Articles Tagged: reverend

Self Defense laws being threatened

July 21st, 2013 | By Pirate

There have been a lot of stories that have been blasted in all of our main stream media sources and in our government as of late. Never has there been a time in my life or in the history of our country that I have read about that our rights to self defense and our rights to bear arms have been threatened so much. I have wrote about this every opportunity that I have saw this. I try to avoid the main stream media hype and I divert to personal experiences. I have wrote about Russ Belville calling for gun law reform, only because I have personally met him, and I have personally donated to his show and for awhile he linked to my site from So I felt obligated to voice my personal opposition to his call for gun restrictions as I did not want to portray any support for that.

I also broke down and wrote a few stories about the George Zimmerman case. When everything got fired up in March 2012, I supported the arrest and charges pressed against him. I posted on facebook about it a lot, and I wore my hoodie and all of that. But after he was arrested I left it alone and waited for the verdict. After seeing what I saw I had to comment, because I felt like I was wrong for believing the main stream media when they cut and edited the 911 calls to make George Zimmerman seem racist and such. I wanted to express my opinion on the verdict which I very much agreed with after reviewing the evidence. So I posted the following two articles.

The science in the George Zimmerman case

Creepy Ass Cracka – Final post on the George Zimmerman case

These are some of the articles that I have posted on gun restrictions and self defense.

My opinion on these cases like Sandy Hook and Columbine etc. Is that gun control laws made no difference or would have made no difference in deferring this tragedies. In the case of George Zimmerman, he was getting beat so badly that he could have died if it would have continued. In countries where there are more guns and less restrictions like Switzerland, there is over all less crime, and less murders. Switzerland has the least crime rates in the world and they have less gun restrictions than anywhere. They even require each home to have an assault weapon in it.

But when I see the president playing the race card to push an agenda that he has been working on since he got into office, which is to reduce gun rights and self defense rights. It makes me upset. First of all seeing that this was clearly not a race based issue between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, and in fact, if Trayvon Martin would not have been killed he would have likely been guilty of a hate crime. Since first before the violence, he was describing George Zimmerman as A “Creepy Ass Cracka”, and then after he jumped George Zimmerman and beat him very badly. That racial slur and the violence that followed justified a hate-crime charge if not just a simple assault. But the media, the president and many anti-gun liberals play this to death on the race issue saying that George Zimmerman was a racist, and that is why he killed Trayvon Martin. When in fact George Zimmerman did not at all look white, and was in fact part Afro-Peruvian (black). But they keep playing the emotions of people on this “if you don’t agree with me that this was racist, then you are racist”.

All because Obama wants to take away our guns?

While this whole thing with George Zimmerman has been playing out. The Obama administration has been working to take away our protection against indefinite detention without trial via the NDAA, and he finally won this while the media distracted Americans.

And before that he was shamelessly parading children of the Sandy Hook incident for a ploy to take away gun rights.

When will the American people realize how bad the police response is getting to be? When we will realize that the police departments are being used as revenue generator tools for counties and cities and are not being used to protect people

You can watch via this video and the article that I wrote after attending Spokane City Council meeting March 7th 2011, that Spokane City Police do not investigate property damage/crimes that are less than $30,000 in value, and they admit that police response times are slow.

Standing up or sitting down

That is amazing that people just don’t care. And not only do they not open their eyes to the writing on the walls, many citizens are working to make it nearly impossible to defend one’s self against crime and violence.

The poor get the worst of this. If $30,000 is the mark in which police will respond to property crimes, many poor folks do not have that many assets to their name, so they will NEVER get protected by police.

I fully admit that there is a racism problem in this country. My contention is that it is the government pushing this racism. From Affirmative Action (ie Reverse Discrimination) laws, to racially placing prisoners in our giant prison population. I believe that the government is responsible for a lot of the racism in this country.


But to make a racial issue out of the George Zimmerman case just seems bizzare to me. Especially since he was about as white as Bob Marley, and part black himself. And seeing that there is a much bigger problem to address which is not white on black crimes, but black on black crimes.

