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Minnesota cops don’t want to legalize medical marijuana for fear they could lose millions





Minnesota cops don’t want to legalize medical marijuana for fear they could lose millions




Pot is by far the most widely used illicit drug used in the United States. It is also bulky, odoriferous, and therefore relatively easy to detect. Much of our national law enforcement budget goes to enforcing the prohibition of cannabis. If marijuana became legal much of this budget would go away. If budgets go away, power goes away. Bureaucracies do not like to lose power. As such some in law enforcement are fighting the liberalization of cannabis laws.

Add in a testing industry and the prison industry which rely on a steady stream of pot busts and it is easy to see why it is that cannabis has remained illegal for as long as it has.

Most illicit drug use in the US is marijuana use. With legalization big time money is lost by established industries.

At ACC we do not condone drug use but we also don’t condone wasting taxpayer money (not to mention intruding into people’s lives) for profit (or for any other reason.) *

(From Rare)

The Minnesota Law Enforcement Coalition’s opposition to marijuana legalization is another case of the drug war run amok.

The coalition, which includes Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association, Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, Minnesota Sheriffs Association, Minnesota County Attorneys Association, and Minnesota State Association of Narcotics Investigators, have been as unhelpful as possible with efforts to legalize medical marijuana.

Should the drug become legal, law enforcement stands to lose millions of dollars.

Click here for the article.

* It should be noted that Rare is one of the leading conservative websites on the Net.

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On The Coldest Day In America In 20 Years, Here Are Al Gore’s Stupidest Global Warming Quotes




By Michael Snyder

On The Coldest Day In America In 20 Years, Here Are Al Gore’s Stupidest Global Warming Quotes


Ice-Storm-300x300America could actually use some global warming right about now.  It is being projected that low temperatures across the Midwest could be 30 to 50 degrees below average on Monday morning.  On Sunday, fans that attempted to tailgate before the playoff game between the 49ers and the Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin were discovering that their beers were actually turning to ice before they could drink them.  That is cold.  But things are going to get really chilly when nightfall arrives.  In fact, it is being projected that much of the nation will experience wind chill temperatures of more than 40 degrees below zero, and wind chill temperatures of more than 50 degrees below zero are expected in parts of North Dakota and Minnesota.  The weather is expected to be so cold that the governor of Minnesota has actually decided to close public schools statewide on Monday.  The last time that happened was back in 1997.  The reason why the governor of Minnesota did this is because when temperatures get this low they can literally be life threatening.  When wind chill temperatures get down to about 50 below zero, if your skin is exposed you can literally develop frostbite in about five minutes.  This is being called the coldest day in America in 20 years, and these cold temperatures have many Americans wondering what ever happened to all of that “global warming” that Al Gore and other “climate scientists” have been warning us about for so many years.

If the planet really is getting significantly warmer, our winters should not be like this.  Back in the year 2000, one prominent “climate scientist” boldly declared that future generations of children “just aren’t going to know what snow is.

Oh really?

The truth is that you don’t have to be a “climate scientist” to understand what is happening to the weather.  All you need is a little common sense.

Back in September, I warned that this was going to be “an extremely bitterly cold winter“.  I wrote another article that warned about how cold this winter would be in early December.

Right now we are witnessing cold temperatures that we have not seen in decades.  The following is the way that one meteorologist put it…

“If you’re under 40 (years old), you’ve not seen this stuff before.”

Another meteorologist wanted people to understand just how dangerous this kind of cold weather can be…

“A person not properly dressed could die easily in those conditions.”

To get an idea of just how cold it is up in Minnesota today, just check out the following anecdote that was reported by the BBC

Firemen tackling a blaze in Minneapolis, where temperatures have been below -20C, saw the spray from their hoses turn to ice as it hit the building.

And it is even colder up in Canada.  Things are so cold up in Ontario that “frost quakes” have become very common…

While America collectively freaks out over their impending ‘polar vortex’, Canada is changing the game when it comes to cold weather phenomenon as reports of ‘frost quakes’ emerge from around Toronto and Ontario.
Indeed, as temperatures drop overnight to around -4f around the city hundreds of people are being startled by hearing large booms – causing them to think their homes are being broken into or gunshots are being fired.
In fact, they are merely hearing the after-effects of the frost quakes – or cryoseism – which are more commonly found on a glacier in the polar regions.

So are we really experiencing “global warming”?

