The Cancer Drug

The Cancer Drug
Posted by CN Staff on December 22, 2007 at 08:42:36 PT
By Diana Wagman 
Source: Los Angeles Times 
USA -- Ahh, cancer. One learns so much from being diagnosed with a death-sentence disease. Of course, 95% of it is stuff you would rather not know, but that other 5% is downright interesting. For example, "America's Next Top Model" is much more fun to watch when you've lost 15 pounds without trying. During chemotherapy, vanilla smells good, but vanilla wafers taste disgusting. And eyelashes really do have a purpose; without them, my eyes are a dust magnet.
But the most compelling fact I learned was about my friends. Not just what you would expect: how they cooked for my family and picked up my kids and took me to doctors and pretended not to notice how bad I looked and, most important, that I could not -- cannot -- survive without them. No, what really shocked me was how many of my old, dear, married, parenting, job-holding friends smoke pot. I am not kidding. People I never expected dropped by to deliver joints and buds and private stash. The DEA could have set a security cam over my front door and made some serious dents in the marijuana trade. The poets and musicians were not a surprise, but lawyers? CEOs? Republicans? Across the ideological spectrum, a lot of my buddies are stoners. Who knew?OK, I admit it, in college I smoked dope with the rest of them. I mean, everybody was doing it -- an excuse I do not allow my children -- and at parties I didn't want to be uncool. Plus, I felt my only other option was alcohol, and the sweet drinks I liked were too fattening. But that was a long time ago, and since then I have learned to drink bourbon straight, get high on life and appreciate the advantages of not doing anything you wouldn't want your kids to do.I thought all my friends felt the same. Boy, was I wrong. When I surfaced from my chemo haze enough to care about anyone else, I was curious. Why do so many 40- and 50-somethings still get high? I asked my suppliers. Pain was the No. 1 answer. Not just the psychic angst of being mothers and fathers to teenagers, but real physical pain. We're all beginning to fall apart, and for those who imbibe, a couple of tokes really take the edge off the sciatica, rotator cuff injuries, irritable bowel syndrome and migraines.The second biggest reason was anxiety. Perhaps we can blame politics for middle-age pot use: the war, the environment, the loss of our civil liberties, little things like that. Obviously some of us use drugs to ease the lives of quiet desperation we never thought we would have back when we were getting stoned the first time. Our drug use now is really the same as in college. Then I got high to relax, to gain confidence, to forget I was an overweight, mediocre college student terrified of the future. Now we get stoned to relax, forget our disappointing careers and mask our terror of not just our own future but the future for our kids as well. Is it so different from my dad coming home from work and having a couple of martinis? Or my mother and those little prescribed pills she took when she felt "nervous"? At least -- we can rationalize -- marijuana is all natural.I spoke to my oncologist about the pros and cons of marijuana use for cancer patients. He said he was part of a study 25 years ago on the effects of pot on nausea, joint pain and fatigue caused by chemotherapy. It worked then, he said; it really helped some people. But now they have great new drugs, such as Emend, dexamethasone and Ativan, that keep the nausea and other pain at bay. He said the people who use pot now do it because they like it. Or maybe they use it because they would rather support a farm in Humboldt County than a huge pharmaceutical conglomerate. After chemo No. 1, I was violently ill. Anti-nausea drugs notwithstanding, I was hugging the porcelain throne. My body did not want to be poisoned; I guess it liked cancer better. I was willing to try anything, so I lit up. It helped. A lot. I collapsed on the couch, I zoned out watching "Project Runway," I was able to take deep breaths without puking. My 15-year-old daughter was shocked. The look on her face was proof that her elementary school D.A.R.E. program had really done its job. A friend -- not a supplier or a user -- explained to her it was just to make me feel better and that if it worked, wouldn't that be great? My daughter reluctantly agreed, but I knew she didn't mean it. I had come full circle in my life -- the next time I had a toke, I stood in my bathroom with the fan on, blowing smoke out the window, but instead of my parents, I was scared my kids would find out I was smoking dope again.The biggest pain of cancer is the gnawing, scratching, bleeding dread that they didn't find it all, that you didn't go to the doctor soon enough, that it is growing out of control at this very moment. My doctor recommended meditation. Yeah, right, I thought, more time sitting quietly trying not to think about dying. I had carpool for that. Meanwhile, I lost all taste for alcohol. Even half a glass of wimpy white wine could make me toss my cookies, so I turned to my friend Mary Jane occasionally, only when nothing else would do. In the middle of one post-chemo night, my husband was out of town and I was sick and I got up and tried to get the little pipe lit and take one hit so I could maybe sleep. My son heard me struggling and he came into my bedroom. He lit the match for me and showed me where to put my finger on the "carburetor," the hole on the side of the pipe, to make it draw. I was too grateful to ask him how he knew all this. He stayed with me until I felt better. It was mother-son bonding in a new way. Just another reason to say: Thank you, cancer. Diana Wagman, a professor at Cal State Long Beach, is the author of the novels "Skin Deep," "Spontaneous" and "Bump."Note: Cancer opens one's eyes to the many facets of marijuana.Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author: Diana Wagman Published: December 22, 2007Copyright: 2007 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #41 posted by FoM on December 29, 2007 at 16:59:55 PT
I always like the definition of faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.It takes a certain way of thinking to get that and I know you do.
