NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING…

An update on my Daughter, Francis’s death…

Sarah Family  Happier times…

There used to be a poster hanging on the wall, outside the Kitchen at our old house.  It read,

NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING!

or

YOU WILL MAKE AN “ASS” out of “U” AND “ME”

That was the first thing that I thought of after reading the Autopsy and Toxicology Reports for Francis today.

According to Nashville, (TN) Forensic Medical Laboratory Report, there was absolutely NO “drugs of abuse” found within her system at the time of death on June 19th.

After having “assumed” the worse, I was proven wrong.  And I am so grateful that I have received this gift of being “wrong”. 

Francis was very social but very private as well.  She was well aware of her problems at hand and at least for the short term she had “gotten ahold” of herself.

Her story remains the same – Only the ending has changed.

My heart goes out to anyone who has had to live through an ordeal such as this.

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The Children Left Behind…

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I hope someone is listening!

It has  been a month now since my daughter was killed in a one car accident on I65 outside of Nashville, TN, on her way home to her children.  She had been out of town for a few days with her fiancé attending his Sons’ Graduation from Military School.They had driven for ten hours and it was about 4 a.m. when it happened.  It is an old story, and it happens everyday to someone’s child.  I am not special and so on that fateful day I lost my baby girl.  I won’t bore you with the details.  That story is posted HERE.

My Daughter had serious depression and anxiety problems and was never able to get the right doctor to treat her illness…moreover, she was tired of trying to.  She had been self medicating for years with street drugs.  The problem was that the drugs that she ended up using only exasperated the problem.  It was not feasible that her drug use would help the problem…it only made it worse.What started as a “pain pill” problem after being prescribed opiates by a doctor for chronic pain, which she indeed had, ended up being a cocaine, meth and possibly a heroin addiction for which she then decided to self medicate with  buprenorphine which she also obtained “off the street”. 

I begged her a number of times to get help but there was no real help.  She refused to use Cannabis because of drug testing – first she was scared of CPS drug testing, then she needed to test clean for a job (which she could never hold onto).  She was scared of losing her children because of a positive THC test.  The “other stuff” you can get out of your system quicker, she had told me.  Well, that’s just fucking great.  Now she is dead.

Her medical history is about as difficult as mine is.  It suffices to say that chronic debilitating pain especially when you throw that on top of a mental illness such as we have, Chronic Major Depression and chronic anxiety, that is enough to cause you to look anywhere for some kind of relief.  It is only human nature that if you are in pain, mental or physical,  to try and find some way to get out of it!  In this World you do not have time to sit down and be ill or in pain.  There are bills to pay and kids to feed and nobody cares if you are sick. We are slaves to the system.

I had begged her to come home a number of times.  But at 34 years old I suppose that she needed her own space.  She worked hard at anything she could do to make a little money to keep going.  The drugs kept her going physically, until they took her down.  And when it finally did take her down that last time as she was driving down I65, she left behind three Son’s and a family who loved her so much words can do no justice.

The buprenorphine was the beginning of the end for her.  I watched while she slowly disintegrated….and that was what it was like…watching something disintegrate before your eyes and not being able to stop it.  Because she was so good at hiding what she was doing, I never really knew what drugs she was on at what time, with the exception of the Buprenorphine which she told me about.. The past few years the boys had been with me a lot of the time.  She just could not handle the stress of “trying to find money to live on” and taking care of kids at the same time.  She was totally dysfunctional.  Totally depressed and anxietized.  The only thing I could think of was to get her off the drugs which was impossible to do especially when she wouldn’t use Cannabis. 

She was scared.  She also had some idea that she was going to die young.  The past 6-8 months she spent getting all her paperwork in order and labeled accordingly so that when the time came we could find what we needed.  God Bless Her.I’ve never seen so much OCD in organization before.  She had spent hours labeling folders and had everything neatly packed in boxes.  Everything since 1999 when she lost her first child as a stillborn – back before she EVER thought about using any kind of drugs.  She was completely drug free for the pregnancy and  births of all of her children.

She got caught up in the drug war.  And it ended up killing her.If she had used Cannabis instead of all of the other drugs she did, she may very well be alive today. She fell asleep while driving and went off the road – while taking buprenorphine – because she was afraid to use Cannabis.

Drug testing is the single most deadly weapon used by Government and law enforcement to trap people.  It is the cause of many death’s via drug use, which it was intended to prevent.  “Spice” is a good example of this as many people have died from using it because it was a Cannabis “substitute” and it normally does not show up on drug testing.  It is called “probation weed” down here in Kentucky.

Drug testing only invades our privacy and sets us up for failure.  Drug testing does not prevent nor treat drug abuse.  Drug testing is just another way to to seize money via commerce.  Just think of all of the money that is involved in drug testing. Manfred Donike would be proud – I suppose.

The regulation and legalities surrounding the use of drugs and plants have been the trap that has incarcerated so many innocent people, ruined so many people’s lives and is responsible for many, many death’s in this war.  It IS a war.

Legalize, Tax and Regulate Cannabis is not an option if you want to regain your freedom.  It is just another avenue for the Government to grow their control over the people.  A way to give some of us what we want while still maintaining their “complexes” of control via the Controlled Substance Act, These controls keep the medical/pharmaceutical industrial complex, the military/police force industrial complex, the agricultural industrial complex, the private prison industry, the “child protection” industry and more running at high speed, and commerce and taxation flows appropriately, under Government control, to keep it going in the right direction to feed the very industries that control our every move – including the use of Cannabis both medically and recreationally. 

If you think that the prison population was high (no pun intended) before “legalization”, just wait until it is “legalized, taxed and regulated”. 

The only way to lift this burden is to REPEAL all statutes, regulations and control of the personal use of plants…period, from the United Nation’s Treaties and Agenda 21/30, on down through each Country’s own Constitution.  The only “drugs” which need regulation are those which are created by the pharmaceutical industry itself.  This would include Cannabis based medicines when they are created and sold by pharmaceutical industries or in dispensaries.  The plants in your yard for your own personal use should never be subjected to any kind of “legislation”.

It suffices to say that in this war a lot of us, including myself, will be raising our Grandchildren.  And a lot of us are unable to do so, which leaves many children to the claws of the Government.  My daughter was a good Mother – just ask her children.  They are the ones that have lost the most – their Mother.  She loved her boys to no end. She did the best that she could do.  It is up to us to continue on and try to rectify the evil that she succumb to.

https://www.minds.com/blog/view/735675763440754701

https://thinkprogress.org/states-spend-millions-to-drug-test-the-poor-turn-up-few-positive-results-81f826a4afb7

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manfred_Donike

http://web.archive.org/web/20041208084352/kentucky.usmjparty.com/policy_elkhorn.htm

https://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/22267-un-agenda-2030-a-recipe-for-global-socialism

…dying with Francis – and learning to live again…

…dying with Francis – and learning to live again…

ShereeKrider 7/11/2017 7:51:32 PM

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On Father’s Day Sunday June 12th, 1983, I had a perfect baby girl. On Father’s Day Sunday June 19th, 2017, I lost my baby girl at 34 years old in a horrible one vehicle accident along north Interstate 65 a few miles outside of Nashville about four a.m. Apparently, she fell asleep while driving, swerved, went over a guardrail, flipped three times, and she was gone from my life forever before the little Toyota truck finally stopped. Her fiancée was asleep with his head in her lap and apparently that is what saved his life and for that I am eternally grateful. But ourselves, the children, the rest of the family and of course her fiancé, along with so many other close friends who have been left behind are so lost. A world without Francis is incomprehensible. …

When the officer came on Monday morning it was my husband /her father who met him in our driveway. We are always sitting on the back screened porch if we aren’t busy elsewhere. The porch is our living room weather permitting. Its where all the family likes to be. Her father thought well hell, what trouble did she get into this time and what jail is she at?

I cannot even begin to explain the torrent of emotion that ran thru my body. It still has not totally left yet, and I suspect never will, or at least it sure feels that way. The initial first 18 hours after we found out was a genuine ride thru hell in a handbasket. Not knowing at first whether her fiancé was dead or alive, not knowing where to begin to find out the information we needed and what to do about transporting her body and funeral and notifying everyone – when I couldn’t even begin to speak. I was completely terrorized.

