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57 comments to 420

  • Let Timmy Smoke aka NCN

    Happy 420 peeps.

  • darkcycle

    Yes. Happy 4:20. “Smoke ’em if you got ’em.”
    Yay, Faceplant.

  • Swooper

    Happy 4/20, everyone!

  • Mr_Alex

    @DdC
    DEA OKs synthetic marijuana for pharma company that spent $500,000 to keep pot illegal

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-dea-pharma-synthetic-marijuana-20170325-story.html

  • Freeman

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    Excellent PSA! I’d love to see that all over the TV instead of all those “ask your doctor if creeping death side effects are right for you” commercials.

  • WalStMonky

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    I can’t tell you just how tickled pink I am that Adam Eidinger actually managed to get himself arrested by the US Capitol Police today. Point in fact it was part of a planned event. Perhaps some of the more perpetual couch sitters will recall when I’ve mentioned the time in 1994 or 1995 when DC NORML scheduled a similar event but the Capitol Police refused to play their assigned role. “Permits expired. Move along.” Then they turned around and left. Permanently seared into my brain is the image of my friend Joel chasing the cops, puffing on the joint like a choo choo train while demanding to be arrested. “It’s your duty!” The cops just ignored him. It totally sucked.

    7 Arrested as Free Pot Offered to Congress in ‘JointSession’
    At least two of those taken into police custody “volunteered” to be arrested for possession. Both men said they believed they were on D.C. property and therefore acting legally
    /snip/

    • WalStMonky

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      Ooops, my bad…they weren’t intending to get arrested today. It seems that Mr. Eidinger missed the part where Federal LEOs have jurisdiction everywhere in America? Seriously? I’m having another attack of the skepticals. The man is nothing if not meticulous.

      Marijuana legalization support at all-time high
      April 20, 2017

      [61%-33%]

  • Daniel Williams

    The racial overtones of the current drug war are exemplified by the color of the eggs. And it’s a fairly good commercial, all things considered.

    It must be noted, however, that the drug war’s initial victims were overwhelmingly white, college-age men. Yes, it fast-tracked to a more diverse color scheme. But it started out pretty lily white. (I was busted in July ’71, and again in April ’72.)

  • Servetus

    Conspiracy freak Alex Jones’ custody battle during his divorce touched on his drug habits. Jones had this to say about marijuana:

    20-APR-2017 — Jones was asked about his drug and alcohol use by attorney Bobby Newman, who is representing Jones’ ex-wife Kelly in the custody battle over the couple’s three children.

    During his testimony, Jones claimed that he smoked marijuana once a year to “monitor its strength,” and he claimed that it’s gotten progressively stronger over the years — and he thinks that George Soros is somehow involved.[…]

    “George Soros has brain damaged a lot of people,” Jones said, according to reporter Texas Monthly reporter Dan Solomon.

    Elsewhere in his testimony, Jones told the jury that eating large bowls of chili had adverse effects on his ability to remember things, although he said that he made sure to not eat a large bowl of chili before appearing in court on Thursday.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/alex-jones-tells-jury-his-marijuana-has-gotten-too-strong-and-says-george-soros-is-to-blame/

    • WalStMonky

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      Well it’s true. Just the other night SWIM caught George Soros in his grow room decked out in full wizard regalia like Mickey Mouse in Fantasia while casting a voodoo spell to increase the potency to levels approaching that of Marinol! At least now we know why so many people write home to tell their mothers about my friend’s reefer.

  • DdC

    Scientists say most marijuana strains act basically the same
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/character-favorite-marijuana-strain-may-head/
    What gives cannabis “character,” in Holmes’s view, are the hundreds of other chemicals it contains. These include THC’s cousin cannabinoids such as cannabidiol, along with other compounds called terpenes and flavonoids.

  • DC Reade

    (moderator- the comment I just posted was apparently marked as Spam, which is an error.)

  • Mouth

    ‘A California Supreme Court committee advised judges in the state Wednesday to stay away from pot – meaning investments in pot businesses.’ They are telling them to dump a fund that is even .1% invested in pot, be it a REIT or other, though they may have had the fund long before it began to invest in cannabis businesses. Even their spouse is advised to not hold anything.

    Because legal cannabis in California increases the odds of the war on drugs going away, while decreasing the violence of drug money, I’m assuming that this committee is requiring the judges to invest in the ISIS and Crips Funds . . . Crack house and meth lab REITs . . . Al Qaeda and Taliban training sites that are bundled into a mortgage bond . . . the Dodge and Cox Bashar al-Assad fund . . . the Vanguard Kandahar Opium Fund . . . The Al-Baghdadi Asset Management Corporation . . . Boko-Haram Capital etc.

    A lot of you guys like to hand out free joints to make a political point, I like to pass out black Jihad flags to politicians and law enforcement (who surprisingly thank me and fly them at their houses, not knowing it wasn’t meant to be taken seriously).

    And those masked cops from Florida that Pete posted–I’ve seen those same masks being worn by ISIS . . . maybe we should end the expensive war on drugs so cops can get better pay and not have to take a second job as a Terrorist, just to pay the bills. Maybe cops and judges should start investing in cannabis businesses and REITs that have cannabis properties on their books.

  • Servetus

    The University of Utah decides a man’s fate for marijuana use; a delay in transplanting a lung sends him to Philadelphia for the operation where he ultimately dies of complications:

    http://www.ksl.com/?sid=43974789&nid=148&title=park-city-man-denied-lung-transplant-in-utah-because-of-traces-of-marijuana-dies

  • NorCalNative

    Comment self-censored.

    There was lots of swearing and images of Mormon eye-sockets being fucked. Both of em.

    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man toking a reefer is KING.

    • Servetus

      I feel your pain, NCN. I compensate by deriving solace from the fact that Mormons, who deny the medical benefits of marijuana, will fall victim to Darwin’s law of natural selection. There exists an historical analogy.

      At the beginning of the 19th century, Evangelicals in both Britain and the United States protested against smallpox vaccinations as being contrary to the will of God, who, according to theocrats, apparently got his jollies killing people off with smallpox.

      Smallpox made up 10-percent of the mortality rate in that era. The competition between religion and science thus provided its own solution. You can be assured that Mormons are being exterminated due to their rejection of science. See A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom (1896), by Andrew Dickson White.

  • Servetus

    New research at the University of Connecticut indicates marijuana calms our guts, and it works like chili peppers. Amazing. Who would have thought our gut was uptight? Marijuana is normally considered useful for uptight minds:

    24-APR-2017 — You wouldn’t think chili peppers and marijuana have much in common. But when eaten, both interact with the same receptor in our stomachs, according to a paper by UConn researchers published in the April 24 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The research could lead to new therapies for diabetes and colitis, and opens up intriguing questions about the relationship between the immune system, the gut and the brain.

    Touch a chili pepper to your mouth and you feel heat. And biochemically, you aren’t wrong. The capsaicin chemical in the pepper binds to a receptor that triggers a nerve that fires off to your brain: hot! Those same receptors are found throughout the gastrointestinal tract, for reasons that have been mysterious.

    Curious, UConn researchers fed capsaicin to mice, and found the mice fed with the spice had less inflammation in their guts. The researchers actually cured mice with Type 1 diabetes by feeding them chili pepper. When they looked carefully at what was happening at a molecular level, the researchers saw that the capsaicin was binding to a receptor called TRPV1, which is found on specialized cells throughout the gastrointestinal tract. When capsaicin binds to it, TRPV1 causes cells to make anandamide. Anandamide is a compound chemically akin to the cannabinoids in marijuana. It was the anandamide that caused the immune system to calm down. And the researchers found they could get the same gut-calming results by feeding the mice anandamide directly.

    The brain also has receptors for anandamide. It’s these receptors that react with the cannabinoids in marijuana to get people high. Scientists have long wondered why people even have receptors for cannabinoids in their brains. They don’t seem to interact with vital bodily functions that way opiate receptors do, for example.

    “This allows you to imagine ways the immune system and the brain might talk to each other. They share a common language,” says Pramod Srivastava, Professor of Immunology and Medicine at UConn Health School of Medicine. And one word of that common language is anandamide.[…]

    It’s difficult to get federal license to experiment on people with marijuana, but the legalization of pot in certain states means there’s a different way to see if regular ingestion of cannabinoids affects gut inflammation in humans.[…]

    It seems a little ironic that both chili peppers and marijuana could make the gut chill out. But how useful if it’s true.

