October 24, 2014
As published on Colorado Watchdogwire.com
THE COLORADO BLUEPRINT TODAY: STATE SENATE EDITION
Close inspection of a set of Democratic-supporting 527 groups—tax-exempt organizations created primarily to influence the selection of candidates to all levels of public office—and independent expenditure committees raises a number of questions about both the mechanics and the politics of the Colorado Democracy Alliance’s decade-old strategy.
The organizations in question first came to Watchdog Wire’s attention when they produced an ad critical of State Senate candidate Tim Neville for his stand on federal budget issues. The ad itself was produced by the Citizens’ Alliance For Accountable Leadership, and was featured on the You Tube channel of Colorado Voters’ Voice.
Those two organizations appear to be part of a group of teams devoted specifically to swing State Senate races, also including Mainstream Colorado, and the Colorado Voter Information Project.
Here’s how the money flows:
TRACER records show that Mainstream Colorado has contributed $100,000 to the Colorado Voter Information Project (CVIP), which has passed that along to Colorado Voters’ Voice (CVV). The national Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee has contributed $200,000 to CVIP, which has passed that along to CVV. This $300,000 constitutes CVV’s only funding for this cycle.
Read the rest of the article at Colorado Watchdogwire
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October 22, 2014
Thank you James O’Keefe and Project Veritas for obtaining this footage proving Colorado Democrats are complicit in vote fraud schemes for Mark Udall (D U.S. Senate), Joe Salazar (D Colorado State D31) and others. PLEASE SHARE!
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Posted by Reagangirl.com 10/22/14
October 22, 2014
The BLM, in concert with other agencies such as the National Park Service and Forest Service, plans to shut off roughly 1/10 of open American lands to human activity.
An internal document published by Department of the Interior titled “Treasured Landscapes”, was not meant to be released for public consumption. The House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, however, obtained and published the 2009 draft in an effort to create public awareness of the shocking plan within the BLM and other government agencies to confiscate hundreds of millions of acres across the country through the creation of national monuments, national parks, wilderness areas and other protected zones.
The Introduction of this “discussion paper” details a 21st Century plan to “finalize appropriate conservation designations” of areas in the United States equivalent to the size of Wyoming and Colorado combined, overcoming “jurisdictional boundaries” (read state and private property rights) to create “a modern landscape-level management system…” In other words, the BLM, in concert with other agencies such as the National Park Service and Forest Service, plans to shut off roughly 1/10 of open American lands to human activity.
The “Treasured Landscapes” plan is being implemented by the current administration, as seen in a number of “Presidential declarations” which have, by executive order, created several new national monuments and protected areas without public comment or Congressional action. It gets worse. Read the entire text of the internal document here:
Friends of the Colorado National Monument has fought to keep a local treasure, a fixture of our daily lives, from undergoing a bureaucratic metamorphosis into a restrictive and risky national park. As plans of federal government agencies are revealed, it becomes clear that they view human beings as a problem to be solved, and not as citizens to be served. Please read and share this chilling document with everyone you know.
Posted with permission from Friends of the Colorado National Monument by Reagangirl.com 10/22/14
October 21, 2014
As first published in Colorado Watchdog Wire
Embattled National Parks Director Spends $38,320 to Filter Free Speech in Mesa County
Lisa Eckert, the embattled National Parks Director for the Colorado National Monument conducted ongoing “listening sessions” last week seeking public comment on her plan to prohibit certain vehicles from Monument Road, a public right-of-way which runs through the Colorado National Monument from the Grand Valley to the ranching community of Glade Park. Lisa Eckert admits that her plan to prohibit “hazardous material” hauls on Monument Road did not “land well,” but nevertheless appears to be pushing forward.
Following the announcement in June of her unilateral prohibition of essential vehicles from Monument Road, Eckert received significant blowback, including a reprimand from Mesa County’s regional newspaper. But despite unyielding public opposition to her plan, Eckert continues to spend thousands on expensive “facilitators” to moderate and report on her “listening sessions.”
According to a September 24th Grand Junction Daily Sentinel article by Gary Harmon, those hired to moderate Eckert’s series of listening sessions have cost American taxpayers well over $38,000. The article says:
A Boulder-based company, CDR Associates, [last spring] planned and conducted listening sessions and interviews in connection with the drafting of a visitor activity and commercial services plan and a final report. The Park Service paid CDR $26,876.
Karen Barbee of “Steadfast Communications,” received $11,444.80 for moderating the two October meetings. Barbee is a certified trainer with the Center for Non-violent Communication and lives in Glenwood Springs.
Barbee’s “non-violent communication” approach did not go over well at the October 7th meeting in Glade Park, where she attempted to lull the crowd by using “reflective” language and “emotional words,” often used in mediation and conflict resolution. Barbee told the crowd several times that their “anger” would prevent the meeting from being productive, which many Glade Park residents found insulting. Using her “non-violent communication” technique, Barbee restated the comments from audience members, submitting the restated versions to the written record of the meeting. Nancy Aldrich-Arellano, of Glade Park, protested Ms. Barbee’s subtle paraphrasing of comments saying, “That’s not what I said. Please don’t twist my words!”
Both Barbee and Eckert told the audience of their desire to “find solutions together.” The people of Glade Park, none of whom displayed support for Eckert, made it clear that there would be no agreement with her plan to prohibit vehicles such as propane trucks, cattle trucks, and hay haulers from Monument Road. Feeling like déjà vu all over again, the residents of Glade Park were understandably irate, since the October 7 meeting was round three in the Monument Road battle, and many felt that they were simply not being heard by Eckert and others from the National Park Service. David Wilkenson, a resident of Glade Park, wrote of Eckert’s facilitated listening sessions, “It look suspiciously like a disingenuous, wannabe-clever manipulation to achieve her goals.”
Resistance from those who live and work in Glade Park is not Eckert’s only hurdle to banning certain vehicles from Monument Road. In 1986 the matter was decided in the John R. Wilkenson v. U.S. Department of Interior, et al. decision handed down by the U.S. District Court. In that case the people of Glade Park joined forces with Mesa County to push back against restrictions and fees applied by the National Park Service regarding the use of Monument Road. It reads:
It is…Ordered, Adjudged and Decreed, that a public right-of-way exists in that portion of Rim Rock Drive extending from the East Entrance of the Colorado National Monument to the Glade Park Cut-Off, and across the Glade Park Cut-Off [*1281] connecting the DS road to Glade Park with the Monument Road to Highway 340, and the use of that road for the purpose of continuous travel through the Monument in a non-recreational use for which no entrance fee may lawfully be charged, and the defendants enjoined from charging any such fee or otherwise preventing such non-recreational use of the roadways.
Speculation mounted the following evening (October 8) that Eckert’s listening sessions constitute more spectacle than substance when another public meeting was held at Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction. David Wilkenson, quoted previously, is the brother of John R. Wilkenson, the plaintiff in Wilkenson v. U.S. Department of the Interior. He stood quietly outside the doors of Two Rivers handing out flyers which cited and summarized the 1986 case that concluded Monument Road is a public right-of-way. Wilkenson says was approached by a representative from the National Park Service who asked for one of his flyers, then went back inside. A few moments later employees from Two Rivers Convention Center asked him to leave the premises.
Despite the fact that Wilkenson was contacted by a National Park Service representative before being thrown out by Two Rivers’ staff, Eckert, in a Grand Junction Daily Sentinel story dated October 10, claimed to have found out about the incident after the fact. Gary Harmon quotes her here:
“There was a question of contract and that question was asked to Two Rivers staff who I assumed handled (it) accordingly,” Eckert wrote [in an email]. “Since Mr. Wilkenson has never introduced himself to me, it’s unfortunate he didn’t choose to attend the public meeting and do so. I believe there was a lot of varied input and sharing.”
Eckert’s words infer that Mr. Wilkenson “didn’t choose to attend the public meeting,” when Wilkenson himself and a witnesses to the event, Sean Hunt of Grand Junction, reported to me that he was asked to leave.
I later interviewed David Wilkenson to discuss the 1986 case with him as well as his experience having been forced off the premises of Two Rivers Convention Center where Eckert was purportedly conducting a meeting for the public. He said of Eckert, who is originally from Madison, Wisconsin, that by using “facilitators” to paraphrase comments made by Mesa County citizens, and preventing an opposing voice from participating in a public meeting, she was “infringing on the First Amendment rights citizens.” Of the ongoing battle for Monument Road, which is a lifeline for the people of Glade Park, Wilkenson said, “It’s fundamental to the operation of the Colorado National Monument that the National Parks Director be in touch with the people of the region.” Whether or not Lisa Eckert gets more in touch with the will of the people of Mesa County has yet to be seen.
