How many of you truly believe that things are changing in this country because Barack Hussein Obama was elected? I have dear friends who have fallen all over themselves in defense of Mr Obama because he “just started the job” or better yet, simply because he is NOT George W Bush.
You folks that feel this way are equivalent to the lemmings who still believe W did a good job (about 24 to 25%). Add both of those numbers up and it shows (AGAIN) that 1/2 of America is apparently clueless to the real issues and the wool being pulled over their eyes. The problem is that when there are 50% of Americans this out of touch, we are truly set up for a major fall.
You poor, gullible sheople are going to fuck up my life even more.
I want any of you to use fact (not your fuzzy-wuzzy feelings about Mr Smooth or your hatred for W) to explain to me how virtually anything of substance being done is any different than what W’s crew did?
It is easy for me to list the things that are the same, but that isn’t good enough for you, is it? Damn, if you aren’t going to be another ignorant Sheople-like 24% who, in the face of all fact and evidence, will support Obama to the very end (instead of Bushies, you are Obamies… or better yet, Obamalies; as in anomaly).
As you are falling off the cliff you will be bitching me out for telling it like it is. Then when we splat together at the bottom, it will be too late. I will be a splattered spot on the pavement because of you ignorant-assed lemmings.
I have also had a dear friend insinuate things like Obama is just getting started and he can’t be judged yet. Oops, sorry, but that is ludicrous. That is the same mentality we had with W. Can’t you people learn from history and the big cock that was shoved up your poopy hole by the neo-cons? Have you forgotten so soon that he had a 90% approval rating BECAUSE they lied to us. BECAUSE you lemming Americans needed a “cowboy” hero.
With a 90% approval rating, there would be few that can make the claim I can make. I saw through his shit, too. I didn’t vote for him. I was very outspoken regarding the Iraq War while MOST of you were chummily cheering the Chumster along. Forgive me if I give you ZERO credibility and expect you to give me immense credibility. But I know how people are… afraid to even admit your idiocy and belief in W’s criminal activities. Even at a 90% approval rating, how many now will say they disagreed with him just to save face.
I am not fooled. And you have ZERO credibility now (I think I mentioned your inadequacy in the cred department).
Mr Obama’s approval rating is skyrocketed and even the Scar said he had been wrong because the opinion polls agreed with Barack. Jesus, strike us down now that the Scar is in agreement with O.
I wish I could get it through your fat skulls that they have played you. That you are doing precisely what they want. You are a part of the show and you don’t even know it. In spite of the facts that prove nothing substantial is changing.
Margaret Kimberly is one of my favorite bloggers and I have linked to her work on many occasions. Read what she says about the situation and what she is calling for. Now, I will bet that at least 24% (probably more) will disagree with her, but you will not be able to with fact. Just your fuzzy-wuzzies that mean nothing to me or to truth.
by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley
“The Obama administration’s position is not change. It is more of the same.”
In just three weeks, the Barack Obama administration has demonstrated its determination to hold on to the same presidential prerogatives claimed by George W. Bush. Bush’s successor evidently wants the same prerogatives and he wants to get them through by the same means. Obama supporters either don’t care or are too deep in denial to admit this now obvious fact.
The much talked about Obama administration changes in interrogation policy and intelligence gathering are nothing more than talk. Leon Panetta, CIA director nominee, made it official during his confirmation hearing.
Initially Panetta stated an incontrovertible and well documented fact, that the Bush administration kidnapped people around the world for the purpose of interrogating and torturing them. When republican Senator Kit Bond took Panetta to task for being truthful, Panetta obediently remembered his place, backtracked and told an enormous lie. “I am not aware of the validity of those claims.”
The Senate wasn’t finished with Panetta, who must have forgotten that under no circumstances was he to stand up for truth and justice. The Obama administration made a big deal about following the rules regarding prisoner treatment laid out in the Army Field Manual. Panetta was then asked/told if he would ever violate those rules if he felt he needed too. Once again, he folded and used the same rationale for torture that the Bush administration used. “If we had a ticking bomb situation, and obviously, whatever was being used I felt was not sufficient, I would not hesitate to go to the president of the United States and request whatever additional authority I would need.” A predictable plot line from stale movie thrillers is still directing official government policy instead of American and international law.
“Panetta said that renditions to third countries may continue.