With the African-American (black) population only being about 12%, there are a significantly higher amount of black on black crimes than white on black crimes. Which seems disproportionate to me. If there are more whites than blacks, it would make sense that there would be more white on black crimes. But there isn’t and this is the GIANT ELEPHANT in the room that no one is talking about.


“An analysis of ‘single offender victimization figures’ from the FBI for 2007 finds blacks committed 433,934 crimes against whites, eight times the 55,685 whites committed against blacks. Interracial rape is almost exclusively black on white — with 14,000 assaults on white women by African Americans in 2007. Not one case of a white sexual assault on a black female was found in the FBI study.”

Though blacks are outnumbered 5-to-1 in the population by whites, they commit eight times as many crimes against whites as the reverse. By those 2007 numbers, a black male was 40 times as likely to assault a white person as the reverse.


One way to explain it is “we have a preferential justice system” and there is a lot of truth to that. But we can no longer ignore that black on black crime is a major problem, regardless of the system itself. There is a cultural problem too.

Some blame single parent homes. That may be the case. I know that a person that I respect very much has pointed to this. Mr. Thomas Sowell.


But what are your thoughts?



NORML Loses it’s cool – Reply to the Sensible Washington article from Feb 29th

February 29th, 2012 | By Pirate

I have been a supporter of full legalization for a very long time, including the controversial Proposition 19 in California.

During Proposition 19 there was a lot of negative emotions stirred up, and there was a lot of back and forth going on.  Not just between NORML and Prop19 opponents, but I also had some serious online conflicts with Anti-Prop19 activists as well.  Some of these exchanges included insults, threats and very unbecoming behavior.   Of which, when things like this occur I use my screen shot software to document it.  (see the bottom of this video for some of these examples)

But when NORML started receiving criticisms about I-502 and their recent endorsement of this initiative, Russ Belville and other NORML board members and employees have made such claims as opponents of I502 as being “enemies”, during his show on 2/24/2012 titled “Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of War” this was the theme.   I called in on the second hour of that show, and despite being promised an uninterrupted 2 minutes to explain my opposition to I-502, I was interrupted after only getting one minute and three seconds (uninterrupted), and I got repeatedly interrupted by Russ and eventually at the end of the show Russ hung up on me.

Shortly after that show, I had Jon Hamm aka GanaJon attack me on facebook with some silly insults and what seemed to me like a personal threat.

Russ would say that people like me are on the fringes of the legalization movement, and that my opinion is inconsequential to what is really going on.

He may not care much about what I think.  But I am a stake holder in Washington, and I have served time in jail for simple possession of marijuana.

This is a documentary that I made about my call into the NORML Live show.

Part 1:

Part 2:


This is a video that I made about another Radical Russ broadcast about I-502 from a few days before where Russ replied to a few of my comments:

Needless to say, I felt that this article from Sensible Washington addressed this issue really well:


NORML Loses Its Cool

February 29, 2012

Allen St. Pierre should have seen it coming.

After all, the Executive Director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), was asked by Steve Bloom if could publish an email St. Pierre had written about medical marijuana being a “legal farce”.  It had been submitted by a disaffected attorney in Colorado seeking to discredit St. Pierre.

Politically, St. Pierre’s points had some validity, but without proper context it appeared as though St. Pierre had gone out of his way to slam patients. The reaction was anything but positive.

And then, in February, NORML went all in on I-502. NORML’s unconditional endorsement of the controversial initiative really got the waters boiling. Forced to respond to criticism, St. Pierre shared his hope that opponents of the measure would “step aside and take no public position”.

Unsurprisingly, activists are struggling with the about-face on what St. Pierre himself calls “arbitrary, unscientific, and unnecessary” per se DUI standards. What happened to founder Keith Stroup, who  famously pledged to never vote for anyone who would seek to make him a criminal? What about Deputy Director Paul Armentano’s unambiguous report that there is currently no evidence showing a clear correlation between an individual’s impairment and THC in the blood?