Of course not.

If anything, things are actually getting colder.

What the United States and Canada are experiencing right now is making global warming alarmists such as Al Gore look quite foolish.  The following are 10 of Al Gore’s stupidest global warming quotes…

#1 In 2008, Al Gore boldly declared to a German audience that “the entire North ‘polarized’ cap will disappear in 5 years.” (Needless to say, that did not happen.  In fact, the ice cap in the Arctic actually got larger this year.)

#2 “CO2 is the exhaling breath of our civilization, literally. … Changing that pattern requires a scope, a scale, a speed of change that is beyond what we have done in the past.” (Actually, without carbon dioxide life on earth would not exist.)

#3 “The planet has a fever. If your baby has a fever, you go to the doctor. If the doctor says you need to intervene here, you don’t say, ‘Well, I read a science fiction novel that told me it’s not a problem.’ If the crib’s on fire, you don’t speculate that the baby is flame retardant. You take action.” (It sounds like what Al Gore really needs is more cowbell.)

#4 During a speech at NYU Law School in 2006, Al Gore made the following statement: “Many scientists are now warning that we are moving closer to several “tipping points” that could — within as little as 10 years — make it impossible for us to avoid irretrievable damage to the planet’s habitability for human civilization.”

#5 “Here is the truth: The Earth is round; Saddam Hussein did not attack us on 9/11; Elvis is dead; Obama was born in the United States; and the climate crisis is real.”

#6 “The interior of the earth is extremely hot – several million degrees.” (It actually peaks out at about 11,000 degrees.)

#7 “There is an air of unreality in debating these arcane points when the world is changing in such dramatic ways right in front of our eyes because of global warming.”

#8 “It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it.”

#9 “The survival of the United States of America as we know it is at risk. And even more — if more should be required — the future of human civilization is at stake.”

#10 “We ought to approach this challenge [of global warming] with a sense of profound joy and gratitude: that we are the generation about which, a thousand years from now, philharmonic orchestras and poets and singers will celebrate by saying, they were the ones that found it within themselves to solve this crisis and lay the basis for a bright and optimistic human future.”

As time goes by, the scientific evidence continues to mount.  It is becoming painfully evident that the theory of man-made global warming simply is not true.  The following is from a recent New American article

Well, 2013 is almost over, and contrary to the alarmist “predictions” by Gore and what critics refer to as his “doomsday cult,” the latest satellite data show that Arctic ice cover has actually expanded 50 percent over 2012 levels. In fact, during October, sea-ice levels grew at the fastest pace since records began in 1979. Experts predict the expansion to continue in the years to come, leaving global-warming alarmists scrambling fiendishly for explanations to save face — and to revive the rapidly melting climate hysteria.
In September, meanwhile, data also showed that sea ice levels in Antarctica had expanded to record levels for the second year in a row. Of course, by now, virtually everyone who has been following news about “global warming” — now more often referred to as “climate change” owing to public-relations concerns — also knows that global temperatures have not risen for some 17 years. The spectacular lack of warming demolished all 73 of the “climate models” used by the United Nations to push its controversial theories.

Sadly, most of the governments of the planet still consider “man-made global warming” to be one of the greatest threats facing us, and the U.S. government is leading the charge.  In fact, the U.S. government has been giving other nations billions of dollars to help them cope with “climate change”…

American taxpayers spent $7.45 billion to help developing countries cope with climate change in fiscal years 2010 through 2012, according to a federal government report submitted to the United Nations on a subject that Secretary of State John Kerry described as “a truly life-and-death challenge.”

And it appears that Barack Obama plans to make the fight against global warming a major point of emphasis for the rest of his time in office…

When President Obama leaves office three years from now, the major policy story of his second term — barring some kind of unforeseen invasion — is likely to be climate change. I made this argument at feature length last year, and the evidence continues to mount. Coral Davenport reports today about Secretary of State John Kerry’s “systematic, top-down push to create an agencywide focus on global warming.”

Considering the host of other major problems that this country is facing, it truly is ironic that the federal government is spending so much time and energy fighting a problem that doesn’t even exist.

Speaking of ironic, a team of “climate change scientists” that had recently gone down to the Antarctic to study “global warming” had to be rescued by helicopter when their ship got stranded in the ice…

A group of climate change scientists were rescued by helicopter Jan. 2, after being stranded in the ice since Christmas morning. But the majority of the broadcast networks’ reports about the ice-locked climate researchers never mentioned climate change.

