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More Rights Down the Drain. Police Can Search Without A Warrant. NORML Stands By.

     Dearest Readers,

     Today we have more news on why AmeriKa is becoming less and less of the great country it once was.

     The Supreme Court has such a bone on for reefer that they are changing basic seacrh and siezure laws so that a cop can claim they smelled the odour of pot coming from your residence and kick your door down. If you live in an apartment and the person in the apartment next to you is omitting the smell of burning reefers, then they can kick your door in because ‘it smelled like it was coming from there.’  This is getting bad and they wonder why politicians are getting shot in the head. Laws like this will cause a lot more shootings and I will KILL anybody who forces their way into my home for any reason. I have the firepower and I am getting old, with not too much to lose…this from the ‘hempnews’…

Supreme Court Looks At Smell-Based Home Searches For Pot

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January 19, 2011 – Police smelling marijuana coming from behind an apartment door can enter the home without a warrant if they believe the evidence is being destroyed, some U.S. Supreme Court Justices said on Wednesday.

More than 60 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police couldn’t enter a residence without a warrant just because they smelled burning opium, reports Adam Liptak at The New York Times.

On Wednesday, during the argument of a case about what police were entitled to do upon smelling marijuana outside the door of a Kentucky apartment, two justices were concerned that the Court may be ready to eviscerate the 1948 ruling which stemmed from a Seattle case.

​ “Aren’t we just simply saying they can just walk in whenever they smell marijuana, whenever they think there’s drugs on the other side?” asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor, considering what a decision against the defendant would tell the police. “Why do even bother giving them a search warrant?”

The old ruling, Johnson v. United States, involved the search of a Seattle hotel room. The smell of drugs could provide probably cause for a warrant, Justice Robert H. Jackson wrote for the majority, but it did not entitle police to enter without one.

“No suspect was fleeing or likely to take flight,” Justice Jackson wrote. “The search was of permanent premises, not of a movable vehicle. No evidence or contraband was threatened with removal or destruction.”


Since the War On Drugs was re-started by President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, the Supreme Court has steadily given police more leeway to search cars, travelers and baggage, reports David Savage at the Los Angeles Times. But the justices have been reluctant to allow searches of homes without a warrant.

In the new case, Kentucky v. King, police in Kentucky were looking for a suspect who had sold cocaine to an informant. They smelled burning marijuana coming from another apartment — where Hollis King and his friends were smoking marijuana — knocked loudly, and announced themselves.

When they heard sounds coming from inside that made them think evidence was being destroyed, they kicked the door in and found marijuana, cocaine, King, two friends, and some cash, but not the original suspect, who was in another apartment.

King was sentenced to 11 years(!) in prison, but the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned his conviction and threw out the evidence, ruling that any risk of drugs’ being destroyed was the result of the decision by police to knock and announce themselves rather than to obtain a warrant. The Kentucky court ruled that officers had entered the apartment illegally and that the evidence they found should not have been considered in court, reports Robert Barnes at The Washington Post.

The key issue is whether an “exigent” or emergency circumstance allows the police to enter a residence without a warrant. Sadly but no longer shockingly, Obama Administration lawyers joined the case on the side of Kentucky’s prosecutors.

The police who broke into the apartment “reasonably believed that there was destruction of evidence occurring inside,” said Ann O’Connell, an assistant to Obama’s Solicitor General.

Prosecutors for Kentucky and the federal government told the justices Wednesday that the Kentucky court had erred. They claimed there had been no violation of the Fourth Amendment, which bars unreasonable searches, because they claimed police had “acted lawfully.”


​But Justice Elena Kagan had doubts about that approach.

If the court looks only at the lawfulness of police behavior, Justice Kagan said, that “is going to enable the police to penetrate the home, to search the home, without a warrant, without going to see a magistrate, in a very wide variety of cases.”

All the police would need to say, Justice Kagan said, is that they smelled marijuana and then heard a noise. “Or,” she added, “we think there was some criminal activity going on for whatever reason and we heard noise.”

“How do you prevent your test from essentially eviscerating the warrant requirement in the context of the one place that the Fourth Amendment was most concerned about?” Kagan asked Kentucky Assistant Attorney General Joshua D. Farley, who claimed the police had done nothing that violated the Fourth Amendment.

Justice Sotomayor was even more direct, asking “Aren’t we just doing away with ‘Johnson’?”

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asked why the police could not simply roam the hallways of apartment buildings, sniffing for pot, knocking whenever they smelled marijuana, then breaking in if they “hear something suspicious.”

“That would be perfectly fine,” Kentucky Assistant Atttorney General Farley replied.

