Saturday, August 24, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein taken off suicide watch after examination by ‘doctoral-level psychologist,’ DOJ says



Read more: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/jeffrey-epstein-taken-off-suicide-watch-by-doctoral-level-psychologist-doj-says

‘It’s not funny to me’: Baker says she was fired after marijuana cake mix-up goes viral


MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia — The Georgia woman who made a marijuana-themed cake instead of a “Moana” cake says she is out of a job after the mix-up went viral.

Cassandra Walker told USA Today she made the cake after her manager, who she says misheard the order, told her it was OK.

Walker said she fired from Dairy Queen on Monday, which was her birthday.

“It’s not funny to me,” Walker said in a phone interview with USA Today. “This is back-to-school time. I have two little girls here. I have a car that needs fixing. It’s not funny to me.”

Read more:  https://fox8.com/2019/07/12/its-not-funny-to-me-baker-says-she-was-fired-after-marijuana-cake-mix-up-goes-viral/

Neilston girl Lucie's first day at school goes viral


HILARIOUS photographs of an East Renfrewshire girl before and after her first day at school have gone viral. 

Neilston mum Jillian Falconer shared the snaps of her five-year-old daughter Lucie with the Barrhead News yesterday.

One of the photos shows the Neilston Primary pupil looking pristine in her school uniform, with a neat hairstyle and a big smile on her face as she looks forward to her first day in the classroom.

However, side-by-side with that snap is a photo of Lucie returning home from school...with her tie and socks skew-whiff, her hair in a mess and sporting a serious frown. 

Read more: https://www.barrheadnews.com/news/17854631.neilston-girl-lucies-first-day-school-goes-viral/

Bice: Winners and losers from the DNC's hotel assignments for Democratic convention

From JSOnline:

Loser: Racine-Kenosha

While cities and towns in the Milwaukee and Chicago suburbs are housing thousands of delegates in their hotels, Racine and Kenosha were shut out completely. Also overlooked were Sheboygan and Madison, one of the state's two liberal hubs.

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Happy, happy, happy.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone I hope you have enjoyed your week. I am enjoying the nice cool days we are having. Yes Drew is still working over time and tomorrow we are helping my older daughter move into her new house with her fiance,  Here are your questions.

1) Do you think we even had any summer weather this year?

2) Do you think we had to much rain this year to enjoy the summer?

3) Which one do you think we had to warm or to cool weather for the summer?

4) What is one thing you remember you did over the summer?

Have a great weekend!

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Even more happy, happy.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Jimmy Kimmel Pranks Aunt Chippy By Painting Her House

Whey Chai closes Downtown; Durand Avenue location China House still open

From The Journal Times.com:


RACINE — Whey Chai Chinese Food, which has spent decades in Downtown Racine, has closed its doors.

Owner Wang Fugang, aka Franky Wang, also owns China House at 4003 Durand Ave., which remains open. The Journal Times attempted to reach Wang multiple times but was unsuccessful. One China House employee stated the Whey Chai closure was due to a staffing shortage.

The earliest Journal Times report about Whey Chai in the paper’s online archive is a restaurant review from 1978 of the original restaurant in Zion, Ill. The article tells the story of original owner Liu Whey Chai, who came to the United States from Taiwan and was drawn to Zion because of his religious faith.

Then, in 1982, came the announcement that Liu was remodeling a former shoe store at 400 Main St. in Racine and opening his second Whey Chai restaurant. The 85-seat restaurant was run by Liu while his wife continued to run the Zion location.

By the time of Liu’s retirement in 1992, they had established another restaurant in downtown Kenosha. Liu decided to sell the Kenosha and Racine restaurants to a couple from Chicago’s Chinatown out of concern for his wife’s health and because he felt he too needed to slow down.

Read more:  https://journaltimes.com/news/local/whey-chai-closes-downtown-durand-avenue-location-china-house-still/article_a5263453-a437-5c4e-a626-b5eaddc80b28.html#tracking-source=home-trending%3Cbr

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Mayo Clinic Q&A: Cat scratches, bites can lead to infection

From The Journal Times.com:

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My cat scratched me while I was trimming his claws, and the wound later became infected. Are cat scratches a special concern?

ANSWER: A bite or scratch from a cat carries particular risks, and infection is common. Cat scratch disease (or cat scratch fever) is a specific type of bacterial infection that occurs when a cat bites or scratches hard enough to break the skin's surface or licks an open wound. It's estimated that 40 percent of cats carry this particular bacterium, usually after an exposure to fleas or another animal that was exposed. However, most cats with the infection show no signs of illness.

