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Archive for July 15th, 2007

Immediate Release:
Monday, July 16, 2007

Contact:
Steve Kubby steve@kubby.org
Pat McCartney ElPatricio@aol.com

ONDCP Claims Steve Kubby no longer supports Medical Marijuana!!!???

I have just learned, much to my dismay, that Dr. David Murray, Chief Scientist, Office of National Drug Control Policy has testified to Congress that I have reversed my position on Medical MJ.

Here is what Dr. Murray said:

“Founding proponents of medical marijuana in the United States have reversed their key positions of support for medical marijuana. .. Steve Kubby, another Co-founder of medical marijuana in California stated in a letter to supporters on April 14th, 2006 that ‘Marinol is an acceptable, if not ideal, substitute for whole cannabis in treating my otherwise fatal disease.'”

My comments about Marinol were based upon my relief that I did not die in jail. My comment was intended to acknowledge that I did get good blood pressure control with the Marinol and that finding certainly deserves further study. On the other hand, I lost 33 pounds in 62 days while on Marinol, so perhaps I should have used stronger language than “less than ideal.”

The truth is that I had nearly constant nausea while forced to stay on Marinol alone and my jail records will confirm that. Journalist Pat McCartney can verify how emaciated and sick I was when he picked me up. Pat also has my jail records which clearly address their concern about my drastic weight loss while restricted to Marinol alone.

Here is the full paragraph from which the one sentence by me was taken:

“During that time I experienced excruciating pain, a vicious high blood-pressure crisis, passed blood in my urine and I lost 33 pounds. However, there was also good news. I learned that Marinol is an acceptable, if not ideal, substitute for whole cannabis in treating my otherwise fatal disease. Now I am a free man and I am profoundly grateful to be alive and to have friends and supporters such as you.”

Does Marinol rate further study as an effective treatment for hypertension? YES, I strongly believe it will help many hypertensive patients.

Does Marinol allow me to travel briefly without medical cannabis? YES, but within a day I quickly begin to experience nausea from the synthetic Marinol.

Does Marinol provide adequate protection and allow me to live with an acceptable quality of life? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!

Would Steve Kubby be alive today if he had just switched to Marinol in 2006? PROBABLY NOT!!!

Please help me squash this deceptive and dangerous misrepresentation of my true feeling on this matter by the ONDC. It just shows how desperate they are that they must mislead people in this way.

And just so there is no question about this, let me be clear:

“Whole cannabis is not only the best medicine for me, it is the only medicine that has kept me alive during the 32 years that I have continued to live, in relatively good heath, despite a terminal diagnosis of malignant pheochromocytoma.”

Let freedom grow,

Steve

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Coverage at Gordon Unleashed

According to this site, the GOP Senator has been running around in N’Awlins wearing a dipey for the ladies on Canal Street:

We’re talking about, among other things, Diaper Fetishism. That’s right folks, according to a trusted inside source, Vitter was well known among other Canal Street Brothel patrons to like diapers as well as other bizarre “fetishes”. I don’t have much more info than that from my source, except that some of the other patrons at the brothel included a well known business-minded New Orleans Republican and a well known Democratic ex-governor. There are many other well known patrons who never held public office, too. You’ve probably heard various names floated about.

While I can’t speak for the accuracy of the posting or unnamed source, it doesn’t surprise me a bit. I’m just not sure which is sicker, GOP policies or GOP practices.

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Harriet Meiers, George BushFrom the Boston Herald:

WASHINGTON – President Bush ordered former Counsel Harriet Miers to defy a congressional subpoena and refuse to testify today about the firings of federal prosecutors, while a second former aide revealed new details yesterday about White House involvement in the dismissals.

The possibility of contempt of Congress citations against both women hung over the developments. House Democrats threatened to cite Miers if she refuses to appear as subpoenaed for a Judiciary Committee hearing today. The White House said she was immune from the subpoena and Bush had directed her not to appear, according to Miers’ lawyer. Democrats said her immunity ended when she left her White House job.

Meanwhile, former White House political director Sara Taylor tried to answer some committee questions but not others, in a bid to honor the subpoena without violating Bush’s claim of executive privilege.

