So Trump doesn’t go to the WHCD and the Left shows its ass. And you wonder why he didn’t go.
Comedian Hasan Minhaj slammed President Donald Trump and members of his administration Saturday night during the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner (WHCA) in Washington, D.C.
The Daily Show correspondent called Trump the “liar-in-chief,” ripped the president’s immigration policy, and fired off several personal insults at Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“Welcome to the series finale of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” Minhaj’s politically-charged monologue began.
“The leader of our country is not here. And that’s because he lives in Moscow,” Minhaj said to applause from the crowd of celebrities, politicians, and journalists, many of them from the country’s largest media organizations.
President Trump was headlining a first 100 days rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — his absence from the WHCD marks the first time in 36 years that a sitting president has missed the event.
“I think he’s in Pennsylvania because he can’t take a joke” Minhaj said of the commander-in-chief.
“This event is about celebrating the first amendment and free speech,” Minhaj said.
“Donald Trump doesn’t care about free speech,” he added.
Minhaj said he was asked not to mock the Trump White House in the president’s absence from the event, but he wasted no time taking aim at Pence, saying the Vice President’s wife wouldn’t let him attend the annual event “because apparently one of you ladies is ovulating.”
Let’s stop there and review. This person, a Muslim, is making fun of Trump, a man who is sending people into harms way to kill Muslim terrorists in an effort to secure the lives and health of other Muslims. And TRUMP’S the asshole…?!
This Muslim comedian lives in a world where he can bad mouth the leader of his nation and NOT get immediately killed- unlike Turkey, Syria, ISIS, Saudi, and a half dozen other Muslim led nations, and this guy still doesn’t get it. That’s free speech nimrod! And the fact you went home and you found your family safe and no hooded people with machete waiting at your door means you live in America!
And unlike the last LIBERAL president- who did allow for Muslims to kill Muslims in great numbers- you are not being spied on as we speak by sycophants in his NSA monitoring this moron’s “free speech”.
What Trump wants is TRUE free speech, not the stupid shit this guy was throwing around.
Sooo….. F off!
Now onto his other comments. Would the comedian show up to such a blood letting if he were the target of the blood letting? Of course not. But Trump refusing to show up was a big mistake. Because…?
And the comedian, who is married to his wife since college, bad mouths Pence for being faithful to his wife and CAREFUL with his career. I think the comedian’s wife should probably check his cell calls. He sounds like he doesn’t get the love and commitment angle in a marriage.
On another note, the comedy channel is starting a show called something like “The President Show”. If they had one for Obama called “I’m a liar and wanted the cash this gig would get me Show” I would not complain. But this is frankly just all out war. And the liberals wonder why they are so hated.
These guys and gals
Think this guy is funny when bashing the President.
While these Muslim terrorist guys kill gay people, who support the first guys and probably also think the Muslim comedian is funny.
Great example of how California handles a problem vs how Texas handles a problem.
THE COYOTE PRINCIPLE
*The Governor of California is jogging with his dog along a nature trail.
*A coyote jumps out and attacks the Governor’s dog, then bites the Governor.
*The Governor starts to intervene, but reflects upon the movie “Bambi” and then realizes he should stop because the coyote is only doing what is natural.
*He calls animal control. Animal Control captures the coyote and bills the state $200 testing it for diseases and $500 for relocating it.
*He calls a veterinarian. The vet collects the dead dog and bills the State $200 testing it for diseases.
*The Governor goes to hospital and spends $3,500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and on getting his bite wound bandaged.
*The running trail gets shut down for 6 months while Fish & Game conducts a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is now free of dangerous animals.
*The Governor spends $50,000 in state funds implementing a “coyote awareness program” for residents of the area.
*The State Legislature spends $2 million to study how to better treat rabies and how to permanently eradicate the disease throughout the world.
*The Governor’s security agent is fired for not stopping the attack.
*The state spends $150,000 to hire and train a new agent with additional special training for the nature of coyotes.
*PETA protests the coyote’s relocation and files a $5 million suit against the state.
*The Governor of Texas is jogging with his dog along a nature trail.
*A coyote jumps out and attacks his dog.
*The Governor shoots the coyote with his state-issued pistol and keeps jogging.
*The Governor has spent $.50 on a .45 ACP hollow point cartridge.
*The buzzards eat the dead coyote.
All I can think of is the movie the Dictator every time one of Kim’s missile blows up
Kim looking confused over rubber gloves.
see what I mean?
In the movie, the dictator argues with his rocket scientist about how it should be shaped and other silly things. Then he suddenly agrees and smiles. When the scientist turns away, the dictator looks around to his guards and gives the “cut his throat” motion.
I’m thinking every time one of the missiles fails, a scientist suddenly disappears! Soon, Kim will be down to janitors and clerks.