Symptoms of cat scratch disease appear within two weeks after the contact with an infected animal. Swelling and redness occur around the wound, and you also may experience a fever, headache, poor appetite and fatigue.

Read more:  https://journaltimes.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/mayo-clinic-q-a-cat-scratches-bites-can-lead-to/article_16e41d2d-d6d5-5ff8-b0d0-7719e7a1c518.html




I've been bit and scratched by cats hundreds of times.  I never go an infection.

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my sweets!  How are you?  I'm getting back into my routine after my adventures on Mora.  What a nightmare!   Señor Zanza and Junior were frantic when they realized that I was gone and they had no idea where.  They filed a missing person report and contacted all of my friends.  I had just disappeared.  They were very happy upon my return. 

I've heard nothing from the Morans since I placed the Zoltar Curse on them.  That should keep them busy for awhile.  They'll be rebuilding their world for decades.  Ha-ha!  Who's on top now?  Don't mess with Mother Zoltar!  Did I tell you that their chlorophyll is purple?  Their grass and shrubs and most trees are varying shades of purple.  It's quite disturbing, though I don't know why.  You'd think that after a month I would get used to it.  But I never did. . .

So, what's been going on in my absence?  More crime committed and people dying because of criminal actions.  The same old same old.  Racine, where did you go wrong?  I think it was the reign of our two criminal mayors, Becker and Dickert.  They gutted this city.  Today it looks like Foxconn may "save" Racine and surrounding communities, but I doubt it.  All these epic plans are made to turn old Racine manufacturing buildings into apartments and condos for the expected influx of Foxconn workers, but few have bought anything yet.  The Ajax project and the YMCA project are both stalled.  Same for @NorthBeach,  Probably the same for a few others.  People aren't going to invest their money until they're sure that there is or will be a market here.  Talk is one thing; money is another.

Will Foxconn "save" us?  Does the Pope poop in the woods?  No, of course not.  Foxconn is going up much more slowly than most people anticipated.  It will be years before it's effect is felt here. if ever.  Being next to the Interstate, workers can commute in from as far away as Milwaukee and Chicago.  While some of Racine's "suburbs" have become bedroom communities, Racine itself will never be one.  The city is too coarse and demanding.  No one wants to live here.  They do it because they have to.  Foxconn workers are likely to look elsewhere for lodging.  Perhaps in housing recently built near the site.  That would make more sense.

It will be awhile, if ever, before Racine's housing stock is fully occupied.  Till then, all bets are off.  I can tell you your fortune, but its much more difficult with a city.  There's 70,000 fortunes out there.  How they do or don't act in unison as a city is hard to predict. 

Much easier to predict is my love for you, my readers.  You are the heart and soul of this blog.  I'm so grateful to have you.  Believe in me and I'll believe in you. 

madamezoltar@jtirregulars.com

I'm going to take off now.  I still have a lot of neglected clients to visit.  I love you all.  Don't forget to treat each other with kindness and respect.  God is love.  Let's spread Him around. 
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Racine County deputies ticket more than 80 speeders in I-94 construction zone

From JSOnline:

Just how fast are some people driving through the I-94 construction zone in Racine County? Over 100 miles per hour in a couple of cases, the Racine County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

From Friday through Sunday, deputies ticketed more than 80 people for driving faster than 80 mph through the 60 mph work zone, according to a news release from the Racine County Sheriff's Office.

The office deployed extra squads along Interstate 94 in an effort to increase safety through the construction zone, the news release said.

Deputies caught 77 people driving between 80 and 89 mph, two driving between 95 and 99 mph and two driving more than 100 mph, the release said.

The construction zone has been the site of numerous accidents this summer, including a fiery semi crash June 19 that killed two people and injured three others, closing the interstate for the day and most of the night.

