(KY) GOV. MATT BEVIN AND AG ANDY BESHEAR GET SUED OVER MEDICAL MARIJUANA!

BECAUSE THIS STORY IS SO IMPORTANT IN KENTUCKY I HAVE INCLUDED TWO SOURCES OF INFORMATION.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK TO THE VIDEO BELOW TO HEAR THE PRESS CONFERENCE WHICH WAS AIRED ON WLKY.

THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED TODAY, JUNE 14TH, 2017, IN JEFFERSON COUNTY KENTUCKY AGAINST GOV. MATT BEVIN AND AG ANDY BESHEAR BY DANNY BELCHER OF BATH COUNTY, AMY STALKER OF JEFFERSON COUNTY, AND DAN SEUM JR OF JEFFERSON COUNTY.

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FRANKFORT, Ky. —

Three people are suing Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear over Kentucky’s marijuana laws, claiming their rights are being violated by not being able to use or possess medicinal marijuana.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday morning in Jefferson Circuit Court, was filed on behalf of Danny Belcher of Bath County, Amy Stalker of Louisville and Dan Seum Jr., son of state Sen. Dan Seum, R-Fairdale.

Seum turned to marijuana after being prescribed opioid painkillers to manage back pain.

“I don’t want to go through what I went through coming off that Oxycontin and I can’t function on it,” he said. “If I consume cannabis, I can at least function and have a little quality of life.”

The plaintiffs spoke at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

Seum does not believe the state can legally justify outlawing medical marijuana while at the same time allowing doctors to prescribe powerful and highly addictive opioids, which have created a statewide and national epidemic of abuse.

That legal justification lies at the heart of the plaintiffs’ legal challenge, which claims Kentucky is violating its own constitution.

The lawsuit claims the prohibition violates section two of the Kentucky Constitution, which denies “arbitrary power,” and claims the courts have interpreted that to mean a law can’t be unreasonable.

“It’s difficult to make a comparison between medical cannabis and opioids that are routine prescribed to people all over the commonwealth, all over the country, and say that there’s some sort of rational basis for the prohibition on cannabis as medicine when we know how well it works,” said Dan Canon, who along with attorney Candace Curtis is representing the plaintiffs.

The lawsuit also claims Kentucky’s law violates the plaintiffs’ right to privacy, also guaranteed under the state constitution.

Spokespeople for Gov. Bevin and Beshear say their offices are in the process of reviewing the lawsuit.

In a February interview on NewsRadio 840 WHAS, Bevin said the following in response to a question about whether he supports medical marijuana:

“The devil’s in the details. I am not opposed to the idea medical marijuana, if prescribed like other drugs, if administered in the same way we would other pharmaceutical drugs. I think it would be appropriate in many respects. It has absolute medicinal value. Again, it’s a function of its making its way to me. I don’t do that executively. It would have to be a bill.”  CONTINUE READING…

Lawsuit challenges Kentucky’s medical marijuana ban

By Bruce Schreiner | AP June 14 at 6:38 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky’s criminal ban against medical marijuana was challenged Wednesday in a lawsuit touting cannabis as a viable alternative to ease addiction woes from opioid painkillers.

The plaintiffs have used medical marijuana to ease health problems, the suit said. The three plaintiffs include Dan Seum Jr., the son of a longtime Republican state senator.

Another plaintiff, Amy Stalker, was prescribed medical marijuana while living in Colorado and Washington state to help treat symptoms from irritable bowel syndrome and bipolar disorder. She has struggled to maintain her health since moving back to Kentucky to be with her ailing mother.

“She comes back to her home state and she’s treated as a criminal for this same conduct,” said plaintiffs’ attorney Daniel Canon. “That’s absurd, it’s irrational and it’s unconstitutional.”

Stalker, meeting with reporters, said: “I just want to be able to talk to my doctors the same way I’m able to talk to doctors in other states, and have my medical needs heard.” CONTINUE READING…

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BIG PHARMACY AT WORK HERE IN KENTUCKY, IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED!

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Legislative alert:
HB 333 – Fentanyl Bill:

In this bill they have buried something that will undo a lot of the good work Jamie Comer did when he was Ag Commissioner.

This bill deals with Fentanyl, not Industrial Hemp or CBD oil.

Right now, Big Pharma, more specifically GW Pharmaceuticals is working on a synthetic CBD Oil for prescription to be allowed by the FDA.

In Section 25 (d) of this bill it tinkers with what Marijuana is and is not, and what Marijuana will not be in Kentucky if this passes is CBD Oil Prescription Approved by the FDA.

By doing this any natural CBD oil from Industrial Hemp plants that is not prescribed will then be by default Marijuana, and thus a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance.

What needs to happen is Section 25(d) needs to be stricken as not germane, or amended to included CBD oil from Industrial Hemp.

TBK Opposes, if these changes are not made.

ACTION: Call Rep. Moser and your Representative and see if we can get section 25 (d) changed. – Reported favorably out of committee, posted for passage, floor amendment filed that does not address our concerns.

SOURCE LINK

http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/17RS/HB333.htm

Regarding kendra sams – "lodged" at laurel county corrections" in kentucky…

 

Ms. Kendra Sams,  29  years old, was being lodged at the Laurel County Corrections.

According to Facebook posts she suffered a seizure on July 12th which caused her to fall from the top bunk in her cell and land on the floor.  She was not given medical attention at that time.

At some point she was transferred to Casey County Corrections where her illness became acute.  Her Mother was apparently contacted and she was then transported to the Hospital.

Facebook Timeline Posts:

Roger Hoskins

August 18 at 12:18pm · Garrard, KY ·

 

I’m waking up to some heart breaking news out of the family and asking for all who can please pray

Roger Hoskins

August 18 at 3:10pm · Edited ·

 

Please be praying for Kendra Sams she’s going into surgery right now … This young lady didn’t deserve any of this and I’m confident that the story will be told soon…. Please now all the family ask is to be praying

Roger Hoskins added 2 new photos.

August 18 at 7:15pm · Garrard, KY ·

 

These picture are of Kendra Sams and this is not even the Justice this young lady has suffered .. She’s has much more going I inside her… And is in critical condition at UK hospital … She’s in bad shape according to family who is with her when I am updated on her condition I will pass it along .. The family ask for prayers and this should have never ever happen to anyone else

Roger Hoskins

August 18 at 7:49pm · Garrard, KY ·

 

Update on Kendra they have 3 drain tubes in her and not sure one will work right but already pulled 2 ounces of infection out of her back but keeping her sedated until tomorrow to do more test … No one is allowed to see her till tomorrow so please keep praying

Roger Hoskins

Yesterday at 3:36am · Garrard, KY ·

 

They have started a feeding tube on Kendra and a temp of 102 … Doctors said that the next 72 hour will be very critical… So keep prayers coming and I have had a lot ask what happened… Right now the families focus is on Kendra … All they need is prayers but I promise this story will be told .. Thank for all the praying that’s going on and as always it’s in Gods hands ..

Roger Hoskins

Yesterday at 1:37pm · Garrard, KY ·

 

The story is coming out …. Please pray for Kendra the doctors are hoping she last throughout the day

Roger Hoskins added 4 new photos.

Yesterday at 3:19pm · Edited ·

 

This all started at Lcdc and she was sent to Casey county jail with the out come being her fighting for her life …. On July 12th she had a seizure a few weeks later she was sent to Casey county detention center will little or no medicinal help … Her mother was called to come get her and this is now her daughter returned home to her …. Don’t know if she will see tomorrow… Please pray….

Roger Hoskins

17 hrs · Edited ·

 

So thankful for Facebook this night as my post for Kendra has brought some light on all this but most of all I wanna thank the people who are brave and step up in behalf of Kendra … That is why Facebook is a valuable tool … As of 2 am there is no changes in her … I wanna thank each person who has shared this and by all means please continue to do so … This family deserves answers ! This could be your family member……………I will not disclose their name but here is a tid bit of information ……………..

My sister was in the cell with this girl in Casey co jail! She needed medical attention from day 1 this could be anyone’s family member please share this lets raise awareness

Michelle Jackson

11 hrs ·

 

Update on Kendra!!!!!!
She is still in critical condition they are having trouble keeping her BP up still and now they’re having to give her blood (1pint) so far… Please keep prayers coming.. TIA

— with Roger Hoskins and 8 others at UK ICU.

Michelle Jackson

3 hrs ·

 

Look what the Lord has done…. GLORY GLORY GLORY I PRAISE YOUR HOLY NAME THANK YOU SWEET JESUS!!!! SHE MOVED HER MOUTH AND TOLD HER MOMMY SHE LOVED HER!!!!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!!!!! KING JESUS I KNOW YOU HEAR ME WHEN I PRAY

— with Roger Hoskins and 9 others at UK ICU.

Michelle Jackson's photo.

Roger Hoskins

2 hrs ·

 

Please keep sharing my post maybe someone seen something and will step forward for Kendra Sams … This needs media attention to get to the bottom of this

Roger Hoskins

6 hrs · Edited ·

 

The family knows she is not perfect but to see this after being in 2 jails and her mother was called to come get her only to go into uk hospital is sad this is Kendra Sams if anyone was in her cell with her in laurel or Casey county please get ahold of this family … We are looking for answers to what happened .. This is truly sad … We have tried to contact all media but no help as yet so family has no choice but turn to social media .. Any information is appreciated …please share

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It is currently 8/20/15 at 10:30pm and I am awaiting a call from Roger Hoskins who is willing to fill in the gaps in this atrocity which has happened under the watch of  “Kentucky Corrections “.

We can only hope and pray that Kendra Sams receives the justice that the State of Kentucky owes her because of this horrific ordeal.  She is not out of ICU yet.   She is currently still fighting for her life.

It never should have happened.

ANYONE who is incarcerated is entitled to receive healthcare under the Justice Department.

 

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We have to stop the Government from abusing our children!

Sumner (center) has lunch with students at John G. Carlisle School in Covington with Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn (left) and Superintentendent Alvin Garrison (right) (RCN file)

 

 

Not only do they profile us as adults, they do it to our children as well!  And it seems to me that all children are being approached and prosecuted similar if not exactly like adults, no matter the offense.

We as parents have to fight for our children not to be abused while in custody of State and/or Federal Authorities.  The schools continue to be a breeding ground for abuse of children by school teachers and other officials, counselors, etc.., And then law enforcement can come in right behind them and traumatize a child at will.  When did we loose the right to protect our children from harm?  Why do we have to sit here and watch while our children are being abused right before our eyes?  The whole scenario is out of control.  It would seem that although these actions are illegal they are still being used with no repercussions.

