Portrait artist/activist, Bonnie
Colleen McCool tells how; "Support for the federal war on drugs is
inconsistent with support for individual freedom, constitutional government
and the teachings of Jesus! " or reads her "Poetry
of the Spirit" for your
club, church group or organization for a nominal fee plus expenses. 254-965-8849
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Drug War Peace Plan
County Bar Association in Washington is getting national attention for
its plan to reform drug policy by emphasizing regulation and treatment.
coalition's 145 page report envisions allowing people to grow their own
marijuana and possibly licensing local producers, suggesting that marijuana
might be regulated in a similar way to alcohol. All other so called illicit
drugs could be made available as pharmaceuticals are now.
Colleen Minter/McCool has given talks on the libertarian or freedom philosophy
to such organizations as the Lion's club, the Optimists, etc.
She has been an activist for constitutional social policy and the libertarian
philosophy for almost two decades, since her written work was first published
in articles on the front page and as a regular guest columnist in the Sweetwater
Reporter. Letters to the Editor by her have been published in the Stephenville
Empire Tribune and many others Texas newspapers, as well as ones as far away
as Canada, New York, Rhode Island,etc. Write your own LTE today!
think the money should be followed, period. That's why, in the early 1990s,
I wrote extensively about the American Civil Liberties Union taking huge amounts
of cash from the tobacco industry, while supporting legislation wanted by the
industry and not telling its members of either activity." Veteran
reporter, Morton Mintz said recently. Mintz is a senior adviser to the
Nieman Watchdog Project, Neiman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.
Bill Moyers said, "that
the quality of journalism and the quality of democracy are inseparable."
Good journalism tries to level with the reader the best it can, allowing for
the possibility of being wrong. Yet, stories that really matter to our safety,
health and pocketbooks, even to the survival of our country, are consistently
ignored or trivialized.
David J. Garrow's "Mental
Decrepitude on the U.S. Supreme Court: The Historical Case for a 28th Amendment,"
suggests a constitutional amendment should be passed forcing judges to retire
at 75. Most court observers now concede that Thurgood Marshall had lost much
of his hearing and half his bag of marbles by his final years of service on
the court. Garrow blames the Supreme Court press corps for not aggressively
covering either such mental slippage or Rehnquist's "publicly visible
struggle with deleterious Placidyl overmedication."
"From the mid-1960s through
much of the 1980s Congress played an integral role in drug safety. Lawmakers
meticulously probed the regulatory histories of dubious drugs, uncovered FDA
weaknesses and ordered corrections." according to an article in The American
Prospect." Then Congressional oversight of the FDA began to decline with
passage of a highly dubious law allowing the industry to pay so-called user
fees as a way to speed FDA approval of new drugs.
Oversight collapsed when the
Republicans took control of the House and drug and tobacco industry lobbyists
and campaign contributors took control of them. Speaker Newt Gingrich called
the FDA the "leading job killer in America." He denounced its then-Commissioner,
David Kessler, who wanted to regulate tobacco, as "a thug" and "a
bully," and the consequences were catastrophic.
By the Fall of 2002, 13 dangerous
drugs were pulled from the market after causing many hundreds of deaths and
many thousands of injuries. Just seven of the unsafe medicines had caused
more than one thousand deaths. Viox, alone, has more
recently been touted as causing more deaths than the Vietnam War.
David Willman of the Los Angeles
Times found that the FDA had become a partner rather than a supposed watchdog
of the pharmaceutical industry in a superb investigative series that won a
Pulitzer Prize in 2002,. This industry has more lobbyists than Congress has
members, it fills the campaign coffers of friendly lawmakers to overflowing,
and dangles the prospect of high-paying jobs before Capitol Hill overseers
who don't oversee.
"House leaders and committee
chairs had no interest in investigating the FDA's role in approving even one
of the drugs that caused needless deaths and injuries on their watch. Least
of all did they and the other lawmakers who were themselves partners of the
industry want to investigate why and how the FDA had become a partner of the
industry," Morton Mintz pointed out..
