Articles Tagged: salt lake city

Boycott vs. Buycott – Boycott the boycotts!

August 23rd, 2012 | By Pirate

Recently after the Chick-Fil-A president said that he believes in the Bible, there was a whirlwind of gay and ultra liberal activist calling for a boycott of Chick-Fil-A.

“Dan Cathy believes in the Bible, so he is against us!”.

After two mayors came out in favor of this boycott, it didn’t take long for all of these activists and politicians (who abused their office) to realize that their boycott actually did the opposite of what they intended as Chick-Fil-A reported for weeks that they were having record sales!

In fact I have dedicated myself to going to Chick-Fil-A when I am near one, and buying a bunch of tasty chicken sandwiches and passing them out to the homeless to support free speech and to smack these politicians who abused their power.  I figure its the least I can do.  Except Im about 300 miles away from a Chick-Fil-A, so it will wait.

My cousin who I love dearly and who is gay and has a lot of common sense, posted this link on my profile yesterday.   “Boycott the Boycotts” is the title and it is written by a gay man who is the owner of a gay magazine in Salt Lake City.

Now while I disagree with his lifestyle on a personal level, I have to agree with his tactics here.
He introduces a new and more positive tactic called “Buycott”.   It is a way to concert efforts towards BUYING from the businesses that you DO like rather than trying to penalize the businesses that you do not like.

example:  BuyCOTT Chick-Fil-A

I was especially troubled by the fact that a few rouge mayors used their political office to try to destroy someone’s business, and so were many other people.   That is what my stake in all of this is.

But recently with Initiative 502 in Washington there have been a lot of people that I have been friends with who actively support I-502 that have sent a lot of hate my way.  One of those people who have this toxic negativity actually used to be a moderator on this website, and he now owns a company of hand made apparel and stuff that he makes himself.   Others are members of NORML, and of course the ACLU.

In the past I have given donations to these groups or I have bought services from some of these businesses.  But no more.  Rather than giving money to these people who are voting against my freedoms, and who are trying to set an awful precedence in Washington.  I will give my money to other activists, lawyers and business instead.

When looking up a lawyer I will make sure to go through the lists of lawyers who are involved with the ACLU and NORML and I will NOT be giving them my business.

When I look up a group that requests donations to fight for freedom, I will make sure they know the difference between good law and bad law.  Recently the Washington State Libertarians came out against I-502 ( http://t.co/mODg2TkN ), and they will CERTAINLY be getting the donations that I used to send to NORML as well as other Libertarian candidates and organizations (except watch out, Judge Jim Gray supports I-502, and therefor in proxy so does Gary Johnson).   I had started considering switching my vote from Ron Paul to Gary Johnson, because Ron Paul might not get the nomination and he is retiring.  But I have decided against Gary Johnson now that I have learned his VP is supporting I-502.  Besides I read an article recently that gave me a lot of hope for the Ron Paul campaign on the huffington post.

So consider voting with your wallet.  This is something that we have promoted and applied in our lives for a long time.   This is a facebook group that we started in 2009:

I vote with my wallet and I support businesses that support legalization
https://www.facebook.com/groups/mmjdispensaries/

As for REAL change in Washington, I urge my friends to support I-514!

Read I-514 | Cannabis Child Protection Act of 2012/13

This isn’t hateful, or controversial or politically incorrect.  This is just making an effort to support the businesses that support you!

Soon xCannabis.com will be offering t-shirts and we will not be taking cash for them.
Our t-shirt sales will be sold via BitCoin.  I also intend on making a video illustrating how bitcoin works.   Keep an eye out for this.  Bitcoin is the universal, no-centralized currency that does not depend or directly cooperate with ANY government!

Thanks for your continued patronage and support!

Thoughts on family, gay marriage, political separations plus I get pulled over by the cops!