Reposted by Reagangirl.com 10/21/2014
From the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
As originally published on the AAPS Online website 10/6/14
Protect Americans against Importation of Deadly Diseases Like Ebola, Says AAPS
- On August 8, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Ebola epidemic to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that a widespread outbreak in the U.S. is highly unlikely because of our sophisticated medical and public health infrastructure. However, the system is only as strong as its weakest link, and violation of basic precautions has already necessitated the monitoring of 100 contacts of one patient in Dallas who entered by air from Liberia.Basic public health principles dictate that epidemics need to be contained at the source. Even a “small outbreak” of Ebola would be extremely costly in lives and treasure.Hemorrhagic fever viruses such as Ebola have been widely discussed as a biological weapon. Deliberate introduction of such a weapon, whether in a warhead or a human vector, would be an act of war and a crime against humanity. Protection of our population is a matter of national security.
In addition to the Ebola threat, thousands of American children have been sickened, a few have died, and some have been paralyzed, probably permanently, because of enterovirus D-68. The CDC has been silent about the source of this epidemic. It is speculated that it could be from sending tens of thousands of children from an endemic region to American schools.
Since the primary role of the federal government is to protect the citizenry, AAPS calls for congressional hearings and consideration of legislation to:
Require persons entering the U.S. from West Africa or other areas reporting Ebola to undergo a 25-day period of quarantine;
Require that all illegal entrants undergo an adequate period of quarantine with screening to assure freedom from tuberculosis, infestation with scabies or lice or other ectoparasites, or other communicable diseases;
Protect whistleblowers who report potential public health threats;
Assure that timely and accurate information is reported to the public and medical facilities about the existence of threats and effective precautions.
The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in all specialties, founded in 1943 to preserve private medicine and the patient-physician relationship.
October 18, 2014
With a mortality rate of 70%, Ebola is an epidemic for which one cannot over-prepare. Should there be widespread outbreaks in the United States, the last resort to personal survival may be self-quarantine. The economic and political consequences of millions of citizens staying home for extended periods of time, eliminating unnecessary contact with others, would be devastating. But in the case of an Ebola outbreak in your community, to do otherwise may be deadly.
If Ebola should pass into history as a big scare that was properly contained, that’s great. The following preparations are beneficial in any form of emergency, from the loss of a job, to economic crash, to regional shortages.
Take an inventory of what you have, and supplement it so that you can be prepared to keep yourselves and your loved-ones safe should all external safeguards against an Ebola pandemic fail.
OBTAIN A 3-MONTH SUPPLY OF FOOD, FIRST AID SUPPLIES, MEDICINE, DRY GOODS, AND OTHER DAILY ESSENTIALS:
Medicine and Personal Hygiene: Obtain a 90-day supply of the following and store it securely away from moisture and heat.
- OTC Pain killers and anti-inflammatories (Tylenol, Advil, Aspirin)
- 90 days worth of prescription medications (many pharmacies offer discounts on a 90-day supply)
- Dietary supplements, especially essentials like calcium, vitamin C, etc.
- Feminine supplies, diapers, wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues
- OTC Allergy medications, topical anti-allergy cremes, Epi-pen (with a prescription) if needed
- OTC Cold and flu medications
- Topical antibiotic ointment
- Epsom salts, rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, witch hazel, mineral oil, aloe vera gel
- Tooth paste, dental floss, soap, deodorant, razors, shampoo, lotion, etc.
- Liquid bleach
- Laundry and dish detergent, cleaning supplies, rags
- Garbage bags
- Other dry goods or pharmacy items that you expect to use a few times per year
Pantry supplies: Buy what you eat and involve your family in making your long-term storage choices. Obtain a 90-day supply of basic food and supplies for your pets. All of the following items have a shelf life of much longer than 90 days. Be sure to store them in a cool place with a stable temperature (garages are not good) away from light.
- Canned Meats
- Dried meats such as jerky, chipped beef, summer sausage, salami, pepperoni
- Velveeta or a similar shelf-stable cheese product
- Powdered cheese
- Wet canned vegetables, tomatoes, beans, condiments, and fruit
- Easy to prepare dry boxed meals and side dishes ( Macaroni and Cheese is great because it is comfort food.)