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Comment #40 posted by museman on December 29, 2007 at 16:46:59 PT
Yes, we absolutely must.
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Comment #39 posted by FoM on December 29, 2007 at 13:31:22 PT
We gotta have faith. 
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Comment #38 posted by museman on December 29, 2007 at 13:03:52 PT
That's what I would call 'faith.'
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Comment #37 posted by FoM on December 29, 2007 at 12:15:03 PT
Perfect love isn't me arriving at some point but it is how God Loves us so what is to fear? Does this make sense?
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Comment #36 posted by museman on December 29, 2007 at 12:02:28 PT
Do you know how rare that state of being is?"I have no fear."I have only recently in my life experience achieved that state, and only briefly in a complete and utter absolute freedom from fear. Because of the experience, I now know where that place of 'no fear' is, and once discovered you can begin to build upon it.I still succumb to reverberations of fear, mostly not my own, but then it is not my fear that aims a 38 special at my heart."Perfect love casts out fear as I recall." I absolutely agree with the intent and meaning of that statement, however I hope you'll forgive me if I point out a differing opinion in terminology;I don't believe in the concept of 'perfection' as in the very definition, it is a state that cannot be reached. It is said that 'God is perfect' but it was always a man (or woman) that said it, and usually from a pulpit.Here is my answer to that:"Perfection is impossible, therefore strive for excellence."What might be closer to what we want is 'Unconditional Love' rather than 'perfect love.' Because we can achieve 'unconditional love,' even though it is the one singularly most important, and simultaneously the most difficult challenge ever to confront the human race. We cannot achieve 'perfection' therefore giving all those preachers carte blanche to our souls, who cheerfully tell us how doomed we are because we cannot achieve it, and how we must do all these rituals, perform scripts written thousands of years ago, over, and over again, and if we don't,..."well 'hell' has a special place for those." Perfection is an illusion, used as a psychic lever to overthrow our resolve by those with less scrupulous intentions.But you are still right.
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on December 29, 2007 at 11:32:42 PT
I have a problem with thinking like many people do. I always have. I see things thru the Spirit and not politics or things like that. I am blessed. I am confortable in my own skin if that makes sense. I guess I mean if I would die today it would be ok. I have no fear. Perfect love casts out fear as I recall.
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Comment #34 posted by museman on December 29, 2007 at 11:25:23 PT
Yes, there is 'something in the air.' Old promises getting dusted off and remembered. First loves coming back around to put us back on track.There is an emergence. On some days it's like being psychedelic without the substance. Some days I can feel a kind of psychic broadcast, sparklingly clean and new, available to anyone who is able to tune in and recieve it.I had a recent experience with my sons, who were able to get a kind of 'contact high' from what I felt I was 'recieving' from that 'broadcast.'We are on the threshold of things so new (to us) and dynamic, powerful potentials finally coming into the realm of actuality, that words just cannnot communicate it without some understanding and experience already being present.And aren't we so tired of all the old stinkin' crap that has been forced down our collective throats by such a minority with false, but violently enforced authority?I find it so soothing to my injured spirit -the same injury we all suffer in being forced to capitulate to lies and wasted labors- to know that these few fools who ride high now on their 4 horses, have already crossed over into the abyss of oblivion, they are virtually 'dead men walking.' My sense of justice is satisfied with the knowlege that where they have gone, they can never come back, and the 'meek shall truly inherit the earth.'It is time to turn our focus towards casting off the heavy cloak of fear and inhibition, and rebuilding our garments of faith and belief. We have a long way to go, and a short time to get there, but I have it on good authority that whatever effort we can make as a people, will be matched, even multiplied by the next realm which awaits our coming.In other words, if we are willing to meet 'God' halfway, 'God' will take up the slack.It's about sincerity and dedication. Focus and determination, but within the correct parameters of love.