“Kentucky’s school personnel are prohibited from using restraints, especially mechanical restraints, to punish children or as a way to force behavior compliance,” said Kim Tandy, executive director of the Children’s Law Center, in a statement. LINK

There have been two incidents brought out in the media in the past few days in Kentucky which blatantly show the need for Officer’s to be much better trained on  procedures for dealing with a “out of control” child.  If they are not trained or are otherwise unable to render the type of service needed from an Officer in this type of environment then they should not be assigned to those duties.

S.R., a male minor, 8 years old and 52 pounds at the time of the incident who suffers from PTSD and ADHD, and L.G., a female minor, 9 years old and 56 pounds at the time of her trauma who has PTSD as well, whose Mother’s have both filed suit against the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Sheriff of Kenton County Charles Korzenborn and Kevin Sumner, the school Resource Officer  in question has been named both personally and professionally.

The suit alleges violation of rights under the U.S. Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Allegedly L.G., suffered at the hands of Officer Sumner on not one but two separate occasions in the Fall of 2014.  Sumner was recorded in a video while abusing one of them.  They were both handcuffed behind their backs at the biceps.  This procedure is not justified.

In a report referred to in the law suit the U.S. Government Accountability Office states that during the period of 1990 to 2009 there were hundreds of complaints of restraint and “seclusion” in schools and at least 20 are known to have resulted in death.

In 2012 the Kentucky Board of Education limited the use of physical restraint to those incidents in which the Student “poses an imminent danger of physical harm to self or others”.  This “regulation” became active in 2013.

The Kenton County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement in support of Sumner, stressing that “all the facts and circumstances have not yet been presented.”

S.R., was in the third grade at Latonia Elementary School at the time of the incident.  According to CRDC 20% of the Student’s at Latonia have mental disabilities.

In an “Investigation Report” written months later Sumner claims that S.R., attempted to strike him with his elbow, however, he managed to block the hit.

The suit claims there was no “direct threat justification” for placement of the child into handcuffs.

L.G., suffered two incidents, the first of which was August 21, 2014 when she was placed in the “in school suspension” room where she continued to be disruptive at which time Sumner proceeded to place her in his patrol car, drive her home, and wait in the driveway for an hour before her Mother came home.

On October 3, 2014 once again L.G., was placed into the “in school suspension” room where she continued to be disruptive.  She was then escorted to an “isolation room”.  When she tried to exit the room she was physically detained by the Principal and Vice Principal.  Officer Sumner was summoned to the disruption and handcuffed L.G., for 20 minutes.

In an “Investigation Report” Officer Sumner claims that he handcuffed her because “she attempted to harm school staff while being restrained”.  The child suffered a severe mental crisis at that time and was transported to the hospital.

Again, the suit claims there was no “direct threat justification” for placement of the child into handcuffs.

The “Causes of Action” include:

Count I – Unreasonable seizure and Excessive Force under the U.S. Constitution, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.

Count II – Disability based discrimination in Violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Count III – Disabilities based Failure to Accommodate in Violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The “prayer of relief” includes:

Declare that the actions and inactions described herein violate the rights of the Plaintiff’s S.R., and L.G., under the U.S. Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Issue an order enjoining the Defendant’s from engaging in the unlawful conduct complained of herein.

Compensatory Damages,

Punitive Damages,

All Costs,

Any further relief that the Court deems just and proper.

It is signed by William F. Sharp, Legal Director, ACLU Kentucky,

Rickell L. Howard,  Attorney,

R. Kenyon Meyer,  Attorney,

Claudia Center, Susan Mizner, ACLU Foundation.

According to LouisvillePeace.org Departments have vague “use of force” policies that allow officers to interpret them the way they want.  This has to change.  Our children’s lives are depending upon it.

Shackling children is not OK. It is traumatizing, and in this case it is also illegal,” Susan Mizner, disability counsel for the ACLU, said in a statement. “Using law enforcement to discipline students with disabilities only serves to traumatize children. It makes behavioral issues worse and interferes with the school’s role in developing appropriate educational and behavioral plans for them.”

The ACLU, which filed the lawsuit and posted the videos, said it was a classic example of the “school to prison pipeline,” one of the driving forces in this country’s economy, which has the highest incarceration rate of any industrialized nation in the world.

Today more than ever we have to live with the fact that many of our children are developmentally and/or mentally challenged.  There are so many mental health issues and Autism is now projected to be affecting  possibly 1 in 68 children.

Information on “KCHHI”–Kentucky Hemp Health Initiative

 

 

LINK TO KCHHI :

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Some background on the “KCHHI” Petition.

It was re-written by Mary Thomas-Spears and modeled after the CALIFORNIA HEMP HEALTH INITIATIVE (shown below) which was started in 2012.

It is important because it represents “REPEAL” of “PROHIBITION” at the State, Federal and Local levels of Government in the United States, in OUR case

KENTUCKY!

If “WE, THE PEOPLE” want to regain our freedom as a people to be “self-governed” we must take this very important step to push for what WE

believe is right. 

No one should be punished for growing, using as medicine or for recreational purposes and most certainly of all using “medicinal marijuana” for

OUR children’s HEALTH needs.  This is NOT to say that it is alright to give to a child under 18/21 years old when NOT being used medicinally! 

That having been, said NO CHILD should have to do without this God-given medicine because of Government intrusion into our lives!

I am praying that the citizens of Kentucky will examine the evidence – what we have seen so far is nothing more than Government

interference in our lives at the Statutory level – even when OUR children’s lives are at stake!

I realize that those with children in dire need are pressed to see ANY form of legislation enacted that would give their CHILD this medicine!

I can honestly say that if I were in that position I would leave the State of Kentucky for Colorado today!  NOT because I like what Colorado

has accomplished!  It is a mess out there – but at least my child would have what they need medically – forget everything else!

The only other alternative at this point is to try to “secretly” medicate my child and hope that I do not get caught and my CHILD be taken away

because the LAW doesn’t approve.  We all know the LAW is BULLSHIT!

I started preaching REPEAL in 2010 and Mary Thomas-Spears had it figured out before me.  Everyone thinks that this is not worth working on

and it is unobtainable.  I say it is!  If enough people will get behind the idea and we start telling our Government what we need as opposed to

letting OUR Government ‘TELL US WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO LET US DO!  WE ELECT THEM! Not the other way around – however this is changing

rapidly.  This is  a valid reason why all those who are eligible to vote MUST do so! Regardless of the fact that the elections are, at this point a “set up” we MUST

retain the right to the voting process – so everyone make sure they register and vote, even if you feel there is no reason!  At least it keeps the

freedom TO vote!

It is close to the point that our entire Country will be under total control of every aspect of OUR lives, up to and including Religion and CHILD

rearing.  If Kentucky lets this happen – so goes the rest of the Country!  (Check out the story :

Connecticut Girl Speaks Out After Being Forced to Undergo Chemo) – Industrialism at it’s worse in my opinion, and it is happening

everyday!  So stop thinking we CAN’T and start thinking YES WE CAN put an end to the tyranny  that is surrounding us and moving in on ALL of OUR freedom’s

as we speak. STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO BE FREE FROM PROHIBITION AND GOVERNMENT INTRUSION INTO OUR DAILY LIVES

FOR NO OTHER REASON THAN THEIR DOMINENCE OVER US!

We lost the first Civil War to the Industrialists.   LET IT NOT HAPPEN AGAIN!

If you do not understand this I urge you to watch “Hell on Wheels” an AMC production which very well explains how the Industrialists took over

and forced slave labor from one entity – the Agrarian (Farming) Community into the Industrialist building of the railroads and the war effort. 

Everyone was forced into leaving the family farms for the Industrial Revolution.  As a result we ended up with corporate farming.

Of note:  The Emancipation Proclamation which “freed the Slaves” was NOT enforced in Kentucky because Kentucky had not seceded from the Union.

It was only a strategy of War between the North and South and Kentucky “sat on the fence”  Don’t take me the wrong way…Slavery was never RIGHT!

And Abe Lincoln did NOT like Slavery which has been documented historically.  However, this information proves that if the Government seems to

be doing something “right” for the people you can bet it is for an ulterior motive.  With a legalize, tax and regulate mentality the Government owns us!

Fight for the freedom from prohibition of your freedoms!

Smk.

 

PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK AND SIGN FOR YOUR RIGHT AS A HUMAN BEING TO BE ABLE TO FARM AND USE CANNABIS!  A GOD-GIVEN PLANT!

 

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CALLIFORNIA HEMP HEALTH INITIATIVE 2012

 

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O.K. EVERYONE THIS IS YOUR DAILY REMINDER THAT WE NEED SIGNATURES ON KCHHI !!

 

 

 

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THE PETITION IS LOCATED HERE: (DIRECT LINK) http://www.petition2congress.com/9641/kentucky-cannabis-hemp-health-initiative-2013-2014/  

 

It is my opinion that this is the Initiative we should be getting as many signatures on as possible so that we, as a group, can go to Sen. McConnells office at an opportune time and present it to him.

At the same time we could have groups of people in each district present it to their Representatives. This represents true repeal of prohibition on the Cannabis Plant in Kentucky. It needs to be presented as soon as possible, before February 17th,  I would say, in order to have a chance at getting someone in office to back us for the 2016 Legislative Session. Please leave your comments and thoughts on this.

 Read the initiative and then just for the hell of it lets see how many signatures we can get before the 30th of January.

Part II convenes Feb 3rd. Last day for new bill requests is the 6th. I know we can’t find a sponsor by then for this year but if we all show up in Committee meetings which would be every Tuesday at 11:30 for Agriculture and Wednesday at 10 am for Health and Welfare maybe we can give a least a good showing of taking back our human rights to this plant – medical and all.

If we can get 1000 signatures on the petition I will print it out and mail it POSTAL to every Senator. and Representative. in the state.

A lot of you all have been in Frankfort to the meetings, I haven’t. According to the website anyone will be admitted to them. Let me know how this works.

 http://kentuckymarijuanaparty.org/index.php/en/kchhi

Thanks to everyone showing support for this idea.

It may be bold but it may be the way to bring an end to (State) Prohibition in Kentucky!  We still have to worry about Federal.

Sheree Krider

shereekrider@usmjparty.com

What’s the Matter With Eastern Kentucky?

 

 

There are many tough places in this country: the ghost cities of Detroit, Camden and Gary, the sunbaked misery of inland California and the isolated reservations where Native American communities were left to struggle. But in its persistent poverty, Eastern Kentucky — land of storybook hills and drawls ­ — just might be the hardest place to live in the United States. Statistically speaking.

The team at The Upshot, a Times news and data-analysis venture, compiled six basic metrics to give a picture of the quality and longevity of life in each county of the nation: educational attainment, household income, jobless rate, disability rate, life expectancy and obesity rate. Weighting each equally, six counties in eastern Kentucky’s coal country (Breathitt, Clay, Jackson, Lee, Leslie and Magoffin) rank among the bottom 10.

