Articles Tagged: freedom

Reverend Ryan’s Emancipation Proclamation

September 12th, 2015 | By Pirate

Rather than writing a long blog about this topic, I have made a video (long winded 20 minute video), and I have put a list of links and talking points below.

Since I post so rarely and infrequently, I make it up by making rare long winded posts about these subjects that I at one time use to post about frequently.

I hope you can spend the time with me.   Thanks if you do!

This video describes my own personal emancipation proclamation, and a history of my lifelong activism.  I hope to inspire and educate with my work.  But most of all, I continue to strive to make our world a place with less force, and a more voluntary community, where we enjoy being self-governed, and where we do a good job at it as a species.

Reverend Ryan’s Emancipation Proclamation

This is a brief overview of my activist history;

1. Resisting the LDS religion, and social structure of Utah based on a cultish religion

2. Resisting my father’s hypocritical and often drunken ways

3. Resisting the pills that my parents were force-feeding me in my childhood

4. Resisting the police state after being thoroughly harassed by police for skateboarding and other non-crimes as a kid

5. Resisting the issue at Ruby Ridge Idaho, when the Weaver family was slaughtered by government

6. Resisting the drug war, especially on marijuana that made no sense

7. Resisting the BS tax system, and statism
Hasn’t won me a lot of friends, but I have piece of mind knowing that I have fought for what I believe in as hard as I can.
Links from the video;

I made this video about my brother’s untimely death
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-lXYctA6h8

My first activist website circa 1999
http://www.behindzioncurtain.com

More about my spiritual path
http://xcannabis.com/about/cannabis-faith/

Our cannabis for cancer awareness group;
http://causes.com/causes/125809-cannabis-for-cancer-xcannabis

About my path as a skinhead;
http://youtube.com/watch?v=-OHRLZjsIEo

About the law that I got changed in Springville Utah
http://youtube.com/watch?v=4psHVn7Psrw

Libertarian infighting by Julie Borowski
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAQuRLB6NgE

If ever any of the links above do not work, you can always use www.archive.org to find archives of most websites that are on the internet, or that were at one time on the internet.

 

Reverend Ryan's Emancipation Proclaimation

Reverend Ryan’s Emancipation Proclaimation

Real Legalization I-584 in Washington

August 12th, 2013 | By Pirate

After many initiatives to “legalize” in Washington, they finally have a version of “legalization” that has passed the voters approval. Initiative I-502 has according to many “legalized” cannabis in Washington.

The definition of “legalize”

1. (Law) to make lawful or legal

2. (Law) to confirm or validate (something previously unlawful)

legalization , legalisation n
There was a time when cannabis was neither “legal” nor “illegal”.  It just was.   There were no laws authorizing it, there were no laws forbidding it.  This is what freedom is all about, when there are no laws to govern something one way or the other.
For years I held signs, and took part in protests to “legalize cannabis”.   But lately I have came to the conclusion that we do not need any more laws.  Laws are the problem.  What I really seek to to NULLIFY, REPEAL, ELIMINATE stupid laws.
Cannabis prohibition is one of the stupid laws on the books.  Cannabis prohibition gives authorities the right to bust down people’s doors, shoot their dogs, shoot their family, put them in jail, take their property, etc.   Cannabis prohibition has eliminated a common commodity that this continent, this country, this world once held dear because of it’s vast usefulness.
So now people are trying to “legalize” cannabis.  Which basically means to make new laws in place of old laws.
With the passage of I-502, cannabis prohibition was not repealed.   Rather one law replaced another, and people can still get charged with cannabis crimes.   New prohibitions are now in place of old prohibitions.  Old prohibitions are just disguised with new fancy legal lingo.
I’ll demonstrate how cannabis is still prohibited in Washington, as I have in the past via several articles.
If cannabis is legal in Washington, why is it still a schedule one drug?

If cannabis is legal in Washington, why is it still a schedule one drug?

Cannabis is not legal in Washington.  There may be some narrow (very narrow) legal exceptions.   It also seems that law enforcement has backed off a lot from this prohibition.   But that does not mean that cannabis is “legal”.
As people go to HempFest this year, in Washington where they have heard that “Cannabis is legal in Washington”.
I give warning, that cannabis is NOT legal.  So be careful.   Recently several dispensaries learned how “legal” cannabis is in Washington, long after I-502 passed.

Several dispensaries in Western Washington State being raided right now

Now with this new initiative petition in Washington that will be in front of people at Hempfest.  Initiative 584 (I-584), I just got to read it for the first time tonight.   There is a lot of good language in there, but I noticed a similar problem as with I-502.  It does not either repeal the Washington State scheduling of cannabis via the Washington State Unified Controlled Substances Act, nor does it opt out of the Federal Controlled Substances Act.   Even if I-584 passed, cannabis would still technically be illegal on a state and a federal level.

