Rendezvous of GUNFIGHTERS, Tombstone, AZ Aug 29- Sept 1st

TLCU Web TV by WAR 360   Its FRIDAY! Special Event Alert!

First,  Stay Safe…Some Brief Gunbelt Report Updates:

A Note from Amethyst Ranch, Guide Services and Mining Camp-ground:

Keep our communities safe, make sure to travel in
groups, have communication and self-defense with you at all times, and
keep your wits about you as we all enjoy our beautiful desert &
mountains, lush with a good monsoon season rainfall. It’s gorgeous!
Support your local guide services, remind our many guests, that the
natural wonders and beauty around our Historic Mining Camps, like
Tombstone, have good, safe access, and local guides can make your
experience the peaceful retreat to sanctuary, birdwatching, camping,
& hiking that you came to Arizona to enjoy- now FREE OF WORRIES,
and very reasonably priced. Tours to mines, prospecting & mineral
collecting areas, ghost towns, horseback expeditions, just ask, we have

At the TOP of What’s Hot, the whole Nation has caught the TOMBSTONE FEVER!

…and what they have found suddenly relevant and curiously applicable
in between the political party conventions, what is capturing the
imaginations of those indulging in the debate & controversies of
official corruption, police states, and street confrontations…is
REVISITING the Tombstone Legend! MUST SEE: The Veterans at the DNC -incredible, thrilling & chilling Stand-Off drama, almost went bloody! Here’s the link:

NOW, lets get into the Old Wild West at its best! The most practiced
and professional specialty acting troupes are converging on Tombstone,
enjoying the entire area with local guides and guests. Two weeks ago
The Tombstone Vigilantes launched the theatrical season on Allen
Street, AMERICA’S Largest Open-Air Theater- Four Blocks of Real

Gunplay, drama, comedy, wild characters, Time Travelers, its all here!
AND the "costumes" regalia, dresses, horses, wagons, stagecoaches, are To Die For!

Weekend/Holiday Festival: Tombstone’s Rendezvous
of Gunfighters, America’s Heavy Metal love affair with the Brave, the
Bold, and the quick.

Several favored & guest groups will present Street Theatricals,
Stunts, and Performance Arts, along with well establish Indy Film
Producers they will be engaged in COMPETITIVE performances! Some of the
fun comes in the form of Unexpected Guests, famous actors, and film
personalities who are often part of the crowd!

GUNPLAY, shoot-outs, draw-downs, call-outs, its NOT TO BE
MISSED! COME TO TOMBSTONE! its an anything-goes weekend, as these
actors generate real goose-bumps with original scripts, pulling out all
the stops, and going for the coveted awards and special moments caught
on high definition video!
NOTHING LIKE THIS anywhere! Unique, exciting, as actors and audience
alike pack heat! Classic western antique sidearms, real articles of
clothing from the period, its a Twilight Zone of "In Period, In
Character, Interactive" street theater that more & more guests have
come to participate in, like a surreal Rocky Horror Picture Show… The
Theater That Is Tombstone…but for the Festival, The Rendezvous, the
rest of the boardwalk show is an unscripted experimental cinema-verite,
film noir, and moving group psychic phenomena.
Come PLAY with us!
VIDEO later today!!

TLCU Web TV Sunday, Aug. 24th

TLCU Web TV Sunday Aug. 24th   Life at the Center of the Universe

more weekend to go, our 2008 – 2009 festival & theatrical season in
Tombstone is rumbling with undercurrents. This is NOT going to be the
usual fare. We can expect some real excitement, unexpected drama, and
some new ideas being experimentally produced. There is a strong
underground likely to surface soon, as creative forces insulated
themselves from the current controversies, and it seems some music
& film festival interests have returned to Tombstone "with a
vengence." So, for our guests and in a way, for ourselves and our actor
friends, here’s a review & study of Tombstone’s historic district
and its previous efforts from the past few years. We dare say, Allen
Street has never looked so good, now that the TREES are getting large
enough to cast shade.

Student special: Your future is going to include Arizona’s growth industry, wind & solar power systems. If you incorporate knowledge of Nicola Tesla, you will advance rapidly in the new fields of ‘hybrid’ cross-over synergy, the cutting edge of inventiveness, and the future independence of all.