Clay County, in dead last, might as well be in a different country. The median household income there is barely above the poverty line, at $22,296, and is just over half the nationwide median. Only 7.4 percent of the population has a bachelor’s degree or higher. The unemployment rate is 12.7 percent. The disability rate is nearly as high, at 11.7 percent. (Nationwide, that figure is 1.3 percent.) Life expectancy is six years shorter than average. Perhaps related, nearly half of Clay County is obese.

It’s coal country, but perhaps in name only. In the first quarter of this year, just 54 people were employed in coal mining in Clay County, a precipitous drop from its coal-production peak in 1980. That year, about 2.5 million tons of coal were taken out of the ground in Clay; this year, the county has produced a fraction of that — just over 38,000 tons. Former mines have been reclaimed, and that land has been repurposed in scattershot ways: a golf course, shopping centers, a medium-security federal prison. But nothing has truly come to replace the industry on which Clay County once depended.

The public debate about the haves and the have-nots tends to focus on the 1 percent, especially on the astonishing, breakaway wealth in cities like New York, San Francisco and Washington and the great disparities contained therein. But what has happened in the smudge of the country between New Orleans and Pittsburgh — the Deep South and Appalachia — is in many ways as remarkable as what has happened in affluent cities. In some places, decades of growth have failed to raise incomes, and of late, poverty has become more concentrated not in urban areas but in rural ones.

Despite this, rural poverty is largely shunted aside in the conversation about inequality, much in the way rural areas have been left behind by broader shifts in the economy. The sheer intractability of rural poverty raises uncomfortable questions about how to fix it, or to what extent it is even fixable.

The desperation in coal country is hard to square with the beauty of the place — the densely flocked hills peppered with tiny towns. It’s magical. But it is also poor, even if economic growth and the federal safety-net programs have drastically improved what that poverty looks like.

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared his “war on poverty” from a doorstep in the tiny Kentucky town of Inez, and since then, Washington has directed trillions of dollars to such communities in the form of cash assistance, food stamps, Medicaid and tax incentives for development. (In some places, these transfer payments make up half of all income.) Still, after adjusting for inflation, median income was higher in Clay County in 1979 than it is now, even though the American economy has more than doubled in size.

There have been periodic attempts to flood persistently poor counties with federal dollars in an effort to jolt them into higher growth rates. The Obama administration this year named southeastern Kentucky a “promise zone,” putting it at the top of the list for federal grants. It’s an old idea: Draw in businesses, create jobs, help finance infrastructure, turn the cycle virtuous.

On the opposite end of the ideological spectrum, Kentucky’s libertarian senator, Rand Paul, has proposed a more supply-side-oriented strategy: Let certain counties eliminate capital-gains taxes and institute a special federal income tax of 5 percent in those areas. “I’m just letting you keep more of your own money,” Paul said to a small crowd in a college auditorium in eastern Kentucky last winter. “The difference between this and a government grant is I don’t choose who gets it.” On either side of the aisle, the underlying assumption is the same: Places like Clay County just need a kick-start. But what if that isn’t true?

In many cases, a primary problem in poor rural areas is the very fact that they’re rural — remote, miles from major highways and plagued by substandard infrastructure. Think about the advantages of urban areas, described by thinkers going back to Jane Jacobs and beyond. Density means more workers to choose from, more potential customers, more spillover knowledge from nearby companies. As such, cities punch above their weight, economically speaking. The 10 largest metro regions produced more than a third of the country’s entire economic output as of 2012.

The converse is true for rural areas. Take eastern Kentucky, grappling with the decline of coal — and perhaps looking at an even bleaker future for the industry, given recent carbon-reduction efforts by the E.P.A. Those rolling hills might be picturesque. But those country roads make it hard to ship goods in and out, in turn making it more expensive to build a warehouse or a factory.

“One of the challenges that faces eastern Kentucky is the remoteness of the area,” said James P. Ziliak, the director of the Center for Poverty Research at the University of Kentucky. “It’s difficult to get to a lot of places. The communities are small, and they’re spread apart, so you lose that synergy that you want to spark development a lot of times.” Even with additional government subsidies, would businesses really want to move there? “It’s this chicken-and-egg problem,” Ziliak said. “My view is that firms will never locate into a community with an unskilled labor force, unless the only labor they need is unskilled. And there has been a historic lack of investment in human capital in these areas.”

The queasy answer that economists come to is that it would be better to help the people than the place — in some cases, helping people leave the place. Generally, the wealthier and better educated the family, the more mobile they are. It takes resources to pack up all your things, sign a new lease, pay for gas or a flight and go. That might help explain why more Americans aren’t flocking from places with high unemployment rates to places with low ones, even if those places are surprisingly close together. College graduates, for instance, are several times as responsive to differences in labor demand as those who completed only high school, according to a study in The Journal of Human Resources.

But government policy based less on place and more on people might help ameliorate that trend. “Let’s say I was a hardworking person who lost my job in Harlan, Ky. — the ideal place, really, to go is Williston, N.D.,” Senator Paul said. “People need to be mobile to go there. Some government programs prevent mobility or discourage mobility.” And none encourage it: There are scant federal resources to help the unemployed or the poor in rural areas move to a job or even just a better neighborhood. (Imagine Senator Mitch McConnell running for re-election on the campaign slogan: “I’ll get you out of this moribund area and up to the wilderness of North Dakota!”)

Of course, thousands of families in places like Kentucky, South Dakota and West Virginia manage to cobble together enough resources to make the move themselves; the share of Americans living in rural areas has slowly drifted down. In Clay County, the population has declined for the last decade. And the overall population in rural areas declined for the first time from 2010 to 2012, according to the Census Bureau.

Jeff Whitehead runs the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, which helps retrain laid-off coal miners and find them new jobs. “There’s just very limited opportunity for the people who were working in the region,” he said, adding that he helped 220 families move out of the area in recent years, despite many workers’ understandable resistance. “That’s a really hard pill to swallow. People are really connected to place here. For a lot of people, it’s the last thing they’re doing. They’re holding off until they have no other choice.”

But the number and proportion of people living in poverty in places like eastern Kentucky persists, despite all the trillions of dollars spent to improve the state of the poor in the United States and promote development. Ziliak thinks that efforts focused on human capital — meaning education initiatives, from prekindergarten all the way through college — might be the best use of any new money. But, of course, that also might mean more people moving away.

Annie Lowrey was, until recently, an economics reporter for The Times. Alan Flippen contributed reporting.

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Kentucky reaches settlement with Big Tobacco

 

 

Adam Beam, AP Business Writer 6:04 p.m. EDT June 12, 2014

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Tobacco companies have agreed to pay Kentucky more than $110 million to settle a 10-year legal battle over the state’s share of the tobacco master settlement agreement.

In 1998, U.S. tobacco companies agreed to pay $229 billion to 52 states and territories over many years to compensate them for the costs of treating smoking-related illnesses. The companies also agreed to advertising restrictions, including a ban on marketing to youth.

Lots of smaller tobacco companies did not participate in the settlement and were not subject to its restrictions. Kentucky agreed to charge those companies more taxes as a way to level the playing field with the bigger tobacco companies.

But in 2003, the big tobacco companies accused Kentucky of not collecting all of the taxes it was supposed to. As a result, they withheld some of Kentucky’s annual payments. State officials and tobacco companies have been fighting over those disputed payments since 2003.

In September, a federal arbitrator ruled Kentucky did not do all it could to collect the taxes. Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway challenged that arbitration ruling in court. But the state was in danger of losing all of its tobacco settlement payments – tens of millions of dollars each year that paid for a range of agricultural, public health and early childhood education programs.

That’s why in November, Conway said he began secret negotiations with the tobacco companies in hopes of reaching a settlement.

“There was no end in sight,” Conway said. “Given the time, value of money and the needs of this state and the agricultural community and our health community right now, I think it’s a good deal for the state.”

According to the terms of the agreement — which Conway signed on Wednesday — Kentucky will get $110.4 million of the disputed payments in the 2014 fiscal year, bringing the state’s total payments to $158.7 million. Going forward, tobacco companies will pay Kentucky 45% of the disputed payments.

Kentucky is the 23rd state to settle this dispute with the tobacco companies.

“By joining 22 other states in settling, Kentucky escapes that chaotic landscape of future legal battles as well as saves itself from the financial and administrative cost of litigating these decades-old events,” Beshear said.

Denise F. Keane, executive vice president and general counsel of Altria — the parent company of Philip Morris — called the settlement good for both parties.

“We have always said we are open to resolving these disputes in a manner that makes sense to the states and to us, and that remains the case,” she said in a news release.

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The Hijacking of the Kentucky Marijuana Party

The Hijacking of the Kentucky Marijuana Party

… via ShereeKrider on Facebook!

On Saturday April 5th, 2014, I was notified by Brenda Eaton, a friend on Facebook that someone was using my name to duplicate my main profile account.

From Brenda:

“Someone is trying to steal your profile… I got a friend request from you on a account just open… Do you want me to take a screen shot and send it to you?”

By that time they had added approximately 75 of my “friends”.

“They will have you blocked to where you can’t see them doing it… Be right back with the screen shot.”

The following are screenshots of the rouge account which was located at http://facebook.com/sheree.krider.54 They had effectively duplicated my profile and was adding my friends as fast as they could do it. Before it was over they had over 1500 of my friends they had attached themselves to.

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As Brenda had said, they had me blocked from seeing the profile from my own account. The result of me “clicking on the link” was “sorry that page isn’t available”…

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Brenda advised me, “Most people won’t say anything… But I know who all my friends are. I plan on protecting my friends… Be careful with that asshole pretending to be you. They will send your friends horrible messages, just so they will delete you… Someone don’t like what you fight for, or post… Be careful”

At that point I started posting on my profile about what was happening.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SOMEONE HAS HACKED MY ACCOUNT AND HAS SOMEHOW MADE A PAGE W/MY PROFILE AND ARE ADDING MY FRIENDS AS WE SPEAK. I HAVE SET MY FRIENDS AND CONTACTS TO PRIVATE FOR NOW UNTIL THIS IS SETTLED. PLEASE SHARE THIS INFO SO NO ONE ELSE GETS TAKEN OFF GUARD! I WAS JUST NOTIFIED BY BRENDA EATON THAT THEY HAVE 75 OF MY FRIENDS…..PLEASE HELP IDENTIFY THESE PEOPLE!!! I’m tired of people stealing my f/g name! Sheree Krider

PLEASE CHECK FOR YOUR NAME ON THE LIST AND REMOVE IT!

PLEASE SHARE THIS EVERYONE! IT HAS BEEN REPORTED BY ME AND A COUPLE OTHER PEOPLE…..DONT GET BIT!