He said, "As chairman
of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Billy Tauzin had prime FDA oversight
jurisdiction but didn't exercise it. Over the course of 15 years, he took
$218,000 from the drug industry. In January 2005, the Louisiana Republican
became president of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
His annual pay package is reportedly worth at least $2 million. Tauzin's successor,
Joe Barton of Texas, is cut from the same cloth."
Early last year Charles Grassley,
Chairman of the Finance Committee undertook tough oversight of the FDA, including
its handling of childhood antidepressants and Vioxx and related painkillers.
Moreover, Grassley gave notice that he'd protect the FDA's internal whistleblowers,
like medical officer David Graham, who had called Vioxx a "profound regulatory
failure" by an agency "incapable of protecting America against another
For a full decade, the press
failed to inform the public of the prolonged, corrupt pre-Grassley abdication
of congressional oversight of the FDA responsible for the safety of our medicines.
They were silent about the causes, consequences and implications of that abandonment.
They turned a blind eye when the blood of thousands of their neighbors was
being spilled. Unfortunately, much the same story can be told about other
agencies and issues.
Where is a story in which
Billy Tauzin, or Joe Barton, or House Speakers, or House and Senate majority
leaders, were asked why no oversight investigation into any of the seven drugs
that caused the deaths of a thousand Americans has been instigated? Or a story
on Senator Mike Enzi asking why his Health committee hadn't done the FDA oversight
done by Charles Grassley's Finance Committee.
Instead the press went crazy
over Terri Schiavo. Our DEA got a little bad press for harassing the sick
and dying so to balance that the Administration went to bat for Terri. Proving
if you are brain dead our government will do anything for you. But if you
have a brain and want to use it, that will be over their politically dead
In the aftermath of Katrina,
a sea-change occurred, the mainstream press is being justly praised for asking
tough questions, for speaking truth to power. Down through the years, thousands
of substantive questions should have been but were not asked of presidents,
lawmakers, religious leaders, etc.
"The United States and
Russia together have approximately 4,800 nuclear warheads on hair-trigger
alert. These weapons have a combined destructive power nearly 100,000 times
that of the atomic bomb which leveled Hiroshima. Within a few minutes, a wrong
call about a supposed incoming missile, or, say, a terrorist electronically
hacking into a launch-control system, could start a war that would destroy
humankind." Mr. Mintz warns.
Campaigning Bush said,"[F]or
two nations at peace, keeping so many weapons on high alert may create unacceptable
risks of accidental or unauthorized launch. ." Mr. President, what have
you done to lower the risks that you cited five years ago?" Mr. Mintz
Here's several questions Mr.
Mintz and all of us want President Bush to answer.
" Many of your appointees to Cabinet-level and other high regulatory
posts had been lobbyists dedicated to weakening or killing the very regulations
that on taking office they solemnly swear to enforce. What philosophy underlies
such appointments? Have you been appointing foxes to guard the chicken coops?"
in the United States today has for a long time been greater than in any other
industrialized country. Yet the gaps in income and wealth have been steadily
widening. Of 367 leading corporations today, the pay of the top boss averages
431 times that of the production worker. Are the economic inequality and the
chasm in income healthy for our democracy?
"Why does the United
States need nuclear weapons in numbers sufficient to destroy every major city
on the planet ten times over?"
"Does every American
have a right to basic health care?"
"Why aren't business
executives who knowingly and willfully market products that they know will
needlessly kill, injure or sicken people, or who knowingly expose their workers
to preventable death, injury or disease criminally prosecuted?"
Mainstream press lets the
candidates select the issues in election campaigns. This disconnect of a great
many issues of highest importance from election campaign coverage is a huge
failing on the media's part. Hmmm, mainstream media is owned by, controlled
by large corporations, enough said.
Issues like nearly 5,000 nuclear
warheads on hair-trigger alert, lobbyists becoming regulators, economic inequality
are but three of a host of examples, Bush and Kerry didn't mention in the
2004; consequently, they were non-issues. for political editors, reporters
and debate moderators.
Here are a few illustrations
from the past to underscore the persistence of the disconnect between issues
that really matter and the issues emphasized in campaigns:
The four paragraphs below are from the text of a talk by Morton Mintz on Sept.
13, 2005, to the Southeastern Sussex County Democratic Club at Bethany Beach,
In May 1988, while the presidential
campaign was revving up, newspapers and television newscasters gave top billing
to an alarming report by the Surgeon General of the United States. Cigarettes,
warned Dr. C. Everett Koop, an appointee of President Reagan, "are addicting
in the same sense as are drugs such as heroin and cocaine." (Actually
tobacco is 30% addicting compared to 10% for alcohol and all other illicit
drugs except marijuana which is nonaddicting, according to Consumer Report's,
"Licit and Illicit Drugs")
Despite countless opportunities
between the prominent news coverage and the November election, or indeed in
the ensuing 17 years, to my knowledge, and despite the more than 400,000 premature
deaths smoking causes every year, political reporters have not asked a presidential
or congressional candidate questions such as: Do you accept Dr. Koop's evidence
of the addictiveness of cigarettes? If you don't, what scientific evidence
supports your position? You don't take money from the cocaine cartel, of course.
But how is it moral, or right, to take money from the maker of an addictive
but legal product that kills hundreds of thousands of Americans annually?
In 1996, no one asked presidential
candidate Bob Dole whether he stood by a statement he'd made in 1983: "When
these political action committees give money, they expect something in return
other than good government."
In 2000, after a decade of
unparalleled prosperity, it was somehow not a campaign issue that 13.5 million
children, one out of every five, were hungry; and that three out of four of
the hungry children had parents who work. Nor was welfare of $125 billion
a year to politically-wired corporations and industries. Nor was the massive
transfer of cash, securities and other assets to foreign tax havens. The resultant
evasion of US income taxes was in an amount equivalent to, by one unofficial
estimate, the sum of "every tax dollar paid by everyone in New York State
and New Jersey who earns less than $200,000 a year."
Thank you, Morton Mintz for
pointing these failings of the press out. We must all be better watchdogs
for our liberty. Truly, our lives and those of our descendants depend on it.
You hear a lot about the law
of unintended consequences but with modern statistical reporting we can see
where our laws are causing more harm than good and change accordingly. Empirical
statistical evidence strongly shows that more democracy leads to less internal
violence and democide. Democide is a term coined by political scientist R.
J. Rummel in his book, DEATH by GOVERNMENT to describe "the murder of
any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide and mass
Relevant nonpartisan journalism
Speaks Truth to Power
Prison Population List" (seventh edition), by Roy Walmsley is out
with the latest available information. The US holds top ranking again at 738
poor folks imprisoned per 100,000 people. Our closest competitor Russia locks
up 611 out every 100,000 of their comrades. Texas has an imprisonment rate
pushing 1,000 souls caged out of every 100,000. No country, no dictatorship
on this planet is as comfortable locking people up as the state of Texas.
are my hero!" --
unidentified Yonkers, NY, policeman to Howard on Oct. 3.
a vision, the people perish. --Proverbs 29:18
HEA Aid Elimination Penalty senselessly hurts those students most in need. If
you or anyone you know has been denied financial aid as a result of a drug conviction,
please contact Students
for Sensible Drug Policy.
This student organization has launched a federal
lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the HEA Aid Elimination Penalty,
with pro bono legal representation from the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project.
SSDP is still seeking additional plaintiffs
in this class action lawsuit. Please take five minutes right now to call
your two U.S. senators and one U.S. representative and urge them to repeal
the harmful and unfair aid elimination penalty.
To help Students for Sensible Drug Policy identify new plaintiffs, please
visit the SSDP
lawsuit web page.
The odd thing about the Department of Education's
numbers is they do not enumerate college applicants punished for drug convictions.
They count the number punished for truth telling, owning up to drug convictions.
