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Reefer Madness: Jeff Sessions begins to restore enforcement of cannabis laws

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On Thursday January 4th, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded an Obama-era policy regarding marijuana (cannabis).

In his one-page memo, the Attorney General puts things very simply:

Given the [Justice] Department’s well established principles, previous nationwide guidance specific to marijuana enforcement is unnecessary, and is rescinded, effective immediately.

The “guidance” Sessions refers to here is the August 29, 2013 policy guidance memorandum issued by the then-Deputy Attorney General James Cole. This former memo sought to “tune” the enforcement and prosecution of the law and the crimes against that law, as regards marijuana sales, possession and use.

Cannabis is illegal on the Federal books. This is a Federal statute that applies to the United States of America as a whole.  However, there has long been a push to legalize this substance, and what President Obama did, through his Deputy AG, was to soften the emphasis on prosecution of crimes involving possession or use of cannabis. The text of the Obama-era policy, written by then Deputy Attorney General James Cole, indicated that the prosecution of such crimes should be limited to these areas:

  • Preventing the distribution of marijuana to minors;
  • Preventing revenue from the sale of marijuana from going to criminal enterprises, gangs, and cartels;
  • Preventing the diversion of marijuana from states where it is legal under state law in some form to other states;
  • Preventing state-authorized marijuana activity from being used as a cover or pretext for the trafficking of other illegal drugs or other illegal activity;
  • Preventing violence and the use of firearms in the cultivation and distribution of marijuana;
  • Preventing drugged driving and the exacerbation of other adverse public health consequences associated with marijuana use;
  • Preventing the growing of marijuana on public lands and the attendant public safety and environmental dangers posed by marijuana production on public lands; and
  • Preventing marijuana possession or use on federal property.

While this list looks very reasonable, what it actually did was to subtly lift the ban on use. Following this directive, so far eight states and the District of Columbia have all made marijuana use completely legal, in violation of the federal statute.  Moreover, in some places a major industry for cannabis agriculture has sprung up.

It is interesting to note that along with “legal” pot agriculture, (called “pot grows” in my old home state of Colorado), there are a great many illegal grows on land that appears to be National Forest and reserved lands as well.  The industry is booming, of course. Colorado and no doubt other states, have tried to use this new legality as a tax revenue stream.  The most amazing thing is that the revenue from such business activity is directed at… the school system. The results? Watch, and… wait for it…

The humor here is certainly real, but the real story behind some of the things now taking place is not so funny. In a September 2017 piece on Today.com, the use of “marijuana edibles” is creating problems.  Serious problems.

In Indiana this summer, 11 teenagers were hospitalized after eating marijuana gummy bears. Just weeks before that incident, a 10-year-old boy in New York got sick from eating a sour gummy candy he found in his father’s vehicle. The product contained cannabis oil and the boy’s father was arrested for child endangerment. Now, police are issuing urgent warnings to parents.

“This is extremely dangerous,” Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency room physician at New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital, told TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen last year. “When young children get a hold of these products, they can have severe reactions, including nausea, vomiting, disorientation, anxiety-like reactions and even psychotic reactions that can make them do things they wouldn’t normally do.”

This is for our littlest ones.  But the problem is far worse still.  As a former para counselor, responsible for the care and treatment of hundreds of teenaged and young adult drug users who were trying to get their lives back, I heard a great many stories of lives shattered by drug use.

Most of the time the ONLY drug used was pot or pot and some type of alcohol.

I learned of young ladies prostituting themselves for money for pot, I counseled kids who held other kids at gunpoint for money for pot.  And of course, I heard many stories of those who used cannabis to just get through a day, but that day was laced with failure and broken relationships. Even in Denver, homelessness has risen by 8 percent since 2013, and the people who are out of their house because they could not pay for the mortgage admit to smoking pot, but “it has nothing to do with me not having a home…”, which is a very common by-line with all compulsive drug users.  The drug is NEVER the problem to them, but an outside observer is usually quick to see the truth.

Homeless man sleeps in Colorado. The rate of homelessness has jumped 8% since pot was legalized here.