Justice Antonin Scalia revealed some unflattering things about his worldview — which, God help us, seems to be that of a judgmental 10-year-old — as he said he was not troubled by the standard the government lawyers proposed. He said that police can’t go wrong by knocking loudly on the door.

“There are a lot of constraints on law enforcement,” Justice Scalia said, “and the one thing that it has going for it is that criminals are stupid.”

Scalia said that “criminals” often cooperate with police when not legally required to do so. They might open the door and let officers inside — and if not, the police can break in, he said.

“Everything done was perfectly lawful,” Scalia said. “It’s unfair to the criminal? Is that the problem? I really don’t understand the problem.”

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Meet The New Boss…He Has An Eye On You

     All Dear Friends and Foes,

     Your Humble Narrator has noticed that Tom Corbett has been growing a third eye, which he plans to use in spying on people who say bad things about him…oops!

     As we related in this blog a few months ago, our new Governor was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union recently – and lost, for trying to bully Twitter into giving up account information on two people who blogged about him.  Outgoing Governor Ed Rendell publicly stated that he found the behaviour of then-Attorney General Corbett to be reprehensible. We most heartily concur.

     As someone who regularly posts negative things about the man, and as someone who is probably on his ‘list’ of detractors, my question is “What did he plan to do with those names and addresses?”...obviously, if you are willing to go through the trouble of breaking the law to summon Twitter execs before a Grand Jury, you must do something with the information. How is the retribution then dealt out by the agents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

     While we are at it, what about the Pennsylvania Homeland Security Agency (ever hear of them before?) and the information they collect, mostly from blogs and emails, about people who make anti-government statements…like me???? What about me, Your Beloved Voice From the Page.

     So, he lost and did not get the names and addresses. Now he is your Governor. He Governs you. It is your fault, unless you voted against him. Do not mention the $4,ooo a day which he got in campaign funding from the big gas (not ‘big ass’ – that is Gov. Cartman in NJ, Corbett’s admitted idol) and oil companies, or the officers in those oil companies, to whom he gave seats on his Cabinet!!! No, no, no!!!! That could get a blogger in a lot of trouble.

     That third eye is not looking too friendly to me.

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Gentle Readers…Potential Foul Language (but legal) Ahead. Proceed With Open Mind!

     ‘Woman Is The Nigger of the World’…John Lennon.

     ‘Baby, Baby, Baby Is A Rock N Roll Nigger’…Patti Smith

     ‘Cunt Is the Nigger of the Nouns’…Michael Hendrick

     Now that I have your attention…

     Why do we need to use shock language? Why was your Humble Narrator missing in action from blogland due to an increased intake of opiates? Why is this country (USA) awash in the ‘New Racism’?

     If we avoid ‘dirty’ words, they become dirty by association.  Our Saint and Mentor Lenny Bruce proved that 50 years ago, right about when the staff at CSAFY was waking up to the world.

     As a caucasian, I have been accused of racism simply for not agreeing with the so-called president. I visited an African American friend of mine the next day and told her about it and she said she is fed up with this juvenile fecundity, as well. It is the second or third time I was accused of racism this month. The people who accused me did not know that I lost the highest-paying job I ever had because I was working for redneck/upperclass fools at the Virginia Stage Company in Norfolk and refused to fire a woman I had hired to work in my department.  The owners of the VSC felt that a black woman was not capable of representing them on the telephone. I told them, ‘fuck you.’

     The day they told me to get rid of her, I took her aside and gave her a cash bonus, even though she had no idea of the racist skullduggery which was afoot.  Months later, I was summoned to the Oak Room of the Algonquin Hotel In Manhattan and questioned about my pro-equality stance and summarily dismissed from my position for not being an oppressor of a 100 pound, five foot tall black woman who was a school teacher all her life and was as sweet a woman as one could ever meet.

    That was the 80s and nigger was a bad word. Now it is only a bad word if white people use it. Reverse racism is gripping tooth and nail to the coat-tails of the extreme factions we are seeing in this, what used to be our country, and the lesson we learned from the civil rights demonstrations of the 1960s are long forgotten. White man bad…black man victim…

    What does this have to do with cunts? Recent rulings in the state of Pennsylvania made such words legal to say in public, or even cajole the police with when they are trying to reason with you. If you recall, Freedom of Speech was once a Universal Right to all americans and now it is a joke. This is one very small victory in the fight to say what we wish to.

    So the narcotics are wearing off. I had to take them because they made the K2 illegal and I can have all the opiates I want with no fear of reprisal. So, if you must blame a narcotic stupor for the lack of scholarly advice which normally oozes from this page, blame your Uncle Sam…or is it Uncle Osama?

