Thursday, February 22, 2007

Not So Evil Weed


New Study Shows Medical Value of Marijuana

By Rob Kampia, AlterNet
Posted on February 22, 2007, Printed on February 22, 2007
http://www.alternet.org/story/48322/


Ever since California and other states began passing medical marijuana laws in 1996, the federal government has claimed that -- as a 2003 White House press release put it -- "research has not demonstrated that smoked marijuana is safe and effective medicine." A new study, just published in the journal Neurology, definitively refutes that claim and underlines the urgent need for the federal government to change its prohibitionist policies.

The study, conducted by Dr. Donald Abrams of the University of California at San Francisco, found marijuana to be safe and effective at treating peripheral neuropathy, which causes great suffering to HIV/AIDS patients. This type of extreme pain, which is caused by damage to the nerves, can make patients feel like their feet and hands are on fire, or being stabbed with a knife. Similar pain is seen in a number of other illnesses, including multiple sclerosis and diabetes, and cannot be treated effectively with conventional pain medications. Standard pain medicines -- even addictive, dangerous narcotics -- have little effect on this type of pain.

Marijuana doesn't cure neuropathy, but in the UCSF study marijuana was clearly shown to give relief. In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (the design that's considered the "gold standard" of medical research), a majority of patients had a greater than 30 percent reduction in pain after smoking marijuana. For many, that level of relief means having a bearable quality of life.

This result is all the more remarkable because researchers like Abrams are only allowed to test government-supplied marijuana, which is of notoriously poor quality. There's every reason to believe the results would be even better if scientists were permitted to study a better-quality product.

Abrams' study is only the latest in a growing mountain of research showing that medical marijuana can provide real -- and potentially even life-saving -- benefits. In a study published last year of patients being treated for the hepatitis C virus (HCV), those who used marijuana to curb the nausea and other noxious side effects of anti-HCV drugs were significantly more likely to complete their treatment. As a result, the marijuana-using patients were three times more likely to clear the deadly virus from their bodies -- in other words, to be cured -- than those not using marijuana.

Clearly, the White House and its drug czar, John Walters, should abandon their rigid, unscientific rejection of medical marijuana and start reshaping federal policy to match medical reality.

Unfortunately, this is unlikely; what's more likely is that the Bush administration will ignore the scientific data during its last two years in power, just as it has for the past six years.

That puts the ball in Congress's court. There are a number of actions Congress can take to put federal medical marijuana policy on a path toward sanity.

The first, and simplest, is to prohibit the Drug Enforcement Administration from spending money to raid and arrest medical marijuana patients and caregivers in the 11 states where the medical use of marijuana is legal under state law. This taxpayer-friendly act would remove the cloud of fear that now hangs over tens of thousands of desperately ill Americans and those who care for them.

But that should be just the beginning. Everything about federal medical marijuana policy should be reconsidered. That includes the arbitrary rules that needlessly hamper research, as well as the absurd law that classifies cocaine and methamphetamine as having more medical value than marijuana, which is grouped with heroin and LSD as having "no currently accepted medical use."

The guiding principle must be to handle medical marijuana as science, common sense, and simple human decency dictate. Recent research leaves no doubt that our government's war on the sick and dying must end immediately.

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42 comments:

DEN said...

I read somewhere that 'M' seeds contained all the ingredients to sustain human life, nutritionally speaking.

Now the government does not care about that, after all it could replace soybeans as the #1 crop in America.

Hemp has more uses than wood fiber that is currently used for paper and cardboard.

As the jackboots keep busting growers the growers pop up somewhere else, legalizing it for medicinal uses as well as recreational use is a no-brainer.

Too many prisons contain large populations of weed users, 10 year Federal minimum for ANY amount!
Ludicrously stupid!!

PWWFFTT!, CNK, CNK, Ahhhh!
Far out man!

Saladin said...

DEN, I posted that I got those pics just fine. Contrary to what Alan thinks, he doesn't actually know everything. I am getting ready to "test drive" Hughes satellite service. It is the only high speed available here in the backwoods of Cali. As for ISP's, it's just a matter of personal preference. It isn't a football team for Gods sake! Some people like Ford, some like Chevy, there is no better or worse, it's just opinion. My opinion is that this slow-ass dial-up SUCKS!

Saladin said...