The state of Texas denied aide to 27% of its applicants for being honest.
Ryan Grim, writer of a recent web article suggests students, "just
check no," as many already have done, most likely.
Here's the latest outrage: Bush and his allies
in Congress think that young people with drug convictions are fit to go to
war for their country but aren't good enough to go to school, please help
us generate a strong message to Congress: End
the Drug War Draft Now!
Following the death of a student at Stephen
F Austin from alcohol poisoning, SFA is being accused of being far more
lenient toward alcohol-related incidents than marijuana-related ones. The
Colorado-based nonprofit group SAFER criticized SFA for policies that penalize
marijuana use more heavily than alcohol, despite statistics that show alcohol
is related to far more deaths than marijuana.
Drinking by college students, ages 18 to 24,
contributes to an estimated 1,400 student deaths, 500,000 injuries and 70,000
cases of sexual assaults or date rapes each year, according to a 2002 study
commissioned by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Task
Force on College Drinking.
Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) and NORML,
(National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) say students should
not be punished for making a safer health choice in recreational drug use.
Recently 64% of University of TEXAS students urged administrators to reduce
penalties for marijuana.
Florida State University recently passed their
referendum by 60%. University of Maryland SAFER Initiative passed by 65%;
6000 people voted, a record. turnout to vote in the election!
A drug conviction hurts those students most in need and it is adding insult
to injury to take away student aid for a safer choice.
SSDP officially took action to defend students'
rights in a brief filed in the most important Supreme Court case ever to deal
with student free speech about drugs and drug policy. SSDP filed an Amicus
Curiae (Friend of the Court) brief in the Supreme Court case of Morse v Frederick,
better known as the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case: Read
financial aid as a result of a drug conviction? Contact SSDP,
join a class action lawsuit!
light on the subject!
Bonnie Colleen McCool
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First I want to point out that, like Mark Twain,
reports of my recent demise have been greatly over exaggerated. Perhaps you
thought Uncle Sam was a benevolent spirit, well I tell it like it is! He began
ravishing me early on and continues to get away with it!! Also, be aware, you
may be next
to get screwed by your government. Citizens deserve to live
without fear of a no-knock raid, busting down the front door or, God forbid,
the bedroom door.
Across America paramilitary
drug raids trigger violence rather than lesson the risk.
I am afraid; murderers and
other violent predators roam free, while we police nonviolent adult social,
medicinal and religious drug use.
violence and official
lawlessness triggered by the drug war will end with repeal just as these
policy created problems disappeared with repeal of alcohol prohibition.
When the mothers of America
realized that prohibitionists were making their kids more vulnerable to booze,
the Volstead Act was licked! Today minors testify, it is easier to buy pot
than alcohol. Mothers
of the world will again unit to stop this no less insane, out-of-control
version of prohibition; triggering violence in our streets around the globe.
It will be a great blessing
if this is THE
BEGINNING OF THE END FOR THE WAR ON DRUGS! Forget borders. Drug prohibition
is a worldwide problem! The violence, official
lawlessness and prison over population are a nightmare created by this
Public safety should come
first. More than230
US citizens have been murdered in Mexico in the last 5 years.
60,000 people have been killed, and thousands more have simply disappeared,
more than total US fatalities for the Iraq war. They
live under marshal law in Juarez now.
Our Founding documents are based on great
spiritual principles. We are seekers of truth and justice, as are all
liberty lovers worldwide. That spirit unites us. It is the Holy Spirit and
our True North. Many leaders are
outright servants of tyranny; good at ignoring the rule of law, history and
science while catering to the needs of special interests but awful bad at
determining what is best or safer for the individual
beans! Guatemalan President Otto Pérez
Molina just used his speech at the United Nations General Assembly to call
for major drug policy reform. He specifically praised the citizens of
Colorado and Washington for voting to legalize marijuana, and President Obama
for his decision to allow the states to move forward.
Celebrate our similarities,
build bridges of tolerance to differences in race, religion and lifestyle.
