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bullet image Ron Paul: Drug War In U.S. Has Racist Origins by Ryan Grim in the Huffington Post.


bullet imageGary Johnson Goes Full Libertarian: “I am excited. I am liberated. And I am committed to shaking the system as it has never been shaken before.” Mike Riggs at Reason reports on Gary Johnson’s official entry into the Libertarian Party nomination race.

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52 comments to Political Updates

  • Francis

    Well, I’m glad that Gary Johnson is running as a Libertarian. It’ll be a nice change of pace to have someone on the ballot to vote for! I just hope the Republican party wises up and endorses him instead of running a “spoiler” candidate like Romney. 😉

    (BTW, can we assume that Johnson will withdraw and endorse Paul if he somehow manages to snag the GOP nomination? If he didn’t, my opinion of Johnson would go from favorable to unfavorable very, very quickly.)

  • darkcycle

    Well, since the mainstream press has been working overtime, on both the right and the left, to kill Ron Paul’s effort, it’ll be nice to have a candidate out there to support.
    Look for Paul to go down like the Lusitania.

    • damaged justice

      I don’t think most of the race-baiters understand how “going there” would likely turn around and bite them. That’s a can of worms they’re best off not opening, but they’ve seized on it like the mongrel curs they are, hoping RaceGate will take off. Unfortunately so far, their quaint antebellum scenario is not being bought by the rank and file with boots on the ground:

      http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2011/12/ron-paul-and-black-folk.html

      In other words, the Great Media Racist Bugaboo Hype has so far fizzled and failed to ignite, and if push comes to shove will I think do more harm to its increasingly desperate promoters than the man they seek to tear down. While I don’t play the game of politics and have no interest in the “privilege” (not right) of voting for a more lenient slavemaster, I think Dr. Paul is one of the few genuinely honorable individuals in that wretched hive of scum and villainy, and a man whom no peaceful, honest person should fear. Judging by the yawns from the proles on the street in reaction to the shrill outpourings of the mass media organs, I would venture to say that for once, my opinion is hardly in the minority.

      • Duncan20903

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        He’s white, he’s from Texas, how the heck can he not be a racist? If they can sell that bill of goods to America we deserve Newt.

        Please let’s quit with the “Dr. Paul can’t win” bullshit. He’s in double digits for crying out loud. The Pope has issued a nulla osta and a diocesan tribunal is being formed as we speak because that in and of itself is a holy mary mother of god miracle and somebody deserves to be canonized just for making that happen.

        The voters just may have had it with business as usual and at the moment Dr. Paul is the ONLY candidate that fills the bill. No, it isn’t likely, but it sure as heck is 10 times more likely than it was last year. Really folks, what purpose does it serve to start every sentence with, “well, there’s no way it can happen…”? I axe you, what purpose?

        PS I’m still not likely to vote for him. But last month it was a carved in stone impossibility. The more I think about the (realistic) alternatives, the more I think about changing my mind.

        • and to keep the pressure on the Repugs and Obama, I think the appearance of support at this point is more powerful than his real support. Tell Obama, “oh hell no.” Tell ’em all that. If they think we’re abandoning both sides in droves to support Paul and/or Johnson… it might give ’em a moment of panic.

          I used to be a racist… yep, self admitted. I felt bad tho’… I couldn’t stand white folk and I be one. Seriously.

          A good sociology prof will take you places simpler folks fear to tread. Education is scary. Literacy is vital.

        • darkcycle

          Sorry, but you know they’ll never let him near the Republican nomination. You watch, if he get’s too close, his bus will crash while attempting to land sommwhere. We’re ‘Mercun’s, that’s how we roll.

        • darkcycle

          …sorry to pry the cap off of the cynicism bottle. I’ll try not to spill any.

      • Duncan20903

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        Oh my, even better than that very inspiring video by The Minister Of Truth was this linked on that same page:

        Montanans Launch Recall of Senators Who Approved NDAA Military Detention
        Monday, December 26, 2011

        On Christmas Day the US Senate voted 86 – 14 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 which allows for the indefinite military detention of American citizens without charge or trial. Now, Montanans have announced the launch of recall campaigns against Senators Max Baucus and Jonathan Tester, who voted for the bill, reports Salem-News.com.
        /snip/

        http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2011/12/montanans-launch-recall-of-senators-who.html

  • Servetus

    13 Bears And Marijuana – Russian, English Subtitles

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ongZ8t3dyQ&feature=youtu.be

    • Duncan20903

      …and the news read by a clucking hen. But evidently bears don’t make such good watch dogs. They look mean, but evidently they don’t eat police.