August 16th, 2012 | By Pirate

On my way home from a long trip with my family, I talk about the recent issues in life.
I had a few thoughts on the Dan Cathy/Gay Marriage issue. So I talk about why I stand up for free speech. I think that it is highly inappropriate for mayors and elected officials to use their political power to hurt the business of someone else.

I spoke about how people think cannabis consumers never work or do anything, because of recent accusations from family.

I also talk about how being a father effects my politics. It really does too.
How it effects my decision to support or promote things like gay marriage and polygamy, and why I can not support gay marriage or polygamy from a personal point of view, yet how I support everyone including gay folks and polygamists to have all of the same rights that I have.

 

This is my mug shot from when I was 18 years old, in Salt Lake City.  I got busted for 2 grams of marijuana.
Shortly after this mug shot, I left Utah for Washington state.  A few years later I found a relationship with Christ, and due to influence from the book of Romans in the bible chapter 12 and 13 specifically, I was inspired to turn myself in on bench warrants that I ran away from in regards to these marijuana arrests.   I served 8 months in jail on 3 different arrests for pot and the most I ever had was 14 grams of pot.
This is why I am in favor of ending all criminal penalties on cannabis (and not introducing new regressive laws in their place).

This is the only mugshot I could find of myself. I was surprised I didn’t find at least one other. Because like I said I was arrested 3 different times for cannabis. (nothing else though)
I wish I could find the others. I may have to put a FOIA request in to the jail for that.
It interesting seeing this, and comparing to now. I don’t look much different. LOL

Sensi Life Radio – Speaking about prohibition in a no-tolerance state

January 26th, 2011 | By Pirate

Sensi Life Radio – Speaking about prohibition in a no-tolerance state

Today (January 26th at 2pm PST)

We hope to interview Cassandra from Utah who has been a victim of this “no tolerance” system in Utah.

I have a lot to share about my experience in Utah as well, as it is where I grew up, and where I spent a lot of time in jail for pot when I was a teen.
Also watch this episode of Rachel Maddow with former Mayor of Salt Lake City Utah, Rocky Anderson.




Listen to internet radio with xcannabis on Blog Talk Radio



Date / Time: 1/26/2011 2:00 PM Category: Radio

Call-in Number: (626) 696-8606

Utah ex-legislator caught growing weed

July 16th, 2010 | By Pirate

Im really grateful that upstanding, kind and compassionate people are standing up for what is right.
Fox may have been helping out patients who couldn’t get a prescription in Utah because of theocratic laws and opinions in Utah.

Whatever the case, my hat goes off to Mr. Jeff Fox!  Spread the herb!!


SALT LAKE CITY (KUTV) – Salt Lake Police say they pulled 16 pounds of marijuana out of the home of Jeff Fox earlier this week. Fox’s mug shot was given to the media, and his face hit the news. But many may not realize the background of the man now accused. “You know, Jeff has worked for many, many years for some of the most disadvantaged people of the state,” said citizen lobbyist Claire Geddes. Along with Fox, she battled utility legislation at the State Capitol, legislation which was viewed as anti-consumer. Fox served in the Utah legislature 30 years ago, as a young state representative from Salt Lake. In the House at the same time, were former governors Olene Walker and Norm Bangerter, who was then House Speaker. Congressman Rob Bishop was also there as a youthful lawmaker. Fox led the group, Utahns Against Hunger, and for ten years, was the director of the Crossroads Urban Center, one of the best known organizations serving the poor…..  <more>”


Douglas Hiatt on I-1068, sounds like heaven!

April 5th, 2010 | By Pirate

I just want to thank Dougals Hiatt  and those who are working on I-1068!  Thank you so much!


This is Douglas Hiatt on King5 News talking about I-1068 and legalizing marijuana in Washington.
These are great facts!