Reference to I-584  (you can print a petition here too)

http://www.reallegalization.org/petition

CERTAINLY I-584 is better than I-502, and people would be doing themselves a favor by passing this in Washington, based on the crappy laws implimented in I-502.   I-584 allows unlicensed home grows. Cannabis is still restricted to those over 21, but penalties are lessened for those under 21.   The tax issue is addressed, as there are no taxes or permitting for home grows, etc.

But I-584 still does not nullify prohibition.

I think this is what would be best.  If a law is stupid, and makes no good come of it.  Then it should be REPEALED, NULLIFIED, ELIMINATED.  Not replaced.

This is my opinion.

Some people say that a state initiative can not remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act.  However I have found information that counters that opinion.   I do believe state laws can be nullified, or changed at all levels.

See this article by Steve Kubby:

Federal officials have declared war on California, insisting that any resistance to their Controlled Substance Act is futile.  Like the Red Chinese attempting to crush Tibetan culture and autonomy, our own Federal government is fraudulently asserting its authority to crush California’s vibrant cannabis economy and culture.  However, this is not Tibet, it is America.  Freedom-loving Americans shed blood and sacrificed lives to provide us with a Constitution and Bill of Rights that secures our freedoms and allows us to enjoy the blessing of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

 

Incredibly, the Federal government alleges that under the Commerce and Supremacy clauses of the US Constitution, Federal law supersedes state law.  Furthermore, we find there is an endless stream of legal experts and Constitutional scholars who all mindlessly parrot this nonsense.  Regardless of their legal standing or academic credentials, all these officials, experts and scholars are full of bongwater and do not know what they are talking about.  The notion that the Federal government can use these clauses to impose Federal law on cannabis produced and sold within California’s borders is absolutely false.

 

The government relies upon a bogus Supreme Court decision in Gonzales v. Raich, which found that consuming one’s locally grown marijuana for medical purposes affects the interstate market of marijuana, and hence that the federal government may regulate—and prohibit—such consumption. This argument stems from the landmark New Deal case Wickard v. Filburn, which supposedly held that the government may regulate personal cultivation and consumption of crops, due to the effect of that consumption on interstate commerce, however minute it may be. That may be true, but only under certain circumstances.

 

Lost in all the arguments presented in Gonzales v. Raich was the fact that Roscoe Filburn was a farmer who accepted ‘New Deal’ Federal money to limit how much wheat he grew.  Filburn was caught violating his contract with the Federal government by producing wheat in excess of the amount permitted.  The government then sued Filburn for violating the terms of his contract, Filburn objected on Constitutional grounds and the case went to the Supreme Court.

 

Now for a brief history lesson.  During 1941, producers who officially enrolled in the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, received an average price on the farm of about $1.16 a bushel, as compared with the world market price of 40 cents a bushel. Filburn signed up for the Federal program and was paid to not grow over an allotted amount of wheat.  In July 1940, pursuant to the Agricultural Adjustment Act, Filburn’s 1941 allotment was established at 11.1 acres and a normal yield of 20.1 bushels of wheat per acre. Filburn was given notice of the allotment in July 1940 before the Fall planting of his 1941 crop of wheat, and again in July 1941, before it was harvested. Despite these notices and a signed contract with the Federal government, Filburn planted 23 acres and harvested 239 bushels from his 11.9 acres of excess area.

 

Filburn argued that because the excess wheat was produced for his private consumption on his own farm, it never entered commerce at all, much less interstate commerce, and therefore was not a proper subject of federal regulation under the Commerce Clause.  Unfortunately, Harvard educated attorney Robert Raich failed to point out that once Filburn accepted Federal money and violated the terms of his contract, then and only then, did it become a Federal matter.  Had Raich argued that Wickard v. Filburn only applied in cases where farmers had enrolled in Federal programs, signed contracts and accepted Federal money, the Supreme Court would not have had any basis to render the defective decision that they did.

 

These same ignorant federal officials and legal experts will also tell you that the Tenth Amendment is ignored by the courts and has no real power.  More bongwater.  I call your attention to Bond v. United States in which the Supreme Court ruled this year to unanimously uphold the powers reserved to individuals and states by the Tenth Amendment.  In that decision, all nine justices agreed that the Tenth Amendment means that “State sovereignty is not just an end in itself: ‘Rather, federalism secures to citizens the liberties that derive from the diffusion of sovereign power.’”

