Articles Tagged: ron paul

What has xCannabis been up to since 2013

November 12th, 2016 | By Pirate

In May of 2013 the editor and author of most of the blogs on this website (me Ryan Thompson), was in a horrible car accident that nearly claimed my life.  It did claim the life of the drunk driver that hit me.
Shortly after that, I went from working 96 hours a week as a robotics engineer, to being in a wheel chair and not working for several years.  
I recovered partially, and I decided after such a life changing moment, that every minute counts and I decided to not waste any more time.
So I retired essentially, while still supporting my wife in her businesses and we are now circumnavigating the globe in our 45 foot yawl (sailboat).

I recently noticed that a former colleague and a “radical” liberal radio talk show host was being condescending to Trump supporters, and he happened to step in a pile of shit with Roseanne Barr, telling her that she didn’t know as much as he did about cannabis law reform. 

I jumped in and told Russ that all of his credentials don’t mean shit when in his show #675 he says something really dumb by claiming that Bernie Sanders was the first presidential candidate to support legalization of cannabis out of the Republican or Democrat partyHe if anyone should know that Ron Paul a republican law maker, and a presidential candidate that had at least if not more support than Bernie Sanders did, had supported (along side NORML) legalizing all drugs including cannabis since the 1980s.  Russ Belville’s predecessor Chris Goldstein had even interviewed Ron Paul before Russ took over the Norml Stash, and made it a 3 ring liberal circus side show (something he later got fired from NORML for).

Well then Russ tried to insult me saying that my ranking in Alexa was down to 18 million.  Which anyone can see, that it has been dropping steadily since 2013, after I essentially stopped blogging while I recovered. 
Just this last month Alexa shows a drop of 4 million in traffic ranking, which shows 30 days ago, I was much higher.

 

But this reminded me that I had captured Russ Belville’s ranking, and traffic in 2013, and his rank was way lower than mine.  His social media interactions was so very bleak.  But today he is the come back kid, and says “In just two months, my traffic rose to the top 100,000 on Alexa”.   Which in reply to this, I told him that I had just reviewed his traffic, and it shows all of the tell-tale signs of rank manipulation.

Assessment of Belville’s fake traffic


 

Jumping from the low spot that he was in just a few short months ago, to being in the top 100,000 Alexa ranks, is an obvious sign of rank manipulation.  Which anyone with $50 can do these days, just do a google search for “alexa rank boost”

So I gave Russ this challenge.  I told him that I would register a new domain (I won’t say what it is for now), and I will do exactly what he has done to manipulate the traffic ranking, and then in two months I will reveal my stats, and it will match his metrics almost identically.   Organic traffic looks much different than Russ Belville’s traffic does.  My traffic from 2013 is clearly organic, and I can prove it (its easy to see actually in my video from 2013).  However to demonstrate how easy it is to get higher ranks, I will do it, and by January I will prove it.  I won’t do it on any domain with any meaning, just some random thing, to make my case even more obvious.

The point is, to show that these people trying to drive public opinion, lie, cheat and steal.  It’s not about ethics, and the value of their content.  To them, and people like Russ Belville, it is about their ego, and their influence. 
When their traffic sucks, they pay to manipulate ranks, and then they brag about it like they are in a big dick contest.  It’s just like polling during an election.  Polling is meant as a manipulation tactic.

But for me, I blog from time to time, like I always have.  I turned down Russ Belville’s invitation by email to join him on his 420Radio network (I can show you the email), and since then Russ has been butt hurt. 
The things most important to me, is not influence, ranks, and political stature.  My family is most important to me, which is why I have always blogged.
When my dad was dying of cancer, is when I started up xcannabis.com, to educate people about the value of cannabis as a cure for cancer
When I started protesting about the cannabis laws in my home state of Utah, I got arrested for not getting a “protesting permit”, and I hired a lawyer and nullified that law.  Which then inspired me to launch more websites about free speech  (of which, those website are a lot more active than xCannabis is right now).  
But unlike Russ Belville, I have nullified dumb laws, and I have made real changes in the world.   Russ continues to sell out and promote lousy cannabis law reform in favor of creating monopolies, and as a reward he gets sponsored by lawyers who are trying to keep their jobs defending people in court from cannabis charges.  In fact all of Russ Belville’s main sponsors have been lawyers who are desperate to maintain their jobs as cannabis lawyers, who need prohibition of some form to stay in business.

This to me in the video below is what I am focused on.  Spending time with my family. Getting to know the world we live in and circumnavigating the globe in my ship, while teaching my kids about the world.

I may get back to maintaining a regular blog.  But it won’t be any time soon.  So I suppose Russ can at least gloat that as a legitimate accomplishment.  Even though my blogs beat the pants off his for years.  Now that I am taking a break, his is king of the social media world.  SMH

Negotiating with Obama

Negotiating with Obama


 

2013 progress report, where I captured Russ Belville sad ratings and rankings in search engines, social media, and traffic reports, and compared it to my own.

Russ Belville got fired for being a liberal shill

 

It is my opinion, that if progressives were not violent, crass, hateful, and dishonest, that this country would not have completely turned over this last election to conservatives.
The liberals lost all 3 branches of government this election.  The executive office went to Donald Trump (but lets be honest, he is more of a democrat than most other republicans, and he use to be a Democrat and a good friend of Clinton), they lost both sides of Congress, and soon will have a conservative majority in the Supreme Court.  These folks doing media, need to just be more honest, and less power hungry and manipulative so that we can regain some balance.
I mean for example, look at all of the deceptiveness in the DNC, where the DNC chair was caught manipulating the primary debates by handing the questions to Hillary before the debates.  Also seeing all of the fake polling that the media was doing during the election, trying to show Hillary as the winner, to discourage conservative voters from turning out.  When people like Russ Belville claim that “Bernie was the first ever political candidate to say he would legalize cannabis” and it is obviously false, he should be aware that people will call him on it and people will lose trust in his media and his “facts”. Hopefully encouraging him and others to change over to a more turthful platform.
It is so important and more important than ever to have trustworthy, brave, and effective media like Wikileaks, to combat the fake news like that of what Russ Belville and MSM sources give.