We have long depended on the unparalleled work by NORML Show Live’s Russ Belville to provide us with the facts we need to make informed decisions, but now that the money has started pouring in from Progressive Insurance CEO Peter Lewis and travel guru Rick Steves, the weather has taken a turn.

If you had a million dollars to reform our drug laws, what would you do with it? Supporters of I-502, notably St. Pierre, are hell-bent to 1) put a victory on the board (with another legal farce), 2) generate an election-day headline (look for that on page A13), and 3) argue the Supremacy Clause before the Supreme Court (the squash heard ’round the world).

Of late, Belville has been taking aim at opponents of legalization on an almost daily basis. In his 2/21 show, he professed a desire to remain respectful, yet spoke of “scurrilous lies” and referred to Steve Elliott’s site as “Tool of the Town”. Not long ago, Belville had pledged to tone down the rhetoric he used during the Prop 19 debate. But in his 2/24 show, he leveled a with-us-or-against-us ultimatum, and declared opponents of I-502 to be his enemies in a rant aimed “Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs of War”.

Et tu, NORML?

Clearly, there’s too much disrespect on both sides of the debate. Personal smears and intentional distortions among the reform community only serve the good of prohibition. The worst mistake any of us can make is to denigrate the contributions of another volunteer. Hyperbole only sets us back, whether it comes from The Stranger‘s Dominic Holden calling opponents of I-502 “high-pocrites”, or opponents of I-502 equating it with the apocalypse. That said, anyone who’s receiving payment as part of a legalization effort can afford to buy tougher skin.

With support for full legalization rising in every demographic, it is time to take St. Pierre’s point to heart: the time to pursue full legalization is now. Prohibition must be removed at the taproot. Meanwhile, Belville portrays efforts in California too underfunded and Colorado’s recently certified initiative too unlikely to pass. What a self-fulfilling prophecy that would be.

On Belville’s 2/29 show, he described the opposition to I-502 as “a select tiny few people…out in force.” And despite a heavy-handed attempt to turn an online survey about I-502 into a push-poll, Belville still found roughly a third of his followers inclined to vote no.

To quote Upton Sinclair, as Belville is fond of doing: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on him not understanding it.”

I502 A Senseless Division and Senseless NEW… by xcannabis

Reply to NORML Live 2nd hour February 24th 2012 – Those who would trade liberty for security

February 28th, 2012 | By Pirate

NORML Live 2nd hour February 24th 2012 – Reverend Ryan’s Response
I have had a lot of conversations with NORML and the ACLU in Washington about Initiative 502, and the negative provisions in the initiative.   I detail my opposition to the initiative

NORML Live 2nd hour February 24th 2012 – Those… by xcannabis
Part 2 of my reply (poor audio quality):

More info:
I502 Presentation Seattle Channel – Washington Legalization Initiative – or is it?

Reply about I-502 and probable cause

Flash backs of Prop19 in the conversation below. Just when I think Im done with this kind of drama!

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Cannabis is legalized in Utah for religious use

July 11th, 2011 | By Pirate

In a recent ruling for a Utah based Native American Church, earth based plants including cannabis is legal for religious usage.

After a 11 year case, and after getting their peyote chief back that the police took hostage in 2000 it is now understood that the courts have ruled that this church via the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act can legally used earth based substances without legal penalty.

After years upof debating this point with NORML and other activists, it appears that there is more precedent than before.  Although the cases and the rulings have kept building up over the years, this particular case is monumental.  First because it is coming from Utah, and second this Native American Church originally got in trouble for giving peyote to non-Native Americans.

