Articles Tagged: rights

What can one person do online to promote freedom!?

April 12th, 2011 | By Pirate

There are a lot of things a person can do on the internet to promote freedom. I know that freedom is not a spectator sport, but there are things that homebody’s can do to promote and even enact freedom initiatives.

Please visit:

www.NI4D.us
www.VOTE.org
www.SensibleWashington.org
www.i1149.com
www.sensilife.com

Legalize 2011!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dx5331X4IJw

Law makers working on decriminalizing possession of marijuana

June 18th, 2009 | By Pirate

I try to keep up with major marijuana news, so I often visit NORML and CannabisCulture.

Right now a bi-partisan bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults in being reintroduced:

From NORML:

“Washington, DC: Massachusetts Democrat Barney Frank, along with co-sponsors Ron Paul (R-TX); Maurice Hinchey (D-NY); Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA); and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), will reintroduce legislation today to limit the federal government’s authority to arrest and prosecute minor marijuana offenders.”

This bill would potentially save 860,000 lives being ruined each year for getting charged with possession of a victimless crime.
It would stand to end spending on enforcing penalties for a victimless crime, to the tune of 45 BILLION dollars per year.
It would also give room to let states tax and regulate marijuana, which would put it in a controlled liquor store type of environment, and create tax revenue that would potentially amount to 32 Billion dollars per year.

Write your congress reps and tell them to support this bill!  NORML makes it very easy to get this to your congress representatives by using the link below.  (Thanks NORML!)

http://capwiz.com/norml2/issues/alert/?alertid=13568661

See more at this video on HR 2835

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPLH-Q41PJA[/youtube]

Also see this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW-KvGe6XuI by Reverend Ryan

When a town in Utah does something very noble!

June 18th, 2009 | By Pirate

This is history by about 8 years now, but back in 2001 the little town of 400 people in Utah named “Big Water” passed an ordinance that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana to a $10 fine (under 1 oz), and possession of paraphernalia a $5 fine.

The motive behind this says mayor Willie Marshall “Our ordinance made justice affordable for everybody,” said Marshall. “Let the punishment fit the crime.”

Under Utah law, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, as well as a six-month drivers license suspension. Under state law, paraphernalia possession nets the same maximum six months and $1,000. According to a newspaper article about this situation that can be found at this link:  http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/215/bigwater.shtml

I agree with Mayor Willie Marshall, and even though I think a $10 fine is too much for a victimless crime, I believe his intentions were in the right place, and I think you will find the city of Denver Colorado agrees, where it is legal (no fines) for adults to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.

Ruining people’s life forever, putting a misdemeanor on their record which denies them the ability for scholarships, military service, working at certain jobs, etc..  for a victimless crime is insane.  A $1000 fine for possessing a plant that has never killed anyone in all of history?
This would be like making drinking from a drinking fountain a misdemeanor punishable with jail time and a $1000 fine.  Based on harm, and social impact, marijuana is no more of a threat than drinking water!

Bravo to this courageous mayor and this courageous city council.  It’s only too bad that these ordinances were later repealed, and that at least one officer is recorded and reprimended for threatening the city council members.

Utah Highway Patrol Officer Nathan Giles blew up at local officials, Marshall said, in an account whose broad contours were confirmed by regional Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Lynn McAfee. “Once the police heard about this, they hit the ceiling, the Kane County sheriff and the Highway Patrol were just enraged,” said Marshall. “They do a lot of intimidating people into letting them search their cars. But Officer Nathan Giles was especially bent out of shape. He came in and yelled at the town clerk. ‘Who’s the dope-smoking son of a bitch who wrote this ordinance?’ Giles yelled. And then he made threats. ‘All hell is going to break loose in Big Water,’ he told her,” Marshall said.

Two weeks after the ordinance passed, UHP started harassing members of the entire town of Big Water:

On December 7, two weeks after the ordinance was passed, the town was hit with an “enforcement blitz” by Highway Patrol and Kane County Sheriff’s officers. “They were ticketing everyone for anything,” said Marshall. “They had a half dozen Highway Patrol cars out there pulling people over for no seat belt, failure to signal, anything they could think of.”

Which was confirmed by Lt. McAfee of the Utah Highway Patrol.

But this wasn’t the end of it, and as you guessed, this all has to do with police funding and getting revenue from these so-called crimes.

But Giles wasn’t done. “Then he went over to the water board office, where one of the council members works, while on-duty and in uniform and started arguing with her,” Marshall said, “telling her the ordinance was unconstitutional, that we had to repeal it, that the Highway Patrol could just stop writing tickets in our town, basically threatening to cut off a source of town funding. Not that we’re a speed trap,” Marshall quickly added. “Giles was very threatening and his behavior was very inappropriate.”


This is Utah life under a huge microscope in relation to the ‘drug war’.  No drug war equals no police funding.  It’s not about harm reduction, it’s about revenue!

This isn’t a war on drugs, this is a war on the American people!

Another Reference from a local newspaper:  http://archive.deseretnews.com/archive/880574/Big-Water-axes-controversial-laws.html

Ode to Border Patrol by Pastor Steve Anderson

June 17th, 2009 | By Pirate

I got a kick out of this well written poem to describe the horror imposed on this law abiding Tempe AZ Pastor who was beaten and tazed severly by the borer patrol and dps in Arizona.

This man reminds us why our ‘freedom isn’t free’, we STILL have to fight for our freedom.  The battle wasn’t done in the American revolution, we still have overlords and dictators in our midst who would like to see our heads under their boots in one way or another.

Here’s the poem!  Be wise, and NEVER compromise your rights!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix5i8Iv-OmE[/youtube]

Barack Obama 6/4/2009 The Healing of the Nations

June 8th, 2009 | By Pirate

This is my commentary on Barack Obama’s recent speach on freedom of religion.