This country is so divided right now, and while I think there are times for peace, and there is a time for every season.

Ecclesiastes 3

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

 

Could there be a Donald Trump and Ron Paul ticket for 2016?

May 7th, 2016 | By Pirate

With it seeming as though Trump is going to be the candidate for the Republican nomination, there are rumors of who Trump will pick for his VP, and for his cabinet.
There have been some stranger tickets in the past, and stranger candidates yet.  In fact earlier this year, I cast my support for Vermin Supreme, realizing that the elections are rigged.
I still believe this.  But to me these election are more than voting for the candidate who is going to win.  To me it is a statement of my convictions, which means when there are no valuable candidates to vote for, I do not select “the lesser of two evils”, instead I vote for who I think will do the job best, regardless of their ability to win.

Dating back to the 2000 election I put my chips in with Ralph Nader, knowing that he did not have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning anything that election.  But I supported him because of his sincerity and convictions on a national initiative process.  I did not believe in everything that he supported, specifically the abortion topic and some of the socialist ideology.  But I think it was about time to give the government back to the people.  I supported Ralph Nader for about 11 years, eventually switching over to a candidate that best supported my world view, and someone who I thought had more experience, and a better plan for being president, which was Ron Paul.  However even in the 2008 elections, I supported Ralph Nader.

So back to this election.  I do not support Donald Trump (alone), and I certainly do not support Hillary Clinton, and I think Bernie Sanders would bankrupt our country even further based on his “good intentions”.   So that is why I threw my lot in with Vermin Supreme, because he mocks the political process, and makes great points about socialism, fascism, and “free ponies”.

But I saw an article yesterday that clicked something for me.  There are rumors that Donald Trump may appoint Ron Paul as secretary of state.  I don’t know if it will happen, and Trump hasn’t announced this yet.  But it has some neo-cons nervous that it might happen.  Ron Paul’s foreign policy is the exact opposite of establishment politicians on both sides, taking a very non-interventionist stand.  A non-interventionist stand would bankrupt the military industrial complex who needs war to bolster high profits.

Anyway, I just wanted to put this out there.  That even though Trump is not my guy, if he put Ron Paul in as VP or Secretary of State, then all of the sudden I find myself supporting Trump.

Again, not because I even think it’s possible for Trump to win.  I think these elections are rigged to install people (like Clinton) from a particular bloodline.   But I would support a Trump / Paul ticket based solely on principle.   I will not support Trump without a Paul on the ticket.  But with that variable, to me it would be worth it in a pragmatic way.

This is the the article suggesting that Donald Trump may consider Ron Paul for Secretary of State;  http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/ron-paul-secretary-state-neocons-dire-fear-paul-will-shut-down-pax-americana/ri14230

Ron Paul Donald Trump Ticket

Ron Paul Donald Trump Ticket

Pot Matters: Trump on Marijuana

Ron Paul on marijuana, prohibition, and personal freedom

This is the video that I made about this potential phenomenon;

 


References from the video;

Ryan “xCannabis” on Barack’s cannabis promises

Cannabis Prohibition Nullification and the 10th Amendment  (also explaining how Obama was 6100% worse on MMJ patients than Bush in just his first 2 years)

Why is the left so silent about Obama’s wars

Kings and Peasants in the USA – How all of the US Presidents are cousins

Reply to NORML Live 2nd hour February 24th 2012  (explaining the Ron Paul issue to Russ Belville)

 

Racism in the USA revisited – What is racism?

May 24th, 2015 | By Pirate

Hi this is Reverend Ryan AKA Ryan Thompson.   I have spoken about this topic only a handful of times.  Usually when there is rioting or violence, or when someone has gotten killed by police without an obvious reason.

Racism in the USA has pressed me in my life pretty hard.  Growing up in Utah, I was 14 years old when young 14 year old Sammy Weaver was shot in the back by federal agents while they were illegally on his family’s property.  I was in the next state over when this happened, and I watched in horror when the FBI (Janet Reno) changed the rules of engagement, and they started opening fire on unarmed people on the Weaver’s property, eventually sniping Vicky Weaver when she was holding her infant baby in the doorway of their cabin.   They shot her right between the eyes, and she was merely holding a baby, no weapons, and she was in her own home.

Randy Weaver was the subject of the massacre.  Randy Weaver a decorated soldier who had never been in trouble in his life, was entrapped by the FBI (so that they could make him an informant), and then missed court on his first offense.   So the government sent agents to his property without a warrant, and when they got there Sammy Weaver was walking his property when agents startled him.  He fired off some warning shots, and the agents shot him in the back as he was running away.

This stirred up a major national incident that was on every news station for weeks while the stand off took place.

Eventually skinheads and other locals came to peacefully protest the siege on this family.  When I saw this, it made me angry at the government, and I decided to start dressing the role of skinhead culture.   I had only 2 other friends that were very serious about this “skinhead” culture, Seth and Steve.   But it wasn’t about being a part of a group, or mob-mentality.  Rather, I just wanted to do SOMETHING to protest the government and what they were doing to honest and good people of this country.
I mean seriously!  Shooting a 14 year old in the back?  Sniping an unarmed mother who was holding on infant?   On American soil?  On the family’s property?!  I was outraged, and I was even more outraged to find that other people were not outraged as well.