      • claygooding

        Maybe they could be trained.

      • Servetus

        C’mon, Duncan. Don’t be mean to the Russian lady. She has a sense of humor (rare). And she just made the Canadian drug Mounties look like animal haters. I mean, who busts bears, a pig, and a raccoon on drug charges? (yes, “we will put them down if they can’t be returned to the wild…”).

        As for the bears, I do agree that this was a major faux pas on the part of the growers. Next time, train the bears to eat the drug cops. It might even be possible to breed bears for the specific purpose of chowing down on narc bone marrow.

    • kaptinemo

      Yeah, don’t razz her. I don’t believe I could have done a better job. I know some po-Russki and yes, she was honestly cracking up and cussing at the same time. The copy she was reading was as silly as it was matter-of-fact. Some much-needed levity. Thanks for the clip!

  • Duncan20903

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    Just to make the election a little more special, how about if Dr. Paul makes Governor Johnson his running mate, and vice versa? Who says a candidate can only run for one party? Or one office even?

    OK, I’ll settle for Johnson/Paul on the Libertarian ticket.

    • Windy

      I prefer a Paul/Johnson ticket, due to Paul’s age. As president, Paul will have at least 4 years and maybe 8 years to get the Constitutional policies started, the shooting wars stopped, many of the unconstitutional laws repealed, the war on drugs ended the CSA tossed (along with the agencies that oppress us — DEA, ONDCP, etc.), and the non-violent drug “offenders” released.

      Johnson, as Paul’s VP, will have a better chance, after Paul’s (2nd) term is over, of gaining the nomination, winning the election, and having two more terms (8 more years for a total of 16 years of Constitutional governance) to make certain those policies don’t get overturned by the authoritarian prohibitionists, warmongers, and theocrats who currently make up most of government (all levels).

      But if, instead, Johnson were the president and Paul the VP, the policies of freedom and limited government would be discarded by the authoritarian statists who abhor the Constitution’s limits on government as soon as Johnson’s 2 terms are over as Paul wouldn’t be able at that point to make the run for the nomination let alone the election.

  • claygooding

    Marijuana initiative — up, up and away
    SeattlePI / Joel Connally / 12,28,2011

    http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2011/12/28/marijuana-initiative-up-up-and-away/

    Supporters of Initiative 502, a measure to legalize and regulate marijuana sales in Washington, plan to submit 355,000 signatures to the Secretary of State’s election division on Thursday afternoon.

    and:

    APNewsBreak: Colo. becomes 3rd state to seek marijuana classification allowing prescriptions

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/apnewsbreak-colo-becomes-3rd-state-to-seek-marijuana-classification-allowing-prescriptions/2011/12/28/gIQALduDNP_story.html

    DENVER — Colorado has become the third state to ask the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to reclassify marijuana in way that allows doctors to prescribe it as a medical treatment.

    Lottsa luck!

    • right… they’ll get right back to you on that Colorado… yeah…

      But at least the focus is being directed in the right direction at a level it tain’t been in recent herstory.

  • palemalemarcher

    I fear that Rep. Paul is supported by an agenda with a 25 point plan which includes drugs screening of the indigent while ignoring the recipients of bonuses. I fear that our enthusiasm may backfire. Just saying.

    • at this point… it’s pretty much time for the Hail Mary. We can’t play the old tune again and Paul being elected means folks are actually thinking for a change. Maybe not well, but hey…

      And ya know, there were those who said the same about Mr. Obama…

    • Duncan20903

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      In 2008 the people said they wanted something different. They got scammed by an imposter. Well if they really want something different they’ve got a man with credentials dating back to the days of Jimmy Carter. Shame on the nattering nabobs of negatism and thumbs down for you.

      palemalemarcher, any basis at all for the pee test crack? Any basis that a man who believes in the gold standard is going to let derivative writing banksters spin money from thin air with impunity other than some jaded outlook that anyone with an R behind they’re name is some kind of evil person? The man who wrote “End The Fed” isn’t going to care about financial shenanigans?? Have you been drinking tonight? The thing to worry about with Dr. Paul is that he’s going to button down the money supply too tightly. His way would be a bailment system and IMO that would take a depression that will make the first two US depressions look like a Sunday stroll in the park.