President Obama very deliberately did this to our country.  Although the forces for legalization are much larger and more widespread than this one man, he was the facilitator of what has come now.  Now the problem is worse.  And what is still worse is that there is an amazing lack of sanity on the part of the the Mainstream media, including financial papers and even conservative news programming about this.

In several Web SEO searches today, there was not one single news-piece in support of Atty. General Sessions move, which really is very light – TOO light, in my opinion. Every major media publication, and a great many politicians, including GOP members, the supposed conservatives, came out against this move, with statements ranging from US Senator Cory Gardner’s “[this] has trampled on the will of the voters”, to NORML’s battlecry “With nearly two-thirds of Americans, including an outright majority of Republicans, Democrats and Independents supporting marijuana legalization, this is not just bad policy, but awful politics…”

So, the thing that makes this somehow “right” is that everybody agrees with it? Jeff Sessions has begun to take a stand for what is truly right.  The genie is indeed out of the bottle on this one, and it is a courageous move to go against the stream of social opinion.  But the man was correct in saying that he intended to bring back the rule of law as an operative force.  This is an incremental move towards pulling America back from the brink.  While this author does not know if it will succeed, the fact that this action has taken place is most praiseworthy, and hopefully the start of a shift back to sanity.

The lives of all of us – from our children on up – are affected by what we do.  If marijuana laws were enforced, we might not have kids getting sick, some dying, or academic failures or many other problems.  While many people can say that we would have the same problems from anywhere else, and they would be right, it still remains our responsibility to do what is right to keep ourselves and those we love safe from harm.

Obama’s time was characterized by a modus operandi of radical self-centeredness, masquerading as “freedom.” But true freedom comes from doing what is right and true.

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I think alcohol destroys a lot of lives and families.

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Should definitely start SWAT-raiding any homes used to smoke this noxious substance.
Killing everybody involved in this activity is far more enjoyable than allowing adults to do what they choose to do in their own homes.
Our nation was established on the premise that the majority should always have the power to tell the minority what to do, and to kill them if they resist.
Police time presently wasted in going after institutional paedophiles in government could be far better spent chasing down the marijuana menace.

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“Do as I say and not as I do” is alive and well…so what about ‘medicinal’ marijuana…and same vs opioids…nothing is cut and dried…”he who is without sin, cast the first stone”…nowadays the biggest sinner WOULD cast the 1st stone to defend their “dishonour”….

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Paul Craig Roberts: The Disintegration of Western Society

Feminists brought this madness onto themselves.

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Radical feminists are now being banned by Twitter not because they hate men, which is perfectly OK as far as Twitter is concerned, but because they object to “transwomen.”

What is a “transwoman?” As far as I can understand, a “transwoman” is a male with a penis who declares himself to be a women and demands his right to use women’s toilette facilities along with the women who are using them.

The feminist, Meghan Murphy, twittered a statement and a question:

“Men are not women.”

“How are transwomen not men? What is the difference between men and transwomen?”

Twitter described this as “hateful conduct” and banned Meghan Murphy. https://quillette.com/2018/11/28/twitters-trans-activist-decree/

There you have it. Yesterday it was feminists who were exercising their special society-bestowed privileges to censor. Today it is the feminists who are being censored. As this insanity of “Western Civilization” continues, tomorrow it will be the transwomen who are censored and banned.

What precisely is afoot?

My readers, who have partially and some wholly escaped from The Matrix, understand that this is the further fragmentation of American society. Identity Politics has set men, women, blacks, Jews, Asians, Hispanics, and white people against one another. Identity Politics is the essence of the Democratic Party and the American liberal/progressive/left. Now, with the creation of “new” but otherwise nonexistent “genders,” although they are honored as real by the controlled whores who masquerade as a “Western media,” we witness radical feminists being silenced by men pretending to be women.

I sympathize with Meghan Murphy, but she brought this on herself and on the rest of us by accepting Identity Politics. Identity Politics gave Meghan a justification for hating men even, as she failed to realize, it provided the basis for moving her into the exploitative class that must be censored.

Where does this end?