Not that I care. I haven’t watched ESPN in years. I quit watching the NFL channel basically for the same reason. I cannot stand the “ghetto-ization” of the commentary. Yes, blacks dominate the sport, but the fans are from all parts of the country. Yet, somewhere in the midst of the interviews and commentary we subjected to HOURS of giggling, hand slapping, inside the ghetto comments that simply don’t do anyone any good or advance the story about the game. If one of the players does something immature or stupid they are excused by the hosts because they suffer some kind of abuse for being black. Which leads to us getting hit with the silly BLM issues. After a while no sport I’m trying to follow is worth all that and the channel is turned.
After news broke this week that cable sports network ESPN was firing 100 writers, reporters, and some on-air staffers, nearly everyone in sports media had a take on why it happened. But, could ESPN’s firings be just the start of a growing problem for the entire industry as the “sports bubble” begins to burst across the world of sports broadcasting?
The whole idea of a coming sports bubble was raised by TV answer man Phillip Swann, who writes on current trends in TV. Swann insists that ESPN may not be the only network to experience significant restructuring due to financial losses.
In his analysis, Swann notes that much of the trouble at ESPN is the “cord cutting” indulged by former customers, because subscribing to sports channels has become prohibitively expensive for the average person.
About five years ago, Swann noted, cable carriers began to cut their once-automatic habit of including multiple sports channels in cable packages. It started because “the channels began raising their fees to unprecedented levels to offset the huge contracts they signed for the rights to broadcast the games,” he said.
“Pay TV operators concluded that the escalating fees would soon dent their profit lines and they began to say no,” Swann wrote. “Compounding the pressure on the pay TV ops was the need to raise subscriber fees to make up for the higher carriage costs. Customers started to howl over the annual bill hikes, and that led to talk that they would drop their pay TV service, a practice known as cord-cutting.”
Swann went on to give more examples of cable providers backing away from the ever-increasing costs of sports packages on cable, and added that this bubble could eventually affect every sports channel.
“Pay TV operators can’t afford to keep raising their monthly subscriber fees, and the only way they can stop doing it is stop paying excessive carriage fees,” he wrote.
“And eventually,” Swann concluded, “as sports channels are forced to reduce their internal spending, they will also be forced to reduce their spending on the rights to air games and that will eventually force the leagues and teams to tighten their belts.”
But, if this trend in sports TV broadcasting continues, the financial strain won’t just be relegated to sports broadcasters. This bubble could very well spread and burst across cities that spend — and some contend waste — tax dollars on stadiums. These costs could even cascade to the unseemly amount of money teams already charge at ballpark gates.
Oh well. The professional sports market decided to follow the PC culture right into the crap hole. Eventually, they will realize they made a mistake chasing a small but vocal segment of society and ignoring the larger portion who love sports for sports without seeing race or agenda or polticial correctness.
The National Association of Black Journalists 2013 Convention wasn’t all Kumbaya. Despite the fact that emotions are still high and this meeting of professionals was held a half-hour from where Trayvon Martin was slain by George Zimmerman, ESPN “Numbers Never Lie” co-host Hugh Douglas, 42, allegedly threatened violence on a fellow brother, his colleague Michael Smith, 33, during a drunken rage.
He hurled racial slurs at him calling him an “Uncle Tom” and “house n***.” He even, reportedly, grabbed his co-worker and threatened to beat him up while attending a Sports Task Force party at the House of Blues because Smith cautioned him about speaking to a group of journalists while he was inebriated. A former jock, a 6 foot 2, 280-pound Douglas played defensive lineman for the Philadelphia Eagles and is also an NFL analyst for ESPN.
I remember the whole “the world is dying” when I was in high school. Freezing, poverty, starvation, etc. Here is a list of some of the “sky is falling” crowd.
Saturday is Earth Day — an annual event first launched on April 22, 1970. The inaugural festivities (organized in part by then hippie and now convicted murderer Ira Einhorn) predicted death, destruction and disease unless we did exactly as progressives commanded.
Sound familiar? Behold the coming apocalypse, as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970:
“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
“We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
“Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial
“Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
“Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich
“It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
“Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
“In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine
“At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
“Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” — Paul Ehrlich
“By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
“[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” — Newsweek magazine
“The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” — Kenneth Watt
Keep this in mind when you next hear Al Gore and others yell about climate warming, err uh change, uh weather. It is and has always been about attention and the money.
Bill Nye’s income stream would be interesting to review. Where is he getting his money. Also, note that Bill wants to dominate the conversation, tells the other guy to basically shut up.
Remember, given the choice warmer is better. Cold kills crops and starves people, moves civilizations.
The Frozen Thames, 1677
The Little Ice Age brought colder winters to parts of Europe and North America. Farms and villages in the Swiss Alps were destroyed by encroaching glaciers during the mid-17th century. Canals and rivers in Great Britain and the Netherlands were frequently frozen deeply enough to support ice skating and winter festivals. The first River Thames frost fair was in 1607 and the last in 1814; changes to the bridges and the addition of the Thames Embankment affected the river flow and depth, greatly diminishing the possibility of further freezes. Freezing of the Golden Horn and the southern section of the Bosphorus took place in 1622. In 1658, a Swedish army marched across the Great Belt to Denmark to attack Copenhagen. The winter of 1794–1795 was particularly harsh: the French invasion army under Pichegru was able to march on the frozen rivers of the Netherlands, and the Dutch fleet was fixed in the ice in Den Helder harbour.