- Canned soups and stews
- Dried pasta and a variety of bottled or canned pasta sauces
- Instant potatoes
- Dried beans
- Dried fruit, raisins
- Boxed Jello and pudding desserts
- Boxed cake, muffin, dessert, and cookie mixes (treats and comfort foods have a lot of psychological value during times of stress)
- Boxed cereal, oatmeal, cream-of-wheat, cracked wheat, etc.
- Complete pancake mix, biscuit mix
- Flour, cornmeal, cornstarch, arrowroot
- Sugars, honey, molasses, corn syrup
- Powdered drinks, hot cocoa, fruit drinks, powdered milk, other preferences such as coffee or tea
- Evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk
- Baby food and formula
- Peanut butter, Nutella, salted nuts
- Condiments, salt, pepper, herbs, spices, vegetable oil, olive oil, shortening, peanut butter, jams, jellies, syrups, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, pickles, olives, capers, picante sauce, hot sauces, and other condiments that you use on a regular basis
- Packaged gravy mixes and bouillons
For your freezer: Properly wrapped meats and other foods will last in a freezer well over 90 days. The key to making your freezer an effective tool for home storage is to Store what you Eat, and Eat what you Store. If there is empty space in your freezer, fill the spaces with 3/4 full water bottles. Your freezer will be more efficient when it is filled with frozen items and, if your lose power for a time, the food will stay frozen longer, up to 72 hours if you leave the freezer door closed.
- Cured meats such as ham, sausages, bacon, etc.
- Frozen fruits and vegetables
- Prepared foods such as pizzas
- Butter, margarine, cream cheese, block cheese, shredded cheese
- Sealed packages of pork, beef or poultry
- Breads, bagels
- Candy bars
- Ice cream (don’t underestimate the value of comforting treats, especially if you have children)
- Bags of flour, biscuit or pancake mix (placing these items in the freezer greatly extends their shelf life and will fill up the empty space that may make your freezer less efficient)
- A basic first aid kit
- Several flashlights with batteries, tactical flashlights, emergency candles or lamps, fuel, matches or lighters
- If you have an outdoor grill, keep it well maintained and the fuel tank full
- Sternos, a hibachi or other simple cooking devices
- A battery powered or crank up radio S
- Short wave “HAM” radio and trained operator within your circle of friends or church group
- Obtain and store seeds properly
- Obtain basic gardening implements
- Become educated about gardening basics
- Teach your children how to work in a garden and enjoy the process of growing food
HAVE THE MEANS TO DEFEND YOUR HOME AND FOOD STORAGE:
Obtain firearms and learn how to use them. Know how to care for them, store them, and receive proper training so that you will be psychologically prepared to use them! Social chaos is often a life and death struggle and frightened, hungry people will try to get rid of you and take your stuff.
The only government we can depend upon are those layers of government closest to the individual: ourselves, family, church, neighborhood, community, and county. There will be great peace and safety in acting now to make your home a refuge from the storm.
Stay vigilant. Stay prayerful.
by Marjorie Haun 10/18/14
October 17, 2014
Illegal aliens have been destroying wildlife habitats and delicate environmental areas along the southern border for years. Although not a new problem, it has reached devastating proportions as the surge, beginning last year, of illegals pouring into the Southwest has exploded. The Left, invested in this tsunami of new Democrat voters, has remained largely silent on the environmental impact of their new constituents. Below is a collection of stories and images chronicling the pollution, damage, and species depletion caused by the unchecked, human-caused disaster known as the “border crisis.”
Trampled Wilderness: Illegal Immigrants, Drug Traffickers Destroying Border Parks (Brownsville Herald, June 2002)
By JULIE WATSON
The Associated PressEL PINACATE BIOSPHERE RESERVE, Mexico Drug traffickers scar volcanic desert with illicit runways, while law enforcement officials chase them through once-tranquil parks. Thousands of migrants traipse across delicate backcountry areas sending campers fleeing to ranger stations, fearful of crowds trekking by their tents in the night.
Wilderness areas on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border are taking a beating from an onslaught of migrants, drug traffickers and law enforcement officials, a new study says. Some national treasures in both countries have been lost forever.
Few parks have taken a greater toll than the U.N.-designated biosphere reserve El Pinacate and Arizonas adjoining Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Last year, officials caught 200,000 migrants and 700,000 pounds of drugs in Organ Pipe alone.
Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, situated along its border with Mexico, has suffered irreparable harm from more than a decade of illegal aliens streaming through on their way north. Its slow-growing and fragile cacti, some hundreds of years old, are often pushed over or gouged by illegals and the coyotes and drug traffickers guiding them. Its paths are worn, strewn with filth, and the habitats of its native animal and plant species are being degraded at an alarming rate.
Public Lands Being Destroyed by Illegal Immigration
A position statement released by the Public Lands foundation on July 18, 2014 concluded:
Smuggling of controlled substances and people into the United States from Mexico has caused significant impacts to lands and resources managed by the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, Tribal and State governments and private citizens along the southwest border of the United States. The impacts imperil designated Wilderness Areas, National Conservation Areas, National Monuments and other public lands. These impacts are so severe that immediate action by the Administration and Congress is required, including enactment and enforcement of a new immigration policy and allocation of sufficient resources to mitigate impacts resulting on lands within the National System of Public Lands administered by BLM.
No Safe Refuge by Roger Di Silvestro
In 2006 the National Wildlife Federation released this article detailing the destruction of habitat of endangered and species by illegal aliens and drug smugglers. It reads, in part:
Cabeza Prieta–the size of Rhode Island and 90 percent officially designated as wilderness–is one of three federally protected wildlife areas under assault along southwest Arizona’s border with Mexico. The 330,000-acre Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, which is 95 percent designated wilderness, abuts 30 miles of border, and Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, a former ranch covering 118,000 acres of native grassland, lies along 5.5 miles of border. All of these lands were set aside to protect desert wildlife and wilderness habitat. Cabeza and Organ Pipe are home to the Sonoran pronghorn, an endangered subspecies, and Buenos Aires was established in part to protect the endangered masked bobwhite quail.
Jaguars, Ocelots, Sonoran Pronghorns and other threatened species are now the brink of disappearing from southwestern border states due to decreased immigration enforcement and increased illegal movements northward from Mexico.
In 2006 Defenders of Wildlife released a publication titled, On the Line: The Impacts of Immigration Policy on Wildlife and Habitat in the Arizona Borderlands. In the Executive Summary of the document, it reads:
Beginning in the early 1990’s, the U.S. Border Patrol dramatically increased its immigration enforcement efforts in heavily populated border areas such as San Diego, California, and El Paso, Texas, essentially shifting undocumented immigration, drug trafficking, and other illegal activities from urban areas to more remote and less populated areas–especially the borderlands of Arizona. This has resulted in significant environmental degradation in some of the most pristine and valuable wildlife habitats in the nation.
Numerous wildfires started by illegal aliens
Each year wildfires are started intentionally as a diversion by coyotes and drug smugglers, and unintentionally by illegals camping in the deserts along the southwestern border. Senator John McCain (R) Arizona, in 2011 brought this to the attention of the country much to the displeasure of those who advocate open borders and illegal immigration. But a report from the Government Accountability Office documents the truth of Senator McCain’s assertions. It says:
Wildland fires can result from both natural and human causes. Human-caused wildland fires are of particular concern in Arizona–especially within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border because this is a primary area of entry for illegal border crossers and GAO has previously reported that illegal border crossers have been suspected of igniting wildland fires. Over half of the land in the Arizona border region is managed by the federal government–primarily by the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service and four agencies within the Department of the Interior. These agencies collaborate with state, tribal, and local entities to respond to wildland fires. GAO was asked to examine, for the region, the (1) number, cause, size, and location of wildland fires from 2006 through 2010; (2) economic and environmental effects of human-caused wildland fires burning 10 or more acres; (3) extent to which illegal border crossers were the ignition source of wildland fires on federal lands; and (4) ways in which the presence of illegal border crossers has affected fire suppression activities. GAO reviewed interagency policies and procedures; analyzed wildland fire data; and interviewed federal, tribal, state, and local officials, as well as private citizens..
From 2006 through 2010, at least 2,467 wildland fires occurred in the Arizona border region. Of this number, 2,126, or about 86 percent, were caused by human activity.
The United States of America, once the world’s beneficent super power, fostered through its public lands policies and animal welfare statutes, a respect for the natural world, its inhabitants and their homes. Third world nations sometimes pay homage to wildlife and natures wonders, but the ethos of respect for nature is, for the most part, lost on impoverished, uneducated masses from socialist nations to whom survival supersedes all other considerations. It’s no wonder that illegal aliens, human traffickers and drug smugglers traversing our southern border leave in their wake environmental destruction, filth, and death.