DEN, we've been taking Hempseed supplement capsules for about 3 months, I've read many articles describing hempseed oil as the most easily metabolized and most perfectly balanced EFA's available to humans. Here is something I have really noticed. Our climate here is extremely dry year round, I always had very dry skin with various itchy patches on my arms and legs. But now my skin is no longer dry and the itchy patches are completely gone. That alone is worth the cost of the capsules. They are available from Amazon or you can go to manitobaharvest.com, they have many hemp products.

DEN said...

Sal, if you spend a lot of time online, dial-ups are a major pain, been there, done that.

Satellite is supposedly fast downloading and slow uploading, but probably blows dial-ups out of the water overall.

Firefox is the 'new kid on the block' and needs tweeking in some areas especially pics in e-mails.
I have tried to get them to fix it but no go yet.

I will definitely get some hempseed supplement, I itch too from dry air here. I went fishing in Manitoba with a Canadian friend, wowzer! big fish too.

Micki said...

La Cucaracha

Here's the straight dope.

Dating myself? In grade school, the music teacher always included La Cucaracha as part of the repertoire -- she must not have known the translation, eh?

La cucaracha, la cucaracha
Ya no puede caminar
Porque no tiene, porque le falta
Marijuana que fumar.
 

Alan said...

Micki, Gov. Perry lost on his mandate to fast track 11 coal-fired power plants... the ruling is he doesn't have the authority to mandate like that. Conservatives immediately took aim for the HPV mandate as well, after the precedent was established. That was yesterday, and today was announced that a bill undoing his HPV mandate passed along party lines in committee and will go to the full body. Looks like he'll soon have to veto a bill to keep his HPV mandate alive, but it looks like the republican-dominated Texas Congress has the votes for an override. Just thought I'd catch you up with the latest.
============
Oh and... sounds like Earthlink has finally come out of the 'dark ages' to allow 'inserted' pictures. Good for them.
That USED to be an AOL-only feature, same as instant messages. All other ISP's except Earthlink updated to allow 'inserted pictures' a looooong time ago. That was great for me, because I had been sending two copies of each email that had a picture... inserted to AOL'ers and an attached version to all others. THEN, it go to where I just erased Earthlinkers off the mailing list when I had a picture to send.

Glad to hear Earthlinkers aren't left out anymore.

DEN said...

Alan, @Raw story:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) says that it's just a coincidence that he and eight other lawmakers received donations of $5,000 each from Merck lobbyists just a few days before mandating the drug giant's HPV cervical cancer vaccine for all females in Texas ages 12 and up.

"There's been a lot of pressure about the implications of vaccinating young girls against sexually-transmitted diseases," says CNN's Ali Velshi in the video below, "some people thinking that that encourages promiscuity at that age."

He reports though that "this thing is coming undone by word, rumor and report of connection between Rick Perry's office and Merck."

The main lobbyist for Merck previously worked as Chief of Staff for Gov. Rick Perry. Several other states are considering making the vaccine mandatory, thanks in part to Merck's aggressive lobbying.

Typical Repug crook behavior.

Alan said...

Well, I pesonally don't think a paltry 5-grand would influence Perry to do ANYTHING. There were more than one supporters who've given over a MILLION dollars to both Perry and the dem candidate he beat for Governor.
What's weird is... that's the ONLY thing Perry has ever done that the Dems support. It's Perry's own party (the crooks/repugs) that are fighting him on the HPV thing. Their 'vaccine will promote promiscuity' (sp ck) argument is just silly.
One other thing... Merck has quit lobbying for statewide 'mandates'.

DEN said...

If it was just 5 grand? who knows how much it really was from a former Perry Chief of Staff turned lobbyist?

$45,000 total ain't chump change.

DEN said...

CONSPIRACY THEORY GOES MAINSTREAM ON THE ROAD TO TEHERAN

The Rationale for War

“…a terrorist act in the U.S. blamed on Iran…”
Zbigniew Brzezinski 02 Feb 2007

By Michael Collins
“Scoop” Independent News
Washington, D.C.

The National Security Advisor to former President Carter testified before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on 1 Feb 2007. Dr.Zbigniew Brzezinski delivered a scathing assessment of the core mistakes made by the Bush administration in the Middle East. Just before describing what he termed the mythical historical narrative of the policy, he offered a scenario that the Bush administration might use as a convenient invitation to attack Iran.

War may result fromIraqi failures at governance attributed to Iranian interference followed “…by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the U.S. blamed on Iran; culminating in a ‘defensive’ U.S. military action against Iran…” The “act” would lead to a “lonely America” into a conundrum of conflict across Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Further isolation and estrangement from the world would be the end game for the United States.