That's how we create peace and abundance.
has destroyed many lives and families in the US, wasting trillions in
tax dollars, causing 37 million arrests for nonviolent victimless offenses.
warriors can be put to better use. We need to put our enforcement resources
where they are in desperate need: to prevent this kind of violence if possible
and to solving murders and rapes. Do a search for the mind boggling amount
of still unsolved
rules! Prohibition fuels corruption of
public officials and injustice in our courts. The statistics reveal that racism
is epidemic in the drug war.
"We need to repeal the whole war on drugs,"
said Doctor Ron Paul..
"This is a disease, not a crime." We will do a better job preventing
overdose deaths, of keeping intoxicated folks off the road and our children
drug free with science based education, regulation and compassionate policy
offering helpful treatment. Currently
marijuana is more easily purchased by our children than regulated alcohol
Considering the oppression,
the bloodshed, racism and corruption triggered by the new prohibition; the
worst public policy since slavery is a simmering scandal and disgrace more
explosive than sex in the oval office!
If you research it you will find that there
were few overdose deaths before prohibition. New Mexico recently passed legislation
to protect Good Samaritan 911 Calls (for alcohol and drug overdose cases)
from "drug crime"prosecution. Many European countries have had similar
policy for decades.
Looking for Current
Drug Policy in the Texas Legislature?
State Government! Find out just what the TX
LEG is up to concerning drugs. --
Our corrupt system attracts
too many of those interested in milking it for all it is worth. Restore justice
and attract more of those who will make the system run with the milk of human
The web is the fastest growing communications
medium in the history of the world. A powerful tool, a window of opportunity,
in our war of good over evil; the Internet continues to revolutionize the
way we communicate and has enormous potential for reshaping the political
Phelps has won 22 Olympic career medals and 18 were gold medals, making
him the the most decorated Olympian in history! Last I checked, Phelps has
broken thirty-seven world records in swimming. Neither the USA Swim team nor
Kellogg's cereal and munchie company had a problem with him despite an alcohol-related
arrest in 2004. Michael has
nothing to apologize for but Kellogg's and the Swim Team should reconsider
their decision to punish him for
making a safer social and health choice to simply celebrate with friends.
It is Un-American, overkill and morally bankrupt
to punish nonviolent adults for making a
safer health choice, cannabis or marijuana, compared to other medicinal/social
The debate over medical marijuana
or cannabis is really a scandalous controversy over whether this safe, effective,
very easy-to-grow herb should be allowed to compete with dangerous, expensive
pharmaceuticals and social drugs for pennies on the dollar.
"When buying and selling
are controlled by legislation, the first things bought and sold are legislators."
-- P. J. O'Rourke. The second things bought and sold are regulators! The free
market is a more powerful
and efficient regulator than government. Let
ethics and the free market rule!
tobacco, alcohol and prescription drug gangs cause more death annually
than all illicit drugs.
Regulation, science based education and treating
abuse as a medical problem is rational; a better drug policy increasing public
safety and harm reduction plus freeing up untold billions in wasted funds
to use toward catching more violent and sexual predators or incarcerating
more of those morally bankrupt; who sell drugs to children or drive intoxicated.
Restore public safety!
Less than one percent of the population are
actually addicts, drug treatment is seven times less costly than prison, change
to ethical policy and show fiscal responsibility!
I've tried to be perfectly clear about how
I am being ravaged by that beastly Uncle Sam, need I remind you he's my Big
Brother! Throughout history, big government has caused more harm than good;
often hiding tyranny under the guise of good intentions. Our founders knew
big government would always mean a gang
Hargitay, the star actress from the TV show Law
& Order SUV was especially effective in pointing out how society
places so little value on women at a House Judiciary hearing on the problem
of rape kits not being opened across the USA.