After first refusing to answer questions about Bush’s possible role in the firings, Taylor later told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she knew of no involvement by Bush. Further, she said, she knew of no wrongdoing by administration officials in the controversy that has dogged Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

The Bush administration insists no wrongdoing occurred. Bush has offered to allow his aides, including counselor Karl Rove, Miers and Taylor, to be interviewed by congressional investigators – but only in private and without a transcript. Democrats rejected the offer.

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From ABC News:

A Marine corporal testifying in a court-martial said Marines in his unit began routinely beating Iraqis after officers ordered them to “crank up the violence level.”

Cpl. Saul H. Lopezromo testified Saturday at the murder trial of Cpl. Trent D. Thomas.

“We were told to crank up the violence level,” said Lopezromo, testifying for the defense.

When a juror asked for further explanation, Lopezromo said: “We beat people, sir.”

Within weeks of allegedly being scolded, seven Marines and a Navy corpsman went out late one night to find and kill a suspected insurgent in the village of Hamandiya near the Abu Ghraib prison. The Marines and corpsman were from 2nd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment.

Lopezromo said the suspected insurgent was known to his neighbors as the “prince of jihad,” and had been arrested several times and later released by the Iraqi legal system.

Unable to find him, the Marines and corpsman dragged another man from his house, fatally shot him, and then planted an AK-47 assault rifle near the body to make it appear he had been killed in a shootout, according to court testimony.

Four Marines and the corpsman, initially charged with murder in the April 2006 killing, have pleaded guilty to reduced charges and been given jail sentences ranging from 10 months to eight years. Thomas, 25, from St. Louis, pleaded guilty but withdrew his plea and is the first defendant to go to court-martial.

Lopezromo, who was not part of the squad on its late-night mission, said he saw nothing wrong with what Thomas did.

“I don’t see it as an execution, sir,” he told the judge. “I see it as killing the enemy.”

Read the rest of this disturbing story here.

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UPDATE 7/16: This is a preliminary version of the answers and is being redone. I was not aware of that at the time when I posted this. I will publish an updated version when it has been finalized and made available.

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> Mr KUBBY,
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> As a 22-year-old French student, I’m very interested in American politics. Since I read that you’re a candidate for the 2008 campaign for President in the US, I wanted to ask you some questions in order to know you better. Your answers will be published on my Forum ( http://forum21.aceboard.fr ), SPECIAL USA 2008 SECTION, where you’re invited of course. I hope you’ll help us promote the diffusion of your answers. On the forum are also present some other candidates, and I hope you’ll also register to it, you and your supporters (I’m available to help you in any way for registration) and I’m planning to organize debates among candidates. Our link was accepted among media links on the Wikipedia’s USA 2008 article, so the number of potential readers can be interesting. And, hum, excuse me for my english, not very good…
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> Now, here are the questions :
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> 1. Could you introduce yourself in a few sentences ? ‘

I am a leader for medical rights here in the USA and I have written two books on drug policy reform.
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> 2. How was your political engagement born ?
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I helped write and pass California’s historic medical marijuana law and then was arrested for passing a law the police did not like.

> 3. What personal way drove you to compete for the presidency of the United States ?

The sorry legacy of George W. Bush.

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> 4. Can you tell me some key points about your program, the main ideas ?

I am a one issue candidate who believes this is no more about Marijuana than the Boston Tea Party was about Tea. Our struggle today is for true liberty from tyrannical governments.
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> 5. How do you view the upcoming campaign, can you give us some elements about what it represents in term of hardships, opportunities… in the US system, and what about your strategy ?

This election is a complete mess with anything as a possible outcome.
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> 6. Political fiction : It’s January, the 20th, 2009. You have just been elected president ! What are your first steps, your priorities ?
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My first step, within minutes of being sworn in as President, would be to issue Executive Order 13420 which would immediately defund the DEA and all laws against marijuana.

> 7. What are America’s biggest internal problems today, and what are your answers ?

America is saddled with an illegal, unconstitutional, power-hungry oligarchy of thugs.
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> 8. Same question for America’s external problems.
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Same answer.

> 9. More specifically, what do you think should be done on Iraq and national security ?

Leave NOW!

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> 10. What about environment ?

