” No comments yet

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The orange circles are earthquakes.

Good luck!

Mother Jones Must Read No comments yet

This is the most important piece of journalism in at least two years.

They did far more than that, though. As historian Kim Phillips-Fein puts it, “The strength of unions in postwar America had a profound impact on all people who worked for a living, even those who did not belong to a union themselves.” (Emphasis mine.) Wages went up, even at nonunion companies. Health benefits expanded, private pensions rose, and vacations became more common. It was unions that made the American economy work for the middle class, and it was their later decline that turned the economy upside-down and made it into a playground for the business and financial classes.

Read the full story here, it is GOOD.

Washington State Should Lead.. No comments yet

Ending marijuana prohibition is pro-law enforcement because it would enhance the legitimacy of our laws and law enforcement. As Albert Einstein said of Prohibition in 1921, “Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.”

Read the complete Op-Ed here.

Bang – You’re Dead. No comments yet

America, home of the free?

A Supreme Conflict of Interest No comments yet

I recommend reading “The Bohemian Grove and Other Retreats” from C. William Domhoff (New York: Harper and Row, 1974.

It will give you some factual informatio­n on the history of these retreats, and how they are used to defy the press and the political will of the everyday American.

These retreats are nothing new, but many never knew they existed, and still exist to this day.
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Americas Next Chapter- Must see No comments yet

Tavis Smiley gives us one of the best sit down conversations in a long time. This is a must watch 3 hour conversation with some of Americas best.

Watch it all here.

You go Bob Herbert! No comments yet

Another most excellent piece by Bob Herbert at the NYT.

Have we forgotten already who put us in such grave peril? Republicans benefit from the fact that memories are short and statutes of limitations shorter.

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