“Look what my country has become. It is a corporatist, oligarchic police state. The evidence of this is overwhelming!
Folks growing marijuana for personal use face years in prison.
A young woman participating in a peaceful mass demonstration elbows a cop who was grabbing her privates, and is convicted of a felony and faces years in prison. Yet the banksters who destroyed our economy, who destroyed the savings and retirements of millions of Americans, not only don't get arrested and charged, but get bailouts.
And the whole crowd of officials who purposely lied to the American people in order to start a war in Iraq that cost us taxpayers trillions, while profiting certain corporations like Haliburton, live free lives without being prosecuted for serious known war crimes, despite the evidence presented by numerous International organisations.
Look what has become of our country. All three branches of Government work for a small core of wealthy elites, and work against the interests of the public at large. We are not a democracy. We are an oligarchy. And as a result, any one of us can end up being arrested and set up on serious charges at any time, just because our corrupt Government feels the need to exercise its power to keep us in line.
Is this your vision for America? It's not mine. But it is our reality. ”
Michiganfamily on May 7, 2014 at 10:17:23
“NOTE ON DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS:
The Federal Government spends close to a billion dollars a year to state: Cigarette smoking is bad for your health. It is posted everywhere.
The Federal Government spends ZERO on announcing that medical marijuana is illegal per federal law. Not one penny spent to inform American citizens.
Read Public Service announcement laws it clearly states: It is the Federal Government responsibility to inform citizens of Federal Laws.
Yet, they do not…. this is entrapment to the American people. Pure and simple entrapment.
After the raid on us in November, 2010. Full out raid. Black hawk helicopters, ramming rods, DEA agents from Michigan and outside of Michigan. Drones, guns, smoke bombs.
All in an old industrial building that had six separate, individual rooms with six separate caregivers. Total plant count was around 400 plants TOTAL!
Yet, as my husband owns the building. The DEA labeled him a: Drug King Pin. A drug king pin…. A man who is a Christian, works hard. Never been in trouble with law. A drug king pin.
See…. I am sure true Drug KIng Pins and True Drug Dealers understood the differences between state and federal law.
Yet… the average american did or does not.
I even checked Michigan's DEA site. At that time they did not even have anything posted about mmj. A state had passed the law and the DEA website had nothing about it's own law?
Entrapment…. and we are paying a steep price.”
Michiganfamily on May 7, 2014 at 09:42:28
“As Lloyd brought up point: Was this family breaking the law or not?
His statement is the truth that I have been attempting to shout to America since 2010.
Shouting at the risk that: I too shall go to prison.
As the Federal DEA System has five years after a raid to indict and prison a person.
They threatened my husband: We can put your wife and daughter into prison too.
As Lloyd pointed out: It is illegal Federally. As an average American not involved with Marijuana in any form.
WE TRUSTED OUR GOVERNMENT.
PLEASE HUNTINGTON PAPER: YOU ARE THE VOICE OF AMERICA THAT ACTUALLY HELPS AMERICANS.
PEOPLE TRUST YOUR ARTICLES. PLEASE HELP SPREAD WORD IN WHAT I AM POSTING NEXT:
SPENDS CLOSE TO A BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR TO TELL AMERICANS:
CIGARETTE SMOKING IS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH. POSTED EVERYWHERE!
The DEA/Federal Government does not spend even:
ONE PENNY TO TELL AMERICANS: MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS ILLEGAL BY FEDERAL LAW!
As the DEA works in this field; they assume it is common knowledge. It is not to law-abiding Americans.
Look up Public Service Announcement laws: It clearly states that the Government is responsible to WARN AND INFORM AMERICAN CITIZENS. YET, THEY DON'T.
THEN, THEY RAID, INDICT, PRISON AMERICAN CITIZENS.
THIS IS AN INJUSTICE ALL AMERICANS SHOULD BE SCREAMING ABOUT. RATHER FOR OR AGAINST MMJ. WE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE INFORMED BY OUR GOVERNMENT. IT IS OUR CIVIL RIGHT AT STAKE HERE. NOT MMJ.”
Michiganfamily on May 7, 2014 at 09:21:31
“Do not be naive as we were. As it is public knowledge you can look up: Dennis Forsberg. Federal Prisoner #16654-040. His number is no secret in records. Read Federal Court Documents on us.
Even two Federal Court Judges put into our files: Mr. Forsberg, You were caught between state and Federal Law.