Sea ice surrounding Iceland extended for miles in every direction, closing harbors to shipping. The population of Iceland fell by half, but that may have been caused by skeletal fluorosis after the eruption of Laki in 1783. Iceland also suffered failures of cereal crops and people moved away from a grain-based diet. The Norse colonies in Greenland starved and vanished by the early 15th century, as crops failed and livestock could not be maintained through increasingly harsh winters, but Jared Diamond has suggested they had exceeded the agricultural carrying capacity before then. Greenland was largely cut off by ice from 1410 to the 1720s.
The Twentieth Century climatologist Hubert Lamb said that in many years, “snowfall was much heavier than recorded before or since, and the snow lay on the ground for many months longer than it does today.” In Lisbon, Portugal, snowstorms were much more frequent than today; one winter in the 17th century produced eight snowstorms. Many springs and summers were cold and wet but with great variability between years and groups of years. Crop practices throughout Europe had to be altered to adapt to the shortened, less reliable growing season, and there were many years of dearth and famine (such as the Great Famine of 1315–1317, but that may have been before the Little Ice Age). According to Elizabeth Ewan and Janay Nugent, “Famines in France 1693–94, Norway 1695–96 and Sweden 1696–97 claimed roughly 10 percent of the population of each country. In Estonia and Finland in 1696–97, losses have been estimated at a fifth and a third of the national populations, respectively.”Viticulture disappeared from some northern regions and storms caused serious flooding and loss of life. Some of them resulted in permanent loss of large areas of land from the Danish, German, and Dutch coasts.
Sooo…. given the choice.
Don’t get me wrong. We need to allow our people to watch for abuses and change directions if there is a REAL threat. There is a huge difference between making corporations clean up rivers that used to actually catch on fire due to their chemical runoff and turning every citizen in the world into a carbon unit to be taxed for simply living in order to fund bankrupt governments and enriching those like Gore and Soros.
Telling the difference can ONLY be accomplished through truthful research and discussion. Bill Nye isn’t that.
Against a terrorist in a truck filled with explosives.
Two years ago when I was the Commander of all U.S. and Iraqi forces, in fact, the 22nd of April 2008, two Marine infantry battalions, 1/9 “The Walking Dead,” and 2/8 were switching out in Ramadi. One battalion in the closing days of their deployment going home very soon, the other just starting its seven-month combat tour.
Two Marines, Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter, 22 and 20 years old respectively, one from each battalion, were assuming the watch together at the entrance gate of an outpost that contained a makeshift barracks housing 50 Marines.
The same broken down ramshackle building was also home to 100 Iraqi police, also my men and our allies in the fight against the terrorists in Ramadi, a city until recently the most dangerous city on earth and owned by Al Qaeda. Yale was a dirt poor mixed-race kid from Virginia with a wife and daughter, and a mother and sister who lived with him and he supported as well. He did this on a yearly salary of less than $23,000. Haerter, on the other hand, was a middle class white kid from Long Island.
They were from two completely different worlds. Had they not joined the Marines they would never have met each other, or understood that multiple America’s exist simultaneously depending on one’s race, education level, economic status, and where you might have been born. But they were Marines, combat Marines, forged in the same crucible of Marine training, and because of this bond they were brothers as close, or closer, than if they were born of the same woman.
The mission orders they received from the sergeant squad leader I am sure went something like: “Okay you two clowns, stand this post and let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.” “You clear?” I am also sure Yale and Haerter then rolled their eyes and said in unison something like: “Yes Sergeant,” with just enough attitude that made the point without saying the words, “No kidding sweetheart, we know what we’re doing.” They then relieved two other Marines on watch and took up their post at the entry control point of Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia section of Ramadi, al Anbar, Iraq.
A few minutes later a large blue truck turned down the alley way—perhaps 60-70 yards in length—and sped its way through the serpentine of concrete jersey walls. The truck stopped just short of where the two were posted and detonated, killing them both catastrophically. Twenty-four brick masonry houses were damaged or destroyed. A mosque 100 yards away collapsed. The truck’s engine came to rest two hundred yards away knocking most of a house down before it stopped.
Our explosive experts reckoned the blast was made of 2,000 pounds of explosives. Two died, and because these two young infantrymen didn’t have it in their DNA to run from danger, they saved 150 of their Iraqi and American brothers-in-arms.
When I read the situation report about the incident a few hours after it happened I called the regimental commander for details as something about this struck me as different. Marines dying or being seriously wounded is commonplace in combat. We expect Marines regardless of rank or MOS to stand their ground and do their duty, and even die in the process, if that is what the mission takes. But this just seemed different.