Now, just for FUN:

TLCU / RBN Guest editorial #2

Subject: Earth in a teardrop
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2008 16:01:02 -0700

                                            Our World in a teardrop. Opened eyes cry…
                                            Frank Lavoie
I shall author metaphor in hopes it may rain on the parade. What
parade? What but the parade of people like lemmings plunging off the
end of the dock into the seize of confusion, delusion, deception &
propaganda. If we paced such a pell-mell rush differently, it could be
scored like music. We should see clearly the orchestration of the ‘soft
attack’ ongoing, like a bass line rumbling underneath our feet. If
instead we hear thunder, see the flash of lightning, & the hard rain falls, but there is no weather report, what should we think, day after day, when the storm continues, the rain falls,
day after day- do we wait until the 40th day or night? Did we not
notice the absence of the weatherman? As conspicuously absent from
news, or even "propaganda for public consumption" are the [trials of
the] Capones of the pharmaceutical industries, from the War &
Defense Industries, from the Media & Nuke Power Industry. What
should we think when the weatherman speaks sunshine, but the storms
continue? THAT weather report is sponsored by the smokescreen called
"thermonuclear protection"and "national security". It is still raining,
but somehow I feel the sunburn of lies and D.U. & treason. I look
across the fields, woods, hills, and sky, knowing well which way the
wind blows. I pledge myself again to farm, lest I abandon hope to a "Silent Spring". Honey, do we own a radiation detector?
    Its the small things we need reminders of, in spite of the political theater of war,
with its fury, its megadrama, the movie called ‘terrorism’, as it’s
promoted through its largest special effects- the non-Hollywood blasts,
carnage, injustices, that dominate our attention. {Not to say we might
fail to notice all that.} It is still the tiny enemy at work beneath
our feet we also need to focus upon. We can be well aware of the
corporate enemies of humanity, of the political enemies, of the
religious enemies, of criminals and traitors. We can be well aware of
weapons systems, devices, Presidential Directives, mechanisms for
usurpation of sovereignty, of constitutions, rights, freedoms. But like
the invaders in HG Wells‘ War Of The Worlds, the powerful only seem
invincible. Whether we identify with the Martians or the Earthlings
hiding underground, no matter how suppressed or driven by war, we both
answer to a tiny microbe eventually. It was proven in the 1970 expose
from WMUR-TV9 about the Manchester NH Amoskeag Mill #9 under US
Government control-contaminated with Anthrax but open to pigeons and
rats and kids. It was proven in the recent confirmation of the Ames
Strain of anthrax coming from the US Government in the 911 ‘bio-attack’
The Las Vegas Ricin
story was characterized by an ‘instant’ FBI assessment that there was
"no terrorist connection", curiously, issued by the same agent involved
in the classified raid last fall of Magician David Copperfield‘s
warehouse. The same agents who "missed" TWO VIALS [four originally
reported] of ricin. The same agents who also missed the ‘subversive’
materials evidencing the fact that there was potential intent for
killing thousands. It is still raining isn’t it! Are we safe? I think
not, nor is any other part of America. It is not safe because of the FBI and the "small lies". The storm continues. The Israeli continue to bomb, the Americans, bomb, bomb, bomb.
Long known in ‘farmers’ wisdoms’ living microbes are responsible for
soil being ‘alive’, and science has just recognized that such microbes
are also responsible for frost resistance as well as for the majority
of ‘nucleation’ of moisture as it condenses as rain or snow, not so
much from dust as assumed. This means "back to the drawing boards" for
weathermen & climatologists, and puts the global warming
premise into the junk-science bin. What this knowledge also means is
that genetic engineering of crops will likely come to a grinding halt
as the illusion of ‘isolation’ falls to the revelation of earth-wide
interdependency of life, even on a microscopic level. War on one
‘level’ manifests on all levels. Now consider the Mutations to viruses,
to natural and engineered pathogens added by war, radioactivity, by
mobile populations, by experimental pharmaceuticals, by the new
pollutants, chemicals, and electromagnetic fields, by failures of water treatment plants
to protect us from perchlorates, from hormones, from drugs, from a long
list of new behavioral drugs getting into our water supplies along with
other things we were not ‘designed’ to tolerate. But, neither are any
of the smallest of lives on our planet. If our understanding of ‘grand
design’ is correct, that the system of our planet operates as a whole,
then it follows that we may not, must not allow this culture of
America, of global corporate greed and war international and un-ending.
There are no winners of war. NONE.  As our Native American wisdom says,
you may war upon each other, upon us, but the Earth itself is what you
war upon, and The Great Spirit
will reward you accordingly; the rain will not fall, the crops will not
grow, and your days of war will end with you. Peace itself will never
be defeated, for peace is the face of the Great Spirit, and so it is…
in every raindrop and every tear, even that upon His Cheek.
Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee. If you kill the most tiny, even the greatest will die.