That the Medical Marijuana law has been somewhat disastrous and that the Attorney General and Governor have failed (Michigan) people.
In Congress right now: Congressman Patrick Healy is attempting to get a SAFETY VALVE BILL PASSED. It states that: A first time offender of a non-volient crime can receive a safety valve to not put them into prison.
Right now the Federal Laws are based up the 1965 era of DEA laws. Today people (like my husband, son) are being sentenced under: Mandatory-minimums.
A word… that brings nightmares to me to this day.
JURY NULLIFICATION KNOWLEDGE. SAFETY VALVE BILL SUPPORT. NEWSPAPER ARTICLES ARE VITAL TO STOP THESE TRAVESTIES OF JUSTICES FROM HAPPENING AGAIN AND AGAIN TO AMERICANS.
PLEASE WASHINGTON STATE: HELP THIS FAMILY TO NOT GO THROUGH THE NIGHTMARE WE ARE STILL LIVING (SINCE 2010 TO 2016; NOT TO INCLUDED THE YEARS OF PROBATION).
Inability for my husband and I to travel, inability to no longer be hunters. To be labeled Felons rest of our lives…. The destruction is ungodly and uncalled for.
WE STEPPED INTO A TRAP… WE WANT NO ONE ELSE TO LIVE THIS NIGHTMARE WE HAVE. PRAYERS TO ALL… PLEASE HELP THEM!!!”
Michiganfamily on May 7, 2014 at 09:14:00
“Those of us whom visit our family members in prison: Want Americans to know who is in Federal Prisons today.
You would be horrified to see how many men put into prison for first time that are over the age of 60. Like my husband of 38 years.
Prisoners today are Americans in their 70" and 80's. Who have health issues that are life threatening. First time offenders of Federal Law at this age and so many are in under "conspiracy to commit a crime". No crime committed! No victim, no malice, no money stolen, no attempt to do harm.
Conspiracy…. for it the DEA easy label to toss on people and put them in prison.
I never in my life thought I would be a person stating this words. We as Christians, conservative family. Barely had a beer; did not use medical marijuana. Yet, understood health benefits for others.
We honestly believed: If a person is sentenced to Federal Prison….
Well, there must have been something they did wrong. Must be a drop of truth to the indictment.
WRONG!!! If you become targeted; it is over for you. You are going to prison!!!!
Do not be naive as we were. Please help Americans today caught in this trap.
Even two Federal Court Judges put into our files: Mr. Forsberg, You were caught between state and Federal Law. That the
UNDERSTAND THE DEA, FEDERAL PROSECUTORS, FEDERAL COURT DOES NOT CARE ABOUT AVERAGE AMERICANS!!”
Michiganfamily on May 7, 2014 at 09:07:17
“AGAIN THIS BEING POSTED BY: MICHIGANFAMILY
First: Anyone who post negative about medical marijuana on your post are DEA Agents whom jobs are to: Read and comment negatively about people on these sites.
Second: Do not think your emails, Facebook, phone is not tapped; if you are a person speaking up for medical marijuana. ALL PHONES, COMPUTERS, ETC… TAPPED.
Third: Average American citizens must start protesting more on these situations. For there is no defense in Federal Courts.
Study Federal Court: You will see the Prosecutors in Federal Court have a 95% CONVICTION RATE!!!!
NO COURT IN AMERICA SHOULD HAVE A 95% CONVICTION RATE.
Fourth: Jury Nullification must be shouted from roof tops for Americans to know they have this legal right to nullify the indictments.
Five: Prosecutors, Judges receive a "point system" for each person they put into Federal Prison. This "point system" adds up to thousands upon thousands of "bonus money" for them each year.
Six: State DEA Agents and Prosecutors answer to no-one within state. They write the statement on what is sent to Washington D.C. DEA Leaders. Like labeling my conservative, never broken the law husband: A DRUG KING PIN.
Seven: Prison are not Federal Luxury places. Food comes in boxes labeled: Not fit for human consumption. Yet, it is what prisoners have to eat.
Seven: LOSE ANY CONCEPT YOU HAVE ON FEDERAL PRISON BEING A EASY PRISON SENTENCE. IT IS HORRIBLE!!!”
Michiganfamily on May 7, 2014 at 08:52:39
I wrote yesterday on the fact my family has already had this done to us by the Federal Government in MIchigan.
We LEASED space to six care givers and between them all there was last than 400 plants.