Read more about this from:

More from the church website on this topic:


archive of the ruling

also you can download a pdf version here

Also listen to our show from  7/11/2011

Past article from xCannabis/Reverend Ryan on Cannabis Sacrament



Roger Christie locked up for over a year now without bail and without conviction

July 9th, 2011 | By Pirate

For over one year now the US government as attempted to make a dreary example of what happens to you if you choose to participate in a religion that is not of their liking.  For over one year now Roger Christie has been sitting in a federal detention center without a conviction and without bail.
Roger has not accepted any plea deals that several of the other Green 14 are currently in negotiations of accepting.

In light of a grass-roots effort to re-classify marijuana as a far less dangerous Schedule III drug, Christie himself has optimistically named his current ordeal “the last marijuana trial.”

“If that is,” Christie writes, “then Cannabis MUST (his emphasis) be legal, at least for religious uses in the USA federal system, and in all the states. That solid information could, would and should make for ‘the last marijuana trial,’ like there was a ‘last witch hunt’ back a few centuries ago.”

We hope and pray that the almighty God continues to bless this world with Reverend Roger Christie’s inspiring words and compassion for those in need.  Roger has inspired many, and has not hurt a soul.

Top 10 Ways to Help Roger Christie:

1.) Write a letter or postcard to Roger. Roger has ZERO internet, Facebook, Twitter, etc. He only has Corrlinks which is a limited Email program. If you are nervous about the return address, then try sending a postcard. SnailMail is Roger’s fresh air and sunshine since he zero has access to outdoors at the Honolulu FDC. You can send books to Roger but they MUST come directly from Amazon or the publisher. But ask Hokulani or Share before you send, since Roger may have an explicit request or he may already have the book you want to send. Just send us a Facebook message if you want to mail him a book and we will give you the details.
His address is :
Roger Christie
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Unit 5B
PO BOX 30080
Honolulu, HI 96820

2.) Write Letters of testimony on how Roger has helped you or touched your life.

Send it to:
c/o Roger Christie
PO Box 202
Hilo, HI 96721

3.) Print up and hand out the GOD WANTED flyers to churches, etc.

4.) Write you Congressperson regarding Bill 2306. This the legalization bill that Ron Paul and Barney Frank are presenting to the Congress. Lamar Smith of Texas particularly needs to be written since he refuses to let this be heard before the House Judicial Committee.

5.) Send a donation to the Last marijuana trial website.

6.) Read and study, then practice Self-I-Dentity. Ho’oponopono.

7.) Write a letter of support to Editors of Hilo and Honolulu newspapers and please

show good manners and respect, etc. (Per Roger!)

8. Send $$$$ to Roger to this location:

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Roger Christie


Post Office Box 474701

Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

The deposit must be in the form of a money order made out to the inmate’s full committed name and complete eight-digit register number.

9. Support Cannabis Liberation organizations, online, in person, etc.

Write, write, write!

10. Visualize Roger’s Freedom. And daily prayer right after that 420 break!

Make your own media! Updates from Reverend Ryan 07/07/2011

July 7th, 2011 | By Pirate

Make your own media! Updates from Reverend Ryan 07/07/2011

Taking a hiatus soon for baby #3. The last baby for us. =)
Also working on the HempDome. So I will be more active later this year.

In this video I talk about how and why people should make their own media sources.

Alternative media is the most pure, un-adulterated media, and the most readily available.

Everyone has camera phones these days, and many people can even stream video over the internet via their phones.

Blog Talk Radio – free online radio Free phone calls Free blogs

I made a video this morning that I discuss this.

This is also a video of police brutality, which actually had a happy ending.  This is from a mainstream media source, but still..  Good stuff!

To catch our show go to:

For other good alternative media sources check into:

I love that they are coming out in favor of legalization

March 17th, 2011 | By Pirate

I love that they (politicians) are coming out in favor of legalization, but what is with such overwhelming support all of the sudden?

Are they worried about something? (15 minutes)

and (45 seconds)


(we’ve added a ton of new videos)
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s day. Funny how the Irish celebrate death rather than birth eh? Personally I agree. Birthdays are fine and all, but the picture isn’t complete until you pass. And is that picture all that you had hoped it would be? St. Patrick born of meger means accomplished much in the name of love and compassion. BTW- Here is a fact for ya. Think St. Patty was a Catholic? Not likely. How many Catholics do you know that reject infant baptism? If St. Patty was Catholic, he was one of few.