     Do I hate Obama because he is black, sorta? No! Do I hate NJ Gov. Chris “Buffet”Cartman Christie, who looks like he will be in the race to be out next leader (hahahahahahahaha)? Yes…I hate him because he is a fat, miserable fuck who is playing with the environment, not from his massive body mass and it’s affect on tides and orbit of the planet, but because he is a fucking idiot – like Obama! He is white, caucasian, whatever – he has so much skin that he could probably qualify for several different ethnicities, depending on where you take the skin from on his bloated carcass.  Do I hate General Tom Corbett, the other fat fuck who sold out his state for a million and a half dollars per cabinet position and will become ten times richer thanks to screwing the people who voted for him? Yes, I hate him and he is the same skin tone as I am.

     So, if you hear inklings of racism at the office or market, do your best to shut the mouth of the ignorant fuckwit who said such irresponsible booshwah! Most of the racism is coming from the young because they are oppressed and have no chance in the rich man’s world of the USA. They will die under a bridge due to lack of ambition and want to blame me for being a capitalist.

    Somebody wake up…Dear Readers, I know you are awake…but please try to waken a few others before the war of inequality swallows the USA before a Chinese bomb has a chance to wipe us out.

   Wake somebody up and you will awaken a new sense of purpose in yourself…if you want one.

     By the by, it was by pure coincidence and accident that I posted this on Martin Luther King Day. The lessons of Doctor King are being subordinated by feuds between white trashers and blacks with attitudes. It is the first battle in the Era of Class Warfare that our government is pulling this country into through flagrant ignorance of the Constitutional Rights of ALL citizens, no matter what colour, race or creed.

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Obama Keeps USA In The Dark; No K2, No Medical Marijuana, Ban on Lightbulbs – The Voice of the Shroomed

     Appreciated Afficionados and Literate Bums,

     This was not meant to be a post about what is on television, however last evening saw the premiere of Showtime’s Shameless, a bald-faced ripoff of the successful British series and a blemish on the the career of asteemed-until-now actor, William Macy. I think Macy had a middle initial but for such blatant lack of artistic vision, he does not deserve his full name on the CFYSA blogsite.

     The latest season of the REAL Shameless series is about to unfold on UK television and the American version is so un-original as to be a complete insult. There is no way that the British actors, who breathed life into the series characters, can  be equalled by those in the Showtime series. Why bother? If the show is a hit and rights could be bought, why not just sell the REAL version to the unsuspecting, culture-deprived American audience. We at CFYSA, suspect that this has something to do with subliminal cues which American advertisers and government agencies slip into what we watch to brainwash us. If people enjoy the British version, they do not get the proper programming which National Security uses to keep the poor un-informed and prone to the whims of corrupt media that controls the core thought process of the US.

     For the spooks in power, it would have been a missed opportunity to gradually convince us into accepting less and less of the Rights which are the bane of the current, corrupt batch of politicians who run your life without asking your opinion. It would have been like missing the chance to start a national ban on 100-watt lightbulbs.

     In mushroom country, the joke is ‘they feed us shit and keep us in the dark.’ For the rest of the country, it is not a joke. The phony drug war claimed a few dozen lives last weekend. The focus of it all, despite the numerous lives lost, ended up focusing on Rep. Giffords. When a person takes a place in government, they supposedly offer their lives to protect the ideals upon which this country was formed. If a politician like Gifford is instrumental in the enforcement of policies which nobody wants and which irks the Mexican Syndicate, it is expected for her to be shot. It is her job. She is paid well for it, much more than you or I will make in a year.

     There is no reason for sympathy for a person who is injured or dies in the line of a service which is corrupt and serves only to foster future war, violence and economic disaster. Cry for the innocent…if it were not for Obama and Giffords trying to enforce policy that the head of the DEA calls ‘impossible,’ she would not have taken the shot she had coming as a risk of perpetuating war. If anybody should be shot, it should be a public person…not a baby.

     She and her followers need to ‘suck it up’ and accept it as a part of holding office. The national weepfest over her pretty face is uncalled for. She asked for it when she took the office. She made a target of herself, quite idiotically, on the 114 mile war zone she insisted on commmanding. No tears for pols. Not even the Kennedys, who were equally as corrupt with their booze running and organized crime affiliations.

     The current body of legislators who are trying to ruin the quality of life in this once-great Union have it coming. They keep us in the dark by banning anything which may make us think outside the box, or, in other words, think for ourselves. Many young black men are shot in the US everyday of the year and nobody is seen shedding a tear on CNN.