For years I had many heated conversations with friends and family about this.   I have a cousin that partially grew up with in my teenage years, who is gay.  She took major offense to my position, and eventually we stopped talking.  This was the case with several relationships.   Even 20+ years later I still get the same old “you were racist” (when I was a teen).

Admittedly, after I saw what happened in LA on April 26th 1992, I did have some disparaging words for the rioters, and though I am ashamed to admit it, I did recite some of the racist jokes that my father would tell.  Though I never treated anyone with racism.  Even once when I was with some friends and we saw a hitchhiker who had brown skin, and the people I was with started making disparaging comments, I pulled over and gave him a ride, and I borrowed $5 from one of the passengers and gave it to the man.  I felt bad that I was with this group who were being total assholes, so I decided to give them a lesson.  I was 16 at this point, which was about 2 years after the incident at Ruby Ridge.  This was the point that I decided to shed the skinhead ideology.
Right after that I started going to rainbow gatherings, and Grateful Dead concerts, as to sort of purge the past, and move on to a more peaceful future.   At age 17 I got two tattoos, one on my chest and one on my foot that says “S.P.E.A.R” aka “Skins and Punks Everywhere Against Racism”.     I have since made much fuss when I see other people getting discriminated against based on their creed, color or sexual orientation. When Prop 8 was being pushed in California (mostly by Mormons) I stood up against that, and I made a tirade of videos admonishing this.

However I am not a complete liberal shill, who thinks that only white people can be racist, and that apparently white people never get discriminated against.   So I have made videos like this;   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzvW-STTxUI  to clarify my position and to protest the BS that many liberals push, like “Affirmative Action” or as they call it in Great Britain “Reverse Discrimination”.  And what do I get?  More accusations that “(I) am racist”.

I don’t really care, I won’t change my position.  I am absolutely against “affirmative action” aka “reverse discrimination”, because I believe ALL discrimination is wrong based on race, gender and orientation.  If racism is wrong, then ALL racism is WRONG, and Affirmative Action is most CERTAINLY racist and sexist.   So are many policies that we are developing in the USA.

So I still wear my Dr. Martins boots, and my flight jacket, and I have my skinhead tattoos (SPEAR), and yet even though I fight vigorously against racism, when a “friend” or family member wants to bring me down, they try to smudge my image to others as “oh he is a racist”.

I venture to say however, that ANYONE who supports Affirmative Action or “Reverse Discrimination” is a true racist.  These are typically the people who like to try to take shots at me calling me a “racist”.

Here is how I rate liberalism.  As someone who has read about and studied National Socialism and WWII very well.  I liken modern day liberals to “National Socialist” aka “Nazi’s”.   This is why.

1.  Liberals are very fond of race based laws, creating an unequal balance to society by giving un-natural preference to some, and persecuting others based on race and gender.   This is very similar to Nazi policies, not the same, but similar.

2.  Liberals are very socialist.  From socialized healthcare, to socialized business guidelines and tax structures, to endless entitlements provided by the government.   That is socialism 101, and it is the same thing that Hitler often spoke about in his famous speeches.

3.  Liberals are very Nationalist.  They always hold the “American way” up as a method of garnering support.  “We as a nation are ______” to Ad nauseam.

4.  Then there is the eugenics thing.  Liberals always seem to defend abortion on the notion of “no one should be forced to have an un-wanted baby”.   So the line between murder and compassion is drawn by “is the baby wanted or not”?   The Nazi’s didn’t like Jews, and so Jews were considered “un-wanted” offspring, and the Nazi’s killed them.   Despite that the Nazi holocaust was one of the most horrible and deadly events in world history.  American’s have killed MANY MANY more people LEGALLY via abortion laws.

5.  The National Socialist, and especially after Hitler started reviewing the works of Charles Darwin became very anti-theistic.  Burning Bibles in the street, and legislating against religion.  This is a clear and obvious agenda with modern day liberals.

6. Gun control (enough said)

The people who accuse me the most of being racist are the typical liberal types, who see life through rose color glasses that allows them to see past the double standards that they apply to racial issues and socialist behavior that has failed so many times in the past.

Here is an article that I wrote about “the racist drug war” which I acknowledge and address the unfair arrest practices of police against minorities, but I also address other potential factors (that many liberal refuse to agree with, even though the problem is real, and backed up by a significant amount of data).

1992 was a very life changing year for me and many others.

The Sublime song “April 26th 1992” christens this insanity by singing about the LA riots.

What amazes me however in all of the latest city burning riots, and the ones from years past, is that when cops kill white people without cause, like what happened in Ruby Ridge Idaho (shooting children in the back, and shooting a mother in the head while holding a baby), white people don’t burn down cities in protest, and it happens far more than liberals want to admit to.

So call me whatever you want.  But I will stand against ALL FORMS OF RACISM!

 

This is a video that I made to go with this blog post;


S.P.E.A.R – Skins and Punks Everywhere Against… by Friar_Ryan

 

Black Pride Good White Pride Bad - White Guilt

Ryan tats in 2008

Ryan tats in 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justin and Ryan Thompson

My brother Justin and I.
Just showin my tats from back in the 1990s. Gotten a few more since.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here are a few other videos that I have uploaded about this subject over the years;

No Irish Need Apply

I support gay marriage, I do not support anti-discrimination laws

Ron Paul and Racism Accusations – The Marcus Garvey of the 21st Century

I am not a big fan of Louis Farrakhan, but he makes a clear point about all of the people in history that have been accused of racism or antisemitism

When people start making waves, typically the first thing that they get accused of, is being “racist”.

Governor Rick Perry talks about succession

August 11th, 2013 | By Pirate

Interesting take on states rights, and 10th Amendment discussion. This type of assertion from a state governor, is highly important especially to those who are in the medical marijuana community and those in states who have “legalized” cannabis.