Francis was far from gangster but she had been in trouble a few times for shoplifting small items in several stores and she was a Buprenorphine user although it was not prescribed by a doctor – she chose to medicate herself after having been addicted to opiates, hydrocodone mostly. She rarely touched Marijuana because she was afraid of being drug tested. The Buprenorphine, she said, she could get out of her system faster.

So there you go…..

My child was afraid to detox with Marijuana because she couldn’t afford to fail a drug test.

She never received a formal diagnosis because there never seemed to be the right kind of doctors to do so. They threw antidepressants at her many times but it didn’t work for her. She was angry and irrational at times. Very depressed and dysfunctional. Chronic major depression seems to run in the family as I was diagnosed with that and extreme anxiety at 23 years old. I had suffered with it since age 12.

Francis was never a failure. She had gone to high school at a private religious school until 10th grade when she ended up dropping out because of illness with her first pregnancy. She later went to school to be a CNA and always kept her registration active but did not work in the field much because of the emotional distress it caused her – depression.

Francis had fell in love with a young man who lived in our neighborhood in Louisville at age 15. She was barely 16 when she gave birth to her son Andrue who was stillborn. On a very cold November day in 1999 we laid her first-born Son to rest at the foot of his Paternal Grandmother who had died only 2 weeks earlier. Francis never got over this but her and J.S. the young man she loved stayed together and had two more son’s together J.D. and D.R. Twelve years later their relationship broke down and they were separated. They stayed friends and even though J.S. lived in Louisville and we had all relocated to Cave City he kept in touch with his children the best way he could – Facebook mostly and occasionally the boys would go spend a few days or week with their Dad.

When I called J.S. with the horrible news he came after his boys that night. I was not happy with the decision he had made at all, at first. I did not want my grandsons taken away from me. I was the one that they stayed with most of the time even when Francis was alive. And now that she was gone my grandsons should remain with me – or so I thought. But J.S. and the boys and last but not least the Barren County Sheriff explained that they needed to go with their dad.

The timing sucked. Baby T.K. was now losing 2 brothers within a day of losing his Mother. He is only four years old. He wants his Mommy and his brothers.

So now comes T.K.’s father calling on “Facebook messenger “ the very next day wanting to come get HIS son. A son he has not seen nor talked to nor paid support for that I know of since T.K. was 2 months old. A veteran with 9 other children with I don’t know how many mothers. A man who cannot hold a job that I know of and has been in and out of the judicial system. A man who had taken advantage of Francis when she was lost, and ended up blessing her with a biracial son. I say that he blessed her with her son T.K. because that was the only thing good that came out of that short-term relationship. T.K. is a very beautiful and special child and we are blessed to have him.

The difference between J.S. and N.L. who is T.K.’s father is that J.S. knows and loves his boys and there is no doubt in my mind of this. Even though he’s had tough times in his life he never did anything to make his sons life any harder on them than it already was. N.L. wants his child because “T.K. is mine”, period. And of course, he will be able to get a check on him.

Because Francis was paranoid of people trying to take her kids away, namely N.L. and CPS, she would never write up a will or POA for me in case of emergency even though all the kids were with me a lot of the time, – and so here we are. fighting against all odds to get custody of T.K. and keep him with the family that knows him, loves him, and has cared for him since his birth. To try to protect him from being thrown into a family that he knows nothing about or has ever seen. Even though I asked N.L. to come to the funeral where he could meet his son he neglected to show up and in a text, he said he had a flat tire and his kids were fighting with their mother. What could be more important than being at the funeral of your child’s mother? Especially when you are wanting to take that child?

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The funeral went smoothly, and many friends and family came to see Francis and say their good-byes. Everyone was congenial with each other and caring. My only regret is that I could not have her in Cave City for her funeral and burial, but because I had no insurance on her and I only owned two plots and they were in Louisville, that is where she ended up. My Daughter Marie, Francis’s Sister, had to put up over $4000 to cover the remainder of the costs. I do not know what we could have done without her help. We will be paying this debt for a while, for sure. A monthly reminder of what we have lost. The Insurance company would not release funds to pay for the funeral and we are still in process of dealing with that. Insurance companies rarely do what they are needed or expected to do. If it wasn’t for Marie, Francis likely would have become property of the State. That in and of itself is a sad thing, but most people are living in such circumstances that they cannot afford the luxury of Life Insurance. By the time they must pay for car insurance and health insurance, combined with all the other necessities of life, there is no room for anything else.

Marie is seriously heartbroken as she is now an only child who has lost her only Sister. I never wanted her to be an only child. I never had any siblings, and I’m here to say that everyone needs brothers and sisters. I married mine when I married my husband who had 7 of them. They have been a godsend to us in our time of sorrow and need.

A few close friends helped me survive the first three weeks. We had quite a few extra people in the house for over a week following her death. It took 7 days just to get the arrangements finalized and completed. Groceries, babysitting and nanny to help keep T.K. occupied, emotional support and more was very much needed while we walked blindly through the fog that was Our Daughter’s death and burial, and I will be forever grateful for their help.

At the same time, we were making arrangements, AFTER having to tell three Grandson’s that their Mother was gone, we were terrified of T.K. being “snatched” away from us, by his Father. We made I don’t know how many trips back and forth to the Courthouse and CPS and a consult with a Lawyer, even though we couldn’t afford to hire one, to try to make sense of what we needed to do to protect him. It is not an easy thing to do.

On July 1, T.K.’s Father did show up at my house. I called the Sheriff to come check things out and he was arrested for a warrant previously incurred. He was still incarcerated at the time of the July 10th hearing and he was not able to attend. The Judge honored our request for temporary custody.

I do not know how many times we will have to appear in Court over this issue. I do not know what the outcome will be. I can only hope and pray for a good outcome for T.K. for he is the one who will suffer the most if the wrong decision is made. We will follow through.

This is just the beginning of a long road to come. We are now 57 and 59 years old with a four-year-old child. But we are not alone because I know that there are many others out there like us. It happens every day. And we are not alone in raising this child. My Daughter, his Aunt, will become a surrogate parent as well. I am sure it will take all of us to accomplish this – but we will prevail.

This change in life shall remain indefinitely. The loss of a Child in such a way is a terror that will never completely heal. There could not be much of anything that would be harder to deal with. The shock, the horror, the emotions, the funeral, the thoughts that you accumulate from the experience that will never totally leave, the unknowing of the future at hand, suddenly being totally responsible for a young child’s care, the shear sense of a loss that will never end…

this, is a true story…the saddest one I have ever written.

(The names were changed for privacy reasons)

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My Dearest Baby, Sarah Francis,

How did this even happen? It is a horrible nightmare that I will never wake up from.

You were born on Fathers Day and died on Fathers Day, how does that even happen?

When the Officer came to the house last Monday morning, your Dad was the one who got the news first.

I’ve never seen him so distraught.

There isn’t any news in the World that could be more horrible than that was.

I still think that you are going to come up the drive and skid into the rock like you always did.

But you won’t.

I love you so much words cannot explain this loss.

J.S. came and took J.D. and D.R. away…

N.L. is coming to take T.K. away…

I have lost 4 children at once.

Baby girl, it is not your fault!

You are and will forever be an Angel to the Lord.

It is the evil in this World that took you down.

It was not your fault!

The cards were stacked against you (and all of us) from the day we were born.

When you needed medical help – it was not there.

When you needed support – it was not there because even though we love you with all of our heart and soul,

it was just not enough to get you through the distress in your life.

I am so very sorry.

Sorry for not being able to help you more,

Sorry that you were born into a World that is so self-centered and evil,

Sorry that I could not save you,

Sorry that I could not save your Children, or my Grandchildren from the evil in this World.

I would do anything for you – because you are my heart and soul, you are my Baby Girl.

Marie is so heartbroken, I don’t know what to do.

Your Dad is so heartbroken, and so am I and SO many other people who have lost you.

You will always be in our life, every day, from now till the end of our lives, and beyond.

Every day when I wake up I will see your beautiful face,

Every night when I lay down I will see your beautiful Soul,

I miss you so much,

I miss you yelling at me,

I miss you needing me,

I miss everything about You,

I want You back,

We are all so lost without You,

Rosie is now an only Child, and I know from experience that is not a good thing.

Every child needs a brother or sister,

and now Rosie’s is gone forever.

Oh My God what can I do?

With all of my heart and soul I love you,

Guess what?

T.K. just learned to ride a bike – a big bike – without training wheels – today!

David fixed the bike for him and brought it down the other day,

and today he is riding it on his own!

