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  1. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran January 5, 2018 5:12 am

    Sigh. Anslinger and Reefer Madness have been reborn in the mind and political power of Jeff Sessions. This could get a little too interesting.

    Sessions is showing how old school he is with this! I hope that states that have legalized it, both medical and recreational marijuana, stand up to this jerk and defy the Feds! Hell, I feel like arming up and going to Colorado to protect the dispensaries!

  2. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty January 5, 2018 5:18 am

    I’m wondering why some people are defending “state’s rights” for cannabis, yet so many seem to think it is imperative to force states to accept other things from the feds, such as this reciprocity for CC. Do people truly think they can have it both ways? And, of course, almost nobody is pointing out the fact that control by either a state or the feds is not good in any case, or compatible with individual liberty.

  3. Comrade X
    Comrade X January 5, 2018 9:57 am

    Chip implants getting better and better is a great future to look forward to.

  4. Desertrat 1
    Desertrat 1 January 5, 2018 10:11 am

    There’s enough money at stake in the Mary Jane deal to cause 10th Amendment lawsuits against present federal anti-MJ laws. Be fun to watch. Statists vs. Statists! Various Gov. Duckbill Platitudinous types bloviating in full song!

    Anybody who can’t figure out how to pump their own gasoline shouldn’t be allowed out in public without a Nanny.

  5. larryarnold
    larryarnold January 5, 2018 10:32 am

    such as this reciprocity for CC
    True, and most of the people* who cry states rights for the proposed federal CC bill would just love them some federal gun bans.

    Seems Mr. Hitman Haffey made a fatal error in victim selection. ER nurses are not people to mess with.

    Somehow the pessimist’s guide seemed unrealistic. Of course, I’m not a professional economist. But “cheap gas cripples the economy” doesn’t sound right. And a couple of the scenarios required miracles, like “a wonderful battery gets invented and suddenly everyone goes to electric cars.” And global warming being championed by communist China? Not the way history runs.

    Back in 1991 there was a movie, The Doctor, about a surgeon (William Hurt) who got cancer and had to survive being a patient. At the end of the movie, his training solution was to herd his class of new doctors into a ward, swap scrubs for backless gowns, and have them go through the procedure for a disease.

    Husky = sled dog = pullstuff. Doh.

    * Not including ML

  6. Claire
    Claire January 5, 2018 11:33 am

    Here’s another self-defense story, this one from last weekend, about an unarmed (but not really unarmed) woman fighting off an attacker. This woman got some help, but it’s still a remarkable story.

    I think the attacker should have been charged with attempted first-degree murder, not just the lame assault charges he’s been hit with so far. This guy may be a coward, but he also reeks of being the sort who’s going to do this again at every opportunity he gets.

  7. Jim Brook
    Jim Brook January 5, 2018 11:43 am

    What a funny article on gas pumping in Oregon. Great Caesar’s ghost! People don’t recognize that gas station owners can still choose to have attendants. They seem to think that a law canceling the requirement of an attendant is the same thing as forbidding attendants. After a trip through Oregon a couple of years ago, I sent an email to about 12 – 20 Oregon legislators, which read something like this: “Although the Oregon state government is helping to increase employment in the gas pumping business, I would like to point out that you are missing a lot of opportunity in other areas of the economy. I suggest that you also mandate that people can no longer mow their own lawns, or put their own groceries in the cart at the supermarket. You could call it the Imbecile Employment Protection Act of 2016. This would help put the less mentally competent onto the employment ladder, so they could advance further in life. Who knows, you might even be training some people to become future legislators.”
    That was an interesting article about the nurse. That is one of the reasons I train in jiu-jitsu, in case somebody attacks me with a hammer. My instructor was attacked by a guy with a bat in Salt Lake City. He took the bat away, threw it behind him, and just let the guy go. I have been taking my eleven year old grandson to jiu-jitsu for the past 9 months or so. Another kid at school threw a punch at him about 2 months ago. Drew ducked under the punch, took his back, brought him down, put him into “mount” position and just waited until the kid stopped flailing and then got up and walked away. I loved hearing him tell me about it.

  8. Myself
    Myself January 5, 2018 12:05 pm

    RE: The Cole Memo/Motel 6;

    Who didn’t see things like this coming?

  9. fred
    fred January 5, 2018 12:15 pm

    The war on drugs is the war on is a great article about the prison-industrial complex of a police state we have become.Very scary America and getting worse,headed by the puppets like Sessions.And the Demoncraps.And the Repugnants.Read the whole story and weep for America.

    A Tale of Two Americas: Where the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Go to Jail

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    By John W. Whitehead
    January 03, 2018

    “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” ― Nelson Mandela

    This is the tale of two Americas, where the rich get richer and the poor go to jail.