The regimental commander had just returned from the site and he agreed, but reported that there were no American witnesses to the event—just Iraqi police. I figured if there was any chance of finding out what actually happened and then to decorate the two Marines to acknowledge their bravery, I’d have to do it as a combat award that requires two eye-witnesses and we figured the bureaucrats back in Washington would never buy Iraqi statements. If it had any chance at all, it had to come under the signature of a general officer.
I traveled to Ramadi the next day and spoke individually to a half-dozen Iraqi police all of whom told the same story. The blue truck turned down into the alley and immediately sped up as it made its way through the serpentine. They all said, “We knew immediately what was going on as soon as the two Marines began firing.” The Iraqi police then related that some of them also fired, and then to a man, ran for safety just prior to the explosion.
All survived. Many were injured … some seriously. One of the Iraqis elaborated and with tears welling up said, “They’d run like any normal man would to save his life.”
What he didn’t know until then, he said, and what he learned that very instant, was that Marines are not normal. Choking past the emotion he said, “Sir, in the name of God no sane man would have stood there and done what they did.”
“No sane man.”
“They saved us all.”
What we didn’t know at the time, and only learned a couple of days later after I wrote a summary and submitted both Yale and Haerter for posthumous Navy Crosses, was that one of our security cameras, damaged initially in the blast, recorded some of the suicide attack. It happened exactly as the Iraqis had described it. It took exactly six seconds from when the truck entered the alley until it detonated.
You can watch the last six seconds of their young lives. Putting myself in their heads I supposed it took about a second for the two Marines to separately come to the same conclusion about what was going on once the truck came into their view at the far end of the alley. Exactly no time to talk it over, or call the sergeant to ask what they should do. Only enough time to take half an instant and think about what the sergeant told them to do only a few minutes before: “ … let no unauthorized personnel or vehicles pass.”
The two Marines had about five seconds left to live. It took maybe another two seconds for them to present their weapons, take aim, and open up. By this time the truck was half-way through the barriers and gaining speed the whole time. Here, the recording shows a number of Iraqi police, some of whom had fired their AKs, now scattering like the normal and rational men they were—some running right past the Marines. They had three seconds left to live.
For about two seconds more, the recording shows the Marines’ weapons firing non-stop…the truck’s windshield exploding into shards of glass as their rounds take it apart and tore in to the body of the son-of-a-bitch who is trying to get past them to kill their brothers—American and Iraqi—bedded down in the barracks totally unaware of the fact that their lives at that moment depended entirely on two Marines standing their ground. If they had been aware, they would have known they were safe … because two Marines stood between them and a crazed suicide bomber.
The recording shows the truck careening to a stop immediately in front of the two Marines. In all of the instantaneous violence Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even started to step aside. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could work their weapons. They had only one second left to live.
The truck explodes. The camera goes blank. Two young men go to their God.
Not enough time to think about their families, their country, their flag, or about their lives or their deaths, but more than enough time for two very brave young men to do their duty … into eternity. That is the kind of people who are on watch all over the world tonight—for you.
Young outstanding men. That’s why if the politicians get out of the way, we’d end this siege of Islamic terror.
Bat shit crazy. Of course Maddow now thinks she’s the only true Don-Quixote ideologue worthy of chasing the Trump windmill. She had one big night of ratings revealing to everyone a 2005 IRS return illegally obtained by her people showing Trump paid a buttload of taxes.
The footage from Venezuela was captioned as “Unrest in Venezuela Over Trump Donations” during the segment on MSNBC about the country and its donations to Trump’s campaign. Maddow, a Rhodes Scholar, said “Venezuela is a country in intense turmoil right now.”
“The sanctions that the US put on Venezuela were put there in 2014 after 43 people got killed while participating in anti-government protests. Another three people got killed just yesterday. There have been protests for weeks and weeks and weeks. And today Venezuelans are enraged anew by this brand new FEC filing from The White House.”
Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets to protest the government of President Nicolás Maduro as the country marked its 207th anniversary of the revolution that led to its independence from Spain.
The country entered its fourth week of protests following two Supreme Court decisions — to revoke the immunity that protects legislators and to dissolve the opposition-controlled legislature, a move that many including the Organization of American States (AOS) dubbed as an “auto-coup d’etat.”
Interestingly, MSNBC has sheepishly scrapped the unfortunate caption from the official website of Maddow’s show, where the show’s recordings are available, although come up short of issuing an apology. However, numerous recordings of the program on YouTube have shown the caption in its place.
To make such an assertion, knowing the REALITY of what is going on in that country should have a normal person immediately removed from the air and put into serious counseling!
But this is a liberal, and under the standards of liberal insane behavior, she’s about down the middle.
The fact it is being reported that Venezuela is literally starving to death and children are dying from the lack of basic medical care.
But Maddow spent minutes saying Obama’s inauguration was bigger, so THERE! Frankly, I would hope the first black President would be the biggest thing ever, but that’s not the point of the Obama time in office. The scandals are.