Love is of course the key whole thing, because without it, the tools we need to evolve from Homo-Sapien to Homo-Sentient aren't there to be used. Without love, the Spirit is invisible, and therefore the faith and belief necessary to initiate real change isn't really there.We are like catepillars collectively emerging from a long sleep in our cuccoon. We only dreamt of being butterflies for so long, but now some are emerging into the new light.We have much to learn, and we're starting practically from scratch. Most of what we think we know is pure crap. It's going to take some stalwart forward thinking, with a lot of patience and tolerance towards the slower moving minds, but that patience and tolerance does not extend to those who have made their beds in the paradigm of destruction.The powers that be tried to destroy this new child of our Spirit. In every generation they have engineered the events and history to stifle creative intent, and spiritual innovation, through wars, and mental inventions like the church, 'orders,' society, and in the modern age, media.Well they failed! It's to late now mr satan and lucifer, the foundation of the New Paradigm has been laid. The corner stone of the 'New Temple' has been mortared into place, even though the worldy powers think their 'stone' which is a superimposition of fear upon the original foundation of faith is still holding up their false realm.The 'stone that the builders rejected' - these builders of conquest, war, and the holders of the weights and measures of death rejected it when they made a false religion to supplant the truth as was given by YSHWH. The stone of faith, trust, and personal empowerment through that faith and belief, was rejected by those ancient usurpers of human destiny, but the real stone could not be destroyed even though it was obscured, hidden, and kept out of mainstream consciousness.No more. The time has come. Babylon is falling, swiftly now, and while it falls we are building a right and true tomorrow.
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Comment #33 posted by FoM on December 26, 2007 at 10:31:00 PT
Something is happening and it's good. Do you feel it too? I love the first song on this link. It's called Either Way. That songs really reminds me of love and tolerance. I had a couple of talks with my nephew home from Iraq and the first conversation was strained but the next one was wonderful. It really is amazing what kindness and acceptance can change. Honesty seems to bubble and walls crumble. I'm saying this to you because I know you will understand what I mean.Happy New Year 2008! What a year it will be.
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Comment #32 posted by FoM on December 26, 2007 at 06:19:43 PT
You are very welcome. I am really glad you had a nice Christmas. The Spirit of Christmas is a good thing. I look at Christmas as a time when family and friends that are busy making a life for themselves and their family take the time to remember how important loving and caring for each other helps us to go on. I said in a comment that we had around 30 people at our gathering and it was very good. What also amazes me is that one of our family members was diagnosed with breast cancer and starts her radiation treatment this week. She smiled, didn't complain and seems ready for the challenge. Two others have Muscular Dystrophy and they were still full of hope and love. It's what is inside that makes us what we are and it's up to us to decide our course in life. We love you!
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Comment #31 posted by museman on December 26, 2007 at 01:15:37 PT
now that it's over...
I have to admit that the christmas excuse to gather family and friends worked well this year. A pleasant day this christmas. Got to meet a potential family graft into the Kiowa/Shoshoni clans.I am home and healing well.It's going to be an exciting year isn't it?I know that I can be cynical and cantankerous. And sometimes my humor, as well as my prespective can be construed as dark. Even as I understand and feel this new emergence from the dark mysterious depths of our long journey, like an unmeasured ocean -and age of fishes - into the light of a new dawn, with sky, earth, and the water - the age of 'aquarius' - as a piscean in every way, I well know the perspective of 'the glass is half empty.' Yet that is but one fish. There is another. It is a recent occurrence (at least in my limited esperience and understanding), this 'new emergence' referenced and labeled in many other terms, during the age that preceded this one, one of the fishes in my piscean tendencies dove deep into the matrix, and discovered, alas, that aspects and attributes were totally outbalanced in the negative.There is a significant mass of our collective consciousness that is preoccupied with these negtive aspects and attributes. Unpleasant facts to contemplate, but true nonetheless. The perpetuation of falseness can only be dealt with by us all, collectively conscious and awake to the truth.With the recent (I believe) changes, or at least the beginning stages of 'awakening,' 'emergence' the idea and concept represented by the other fish - the other metaphor- is 'the glass is half full.'I have come to realize an important bridge between these two perspectives;It's actually more important what is contained in the glass, than how much is in it, and one can't put good stuff in their cup if it's full of old stale coffee! (or other dross things) Sometimes one has to empty their cup,.. maybe even clean it a bit, before they put in the good stuff.Before the mass of our collective being can grasp and know the 'new paradigm,' there is a showdown coming, a confrontation for the individual, as well as the collective, with their own fears and bottomless pits. A final choice of ways. One that has always been here, and always will be -at least as far as man is concerned-, and the one that man has already chosen, the course he travels right now. So, even as I still swim in unpopular waters, I am not a friend to any predatory display or concept. It's just part of a labor I believe in. For us, here now in this realm, there are two sides of the coin, two sides of the sword of truth, two arguments for dominant control of this reality.