Republican Senators weren’t finished showing Panetta who is boss. He ended his session reassuring the minority party members he would check to see if “enhance interrogation techniques” ever provided useful information. Panetta also said that renditions to third countries may continue. “Using renditions, we may very well direct individuals to third countries. I will seek the same kinds of assurances that they will not be treated inhumanely.” I certainly wouldn’t want to be a prisoner who got an assurance from the American government.
As Panetta disabused anyone of the notion that the two parties behave differently, a court in London, England revealed that the Bush administration and now the Obama administration threatened to withhold intelligence information if courts in that country persisted in asking questions about the treatment of Britons held in Guantanamo. The British judges were not amused. “Indeed we did not consider that a democracy governed by the rule of law would expect a court in another democracy to suppress a summary of the evidence contained in reports by its own officials … relevant to allegations of torture and cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment, politically embarrassing though it might be.”
Those judges with their fancy wigs just don’t get it. Neither Bush nor Obama cares that much about democracy. The Obama administration issued a statement saying just that. “The United States thanks the UK government for its continued commitment to protect sensitive national security information and preserve the long-standing intelligence sharing relationship that enables both countries to protect their citizens.”
The American Civil Liberties Union assessed the situation clearly. “The Obama administration’s position is not change. It is more of the same. This represents a complete turn-around and undermining of the restoration of the rule of law. The new American administration shouldn’t be complicit in hiding the abuses of its predecessors.”
“Neither Bush nor Obama cares that much about democracy.”
So, when do we march? We have an administration that has officially upheld the lawlessness of the previous administration. The same people who took to the streets or at the very least engaged in righteous indignation over Bush administration actions should not silently sit by and allow Obama to do the same things.
It isn’t too soon to protest. He told us right away that there is no change we can believe in. We don’t have to wait for bombs to fall on Iran or for more prisoners to be denied their human rights.
It is not only acceptable but imperative that we speak up now. We must say that Iran has the right to have nuclear power or nuclear weapons or satellites or anything else it wants without being threatened by the United States. We must say that the continuation of Bush administration human rights abuses will not be excused under the guise of giving Obama one hundred magical days to learn his new job.
It is time to take not only Obama to task, but faux progressives to task as well. They are the Obamites who claimed they would hold his feet to the fire if we would just shut up and let him get elected. It is time to protest against them too and call them out for being the hypocrites they are.
That means a lot of protesting needs to be done. Why waste time when Obama isn’t wasting any. We must get started now.
Margaret Kimberley’s Freedom Rider column appears weekly in BAR. Ms. Kimberley lives in New York City, and can be reached via e-Mail at Margaret.Kimberley(at)BlackAgandaReport.Com. Ms. Kimberley maintains an edifying and frequently updated blog at freedomrider.blogspot.com
These interesting quotes and facts were posted at The Freedom Beat and were compiled by Robbie Gennet at The Huffington Post. I am willing to bet that most rednecks have no idea about these facts… about how it was once ILLEGAL to NOT grow hemp in the United States. How it was (and still is) America’s number 1 cash crop and at one time was grown by many of our founding fathers and actually smoked by Abe Lincoln.
But Jesus Christ, we all have been told how bad it is for us, right?
They lied to you. Just like the lie to you about virtually everything.
Read and enjoy and realize how incredibly ignorant our marijuana laws are and just how far George Washington (and his wife Martha) have rolled around in their graves over this idiocy.
“Two of my favorite things are sitting on my front porch smoking a pipe of sweet hemp, and playing my Hohner harmonica.” – Abraham Lincoln (from a letter written by Lincoln during his presidency to the head of the Hohner Harmonica Company in Germany)
“Hemp is of first necessity to the wealth & protection of the country.” – Thomas Jefferson, U.S. President
“Make the most you can of the Indian Hemp seed and sow it everywhere.” – George Washington, U.S. President
“We shall, by and by, want a world of hemp more for our own consumption.” – John Adams, U.S. President
“Penalties against possession of a drug should not be more damaging to an individual than the use of the drug itself; and where they are, they should be changed. Nowhere is this more clear than in the laws against possession of marihuana in private for personal use… Therefore, I support legislation amending Federal law to eliminate all Federal criminal penalties for the possession of up to one ounce of marihuana.” – Jimmy Carter, U.S. President
“I inhaled frequently. That was the point.” – Barack Obama, U.S. President
“The war on drugs has been an utter failure. We need to rethink and decriminalize our nation’s marijuana laws.” -Barack Obama, January 2004
“The illegality of cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug which helps produce the serenity and insight, sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world.” – Carl Sagan, renown scientist, astronomer, astrochemist, author and TV host
“Why use up the forests which were centuries in the making and the mines which required ages to lay down, if we can get the equivalent of forest and mineral products in the annual growth of the hemp fields?” – Henry Ford, whose first Model-T was constructed from hemp fibers and built to run on hemp gasoline
“Prohibition. . . goes beyond the bound of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded” -Abraham Lincoln
“The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this country is closely connected with this.” – Albert Einstein quote on Hemp
“That is not a drug. It’s a leaf.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California
“I now have absolute proof that smoking even one marijuana cigarette is equal in brain damage to being on Bikini Island during an H-bomb blast” – Ronald Reagan
“If the words ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ don’t include the right to experiment with your own consciousness, then the Declaration of Independence isn’t worth the hemp it was written on.” – Terence McKenna
The first Bibles, maps, charts, Betsy Ross’s flag, the first drafts of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were made from hemp.