Ref: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/03/22/texas-takes-step-toward-secession-with-rick-perrys-plan-to-hoard-gold/

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and freshman state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione have a plan to create a “Fort Knox of Texas” so that the state can start hoarding gold.

Giovanni has filed a bill to establish a Texas Bullion Depository to store the $1 billion worth of gold bars that are owned by University of Texas Investment Management Co. (UTIMCO), which are currently being housed by the U.S. Federal Reserve.

Speaking to conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Tuesday, Perry said that lawmakers were in the process of “bringing gold that belongs to the state of Texas back into the state.” Beck has been a longtime paid spokesperson for the precious metal seller Goldline, which agreed to refund up to $4.5 million to former customers last year after being sued for marking up gold more than 50 percent.

“If we own it, I will suggest to you that that’s not someone else’s determination whether we can take possession of it back or not,” Perry told Beck.

Former Rep. Ron Paul on Thursday explained to The Texas Tribune that the gold would be safer in the hands of Texans.

“If you think gold is a hedge, or a protection, you always want it as close to the individual and the entity as possible,” Paul said. “Texas is better served if it knows exactly where the gold is rather than depending on the security of the Federal Reserve.”

For his part, Capriglione said that he had gotten the idea while attending a tea party rally with Perry in Tarrant County earlier this year.

“Something on the scorecards of a lot of these businesses in deciding whether they want to come to Texas is stability and gold as being one of those items,” Capriglione insisted. “I think it’s been in his consciousness for a while in trying to get some sort of depository in the state of Texas.”

“We don’t want just the certificates. We want our gold. And if you’re the state of Texas, you should be able to get your gold.”

Tangent Capital Partners senior managing director Jim Rickards speculated to Yahoo Finance on Thursday that creating a “Fort Knox of Texas” could be a step in Texas creating its own currency and eventually moving to secede.

“This bill contains a provision that says to the federal government that you, the federal government, purport to confiscate this Texas gold, we, the state of Texas, consider that to be null and void,” Rickards pointed out. “And under the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution, they have that power.”

Earlier this year, more than 100,000 people signed a petition on the White House website calling on President Barack Obama’s administration to allow the state to secede.

White House Office of Public Engagement Director Jon Carson responded by noting that the Supreme Court in 1869 that states do not have a right to secede.

Carson noted that the Founding Fathers established a Constitution and “enshrined in that document the right to change our national government through the power of the ballot — a right that generations of Americans have fought to secure for all. But they did not provide a right to walk away from it.”

In a 2009 interview, Perry had joked that Texas was “thinking about” becoming an independent republic, but he dismissed the call to secede last year.

Governor Rick Perry talks about the 10th Amendment and Succession.

Further more, Ron Paul is starting his own news channel, and is expected to be one of the most honest and straight forward journalist sources in US history.

http://www.ronpaulchannel.com/landing/ron-paul-landing/

Why I will not attend Hempfest #hempfest

August 4th, 2013 | By Pirate

This is a post that I wrote on facebook a few minutes ago, and rather than posting it directly to facebook, it is a message that I want other to see as well so I am posting it on my website.

For your reference (incase you commented on a post that I made last night about Hempfest, this is for you), I was asked to take down my post about Hempfest this morning, by a person who’s picture I shared when I said what I had to say.
I don’t believe in censorship, and I usually don’t take down posts.  But apparently my words caused this person problems, and that was not my intent.  I shouldn’t have shared her picture to say what I had to say about HempFest being boring.

So let me say it again.  There are WAY too many liberals, and party-hardy types speaking at hempfest, and far too little conservatives, and non-party-hardy types.

That is not to say that conservatives don’t support ending prohibition.  In fact they do, and they have for far longer than liberals have from my estimation.
Ron Paul has championed ending prohibition for nearly 40 years, and he doesn’t even consume cannabis.  There were two prominent republican presidential candidates last election pushing for the end of prohibition (one a former governor, and the other a long standing congressman), and in fact no democrat presidential candidates pushing for ending prohibition.   Peter McWilliams, another conservative and libertarian type pushed for ending prohibition.   Many many conservatives push for ending prohibition.  However, you will not hear ANY of them speaking at HempFest this year.  And for that reason, I protest and I won’t be going to HempFest in the future, spending nearly $300 on a booth so that I can keep my young children out of the sun.  Or dropping donations in the donation bin.  Or spending hundreds and some times even thousands of dollars on goods at HempFest.  Rather, I will attend benefits for people (conservative type people) like Adam Kokesh who believes in liberty, and ending prohibition, and who is locked up without bail right now.  Or people like Buju Banton who has also been kidnapped and locked up.   So many people out there need our help, and therefore I will not party-down at places like HempFest until all of our brothers and sisters are free!  And then, maybe then I will party again.  Maybe then I will celebrate.  But not until then!

For reference:

This is the $300 booth that we paid for at HempFest 2009:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXjAaaPGqF4

This is the video of my daughter and I at HempFest 2008:  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StdLBWPCXIc

This is the banner we made that was posted at Hempfest 2012:

http://xcannabis.com/2012/08/hempfest-2012-protesteval/

HempFest_xCannabis

xCannabis at HempFest  blanket #24 by Hempsterdam

xCannabis at HempFest blanket #24 by Hempsterdam (2009)

 

We’ll miss you HempFest!   Please find some balance to the force in the meantime!

Socialism or Capitalism for the next election

July 28th, 2013 | By Pirate

I am going to pretend for a moment that we actually have a choice in our elections, and that our economy is not controlled by a 1000 year old monarchy.  I am going to pretend that the central banking system known as the Federal Reserve is not financing both sides of the elections in this two party system for a minute.

