Lew Rockwell was interviewed by Brian Wilson, and suggests that Ron Paul supporters and delegates need to be very careful when attending the Republican National Convention in Florida, or they just shouldn’t go. I agree with his assessment of that. The Romney fascists there want to coronate Willard, despite his being a constantly lying, flip-flopping, amoral, socialist, Fed-supporting, Wall Street-licking, global warmist, health-insurance-mandating sleazebag for 20 years, and who will lose to Obama in November.
The neocons, in their globalist lust for communist-like Big Government to spread all over the world, and in their worship of the American-Exceptionalist cult, will be sorry that they did not support Ron Paul, who would beat Obama were Dr. Paul the Republican nominee (or the Libertarian or other third-party nominee).
At the convention in August, the Romney statists will not want to see any Ron Paul bumper stickers or Ron Paul buttons, and they won’t want to hear anyone talking about Ron Paul, or “End the Fed,” etc. These Romney fascists hate freedom, love the State, and will use the army of police all around and inside and outside of the entire convention apparatus to harm, arrest, assault or who know what else done to the Ron Paul people. This despite the fact that there will be people who are legitimate Ron Paul delegates who have a right, according to the rules of the Republican Party, to give their vote for Ron Paul, especially on the second ballot. There will be no easy slide to a first-ballot nomination for Willard Romney. (He. Does. Not. Deserve. It.)
The Massachusetts Medical Society has recently decided to be against the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. That’s as opposed to the California Medical Association who wants it legalized. Unfortunately, the issue seems to be confused, in that so many people are indoctrinated to believe that the State should decide what’s best for us, and not we ourselves.
The real issues here are freedom, self-ownership and personal responsibility. Individuals have a right of self-ownership — the individual owns one’s own body and has a right to put into it whatever one wants, but must take responsibility for the consequences of one’s own decisions and one’s actions. See Laurence Vance in The Moral Case for Drug Freedom (and, regarding the issue of victimless “crimes,” see Every Crime Needs a Victim).
Now, I’m not a doctor — but if were, I wouldn’t prescribe something that involves inhaling carcinogenic smoke. According to the the Mayo Clinic, “marijuana smoke contains 50 percent to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than does tobacco smoke and has the potential to cause cancer of the lungs and respiratory tract. Marijuana smoke is commonly inhaled deeper and held longer than is tobacco smoke, increasing the lungs’ exposure to carcinogens.”
Yes, some studies have shown some good, positive health benefits to marijuana, but it also has its negatives, smoked or ingested otherwise, particularly in heavy usage and in long-term usage. The same thing applies to many prescription drugs, over-the-counter meds, and many food products as well.
Bottom line: The State has no moral authority to make the buying, possessing, or consumption of something illegal, no matter what. The people have the right to their freedom to decide for themselves what to consume and what not to consume, based on making their own informed (or uninformed) judgments. Too bad the Massachusetts Medical Society doesn’t agree with me, and instead believes in the nanny-police state.
The new carbon tax goes into effect in Australia on July 1st, but apparently there will be laws in place that punish businesses who criticize the new tax as being a contributor to higher prices. This kind of speech-censorship bullying on the part of government bureaucrats and police is not surprising given the political correctness intolerance that the global warming fanatics have shown since Loony-Gore’s popularity began. Despite the crap that the State-worshiping warming alarmists have been spewing about “carbon footprints,” they don’t seem to understand that plant life needs carbon dioxide for its survival, a chemical compound that we humans naturally exhale!
Before the major exposing of the climategate fraudsters, the schools were (and might still be, I don’t know) showing Al Gore’s film Inconvenient Truth. Little children were having nightmares because of that. I think that all those school administrators and teachers who deliberately terrorized a generation of schoolchildren with the Gore-environmentalist-wackoism should have been arrested and prosecuted for terrorism. (See this classic by Lew Rockwell from the year 2000: The Enviro-Skeptic’s Manifesto)
But with the carbon tax and State-sponsored censorship in Australia, those who have bizarre beliefs based on faulty information and State-worship probably tend to be insecure with their beliefs, and of course they will attempt to stifle those who believe otherwise. As Paul Joseph Watson writes on Infowars.com,
This draconian measure will be enforced by teams of “carbon cops” who roam the streets conducting snap inspections of businesses to ensure they are not making any reference to the tax.
The characterization of dissent against the carbon tax as a criminal offense exemplifies how the measure passed last year goes way beyond merely forcing Australia’s top 500 companies to pay an extra $23.78 per each tonne of CO2 emitted. The system will be rolled into a carbon trading system by 2015.
Not only will Australians be whacked with price rises on everything from energy to food, small business owners will also be intimidated into silence when they are forced to pay out more for key supplies. Energy prices across the country have already been skyrocketing over the course of the last year.
And Watson quotes Australian columnist Miranda Devine:
But no matter how Orwellian the tactics, no matter how many carbon cops are sent into hairdressing salons to interrogate barbers on the precise nature of their price rises, the truth remains: Australia has gone out on a limb, imposing a carbon tax that will send businesses to the wall, cause undue hardship to families, and tether Australians more tightly to government handouts.
My advice if you live in Australia: Move! If you were planning to move to Australia any time soon: Don’t!
And the same advice applies to those who live in Nazi York (as David Kramer might say). If the governor signs the new legislation to outlaw anonymous commenting on the Internet within Nazi York: Bug out! And don’t do business there, don’t vacation there as well. I can’t see how anyone could live in these Blue Police States, such as New York, California, Massachusetts, etc.
As Watson notes in his article, Barack Obama praises the new Australian carbon tax, as he is clueless regarding the real effects of taxation and other government intrusions on prices and markets. (Perhaps Obama is so clueless because of all that marijuana he smoked while in high school — and does anyone really believe it ended with high school? No wonder we’re not allowed to know his high school and college academic record.)
While Premier Obama and Herr Romney try to legally disarm the civilian population, here is some encouragement from the late Charlton Heston: