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Just Desserts?

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Bloomberg Businessweek published on MSNBC this rather all inclusive report about marijuana in California.

Reefer sadness for pot farmers

Marijuana growers in California find legalization could be worst thing that ever happened

It was the following excerpt that really pissed me off:

Jason says he clears $150,000 to $200,000 a year in profit from the land surrounding his house, depending on how good the crop is. He earns more from other plots he owns nearby. He doesn’t pay taxes on the income because he doesn’t file a return (“I don’t lie about it. That’s when you get in trouble”). Spending all that cash in the middle of nowhere can be a challenge. He and his wife eat all-organic, and he’s got a few trucks to play with as well as a $28,000 Kubota backhoe. Some of the money is “seasoned” slowly into a bank account, so as not to draw attention.

How long has this been going on?

The 1996 passage of Proposition 215, which legalized the possession and cultivation of marijuana for medical use in California, ushered in a green golden age. *** The very vagueness of the rules created opportunity: Midlevel entrepreneurs such as Jason who were willing to live with the risks and ambiguities of a semi-legitimate market rushed in and thrived, though there are no reliable estimates of how many there are. [Emphasis added]

$200,000 plus tax-free dollars for 10 years or more? No wonder they can thumb their noses at us dummies that work for honest dollars. In all the years that I hired out as a logger or truck driver, even when the wife worked we were lucky to GROSS, in the beginning $20 to $30,000, later it was rare to even get close to $40,000. It wouldn’t bother me to see these people lose all of their ill-gotten gains.

Yeah! I know that just being spiteful. After getting it rammed in all the dark places for 50 years, you sometimes get that way. [Source]

–Joe

True Cost of Sanctions in Blood

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The true cost caused by the myth of American Exceptionalism

 Chris Floyd’s latest, “The Lies That Bind: American Myth Obscures Murderous Enterprise is an eye-opening commentary on Arthur Silbur’s piece, “We Are Not Special, and There Is No Happy Ending: The Blood-Drenched Darkness of American Exceptionalism

Floyd includes, “Leaving Iraq – The Ruin They’ll Leave Behind – By Patrick Cockburn

What these three writer’s report is the experience this writer easily attests to and affirms. Offer any serious commentary on matters that directly affect everyone and all you get is deathly silence.


Here’s an interesting commentary on American Exceptionalism and Israel.

–Joe

Tell Me Words Don’t Matter!

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A longstanding argument of this Report is that “words are important,” that “words mean what they say.” That is how the intentions of the speaker or writer are communicated or expressed. Today we hear that it is unacceptable to use the word “negro” in normal day-to-day language. Use the evil “N” word and you commit suicide. Reason? It offends some “…” people. Well, the use of the term “African-American” offended me! That term means “African” first, “American” second. As an American “white,” with roots that go back to the beginning of this country, I find such usage and it’s overt acceptance is a direct implication of my second-class status.

Keeping and protecting their African heritage at the cost of their American reality has dominated their movement toward individuality and their maturity as a race within the American context is self-evident. Simple-minded, knee jerk reactions, however well intended, because someone’s sensitivities are tweaked, can lead to some rather undesirable and unintended consequences. But then, that’s usually the undisclosed plan, especially one with an ulterior motive, isn’t it?

Today we see an effort to actually recognize the value and meaning of words expressed in law. In the state of Washington –

Decades ago, poor children became known as “disadvantaged” to soften the stigma of poverty. Then they were “at-risk.” Now, a Washington lawmaker wants to replace those euphemisms with a new one, “at hope.”

Lovely word “euphemisms.” It means: “the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.”

Democratic State Sen. Rosa Franklin says negative labels are hurting kids’ chances for success and she’s not a bit concerned that people will be confused by her proposed rewrite of the 54 places in state law where words like “at risk” and “disadvantaged” are used.

You can read the rest of the story here:

Wash. lawmaker wants to banish negative language

Of course there’s the expected standard simple-minded Republican response:

“It’s not the label, it’s the people who show up to help (children) that make the difference,” he says. “What helps is a smart, well structured program, that has funding and credibility.”

You can read Robert Preidt report on HealthDay News published at MedicineNet.com, “Negative Words Register Faster” and see why I say “simple-minded.” Class stigmatisms are subliminally contained in the attitude expressed by the words used to tag, classify and identify people. It is a “truth” nearly impossible to overcome.

This is nowhere expressed more succinctly than in this statement by a Federal Judge at the Sentencing Hearing of Richard Reid: “And we do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not treat with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.