After numerous reports which friends made on the bogus profile were sent in I again posted on Sunday,

WILL SOMEBODY OUT THERE CHECK THIS LINK AND SEE IF IT IS STILL ACTIVE? DO NOT FRIEND THIS PERSON IT IS NOT ME IT IS A HACKER. FROM MY END IT SHOWS PAGE NOT FOUND. https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54

And the response was,

Diverse Sanctuary WOW I JUST ADDED THAT PAGE
Diverse Sanctuary IS THIS YOU? https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54
Sheree Krider NO IT WAS NOT – LOOKS LIKE THEY DELETED THE LINK.
Diverse Sanctuary IT IS STILL THERE https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54
Sheree Krider FUNNY WHEN I TRY GOING TO THE LINK IT TELLS ME IT NO LONGER EXISTS
Diverse Sanctuary IT HAS BEEN REPORTED AS A FRAUD
Sheree Krider I HAVE ALSO REPORTED THIS!
Sheree Krider THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN I TRY TO GO TO THE SAME LINK:

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Doug McVay Ah. So, that’s the friend request I got from https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54. Page was created 9 hours ago, according to the bits at the bottom. It’s still up.
Sheree Krider IT WONT LET ME SEE IT!
Doug McVay Presumably you’re blocked from seeing it. I always wondered what that would look like.
Angie Martin I just removed that profile from my friends list Aunt Sheree. Hope you’re doing well. Love ya

Don Land your fake page is still there, I let Electropig know…he was the only mutual friend there….you might to change profile pic so others know the difference..

On April 6th I again reported on my profile about the situation as it had not been resolved as of yet.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SOMEONE STILL HAS A ROGUE ACCOUNT SET UP WITH MY NAME ON IT AND SO FAR HAS MANAGED TO TAG OVER 1000 PEOPLE OR MORE. PLEASE DEFRIEND THIS PERSON IMMEDIATELY. I HAVE FOUND OUT FROM A SOURCE THAT THE FOLLOWING OWNER IS APPARENTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS AND I DONT KNOW FOR SURE HOW IT IS INTENDED: https://www.markmonitor.com/ Sheree Krider

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT SOMEONE IS IMPERSONATING ME AND “ADDING” PEOPLE OFF MY FRIENDS LIST. DO NOT “BEFRIEND” ANYONE WITH MY NAME ON IT RIGHT NOW – I GOTTA GET THIS MESS STRAIGHTENED OUT. SEE MY STATUS FOR MORE INFO ON MY PROFILE.

I am sure glad people pay attention to those things…. I lost my website at shereekriderdotorg because someone tagged it for renewal and the same day it came up (before i had a chance to get in there and pay) they nabbed it up. Hence, shereekrider.com. But the guy at hosting said they had to have been watching the account for a while to do something like that. It was a marketing company that did it.

On April 8th, I again reported the following,

ATTENTION, ATTENTION, ATTENTION….ALL THESE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEFRIENDED THIS “BOGUS” ACCOUNT NAMED shereekrider 54 NEED TO REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM THAT PROFILE – IT IS NOT ME AND IT HAS BEEN REPORTED: https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54/friends
MaryJane KY SINCE THEY HAVE BLOCKED ME FROM SEEING THE PAGE I CANT ADD THIS INFORMATION TO THE REAL “SHEREEKRIDER”…
MaryJane KY IF SOMEONE CAN DO THAT FOR ME- PLEASE DO!
MaryJane KY THERE ARE NUMEROUS PEOPLE ON THERE WHICH CAME FROM MY FRIENDS LIST AND NEED TO REMOVE THEMSELVES. THE “HACK” CAME FROM HTTP://MARKMONTIOR.COM/ ACCORDING TO “WHOIS” DATABASE.

(Of note: MaryJane KY is also ME!)

This is just one reply to that post:

Brenda Eaton I can’t believe Facebook has not deleted that account… I made about 10 reports… This should make a major story where Facebook allows abuse…

There were numerous reports made on the “imposter” of my profile. Yet no action was being taken on “Facebook’s” end.

April 9th, this morning, I again checked my profile and asked friends to verify whether or not the bogus profile was still on line.

This is the conversation which took place:

Sheree Krider

5 hours ago

SOMEONE PLEASE CHECK THIS LINK AND SEE IF THIS “BOGUS” PROFILE IS STILL THERE! I CAN’T SEE IT FROM MY END! https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.54

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Brenda Eaton Yes it still there… One of the reason it is, they have a cell phone number where Facebook can notify them.

Perry B. Anthony Yep

Brenda Eaton She has activated Facebook Mobil… That keeps Facebook from finding the IP location.

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Sheree Krider Brenda Eaton Can you see the phone number?

Brenda Eaton Whoever it is, they are out to cause you trouble… Sometimes, changing your profile picture often helps keep this from happening. There are laws where you can sue them if they are in the US…. Catching them will not be easy with a cell phone… Never seen where this one happen before, but I will check and see what I can do…

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Sheree Krider I’m contacting the http://markmonitor.com site today and confront them about it. I’lll see what happens.

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MarkMonitor | Brand Protection, Domain Management, Anti Piracy, Anti Frau

www.markmonitor.com

Entertainment & MediaConsumer GoodsOnline ServicesHardware & Software Technology…

Brenda Eaton NO, tried that when I seen it was activated…. Good luck with that… The Domain belongs to Facebook, and they have control over any outside help.

Brenda Eaton On the good side, she has lost about 30 of your friends… No new friends have been added.

Brenda Eaton Information that belongs to you is on the left side… That bitch is on the right side. It looks as if she has planned this for some time to destroy you… She has no

family members… It makes me mad that Facebook allows this kind of abuse to continue…

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Brenda Eaton Twitter will not allow two people to have the same name… Good for Twitter, because she couldn’t get a Twitter account under your name.

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Sheree Krider Brenda Eaton Diverse Sanctuary Wayward Bill Listen to this shit! I just called The MarkMonitor.com business who is listed as owner on “whois” for the link in San Franciso CA, Ph# 415 278 8400 and spoke with MR DAVID LAURICELLA who informed me that he was not responsible.

Brian McCullough You know what I point out ever time I see it.. The Double Cross.. It’s the fingerprint of the FBI .., the Feds….

Brenda Eaton It may help by reporting what is going on as bullying… Facebook takes this seriously. You are being bullied from identity theft… Try reporting it as a bullying problem. Let Facebook know they have you blocked, and they are contacting your friends pretending to be you calling them bad names. Facebook is responsible for someone that ends their life from allowing bullying… Not saying that is what you would do, it is a way to get something done.

Brenda Eaton Not sure if this will take you to the link or not… https://www.facebook.com/help/community/question/…

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Sheree Krider Anyway, while i was on the phone with him, I had him to pull up the url on “whois”.com and he confirmed that was them but they aren’t responsible for what the person puts on Facebook????? wtf is this shit? I informed him he needed to find out who was using that url and to cease it. He said he couldn’t do anything about it. I said that the only thing I knew to do was call a lawyer and he agreed that is what I should do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF WTF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michelle Weiss White Still there

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Sheree Krider AT THIS POINT I WANT EVERYONE ONE MY FRIENDS LIST UNDER ANY OF MY ACCOUNTS BESIDES THIS ONE TO UNFRIEND ME IMMEDIATELY…..THOSE URLS ARE:

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Sheree Krider https://www.facebook.com/sheree.krider.5?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

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Sheree Krider

Worked at United States Marijuana PartyWent to Seneca High SchoolLives in Cave City, Kentucky

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Sheree Krider https://www.facebook.com/ShereeMarieHardesty?fref=ts…

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Hardesty Sheree

U.S. Marijuana Party at United States Marijuana PartyStudying Business Education at Spencerian CollegeLives in Cave City, Kentucky

Brian McCullough Should we unfriend and or report and block?

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Sheree Krider https://www.facebook.com/maryjane.ky.3?fref=ts&ref=br_tf

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MaryJane KY

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Sheree Krider THESE ARE ALL VALID ACCOUNTS, BUT WITH WHAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW YOU’RE BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. SO JUST UNFRIEND THEM FOR NOW. ILL HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO AT THIS POINT. KNOW A GOOD LAWYER?

Brenda Eaton This is the main reason everyone is leaving Facebook and going to Twitter… This web-site may help you. But, I had to get a lawyer when it happen to me… https://www.facebook.com/help/www/263149623790594/

Report a Violation

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Brenda Eaton From experience, it is someone on your friend list. They are reading all of the messages. That is why no new friends have been added. Most likely they used someone else phone to activate the account to protect themselves… Hide your friend list, followers, and pictures from everyone until that account is destroyed.

Brian McCullough Thanks I got rid of em.

Dede O’Hara Yes doll it still is this shouldn’t be legal at all

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Sheree Krider As I was trying to say before I was rudely interrupted by a “update” by my laptop: I WANT EVERYONE TO REMOVE THEMSELVES FROM MY FRIENDS LISTS UNTIL I GET THIS STRAIGHTENED OUT. BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. IM GOING THRU AND DELETEING ANYONE WHO I DONT KNOW OF ON THIS ACCOUNT WHICH WILL CERTAINLY INTERRUPT MY “VENUE” HERE – WHICH IS WHAT THEY WANT – WHICH IS WHY I HATE TO DO IT. BUT…………..

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Sheree Krider @Brenda so does this mean i need a police report too?????

What do I do if someone is pretending to be me on Facebook?
If someone created a Facebook account pretending to be you, please report the Timeline from a computer.
If you’d like information about an account that’s impersonating you, please file a request that includes the following:
Scanned or digital image of a government-issued ID (driver’s license or passport, for example)
Notarized statement verifying your identity
Copy of a police report about your claim

Dede O’Hara Cant fb at least tell you where the fake person is doing all this from and go get the loser

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Sheree Krider HELL, THERE ISNT ANY WAY TO GO THRU ALL THESE PEOPLE AND JUST DELETE THEM….I CANT TELL IF THEY ARE A “TROLL” OR NOT UNLESS THEY DON’T HAVE ANY FRIENDS????????

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Sheree Krider Paula Willett I think your safe here. I don’t know what to do about this.

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Sheree Krider There have been numerous reports made on the page – I don’t know what the problem is.

Brenda Eaton Sheree, there is a way in finding out their location… I’ll be back, it might take a few min’s.

At this point I was just dumbfounded as to what to do about it especially since I could get no help from Mr. David Lauricella at http://markmonitor.com as he had advised I probably should get a lawyer! (After I told him I was getting a lawyer)!

I called Mary Spears of Diverse Sanctuary who everyone knows is a very good friend and Sister to me. I asked her to call this man and see if she could make any sense out of what he was telling me as she is more knowledgeable than I am concerning legal matters.