My question is what will the next election look like for capitalism or socialism?  Are we heading for more socialism as we have saw increase in the last 50+ years?  We seem to keep getting more and more socialism, slowly, sort of like how you cook a frog as it is described, turning the heat up slowly so the frog doesn’t hop out.

From 1913 really, we have saw our local funds go to a centralized source via the Federal Reserve Act and the Income Tax Act.   But what fruits have we saw this centralization produce, and do we want more of these fruits?

We can talk about inflation, which is not a tricky subject.  This is very simple.  Since the Federal Reserve took over our currency, and since the dollar moved away from being redeemable in precious metals, inflation has came from the devaluation of our currency.   The more currency they print, the less the dollar is worth.  When the dollar is worth less, things cost more.  To quote Ron Paul “inflation is a tax itself”.

There are a few places you can research this that I would recommend.

http://www.usinflationcalculator.com/

inflation_calculator_1913_2013

This is a good and short educational video on Youtube to explain inflation;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYWxecrq7jI

Inflation really hurts the poor.  For example with gas prices.  When Obama got into office, gas prices were around $2 per gallon, and now gas prices are over $4 per gallon.   $4 is a lot of money to many people.  So inflation hurts.

When the government spends more money, the value of the money that we have is worth less.

So it would be crazy to think that the government spending money on things like healthcare, or wars, or whatever is going to help anyone.  Even if you are getting a “free Obama phone” or free healthcare, or a free ____you fill in the blank___, it doesn’t really help you, or your children, or their children in the long run.   Because even though you are getting something for “free”, the price of everything else goes up.  Things that are important, like energy and food.   We may think a dozen free cells phones are a necessary or an important thing, but that offsets the price of other critical commodities by more because our dollar is worth less and less the more the government spends.

Gas Prices

I have continuously said that I am ok with socialism as long as it is voluntary.   If people like George Soros, or Bill Gates, or Warren Buffet, or even a smaller income producers like Jared Allway, or Russ Belville who want to contribute voluntarily to a government healthcare insurance program, and if they elect to use the government insurance option.   That is fine in my opinion.   And they could even choose to pay more.  Like Warren Buffet was recently complaining about how he pays less taxes than his secretary.   Well they could be allowed to pay as much as they want above and beyond the standard cost for these programs.

But like the Amish with Social Security, people who did not want to use the government insurance program, could elect to opt out.  They would agree to not get the benefits, however they would not be forced (by means of violence, kidnapping and imprisonment) to pay for a program that they didn’t believe in.

If this was the model, then we could hold the government accountable if they were wasting our money, or borrowing from a fund without our consent.   If the government did ______, and the subscribers of the program went to a different program instead, then it may make the government reanalyze their actions in running the insurance that they are providing.

But with most government managed programs, there is no choice.  We simply have to accept it, or go to jail for not paying.  They can borrow trillions of dollars from social programs to fund wars or any number of things, and we just have to accept it.

But with private companies (so long as the government hasn’t created regulations that make certain companies a monopoly or an oligopoly), if a person is unsatisfied with the service, they can simply cancel their policy and move to another company.  That keeps the rates, and the service in check.   If one company is not providing a good service, and another company comes in and provides a better service and the first company starts losing business.  Then to compete the company that was offering poor service, has incentive to offer better service (which is to get their customers back).

There is no accountability in government, or very little anyway.  Especially when they mandate this or mandate that.  If the government forces us to pay for an insurance plan, or else.  Then there is not free market incentives for the government to offer a better service, or to handle our money better.

Just like with the Department of Education, since 1980 when the Department of Education was introduced, our standards of education has significantly dropped compared to the world.   We have significantly dropped in all most all subjects of education.   See more here;   http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/no-federal-failure-left-behind

My advice is to compare how the USA ranked before Socialism and Crony Capitalism was introduced, to now.
The USA was doing much better, and was top in the world for having the largest middle class, the least income disparity, the best healthcare services, the most available healthcare services, the least poverty, etc..   The USA has NEVER been perfect, nor do I think we ever could be.  But I know for a fact that the USA did much better without all of the socialism and crony capitalism.

A solution that I believe in, is to keep our money local and stop sending it to the Federal government.  It has worked well for us in the past.   So I insist on ending the Federal Reserve Act, and the Income Tax Act (both the 1913 version and the 1961 version).

It would take an Act of Congress, but the Campaign For Liberty has had many proposals for this, and it CAN be done!

http://www.freedomworks.org/blog/jborowski/top-10-reasons-to-end-the-federal-reserve

Think about this in the next election!

Reference to Barack Obama admitting he is a socialist (and many of his colleagues are as well)

The numbers behind the racist drug war

July 25th, 2013 | By Pirate

What are the numbers behind the racist drug war?

First of all, if you are a bleeding heart liberal you are going to find at least 6 times in this article to call me a “racist”.   So be prepared.

Secondly, I am going to explain why I think that “racist” label is silly.

I have stated this time and time again, about how this drug war is racist against minorities, especially black folks and Hispanic folks.  The number of arrests compared to whites and blacks are 10 to 1 arresting far more blacks than whites, despite that both demographics use about the same amount of drugs.

I don’t know of too many people, neither conservatives, libertarians, liberals, progressives, or whatever that does not realize that this fact it true.

When many liberals were trying to smear Ron Paul saying “he’s racist” during this last election.  I created and posted a video on youtube.   I wrote this article as well:  http://xcannabis.net/2012/02/ron-paul-and-racism-accusations-the-marcus-garvey-of-the-21st-century/

I made the comparison between Ron Paul and Marcus Garvey because they both shared a similar political smear campaign.
When Marcus Garvey became a recognizable public figure in the 1930’s, members of his own organization The UNIA (The United Negro Improvement Association) started smearing him saying that he was a “racist” and a “betrayer of the negro”, etc.

