Reining in DEA Will Help Those Who Rely on MMJ
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Reining in DEA Will Help Those Who Rely on MMJ
Posted by CN Staff on October 22, 2009 at 18:29:31 PT
By Rod Bernsen, Guest Columnist 
Source: Gazette
Colorado -- In all of nature, the most unnatural act is a parent losing a child. Our son, Matthew William Bernsen died on Jan. 7, after a six-month fight with a very aggressive type of cancer.By the time Matt was diagnosed, his cancer was at stage four and the disease had rapidly spread from his lungs, invading his spine, hip and leg. My son was in terrible agony, suffering excruciating non-stop pain, that even the most powerful narcotics could not bring him relief.
My wife and I were blessed to be able to care for Matt, but at the same time we suffered with him, helpless to do anything for him when the pain was overwhelming.Matt chose to fight with chemotherapy — a polite way of describing ingesting powerful poisons that only added to his misery.When we learned the devastating diagnosis, Matt asked his physician about medical marijuana to counter the effects of the chemotherapy.In Colorado, like California, the voters support the use of so-called medical marijuana. His doctor told him that officially he was neutral, but then this doctor when on to give several reasons why Matt would benefit from using what I used to refer to as, “a green leafy substance resembling marijuana.” This is how I, as a career Los Angeles police officer, described marijuana in my arrest reports.Colorado law enforcement allows the dispensing of medical marijuana by licensed outlets; not so the federal government.The Drug Enforcement Agency, an arm of the U.S. Justice Department, regularly shuts down these medical pot merchants, citing federal law that prohibits the sale of a simple plant that does bring relief to those in chronic pain — including my son.Yes, there were pot-laced brownies in the house and green-tinted weed-butter to spread on toast for my son.As Bob Dylan sang, “the times, they are a changing.” President Barack Obama has directed his U.S. attorneys to no longer prosecute cases where federal agents seize medical marijuana. This reverses the previous administration’s policy, and will help the sick and dying.Parents whose children are suffering unspeakable pain now no longer have to worry about a gang of black-clad federal dope cops kicking down their down their doors to seize the stash of medical marijuana because even simple possession remains a federal crime.Reasonable people, including medical professionals, can and do disagree on the efficacy of medical marijuana, but as one father who saw first-hand how much relief this simple plant brought to my dying son, I am grateful for the president’s decision. And yes, in some respects, I deeply regret making all those marijuana arrests.Bernsen is a retired LAPD sergeant and former reporter for Fox 11 News in Los Angeles. He and his wife now live in Monument.Source: Gazette, The (Colorado Springs, CO)Author: Rod Bernsen, Guest Columnist Published: October 22, 2009Copyright: 2009 The GazetteWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives
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Comment #32 posted by FoM on October 26, 2009 at 08:47:43 PT
That was so good! Thank you.
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Comment #31 posted by museman on October 26, 2009 at 08:42:32 PT
Your comment made me think of this poem;Once I wasI was born a gentle soul in a land where might is king,where the rapping of a spoon against the prisons barsis the sound of freedoms ring. When I was young I was American proud,and could not wait to be a man,so I could serve like all my western heroes,(and that was all in their plan.) The cop on the corner would smile and say”What you gonna be when you grow?”I’d reply “A fireman,but maybe a policeman, you never know.” Every morning we swore allegiance,we were taught about liberty,how each and every one uswere equally guaranteed to be free. That some were more than equal,we suspected it all along,but that was not a topic for discussion,you couldn’t find it even in a song. Then they killed my brothers over in Vietnam,for no damn good reason that anyone could understand.and they made a war for everythingas if they’d had it planned. And nary a rich mans son had to do the duty.No politician’s child ever met a soldier’s death.No corporate progeny was left to die in the mud,cold and alone as they drew their last breath. Peace and Love were ridiculed by power,Greed. Lust, and self-satisfaction became the accepted way,Freedom is equal only to your bank account,And you cannot eat, drink, live, or breathe but that you’re gonna pay. Some cud chewing’ truck drivin’ redneckPut a gun up to my head.If it weren’t for grace and witnesses,I’d probably now be dead. The bullies won almost all the elections,What they didn’t control they destroyed.They put uniforms on thugs, gave ‘em badges and guns,so that all violent criminals might be gainfully employed. And all the peaceful people tried real hard to hide,But the forests were consumed, the waters turned to slime,They put up GPS satellites that could read the date on a dime. They sucked up the Earths’ hydraulic fluid,and burned a hole in the sky,I even have to ask their damn permission,when it comes time for me to die. Now they are after the rest of the world,and in America life just goes on.Yet humanity’s’ anger won’t just go away,real liberty is a call that is strong. Ah once I was a gentle lad,but that no longer is the case.Truth is the sharpest sword I know,And I’m gonna keep on waving it all over the place. LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #30 posted by FoM on October 26, 2009 at 07:08:58 PT
Peace Officer
When I was a child we were taught that the police were are friend. All the kids in our neighborhood liked our local policeman. Things are different now though. They think they have a right to change policy instead of just enforcing the laws that are on the books. I don't know when they got that power but that is what is wrong in my opinion.
