September 2009 Archives
Photos: Roman Polanski
If Polanski is brought to an American court, Geimer, who is now an adult and living with her husband in Hawaii, cannot be forced to testify against him. What she really wants, she says, is for the case to be over. Geimer has already sued him and reached an undisclosed settlement. She filed court papers earlier this year asking the charges against Polanski be dismissed, according to CNN.
But clearly American authorities have different ideas.
Polanski, 76, director of "Chinatown," "Rosemary's Baby" and the Oscar-winning "The Pianist" was arrested Saturday as he arrived in Zurich to receive a lifetime achievement award from a film festival.
Authorities in Los Angeles consider Polanski a convicted felon and fugitive, and a Swiss justice official said there has been an international arrest warrant out on him since 2005.
Back in 1977, the director had pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a then 13-year-old Geimer, who said Polanski performed oral sex, intercourse and sodomy on her after giving her champagne and part of a Quaalude pill at Jack Nicholson's house while the actor was away.
Polanski has called the girl a sophisticated teen who willingly had sex with him. The court didn't see it that way.
He was sent to prison for 42 days, but the judge tried to renege on the plea bargain. On the day of his sentencing in 1978, aware the judge would sentence him to more prison time, Polanski fled to France.
He is currently in a Swiss prison, awaiting a decision on whether he will be extradited to the United States. Swiss officials have said he will likely not be released until a court has ruled - a process that could take weeks.
Samantha Gailey says: leave Polanski alone
3 year old model, Samantha Gailey, had sex with Roman Polanski, who was at the time one of the rising stars in Hollywood. The affair was discovered, Polanski was tried, and fled out of the states to avoid being punished. Gailey is now well in her 40s and publically claims Polanski needs to be left alone:
Here's what she writes:
"Here's the way I feel about it: I don't really have any hard feelings toward him, or any sympathy, either. He is a stranger to me.
But I believe that Mr. Polanski and his film should be honored according to the quality of the work. What he does for a living and how good he is at it have nothing to do with me or what he did to me. I don't think it would be fair to take past events into consideration. I think that the academy members should vote for the movies they feel deserve it. Not for people they feel are popular." (source)
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|Lisa has red hair and emerald green eyes. Her nipples are reddish-pink and her pubes are dark auburn. She comes complete witha BLACK teddy, garters, and stockings (our lingerie supplier has discontinued the green); dark fuchsia fingernails; and golden hoop earrings.|
A man wanted to get married. He was having trouble choosing among three likely candidates. He gives each woman a present of $5,000 and watches to see what they do with the money.
The first does a total make over. She goes to a fancy beauty salon gets her hair done, new make up and buys several new outfits and dresses up very nicely for the man. She tells him that she has done this to be more attractive for him because she loves him so much.
The man was impressed.
The second goes shopping to buy the man gifts. She gets him a new set of golf clubs, some new gizmos for his computer, and some expensive clothes. As she presents these gifts, she tells him that she has spent all the money on him because she loves him so much.
Again, the man is impressed.
The third invests the money in the stock market. She earns several times the $5,000. She gives him back his $5,000 and reinvests the remainder in a joint account. She tells him that she wants to save for their future because she loves him so much.
Obviously, the man was impressed
The man thought for a long time about what each woman had done with the money he'd given her.
Then, he married the one with the biggest boobs.
Men are like that, you know.
More money is spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that, by 2040, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivering a speech at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday.
France was the first to walk out of the room on Wednesday as Ahmadinejad once again affixed Israel to 'genocide'.
In his speech at the 64th UN General Assembly, the Iranian president said the Israeli regime was committing 'genocide' against the Palestinian people.
"How can one imagine that the inhumane policies in Palestine may continue to force the entire population of a country out of their homeland for more than 60 years by resorting to force and coercion; to attack them with all types of arms and even prohibited weapons," Ahmadinejad said.
"How can the crimes of the occupiers against defenseless women and children and destruction of their homes, farms, hospitals and schools be supported unconditionally by certain governments, and at the same time, the oppressed men and women be subject to genocide and heaviest economic blockade being denied of their basic needs, food, water and medicine."
Other than the US and France, delegations from Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy and New Zealand left the room, a European source said.
"It is disappointing that Mr Ahmadinejad has once again chosen to espouse hateful, offensive and anti-Semitic rhetoric," Mark Kornblau, spokesman to the US mission to the UN, said in a statement.
German officials had earlier threatened to leave the UN hall if the Iranian president's speech included anti-Israel remarks.
A French diplomat also told AFP that European delegations had coordinated in advance what action to take if they found parts of the address unpalatable. Israel had earlier boycotted Ahmadinejad's speech.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Ahmadinejad, in his address to the 64th session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday said that the reform in the structure of the UN should turn the body into a "fully democratic organization, capable of playing an impartial" role in international relations.
Ahmadinejad also called for reforming the structure of the Security Council, especially by abolishing "the discriminatory privileges of the veto right".
The Iranian president also called for restoring the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people by organizing a referendum and free elections in Palestine.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Ahmadinejad, in his address to the 64th session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday said, "Continuation of the current circumstances in the world is impossible."
He noted that the present unfavorable condition in the world runs counter to the very nature of human kind and contravenes the goal behind the creation of the world.
"It is no longer possible to inject thousands of billions of dollars of unreal wealth to the world economy simply by printing worthless paper assets, or transfer inflation as well as social and economic problems to others through creating severe budget deficits," Ahmadinejad said.
"The engine of unbridled capitalism with its unfair system of thought has reached the end of the road and is unable to move," the Iranian President stated.
"The era of capitalist thinking and imposition of one's thoughts on the international community, intended to predominate the world in the name of globalization and the age of setting up empires is over," Ahmadinejad concluded.
Statement to Friends and Allies
Many of you have seen the "news stories" that originated on Fox about ACORN employees captured on videotape advising people posing as a prostitute and a pimp on how to complete federal tax forms and secure a mortgage.
ACORN and Voter Registration - Get the Facts
The Truth About ACORN is where you can find out the truth behind the attacks on the organization and the lies being spread about its work.
Statements of support from organizations that share ACORN mission of expanded voter participation, economic justice, and fighting for working families.
This section contains links to several videos that show various independent experts, ACORN staff, and ACORN leaders presenting information about ACORN's voter registration work, its quality control systems, and explaining the nature of the coordinated and largely partisan attacks on the organization.
Farmer, senior counsel to the 9/11 Commission, updates the commission's report in this thorough and bipartisan analysis. Drawing on newly declassified records and recent investigative reports from the departments of defense and transportation, the author concludes that the failure to detect and prevent the attack lay in the [bureaucratic] nature of modern government. Most significantly, rules proscribing information-sharing within and among agencies meant that no one had complete access to all available intelligence or information--typical bureaucratic inertia that presaged the government's bungled response to Hurricane Katrina. Farmer faults the disconnect between decision-makers and operational employees, concluding that leadership was irrelevant on 9/11 and the official version of events was almost entirely, and inexplicably, untrue. Farmer's conclusion that bureaucratic government does not adapt fast enough to changing missions to be effective is not original, but in his careful exegesis of the events of 9/11, he transcends easy generalizations to expose the fault lines in contemporary governance and point the way to fundamental reform. (Sept.)
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"All Americans should read John Farmer's The Ground Truth. With keen analytical insight, Farmer rips the lid off of many mysteries pertaining to both the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina. A highly recommended historical curative for our times."
--Douglas Brinkley, author of The Great Deluge
"No one is more qualified to write the definitive book about the tragedy of 9/11 than John Farmer. Fortunately, he has done so. Even more fortunately the language is clear, alive and instructive for anyone who wants to make certain this never happens again."
--Bob Kerrey, Former US Senator and Member of the 9/11 Commission
"In revisiting the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks that still haunt America, John Farmer provides a devastating account of how what government and military officials told Congress, the 9/11 Commission on which he served, the media, and the public 'was almost entirely, and inexplicably, untrue.' The result is a major, carefully documented and deeply disturbing book, one that deserves the most serious attention of every American concerned about our future."
--Haynes Johnson, Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author.
"Physics teaches us that waves of the same frequency amplify each other. That's what brought down the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The Ground Truth reveals 9/11 as a manifestation of that same phenomenon, with waves of history cresting together. It does so with perfect clarity, thanks to the brilliance of finding, in the examples of two "minor" national security agencies, the dysfunctionality that plagued the mightiest-seeming arms of the government. I made the mistake of not writing down the first two or three times I felt goosebumps. The Ground Truth is superbly conceived and carried out. What a great book." --Jim Dwyer, author of 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
"Revelatory-Farmer makes shattering new sense of the day's events and exposes the true disarray and arrogance in the military and government responses."