Frank Lavoie

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TLCU Web TV / RBN Guest editorial part 3 “Writ Large”

TLCU Web TV  & WAR 360 presents

continuing, part 3
about the same planes Neil Bush, George Bush, John McCain, used, flying
with his blonde lobbyist lady friend who is missing?
 Its the same companies and flight services as the DAILY flights into Miami from COLUMBIA?
same connections to the fleet of 50 planes sold to the Sinaloa Cartel
which is now fighting eastward along the Arizona Border with Mexico
toward Nogales where the Gulf Cartel influence begins.
Sinaloa Cartel {Pacific} is tied to the CIA Cocaine planes with TONNAGE
recently crashed in Mexico, flying toward Arizona from COLUMBIA.
They may be associated with the planes seen in the Tombstone, Arizona area.
a plane there, one could easily see one of the land-swap properties
McCain’s friend Renzi was tied to, just off Moson Road near Ft
Huachuca. That farm is tied to the Carr Canyon Spring which feeds the
Fort, the farm, and Tombstone, 22 miles away, with water, incidently,
through an 1882 era nickle-lined pipe which is giving residents health
problems. When illegals trashed the spring not long ago, it was shut
down for a while but allowed to resume water delivery with a waiver
from the environmental and health protection standards that would have
otherwise shut down the Tombstone pipeline permanently as a hazardous
metal contamination source. How was that done, but for the congressman?
Back to the ‘security’ issue:
Follow the politics:
Tucson: The Corbett BP/ Illegal Immigrant murder trial:
  "The jury has asked the court some questions during the deliberation
process. For example, on Wednesday morning the jurors asked if they
could have access to the transcript of the trial. Judge David Bury
contacted Grant Woods, the lead prosecutor, and Sean Chapman, the lead
defense attorney. They said they did not want the transcript released
because they preferred that the jurors rely upon their memory. The
judge agreed."  Fully informed jury law violation?
easily see this as the home team for justice ‘throwing’ the game, er,
the case, for the BP/ICE, by assuring a deadlock, playing Mexican
Standoff with the Zetas. It would seem only an "upstairs" order could
accomplish this blatant miscarriage. Perhaps there was a phone call
from someone in a position of influence?
lets see here, the CIA provides the planes and black budget, the Drug
War operatives provide services like delivering prohibitions profits,
like those flown daily to Miami, the Casinos launder the money with
Chinese counterfeit computer chipped slot machines provided by IGT
& allowed in by corrupt customs agents, the Indians get paid off
with casino licenses, Renzi and other mob related land developers pull
strings with religious and industry lobbyists, McCain gets campaign
help, runs interference for buddies in Border patrol, British royalty
and mining companies…the CIA provides military muscle against the
opposition. Just like they have in Pakistan, Manila, and now, Columbia.
We have reports of Mexican Army incursions at Laredo and at places on
the western Arizona-California border zone. They are escorting
smugglers, and we can readily assume their loads are high value white
rather than weed. Their impunity, their lack of opposition, is credited
to GUESS WHO! So Columbian "goods’ are ‘helped’ through the border,
apparently, by the same people who are supposedly approving legislation
to provide billions to hit opposition cartels, opposition politicians,
and any natives who may have other designs for their lives, lands,
liberties, and freedom, regardless of boundaries, borders, or
sovereignty? Do we see the pattern here yet? Its General Carleton’s
1868 policy, alive and well and directing American Foreign policy?
Someone like me can bring a little attention on something, but more to
the point, we must pay attention to what may seem small, and recognize
its importance. Please be patient with the rest of our story, for it
may reflect on the potential that the Columbian conflict may manifest
itself on our own doorstep soon. Seth Shostok of the SETI project wrote
recently in "Finding them finding us" about his new radio
telescope, and the awareness that what we now are capable of is what
alien intelligence has been able to do for a long time- listen and know
what we know about UFO’s, "them". So they know that we know. That
brings up the great rhetorical question, " Why would a spacecraft need
lights, except to mimic aircraft, understanding well our
mis-perceptions and assumptions? Clearly they are logically
communicating, even if to serve deception." Bear in mind that we have
official and non-official, well-funded high tech weapons systems and
craft, even remote-controlled, right in our airspace, over our
backyards. We also have stealth technology of which a variation is the
projected ‘transparency’ illusion. However, authentic, high definition
videos of the Stephenville lights shows a remarkable lightshow, a huge
projection of intentional signaling, of what appears to be resembling
petroglyphs, or Mayan glyphs, or even of Arabic script being presented,
flash-card style, in a sequence which strongly suggests a lot of
 If it is alien
UFO communication, it may well be a "humanitarian warning" that the
Cowboy [image at the six second point of the earlier video- "cowboy hat
icon"] must be stopped. Or it could be a warning, like that of "Day the
Earth Stood Still". Perhaps they have asked for our surrender, or
warned us to get clear before something happens. Either way, it is a
complete failure of our "National Security" to have unchallenged or
un-greeted visitors making a show over Texas. If, on the other hand,
this light show is an attempt by our own domestic forces to demonstrate
or test what may be made to appear as the "Hand of God" or the "Hand of
Allah" writing commands upon the sky, does it mean that a ‘humanitarian
warning’ is being prepared for a target?
 Is the Pentagon arranging
for ‘God himself’ to endorse Bush as world leader? Or are they going to
flash over America or Iran that the end has come? Is it yet another
tool of political theater, meant to gain justification for more war? I
prefer to believe I understand, that the complexity and delivery may be
that of Angelic intent, but I also understand that it could be a
contrived method of propaganda leaflet, blazed large in skywriting, at
the hands of some warmongering evil. Either way, we must stop the
terrorism that issues from the area of Crawford and Washington, for if
the lights are ours, it bodes of another weapon of fear and warfare, or
if not we best listen and understand what someone has come so far and
risked so much to tell us: We must stop THIS:
This is terrorism, state sponsored, and a crime against the UNIVERSE!