As three decades of failed immigration enforcement culminates in the current wave of illegals from nearly eighty countries splashing into our states, the likelihood that this environmental horror can be stemmed is nil. The contemptible hypocrisy of the American Left who, on one hand uses environmental issues as a bludgeon against progress and Capitalism, will, on the other hand, turn a blind eye to the very real and irreversible loss of species, habitat, and natural features where illegal aliens, drug cartels, international terrorists, and future Democrat voters blaze super highways into the heartland of our once-sovereign nation.
For more information about the environmental impact of illegal aliens please check out the following:
by Marjorie Haun 10/17/14
It’s critical for reassuring the American people public officials have the ways and means necessary to prevent an outbreak of the deadly disease in the United States. So it’s understandable why Americans are concerned that someone who was supposed to be protected from contagion while providing treatment wasn’t, in fact, protected.
Ebola is a deadly disease and requires a serious, effective response. Americans must have confidence in the response that local, state and federal direct in a public health emergency. The same instruments employed during a public health emergency are used for disaster response and terrorist incidents as well as other public safety emergencies and disease outbreak, epidemic and pandemic response.
As Americans grapple with the news from Dallas of the second healthcare worker infected, there are some vital issues that must be addressed. Understanding how the health workers became infected and preventing disease transmission to health workers is essential to an effective response. Clearly, something went wrong. After all, Ebola patients have been successfully treated in the U.S. before without any of the individuals caring for them becoming infected.
On the other hand, medical professionals operating in West Africa, trained in dealing with the disease, have contracted Ebola. Clearly, if effective procedures are not implemented and scrupulously followed, medical personnel treating a symptomatic victim will be at risk. The top priority must be ensuring that the right treatment protocols are put in place and that those delivering treatment are scrupulously following appropriate procedures.
Further, there must be clear procedures to contact, monitor and test individuals who may have been exposed to an infected individual, as well as decontaminate potentially affected areas with appropriate speed, efficiency and effectiveness. These steps are vital to preventing a disease outbreak.
Finally, as long as the potential of the disease to be transmitted outside the outbreak areas in West Africa remains, pubic health and emergency response officials across the nation must know how to effectively respond to potential cases. The administration–and state and local officials–have a long to-do list to reassure Americans that the rights step to prevent an outbreak are being taken.
This is not just a task for responding to Ebola. In all matters of public safety, disaster response and responding to terrorist threats,the competency of government officials is an important part of the response. That trust must be earned.
October 15, 2014
Everyone should be alarmed when government agencies which brand military veterans, people of faith, and Conservatives as potential “domestic terrorists” begins to use moving, breathing, human targets as fodder in their para-military drills.
Dictators have always used creative ways to dehumanize their opponents. In Hitler’s Germany, Jews were portrayed in pictures, articles, textbooks and propaganda films as sub-human filth; vermin, apes, dogs, malformed and malevolent. This systematic dehumanization effectively chips away at the moral repugnance most have against harming other human because they are taught that the object of their contempt is NOT human. Not human, sort of like Zombies?
In Obama’s America numerous government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense have issued BOLO lists of “domestic terrorists” which include veterans, members of the Tea Party, pro-lifers and Right-wingers. Take note that most of these “groups” are comprised of ordinary people who are patriotic, law-abiding, prefer limited government, and believe in the Constitution. It’s for their beliefs they are pegged potential terrorists. The label “terrorist” when applied to these generally conservative Americans is like unto Hitler’s use of “vermin” in reference to “Juden.” The words are dehumanizing. It was a German citizen’s duty to country to expose and punish “vermin.” In Obama’s America, certain political elitists believe it is their patriotic duty to expose and destroy the Tea Party, pro-lifers, and any groups that pose a threat to the sacrosanct authority of the state.
For several years DHS has been holding “Zombie Drills” and “Zombie Apocalypse Training” during which actors in zombie garb with horror makeup and glassy eyes confront armed government agents in mock attacks, purportedly to hone the tactical skills of the agents. But most recently the Pentagon has jumped aboard the corpse cart, laying out complete battle plans for a full-out Zombie invasion. One could surmise that this is just a cutesy approach to training which heightens morale among the domestic agency troops. I disagree. Given the increasingly hostile attitudes of government agents, and the agencies giving them orders from Washington D.C., it should surprise no one that dehumanizing opponents of the state is a central motif for all armed domestic agents’ tactical training.