-William Langewiesche, author of American Ground and The Atomic Bazaar
The pharmacist asked, "Why in the world do you need cyanide?"
The lady replied, "I need it to poison my husband."
The pharmacist's eyes got big and he exclaimed, "Lord have mercy! I can't give you cyanide to kill your husband.
That's against the law! I'll lose my license! They'll throw both of us in jail! All kinds of bad things will happen. Absolutely not!
You CANNOT have any cyanide!"
The lady reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the pharmacist's wife.
The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, "Well now, that's different. You didn't tell me you had a prescription."
BYLAWS OF THE GREEN PARTY OF MENDOCINO COUNTY
This organization shall be known as the Green Party Of Mendocino County, or
GPOMC, and is ultimately responsible to the registered voters of the Green
Party of Mendocino County
a.)All persons registered as Green Party voters, residing in the
b.)Non-citizens, non-residents of
otherwise unable to vote may be regarded as members if they have been
actively engaged in the work of the Green Party of Mendocino County.
2. General Membership Meeting
Here after known as the General Meeting or GM
a.)General Meetings are gatherings of Greens to consult together, make
decisions, share knowledge and information, communicate and otherwise
maintain the cohesiveness of the GPOMC.
b.)The General Membership Meeting is open to all registered Greens and
c.)All registered Green Party voters who are present at the current
meeting can vote and participate in the decision-making of the Green Party
of Mendocino through General Meetings or present concerns that require a
d.) General Meetings will be held every third month. on the second Monday
in rotating order between Ukiah, Willits,
time and place shall be noticed at the previous GM and noticed in the county
Local meetings will be held at the convenience of local groups at an interval and
location decided on by each group. Monthly meetings are recommended.
d.)General Meetings will be held every month on the second Monday in
rotating order between Ukiah, Willits,
time and place shall be noticed at the previous GM and noticed in the
e.)If there is reason to call a meeting out of sequence this may be
done by the previous General Meeting or by a quorum of the County Council.
f.)A quorum necessary to make a decision that concerns the whole
membership at a General Meeting shall be eleven (11) active members.
g.)As the main deliberative body of the Green Party of Mendocino
County, the General Meeting shall:
` 1) Define general goals, policy, strategy, and priorities of the GPOMC
2) Make endorsements of candidates and ballot measures
3) Direct the spokesperson to make statements in the name of the GPOMC
4) Make recommendations and proposals to the County Council
5) Elect delegates to the General Assembly of the Green Party of California
6) Elect treasurer and secretary of GPOMC
7)Review the decisions and actions of any other body of the Green Party of
8) Amend these bylaws
9) Elect County Council Member(s) to fill vacancies in between primary
elections. The State Coordinating Committee must be notified immediately by
the Secretary if such action takes place.
10) Delegate any work necessary to expedite a decision by the GM to a
11) Choose a facilitator for the next General Meeting who will then
collect items and establish the agenda for said meeting.
a.)All internal elections of the Green Party of Mendocino County shall
be governed by the rules covered in this article.
In elections a preferential voting system shall be used.
1)If, in any election, the number of candidates or options is less
than or equal to the number to be selected, then the Meeting may choose to
elect by consensus.
2)If, in this case, there is any objection to electing by consensus,
then the election will proceed by secret ballot.
b.)All active members will be permitted to cast ballots for any or all
candidates; any candidate not receiving a majority of all votes cast will
not be elected.
c.)Delegates to the General Assembly of the Green Party of
are to be elected at a General Meeting preceding the next State General
d.)The County Council may canvass the active membership before the
meeting, and may present a slate of nominees to the meeting.
e.)At the General Meeting, nominations may also be made; the General
Meeting shall then proceed to elect the delegation according to the
procedures set down in this article.
f.)The General Meeting may also delegate the election of delegates or
a portion of the delegation to the County Council or to a Working Group.
4. The County Council
a) The registered membership of the GPOMC shall be represented by
the County Council, which shall meet monthly in person or by telephone.
a.)The registered membership of the GPOMC shall be represented by the
b.)The number of County Council members shall be seven (7).
c.)Members of the County Council of the GPOMC shall be elected at
large for two-year terms in each general primary election and shall take
office at on the Tuesday following the 30th day after their election.
d.)Members of the County Council must be registered members of the
Green Party of California and live in the
e.)The name of each candidate for member of County Council shall
appear on the ballot only if she or he has filed a nomination paper
pursuant to Division 6 (commencing with Section 6000) of the Elections
Code, signed in the candidates behalf by twenty (20) active members
(sponsors). These sponsors may reside in any district within
in which they reside.
f.)Care should be taken to assure when possible that all supervisorial
districts are represented and there is a racial and gender balance.
g.)The County Council shall act upon or communicate the deliberations,
decisions, and actions and shall do the business of the General Membership
of the GPOMC.
h.)County Council duties are:
1)To propose agenda items, and to make recommendations and proposals for
General Meetings, subject to its revision by majority vote of the GM.
2) To see that the records of the Green Party of Mendocino County are
3) To set dates for General Meetings, if not otherwise decided at the
previous General Meeting, and to take adequate steps to see that the
membership is informed of those dates.
4) To ask for and receive reports and recommendations from the Working
Groups and to make comments on above to GM;
5) To make every reasonable effort to see to it that decisions of General
Meetings are faithfully carried out
6) To make such decisions as are normally reserved to a General Meeting,
but cannot be delayed until the next scheduled General Meeting session.
Decisions may be subject to revision or rejection at the next General
Meeting. However, the implementation of controversial decisions must
require calling a General Meeting ASAP.
7) To be ultimately responsible for seeing that the legal and fiscal
responsibilities of the Green Party of Mendocino are met.
8) To authorize individuals (spokesperson(s) to speak for the GPOMC
General Meeting, within the general parameters of established GPOMC policy,
the State Platform, and recognized green values.
9) To carry out any duties required of it by the Green Party of California.
h.) The County Council may delegate any of its duties and powers to
committees. These committees may contain non council members and may act
in all other respects as Working Groups of the GPOMC but remain responsible
to the CC.
i.)It may elect delegates if the General Meeting failed to elect or
provide for the election of sufficient delegates to the State of
number of delegates present, then the delegates present may choose
alternates from any members of the Green Party of Mendocino County who are
j.)The County Council shall distribute the individual duties described
in this Section to volunteers among its membership and inform the General
Membership about the various internal appointments and responsible contact
persons. After the installation of at least three new Council members, the
Council shall redetermine this distribution and inform the General
Membership of any changes. Note: These are "duties" not "offices".
k.)A council member may appoint an alternate in her/his absence.
Alternates shall have full consensus and voting rights only with the
written authorization of their appointing Council member. An alternate
member shall be subject to the rules of the Council and may vote only while
the elected member is absent.
l.)A Council member automatically resigns if s/he:
1) Moves out of
2) Is no longer a registered Green.
3) Misses three consecutive Council meetings, without appointing an
m.)A sitting council member can be recalled by the process stated here:
1)Three members of the GPOMC present a written statement to the
Council member specifying why they would like the Council member recalled.
2)The statement must be presented to the County Council member at a
Council or General meeting or by certified mail. The agenda of the next GM
shall allot equal times for the two positions. If that meeting results in
a consensus (minus the member being recalled) or in a 75% fall back vote at
a following General meeting (at least seven days apart) in favor of recall,
the Council member is recalled.
n.)Any member of the County Council may be removed if they:
1) Register as a member of another political party.
2) Violate the bylaws of the GPOMC.
3) Behave in a manner blatantly not in keeping with the 10 Green Values.
4) Misuse of funds of the GPOMC or of any working group or of any
campaign of the GPOMC.
5. Secretary Duties:
a. Take the minutes of both G.M. and CC meetings or assign someone to
do so in the secretary's place. May appoint an additional note taker.
b. Keep all official GPOMC documents including bylaws, standing rules,
position papers, meeting minutes, financial records, membership lists, etc.
c. Act as the conduit for all reports to the County Council not
assigned to another contact person.
6. Treasurer Duties:
a. Maintain the financial accounts of the GPOMC.
b. Keep the party checkbook and be responsible for acceptance and
dispersal of all party funds.
c. Shall be responsible for reporting the GPOMC finances to the G.M.
at every monthly meeting or appoint someone to do so if unable to attend.
d. Shall be responsible for submitting all legally required government reports to proper agencies
7. Amending Bylaws
These bylaws may be amended at any time through the following process:
a. Proposals for an amendment must be submitted to the GM.
b. If it is agreed that the amendment is necessary, then a bylaws
working group shall draft a proposed amendment.
c. The proposed amendment may be adopted at the next GM by consensus
or if necessary a 75% vote.