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Comment #29 posted by herbdoc215 on October 25, 2009 at 22:39:50 PT
museman, I agree with you and got your back...
and was just being smarmy like certain police appeasers (like Joe Citizen) whom said we was "self-righteous"...bro if anybody in this world has a right to be mad at those punk mf'ers it's you and yours! I know the deal...I was speaking mainly to those in the reform community who think it's helping to give money to retired Nazi LEAP members so they can travel around and play stud and party...well I guess that pretty much goes for all the ABC organizations whom depend upon donations to live...vampires! Grassroots is volunteer where i come from, the professional movementarians must quit trying to sell out patients to appease pigs.  Peace, steve
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Comment #28 posted by museman on October 25, 2009 at 20:27:44 PT
No disagreement. I was not sure who the "you make a lot of self righteous posts" was aimed at, so I thought I'd just make a post that -with the topic line as it is- would be easy to put in that box.A human being looking out for other human beings -what cops have been, in the past when they were citizen trained instead of military trained, and not at the funding mercy of a federal government with many special agendas not in the peoples interests- such a human being, who is capable of making decisions based on human interaction, and not pre-dictated, one-size-fits-all, 'jusrisprudence' that is designed not for the safety and welfare of the general public but to serve the purposes of profit and revenue, is distinclty missing from the ranks of our various 'law' enforcement agencies.I don't feel anymore that you, that it is 'self righteous' to stand up for ultimate and unconditional liberty. That label, like many others is used quite often by those who can not truly debate an issue, but only accuse and slander.I may even be less willing to forgive the injustices waged against us by the forces of fascism than you, as my disgust at the current subteranean consciousness of our police is beyond polite description.FREE CANNABIS FOREVER
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Comment #27 posted by herbdoc215 on October 25, 2009 at 15:17:57 PT
museman, I wonder if Mr. Ho in San Jose was
"self-righteous" as the pigs beat him for nothing, you can even hear them arrogant PIGS in the background being the fascist, Brownshirt PIGS that has been my pleasure to do business most of my life. If the local police here where I live now had not been as fair and decent to me as they have (so far) I'd say this is an example of what every cops is but even I know that not all are like this but that still doesn't excuse the few that are real police(wo)men from not standing up to the herd/thug mentality. Personally I don't any of us are being "self-righteous", some of us have just had an "up-close" view of the dehumanizing SS know just how close to Nazi Germany this racist/fascist police state we live today really is! The violence must end, the 'us and them' mentality is destroying the very fabric of our country. Only be good cops coming forward will this ever end...nobody else has the power to stop it but others with a gun and badge as well! Has justice really just become a word? Peace, steve    Beware this video contains extremely violent content....
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Comment #26 posted by museman on October 25, 2009 at 09:19:17 PT
self righteous post
Its not the way you think it is....Lyrics and stream;;
Not The Way You Think It Is
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Comment #25 posted by Had Enough on October 24, 2009 at 20:42:51 PT
More cops...
G20 police 'used undercover men to incite crowds'***Undercover cops tried to incite violence in Montebello: union leaderYouTube video shows union leaders trying to push back masked men***Quebec police admit they went undercover at Montebello protest
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Comment #24 posted by Had Enough on October 24, 2009 at 20:02:50 PT
Cops... put ourselves on the line in pursuit of equal justice.Found here... here...