    Chili peppers and marijuana calm the gut: The active ingredients in both hot peppers and cannabis calm the gut’s immune system

  • jean valjean

    ‘”The drug war is coded language,” said Drug Policy Alliance senior director asha bandele. “When the law no longer allowed the control and containment of people based on race, they inserted the word ‘drug’ and then targeted communities of color. Fifty years later, we see the outcome of that war. Drug use remains the same, and black people and people of color are disproportionately locked up. But no community, regardless of race, has been left unharmed, which is why we are calling everyone together to strategize.”‘
    http://www.alternet.org/drugs/atlanta-drug-conference

  • Servetus

    People have a new reason to say “Ich bin ein Berliner”. Recreational cannabis smokers are being recruited in a study that will include 25,000 participants from Berlin.

    25 April 2017 — A research initiative hopes to get approval for a study that would recruit 25,000 recreational cannabis consumers in Berlin – if it can get government approval.

    The group called the Research Initiative on Cannabis Consumption is hoping to get an application for a new study approved so that they can analyze the “consequences of cannabis for psychologically healthy, adult consumers”. The aim is to understand what effects cannabis use has after several years, according to the group, which was started by a Berlin lawyer and a clinical psychology professor at the Medical School Hamburg.

    The initiative reported last week that they had submitted an updated application to the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) for approval…the research initiative is hoping to shed light on the effects of recreational use – which is still illegal – rather than of medical treatments.

    So far 2,000 people have signed up to participate in the study within the first ten weeks of the search. The initiative leaders said that in selecting participants, they will rule out anyone under 18, first-time pot smokers, as well as anyone with potential addiction or psychiatric problems.

    If the study obtains approval, participants would be allowed to pick up 30 grams of cannabis normally reserved for medical patients each month from a pharmacy.

    https://www.thelocal.de/20170425/researchers-want-to-recruit-25000-berlin-weed-smokers-for-study-marijuana-cannabis

  • Head on a Stick

    The Swiss may soon have another referendum to legally regulate cannabis.

    Could Switzerland Become the First European Country to Legally Regulate Cannabis?

    Legalize It, a Zurich-based group, has launched a campaign to legally regulate cannabis across Switzerland. The objectives of the initiative, Legalize It describes, are three-fold: to allow adults the “freedom and right to consume cannabis”, to prevent those who seek cannabis from having to purchase from the “black market”, and to ensure increased investment into drug use prevention, related research, and social security. The funds for such investment, the group says, will be acquired from the taxation of cannabis sales, and savings on law enforcement expenditure.

    http://www.talkingdrugs.org/switzerland-cannabis-legalisation

  • Mouth

    Now High Times is trying to say drug money funds Islamic Terrorism with some guy called the Pablo Escobar of Iraq. That explains why we had the Italian Mafia and Mexican Drug Cartels etc in our prison camp in Iraq. Funny how America made the war on terror cost twice as much all because drugs are illegal.

  • WalStMonky

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    More MUD slinging disguised as “research”:
    Illegal Pot Use Is Rising in States That Have Legalized Medical Marijuana

    Gosh guys, Live “Science” what a shock. The good news is they’re really starting to have to stretch to find pickable cherries.

  • Mike

    Kickoff rally May 1 ll:00am to 2 pm
    State Capitol Lansing MI.

    http://www.milegalize.com/unity

    • Mouth

      This is true: North Korea excels at growing Acapulco Gold, which is like a BLAST from the past to those who remember smoking it way back in the day.

      If weed is legal in NK and they are very poor and prone to famine, how does one handle the munchies? Some say by simply sucking on a button (like the one on your coat), you can contain some of the hunger by stimulating the saliva . . . So this is why we see so many ‘Button’ Factories when viewing ‘approved’ photos of NK industries.

  • Sounds like good news:

    Update: After meeting with Sessions, Colorado gov thinks AG unlikely to crack down on marijuana

    “Hickenlooper said, he doesn’t believe Sessions will come down on legal marijuana states from an enforcement standpoint”
    https://t.co/od0XojaQeg

    I still don’t trust Sessions.

    • DdC

      First, the protections for lawful medical marijuana patients and businesses from the Department of Justice provided by the Rohrabacher-Farr budget amendment was temporarily expended through May 5th and we are working of ensuring that that will be a part of any budget deal for the rest of the fiscal year. In the last week alone, NORML members sent over 24,000 messages to members of Congress and we plan to keep the pressure up. If you have not already, click here to send a message to your elected lawmakers.

      Second, on April 27, Representative Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) introduced The Secure and Fair Enforcement Banking Act (SAFE Banking Act), to provide access to banking services to end the practice of marijuana businesses being forced to pay their employees, rent, taxes, and other associated costs in cash. At the end of the day, no industry can operate safely, transparently, or effectively without access to banks or other financial institutions.
      Weekly Legislative Update 4/29/17

      Business Insider
      The Trump crackdown on legal marijuana probably isn’t coming

      U.S. Newsweek
      City by city, marijuana is becoming legal all across America

      Full Interview:
      Hickenlooper Makes the Case for ‘Large Tent’ Democrats.

      Cannabis conference is like 4/20,
      but with more ties and lab coats

      I don’t trust Beauregard or Trumpy or do they seem to be pertinent. Trumps ego doesn’t need even lower ratings and Sessions has always bowed down to his masters as much as he would love to wipe em all out. Too many people and too much money seen, in the bank. Jobs and stats clear enough to expose the alternative fact passers as frauds.

      Donnie has a full plate trying to appease the money that put him there when 99% of the country wants to go in a different direction. Even if we can’t sit in the same room together on social matters, you can’t eat social matters. Hemp and Organic Farming is more labor intensive and less harmful to pregnant women than Monsantoed crap. More jobs locally. Sounds like a goper issue to me.

      Family Farmers hiring more local labor to spend it locally. More available products from the same plant, Cannabis. Hemp and Ganja were only held back because of censorship and lack of alternatives with the capacity to reach more than the view of a bumper sticker. So far the internet is intact, if it isn’t censored or over priced. Big Pharma is getting knocked around on the ODs and berzerk profits and cost to the 99%. Ganja affordable health care is a proven alternative to the opioids and it assist in withdrawal. Hemp oil, seed and cbd is making its mark. Clothing would be billions instead of hundred millions grown in the states. All 50 like they were United or something.

      Sessions will use the Ganjawar to round up illegals and wayward youth. Probably feeding the new Tzars rehabilitation asylums. Skuzzy SAM will try to weasel in on legislations. IF we don’t stop them from their own clinical paranoia. They could probably push the pisstasters profits and typically their goal is to punish us so taking our licenses would make em smile a bit. When the people do their part the politicians can only obey. When the people give their rights to the politicians then its hard for me to understand why they should be heard when they cry about the situation. Reality has to take a priority and thus remove Cannabis in all shapes and sizes from the CSA. Wipe the grungy oil stained slate clean without the baggage keeping the paranoid drug worriers in business. Incrementalism is holding off a slaughter but it is still bartering with insanity.

      Sessions gets an education
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZTT1qUswYL0

  • Tony Aroma

    I especially like Bill S.1060 which would repeal the voter initiative, and “includes an admission on behalf of Commonwealth voters that legalizing marijuana was a mistake that will increase unwanted criminal and civil wrong-doing.” Nice of them to speak on behalf of the voters, letting them know they voted the wrong way.

    MA Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy Reviews Long List of Bills

    • Mouth

      At least MA voters got a chance to vote. In Oklahoma, they change the laws changing the requirements needed to get ideas on the ballot. Object A: ‘school funding’ needs only X amount of signatures to make it on the ballot, while ‘marijuana’ needs triple X, though all initiatives (regardless if it’s Medical Cannabis or school funding) must contain the same amount of signatures. Marijuana needed triple the signatures than the ‘having sex with your 12yr old step-daughter bill’. But we only find out about this once the deadline is past. The law simultaneously changes the requirements of signatures needed without changing the requirements needed . . . this law comes from Trump’s EPA guy. You can have Scott Pruitt–we’re sharing him with you. Sorry this sludge leaked out onto the rest of America.

  • The National District Attorneys Association Is Lying About Marijuana https://t.co/n3LxfqzcBh

    • Servetus

      CBSNews.com has a bogus article by Ashley Welch called Drugged driving more fatal than drunk driving, report says. The alcohol industry funded the study, which condemns marijuana and amphetamine use as causing auto accidents without noting the fact marijuana metabolites remain in the body for up to a month. The comments destroy the piece, but the site makes you click on an icon to reach the comments, which many people won’t do, thereby sidelining the critique.

  • The prohibitionist elements are getting bold about lying their ass off thinking Sessions and the President have little regard for science or the truth anyways. Its reefer madness redux. Authoritarianism at its worse. Made to order science.

    • Mouth

      How can trump create billion dollar deals developing condos, hotels, casinos, shopping complexes, golf courses etc in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria? Drug money has destroyed those places making prime land cheaper by the acre. He knows Assad and his enemies are funded by drugs. He knows ISIS and the Taliban are funded by drugs and by keeping the drug war open, he can buy the property cheaper when all the residents flee and or are dead. That MOAB (built in my home state) is the ground breaking work for Trump’s “WATER WORLD” theme park . . . a man made lake that you’ll have to pay money just to swim in. People and investors will flock to “Lake Geneva in Afghanistan”.

  • Head on a Stick

    I recently walked past a dude who was injecting himself with brake fluid. He looked up at me and said, “Don’t worry, I can stop anytime!”

    • Mouth

      Now that’s funny Head on a Stick. Reminds me of the time I bumped into my old stock broker who transformed himself into a handful of almonds . . . his wife told me was now nuts, but I didn’t realize how serious she was.

  • Trump administration defends inviting president who admitted murdering people to Washington https://t.co/HeeltFRDRG

    Trump is clueless, or as murderous a criminal as Duterte is. The latter impresses me as the correct answer.

  • DdC

    The Drug War is the most blatantly obvious example of willful ignorance. Especially prohibition of Cannabis, Ganja and Hemp. Now the middle class is experiencing the same demonizing, dumbing down and authoritarian rule. Willful ignorance is a good term for it.

    A Psychologist’s Take on Willful Ignorance
    According to a Psychology Today article, there are 3 types of ignorance, only one of which has a negative connotation

    In contrast to ordinary of higher ignorance, willful ignorance occurs when a person knows the truth but chooses to ignore it, or the person refuses to abandon false beliefs and pursue the development of further knowledge. According to the Urban Dictionary. willful ignorance is: The practice or act of intentional and blatant avoidance, disregard or disagreement with facts, empirical evidence and well-founded arguements because they oppose or contradict your own existing personal beliefs ref

    The Authoritarians

    RWA scale (Right-Wing Authoritarianism scale — a different meaning of right-wing than most people assume, which isn’t necessarily attuned to liberal or conservative in U.S. politics). He provides a test that you can take to determine your own RWA score on a scale of 20 to 180 (I scored a 28, and I’m betting that most readers here will score below 90). Turns out this scale can fairly accurately predict a variety of specific authoritarian behaviors including the tendency to ignore facts and reason and mindlessly support what they are told by authority figures if it agrees with their world-view.
    Authoritarians and the Drug War

    “The master planners devised the strategy of a merger –
    a Great Merger – among nations.

    But before such a merger can be consummated, and the United States becomes just another province in a New World Order, there must at least be the semblance of parity among the senior partners in the deal. How does one make the nations of the world more nearly equal? The Insiders determined that a two-prong approach was needed; use American money and know-how to build up your competitors, while at the same time use every devious strategy you can devise to weaken and impoverish this country. The goal is not to bankrupt the United States. Rather, it is to reduce our productive might, and therefore our standard of living, to the meager subsistence level of the socialized nations of the world.