Frank Lavoie, author of
Life at the Center of the Universe

TLCU RBN Guest editorial part 2 of Writ Large

Saturday, March 1st
Plan Columbia missiles (3) fly into the FARC Camp, killing Reyes, who
just happens to be holding captive former Columbian presidential
candidate (and dual citizen of France) Ingrid Betancourt, opposition to
Columbia’s Bush puppet Aribe.[yes, there is a pattern!] By their own
admission, the CFR confirms Columbia‘s
government is not only weakened by corruption by coke cartels, but
accepts Plan Columbia’s Billions and still "has little control of any
territory outside of the country’s major cities" while facing three
major organizations, two "leftist rebel terrorist" and one "right wing
paramilitary groups supported by wealthy landowners, cartels, and part
of the Columbian Military." All three have been "able to expand their
operations & prosper by trading in cocaine, opium, OIL, gold, and
emeralds. Alvrado Aribe won a landslide victory in 2002…by promising
to crack down on the ‘rebels’."
raid supported by Plan Columbia emulated the Israeli raid on Gaza,
right down to the statements of justification. The Columbian police
chief who made media statements stands accused of trafficking. The
apparent violation of sovereignty, the complex mixing of terrorist and
drug war rationalizations and tags, begs us to examine this more, for
the trail now includes the tracking of cocaine planes, money, political
names, and tangible evidence with CIA written all over it.;_ylt=AueRMMzm7MmGqk8b452mS3EE1vAI

Lets get the GUNBELT REPORT from the Arizona Border, to see if any of the Columbian War has started to manifest here yet.

PLANES: John McCain is now well known to be tied to religious backers,
is also tied to Saudi money, the Mob, and a fleet of planes used for
CIA Captive Rendering flights, including rendering the Bin Laden family
safe passage courtesy of the "escape from new York" flight services.
Does he have a connection to Columbia, to Drug dealing? What else? How
about British Royalty, and some Brit Mining companies who have eyes on
Native American mineral rights? How about this:

"White Mountain Apache and San Carlos Apache Tribal Council members
opposing the proposed
Resolution Copper Mine. They called it “a display
of profound disrespect for a cherished feature of the Apache’s original
homeland as well as a serious violation of our Apache traditional,
historical and religious beliefs.”
Besides destruction of sacred
sites, springs and watercourses, the mine would obliterate Apache Leap
Cliff where 77 Apache freedom fighters were forced to their death by
the U.S. Cavalry in the 19th Century.
This congressional land
swap legislation which was first introduced by U.S. Congressman, a
Republican in the Congressional District No. 1, Rick Renzi and U.S.
Presidential Candidate hopeful for the Republican Party, John McCain,
would enable the mine to bypass U.S. environmental and Native American
cultural protection laws.

Our San Carlos Apache Tribe as well as six other federally
recognized Native American Indian Tribes and six Counties, are members
of Congressional District No. 1.

By removing the land from the
U.S. Forest Service and making it to the mine’s private land, the land
swap subverts these laws. This land swap is being lobbied by the
world’s two largest mining companies, Rio Tinto (British) and BHP
(Australia). The interest is obviously still there as recently
witnessed by the most recent visit by overseas royalty made to the town
of Superior."




And on the Lakota:

Would there be a possibility that planes seen near Tombstone may have carried large quantities of cash?