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Comment #23 posted by museman on October 24, 2009 at 17:30:07 PT
thanks for straightening that out. Pardon my assuming, what with your association with LEAP that you were a former cop. As for my personal experience and opinion towards LEOs, nothing short of extreme and immediate change in their methods, attitudes, and demeanor is going to alter my opinion and resolve to see their BS exposed.Of course it is deeper and wider than just cops, they are just the parts of the corrupt society that are pretty well consistently in certain peoples' faces all the time. For whatever reason they can come up with, the WOD and 'terrorism' being the latest ploy for justifcation, the cops are merely the ground forces in the war for ultimate control of personal choice and liberty.I have stated that I recognize the few exceptions to the PIG rule, but those few exceptions do not by any stretch of an aware and informed mind, justify the damage done and being done by the over-empowered cops.Considering that all those cops out there have the backing of an incredible system of force and power, enforced entirely by fear and threats -and carrying out the threats- and those of us who have had to suffer the real effects of their loose-cannon attributes have only our experience and word, the truth, to back us up, it is not the 'poor unfortunate' LOL cops who need some kind of sympathy -much like SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL- but their real victims, whom are just about everyone they meet and touch. The evidence is of a human scourge, of an abherration, a stumbling block to true order and peace, not of any real service (other than media and political hype. Sure there have been brave and courageous men and women who were noted because of their uniform, but there were as many or more real and true 'heroes' who were un-noticed because of their lack of the uniform) except to the elite society that gives them their marching orders.The evidence speaks for itself. As Herbdoc points out; If you go anywhere in this country and seek out the ordinary citizen or human -not in the employ of the town, county, state, or federal government -the regular people- the character, and expectation of cops is universally known as BAD NEWS, period.END CANNABIS APARTHEID - REPEAL PROHIBITION
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Comment #22 posted by ekim on October 24, 2009 at 14:36:53 PT
gee museman 
 i sure never wanted to give anyone the impression that i am former leo. man its hard to pound these keys as i never wanted to come across as someone
iam not.i was amoung the first to start a Norml group here, worked hard on PRA and am proud to say i helped Tom and Rolie over the years. i have defended Leap as i want the laws changed and there 
have been very few leos willing to stand up.I worked on a cable access show and we interviewed Howard Wooldridge former leo and with LEAP as he rode his horse Misty across the
Country telling any and all that would listen that the drug laws are wrecking this great nation. That was many years ago. Howard has been back in Kalamazoo many times to do the cable access show and guest at the local Rotary and helped with the medical cannabis initiative .
Those of you that have followed him know that for quite a 
while now he has been on his own.I am glad we have someone like Howard in DC willing to go toe to toe with the lawmakers and never blink.much more history to the saga but like each and every one of you will pack it away and lookforward to the day we meet 
and enjoy the peacepipe of life.
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Comment #21 posted by FoM on October 24, 2009 at 12:10:45 PT
I want to see active duty police involved. Maybe they are and I just don't know it. I also believe that we should volunteer for what we believe in. That's grassroots to me.
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Comment #20 posted by herbdoc215 on October 24, 2009 at 11:12:22 PT
 Hope, I pray someday I can let this anger go?
I thank you for your example of what a true spiritual person is, more times than you will ever know your words have brought me comfort and 'hope' that there are sane normal people who care and are paying attention...there are many here whose words have carried me literally into some of the scariest places known to man, and yes I survived... but my PTSD gift from the military was magnified a thousandfold. It's not even about revenge with me as much as it's about people trying to justify the unimaginable and others for letting them do it openly... and it just keeps on grinding our lives away. How can any of these men and women ever look our kids in the eyes and explain to them that they totally screwed their lives up so they could play politics with their parents, how do we ever replace all those years and lost lives? How many more tears must it take for them to see us as human? I've had enough of hate, I really want peace but an honorable peace as the lies and prejudices must stop...ACTIVE duty cops must step up and reign this in by breaking the "blue line" and telling the WHOLE truth, only then will this drug 'war' stop...only then will LEAP become an agent of change instead of a retirement perk! Thanks also for understanding, as it helps.