It has already gone far enough that the American population is so divided and mutually hostile that there is no restraint by “the American people” on government and the elite oligarchs that rule. “The American people” are no longer a reality but a mythical creature like the unicorn.

The film, The Matrix, is the greatest film of out lifetime. Why? Because it shows that there are two realities. A real one of which only a few people are aware, and a virtual one in which eveyone else lives.

In the United States today, and throughout “Western Brainwashed Civilization,” only a handful of people exist who are capable of differentiating the real from the created reality in which all explanations are controlled and kept as far away from the truth as possible. Everything that every Western government and “news” organization says is a lie to control the explanations that we are fed in order to keep us locked in The Matrix.

The ability to control people’s understandings is so extraordinary that, despite massive evidence to the contrary, Americans believe that Oswald, acting alone, was the best shot in human history and using magic bullets killed President John F. Kenndy; that a handful of Saudi Arabians who demonstratively could not fly airplanes outwitted the American national security state and brought down 3 World Trade Center skyscrapers and part of the Pentagon; that Saddam Hussein had and was going to use on the US “weapons of mass destruction;” that Assad “used chemical weapons” against “his own people;” that Libya’s Gaddifi gave his soldiers Viagra so they could better rape Libyan women; that Russia “invaded Ukraine;” that Trump and Putin stole the presidential election from Hillary.

The construction of a make-believe reality guarantees the US military/security complex’s annual budget of $1,000 billion dollars of taxpayers’ money even as Congress debates cutting Social Security in order to divert more largess to the pockets of the corrupt military/security complex.

Readers ask me what they can do about it. Nothing, except revolt and cleanse the system, precisely as Founding Father Thomas Jefferson said.

Is Thomas Jefferson Alive and Well In Paris?

If this report is correct, pray the revolt spreads to the US.

https://www.infowars.com/video-french-police-remove-helmets-in-solidarity-with-yellow-vest-protesters/

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Google Employees debated burying conservative media in search

Google engineer Scott Byer falsely labeled The Daily Caller and Breitbart as “opinion blogs” and urged his coworkers to reduce their visibility in search results.

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  • Google employees debated whether to bury The Daily Caller and other conservative media outlets in the company’s search function as a response to President Donald Trump’s election
  • “Let’s make sure that we reverse things in four years,” one engineer wrote in a thread that included a Google vice president
  • Google employees similarly sought to manipulate search results to combat Trump’s travel ban

Google employees debated whether to bury conservative media outlets in the company’s search function as a response to President Donald Trump’s election in 2016, internal Google communications obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation reveal.

The Daily Caller and Breitbart were specifically singled out as outlets to potentially bury, the communications reveal.

Trump’s election in 2016 shocked many Google employees, who had been counting on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton to win.

Communications obtained by TheDCNF show that internal Google discussions went beyond expressing remorse over Clinton’s loss to actually discussing ways Google could prevent Trump from winning again.

“This was an election of false equivalencies, and Google, sadly, had a hand in it,” Google engineer Scott Byer wrote in a Nov. 9, 2016, post reviewed by TheDCNF.

Byer falsely labeled The Daily Caller and Breitbart as “opinion blogs” and urged his coworkers to reduce their visibility in search results.

“How many times did you see the Election now card with items from opinion blogs (Breitbart, Daily Caller) elevated next to legitimate news organizations? That’s something that can and should be fixed,” Byer wrote.

“I think we have a responsibility to expose the quality and truthfulness of sources – because not doing so hides real information under loud noises,” he continued.

“Beyond that, let’s concentrate on teaching critical thinking. A little bit of that would go a long way. Let’s make sure that we reverse things in four years – demographics will be on our side.”

Some of Byer’s colleagues expressed concern that manipulating search results could backfire and suggested alternative measures

One Google engineer, Uri Dekel, identified himself as a Clinton supporter but argued that manipulating search results was the wrong route to take.

“Thinking that Breitbart, Drudge, etc. are not ‘legitimate news sources’ is contrary to the beliefs of a major portion of our user base is partially what got us to this mess. MSNBC is not more legit than Drudge just because Rachel Maddow may be more educated / less deplorable / closer to our views, than, say Sean Hannity,” Dekel wrote in a reply to Byer.