TLCU Web TV Guest editoroal from RBN


Writ large in our sky: TRUTH
exclusive to
Frank Lavoie

 It’s not a new tactic, dropping propaganda leaflets into a target zone. A thousand years ago plague victims
were catapulted over besieged castle walls into the king’s courtyards
as the attackers withdrew. It was propaganda, terrorism, a warning
message and a successful war tactic all in one. Warnings, threats,
& surprise deliveries
feature prominently in the Historic and Hollywood ‘record’, as well as
in the Pentagon & CIA’s bags of tricks. "Humanitarian" warnings
first, then Hiroshima. Even today, crude paper drops of propaganda
continue contemporaneous with cybertech operations ranging from
personal micro-spycraft, behavior modification programs, remote
controlled armed drones and ‘spyflies’, beam propagation devices and
upward to mega laser weaponry. The black ops projects are used to
inspire & create insurgencies & other ‘useful’ instabilities.
They also provide excuses for state sponsored ‘responses’ and/or
"plausible denial". Grandiose Political Theatricals are not limited to
media-worthy dramatics. The operations can be as blatantly public as
the Bhutto assassination, and recent missile strikes inside Pakistan,
the missile strikes in Algeria,(1) Nigeria and Somalia, (2)
or like the warmongering Israeli taking out a Palestinian government
official and the missiles flying there, in and out in the typical
revenge-cycle. [see a pattern yet?] Name your "aftermaths of a stolen,
corrupted election" incident, and someone else may hasten to add yet
another less well known example. What needs to be noticed  by all can be as faint as the sound of a single small missile falling in the jungle
One way to think about this is the old Dean Martin comedy act, wherein
he was clearly drunk before the cameras, distinguished from the Foster
Brooks routine of comedic drunkenness, performed completely sober.
Small incidents, little crafty acts, rumors, revelations of corruption,
plain and simple stunts can and MUST be recognized for what they really
are, or may be. The medium to large scale false flag operations are too
plentiful & frequent to escape scrutiny by an increasingly
sophisticated, critically discerning humanity at large transcendentally
interested and more credible than ‘governments’. BUT it is the
detail-oriented individual, the poet of objective correlative, the ‘kid
paying attention’ who may be among those supposedly faint voices
‘crying in the wilderness’ who points out the actuality with his
semi-comedic question, "So what’s that got to do with the ‘price of
One need only read some of the well written news articles and columns
on the RBN home page to feel a joy in knowing there is here much more
to feed our curiosity and craving. When a ‘cluster’ of attentive minds
focuses upon an issue or incident, or news, the amount of information
rises to meet the demand. Writers unafraid of sinking their ‘teeth’
into an imperative subject become "required reading". I know I’m in
good company here. Knowing what is wrong, and who is doing wrong, is
very important, though for many, advancement and peace can be reached
by enlightenment and encouragement to simply stop hurting ourselves and
each other, then we can avail all to the wisdom & solutions of
peaceful humanity. Our next logical step is to continue educating,
enlightening, awakening, while we begin to discover, rediscover,
manifest and demonstrate solutions in practice. Meanwhile, "back at the
ranch", our grandkids want explanations, so we continue the attempt to
see, show, and tell how the big picture is reflected in the details.
The face of domestic terror:
"Berserkers" is what John Brunner called them in his social science
fiction novel, "Stand on Zanzibar", sword-wielding terrorists, we would
call his characters now. What made his novel remarkable is that he
accurately predicted an attack on Madam Sukarno, of course giving rise
to an examination of prophetic literature in general, beyond any
question of the authors potential prior knowledge or possible influence
. His cautious observations of Philippine society merely gave him an
insight on the inevitable before others. Keep this in mind as we
briefly examine the recent Manila ’embassy bomb plot’ story.
As a footnote, I also refer readers to the Sept. 20th, 1998 Arlington,
TX "Embassy Plot" story, related to: Sept. 10th 1998 "Ali Mohammed,
former Bin Laden ‘security director’ and former member of US Special
Forces." story. Google same.]

Manila: Foiled by the ‘playbook’. Three
people alleged to have plotted to attack 4 embassies constituted a
‘terrorist threat’ according to police & government security
officials, but two government officials advised US reporters privately
that opposition groups were dismissing the threat by virtue of the
select targets, lack of weapons and explosives, and knowledge of it as
a ‘false flag’ operation by Gloria Arroyo’s government to justify heavy
military & police presence in Manila while Gloria struggles in a
corruption crisis beyond scandal. Without elaborating, officials have
asserted assassination plots against Gloria by ‘terrorists’, while
there is no connection to the ’embassy plot’.
US Counter-Terrorism Troops arm & train Filipino soldiers to fight
separatist opposition parties, labeling them Al Qaida or other
Washington blacklisted group tags.
{*Arroyo, it should be noted, just asked Vietnam for *RICE}
Paraguay: Feb. 29th, NEIL BUSH visits 
President Duarte at the ASUNCION HOTEL as a guest of a big federation
allied with Rev. Sun Myung Moon & the Unification Church, with the
Universal Peace Foundation, promoting peace in the middle east, [S.
Asia & other places] and- promoting a 50 mile $200 Billion USD tunnel from Siberia to Alaska. {Will Putin fill it with gas?} What else was going down? ** Is it like Neil’s other "Building security" job?