 

The Supreme Court further limited the role of the Federal government in their decision by proclaiming:

 

Some of these liberties are of a political character. The federal structure allows local policies “more sensitive to the diverse needs of a heterogeneous society,” permits “innovation and experimentation,” enables greater citizen “involvement in democratic processes,” and makes gov­ernment “more responsive by putting the States in com­petition for a mobile citizenry.” Gregory v. Ashcroft, 501 U. S. 452, 458 (1991). Federalism secures the freedom of the individual. It allows States to respond, through the enactment of positive law, to the initiative of those who seek a voice in shaping the destiny of their own times without having to rely solely upon the political processes that control a remote central power.

 

References:

http://www.cannabisculture.com/content/2011/10/12/California-Could-Opt-Out-Controlled-Substances-Act-Ballot-Initiative

https://www.facebook.com/notes/steve-kubby/how-california-can-legally-opt-out-of-the-war-on-pot/10150406433440239

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Removal_of_cannabis_from_Schedule_I_of_the_Controlled_Substances_Act

http://xcannabis.com/2011/03/international-treaties-vs-prohibition-of-drugs-and-us-sovereignty/

 

I still say that we lost a great asset in congress for freedom when Ron Paul retired.  We really missed a great opportunity to have a freedom loving American and an honest man as president when we missed our opportunity to elect Ron Paul.

See Ron Paul’s co-sponsorship of HR 2306.  He had been educating about the benefits of ending prohibition for about 40 years (even though he is not a consumer and never has been)

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2011/06/marijuana-bill-officially-introduced-to-congress-by-ron-paul-barney-frank.html

Here is some good tunes to listen to, while thinking about “freedom”.

Mark Knopfler & James Taylor – Sailing to Philadelphia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrLdKYRBOEE&list=PL793796DEA2B9E12D

Democracy Where 51 percent decide the fate for everyone

June 30th, 2013 | By Pirate

Democracy Where 51 percent decide the fate for everyone

Where 51 percent decide  the fate for everyone -Democracy — X Cannabis – Freedom Can’t Exist If Nature is Illegal

Mob majority is not freedom

Putting my money where my mouth is – Cannabis Stocks

June 6th, 2013 | By Pirate

I have been talking for a long time how I believe in the cannabis market.  I have also mentioned on frequent blog post and video blog how I have lost trust in most of the top cannabis lobbies out there.

So I have put my money where my mouth is.   When I entered the stock market I said I would only buy cannabis stocks.  I have stuck to that, and so far I have the follow stocks.

CBIS :  420 Shares
HEMP:  5,008 Shares
MJNA:  1655 Shares

I have put more than $500 into these shares, but they continue to lose value so what I currently have is work just over $430 today.  Every time the stock goes down, I buy more.  I am waiting for the surge in price during the next election, just like was witnessed in the last election.

I honestly believe that far beyond any cannabis lobby that would like to claim credit for cannabis freedom, that the market itself will be the driving force.

If there is a large profit with these stocks, we will take dividends off the top in some beneficial amounts and feed the websites that we run to blog about cannabis.  Which includes   www.SLU2.com, www.HempStrategies.com,  www.SensiLife.com, and www.xCannabis.com

I encourage all of my readers to look in to cannabis stocks.   There are a lot more than I have listed here.  I only listed the stocks that I have so far invested in, but I am looking at a few others too.

CANV
CBIS
EDXC
ERBB
FSPM
GRNH
GWP.L
GWPRF
HEMP
HSCC
MDBX
MJNA
MWIP
NVLX
PHOT
RFMK
RIGH
TRTC
XCHC

Common ground and Libertarianism

September 7th, 2012 | By Pirate

I am so tired of the two party monarchy in this country that continues to work against the American people.

These are some of the references from the show.

What It Means to Be A Libertarian

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgTnjTm3YhQ

Obama’s Misguided Crackdown on Medical Marijuana

http://slu2.com/cSR

Penn reminds us why Libertarians are awesome
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1xmGK8PEJw

GOP Suing to Keep Third Parties Off Ballot in November
http://slu2.com/OQL

HempFest 2012 Protesteval

August 22nd, 2012 | By Pirate

There was a lot of emotion at Hempfest this year.  There are several initiatives that were collecting signatures, there was also two camps that were there to represent for one side or the other on I-502.  In fact that was pretty much the main topic this year.
But aside from all of the politics, it was an oasis for nearly 300,000 attendees who were there to support the cannabis culture as they have for 21 years!

I was sad that we couldn’t be there.  We celebrated our sons first birthday and we had business to take care of here in Northern California.  Plus we are caring for my 90 year old grandmother and she would not have faired well in the heat.

