Month: March 2010

If It Makes You Feel Righteous and Better

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art by Jon Jaylo

Those controlling the media and all the pornographic empires that have the dual purpose of making money and destroying humanity; they are also in control of every gay movement; most human rights movements and god knows what else and all of these are being used to drive the world toward a global pre-war cabaret society only… much, much worse and with a higher percentage of whores and serving staff with the rest either dead or in camps. {more – Les Visible}

Every time there is a terrorist attack, the nations blamed say that it was a “false flag” operation. This is what America did to cover up My Lai. We were lying. Germans claimed Poland invaded Germany in 1939. An educated guess is that 75% of terrorist attacks we hear of were staged, never happened or were done by “radical groups” that were first infiltrated, then controlled and eventually financed and supplied by intelligence agencies. Intelligence agencies are, in actuality, the biggest terrorist organizations in the world. The CIA has blown up more buses, airplanes and markets than any almost anyone else. The Mossad may be number one, followed by, well, everyone, the RAW, ISI, MI-6, IRA and dozens of others. {more – Gordon Duff}


Moscow Subway Blasts Carried Out By The CIA and Its Friends?

the pure driven snow

The Fear Factory Revisited: The Hutaree 9 and Remembering Liberal Warnings of the Growing Fascist State

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Race to the Top

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Tennessee has historically been ranked near the bottom of the 50 states in education but it has won the first lottery in stimulus money in the ‘race to the top’ program. A one time $500 million grant that’s been based on how well the state will follow the federal ‘guidelines.’ After the money is gone, any programs implemented will fall to state funding.
Some of the reports are hinting that professional corporate ‘educators’ will get a chunk of the money to go in and help the schools. It sounds like the beginnings of a ‘corporatist’ public school system using the strong arm of the feds to set an agenda.

In selecting winners, the education department used a complicated scoring system that weighted everything from states’ willingness to track student and teacher performance, adopt uniform standards, and turn around or close their worst schools.

“Obviously, when they’re dangling a carrot of half a billion dollars it doesn’t hurt. Especially when we’re scrambling for every penny,” said Jerry Winters, director of government relations for the Tennessee Education Association. 
Teachers were leery of the proposed reforms, particularly the idea of using the state’s massive data tracking system to evaluate their performance. In the end, Winters said, seven years of trust and cooperation between the union and the governor’s office persuaded them to buy into the reforms.

 How will the state’s $500M grant be spent?

I’m going to go with the idea that when the federal government gets involved in local education by dangling carrots in front of cash strapped states, it is not totally in the best interests of the children. The ‘Obama reforms’ will have a price.

David Olney – Lee’s Highway

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David Olney with Sergio Webb & Jack Irwin

Recorded at the Jammin at Hippie Jack’s Americana Music Festival in Overton County, TN

video courtesy of WCTE Public Television, Cookeville, TN

Remember that when you write your book
This is the road that General Lee took
Headed for God knows where
Headed for God knows where
And we’re headed down Lee’s highway

Did the SPLC and ADL have a hand in FBI-DHS Militia Raids?

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Michigan Militia member James Schiel, second from left, told AnnArbor.com today {3-28-10} that five people were arrested in the raids. He is pictured with Hutaree member Wendy Lineweaver, a member who goes by the name Chainsaw, a member named Kevin, and Will Bachman. In the photo, they were helping local law enforcement officials search for a Bridgewater Township man who was missing in February. {more}

Feds confirm ‘activities’ in southeastern Michigan

Federal agents conducted raids over the weekend in Lenawee and Wastenaw counties that reports say may be related to some members of Hutaree, a Christian-militia group in Michigan.

“We can confirm that there were law enforcement activities in the Lenawee/Washtenaw County area,” said Detroit FBI Special Agent Sandra Berchtold. But she added that “the federal warrants are sealed and we can not comment at this time.” {more}

Is it a coincidence that on March 25th annarbor.com reported that the SPLC and ADL attacked local officials for requesting and receiving help from a local militia group in searching for missing persons? People helping people is now not acceptable if those helping have a label attached to them that some don’t like.

Who are the real hate groups here?

Bridgewater Township official turns to militia for help; watchdog groups question decision

Bridgewater Township Supervisor Jolea Mull has twice sought help from militia members this year to search for missing township residents.

The move is drawing criticism from militia watchdog groups, who say Mull is legitimizing an extreme right-wing movement that has a history of being associated with criminal activity.