At that point, she did call him and I do not know the specifics of the conversation but it must have kicked someone in the ASS because less than twenty minutes after she got off the phone with them the BOGUS PROFILE WAS FINALLY DELETED!

Here is the outcome:

Brenda Eatonposted toSheree Krider

2 hours ago

I am happy to tell you… The site has been destroyed…

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Brenda Eaton It was before I could get the IP address… It’s a simple step if you know what you are doing… It is most likely someone on your friend list, and if I could get the exact GPA location, you may know who it was… Sorry, the site is gone, or they have blocked me. Let someone else check and see. If it is still there, I will go in with my sister’s account and get the location for you.

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Sheree Krider I just logged on thru all my other accounts and it seems it is gone. I would like to see some other people check it out too so I can make sure!

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Sheree Krider Ironically enough, I had called the “MarkMonitor.com” company and spoke with a David Lauricella who told me that even though “whois” said it was their link – it wasn’t. They were the hosting company”….Mary Diverse Sanctuary called them again for me and wa la somebody got off their ass!

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Sheree Krider It has been verified by several people that it is GONE GONE GONE!

Brenda Eaton Just make sure you notify me if someone looks like me and has my profile picture and sends you a friend request… I will take care of them my way

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Sheree Krider Brenda Eaton HELL YEAH!

Ironically enough, a few weeks ago I had set up a new account on Facebook using MaryJane KY as my Profile name. FACEBOOK CUT ME OFF AFTER I HAD ADDED ONLY 200 PEOPLE! Blocked me from adding friends or messaging for 30 DAYS! Although I will admit that I went through Facebook and found all the Kentucky Politicians and requested adds! I guess somebody out there did not like that!

However, this person managed to get 1500 of my friends before being shut down as an imposter!

After multiple reports to Facebook and two phone calls to “MarkMonitor.com” the situation has been resolved. (I hope).

As of today, my profiles are intact. No harm done except to ruin my weekend and exploit many people who thought they were adding another profile of mine!

The problem is when you add that many people on a Facebook account and you do not know them all personally, it is very hard to determine who the “spy” is.

Evidently someone wants me offline. However, I cannot figure out why.

And I cannot go through 5000 people that are “friends” and delete everyone I do not know personally or my “venue” would be shot to hell. So therefore, all I can do is pray that this doesn’t happen again – at least anytime soon!

*The moral of this story is: BEWARE OF WHO YOU ADD ON FACEBOOK AS “FRIENDS”!

ShereeKrider

Can Legalizing Marijuana Help Appalachia?

By Michael P. Tremoglie

 

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Will legalizing marijuana help or hinder some of the poorest of Americans? Appalachia has long been known for intractable poverty, coal and moonshine. But what many do not know is that marijuana is an Appalachian cash crop.

Some say it will only help; after all, Appalachians make quite a bit of dough from grass. “Outdoor cannabis cultivation is common throughout the Appalachia…region,” reads a June 2007 report by the Department of Justice (DOJ). “The number of outdoor plants eradicated from grow operations in Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia increased from 1,004,329 in 2005 to 1,252,524 in 2006. Cannabis cultivators deliberately locate outdoor grow sites in remote areas of public and private lands to reduce the chance of discovery by passersby or law enforcement and, more commonly, to protect their crops from theft. Cannabis is cultivated in Kentucky on broad areas of privately owned land, in the Daniel Boone National Forest, and on the Cumberland Plateau.”

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What coca leaves are to the mountain people of Peru, marijuana is to the mountain people of America. These growers take their their marijuana cultivation seriously, too. They are not shy about using lethal force to protect it. The DOJ describes some of the efforts to protect crops, “Cannabis cultivators frequently use camouflage, counter surveillance techniques, and booby traps to protect their outdoor grow sites. …These sites are often protected by armed guards who conduct counter surveillance. Moreover, the use of booby traps significantly increased in 2006….some cannabis cultivators used punji sticks, which may be camouflaged by leaves and brush or incorporated into pits and explosive devices, to reduce the risk of crop theft.”

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Searching for Bigfoot

Using tree knocks, howlsand other signals, hunters lookfor creature in Barren County,Mammoth Cave National Park

Searching for bigfoot

Charlie Raymond, of Prospect, Ky., (right) founder and lead investigator of the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization, leads a small team of people into the woods to search for Bigfoot, Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Barren County, Ky. The Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization has collected information on reported sightings listed in several Kentucky counties including at least three in Barren County, two in Allen County, two in Edmonson County, one in Hart County, three in Logan County and one in Warren County. (Alex Slitz/Daily News)

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By DEBORAH HIGHLAND The Daily News dhighland@bgdailynews.com 783-3243 | 5 comments

GLASGOW — Sasquatch, or rather the hunt for the elusive creature known around the world under many names such as Yeti and the Abominable Snowman or just Bigfoot here in Kentucky, brought out a crowd of researchers into the frigid Friday night air to a patch of rural land in eastern Barren County. 

Charlie Raymond, founder and lead investigator of the Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization, led a team into some lightly snow-covered hills. He conducted a series of tree knocks and howls along the way, communication signals that he says are common for a bigfoot.

“Typically they do that to alert other bigfoot that ‘we have humans present,’ ” Raymond said. “That’s what we think. We don’t have any scientific proof.”

It’s not as though he’s met a bigfoot that he could ask, he said.

However, he said he has in eastern Tennessee used a thermal imaging camera to see two of the creatures that were crawling on their bellies.

A relative of the Barren County landowner, who asked to remain anonymous, recently recorded a mid-pitched howl of an unidentified creature coming from a cedar thicket. The man immediately got online and did some tracking of his own, which led him to Raymond and his team. 

But there was more than just a howl. The man who called upon Raymond to help him had placed 200 pounds of corn on the cob in a field in an attempt to attract deer to the area for hunting. Within the next two days, the 200 pounds of corn, cobs and all, disappeared. In the middle of where the corn had been placed was an arrowhead.

Sasquatch hunters call this process “gifting,” Raymond said. He explained that the creature had taken the corn and in return left an arrowhead as a sort of primitive thank-you note for the food. Last week, Raymond left a jar of peanut butter near the rural site after smearing some on the outside of the jar and then resealing it. The next day, the jar was gone.

Raymond’s ultimate goal is to document, prove the existence of and protect the creatures. 

Raymond, along with one of his researchers, his wife Dana, who calls herself a skeptic leaning toward belief in bigfoot, hiked into a wooded area several feet from the cedar thicket where the Barren County man said he had recorded the howl. Dana Raymond built a fire and maintained base camp Friday night.

Under a crescent moon, Charlie Raymond set out with two of his investigators, Renee and Terry Thomas of Georgetown, and two Daily News journalists on a hike through the hilly, wooded area to hunt for evidence of bigfoot, evidence such as a return tree knock or a howl. During a tree knock, Raymond takes a large stick and slaps it against the outside of a tree, creating a noise like a major leaguer knocking a fastball out of the park. If he’s lucky, he gets a knock in return, that is if a sasquatch is up for conversation.

Raymond alerted his wife via two-way radio when he was about to conduct a tree knock or a howl so that she would know the sounds were coming from him rather than a sasquatch. One howl got a return high-pitched hoot back from an owl. 

After traversing the private property in Barren County, Raymond led the team and visitors to a spot in Mammoth Cave National Park where he, his wife and a group of Girl Scouts got a scare last summer.  While making howls and tree knocks with a giggling group of scouts, something large leaped onto the raised walkway in an area of the park, Raymond said. The leap created a thud so loud that the group hustled as fast as they could away from the area. Dana’s first thought was to protect the children from what could’ve been a bear or a bigfoot. 

On Friday, as soon as Raymond and the rest of the team got of their vehicles at Mammoth Cave, he immediately pointed out what sounded like a tree knock coming from the same wooded area that he had visited with the Girl Scouts. He guided the group along a walkway knocking on trees and let out a howl. Nothing responded.

The sightings and evidence aren’t everyday occurrences but are reported more now than they were five or 10 years ago, Raymond said. Television shows such as Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot,” have made it easier for people to come forward without fear of being labeled. Raymond will be featured in an upcoming segment of the show. 

The Kentucky Bigfoot Research Organization has collected information on reported sightings listed in several Kentucky counties including at least three in Barren County, two in Allen County, two in Edmonson County, one in Hart County, three in Logan County and one in Warren County.

Conclusive evidence has escaped researchers. No one has been able to prove definitively that the creatures exist. But no one has been able to prove that they don’t exist either.

Raymond and his team don’t charge a fee to investigate bigfoot claims and encourage people to come forward with any sighting information or sounds so that they can be documented on his website www.kentuckybigfoot.com and shared with other sasquatch researchers. Raymond has been searching for bigfoot for 20 years.

“My goal is to gather enough evidence to establish laws to protect them,” he said.

— To report bigfoot evidence, call Charlie Raymond at 502-851-9295 or log on to his website.

— Follow city editor Deborah Highland on Twitter at twitter.com/BGDNcityeditor or visit bgdailynews.com.

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Japanese beverage giant Suntory Holdings has agreed to purchase American spirits maker Jim Beam.

 

 

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An iconic Kentucky original is being sold to a foreign company.

Japanese beverage giant Suntory Holdings has agreed to purchase American spirits maker Jim Beam. The all-cash deal is valued at $16-billion. Beam stock shot up in premarket trading today after the deal was announced.

Suntory is known for Yamazaki and Hakushu whiskies and Midori liqueur, as well as beers, wines, and soft drinks.

Beam is produced in Clermont, Kentucky, and is known for its brand-name products including Jim Beam bourbon, Maker’s Mark whisky, and Courvoisier cognac.

Suntory already distributes Beam’s products in Japan. Beam distributes Suntory’s products in Singapore and other Asian markets. Both companies’ boards unanimously approved the transaction, which is targeted to close in the second quarter. It needs approval from Beam Inc. stockholders.

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Suntory Holdings To Acquire Beam In $16 Billion Transaction

OSAKA, JAPAN and DEERFIELD, ILLINOIS – JANUARY 13, 2014 – Suntory Holdings Limited and Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM) today jointly announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Suntory will acquire all outstanding shares of Beam for US$83.50 per share in cash or total consideration of approximately US$16 billion, including the assumption of Beam’s outstanding net debt.

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Kentucky has more lakes suspected of having toxic algae

U.S. Marijuana Party Kentucky

 

 

 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Kentucky has seven lakes suspected of having excessive levels of toxic algae, but state officials aren’t revealing which bodies of water are being targeted for a second round of tests.

Kentucky environmental regulators are drawing water from the lakes for a second time for more rigorous laboratory analysis after initial samples showed concentrations of blue-green algae worthy of health advisories.

Kentucky Division of Water official Clark Dorman said the lakes involved in the most recent advisory aren’t run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Five Corps-run lakes were the subject of a recent advisory.