TLCU Afternoon edition

Big Bad John part 3

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Pubdate: Fri, 22 Aug 2008
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel (CA)
Copyright: 2008 Santa Cruz Sentinel
Author: Jennifer Squires, Sentinel Staff
Cited: City of Santa Cruz
Cited: Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana
Cited: American Civil Liberties Union
Bookmark: (Marijuana – Medicinal)


A federal court ruling handed down Wednesday has lifted the hopes of
medical marijuana users by denying a Bush administration request to
toss a lawsuit brought by Santa Cruz city and county officials and
Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana members.

WAMM co-founder Valerie Corral called the ruling "hopeful." WAMM had
its medical marijuana seized by federal agents in a 2002 raid.

"Our lawsuit is really much more of an appeal than a lawsuit. It’s an
appeal for mercy from the federal government," Corral said. "We’re
not asking to break the law. We’re asking to have another avenue for relief."

The plaintiffs in the case contend that the federal government is
deliberately interfering with how the state makes the distinction
between legal and illegal marijuana use: the recommendation of a
state-licensed physician to recommend medical marijuana to a sick
patient. The plaintiffs say the federal government is seeking to
disrupt California’s medical marijuana law by targeting doctors who
approve their patients’ medical marijuana use and local governments
that issue state-approved medical pot cards, among other things.
That, the plaintiffs say, interferes with California’s Constitutional
to make its own laws.

U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel ruled Wednesday that that
portion of the case can go forward because if the plaintiffs prove
their claims "they may be able to show that  the federal
government deliberately is seeking to frustrate the state’s ability
to determine whether an individual’s use of marijuana is permissible
under California law."

"The federal government can enforce its own laws but it can’t tell
the states what laws they can enact," said Graham Boyd, an American
Civil Liberties Union attorney
representing WAMM. "If they can’t do
that, they also can’t use their law enforcement to sabotage the state
laws they don’t like."

California voters in 1996 approved Proposition 215, which gave ill
people with a doctor’s recommendation the right to use marijuana as a
medication. In the years since, federal drug agents have targeted
medicinal marijuana dispensaries and the doctors who prescribe marijuana.

"Those steps all make it impossible for California and its government
to enforce state laws," Boyd said.

Past lawsuits filed against the federal government have reached the
Supreme Court, but all have failed.

Boyd called this case "novel," explaining that the core claim by the
plaintiffs is that it’s chosen to make marijuana illegal for everyone
except for patients and that it has set up mechanisms to distinguish
the two, such as requiring a prescription from a doctor.

"It’s an unusual legal claim," Boyd said.

He said he expects the federal government will appeal the ruling, but
that it could also lead to a change in federal drug enforcement efforts.
– —
MAP posted-by: Richard Lake

Pubdate: Fri, 22 Aug 2008
Source: Washington Times (DC)
Copyright: 2008 The Washington Times, LLC.
Author: Valerie Richardson
Cited: Denver police
Cited: Safer Alternatives For Enjoyable Recreation
Bookmark: (Marijuana)
Bookmark: (Policing – United States)


DENVER – A city drug panel has voted to urge police to refrain from
arresting adults for marijuana possession during next week’s
Democratic National Convention, but the cops aren’t necessarily on board.

Lt. Ernie Martinez, the police department’s representative on the
panel, said police, bracing for potentially tens of thousands of
protesters during the Aug. 25-28 convention, would have more pressing
duties than rounding up pot smokers.

At the same time, he said, authorities wouldn’t ignore blatant
flouting of the law. "If something occurs in front of us, we’re going
to act," he said.

The Denver Marijuana Policy Review Panel, appointed by Mayor John
, voted 5-3 at its Wednesday night meeting to issue a
recommendation discouraging police from "arresting, detaining or
issuing a citation" to any adult caught with up to one ounce of
during the four-day convention.