ADDENDUM to GPOMC Bylaws:
The membership of the Green Party of Mendocino shall take affirmative
action to reach goals of sexual, racial, and social diversity and balance
in the allocation of responsibilities among its members. The Green Party of
Mendocino shall also work to ensure that the diversity of local Green
groups interested in participation are included.
Freedom to Speak and Caucus Around Political Views.
Members in the minority on a decision may publicly dissent from that
decision, and organize caucuses to promote their views, provided they
clearly distinguish their position from that of the majority.
Freedom of Information.
All financial records, membership lists, meeting minutes, and other
official Green Party of Mendocino records shall be open for inspection by
any active member. To facilitate this capability, all official records must
be filed with the responsible Council member in both 'hard-copy' and
No individual member, Working Group, Committee, or Green Local recognized by
the Green Party of Mendocino shall:
a) commit the Green Party of Mendocino or any of its affiliates (other than
themselves) to actions, endorsements, or other policy positions outside the
decision-making process described within these Bylaws;
b) misrepresent the decisions and policies of any Green Party body;
c) commit financial irregularities with Green Party funds;
d) advocate or practice racial, sexual, national, or religious discrimination;
e) advocate or practice violent political action;
f) violate any other provision within these Bylaws.
The responsibilities described in this Section shall apply to all
individual members, Working Groups, Committees, and Green Locals recognized
by the Green Party of Mendocino Violations may be cause for sanctions
including (as appropriate) reprimand, suspension , recall or expulsion.
These sanctions, except for reprimand, result in either a temporary or
permanent loss of 'standing' (or voting rights) within the Green Party of
All such sanctions must be voted on by secret ballot at any meeting of the
General Membership and require prior notice and a "high threshold" vote
(75%>>majority) for approval. The accused shall be given prior notice and
shall have the opportunity to present a defense before the vote.
Proposals to be considered by the General Membership may be submitted by
the County Council, or any Committee or Working Group.
Proposals to be considered by the General Membership may be submitted by
any individual member to the County Council or appropriate Committee or
Working Group for evaluation before submission to the General Membership.
alternately, such proposals may be submitted directly to the General
Membership but, in this case, will require consensus for approval
The Green Party of Mendocino is both a political party and a grass roots
political activist Organization. The work of the activist members of the
GreenParty of Mendocino is organized through Working Groups. Working Groups
are voluntary associations of Green Party of Mendocino activists carrying
out that aspect of the work of the Green Party of Mendocino to which they
are dedicated or interested. The Working Groups, along with the membership
the County Council, comprise the Green Party of Mendocino, as it exists as
an activist organization. Working Groups may be established by either the
County Council or by a General Meeting/Plenary. The purpose of the Working
Group, its duties, responsibilities, and delegated powers (if any), should
be clearly stated at the time of its formation. The establishing body may
name a coordinator for the Group. An individual shall be designated to
serve as a liaison to the County Council. Working Groups may be executive or
deliberative, or both, depending on the nature of their work. Decision
making within Working Groups shall be by consensus. WG¼s may establish
their own rules of procedure, or may use an informal decision-making
process, according to the specific needs of the Group. The County Council
will be responsible for keeping track of which Groups are active, and which
Working Groups will be responsible for keeping a list of ongoing, active
members and supplying the County Council with that list, as well as with
meeting dates and times. Working Groups are required to remain active, if
their work is ongoing, or they will be dissolved. The County Council has
discretion to dissolve inactive Groups, or to merely suspend them, if the
Group¼s work is periodic, Working Groups are not to be maintained if
interest in their work has failed, of if their functions are obsolete.
Active Working Groups may be dissolved with the consent of both the County
Council and the General Meeting/Plenary, or a Working Group may dissolve
itself. Working Groups may establish and dissolve committees to which they
may assign or delegate specific tasks. No Working Group may make any
financial commitment on behalf of the Green Party of Mendocino without the
prior consent of the County Council, unless financial powers have been
specifically delegated to it, or unless specific arrangements have been
made for the Group's independent financial responsibility. No Working Group
may make any endorsement, or claim to speak on behalf of the Green Party of
Mendocino without prior approval or delegation by the appropriate body.
All bodies of the Green Party of Mendocino shall seek consensus in all
decision-making. Any item or resolution presented to a body of the Green
Party of Mendocino which has not chosen another process as provided for
under these bylaws, must be passed through the following formal process of
consensus: Any item presented to the Meeting will be given adequate time,
within the judgment of the Facilitator and the limits of the agenda, for
discussion and consideration. When satisfied that the proposal is
sufficiently understood by the membership, the Facilitator will ask for,
and recognize members to present.
Concerns. Each Concern may be addressed by further discussion and proposals
to amend the item. When, in the judgment of the Facilitator, Concerns have
been addressed as well as may be, the Facilitator shall call for consensus
by asking for unresolved Concerns. If there are no unresolved Concerns,
then the proposal has passed; but if unresolved Concerns remain, then the
Facilitator shall ask if the member presenting the Concern will stand
aside. If the member is willing, then the proposal has passed; and the
Concern will be recorded verbatim in the journal of the Meeting. If,
however, the member is unwilling to stand aside, then the Meeting shall
proceed to vote on the proposal. The total number of votes for and against
the proposal, and the number of abstentions, shall be recorded in the
journal of the Meeting; and at the request of any two members, the vote
shall be taken by secret ballot. If the proposal is a policy-making
decision, then 80% approval of the members voting is required for the
proposal to pass; but if the proposal is a business item, then a 2/3 vote
of the members voting will be sufficient to pass the proposal. If, however,
the number of members abstaining is more than 25% of the number of members
voting yes and no, then the proposal has not passed.
A policy item shall be defined as any proposal which sets official Green
Party of Mendocino policy, makes endorsements of candidates or ballot
measures, establishes a process, or amends bylaws.
A business item shall be defined as any proposal which executes a policy
already established, establishes or dissolves committees or Working Groups,
chooses an established process, makes statements or non-ballot endorsements
that are in accordance with established Green Party of Mendocino positions,
or otherwise makes no fundamental changes in the structure or positions of
the Green Party of Mendocino only active members may present unresolved
Concerns or vote on proposals in any meeting of the Green Party of Mendocino
Green Party funds are to be used only for party building, electoral and candidate
support. Special purpose fund raising will be allowed.
Replace: d.) General Meetings will be held every third month. on the second Monday in rotating order between Ukiah, Willits,
Local meetings will be held at the convenience of local groups at an interval and location decided on by each group. Monthly meetings are recommended.
Section 4. The County Council
Replace: a) The registered membership of the GPOMC shall be represented by the County Council, which shall meet monthly in person or by telephone.
Section 6. Treasurer Duties;
Add "d. Shall be responsible for submitting all legally required government reports to proper agencies."
Add: Fiscal policy: Green Party funds are to be used only for party building, electoral and candidate support. Special purpose fund raising will be allowed.
Jack lived and died in denial. Live by the sword, die by the sword, I guess ...
I'd warned him. He'd taken a toke or two just before collapsing at the 2000 Hempfest run by Bill Conde in Harrisburg, Oregon and had a stroke. I was just down the road and watched the ambulance take him away although I wasn't aware who was inside at first. Though we talked, he refused to believe that pot raised one's blood pressure then; he got angry at me for saying it; he refused to believe it until the day he died.
The day they took him away from Conde's, Bill had accused me of starting a fire in the dry field across the road from where I was protesting. I saw the teenagers who'd thrown the fireworks into the field and called it in to the fire department immediately with a description of the car and the license plate number. Bill knew the accusation wasn't true, but he and Jack were two of a kind. Bill wasn't much for the truth either.
I actually found out I liked Bill but never had any use for Jack, nor Jerry, nor Ken Kesey, all of whom promoted pot use to America's youth!
Evidently, Jack died after getting worked up again? He was a passionate and excitable guy. Just like the during the 2000 hempfest, where he had a stroke in front of the crowd, he collapsed at Portland's hempfest, but backstage this time, on Saturday, September 15 after once again speaking about the miracles of pot.
Take a look at Jack's last comments in another Examiner's column ... Jack was deceived until the end.
They'll hate me even more for this article ... nothing new ... that's how it goes with druggies ... that's how it is with addicts.