    The plan is not to bring the standard of living in less developed countries up to our level, but to bring ours down to meet theirs coming up… It is your standard of living which must be sacrificed on the altar of the New World Order.”
    Gary Allen in his book “The Rockefeller File”
    Ruling Elites page

    “Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.
    From Benito Mussolini

    The Wrecking Crew, on How Conservatives Rule
    Democracy Now Interview: Thomas Frank
    “Fantastic misgovernment of the kind we have seen is not an accident, nor is it the work of a few bad individuals. It is the consequence of triumph by a particular philosophy of government, by a movement that understands the liberal state as a perversion and considers the market the ideal nexus of human society. This movement is friendly to industry not just by force of campaign contributions but by conviction.”

    • DdC

      Poverty can lower your IQ,
      Almost All Rural Whites are In Poverty

      Worrying about money can actually lower your IQ.
      Thom Hartman 3.September 2013

      Living in poverty effects more than a person’s physical health. According to a new study by Harvard scientists, the constant strain of worrying about finances can actually lower someone’s IQ by as much as 13 percent. Researchers say that’s about the same mental strain as losing a night’s sleep. Apparently, when people are focused on how to divvy up the little money they have, they spend very little time thinking about anything else. That lack of cognitive “free time” can lead to bad decision making, which, in turn, often leads to poor health and economic choices.

      Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency

      After 12,000 years of humans co-existance using the cannabis plant to supplement the ECS (EndoCannabinoid System). The early 20th Century Prohibition, or total abstinence. Has created larger fear centers in those abstaining. More need of authoritarian figures to provide safety. More obedient and “willfully ignorant”.

      Conservatives Have Larger ‘Fear Centers’ in Their Brains
      Liberals have more gray matter in a part of the brain associated with understanding complexity, while the conservative brain is bigger in the section related to processing fear, said the study on Thursday in Current Biology. British study shows conservatives’ brains tend to have larger amygdalas, which responsible for primitive emotions.

      “All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it.”
      ~ Benito Mussolini

      Drugwar Lies Linked to Schizophrenia
      Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie
      Drug Czar linked to deception

      “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”
      — Frederick Douglass, August 4, 1857

  • Servetus

    Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Judge Alex Kozinski recommends the guillotine be used in capital cases involving executions. It’s a foolish statement for a man who is allegedly a federal appeals court judge.

    Guillotines and the death penalty by itself are extremely dangerous to have around during political unrest and revolutions. No one can be sure who will prevail, or who will eventually use the available means to dispatch their opponents. Methods of execution also have gruesome effects on societies.

    The barbarity of the guillotine is well documented from the French Revolution, and with regard to the White Rose. Hans Falada explored the gruesome mystique of the guillotine in Every Man Dies Alone.

    Guillotine executions and burning at the stake were often performed in public. The executions attracted a lot of people from all over the city and countryside, creating a joyous, circus-like atmosphere in communities sponsoring the event. Boarding lodges, hotels and even private residences were sold out, while people hung off balconies and cheered as heads rolled and heretics charred. Life was cheapened by a cheap spectacle.

    Modern media can come too close to making executions public. So when someone such as Alex Kozinske devalues human life by promoting guillotines, or when Donald Trump invites a serial killer like Rodrigo Duterte to the White House as a guest, each man poses a potential danger to himself and to others. If such a person survives a coup or revolution, evading some kind of tit-for-tat, many people still lose their respect for life.

    • DdC

      Hard to follow without a scorecard.

      One point for the pro life death penialists. Guillotines are probably more humane, with a sharp blade. Than the stupid blotched cases with the wrong drugs. Or mass producing execution displays for the public shock jock value. Ratings for being tough on crime? Sits on DEAth row for years and Arkansas has to have a spring cleaning trying to kill 8. With drugs the Pharma company said they didn’t want used for executions. They were so desperate to kill they were smuggling drugs when Big Pharma niixed them in Georgia. Crazy, in Florida cops and bloodlusters would gather and when Old Sparky would make the lights flicker they would cheer and clap and drink beer like a ball game.

      Trump said that he was looking into an option to break up the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

      Trump’s hands are tied on 9th Circuit
      If President Trump is going to break up the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, he’s going to have to rely on Congress.

      Was this an appeal from the Appeals?

      More fiscally compassionate, socially conservative fiscals?
      I thought GOPers hated to spend taxes they didn’t receive?