It’s like he grew up overnight,

I know D.R. wanted to be here with him, and that breaks my Heart,

I’m doing everything that I can to keep these babies together, but it isn’t going my way at all.

I love you Darling – now and forever,

Please be at Peace,

Know that we love you,

Know that you are not in any way at fault in any of this,

Know that you are a good Mother,

Know that you have Beautiful Children,

Know that We know that You did your best…

Know that I will do my best for your Babies,

Know that I will do my best for Robert, as he is so hurt and lost without you, he will remain in Our Family.

Just KNOW that EVERYONE LOVES YOU AND MISSES YOU AND OUR LIVES WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN…

Mom

Happy Birthday Daddy!

In memoriam, for my Father…

Mom Dad 1941

Above:  Kenneth Eugene Hardesty and Marie Nelson Hardesty 1941

Kenneth Eugene Hardesty was born February 10, 1917 in Irvington, Kentucky.

He was enlisted October 10, 1941 out of Jefferson County, Kentucky and  Served in New Guinea, Southern Philippines (liberation); Luzon.

He received an Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with (3) Bronze Stars, a Good Conduct Ribbon, and American Theater Ribbon and Philippine Liberation, Victory Medal WWII.

He served as a Private First Class for over four years until he was discharged at the end of the war.

And then he came home and had me…In the baby boomer years!

For this I thank him and my Mother who so tirelessly worked to take care of me.

I will remember you and celebrate this day,

and I hope You will too, gathered with friends and family who have long since left this Earth,

For this is your 100th Birthday! 

A day that comes only once, and would not come in a time that we could celebrate together. 

But I will remember you forever!

May God Bless You Both where ever you are – I know you are in Heaven!

For all the love and hard work that you and Mom put into having and raising me,

I remember your birthdays, each and every year, even though you are not here to celebrate them with.

I will love you forever!

SHk

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It’s time for another Presidential Election in the U.S.A. (Lord, what are we supposed to do now?)

The following is a short synopsis of the current situation as I see it concerning the Presidential Elections.

After watching Donald J. Trump at the Republican National Convention (RNC) and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in July, I am still at a loss on who would be the best Candidate to put our Votes behind in the upcoming Presidential Elections. 

As of yet, the U.S. Marijuana Party as a group has likewise not decided who we should promote for the White House as well.

Bernie Sanders did his best at the DNC to push the Democrats over to Hillary Clinton, in his speech.  I am not sure how that is going to work out for them.

Hillary Clinton has had virtually continuous access to the White House since her Husband, Bill Clinton was elected President in 1993.  This is 2016 and I do not see anything that can be construed as positive changes for the American People in a long, long time.  You could argue that when “Bill” was in the White House things were different.  However, after gaining a few years wisdom on the matter, there are things that I could disagree with during his reign, that at the time I thought he was one of the best President’s we ever had.  And, sadly enough, he probably was.

William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton, American politician who was the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Clinton was previously Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992, and the Arkansas Attorney General from 1977 to 1979. A member of the Democratic Party, ideologically Clinton was a New Democrat, and many of his policies reflected a centristThird Way” political philosophy.

The Omnibus Crime Bill, which Clinton signed into law in September 1994,[87] made many changes to U.S. crime and law enforcement legislation including the expansion of the death penalty to include crimes not resulting in death, such as running a large-scale drug enterprise. During Clinton’s re-election campaign he said, “My 1994 crime bill expanded the death penalty for drug kingpins, murderers of federal law enforcement officers, and nearly 60 additional categories of violent felons.”[88] It also included a subsection of assault weapons ban for a ten-year period.

Here are a few more items from the “Bill Clinton Era that are notable;

Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (Brady Act) of 1993. When signed into law in November of that year, the Brady Act included a GCA amendment that created the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

The Glass–Steagall separation of commercial and investment banking was in four sections of the 1933 Banking Act.

 

What I do not like about each of the Candidates:

 

7 of Hillary Clinton’s biggest accomplishments            

 Hilary Clinton – (Democrat) 

After having been in the public spotlight since Bill Clinton’s Election in 1992 and even prior to that in Arkansas, she has had plenty of time and plenty of access to all the most valuable areas in the Executive Branch of the Government and beyond to make change happen. 

Hillary’s own personal access to the White House includes the following:

She served as the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, the junior United States Senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009, First Lady of the United States during the presidency of Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001, and First Lady of Arkansas during his governorship from 1979 to 1981 and from 1983 to 1992.  Following the September 11 attacks, she voted to approve the war in Afghanistan. She also voted for the Iraq Resolution, which she later regretted.  She voted against the Bush tax cuts and in favor of the Patriot Act and TARP. Clinton responded to the Arab Spring, during which she advocated the U.S. military intervention in Libya.  

She served as the 67th United States Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, the junior United States Senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009, First Lady of the United States during the presidency of Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001, and First Lady of Arkansas during his governorship from 1979 to 1981 and from 1983 to 1992.  LINK to more information.

She arguably has the most experience and the most activism experience as well, in her background.  But there has just been so much drama in her past decisions and she has been in the circle for 25 years already.  You can definitely argue that it is time for change.  Period.

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Donald Trump – (Republican)

Corpocracy /ˌkɔrpɒkrəsi/ coined in 1995 by Nickolas Falvo, is a term used as an economic and political form of Oligarchy that is controlled by corporations, corporate interests, or the wealthy owners of corporations. It is different from both corporatism, which is the organisation of society into groups with common interests, and Corporatocracy, which is an economic and political system controlled by corporations or corporate interests while not being necessarily an Oligarchy.

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, author, and politician. He is chairman of The Trump Organization, which is the principal holding company for his real estate ventures and other business interests. He is also the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party for President of the United States in the 2016 election.

Here are some quotes from Donald Trump’s opinion –

Millions are helped by Planned Parenthood, but defund it.

Cut defense budget, & entire EPA & Dept. of Education.

1989 full-page newspaper ads: “Bring Back the Death Penalty”.

Green energy is just an expensive feel-good for tree-huggers.

 

Additionally, here are a couple of reported facts;

Disposal of national public lands;

The Republican platform committee met this week to draft the document that defines the party’s official principles and policies. Along with provisions on pornography and LGBT “conversion therapy” is an amendment calling for the indiscriminate and immediate disposal of national public lands

“Congress shall immediately pass universal legislation providing a timely and orderly mechanism requiring the federal government to convey certain federally controlled public lands to the states,” reads the adopted language. “We call upon all national and state leaders and representatives to exert their utmost power and influence to urge the transfer of those lands identified.”

We as a People cannot let this happen on our watch!  It must be stopped!  National Public Lands are supposed to belong to the People of this Country.  If they are sold off to Private investors the land will be at their mercy. 

“…leaving national parks, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, and national forests apparently up for grabs and vulnerable to development, privatization, or transfer to state ownership.”

Cut spending by targeting the Department of Education and Environmental Protection Agency;

Asked on “Fox News Sunday” how he would cut spending, Trump named the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency as potential targets.

Although I believe both “Departments” could use some restructuring I do not believe it is in anyone’s best interest, (except maybe the “Corporations”), to dispose of these Agencies.  They make an honest (?) attempt to regulate two of the most important “Departments” in the U.S.  Without them who would monitor the health of our environment or be responsible for our Children’s learning structure and environment?  While I would also say that private education is the best education and it would be nice if we could eradicate the Department of Education, it just does not seem viable to me to do so at this late date.  Our Children deserve to be educated to the best of the Student’s ability to learn.  Education should be free and equal to all Citizens as long as their participation in their education continues and passing grades are achieved.  This should include at least a basic four year College or University Curriculum. 

I do not claim to be all-knowing, but it sure seems like Trump’s Campaign is just another Corporate Coup to me!

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Gary Johnson  (Libertarian)

no farm subsidies;

In my opinion, the Farmer’s are the very people that we should be subsidizing!  These are the very people who grow and produce our food!  The only reason for not subsidizing Farmer’s would be to let Corporate farming take over the market.  This may reduce the cost of food and maybe raise the quantity, but what quality of food would we be subjected to? 

Built private prisons to replace out-of-state prisoners;

There is only one reason to promote the use of private prisons and that is Corporate prisons.  Private prisons have been used for quite a few years and they have all been a failure.  Cost is not the only issue when it comes to housing our prisoners!  There are a lot of issues with private run prisons and there are a lot of links at KentuckyMarijuanaParty.Com to help you begin to sift through all those issues.  In short, I do not like them.