But Rachel sees what only what she wants to see. Bat shit crazy has a narrow focus.
“See, and then there was a big giant spaceship that flew down and lasers from it burnt up everything. I looked up and there was a giant gold “T” on the side. That’s right the aliens were working with Trump.
Trump has crept so deeply into her brain she sees nothing else. You can either watch her video embedded in the link above, or just watch the Inspector Clouseau/Chief inspector Dreyfus video to get the same result!
People in general are weak and prone to do stupid things in their lives. Most people survive the experience, get smarter and tougher and don’t make the same mistake. Others, many others, get trapped within the problem and never get out. Oxy addicts fall into that category. So will a growing number of marijuana users, especially those who start young, or are weaker in will, or have addictive personalities, and believe the current bullshit meme by government and the dope industry that weed is harmless.
With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado, questions about cannabis have vaulted into the public consciousness. For a couple minutes, let’s put aside policy concerns and look just at the effects of cannabis in the brain. Two studies published in top journals, both in April 2014, look inside human brains at the long-term effects of cannabis use. Is cannabis addictive? Is it safe? Let’s consider the evidence.
First, an article in the Journal of Neuroscience used MRI scans to look inside the brains of young, recreational marijuana users at regions associated with addiction. Previous studies have shown that other drugs known to be addictive affect the brain’s reward centers – especially the brain’s amygdala, which controls emotional learning, and a structure called the nucleus accumbens, which controls pleasure (including our ability to laugh). We’ve also known that adding cannabis-based chemicals to the brains of rats creates changes in these structures related to addiction. But it’s quite a leap from introducing cannabinoids to rat brains and knowing the effects of smoking pot on humans.
So a team of Harvard-led researchers recruited 40 young adults – 20 marijuana users and 20 non-users – to see if what is true in the brains of rats is also true in the brains of college students. Sure enough, human marijuana users had changes in volume, density and topography in both of the amygdala and nucleus accumbens.
“These data suggest that marijuana exposure, even in young recreational users, is associated with exposure-dependent alterations of the neural matrix of core reward structures,” the researchers write.
This study and the studies that lead up to it show that marijuana use creates physical changes in the brain associated with addiction. And, the researchers point out, these results were seen in non-dependent, young adult users. What are the effects of even heavier pot use on the brain?
That’s the question of the second study, published in the Nature journal, Neuropsychopharmacology. Again, the study used MRI imaging to ask if the effects of cannabis-based chemicals seen in rat brains are also seen in human brains. This time the study compared heavy marijuana smokers to occasional smokers to see if overall brain changes are more extreme, the more you smoke. And it looked outside just the structures of addiction to explore changes in overall brain structures: how does marijuana use affect the brain?
The study found reduced grey matter volume in nearly all brain regions that are rich in the “receptors” that can trap and respond to cannabis-based chemicals. These regions include a long list of structures, almost all of which are part of a network that controls motivation, emotion, and emotional learning. Here’s an important part: the degree to which these brain areas changed was due to one of two things – either heavy use or starting use during adolescence. Long-term heavy users had the same reductions in grey matter volume as lighter users who started in their teens.
So let’s revisit our two questions. Is marijuana addictive? Yes, and a real, visible change in the brain’s reward system. And is marijuana safe? No, and the younger you start or the more you use over time, the more dangerous it is to your brain. Whether or not you believe recreational marijuana should be legal, it’s time to admit its power as a dangerous, addictive drug.
There are TON of other studies and articles, all reviewed and validated that show weed is bad. But those went down the MSM memory hole when the drive to legalize marijuana became the cause of the day.
No long term effects…..Riiight! You think this guy is on the short list for NASA?
We know why government wants it- revenue. We know why liberals want it- it helps destroy a functioning society because the people become easily malleable. A couple of clips of Watter’s World interviewing the average college, weed smoking, moron student shows just how little they are paying attention. Weed will do that to you. It WILL make you stupid.
Right now the cause of the day is the oxycodone addiction destroying segments of our society. But we are truly schizophrenic when it comes to saving one segment and destroying another, so tomorrow it could be something else. We are also phenomenally stupid. We are focusing on stopping oxy addiction saying it destroys lives, but at the same time we are opening up the spigots of another, even greater, addiction from marijuana. Like I said, split freaking personalities.
How did oxy get so out of control and how does that link to marijuana. Remember, Oxycodone was supposed to be the new way of controlling chronic pain in people without creating the severe addiction issues. A “miracle drug” if you will. But that didn’t turn out to be true- at all. All it did was open the door to a new addictive drug and new addicts.
SAN DIEGO – Ninety-one Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. It’s a problem that’s becoming so prevalent, the U.S. Surgeon General labeled the issue a national health crisis.
Just 15 years ago, most prescription drugs were not even on the radar of doctors, parents and addicts as a possible source of getting high. Today, they have become the main “gateway drug” to heroin.
To understand how America got to the point of abusing painkillers it’s important to have some context about what was happening in the medical community in the late 1990s.