This is for my Utah friends and people who are Latter Day Saints (Mormons)


A.D. 1854. The earliest paper to be made in Utah was formed by hand by Thomas Howard, an English Mormon, assisted by Thomas Hollis. The small beginning was sponsored by Brigham Young (1801-77) and the Mormon Church.  The first sheets of paper were produced on June 27, 1854 and probably found their original use in the printing of the Deseret News, Brigham Youngs newspaper, which began publication in Great Salt Lake City, June 15, 1850 this notice appeared in his newspaper:  Rags! Rags! Rags! Save your rags, everybody in Deseret, save your rags; old wagon covers [hemp], tents [hemp], quilts [hemp and flax], shirts [hemp], etc., are wanted for paper. [First mill opened in the Far West.]

Legalizing cannabis is not an un-Mormon priniciple



Whats with the monkey?

Currently one of our rotating head logos has a smoking monkey on it.
Some want to know whats up with the monkey’s? 
It doesn’t have a lot to do with the Zion Curtain, but in Jack Herer’s book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes“, there is an article about the government tests done with marijuana in the 70’s.

The researchers gave the monkey enough smoke to suffocate them, and that is exactly what happened to them, over and over again. Tell me one human that you know who smokes 63 Colombian strength joints in 5 minutes!?!?!! 
See this article, or reference The Emperor Wears No Clothes”.

How that relates to me, or even Utah.  Is that I served almost 8 months in Utah for possession (not distribution, not for growing, JUST possession) of a few grams of weed before I was 19 years old.  Utah has insane weed laws.


http://xcannabis.com/2009/08/jack-herer-on-the-marijuana-monkeys/

http://xcannabis.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/jackherer_monkeys1.jpg

http://xcannabis.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/jackherer_monkeys2.jpg

http://www.jackherer.com/chapters.html

Eleventh of September

Uwe Banton – 11th September

11th of September is a sad day for many different tragic events in history.
I think about this day on occasion. Even though it’s sad, it’s good to remember.

News from the Rev

Happy New Year!   I’ve been busy with some projects.  Doing some community service, by modifying some really cool open source software, for use in a marijuana dispensary environment.  I’ve invested some $$ and a lot of time in to this project.  We released the software(s) for free at EmeraldPOS.com
I have also been busy with cancer awareness and I have been posting what the CURE for cancer is, CANNABIS!
The new year 2010 seems like the old year, but progress IS being made in our government. If nothing else, the government is respecting the 10th Amendment better than in previous days. Marijuana is not such a villainous plant is seems. Laws are being passed, public servants are not being prejudice or piggoted (pot biggoted?)..

It also seems many if not most than many of the politicians in office today including the last 3 presidents of the USA are ‘former’ pot smokers. The current president “inhaled frequently, that was the point” by his own admission. Pot isn’t the evil corruption of this world like many religious folk make it out to be.   In fact, it’s quite the opposite.   I made a few videos last year about religion and cannabis.   Please enjoy the links below.  From the video at the top that shows that cannabis cures cancer.  To the cannabis and religion videos that I’ll be posting at the bottom. All in all 2009 was a great year, and 2010 seems like it will be the same.  Praise Jah!

Cannabis Cures Cancer



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGmPamqJpf8

More Cannabis Cures Cancer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJcVr0GLsEA

Politics – Utah vs. Marijuana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfp25vJZ_5k

1rst web sermon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z0lVzdP7DI

Politics, Religious Freedom (Barack Obama): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa8Q2I4TpZI

Protest at Drug Court in Idaho Falls on 4/20/2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXWGyXMJrVw

There was a bunch of good times. You can see the rest of them at: http://youtube.com/xcannabiscom

http://youtube.com/utahpirateradio

I think one of the better videos that I’ve made was my topic of Marcus Garvey / Bob Marley and the Irish Immigration in the early days of the USA, at least this is one that I put a lot of heart in to.



Yolanda Madden gets a new trial!

I love Barry Cooper, I think he is an outstanding human being. 
He is the former ‘top drug officer’ in his area, where in his career he headed a 14 organization drug task force.

Barry Cooper ultimately saw the pain and destruction and ineffectiveness of the drug war, and he switched sides and married a pot dealer.

See the latest story about what happened when Barry Cooper setup Odessa TX police in order to bring attention to the Yolanda Madden case.

Yolanda Madden gets a new trial! < link to Cooper’s site!

It’s too bad when the legal system itself is more corrupt than the so-called “criminals”. 
Odessa PD should be ashamed!

Good work Barry!

Legalizing cannabis is not an un-Mormon priniciple

It is a fact that Brigham Young himself directed his flock to grow cannabis.

From a document by an Idaho state Rep (Tom Trail)

Seven states have approved hemp cultivation. Many more might follow if North Dakota clears all the administrative and legal hurdles. Idaho Rep. Tom Trail, R-Moscow, says he will resubmit a thrice-rejected bill allowing farmers to plant hemp if North Dakota succeeds. To the Eastern Idaho legislators who object, Trail notes that Brigham Young, patriarch of the early Mormon Church, directed Utah settlers to grow hemp.

“I think it’s a good crop,” Trail says.

http://www.spokesmanreview.com/tools/story_pf.asp?ID=166347

Here are other references to Brigham Young’s direction to Mormon settlers.

(he also instructed them to grow tobacco)

A.D. 1854. The earliest paper to be made in Utah was formed by hand by Thomas Howard, an English Mormon, assisted by Thomas Hollis. The small beginning was sponsored by Brigham Young (1801-77) and the Mormon Church.  The first sheets of paper were produced on June 27, 1854 and probably found their original use in the printing of the Deseret News, Brigham Youngs newspaper, which began publication in Great Salt Lake City, June 15, 1850 this notice appeared in his newspaper:  Rags! Rags! Rags! Save your rags, everybody in Deseret, save your rags; old wagon covers [hemp], tents [hemp], quilts [hemp and flax], shirts [hemp], etc., are wanted for paper. [First mill opened in the Far West.]

http://www.hempmuseum.org/SUBROOMS/HEMP%20PAPER%20CHRON.htm

This one from Rep. Tom Trails of Idaho:

http://www.infotrail.com/idaho2008/Pre_Legislative_Update/Hemp_Update/hemp_update.html

Like the prohibition in the 30’s that cost much money and many lives.  This prohibition (of cannabis) will end too!

Judge and former narcotics agent support legalization

Judge Nepolitano with special guest Barry Cooper discuss the benefits of ending prohibition, just like the USA did in the 30’s with alcohol.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZV3bBqpy76M

Also see this report:

A labor organization’s former voice for a drug-free work force pleaded guilty Friday to trafficking medical-grade marijuana.

I support Barry Cooper for Attorney General! Go Barry!

Utah is responsible for the first cannabis prohibition

Police Harassment in Utah

Police Harassment in Utah

I have been researching the beginning of cannabis prohibition in the USA.  I have found several sources that show that the first prohibition of cannabis in the USA started with Mormons in Utah, without any science or logical reasoning.

Mormons which outlaw coffee, tea, alcohol, and tobacco for dogmatic religious reasons, banned cannabis when a group of Mormon missionaries returned from Mexico with cannabis.

This movie “High – A true tale of American Marijuana”  is a great show with truthful history of cannabis prohibition in the USA.
I HIGHLY recommend it!


HIGH The True Tale of American Marijuana

Also see a post that I made about this on xCannabis.com.

Also reference drugwarrant.com which has a great article on the subject.

LDS bloggers vs. the facts – prohibition discussion

This is a conversation that I recently got into with some long time LDS blogger aquaintenances that I have chatted with for over 8 years.  I felt compelled to bring this conversation to my blog and archive it, because with some of these same folks, I have had over 500 posts deleted in one day.  So I wanted to set the record straight, and archive it.

I’ve done this before when they have accused me of lying, cheating, and abusing them.  ROFL.  I either make a video, and/or archive these conversations for later.  I have a whole collection of these conversations spanning over 8 years, because of how many times I’ve been censored by some of these folks.