State primacy over water quantity & quality issues;

Water is our most important natural resource.  It is the lifeblood of the Human Race as a whole.  Water should be regulated first on a Federal level so as to ensure that all of the water which is utilized in our homes and for personal use, i.e., drinking and bathing is safe to use not only at the moment of consumption but so as not to cause health issues later.  I believe that Flint, Michigan is a very good example of what can happen when this resource is left untested – literally.

I am not a fan of the U.N. but it has “recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights.”  The U.S. should take this declaration seriously and strive fast and hard for the access to clean water to all Citizens in all areas of the U.S.  This should be a top priority!  Since clean, safe water is essential to all of us the Federal Government should set standards and do whatever is necessary to make sure all the States have equal access to whatever services they may require to make sure that this is accomplished.

NAFTA benefits New Mexico; jobs lost are those we don’t want;

Unlimited campaign contributions by corporations;

It is my opinion that only individuals should be able to contribute to any given campaign!  There should be no Corporate interests involved in any election!  We are talking about Government of the people, by the people and for the people, NOT the Corporations!  My belief is that a Corporation is not a ‘Being’ and should not be treated as such – It IS a business!  Businesses always have ulterior motives in any given Election – It is called Sales and Marketing strategy!

In a January 2001 interview with Playboy Magazine, Governor Johnson stated that he opposed campaign contribution limits. “The problem isn’t large contributions. The problem is that we don’t know who contributed. If you limit contributions from an individual to, say, $1000, then I think just the opposite occurs. Then you have politicians beholden to way too many people.” In 2010, Johnson said he favored unlimited contributions by corporations as well.

Gary Johnson on Social Security issues:  Raise the retirement age to 70 or 72;   A portion of Social Security ought to be privatized;  Reform all entitlements, including Social Security;  Open to personal accounts for Social Security;

 

Jill Stein –  (Green Party)

She wants to put much regulation into the ownership of guns which I see as a threat against an important part of our Constitutional Rights. 

“A Democracy is when two wolves
and a sheep take a vote on what’s
for dinner. A Republic is when the
sheep is well armed and can beg to
differ with the vote.

” Benjamin Franklin”

According to Jill Stein:

  • Gun ownership should be appropriately regulated.
  • Gun ownership should be appropriately regulated. 

She must have really strong feelings about this issue since it was inputted twice!

  • More local regulations; more background checks. 

Personally, I do not think we need any regulations in gun ownership.  At this point everyone needs to own one and know how to use it.  Regulations are not going to save your Ass when an intruder decides to do you harm.  The intruder will not read the rules and regulations, I promise you that much!

  • Reduce culture of violence via mental health & legal drugs. 

This is very troubling to me as an individual because forced health care, especially mental health care, is a very slippery slope which can and most likely will turn into a disaster for many patients.  Who gets to decide who needs mandated mental health care?  We already have too much of this type of scenario playing out in the Courts currently.  There is a BILL, H.R. 2646 which was passed out of Committee on June 15, 2016 deemed “Murphy’s Bill” which could very likely be the slippery slope that could lead into a very dire situation for any patient involved in the mental healthcare system. 

In my opinion, the best way to get mental help patients the care that they need is to make sure that Physicians and services are available with easy access.  If a patient feels good about the Physician that they are seeing and has ready access to those services it is a good bet that they will be open to receiving those services.  We cannot mandate healthcare.  If a patient has no right to choose whether or not he receives care then he has no right to determine who or where he receives the care from and what pharmaceutical drugs he may be mandated or forced to take!  This Bill could possibly be a big winner for the pharmaceutical industry as well as the drug testing industry!

History tends to repeat itself, so with that in mind take a look at this historical information and do not ever think that it could not happen here, because it damn sure could!

  • Address community violence with more mental health services.

Again, we cannot mandate mental healthcare!

  • Gun at home more likely to cause injury than to defend home.

This may or may not hold true but it is still a Constitutional right to own firearms and we have a right to protect ourselves, our families and our homes – as well as to help protect anyone within our reach.  It is an individual choice whether or not to keep a firearm in your home. 

With all this being said, it remains who would be the most trustworthy of the Candidates, let alone who would be the best leader of our Country.  Who can we trust the most to do what they say they will do?  Who would be most likely to lead us into a massive war?  Who would be most likely to take away even more of our individual rights through the guise of homeland security and gun control?  There are so many issues at the front of this upcoming Election.  I will continue to listen to the reports, and hopefully, come to a final decision soon,  but this will have to have been the hardest Election that I’ve ever had to make a decision on.

Smkrider

MASAKA STREET CHILDREN NEED YOUR HELP!

U.S. Marijuana Party Kentucky

THEIR FOOD CROPS HAVE DRIED UP!

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I am posting this in an effort to make a simple plea for help for Moses Nkangi, who runs MASAKA STREET CHILDREN Orphanage in Uganda, Africa.

Their crops have failed and they are in need of assistance from anyone who is able to help.

Small donations are very helpful.  It goes toward food and necessities for the Children who live there.

I have known Moses Nkangi for quite some years through Facebook and have kept in touch with him.

As well, I have donated small amounts, when I can, to help them out.  I figure if I can send maybe $20 every three-four months it will at least give them a meal.

I know how it is because I live on next to nothing myself.  But even one meal is a big help when you have 50 Children to feed!

Please make an effort…

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Kentucky comes up short of falling in line with current mainstream Cannabis reform – once again

U.S. Marijuana Party Kentucky

April 17, 2016

Sheree Krider

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http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/16RS/SB136/SCS1.pdf

 

The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2016 regular session ended on Friday, April 15 and once again the people’s requests were ignored.

There were a total of five Cannabis and Hemp Bills introduced into this Legislature and not one of them made it.

Here is the short list of them:

March 2, 2016

Senate Bill 262 is AN ACT relating to industrial hempSen. Perry Clark

Friday, March 4, 2016 – to Agriculture (S), Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – introduced in Senate

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Senate Bill 263 is AN ACT relating to medical cannabisSen. Perry Clark

Friday, March 4, 2016 – to Licensing, Occupations, & Administrative Regulations (S), Wednesday, March 2, 2016 – introduced in Senate

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March 1, 2016 –

HB 584(BR-1994) by Representative Denver Butler, “medical marijuana” .

Mar 01, 2016 – introduced in House, Mar…

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“Overgrow the Government” on 4/20!

Overgrow 2016

 

This year it is more important than ever to “Overgrow the Government” on 420 and REPEAL PROHIBITION NOW!

 

There are many people who celebrate this “Holiday” both publicly and privately.  Many people will take a casual walk thru their town or nearby park to plant a token seed .  Others will have get-together’s and cook-outs at their homes or at Cannabis friendly businesses in legal States.   Still others will join in on the major 420 EVENTS of the day which include Washington, D.C., and Denver, Colorado.

There will be many Activists participating in the National 420 Event this year for Overgrow the Government.  Among them are,

In Washington, D.C.,  Overgrow the Government’s D.C. National 4/20 March Rally, Concert and Cash Hyde Day!  And, Overgrow  the Government – DC 4/20

 

In Canada, Join Dana Larsen on his cross-Canada “FREE MARIJUANA – OVERGROW THE GOVERNMENT TOUR” this April.

I am calling on all freedom-loving Canadians to grow a cannabis victory garden this spring! Dana Larsen

In Denver, Colorado, Wiz Khalifa and Lil’ Wayne Set to Rock Denver 420 Rally. THIS EVENT WAS CANCELLED!!!

However, “Ticket holders will be honored at a later time” per the website notice.

 

There is even an “Overgrow the Government” website which has nothing to do with Cannabis who promotes and supports self sustainability.  Although they have not posted anything about “420”, I would invite you to take a look at their wonderful website! Their motto is:

We don’t need to “OVERTHROW” the government, we just need to “OUTGROW” the current mindset that we can’t support ourselves w/o them… Hence “OVERGROW” the government. 😉 Local economies can support themselves if we ALL join together!

Personally, I think that my celebration of this year’s 420 will be more of a family and friends get together, with a cook out, working in the vegetable garden and PLANTING SOME SEEDS!!!  

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JUST GROW IT!