Peace, steve
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Comment #19 posted by Hope on October 24, 2009 at 10:08:59 PT
The things done to you and others in the name of the "War" are so disgusting and horrifying and make me spitting, kicking, stomping mad.I wish it hadn't happened, but I want to do all I can to make sure it ends.Yes... I know that are a higher percentage of smart ass, asshole, arrogant creeps... crooks and dishonest people, in the world of law enforcement than probably any other single "career" available.It's crazy and it's wrong.I trust you Herbdoc and I believe in you. I've talked to you enough these many years and kept up with what's been done to you. I understand why you're angry. I understand why Museman and Runruff are angry. It gives me fits, too. But you'll are alive. You've lived, really lived, in fact, have developed true character, and that's more than most of the creeps who made your life hell will ever accomplish.One of the ways to know a narc is by what a stud he seems to think he is. Do they teach that in narc school? It seems they might.Anyway... I feel foul bitterness creeping into my anger. I try to stay level. "That's a creep." "That's not." "That's a good and decent man." With as little bitterness as possible, I want to knock the creep off his feet and stop him from hurting others and build up the decent man so that he can shine and help others... really help them, as he tends to want to do.Enjoying cannabis doesn't make you a bad man... and having a gun and a badge doesn't make you a good man.That thing cops like to say about being the "Good guys", irks me no end. Of course, we all know, it's just not true. Another lie. They, many, if not most of them, do weave a tangled web, indeed. And the few good men that join them often wind up just like them. And I've actually known people over the years that were meth addicts and I would call them to help me if I needed it.Meth, and coke and heroin addicts, as well, like most everything else, are really, still, what they basically started with. Their own base character. In other words, if they are a mean, hateful, screwed up, dangerous, scary, flaming creep... they aren't going to stop being one by using meth.
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Comment #18 posted by herbdoc215 on October 24, 2009 at 08:41:01 PT
JoeCitizen, I can answer YES to EVERY ONE!
I've traveled threw every state in USA except Hawaii and pigs are the exact same in every place I've been and the most hated people in USA. I would rather call anybody to help me than the pigs as at least after meth-heads they rob me I don't have to listen to their self-righteous shit and take a trip to jail to strip the rest of my assets for their beer fund and jollies!To me "conservative minds" equal dumb ass punks who barely made it threw high school and have a little money or privilege they inherited or stole! Their pigs are their goons so of course they would listen to them (but that's done so much good so far hasn't it?, as SICK activist like us standing in front of your nazi bus has been what I have seen change EVERYTHING! LEAP pigs getting on stage acting the repentant big-shot is as useless as tits on a boar hog! Apologist I have no time for, the thin blue line my ass! while a very apt comparison George Wallace was a bigot and a dumb ass as well whom destroyed many lives and it was all made better cause he recanted before he met his lord? Do you thing black people would have wanted Wallace speaking for them to tell them what "rights" that whitey was willing to crumb them?
Hope, sorry for un-PC statement like that as it was crude but in my experience that's about all pigs live for is sex with other peoples spouses and's a macho control thing for them, like rape in prison! I've seen them at the little festivals just flirting their asses off acting like rock stars, smoking weed and being mr. cool...arrogant little punks! 
There are some decent folks who support truth like ekim, but to me they are far to few and way too late to be able to stop this run-away police machine that has taken our country in a coup sometime while we was busy living our lives.  peace, steve   
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Comment #17 posted by JoeCitizen on October 24, 2009 at 07:36:51 PT
George Wallace
I always gave some credit to George Wallace for recanting his racist ways in his later years and admitting he'd done wrong. Does that wipe the slate clean for him? No. But it makes me a bit more forgiving of him. To err is human, to forgive divine.I think most former LEOs are capable of getting high or laid without the stigma and static associated with being part of LEAP. And I've seen very hard-headed people with conservative minds be swayed by the air of authority that a former LEO/LEAP member has. Just as many people will give more credence to an issue when voiced by a military vet.The sheer self-righteousness I see in many of your posts is just funny. Sure there are plenty of bad cops, and I don't disagree that the entire trend since the Reagan administration has been bad. But I ask these questions of you:1. Are cops the only bad people out there?2. Do cops spend all or even a majority of their time hassling good people?3. Would we enjoy even the relative peace and order we have here without law enforcement?IF you answered yes to any of the above questions, then I see no point in talking with you, as you do not live in reality. Take a tour through a country where the police really are corrupt, where they are nothing but bribe-extorting thugs who do not even try to keep order. Then you will know the difference.I keep up pressure (by vote, by donation, by activism) to reform the system, and improve the quality of our policing. But if someone (meth head, sociopath) tries to break down my door and invade my home, I know who I'm calling, and it won't be a self-righteous cannabis smoker.