    Similarly, a new boon to organized crime, in the form of synthetic cannibinoids, K2 or Spice, was derailed by the Thought Police. While they may be quasi-illegal, terrorists and criminals are making a mint selling them, even though a unique ‘ban’ has been placed on them. The federal and state governments lose money, the elected officials who run these legislature get rich on kickbacks and we are happily kept quite thanks to lack of knowledge of fact regarding these substances…or shall we say, “KEPT IN THE DARK”.

     More astounding is the recently-announced National Ban on 100-watt lightbulbs. A very slick move, since it disrupts much more than american bulb companies making a profit. We probably have a free trade contract with India to import bulbs from them so they can own a bigger slice of the American Dream while students and hard-working citizens are deprived of more and more as weeks go by. With less light, it is harder to read books and non-propagandized materials. You can still read on Kindle, but the net allows for subliminal cues which cannot be tracked in the absense of ‘hard copy’. Books hold the truth, in many cases, and so they are dangerous to our government.

     In the 60s, our hero, Bob Dylan, said something to the affect of ‘keep a clean mind and always carry a lightbulb.’ At the time, it was looked upon as a pouty piece of pop puffery and a clever bit to make people think. It takes on a whole new meaning in the world where we worry more about lightbulbs than about the standard of life of the people of the USA. About 20 years later, he recorded a song which presciently noted, We used to frow food in Kansas, now we grow it on the moon and eat it raw. I can see the day coming when even your home garden will be against the law…and what do you know? Some factions in this country ARE trying to make home gardens illegal.

     My land is my fucking land, if you will pardon the expression, Gentle Readers, and I should we allowed to grow what I want on it, even if it is only tomatoes.

     Your Rights are being taken away from you like a schmuck at a game of three-card-monte…you do not see it coming and all of a sudden, you have nothing left. That is the landscape of our modern attempt at democracy. The only difference is, in three-card-monte, we do not elect street hustlers to rob us with sleight of hand. In the case of modern-day america – we elect and pay the hustlers. In monte, the crook folds up his table and vanishes when he has taken his hapless victim for all they have. In our government, they take all your cash and then tell you that you need to give more…or else!!!

     Please do not live in the dark. Wake up America. Even Bill Maher is starting to make sense again and that is one pathetic circumstance.

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Obama Drug War – 15 Headless In Acapulco, 6 Shot In Arizona – Thanks, Barack!

     Fretful Friends and Righteous Readers,

     We have been posting warnings about the style of class warfare which is growing at an unsurpassed rate since Obama started ruining any and all trust citizens had in their elected officials.

      We have been watching as The Man With No Plan has played fast and loose with our Constitution. We have been grousing over the injustice in a government where elected officials totally ignore the wishes of those who elected them in favor of privilege. Privilege?

     Privilege, like the privilege Pennsylvania Governor-Elect General Tom Corbett distributed when he sold seats on his cabinet to oil company insiders for a reported $1.5 million a seat; privilege like Tom Corbett bestowed upon the oil companies of his cronies by not charging any PA state taxes on oil and natural gas mined from the Marcellus Shale deposits here. A nice deal for only $1.5 million each and Corbett is sure to get under the table kickbacks in perpetuity.

     Do you blame the 22-year-old shooter, when developmental biologists all agree that young men in America do not reach the age of emotional and psychological maturity until age 30? Do you blame the manufacturer of the fire-arm or the maker of the bullets? Do you blame the 114-mile war zone which borders the southern edge of Arizona and is the point of entry for much of the marijuana that we Americans love so much and even Omama smokes legally, after some careful manipulation of DC drug laws?

     We blame Obama – directly. He is supposed to be the President, so he is the one who ought to take it on the chin for perpetuating a situation which can only lead to more violence, greed, money to the upper class and rapidly-declining quality of life for anybody who does not have the cash to buy-off an elected official. The kid with the gun needs help and Obama needs to be impeached. This type of behaviour will escalate as more rights and standards of living are stolen from ‘We, The People’.

     Soon, maybe not soon enough for us in the Northeast US, it shall almost be Spring and Fat Tuesday will be kicking off the Mardi Gras. Many people could visit the Gulf Coast, as often happens during the festivities. This year, there may be more visitors than residents, since the Obama-imposed ban on American Oil has put stores, restaurants, hotels and many other tourist attractions, as well as basic infra-structure serving the area, out of business.

     Why does Obama hate America so much? Why does he prefer to buy oil from our enemies and let the people of his own country suffer and starve? The obvious answer would be that he is a heartless bastard and the empty words he sputtered after the Arizona shootings did everything but put the finger of blame where it truly belongs…on our Senate, our Congress and in all our Houses of Representatives.