And the partnership comes as the militia movement is exploding across the country, driven by fears of economic collapse and the potential for a crackdown on gun rights under the Obama administration, watchdog groups say.

About 50 militia members from five units live in Washtenaw County, militia leaders say. They are survivalists, who favor larger local government and a smaller federal government. Members are fiercely protective of their free speech and gun rights.

When Mull learned from Washtenaw County sheriff’s deputies that a township woman was missing Jan. 13, she contacted local militia leader Jimmy Schiel.

“She said, ‘Hey, we need help to do a ground search for Anna-Maria Wheeker,” Schiel recalls of their phone conversation that morning. “I said, ‘So you want the militia?’ And she said, ‘Yes.”

Mull, who said she was pleased with the militia’s response, contacted Schiel again Feb. 17 when deputies told her 56-year-old Robert Melvin Wise was missing.

Mark Potok, director of the Intelligence Project at the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors extremist groups, questioned why an elected official would reach out to the militia.

The militia movement has been involved in an “enormous amount of criminal violence” and “huge number of domestic terror plots,” Potok said.

“It certainly seems poorly advised to be kind, to ask people who believe in completely false conspiracy theories and see the government largely as an enemy to help in law enforcement matters,” Potok said. “I don’t see how that could work out well.”

Mull, a Republican, turned to the militia because of their training in search and rescue techniques, familiarity with the local community and willingness to help, she said in a prepared statement. About 1,700 people live in Bridgewater Township in southwestern Washtenaw County.

“Unfortunately, in both cases, the searches ended tragically, but there’s an old cliché that says, ‘You are either part of the problem or part of the solution,” she said. “It is clear to me from these experiences that our local militia is part of the solution.”

“Based on what I have observed of our local militia’s efforts, I highly recommend that other municipalities coordinate with and get to know their local militia members.”

The sheriff’s department was grateful for the help, said Derrick Jackson, the department’s director of community engagement.

“The volunteers were helpful whether they were militia, whether they were residents of that community or friends of elected officials,” Jackson said. “They did exactly what we asked of them.”

An elected official seeking help from the militia is “extraordinarily rare,” said Mark Pitcavage, director of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League.

“Most people would stay away from these groups like the plague for very understandable reasons,” he said.

Mull’s decision to reach out to the militia comes as the militia movement is experiencing an “incredible resurgence” across the country, Pitcavage said. The movement gained steam after the government’s siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, in 1993 and later tapered off.

But in the past 18 months, the number of militia groups has quadrupled to 200, Pitcavage said. “They wanna change the world,” “they are not satisfied with the status quo.”

“Certainly, the militia movement has generated a number of violent or otherwise dangerous individuals,” Pitcavage said.

read the entire article with videos at annarbor.com

We just can’t have people in small communities helping each other. That might bring folks together. The hate organizations SPLC and ADL want a divided population. It’s good for their business and the business of those they influence in the FBI and DHS.

Marijuana Legalization ~ Grassroots Industry or Corporate Takeover

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California state officials have determined that the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 has enough eligible signatures to appear on the November ballot.  This ballot measure would allow the possession of 1 ounce of marijuana for personal use by individuals aged 21 and older and the ability to cultivate gardens up to 25 square feet. Currently, possession in California is a misdemeanor that carries a $100 fine. The Act would ban the use in public or around minors.

A no brainer … right … End the insanity of this aspect of the war on drugs, tax it and go on our merry way. Maybe it’s not that simple.

Even though California will rake in some much needed tax money to use wisely or waste, who will ultimately benefit? Will local growers be allowed to enter into the market or as usual when there’s big money to be made will corporations attempt to corrupt the system and control the supply? Factory pot farms? I don’t think we want to see that.

The initiative doesn’t go into a lot of details on who would or could supply the legal product to the pot outlets. An  individual’s restriction on growing based on square feet is also very limited and doesn’t allow for much variety and breeding room. A positive is that it does introduce industrial hemp as a viable agriculture crop.

Humboldt County had a community meeting to discuss the issue. 

The road to marijuana legalization: Community pot meeting spurs hope for legitimate industry

Humboldt County’s foray into open communication about its pot-based economy put a statewide spotlight on the county, and community organizers a little bit closer to a legitimate — and functioning — marijuana industry.

”Every place I’ve gone people have wanted to talk about it, people have been aware of it,” 3rd District Supervisor Mark Lovelace said Friday.