But, the DEA raided and as my husband was owner of building called him a:
Drug King Pin and he is currently in prison.
We have never even used medical marijuana.
But, as Michigan had passed law; we began to receive calls from people that did not want to grow in home. We researched, got legal papers, talked to police, school nearby, township officials.
My husband, Dennis Forsberg (60) is in Butner Hospital low Prison in Butner, Nc. One of our son's, Lance, (34 years old) in Morgantown, WV.
We have been trying to warn people and have worried about people in State of Washington.
So heartbreaking for me to read this.”
Michiganfamily on May 7, 2014 at 08:51:08
“PLEASE ALL HERE TELL: HARVEY FAMILY.
JURY NULLIFICATION IS YOUR OWNLY HOPE!!!
PLEASE AMERICANS HERE: FIGHT FOR THIS FAMILY THROUGH PROTEST!!!!
You must, must, must get articles in Washington State about Jury Nullification being read by average American People.
For as it stands right now… I shall warn you: You will be going to prison for ten years.
DO NOT BE NAIVE ON THIS. FOR NO DEFENSE IS ALLOWED IN FEDERAL COURT. NOTHING CAN BE STATED THAT YOU DID TO BE LEGAL!!!
WE HAVE TWO FAMILY MEMBERS CURRENTLY IN PRISON DUE TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA. THE NUMBER OF LAW-ABIDING AMERICAN CITIZENS IN PRISON FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA IS LARGER THAN AMERICANS REALIZE.
The whole DEA, Court, Prosecutors, Prison is a horror that you can not understand what a nightmare this is. What a nightmare it is to have family members in prison.
Breaks my heart for you… We are out of Okemos, Mi. We are called the: Okemos Seven in news articles in Michigan. We are the articles on: FREE THE FORSBERG'S in newspaper articles in Michigan.
I truly desire for you to attempt to reach me. Read articles upon us. Contact Michigan Normal as they know who we are. Would like to give you suggestions.
Blessings, blessings, blessings… We are praying for you and heart broken for you. We have grandchildren living without their grandpa and father.”
Michiganfamily on May 7, 2014 at 08:43:03
“HELLO, AS A FAMILY WHO IS CURRENTLY IN THE FEDERAL PRISON SYSTEM DUE TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA. I HAVE A FEW SUGGESTION TO THIS FAMILY THAT PLEASE…. LET THEM HEAR:
1. Huntington Post article here is vital!!! Thank you Huntington Post for attempting to tell the story of this family. Only way to stop this from happening to other and help this family is newspapers, like Huntington, writing articles.
2. Huntington Post, I beg you: Do an article on JURY NULLIFICATION.
3. HARVEY FAMILY: PLEASE ATTEMPT IN YOUR STATE TO GET THE KNOWLEDGE OF JURY NULLIFICATION TO THE LOCAL AND STATE NEWSPAPERS. IT IS YOUR OWNLY HOPE!!!
4. We have had this occurring to us since 2010. Law in Michigan passed in 2008. We have two family members in prison. We ONLY leased a building that was divided out to six different care givers. They labeled my conservative husband of 38 years a: DRUG KING PIN. He is in Butner Low Prison until February of 2016. One of our sons, Lance is in Morgantown, WV.
5. There are more of us average, trusting Americans who are in prison for medical marijuana than you realize. You can not know the horrors the DEA WILL Put an American through until you are in the system. That is when you realize as an American you have no power.
I shall write another note here.”
HempShare on May 6, 2014 at 12:28:50
“Removing the Democrat-Republican Crime Syndicate AND moving to a hemp-based value system are the ONLY solutions.”
Disgruntled 99er on May 6, 2014 at 10:02:14
“Not to mention that the government is protecting the rights of Big Pharma that is spinning like a rotisserie chicken at the thought of their customers self medicating instead of buying their poison.”
Callah on May 6, 2014 at 09:04:09
“amen to that..friend.”
LeftyHoney on May 6, 2014 at 08:54:31
“Well said. Fanned and faved.”
lloydc1234 on May 6, 2014 at 08:54:27
“Your "points" don't make breaking marijuana laws OK. Were they breaking the laws or NOT.”
“Man, I'm feeling a bit down right now! In fact, I'm feeling like my manhood is being questioned.
Is my member big enough? When others see me in public, do I look tough enough to defend myself? What do women think of me when they see me? And secretly, what do other men think of me when they see me in public?