The Russian ship, Akademic Shokalskiy, was stranded in the ice while on a climate change research expedition, yet nearly 98 percent of network news reports about the stranded researchers failed to mention their mission at all. Forty out of 41 stories (97.5 percent) on the network morning and evening news shows since Dec. 25 failed to mention climate change had anything to do with the expedition.

In fact, rather than point out the mission was to find evidence of climate change, the networks often referred to the stranded people as “passengers,” “trackers” and even “tourists,” without a word about climate change or global warming.

Yes, the climate of the earth is changing. Throughout history it has always been changing. Most of that change is due to fluctuations in the gigantic ball of fire that our planet is revolving around.

But the idea that carbon dioxide is going to “destroy the planet” is ludicrous.  Without carbon dioxide we would all die.

And the notion that “man-made global warming” is the “greatest threat” that humanity is facing is absolutely laughable.

Sadly, nothing seems to dissuade the true believers.  Not even days like today.


This article first appeared here at the The American Dream.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here

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Minnesota Based Mills Fleet Farm Takes a Stand on the Second Amendment – Open Video Letter


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Duck Hunting Shotgun Proven To Be more Dangerous Than A Huldra AR-15

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This is a video letter to Minnesota Congressman Rick Nolan, and Senators Amy Klobucher, and Al Franken. This video proves that a duck hunting shotgun is more destructive and lethal than a Huldra AR-15 modern sporting rifle.

Cherry Tomatoes Recalled for Possible Salmonella



By News Desk

Rio Queen Citrus is recalling 840 cartons of Dry Pints of Mexican cherry tomatoes in “Karol” brand boxes due to possible Salmonella contamination.

According to Rio Queen, the tomatoes were distributed through retail stores in Texas and South Carolina. According to local news station WOWT, however, the tomatoes were also distributed to Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The product was originally distributed in a bulk container of 12/1 Dry Pints in boxes labeled “Karol” with the Lot No. “01W45” stamped in the upper, right-hand corner on the face of the box. The box states “Distributed by Interstate Fruit & Vegetable”, which is an affiliated business of Rio Queen Citrus, Inc.

The tomatoes were distributed to stores between November 10 and November 19 and may have been repackaged by individual retailers.

No illnesses have yet been connected to this recall. The contamination was discovered through routine testing by the U.S. Food and Dug Administration.

Consumers who have purchased Mexican cherry tomatoes in the listed states are asked to contact their retail store or place of purchase to determine if they were among the facilities to receive this product.

Rio Queen Citrus is recalling 840 cartons of Dry Pints of Mexican cherry tomatoes in “Karol” brand boxes due to possible Salmonella contamination.

Gary Johnson’s false claims spinning out of control



By Lori Stacey

 Gary Johnson's false claims spinning out of control

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During Gary Johnson‘s entire campaign as the Libertarian nominee, he has consistently been making the claim that he is the only 3rd party candidate that will be on all 50 states’ ballots even though that would be impossible for any candidate to claim as the ballot access battle continues to rage on for all 3rd party candidates. As if this claim has not been bad enough considering he was well aware last week that the Oklahoma Supreme Court already delivered their decision to not allow him on their ballot, he is not only continuing to make the 50 state claim but his false exaggerated claims about his other opponents’ ballot access has continued to grow to the point of being egregiously dishonest.

In a recent campaign swing through Minnesota, he now claims in a segment broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio, that his opponent Virgil Goode is supposedly only going to be on 8 states’ ballots and that Jill Stein will only be on 30. A simple google search will show you that the latest real facts are that Virgil Goode is now on 26 state ballots and counting and that Jill Stein has already secured 38 states and counting. When you add to these numbers the fact that these candidates are also being set-up as certified write-in candidates in states they are not successful in getting on the ballot, it would be more honest to project at this point that Johnson, Goode and Stein will all be available to vote for in over 40 states and that once again, there will not be any 3rd party candidate able to secure all 50 state full ballot access without relying on write-in status.

In his stump speech rhetoric, he continues to use these false claims about the other candidates supposedly not being viable to launch himself into a round of having to only compare himself to Obama and Romney. As his routine goes along, he then can falsely claim a long list of, “I am the ONLY candidate that……..” based on his own false claims that the other 3rd party choices should not even be taken into consideration, therefore they don’t count in his long list of claims comparing himself to the major party candidates.