      But I guess I wouldn’t be too shocked to hear anti-Israel sentiments from someone who thinks the Federal government should be limited. Where in the Constitution does it say that we should be borrowing money to support a garden in the desert? Perhaps the fact that it’s a theocracy maybe violates the 1st Amendment?

      • palemalemarcher

        Yes, point 13, http://www.nsm88.org/25points/25pointsengl.html it may be expedient now but does their designs make sense for a substance which is long overdue for normalization? I don’t want to find out about the outbreak of war with a buzz on! And that idea of point #13 is also the mainstream GOP according to multiple information sources.

      • palemalemarcher

        OK silence can be bought.

      • palemalemarcher

        If that country is a theocracy, should we sever ties with the vatican?

        • Duncan20903

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          How much money do we send to the Vatican? Was it us that went and shoehorned Popeville into Italy? How much logistical and tactical aid do we give the Vatican Gaurd? I don’t subscribe to the theory that the Establishment Clause demands that we fully exclude anything and anyone religious. This Country needs to take a remedial course in the Prime Directive IMO.

  • vote all you want

    “If voting changed anything it would be illegal.” Jello Biafra

    • Duncan20903

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      I know a bunch of very sick people in a number of States who would say that’s a steaming pile of bullshit.

    • claygooding

      If America had the balls to elect only new legislators to our congress one time,it would change a lot of shit.

      The “good ol boys” that think they are secure in their office and were not involved in the election would immediately realize they were next,,,things would change.

  • Servetus

    Gil Kerlikowske’s old stomping ground, the Seattle Police Department, is under intense investigation by the DOJ for ‘unnecessary and excessive use of force’. A list of outrages includes: “SPD sometimes escalates situations, particularly with people with mental health issues or who are affected by drugs or alcohol.

    http://www.westseattleherald.com/2011/12/16/news/department-justice-investigation-finds-excessive-

  • Peter

    An article in the Independent on valium addicts who are suing their doctors for long-term prescribing, which inadvertently highlights the inconsistency of attitudes to addiction. A “bezodiazipine expert” is quoted as saying “These people should not be treated like illicit drug users.” Presmably the illicit folk deserve whatever they get.
    It also contrasts with addicts of other legal drugs such as alcohol who presumably cannot sue the manufacturers or distributors. Furthermore, why no comment on suing the manufacturers of benzodiazapines, who for the last 50 years have spent a fortune on marketing these drugs to these same doctors?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/doctors-sued-for-creating-valium-addicts-6282542.html

  • darkcycle

    Interesting and timely assessment of the polls in Iowa: New poll has Romney narrowly beating Paul, but that poll only measures registered repugnican support. When you inlude independents likely to vote in the Repub caucus, Paul beats the tar out of Romney. Plus, it looks like one of Michelle Bachman’s main political supporters in Iowa just defected to the Paul campaign.
    http://elections.firedoglake.com/2011/12/29/ron-paul-and-mitt-romney-lead-in-iowa/ and http://my.firedoglake.com/phoenix/2011/12/28/bachmanns-iowa-campaign-chair-defects-to-ron-paul/
    I’m not changing my dark assessment from earlier in the thread, just pointing this out as interesting.

    • darkcycle

      …and here, at Truthdig, “Marginalizing Ron Paul”, Robert Scheer:
      http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/marginalizing_ron_paul_20111229/

      • claygooding

        The people mainstream media does not want are the people that have goals of changing our governments policies,,since mainstream media is owned by the same corporations that have created this mess,it stands to reason they will try their best to see that it doesn’t happen.

        I am still pushing for “No incumbents back to DC”,it will send a message to the corporations it is not business as usual.

        • kaptinemo

          I’d advise anyone concerned about how the MSM has functioned and continues to function as a ‘gatekeeper of reality’ to read Herman and Chomsky’s seminal work Manufacturing Consent, excerpts of which can be found here.

          The manipulation is all quite blatant, and with the advent of the Internet, very easily identifiable. And with the reality that the Paul campaign stands to be more than a ‘flash in the pan’, the machinery of information ‘massaging’ is in full gear. Hence all the negative reporting about Paul; challenges to the system’s suzerainty are not tolerated, no siree.