Thankfully, I live in Arizona! Here in Arizona, people like me can instantly dramatically increase our manhood by strapping on a gun in public! I can walk into any public place and proudly pronounce my manhood by strapping on my side arm.
Hey Ladies! Check out my side arm! Doesn't that make me look sexy? Hey Guys! Check it out! Don't you wish yours was as big as mine? If you ask nicely, I might let you check it out! Thank God for the Arizona Legislature and Jan Brewer! Together, they have restored the manhood and self-esteem of so many Arizonans over the past few years!”
Mahi Joe on Apr 26, 2014 at 11:42:08
“You really want to feel super macho? Strap on two guns and then you'll really make all the little girls swoon.”
Cheryl Murphy Barry on Apr 26, 2014 at 10:21:58
“Every time I see the pics of guys walking around with AK47s etc. I wonder how small their (you know what) must be to feel they need those weapons. I believe you have answered that question very well. Thank you.”
thorrsman on Apr 26, 2014 at 08:18:02
“well, you certainly demonstrate YOUR problem in excellent fashion.
That YOU think a gun is a substitute for YOUR "manhood" is obvious. That you are fascinated with the "manhood" of others is disturbing. That you, in your Liberal insecurity, want to take away the "manhood" of others is vile.”
suziz on Apr 26, 2014 at 00:00:27
“Brilliantly written by a REAL man!”
Tim in Tucson on Apr 25, 2014 at 23:58:44
“And the hateful replies from the gun nutters in 3, 2, 1....”
“13 out of 14. My problem is that I chose Iceland as the country furthest up North instead of Greenland. Greenland is NOT a country! It belongs to Denmark!”
amatus on Apr 21, 2014 at 23:54:04
“No it doesn't. For the last five years, Denmark has been phasing out of everything in Greenland. They are only involved in foreign and monetary policy, and defense, until Greenland can stand on it's own.”
Apr 10, 2014 at 17:41:40
“Lois, I understand your point, but here's my problem. I should boycott Whole Foods because of how they treat their employees. That leaves Sprouts here in Tucson. Sprouts pays minimum wages, and I rarely see happy employees there. I've been staying away from Walmart, as I consider them the worst. But then I learn that Target also pays substandard wages, and is as bad as Walmart in terms of their anti-labor propaganda. Most of the grocery stores here pay poorly. Costco treats their employees very well, but they only carry so much that I would want to buy in terms of food. So what am I supposed to do? Grow everything myself in my subdivision backyard that has no soil (its called 'Caliche')?”
Veggiegirl50 on Apr 10, 2014 at 18:22:22
“I understand your problem. As per your soil, I lived in Denver for years. Also had lousy soil. In the old days, Denver was a haven for healthy food stores. Whole Paycheh's predecessor was called Alfalfa s, and back in the hippie days, it was Rainbow. With your choices I'd do the same as you, I guess.”
Apr 10, 2014 at 16:31:52
“"Just cook your own food..." Yeah, that sounds so easy. Do you read the labels of what you are buying? Go into the major grocery stores in your area and check out the labels. You'll find added sugar (including that nasty High Fructose Corn Syrup) in so many products that you wouldn't have expected it. I have trouble finding bread that doesn't have added sugar. Good thing I was taught how to make my own from my mother, even though I never have the time to make it myself! Juices are loaded with sugars, unless you get the diet stuff full of very controversial chemicals. Canned goods often contain added sugars and/or salt. So you could say "Go to a non-traditional grocery store that carries organic or healthier foods, like Whole Foods or some other similar market." Sure, here in Tucson I have that option. But every week I travel to a town about an hour away (Casa Grande) where the folks don't have that option, because there are no Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, etc. It's Walmart, Safeway, Fry's (Kroger), and that's about it! Since starting my weight loss diet (medically supervised), I have changed how I shop, what I buy, and what I eat. I can tell you from personal experience that it isn't that easy!”
hp blogger Corinna Clendenen on May 2, 2014 at 22:16:21
“Hi, Tim. I too have changed the way I eat (and feed my family). It's been about a year now, and I do find it easy. We eat mostly vegetables, fruit, protein, and some dairy. I bake muffins and make pancakes using almond and coconut flours. The first 2 weeks were shocking, but after that it felt like a huge relief to actually eat real food. The original poster was right, just cook your food, all of it. Luckily, I'm doing this for our general health and I don't restrict our diets when we are eating away from home. However, my father is doing it for health reasons and he is having a terrible time and wants to give up! I think it is a generational thing. It's like growing up being taught that cigarettes are good for you and then having to quit after it was proven otherwise. Much easier to grow up knowing where the poison is.”
BeerLover on Apr 13, 2014 at 13:50:25
“JUST COOK YOUR OWN FOOD!!! Your ridiculous diatribe/response about health food stores seems to overshadow Michael's VERY IMPORTANT point which you completely missed: Learn to cook raw foods.... and you won't have to real labels....oh and put down the bread. Bread makes you fat.”
Rymphs Klymptor on Apr 13, 2014 at 02:10:23
“meat and vegetables, nothing processed, including bread, try that, then tell me if you find sugars in there.”
Just ME in T on Apr 12, 2014 at 02:30:04
“Shop ONLY the store perimeter... buy no processed foods then you won't have to read and be terrorized by ingredient labels :-) it can be done - we do it :-)”
jearles on Apr 11, 2014 at 14:12:25
“I've lost about 130 pounds in the last ten months and I can tell you that it is incredibly easy, Tim. Basic proteins - foods from which you can easily identify the animal source. Fresh or frozen organic produce. If you're eating bread at all that's part of why you're not losing as fast as you'd like. ALL bread has added sugar whether it's in the recipe or not. That's what it becomes when your body processes it so there's one solution: stop eating bread. Better yet, stop eating the vast majority of the complex carbohydrates that you do eat. Maintain a CONSISTENT diet that is predominantly (95 percent or more) meat and vegetables, don't give yourself "cheat days" or make excuses that involve Payday bars and you will marvel in awe as the pounds just drop as if by magic. I visit three aisles in the grocery these days: produce, meats and the drink aisle where I purchase unflavored seltzer to satisfy my taste for soda. 330 days, 130+ pounds. Simple.”
AnaChu on Apr 11, 2014 at 11:55:42
“let me make my point by saying this: "Juices are loaded with sugars, unless you get the diet stuff full of very controversial chemicals. " - 4pounds of grapefruits, oranges and lemons, would get you juice for the most if not the whole week. use ur orange as a sweetener. see how 2 generations people were going about their food, and that is all the research you need.”
FormerAirborne on Apr 11, 2014 at 01:47:10
“I understand what you're saying about trying to cook healthy. I also know what you're saying about Casa Grande. My wife and I spent time at Palm Creek.
I do the cooking in our house. I buy fresh meat, poultry, fish, organic fruit and produce and staples like dried beans, herbs, spices, seasonings, etc. Occasionally I buy frozen fruit or vegetables if fresh are out of season. I buy canned tomatoes to cook with. Otherwise, we don't buy processed foods. We read labels and avoid added sugars, salt and preservatives. We shop at our local Thriftway grocery store. It's nothing fancy, comparable to the stores you listed.
It was hard getting started and I relied on recipe books and on-line sources to avoid using processed foods. I took it as a personal challenge to make it work and started experimenting in the kitchen. My wife, bless her heart, ate a lot of experiments with good humor while I got my bearings. Now, to save money, I shop weekly sales for meat, poultry and fish and stock up in the freezer. I buy fresh produce every 2-3 days.
It was a struggle at first but with a positive attitude and a few successes under my belt it got easier. I hope it will be the same for you.”
Ryan57ford on Apr 11, 2014 at 00:54:42
“Safeway, Walmart ect sell fruits, veggies and meats. Why are you making excuses? Go to the store, buy whole foods and make them. Stop buying stuff in boxes. Your mother did, you can do it too.”
ivy678 on Apr 11, 2014 at 00:46:14
“Actually it is that easy and I want to address some of the misinformed opinions on here. I have 4 kids and a husband with a healthy appetite. I have a daughter who is a gymnast who eats like a 16 year old boy. I have 2 children with dairy allergies and are on coconut milk at $8 per gallon. Total food bill for the month for all of us is $500. TOTAL. 1) I avoid the center aisles. I shop at a generic every day grocery store, not trader joes or anything, else. I buy organic produce, I buy the antibiotic free organic meats, organic eggs and organic milk. 2) I cook from scratch. I am a nurse. I work 12 hour shifts and work 1 full time job and one part time job. On my days off I take 2-3 days per month to sit in the kitchen and cook and freeze, chop, prepare, marinate, whatever it takes. 3) We eat very little meant, I would say about 2-3 meals per week have meat or seafood or poultry in them. 4) When I find something on sale, I buy carts full of it. When green peppers goe on sale I buy about 20lbs and chop and freeze 4) I cook basically everything from scratch. I can and freeze. I make sauces and baked beans and breads and even pasta and tortilla shells (pasta took a bit to master but it's all good now).”
ron ray on Apr 10, 2014 at 21:00:58
“I believe the poster is talking about fresh vegetable and meats, not the junk that comes in boxes. organics are nice but in many cases aren't necessary.
and I know it isn't easy.”
naweavers on Apr 10, 2014 at 19:40:13
“shop the edges of the store, not the center isles. this is where you will find the fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy and eggs.
