Obama Supporters: What Are You Smoking?

Are you better off than you were four years ago?

This, pundits say, is the question that will make or break the second-term ambitions of President Barack Obama. Chances are, however, if you happen to be of the “hope” and “change” crowd that in 2008 got President Obama the keys to the White House, the answer is a resounding “No!”.

If you are a libertarian-minded, Constitutional-loving American, this dispatch will be of little value to you. You already understand that within the confines of the plutocratic two-party political system there is no hope for achieving smaller, more liberty-oriented American governance in the upcoming Presidential election. You have already likely decided to stand by, hoping for some politically miraculous event that puts a worthy candidate before you. You’ve probably already resigned yourself to writing in the name of a candidate with little or no chance of winning, marking a third-party section of the ballot or simply not voting.

This correspondence is aimed at anyone who openly declares support for Obama. If the hopey, changey warm fuzzies have yet to wear off, here are a few things to consider about how Obama has fooled his base:

He thinks that his supporters are all either high or suffer the effects of short-term memory loss.

Obama has gone to great lengths to try to make voters believe that he wants to rethink how America deals with drugs. The Nation’s “War on Drugs” is ridiculously flawed and functions only as a profit maker for the prison-industrial complex and a profit protector for the Big Pharma drug cartel.

For the casual marijuana user, Obama offered this in his book Dreams of My Father:

Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though.

I had discovered that it didn’t make any difference whether you smoked reefer in the white classmate’s sparkling new van, or in the dorm room of some brother you’d met down at the gym, or on the beach with a couple of Hawaiian kids who had dropped out of school and now spent most of their time looking for an excuse to brawl. You might just be bored, or alone. Everybody was welcome into the club of disaffection. And if the high didn’t solve whatever it was that was getting you down, it could at least help you laugh at the world’s ongoing folly and see through all the hypocrisy and bullshit and cheap moralism.

Unfortunately for Obama, no matter the amount of pot casual recreational drug users and medical marijuana patients fire up, his own “hypocrisy and bullshit and cheap moralism” is no laughing matter.

Obama, promising to end the raids that had begun under President George W. Bush, said on the campaign trail in 2008, “I’m not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue.”

Despite laws in some States that made legal the use of medical marijuana, Obama’s Department of Justice has widely used Federal resources to conduct raids on medical marijuana producers in places like Colorado and California.

So, he backtracked.

“What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana,” Obama said in a recent explanation of his policy. “I never made a commitment that somehow we were going to give carte blanche to large-scale producers and operators of marijuana — and the reason is, because it’s against federal law.”

And what’s more, remember the horrific tactics used by the Justice Department in its White House-linked Fast and Furious debacle, whereby it essentially put illegal weapons in the hands of Mexican drug cartels, resulting in numerous murders? Well, as the conspiracy unraveled to put on full display the dangerous incompetence of both White House policy experts and appointed Department of Justice officials, Federal crackdowns on State-sanctioned medical marijuana producers were ramped up.

In the name of damage control, after being exposed as a Presidential administration hell-bent on shaping public perception of firearm ownership by putting guns in the hands of murders, the Choom Gang President unleashed the dogs on the medical marijuana industry in California to distract Americans and appease the anti-medical marijuana, anti-alternative medicine, pro-prison and pro-Big Pharma lobbies.

The move not only destroyed jobs, but it destroyed lives.

Of course, Obama wants you to forget all of that. And convenient pre-election leaks from White House “insiders” indicate that a second term for Obama means a new look at American drug policy. Oh, yeah, and he commissioned the Generation Y equivalent of Cheech and Chong to do a commercial for the Democratic National Convention:


Of course, Cheech and Chong were likely unavailable because in old age they’ve wised up; and, tired of worrying about the Feds, they’re now pushing magic brownies that lack illegal substances but are chock full of fiber:

If you’re high enough to believe the President, you may want to check into a local rehabilitation program.

President Obama thinks that if you aren’t high, you’re at least very, very stupid.

This is the Nobel Peace Prize-winning President whose record on foreign policy is no better from a peace or human rights perspective than that of President George W. Bush or any other warmongering neocon.

Obama had this to say to supporters in a recent campaign speech at the University of Colorado at Boulder, “This November you get to decide the future of the Afghanistan war. Governor Romney had nothing to say about Afghanistan last week. We are bringing our troops home from Afghanistan. I set a timetable and we will have them all out by 2014. Governor Romney doesn’t have a timetable.”

Barely a year into his Presidency, Obama ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan, with the idea that America would get the job done by brute force and begin bringing troops home by the middle of last year.

