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He hasn’t even taken office yet, but the words of Mayor-Elect Mike McGinn have already perked some citizens’ ears.

My ears are wide open,  Mayor McGinn believes pot should not only be legal, but also taxed. He says “We recognize that, you know, like alcohol, it’s something that should be regulated, not treated as a criminal activity. And I think that’s where the citizens of Seattle want us to go,” Oh! Oh! YES that is exactly what I want I have waited years for this. McGinn asked for the public’s help identifying the issues he should tackle as mayor. Topping the list was light rail expansion. The second slot went to legalizing pot. I remember a poll in the STRANGER. Now McGinn, as well as state leaders, are talking about it. McGinn says the drug should be legalized and also taxed to offset some of the city’s financial problems. THANK YOU MAYOR MIKE, THANK YOU STRANGER,  THANK YOU KOMO.  Listen to this McGinn slams  a home run saying  “I think if every elected official who ever smoked marijuana voted to legalize it, it’d probably be legalized in an instant,” he said;  how right on is that?.
State Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson, D-Seattle, is sponsoring a bill that would do just that. She says “Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol, and it’s not working for marijuana,” Dickerson says the state’s ineffective policies on marijuana are costing taxpayers money. She recognizes there will be opponents to her idea. But she thinks many people, including the mayor, are ready for change. She is right We have all known this for years but NOW we have legislators with guts enough to come out and lay the stash on the table. Only Legislators who support this well get my vote We need big time media help up here in Washington state to inform people and legislators that cannabis is less harmful then other things like HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. People who live in Washington state or in California should call write and E-mail state senators and reps and tell them they wont get your vote unless they  support marijuana legalization.  We have to come out and do this or we will still be looking over our shoulders every time we light up…

LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE  800-562-6000

This is last post until the first of the year when will I will be back to take on the attractions and distractions of life.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR…

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Ripped from rolling stone

I hope I am wrong but this smell’s  like a sell out. It’s not the change Obama promised or I could foresee  in my worst nightmares when I voted for Obama. The  words ” troops”, “surge” That’s Bull Shit we are putting thirty thousand more young men and women not Troops in harm’s way for what President Obama calls a “just war”.  The new boss just like the old boss”…

TIME TO HIT THE STREETS,  DARE TO STRUGGLE DARE TO WIN

…Or is the President being cagey; depending on protests to push a pull out?,  the time is right for marching in the streets  if we want to stop the war

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Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) claimed on MSNBC this afternoon that the Bush administration purposely let Osama bin Laden get away in 2001 so they could use al-Qaeda as an excuse to invade Iraq.

Hey it worked!; They  have made FOOLS of  us all. I believe  the hand-picked Whitehouse crew accomplished what they wanted; Bush got to be “a war president” and the wars got them the pipeline, Iraq oil, profits for KBR, Halliburton and the rest  of the MIC. We are paying the bill with our young peoples blood. So now almost nine years and thousands of casualties too late here we go listening to these chicken hawks and sending 30.000 more “troops” to do the short work 4.000 marines  were ready to do in 2001.  Remember those “Troops” all have faces, maybe your kid or the paper boy or the pictures in the current high school year book.
I think we better pull every one out now give the people of Afghanistan and Iraq what they need to rebuild there countries as they see fit.
Congress should go ahead with an investigation of the Bush administration. No matter what happens Afghanistan will always be George Bush jr’s war

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pot bust photp by k stevens

Its Harvest time in the northwest for apples, wheat and marijuana the value of last years apple crop was one billion two hundred eighty three million one hundred sixty three thousand dollars. Wheat came in for this state at seven hundred fifteen million one hundred sixty three thousand dollars.
No one knows the value of the marijuana harvested in Washington every year.  A very rough 1995 estimate of five hundred fifty million dollar market value was all I could find,  marijuana’s illegal  the growers don’t tell the value of  the crop and they don’t pay taxes on the profit. Instead of legalizing marijuana and collecting taxes our state spends millions on eradication
The Marijuana Eradication Program (MEP) is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration and managed by the Washington State Patrol. The emphasis of this program is to combine the efforts of federal, state, and local enforcement agencies to eradicate marijuana-growing operations within the state of Washington.. Last year the MEP took credit for ripping out and destroying  one hundred thirty six thousand pot plants state wide the estimated street value of those plants two hundred seventy two million dollars. So that and what ever the operational costs for MEP  came out of our states economy.