I too agree. Changing the habits of a lifetime is not easy”
edejan on Apr 10, 2014 at 18:49:15
“For one thing, Wal-Mart is now carrying lots of organic food. I still need to research it to figure out if it's really as advertised, but it's the only resource available within a hour's drive for me too.
And I agree that cooking from scratch, baking your own bread, cleaning and storing/ preserving vegetables, etc., isn't easy but working to make it a habit makes it easier. I'm still working on cleaning and storing my vegetables so they are ready to cook. With breads I now bake a bunch on one day and freeze most of it to pull out a few rolls when we need them. And so on. Working towards the ideal is still worthy and healthier.”
PapaPac on Apr 10, 2014 at 17:46:10
“We are almost 100% all natural and we don't shop at whole foods or trader joes. We get most of our Fruits, Produce, Eggs, chicken, and beef from a local farmers market, Most canned veggies (yes we read labels on everything) are bought in bulk at BJ's. We make our own condiments and dressings. Wife is glutten sensitive so we don't eat much bread but do most of our own baking. We do the rest of our shopping a wally world. Wish I could afford better stores but I am the working poor and every dollar counts. We eat very healthy now and do it much more cheaply than buying all the processed stuff. We have always been a family that enjoys cooking so even the kids take part in the cooking duties. We just use the best most natural stuff we can find. It isn't hard to do but it is a much different lifestyle. Oh and we have lost a bunch of weight as a family (over 40lbs for me) eating really good food.”
Veggiegirl50 on Apr 10, 2014 at 16:48:09
“Don't patronize Whole Foods until their management starts treating their employees like human beings.”
“Did anyone making these comments bother to read the article? This is not about Russians. These were Ukrainians. So your comment is rather silly and baseless, since it has no bearing on this particular story.”
hp blogger Ilias Sourdis on Mar 18, 2014 at 23:23:14
“Tim C. The architects of the Ukrainian mess would hate to see this mess and i wonder how they allowed this piece of news to be published.”
jwashmon on Mar 18, 2014 at 19:59:36
“Where is the rule that I have to comment only on the written words in the article?
Your reply is the silly and baseless one.
The Russians did commit an act of aggression, which is why this article was in the news. You know that, or should, but I guess you needed to be important or better than or smarter than.....”
“Maybe you need to go back and review the news prior to Russia getting involved in the Crimea recently. These Ukrainian right-wing thugs were being violent BEFORE Yanukovich fled!
What's with everyone drinking Corporate America's Newsfeed Kool-Aid? Russia is in Crimea to protect Russians, and will have to intervene in the Donetsk Region as well, as the Right Sector Ukrainians have already threatened to harm the Russians there as well. And even worse, the Jewish minority is scared right now, as the Ukrainian right is very anti-semetic.
Once again, my country makes a poor decision in who to support in this situation. ”
Steve Doll on Mar 19, 2014 at 15:09:14
“If the Russians are there only for protection, how come they have removed their insignia on their Russian uniforms as well as deny they are Russian troops?”
bellethecat on Mar 18, 2014 at 19:40:52
“You're close to what my extended Russian/Ukrainian family says, with some differences. This is what they say: Russia wants Crimea for the seaport access. It's money for them because Russia could be the biggest oil producer and exporter in the world, especially if the oil and gas fields in Ukraine are developed more and there are more refineries built.
They say there are right wing factions in both regions. In the Ukraine, the right wingers are divided into two camps: pro-Russia and anti-Russia, with the latter wanting Ukraine to be independent of Russia and the EU. Moderates want EU, not Russia, as do what few liberals there really are. People like my extended family (moderate ethnic Russians who hate Putin) are afraid for their lives. A few are Jewish, which makes them even more afraid. In Crimea, the right wingers are pro-Russian and despite anti-Nazi propaganda; many of them are convinced that there are neo-Nazis involved in both countries.