 

 

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On Good Friday, Presidential Election 2016 Commentaries are open for discussion in the USMJPARTY GROUP…

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March 24, 2016

 

The U.S. Marijuana Party has a Public Group on Facebook which will host a COMMENT SESSION concerning the 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION on GOOD FRIDAY, March 25th.

 

Beginning at 8:00 AM CST tomorrow, March 25th, 2016, the FACEBOOK GROUP of the USMjParty will host a Comment Session on the upcoming Presidential Race for the Whitehouse.

It is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, however you must approved as a MEMBER in the GROUP in order to SUBMIT a POST or WRITE a COMMENT.

IF YOU would like to join us in this very important discussion tomorrow, you still have time to join Our 17,000+ Members at the GROUP LINK below.

We look forward to seeing all of our MEMBERS ideas and commentaries on this most very important ELECTION of the 21st Century!

HISTORY is about to be made this year in the United States!

YOU have a voice in the outcome of this ELECTION!

Above all else PLEASE make sure that you are REGISTERED TO VOTE and UTILIZE that Vote in this ELECTION!

We are looking forward to seeing you all there!

 

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  Sheree Krider                  “Wayward” Bill Chengelis

  Organizer                           Head Chairperson

It is time that we learn from the past and start our own VICTORY Gardens!

We will be “Overgrowing the Government!”

 

 

In March 1917,Charles Lathrop Pack organized the US National War Garden Commission and launched the war garden campaign.  President Woodrow Wilson said that “Food will win the war.”

It is almost a hundred years later and history is set to repeat itself.  It is the beginning of Spring and it is time to start planting your gardens now to ensure your access to fresh food later!

According to Numbeo.com the recommended minimum amount of money for food figured by 2400 calories x 31 days is $333.89 per month.  Multiply that by two and it would be almost $668.00 a month for the MINIMUM amount of food for just two people to remain somewhat healthy.   That figure includes these food items:  Milk, White Bread, Rice (white), Eggs, Cheese, Chicken Breasts, Beef Round (0.15 kg), Apples, Banana, Oranges, Tomato, Potato,  Onion, and Lettuce. It really does not leave much to ponder when deciding what you are going to have for dinner!

At those prices, with those options alone, one does not have to imagine if they will be wanting for food this year.  I would suggest that if you would like to eat a decent meal once in a while you had better start growing your own – at least for long as possible before Agenda 21 comes in and takes over all of our gardens via a seed treaty of some sort.  Don’t laugh too hard because it could happen.

Here is an easy idea for those persons who are not lucky enough to have property or even a ‘back-yard’.  Bucket Gardens are becoming popular for limited areas.  Anyone can put 3-5 buckets on the front porch or even in the Living Room with standard fluorescent lighting.

Additionally, here are some ideas about growing small amounts indoors.  Be sure to do a Google search for more ideas on indoor growing.  (Yes, there are other plants that we can grow indoors for food besides Cannabis/Hemp!)

In fact, even if you have a garden area in your yard or on your property or farm it would probably be a good idea to start a few “buckets” of vegetables as well.  Something you can easily move indoors if the need arises.   Heaven forbid, if an event happened whereby you were not able to go out of your house for a period of time, you could still nurse the bucket vegetables by the window or under a light, if you are lucky enough to have electric at the time, and still get some benefit out of them. 

In 1943 the US Department of Agriculture estimated that more than 20 million victory gardens were planted.  There were approximately 42 million gardens in 2014.  The population of the U.S. is about 318 million.  There are 124 million households.  That means we need to have about 82 million more household gardens started in some form or fashion around the country in order to make a distinctive difference in the amount of money we pay out for our groceries to Corporate entities as well as making a  difference in how food-healthy we live.

In 1942 the government urged people to make gardening a family and community effort.  Today there are a lot of Community Gardens available to use and volunteer with.  If you do not wish to grow at home then make use of a Community Garden.  Many times the areas are already prepared and you only have to plant and tend the plants.  One of my first experiences with a Community Garden was when my Father had been retired for a number of years and was no longer able to till a garden for himself.  He made use of a Community Garden plot in Louisville, Kentucky on Fegenbush Lane and his “crop” rendered us many good meals!

Now, getting back to the issue at hand, the average person still likes to plant their garden in their backyard.  So here are a few pieces of information on how to make that a little easier.

*Over 6,000 pounds of food per year, on 1/10 acre located just 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles. The Dervaes family grows over 400 species of plants, 4,300 pounds of vegetable food, 900 chicken and 1,000 duck eggs, 25 lbs of honey, plus seasonal fruits throughout the year. VIEW THE VIDEO HERE.

*Small Space Permaculture Food Forest Garden on 1/4 Acre Home Lot. VIEW VIDEO HERE.

There is no end to the amount of information that is available online to help you in your endeavor no matter how large or small it may be.  The point I am trying to make here is to just make an effort to do something to help sustain yourself and your family!  It is amazing how much food you can actually grow on your own with just a few seeds and a little imagination.  And even if you do not have any imagination, then just take a packet of seeds (of your choice) outside, find a spot, dig some holes in the yard and put the seeds in them.  Water and watch something grow!  I promise you that if you do, and you watch even one vegetable grow out of the ground that is eatable, you will be out there again next year with a larger plot to plant!  It is worth the work!

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The next problem you will have is how to store the vegetables which you reap from your garden!  That is where I am at now.  I would like to put a “root cellar” in to store my vegetables so that I can keep those fresh vegetables for quite a while.  EHow.com has many articles on how to do this in different ways. 

Additionally, I would like to add here that if you are Blessed enough to have a piece of property, or a farm, or even just a ‘back-yard’, and you know someone who does not have that available to them, encourage them to share your area and plant a few things.  It will make you feel good to be able to help someone else accomplish something and it is always good to have gardening friends.  You can help each other succeed!

As another thought, there are many “weeds” that grow wild in your backyard or on your farm that are totally edible!  EATTHEWEEDS.Com is a very good website to find out about this and they also have a very good newsletter I would recommend subscribing to!  One of the edible weeds that Roundup tries to rid you of is Dandelions.  Check out the site and see how much food you have growing free in your yard!  BE CAREFUL what you choose to pick out of your yard to eat!  Some plants are poisonous and can be dangerous if ingested.  Be sure to check first before consuming! PETERSON FIELD GUIDES are among the best books available for this purpose.  They can be bought for a reasonable price online.  I have the “Medicinal Plants and Herbs” version and would like to get the whole series.  Books are still a good thing to have around even though there is so much information available on the internet.  There could be a time when we would not have access to electric as we do now and books could become life savers.

One more thing to do is plant a couple of fruit tree’s!  You will be glad you did in a few years when you can walk outside and pick an apple off of your own tree and enjoy eating it without paying for it!

Finally, if you are lucky enough to live in a legal Cannabis growing state be sure and plant a few in your garden to use for food!  But since it is still illegal in most states to grow your own Cannabis/Hemp, put back a few dollars if you can to to buy Hemp food products.  They are very healthy for you!

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https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=buy+fruit+trees

http://www.ediblewildfood.com/dandelion.aspx

http://www.eattheweeds.com/foraging/

How to Make a Cheap Root Cellar

http://www.hempbasics.com/shop/hemp-seed-nutrition

http://www.ehow.com/search.html?s=how+to+build+a+root+cellar&skin=corporate&t=all

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFDuM2P1E-Q

http://jefferson.ca.uky.edu/horticulture_communitygardens_layout

http://www.garden.org/about/press/press.php?q=show&id=3819&pr=pr_nga

http://www.hightimes.com/read/beginners-how-grow-just-one-pot-plant-your-home

http://www.homesteadingfreedom.com/how-to-grow-organic-popcorn-microgreens-on-your-kitchen-counter

http://www.gatewaygardener.com/tips-techniques-and-tools/growing-vegetables-indoors

http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/esp_sociopol_depopu36.htm

http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/standards/en/

 http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?q=National%20War%20Garden%20Commission

http://www.numbeo.com/food-prices/country_result.jsp?country=United+States

History of the U.S. Marijuana Party

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Long before Loretta Nall campaigned on her cleavage, the activist’s cause was cannabis. The Alabama resident gained national attention during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign when she produced T-shirts with the caption “More of these boobs …” (with a photo of Nall in a low-cut shirt) “… And less of these boobs” (next to photos of her opponents). But the write-in candidate’s political roots date back to 2002, when a misdemeanor arrest for possession was the spark behind her forming the U.S. Marijuana Party (USMJP). The group — which demands “an end to the unconstitutional prohibition of marijuana” — has official party chapters in seven states, including Colorado, Illinois and Kentucky. While Nall left the USMJP to be a Libertarian Party governor nominee, the group continues to back candidates in local, state and national elections under the leadership of Richard Rawlings, who is currently running for Congress in Illinois.