'The Most Comprehensive Marijuana Reform Bill Ever' Introduced in Congress


A new bipartisan bill to remove cannabis from the schedule of controlled substances has just been introduced in the U.S. Congress. The Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment and Expungement Act (the MORE Act) of 2019 aims to decriminalize “cannabis, to provide for reinvestment in certain persons adversely impacted by the War on Drugs, to provide for expungement of certain cannabis offenses and for other purposes.
The MORE Act plans to entirely remove marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, effectively decriminalizing it federally and allowing the states to set their own policies. It is a no-nonsense bill that does not allow exceptions, as it plans to delete any mention of marijuana from every list of federally prohibited drugs. This would allow the cannabis industry in legal states to operate more safely without risk of federal interference, to access banking and to be treated normally in regard to taxes. “The MORE Act is the most comprehensive marijuana reform bill ever introduced in Congress,” according to NORML, the leading advocacy group for marijuana reform.

The bill in the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 3884) is sponsored by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and co-sponsored by 32 representatives, including familiar names of the effort for cannabis reform like Earl Blumenauer, but it is also supported by a Republican, Matt Gaetz. In the U.S. Senate, the bill (S. 2227) is carried by presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), with the support of rivals in the presidential race Sens. Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren.

This bill distinguishes itself from other initiatives, such as the recent Marijuana Justice Act, which also aimed to amend the Controlled Substances Act, by adding social justice provisions. For instance, the MORE Act includes the creation of an “Opportunity Trust Fund,” filled with the net revenues from taxes on imported smoking products like tobacco, cigarette papers and tubes. That fund would then be used to help undo the damage of the War on Drugs.

More specifically, the House and Senate bills call for the creation of a Cannabis Justice Office and a grant program to offer job training, legal assistance, literacy programs, health and recreation programs to individuals and communities most impacted by the War on Drugs. It says that no person shall be denied federal benefits on the basis of past or future cannabis-related offenses. But most importantly, the bill wants to automatically expunge certain cannabis offenses, such as that of juvenile delinquency.

Read more:https://shepherdexpress.com/hemp/cannabis/the-most-comprehensive-marijuana-reform-bill-ever-introduc/?utm_source=Cannabis+Connection+Newsletter+8.19.2019&utm_campaign=Dining_Newsletter_8_19_2019&utm_medium=email

It keeps getting worse

No wonder Epstein and his friends were trying to keep the records sealed:

Jeffrey Epstein once had three 12-year-old girls flown in from France for him to abuse as a sadistic birthday present, unsealed court documents have alleged.
The fresh allegations were made by Epstein accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims she was recruited to be a 'sex slave' by the millionaire financier and his girlfriend Ghislane Maxwell when she was 15 in 1999.

Giuffre made the allegations in a civil suit filed by the Miami US attorney's office in 2015.
Remember, this is the sort of thing that the US government authorities have been trying to keep under wraps. But a lot more of this sort of thing will be coming out soon.

UPDATE: The net is closing in on one of Epstein's friends:
Pressure was mounting on Prince Andrew last night to answer questions about his paedophile friend Jeffrey Epstein.
Young victims of Epstein begged the Duke of York to help them get justice as the prince was offered the opportunity to give sworn testimony on 'everything he knows'. After the duke declared himself 'appalled' at reports of the US financier's sex abuse of teenage girls, he was offered the chance to stand by his word and help their cases.

Lawyers said they looked forward to sitting down with Prince Andrew 'as soon as possible', suggesting that he go on the record about Epstein, whom he once reportedly vowed to 'be loyal' to.

Today it can be revealed that flight logs, obtained by the Daily Mail, show that one of Epstein's victims, 'sex-slave' Virginia Roberts, was flown to London, New York and the Caribbean in 2001. She has claimed that as a 17-year-old she met the duke in all three places and, in each case, research by the Mail suggests the duke was in the same vicinity at the same time.

From:  http://voxday.blogspot.com/2019/08/it-keeps-getting-worse.html

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Will do.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Raymond Timothy O’Connor Jr.

Obituary

. KENOSHA - Raymond Timothy O’Connor, age 69, of Kenosha, WI, passed away peacefully on October 4, 2012, at his home after battling cancer and congestive heart failure. He was a proud Army veteran of two combat tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot, and received the Air Medal, 20th Oak Leaf Cluster for Valor. He retired in 2005 from Bane Nelson Inc. after a long successful career in construction. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Helen O’Connor; and two siblings, Theresa Sylvanus and Gerald O’Connor. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Connie; sons, Raymond Timothy III, Bobby, and Adrian; daughters, Vilma and Amor; siblings, Monica Young, Jerome and Sharyol O’Connor, Joseph and Lydia O’Connor, Frederick and Linda O’Connor, Mary and Donald Ruen, Charles and Joan O’Connor, Richard and Teresa O’Connor, Susan O’Connor-Meyer and Gerald Meyer, and Elizabeth and Baird Swanson. Funeral mass will be held on Monday, October 8th, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 2224-30th Avenue, Kenosha, WI, at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 7th, at Proko Funeral Home.