        • claygooding

          You know Kap that they will have to censor the internet to ever have the blanket coverage they enjoyed for all those years before we started pointing out their agendas and lies.

          I bet Kerli and Homeland security are trying to come up with a plan just for that scenario.

    • damaged justice

      Militarists, Drug Warriors, and Heresy-Hunters: The Anti-Ron Paul Axis of “Decency”:

      http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2011/12/militarists-drug-warriors-and-heresy.html

      Newt Gingrich and David Neiwert — and the ideological cliques they represent — disagree about a great deal, but they agree that “decency” in political affairs is measured by one’s willingness to support State-sanctioned murder as the central organizing principle of society.

  • Servetus

    Unable to completely rid the state of all human happiness and good cheer for the holidays, Utah is banning it one hour at a time by prohibiting happy hour specials in establishments that serve alcohol. The law goes into effect January 1, 2012.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/utah-is-banning-happy-hours-starting-in-2012-2011-12

    And in the Netherlands, dominionist religio-fascists in the Dutch government are still making noises about shutting down the soft drug trade to foreign tourists, pushing a plan to phase out all marijuana sales to tourists in Amsterdam by January 1, 2013.

    http://www.rnw.nl/english/article/netherlands-end-sale-soft-drugs-tourists

    • claygooding

      In regards to Amsterdam,,isn’t it funny how they keep moving the date back,,like going out of business sales at the carpet place down the road,,for 22 years now.

      • darkcycle

        We had one of them near me in Seattle. Big “going out of Business sale” banner stayed up for over a decade. When they finally DID go out of business, I kept checking the sddress…it had to be a scam…

        • claygooding

          What better way to drum up more business than to threaten to shut down their coffee shops to foreigners,,soon,,then the tourists will be trying to come every chance they get,,just in case they do.

      • Duncan20903

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        A buddy of mine owns some trucks with mobile billboards . Two of his best long term contracts are with furniture merchants who are going out of business. That sense of urgency must really mean something. You can actually have a successful, lifelong career of going out of business. It was 2008 when the Dutch anti-tourist plan was first announced.
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        I read the comments over at Reason and now I’m depressed. Someone pointed out that Governor Johnson could have made a more significant difference by getting himself elected Senator from New Mexico. He mentioned something about teaming up with Senator Paul. The NM Senate seat is up for grabs as the 30 year incumbent has called it a career. Now that’s the way to get me to see black DC. Oh well, nothing to do but to start picking up all these darn apples.

  • Duncan20903

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    This one needs to be filed in the “Isn’t that special?” category:

    250+ teens caught with drugs on ski trip, none arrested
    By Shara Park
    December 29th, 2011

    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=18668050

    Police in Nev. seize pot from Utah-bound ski buses

    By KEN RITTER, Associated Press

    Thursday, December 29, 2011

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/12/29/state/n093604S31.DTL#ixzz1hy1ukzLk

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/12/29/state/n093604S31.DTL

    Dying of an overdose of merrywanna? What planet in which alternative universe is the Chief from? Isn’t there a minimum IQ to become Chief of a police force?

    The chief sounded much more stupid in the SF Chronicle link. The KSL10 had more usable information. I liked the way they made sure to put a prescription bottle in the picture. It appears to have been from the Rite Aid dispensary.

    Anyway, the Chief says he wants to know who’s ultimately responsible so I’ve forwarded him the answer he seeks. I know, never snitch, but this guy doesn’t arrest anyone.
    Mr. Big himself

    • Duncan20903

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      Well KSL10 may have had the more informative story, but gosh, is Utah the destination of choice for the brain dead? I apologize for ever denigrating the progressive and intelligent people of Missouri and Oklahoma for their comments in similar stories. The Utahans actually are claiming that criminals had avoided justice. You know I think this may be the first time I’ve ever heard anyone calling a pot arrest or lack thereof “justice”. Isn’t it funny how hard it is to see things that aren’t there?
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      Utahans? So says the spell check software.

  • palemalemarcher

    And I thought that the Israelis had a relatively less bellicose stance in regards to drugs issues than her neighbors.

  • palemalemarcher

    “Where in the Constitution does it say that we should be borrowing money to support a garden in the desert? Perhaps the fact that it’s a theocracy maybe violates the 1st Amendment?” And I thought that the Israelis had a relatively less bellicose stance in regards to drugs issues than her neighbors.