18 Fateful Words

a terrorist act in the U.S. blamed on Iran; culminating in a "defensive" U.S. military action against Iran

Brzezinski doesn’t waste any time setting off his own fire works. This phrase appears in the third paragraph (see full text below). He posits a possible justification for attacking Iran; clearly outside the bounds of rationality and built upon a foundation of myths. .

Look at the use of “terrorist act in the U.S.” in the context of his prepared statement:

If the United States continues to be bogged down in a protracted bloody involvement in Iraq, the final destination on this downhill track is likely to be a head-on conflict with Iran and with much of the world of Islam at large. A plausible scenario for a military collision with Iran involves Iraqi failure to meet the benchmarks; followed by accusations of Iranian responsibility for the failure; then by some provocation in Iraq or a terrorist act in the U.S. blamed on Iran; culminating in a "defensive" U.S. military action against Iran that plunges a lonely America into a spreading and deepening quagmire eventually ranging across Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.. (.pdf of Brzezinski’s testimony)

Note: The emphasis by underlining and the use of quotation marks around defensive is found in the original copy and presumed to be that of Dr. Brzezinski.

The remarkable wording is that Iran is “blamed.”

“…blamed on Iran…” Does that mean that they did it?

Brzezinski refers to “a ‘defensive’ U.S. military action” adding emphasis and meaning by the use of quotation marks highlighting defensive. This answers the question about Iran’s blame in the scenario. The quotation marks around defensive indicate something other than that. This defines the meaning of “blamed” as somewhat akin to saying Iran would be the patsy, fall guy, or stooge for whoever actually committed the act.

Brzezinski’s prepared testimony is a chilling and highly evocative analysis offered by a major player in the U.S. foreign policy establishment. Before serving in the Carter administration, he was the first director of the Trilateral Commission. This isn’t speculation by an outsider supporting human rights or a peace activist, its insider information from the highest level of the United States foreign policy establishment.

Shortly after testifying Brzezinski was approached by Barry Grey, reporter for the World Socialist Web. Grey recounts the exchange:

Q: Dr. Brzezinski, who do you think would be carrying out this possible provocation?
A: I have no idea. As I said, these things can never be predicted. It can be spontaneous.
Q: Are you suggesting there is a possibility it could originate within the US government itself?
A. I’m saying the whole situation can get out of hand and all sorts of calculations can produce a circumstance that would be very difficult to trace.

“I have no idea” in response to the “provocation” is certainly not comforting since it implies the blaming of Iran would be arbitrary. Brzezinski’s answers above indicate that the terrorist act “can be spontaneous” or “the whole situation can get out of hand and all sorts of calculations” can lead to the act. At one end of the spectrum of anti U.S. terrorist acts, we have something totally random which the administration grabs and runs with as an excuse for war. At the other end, we have out of control “calculations” which at the extreme might be taken to include something like Operation Northwoods given the absence of a denial to Grey’s assertion in the second question above.

The plan swings into action…blaming Iran

Gates Says Bombs Tie Iran to Iraq Extremists,
Lolita Baldor Associated Press 9 Feb 2007

MUNICH, Germany (Feb. 9) - Serial numbers and other markings on bombs suggest that Iranians are linked to deadly explosives used by Iraqi militants, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday in some of the administration's first public assertions on evidence the military has collected.

Just a week after Brzezinski outlined the modus operandi for the Bush crew, the supposed voice of reason at the Pentagon is selling a story of Iranian subversion. Trying it out on the road in Munich, Germany before the homeland premier, Gates indicated that weapons were found with Iranian serial numbers.


U.S. Secretary of Defense
Robert Gates on his European tour.

"I think there's some serial numbers, there may be some markings on some of the projectile fragments that we found" that point to Iran, he said.

Gates' remarks left unclear how the U.S. knows the serial numbers are traceable to Iran and whether such weapons would have been sent to Iraq by the Iranian government or by private arms dealers.

Compare Gates’ tentative assertion to this whopper used to justify Gulf War I: “They took the babies out of the incubators, took the incubators, and left the babies on the cold floor to die” said the Kuwaiti Ambassador’s daughter, who, by the way, had never seen anything of the sort. Gates’ tentative serial number claim is no way to whip up war fever. Even the AP reporter bluntly questioned his ability to know just what it is about those serial numbers that gives them that tell-tale Iranian look.