From:  https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/journaltimes/obituary.aspx?n=raymond-timothy-oconnor&pid=160294159&fhid=12109

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Hung the Peacock Feathers


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Here it comes.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone yes I am kind of late posting this because I decided to take a nap since Drew is working a lot of over time. I hope you have enjoyed your week. Here are your questions.

1) Yes it is that time of year are you ready to watch football?

2) Are you on any fantasy football league?

3) If you are how have you done on the team?

4) Are you going to be on it again this year?

Have a great weekend!


Heart - Crazy On You (Live, 1977)

Every Time I Think Of You The Babys

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

If You Smoke Pot, Your Anesthesiologist Needs To Know


DENVER — When Colorado legalized marijuana, it became a pioneer in creating new policies to deal with the drug.

Now the state’s surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists are becoming pioneers of a different sort in understanding what weed may do to patients who go under the knife.

Their observations and initial research show that marijuana use may affect patients’ responses to anesthesia on the operating table — and, depending on the patient’s history of using the drug, either help or hinder their symptoms afterward in the recovery room.

Colorado makes for an interesting laboratory. Since the state legalized marijuana for medicine in 2000 and allowed for its recreational sale in 2014, more Coloradans are using it — and they may also be more willing to tell their doctors about it.

Roughly 17% of Coloradans said they used marijuana in the previous 30 days in 2017, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than double the 8% who reported doing so in 2006. By comparison, just 9% of U.S. residents said they used marijuana in 201
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“It has been destigmatized here in Colorado,” said Dr. Andrew Monte, an associate professor of emergency medicine and medical toxicology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and UCHealth. “We’re ahead of the game in terms of our ability to talk to patients about it. We’re also ahead of the game in identifying complications associated with use.”

Read more:  https://khn.org/news/if-you-smoke-pot-your-anesthesiologist-needs-to-know/

3:41 / 13:42 I POSTERIZED A COP! King Of The Court Basketball!

Golden Slumbers - Carry That Weight - The End

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Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my dears.  How are you?  I suppose you want to know where I've been for the past few weeks.  Would you believe that I was abducted by extraterrestrials?  Well, that's what happened.  They were the grays and they come from the Alpha Centuri galaxy.  Their home planet, Mora, is remarkably similar to Earth.  It's cooler there and they have more water.  I assume the atmosphere is similar to Earth's as I had no trouble breathing.  The same with gravity.  In any case, Morans abducted me because they wanted to learn about my "powers."  They snuck into our bedroom and paralyzed me.  I was conscious, but couldn't move.  They explained to me what their intentions were and I had little choice but to agree to their terms.

The ET's were very interested in astral projection.  None of them seemed to be able to do it, and that bothered them.  They would ask me the same questions over and over.   I tried to explain meditation to them, but they just couldn't get it.  So I decided that I would demonstrate the process to them. I started meditating and pretty soon I was in a place to astral project.  So I did.  I didn't want to project to somewhere on Earth because I didn't know if I could project such a great distance.  I decided to project to just outside the building.  Big mistake.  As I approached the outside in my projection, I heard a booming voice which said, "Thou shall not violate any more of our laws," and I was thrown back into my body where I landed with a thud, injuring my neck and shoulder.

I was on Mora for a month and I took off a week to help my neck and shoulder heal.  The ET's have no magic solution to pain and sickness.  They are like us in that regard.  They get sick and they can hurt themselves and others, and be hurt by others.  However, they are immune to most Earth illnesses thanks to vaccinations.  They performed medical tests on me, but there was no violating of my body.  At least, I don't remember any.

I gave the Morans a lot of my secrets.  I figured that I could cooperate and be left unmolested, or I could fight and lose every time.  Obviously, the Morans are advanced over us in the area of technology.  I would also hope that they are advanced in personality, discipline, and emotions.  They should be able to handle my secrets.  Time will tell.

Reading The Journal Times, I see that the usual craziness continues in Racine.  At least no young black male has been killed by RPD lately.  They're still stalling on the Tyrese West report.  I would hate to be a cop.  They're damned if they do and damned if they don't.  Thank God that some people are more inclined to join the force.