    Aided and abetted by the likes of Attorney General Jeff Sessions—a man who wouldn’t recognize the Constitution if it smacked him in the face—the American dream has become the American scheme: the rich are getting richer and more powerful, while anyone who doesn’t belong to the power elite gets poorer and more powerless to do anything about the nation’s steady slide towards fascism, authoritarianism and a profit-driven police state.

    Not content to merely pander to law enforcement and add to its military largesse with weaponry and equipment designed for war, Sessions has made a concerted effort to expand the police state’s power to search, strip, seize, raid, steal from, arrest and jail Americans for any infraction, no matter how insignificant.

    Now Sessions has given state courts the green light to resume their practice of jailing individuals who are unable to pay the hefty fines imposed by the American police state. In doing so, Sessions has once again shown himself to be not only a shill for the Deep State but an enemy of the people.

  10. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty January 5, 2018 2:04 pm

    Jim, doesn’t matter what weapon (including bare hands) an attacker threatened me with. Any attack that presents the risk of death or serious bodily harm will be met with a gun. I’m too old and weak to even think about trying to fight off an attack with anything else. The big problem with any kind of martial arts, and a lot of other so-called defensive weapons, is the fact that one must allow the attacker to get too close! That’s almost asking for defeat, especially for the elderly and disabled. Young, strong and willing to take the chance? Go for it. 🙂

  11. larryarnold
    larryarnold January 5, 2018 6:56 pm

    That sounds like a good story from Seattle, one of several “woman defends” recently.

    Unfortunately the Seattle Times thinks I’ve seen enough of their stories until I contribute to their paywall.

  12. Jim Brook
    Jim Brook January 5, 2018 7:55 pm

    MamaLiberty, yes, I agree largely. I don’t think I would have let the guy with the bat just go. I think some people really deserve to be left with at least a broken arm, as a severe reminder during a slow painful recovery. However, I would not want to be the one to go to jail either. Once the threat is over, as in after the bat-wielding man was disarmed, if lethal force was employed and he was caught doing it, he would have been jailed. When my instructor was attacked with the bat, it was very sudden. He used a technique that is a fallback for the case when the swing has already begun, and you have lost the chance to lunge in and attack the arm as soon as it is raised. The attacker must have hidden the bat behind his body, or jumped out from behind something, in order to be able to begin the swing. When somebody is too close, and it is too quick, then getting a gun out from under a shirt is too slow. That kind of skill is very useful against a person who suddenly attacks without warning. I carry two guns, and if under a severe threat and I have the opportunity to get one out I would use it. But close-in quick defensive skill should not be underrated.

  13. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty January 6, 2018 3:06 am

    “close-in quick defensive skill should not be underrated”

    Indeed Jim, if one has the strength and flexibility to exercise that. I simply do not. So, I avoid, like a plague, any situation or place where such skill might be necessary. That’s why I am here instead of a city.

    I also carry openly, so I’m not going to have to undress in order to reach my gun. I do wonder how many criminals with a baseball bat would choose to attack someone openly armed… And once the threat is over, it is over. Nobody in their right mind would shoot at that point. There are no guarantees, however. We just have to do the best we can.

  14. Claire
    Claire January 6, 2018 5:13 am

    larryarnold — Delete the cookie the Seattle Times planted on you and all will be well.

  15. bud
    bud January 7, 2018 12:15 pm

    The Washington Post story on gas pumping in Oregon should have been in the Sunday “style” section because it was obviously written to entertain, not inform. They really had to select to find these kind of stories; 40% of the population lives closer than a quarter tank of gas away from a pump they have to run themselves.

    The reason that refererdums to allow self-service fail is because enough people don’t see the economic benefit. The pro-self service campaigns have always emphasized the obvious extra cost of attendents, implying that gas prices would reduce. Problem is, Vancouver (WA) gas prices are never drastically cheaper than Portland prices, and it’s very easy to find individual cases where Portland prices are cheaper. Added to the “I don’t want my hands to stink” and the “keep somebody working” demographic, there are enough people who say “why should I inconvenience myself to make the gas companies richer” to keep self-service out.

  16. John
    John January 7, 2018 2:14 pm

    The folks that don’t like self serve gas because jobs, could get involved locally. Join a next door neighborhood and get your kids each a leaf blower. Pay them to blow leaves out of their yard. Naturally the kids, being kids, will send leaves into the street and each others yards. The city already has leaf blower crews and will send leaves back at the kids. The city department of lemonade stand and leaf blower licensing will get more work. City child labor and minimum wage enforcement will join in and the police will be called too, just because. Win all around.

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