In 1996, OxyContin, now one of the most abused painkillers, hit the market after getting FDA approval. Its maker Purdue Pharma also spent tens of millions of dollars to incentivize doctors to prescribe it. It was one of the first pharma companies to send sales representatives to individual doctor’s offices to promote their drug.
In 1996, sales of Oxy were $45 million. By the year 2000, sales jumped 2,000 percent to more than $1 billion.
A 2002, an LA Times investigation found hundreds of doctors recklessly prescribing Oxy, sometimes over the phone, knowing patients were getting addicted.
Dr. Roneet Lev runs the emergency department at Scripps Mercy Hospital. She is also the Chair of the RX Drug Abuse Medical Task Force.
“There was a whole focus on pain in the late 1990s. California passed several legislative measures including the Patient Pain Bill of Rights. We changed our prescription pads to allow and accommodate for stronger prescriptions overnight,” she explained. “We changed from Tylenol with Codeine to Vicodin and Percocet that we weren`t allowed to do before. And we were told only 1 percent of people were getting addicted and if you don`t prescribe then you`re not compassionate. It wasn’t until years later we learned 100% of users get addicted.”
The people who want marijuana legalized for medical reasons are also liars, like the famed lawyer from Morgan and Morgan here in Florida. It is all about the cash. Legalizing for medical purposes is just the camel’s nose under the tent. Is it the best solution to pain? In some cases maybe, but what part of marijuana is the key? It can’t be the toxic particulates inhaled. It can’t be all the other foreign chemicals- like the pesticides or fertilizer or the feces from the grower that makes the difference. So what is it, and can it be delivered to the patient in a safer manner? The answer is yes. I like the highlighted portion best.
Aside from the fact that Marinol can only be taken orally, there are a few key differences between synthetic THC and botanical marijuana.
According to the University of New Mexico Cancer Center, Marinol provides standardized THC concentrations and does not contain the other 400 uncharacterized substances found in smoked marijuana, such as carcinogens or fungal spore.
It is also not associated with the quick high of smoked marijuana.
Synthetic THC lacks several of the therapeutic compounds or cannabinoids that are available in natural cannabis. It is also much more effective at binding to CB1 receptors in the brain, which can trigger reactions such as seizures and psychosis.
Some mesothelioma patients also claim cannabis oil, another alternative treatment extracted from marijuana, has helped strengthen their immune system to fight off diseases.
So can we “bottle” marijuana’s key elements, eliminate the dangerous side effects and make sure people who need it get it? Sure.
But where’s the fun in that? Right?
And that’s the point isn’t it.
Not ONE MENSA candidate in the mix- at least not anymore!
The trouble with Americans is they feel “privileged” over about anything today. That mistake causes them to make bad decisions. When the “privilege” meets the police, those bad decisions end up on video and solidify a narrative that is often wrong- like Michael Brown’s “hands up don’t shoot.”
For this reason and this reason alone, I’m going to defend the police here. Not United, not the crazy regulations and laws, not the TSA etc. Just the cop standing over an idiot and wondering how this is not going to play out well for either of them.
Here is a second video showing the first part of the confrontation. The passenger is being “privileged.” Now think about this. ONE MAN is affecting the movement of hundreds of innocent people over a legitimate dispute about his travel. This happens all the time, but usually the person realizes the bigger picture and finds a better solution. But not here. Not “I’m a Doctor” Dao.
In the new video, two Chicago aviation officers are seen standing at the end of the aisle on board the plane where Dao was seated. But as one can assume from watching the now-viral video, Dao refused to leave, saying he had to be at work the next day.
“I won’t go. I’m [a] physician. I have to work tomorrow. 8:00,” Dao said, appearing to be on his cellphone while speaking with the officers.
“I tell you … to make a lawsuit against United Airlines,” Dao said just moments later.
Confronted again by officers, Dao reiterated, “No, I am not going.” That’s when one officer threatened to “drag” him instead.
Dao replied: “Well, you can then drag me. I don’t go. I’m not going. I’m staying right there.”
“They’re trying to use force,” Dao then said, still talking on his phone.
“This can be a lot harder—” one officer told Dao, urging him to exit the aircraft.
“I’d rather go to jail,” Dao replied.
“Rather go to jail than just get off?” the officer asked.
“Yeah,” Dao said.
You can see the passenger is on the phone, apparently with a lawyer wanting to start a lawsuit, BEFORE he is subjected to any physical contact by the police. He also tells the police in essence “I ain’t f-ing leaving! You are going to have to throw me off!” The trouble with this approach is the man has moved from a legal, policy, “United Airlines is wrong” argument to a simpler equation- him vs the police. If the officer reaches down and his hand is swatted away or the guy fights, it is now ONLY ABOUT THOSE TWO. This may be taking place on a plane, but it is repeated on the street a million times a year when some person decides today is the day they are going to fight the police. And a million times a year, they lose.