The DHS drills use live actors made up to look like threatening, though dead, human beings. They have human form, but lack the pathos of non-zombie humans. They walk and groan, but lack human warmth and intelligence. Killing actor zombies with firearms which carry blank rounds is the step between shooting decidedly non-living cardboard cutouts and killing living humans with whom one can identify. That in-between step in Hitler’s Germany looked like “apes” and “vermin.”
I’m troubled by the use of zombies not because of the nature of the zombie phenomenon, but because of the nature of the United States Government, and many increasingly inhumane state and local governments. The novelty of zombies has worn off–they’ve expired if you will. Nevertheless everyone should be alarmed when government agencies which brand military veterans, people of faith, and Conservatives as potential “domestic terrorists” begins to use moving, breathing, human targets as fodder in their para-military drills.
The path of desensitization is one of increments. Few are sufficiently psychopathic to kill another human without devastating anxiety–unless their level of exposure has been high. I believe that Zombie Apocalypse scenarios are being used by agencies with armed law enforcement to provide that exposure by degrees, and will eventually create domestic armies to be turned against opponents of the state, zombies or not.
by Marjorie Haun 10/15/14
October 14, 2014
One neuropsychological effect of regular marijuana use is a significant loss in IQ points between the ages of 13 and 38, whereas non-users have no significant drop in IQ over their lifetime.
The abundant evidence showing marijuana causes permanent harm to its users won’t stop Libertarians, hippies, and burnouts from defending the wacky weed with every ounce of passion they can muster. Frankly, I’m bored with people who tout pot as a medicine or a harmless social “lubricant” on a par with alcohol. As far as I’m concerned, such incorrigible fools can defend marijuana use all the way to the dispensary, but the rest of us have a moral obligation to warn our young people about the personal catastrophes that await them if they become users. The following list of facts are derived from several scholarly, peer-reviewed studies on the various ways marijuana will fry your brain.
HOW DOES THC FRY THE BRAIN?
- Delta-9 tetrahydrocannibanol (THC), the active chemical in marijuana, chemically resembles the endocannabinoids produced naturally in the human brain, especially the chemical, Anandamide. THC “fools” or interrupts the natural process of Anandamide receptors in the brain, causing disturbances to the functions that natural cannabinoids “modulate” such as mood, appetite, sensation, memory, pain and pleasure.
- Natural endocannabinoids shape brain development by guiding neuron growth where it is needed, supporting neuron function, and helping the myelination process in the growing brain. Myelination of the brain cells is not complete until the mid to late 20s in humans. THC interferes with all of these critical development processes, and is most damaging to the brains of adolescent marijuana uses because their brains will fail to myelinate properly, causing irreversible structural and psychological changes.
- THC mimics Anandimide but has a much STRONGER and LONGER-LASTING effect on neuron activity. The brain will adapt to THC exposure causing the user to become addicted.
- One way scientists prove the addictive power of substances is through animal research in which rats will ‘self administer’ a substance to which they become addicted. Laboratory experiments with THC revealed that rats continually administered the drug in the same way they would cocaine, heroin and nicotine.
- THC has been found to increase dopamine release in the reward center of the brain, causing a sense of pleasure or euphoria, much like other addictive drugs.
- The withdrawal symptoms of THC include; restlessness, anxiety, irritability, anger, aggression, sleep disturbances, decreased appetite, and weight loss.
- Marijuana addiction accounts for more admissions into teen substance abuse treatment programs than all other intoxicants combined, including alcohol.
- Marijuana addiction is related to the age at which a user begins using; the younger the individual when he begins to use marijuana, the more likely he will become dependent and suffer long-term negative cognitive and behavioral effects.
- THC affects areas of the brain which dictate memory, movement, coordination, vision, judgment and pleasure.
- The hippocampus, which is the center of memory formation and retrieval, sleep regulation, and stress responses, is especially sensitive to THC exposure. Brain imaging studies have proven that regular marijuana users have, on average, smaller hippocampuses and worse memory performance than non-users.
