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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…

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20 comments to Independence

  • BackToPurple

    We cannot be a people and be at war with ourselves; the War on Drugs must end.

    We, therefore, a portion of the American people, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, out of respect for the Name and Authority of the good People of this Country, solemnly publish and declare, That the people of this country ought all to be connected to one another and equal; that all legislation erecting the War on Drugs, and turning the American people against one another, ought to be totally dissolved; that the free and independent states and territories have full power to pursue narcotics control through the tools of public health policy, instead of the criminal justice system; that the free and independent states and territories should so use their powers and do all other Acts and Things by which they may foster a people connected and equal. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

    http://tinyurl.com/DeclarationAgainstProhibition

  • Servetus

    Differences exist between wars and revolutions. The end game in war is to destroy or repress an adversary and take control of their lives and territory. In particular, Nixon’s drug war is a war to destroy and repress American citizens, and those of other nations, including citizens who merely use drugs to pursue their happiness and well-being.

    In contrast to war, a revolution’s goal is to alter or abolish a government or its principles in order to liberate and free people from a despotic leadership. In a drug revolution, religion and politics would no longer play a role as to which drugs or medical services people are allowed to consume or use. There would be no restrictions on which substances could be researched by science in determining a positive medical benefit for the mind or body. Synthetic medicines would no longer be given dominance over natural medicines, as each drug or herb would rise in use as it met the needs and challenges of the medicated. The FDA and health insurance companies would be forced to change their policies to better accommodate herbal remedies, such that marijuana would no longer be the round peg being forced into the FDA’s square hole. No one in the future could be arrested for merely being in proximity to a scapegoated, illegal drug. Drug repression of all these types and concerns would cease.

    Situations like the drug war are why Thomas Jefferson said a little rebellion (revolution) now and then is a good thing. Viva la revolución!

  • DdC

    I have never understood why celebrating our Independence. After years of harsh bloody war. After great loss and when its all over. I would think it was a time for Peace, Music and Festivals celebrating an end to the war. So why all the replication of war scenes? Bombs bursting in air fireworks. Bang noises like fake bullets. We don’t have enough real bullets without pretend gun shots? Hey we’re free from oppression, lets kill something! Oh welcome home soldiers, We thought we would make you feel better with familiar sounds. Here kiddies we are so very damned concerned about sending proper messages. So sick people can’t smoke pot because of the message. Hemp can’t be taught as an alternative because of the message. But look kiddies, rockets red glare. For when you get old enough to kill people. Oooooo look at that one!

    “The oppressed should rebel, and they will continue to rebel and raise disturbance until their civil rights are fully restored to them and all partial distinctions, exclusions and incapacitations are removed.”
    ~ Thomas Jefferson, 1776.

    • Duncan20903

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      When is your induction into the whiner hall of fame? You must have pissed off somebody, there’s no doubt that you’ve earned induction.

      • DdC

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKvnQYFhGCc

        We hold these truths, not to be taken factually, to be self-evident, that all white MEN are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, Yet everyone has different makers, or parents. So they can give us unalienable Rights? Who needs the Constitution? That among these are Life, a prerequisite of Liberty that is a prerequisite of any pursuit of Happiness. So unalienable Rights must include the prerequisites of Life, Food, Fuel, Clothing, Housing and Medicine. All coincidentally provided by the Cannabis Plant. Ganja and Hemp. Our Unalienable Rights to Reefer!

        That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among more White MEN, deriving their just powers from the CONSENT of the governed, I don’t give consent. Wars over. Go Home!

        That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it… Except the people don’t even know if their votes are counted. The corporate Media holds these truths from the people. Who ya gonna call?

        That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…

        45 years ago the Politicians knew Nixon lied. They knew it every decade since and nothing has changed with the CSA. The Politce politicians paid by all sides taxes demanding a neutral police force. SWAT killing dogs on snitch witnesses to potential acts that are none of their business anyway. Gag rules in court, NRA bought Mandatory Minimums and 3 strikes and Gates DARE intimidation and fear mongering segregation and stigmatizing those with opposing views. Draconian sentences, double jeopardy, perjury by cops in court and judges keeping jury nullification out of the conversation.

        The flags they jerk come from China, using Iranian crude oil. Kids so many messages are cast on, don’t seem to receive them in 12 hour shift sweatshops. Taking American jobs. Funding hostile areas vowing to avenge their dead relatives. Living in poverty under hand picked dictators taking our dollars for their crude oil for plastic flags to jerk with the sounds of Independence blowing off kids fingers.

        GWPH – GW Pharmaceuticals PLC- ADR (NASDAQ)
        Dead Cat Still Bouncin’ in Dollars…
        $93.78 +2.21

      • jean valjean

        Now Duncan, be nice…..

        • Duncan20903

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          I’ll have you know that I said that in the nicest way possible. You probably haven’t been around long enough to know that DdC and I share a mutual animus and have had that for a very, very long time.