This is another video that I made on that topic;

Racial Diversity featuring Marcus Garvey and Bob Marley

Well recently I was called a racist by a cannabis activist, who disagreed with me about the George Zimmerman verdict.
This person did not want to debate the facts, and accused Free Masonry of orchestrating this ‘not-guilty’ verdict.  But then I showed him that Trayvon Martin’s dad was a 33 degree Grandmaster Freemason, so then he started saying that more blacks are killed by whites, than whites are killed by blacks.   So I looked it up, and what I found startled me.  When he said that, I thought  “sure, that is probably true, after all whites outnumber the black population by about 5 to 1”.

But I found many sources that disagree with this.   Of course this person didn’t have numbers to provide that counter what I found, rather he just accused the source of being racist.  Despite that many of the sources were from prominent black community leaders.   See some of my references below.

http://www.femisex.com/content/blacks-are-39-times-more-likely-commit-a-violent-crime-against-whites-vice-versa-so-yes-joan

http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/299918/censored-race-war-thomas-sowell

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/editorials/2012/05/16/violence-by-young-blacks-covered-up.html

http://www.humanevents.com/2013/07/19/black-americas-real-problem-isnt-white-racism/

http://www.salon.com/1999/08/16/naacp/

This is the data from the FBI statistics;

“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.

Now while I have always sympathized with the disproportional arrests of black people for drugs, typically young black people.   See this:

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/04/2100571/blacks-are-almost-four-times-more-likely-to-be-arrested-for-marijuana/?mobile=nc

I am starting to wonder if there is a more simple root cause for this.   Certainly the drug war started out in this country unfairly profiling minorities such as blacks and Hispanic folks as being the source of the problem.  This has always made me furious, and has always made me look to the institution as the current problem for the disproportionate profiling in the drug war.

Racist comments by Harry Anslinger the original drug czar, are what make people concerned about this topic fume.

Her is an example of this by Harry Anslinger in the 1930’s

“”Marihuana makes the ‘darkies’ think they’re just as good as a White Man” and “Marihuana makes Black Men look twice, at White Women”.

http://www.change.org/petitions/u-s-government-acknowledge-that-the-racism-of-harry-anslinger-led-to-cannabis-prohibition

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_J._Anslinger

There is no doubt that the racism in that era, and especially found in Harry Anslinger was a fuel for the fire of prohibition, especially of marijuana.

However, not all of the violent crimes that blacks commit, such as the murder rates and rape rates quoted above have anything to do with marijuana or drugs.   Many of these violent crimes are not associated with drugs.  However, many of them are.   So I just wonder if the violent crimes committed by blacks against either other blacks, or other demographics, is causing them to be found with drugs more?

Certainly there is racial profiling, and that seems to be changing in this country with having very powerful and prominent people who are black at the helm of our governmental offices, and who have done well in their profession of choice.  But there is still a sense of racism in this country.   Even against whites, which is what the article that I referenced above was saying.

In reference to how Trayvon Martin called George Zimmerman a “Creepy Ass Cracka“, this author of the article says:

“Cracker is the new Nigger and if we don’t as a society recognize just how dangerous it is to allow black racism to seep and steep we will see a total reverse on what happened 200 years ago happen in another 100…that be your kids and mine, sacrificed to the anti-white stupidity of Joan Walsh.”

http://www.femisex.com/content/blacks-are-39-times-more-likely-commit-a-violent-crime-against-whites-vice-versa-so-yes-joan

It’s true.  When everyone thought it was George Zimmerman being racist against Trayvon, because of the way the media hacked up the audio of the 911 call back in March 2012, everyone was ready to hang Zimmerman themselves.

But after hearing Trayvon Martin’s friend Rachel Jeantel describe how Trayvon described George Zimmerman as a “Creepy Ass Cracka” right before assaulting him, it seems to go almost un-noticed in the media and in social networks.

Like “Cracka” is ok, and is not considered racist, but the word “nigger” is.   And if George Zimmerman would have actually used the word “nigger” there is no doubt he would have been charged, tried and convicted of a hate crime.  However, in the same standards, Trayvon committed the hate crime in this case.  First by using racist language to describe his victim, and then assaulting him after.  But very few will even consider that as a possibility.

I think it’s rotten the way our society practices “Reverse Discrimination” and it is not doing anything to heal wounds of racism or divides in our country.

I don’t know if there is a connection between the violence, and the drug arrests.  Or if it’s all just a racist double standard in law enforcement.  But this violence needs to be addressed in the black community.  It continues to be a problem that most ignore but that many are dieing from.  Ignoring it is no solution.

I think even Marcus Garvey would be upset about this double standard.

While I was posting this article, a related story popped up on my facebook;

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/07/it-begins-two-white-brothers-shot-to-death-in-truck-with-free-zimmerman-bumper-sticker/

The Party of Slavery US Politics in the 20th and 21st Century

July 17th, 2013 | By Pirate

For several years I have been debating with people about the Federal Reserve (Central Banking System) in the USA.

Ever since I learned more about it by watching the Republican presidential debates with Ron Paul in the 2008 election, I have been getting deeper in to this research.   I did not support Ron Paul exclusively in 2008, in fact I was all out for Ralph Nader.  But the more that I learned how our economy works, I started leaning heavily towards the Ron Paul solution to ending the Federal Reserve Banking system.

I used to lean very liberal, obviously when I supported Ralph Nader for president for 2 elections, and even for a few years prior to the 2000 election.   I thought direct democracy would be more satisfactory to the needs of the people, until I really understood how destructive direct democracy is as it is similar or in fact it is exactly like mob rule.