"The victims (thousands of whom have
written her) interpret not testing, as a sign that the police and society
do not care about rape. IMHO the victims are correct." Detective/Officer
(retired) Drug Policy Specialist at COP, CitizensOpposingProhibition,
blogged recently. "NOTE: while testifying, she cracked emotionally for
about 10 seconds
predator treatment squeezes state budgets as do rape kit testing.
Now is the time for American
lovers to unite and insist American warriors get their adrenaline rush
catching murderers and other violent predators.
American advertisers use sex to sell everything
from lipstick to laptops but fear and silence around sex and sexuality also
permeate our culture. American teens are paying a terrible price for this
confusion in unintended pregnancy, STDs, and even HIV. And American taxpayers
are paying billions to treat these entirely preventable problems. These facts
are from, "Let's
Talk About Sex" a 2009 earnest and engaging documentary about modern
It spotlights a host of these alarming trends
and truths: Yearly, the US has over 750,000 teen pregnancies (that's approximately
2,400 young girls a day), experiencing much higher pregnancy rates (1 out
of 3 teens) than those in France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Ten thousands
US teenagers contract a sexually transmitted disease every day. That's over
four times the rate of the Netherlands and over three times that of Germany
females become sexually active at younger and younger ages, state legislatures
have stupidly raised the age at which it is legal to engage in sexual activity.
Today, a significant percentage of new prisoners are young men imprisoned
for engaging in sexual activity with teenage girls. In the US, criminal justice
(sic) has more to do with ruining people than with punishing criminals,"
says Paul Craig Roberts. He is coauthor of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions.
In many of these cases the so-called victim
did not want to prosecute; meanwhile violent sexual predators get away with
murder. Once all voluntary associations were permissible in America -- economic
Have you noticed opportunity may knock once,
but temptation bangs on your door forever or how forbidden fruits create many
jams? Sex and drugs, for both abstinence is safest but few choose it. When
individuals remain in control of their own bodies (including anything ingested)
Our children are healthy, young animals, entering
their sexual primes, over 40% of whom will have had sex before they are fifteen.
They should be taught every safety precaution and offered condoms. Still,
that is 60% who choose abstinence and they should be free to choose to, "just
say no," to Gardasil.
A 2010 report to the U.N. General Assembly
about the need for better sex education was met with an outbreak of angry
voices. "African nations rejected the report. Caribbean countries said
they took 'umbrage' and wanted to 'put on record'their strong disapproval.
The report dared to say that comprehensive sex education shouldn't merely
seek to scare adolescents by emphasizing deadly or disfiguring sexually transmitted
infections or lecture on family planning. Instead, it suggested attention
to pleasure and enjoyment of sexuality, including as an objective of sex education
'abolishing guilt feelings about eroticism.' "
Drugs, sex and politics; leaders
responsible for current quagmire will one day answer to a higher power for
their crimes against humanity. It's time to end the terror by changing our
intrusive, big-bully policies, both foreign and domestic. The monetary costs
are staggering and the human suffering unconscionable.
the Children,- just
SAY NO to Prohibition!
by Bonnie Colleen McCool
How can anyone think drug
prohibition makes our children or streets safer?
A Pew Center on the States study published
in 2010, "Collateral
Costs: Incarceration's Effect on Economic Mobility," revealed these
"2.7 million children have a parent behind
bars1 in every 28 children (3.6 percent) has a parent incarcerated,
up from 1 in 125 just 25 years ago. Two-thirds of these childrens
parents were incarcerated for non-violent offenses."
Stephen H. Frye M.D, retired
medical school professor's book exposes facts related to our babies, teens
especially, being collateral damage of this demented, violence triggering
Really Lost This War! Twenty-five Reasons to Legalize Drugs."
Don't believe the propaganda;
we wage this war to protect our children!
The devastating and deadly facts are our babies; especially teens have
become collateral damage in this grossly failed war. The destruction of the
sacred family unit is one of the worst consequences prohibition forces on
Brutal, bloody prohibition
supports despicable people who sell drugs to children, recruit them to sell
to their peers and arm them to kill the competition. Despite having six times
the Netherlands adult incarceration rate, this insane policy has created an
obscene teenage murder rate that's nineteen times higher than in the Netherlands,
where drugs are regulated, controlled and taxed!