Anyway, this conversation is about LDS sponsored prohibition.   I made comments earlier in the conversation about “Why don’t LDS spend more money feeding the poor and helping out widows, and less time and money trying to take people’s rights away”..


Burt LDS in brown, Whew in blue and me in red:

If you drink that coffee your going to hell

If you drink that coffee your going to hell


“Then you make a statement that the LDS financed over half of the Prop 8 campaign! First off the LDS Church did not contribute any money to the Prop 8 campaign! Second what ever the real contribution by LDS members to the Prop 8 campaign, it is within their right to contribute to what they want to pass! No real rights were taken away by prop 8 just the right to call a same sex union a marriage, which is not a right!” My Previous comment!

Burt, if the LDS leaders that urged the members to donate, doesn’t qualify. And if the members don’t make up the organization. Then you have a point.

Here is an apostle urging the members to support the initiative: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=1B2ECCDC5A032A82&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&v=ewXaVmfOj2w
And the members responded. The members make the church. Without the members, the organization doesn’t exist.


Again I want you to back up your claim that the LDS Church financed over 50% of the Prop 8 campaign or admit that you Lied!

What happens when you learned the truth? Do you apologize Burt?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[44][45][46] whose members are commonly known as Mormons, also publicly supported the proposition. The First Presidency of the church announced its support for Proposition 8 in a letter intended to be read in every congregation in California. In this letter, church members were encouraged to “do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time.”[47][48] The response of the LDS membership to their leadership’s appeals to donate money and volunteer time was very supportive,[49] such that Latter-day Saints provided a significant source for financial donations in support of the proposition, both inside and outside the State of California.[50] About 45% of out-of-state contributions to ProtectMarriage.com came from Utah, over three times more than any other state.[51] ProtectMarriage, the official proponents of Proposition 8, estimate that about half the donations they received came from LDS sources, and that “eighty to ninety percent” of the early volunteers going door-to-door were LDS.[52] The LDS Church produced and broadcast to its congregations a program describing the opposition to the Proposition, and describing the timeline it proposes for what it describes as grassroots efforts to oppose the Proposition.[53][54] Local LDS leaders set organizational and monetary goals for their membership-sometimes quite specific-to fulfill this call.

Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah all have 3.2 beer laws!

I’ve lived in Colorado, a state where in fact you CAN buy wine in the grocery store, which IS stronger than 3.2%. Don’t misinterpret what I said.
If I want to cook with wine, I can go to the grocery store in the states that you have listed, and buy wine for my meal. In Utah, no go.

In Utah the only beer you can buy in a grocery, convenience, or drug store is 3.2 % by weight the only place you can buy higher content beer is in Liquer stores and some bars with Liquer license, with high content beer aproval! In Colorado the only beer you can buy in a Grocery store or convenience store is 3.2% by weight Some drug stores can sell 5% by volume beer! Some bars can get a licence to sell 5% by volume beer but they are not allowed to advertise the higher content, therefore you never know what you may get when you walk in to a bar! In Minnesota, some places can get a license to sell 5% by volume beer but it is not easy! In oklahoma 3.2% by weight is the normal but some places can sell 5% by volume beer but it has to be at room temperature!

See my last response.

How did Utah get 3.2% by weight beer in the first place? Federal regulation during prohibition! Many states were slow to change to higher contents after the law was changed! Most states were more concerned with harder Alcholol. But the 5 listed above still have not increase the alchohol level in Beer! How much difference is there between 3.2% by weight and 5% by volume? 3.2% by weight is the same as 4% by volume so it is 1% difference by volume! the difference between beer and 80 proof vodka (40% by volume) is 35% by volume 1% does not seem as much does it?

Did you fail to comment on the fact that Utah was the only state in the Union with “Private Clubs” as opposed to traditional pubs and bars?

http://www.sltrib.com/tourism/ci_12721457

don’t you feel foolish constantly posting false information and statements that have no basis in facts?