Why the GOP Is Scared of Ron Paul and 4 Reasons He Might Still Get the 2012 Republican Nomination




Why the GOP Is Scared of Ron Paul and 4 Reasons He Might Still Get the 2012 Republican Nomination

Wait, isn’t Dr. Ron Paul out of the presidential race? Isn’t it all tied up nicely in a bow with the Romney/Ryan ticket?


Why would the GOP be scared of Ron Paul but end up nominating him?

I’ll explain.

Romney and the GOP have demonstrated both poor judgment and poor sportsmanship that might cost them by damaging Romney’s electability among the Ron Paul supporters thus leading to a splitting of votes, which in turn, could cost the GOP the entire election.

Dr. Ron Paul is still in the race for president and is a strong contender for the 2012 GOP nomination.

To be on the GOP ballot Aug. 27, 2012 in Tampa and get a 15-minute speaking slot, a candidate must have won the plurality (majority) of delegates in at least 5 states.

Well, Ron Paul did win the plurality of delegates in 5 states, enough to be eligible for the nomination and a 15-minute speaking slot at the GOP convention. The states he won are Louisiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Maine and Nevada. Then Ron Paul went on to win the plurality in Massachusetts, Romney’s home state and half the delegates in Oregon. Dr. Ron Paul also has around 500 delegates who support him. The exact number of delegates that Romney and Paul have is still a mystery but should be clarified at the convention.

So… Ron Paul won his 5-plus states, he’s on the ballot and writing his speech, right? Not exactly.


Ben Swann – Facts: Clarification from the RNC rules committee, Ron Paul has 6 states



Ben Swann  of Reality Check with Ben Swann and an award winning nightime news anchor at WXIX FOX 19 in Cincinnati joins Daily Paul Radio with Kurt Wallace for ‘Facts: Clarification from the RNC rules committee, Ron Paul has 6 statesto discuss the details about his converstaions with rules committee and what that means for the many states in question regarding the nomination of Ron Paul eligibility at the RNC in Tampa. Ben also explains more regarding the unbound and bound delegates lawsuit and what a decision made prior to convention would do.


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Ron Paul’s Endgame?



By Jack Hunter

Ron Paul’s Endgame?

As I’ve noted many times, most reporters are stupid, lazy or both. They don’t get Ron Paul and his movement because they are incapable of getting Paul and his movement. They can understand the horserace aspect of this election but are unable to fathom the complexities of a movement that will last far beyond it.

Well, when a reporter sort of gets it, he deserves props. What Edward Morrissey wrote in The Week Tuesday is by no means a comprehensive take on the rEVOLution, but he does get one important and integral part right. Predicting great success from the Paul camp in Minnesota, Morrissey wrote:

He has already succeeded in winning half of Minnesota’s delegates, thanks to superior organization at the local and congressional-district conventions… There is a good possibility that Paul will have more delegates than anyone not named Mitt Romney by the time Republicans gather for their quadrennial convention in Tampa.

So what is the real endgame? 

Most people miss the fact that Paul has already achieved his end game… The real goal was to seize control of party apparatuses in states that rely on caucuses. With that in hand, Paul’s organization can direct party funds and operations to recruit and support candidates that follow Paul’s platform, and in that way exert some influence on the national Republican Party as well, potentially for years to come.

Paul hasn’t won every battle in that fight, but Minnesota will probably end up being more the rule than the exception.

Kurt Bills winning the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate is but one example of this kind of influence. Paul’s movement, our movement, as I noted on Tuesday, will continue to active victories in many forms–and I don’t mean simply symbolic strides, but electoral and policy victories that will reshape American politics and the direction of this country. Few reporters will predict any of this. Few are predicting it now. But in their infinite stupor, they’ll all end up reporting on it.

Again, this is only the beginning. Many thanks again to our hardworking and passionate folks in Minnesota.



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Ron Paul wins Minnesota Delegates Ensuring his Place at GOP National Convention





The Revenge of Ron Paul

Friday, May 18th, I arrived at the Minnesota Republican Party State Convention in St. Cloud. The convention could best be described as “The Revenge of Ron Paul”. Four years ago Ron Paul was denied the opportunity to speak on the National Stage, but not this time. For four years, the Ron Paulers have been working underground, using organizing skills that would make Democrats blush, to unseat the entire “Establishment Party” on Saturday and to sweep the entire slate of delegates and alternates going to the National Convention. (There was a humble token given by ceding a tie to Michele Bachmann.)