Denver voters have twice approved initiatives calling on police to
overlook adult marijuana possession but police, citing state and
federal laws, have continued to make marijuana-related arrests. A
department spokesman yesterday said it was reviewing the panel’s

Mason Tvert, a panel member and pot-legalization activist, Thursday
delivered a copy of the panel’s recommendation to Mr. Hickenlooper
and police Chief Gerry Whitman, saying that "we expect police to
abide by this very logical recommendation."

"If police expect the taxpayers to cover their $1.2 million in
overtime during the DNC, it is only fair that they respect the laws
adopted by those taxpayers," said Mr. Tvert, leader of Safer
Alternatives for Enjoyable Recreation. "There will be plenty for
police to do during the DNC aside from arresting or citing adults who
are simply making the safer choice to use marijuana instead of alcohol."

Mr. Tvert told the panel Wednesday that authorities have actually
increased their enforcement of marijuana laws since the 2005 and 2007
votes. Based on current numbers, he said, the city is on track to
prosecute 1,900 marijuana-related cases this year, up from 1,600 last year.

In 2005, Denver voters approved a measure legalizing adult possession
of up to an ounce of marijuana. Two years later, an initiative making
adult marijuana possession the city’s lowest law enforcement priority
also won at the ballot box.

Mr. Tvert said he hoped the police would give the panel’s
recommendation the same weight as if it were issued by the mayor.

"There’s no way for the recommendation to be binding, but it was
issued by a panel appointed by the mayor, so we would expect it to be
treated as a pronouncement from the mayor," said Mr. Tvert.

The Denver County Sheriff’s Office gave a media tour earlier this
week of its temporary holding cell, a renovated warehouse intended to
house anyone arrested during the convention.

The facility, equipped with a photo station and 18-by-18 holding
cells, can process 60 people an hour and hold up to 400 detainees.

Local activists have already dubbed the facility "Gitmo by the
Platte," referring to the nearby Platte River, but it could have been
worse. Officials abandoned earlier plans to line the top of the cells
with razor wire after objections from the community.

Authorities are bracing for potentially tens of thousands of
protesters during the Aug. 25-28 convention. Demonstrators will be
fenced in at a designated protest area in the vicinity of the Pepsi
, the site of most convention events.

The protesters, affiliated with groups like Recreate 68 and the
Alliance for a Real Democracy, are expected to demonstrate against
the Iraq war and in favor of social-justice issues.

One anti-war organization, Tent State University, has estimated that
its group alone will attract 50,000 demonstrators. The group had
hoped to camp overnight at a local park until city authorities nixed the idea
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Big Bad John part 2

John McCain has stated often his absolute opposition to Medical Marijuana. As is recognized by rational people, PROHIBITION is the problem, the abandonment of responsibility to control & regulate- given to the cartels, black market, and underground economy & culture.It is the lack of responsibility to control which has generated big money for organized crime, most of which would not happen if only marijuana were legalized. Research, some referred to here or on the WAR 360 home page, addresses the contradiction of hundreds of thousands of pounds of pot being "grandstanded upon" by Border Patrol, while their own figures betray them when it comes to the totals of heroin, coke, & meth seized- PITIFUL FEW pounds- usually less than a hundred for a whole year. This is contrary to the reality that TONS of Meth have been transported from Mexico through this area. So the corrupt and arrogant Senator with seven or eight homes cannot see the issue clearly for the beer haze he wallows in. He cares not for Veterans, many of whom benefit from medical marijuana. Their legal access to legal medicine would certainly achieve several goals: first, there would be no money spent on acquiring the herb, second, the removal of such previous clients reduces the smuggler’s business, third, the reality of marijuana as a serious medicine helps distance casual or juvenile users from shallow choices, and forth, healthy veterans and medicated veterans are less likely to resort to alternatives like alcohol or drugs.
We must not fail to mention that the victimization of citizens by drug war agents is legion, the abuses of citizens rights are legendary, and the corruption most often found in such cases is on behalf of the ‘officials’, not in the ‘offenders’ camp.

Pubdate: Thu, 21 Aug 2008
Source: Independent  (UK)
Copyright: 2008 Independent Newspapers (UK) Ltd.
Author: Kirk Muse


I’m writing about Ian Oliver’s not-so-thoughtful article, "Legalising
drugs would only make matters worse" (19 August). If all types of
recreational drugs were legalised and sold in regulated, controlled
and taxed business establishments for pennies per dose, your overall
crime rate would decline dramatically, and public safety would
increase substantially.

And I believe your overall hard drug usage rates would decline
substantially. That is because drug-dealers as we know them today
would disappear for economic reasons.