So it begins - the rationale for war. The political basis for this scenario explains why the tactics must, of necessity, be so completely inept.

“…9/11 as the equivalent of the Pearl Harbor…”

After defining the specific dangers from the ill begotten Bush tactics, Brzezinski unveils the mythology that justifies the rush to war.

A mythical historical narrative to justify the case for such a protracted and potentially expanding war is already being articulated. Initially justified by false claims about WMD's in Iraq, the war is now being redefined as the “decisive ideological struggle" of our time, reminiscent of the earlier collisions with Nazism and Stalinism. In that context, Islamist extremism and al Qaeda are presented as the equivalents of the threat posed by Nazi Germany and then Soviet Russia, and 9/11 as the equivalent of the Pearl Harbor attack which precipitated America's involvement in World War II. (Author’s emphasis)

This short paragraph is the epitaph for the widely rejected neoconservative policies adopted by the White House. One can only wonder if the last line of the paragraph is a reference to the often quoted line from the Project for a New American Century anticipating the arrival of the brave new world of United States dominance. That PNAC goal will evolve slowly “…absent some catastrophic and crystallizing event – like a new Pearl Harbor” (p. 51).

Corporate Media Response

Reporter Grey complained vigorously about the lack of corporate media coverage for this testimony. This is one of the minor ironies of this event – a Socialist writer advocating for wide spread coverage of one of the most ardent anti-Communists of our time.

The silence was quickly broken when Barry Schweid of the Associated Press covered the story on the same day of the hearing, 01 Feb:

Brzezinski set out as a plausible scenario for military collision: Iraq fails to meet benchmarks set by the U.S., followed by accusations that Iran is responsible for the failure and then a terrorist act or some provocation blamed on Iran. This scenario, he said, would play out with a defensive U.S. military action against Iran.

They included “blamed” on Iran. The only less than representative element is the absence of quotation marks around defensive to imply something other than real defense. Banner headlines would have helped also.

The AP article appeared on MSNBC’s web page, in the Guardian, and other media outlets.

The St. Petersburg Times (Times Wires) story on 2 Feb completes the process AP began and clearly represents the testimony:

While other former U.S. officials and ex-generals have criticized administration policy in committee hearings, none savaged it to the degree Brzezinski did. He set out as a plausible scenario for military collision: Iraq fails to meet benchmarks set by the administration, followed by accusations Iran is responsible for the failure, then a terrorist act or some provocation blamed on Iran, and culminating in so-called defensive U.S. military action against Iran. (Author’s emphasis)

This clearly represents the most provocative statement in the testimony. It places the former national security advisor at the head of a pack of distinguished critics. This isn’t headline news yet but in just 72 hours we have an honest reading of the implication that a “so-called defensive…action” will arise from a terrorist act of questionable origin.

Now it’s time for the White House Press Corp to move in and fully expose the story:

Mr. President, what do you think of a former National Security Advisor Brzezinski’s claim that you’re cooking up a war with Iran based on a questionable terrorist act?

The author acknowledges the contributions of these early analysts of Dr. Brzezinski’s remarks.

END

DEN said...

What I have been saying all along, the doofus-in-chief is mighty smug about something.

Micki said...

The New York Times

February 22, 2007
Editorial
American Liberty at the Precipice

In another low moment for American justice, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that detainees held at the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, do not have the right to be heard in court. The ruling relied on a shameful law that President Bush stampeded through Congress last fall that gives dangerously short shrift to the Constitution.

The right of prisoners to challenge their confinement — habeas corpus — is enshrined in the Constitution and is central to American liberty. Congress and the Supreme Court should act quickly and forcefully to undo the grievous damage that last fall’s law — and this week’s ruling — have done to this basic freedom.

The Supreme Court ruled last year on the jerry-built system of military tribunals that the Bush Administration established to try the Guantánamo detainees, finding it illegal. Mr. Bush responded by driving through Congress the Military Commissions Act, which presumed to deny the right of habeas corpus to any noncitizen designated as an “enemy combatant.” This frightening law raises insurmountable obstacles for prisoners to challenge their detentions. And it gives the government the power to take away habeas rights from any noncitizen living in the United States who is unfortunate enough to be labeled an enemy combatant.

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which rejected the detainees’ claims by a vote of 2 to 1, should have permitted the detainees to be heard in court — and it should have ruled that the law is unconstitutional.

As Judge Judith Rogers argued in a strong dissent, the Supreme Court has already rejected the argument that detainees do not have habeas rights because Guantánamo is located outside the United States. Judge Rogers also rightly noted that the Constitution limits the circumstances under which Congress can suspend habeas to “cases of Rebellion or invasion,” which is hardly the situation today. Moreover, she said, the act’s alternative provisions for review of cases are constitutionally inadequate. The Supreme Court should add this case to its docket right away and reverse it before this term ends.

Congress should not wait for the Supreme Court to act. With the Democrats now in charge, it is in a good position to pass a new law that fixes the dangerous mess it has made. Senators Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, and Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, have introduced a bill that would repeal the provision in the Military Commissions Act that purports to obliterate the habeas corpus rights of detainees.

The Bush administration’s assault on civil liberties does not end with habeas corpus. Congress should also move quickly to pass another crucial bill, introduced by Senator Christopher Dodd, Democrat of Connecticut, that, among other steps, would once and for all outlaw the use of evidence obtained through torture.

When the Founding Fathers put habeas corpus in Article I of the Constitution, they were underscoring the vital importance to a democracy of allowing prisoners to challenge their confinement in a court of law. Much has changed since Sept. 11, but the bedrock principles of American freedom must remain.

DEN said...

Not to mention violating terms of the Geneva Convention!

Immediate removal of the two top dipshits is imperative to re-establishing our Constitutional principles.

Until they have been removed from office, no one on the planet is safe.

David B. Benson said...

Rep. Walter Jones (NC) neefds cosponors for a resolution regarding Iran and potential war.

Please encourage your representative as soons as may be.

Or even sooner...

Carey said...

Sal has told me of the health benefits of hemp seed oil for immuno-building.

Den,

A post after my own heart. I've had some green recently, and I've gotta tell ya it's very good at ridding depression.

Micki,

Are those for real lyrics to La Cucaracha?

Den,

Loved the Raw Story tidbit on Merck's auspicious donations to certain lawmakers.

Not feeling smart today. Mercury (communication) is in retrograde and I really feel it. Can't get a word out without scrambling it.

Micki said...

Dr. B -- do you know the status of Walter Jones' (R-NC) resolution? Is it still in committe, moved out, or where is it?

(H. J. Res. 14: Concerning the use of military force by the United States against Iran)

Micki said...

Carey - I have no idea if those lyrics are for real -- but, I do remember my grade school music teacher teaching us those lyrics. For real.

DEN said...

Carey I have days like that too.
Really sux! Depression sux too!

Sharpness goes away, simple shyt baffles ya, yup been there.

Got to ride it out believing tomorrow will be a better day.

Greens helps a bunch!

Gerald said...

From the previous blog or thread!

No one person can do it by him or herself.

To thy ownself be true!

If I had the health and/or money, I would be more of an activist.

I post to share information and thoughts. Some thoughts may be over the top. But, my path is "To thy ownself be true." In Nazi America I see evil all around me. I must speak out. When I go before my Creator, I will be able to say that I tried to my God's work in helping to better my country and my world.

My belief of love is wanting the best for another person or persons. For me I see a better world where there is love and mercy for all of my brothers and sisters in God. My God is the light, the truth, and the way!!!

Gerald said...

There has been a recent report that marijuana can cause brain damage. I would think that it would have to do with long term use of the drug. Anyway with George Hitler losing the war on terrorism and in Afghanistan we should have plenty of opium to help drown our sorrows in the fact that Nazi Americans are not super beings but only mortal human beings like the rest of the world.

The reason why opium is not handed out free of charge is because with Nazi America being the kingpin in drug trafficking there are huge profits to be gained and the money from drug profits help to prop up our government and the stock market. Drug trafficking keeps Nazi America afloat!!!!!

ºCºarol said...

Den, as you know I have Firefox. I don't have any trouble with photos in email. There's no difference between IE and Firefox. Perhaps it's your email. Your Yahoo.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- I don't know, but I suspect still in committee where it is hot of the press...

ºCºarol said...

My email client is Outlook Express and it's not part of Firefox.

DEN said...

More stuff I have been beating my keyboard about:

New York Daily News - http://www.nydailynews.com
Oily truth emerges in Iraq

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Throughout nearly four years of the daily mayhem and carnage in Iraq, President Bush and his aides in the White House have scoffed at even the slightest suggestion that the U.S. military occupation has anything to do with oil.

The President presumably would have us all believe that if Iraq had the world's second-largest supply of bananas instead of petroleum, American troops would still be there.

Now comes new evidence of the big prize in Iraq that rarely gets mentioned at White House briefings.

A proposed new Iraqi oil and gas law began circulating last week among that country's top government leaders and was quickly leaked to various Internet sites - before it has even been presented to the Iraqi parliament.

Under the proposed law, Iraq's immense oil reserves would not simply be opened to foreign oil exploration, as many had expected. Amazingly, executives from those companies would actually be given seats on a new Federal Oil and Gas Council that would control all of Iraq's reserves.

In other words, Chevron, ExxonMobil, British Petroleum and the other Western oil giants could end up on the board of directors of the Iraqi Federal Oil and Gas Council, while Iraq's own national oil company would become just another competitor.

The new law would grant the council virtually all power to develop policies and plans for undeveloped oil fields and to review and change all exploration and production contracts.

Since most of Iraq's 73 proven petroleum fields have yet to be developed, the new council would instantly become a world energy powerhouse.

"We're talking about trillions of dollars of oil that are at stake," said Raed Jarrar, an independent Iraqi journalist and blogger who obtained an Arabic copy of the draft law and posted an English-language translation on his Web site over the weekend.

Take, for example, the massive Majnoon field in southern Iraq near the Iranian border, which contains an estimated 20 billion barrels. Before Saddam Hussein was toppled by the U.S. invasion in 2003, he had granted a $4 billion contract to French oil giant TotalFinaElf to develop the field.

In the same way, the Iraqi dictator signed contracts with Chinese, Russian, Korean, Italian and Spanish companies to develop 10 other big oil fields once international sanctions against his regime were lifted.

The big British and American companies had been shut out of Iraq, thanks to more than a decade of U.S. sanctions against Saddam.

But if the new law passes, those companies will be the ones reviewing those very contracts and any others.

"Iraq's economic security and development will be thrown into question with this law," said Antonia Juhasz of Oil Change International, a petroleum industry watchdog group. "It's a radical departure not only from Iraq's existing structure but from how oil is managed in most of the world today."

Throughout the developing world, national oil companies control the bulk of oil production, though they often develop joint agreements with foreign commercial oil groups.

But under the proposed law, the government-owned Iraqi National Oil Co. "will not get any preference over foreign companies," Juhasz said.

The law must still be presented to the Iraqi parliament. Given the many political and religious divisions in the country, its passage is hardly guaranteed.

The main religious and ethnic groups are all pushing to control contracts and oil revenues for their regions, while the Bush administration is seeking more centralized control.

While the politicians in Washington and Baghdad bicker to carve up the real prize, and just what share Big Oil will get, more Iraqi civilians and American soldiers die each each day - for freedom, we're told.

jgonzalez@nydailynews.com

Yes, the Same Juan on Democracy Now

DEN said...

Carol, My e-mail at Yahoo works fine on IE but drops pick with Firefox so the problem is definitely the Firefox-Yahoo Mail.

Not all pics get dropped, just some.

DEN said...

drops pics

Alan said...

Here's just a little bit of what goes on around here in Texas... I mean, if you wanna buy influence.

Bob Perry (no relation) gives $2-million to this 'association' which turns around and matches Bob Perry's $500,000.00 personal donation to Rick Perry's campaign for gov. (He's a homebuilder and the result was a law that makes new home buyers with complaints go thru arbitration instead of lawsuits).
Chris Bell (dem candidate) has a millionaire benefactor as well.

Final governor's race tally: Almost $46 million

As initially reported by The Houston Chronicle, the association made its second $500,000 donation to Perry's campaign two days after fielding a like amount from Bob Perry, a powerhouse giver to GOP causes.

Ayers and Anthony Holm, spokesman for Bob Perry, said the matching amounts sent by the Texan and the group to Perry's campaign were coincidences, not a hide-the-ball attempt to obscure Bob Perry's direct support for the governor, who is of no relation.
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Bell's campaign benefited financially from Houston lawyer John O'Quinn's donation of $1 million in October, followed by loans totaling $1.7 million. The campaign owed $1.4 million as of Dec. 31. Bell said Thursday that O'Quinn will absorb the principal of the loans, with his campaign paying the interest.
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There's more there about Scotty-boy's mom and Kinky Friendman too, but the point is... five-grand is just their bar tab at the titty joint on night out with the guys, that's not INFLUENCE!

Alan said...