Out of all of the times I have to repeat the facts, and provide sources, over and over again. Sometimes it’s just too much for me. I posted the truth (again) and I just backed it up (again). Do you ever feel compelled to offer an apology? After 8 years, probably not… ;(

Burt

Whew says:

Good post Steve! Isn’t it interesting how Ryan claims Aspirin has killed more people than “Weed”. I sometimes watch the TV program called “Cops”, and it is very interesting at how many times the Police stop guy’s and gal’s under the influence of “Pot”, “weed” take your pick. And it is very interesting how the Police will not let them continue to drive their car, I wonder why?


I have never advocated for anyone to drive while intoxicated on anything. Not pain killers, not alcohol, not prozac. I don’t believe in driving while intoxicated, and Im glad that there are laws against it.
However, if you want to know more about it, have you ever tried to find a study that demonstrates how a person reacts while stoned?
I have, here is one of few studies on the subject. (BTW- If you look up statistics, there isn’t much to find there either. Why?)

~Ryan

Links

Alcohol related automobile fatalities in the USA

Information about marijuana related auto fatalities

Video showing a drunk man buying alcohol at 10:45 in the morning

Video of a man driving while stoned (televised study of the effects before and after)



You decide which is more harmful. Cannabis, or alcohol… I dont advocate for driving while intoxicated. However, there is a reason why there are 40 million marijuana smokers in the USA, and so few marijuana related accidents. And it has nothing to do with prohibition.

More information about Prop 8 financing: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/01/top-officials-w.html

(this post was removed from the original blog, or at least made private so that general visitors of the site can’t see it.

But I made some PDF’s of the conversation for ref.

Angry after leaving – Mormon2

Angry after leaving – Mormon3



“Then you make a statement that the LDS financed over half of the Prop 8 campaign! First off the LDS Church did not contribute any money to the Prop 8 campaign! Second what ever the real contribution by LDS members to the Prop 8 campaign, it is within their right to contribute to what they want to pass! No real rights were taken away by prop 8 just the right to call a same sex union a marriage, which is not a right!” My Previous comment!

Burt, if the LDS leaders that urged the members to donate, doesn’t qualify. And if the members don’t make up the organization. Then you have a point.

Here is an apostle urging the members to support the initiative: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=1B2ECCDC5A032A82&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&v=ewXaVmfOj2w
And the members responded. The members make the church. Without the members, the organization doesn’t exist.






Again I want you to back up your claim that the LDS Church financed over 50% of the Prop 8 campaign or admit that you Lied!

What happens when you learned the truth? Do you apologize Burt?




The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,[44][45][46] whose members are commonly known as Mormons, also publicly supported the proposition. The First Presidency of the church announced its support for Proposition 8 in a letter intended to be read in every congregation in California. In this letter, church members were encouraged to “do all you can to support the proposed constitutional amendment by donating of your means and time.” Local LDS leaders set organizational and monetary goals for their membership-sometimes quite specific-to fulfill this call.[47][48] The response of the LDS membership to their leadership’s appeals to donate money and volunteer time was very supportive,[49] such that Latter-day Saints provided a significant source for financial donations in support of the proposition, both inside and outside the State of California.[50] About 45% of out-of-state contributions to ProtectMarriage.com came from Utah, over three times more than any other state.[51] ProtectMarriage, the official proponents of Proposition 8, estimate that about half the donations they received came from LDS sources, and that “eighty to ninety percent” of the early volunteers going door-to-door were LDS.[52] The LDS Church produced and broadcast to its congregations a program describing the opposition to the Proposition, and describing the timeline it proposes for what it describes as grassroots efforts to oppose the Proposition.[53][54]

Minnesota, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Utah all have 3.2 beer laws!

I’ve lived in Colorado, a state where in fact you CAN buy wine in the grocery store, which IS stronger than 3.2%. Don’t misinterpret what I said.
If I want to cook with wine, I can go to the grocery store in the states that you have listed, and buy wine for my meal. In Utah, no go.