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Above:  Richard J. Rawlings, President USMjParty 2004-2011

In 2003 I started my quest for knowledge regarding Cannabis and Medical Cannabis.  In 2005 I met Ms. Tonya Davis and accompanied her to a few meetings and festivals in Ohio.  There I met Lynne Wilson and also Rev. Mary Thomas Spears who has become my closest friend since then. I remember asking Tonya Davis in 2005 if there was a political way to beat the beast so to speak, and asked her about “REPEAL”  but at the time most people were in to “Legalization”.

I went home, looked up the U.S. Marijuana Party as I had occasion to come upon it previously on the internet and had created an account there.  I made a phone call to Richard Rawlings.  I had posted on the then kentucky.usmjparty.com  but it had been taken down right before I contacted him and in fact that was my reason for calling, to find out what happened to Kentucky.

It so happened that this was about the same time as the inquiry into Marc Emery was being made by the U.S. DEA for shipping Cannabis seeds by mail to the U.S. (See this Link).  At the time I knew nothing about what was going on.  Richard put the Kentucky site back up and gave me Administrator status over it.  That was the beginning of my journey with the U.S. Marijuana Party.

From the beginning I was a “Repealer” and posted as such on the Kentucky site.  But it would be a number of years before the Party itself crossed over to being a true repeal group.

About 20 or more States were lost after Marc Emery was indicted.  I stayed on.  I do not think I even realized that he had been involved with the USMjParty to any extent and I do not believe he did have any involvement, at least by the time I started in Kentucky which was 2005.

Eventually in 2010 Richard offered me V.P. status which I hesitantly accepted because I never wanted to be a politician, it just was not my line of work so to speak.  However, after much thought I did accept and we continued on with the USMjParty even though there was no income to be had for doing it.  It was a passion and a way of life – not one to collect “funds” from.

In 2011 Richard started to become ill and by the later part of 2011 I was forced into making a decision I did not want to make but it was part of the job.  I called Bill Chengelis who was the Colorado Chair at the time and asked him to take Richard’s place as Head Chairman of the USMjParty.  I would remain on as the Kentucky Chair until the position could be filled by someone else – but that never happened.

By 2012 Richard was diagnosed with Stage IV Cancer and we stayed together until his death in February 2013.  He left me with all of his websites and the USMjParty.

I definitely did not want to be Head Chair so I decided that I would change my position considering what I had been left with to Organizer of USMjParty and I remained Kentucky Chair as well.
Since then I have focused around all the other people who have came in and out of the USMjParty as State Chairs and kept up the websites and other duties.  Today we have Chairs in Colorado, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Utah , Vermont and Oregon as well as other reporting Chapters in Hawaii, Florida, California, Idaho, Virginia, Washington State, Texas, and there are others as well waiting for a Reporter.  Please see this LINK for a Directory.

Today we push for REPEAL of the CSA as well as other Federal and U.N. laws which continue to dominate the Law even though Cannabis has been “legalized” in 23+ States.  Federally it is still an illegal substance under U.N. law via the UN Convention on Psychotropic Substances (1971) .  These are all grave issues which need to be addressed along with the commercialization and pharmaceutical takeover of this plant, which is in effect ONE plant…Cannabis Sativa L.

REPEAL is the only path to true freedom of this plant.  If we let legalization and CSA Schedule II take it over we have lost the war for the common person who wishes to grow their own on their own property without taxation.

We are “FIGHTING FOR THE FREEDOM FROM PROHIBITION OF YOUR FREEDOM’S!”

Sheree Krider with Gatewood Galbraith at Terrapin Farm

Above:  Sheree Krider with Gatewood Galbraith @2010

 

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Above:  Sheree Krider @2012

 

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Time Magazine Reports: U.S. Marijuana Party

 

The United States Marijuana Party

 

The History Behind the U.S. Marijuana Party (with Marc Emery)

 

USMjParty on Wikipedia

 

Archives of historical information/sites

A short list of Candidates to choose from for the 2016 Presidential Race….

3/18/2016

ShereeKrider

It suffices to say that I am not at all excited about this years #POTUS ‘Race for the Whitehouse’.

There isn’t one Candidate that I have found so far, that has been termed ‘electable’, that I care to vote for.

But that is just my personal opinion and not worth very much by todays standards!

I am putting together my ‘short list’ of possible, electable Candidates to Office of the Presidency which include the Candidates outlined below.

The U.S. Marijuana Party will issue a statement prior to the election on who they are supporting.  As of right now we are still undetermined.

For purposes of this article, I am expressing my own personal thoughts on the subject.

I surely would not give Hillary Clinton my vote.  Here is “Louder with Crowder’s” rendition of 7 Undeniable Reasons You CAN NOT Vote Hillary

I can save everyone some time here and just say that I agree with everything he said!

Next we look at Donald Trump.  Wow, what a stage show!  A man who has never participated in politics in his life with the exception of lobbying efforts by the Trump empire. But according to him, “I Was Part of the Problem, But I Can Fix It”.   I have to admit I have some fear as to what would happen if this man were elected and for that reason I will withhold that vote. 

Moving right along we come next to Sen. Bernie Sanders who definitely has his heart in the right place!  He is a “Democratic-Socialist” who aims to please all.  Well as much as possible anyway. 

Democratic socialism, Sanders said, is not tied to any Marxist belief or the abolition of capitalism. “I don’t believe government should own the means of production, but I do believe that the middle class and the working families who produce the wealth of America deserve a fair deal,” he said.

Socialism, in any form or fashion, is a scary term for Americans, mainly wealthy Americans.  That being said we have already been engaged in socialism in America, having been moving in this direction intended or not, for many years.  If the people participate in the governing of a Socialist Democracy it should be very good for everyone.  Americans tend to be lazy when it comes to participating in politics and even when it comes to the voting process.  Yet, we are still basically a Democracy, (although sometimes that is hard to believe as well), and our Representatives and Senators include Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, and Independents, so we should have no problem holding onto our Country if we all show up to vote in ALL of the Elections.  It is time to start participating versus sitting back, watching the show and hoping for the best outcome!

I believe Sen. Bernie Sanders could be a viable option for the vote.

Additionally, we have Libertarian Presidential Candidate and former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson.

If you follow the opinion of Ron Paul you will subscribe to the theory that the Founding Fathers were more Liberal than Conservative although many will disagree with this thought.

“Libertarianism is, as the name implies, the belief in liberty. Libertarians believe that each person owns his own life and property and has the right to make his own choices as to how he lives his life and uses his property – as long as he simply respects the equal right of others to do the same.” Sharon Harris, President, Advocates for Self-Government LINK

Per Wikipedia:  Johnson has been a longtime advocate of legalizing marijuana and has said that if he were president, he would remove it from Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act as well as issue an executive order pardoning non-violent marijuana offenders.[128]

Gary Johnson was supported by the U.S. Marijuana Party in 2012.  He is up for consideration this year as well.  So far he is the only Candidate with a clear strategy regarding the drug war. However, I do not believe that the freedom of Cannabis will ultimately come with one Executive Order.  Legalization unto itself is becoming a legal nightmare for many.  Repealing the CSA and removing Cannabis/Hemp from the U.N. Convention on Narcotic Drugs is the only true way to REPEAL.  A Plant is a Plant, and Plants should belong to all of us. Not at the discretion of the U.N.  And yes, it should apply to ALL Plants.  Not just Cannabis.  But for purposes of the 2016 Election we will focus on Cannabis/Hemp.

Since Libertarianism is the only ‘party’ which gives back personal freedom to the people themselves this is the Party which I would definitely like to see more of in every office in the U.S.  We need Libertarians in every aspect of our Government to try to ensure our personal freedoms are not kicked out the window for good.  There is no other Party that seems willing to do this.  The Democrats and Republicans are Hell bent on destroying most any freedom we ever had in this Country.  Regardless of who you may vote for in the Presidential Election remember to consider the Libertarians as viable Candidates for all offices of Government in the future, for this reason.