Reverend Ryan Thompson

People’s initiatives vs. Congressional Bills

March 9th, 2011 | By Pirate

For a very long time I have been in favor of supporting strictly people’s initiatives.
I learned after supporting congressional bills in the past just how they change by the final vote, and how that usually ends up being a disadvantage for the supporters of these bills.
It seems like we go into these bills with the most favorable (to the people) language and by the end the only people benefiting is the congressional members and their corporate supporters.

Since around the year 1999/2000 I have been supporting Ralph Nader and what he stands for.  Since about 2003 my wife has been urging me to support Senator Mike Gravel as she believes in what he stands for and she also turned me on to the National Initiative for Democracy that Mike is the sponsor of and is now something that Ralph Nader also supports.
This is a way to give the people back a voice.  For the people to assert their own desires and put it to a popular vote.
Of course the original 3 tiers of government stays the same, but the NI4D simply gives the people a way to effectively assert their will via a popular vote, the supreme court still judges the constitutionality, and the congress still does what they currently do.
However say if the people do not like the Patriot Act we could vote to repeal it via the initiative process just like the states have.

You can listen to a discussion that I had about this with Matti at Liberty Talk Radio on December 3rd 2010.

But the issues that I am currently having with NORML is really the difference between Congressional Bills that seem to intend to take freedoms away from patients and from cannabis industry, vs.  Sensible Washington’s initiative which seeks to remove criminal penalties for adults.   In the end this is a debate that I have had before with other people on other topics.
What is blatantly clear is that the only good marijuana laws in the USA have come from ballot initiatives and not congressional bills.

In my video presentation for March 9th I talk about the issues that I see in history and in current day politics from trusting the government to fix things for us.  When we become complacent or out of fear, silent..   We see our rights deteriorate.
We look at how the government infiltrated the Marcus Garvey (UNIA) movement in the 30s as they sought to silence the resistance they hired people in the public sector to illegally (in my opinion) sabotage the UNIA via friendships that they developed with Marcus Garvey.

My point is that having only one or two influential political groups competing for their voice to be heard, it is a lot less fault tolerant than if there are many groups, making it more difficult for the government to employ ‘agent provocateur‘.

Similar to my support for the national initiative for democracy.  My theory is that it is more difficult for a corporation or lobby group to influence or buy the vote of the people, than it is to buy or influence the vote of only 435 congressional representatives.
It happens all of the time in politics  “you scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours”.  But with ballot initiatives that kind of thing is much more difficult, because instead of having to influence only 435 people in congress, businesses or lobbyist would have to influence hundreds of thousands if not millions of more people to sway the vote.

In my estimation THE MORE THE MERRIER!

Feel free to check out our growing video and audio collection at

Please support (Sensible Washington to remove criminal penalties for adults in Washington)


Please urge your representatives to NOT support SB 5073

Call to action!
Committee members:

* Cody, Eileen (D) 360-786-7978
* Jinkins, Laurie (D) 360-786-7930
* Schmick, Joe (R) 360-786-7844
* Hinkle, Bill (R) 360-786-7808
* Bailey, Barbara (R) 360-786-7914
* Clibborn, Judy (D) 360-786-7926
* Green, Tami (D) 360-786-7958
* Harris, Paul (R) 360-786-7976
* Kelley, Troy (D) 360-786-7890
* Moeller, Jim (D) 360-786-7872
* Van De Wege, Kevin (D) 360-786-7916


WHEN: Friday March 11th 2011, 7pm – 9pm
WHO: Concerned Citizens
WHERE: 1312 North Monroe St. Spokane
CALL: 888-694-8737 ext 707 Ryan
… 888-694-8737 ext 708 Kimberly 


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Sensi Life Radio going on hiatus

February 21st, 2011 | By Pirate

There are seasons for everything.  It is now the season for Reverend Ryan of Sensi Life radio to take this season seriously. 
It is a season in my wife’s and my life where we are preparing for a baby and building on our property.