Only 50 percent of high school
students graduate in our ten biggest cities and only 40 per cent graduate
in NYC, Baltimore and Detroit. In the Netherlands 92 percent graduate; that's
No Child Left Behind!
The war waged by Mexican drug
cartels has resulted in 610 children deaths reports a study and 3,700 children
have been left orphans as a result of the violence or execution of their parents.
Many minors who are orphaned have been psychologically scarred after witnessing
violent actions against their relatives.
The Mexican military reported
that 420 children who had been recruited have died in the clashes between
rival groups. There were many examples of adolescents between the ages of
14 and 17 dying in fierce battles with the drug traffickers or being tortured
and killed as paybacks between feuding clans.
Drug testing is useless except as a money
making scheme. It is another big waste of our tax dollars.
Peter Bensinger former DEA head and former
drug czars, Robert L Dupont and Carlton Turner shamelessly promoted drug testing
as the solution to drug problems while they held office. Bensinger, Dupont
& Associates is now the world's largest drug testing company. This Association
formed by these same big drug warriors is reaping a fortune on the drug testing
laws they wrote.
The only beneficiaries of drug testing are
the makers of the tests. Statistics reveal that random student drug testing
doesn't work and can deter students from extracurricular activities; the very
increase students' connection to their schools and to caring adults. What's
worse, studies even show that student drug testing does not deter drug use
Read the story of how
one student's life was turned upside down by drug testing and how
drug testing created a devastating false sense of security for another
The truth about drugs will keep our children
off them. Sound medical and unbiased scientific knowledge are the most effective
Present policy falsehoods and scare tactics
undermine our credibility.
We want to encourage drug free behavior not
awaken their curiosity. Effective drug education based on medical
science builds student's confidence to make informed responsible choices.
Scare tactics, drug testing and fear don't work as well as truth, trust and
Consider truthfully educating our young, treating
our addicts and respecting the rights of adults to choose their social or
medicinal intoxicant. It would free law enforcement to better protect us from
violence and fraud and create room in prison for those selling drugs to children.
We just have to love our kids, teach them
that their body is the temple for their soul and hope they make the right
choices. You can't live their lives for them; they will not allow it. Independent
individuals will eventually throw off the bonds of tyrannical parents and
big government tyranny and oppression
"Every child is an artist. The problem
is to remain
an artist once he grows up," said Pablo Picasso. There are all kinds
of artists. Great artists paint from the heart. Some make living well an art.
Life is pure creative energy; the creative force dwells in each of us. United,
in just cause, we can create a better world.
Peace on Earth!
by Bonnie Colleen McCool
The only real wealth is well
being and happiness. We, the nonviolent members of the pro-better-world
society, far out number the violent evil doers. Get tough on violent crime!
Take away violent offenders' and sexual predators' ability to reproduce. Aggressive
behavior can be bred out of us as it has been done in dogs. We shall overcome
the violent and inherit the earth. We shall create Peace on Earth!
the world, and casting off the Constitution's restraints solidifies tyranny
at home, devastates the economy, and increases the threats to our national
security. I believe in, promote and defenda
safer, constitutional, non interventionist foreign policy. This is the safer
policy envisioned by our founders.
I support our troops and want
to bring them home safe. Secrets put our troops and all of us in more danger
than transparency. Truly ethical leaders have no need for secrets, cover ups,
covert operations, lies and propaganda.
Some of our leaders live in
a state of denial. Others are like bad horseman; too concerned about staying
in the saddle to worry about where they are headed. Many are outright servants
of tyranny; good at ignoring the rule of law, history and science while catering
to the needs of special interests but very bad at determining what is best
or safer for the individual or society.
True patriots, lovers
of liberty, insist morally bankrupt US warriors are held responsible for
torture and wars abandoning our ideal of nonintervention. The world knows
they violated international law. They
are traitors to the republic for which we stand.