Even though the state’s initial tests suggested health risks to the public, dogs and farm animals, state officials are declining to identify those water bodies.

 

Read more: http://www.wlky.com/news/local-news/louisville-news/ky-has-more-lakes-suspected-of-having-toxic-algae/-/9718340/22411324/-/x31yeb/-/index.html#ixzz2hZAxiMlo

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Fear and loading in Kentucky

by Andy Kopsa@andykopsa

September 19, 2013 9:00AM ET

$350 buys you a bump fire stock to turn a semiautomatic rifle into a machine gun

Barrel assemblies for weapons on sale during the semi-annual Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Kentucky.

My first night in Louisville, Jim showed me his guns. The born-and-bred Kentucky boy stores them in a hulking safe with a keypad lock, hidden inside a walk-in closet. Over 5 feet tall and almost 4 feet wide, it easily holds Jim’s collection of pistols, rifles and handguns, with room to spare. Lining the back of the door is a leather organizer with more guns snugly tucked in its pockets.

One by one, Jim pulled out gun after gun, explaining the provenance of each one. There was his grandfather’s Browning SA .22, an antique handgun of gray polished metal. I could tell by the way he handled it that it was heavy. His grandpa “kept it on his nightstand,” Jim said, and called it a “squirrel shooter.” There was the precision Anschutz target rifle of the finest craftsmanship. And the semiautomatic AR-15, bought prior to the 1994 federal assault-weapon ban (which expired a decade later). Jim’s AR-15 looked like a cheap plastic toy, but he assured me his gun was far superior to the ones made now.

In the gun-friendly culture prevalent in Kentucky, Jim’s multigenerational collection of guns isn’t unusual. What makes him stand out in the community, however, is his stance on gun control. (In fact, his views on background checks and waiting periods — he’s for them — are so contentious that he asked me not to use his real name so he wouldn’t be recognized at the gun ranges where he is a regular.)

During a phone conversation with him this January, with the shadow of the Sandy Hook shooting massacre in the background, he told me that the variety of guns and gun accessories readily available in his state should frighten me. Within a 20-minute drive of his house, he said, he could legally purchase everything he needed to convert an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, or SAR (which, each time the trigger is pulled, fires once, ejects the empty casing and immediately loads another round), into a fully automatic weapon capable of shooting 100 rounds a pop. All Jim needed was a device known as a bump fire stock, available for purchase online and at gun retailers, gun shows and ranges for $350 to $500.

“I betcha didn’t know [you could do that],” Jim said. He was right. I didn’t. That’s how I found myself in Louisville, Ky., handling Jim’s AR-15 — the weapon I would modify with a bump fire.

Jim instructed me to handle the rifle and familiarize myself with the different parts and the sequence of actions required to shoot it. I was surprised how quickly I became proficient at flipping the safety, sliding the bolt open and closed and clicking the ammunition chamber shut with my right index finger. Within 15 minutes I was running through the pre-firing routine smoothly.

A good state for gun owners

The magazine Guns & Ammo ranks Kentucky as No. 5 on its list of best states for gun owners because of its lax gun laws. The state’s concealed-carry laws cover all kinds of guns, not just handguns. There is no permit needed to carry a weapon in public (called open carry) and no waiting period to purchase a gun. (Kentucky used to have a wait, also known as a cooling-off period to protect against impulsive acts of violence, but it was abolished recently, along with other restrictions.) And Kentucky has a “stand your ground” law — as made infamous by the Trayvon Martin case in Florida — and there are no restrictions on purchasing SARs or on magazine capacity.

Unsurprisingly then, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence puts Kentucky near the bottom in its 2011 survey of states’ regulation policies. It scored just 2 out of a possible 100 points. Only Arizona, Utah and Alaska scored lower, coming in at zero.

In Kentucky, it is entirely legal to purchase a machine gun, which spits out bullets for as long as the trigger is pressed and there is ammunition in the chamber, allowing hundreds of rounds to be fired in a matter of minutes — as opposed to single-shot or semiautomatic weapons, which only fire one bullet each time the trigger is pulled.

The buyer has to clear a background check by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: disqualifiers include a felony conviction, a dishonorable discharge from the military or a record of domestic violence. Then a $200 tax stamp is all that separates the buyer from the machine gun, which typically ranges in price from $12,000 to $16,000 for a new model.

In recent months, gun-control laws have become even looser. In March, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signed into law Senate Bill 150, which repeals the six-month state residency requirement to acquire a concealed carry permit. The National Rifle Association praised its passage, saying it was “critical” to one’s inherent right to self-defense and that the residency requirement was in fact “discriminatory.”

The next day, Jim and I headed out to Knob Creek shooting range, about a 25-minute ride from Louisville. We arrived around noon and went inside to pay our $20 range fee. The Knob, as it is known, is featured in the Country Music Television reality series “Guntucky,” about the family-owned and -operated outdoor range famous for letting a person shoot almost any object. If you can drag it out onto the 350-yard range, you can shoot it. The rules have changed slightly over the years because some items, for example, an old toilet, once destroyed, spewed shrapnel that pierced the tires of the range’s maintenance vehicles.

The office is in a large aluminum outbuilding with a snack shop, with several lunchroom-style tables where customers can order a hot dog or popcorn, and the main office area in the back, which is more gun store than office.

The Knob’s walls are lined with long guns (firearms with long barrels such as rifles and shotguns) and draped with flags — American and Confederate and those of the armed-services branches — and glass cases filled with handguns pack the room’s perimeter. Customers can rent a .50-caliber machine gun like ones mounted on armored vehicles for use in war. Pay the $100 fee and, under the close supervision of Knob staff, you can squeeze off 10 rounds from this tremendous weapon.

But the gun range isn’t only for serious shooters. Several gun ranges in and around Louisville have family memberships, family-centric events and classes for young shooters. Other ranges host ladies’ nights and lunchtime shooting specials with reduced fees. According to its website, the Knob “strives to provide a safe, friendly atmosphere for families to enjoy firearms.”

After paying our range fee, we set up on one of the 20 or so shooting tables facing downrange. The range master, an older man with a revolver on his hip, cautioned us to make sure that all gun barrels were pointed downrange and that we had chamber flags (small plastic orange flags inserted in the firing chamber of a gun to show it is unloaded) in and the safety on when not shooting.

The Knob is an outdoor range not far from Louisville famous for letting a person shoot almost any object. If you can drag it out onto the range, you can shoot it.

Jim placed the AR-15 on our table, balancing the barrel on a sandbag for support. I laid out magazines of 20 and 30 rounds next to me; my thumb and forefinger were stained black from loading more than 600 rounds the night before.

I looked through the laser sight, which Jim called a doughnut sight because a red “doughnut” appears on the glass screen to zero in on the target. The first shot I took was maybe 50 yards out: a soda can we set up to watch it blow. I don’t remember if it was the first or second shot that sent the can spraying in the air, but it was a rush. I wanted to shoot more things — watermelons, pineapples, proper targets set up farther out.

After the AR-15, I tried a larger-caliber SAR called a .302 and a couple of single-shot rifles. Jim and I shot until our clothes were ringed with sweat and most of our ammo spent. In the 96-degree Kentucky heat, four hours had passed in what seemed like an instant.

At the close of that first day, I asked one of the range workers where I could buy a bump fire. He disappeared from the cash register for a few minutes and returned to present us with small, dusty box containing a bump fire, manufactured by a company called Slide Fire. I paid the $350, slipped the box into my shoulder bag, and Jim and I were on our way.

3 minutes to a machine gun

The only reason to own a Slide Fire or any bump fire stock is for the pleasure of shooting 20 or 30 rounds in mere seconds. No one attaches a Slide Fire to a gun to go deer hunting. Not only is it considered a breach of hunting etiquette; the modified weapon is inaccurate. Someone who is not properly trained or very familiar with its firing style could spray bullets everywhere.

Modifying Jim’s AR-15 with my Slide Fire took all of 10 minutes the first time we tried it. The Slide Fire box contained only three objects: a plastic Slide Fire stock (or butt, which is placed against the shoulder when firing), a small square adapter to join the Slide Fire to the body of the weapon and an Allen wrench. We didn’t need the wrench. The only tool we required was a long-handled flat-head screwdriver to remove the original pistol grip.

I slid the original stock off by lifting a simple lever, unscrewed and removed the pistol grip, put the Slide Fire adapter where the pistol grip had been, slid the Slide Fire stock into place on the gun, screwed the pistol-grip screw back in and was done. After a couple of tries, following the simple directions on the box, I could make the switch effortlessly in about 3 minutes.

The next day we took the modified SAR back to the range. I asked Jim to try it first, and in a few short bursts Jim emptied a 20-round clip into the dirt 30 yards away.

He turned to me with a surprised smile and yelled, “Well, goddamn!” Clearly, the device didn’t disappoint.

It was my turn. The shooting, I found, started in short bursts. Firing the weapon was counterintuitive. Instead of pulling the trigger with my right finger, I had to hold my right hand steady on the pistol grip. My left hand, which was holding up the barrel, became my trigger finger. The movement felt like drawing an arrow back in a bow; the left hand, with pressure, pushed forward while the right hand pulled back.

I got the hang of it in short order. I emptied two 20-round magazines in about a minute, including the time I took to change out the magazines. The power I felt shooting it and the fear of the damage it could do were the recipe for an overwhelming adrenaline rush. It was at once one of the most terrifying and exhilarating experiences of my life.

The modified SAR looks almost exactly like an unmodified SAR, with only a slight difference in the stock profile. Unless someone knows what to look for, the difference isn’t obvious. But the sound is different; it doesn’t make the familiar pop-pop-pop of an SAR. A few people approached us on the gun range to tell us they had heard us shooting our “toy,” and man, that sounded like fun.

The camaraderie on the range was evident when I took a break from shooting in the snack bar and was approached by Rose, an elderly woman who had come out to the Knob with her son-in-law and grandson. The boys had come to shoot, she said, but Rose just wanted some advice from the range shop’s guys about her new .12-gauge shotgun.

Rose also owns a .38-caliber handgun. Both of her guns she keeps for protection, she said. To stay sharp, she practices at home. “I have a little target range set up in my basement,” she said. All you need is a bullet trap, she explained, a metal box about 2 feet square that a target is affixed to for shooting practice. The device captures, or traps, the bullets, preventing them from ripping into walls. But the new gun had been giving her trouble, she said.

“I wanted to hold [the shotgun] like this,” she said, as she motioned an invisible gun into her armpit, “but they told me I can’t hold a gun like that,” as it was too big for her. They suggested she get a smaller-caliber gun, one she could hold properly with the butt against her shoulder.

I asked her if she could return the gun. She couldn’t, but she wasn’t worried about getting her money back, she said, since “there is always someone willing to buy it from you.”