Oh, heck.  I'm cutting off this blog.  Ever since being returned to Earth by the Morans, I often feel light-headed and weak.  Damn ET's!  If I don't start feeling better soon, they'll get the dreaded Zoltar Curse.

Thank you so much for reading my blog.  It's a pleasure to serve.  I always appreciate more readers.

madamezoltar@jtirregulars.com

Beautiful weather.  Less than a month remaining.  Let's enjoy it while we can.
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Monday, August 12, 2019

Survey: 13% of Americans underestimate dangers of driving while high

From The Journal Times.com:


A recently published nationwide survey supports what local law enforcement leaders have been saying for months: The public often underestimates the dangers of driving while high.

Of the 2,582 drivers surveyed by the American Automobile Association (AAA) in 2018, 13.5% of American drivers said they felt that driving within an hour of using marijuana was only “slightly dangerous” or “not dangerous at all.”

In comparison, only 1.2% of those surveyed said that driving while over the legal limit for alcohol consumption was “slightly dangerous” or “not dangerous at all.”

“A lot of people don’t realize the amount that it (marijuana) impairs them,” said Nick Jarmusz, director of public affairs for AAA Wisconsin. “There’s this misperception that marijuana is not as dangerous or impairing (as alcohol). … Knowing the amount the public believes that misperception is important.”

Read more: https://journaltimes.com/news/local/survey-of-americans-underestimate-dangers-of-driving-while-high/article_ee99219e-8996-543a-a5da-b34131abfffe.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1

The Look Of Love - Burt Bacharach

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

Beat that



This is what happens at Wisconsin Dells when you're smashed on Whiskey
and see something you like - meet my new *WIFE*. She's from Eastern
Europe, but I can't tell you her name. I also scored a redhead girl's
name & phone number! And visited with Blonde Angie - so that's a
Blonde, Brunette and a Redhead - and Harry says I don't have any
girlfriends! Beat that - Harry!

Journal Times editorial: Other needs more urgent than Downtown redesign

This drawing by Toole Design Group shows how Downtown Main Street could look in a few years with two central driving lanes, a lane of trees and parking on each side, a dedicated bike lane on each side and no curbs.
A new design for Downtown Racine streets and Monument Square was released this month by Toole Design Group to show an image of what Racine’s Main Street area could look like in the future.

Those designs were featured in the Sunday paper last week.

It includes no more one-way streets, bike paths along Main Street, and parallel parking on Monument Square instead of angle parking.

For Monument Square, the group provided a design that made the square flush with the street as well as expanded sidewalk space by businesses to leave room for possible outdoor dining.

Read more: https://journaltimes.com/opinion/editorial/journal-times-editorial-other-needs-more-urgent-than-downtown-redesign/article_f9e05b0d-dad2-5e36-950e-ffc62f64cba0.html#4


Hear, hear!

I'm Not A Juvenille Delinquent - Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers

Friday, August 9, 2019

McAfee Offers Latest Advice For Coming Civil War: "Arm Yourselves To The Fu*king Teeth"







The always rogue and occasionally imprisoned John McAfee has been dispensing free advice to all who will listen; from his "Mixology 101" series on bartending, to his Central America travel guide, to offering advice for young men, (which includes "stay out of jail as much as possible") - the 73-year-old gun-toting cybersecurity pioneer who parties harder than most 23-year-olds has some advice for surviving the upcoming civil war.

"Arm yourself to the fucking teeth"
Pointing to a political map of the United States ("This is the layout, assuming we're having war"), McAfee suggests that blue states "arm yourselves to the fucking teeth" with 'vastly superior Israeli weaponry.'




To the blue states of Colorado and New Mexico; "I'm sorry, you're surrounded. See if Mexico won't annex you."
To the central-north states, "you're too damn cold, noone wants you," and the Northeast should "just tell them you're part of Canada and they won't know the fucking difference."
To Florida, McAfee suggests "change the state language to Spanish, and when the invaders look for "el baño" (the bathroom) - can't find one, they'll go home."
Hateful words on both sides of the gun issue. Is civil war coming? If so, here's my advice to both sides:






How should red states prepare? 
To the 'conservatives, the gun owners,' - "you should anticipate that the West Coast is going to arm itself to the fucking teeth with the latest Israeli weapons. I suggest you preempt this by selling them your daisy bb-rifles and tell them they're AR-15's, they won't know the fucking difference."
"Colorado and New Mexico; worthless land - ignore it. See if you can sell it to Mexico," advises McAfee.
"The central north - too damn cold, you don't want that. And the Northeast, it's part of Canada - ignore it."
Finally, "Florida - if you cannot sell it to Cuba, then blow the bridges and stock Piranha in all the swamps, that will keep them busy till the war is over."
Embedded videoFrom: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-08/mcafee-offers-latest-advice-coming-civil-war-arm-yourselves-fuking-teeth

The Alan Parsons Project - I Robot HD (Full Album)

Belinda Carlisle - Mad About You (Official Video)

Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone I hope you were able to enjoy the week. I guess the weekend is suppose to be nice weather too. Here are your questions.

1) When you mail a bill with a check in it did it ever get lost in the mail?

2) Did it ever make it to the place?

3) Did you have to go to the bank and stop the check?

4) Did you have to pay to stop the check and how much was it?

Have a great weekend!

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Let's.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Drug Paraphernalia Laws: the Overlooked Side of the War on Drugs

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One of the oft-forgotten caveats of the so-called “War on Drugs” is that drug paraphernalia laws can be used to convict someone who wasn’t found selling or even in possession of drugs. Owning or selling bongs, for instance, can be sufficient to bring charges against someone, although paraphernalia charges typically accompany other, more serious ones. While simple possession of drug paraphernalia is not a federal crime, unlike selling it, some states have chosen to forbid such items.

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Bring on the weekend.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

The problem with US nationalism

As Alan Mendenhall notes, it simply doesn't exist, because it has never existed:
What is this national conservatism all about?
The succinct answer is the marriage of nationalism to conservatism. The conference organizers defined nationalism as “a commitment to a world of independent nations.” They presented national conservatism as “an intellectually serious alternative to the excesses of purist libertarianism, and in stark opposition to theories grounded in race.” Their stated aim was “to solidify and energize national conservatives, offering them a much-needed institutional base, substantial ideas in the areas of public policy, political theory, and economics, and an extensive support network across the country.”

Sounds interesting. However, neither national conservatism nor nationalism — whatever the distinctions between them — can take hold in the United States.

The Difference Between a Country and a Nation

Why? Because the United States is not, and has never been, a nation. The founding generation referred to the United States as a plural noun (i.e., “these United States”) because several sovereigns fell under that designation. St. George Tucker called the United States a “federal compact” consisting of “several sovereign and independent states.” If his view seems unrecognizable today, it is because nationalism within the United States is dying or dead—and the United States killed it.

The United States of America in the singular is a country, not a nation. It contains nations within it, but does not itself constitute a nation. Nations involve solidarity among people who share a common culture, language, customs, mores, ethnicity, and history. A country, by contrast, involves political arrangements and governmental territories and boundaries.

From its inception, the United States has been characterized by faction and sectionalism, cultural clashes, and competing narratives — between Indian tribes in what is now Florida and California, Wyoming and Maine, Georgia and Michigan; between the British and French and Spanish and Dutch; between Protestants and Catholics and English Dissenters and nonconformists and splintering denominations; between the Calvinism of Cotton Mather and the Enlightenment rationalism that influenced Franklin and Jefferson. The United States has experienced, as well, numerous separatist movements, including, most notably, the secession of the states that made up the Confederate States of America.

The United States is not a nation.
The United States is not a nation, it is an empire. But the formerly dominant American nation that it contains is, despite its self-disbelief, nevertheless still a nation. And its national self-interest is naturally opposed to the self-styled "nationalist conservatives" who are neither nationalists nor conservatives, but rather, neoclown imperialists in nationalist clothing.
Mendenhall observes: "The national conservatism they envision for the United States can lead only to the suppression of actual nationalism." And that, of course, is precisely the point.


From: http://voxday.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-problem-with-us-nationalism.html

The Donnas - Take It Off (V Festival 2002)

Donnas beat Zepperalla

PETER FRAMPTON - Do You Feel Like We Do

Eddie Van Halen Solo Eruption Live without a Net

How to Make Apple Pie Moonshine

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Friday, August 2, 2019

Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone I hope you enjoyed the week with nice weather. I know I am posting this really early but Drew has been working 50 to 60 hours a week lately. Here are your questions!

1) What kind of music do you like to listen to?

2) Who is your favorite band or singer?

3) Is there a band or singer you like to listen to more than others?

4) What was the last concert you remember going to?

Have a great weekend!

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