Sensi Life Radio has been a very good outlet for me during a hard time in my life.   It also has been a great learning experience as I have interviewed and discussed topic with over a dozen amazing guests!   We are so very grateful for all of the people who came on and told their stories and shared their pain regarding their experience with prohibition.   It has inspired me to continue to work on freedom issues, and I am encouraged to continue even strong  with the National Initiative for Democracy.   (  as it is obvious that the only way the people are able to attain freedom, is through the initiative process.  We have initiative processes at the state level for many (but not all) states.  Why should we not have that same representation at the federal level?  I have also learned a lot about hemp and the benefits of growing hemp for our environment, some that I knew before and some that I didn’t know and I am glad to learn.   I have learned how many people have it worse with prohibition than I have and my heart breaks for them, furthering my desire for legalization!   There are so many lessons and strengths that I have gained from this radio station.   Thank you for everyone all around the world who are working for freedom!

This is how the radio show started up.

I have been posting at and supporting NORML for several years.
I was irritated with a conversation that included negative comments about freedom fighter Roger Christie.

After many pleas to Russ Belville to have him interview Chris Bennett or someone who can speak for Roger while he is in jail, and we were shut down.  No interview would be taking place on the NORML stash, despite that there were 8 posts by the host in the blog about Roger Christie, several radio shows, and most all of it was extremely negative, practically calling Roger Christie a crook.   Chris Bennett who is a world renown scholar, an author of several published books on cannabis, and a friend of Roger Christie going back 20 years or more.  Yet NORML wouldn’t give the topic any dialog it was ALL one sided.

So then I was invited to be on a few radio shows via Ray Christl who also is friends with Roger Christie.  I did a radio show with Clayton Douglas and Ray Christl on The Free American show.   After awhile it was pretty obvious that Clayton was a racist.  So then I went out to other radio stations and I got interviewed by Matti C with Liberty Talk Radio.   I also did a few radio call ins and got a good dialog going on other radio shows.

After awhile I realized that I need to get a schedule together, because I didn’t have time to bend to other people’s schedules.
So I started the website and I put together software for server on our web hosting server to stream audio, and to be able to interview folks I spliced in an account from

We have put a lot of info on   and we encourage you to take a look at the information that we have had shared on Sensi Life!

So after only 26 episodes it is time to take on my responsibilities to my family, my new baby on the way, and building our house in California.

We will be back eventually, and in the mean time please continue to fight for freedom!

We also have all of our episodes available for download from iTunes.

BTW-  We have a few more shows left, but by March we are going to retire from the radio for awhile.   Our replays will be available from and we also may have other hosts, that is to be decided stil.

The Free American – THC MINISTRY HOUR 2nd Hour part 2

The Free American – THC MINISTRY HOUR 2nd Hour part 3

Prison Style Strip search of a 7 year old boy at SLC International Airport 2,333 views –

Sensi Life Show 2/5/11 Community Radio at its best!

February 2nd, 2011 | By Pirate

This Saturday we are planning for our biggest and best show yet.

We are going to have a 2 hour show with multiple guests.

The lineup is looking like this:


Reverend Ryan xCannabis
Pastor Ray Christl of Cambodia


Jared Allaway  – Freedom activist in WA

Dr. Jeri Rose – Freedom Activist and Chiropractor as well as a natural healer

We also are trying to get on the show Paul von Hartmann

Our theme for this show is community networking and working together to restore freedom.

We have so many reasons to unite and work together, and we wish to illustrate the willingness of other activists to work together for positive change!

Please join us as we discuss many topics relating to cannabis and freedom!–roots-rockin-reggae

Listen to internet radio with xcannabis on Blog Talk Radio