Lovelace was one of more than 100 people gathered at the Mateel Community Center in Redway Tuesday night to have a frank discussion about what the county — and its residents who depend on the marijuana industry for income — will do if pot becomes legal.

Lovelace said he has been to meetings in Fresno and Sacramento since Tuesday’s meeting, and from the interest voiced by people he’s met he thinks there may be similar discussions happening all over the state.

Tuesday’s unprecedented conversation, garnering the attention of local, state and national media, resulted in a discussion about how to make Humboldt County economically viable through third-party product regulation and the branding of an environmentally-friendly technique and product.

California’s National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law (NORML) Deputy Director Ellen Komp said she thought the meeting was a successful one.

”This really is a community in a way that I’ve never seen before where people really pull together and I’m very hopeful that they’re going to be able to find their way through  this in a way that’s going to improve everyone’s rights and quality of life,” Komp said. 

The meeting was set up for group discussions as well as a question and answer segment. Each group answered surveys about their potential contributions to the industry and what they are afraid of if legalization happens. Eleven groups filled out the surveys, each with a place card at its table to label their role in the community — these included nonprofits, businesses, education, arts, organic outdoor growers, the Proposition 215 community, government, health care and “just curious” groups.

Cameras were not allowed and names were not used, providing a semi-safe haven for pot growers. A single chair with the place card “Feds” sat near the door.

Although the meeting ended on an optimistic note, the beginning set the stage for an industry fearful of collapse.

Organizer Anna Hamilton said legalization of marijuana will destroy the local economy.
”The golden goose will be dead,” she said.

Hamilton estimated that legalization will cause the price of outdoor marijuana to drop to $500 a pound and displace 15,000 to 30,000 people.

”The legalization of marijuana will be the single most devastating event in the work force on the North Coast,” she said.

Legalization 

When Komp, who has been a hemp activist and medical marijuana advocate, in addition to working on the campaign for legalization, moved to Humboldt County seven years ago, she thought she would be moving to the legalization “promised land.” Little did she know that economic pressures were keeping people from wanting pot to be legal.

”I thought people would be all for legalization, and I come to find out that they have a different set of concerns that I wasn’t aware of,” she said Wednesday.

At Tuesday’s meeting, many audience members had questions about whether legalization would actually happen.

Coincidentally, one of the initiatives proposing the taxing and regulating of marijuana qualified for the ballot Thursday. The state validated the signatures for the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, enabling it to go on the ballot this November. The initiative would make it legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and allow cities and counties to impose a tax on the sale of marijuana.

While residents were also concerned about Assemblyman Tom Ammiano’s bill to legalize marijuana — many said they think it takes control away from local government — Lovelace said Ammiano’s bill will not pass before the state initiative does.

”There’s no way the legislative is going to get ahead of the people on this,” Lovelace said at the meeting. “If it is going to be legalized, it’s going to go through the people.”

Lovelace said he was not there to address legalization, but rather to discuss “being prepared.”
Komp said the “big gorilla in the room” is the question of what the federal government will do if California makes marijuana legal.

Lovelace said, ultimately, the state is reacting to market forces, and if its failing economy pushes it in the direction of legalization, the federal government may not have too much to say.

”I think the feds are going to take a long hard look at ‘can we really go to war with the State of California over this?’” he said.

Concerns
 
The group’s concerns ranged from water issues to corporate takeover, according to the surveys. Of the 11 groups, the property owners were the only ones who would even entertain that legalized weed might improve the county’s economic situation.

The outdoor growers group spilled into the outside patio. Joints dangled from fingertips, and the smell of marijuana drifted through the air. As fog drifted through the dense trees in the distance, they talked about how they are doing something they love and believe in, in a place they love to be.

While some talked about the “sacred plant,” others talked about collaboration and the fear of corporations coming into the industry and taking over.

Many seemed to defy pot industry stereotypes, having been farmers for several decades.
Lovelace said the diversity of the industry illustrates how similar marijuana is to other industries.

”There is no one single kind of grower,” he said. “Some were like every other farmer out there, except they are growing an illegal crop. There were people who are more of a hobbyist, people who are focused on medical grows and people who are just abusers who are there to make a quick buck and go on their way.”

Lovelace said he had his own concerns about how legalization could affect the migration of industry out of the county.

”The reason why people grew here is that it was easy to hide. If it’s legal, people don’t need to hide anymore,” he said. “We might see dramatic out-migration from the community.”