Carol, what Den said made sense to me. I forgot that he has to go to yahoo.com with a web browser to get his email.

Alan said...

Dammit, the Libby jury concluded for the day without a verdict.

David B. Benson said...

Oops! off, not 'of'.

Alan --- Dollars to bagels: a hung jury on at least one charge...

ºCºarol said...

Digital dirt
Parents and politicians try to clean up their kids' and staffers' cybertrails


We are living now in both the blogosphere and the mainstream. One is ironic and edgy, challenging and partisan. The other is cautious and modulated. Marcotte's and McEwan's fate raises the question about whether it's possible to move from the world of AnkleBitingPundits to presidential politics without every word sticking to your shoe.

Micki said...

Southern Ocean being "strangled" by greenhouse gases

Great Barrier Reef Polluted by Pesticides

Micki said...

If the jury doesn't reach a decision tomorrow, I wonder if Libby skates.

I wouldn't put it past the cheneyites to attempt to influence a juror or two -- if Libby is convicted, Cheney's in the hot seat.

DEN said...

Did you see this?

An aerial view of the flooded outskirts of Trinidad, Beni, some 400 km (250 miles) northeast of La Paz, February 22, 2007. At least 35 people have been killed, thousands have lost their homes, and crops and roads have been destroyed in the most devastating floods in 25 years in Bolivia. According to official reports some 350,000 Bolivians are suffering the hardships of the extreme weather triggered by El Nino, a once-a-year weather phenomenon believed to be caused by global warning. The extreme weather has affected most of the country, but especially the Amazon region of Beni in northern Bolivia, and the eastern province of Santa Cruz, the country's agricultural heartland.

MSM silent about it, was at the end of the southern ocean article.
More nasty weather.

Alan said...

Alan --- Dollars to bagels: a hung jury on at least one charge...

Well, if it's just one charge, I wouldn't mind Dr. B. You can never tell what I jury is gonna do, but my opinion is Fitz proved his case beyond a doubt. Ten convos about Plame, with nine diff people, before the time he told the FBI and Grand Jury he first learned of her. There's a couple of highly logical people on the panel... a mathmatician and a Ph.d from MIT... so I'm hoping that WaPo attempt at jury nullification won't work. I'm keeping my fingers crossed they come back with a guilty verdict on all five counts. THEN, we'll see who Libby will give up to reduce his sentence.
YAY !!

Gerald said...

Our judicial system does not work!

If Congress is unwilling to bring up articles for impeachment from a known war criminal, George Hitler, then why should the jury convict Libby?

What goes around, comes around!!!

Gerald said...

Praying Each Day: February 23

Gerald said...

Americans get what they deserve

Gerald said...

Here's the thing about the system of news coverage we have today. If the Walton family, or Lee Raymond, or the heirs to the Mars fortune actually needed the news media to work better than it does now, believe me, it would work better. But they have no such need, because the system is working just fine for them as is. The people it's failing are the rest of us, and most of the rest of us, apparently, would rather sniff Anna Nicole Smith's corpse or watch Britney Spears hump a fire hydrant than find out what our tax dollars are actually paying for.

Shit, when you think about it that way, why not steal from us? People that dumb don't deserve to have money.

Gerald said...

Are the British leaving Iraq to be away from the nuclear fall out of our atomic bombs that will be dropped on Iran?


British officials fear US will attack Iran Thu Feb 22, 7:09 PM ET



LONDON (AFP) - Senior British government officials fear that US President George W. Bush will attack Iran before his final term in office ends in a little less than two years time, a newspaper reported in an early Friday edition.

They fear that Bush will seek to "settle the Iranian question through military means," The Times reported, quoting unidentified senior British government sources.

"He (Bush) will not want to leave it unresolved for his successor," one of the sources told The Times.

The report follows comments made on Thursday by British Prime Minister Tony Blair who insisted there is "no planning" under way for an attack on Iran, and added that he knew of "nobody" in Washington who was planning an invasion either.

"You can't absolutely predict every set of circumstances that comes about but sitting here now talking to you, I can tell you Iran is not Iraq," Blair told BBC Radio.

"There is, as far as I know, no planning going on to make an attack on Iran and people are pursuing a diplomatic and political solution for a good reason -- that it is the only solution that anyone can think of as viable and sensible."

Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett also said on Thursday that Britain remained committed to a negotiated solution and would now consult with its international partners to find a way to prevent Iran acquiring the means to develop nuclear weapons.

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