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Comment #16 posted by Hope on October 23, 2009 at 22:16:27 PT
I won't defend LEAP. 
They are grown men and women and are perfectly capable of defending themselves, should they feel the need to do so.That said, I can defend my support of them. I appreciate that they are doing the best they can. I believe that many, if not all are sincere. I do appreciate them admitting that prohibition, the "War on Drugs", as we've known it, is wrong and has always been wrong. It's a lot better than doing nothing. An ex-nazi or a reformed nazi is better than an active and hell bent to destroy nazi. I do appreciate them standing up and saying that they were wrong to support prohibition and that prohibition is wrong... whatever their reasons. I am also fully aware that I have far less to forgive them for, personally, than many, many people do. I realize that and am very humbled by that realization. I always have been. And of course, I'm outraged by all that's gone on in the name of Law Enforcement and government and law. That's why I'm here. But I do appreciate LEAP and that they are trying to help."Getting laid"? Herbdoc? What? I think I'll try not to take that the way it kind of sounds. I'll think about that some more.Like I said, I understand the anger and resentment.
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Comment #15 posted by greenmed on October 23, 2009 at 19:24:40 PT
my $.02
Randomly, I picked up a book to read while waiting for a clinic appointment today. It was Erich Fromm's "Escape From Freedom." Written in 1941 by a German psychologist who emigrated to the U.S. as the Nazis rose to power, the book attempts to explain how otherwise decent people could be seduced by such evil. Fromm saw the problem as authoritarianism as a character trait that is present to varying degrees among the population.Just one paragraph:Returning now to the discussion of the authoritarian character, the most important feature to be mentioned is its attitude towards power. For the authoritarian character there exist, so to speak, two sexes (such anachronistic phrasing): the powerful ones and the powerless ones. His love, admiration and readiness for submission are automatically aroused by power, whether of a person or of an institution. Power fascinates him not for any values for which a specific power may stand, but just because it is power. Just as his "love" is automatically aroused by power, so powerless people or institutions automatically arouse his contempt. The very sight of a powerless person makes him want to attack, dominate, humiliate him. Whereas a different kind of character is appalled by the idea of attacking one who is helpless, the authoritarian character feels the more aroused the more helpless his object has become.I believe in the possibility of redemption, but no doubt it's a hard road requiring a great deal of honest introspection and atonement for all the damage to good people done in the name of the domestic war against cannabis consumers. "Just following orders" didn't work at Nuremberg, and doesn't cut it now.
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Comment #14 posted by museman on October 23, 2009 at 18:12:05 PT
I want you to know that I included you and some handfulls of human beings that I know tried to do their best with good intentions that met the unbending will of the entrenched system of things.One of my good friends I met in the unemployment line -he was a bunko cop that quit the force and joined the people he was trying to bust.When I was a young hippy -before Reagan amped it up- there were many individuals in law enforcement that I could relate to as human beings, and vice versa.However since Reagan did his number and handed it off to the bushes who just about completed the establishment of our current UNCONSTITUTIONAL police state, the character and humanity of every cop I have met since -irregardless of how polite they are while being PIGS, is just abominable. They act like they are themselves the law, and as if their word of testimony -on any human behavioral subject, is some kind of unquestionable authority -witness all the crap they are coming forward with as supporters of prohibition-.They are collectively guilty of more REAL crimes against people and their families than even the largest prosecution and encarceration of thieves, murderers, and rapists they have managed to do something about.Their methods are barbaric, they are bullies of the people, and IMO strongly need to be put back in their place as public servants insteads of public enemy number one.In every walk of life, even the most corrupt of organizations like politics, religion, and law, there always a small group of good people who are trying to make a difference. I personally think some things are a waste of time, like trying to convince a die-hard republican of anything, and giving any credibility at all to a profession of trained killers and thugs, and trying to put a bandaid on a bleeding artery, but I do respect a man for trying, unless that man is just in denial of the evidence...I think it is way past time for the people to put their cards on the reality table, and the hard reality is that the hollywood TV image and glorification of cops and what they do, is not real by any stretch. All those shows about the so-called 'heroic public servants' are 100% propaganda, and just plain nauseating to those of us who know the real truth about the corruption and criminal, abherrant behavior that has become the standard and the norm for modern police action.But ekim, if the truth about the majority of those in your former chosen profession hurts a little, well after nearly 40 years of profiling, public derision, humiliation, and mockery -not to mention fear, loathing, persecution, prosecution, and encarceration -FOR NOTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! from those ranks, towards my own life preferences, I think they actually deserve some pretty heavy justice.If I were to demand the same equity in justice and recompense that they have taken from us, nothing short of lethal injection would do. The fact that I and others do not demand this deserved justice, is as far as the cheek will turn.peace to you LEGALZE FREEDOM
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Comment #13 posted by FoM on October 23, 2009 at 16:51:05 PT
You are a very special person and I know you are devoted to LEAP. I respect what you do. For me though I have bad memories of the WTO in Seattle and the pictures are stuck in my brain. I was crushed that such a thing could happen in a free spirited city. Some people can't get over what happened and forget it. I wish I could but I know it will never go away. I feel the same way about Bob Barr. I would never show my face if I had done things like that but  that is my nature. I'm sure you will understand.