At the Republican National Convention, actor Clint Eastwood asked an imaginary Obama why he didn’t just cut the losses and bring them home before the surge. Eastwood suggested that America should have consulted the Russians with regard to advice concerning military success in the country. And in his ramblings, this is the most valuable point the actor made during that speech. Obama, after all, did run in 2008 on the notion that he would end Bush’s wars.

Just less than two months before the Presidential election, Americans are witnessing gross American failures in Afghanistan, despite Obama’s increase in troops.

The country cannot stand on its own, despite ongoing American efforts.

The efforts are getting American soldiers shot by the very people they are trying to train.

Later this year, the long-overdue troop drawdown is slated to take place. The country is expected to revert to total Taliban control.

The Obama Administration continually pretends that it has achieved great success in ending the Iraq war. What goes unmentioned, however, is far more telling than the President’s continual self-promotion as a war ending leader.

Obama doesn’t remind voters that he actually ran more than two years behind schedule on his plan to end the Iraq war.

And he doesn’t mention that he actually scrapped his own plan for troop withdrawal and followed the plan put in place by the Bush Administration.

How’s that for change?

The real change made in foreign policy by Obama is this: increased deadly drone strikes, illegal wars — albeit quieter ones– and using the excuse of “protecting the world from human rights abuses” to put the United States at risk of involvement in worldwide war with military superpowers like China and Russia. It is not change, but a continuance “forward” of Bush foreign policy that will continue no matter which major party candidate is elected.

But, at least he single-handedly killed Osama bin Laden.


To list all of Obama’s lies and transgressions would take far more room than this article will allow, but a simple reflection on the reasons why you may have supported Obama in the first place should give ample opportunity to understand why he has failed his base.

Many of us who are conservatives have continually expressed disdain for the Republican Party’s nomination of a candidate with so many Obama-like qualities and its subsequent blackout of the one candidate who could have unified people who favor small government, end to war and a focus on individual liberty. And pointing that out seems to bring many Republican diehards to a boil as they angrily accuse anyone who refuses to walk a party line of being an Obama supporter. But I can assure you we are not. We just believe that Romney is the lesser of two liars, rather than the lesser of two evils as they would suggest.

No one wants to vote for a liar, but those of you who elected Obama the first time must realize you already have once. Do you really want to do that again?

Anonymous Leaks Aimed At Angering Public To Action

In order to raise the question of why an FBI operative would have millions of individuals’ identifying online information, a contingent of Anonymous has released a massive Apple data leak.

In a message posted along with the data leak, an unidentified Anonymous member writes:

why exposing this personal data?

well we have learnt it seems quite clear nobody pays attention if you just come and say ‘hey, FBI is using your device details and info and who the f*ck knows what the hell are they experimenting with that’, well sorry, but nobody will care. FBI will, as usual, deny or ignore this uncomfortable thingie and everybody will forget the whole thing at amazing speed. so next option, we could have released mail and a very small extract of the data. some people would eventually pick up the issue but well, lets be honest, that will be ephemeral too.

So without even being sure if the current choice will guarantee that people will pay attention to this f*cking shouted ‘F*CKING FBI IS USING YOUR DEVICE INFO FOR A TRACKING PEOPLE PROJECT OR SOME SHIT’ well at least it seems our best bet, and even in this case we will probably see their damage control teams going hard lobbying media with bullshits to discredit this, but well, whatever, at least we tried and eventually, looking at the massive number of devices concerned, someone should care about it.

Apple unique device identification numbers (UDIDs) establish a single device’s identity in the Apple network, so that the company can track purchases and information on iTunes. According to the Anonymous hackers, 12.4 million UDIDs were found on an FBI agent’s Dell notebook. Each UDID was associated with user names, device info, phone numbers, names and addresses. The FBI has not disclosed why it would have such information on hand. So far, the hacktivists have leaked 1,000,001 of those UDIDs to bring light to the government’s data-collecting effort.

United States Of Indebtedness

On Tuesday, the Democratic National Convention got under way as a historical landmark in American history took place: U.S. debt reached $16 trillion.

The debt racked up by American leaders represents 104 percent of the Nation’s gross domestic product, making it larger than the entire economy. The national debt has tripled under the previous two Presidential administrations.

“This is a grim landmark for the United States,” Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said in a statement. “That’s more government debt per person than Portugal, Italy, Spain or Greece. Yet the president seems strangely unconcerned.”

The message coming from the DNC will likely downplay the enormous debt burden, as Democratic operatives contend that too rapidly attacking the massive debt could create a spiraling economic downturn.

“What’s necessary is to stabilize the debt and then work from there,” Obama senior campaign adviser David Axelrod said during a weekend interview. “You can’t balance the budget in the short term, because to do that would be to ratchet down the economy.”