In Utah the only beer you can buy in a grocery, convenience, or drug store is 3.2 % by weight the only place you can buy higher content beer is in Liquer stores and some bars with Liquer license, with high content beer aproval! In Colorado the only beer you can buy in a Grocery store or convenience store is 3.2% by weight Some drug stores can sell 5% by volume beer! Some bars can get a licence to sell 5% by volume beer but they are not allowed to advertise the higher content, therefore you never know what you may get when you walk in to a bar! In Minnesota, some places can get a license to sell 5% by volume beer but it is not easy! In oklahoma 3.2% by weight is the normal but some places can sell 5% by volume beer but it has to be at room temperature!

See my last response.

How did Utah get 3.2% by weight beer in the first place? Federal regulation during prohibition! Many states were slow to change to higher contents after the law was changed! Most states were more concerned with harder Alcholol. But the 5 listed above still have not increase the alchohol level in Beer! How much difference is there between 3.2% by weight and 5% by volume? 3.2% by weight is the same as 4% by volume so it is 1% difference by volume! the difference between beer and 80 proof vodka (40% by volume) is 35% by volume 1% does not seem as much does it?

Did you fail to comment on the fact that Utah was the only state in the Union with “Private Clubs” as opposed to traditional pubs and bars?

http://www.sltrib.com/tourism/ci_12721457

don’t you feel foolish constantly posting false information and statements that have no basis in facts?


Out of all of the times I have to repeat the facts, and provide sources, over and over again. Sometimes it’s just too much for me. I posted the truth (again) and I just backed it up (again). Do you ever feel compelled to offer an apology? After 8 years, probably not… ;(

Burt

Whew says:

Good post Steve! Isn’t it interesting how Ryan claims Aspirin has killed more people than “Weed”. I sometimes watch the TV program called “Cops”, and it is very interesting at how many times the Police stop guy’s and gal’s under the influence of “Pot”, “weed” take your pick. And it is very interesting how the Police will not let them continue to drive their car, I wonder why?


I have never advocated for anyone to drive while intoxicated on anything. Not pain killers, not alcohol, not prozac. I don’t believe in driving while intoxicated, and Im glad that there are laws against it.

However, if you want to know more about it, have you ever tried to find a study that demonstrates how a person reacts while stoned?

I have, here is one of few studies on the subject. (BTW- If you look up statistics, there isn’t much to find there either. Why?)

~Ryan

Links

Alcohol related automobile fatalities in the USA

Information about marijuana related auto fatalities

Video showing a drunk man buying alcohol at 10:45 in the morning

Video Showing a stoned man using cannabis while driving (before getting stoned and after)


You decide which is more harmful. Cannabis, or alcohol… I dont advocate for driving while intoxicated. However, there is a reason why there are 40 million marijuana smokers in the USA, and so few marijuana related accidents. And it has nothing to do with prohibition.

More information about Prop 8 financing: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/01/top-officials-w.html

Protesting all alone behind the zion curtain

I have organized and attended many rallies in Utah and Idaho over the past year.  Whenever I have an opportunity to do it, I do.

Which means, every holiday that we travel to those areas, I make it a point to make a new sign, and I show it off in front of drug court at some town Behind the Zion Curtain.

I have very few if any people show up.  I often get the crotchety old man or old lady who lectures me about immorality or something.  But something that can be seen in the videos that I make is that people honk, hug me, or scream cheers of support.  And no small amount at that.  It is really fun making a bunch of noise in these town of Utah where prohibition is the normality.

Whether we are talking about people shunning those who drink coffee, or tea, or who smoke cigarettes, or come from a different religion and are proud of it.  All of these things are against Mormon doctrine.   You can see these doctrines in the “Word of Wisdom” which is actual a section from their book of doctrines titled “The Doctrine and Covenants” .   Reference: Doctrine and Covenants Section 89 (Also see the main LDS website for the Utah group here:  http://tinyurl.com/6ry8bt)

The idea that other religions get shunned because of the LDS in Utah, also appears to be doctrinal.   Joseph Smith History Chapter 1

” I was answered that I must join none of them, for they were all wrong; and the Personage who addressed me said that all their creeds were an abomination in his sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that: “they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof.”