The gun show loophole

Rose may not have specifically had gun shows in mind when she spoke about selling her shotgun, but they are notorious for person-to-person sales in which gun owners sell their weapons. Because the guns are considered their property, they are not legally required to perform a background check as licensed dealers must to sell weapons. This is commonly known as the gun-show loophole.

Gun shows are an integral part of the gun culture of the South. They provide meeting places where gun enthusiasts and die-hard Second Amendment supporters gather. A single gun-show aisle might showcase weapons, ammunition, black powder to make your own ammunition and literature as well as supplies to prepare for end-times such as water purifiers, meals ready to eat and a 40-gallon drums of beef jerky.

While I was in Kentucky, there was a gun show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, only an hour and a half away by car. It used to fill five exhibition halls but this year filled only one at the south edge of the grounds. There was a modest line to get in when I arrived on the opening day, and a huge orange sign out front instructed people to “unload weapons now.” A woman staffed a plexiglass ticket booth; the cost of entry was $12. A row of Indianapolis police officers sat at a folding table, checking weapons to ensure they weren’t loaded. They also ran zip ties through firing mechanisms to guard against accidental discharge.

The licensed gun dealers there came in all sizes. Some booths consisted of just a folding table set up on the concrete floor, while others had elaborate exhibition spaces to show off their products. Each booth I saw was outfitted with a laptop to run instant background checks so people could legally purchase firearms on the spot.

But if I had wanted to evade a background check, I could just as easily have purchased someone else’s gun, checked and zip-tied by a policeman, if the price was right, no questions asked.

It took only about 10 minutes at the show before a private seller, an SAR slung over one shoulder, approached me about his weapon. I stood at a booth reading a book on how to modify an SAR into a fully automatic weapon with some minor machine work. “I’m asking $1,000 for this one,” he said, gesturing to his rifle. “I built it myself.”

And he wasn’t alone. Scores of people (the ones I saw were men and mostly white) were walking up and down the aisles, selling their guns. Some would-be sellers even put handwritten flags with an asking price “or best offer” in the barrels of their guns. These were cash-only transactions, I was told, but if I didn’t have that much on me, there were ATMs conveniently flanking each of the hall’s entrances.

But according to the NRA and other gun-rights advocates, the gun-show loophole — sellers offloading their guns informally in the aisles of guns shows like the one at I attended in Indiana — is a myth. (The NRA didn’t respond to my request for interview or comment.)

John Malcolm, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Edward Meese Center, a conservative think tank, said in a phone interview that what was a so-called loophole to some could as easily be seen by others as the right of a person to sell his or her personal property, a right that must not be infringed. In a February blog post for the foundation website, he wrote that the data that the gun-show loophole argument is based on — that roughly 40 percent of gun purchases are made at gun shows in private sales — is outdated and unreliable, akin to “citing data about current seat belt usage that is derived from a limited sample taken years before a mandatory seat belt law went into effect or before cars were even required to have seat belts.”

If I had wanted to evade a background check, I could have easily purchased a firearm from a private seller at the gun show, no questions asked.

The night before I left Kentucky, Jim removed the bump fire from his AR-15 and replaced it with the original stock. “I could try and sell this for you, if you want,” he said, putting it back in its box. But it was just as likely to end up in the corner of his gun closet. He wouldn’t be using it again.

I won’t be shooting one again either. As this story was being put to bed, the news broke about this week’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. Twelve people dead, eight injured.

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Kentucky: Health and Welfare Committee to Hold Public Hearing Regarding Medical Marijuana Bill

 

 

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The Health and Welfare Committee in Kentucky is slated to hold a public hearing on August 21 for Senator Perry Clark’s proposed legislation that would legalize marijuana for medicinal dedications in his republic.

“It’s time. Forty percent of the states have already passed medical marijuana laws and Kentucky is kind of fallen behind on that. The science is far on our side. Cannabis is medicine. It is medicine in its many forms,” Senator Clark avowed.

Senator Clark and a group of Kentuckians for Medical Marijuana celebrated the news of the upcoming hearing at Clark’s home in Louisville on Sunday.

Per usual, the opposition feels legalizing the plant would merely cause an influx of crimes that they apparently feel is associated with medical marijuana regardless of the existing studies that debunk that very philosophy.

Senator Clark introduced similar legislation in 2012 but it failed to successfully traverse the gauntlet of legislative scrutiny.

Stay with The 420 Times for any updates concerning Senator Clark’s attempt to bring legalized medical marijuana to the state of Kentucky and for all your marijuana community news.

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Mammoth Cave system has yielded secrets to dedicated explorer

Written by
Matt Frassica
The Courier-Journal

Roger Brucker in Crystal Cave

 
83-year-old caver still exploring underground: Roger Brucker has been exploring in and around Mammoth Cave National Park since the 1950s. Since then, Brucker has helped the Cave Research Foundation map hundreds of miles underground. Video by Matt Frassica, The Courier-Journal.

The air was dry and cool, the steady 54 degrees that Mammoth Cave maintains all year. Deep inside the labyrinth, a 110-foot hole opened up below the narrow path. A railing was all that separated a tour group from the blackness below. The name of this feature, appropriately, is Bottomless Pit.

As far as anyone knows, Stephen Bishop was the first to explore Mammoth Cave beyond the pit. A former slave, Bishop worked as a guide for would-be adventurers who wanted tours of the cave in the 1840s. The Park Service ranger who led the tour had inherited this role, and he told stories about Bishop along the way.

Roger Brucker, 83, has been exploring Mammoth Cave for six decades. He hung back and let the tour group pass.

“They used to say Bishop went across this on a wooden ladder,” Brucker said, gesturing over the void. “Would you cross this, shimmying on a rickety ladder?”

As unwelcoming as the prospect seemed, this theory held until five years ago, when Brucker and other cavers found an alternate route that skirted Bottomless Pit.

Still, the story about crossing the pit by ladder has held on. The ranger repeated it later in the tour, playing up the danger. Brucker just shook his head and chuckled. Some tall tales are too good to let go.

Brucker has a favorite aphorism that helps explain the endurance of myths about Mammoth Cave: “True if interesting.” If that’s the yardstick, then Brucker’s history in the largest cave system in the world is very, very true.

Where does that passage go?

Brucker’s fascination with caving began when he was 8 years old, on an all-day tour of Mammoth Cave. While on the tour, the young Brucker shone his flashlight up a dark passageway. “I asked the guide, ‘Where does that passage go?’ ” he said.

The guard replied sarcastically, “It doesn’t go anywhere. It stays right here.”

This answer did not satisfy Brucker. “I thought, ‘One of these days, I’m going to find out, because that’s not an answer.’ ”

It took some time, but Brucker did return. After graduating from Oberlin College and entering the Air Force, he did some poking around small caves in New York and Ohio, where he was stationed. In 1953, Brucker, by then working as an advertising executive in Ohio, came back to Kentucky for a National Speleological Society field trip. During that trip, he became hooked on the complex, winding topography and seemingly endless reach of Central Kentucky caves.

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Does Kentucky need a kick-ass makeover?

 

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What comes to mind when you think about Kentucky? (Assuming you do think about Kentucky, that is.)

I’m betting fried chicken, bourbon and horse racing.

But some grassroots marketers are pushing to supplant those Bluegrass State images with this sentiment: Kentucky Kicks Ass. (That’s “kicks ass” as in “We’re really cool,” as opposed to “kicks ass” as in “We’re aiming a boot at your unsuspecting rear end.”)

The proposed slogan has a certain redneck swagger, unlike the considerably more demure “Kentucky — Unbridled Spirit,” which has been the state’s tagline since 2005. A group of advertising guys who dub themselves Kentucky for Kentucky coined the slogan — along with ad prototypes, a video and T-shirts — declaring it “unexpected and bold … coming from a state that’s considered to be fairly conservative.”

State officials have a different view.

“We certainly would not sanction or endorse that phraseology,” says state tourism department spokesman Pat Sipes. “These guys are Kentucky natives and they love the state. But they have a different constituency. Which is no one.”

State slogans are tricky. They’re supposed to lure tourists and new businesses, and, as the Kentucky Kicks Ass creators stress in their promotional video, foster state spirit and quash stereotypes. (Cue the mullet-coiffed shirtless guy leaning against a pickup.)

But capturing the essence of a place in a few short words is a daunting challenge.

Some state slogans are simple commands: “Explore Minnesota.” Some are grandiose: “North Dakota: Legendary.” Some raise questions: “North Carolina: A Better Place to Be.” (Better than where?)

One of the most enduring, “Virginia Is for Lovers” has been around for 43 years. It was coined in 1969 (eight years before another stalwart, “I LOVE NY”) and was the brainchild of a $100-a-week copywriter who paired two irresistible concepts — travel and romance.

But the essential question: Do these slogans work?

Not really, Cornell University marketing professor Chekitan Dev told me a few years back. Two reasons for failure: They don’t truly differentiate a place, and the destinations often can’t back up their claims.

So whether Kentucky really kicks ass, is in the eye — or some more nether region — of the beholder.

Not that it matters. The odds that Kentucky Kicks Ass will replace Kentucky — Unbridled Spirit are ” zero,” Stipes says.

Perhaps. But the Kentucky for Kentucky guys can dream, can’t they?

“Go ahead and Google “Unbridled Spirit,” challenges Griffin VanMeter in the group’s promotional video. “You know what you come up with? Horseback riding lessons. In San Antonio.”

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Ky voices: Rand Paul: Legalize hemp to aid Ky. economy

Published: December 15, 2012

 

 

 

By Rand Paul

A recent national poll concluded that 43 percent of Americans believe unemployment and job creation is the most important issue facing our country. So it’s no surprise that Republicans and Democrats in Washington claim to be big supporters of creating jobs.

But the truth is D.C. policy-makers on both sides of the aisle stifle jobs and opportunity with regulations and policies that hurt our work force. And often, it flies in the face of common sense. The perfect example of this is the debate over industrial hemp.

Prior to World War II, Kentucky led the nation in providing 94 percent of all industrialized hemp. However, it was outlawed under an umbrella law that made marijuana illegal. This was simply because they are in the same botanical family and look similar.

But there are major differences in the two plants. Marijuana is made up of 20 percent tetrohydrocannabinol (THC), the mind-altering chemical, while industrial hemp plants contain less than 0.3 percent.

Comparing hemp to marijuana is like comparing poppy seeds found on bagels to OxyContin. Poppy seeds are in the same family of opiate — the same family that contains codeine, morphine, OxyContin and even heroin.

Yet, you can buy and consume food containing poppy seeds, as thousands of Americans do each day, without experiencing the narcotic effects the rest of its plant is harvested for.