One has been here, relatively unchanging since well, you know...and the other has only barely re-awakened from a long dark dream/nightmare.Truth comes with a price, and a responsibiliy. I thoroughly respect this community, and the effect has in a positive way, on the very things, and issues that are important to me. Thank you for allow me to take my liberty, and I wish you a healthy, abundant, and empowered new year.peace 
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on December 25, 2007 at 07:40:51 PT
Had Enough 
Thank you for the links and yes we should never stop dreaming. I hope everyone is having a great Christmas with friends and family. We've been making wonderful memories.
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Comment #29 posted by Had Enough on December 24, 2007 at 16:01:07 PT
Never stop dreamin’...
Or jamin’Supertramp - Dreamer Cass Elliott - Dream A Little Dream Live sings it too.Suze - Dream a Little Dream - Mamas and Papas
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Comment #28 posted by FoM on December 24, 2007 at 10:02:44 PT
nuevo mexican 
This one's for you.The Tide is Turning
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Comment #27 posted by FoM on December 24, 2007 at 09:55:26 PT
nuevo mexican 
Merry Christmas to you too. We have a Christmas exchange at our gatherings and we make a game of it and it's fun. My nephew that has advanced Muscular Dystrophy got me an Obama calendar. I grinned from ear to ear and picked up the calendar and hugged it. I made people laugh. Most there are Republicans too. I know I am a dreamer but if I ever stop dreaming life just wouldn't be worthwhile. Ho! Ho! Ho!
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Comment #26 posted by nuevo mexican on December 24, 2007 at 09:08:01 PT
Merry Mass Christ Consciousness FOM & ALL!! 
Cannabis news and FOM, the C-news posters, all continue to grace my life, and I am grateful!And FOM, you are a Blessing to ALL, for what you do, the energy and time, the 100%ness of your efforts, AMAZING!The tides always turn, and they are turning now, here is your Christmas present from me, and any C-Newsers who support your candidate Obama!This is pretty awesome, and if Obama chose Dennis as a running mate, he'd win in a landslide, regardless of the rigged voting machines, don't ya think?Barack Obama: Stand Up!
385x78517OT:Keep sending, posting, emailing, and blogging the petition to impeach cheney, 250,000 votes needed!
It's up to 131,837More super-positive news!
300 MPG car on sale next year!
html?series=19Mars in the crosshairs:
A small asteroid may strike a planet on January 30th — and fortunately Earth isn't the target!
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Comment #25 posted by FoM on December 24, 2007 at 07:40:22 PT
Very nice video. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy Hanukkah to you and Mrs. Whig and everyone.
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Comment #24 posted by FoM on December 24, 2007 at 05:45:28 PT
Merry Christmas Almost
I hope everyone is having a good time. I made this little page for fun last year. I hope you like it. We'll be leaving again later today to visit family and eat more really good food. As messed up as our country seems to be I still love it because we have such good and kind people that make America their home. I have such hope that things wil be changing for the better. I haven't felt this positive in many years. Ho! Ho! Ho!Merry Christmas!
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Comment #23 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on December 24, 2007 at 01:33:41 PT
Merry Tuesday to all!
And a Happy Next Tuesday!
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Comment #22 posted by runruff on December 23, 2007 at 21:27:33 PT:
We meet about 20 years ago. A lot has happened since then.