      Costs of the Death Penalty
      Cases without the death penalty cost $740,000, while cases where the death penalty is sought cost $1.26 million. Maintaining each death row prisoner costs taxpayers $90,000 more per year than a prisoner in general population. There are 714 inmates on California’s death row.

      This Jug Kozinski keeps good company.
      I wonder if he changed his name from Ted Kaczynski?

      Another Islamic State (ISIS)
      Beheading double header
      (WARNING: Graphic Images)

      You’ll have to look the link up, I ain’t posting it.

      They burn pot too. Just like the DEA terrorists.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw4PxGBNlE4

      Botched Executions | Death Penalty Information Center
      It is estimated that 3% of U.S. executions in the period from 1890 to 2010 were botched. In the 2014 book, Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America’s Death Penalty, Austin Sarat, a professor of jurisprudence and political science at Amherst College, describes the history of flawed executions in the U.S. during that period. He reports that over those 120 years, 8,776 people were executed and 276 of those executions (3.15%) went wrong in some way. Lethal injection had the highest rate of botched executions. ref

      What is Arkansas thinking with multiple executions?
      Yes, the world is watching and wondering what would motivate a governor and his department of corrections to be so intent on killing people. ref

      Saudi Arabia carried out at least 157 executions in 2015,
      with beheadings reaching their highest level in the kingdom in two decades,

      Junior Bush kissin kuzin…
      http://oi36.tinypic.com/fc7itj.jpg
      Busht Cheneynagans D.E.A.th & Oil! – 02/25/02

      As Speaker of the House, Gingrich introduced the “Drug Importer Death Penalty Act of 1996.” The bill would have required a “sentence of death for certain importations of significant quantities of controlled substances.” It would have applied to anyone convicted more than once of carrying 100 doses — or about two ounces

      William J. Bennett, federal drug policy coordinator, said he had no moral qualms about beheading convicted drug dealers.

      While the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sing…
      Execution by firing squad was banned in Utah in 2004, but as the ban was not retroactive; three inmates on Utah’s death row will be executed by firing squad.

    • DdC

      Other Prison DEAth Sentences

      As the Pseudo Moralists Push Prohibition.

      ‘Relax Your Muscles as Much as Possible’
      What’s life like in our prisons for those 77,000 marijuana convicts? Let’s steel our nerves and go visit the Web site http://www.spr.org, where the Los Angeles outfit “Stop Prisoner Rape” has posted the little plain-talking handbill it has prepared for young men entering our prison system, titled “For Prisoners: Advice on Avoiding HIV/AIDS.”

      The group’s handout — targeted primarily at heterosexual men who have no desire to ever be involved in homosexual activity — advises:

      “HIV/AIDS transmission during a sexual assault is a serious concern.
      The following are practical tips for reducing your risk. …

      The more often you are raped, the more exposed you will be, so especially try to avoid anal gang-bangs. The most dangerous situation of all is if your anus is bleeding, for that allows easy entry of the virus into your bloodstream.

      So try to use a lubricant or grease or cream if you can to minimize injury to your delicate internal body parts, avoid anal gang-bangs, and if you must endure forced anal penetration, try to relax your muscles as much as possible.

      Guards advocate for Prohibition, more Guards, Overtime, Union Contracts.. and they can’t stop drugs, thugs killing or rape in prisons. What are they guarding, other than their paychecks?

      Sometimes we focus more on prison abuses abroad than we do at home. The first is not more important than the second as Ira Robbins points out in the Baltimore Sun. 7,000 a Year Die in U.S. Prisons

      Cost Savings? Trimming the Budget?

      List of killings by law enforcement officers in the United States
      Prior to 2009 (listed: 174) to 2017 (listed: 32) in 2015, 1140 killed, with rates per million of 2.92 for “White” people, 7.2 for “Black”, and 3.5 for “Hispanic/Latino”, 1.34 for “Asian/Pacific Islander”, and 3.4 for “Native American”.

      In the first 24 days of 2015, police in the US fatally shot more people than police did in England and Wales, combined, over the past 24 years.

      By the numbers:
      US police kill more in days than other countries do in years
      The Guardian has built the most comprehensive database of US police killing ever published. Compare our findings to those from the UK, Australia, Iceland and beyond