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During Barack Obama’s recent speech in Cairo Egypt on 6/4/2009 to the Muslim nations, he spoke about freedom of religion, and respecting each other’s right to their own personal type of religion in the USA.

My commentary has to do with cannabis and the sons and daughters of Abraham. From Genesis 1:29, to Exodus 30:23 to the cristening oil of Jesus in Mark 14:3-9

Another Minister abused by the system for a victimless “crime”

June 2nd, 2009 | By Pirate

I am sad to say that after looking for ministers to ally with in Idaho, that I found one but he will be going to jail for merely posseessing a harmless plant that he used for his religious ceremonies.

Watch as Shawn Fluewelling gets his 1st Amendment rights violated.  (sorry to show such a painful event, but it’s necessary)

Shawn Fluewelling

Shawn Fluewelling

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkf4dF4jxkY[/youtube]

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkf4dF4jxkY

This is such an injustice!

It is obvious that under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 that using cannabis as a sacrament is protected by the first amendment of our constitution, as well as the support act just mentioned that was inducted into law in 1993 by President Bill Clinton!

Native Americans use peyote as a religious practice legally with similar provisions as protected by the First Amendment and by the RFRA(1993)

Waiver as in Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal, 546 U.S. 418, 432-433 (2006):
The Act contains a provision authorizing the Attorney General to “waive the requirement for registration of certain manufacturers, distributors, or dispensers if he finds it consistent with the public health and safety.” 21 U.S.C. §822(d). The fact that the Act itself contemplates that exempting certain people from its requirements would be “consistent with the public health and safety” indicates that congressional findings with respect to Schedule I substances should not carry the determinative weight, for RFRA purposes, that the Government would ascribe to them.
Idaho Statutes Article III 37-2716 Registration Requirements d)
(d) The board may waive by rule the requirement for registration of certain manufacturers, distributors, or dispensers if it finds it consistent with the public health and safety.2) Exemption for Alcohol and Tobacco
3) Application process
4) Exemption for Ultimate user
5) Exemption for Officers
6) Process to move substances from schedule to schedule

7) Federal peyote law unchallenged by the state of Idaho
42 U.S.C. § 1996a:
(b) Use, possession, or transportation of peyote.
(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the use, possession, or transportation of peyote by an Indian for bona fide traditional ceremonial purposes in connection with the practice of a traditional Indian religion is lawful, and shall not be prohibited by the United States or any State.

(taken from the THC-Ministry forum)

See Aaron Russo speak about how our “free” “republic”  has become as socialistic democracy (not so free).  Our constitution is being deluded and destroyed!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKTeztIAFZI&videos=lA6Zq5texNw&playnext_from=TL&playnext=1

Footage of Baptist Pastor beating by border patrol

June 1st, 2009 | By Pirate

This is the full footage of the Baptist Pastor Steve Anderson who got beaten by border patrol to a point of needing 11 stitches in his face.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJF5cUWXA_A[/youtube]

I am completely amazed that we can still call this country the “Land of the Free”!

This man was well within his rights, asking the police to uphold his 4th amendment rights, of not being unreasonably searched.

There are two rights that they forcefully violated, which are his 4th Amendment and 5th Amendment rights, as well as a few others Im sure.

They had no reason to search him, and these Nazi type check points are unconstitutional.

They did an excellent job demonstrating this at this protest:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kantS-kzIWU

Steve has my support, see his blog at:   http://www.stevenandersonfamily.blogspot.com/

Human rights, gay rights, cannabis user rights

May 30th, 2009 | By Pirate

Broadcast for May 30th 2009 from http://xtube.xCannabis.com

Issues discussed:

  • Human rights, gay rights, cannabis user rights
  • California’s deficit, legalization in California, and taxing marijuana
  • Reverend Ryan Gets his ordination credentials

Memorial Day, Marijuana POW’s

May 23rd, 2009 | By Pirate

I have been a Prisoner of War in this “War on Drugs”. As a teenager, when I was just beginning my life I was locked up and heavily fined for doing nothing more than possessing a harmless plant.

Marijuana Prisoner of War

Marijuana Prisoner of War

Marijuana prohibition locks up hundreds of thousands of people and 89% of these prisoners are locked up for simple possession of this harmless plant. These people don’t start out as hardcore criminals, then end up becoming acquainted with that lifestyle only AFTER being locked up with murderers, thieves, and rapists. Marijuana prohibition and this “war on drugs” is an assault on the American people.
For those other P.O.W.’s of this inane war, I will be out protesting against the WAR on drugs.

A few months ago, I wrote an article about being denied the right to serve my country as a result of this war on Americans.
Please read this, as we remember our veterans this Memorial Day weekend.

http://xcannabis.com/2009/03/i-was-denied-the-ability-to-serve-my-country/

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYkG5-RYMJ8[/youtube]

Kudos To The Supreme Court

May 20th, 2009 | By Michael

This is the first report I’ve received of a court system denying a case to outlaw medical marijuana.

In California, two counties, San Diego and San Bernardino, wished to exclude themselves from the law requiring them to provide citizens with medical marijuana cards.  Their case stated that the medical marijuana law in California was preempted by the federal law banning the substance.  The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case, thereby ending the appeals process.

A decision in the Supreme Court would have decided whether states can legalize medical marijuana while it is still illegal on a federal level.  Wasn’t there something in the constitution that gave us that right? hmm.  Finally it’s the prohibitionists that are being shut down.

Marijuana has become an integral part of every states political standpoint, and fortunately our voices are slowly spreading across the nation.  State by state, we’re taking over and no one can stop us because state by state, people are realizing the ignorance of enforcing laws against marijuana use.  Science is finally beginning to outweigh propaganda.