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Comment #12 posted by ekim on October 23, 2009 at 14:09:07 PT
 to all the candles you have lite
Steve thank you for all you have done to protect and preseve the cannabis plant.You have helped make this a better world for all,
in ways that are not always clear to see.Today on Fox news at noon the conclusion to a week long series on marijuana took place.Judge Napanatano (sorry if incorrect) confessed
that he had labored under marijuana laws sent down from Congress that he found were not true. The Judge went on to say that we as a Country are spending over 50 Billion a year on this prohibition. And thought Fed laws against marijuana were unconstitutional.peace to everyone 
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Comment #11 posted by herbdoc215 on October 23, 2009 at 11:18:22 PT
ekim, I've tried sooo hard to turn the other cheek
But they keep on striking my families and loved ones cheeks as well to play politics with me and those like me, it's so hard not to hate and burn for justice. If true peace is desired their must be a "Truth and Reconciliation" hearing/meetings such as happened after apartheid! How about just a few more ACTIVE duty cops seeing the light or admitting the bs they have done to support their failed agenda! Can't the average LEO see that he is just a tool of oppression in this class/race war called the WOD? Now after all the DEAth I've seen them cause and all the misery our families have had to endure because of LEO we are supposed to just forget about it, now that LEO has stolen everything we own and the food from our children are we to eat our 'forgiveness' as the PIGS have left us precious little else!
When do we get our justice? How do we get to become enlightened and all our sins forgiven like LEAP is asking of us? peace, steve
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Comment #10 posted by ekim on October 23, 2009 at 10:33:20 PT
please turn the other cheek
October 21st, 2009 at 12:22 pm 
Yes, when THEM becomes US, changes in view are inevitable.I argued with one of my sisters over the WOD several times and could never get her to change her position even though she conceded on point after point in these talks.Then a few years after our last WOD talk, out the blue she tells me she had come over to my way of thinking. What changed her mind?Some months after our last WOD talk a new min. security prison opened in the school district where she taught. Most of the inmates there are incarcerated for drug violations. This brought in a large number of people to the area wanting to live close to the prison in order to be close to their incarcerated loved ones.Some moved into her school’s district and she now had students in her classes with fathers in prison just a couple miles down the road. She got to know them and their mothers. For the first time she saw the human face of WOD victims. It wasn’t what she expected to see. Instead of low life crooks, she saw ordinary folks whose lives were being ruined, not by drugs, but by the laws. She’s been against the WOD ever since. on the HillStories from the week of October 23, 2009Now it gets ugly:* I attended one of many strategy sessions to move the Webb Commission Bill onto the President’s desk.  The woman who is coordinating reported that law enforcement groups were lobbying Members hard to defeat the bill.  Others at the table made suggestions on how my profession might be persuaded to accept or promote the bill. I shook my head.