It has been an interesting time. Many have come and many have gone. We have certinly known some characters in this time. Yea, You feel more like a relative to me by now. I love you too. Merry Christmas, er, ah, joyfull Saturnella, er ah, oh shoot, Have a happy Tuesday!
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Comment #21 posted by museman on December 23, 2007 at 21:04:27 PT
There was a movie called, "Pay Forward." or at least that was the concept. It takes the spirit out of the box that only usually comes out during the winter holidays. I got very few boxes with stuff in 'em.I mean it's ok and all, I just cannot, and will not abide within it's parameters. Giving, recieving, all wonderful and certainly positive aspects of humanity at it's potential best, yet still it has a hollow ring to it, and it's parade of glitz and plastic offends me in it's obvious hypocrisy, and blatant in-your-face class distinction that many middle-class and above either just don't see, or just don't care to see.I played along with the american human social protocols, and adhered to the standards, and codes dictated by the upholding of the status quo illusion, I took the tests, went to the schools, served in the military, filled various positions the labor pool - just like many in my generation, and I am here to tell you it was all a huge waste of my time, the only benefit being opportunity to meet people, but mostly not on our own terms. Some of the 'skills' I learned in the process have allowed me some autonomy and choice, but only because it was a defensive move on my part to keep the status quo hounds at bay, I could have done without about 85% of the experience. Fortunately I learned to 'surf the fringe' many years ago, and severed my attachments to babylon so I have not so many regrets. I could just keep quiet, let the dark days go by, pretend that all the pretense has some validity. And maybe it would be nicer not to enter a room of ballons and bubbles with a sharp pin, but....The value of gold, silver, gems, other objects of intrinsic, virtualized worth, such as real estate, and stock options, are the fundamentals of greed, and the driving substance of actual, real, manifested 'christmas.'What is praised and lauded as 'the true spirit of christmas' is not shown on 60 minutes or ABC's 'person of the week.' it does not wear a santa suit, and other than the total twisted reference to the author of the concept of, peace, love, and understanding has very little to do with 'christmas' at all.Today is not 'christmas' tomorrow is only the 'eve' but to each and every man woman and child, I wish for, pray for the end of all war, bounty and providence 24/7/365, and the freedom to find their own joy in love and sharing, from one day into the next. I can find no more resource than my daily access, nor can I horde today's good will for tomorrows' 'holiday.'peace, luv ya bro,-and I meant it yesterday too-
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Comment #20 posted by Richard Zuckerman on December 23, 2007 at 20:41:58 PT:
Family rights violated
Home News Tribune Online 12/22/07Big brother strikes again. Supported by arguments based upon overreactive fear mongering, five know-besters on the New Jersey Public Health Council and the state's health commissioner (who elected them?) have ordered that all parents in New Jersey must vaccinate their children from 2 months old through sixth grade with everything from flu shots every year to pneumococcal, DPT and meningitis shots.This dictatorial order tramples upon parents' and children's rights. As a human rights lawyer, I am sickened by this constant destruction of family freedoms in our state.It's only a big pharma boondoggle. I urge Gov. Jon S. Corzine to vacate this ill-advised and ill-considered order and support family rights in New Jersey.Jack VenturiNEW BRUNSWICK.[The Home News Tribune,].
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Comment #19 posted by observer on December 23, 2007 at 14:05:13 PT
Reefer Madness movie script
Does anyone know, for sure, where a copy of the script for the original "Reefer Madness" movie (circa 1936) resides on the net? I have scoured the net, and can't find it anywhere! I thought I'd ask here before giving up. 
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Comment #18 posted by whig on December 23, 2007 at 12:33:54 PT
Christmas music
Greg Lake
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Comment #17 posted by runruff on December 23, 2007 at 11:16:17 PT:
Ignorance is bliss. Sometimes ignorance is pain. Some of the fondest memories of my life are around the Chistmas holidays. I've learned since that there is no Sanity Clause. All contracts were written to be broken and the sanity clause is there to protect the insane.Merkey Crimble-John Lennon
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Comment #16 posted by museman on December 23, 2007 at 09:34:45 PT
runruff #13
And you know how I feel about it. If I could rent a billboard, I'd print a very large Bah! Humbug! in those green, red, and gold chrissmassy colors. Angst, frustration, disappointment and depression is all I ever got for xmas, since the first lie about it was revealed.Hey I know! Lets show some real American 'christmas spirit' and declare peace. How about some 'christian spirit?' Open the prison doors. How about instead of all those plastic toys bought from chinese slave camps, those 'charity organizations' actually give people something they want and can use, like money, or food that isn't a splastic as the toys?Hark the herald angels sing, gore and glory to the republican king,There's no law of forgiveness, or mercy filed,only the rich can be reconciled.Angry all the nations rise,and look in fear to the global skies.With the armored host proclaim,The whore rules babylon again.Hark the herald angels sing,gore and gory to the republican king.Just remember to wait until the easter bunny shows up in the supermarket before you crucify me, got to keep within the lines.