But when I learned more about the Democrat party and the basis of liberalism, and when I learned about Marxism and the roots of socialism.  I realized how unrealistic direct democracy is and I also learned how unpractical socialism is.

The US system prior to 1913 was not perfect.  In fact it had a lot of flaws.  But in comparison to other world systems, past and present to that point, the USA had less in poverty, the USA had a higher quality of medicine, the USA had more innovations than other countries in scientific advancements and also in education.   All of this was very good in comparison, despite it’s flaws.   Sure things needed to be fixed, and a lot of people point to liberalism in this day and age as the solution.   Social welfare, government institutions and bureaucracies and other solutions that involve force and coercion.  But when these types of mechanisms have been installed, either in our country or others.  Only temporary stability has been found, followed with immediate tyranny and following that totalitarianism.   Eventually socialistic systems always collapse because they are unsustainable.   Even Cuba, the stronghold for socialism in South America has recently went back to capitalism in a lot of ways, to help their economy recover and to increase food production so that they can sustain their population.   Socialism was not working.   In places like the USSR where the government set the prices on everything, at the end of the cold war there was a lengthy time that a loaf of bread cost more than a weeks wages.

When everyone is paid equally and treated equally regardless of their effort or contribution, it gives little incentive to produce on an individual basis.  Its called “the little red hen effect”.

I have been at odds with several family members who are very opinionated on politics, and many friends and fellow activists on this topic.  This is a serious divide in a lot of cases.  I am glad that it is a lot of the time.  I hope that it gets people thinking.   I have to admit, I like having friends and family.  But I can not sacrifice my convictions to be friendly with people.   If me saying that “the democratic party is the party of slavery” offends someone and they are willing to sacrifice our relationship over that, so be it.

I am more and more convinced that the neo-cons and the neo-liberals are one in the same.  “Good cop, bad cop” playing the American people with less important social issues, and not focusing on the bigger issues like the Federal Reserve system.   We constantly get caught up in things like gay marriage, and immigration and such.   But there are bigger fish to fry, and this is what gets me frustrated.

But going back in history previous to the Federal Reserve, we see that the democratic party endorsed, fought for, and voted for slavery both racially and economically.   The Democratic party fought for Jim Crow laws, for keeping slavery in the south, for “the Indian Removal Act” and many other horrible things in history.   But they have given up this small time oppression and traded it for much more serious oppression in my opinion.  Often supported by the complacency of their republican counter parts unfortunately.

The reason that I lay the blame on the Democrats primary though, has to do starting with 1913, and continuing to this day.   In 1913 under a democratic congress and executive branch the Federal Reserve Act and the fuel for this entity the Income Tax Act was passed.   Since then we have been on a downhill decent into massive unsustainable debt.
The democrats have largely supported this big spending policy and have ignored the monster that they created that eats up this debt called the Federal Reserve.

Now don’t get me wrong, Republicans are not innocent, but have historically been more critical of the Central Banking systems that have been introduced in our political realms.  Starting with Jefferson who rejected central banking from the beginning, then Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and the Ron Paul.   Ron Paul has even gotten many mainstream republicans on board with at very least auditing the FED and he has recruited several who are in favor of all out ending the FED.  This was obvious during the presidential debates in 2011/2012.

I made an historical account of the republican vs. democrat issue of civil rights, slavery and the Federal Reserve monster at this post:   http://xcannabis.com/2012/01/why-would-someone-who-favors-civil-rights-and-liberty-join-the-republican-party/

More on Ron Paul’s inspirations stance against the Federal Reserve at the Republican debates.

Rick Perry Inspired by Ron Paul on the Federal Reserve @ ABC Republican Debate (12-10-11) (youtube)

Ron Paul Herman Cain Bloomberg Debate Federal Reserve 10/11/11 (youtube)

This comic/cartoon explains the federal reserve in a very entertaining medium.  I really enjoyed this video and I laughed at the comedic value and almost cried at the reality of the situation:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6zpfE7WjHI

If you don’t have much time to watch a video, this one is much shorter (under 5 minutes) and is very clear and accurate on this topic:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZXFba1WRN4

I don’t mean to hurt anyone.  I just want to get people thinking about fixing the problem rather than focusing on the results of the problem.  Sure big business and crony-capitalism is a part of the problem, but really they are just the aftermath of the root cause.

Here is more on what one of the greatest minds in American history said about central banking.

“The system of banking we have both equally and ever reprobated. I contemplate it as a blot left in all our constitutions, which, if not covered, will end in their destruction. I sincerely believe, with you…that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” – Thomas Jefferson

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Already they have raised up a moneyed aristocracy that has set the government at defiance. The issuing power (of money) should be taken away from the banks and restored to the people to whom it properly belongs.” – Thomas Jefferson

By Ryan Thompson 07/17/2013

From Liberal to Conservative, my journey by Reverend Ryan

July 14th, 2013 | By Pirate

First of all I will start with saying that I decided to opt out of the two party system a long time ago when I started supporting Ralph Nader back in the 2000 election and previous.  I decided after arguing with my father who was very much on the fence on the liberal/conservative topic, but voted democrat because Ronald Reagan let him down, that I was going to opt out of the two party system because they did not seem concerned about our best interest, just what makes the most difference to getting campaign funds and sponsors.  I started researching Ralph Nader and I really liked his plan for ‘direct democracy’ and I liked that he was genuine and sincere.  I didn’t realize how unrealistic his agenda was at the time, but I supported him based on his career and his sincerity.   I have always opposed abortion and illegal immigration and such, and Ralph and I have always differed on that.  But I think I felt let down the same way that my father did, I just took a different avenue.   However, my father and I had some of our most close moments when we would argue politics.  It was something that he and I did frequently and it sure makes me miss him when I think about this stuff.