Republican Gomorrah is a bestiary of dysfunction, scandal and sordidmess from the dark heart of the forces that now have a leash on the party. It shows how those forces are the ones that establishment Republicans-like John McCain-have to bow to if they have any hope of running for President. It shows that Sarah Palin was the logical choice of a party in the control of theocrats. But more that just an expose, Republican Gomorrah shows that many of the movement's leading figures have more in common than just the power they command within conservative ranks. Their personal lives have been stained by crisis and scandal: depression, mental illness, extra-marital affairs, struggles with homosexual urges, heavy medication, addiction to pornography, serial domestic abuse, and even murder. Inspired by the work of psychologists Erich Fromm, who asserted that the fear of freedom propels anxiety-ridden people into authoritarian settings, Blumenthal explains in a compelling narrative how a culture of personal crisis has defined the radical right, transforming the nature of the Republican Party for the next generation and setting the stage for the future of American politics.
Corn Syrup's Mercury Surprise
Are grape jelly and chocolate milk bad for kids' brains?
If the specter of obesity and diabetes wasn't enough to turn you off high- fructose corn syrup (HFCS), try this: New research suggests that the sweetener could be tainted with mercury, putting millions of children at risk for developmental problems.
In 2004, Renee Dufault, an environmental health researcher at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), stumbled upon an obscure Environmental Protection Agency report on chemical plants' mercury emissions. Some chemical companies, she learned, make lye by pumping salt through large vats of mercury. Since lye is a key ingredient in making HFCS (it's used to separate corn starch from the kernel), Dufault wondered if mercury might be getting into the ubiquitous sweetener that makes up 1 out of every 10 calories Americans eat.
Dufault sent HFCS samples from three manufacturers that used lye to labs at the University of California-Davis and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The labs found mercury in most of the samples. In September 2005, Dufault presented her findings to the FDA's center for food safety. She was surprised by what happened next. "I was instructed not to do any more investigation," she recalls. FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Kwisnek says that the agency decided against further investigation because it wasn't convinced "that there was any evidence of a risk."
At first, Dufault was reluctant to pursue the matter. But eventually, she became frustrated enough to try to publish the findings herself. She had her 20 original samples retested; mercury was found in nearly half of them. In January, Dufault and her coauthors--eight scientists from various universities and medical centers--published the findings in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health. Although they weren't able to determine what type of mercury was present, they concluded that if it was organic, the most dangerous form, then based on average hfcs consumption, individuals could be ingesting as much as 200 micrograms of the neurotoxin per week--three times more than the amount the fda deems safe for children, pregnant women, women who plan to become pregnant, and nursing mothers.
But the FDA and the Corn Refiners Association, an industry trade group, claim there's nothing to worry about. The group hired ChemRisk, the consulting firm whose scientists testified on behalf of a polluting utility in the lawsuit portrayed in Erin Brockovich, to analyze Dufault's report. ChemRisk criticized Dufault for not specifying the type of mercury her tests had found. This, the consultants said, was key, since mercury poses different risks depending on its chemical form. In its unadulterated elemental state, mercury is relatively safe to ingest--the body absorbs only about a tenth of a percent of it. Inorganic forms of mercury, such as cinnabar, are more easily absorbed and therefore more dangerous than elemental. Organic forms, like methylmercury, which originate from fossil-fuel emissions and build up in the fatty tissue of tuna and other kinds of fish, are the worst; readily absorbed, they can cumulatively damage the brain and nervous system.
Though it provides no scientific evidence to back up this assertion, the FDA says that the mercury in Dufault's HFCS samples is elemental. But the lab that analyzed the samples believes there's a good chance the mercury is organic. The analysts "said in so many words, 'It doesn't look like inorganic,'" says Peter Green, Dufault's UC-Davis colleague who coordinated with the lab. "They would even say it's more likely not the regular elemental mercury."
The corn-syrup industry claims that no HFCS manufacturers currently use mercury-grade lye, though it concedes some used to. (According to the EPA, four plants still use the technology.) It says that its own tests found no traces of mercury in HFCS samples from US manufacturers, including a number of samples from some of the same sources Dufault tested. But hundreds of foreign plants still use mercury to make lye--which may then be used to make foods for export. Already, 11 percent of the sweeteners and candy on the US market are imported.
At around the same time that she published her study, Dufault also learned of a report issued by the Minnesota-based Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, which found low levels of mercury in 16 common food products, including certain brands of kid-favored foods, like grape jelly and chocolate milk. Researchers haven't proven that the mercury in the foods came from HFCS, but internist Jane Hightower, who coauthored theEnvironmental Health study, points out that it ultimately doesn't matter how it got there: The FDA has allegedly known about the mercury-contaminated hfcs for nearly four years and "should already have an answer for us based on science and not speculation," she says. The agency says it has no plans for further testing unless additional evidence of harm emerges in outside scientific literature. But the issue has been getting some attention in Congress--a bill proposed in April would require plants that once employed the technology to report how much mercury they used.
Dufault retired from the FDA in January 2008, after the agency began taking her off her field projects. "All of a sudden, they wanted me to sit in the office," she says. She moved to Hawaii, but she hasn't exactly been lounging on the beach. She recently finished a paper, currently in the peer-review process, that explores why children and fetuses are more sensitive to mercury than adults. She also teaches second- and third-graders with learning disabilities. "I worked for an organization that allowed stuff to go on that probably impacted these children," she says. "I look at this as doing penance."
In this first break-down article, we'll look at the answers given by Edmonds during her deposition in regard to bribery and blackmail of current and former members of the U.S. Congress, including Dennis Hastert (R-IL), Bob Livingston (R-LA), Dan Burton (R-IN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Stephen Solarz (D-NY), Tom Lantos (D-CA, deceased) and an unnamed, currently-serving, married Democratic Congresswoman said to have been video-taped in a Lesbian affair by Turkish agents for blackmail purposes.
So, what we know is that there's a Congresswoman who meets this criteria. Here's the list of all seventeen who could fit (who do you think it might be???):
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA 8th District) 12th term Democrat from California 8th District.
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA 34th District) 9th term Democrat from California 34th District.
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA 39th District) 4th term Democrat from California 39th District.
Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL 9th District) 6th term Democrat from Illinois 9th District.
Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-NY 28th District) 12th term Democrat from New York 28th District.
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY 12th District) 9th term Democrat from New York 12th District.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA 35th District) 10th term Democrat from California 35th District.
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA 38th District) 6th term Democrat from California 38th District.
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY 14th District) 9th term Democrat from New York 14th District.
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY 18th District) 11th term Democrat from New York 18th District.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA 16th District) 8th term Democrat from California 16th District.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX 18th District) 8th term Democrat from Texas 18th District.
Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA 36th District) 8th term Democrat from California 36th District.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT 3rd District) 10th term Democrat from Connecticut 3rd District.
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO 1st District) 7th term Democrat from Colorado 1st District.
Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA 53rd District) 5th term Democrat from California 53rd District.
Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV 1st District) 6th term Democrat from Nevada 1st District.
Fresh off getting kicked to the curb on the sly, Van Jones, may be getting a new position. Obama's former Green job's advisor found himself under a barrage of political attacks after a video leaked of him stating the obvious and saying Republicans are "assholes" and Bush is a "crack head."
Following the leaks, he found himself silenced saying what millions of people were thinking, and had to formally "resign." Now he's getting his past due and will reportedly be the Green Party's candidate for President in the 2012 election. The Green Party is sticking up for the brother and denouncing the Republican party for attacking Black politicians saying,
"The targets tend to be Black - consistent with Republican fury over the election of Barack Obama to the White House."
As t the Green Party is jumping to the aid of this brother, and tightening him up to lead their party, Green Party co-chair, Mike Feinstein sang praises to the advocate for environmentally friendly jobs, saying:
"Like the Greens, Van Jones sees green jobs and a healthy environment as interconnected pillars of a sustainable and just economy. We encourage Van to bring that agenda into the electoral arena as a Green Party member, leader and possible future candidate, either nationally, statewide in California, or locally in Oakland, his home."
If Jones does get the nomination he can shut the mouths of people like everyone's favorite racist Fox News commentator, Glen Beck. Beck spearheaded the smear campaign against Jones digging up the old videos and also Jones' signature on a petition asking for further investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The petition reportedly questioned the government's role in the event, again another opinion reflective of many people's sentiments. Good for Jones, the brother deserves a break for all the political hell he went through for practicing free speech.
The priest asks, 'Is that you, little Joey Pagano ?'
'Yes, Father, it is.'
'And who was the girl you were with?'
'I can't tell you, Father. I don't want to ruin her reputation'.
"Well, Joey, I'm sure to find out her name sooner or later, so you may as well tell me now. Was it Tina Minetti?'
'I cannot say.'
'Was it Teresa Mazzarelli?'
'I'll never tell.'
'Was it Nina Capelli?'
'I'm sorry, but I cannot name her.'
'Was it Cathy Piriano?'
'My lips are sealed.'
'Was it Rosa DiAngelo, then?'
'Please, Father, I cannot tell you.'
The priest sighs in frustration. 'You're very tight lipped, and I admire that. But you've sinned and have to atone. You cannot be an altar boy now for 4 months. Now you go and behave yourself.'
Joey walks back to his pew,
and his friend Franco slides over and whispers, 'What'd you get?'
'Four months vacation and five good leads.'
I dig Rock and Roll music
And I love to get the chance to play. (and sing it)
I figure it's about the happiest sound goin' down today.
The message may not move me,
Or mean a great deal to me,
But hey! it feels so groovy to say:
I dig the Mamas and the Papas at "The Trip,"
Sunset Strip in L.A.
And they got a good thing goin'
When the words don't get in the way.
And when they're really wailing,
Michelle and Cass are sailin'.
Hey! they really nail me to the wall.
I dig Donovan in a dream-like, tripped out way
His crystal images tell you 'bout a brighter day
And when the Beatles tell you
They've got a word "love" to sell you
They mean exactly what they say
I dig Rock and Roll music
I could really get it on in that scene.
I think I could say somethin' if you know what I mean
But if I really say it, the radio won't play it
Unless I lay it between the lines
Now, mis-categorizing it was because I was already familiar with "Creeque Alley":
John and Mitchy were gettin' kind of itchy Just to leave the folk music behind; Zal and Denny workin' for a penny Tryin' to get a fish on the line. In a coffee house Sebastian sat, And after every number they'd pass the hat. McGuinn and McGuire just a-gettin' higher in L.A., You know where that's at. And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass. Zally said, "Denny, you know there aren't many Who can sing a song the way that you do; let's go south." Denny said, "Zally, golly, don't you think that I wish I could play guitar like you." Zal, Denny, and Sebastian sat (at the Night Owl) And after every number they'd pass the hat. McGuinn and McGuire still a-gettin higher in L.A., You know where that's at. And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass. When Cass was a sophomore, planned to go to Swathmore But she changed her mind one day. Standin' on the turnpike, thumb out to hitchhike, "Take me to New York right away." When Denny met Cass he gave her love bumps; Called John and Zal and that was the Mugwumps. McGuinn and McGuire couldn't get no higher But that's what they were aimin' at. And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass. Mugwumps, high jumps, low slumps, big bumps--- Don't you work as hard as you play. Make up, break up, everything is shake up; Guess it had to be that way. Sebastian and Zal formed the spoonful; Michelle, John, and Denny gettin' very tuneful. McGuinn and McGuire just a-catchin' fire in L.A., You know where that's at. And everybody's gettin' fat except Mama Cass. Broke, busted, disgusted, agents can't be trusted, And Mitchy wants to go to the sea. Cass can't make it; she says we'll have to fake it--- We knew she'd come eventually. Greasin' on American Express cards; Tents low rent, but keeping out the heat's hard. Duffy's good vibrations and our imaginations Can't go on indefinitely. And California dreamin' is becomin' a reality...
John and Mitchy were gettin' kind of itchy
Just to leave the folk music behind;
Zal and Denny workin' for a penny
Tryin' to get a fish on the line.
In a coffee house Sebastian sat,
And after every number they'd pass the hat.
McGuinn and McGuire just a-gettin' higher in L.A.,
You know where that's at.
And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass.
Zally said, "Denny, you know there aren't many
Who can sing a song the way that you do; let's go south."
Denny said, "Zally, golly, don't you think that I wish
I could play guitar like you."
Zal, Denny, and Sebastian sat (at the Night Owl)
And after every number they'd pass the hat.
McGuinn and McGuire still a-gettin higher in L.A.,
You know where that's at.
And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass.
When Cass was a sophomore, planned to go to Swathmore
But she changed her mind one day.
Standin' on the turnpike, thumb out to hitchhike,
"Take me to New York right away."
When Denny met Cass he gave her love bumps;
Called John and Zal and that was the Mugwumps.
McGuinn and McGuire couldn't get no higher
But that's what they were aimin' at.
And no one's gettin' fat except Mama Cass.
Mugwumps, high jumps, low slumps, big bumps---
Don't you work as hard as you play.
Make up, break up, everything is shake up;
Guess it had to be that way.
Sebastian and Zal formed the spoonful;
Michelle, John, and Denny gettin' very tuneful.
McGuinn and McGuire just a-catchin' fire in L.A.,
You know where that's at.
And everybody's gettin' fat except Mama Cass.
Broke, busted, disgusted, agents can't be trusted,
And Mitchy wants to go to the sea.
Cass can't make it; she says we'll have to fake it---
We knew she'd come eventually.
Greasin' on American Express cards;
Tents low rent, but keeping out the heat's hard.
Duffy's good vibrations and our imaginations
Can't go on indefinitely.
And California dreamin' is becomin' a reality...
Fox News graphics department has shaky grasp of Mideast geography
From the July 27 edition of Fox News' The Live Desk (hat tip to Twitter user StefanoScalia):
BTW, if you *don't* get it, Egypt is the country right above the Fox News logo on the lower left. The country marked "Egypt" on the map is *not* Egypt. If you *don't* know what country it is, PLEASE don't ask *me* (unless you want to be personally listed here in this blog with your *REAL* name). My brother is excluded from that last item, BTW, since I know his short-term memory issues.
|Pole Dance Doll|
(er, pants on fire, again)
By Catharine Richert
Published on Monday, September 14th, 2009 at 11:34 a.m.
In the competitive world of Washington protests, crowd size is often a matter of dispute. Organizers usually boast of huge crowds, while police and the news media offer much smaller estimates.
So supporters of Saturday's "tea party" protests against President Barack Obama were quick to highlight their big turnout. To bolster countless claims on blogs and Facebook, many posted a photograph that showed a gargantuan crowd sprawling from Capitol Hill down the National Mall to the Washington Monument.
But it turns out the photo is more than 10 years old, apparently taken during a 1997 Promise Keepers rally.
On Saturday, estimates about the crowd spread quickly through the conservative blogosphere. Many writers, including author Michelle Malkin, pegged the number of people between 1 million and 2 million. Those reports were largely based on information from people in the crowd.
Malkin, for example, updated her blog at 12:34 p.m. noting that, "Police estimate 1.2 million in attendance. ABC News reporting crowd at 2 million," and she cited a Twitter post from Tabitha Hale, writer of Pink Elephant Pundit, who was in Washington for the protest.
Many bloggers said the media was unfairly reporting much smaller numbers, and many included the photo.
"I have no doubt that Washington Democrats are well aware of how many people turned out, even as their media outlets try to downplay the event," said Power Line, a conservative blog that linked to the photograph from Say Anything, another conservative Web site.
" 'Media' estimates range from 60,000 to 500,000 to around 2 million (yes, 2,000,000)," wrote John G. Winder for the conservative blog Cypress Times. "Those estimates, the language employed, and the visuals chosen for use in reporting the rally and representing the people gathered, vary greatly based solely on bias."
In the mainstream media, crowd estimates varied.
The New York Times reported that "thousands" of protesters "filled the west lawn of the Capitol and spilled onto the National Mall," while Fox News wrote that "tens of thousands" marched on Washington. CNN said "reporters at the scene described the massive crowd as reaching the tens of thousands."
Pete Piringer, public affairs officer for the D.C. Fire and Emergency Department, said the local government no longer provides official crowd estimates because they can become politicized. But the day of the rally, Piringer unofficially told one reporter that he thought between 60,000 and 75,000 people had shown up.
"It was in no way an official estimate," he said.
We asked Piringer whether there were enough protesters to fill the National Mall, as depicted in the photograph.
"It was an impressive crowd," he said. But after marching down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, the crowd "only filled the Capitol grounds, maybe up to Third Street," he said.
Yet the photograph so widely posted showed the crowd sprawling all the way to the Washington Monument, which is bordered by 15th and and 17th Streets.
There's another problem with the photograph: It doesn't include the National Museum of the American Indian, a building located at the corner of Fourth Street and Independence Avenue that opened on Sept. 14, 2004. (Looking at the photograph, the building should be in the upper right hand corner of the National Mall, next to the Air and Space Museum.) That means the picture was taken before the museum opened exactly five years ago. So clearly the photo doesn't show the "tea party" crowd from the Sept. 12 protest.
Also worth noting are the cranes in front of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. According to Randall Kremer, the museum's director of public affairs, "The last time cranes were in front was in the 1990s when the IMAX theater was being built."