By securing a 5th state of pledged delegates Ron Paul has ensured he will:  1. Be on the ballot as a candidate; 2. Have full stage time and media coverage, and 3. Have a great deal of power. The big question swirling around was….”will it be chaos or cohesion”? Will Ron Paul try to unseat Mitt Romney as the all but appointed Presidential Candidate, or is his agenda simply to ensure the Republican Party cannot ignore his pet issues? I would hope someone (hint hint Rand) would ask him to be clear on his agenda going forward, because as of right now his base is whipped up like a rabid beaver itching to pick a fight.

While there, I decided to try and find out their plans, so on the second day I went ‘super-secret undercover spy’ and played a Ron Pauler. I observed some very interesting things about them:

1. Friday, they flexed their muscle and easily won the endorsement of the “Party” for their candidate for Senate.

2. They are extraordinarily organized, and the ‘leadership’ was able to keep their machinations under-wraps until the time of their choosing.  I do envy their organizing ability and strength; I just wish it could be used to remove Obama from office. (That is an issue of division which I’ll discuss later.)

3. They can respond amazingly quickly. On Saturday, the Romney camp put out flyers labeled “Conservative Unity Delegate Slate” (which made the RP’s look like exactly what they were, sneaky) the Paulers quickly responded with flyers of their own, but it was not the entire slate. I know this because I achieved part of my ‘super secret spy’ goal: getting info funneled to me. I was impressed that a campaign which is struggling for financial support can product a full color, high quality flyer for their designated candidates.




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Ron Paul Will Win Nevada, and the GOP Wants to Stop Him



By Allan Stevo

Ron Paul Will Win Nevada, and the GOP Wants to Stop Him - DaisyDeadhead

In a shockingly brazen power trip, the national GOP has sent a threatening letter to Nevada Republicans demanding that they show support for former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney at their state convention this weekend.

The Nevada Republican Convention is the highest legislative body of the state’s Republican Party and the desultory letter seeks to challenge that autonomy. In the letter, Republican National Committee Chief Counsel John R. Phillipe, Jr., introduces a new way of thinking that entitles former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney to, in essence, veto the election of delegates that he is unhappy with. The text of the letter can be read here.

The letter, dated May 2, was addressed to newly-elected Nevada GOP Chairman Michael McDonald and ended on a paternalistic tone in which it threatened to strip all of Nevada’s delegates: “I believe it is highly likely that any committee with jurisdiction over the matter would find improper any change to the election, selection, allocation, or binding of delegates thus jeopardizing the seating of Nevada’s entire delegation to the National Convention.”

This letter points to a possible bias against Texas Congressman Ron Paul among the national Republican leadership and comes on the heels of strong Paul finishes over the last two weeks in Louisiana, Minnesota, Alaska, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

Las Vegas-based journalist John Ralston commented.

“Clearly the RNC fears that mischief at the Sparks convention this weekend could result in Ron Paul delegates taking Mitt Romney slots and then not abiding by GOP rules to vote for the presumptive nominee in the first ballot in Tampa. So they are trying to force McDonald to ensure the actual Romney delegates fill 20 of the 28 national convention slots, thus removing any question of who they will vote for.”

Republican voters aren’t moved. An unnamed Republican voter commented Thursday: “The beautiful thing about our party is that it’s decentralized. The county parties can do what they want and the state parties can do what they want. This guy’s dreaming if he thinks he has a prayer influencing any decent Republican. Ron Paul’s not my first choice, but if some DC lawyer thinks I’m [going to] side with him over a decent guy like Paul, he doesn’t know Republicans very well … Mind your own business, D.C.”

Such pressure tricks are unlikely to work in a state like Nevada where Ron Paul supporters were rebuffed at the state convention four years ago after winning congressional district votes for Nevada delegates. GOP officials went so far as to turn off the lights in a windowless room as a method of adjourning the state convention. Instead of going home and sulking, Paul supporters fought back. Four years later, the GOP old guard is still feeling the blowback from 2008 as Ron Paul supporters have succeeded in influencing the party at almost all levels of government and removing the old guard from party positions statewide.

The Nevada Republican Convention is scheduled May 4-5 in Sparks, Nevada.



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