80% of all textiles, fabrics, clothes, linen, drapes, bed sheets, etc. were made from hemp until the 1820s with the introduction of the cotton gin.
It was legal to pay taxes with Hemp in America from 1631 until the early 1800s.
Refusing to grow Hemp in America during the 17th and 18th Centuries was against the law. You could be jailed in Virginia for refusing to grow hemp from 1763 to 1769.
Rembrants, Gainsboroughs, Van Goghs as well as most early canvas paintings were principally painted on hemp linen.
In 1916, the U.S. Government Dept. of Agriculture predicted that by the 1940s all paper would come from hemp and that no more trees need to be cut down.
For thousands of years, 90% of all ships’ sails and rope were made from hemp. The word ‘canvas’ is Dutch for cannabis.
Hemp fuel is non-toxic, biodegradable and does not contribute to sulfur dioxide air poisoning.
In Feb. 1938, Popular Mechanics called Hemp a ‘Billion Dollar Crop.’ It was the first time a cash crop had a business potential to exceed a billion dollars.
I think that anyone that was paying attention on that deadly day immediately thought that some sort of bombs were used when the buildings came down. It looked just like every Las Vegas implosion I had ever seen and the fact is that before that day and since, there has never been a building collapse like that due to fires.
So, when people shrug me off when I question the details, I don’t understand how they can just agree with what seems dubious, or at the very least, suspicious. I have studied enough detail to convince me that it wasn’t the planes that brought down any of those buildings at World Trade Center Plaza. And, according to this list and newer revelations, maybe you should reconsider.
And when you do, remember that we are in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq because of that fateful day. What If our government had something to do with it? Is that worth exploring and investigating to the fullest?
Or am I just a commie-liberal-socialist-conspiracy-terrorist?
How do I know that?
Because, according to the FBI’s website:
Following the massive terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, the FBI dedicated 7,000 of its 11,000 Special Agents and thousands of FBI support personnel to the PENTTBOM investigation. “PENTTBOM” is short for Pentagon, Twin Towers Bombing.
Indeed, the FBI told a reporter for USA Today that FBI agents believed there were bombs in the Twin Towers.
Similarly, the Washington Post believed that bombs were involved, as reflected in a September 21, 2001 article containing the following phrase:
In the hours after Tuesday’s bombings . . . .
Many firefighters and policemen also said there were bombs in the Twin Towers.
And perhaps “the premiere collapse expert in the country”, who 9/11 Commissioner Timothy Roemer referred to as a “very, very respected expert on building collapse”, the head of the New York Fire Department’s Special Operations Command and the most highly decorated firefighter in its NYFD history, who had previously “commanded rescue operations at many difficult and complex disasters, including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing, and many natural disasters worldwide” thought that the collapse of the South Tower was caused by bombs, because the collapse of the building was too even to have been caused by anything else (pages 5-6).
But surely experts have since proven that no bombs were involved. Right?
Even the former head of the Fire Science Division of the government agency which claims that the World Trade Centers collapsed due to fire, who is one of the world’s leading fire science researchers and safety engineers, a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering (Dr. James Quintiere) doesn’t bevelieve an adequate investigation into 9/11 has been conducted. He has called for an independent review of the World Trade Center Twin Tower collapse investigation. “I wish that there would be a peer review of this,” he said, referring to the NIST investigation. “I think all the records that NIST has assembled should be archived. I would really like to see someone else take a look at what they’ve done; both structurally and from a fire point of view. … I think the official conclusion that NIST arrived at is questionable.”