They also don't trust any information coming out of Russia, obviously, but don't trust American outlets either. They feel the American media is corporate owned, oligarchic and will support whatever they are told to by the owners. They say the American media is nothing more than Pravda with more ads. (They get their news from a variety of news sources in Europe and Asia.) They feel the media is biased and is more interesting in keeping the Obama bashers happy (and they are mostly Republican!)”
Sandy Beaches on Mar 18, 2014 at 19:38:27
“Tim, are you claiming it was the right wing that wanted to move forward & affiliate Ukraine with the EU? I had heard it was the left wing, the LIberals, who wanted that, whereas the right wing wanted to continue the affiliation with Russia.
“No, Mauro, we are not a theocracy. This bill clearly allows religious "rights" to trump individual "rights." That was the clear intent of this bill in the first place, or it would have never been written. Those of us who live here in Arizona know all too well the true intentions of the members of the Religious Right in this State. This bill was wrong from the start, and a good Governor would have warned the Legislature not to even bother sending the bill to the Governor's office in the first place, let alone instantly vetoing the bill the moment it arrived!
Your right to your religious views exists until it intrudes into my rights. You can practice your religion in your church/temple/mosque/etc. and your home. But in public, you must accept the rights of people to not be discriminated against as outlined in our laws. Remember, we are a secular nation, not a religious one.”
“No Scott, I live here and I am already witnessing the fallout from this whole ordeal. Several businesses that were considering moving to Arizona or opening up branches have already made it known that they have changed their minds due to SB1062. One company in particular was going to bring over 1,000 jobs to the Phoenix Area. The Marriott and American Airlines have already publicly warned Brewer about the fallout from the passage of SB1062. This issue has been all over the news, and is well known throughout our Nation. The damage has already been done. I cannot praise her for her hesitation in doing the right thing by vetoing this bill.”
“So...You're saying that money is more important than anything else. I'll stop there and not distract from the issue at hand, but I do invite you to reflect on the morality of worshiping wealth over quality of life.
But just because money trumps bigotry doesn't address the issue of bigotry being wrong in the first place. Regardless of money and wealth, bigotry is ugly, hurtful, hateful, and just plain wrong. So to condemn SB1062 because it hurts business and profits is not as worthy of a condemnation as to condemn this bill on just the fact that it is pure bigotry.”
seegray on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:58:41
“I'd fan you again for this response. I tried saying the same thing, but didn't word it half as well as you.”
jayking007 on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:17:58
“"You're saying that money is more important than anything else." Huh? My point was that not all conservatives are anti-gay.”
“1st reaction: Good! 2nd reaction: Brewer has taken too long to make a decision about this either way, and her hesitancy has only made the situation even worse, bringing on more National and International attention onto Arizona. We are already witnessing an economic fallout from this disaster, and I believe there will be more damage to come. To the Republican Senators and Legislators who voted for SB1062 but now publicly regret doing so, TOO LATE! You obviously failed in your duties as an elected official to take such matters SERIOUSLY and research and study such bills before voting on them. The damage is done, and you were a part of creating that damage. It cannot be undone in the near future. To those who voted for these Republican lawmakers: You obviously haven't paid much attention over the past decade to see the damage that your Party has been doing to our State. At what point will you wake up and realize this? Arizona has become a laughing stock of the rest of the Nation. Businesses are choosing to avoid moving jobs to our State because of the radicalism expressed by our State Government, and tourists are choosing to boycott us, AND YOU CAN'T DENY THIS FACT! Even if Brewer vetoes this bill, the damage has already been done. As a working resident of this State, this pains me. But I truly understand why tourists and businesses want to avoid coming to Arizona.”
Independent liberty on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:58:14
“Maybe she likes to take her time before she makes decisions. I don't support this bill, but the people who do should be treated fairly, and are just as American as everyone else. You have to remember when you are a Governor, you are a governor to everyone in that state. You have to take the rights of Homosexuals, and the Rights of the Religious into account.”
smpj on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:22:45
“If she veto's the legislation, the damage will not occur. Your suggestion that the damage is already done seems to be a function of your dislike for any Republican. If she comes through and does the right thing, she is to be praised, not pilloried. And that will be that for any attempt to revive this unnecessariness again.”