There are other draw backs beside waste, to the enforcement and eradication of cannabis law enforcement agencies often turn suspects arrested for other crimes  by offering reductions of charges against them in exchange for gathering and giving information these snitches or confidential informants are often turned loose without regard to  the CI’s criminal history and the danger to the community
The MEP Hotline receives and monitors anonymous information from concerned citizens about marijuana-growing operations. This information is sent to an enforcement agency near the reported marijuana grow for action. Some of your neighbors may hold a grudge..
We now have decades of proof that treating marijuana use as a crime is a failed strategy.
In 2010 the Washington legislature will consider MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION BILL # 5616 I support 5616 but I believe it should go farther. To allow regulated and taxed sales just like liquor  if  sales are allowed the drug cartels will disappear. Law abiding gardeners  will gladly  grow legally and pay taxes and merchants  will sell legally and collect sales tax.
Some of our state legislators do not believe there is support for any of this legislation . We have to show them we support legal pot.
A phone call or letter may be enough to show we are a majority if not we may all have to go to Olympia in 2010
http://www.wsp.wa.gov/crime/hotline.htm

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Hey Chicken Hawks

kbrI am talking to you Sen. McCain Sen lebeirman, Mr Gates and Gen McChrystal When a majority of Americans Voted for president Obama we voted for change. I bet getting out of Afghanistan and Iraq was a big part of what most of us expected. Now Gen McCristial is running all over the planet making speeches to pressure president Obama into “Putting more boots on the ground” or the mission will be lost. What well be lost? if we leave. I can tell you what will be lost if we stay; a lot of American lives will be lost for what chicken hawks to save your face or haliburtains stock average?. Why don’t you go on a patrol, take the point  and/or fly in a helicopter as a door gunner. I know what you think: ” we don’t have to we already served see or medals. You see I have heard it before. I am an old guy now but I will tell you this chicken hawks if we don’t get out of both wars, my boots will be on the streets getting us out…

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medicarearrested
From Mobilization for health care now

http://www.mobilizeforhealthcare.org/

City Room – Blogging From the Five Boroughs
September 29, 2009, 6:20 pm
17 Held in Protest Outside Health Insurer’s Offices
By Colin Moynihan

Right-wing and antigovernment activists — a few of them wielding not only signs but even loaded firearms — have organized some of the angry protests surrounding the health care debate. But in Midtown Manhattan on Tuesday morning, a different sort of health care protest took place, led by left-leaning groups who accused insurers of greed and called for nationwide, single-payer health insurance.

The police said that the 17 people arrested  after refusing to leave the lobby of an office building on Park Avenue where the insurance company Aetna has offices. They were charged with criminal trespass. In addition, the police said, three of those arrested were charged with obstructing governmental administration.

Organizers said it was the first step of a national campaign meant to publicize their views and challenge claims made by right-wing radio hosts and Republican officials.

“The myths about government death panels are pure hysteria,” an organizer, Mark Milano, said on Park Avenue. “The real death panels are people who are paid by insurance companies to deny health care to patients.”

About 50 people arrived at the building, at Park Avenue and 40th Street, at 10 a.m., participants said, and sent a representative to the Aetna offices upstairs to demand that the company agree to immediately approve “lifesaving” health care requests made by doctors. When that person was turned away, organizers said, 16 protesters entered the lobby of the building and sat on the floor.breaking the law and subject to arrest police
Tuesday.

“Aetna has been actively engaged in health reform,” she wrote in an e-mail message. “When you put yourself out there like we have on this issue, you make yourself a target. But there is more agreement than disagreement on the need to get reform done. It is important we work together to make health care reform a reality this year.”

Ms. Michener added:

Broadly, Aetna ’s goals are to get everyone covered, improve the quality of health outcomes and provide better value for each dollar spent on care. We’re committed to guaranteed coverage without regard to pre-existing conditions along with an individual need to get everyone in the system and subsidies for those who can’t afford it.

Outside, a crowd chanted “patients not profits” and said that large insurers routinely made decisions on what sorts of treatment to cover based more on cost than medical necessity.

“This is very much a dignified, nonviolent response to what some people call the howler movement that erupted in August,” said Katie Robbins, part of an advocacy group called Healthcare Now.

There has been a backlash from some quarters against Mr. Obama’s support for a public insurance plan that would compete with private insurers.

Ms. Robbins advocates for a bill before the House of Representatives that would, essentially, expand Medicare to cover all citizens. She said organizers from several groups across the country, with Healthcare for All.. The groups have organized u sing a Web site and Twitter. So far, organizers said, 300 people have signed up to take part in more protests using civildisobedience

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