“I follow a lot of right wing folks on social networks you could tell something was brewing. We laughed off Drudge’s Instant Polls and all that stuff, but in the end, people go to those sources because they believe that the media doesn’t do it’s job. I’m a Hillary supporter and let’s admit it, the media avoided dealing with the hard questions and issues, which didn’t pay off. By ranking ‘legitimacy’ you’ll just introduce more conspiracy theories,” Dekel added.

“Too many times, Breitbart is just echoing a demonstrably made up story,” Byer wrote in a reply to his original post. He did not cite any examples.

“That happens at MSNBC, too. I don’t want a political judgement. The desire is to break the myth feedback loop, the false equivalency, instead of the current amplification of it,” Byer added.

“What I believe we can do, technically, that avoids the accusations of conspiracy or bias from people who ultimately have a right and obligation to decide what they want to believe, is to get better at displaying the ‘ripples’ and copy-pasta, to trace information to its source, to link to critiques of those sources, and let people decide what sources they believe,” another Google engineer, Mike Brauwerman, suggested.

“Give people a comprehensive but effectively summarized view of the information, not context-free rage-inducing sound-bytes,” he added.

“We’re working on providing users with context around stories so that they can know the bigger picture,” chimed in David Besbris, vice president of engineering at Google.

“We can play a role in providing the full story and educate them about all sides. This doesn’t have to be filtering and can be useful to everyone,” he wrote.

Other employees similarly advocated providing contextual information about media sources in search results, and the company later did so with a short-lived fact check at the end of 2017.

Not only did the fact-check feature target conservative outlets almost exclusively, it was also blatantly wrong. Google’s fact check repeatedly attributed false claims to those outlets, even though they demonstrably never made those claims.

Google pulled the faulty fact-check program in January, crediting TheDCNF’s investigation for the decision.

A Google spokeswoman said that the conversation did not lead to manipulation of search results for political purposes.

“This post shows that far from suppressing Breitbart and Daily Caller, we surfaced these sites regularly in our products. Furthermore, it shows that we value providing people with the full view on stories from a variety of sources,” the spokeswoman told TheDCNF in an email.

“Google has never manipulated its search results or modified any of its products to promote a particular political ideology. Our processes and policies do not allow for any manipulation of search results to promote political ideologies.”

The discussion about whether to bury conservative media outlets isn’t the first evidence that some Google employees have sought to manipulate search results for political ends.

After Trump announced his initial travel ban in January 2017, Google employees discussed ways to manipulate search results in order to push back against the president’s order.

A group of employees brainstormed ways to counter “islamophobic, algorithmically biased results from search terms ‘Islam’, ‘Muslim’, ‘Iran’, etc,” as well as “prejudiced, algorithmically biased search results from search terms ‘Mexico’, ‘Hispanic’, ‘Latino’, etc.”

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Trump speculated to The Daily Caller in September that Google and Facebook are trying to affect election outcomes.

“I think they already have,” Trump said, responding to questions about potential election interference by Google and Facebook.

“I mean the true interference in the last election was that — if you look at all, virtually all of those companies are super liberal companies in favor of Hillary Clinton,” he added.

“Maybe I did a better job because I’m good with the Twitter and I’m good at social media, but the truth is they were all on Hillary Clinton’s side, and if you look at what was going on with Facebook and with Google and all of it, they were very much on her side,” Trump continued.

Google this month corrected a “knowledge panel” about a Republican women’s group that labeled them “enablers.”

Google cited Wikipedia for the disparaging description, though a similar change made to Wikipedia’s page for the women’s group was corrected almost immediately. Google left up the digital vandalism for three weeks.

Google apologized in May after search results for the California Republican Party falsely listed “Nazism” as one of the state party’s ideologies.

Then, too, Google blamed manipulation of the party’s Wikipedia page for the inaccurate and disparaging description.

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Tucker Carlson reports migrant caravans very unpopular… in MEXICO!!

Strong stance by President Trump prevents migrant caravans from passing into US, resulting in Mexicans seeing the problem for themselves.