Electability is another problem.  There is just not enough Press and Media support for a Libertarian Candidate or any other Third-Party Candidate for that matter, in this Country yet.  Why, I do not know except that as I pointed out before most of us do not bother to show up at the Elections at all and have been too comfortable in the past with who ever got the vote.  This is starting to change as people become more aware of what is going on around them politically.  We can thank Donald Trump for the wake up call of the masses.  If he isn’t any good for anything else he was definitely a good choice to get the attention of the people who had paid no attention before. 

Could it be possible that a Third-Party Candidate, a Libertarian, could come from behind like a Kentucky Race Horse to dash past the finish line while everyone is looking and saying, “How the Hell did that happen”?.

With any luck we will hear more from Gary Johnson in the near future.  I would like to see what the Americans will do for this Candidate.  Will they even give him a chance and listen to what he has to say?  Or will we retain the old dog and pony show with the Democrats?  Or maybe we will make the jump to Democratic Socialism?  Or maybe, just maybe, the Electoral College will once again, disregard the Popular Vote and put who they want to put into office? 

In the current Electoral College battlefield, 40 of 50 states have voted for the same candidate in all four elections since 2000

 

I invite you to browse the links which I have provided within this article and make an informed decision for yourself.  Think about what is important to you and your family and who is most likely to be able to provide that.  Personally, I would like to think that a vote for Gary Johnson would be put to good use.  It remains to be seen if He can prove himself electable.  Sen. Bernie Sanders is also a viable option.

Please feel free to leave your comments on this issue here or on any of our Facebook Plugins on the websites.

We are waiting to hear what your opinions on this are.  Your opinion counts here!

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Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump

Ben Carson Endorses Donald Trump FULL Press Conference (3-11-16)

Full Speech: Donald Trump Rally in Bloomington, IL (3-13-16)

 

Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Heroin killed their son, but who killed their Son?

 

 

Linked below is to an article I just saw on wtnh.com, a news channel out of Connecticut, which is telling the story about how an  young man surmised to an overdose of Heroin back in 2014.

While I can agree that Heroin addiction is a horrible problem that has to be addressed, I can also point out the fact that in my opinion, the immediate reason this young man ended up dead, when he did, is because he had been subjected to surgery to correct a cleft palate,  and because he was known as a drug addict he was refused pain medication after his surgery.

Excuse me, but just what the hell kind of Country do we live in?

I am seeing a lot differing scenarios similar to this lately, in that the “patient” ends up dead of a Heroin overdose because the medical establishment refuses to give a patient NEEDED medication after a surgery or traumatic medical event.

This is just insane!

I cannot believe that the parents of this young man can not seek out a way to sue the medical establishment for insufficient care.  But because the ‘medical establishment’ is following the letter of the law as far as dispensing is concerned, there is as of yet no way to turn to get justice for a patient that has been treated in this manner.  It is incomprehensible that this is happening in the U.S.  However, since “first do no harm” is supposed to be the code of physician’s, why did the Surgeon agree to do the surgery if he knew he was not going to be able to control this patients pain?  If you do not already know, let me tell you…MONEY.  At the end of the day he is lining his pockets with money from the Insurance companies for doing the surgeries while refusing to fill needed pain medications because of the laws in place even though they are medically required after a surgery of most any kind, isn’t that akin to malpractice?  In effect, it could be said that this Doctor was directly involved with this young mans death.  And so was the U.S. Government, and the State Government as well.  The fact of the matter is that if the Physician had prescribed the medication needed after this man’s surgery, he would not have died of a Heroin overdose…at least not on that day for the reason of being in post surgical pain.

Read the following very closely:

In March of 2014 Ryan had what should have been his last corrective surgery. Because he was an addict, doctors would not prescribe pain medications.

“For a few days he was uncomfortable. He was very agitated and he went and did what most addicts do. He went to get the thing that would help him,” said Bill.

Bill found his son lying on his bedroom floor. He had died from a heroin overdose. (LINK TO SOURCE)

There has to be a way that the Citizens of this Country can file a Class Action Lawsuit against the Federal and State Governments for “cruel and unusual punishment” among a lot of other things.

Where are all the Human Rights Lawyer’s at?

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3.6.16

Sen. Perry B. Clark introduces two new Bills in Kentucky, one for medical marijuana and another for Hemp – Kentucky Legislature gets fired up on Hemp and Cannabis in the last week to introduce new Bills

 

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On Wednesday, March 2, Sen. Perry Clark of Louisville introduced two new Bills, one for Hemp and another for medical marijuana.

 

Senate Bill 262 is AN ACT relating to industrial hemp.

 

The “Industrial Hemp Freedom Act” is an extension of the “Cannabis Freedom Act” and seeks to to allow industrial hemp farming as permissible under federal law.  It would require that to require the Department of Agriculture to promulgate administrative regulations to administer the industrial hemp licensure program among other things.

(LINK TO PDF SB 262 HERE)

 

As well, Senate Bill 263 was introduced by Sen. Perry Clark on March 2.

Senate Bill 263 is AN ACT relating to medical cannabis.

This is a medical cannabis bill which is meant for patients only as opposed to SB 13, deemed the “Cannabis Freedom Act” which would repeal prohibition for both medical and recreational users of Cannabis in the State of Kentucky.

This bill seeks to establish a comprehensive system for medical cannabis, including provisions for medical verification of need, persons allowed to cultivate, use, and possess the drug, organizations allowed to assist in providing the drug, regulation by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control, interaction on the part of state and local governments, including law enforcement, with persons and entities coming within the purview of the Act, and the establishment of required reporting and review procedures; rename the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control the Department of Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control; amend various KRS sections to conform; name the act the Cannabis Compassion Act.

Although this Bill requires patient access only and verification of need, it DOES allow for patients to grow their own medicine.  At least the patients grow rights are maintained which would mean equal access to medication by the patients.

Although this can in no way be construed as a REPEAL Bill it could be seen as the “lesser of the two evils” as opposed to HB584 which is a much stricter version of a medical marijuana Bill which was filed by Rep. Denver Butler of Louisville on March 1st.  HB584 is definitely the most strict of the marijuana Bills introduced as it does not provide for a patient to be able to grow their own medicine.  The growing rights would be controlled by “cultivators” who could sell only to manufacturers, processors, or distributors.  As was pointed out in a previous article about this Bill, the way the program would be set up is akin to a Monopoly and should be discouraged.

(LINK TO PDF OF SB 263 HERE)

 

 

RELATED POSTS:

COMPARING THE “CANNABIS ACTS” IN THE KENTUCKY LEGISLATURE…

SB 13, Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Act continues to sit in committee since January 7th

KY CANNABIS

 

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There has been no activity on the “Kentucky Cannabis Freedom Act” since January 7th when it was forwarded to “Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations“…

 

Whose members include:

 

Please take time to click on the links and send them a message to work on this Bill!

 

IT IS a crucial time for Kentuckians to stay in close touch with their lawmakers and offer feedback on the issues of the day. Citizens can see which bills are under consideration and keep track of their progress by visiting the Kentucky Legislature Home Page at www.lrc.ky.gov. Kentuckians can also share their thoughts with lawmakers by calling the General Assembly’s toll-free message line at

 

800-372-7181

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LINK TO PDF OF SB13

COMPARING THE “CANNABIS ACTS” IN THE KENTUCKY LEGISLATURE…WHAT TO PROMOTE AND WHEN TO SAY NO!

 

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HB 584(BR-1994)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 – introduced in House

Create new sections of KRS Chapter 211 to define terms; require the Department for Public Health (DPH) to operate a medical marijuana program; establish a process to license and permit cultivators, distributors, manufacturers, and processors of medical marijuana;

This Bill was just Introduced in House yesterday, March 1.  It is a true-blue highly regulated “medical marijuana” Bill with absolutely NO growing rights for Patients or otherwise!  It is a Bill that is attempting to pacify the group of Kentuckians who do not wish to see any growing rights or recreational rights at all and just want to access Marijuana for purely medical reasons, most are worried about their Children and simply want it for their Children’s sake.  I am all for access to whatever kind of medical CBD or THC that those Children or other patients may need. THIS IS NOT the way to get it!  With over regulation and burdensome legislation the real question is even IF it was enacted, how long would you have to wait to have access to it?  The short answer is, a LONG time.  I will NOT promote this Bill!