Obama’s debt-reduction plan calls for lowering the national deficit to the tune of $4 trillion over the course of the next decade, but it is often criticized for a reliance on hefty tax hikes and the lack of a long-term debt solution.

“The problem with the Obama plan is basically that it doesn’t contain a long-term strategy for tackling the debt, which they will concede,” Bob Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition (a group in Arlington, Va., that advocates deficit reduction) told Bloomberg.

The national debt continues to grow at a rate of about $2 million every minute.

Vitamin B3 Fights Infection

Researchers say that vitamin B3 could be a viable tool in fighting antibiotic resistant staph infections and could hold promise in combating other “superbugs.”

Published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation by researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, UCLA, and other institutions, the research found that high doses of the vitamin increased the ability of immune cells to kill staph bacteria by 1,000 times.

“This is potentially very significant, although we still need to do human studies,” said Adrian Gombart, an associate professor in OSU’s Linus Pauling Institute. “Antibiotics are wonder drugs, but they face increasing problems with resistance by various types of bacteria, especially Staphylococcus aureus.

“This could give us a new way to treat staph infections that can be deadly, and might be used in combination with current antibiotics,” Gombart said. “It’s a way to tap into the power of the innate immune system and stimulate it to provide a more powerful and natural immune response.”

The researchers said that the immunity results were achieved with extremely high doses of the vitamin, and that there is more work to be done to better understand how to effectively treat infections with B3 vitamins.

Excellent sources of vitamin B3 (also known as niacin) include crimini mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, chicken, tuna and nutritional supplements.

Potentially life-threatening staph infections, such as those caused by MRSA, are increasingly prevalent throughout the Nation.

Start Small, Become A Prepper

Many of us have some spare time on lazy afternoons during the waning days of summer. It is a perfect time to make sure all of your survival supplies are in good order; or, if you have none, take the initial steps to being a prepper.

Becoming prepared for worst-case-scenario events may seem like a daunting task when you consider the amount of time, effort and cost that would go into stockpiling enough nonperishable food and water to last weeks or months. But taking small steps toward being prepared in your spare time can yield surprising results in just a matter of weeks.

You can start small by organizing a basic three-day food supply. Including things like:

  • Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits and vegetables.
  • Canned juices, milk, soup (if powdered, store extra water).
  • Staples: sugar, salt, pepper.
  • High-energy foods: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix.
  • Vitamins.
  • Foods for infants, elderly persons or persons with special dietary needs.
  • Comfort foods: Cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, lollipops, instant coffee, tea bags.
  • One gallon of water for each person in your household for each day.

Once you get a small store in place, you will likely notice that your efforts to prepare for the worst snowball into a lifestyle that will leave you and your family safe and ready for almost anything.

Romney Wants Increased Military Spending

Mitt Romney vows that defense spending cuts will be reversed under his Presidential watch.

Speaking at the American Legion’s convention last week, the Republican candidate said he vows to get veterans out of unemployment lines and to stop defense cuts triggered by budgeting quarrels in the Capitol.

“A year ago, President Obama told your convention, ‘We cannot, we must not, and we will not balance the budget on the backs of our veterans,’” Romney said. “I thought I finally agreed with him on something, but now he is on the verge of breaking that promise. The Obama administration is set to cut defense spending by nearly $1 trillion — my administration will not.”

A current plan requires $487 billion in cuts to defense spending over the next decade and another round of about $500 billion in cuts beginning next year if members of Congress don’t create a deficit-reduction plan.

While Obama and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan both favored the plan, Romney has a different opinion of how to handle defense spending. He wants to increase military spending and has vowed to spend at least 4 percent of gross domestic product on defense.

Obama: GOP Wants Young Voters To Stay Home

President Barack Obama, trying to rekindle enthusiasm with American college students, told a group near the University of Virginia last week that Republicans are “banking” on low youth voter turnout in November.

The President told the crowd that their vote matters more now than ever before.

“You’ve got the same stream of cynics who are telling you that change is impossible, you can’t make a difference, you won’t be able to close the gap between how things are and how they should be,” Obama said.

Obama added that the GOP believes young voters “were naive last time when you had all that hope and change stuff.”

He continued to say that Republicans, “will tell you how bad things are over and over again, and they’ll helpfully add it’s all Obama’s fault. And what they’re hoping is that, even if you don’t vote for them, because you know what they peddle doesn’t work, what they do hope is that you get so discouraged that you just stay home.

“That’s what they’re banking on,” Obama said. “I don’t believe that. I don’t think you believe that.”

The President’s remarks, as inflammatory as they may seem to some people, may hold some truth. The GOP establishment shunned and disenfranchised a swath of mostly young, libertarian-leaning Ron Paul supporters over the course of the primary season. Many of those potential voters, who will likely write in Paul or vote third party in November, have elicited a familiar harsh criticism from GOP mainliners: “A vote for Paul or Johnson, is a vote for Obama.”