Yes, words matter. Words of truth do not make anyone a bigot, a racist, or a monster. But then, Jesus Christ spoke words of truth defending and empowering the “disadvantaged” and “at risk” and look what happened to him!

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–Joe

Leash Law! –Huh?

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What good are leash laws when they’re not enforced. What’s that dog doing running loose in the public park anyway?

“He’s a regular there,” Graunitz said . . .

If Jason Graunitz, an employee with the city Parks and Recreation Department, was doing his job the first thing he’d do is call the police to get the dog under control. This is why the leash law isn’t worth it’s weight in dog crap.

Graunitz says, ”It’s just a matter of time before it happens to a kid on the playground.” “All I could think of was my kid getting attacked by that dog.” This is just MORE dog crap!

Just listen to this guy, “Absent finding the animal, Graunitz said, he’ll have to undergo a rabies vaccination, which would be uncomfortable and paid for by the taxpayers.” I hear the shots are more than just “uncomfortable.” Maybe he’ll do more than try to justify letting a “fully grown pit bull” run loose in a public park.

Besides, what’s the difference between that teenager letting his dog bite someone (he established “eye contact”) or that teenager walking up behind Graunitz and whacking him with a stick with nails in it? You think this guy learned anything about dogs and kids?

Here’s the newspaper account:

City employee attacked by pit bull

The Times-Standard
Posted: 11/18/2009 01:15:16 AM PST

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–Joe

SHAME!

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10,000 plants pulled by CAMP raids

John Driscoll/The Times-Standardcamp-pot_0001_309x278
Posted: 09/05/2009 01:30:26 AM PDT

“An estimated $3 million worth of marijuana was seized in a raid on U.S. Forest Service land outside Willow Creek on Thursday. … ”

What does CAMP do with THREE MILLION DOLLARS of pot? They burn it, that’s what!

Let’s see, $3,000,000 divided by 10,000 plants comes to $300 a plant. The question we should all be asking is, how much taxpayer money did each one of those plants actually cost to erradicate and burn? 

When there is NO money to pay for school busses for our children and grandchildren, or money for the elderly, the two parts of our society that needs help them most, the State of CA has millions to spend on something as frivolous as harvesting POT. For some reason the Sheriff’s Department deemed it important to make the distinction that the pot wasn’t grown by local small-time farmers. They say, “written material and personal belongings found at the site indicated that an organized drug trafficking organization was behind the grow.” That’s really BAD! Drug traffickers in Humboldt County justifies the cost . . .

If all CAMP and all their allies are doing is going after the “organized drug traffickers,” who benefits? Must be the local boys and girls. Good way to drive up the value. Hey, we got THREE MILLION DOLLARS worth of worthless pot. Who benefits from this make-work program?

What I really like is how John Driscoll for the Times-Standard just rolls out the various spokesperson’s dribble as if it was the god’s-gospel truth. Then when these same “people” are asked to explain, the conveniently hide behind some “BS” excuse like “inquiries from the media” need  “to be cleared through the agency’s Washington, D.C. office.” Then follow-up by saying their enquiries were not returned by deadline.” 

Thus the newspaper rubberstamps what the government agencies want people to know and ends further reporting.

When more money is needed for schools and other essential programs why would the City of Arcata interfere in a developing tax base? The other front page article on Saturday’s Times-Standard, “Danco considers bypassing Arcata council for Creekside Homes annexation” offers up this choice bit of nonsense.  This says it all: “I (Councilman Shane Brinton) certainly understand their perspective and I know it can be frustrating to jump though the hoopsthat government sets up, but those hoops are there for a reason.” Jump through the hoops? Government? Mayor Mark Wheetley and Councilman Shane Brinton take a lot upon themselves when they say it is “the government” that’s putting up the hoops. Who are the people that won’t address the request? Why my goodness:

Mayor Mark Wheetley and Councilman Shane Brinton said they didn’t see the need to meet on the issue again.

”I thought our message was pretty clear,” Wheetley said. “We said that there were just too many other issues in the mix.”

He added that the council wanted to utilize staff time and resources for other projects that were at hand.

These are just some of the reasons the Joe Blow Report tries to stay out of these kinds of political mix, mash messes. It’s rather hard to do when your children and grandchildren are expected to travers Eureka on foot this year just go to school when they had bus transportation last year. When it comes to the people and what benefits them the most, “government” takes care of their own first. Remember, the police work for, protect and serve the “government,” not the people.