It appears that the photo was actually taken in 1997 at a rally for Promise Keepers, a group for Christian men. According to the group's Web site, nearly 1 million people attended the event. Photos of the Oct. 4, 1997, event that were posted on various Web sites in 2003, 2008 and earlier this year show either the same picture or a similar photo that has identical tents and what appear to be TV screens in the same locations.
Conservative bloggers who originally posted the picture have backed down.
Malkin, like some of her conservative cohorts, retracted the number she had attributed to ABC when the network chastised FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe, whose organization arranged the event, for inaccurately telling the crowd that the news organization had reported the crowd at 1 million to 1.5 million people.
Malkin linked to the ABC story on her site, and changed her blog post headline to "Celebrating the 9/12 rallies; Turnout estimated at 2 million; Update: How many?; FreedomWorks in error."
Say Anything updated its original post to say that the picture was "of the wrong rally." An accurate photo "clearly shows that (the rally) didn't take place on the mall nearly as extensively as the image I mistakenly posted does." Power Line took the picture down all together.
But because mistakes can still live forever on the Internet and many people who saw the photo on Facebook were unaware it was found to be the wrong picture, we decided to still rate it on the Truth-O-Meter. And Pants on Fire it is.
UPDATED: We updated this item with new details about the Promise Keepers photos.
This is art of the highest caliber, sort of
Updated 2:27 PM EDT, Mon, Sep 14, 2009
Pharmacokinetics of nicotine tartrate after single-dose liquid enema, oral, and intravenous administration
Ulcerative colitis is predominantly a disease of nonsmokers, and transdermal nicotine is therapeutic but often results in adverse reactions. Colonic administration of nicotine tartrate as a liquid enema could decrease systemic nicotine absorption and adverse reactions. The purpose of the current study was to determine the bioavailability and pharmacokinetic parameters of nicotine after administration by hydrophilic liquid enema (acidic and basic), hydrophobic liquid enema (acidic and basic), and by oral and intravenous routes. Thirty healthy volunteers received 45 micrograms nicotine base/kg (as nicotine tartrate) in one of five formulations (each n = 6): hydrophilic acidic liquid enema, hydrophilic basic liquid enema, hydrophobic acidic liquid enema, hydrophobic basic liquid enema, and oral solution. All participants also received 15 micrograms nicotine base/kg (as nicotine tartrate) intravenously during a separate study period. Serum concentrations of nicotine were determined by gas chromatography with mass spectrometry. The mean (+/-SD) bioavailabilities of nicotine after administration in the liquid enema formulations (hydrophilic acidic 17 +/- 18%, hydrophilic basic 16 +/- 16%, hydrophobic acidic 25 +/- 17%, hydrophobic basic 15 +/- 12%) were similar to the bioavailability of nicotine after administration by oral solution (20 +/- 25%). The bioavailabilities of nicotine for all five nonintravenous formulations were significantly less than for intravenous nicotine (100%). Serum concentrations of nicotine did not predict adverse reactions. Nicotine tartrate administered as either a liquid enema or as an oral solution had low bioavailability and was well tolerated. The therapeutic potential of nicotine tartrate liquid enemas, which can potentially limit toxicity by local (colonic) delivery of high doses of nicotine should be investigated in patients with left-sided ulcerative colitis.
The 9 Principles
|1.||America Is Good.|
|2.||I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.|
|God "The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained." from George Washington's first Inaugural address.|
|3.||I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.|
|Honesty "I hope that I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider to be the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man." George Washington|
|4.||The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.|
|Marriage/Family "It is in the love of one's family only that heartfelt happiness is known. By a law of our nature, we cannot be happy without the endearing connections of a family." Thomas Jefferson|
|5.||If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.|
|Justice "I deem one of the essential principles of our government... equal and exact justice to all men of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political." Thomas Jefferson|
|6.||I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.|
|Life, Liberty, & The Pursuit of Happiness "Everyone has a natural right to choose that vocation in life which he thinks most likely to give him comfortable subsistence." Thomas Jefferson|
|7.||I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.|
|Charity "It is not everyone who asketh that deserveth charity; all however, are worth of the inquiry or the deserving may suffer." George Washington|
|8.||It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.|
|On your right to disagree "In a free and republican government, you cannot restrain the voice of the multitude; every man will speak as he thinks, or more properly without thinking." George Washington|
|9.||The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.|
|Who works for whom? "I consider the people who constitute a society or a nation as the source of all authority in that nation." Thomas Jefferson|
The 12 Values
* Hard Work
* Personal Responsibility
Tim King Salem-News.com
Our thoughts go out to his wonderful wife Jeannie Herer, and we hope that Jack makes a full and speedy recovery.
Dr. Phil Leveque and Jack Herer at Hempstalk, September 12, 2009 Salem-News.com Photo by Tim King
(PORTLAND, Ore.) - The most well known person in the world on the subject of marijuana, author Jack Herer, had a heart attack Saturday, after a fiery speech at the Portland Hempstalk Event at Kelly Point Park.
Ironically, Jack told our Doctor Phil Leveque, an old friend of his in the fight to legitimize and legalize marijuana, that he was feeling better Saturday than he had, "In the ten years."
Event staff came together quickly and called in the paramedic crew that treated Jack in the area backstage where he fell ill. Madeline Martinez, Executive Director of Oregon NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, says Jack didn't look like he felt well after the well received speech, and she told him he should get some water.
Shortly after that he apparently collapsed where he was sitting, and the emergency crews were called in. Bands kept playing and the medical personnel spent a considerable amount of time stabilizing Jack, before loading him in an ambulance and transporting him to the Emanuel Trauma Center in Portland.
Source report that Jack was in critical condition when he was admitted to the hospital with his son at his side. Soon after that, they were told that he was the victim of a heart attack, a result of arterial blockage.
Jack was was undergoing angioplasty surgery late Saturday.
Jack suffered a stroke several years ago that left him somewhat challenged in terms of speaking, but today more than one person watching him noted that his speech was much clearer than even the year before.
Jack Herer is beyond legendary with popular culture and his book, "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" is the largest and first account of the real story of marijuana and the techniques used by big money corporations to demonize and criminalize it.
(Story continues below video)
This video clip from Saturday, recorded about two hours before Jack suffered a heart attack, shows him explaining to Dr. Phillip Leveque of Salem-News.com how how he has been feeling better recently:
There are no equals to Jack Herer; he is a friend of Salem-News.com and has personally helped us on more than one occasion in our research. Our thoughts go out to his wonderful wife Jeannie Herer and we hope that Jack makes a full and complete recovery.
A message from Rebecca Vilkomerson.
I am very honored and proud to introduce myself as the new director of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP).
I first joined JVP in 2002. The second Intifada had just started, leading me to re-examine everything I had learned as a child about Israel. Once I understood the reality of my responsibility as an American, a Jew, and later, as a mother to Israeli-American children, I had to act. JVP became not only a place where I could act on my politics, but a community that reflected my Jewish values.
Three years ago, I moved to Israel with my family so my husband, who is Israeli, could be close to his family. While there I worked for Palestinian-Israeli social justice organizations, and was actively involved in the Israeli movement in solidarity with Palestinian partners. From the South Hebron hills, where local families fought to stay on their land, even as children are stoned on their way to school and their harvests and animals are poisoned; to Asariyah, formerly part of Jerusalem, but now cut off and surrounded by the Wall; to Bedouin communities in Israel that are being demolished over and over again; I was witness to the ravages of state policies that unequivocally favor one people over another, making neither peace nor security possible for anyone in the region.
But during this time I was also privileged to get to know the amazing groups of tireless Palestinian and Israeli activists who need our support. I am more convinced than ever that we in the US have an enormous responsibility -- and opportunity -- to play a critical role in bringing about an end to the apartheid-like policies that are the heartbreaking reality of the Occupation today.
This is an important time politically and for JVP.
We have a new national board; we've added people like Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein and Michael Ratner onto our advisory board; and in the last year our list of supporters has grown from 20,000 to almost 90,000. As a result, we have come out of this year stronger than ever, and in a great position to expand our membership and strength in communities all over the U.S.
In the last nine months something really feels like it has shifted in the discourse about Israel and Palestine in the United States. In just a short period, the New York Times covered protests against the Wall in Bil'in; Jon Stewart criticized the invasion of Gaza; and the LA Times published Neve Gordon's op-ed in support of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions. It's clear that a window is slowly opening that brings great opportunities for public education and public action.