Spy Cameras Bust Victimless Criminal

The arrest of an Orlando, Fla., man for allegedly smoking marijuana illustrates how constant, real-time surveillance is changing the way law enforcement works.

According to an affidavit, an Orlando police sergeant was watching live video on the city’s Innovative Response to Improve Safety (IRIS) camera when he spotted 29-year-old Joe E. Haywood and a group of other men passing around what police suspected to be a marijuana joint.

According to WKMG Local 6:

Haywood was handcuffed and ordered to open his mouth but refused, so an officer tried for 30 seconds to use pressure points on his jaw to open his mouth, the affidavit said.  Officers said Haywood swallowed the joint during the incident and marijuana could be smelled on him, the report stated.

Officers said they then noticed a green leafy substance, which they described as a unburned cannabis leaf, on Haywood’s teeth, according the affidavit.

Haywood is jailed and charged with the misdemeanor of possessing 20 grams or less of cannabis, punishable by up to a year in jail, and felony tampering with physical evidence, punishable by up to five years in prison.

While many people would applaud the beefed up surveillance in crime-prone areas, with thousands of laws on the books and increasing law enforcement use of aerial video surveillance across the board, critics say the Nation is on a slippery slope to guilty until proven innocent.

Internet Censorship Via Executive Order

There was a fight earlier this year about Internet freedom and privacy as Congress attempted to create legislation (SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, ACTA) that would give government more control over the Internet. When Internet companies and the public expressed disdain for such a measure, legislators backed down.

Now they have a different plan.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) sent a letter earlier this week to President Barack Obama urging him to forgo Congress and pass cybersecurity legislation via his powers of executive order.

“While efforts to reach consensus continue, I fear that the Congress will be unable to pass meaningful cybersecurity legislation this year. Therefore, I believe the time has come for you to use your full authority to protect the U.S. economy and the networks we depend on from future cyber attack[s],” Feinstein contends. “While an executive order cannot convey protection from liability that private sector companies may face, your administration can issue cybersecurity standards and provide technical assistance to companies willing to take voluntary steps to improve their security.”

The Senator believes that the Nation faces grave and imminent national and economic security implications as long as the Internet is free and that there is no time to wait for Congressional legislation.

“These are meaningful, if limited, steps that can be taken now,” she said. “The threats to our national and economic security are simply too great to wait for legislation.”

Feinstein said the President should also encourage more collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security and private enterprise in the way of information sharing in order to lessen threats to national security.

A plea similar to Feinstein’s was made earlier in the month by Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who also cosponsored Senator Joseph Lieberman’s latest attempt at legislation ceding control over the Internet to the government.

“[B]ecause it is very unclear whether the Senate will come to agreement on cybersecurity legislation in the near future, I urge you to explore and employ every lever of executive power that you possess to protect this country from the cyber threat,” Rockefeller wrote in a letter to Obama. “We must act to address our cyber vulnerabilities as soon as possible and many components of the Cybersecurity Act are amenable to implementation via executive order, normal regulatory processes, or other executive action under the authorities of the Homeland Security Act.”

Cybersecurity bills that have already been proposed have been met with harsh criticism from a number of conservative lawmakers, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a number of Internet-based companies. The critics say that such legislation opens the door for the Federal government to impede Internet commerce with burdensome regulation and could have a damning effect on Internet free speech.

White House chief counterterrorism adviser John Brennan has said recently that the Obama Administration is considering the possibility of Internet regulation through executive order in the wake of recent failed legislative attempts to implement the controls.

Gas Prices To Reach Record Highs

According to estimates from AAA, an explosion at a Venezualen oil refinery and the effects of Hurricane Isaac are driving the price of American fuel through the roof leading up to Labor Day.

On Wednesday, gas prices shot up an average of 5 cents per gallon throughout the Nation. At a national average of $3.80 in the reading released Wednesday, gas is at its highest level since early May. Wednesday’s was the biggest one-day spike in prices since February 2011, when conflict in Libya threatened oil supplies.

Some analysts expect gas prices to reach national averages of $4 per gallon by the end of September, which could become a key topic in the upcoming Presidential debates. The first debate is scheduled to take place on Oct. 3.

There is some speculation that President Barack Obama will release supplies of the Nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserves in order to ease political liability for the high gas prices.

“Given this administration’s belligerent rhetoric against the oil industry, it’s going to be very easy for Romney to pin the blame on Obama,” Stephen Schork, president of Schork Group Inc., told Bloomberg. “The White House will be on the defensive. It makes an SPR release likely sooner rather than later.”