–Joe

The New School Prayer

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Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.
If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.
Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That’s no offence; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.
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For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all
In silence alone we must meditate,
God’s name is prohibited by the state.
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We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks.
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.
We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
It’s ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong,
We’re taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong.
We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.
It’s scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!
Amen !

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Permission granted from a friend.
–Joe

Little Miss Piggy Flu

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miss-piggy-burkaNow it’s SHOCK AND AWE HEALTH!

Only this time it’s Little Miss Piggy that’s running the show. To show some perspective, we’ve offered the following article by Dr. Joseph Mercola:

Critical Alert: The Swine Flu Pandemic – Fact or Fiction?

He offers some common sense suggestions in the latter part of his article on  “How to Protect Yourself Without Dangerous Drugs and Vaccination.” He also offers:

The number of fatalities, and suspected and confirmed cases across the world change depending on the source, so your best bet — if you want the latest numbers — is to use Google Maps” Swine Flu Tracker.

Be sure to read the complete article.

UPDATE :: Local Stuff

Humboldt Health Alert (HHA)
County of Humboldt ~ Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Branch ~ Emergency Preparedness and Response
Info on Swine Flu

UPDATE :: Saturday,May 2, 2009

Swine Flu Update
Dr. Mercola: “It has been a few days since we sent out our Critical Alert, please read the updates including the latest stats and an incredible video from Real News.com that explores how factory farming has contributed to the epidemic.”

–Joe

Passe – Blase or Just Plain Worthless?

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whatswrong_mJoe has had some interesting conversations this past week about the detrimental consequences to the North Coast social structure caused by decades of lawless profiting by everyone and their brother cashing in on the marijuana “trade.” None of these people ever gave one damn about themselves, living legal, what they were doing to their communities or what they were teaching their children. Now, all they can talk about is getting pot-growing legal in such a way that they can still protect their pocketbooks. They think that will get the monkey off their backs. Problem is, they don’t want anything to do with all the monkeys they put on the backs of all the law-abiding folk that really care about the communities they live in. Well, we know what they were teaching their children. Everyone on the North Coast lives with that reality.

It all may have seemed a simple matter of survival to all these lawbreakers. Grow and sell a little pot for food and shelter. It’s just a harmless weed that people use for private reasons. What’s the harm? Local businesses were suffering and all that cash money was a god-send. That symbiotic relationship grew until the hills and the towns proliferated with their blood money. In the meantime, no thanks to these criminals, everyone was subjected to their corrupt influences. Mob rule became the norm, the ends justifies the means and now these rebels all want everyone to forgive and forget; amnesty.  So, is it any surprise that the Bush Republican’s and their complicit enablers’ assault on the law these past years gets the same pass? Read the following article by Glenn Greenwald and see if the hair doesn’t stand up on the back of your neck everytime you think about what these people have done to society.

Glenn Greenwald
Tuesday March 3, 2009 06:31 EST

The newly released secret laws of the Bush administration

Various universal perception biases always make it difficult to assess how genuinely consequential contemporary events are:  events in the present always seem more important than ones in the past; those that affect us directly appear more significant than those that are abstract, etc. (though powers of denial — e.g.: all of those bad things I’ve read about in history can’t happen to me and my country and my time — undercut those biases).  Whatever else is true, it seems undeniably clear, at the very least, that the extreme decay and instabilities left in the wake of the Bush presidency will alter many aspects of the social order in radical and irrevocable (albeit presently unknowable) ways.

One of the central facts that we, collectively, have not yet come to terms with is how extremist and radical were the people running the country for the last eight years.  That condition, by itself, made it virtually inevitable that the resulting damage would be severe and fundamental, even irreversible in some sense.  It’s just not possible to have a rotting, bloated, deeply corrupt and completely insular political ruling class — operating behind impenetrable walls of secrecy — and avoid the devastation that is now becoming so manifest.  It’s just a matter of basic cause and effect.

Yet those who have spent the last several years pointing out how unprecedentedly extremist and radical was our political leadership (and how meek and complicit were our other key institutions) were invariably dismissed as shrill hysterics.  As but one of countless highly illustrative examples, here is a November, 2004 David Broder column scoffing at the notion that there was anything radical or unusual taking place in the U.S., dismissively deriding the claim that there was anything resembling an erosion of basic checks and safeguards in the United States:

Bush won, but he will have to work within the system for whatever he gets. Checks and balances are still there. The nation does not face “another dark age,” unless you consider politics with all its tradeoffs and bargaining a black art.