          IMHO GW Pharma is never going to get US FDA approval as long as there are synthetic cannabinoids like dronabinol and synthetic cannabidiol. Hey, I could be wrong, but I don’t think so.

          Insys Stock Jumps As FDA Approves Appetite-Boosting Cannabis Drug
          July 5, 2016

          Specialty drugmaker Insys Therapeutics (INSY) popped in early trading Tuesday after the FDA approved its cannabis-derived drug for AIDS-related weight loss and nausea induced by chemotherapy.

          The drug Syndros is a liquid formulation of dronabinol, a pharmaceutical version of the active ingredient in marijuana. A capsule form of the drug called Marinol is sold by AbbVie (ABBV), but Insys CEO John Kapoor said in a press release that the liquid form “is easy-to-swallow and allows for the dosage to be titrated to clinical effect. Once Syndros has been opened, it does not need to be refrigerated for 28 days.”

          Insys said that it expects to convert “a large portion” of the dronabinol market to Syndros, which it will launch sometime before year-end.
          /snip/

      • NorCalNative

        We’re all whiners here D, you included.

        I happen to disagree with your analysis of GWP and would be happy to make a small friendly wager where the LOSER donates to Pete’s blog.

        Something $50 or less would fit my budget. Let’s make this interesting!

        I’m a fan and loyal reader of both of you guys if anybody is wondering or cares.

  • Servetus

    Thanks to the U.S. sanctioned drug war in Central America, Mexico eats its children:

    2 July 2016 — More than 28,000 people have disappeared in Mexico in the decade since the country began its war on drugs, according to a report published Friday by the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights.

    Unlike the disappeared from Argentina’s Dirty War, and other campaigns of state repression in Latin America during the Cold War period, the reason 28,161 people are listed in the Missing or Disappeared People National Registry is not necessarily tied to any leftist activism. But just as state officials in Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Honduras, Guatemala and elsewhere were slow to investigate the disappearances, so too have Mexican officials been reluctant to account for the missing.

    Source: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/28000-People-Missing-in-Mexico-in-the-last-Decade-Report-20160702-0018.html

    It’s unlikely the state will investigate the disappearances. Due to the promptings of foreign corporate interests in Mexico, it’s the state which is responsible for at least some of the disappeared, people in the wrong place at the wrong time as corporations gobbled up indigenous people’s mining and petroleum resources, using the drug war as an excuse to kill.

  • BackToPurple

    Just stay away from Humpty Doo
    It’s full of silly buggers that are probably huffin’ glue

    “Things came to a head yesterday evening and the father allegedly threw all of his son’s cannabis plants onto the bonfire and completely destroyed them,” Duty Superintendent Louise Jorgensen told ABC radio.

    “This enraged the son, he called us and told us everything basically.” Supt Jorgensen said no charges had been laid as there was no remaining evidence.

    http://tinyurl.com/OnlyInHumptyDoo

  • Servetus

    The 4th of July buzzkill automobile of the future is being promoted, but strangely enough, its sensor systems only detect alcohol impairment:

    And speaking of buzz, an owner of a new smart car might want to stick to moderate alcohol consumption. Nissan is promoting its drunk-driving prevention concept car, which doesn’t just monitor the type of driving behavior mentioned above. Among its array of drunk-driver sensing tools include:

    A high-sensitivity alcohol sensor is built into the transmission shift knob, which is able to detect the presence of alcohol in the perspiration of the driver’s palm as he or she attempts to start driving. When this sensor detects an alcohol level above the predetermined threshold, the system automatically locks the transmission, immobilizing the car.[…]

    Source: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/31/the-dream-of-the-smart-car-where-we-stand-today.html

    Could it be that marijuana consumption shows no detectable impairment, that it is immune to current automotive sensing technology? Big Brother is missing out.

    • BackToPurple

      “A high-sensitivity alcohol sensor is built into the transmission shift knob, which is able to detect the presence of alcohol in the perspiration of the driver’s palm as he or she attempts to start driving.”

      People have speculated for centuries about a future without gloves.

      • Chris

        Stuff like this is misguided. If a knife-wielding person is coming to murder me, I don’t want my car to lock up because I’ve been drinking. Also, “glove box”. You can put gloves in it.

    • Servetus

      Not only that, but the whole totalitarian knee-jerk reaction to a negative on a palm sweat test: yeah, dude, we’re gonna lock your transmission! — take that MFer!

      Why can’t the car-maker defer to a velvet glove approach: A voice over the intercom — “Dude, you’re too tweaked to touch that wheel — take a break — have some tea, take a walk, come back when you’ve metabolized your brew, smoke a spliff.”

      But no — We Will Lock Your Ass Down!

      Yo, Nissan carmaker, go Confucius, go with the flow, and be polite about it.

  • jean valjean

    Chilcot report…fuck. This is how these people conduct any war. Lies and deception. War criminals all.