     We live in a country where our rights are bought and sold by the day and we do not even know it, in our complacency. The Nation should feel bad about the victims of the deluded gunman – it is our fault for allowing the media to hornswaggle us into voting an inept primadonna to the highest office in the land. We and Obama pulled that trigger, just as surely as Jared Loughner did. We allowed it to happen by not doing our homework and being fooled into voting a president via internet.

     Why do people grieve? Why the shock? Are you stupid, Gentle Readers? If not, what did you expect? As the rich get richer and the rest get nothing, Obama, Corbett, big, old NJ Gov. Christie Cartman and every other tool of policy get fatter…well Corbett and Christie do. We think it would be a good idea if those two would be put before one of the new Obama ‘death panels,’ which are part of his Final Solution to the health care issue. You ARE aware that, in your future, a government-appointed doctor will decide when it is time for you to die, depending on how much is left in your flexible spending account…aren’t you? If not, you will be surprised when they pull the plug on you. If not, you are part of the problem due to ignorance of the facts.

     But, Fair Followers, what about those fifteen headless corpses which were found just across the border on the same day? Do they count for anything, or are they just Mexicans?  While they were direct casualties, what about the ‘collateral damage’ in AZ? Pima County, AZ, Sheriff Clarence Dupkin, said it with much more truth than that sorry address Obama gave…

    “When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain mouths about tearing down the government. The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous,” he said. “And unfortunately, Arizona, I think, has become the capital. We have become the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”

     Why has Arizona become the capital? Will people in the Gulf states have to eat mud until the Administration stops playing politics with the oil supply? Are more shootings in our future? As long as we fight a drug war which cannot be won because the people we elect do not want to give up the rewards they get from the pharma lobby by keeping marijuana illegal, people will die. As long as we are deprived of our Constitutional Rights until the sheer insanity of it unhinges the potentially violent…death is a fact of war. Stop the war, stop the deaths.

     Obama does not care for this country enough to stop the death. He thrives on it. It is his revenge for not being likable. If you voted for him, you ought to go look in the mirror and apologize to yourself and get used to what you have wrought.

     Cheers!

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Thanks, Obama! Who Needs American Oil? We Depend on Foreign Oil!!!!

     Informed Intellects, One and All,

     We actually break the focus on the murder of John Winston Lennon to give a tip’o’the hat to our hypocrit Commander and Thief, Baccarat Obama.

      Thanks to his childish display of emotion, directed at the lunkheads who voted for the chump, hahahahaha, er, ha, he has so universally alienated himself that we at CFYOSA no longer need to insult him…for the moment.

     This past week, he admonished the people who elected him. He was angry and you could see it. Good for him. The crowd should have thrown eggs but it was just the press corps. If he spoke to a live audience the way he addressed the American People yesterday, he would have been diving the flying shoe like Bush had to.

     It is sad to see him self-immolate…then, again, nah…he deserves it. He has been lying, cutting deals, smoking pot in the Oval Office and buggering the maturing White House pooches he bought for his daughters.

     Another good move by this jackass has been his deliberate shut-off of opportunity to the wounded unfortunates in the Gulf of Mexico – on the American side…the Mexicans are making billions of dollars in marijuana revenue. Our Fearless (with our money) Leader, in the days after the BP oil fountain became the biggest aquatic attraction since Gov. Cartman, Chris Christie (R-NJ) got his fat ass caught in the gubernatorial bathtub and had to be evacuated by being saturated in butter and pried out with a couple of lifeboat oars that were handily available. He decided to shut down all oil production by American companies in the Gulf.

     It is bad enough that Katrina decimated the whole society in the region, practically, but to shut down a major source of cashflow to the victimized areas is an inexcusable sin. Does anybody take ito consideration that children in certain areas of this country (USA) go hungry as a direct result of the actions of this ‘First Father’. Obama appears to be our most abusive First Father, promising us the love but never coming though. Besides the oil industry being shutdown, along with them go the hotels, grocery stores, hardware, sustainables, beer, K2, beer, sustainables, etc…a whole infrastructure of industry is left in limbo thanks to the December 1 decision to continue a moratorium on Gulf drilling by US oil companies. So far, heating oil is up about 18% over last year, according to my bills. Obama will be sure to drive the prices higher. It is calculated when you consider the drill moratorium and the Marcellus Shale free for all, which Pennsylvania Governor Elect Tom (Coronary-Bait) Corbett sold ‘transition team’ tickets to at the price of $1,500,000 per ducat.