Plus the officer is tasked with removing this passenger so the hundred or so other people can leave, and the crew can get to the other flight so those people can travel. So what choice did he have? You also have to realize the officer was acting in good faith. He is employed by an agency that told him to follow orders. He was ordered to this location and told to remove an uncooperative passenger. The “why” isn’t important in this case. He is assuming- in good faith- that they aren’t asking him to commit a crime.
Once this starts happening, you have made the wrong choice. Be a good citizen and comply. Then follow the law for redress and compensation. That way you keep your teeth in your head. Idiot.
Dao should have been a good citizen and chose to handle this in a more civilized manner. Get up, follow the officer’s commands and get off the plane. Reschedule his appointments, then file a complaint, a lawsuit, and get his obligatory CNN interview where the talking head asks if possible racism was the issue. You know the drill. But the fact is he resisted a lawful command with plenty of opportunity to be an adult rather than a privileged 10 year old stomping his feet. In the end, he lost teeth, got a concussion and yes he will be richer, but not better.
Was it worth it?
Obviously, one problem is the law. What laws applied, did United have the right to force him off etc. However, nobody knows exactly as we see by the websites arguing over which law applied and which doesn’t.
“…As a direct result, the government adopted a rule which permits a carrier to deny boarding to a ticketed passenger, but only after going through a process of seeking other passengers to give up their seats.
United’s Rule 25, as its title clearly implies, applies only to denied boarding. Thus, it uses the word “denied boarding,” and variants such as “deny boarding,” but says nothing about requiring passengers who have already boarded to give up their seats.
Indeed, it states in part, using the word “boarding” twice, that: “other passengers may be denied boarding involuntarily in accordance with UA’s boarding priority.
Clearly, a “boarding priority” does not include or imply an involuntary removal or refusal of transport. Moreover, under well accepted contract law, any ambiguous term in a contract must be construed against – and in the way least favorable to – the party which drafted it.
So, even if United argued that there was some ambiguity in “denied boarding” based upon “boarding priority” – and that it could possibly mean removal based upon a removal priority – a court would be forced to rule against this interpretation because United drafted the contract.
This denied boarding rule, and similar rules applying to Great Britain and the European Union, only permit denying boarding, not removing a passenger who has already boarded. The situations under which airlines are permitted to have a passenger who has already been boarded disembark are contained in a completely separate section the United’s COC entitled “Refusal of Transport.”
Rule 21, entitled “Refusal of Transport,” is very different because it clearly and expressly covers situations in which a passenger who has already boarded the plane can be removed. It states clearly: “Rule 21, Refusal of Transport, UA shall have the right to refuse to transport or shall have the RIGHT TO REMOVE FROM THE AIRCRAFT AT ANY POINT, any passenger for the following reasons.” [emphasis added]
The rule, which unlike the denied boarding rule does provide for removal “from the aircraft at any point,” lists some two dozen justifications including: unruly behavior, intoxication, inability to fit into one seat, medical problems or concerns, etc. But nowhere in the list of some two dozen reasons is there anything about over booking, the need to free up seats, the need for seats to accommodate crew members to be used on a different flight etc.
This is very important because, under accepted legal principles, a law or rule which lists in detail several different factors must be read not to include other factors which were deliberately not included or listed. So, for example, if a rule provides that a license to drive a car may be forfeited by violations of laws governing speeding, intoxication, reckless driving, or driving without a license, it cannot be read to also permit license revocation for parking violations, or for having a burned out license plate illumination light.
In this case, the failure to include over booking, or the need for additional seats, in a long list of justifications for removing a passenger “from the aircraft at any point” means that passengers may not be removed for these non-listed reasons.
The conclusion is further reinforced by the fact that there is a completely separate section of United’s COC which does deal expressly with the need for additional seats, but it provides that the concern must be dealt with by preventing passengers from boarding, not ejecting them once they have boarded. …”
Another website points out where the problems lie.
There are a lot of myths about the situation, and it’s leading people to some bad conclusions.
This didn’t happen because United sold too many tickets. United Express (Republic Airlines) had to send four crew members to work a flight the next morning. The weekend was operationally challenging, this was a replacement crew, if the employees didn’t get to Louisville a whole plane load of passengers were going to be ‘bumped’ when that flight was cancelled, and likely other passengers on other flights using that aircraft would have their own important travel plans screwed up as well.
United couldn’t have just sent another plane to take their crew even if they had such a plane it’s not clear they had the crew to operate it legally, or that they could have gotten the plane back to Chicago in time legally so prevent ‘bumping’ via cancellation the whole plane load of passengers it was supposed to carry next.
If the passenger could have just taken Uber, why not the crew? because United doesn’t get to transport its crew any way it wishes whenever it wishes, they’re bound by union contracts and in any case they were following standard established procedures. We can debate those procedures, that’s productive, but United didn’t do anything out of the ordinary.