One grower from Mendocino spoke to the crowd about embracing the change.

”What are we afraid of? I sense fear in this room. What are we afraid of? Isn’t this what we wanted? For it to be legal?”

He talked about focusing on medicine and other marijuana plant products.

”If you’re growing it for money, you’re growing it for the wrong reason. This is the spirit of the plant talking now … the plant will always have wealth,” he said.

Napa Valley and Amsterdam 

Growers and members of the business community alike talked about branding, third-party regulating and certifying and following business models like the tobacco industry or the wine industry. Amsterdam, where marijuana is legal, was also mentioned a few times.

Former Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb said branding could mean exploring options for eco-tourism and organic certification.

”I want something that says this is grown in the sun, this is grown with love,” he said.
Lovelace said he’d be interested in seeing more of what the tobacco industry does in terms of protection for small farms.

Several people used Napa Valley’s wine country as an example of how marijuana could be marketed.

Komp said Mendocino County has already begun taking these steps by setting up an advisory committee, looking at certification options and encouraging agricultural zoning.

Recently, the county quadrupled the number of medical marijuana plants that can be legally grown on a parcel, changing the limit from 25 to 99.

Mendocino farmers have also started an organic garden cooperative, which includes marijuana plants.

”Humboldt can ride these waves toward becoming a viable agricultural region for cannabis medical and, eventually, otherwise,” Komp said.

Moving forward 

Redwood Coast Rural Action Director Kathleen Moxon said the next step will be trying to figure out what assets Humboldt has in terms of intellectual property and what needs to be developed.

”We don’t know how far ahead or behind we are in that curve,” she said, adding that there will need to be an effort to study the size of the industry and what opportunities are out there.

Redwood Coast Rural Action is a regional network that has identified the economy as its No. 1 priority, and is focused on linking industry clusters and economic development professionals across Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity counties.

Moxon said she was at the meeting not to talk about legalization, necessarily, but to gauge the pulse of the community on the topic.

In the same vein, Ann Fielding, the College of the Redwoods’ executive director of community and economic development, said she attended the meeting to see what the community needed in terms of education. She said the college would be continuing this conversation with the community to help shape the curriculum at its Garberville campus.

”CR is not taking a position here in any way on this issue but what we have to do, we have to look at the community access, what the training opportunities are and what the educational opportunities are,” she said.

Lovelace said whether the community’s attempt to brand or market its unique product is successful will depend on each individual’s efforts. The county’s current focus is on medical marijuana guidelines, but he knows other statewide policy will need to be developed to encourage a healthy legitimate business.

For now, he maintains the stance of keeping communication lines open.

”Why was this so hard to do? Is it really that difficult for us to talk about it? We haven’t talked about it in forever,” he said. “When it comes right down to it, it’s a very easy conversation to have.”

from Donna Tam/The Times-Standard

 Former Drug Czar McCaffrey wants to save you from stoned eye surgeons ~~~~~ video

 A little satire always helps to lighten an issue.
  

9/11 – ABC and NBC live broadcasts 8:51 – 10:36 am

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TGBigChilly4 has uploaded ABC and NBC live broadcasts from the morning of 9/11/01 – 8:51 to 10:36.

Collapse of the South Tower begins at 4:20.

North Tower collapse at 2:20

More live broadcasts on youtube at 911TVarchive.

MSM broadcasts from 9/11, 12 & 13 at Internet Archive.

It’s Never Enough

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Roll over congress … the war machine needs more money. Everyone is up in arms about ‘health care’ but few break a sweat over the continuing fraud of ‘death care’ and the agenda of permanent war.

The Pentagon wants $33 billion in additional funding to pay for the war in Afghanistan this year and train the Afghan military, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Defense Secretary Gates and Secretary of State Clinton appeared before Senate appropriators to defend the war supplemental, which is on top of the $708 billion baseline budget submitted to Congress in February. Most of the war supplemental will pay for Afghanistan operations. $2.6 billion is to train the Afghan national security force. “The question is, how long is that going to have to continue to the point where we can kind of say we’ve done our thing,” asked Sen. George Voinovich (R) of Ohio. “Five years, ten years, 15 years?” “We are in this intense phase that will be several years,” Clinton said. “Obviously, I don’t know that either of us could put a timeline on it.”

Oversight sought for battlefield ‘bags of cash’ in Iraq, Afghanistan

CrossTalk on Lobbying: Who Really Rules America