That was (and still is) the prevailing attitude among our political and media elites:  it was those who were sounding alarm bells about the radicalism and damage of the Bush administration — not Bush officials themselves — who were the real radicals and, worst of all, were deeply Unserious.

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Anyone get the connection?

Read the rest at Salon

–Joe

Bush + Obama = War Crimes?

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Predator Drone

Predator Drone

For some paranoid reason the United States believes it has the right to wage war on innocent civilian people in any sovereign nation anywhere and at anytime. President Obama bought into this paranoia and is now as guilty as George W. Bush and William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton. President Obama will never prosecute Bush or any of his subordinates now. Not that he ever intended to, anyway.

Obama Continues Bush Policy of Deadly Air Strikes in Pakistan

In Pakistan, outrage continues to mount over a US military attack approved by President Obama. Last Friday, unmanned US Predator drones fired missiles at houses in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or FATA, killing as many as twenty-two people, including at least three children.

LA Times :: Suspected U.S. missile attacks kill 18 in Pakistan

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Reaper Drone

Pakistan air strikes underscore continuation of Bush policy

President Barack Obama launched his first air strikes into Pakistan indicating that he will continue the Bush policy of unilateral military action against the spoken will of the Pakistani government.This is the first action since Obama took office on Tuesday that is likely to attract some opposition from progressive groups that supported him strongly during the campaign. Vanity Fair has this to say:

Obama can’t be expected to pander to liberals for the next four years. But the decision to double down in Afghanistan carries considerable risk. Like the economy, it is a huge problem. But even the economy can be expected to bounce back sometime in the next few years. If Afghanistan turns into Obama’s Iraq, he may miss the support of the anti-war left, which, it’s worth remembering, helped propel him past Hillary Clinton not so very long ago

This is not defending Democratic Freedom and Justice. This is enforcing Terror and Anarchy.

Barack Obama could become George W. Bush on steroids.

–Joe

Israel Thumbs Its Nose at the UN – WORLD

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The noose begins to tighten as the United States and Israel force the world to pick a side; Good versus Evil.

Fresh evidence of Israeli phosphorus use in Gaza emerges

Words and deeds in the Middle East

Qatar suspends ties with Israel :: EU, Israel Suspend Talks as War in Gaza Rages On

Bolivia cuts ties with Israel, seeks genocide charges against Israeli officials

Venezuela, Bolivia break diplomatic ties with Israel

Israel Shells UN Headquarters In Gaza

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"Smoke rises from the United Nations headquarters after it was hit in Israeli bombardment in Gaza City, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009. Israeli forces shelled the United Nations headquarters in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, setting the compound on fire as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon was in the area on a mission to end Israel's devastating offensive against the territory's Hamas rulers. Ban expressed "outrage" over the incident."

‘We are creating suicide bombers from the sons of the dead’

The call came at 11pm on a Saturday. Yitzchak Ben Mocha’s mobile flashed up “unidentified number” but he knew who it was. A recorded voice ordered him to report for duty at eight the next morning. As he packed his uniform he wondered if he was heading to prison. The 25-year-old paratrooper was about to tell his commanders that not only would he refuse to join Israel’s war in Gaza but would not serve in any capacity that helped perpetuate the conflict.

He reported for duty and was ordered to erect tents for combat soldiers.

“I told my officer, I am not going to do this. The next morning I was sent home. They told me they’d call me again if there was need. They have not called yet. In the past the army used to put refuseniks in jail for weeks. When they were released, sometimes they would be arrested again and this would go on for months.

“But now it seems the army doesn’t want to admit publicly there are refuseniks. [It] is embarrassed. It would go against the image of the whole army and country united behind this war.”

The Israeli military has told the press there is so much support for the assault on Gaza that more soldiers have turned up to fight than have been called up for what the local media is characterising as a “righteous war”. Ben Mocha says that obscures the increasing number of Israeli men of fighting age, almost all of whom are military reservists, who are refusing to serve the occupation.
He is disturbed that most of the Israeli public and much of the media is blind to the fact that hundreds of Palestinians have been cut to pieces by Israeli fire power. “In the long run, it’s not a war of defence. We are creating a thousand suicide bombers for the future from the brothers of the dead, the sons of the dead … in the long term, we are creating more terror. You can’t separate the war in Gaza from the fact that the Palestinian nation is under occupation for more than 40 years. I’m not justifying Hamas firing rockets but we Israelis should first look at what we are doing.”

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