I really look forward to working with you as we work not only to open this window wider, but to increase our ability to play an active and effective part in the wider movement to bring justice for all peoples of Israel and Palestine. Please feel free to contact me at Rebecca@jewishvoiceforpeace.org if you have any questions.
|08||"Miri"||2713.5||Vincent McEveety||Adrian Spies||October 27, 1966||September 16, 2006||12|
|After discovering what appears to be a duplicate of the planet Earth, Captain Kirk and his landing party find a population ravaged by a strange disease, which has two effects: children are granted extraordinarily long life, but anyone who reaches puberty (including the adult landing party) develop painful sores which eventually kill the infected. The oldest child, a girl named Miri, develops a jealous affection for Captain Kirk, and works with the other children to kidnap Janice Rand after Kirk attempts to comfort the frightened yeoman.|
|09||"Dagger of the Mind"||2715.1||Vincent McEveety||S. Bar-David||November 3, 1966||October 13, 2007||11|
|At Tantalus V, a rehabilitation colony for the criminally insane, the inmates have taken over the asylum using a neural neutralizer, which is used to remove (or implant) memories from a subject's mind. One colony administrator, Simon van Gelder, escapes to the Enterprise, leading Captain Kirk to investigate the colony. While on the surface, Kirk is brainwashed and taken prisoner, but is helped by Dr. Helen Noel, a colleague from the Enterprise who joined him on the planet. Spock performs a mind-meld with van Gelder to counteract the effects of the neutralizer, healing his mind and allowing van Gelder to take over the colony after Kirk and Noel's rescue.|
|10||"The Corbomite Maneuver"||1512.2||Joseph Sargent||Jerry Sohl||November 10, 1966||December 9, 2006||03|
|The Enterprise find an odd, glowing cube floating in interstellar space, which must be destroyed after it begins to emit dangerous radiation. Following the cube's destruction, an immense, glowing sphere called Fesarius races to the Enterprise's location, controlled by Balok, an alien who announces that he will destroy the Enterprise in retribution. Captain Kirk manages to bluff Balok into believing the Enterprise contains a deadly substance called Corbomite, which would severely damage any attacking ship. After managing to escape theFesarius's tractor beam, disabling the alien ship, Kirk and a landing party board the sphere, discovering the true identity of the vessel's controller.|
|11||"The Menagerie, Part I"||3012.4||Marc Daniels||Gene Roddenberry||November 17, 1966||November 25, 2006||16|
|After claiming to receive a subspace message, Spock diverts the Enterprise to Starbase 11 in order to visit the ship's previous captain, Christopher Pike, who has been severely injured and was using a wheelchair. Spock continues his deception by secretly transporting Pike to the Enterprise and uses falsified orders to take the ship to the quarantined world Talos IV(leaving Captain Kirk behind). Kirk and Commodore Mendez of Starbase 11 trail and eventually catch up to the Enterprise in a shuttle, where Spock surrenders. Mendez orders Spock to trial, where Spock uses the events of "The Cage" as his defense.|
|12||"The Menagerie, Part II"||3013.1||Robert Butler||Gene Roddenberry||November 24, 1966||December 2, 2006||16|
|Spock continues detailing the events of "The Cage" to the tribunal, using video evidence transmitted from Talos IV directly to the Enterprise. After witnessing the Talosians' capabilities of mental illusion, Kirk realizes that Spock intends to return Pike to the planet, where he can resume a normal life. Starfleet officially sanctions Spock's plan, and Pike is transported to the surface where his injuries appear completely healed.|
|13||"The Conscience of the King"||2817.6||Gerd Oswald||Barry Trivers||December 8, 1966||September 22, 2007||13|
|The Enterprise visits Planet Q at the request of Dr. Thomas Leighton, a friend of Captain Kirk. Leighton suspects that the leader of a famous acting troupe, Anton Kardian, is actually Kodos "The Executioner," the murderous former governor of planet Tarsus IV, where Kirk grew up. Kirk initially disagrees, believing the official story detailing Kodos' death years earlier, but begins to doubt after Leighton is found dead. To confirm Karidian's identity, Kirk arranges for the troupe to perform aboard the Enterprise.|
|14||"Balance of Terror"||1709.2||Vincent McEveety||Paul Schneider||December 15, 1966||September 16, 2006||09|
|While investigating a series of destroyed outposts, the Enterprise discovers a lone Romulan vessel with cloaking device. The Romulans, having never been seen by humans, are revealed to visually resemble Vulcans, which causes navigator Lt. Stiles to suspect Spock of treason. The two ships become locked in a cat-and-mouse battle through space, leaving the Enterprise seemingly crippled by Romulan weapons.|
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|#||Title||Stardate||Director||Writer(s)||Original airdate||Remastered airdate||Production #|
|01||"The Man Trap"||1513.1||Marc Daniels||George Clayton Johnson||September 8, 1966||September 29, 2007||06|
|The Enterprise visits planet M-113 for a routine medical inspection of archaeologists Robert and Nancy Crater, but find that Nancy Crater has been replaced by a deadly, shape-shifting creature.|
|02||"Charlie X"||1533.6||Lawrence Dobkin||D.C. Fontana||September 15, 1966||July 14, 2007||08|
|While traveling about the Enterprise, a dangerous young man named Charlie Evans terrorizes the crew with his unusual mental powers.|
|03||"Where No Man Has Gone Before"||1312.4||James Goldstone||Samuel A. Peeples||September 22, 1966||January 20, 2007||02|
|After the Enterprise attempts to cross the Great Barrier at the edge of the galaxy, crew members Gary Mitchell and Elizabeth Dehner develop "godlike" psychic powers which threaten the safety of the crew.|
|04||"The Naked Time"||1704.2||Marc Daniels||John D.F. Black||September 29, 1966||September 30, 2006||07|
|A strange, intoxicating infection which lowers the crew's emotional inhibitions spreads throughout the Enterprise. A crew member's inebriated actions place the ship in danger, forcing Scotty to perform a hazardous and untested engineering procedure to save the ship from destruction.|
|05||"The Enemy Within"||1672.1||Leo Penn||Richard Matheson||October 6, 1966||January 26, 2008||05|
|While beaming up from planet Alpha 177, a transporter accident splits Captain Kirk into two beings: one "good," who acts weak and indecisive; and one "evil", who acts overly aggressive and domineering. Scotty must quickly repair the transporter system to reunite the two Kirks, and to rescue the landing party trapped on the surface of the icy planet below.|
|06||"Mudd's Women"||1329.8||Harvey Hart||Stephen Kandel||October 13, 1966||April 19, 2008||04|
|The Enterprise encounters interstellar con man Harry Mudd, who is arrested on outstanding charges while ferrying three extraordinarily beautiful women to a remote planet, destined to be wives for the miners located there. In actuality, the plain-looking women use illegal Venus drugs, which make them appear to be much more attractive than their natural appearance; after the drugs wear off, revealing Mudd's deception.|
|07||"What Are Little Girls Made Of?"||2712.4||James Goldstone||Robert Bloch||October 20, 1966||October 6, 2007||10|
|In search of Nurse Chapel's fiancé, renowned exobiologist Roger Korby, the Enterprise visits the icy planet Exo III, where Korby has discovered an ancient machine which allows him to duplicate any living person with an android replacement. Korby plans to use the machine to spread controlled androids throughout the Federation, and replaces Captain Kirk with such a duplicate in an effort to take over the Enterprise.|
I never want you to take the journey that I'm currently on. So, I want to tell you about it.
It starts on the front of the refrigerator. "The Healthiest Foods on Earth." A two-page primer from apple to watermelon, touting immunity to male fertility support. Inside the refrigerator, natural and organic foods only. On the countertop is the Jack LaLanne juicer, the Magic Bullet, the handy food chopper plus, the food saver vacuum sealer--all items familiar to us because they are constantly hawked on the midnight cable channels. Hanging from the kitchen cabinet door are plastic bags for recycling: one for plastics, the other for aluminum cans. The house and car are filled with reusable shopping bags made of recycled materials. By the way, a new car was in the works, and not because of the cash for clunkers program of the Federal Government. An American-made hybrid was preferred--keeping U.S. workers working. In the back seat of her Ford Focus is a booklet, "Living in a Healthy Body: A New Look at Health & Weight." What I'm trying to describe is someone working very hard at changing a typically indulgent "American" lifestyle into one more respectful and healthy for the body, healthy for our earth.
So, in an act of preventive medical care, my aunt Hazel went to the doctor to have a colon oscopy. We are all bombarded with television commercials advising us to have a colonoscopy. I know in the black media, those ads abound. And so, dutifully, my aunt abided by those suggestions for healthy choices and had her first colonoscopy. What the family knows is that her colon was perforated. That's when our journey took us on a wrong turn.