     When the BP well leaked and spewed oil in all directions, what did Obama do? He declared that all wells in the Gulf be shut down, pronto. So, instead of having a bunch of American companies catching the oil at the rigs and putting it conveniently into barrels, the US-owned wells were shut down. Think of the dynamics involved here. You have a bunch of wells and one breaks, spewing oil. Shut down all the others and what is the result? D-uhhhh. Ever hear of pressure? Like that gauge on your car – oil pressure? Like when you flush the toilet while somebody is in the shower? By shutting down the US rigs, Obama effectively allowed seismic pressure build and force the oil into the ocean, as opposed to the handy barrels which would have made a profit for American oil companies, taken a little pressure off the economy, kept thousands of oilmen and realted-industry-workers off of unemployment and BEEN THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

      Osama Olama Obama, the spirits are about to speak and they are saying that you suck, bigtime. It is one distinction to be the first black president. Why not be the first suicidal president? It may be messy but it would set an example for a lot of would-bes who are in that position due to your policy fumblings. If you are reading this Mr. Obama, as a substance abuser, you owe us one for the pot trick you pulled. Bow out and allow a real President to take over and get something done. You are worthless.

     No wonder South Korea thinks they are Number One!

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The First Thanksgiving and Diabetes For All

     Readers of All Faiths,

     Today is the day that americans celebrate the first Thanksgiving, where we shared our food with the Native Americans, they shared their food with us, then we gave them blankets which were infested with disease, robbed them off all their land and made them a minority in their own country.  We call this The American Dream, Chapter One.

     Karma can be a bitch and it could be some old Spirit in the Sky that has wrought vengeance upon our country for the treacherous way the British in our blood caused us to decimate the native race of North America, the same way it will smite us in 20 years when the last of the wild tigers have vanished from the earth. Tiger population in the wild is calculated to be about 3,200 tigers, or tygers, compared with 100,000 a century ago. I am sure the big cats had nothing to do with it. Thanks, Mankind.

     We will still see them lolling in stinking cages in our local zoos but even they may disappear after so many years. Mankind, as Tom Waits noted, is anything but kind to the Earth and the creatures that dwell upon it. Mankind is better suited to war than to the love of animals and preservation of his it’s own habitat.

     This is a consumer’s holiday in all respects ~ we consume all we possibly can, we follow this by the biggest moneyspending day of the year, Black Friday. This leads into a frenzy of consumption that lasts six weeks and empties wallets and bank accounts, leads to mountains of unpaid credit and results in an average of 20 pounds gained by eating crap we don’t bother with the rest of the year.

     I bet that, if not for the holiday season, americans would not be overweight to the extent that they are. An open refrigerator-door policy during these weeks leaves most carrying pounds which will never come off and which lay the foundation for a few more pounds the year after that…and the year after that. Ever notice how much older someone else your own age looks when they are carrying an extra 50 pounds. A lot older.

     Then you have to deal with the issue of weight related brain damage. The brain of an obese person, when subjected to imaging, shows a startling resemblance to that of an active crack addict. Both suffer from serious lapses in judgement. When you look in the mirror, at what point do you finally say ‘these scars all over my face and the missing teeth…maybe it’s the crack’ or ‘gee. I seem to have gained a bit of weight. I appear to be 200 pounds bigger than I was in school’.  Didn’t the mirror work at 175 pounds? What is the magic formulae of realization?

     In India these days, realization comes in the form of diabetes, which is spreading quicker than it is in the USA, even. The Indian people, from centuries of poor diet or lack of diet, have genes which are used to ‘starving’. When the Western diet was introduced, the whole country became a nation of porkers. They cannot handle all the sugar and other crapola which is processed into seemingly good foods. It is called the ‘disease of affluence’ due to its source in ample food supplies and the high percentage of processed foods. India, with 15 diabetics per 100 people is the world leader in diabetes 2. I guess they were emulating what they saw on TV. Forty million diabetics reside in India.

     In the US, 23.6 million people have diabetes, close to eight per cent of the population. While 17.9 million of these cases are diagnosed, there are 5.7 per cent which remain undiagnosed and (hold on to your hats) 57 million americans with ‘pre-diabetes’. We are about to double, nay, almost triple our rate of this illness at the pace of 1,600,000 new cases a year.  These figures come from the American Diabetes Association.

     To look at it another way, on average, 32,ooo people in your home state will be diagnosed with the disease in 2011 and the numbers will slowly rise.  If you reside in Pennsylvania, that is 477 new cases in your county alone, slightly over seven new cases a month, or more simply –  a new neighbour with diabetes about once week…for now – these figures are expected to increase. Wait until those 57 million get symptomatic.

     HIV/AIDS? piff-paff, Diabetes kills scores more people and has replaced the immuno-deficiency diseases as the world’s most dangerous killer. No sex, no needles required; all  we need is a Big Mac.

     There is hope, though slim…you could exercise or eat properly but it is so much work.

     You could start today and just eat some lean turkey and say ‘no’ to all that other stuff on the table. You also do not need to eat unless you are hungry, a fact that escapes many.

     How nice! The snowflakes are falling on suburbia and inside the warm houses in my neighborhood, kids are sucking down hot chocolate and eating Count Chocula and waiting for the big meal. Future patients.

     The smart people are the ones marching in the parades.

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Bend Over, Pennsylvania

     Faithful Readers,

     Today we will worry about what will happen as the reigns of the Commonwealth are passed from Governor Ed Rendell to General Tom Corbett. A lot of people gave Rendell the bad rap but he did a lot for this state. He brought in money with casinos, toll roads and he even said he would sign off on the two medical marijuana bills, which are currently lost in the space of the PA legislature. Ed will be sorely missed. When I lived in Center City Philadelphia, Rendell was mayor of that city, replacing the hard-to-follow Frank Rizzo. In those days, when Rizzo and, then, Rendell were in charge of the city, it was very safe. Single women walked the streets unmolested and a sense of respect for others permeated.

      Sigh….

      Corbett is not even in office yet and is wasting tax dollars already. While many are unemployed and those on Social Security had their benefits capped, eliminating the yearly cost of living increase, General/Governor Corbett will get a raise when he enters office. Along with him, a number of other legislators are due for an increase, too. Somebody who walked the moral high ground would say ‘nix’ to the increase, in light of all the arts, library and school cuts made by the state. I am sure he will hold onto every penny…not that he needs it.

     Recent news reports tell us that Corbett is holding his victory party at the Waldorf Astoria, where room rates start at $700 a night. You would think that he would at least TRY to look like he is not a pig, snuffling in the trough of the public pocket…or spend the money in Pennsylvania, at least! No fuss, though, since the General’s friends will likely pick up the tab. They are good friends, so good that they contributed millions of dollars to his campaign and, in return, were given seats in the governor’s cabinet. Yes, they literally bought the positions.

      Buying an office can be good for the state, maybe. One of the people who bought a place in the administration  is Christine Toretti, Chairman and CEO of J W Jack Drilling Co, of Indiana, Pa. This appointment is a blatant slap in the puss for environmentalists and residents, alike. J W Jack now has access to drill in the Marcellus Shale areas of PA and never have to pay a penny in state tax on any oil or natural gas which is extracted from the soil beneath our feet. Not a penny in tax. That is good for people like me with investments in oil drilling companies, since my stocks will reflect the non-taxable profits. It is not good for the Commonwealth, especially as it plays the poor card except when dealing to the privileged piggies.

     By posting this, I am asking for trouble, since anybody who speaks out against anything the state does is put under the state’s million dollar surveillance program. This surveillance was brought to light last week when protestors filled the capitol steps, demonstrating for a stop to state spying on us all. Gentle Readers, we have already pointed out how General Corbett was taken to task by the ACLU last year for using his office of Attorney General to dig up the real identities of two people who criticized him on Twitter.

     The real question is ‘what did he intend to do with the information’? I would imagine surveillance and police harrassment would be in order, in the mind of the wicked and warped man who is about to set the rules for us all to live by.

     It is hard to believe that such obvious, self-serving, questionably-legal behaviour is tolerated, much less put in a place to vex us for years to come. I miss Ed Rendell and he is still in office.

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Bits and Beats Again

     Dear Readers,

     Today I type with left hand, my right arm in a sling from a slight mishap while carrying an extension ladder. I am in pain but aren’t I always pained?

     So, to keep you up to date on Rick the Dick and his campaign of phony emails, letters and you name it, in order to ‘punk’ me, as he so telemoronically calls it. After my Veterans Day post, he sent me a lengthy email in the guise of a marine corp officer. His style of writing is so juvenile that it is like a fingerprint.

     Then, of course, there was the letter with the phony handwriting and the date on the back. I learned that, on that date, Rick the Dick was visiting the state of PA and had used the pc of a mutual acquaintance. Apparently, his attempt to punk me from another pc failed, since I am told that the ‘friend’ who allowed him to use the pc was left with a virus and also lost a ton of valuable information since Rick deleted all his friend’s ‘sent items’ in effort to cover his own tracks. Said ‘friend’ is pissed! Way to go, Rick the Dick.

     The Dylan concert was good. I had row twelve seats but Ferd and I stood at the end of the first row during the entire show and were maybe 15-20 feet from Bobby D the whole time, except for the encore when we got closer to the microphone he was using.

     Of note, the Oscar that Dylan won for Wonder Boys has been moved from rear stage to front stage, standing in front of all the musicians. He sure loves that Oscar! It no longer has it’s own light, like the band members do, though.