The first time almost all drug-users use a particular drug, they don’t
buy it: either a friend or drug dealer gives it to them. Most retail
dealers of hard drugs are addicts themselves. They sell drugs to
finance their own habit and recruit new users by offering free samples
to potential customers. With the end of drug prohibition, this
practice would end.


Mesa, Arizona, USA
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MAP posted-by: Steve Heath

Pubdate: Tue, 19 Aug 2008
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
Copyright: 2008 St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Author: Walter F. Wouk


Michael Braun, chief of operations for the Drug Enforcement
, stated that "the al-Qaida affiliate that carried out
the Madrid train bombing funded the operation almost entirely through
the sale of illicit drugs."("Missourian Connected War on Drugs to War
on Terror
," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, August 17)

There is no denying the fact that legal heroin and cocaine would only
cost about as much as aspirin, but — because they are illegal — drug
dealers net billions of dollars from consumers around the world.

It doesn’t take a "Rocket Scientist" to figure out that if illicit
drug use
were legalized and dealt with as the health problem that it
is, the price of illicit drugs would plummet and terrorist groups
would be denied a source of income for their murderous activities.

The "war on Drugs" is a creation of our government and, as Ronald
Regan said, "Government is not a solution to our problem, government
is the problem."

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MAP posted-by: Steve Heath

Pubdate: Thu, 21 Aug 2008
Source: Community Press, The (CN ON)
Copyright: 2008 Community Press
Author: Bill Tremblay


Cannabis Crops Could Create Financial Highs For Area Farmers

While marijuana might be the obvious, illegal cannabis cash crop, the
drug’s non-munchie-inducing cousin, hemp, could be a viable choice for
local farmers.

John Baker, president and founder of Stonehedge Bio-Resources Inc.,
said Eastern Ontario has the ideal climate and soil to grow hemp crops.

"This crop has potential to be a good reward to the agriculture
sector," Baker said. "It’s just the perfect environment for growing

Participants in the sixth annual Eastern Lake Ontario Regional
Innovation conference (ELORIN), held in Trenton Aug. 13-14, were able
to tour one of Baker’s Grafton-area hemp farms.

Baker has licences for 19 hemp fields with the majority located in
Hastings and Northumberland counties. He currently is researching the
plant to determine its use as a biomass.

According to his findings, hemp could be a leader in a growing
environmentally friendly economy.

"We can use this as a vehicle to drive this whole new sector," said
Baker, who lives in the Oak Hills area of Quinte West.

Baker believes hemp products will result in profits for farmers and
producers of materials, and benefit the consumer.

"It’s a win every way for everyone that is using it," he

Hemp can be used to make bio-masonry and bio-plastic products as well
as food supplements and textiles.

"There are hundreds of uses," Baker said. "They are already using it
in Europe. It is just a matter of bringing it here and actually doing

BMW and Mercedes have started using hemp as insulation in their

Hemp contains minimal amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – the
active ingredient in marijuana.

"They could smoke this stuff until the cows come home and nobody would
get high," Baker said. "There is another chemical that would provide a
terrible headache."

However, the two plant varieties look and smell the same. The only way
to tell the difference is through chemical testing. Even potheads
can’t believe it’s not reefer. Baker’s crops have caused cannabis
connoisseurs to temporarily trade their pipes and papers for pruning
shears in attempts to raid his farms.

"In my first couple of years, they probably stole two acres from a 10-
acre site," Baker said.

Growing hemp in Canada is legal, but regulated. It requires a licence
from Health Canada and is controlled by the Bureau of Drug
Surveillance. Plants must have less than 0.3 per cent THC and they are
regularly tested. "The worry is hemp will be used as a blind for other
plant material," Baker said.

While hemp farmers have to find their way through a maze of
regulations, laws in other countries can be used to Canada’s advantage.

"That same barrier is what’s keeping the Americans out of the market,"
Baker said.

The American Drug Enforcement Agency has its foot firmly in the soil
against U.S. farmers producing hemp, leaving manufacturers south of
the border looking for a source of the plant’s products.

"They can’t get it unless they bring it on a boat from Europe," Baker
said. "The Americans have no problem with us sending hemp fibre."

The Quinte region’s suitable soil and proximity to Toronto, Ottawa,
and the American border could translate into a "huge economic boost."

A connection first must be made between the agricultural and
manufacturing sectors.

"There is no use getting the farm community engaged until we have a
market well-defined and a processing plant that can buy it," Baker

He hopes hemp’s possible profits will spark investment interest
throughout the private sector. However, provincial and federal support
will be needed to start construction of the region’s first processing

"There is a strong indication this could be a major development for
this area," Baker said. "But we need government assistance to get the
first plant up off the ground."
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MAP posted-by: Steve Heath