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Comment #9 posted by museman on October 23, 2009 at 10:10:31 PT
Oh I really luv 'em. They're first on my list of xmas presents. I go out of my way to kiss their blue asses whenever I can. I tell my children to obey their authority, being careful to bend over while doing it, bowing to their superiority and service to our real betters, all the rich folk who make all the rules.I pay taxes so they can rule the street. I support the troops that are in war-training to be the next wave of cops.Whenever I see a scum-bag hippie or poor person, or a driver in a car that is over 5 years old, I do my civic duty and call the cops. Oh and marijuana? I think everyone should just drink alcohol, after all, its legal, and all the cops, good ol boys, and their lawyer/judge/DA/politician friends all do it daily.Now that I have lied so well, I think I'll run for office, surely I can get support from the entrenched Bullcrap servants of fascism and the global republic?Now for some truth.Most (90-98%) cops, lawyers, judges, DAs, politicians, and all their little minions sucking from the fascist tit, are good for fertilizer and little else. The irony is that when they are planted their idiotic belief systems render even that small value as worthless, embalmed in toxins as they are so that even in death they are a waste of space.LEGALIZE FREEDOM
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on October 23, 2009 at 09:42:12 PT
Oh gosh golly gee I'd hug you if I could.
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Comment #7 posted by herbdoc215 on October 23, 2009 at 09:26:00 PT
Fom, have I ever told you that you was my hero?
Well let me be the first to say it today can be so much more diplomatic than I can, and they ain't fooling you for a second. Once you see the truth up close nobody can ever tell you different. I respect how you have done this pages tone over the let us firebrands vent just enough and pull us back in when we go to far...yet some of y'all show everyday Americans just how diverse a group we are and just how much like them we are. Your brush with death and disaster has forged you into quite the truth warrior! peace, steve  
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on October 23, 2009 at 08:55:21 PT
I bet you never heard me say anything about supporting LEAP. I would never do that in a million years.
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on October 23, 2009 at 08:51:14 PT
The DEA is the Flagship of the Armada Tyrannus!
The DEA is a large and festering boil on the butt of freedom! It is an ongoing symbol of what is wrong with this country under the influience of some decrepit souless people, like the "Not a Crook" who invented them!The DEA is as un-American as Peroska!I met the Boys in black. Forty of them came univited to coffee one morning I only had service for eight! Now that's rude!!!!
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on October 23, 2009 at 08:50:58 PT
How I See It
When we had career day when I was young and in school I noticed those who wanted to be a policeman were the kids that were the bully type. If you want to lord it over other people that was the profession that made them happy. It's a mindset in my opinion and I never liked those kids.
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Comment #3 posted by herbdoc215 on October 23, 2009 at 08:36:55 PT
dongenero, I agree 100% and will further 
state that LEAP (Nazi's for Jews is what I call them) isn't anything but a bunch of RETIRED pigs whom want to get high, hang out, be cool and get LAID, none of them say shit when they are violating everybody else and ruining lives! Himmler didn't get to change sides after the war to avoid hanging! I am sure many here think we need LEAP... but do you really think they are not the reason we are in this mess, it is that PIGS all think their High School diploma makes them know everything...but it sure didn't teach them enough to know that throwing people in ovens is bad until their families or friends are headed to the oven! peace, steve
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Comment #2 posted by dongenero on October 23, 2009 at 07:53:47 PT
Former LAPD, Rod Bernsen
I have mixed feelings about these sorts of mea culpas from former drug warriors. Although Mr. Bernsen even hedges his regrets with "in some respects".While I'm glad that his dying son was able to get relief under Colorado's Medical marijuana laws, I have little sympathy for guys like Bernsen, who require a personal tragedy in their own life in order to have empathy and compassion for others. Mature adults should simply know better.Maybe Mr. Bernsen should write more guest columns for the Gazette, describing the people who where beaten down, arrested, their assets seized, livelihoods ruined and removed from access to their medical marijuana in Bersen's LAPD, when they were looking for that same relief that Mr. Bernsen was later so grateful for.What Mr. Berensen should also be grateful for is that he and his son didn't suffer the fate he helped imposed on others before his enlightenment.
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on October 23, 2009 at 07:43:59 PT
Another person / cop convinced.
One at a time, people, including cops are convinced.Cancer alone will convince.I wonder if God / The Ecologician created cancer to help end cannabis prohibition.(App. 1 out of 3 Americans will have to deal with cancer; that's every American family.)The Green Collar Worker
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