Allow private citizens to sue giant corporations when their pollution enters your land or body.
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> 11. What about your political (institutions), social, economic and societal (civil rights, abortion, homosexuality…) positions ?
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I support free choice and a policy of non-intervention by the government.

> 12. What should be America’s relationship with the rest of the international community ?

America needs to learn some manners and respect for it’s neighbors, especially the French, because of all they did to help us achieve our independence for Britain.

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> 13. Political fiction, again. You’re at the White House. Iran just acquired nuclear weapons, with abilities to launch them to Europe’s doors. It now threatens to launch one on Tel-Aviv if the Israelis don’t evacuate the territory under 48 hours. As the Commander in Chief, what do you do ?

Let Israel defend herself. With over 200 nukes, Israel does not need intervention by the USA.
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> 14. What assessment do you make of George W. Bush’s presidency, and on which points will you be inspired or distance yourself from him ?
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George W. Bush’s presidency is the lowest point that America has ever sunk to and both Bush and Cheney should be impeached.

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> 15. Could you tell me about you day of September the 11th, 2001 ?

My biggest fear at the time was that the US government was involved in 9/11 and would use the attack to gut civil rights and the rule of law. I regret that my initial assessment has proven to be correct.
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> 16. What are, according to you, the 21st century’s greatest stakes, and how to face them ?

Our steady loss of liberty and civil rights is what worries me the most.
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> 17. We were all marked by historical events. What are yours ?

All of us suffer from the continuing consequences of a Drug War that cannot be won and only helps the bad guys.
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> 18. What is your “vision of America” ?

My vision, like other Libertarians, is to secure real liberty through limiting government and allowing the free market and private citizens to run society.
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> 19. Since I’m French, how do you view this nation, this country, what do we inspire to you, notably our new president Sarkozy ?

Americans are largely ignorant of the glorious history of France or the bravery of the French underground in the face of Nazi occupation. My own view of France is that it is one of the most anti-cannabis countries in Europe and so I have always avoided traveling there. I don’t see that Sarkozy has any intention of changing that.
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> 20. More specifically, what did you think when President Chirac strongly opposed Bush on the issue of the war in Iraq ?
I have gained enormous respect for Chirac’s courageous and inspired leadership.
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> 21. Which historical presidents, persons, dead or living, inspire you the most today ?

Thomas Jefferson.

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> 22. In private, what do you like to do ?

I took some time off a few years ago to ski nearly 2 million vertical feet. That’s pushing hard all day for over a hundred days, in conditions varying from blizzards to minus 28 below, I managed to ski some of Canada’s steepest terrain, without a single injury or serious fall.
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> 23. Do you have a motto in live, and if yes what is it ?

Go big, or go home.

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> 24. Finally, why YOU more than another one at the presidency ? Please give this interview’s readers an infallible argument.

I am the only candidate for President who has a proven track record of helping to write and pass pro-freedom legislation. I even went to jail after passing the new law to uphold patient’s rights that were recognized by our new law.
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> 25. Free question, if you want to add anything…
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My apologies to our French friends for the crude and uncivilized behavior of our president and government. America can and will be a civilized place again, once we put all the Neo-cons out to pasture and lock up the thugs from the Bush administration.

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> Yes, I know, it’s very long. But I think it would be general enough to be put on your website for a general presentation of you candidacy. I’d be very honoured to receive a reply. Of course, you don’t have to reply to all the questions.
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> Thanks much in advance,
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> Phil Defer, an observer from beyond the Atlantic ! ;o)
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From the Houston Chronicle:

Ron Daniels, inventor of new lockDaniels says what makes his $249 lock special is its strength, its built-in panic-button feature and its looks.The lock, which fits across the entire door frame, can withstand 4,000 pounds of pressure, he said.

And according to a video he uses to promote the lock, a SWAT team using a 30-pound battering ram could not break through a door fitted with the Ultimate Lock.

Once pressed, the lock’s panic button alerts the police that there is a problem at the residence. Daniels said the button is designed to be wired with existing or new home alert systems and homeowners will need to work with their security companies to set up the optional feature.

Read the entire story by Ashley Harris here.

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I have to talk to hundreds of people like this every single day.

(Originally posted on my blog and in the
Libertarian Survey comments
which are still going strong even though it’s on page two now).

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