It includes but is not limited to the following requirements:

*require the Department for Public Health (DPH) to operate a medical marijuana program

*require prospective patients to possess a diagnosis from a physician and possess a registry identification card issued by the department

*require the department to license no more than 10 grows

*allow for licensure of 2 cultivators, 2 manufacturers, 2 processors, and other subcategories within each economically depressed county participating in the program

*establish a process by which cultivators sell only to manufacturers, processors, or distributors

*allow only distributors to sell medical marijuana to a dispensary

*require the department to publish an annual list of varieties of marijuana that contain a low level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC);

*require prioritization of low-THC-containing varieties of marijuana by the department;

*grant priority access to children and individuals with medication-resistant seizures to low-THC marijuana;

*require patients under 18 to receive marijuana with a low-THC content;

*clarify that cannabadiol is included in low-THC marijuana products;

*allow a dispensary to dispense cannabadiol regardless of whether it is classified as industrial hemp or medical marijuana;

*establish guidelines for registry identification cards;

Now, if you look at the Bill and think about it a while, what do you think is happening here?

Kentucky politicians are mostly of the rich, by the rich and for the rich.  They can set up their own tight little growing and dispensing operation which allows NO ONE the option to grow their own for ANY reason, and then they will set up their own little processing and dispensing facilities which is akin to a Monopoly, encumbered with regulation to the hilt so as to prevent any common Citizen from being involved.  I would bet that becoming a “medical marijuana patient” in the State of Kentucky would be about like jumping over fire with flames 10 feet high (no pun intended).  Now, if you succeed at jumping over that flame and in fact end up in the “medical marijuana” program, what type of “medicine” will you be able to receive?  How much will it cost you, because it damn sure is NOT FREE and insurance will not pay for it!   Therefore, that pretty much puts the entire program into the more wealthy “patients” hands, leaving out those who might only be able to access it IF they can grow their own!

On top of that situation you can imagine that the more wealthy people of Kentucky who have stock in pharmaceutical companies are trying to pave the way for the pharma industry to move right on into Kentucky with their Pharma grade marijuana pills, oils, foods, etc., as soon as it can be accomplished through relaxed Federal Legislation.  Hmmm, this must be why HR 173 is being worked on as we speak.  A “Resolution” to the FDA to “study medical marijuana”!  As if we really need more studies before we use Cannabis….Well, here are a few that the FDA can start copying!  SEE THIS LINK!

Last but not least, this new Bill, if enacted, in fact will promote stiffer penalties for those who are found to be in possession of “non-medically certified marijuana” or without a Patient Registration identification!

If I had a child in need of immediate treatment with Cannabis, and the “Cannabis Freedom Act” does not pass this year, I would pack up and leave — taking my Child to a “legal” State to be treated.  I would not stay here and risk my Child’s health and risk having a Child taken from me for using Marijuana for their illness, when they in fact, NEED it!  There is no reason for them to stay here and take that chance when there are other places to go.  There are also agencies that will help them with relocation if need be! Keep this in mind!

The LINKS below are to the KRS as they exist TODAY.

Any offender failing to affix the appropriate tax stamps, labels, or other tax indicia to any marijuana or controlled substance as required by KRS 138.874 is guilty of a Class C felony

218A.050 Schedule I controlled substances.

218A.1422 Possession of marijuana -Penalty –Maximum term of incarceration.

218A.1421 Trafficking in marijuana –Penalties.

218A.1423 Marijuana cultivation –Penalties

Basically, Possession of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor, Marijuana cultivation of five (5) or more plants of marijuana is for a first offense a Class D felony,

Trafficking in less than eight (8) ounces of marijuana is for a first offense a Class A misdemeanor.

Kentucky Forfeiture law:

All real property, including any right, title, and interest in the whole of any lot

or tract of land and any appurtenances or improvements, which is used or

intended to be used, in any manner or part, to commit, or to facilitate the

commission of, a violation of this chapter excluding any misdemeanor

offense relating to marijuana, …

 

SB 13(BR-161)/LM/CI

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 – introduced in Senate

Establish KRS Chapter 245 to regulate the cultivation, testing, processing, taxing, and sale of marijuana to persons aged twenty-one years and older; amend various sections to conform; repeal KRS 218A.1421, KRS 218A.1422, and KRS 218A.1423.

Senator Perry B. Clark pre-filed this Bill in December of 2015.  It is an all around good Bill because it is a “Freedom” Bill.  Meaning that it opened up Medical Cannabis to patients as well as recreational Cannabis to Kentucky residents over the age of 21.  Although it is not a true REPEAL Bill that I would like to see happen, it allows a Kentucky Citizen to:

Possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis on their person;

Cultivate up to 5 cannabis plants;  (Six or more would be considered as trafficking)

Store excess cannabis lawfully grown for personal use at the location where it was cultivated; or

Transfer up to 1 ounce of cannabis to another person age 21 or older without remuneration

Possession exemption for persons under 21 if recommended by a licensed physician.

It allows for access to retail cannabis facilities, creating the ABCC (Alcoholic Beverage and Cannabis Control) to create licenses to operate the following cannabis-related entities:

Cannabis cultivation facility; Cannabis processing facility; Cannabis testing facility; or Retail cannabis facility.

It also provides for an Excise tax imposed on licensees operating cannabis cultivation facilities selling or transferring cannabis to either a cannabis processing facility or a retail cannabis facility.

So in ONE BILL the Patients, the Recreational users, personal growers, those who would like to grow for dispensaries or medical patients, those who wish to operate legal dispensaries for patients and for recreational users and an EXCISE TAX for the State of Kentucky were taken care of legitimately!  This IS THE BILL that has my full APPROVAL!  Thank You, Sen. Perry Clark!

With as many phone calls, letters, emails and personal visits from the people of Kentucky who wish to see this Bill passed has had, there should be no reason for it NOT TO BE considered, and PASSED!

But as usual, the Kentucky money hungry Politicians are planning on this ‘patient care’ ultimately to be handed over to the pharmaceutical companies, which is why they are going to try to seriously limit the growing operation and usage of “medical marijuana” thru HB 584, so as to be able to withdraw those growers rights as soon as a pharmaceutical can take it over.  Much like they tried to do (and succeeded for a while) in Canada.

*Federal judge to decide if medical marijuana patients can grow their own

*The Liberal government will have to do substantial work on the international stage before it can follow through on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise to legalize marijuana, new documents suggest

 

HR 173(BR-1583)

Thursday, February 25, 2016 – introduced in House

This is a Kentucky RESOLUTION to encourage the United States Food and Drug Administration to study the use of medical marijuana.

The Sponsors are David Osborne, Lynn Bechler, and Brad Montell.

As if we really need more studies before we use Cannabis….Well, here are a few that the FDA can start copying!  SEE THIS LINK!

 

AND FOR GOOD MEASURE YOU CAN ADD THIS TO THE LIST TOO: 

SB 136(BR-1420)/LM/CI    Define “kratom” and add kratom to schedule I.

Thursday, January 28, 2016 – introduced in Senate

Related post:  OPPOSE SB 136: BANNING THE KRATOM HERB

 

OTHER RELATED POSTS:

Jan 28, 2016 

Legislation to legalize recreational and medicinal marijuana is unlikely to be addressed during this legislative session in Kentucky

 

Jan 26, 2018

Former Congressman Mike Ward pushing for medical marijuana in Kentucky

 

Jan 5, 2016

Ex-congressman’s group wants medical marijuana in Kentucky

 

Dec 13, 2015

Kentucky “Cannabis Freedom Act” Summary

 

Feb 29, 2016

A KENTUCKY RESOLUTION to encourage the United States Food and Drug Administration to study the use of medical marijuana

 

Nov 1, 2015

Willie Nelson’s crusade to STOP BIG POT!

 

OTHER:

 

Kentucky Revised Statutes  Includes enactments through the 2015 Regular Session (search “marijuana”)

 

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Additionally, as a patient and recreational user,

I am a FIRM BELIEVER in a “misdemeanors”

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A letter from Roland A Duby from a Kansas Jail in 2013

Here is a copy of a letter that Roland A. Duby sent me while he was in jail in Kansas in 2013. The last time I spoke to him was 12.20.13 — He was gone by 4.3.14….. I had sent him a message that day he never got. Anyway, the letter I had promised to show Paula Willett Cher Ford-mccullough Brian McCullough Tonya Davis Mary Thomas-Spears Angela Gatewood Henry Fox  David Weigand and probably some others I have forgotten right now…. Well here it is!

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