Unfortunately, the facility that performed the colonoscopy had told my aunt not to call before the results were published and that would take up to two weeks!!! When my aunt called them because she was feeling so bad, they told her that she'd be ok overnight and that they would call her in the morning. The hospital talked to her and her daughter. The hospital told my aunt to go to sleep overnight and they'd call her back in the morning. But my aunt-tee continued to deteriorate so badly that her daughter called 9-1-1 and by the morning, my aunt-tee was already in surgery at another hospital that was not too busy to care for her. This is when the perforation was discovered and repaired.
While my aunt was recovering in the second hospital, in intensive care, a letter was sent from the hospital where the colonoscopy was performed stating that they were the insured's provider and that the hospital performing the emergency surgery would not get paid. The hospital performing the mal-colonoscopy demanded my aunt-tee back. So, against the desires of the hospital providing the emergency surgery, my aunt, while still in intensive care, was forced to be transferred to the hospital that, in my opinion, committed a capital crime.
My aunt-tee deteriorated after the transfer, but fought like heck to live. Unfortunately, her body had been so poisoned by the doctor's failure to recognize that he had perforated her colon that her body became toxic. The third affront to my aunt-tee's health and life occurred when morphine was administered, ostensibly for pain and gave her such a blow to her vital statistics that the family objected to a second administration of morphine. But guess what!!! She was given morphine again, despite her children's complaints!!!! My aunt never recovered from that.
My aunt, a divorced mother of two, struggled to live righteously. Those of you in southern California know that she accompanied me almost everywhere I went. She was a hard-working woman, a proud homeowner in Watts, a student working on her Social Work degree, finally able to achieve her dreams after deferring them for so long in order to help her children realize theirs. She also took to the campaign trail too many times, traveling to Georgia to help my father and me realize ours. I can't even believe that she's gone--through no fault of her own--and I'm still wondering how the heck my aunt ended up in this place. Despite all the care she took of herself this is unfathomable to me. And sadly, too many families are arriving at this same place. Iraqi families devastated by U.S. occupation; Afghani families devastated by U.S. war; U.S. families also devastated by U.S. policy makers. Why?
For the last four years, I've spouted off the racial quality-of-life disparities that exist in our country. I've said it so much, it's as if no one heard me. Because even during my tenure in Congress, I gave floor speeches, but the policy change never came. I spoke at banquets and conventions about it, but the policy changes never came. Two steps forward always seemed to end with one step backward. If we got the money appropriated, in too many instances, black institutions couldn't be in charge of it, so only a trickle at best reached the community. I found that the "plantation" was alive and well in patterns of federal spending. So when Dr. David Satcher, President Clinton's Surgeon General, found in a 2005 study that over 83,000 blacks die unnecessary and premature deaths each year due to their treatment after they arrive in a doctor's office, among other factors, I added that datum to my panoply of quality-of-life stats. And now, my aunt factors in Dr. Satcher's numbers.
I have seen such betrayal and lack of principle in the current "health care" debate, I had no intention of getting into it. In our Power to the People campaign, I wrote a platform that included policy recommendations to eliminate all disparities still extant in our society, including for health care. A single-payer system is so obviously needed, it should be too politically costly for our Democratic majority in the Congress and our Democratic White House to do anything else. I recommended an end to war. I advocated public ownership of the Federal Reserve. I even anticipated the skullduggery of the bailouts and recommended that if the "powers that be" were intent on forcing Congress to give these bailouts to institutions that conducted what I would call criminal behavior, then at a minimum, a credible person like David Walker, former U.S. Comptroller, should audit all corporations and institutions receiving such funds. I suggested that Senator Obama use the power of his Senatorial pen to amend the bailout legislation to this effect. It didn't happen.
My aunt-tee had a policy of rarely voting for an incumbent. She understood that just as she was trying to change herself into a lifestyle that she could believe in, she wasn't going to get political, social, and economic change that she could believe in by voting like everyone else, for the same special interest candidates. Once she decided that it was necessary to step outside of the box of political conformity, she discovered that there were Independent, Green Party, Libertarian, and other political party candidates on her ballot that she had long ignored.. She began to listen to them and learned to explore the totality of her options. It was glorious to watch my aunt-tee's liberation.
So why is she in the morgue now?
Not enough people took that journey with her.. Not enough people saw her example. Not enough was done to change policy. At a time when the policy makers have never been so divorced from the reality borne by the average citizens that they govern, the American people have shown an amazing ability to accept graft, corruption, death, and destruction while continuing to believe that hope alone can produce real change. Why did Cindy Sheehan protest without thousands in front of President Obama's $50,000 a week vacation home?
I've tried to walk my talk.. Just last week it came out that one "journalist" who called for my lynching was on the FBI payroll at the time of his comment. He claims to have been paid to say provocative things. I've withstood a lot--for the people. But now, I really don't know how much more walking or talking I'm able to do. I just wonder, how many more will have to experience this before more people write their own Declarations of Independence from this political disorder..
The phone just rang and it was the hospital that performed the botched colonoscopy on my aunt, that ignored her call for help, that demanded that she be transferred while she was in intensive care, that administered morphine twice, despite objections from the family and from which her vitals never recovered. They wanted to know how my aunt would rate their service. I told them poor on every count.
Thank you for reading this with empathy and I thank you all for your support. I apologize for any appointments that I've missed while I've been on the road to this place I'm in now.
The Ten Commandments (according to Barack Hussein Obama)
I. Thou shalt have no God in America, except for me. For we are no longer a Christian nation and, after all, I am the chosen One. (And like God, I do not have a birth certificate.) SOURCE
II. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, unless it is my face carved on Mt. Rushmore. SOURCE
III. Thou shalt not utter my middle name in vain (or in public). Only I can say Barack Hussein Obama. SOURCE
IV. Remember tax day, April 15th, to keep it holy. SOURCE
V. Honour thy father and thy mother until they are too old and sick to care for. They will cost our public-funded health-care system too much money. SOURCE
VI. Thou shalt not kill, unless you have an unwanted, unborn baby. For it would be an abomination to punish your daughter with a baby. SOURCE
VII. Thou shalt not commit adultery if you are conservative or a Republican. Liberals and Democrats are hereby forgiven for all of their infidelity and immorality, but the careers of conservatives will be forever destroyed. SOURCE
VIII. Thou shalt not steal, until you've been elected to public office. Only then is it acceptable to take money from hard-working, successful citizens and give it to those who do not work, illegal immigrants, or those who do not have the motivation to better their own lives. SOURCE
IX. Thou shalt not discriminate against thy neighbor unless they are conservative, Caucasian, or Christian. SOURCE
X. Thou shalt not covet because it is simply unnecessary. I will place such a heavy tax burden on those that have achieved the American Dream that, by the end of my term as President, nobody will have any wealth or material goods left for you to covet. SOURCE
A Herald editorial went so far as to describe an "official policy of anti-Semitism" in Venezuela and implied that Chávez's foreign policy had unleashed a wave of anti-Semitic violence in the country, culminating in the assault on the synagogue.1 Some international NGOs were no more nuanced. Just hours after the break-in, the U.S.-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was already implicitly comparing the Chávez government to the Nazis, calling the synagogue attack "a modern-day Kristallnacht."2
But the Caracas police investigation bore out a different story. Authorities quickly realized that the synagogue's security fence had been cut from the inside, prompting detectives to investigate the break-in as an inside job. Within the week it became clear that the attack had in fact been a robbery disguised as anti-Semitic vandalism, carried out by the synagogue's privately contracted security team. Eleven men were arrested for their role in the plot, and their statements to the police indicated that the graffiti and desecration were intended to throw off investigators.3
Although the arrests helped ease the anxieties of Venezuela's Jewish community, the international media pressed on with the storyline of a politically motivated attack. The very week that the Venezuelan Israelite Association issued a statement praising the swift and successful investigation, The Washington Post ran an editorial titled "Mr. Chavez vs. the Jews," which again blamed the robbery on the government, or, more specifically, on an ugly comment left on a "pro-government Web site," demanding "that citizens 'publicly challenge every Jew that you find in the street, shopping center or park' and called for a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses, seizures of Jewish-owned property and a demonstration at Caracas's largest synagogue."4 The editorial concluded that the synagogue was then "duly attacked."5 The idea that the sacking of the Caracas synagogue was based purely on anti-Semitism has persisted, even showing up in a recent piece authored by two academics in the high-brow Boston Review. The authors claim the attack is a sign of "state-directed anti-Semitism."6
Full story at: https://nacla.org/node/6106