In 2008 I mentioned my support for Ralph Nader in this video (around minute 2:00).

Even though just 4 years later I would vote for someone who is nearly the polar opposite of Nader, and that is Ron Paul.
But this shows how drastic my transition was.  I went from leaning very liberal, to going completely conservative in just four years.

This had very much to do with the monarchy / two party system in this county.

Obama made a bunch of promises and obligations and did not keep them.  I remained optimistic for years, but like many others he majorly let me down.

Obama’s flat out insulting behavior which consists of over funding the drug war more than George W. Bush, and increasing federal indictments of legal medical marijuana provider by 8000% is terrible.
There is not one of these mainstream politicians that we can trust!  Their campaigns are bought and paid for by big banks and big industry.
So when people hear me touting conservative ideals.  This hasn’t always been the case.  This is a very recent thing.
Conservativism makes sense to me, in much the same way that Thomas Sowell describes his metamorphosis from being a Marxist in his early career to transitioning to a Conservative/Libertarian in time.

The Difference Between Liberal and Conservative by Thomas Sowell

Beyond that, I agree almost 100% now with Ron Paul now that I have a better understanding of how things work in politics.

Just a few points to make from Ron Paul, and since this is a cannabis blog I will try to focus on those topics even though it has a broader reach than just cannabis.

Ron Paul has been fighting for cannabis legalization since before Hempfest was founded.  Ron Paul had reached 10s of millions of people before Hempfest was even a twinkle in Vivian McPeak’s eye.   When cannabis wasn’t cool, Ron Paul stood up for personal liberties in this regard and others.   Even though he has never been a cannabis consumer.

These are the reasons and many others including reducing debt and ending slavery, is why I will remain conservative.
Even if I don’t vote republican.  In fact I have only voted Republican once in my life.  I will remain conservative.
But some folks like to make that sound like people who are conservative are in a religion, or a cult.  I feel the same way about anyone wrapped up in the two party system.  The difference is that I can adjust my political prospective based on facts and evidence and most other folks do not and will not.  I went from being very liberal to being conservative.
When was the last time you adjusted your ideology?

More references on this:

 

Are they all evil? Politicians who seem to be working against the people

June 14th, 2013 | By Pirate

After years of careful research, a 12 year old girl enlightened me to a truth that I had suspected for a very long time.

All of the presidents in our country less one, are directly related to a 12th century English king (John Lacklund).

This is a video that I made about that link (I used content from a news stations as well);

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PZnTXEjoLc  (opens in a new window)

girlchart

With that established without a doubt.  What next?  Do we give up on our political system knowing that both sides are working together for a small portion of the population?  Surely not all of them are in on some evil agenda, right?

Of course not.  It’s like with any family.   Sometimes there are a few misfits that give the entire family a bad name, and sometimes there are a few misfits who give the rotten family a good name.  This goes with almost every family.  Humans are not robots.

What I have learned is that under a democrat congress and a democrat executive office in 1913 our country adopted two of the most destructive laws in the entire history of this republic.  The income tax act and the federal reserve act.

These were not the first attempts to enslave the American people via currency and debt.  But these two were the most successful.   Abraham Lincoln opposed an attempt at central banking too and it is alleged that he died for his opposition.  See the following links;

http://www.servelec.net/lincoln.htm

http://www.xat.org/xat/usury.html

http://www.kamron.com/economics/people_who_opposed_the_frb.htm

John F. Kennedy was the next president to oppose central banking and the federal reserve system; see the links below

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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_11110

http://www.lewrockwell.com/blog/lewrw/archives/62291.html

Ronald Reagan also had an attempt on his life shortly after opposing central banking in 1981; see the links below

http://www.libertyforlife.com/banking/federal_reserve_bank.html

http://www.bushstole04.com/monetarysystem/fed_assassin.htm

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

Seeing the opposition to the funding for the beast as in the links and lives of the presidents above, it shows that not everyone from this monarchy was a bad egg.  It seems that despite coming from money and power and a US monarchy that these three presidents on occasion made the right choice and stood for it.  They weren’t perfect, but they tried from what I can see to do the right thing.

So now we get back to “two heads of the same serpent” and “all parties are bad” and “you can’t trust any politician”.

I somewhat agree with that, but Im not ready to give up and walk away, which is why I supported Ron Paul in the last election, and I would support him or Gary Johnson again if they ran (preferably Ron Paul).

I wrote up a small article about this in the last year, before the last elections.

Why would someone who favors civil rights and liberty join the Republican Party?

http://xcannabis.com/2012/01/why-would-someone-who-favors-civil-rights-and-liberty-join-the-republican-party/

I do see the big picture, and I have noted how I believe that (not always) but in the big picture that the Republican Party has been as Frederick Douglas has said;  I am a Republican, a black, dyed in the wool Republican, and I never intend to belong to any other party than the party of freedom and progress.

Now they have had their recent surge of neo-cons, and they are much like the neo-liberals.  However, I believe that the Republican Party has much more merit than the strongest opposition, even if they are working on the same team as “good cop/bad cop”.

After a conversation tonight, I thought I would clear this up for a few people.

~Ryan Thompson  6/14/2013

PS  You may be wondering why a cannabis blog/er is talking about things like the Federal Reserve and not marijuana.

This is very much related to marijuana.   In the last presidential election, there were two candidates who supported ending marijuana prohibition (both republican) and there was one that supports prohibition more than any president in history.  Both Ron Paul and Gary Johnson supported ending prohibition.   Then there is Obama.

See this link:  http://www.theweedblog.com/obama-has-already-outspent-bush-by-100-million-on-medical-marijuana-enforcement/