Jan 6, 2014 at 10:08:10
“I love living in Tucson. But the politics in many other areas of Arizona are extreme to say the least. Although 5 out of our 9 Congressional Reps are Democrats...Well, Barber calls himself a Democrat, but often votes with the Republicans...Most State-wide offices are held by Republicans. Much of that has to do with the Phoenix area. After years of Republican domination of our State Legislature, Arizona has yet to address the needs of our economy, especially after the Financial Crisis and resulting economic "recession." In addition, only now are our State officials realizing the damage done with our State's relations with Mexico after our Legislature's and current Governor's dramatic actions and policies such as SB1070. Meanwhile, other border States (California, New Mexico and Texas) have been developing strong economic ties with Mexico, especially since Mexico has recently been growing their industrial base. Does Seagal have a chance? Sure! After all, this State elected Jan Brewer, and Arpaio is still the Sheriff of Maricopa County. Sadly, it will take time to change the overall political situation in Arizona. But that change will occur, as the demographic changes are coming during the next couple of decades.”
Irantergosum on Jan 6, 2014 at 10:23:58
“It seems like the qualifications to run as a Republican/Teapartheid in any state are distilled down to: 1) Hate Obama; 2) Hate minorities, especially those with dark skin; 3) Love guns; 4) Kick butt on anyone who disagrees with you.”
“Phil has the Constitutional right to say what he has said. I have the Constitutional right to call him a bigot. Employers have the right to end their relationship with employees whose acts and/or words cause the employer damage and embarrassment. Am I intolerant towards bigots? Yes! I don't tolerate people in my life who lie, cheat, steal, who are bullies, and those who are bigots. By the way, there is no Constitutional clause that protects someone from suffering shame and embarrassment when society condemns their words and/or actions.”
“Not in Alabama. The legal age for marriage is 13. Besides, according to people like Phil, there's supposed to be no sex until marriage.”
PeaRidge on Dec 31, 2013 at 11:52:19
“It's actually 14. Not that that makes it any better, but...”
joemondo on Dec 31, 2013 at 11:23:55
“False. If either of you are under eighteen (18), you will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. Both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order and identification. The state requires a $200 bond to be executed, payable to the State of Alabama. If one or both parents are deceased, proper evidence of such must be provided. Individuals under the age of 14 may not marry.”
“I agree that there's been way more attention about Phil Robertson than there should be, but there are reasons for this phenomenon. First, Duck Dynasty was a very popular show, which means a large number of people enjoyed the entertainment. I myself had never even heard of it until this scandal broke out. But I don't watch TV. Second, being a popular Reality TV star, it was inevitable that Phil Robertson's public remarks would make the news. Third, Phil Robertson has remained in the news because certain groups of people in our society have rushed to his defense. This has not only prolonged the controversy, but has encouraged Phil Robertson to make even more controversial remarks. Many readers state that they are tired of all the attention on Phil Robertson. I understand. I personally wish that after the first news stories that Phil Robertson would have been shamed out of the public light. That didn't happen. So I do read these new stories about him and follow this controversy. Why? Because I personally find it disturbing that in this day and age we still have a lot of people in our society who actually agree with Phil Robertson. Robertson made some extremely bigoted remarks. Sadly, many came to his defense, including Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin. And for this reason, this issue IS an important one that our society DOES need to openly discuss. We as a society need to bring issues of bigotry into the open, and not try to hide them or pretend that they barely exist. We need to discuss these issues so that we can find ways to finally put an end to the still rampant bigotry that exists in our society today.”
fineasset on Jan 12, 2014 at 02:32:28
“I also have never seen the show but when I read the article was disgusted by his attitude. When a friend posted something on it on facebook, actually supporting his rights to free speech, along with others who posted responses, I was surprised. I knew that many who were saying what a great show it was were in bi-racial relationships so I couldn't understand why they would support someone who made such racist comments. After I had put in my own two cents worth, it started quite the conversation, because they actually hadn't read the comments he made, they only knew that they enjoyed the show.. which I pointed out is exactly that, a show, not who they really are, as seen by their comments outside of the show. Like you, I was so disappointed to see just how many SUPPORT such trash, and realized just how far we have to go end such attitudes. I won't support shows like that, and hope I turned a few people away from watching it now that they have been enlightened to what was actually said, and what they REALLY believe, not what is shown on the show.”
gbrett on Dec 31, 2013 at 11:20:35
“Nice analysis. Most Americans do not watch Duck Dynasty and most Americans find the words of Phil Roberston repulsive. Too bad A&E did not have the moral courage to take a serious stand against racism and bigotry.”