     Before the show, I visited Tara at The Balancing Soul and she had a new batch of aromatic specialties. It is amazing how aromatic you can get legally. Ferd was impressed, too, saying he was so aromatic that he felt like he was tripping. I would tell you which brand it was that we enjoyed so much but it may be sold out by the time I go back, so I suggest you go and ask Tara which one is the best aromatic blend for you…and remember they are all legal.

     Speaking of which, I have been searching all the records for the state senate and house of representatives and it seems like that nasty Jennifer Mann’s idiot HB 176, is now being referred to as ‘The Anti-Cancer Research Bill’ because people like myself are finding that these blends relieve a lot of discomfort that chemotherapy can cause. It seems like the latest vote shook things up so much that the main things our legislators are concerned with are their own pensions and the issue of whether it is okay to shoot an intruder in your yard or if you have to lure them into the house in order to take a shot at them.

     Hopefully, the session will close before they have time to address this pissant complaint of a bill. The author just took a look at the legislative schedules for both the PA House and Senate and HB 176 is not up for consideration in either place. It had been tabled and then taken off the table but it seems that Frederick Douglass is next in line to be honoured by the state and they will vote on his status, which is good since he died in which century? The bill had been referred to Judiciary, which is busy with the prison break laws today.  

     This week, also mentioned in a previous blog, brought home the realization that we truly live in a police state here in Pennsylvania. Our incoming governor, General Tom Corbett, as Attorney General, has all activists under surveillance. The Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania, if you pay taxes here, uses the taxes to fund a million dollar budget to spy on people like me. I call myself an activist on several pages where a self-description is called for. Maybe they missed me…who knows…and who is that parked in the van outside?

     He has already lost a court battle with the ACLU, who sued him on behalf of two ‘tweeters’ who were tweeting about the twit. Corbett could not stand up to the pressure of two anonymous typers, so he used the powers of his office to hunt down the people who criticized him. This is how he acts before he takes office, so hold onto your hats, PA-dwellers. However, if you do not hold onto your hat and it blows away, the state has it on film so it will not get lost.

     Tomorrow will be my last shift for the year at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary. That is thirteen years of service. Yay for me and Yay for Hawk Mountain.

     And so, Gentle Readers, that is all I have for now, or rather all I can physically manage for the time being. My brain and mouth are still in great working order, however.

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Instant Blog ~ Courtesy Corbett, Christie, the ACLU and the Whales

     Gentle Readers,
     I have a busy day and so, no writing for me.  Here is one you can figure out for yourself while you screw around at your desk, waiting for five o’clock.
     Follow the headlines and info below and create your own rant. It starts with a whale and ends with one, if you include the pic of Governor Cartman, er Christie.
     We have a morally corrupt Constitution-breaking governor-elect headed for Harrisburg and his role model is a boorish fool who denies global warming and says there is no evidence while the scientists keep piling it up.
     Readers in Pennsylvania, are we not, in the vernacular, fucked?
Posted on Thu, Nov. 11, 2010
Activists under state watch in Pa. urge end to monitoring By Miriam Hill and Amy Worden

Inquirer Staff Writers

A group of activists monitored by the state of Pennsylvania on Wednesday called on Gov.-elect Tom Corbett to prohibit state agencies from gathering information about people’s political and religious beliefs.

ACLU Representing Anonymous Twitter Critics of PA Attorney General Tom Corbett

Grand Jury Issued Subpoena to Twitter Demanding Users’ Identities
May 20, 2010

HARRISBURG – The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania announced today that it is representing two anonymous Twitter users who have criticized State Attorney General Tom Corbett on a social networking site. Corbett’s office asked a grand jury to issue a subpoena earlier this month to Twitter demanding the identities of his critics

Posted on Thu, Nov 11, 2010

As Gov.-elect Tom Corbett follows the lead of N.J.’s Christie, expect quick reform, deep budget cuts

Surrounded by his family and Pennsylvania’s Republican elite, Gov.-elect Tom Corbett looked into the election-night crowd in Pittsburgh and said, “Throughout the campaign, people asked me, ‘What kind of role model do you have?’ I reminded them: Just look across the Delaware River to New Jersey. Take a look at Gov. Christie.”
Posted on Thu, Nov. 11, 2010

Christie ‘skeptical’ on man’s role in global warming

by Chelsea Conaboy

Inquirer Staff Writer

Scientists and environmental advocates reacted with anger and incredulity Wednesday to remarks by Gov. Christie expressing doubt that humans are causing climate change.

Whales suffering from ‘dramatic’ sunburn

November 10, 2010|By Matthew Knight for CNN

  • Whales in Mexico’s Gulf of California are showing worsening signs of sunburn according to new report published Wednesday.

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