United should have just kept increasing the denied boarding offer passengers didn’t willingly get off at $800, they should have gone to $1000 (would that have made a difference?) or $5000 or $100,000 — it’s not the passengers’ fault United didn’t have enough seats. Though the time this would have taken might have lost a takeoff window or taken time where the crew went illegal (and the whole flight had to cancel) or the replacement crew wouldn’t get the legally required rest.
More importantly, United didn’t do it because Department of Transportation regulations set maximum required compensation for involuntary denied boarding (in this case 4 times the passenger’s fare paid up to a maximum of $1350). So they’re not going to offer more than that for voluntary denied boardings, especially since the violent outcome here wasn’t expected and the United Express gate agent had no authority to do more.
So next time, if the police show up and you are on a rant, think twice. The long term outcome of being civilized will be the same. Choosing to fight, in that moment men and women, who are tasked to keep the peace, serves no purpose, but may make your dentist richer.
As TCTH says, does it matter? I think we need the truth, then decide, so yes.
It’s hard to look away and do nothing.
Was the gas attack an attack or an explosion of gas containers hit by bombs? It would be nice to know if the tasked satellite over Syria caught the Syrians loading those planes from a different depot, rather than the usual conventional bomb armories. There was a hint we know the exact flight and the actually saw that flight being loaded up. I say share and let us decide if Trump is being played.
President Trump earned neocon applause for his hasty decision to attack Syria and kill about a dozen Syrians, but his rash act has all the earmarks of a “wag the dog” moment.
Just two days after news broke of an alleged poison-gas attack in northern Syria, President Trump brushed aside advice from some U.S. intelligence analysts doubting the Syrian regime’s guilt and launched a lethal retaliatory missile strike against a Syrian airfield.
Trump immediately won plaudits from Official Washington, especially from neoconservatives who have been trying to wrestle control of his foreign policy away from his nationalist and personal advisers since the days after his surprise victory on Nov. 8.
There is also an internal dispute over the intelligence. On Thursday night, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. intelligence community assessed with a “high degree of confidence” that the Syrian government had dropped a poison gas bomb on civilians in Idlib province.
But a number of intelligence sources have made contradictory assessments, saying the preponderance of evidence suggests that Al Qaeda-affiliated rebels were at fault, either by orchestrating an intentional release of a chemical agent as a provocation or by possessing containers of poison gas that ruptured during a conventional bombing raid.
One intelligence source told me that the most likely scenario was a staged event by the rebels intended to force Trump to reverse a policy, announced only days earlier, that the U.S. government would no longer seek “regime change” in Syria and would focus on attacking the common enemy, Islamic terror groups that represent the core of the rebel forces.
The source said the Trump national security team split between the President’s close personal advisers, such as nationalist firebrand Steve Bannon and son-in-law Jared Kushner, on one side and old-line neocons who have regrouped under National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, an Army general who was a protégé of neocon favorite Gen. David Petraeus.
Here’s the problem with conspiracies of this proportion- it involves too many working parts. If it is true about the gas being rebel held, it may be more likely Syria figured out where it was and dropped bombs on it, breaking open the containers. WE need to know that and give that information to Trump and our citizens. It may not make a difference, or it may force BOTH SIDES to give the chemicals up.
But what do we really know anymore?
What we do know is ISIS seized chemicals from a warehouse bunker in Mosul. As a double killing of liberal memes; the bunker housed ALL of the WMDs Americans found in Iraq up to today, which was a bunch. They were planning to burn or dispose of the chemicals, which is not as easy as 007 would make you think, and never got around to getting rid of all of them. So ISIS has them and has used them in this current war.
We know Syria has chemical weapons. We don’t know, but suspect, the rebels got a hold of some of them.
We know Assad has them and has probably used them before. In fact, the carefully parsed lie told by the Obama administration representatives proves they knew the Russians were screwing with them, but they didn’t care.
We also know the Russians are very good at putting out well designed false information to undermine the truth. The classic one from the eighties is the “CIA created AIDS to kill black people.” That stupid idea actually stuck and is cited over and over by people who do not use critical thinking. Is the real “false flag” the Russians saying the Syrians didn’t do it?
So as Rumsfeld famously pointed out in his “Known Knowns” speech.
Does Trump trust his intelligence to be righteous and correct? Does he harbor suspicions that the same people willingly spying on him to prevent him from winning might be feeding him crap to make him jump in the direction of THEIR choice? If he finds out they are lying, will he expose them and then fire/arrest them?
All good questions. But let’s assume Assad or his people are idiots and arrogant and did this. What choice does a nation, which has the capability to send a message, do? For millennials, like the one who compared being gassed to death as equal to being shot (for the record it is not), there is always an excuse to do nothing.
There is a forming policy in the Trump administration where they will force Syria to split apart and leave the Western edge to Assad. That way the Russians keep the ports, pipeline and airfields. Syrians get the rest to rebuild- 0f course after the Syrians clear out the ISIS fighters. If so, maybe this is Trump just jump starting the change in direction.
We cannot make a habit of bombing Syria over policy issues. Concentrate on pushing ISIS into the Russians and let the hammer crush it against the anvil.