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One of the biggest running news stories in the United States is about the Central American migrant “caravans” that have been crossing Mexico towards the US borders. The present events seem to be both instigation and tests of the willpower of President Trump, testing his words about not letting anyone cross the border illegally.

This seems to be effective in the border city of Tijuana, where a migrant caravan recently arrived – and was stopped dead in its tracks at the border. By presidential order, military personnel helped the existing Border Patrol and ICE with logistical support, serpentine wire and other fortifications along the existing border fence separating Tijuana beaches from Southern California beaches on the other side.

The migrants, whom the mainstream media (save Fox News) kept reporting as “peaceful, mostly women and children” (when they really are 80% men in their 20s and 30s, or as Rush Limbaugh stated, “of military age”, became violent, repeatedly trying to storm the border crossing point at San Ysidro, California, and they were driven back with tear gas grenades.

The media in the US and liberal outlets around the world, most notably Univision, tried to capitalize on the fact that women and children got caught in the tear gas reprisals. This gave the press room to pronounce the whole US response as “cruel”, “inhumane”, “uncivilized” and various other epithets that support the narrative that President Trump is wrong and a hateful, cruel racist man. Never was there a single word mentioned by the MSM that the best way not to get tear-gassed is to not “rush” the border like an invading force. After all, this is forcible entry into a foreign country… which is an invasion.

But the Electron Curtain of mainstream media propaganda did a fair job of sealing that fact away from the light of day.

The mainstream media might have scored a total victory, if not for one fact:

The Mexicans don’t like the migrant caravans either. Not only that, but their sentiments against the migrants’ presence is stronger than that of the Americans. Perhaps this response was not seen before, but perhaps also the problem of Mexican government complicity was never forcibly dropped in the laps of the people of Mexico either. This segment of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” gave a lot of needed accurate perspective to the matter:

Tucker’s interview and overall segment reveals further propaganda techniques in action to anyone who has been following this story:

  • The Mexican people of Tijuana who speak in the segment have very clear English with only a trace of a Mexican accent. This, in fact is verifiably how many Mexicans who are bilingual actually sound. With some 16 years of life experience on the Mexican border in El Paso, Texas, it was no surprise to hear such mastery of English.
  • By contrast, listen to this Univision anchorman, who is a complete “America is racist by closing the borders” person:

  • This man, Enrique Acevedo, has an accent is much stronger, and which actually falls well in line with the “Hollywood concept” of how a Mexican speaking English ought to sound:

And as such, the charge that might be considered here is that of optics, for the sake of propaganda on the part of Univision, which broadcasts in the United States, not Mexico!

In other words, Enrique broadcasts to Americans who speak Spanish, presumably families who are migrants – legal and illegal themselves. The legal migrants are ignored in this matter because they generally do not approve of illegal immigration even from their own native countries. We followed the law, so they should too, is the point of view there.

However the illegal immigrants might well have a soft spot and be spurred into activism over Enrique’s openly biased reporting on this caravan story.

In Tucker’s segment, the eponymous anchor does a pretty good job making his point – that the migrants are NOT favored by Mexicans, especially because now since they are stuck in Tijuana, they have become an albatross about that city’s neck.

Mexico has had an elusive relationship with the USA on this matter, made so by the American reluctance to actually create a strong border. There is some liberal indoctrination at work in this matter, and it is hard even to get conservative Americans to wrap their minds around the fact that the United States has a very real right to her own sovereignty and to her own borders. We say it, but over the last forty years or more, we fizzle out when it comes to enforcing it.

With President Trump this is changing, and the resultant howling of the globalist left is very intense because for the progressives, this is not supposed to happen. 

Yet, as in all matters of reality, it is happening, and because it is happening, it seems to be gradually bringing the real nature of this problem to light for more and more Americans – and citizens of the world – to see.

Perhaps this is why even the likes of super liberal globalist Soros buddy Hillary Clinton is now trying to tell Europeans that they ought to close their respective nations’ borders. Illegal immigration causes problems.

This is a fact we are finally beginning to face.

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