- One neuropsychological effect of regular marijuana use is a significant loss in IQ points between the ages of 13 and 38, whereas non-users have no significant drop in IQ over their lifetime. Those users who started before age 18 had greater drops in IQ than those who started using after age 18.
- Those who use marijuana regularly during adolescence are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop psychosis, schizophrenia, anxiety, and/or depression in adulthood.
- Brain scans of of adolescent marijuana users (who had little or no alcohol intake) indicated that the corpus callosum–the bundle of nerve fibers connecting the two hemispheres of the brain–were structurally much thinner than those of non-users. Similar structural differences in corpus callosum are found in people with schizophrenia.
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF THC
- THC intoxication impairs memory, motor coordination, reaction time and visual perception.
- National studies of intoxicant induced fatal car crashes have shown that by 2009 33% of the drivers had THC in the systems. This is a three-fold increase from prior years, and is on the rise in states where medical and recreational marijuana is now legal.
- Since THC stays in the body for protracted periods of time, an individual does not to be acutely intoxicated to be under the influence while driving.
GROWTH AND FERTILITY
- THC affects glands, hormones and certain organs. Studies have shown that adolescents who begin to use marijuana regularly before age 16 are shorter in height than their peer controls.
- Daily use of marijuana may increase the risk of testicular cancer.
NOT YOUR HIPPIE UNCLE’S POT
- Marijuana is bred and cultivated to increase THC levels in the plant. Marijuana now is 5 to 10 times more powerful than when it first became popular among young people.
- As the amount of THC in pot increases the adverse effects, such as paranoia, anxiety and panic, hallucinations, erratic mood swings, and aggressive behavior are magnified.
- There has been a dramatic increase in recent years of emergency room admissions by people who have ingested pot in some form.
- Synthetic forms of THC, which can be up to 10 times more powerful than even today’s cultivated pot are accountable for all of the typical adverse effects of marijuana, as well as seizure and heart attacks.
- Poison control centers are reporting a significant increase in calls related to synthetic THC.
MARKETING TO YOUNG PEOPLE
- After decades of decline, teen use of marijuana is on a dramatic upswing. This is explained by the promotion of marijuana as a “medicine,” legalization in some states, and positive portrayals of its use in popular culture, which all lead to a decreased negative perception of marijuana.
- Medical marijuana and recreational pot operations market to young people through “sexy” and colorful advertisements.
- THC in soda pop, candy, lollipops, butter, and other “edible” forms is designed to appeal to adolescents with the use of bright colors, funny brand names, and cartoon-style logos. These products taste like what they look like and it is not readily apparent that they contain natural or synthetic THC.
- Adults possessing medical marijuana licenses or cards account for nearly half of the pot obtained by teen users.
- Most adults using “medical” marijuana do so because they have a vague diagnosis such as “severe pain.”
- The THC in “medical” marijuana is stronger than street marijuana, often up to 12 times as strong.
IMPACT ON EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM
- When medical marijuana became legal in Colorado, expulsions related to possession of pot or intoxication rose about 75% between 2009 and 2011. The number of marijuana-related expulsions has increased even further since recreational pot was legalized by the voters via Amendment 64 in 2012.
- Marijuana smoke contains most of the cancer-causing chemicals, including tar, contained in tobacco smoke.
- Marijuana smoke is usually unfiltered and held in the lungs longer than tobacco smoke.
- Regular marijuana smokers report bronchitis, wheezing, shortness of breath and more sick days in comparison to non-smokers (regardless of tobacco use).
Most who defend marijuana do so because they have a personal preference for it. There are some Libertarian purists who actually oppose any laws prohibiting free expressions of human behavior. Our realities, however, are not so simple. Decades of sound research proves that marijuana is a social evil to be socially discouraged and legally prohibited. The emerging generations of young people have a monstrous economic, social, and political obstacles before them. It’s time for adults to clean up their own lives so they may pave a better path for their children’s future.
by Marjorie Haun 10/14/14
Resources: A Comparison of Mainstream and Sidestream Marijuana and Tobacco Cigarette Smoke Produced Under Two Machine Smoking Conditions ~David Moir et al, July, 2007
Persistent Cannabis Users show Neuropsychological Decline from Childhood to Mid-life ~Madeline Meier et al, April, 2012
The Teen Brain on Marijuana [PDF] Sion Kim Harris, PhD, Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, Boston Childrens Hospital, Harvard Medical School