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Comment #15 posted by The GCW on December 23, 2007 at 06:55:38 PT
Don't just get high on life;
Don't just get high on life;Get high on the tree of life.Rev. 2:7;He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.' 22, Green Collar Worker
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Comment #14 posted by greenmed on December 22, 2007 at 20:21:59 PT
Merry Christmas
Jolly Yule, Happy New Year and Peace and Love to All.
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Comment #13 posted by runruff on December 22, 2007 at 19:02:04 PT:
Hey scroogeman!
You really crack me up. Geez, if you were any more jolly, I'd have to beg you to take it down a notch. I'm glad that you are making an effort for my little loved one there although your wife gave me a picture of her the other day when I was over and you were gone, She is isn't quite so little anymore. I haven't seen her since I got home but I would like to. Even before Xmas if possible. She is a darling and bright girl. Takes after her dad perhaps? hee hee!I want to wish everyone here a very happy holiday however you spend it. My wife and I attended an indian solstice drum circle and potluck dinner. Indians always do potluck.
It is the most fun and communal thing to do. We heard stories and predictions from the elders concerning the future of the earth and of mankind. Of course there was lots of druming on medicine drums and cermonial drums and rattles and singing traditional indian songs. Cheif Sun Bear has two pet wolves that were among us the whole time, mingling. We had buffaloaf. Like meatloaf only made with buffalo. Lots of light and love among friends.Chief Sun Bear says we are entering an age of truth and light. Lets hope.Good eats, good love and good times to all.Mr.& Mrs. Runruff
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Comment #12 posted by fight_4_freedom on December 22, 2007 at 15:54:59 PT:
Christmas is here, Bring lots of cheer!
and leeeeave santa a toke :)  I would not want to open their electric bill after the holidays.Merry Christmas FoM and the rest of you C-Newsers! I love you all!
"Carol of the Buds" Song is great, video is...... interesting
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Comment #11 posted by Had Enough on December 22, 2007 at 14:51:51 PT
Yashua Ben Yoseph - here is one story
	A Column By
	Jack D. Forbes
	THE "PRINCE OF PEACE" IN A TIME OF VIOLENCEYehoshu’a (Yeshwa, Yashua, or Jesus) ben Yosef (son of Joseph) was born in the Spring in the province of Galilee, probably at Nazareth. It seems appropriate at this time of year to think a bit about his life because so many Native Americans have admired him, whether they consider themselves to be Christians or not. In so many ways, Yehoshu’a has seemed like a Native American and especially like an old Indian prophet, like Neolin, the Delaware Prophet, perhaps.Yehoshu’a's journey to the "wilderness" (the natural world) for spiritual enlightenment, his love of ordinary people, and his desire to pray in private, away from crowds, all suggest old Indian ways. Unlike so many Christian preachers of today, he turned totally away from private property, wealth, and middle or upper-class sensibilities. He chose to travel about with male and female companions, living off of the simple food offered by countless ordinary people's homes. In fact, his sharing of food with the people became the major symbol of early Christianity (before it became institutionalized as an official part of the Roman imperial government).Very little is known about Yahshua's ancestry in spite of a male-line genealogy tracing his background to King David through his father Yosef. (This was assumed to be prerequisite for messiahship and may have been invented to prove that he was eligible).more…
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Comment #10 posted by Sinsemilla Jones on December 22, 2007 at 14:23:50 PT
Yeah, and I also doubt that she would have wanted her kids drinking bourbon.
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Comment #9 posted by Had Enough on December 22, 2007 at 14:04:52 PT
Look at What’s Up!!!
Re: #6 musemanBeen watching the Belt (Three Kings) of Orion line up with Sirius (the brightest star in that direction).Gemini is just to the north of it. You can see Mars right above the upper foot.Right after sun-set I can see Taurus the Bull, and rises pretty much overhead by about 10 –11 o’clock with Orion showing up behind, to hunt him with his bow and arrow.Boy has that moon is really silver and bright for a few days.Beautiful to watch, been watching almost every night for a while. Cool sight to see.Happy Solstice to you museman, and to all. And the Black Diamond sends cyber licks, she watches with me.Look Up!!! ….:)
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Comment #8 posted by E_Johnson on December 22, 2007 at 12:20:22 PT
This part made me chuckle 
"But that was a long time ago, and since then I have learned to drink bourbon straight, get high on life and appreciate the advantages of not doing anything you wouldn't want your kids to do."If you're drinking straight bourbon, you're not getting high on life, unless "life" happens to be the name of your favorite brand of bourbon.Wink wink
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Comment #7 posted by Truth on December 22, 2007 at 12:20:06 PT
Happy New Year.Bring on the sunshine....
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Comment #6 posted by museman on December 22, 2007 at 11:10:25 PT
Happy Solstice
"He likes cannabis,She likes cannabis,We like cannabis too."Today is the solstice, the day that got hi-jacked by the Holy Roman Empire, moved 3 days, and attached to the fiction of 'christs' birthday. 'christ-mass' is a direct reference to the Latin ritual performed on Dec 25, with a couple of loosely related -but older than the church- stories about stars in the east, and 3 wise men. Then of course we have the totally commercial Satans Claws that insures that every child whose parents indulge, gets and early start on P.T.S.D. Instilling the initial lack of trust necessary to function as willing fodder in a predatory society.This month alone produces 3 or 4 times the amount of carbon pollution as any other month of the year.Kill a tree for Jesus!I have a daughter who insists on christmas, even though it has all been explained. So we agreed to indulge her somewhat, by purchasing a few presents, and we'll have to put up lights on our potted fir tree, but thats as far as I go for compromising with the truth.Any time that can be had or used to gather family and friends together is a good time. The fact that we, as a nation feel that we have to make up this incredibly elaborate sets of fictions in order to accomplish a simple organic act like gathering together to share and celebrate, shows just how far up our collective butts the mainstream consciousness really is.I don't want to take away from anyone's joy, but I can't agree to support Santa Clause, and all his little demons, any more.There are two prevailing opinions/research that state that Yashua Ben Yoseph was born either in the fall, or in the spring. I believe it was the spring. This, now 'xmas-time' is the time for SUPREME LIP SERVICE - the time when everybody pretends to be human for a few days, then they get ripped on legal poison on new years, and go then back to the same grind they left a few days before.I wouldn't even mention these things, but xmas is the epitomy of spiritual decadence, and most who claim to 'celebrate the spirit of christmas' are only celebrating obfuscation, duplicity, hipocrisy, and the whoredom of capitalism.I have no doubt that most people on this site have good things in their hearts when they say 'merry christmas', so don't think I am putting you down, I'm not. I just can't let it go by without pointing out the facts.Today is the beginning of the return of the sun, the real and actual beginning of the new year. But of course if the government and the church agree that the world is flat, who would jeopardize their comfort by arguing with homeland security, the SS, or the Inquisition? "Joy to the world, Wal-Mart has come, let Earth recieve her king!"now this I can get behind;"Peace on Earth, and good will towards men."Happy Holidays
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Comment #5 posted by Truth on December 22, 2007 at 11:01:26 PT
A happy new year.
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Comment #4 posted by RevRayGreen on December 22, 2007 at 10:38:02 PT
Thank you Professor
merry Christmas to all...........
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on December 22, 2007 at 09:38:40 PT
Merry Christmas to you too! It is very liberating to be able to say Merry Christmas again.
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Comment #2 posted by ekim on December 22, 2007 at 09:37:12 PT
if only in my dreams
i see that China is causing a world wide shortage in paper-- the Potter book cost 9 bucks in a country that pays a average worker $169.00 a month to live on. 
Oil is going for almost $100.00 a barrel -
Cotton is again getting billions in the farm bill-
Malnutrition is the number one cause of death on the planet.all i want for xmas is the truth about the weed
merry xmas to all and to all a good fight
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Comment #1 posted by Stick on December 22, 2007 at 09:32:17 PT
25 Years
Priceless. Thank you for speaking out, Prof. Diana Wagman. A special Holiday Wish to our cyber news donor, and all at Cnews the best days ever. Love you man!!!
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