But I was encouraged to watch a King5 news report to see a sign that we made hung proudly at hempfest.  We got the idea for the sign from a picture that I found on facebook some months ago.  It said  “Freedom Can’t Exist If Nature Is Illegal” and we attached two cannabis liberty symbols with the message “Don’t Tread On Me” below the statue of Liberty and a cannabis leaf, that Kimi designed in 2011 for Don Skakie.  We donated these signs to Jared Allaway to use for whatever legalization event that may be happening, and we were elated that they were used at HempFest!!!  Thanks Jared!

It made me feel like I was their in proxy, and it also made me miss our HempFest family.
We will not be missing next year!

Here is the photo and the article of where I found it.   Made me smile ear to ear to see this!

http://www.king5.com/news/politics/At-Hempfest-some-arent-too-hot-on-legalization-166662886.html

 

 

THANKS TO VIVIAN MCPEAK AND ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS AT HEMPFEST!!

Ron Paul responds to “Just Say No” in 1988 the whole video from the Morton Downey show

June 4th, 2012 | By Pirate

Ron Paul responds to “Just Say No” in 1988 the whole video from the Morton Downey show.
This Morton Downey was such a hypocrite and Ron Paul puts him in his place and defends freedom and cannabis legalization in 1988.

We have came a long way since “Just Say No” in 1988. Thank you Ron Paul!

California primaries are tomorrow June 5th 2012!

http://www.2012presidentialelectionnews.com/2012-republican-primary-schedule?wpmp_switcher=mobile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=vcbfobiHTCE

Family and priorities

March 14th, 2012 | By Pirate

In my activism/life, half of it was when I was not married and did not have kids.
Most of that was not very effective or focused.
As a married man with some wonderful responsibilities, I am more focused and passionate than ever before.
Life has certainly had ups and downs.  But more so when I was wild and “free”.
With age comes responsibility, with responsibilities comes struggles, from those growing pains come wisdom.
I am a very proud daddy, husband, and grandson.   Proud of my family, and of the freedom that has been gained through commitment and true friendship.  My wife is the best thing that has ever happened to me.

That does not mean to say that just because I am often absent from political processes that I care any less.  I just have responsibilities that I love with all of my heart and I am still as concerned as ever for the freedom of my self, my family and their families to come.

In the mean time and as strongly as ever.  I support Ron Paul because he is consistent, active and strong for freedom!

This is Ron Paul speaking to NORML in 1988

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID_Xe6RQM1k

Ron Paul NORML interview 2007

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0GJQ14_0po
Would like to see all of the legalization groups rally around Ron Paul.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnQXzK5Lrwg

Indefinite Detention of US citizens – Who is our president anyway?

February 17th, 2012 | By Pirate

We hear over and over how President Obama is the Martin Luther King Jr. of our time.  How Obama is the civil rights leader that will make our world a better, freer place.

I have a few points to make against this idea.

  1. “Pre-Crime” and prolonged detention proposals
    http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/omkara/2011/nov/30/obama-calls-unconstitutional-indefinite-detention-/
  2. Obama reverses his promises and commitments to honor states rights regarding medical marijuana
    http://reason.com/blog/2011/10/07/remember-when-obama-said-he-wo

Thanks Patriot Act – Obama Implements ‘Precrime’ ‘Prolonged Detention’ Rachel Maddow Reports

NDAA 1031 Citizen Imprisonment Law
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO23HoRv6Ms&feature=related

Obama on Medical Marijuana – History

Not a friend of freedom. Not an oath keeper to the constitution.

Social Security is slavery, I just want the FREEDOM to opt out!

October 9th, 2011 | By Pirate

I don’t think that anyone is proposing taking grandma’s hard earned social security away from her, but the time now is to realize that there is no money in the social security fund, the country is becoming insolvent and eventually the general fund will not “have enough money in the coffers” to cover the social services that our country has obligated itself to.
It was only two months ago that President Obama threatened to take away 70 million social security, disability, and veteran checks.


So I have gotten real and I realize that by the time I retire I will not have any ability to collect on the over $300,000 plus interest that I will have contributed, and I simply want the FREEDOM to opt out.

If others wish to continue with this insolvent/nearly bankrupt fund, let them. Go ahead. Be my guest. But as for me, I want the FREEDOM to opt out. This should NOT be a mandated fund.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/merrillmatthews/2011/07/13/what-happened-to-the-2…

Obama threatened to take away these social services in July 2011.
http://youtu.be/2KbVUF_SL54?t=4m26s

Listen to Ron Paul’s speech on why the government LIES about social security, and why he would like to give Americans the ability to OPT OUT if they so choose!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdafLIQfWlY

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