We will be derelict in our duties to maintain an in fact, free
republic if we don't insist on it.
Is Obama an American lover
or warrior? Will he continue the warring policies and try to sell it as a
changeling, Obamanation of America? But we know that is not our real true
America. Our founders' vision of self-government, of an America free of big
government oppression and tyranny, is the one true patriots still hold dear.
The Bible says, "without a vision the people parish." We are standing
on these promises. Join
the Easy Revolution!
A 3rd party or real choice for real change
would just complicate things for the money and power mad financiers that actually
are the corrupt powers that be in ours and several other countries. For instance,
Chavez rejected the policies of the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and
the U.S. Treasury department. He and Venezuela are financially able to do
so, making him extremely unpopular with Washington and the global interests
doesn't want to look back because he continues the status quo with small
change. Considering the shocking torture and contemptible official lawlessness
exposed throughout the war on terror; it has become a horrifying shame, an
atrocious dishonor, too ghastly to be ignored.
Empirical statistical evidence
strongly shows that a republic
leads to less internal violence and democide. Democide is a term coined by
political scientist R. J. Rummel in his book, DEATH by GOVERNMENT to describe
"the murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide,
politicide and mass murder."
All the unnecessary deaths
triggered by our drug policies and terror policies are democide. How much
more evil do we have to suffer before we abolish these insane forms to which
we have become accustomed?
Our flag is a symbol of liberty, justice and
freedom! It is a beacon for hope in a troubled world. Don't let its reputation
be tarnished by incidents of torture. Recapture
the Flag by demanding a government that respects human rights, leadership
that rejects all forms of corruption, and elected officials who fiercely challenge
anyone who seeks to undermine the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
We can be brave and end the
terror by changing our intrusive, big-bully policies, both foreign and domestic.
The monetary and environmental costs are staggering and the human suffering
unconscionable. Take action now join the Campaign
Everyone wants to feel safe; to live without
fear. Kind parents want that for their children. Most people solve their problems
without violence. Ethical governments work toward that goal using arbitration
and diplomacy. Most of us want to feel that we are doing good; having a positive
impact. Some think of it as being on the side of right; being on God's side.
Remember, "God loves everyone," but probably prefers fruits
of the spirit over religious nuts!
Politicians are concerned about the next election
because there are few true patriots among them. Too, many of these folks want
to serve God, but only as advisors. Few are Public Servants who are concerned
about the rights
of the individual and working for downsizing to a more limited constitutional
government. These are true patriots as defined by our founders.
blinded by the light of billions in tax and lobby money, bleeding leaders
thus corrupted are blithely unconscious of the societal harm their policies
light on the subject!
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as new information is released
Can a plant save the planet? Producer-director Anthony Clarke
will make you a believer. This documentary explores the hemp plant's fascinating
history and thousands of uses, as well as the economic and cultural forces
behind its prohibition. Clarke argues that the hype surrounding hemp, also
known as cannabis or marijuana, has overshadowed the plant's benefits as a
source of paper pulp, its uses as a cotton substitute and much more. He comes
down deservedly hard on chemical and drug companies as well as the U.S. government.
You can rent it. Netflix
will give you a free trial!
light on the subject!
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Here's a real
cowboy hero, riding for freedom to save justice in America. Howard Wooldridge,
from Ft. Worth originally, road his horses across the US. It took them three
years to cross the county as a promotional event for LEAP.
He has received an award from the Long Rider's Assoc. for his effort. He shares
McCool's Rebel with Just Cause Award
for 2006 with Cindy Sheehan. This award honors true patriots, those who stood
for freedom and those still standing. Howard
is our man in Washington these days.
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retired police officer warns, .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . " Drug prohibition causes more pain,
suffering and death than the drugs themselves."
jury took just 11 minutes to acquit
Tim Stevens, 53,.who uses medical marijuana to treat the symptoms of HIV.
of Life and healer of the nations in the Bible?
the sick and dying is an un-American activity.
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