So, the issue with hemp isn’t that the plant is harmful. It’s that the plant might be mistaken for marijuana.

This presents some challenges for law enforcement. But we can address those challenges. And we can return to growing and producing hemp in Kentucky. And in the process, create jobs and opportunity here.

Let me share an example of the economic potential for industrial hemp.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps is based in California and sells products made from hemp plants. David Bronner, the company’s CEO, says it grossed over $50 million in sales this past year. But since the production of industrial hemp is outlawed in America, the company must import 100 percent of the hemp used in their products from other countries.

The company sends hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars every year to other countries because American farmers are not allowed to grow this plant. The U.S. is the only industrialized nation in the world that does not allow the legal growth of hemp.

Today, hemp products are sold around the U.S. in forms of paper, cosmetics, lotions, auto parts, clothes, cattle feed and so much more. If we were to start using hemp plants again for paper, we could ultimately replace using trees as the main source for our paper supply.

One acre of industrial hemp plants can grow around 15,000 pounds of green hemp in about 110 days. For every ton of hemp converted into paper, we could save 12 trees. It is a renewable, sustainable, environmentally conscious crop.

Back in August, I stood alongside Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer and a bipartisan group of legislators and promised Kentuckians that I would join the fight to allow the growth and production of industrial hemp. Comer stated that day that the soil and the climate in Kentucky are perfect for the growth of hemp, and that could ultimately allow the commonwealth to be the nation’s top producer.

Recently, Comer revived the long-dormant Kentucky Hemp Commission by calling its first meeting in more than 10 years. This took real leadership and I applaud him for his action. To help get the ball rolling and show our commitment, Bronner wrote a $50,000 check to the commission and I have pledged to match that donation from my personal political action committee.

While Comer and the commission work to address this issue in Kentucky, I have co-sponsored legislation in the U.S. Senate that would require the federal government to honor state laws allowing production of industrial hemp and would exclude industrial hemp from the definition of marijuana.

My vision for the farmers and manufacturers of Kentucky is to see us start growing hemp, creating jobs and leading the nation in this industry again. These jobs will be ripe for the taking, and I want the farmers in Kentucky to be the first in line.

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2012/12/15/2444391/rand-paul-legalize-hemp-to-aid.html#storylink=cpy

TO ALL THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT TOTAL REPEAL OF PROHIBITION IS IMPOSSIBLE… I SAY

By:  Rev. Mary Thomas-Spears

 

 

 

APPARENTLY YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND LAW OR YOUR CONSTITUTION

NOR DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT, NOTHING IS AS IT APPEARS TO BE

MOST THOUGHT IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE… FOR ME TO BEAT 6 FELONIES FOR TRAFFICKING IN A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, WHEN I NEVER DENIED MY GUILT. THOUGH I WAS CONVICTED OF ONE FELONY IN THAT CASE… I MADE U.S. LEGAL HISTORY FOR BEING THE ONLY DRUG TRAFFICKING FELON TO NEVER SERVE ANY SIGNIFICANT TIME ON A SENTENCE, WHILE I FLUNKED EVERY DRUG TEST GIVEN BY THE COURTS FOR THC.

MOST THOUGHT IT IMPOSSIBLE…  FOR ME OR ANY ONE TO SET OUT TO DECRIM THIS PLANT HERE IN KENTUCKY 20 YRS AGO…

YET, TODAY, IT IS A TICKET-ABLE OFFENSE UP TO 8 OZ’S OR 4 PLANTS AND THEY NOW OFFER A TAX STAMP FOR ANY QUANTITY OVER THAT AMOUNT {NOT THAT I SEE THE TAX AS A GOOD THING, YET, THEY MUST FIRST RECOGNIZE SOMETHING AS LEGAL TO REGULATE IN ORDER TO TAX IT.}

STILL UNCONSTITUTIONAL WHEN IT COMES TO MY PERSONAL RIGHT TO UTILIZE OR GROW

MOST THOUGHT IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE… FOR ME OR US {EVEN THOSE FEW OF US WHO TOOK ON THE TASK, KNEW THE ODDS WEREN’T IN OUR FAVOR} TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THE “LEGALIZE = LEGAL LIES” AND HOW THEY USE IT TO GAIN CONTROL OVER THE PLANT TO GMO… THAT WE’D BEEN BASICALLY LEAD BY THE NOSE… AND FEEDING THE MONSTER… HELL THEY NEVER THOUGHT WE’D GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT GMO HEMP/CANNABIS/MARIJUANA [.]

TODAY THERE ARE ENTIRE ORGANIZATIONS SET UP IN OTHER AREAS IN THE COUNTRY TO WATCH FOR GMO CANNABIS/MARIJUANA/HEMP AND TO CERTIFY PRODUCTS GMO FREE…

HELL I THOUGHT I WAS FIGHTING A LOOSING BATTLE FOR A MINUTE WHEN… I TRIED TO SHOW THIS SAME INFORMATION TO  GATEWOOD GALBRAITH FREEDOM FIGHTER AND DEFENDER OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE PEOPLE HERE IN KENTUCKY… AND HE SCREAMED AT ME, WHEN I CAME TO HIM WITH THIS ISSUE, RESEARCH AND INFO. NEARLY 7 YRS AGO, AT WHICH POINT HE TOLD ME, “LEAVE IT ALONE MARY!!! LEAVE THAT ISSUE IN CALI!!!…”

SO I DID, AND SO I SUGGESTED TO RON K., WE SHOULD TAKE THE INFO TO JACK HERER WHO WE BOTH KNEW… SO THEN RON KICZENSKI AND MYSELF, TOOK THE INFO WE HAD GATHERED TO JACK HERER {RON LIVING NEAR HIM, WHILE I ONLY SPOKE WITH HIM BY PHONE AND E-MAILS..} AND ASKED HIM TO EXAMINE IT AND NOT TO BELIEVE US, BUT TO DO HIS OWN RESEARCH AND IF HE AGREED WITH US TO REWRITE CALI’S LAWS, WITH A NEW INITIATIVE, THAT WOULD END PROHIBITION THROUGH REPEAL AND PROTECT THE PLANT FROM GMO MUTATION AND SO HE DID. AFTER WHICH, HE WROTE THE JACK HERER INITIATIVE NOW DUBBED CCHHI2012, WHICH WE {RON AND MYSELF} HELPED HIM TO WORD AND WHICH IS CURRENTLY GATHERING SIGNATURES FOR THE BALLOT IN CALI TODAY.

AN INITIATIVE WHICH WE HAD PLANNED ALL ALONG TO PIT, AGAINST ANY OTHER LEGALIZATION LEGISLATION AND THEN CAME PROP. 19, SO WE DID WHAT WE HAD PLANNED… AND AGAIN, WHAT MOST EVERYONE SAID WAS IMPOSSIBLE… AND WE STOPPED PROP. 19 {WHICH WOULD HAVE LEGALIZED CANNABIS FOR EVERYONE AND HAD MUCH SUPPORT THERE IN CALI… } FROM PASSING JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME IN MY OPINION TO SAVE THE PLANT AND THE PEOPLE FROM THE CORPORATIONS AND GOVERNMENTS COMPLETE OWNERSHIP AND CONTROL.

AT WHICH POINT MY HERO, MY ATTORNEY, MY MENTOR, MY FRIEND,… GATEWOOD GALBRAITH, WHO COULD NOT HEAR ME WHEN I SAID IT TO HIM… AND SCREAMED AT ME TO LET IT GO THEN WROTE ON ANOTHER WEBSITE ON THIS ISSUE,

Gatewood said…

I am an out-of-state observer who may have a hand in writing the future marijuana laws of Kentucky.

I immediately felt great hope when I first heard about the “legalization” forthcoming in Nov. in

California but when I heard that my good friends Jack Herer and Dennis Peron opposed its

passage, I was greatly intrigued. Now I thoroughly understand their positions. Thanks for your

exhaustive effort. I can sympathize with having such a burden lifted. Gatewood Galbraith

July 15, 2010 7:06 AM

IN RESPONSE TO, “WHY PRO-POT ACTIVISTS OPPOSE PROP. 19: 19 REASONS TO VOTE KNOW”

http://votetaxcannabis2010.blogspot.com/2010/07/why-pro-pot-activists-oppose-2010-tax.html

HELL THE DOCTORS HAVE BEEN TELLING ME I AM FIGHTING A LOOSING BATTLE FOR MANY YRS… YET, I AM STILL HERE AND WALKING, WHEN THEY SAID, I WOULDN’T BE.

SO………

I KNOW THAT NOTHING IS, AS IT APPEARS TO BE…

AND THAT DESPITE HOW THINGS MIGHT APPEAR… NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WHEN IT COMES TO THIS ISSUE OR MOVEMENT.

AND IT ONLY TAKES A FEW OF COMMITTED PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE TRUTH.

“PROTECT THE PLANT THAT PROTECTS THE PEOPLE”

CHANGE YOUR LEGISLATION TO READ “NO GMO’S” AND RETURN IT UNTAXED TO OUR GARDENS TODAY!

SO I WILL CONTINUE IN MY EXHAUSTIVE EFFORTS, FOR ALL THOSE WHO WRITE TO ASK ME? WHY I HAVEN’T STUCK A GUN IN MY MOUTH YET OR WHY I HAVEN’T REALIZED THAT I AM FIGHTING A LOOSING BATTLE THAT GOES AGAINST THE TIDE.

Kentucky Man Charged With Riding Under The Influence

 

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A Kentucky man was arrested for driving under the influence in what deputies have called unusual circumstances.

The man was riding a horse.

Danny Reynolds was riding his horse on a rural road near his house about 8 miles south of Nicholasville in Jessamine County.

Sheriff’s deputies told the 55-year-old to get down from his horse. They said he staggered while dismounting the animal. Reynolds said he staggered because he was severely

diabetic and feeling light-headed.

Officials said tests showed Reynolds’ blood-alcohol level was two time over the legal limit. The arresting officer also found rolling papers and marijuana in his pockets.

Reynolds told CBS affiliate WKYT he drank a couple beers to celebrate his son’s birthday, but did not think he was drunk. He said he normally doesn’t drink.

According to the arrest report, “(Reynolds) had several beers in his saddle bag and a mason jar which he identified as moonshine.”

Chief Deputy Allen Peel admitted it was a unique case, but the deputies were concerned about Reynolds’ safety.

“He could have swerved into a car, causing danger to himself and others,” said Peel.

Reynolds was charged with operating a non-motor vehicle under the influence, possession of marijuana and drug possession.

“I really didn’t mean to cause any harm,” Reynolds said. “I definitely learned my lesson and I hope other riders pay attention.”

Similar cases have happened in Tennessee. A woman was arrested in 2009 while riding a horse in the Shelbyville Christmas parade. She was charged with public

intoxication.

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