I consider this institutionalized bigotry.  Which is something else that I advocate against.
So this Thankgiving, I will find myself Behind the Zion Curtain once again, and I will be looking for a good place to protest.
If anyone knows of any good parades, or events let me know.   info@behindzioncurtain.com

This is a video of one of my last protests in Utah:



BTW-  EVERYONE is welcome to attend and participate!

Mountain Meadows Massacre of 1857

If you are wondering what that pile of rocks are on the banner at BehindZionCurtain.com, that is a mound built to memorialize a massive grave for over 120 innocent men, women and children that were killed while unarmed by Mormon leaders in Southern Utah in 1857.

The reason that I put that mound on the website, is as a protest to the LDS church not allowing the family members of the victims to properly mourn or give proper burial to their ancestors.
The LDS church owns the property where the current mound is now. But in the late 1850s a rock cairn was built with a cross on top in the exact same place as the LDS owned memorial is now. But Brigham Young in a fit of rage, ordered that the memorial be torn down. Since it has been rebuilt, the LDS church has prevented the family of the victims from erecting the signature cross that Major J. H. Carleton had originally constructed on the memorial, to give reverence to the faith of the victims who were buried there.
It should be noted that the LDS church does not consider the cross a sacred icon, and it is not worn by LDS and you will not find a cross at any LDS church or temple.

This is what the original cairn would have looked like:

Mountain Meadows Massacre Cairn

Mountain Meadows Massacre Cairn

The MMMF (Mountain Meadows Massacre Foundation) have constructed a replica of the original memorial in Carrollton Arkansas. See pictures at this link: MMMF Replica Memorial

It is my opinion that the LDS church are in the wrong for the massacre back in 1857. They are also wrong for restricting the family members of the victims from properly honoring their ancestors.
SHAME ON YOU LDS!

Utah Freedom Rallies – Legalize Marijuana

October 12th, 2009 | By Pirate

Today October 12th 2009 and tomorrow October 13th 2009 are the xCannabis Freedom Rallies in Utah.

In Provo on October 12th at 2pm at Fourth District Court, and in Salt Lake City on October 13th at 2pm at Salt Lake Federal Court.

To watch the streaming video live, use the media player below to view the rallies live! Better yet, come help out!

http://qik.com/xcannabis

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xCannabis Updates for September – October 2009

September 25th, 2009 | By Pirate

xCannabis in the Zion Curtain

xCannabis in the Zion Curtain

Here are a few updates that you should know about. I will be in Provo Utah, Protesting at the 4th District Court on Monday October 12th 2009 from 2pm to 4:19pm.

125 N 100 W, Provo, UT?
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I will attempt to follow up with a rally in Salt Lake City on the following day, Tuesday October 13th from 2pm to 4:20pm. The rally will be at the SLC Federal Court Building, just like the last time.

400 south Main St.

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I also know now that Jack Herer is alive, and could use our prayers and hopes for his recovery. Visit http://www.jackherer.com/ For details of his condition.

I also just learned on CannabisCulture.com that Marc Emery will be in custody on September 28th. He is asking for support. I am going to try to make a way for me to be in Seattle. But I have to be in Utah the following week, so I may not be able to make it. I encourage you to go out to show him support both in B.C. and Seattle.
Here are the details of that. http://cannabisculture.com/v2/content/marc-emery-be-taken-custody

Brush up on history and Marc Emery by visiting Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Emery
Also, Eddy Lepp is not free. Please keep those in mind who are not as fortunate to be on the outside of a cage, and please be grateful for men and women who are willing to stand up for their rights!
Our motto at xCannabis is “Exercising your FREEDOM, Preserves your FREEDOM”.. We have to stand united, so spare some time and muster some courage to stand up for what you believe in.

Write me if you have any questions: info @ xCannabis.com