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I voted for Obama because he represented the people, and called for change and transparency in government, but most of all because he admitted that he inhaled. Little did I think that he would be cowed by the shadow government. Little did I think that he would allow the continuation of corporate government as usual. Little did I think that his presentations to the public would be photo-ops, but here is one of them, that are as big as life and twice as ugly.

Counterpunch

April 10 / 12, 2009

Fakes Left, Goes Right

Obama’s Crossover Dribble on Marijuana Policy

By FRED GARDNER

Executive summary: Obama fakes left, goes right. Passes to Holder at the head of the key. Holder holds the ball, looking for a cutter. Looks in to Brown posting up, then swings it over to Russoniello on the wing. The Warriors veteran finds Obama behind a screen from Holder. Obama launches from beyond the arc… Off back iron. Rebound, Sibelius.

It has been business as usual for the Drug Enforcement Administration since Barack Obama took office. Attorney General Eric Holder has decreed a “policy change,” and some PC (as in Pro-Cannabis) lobbyists and lawyers have hailed that “policy change” as a major victory. But try explaining it to workers at any of the six dispensaries that have been raided by the Obama-era DEA.

“I would have let them in if they would have showed me something,” said John W., 35, who came to the front door of Emmalyn’s on Howard St. in San Francisco on the afternoon of March 25. “They were dressed kind of like me,” according to John, who was garbed in a football jersey. “Once they actually got in I could see that they had bulletproof vests that said DEA on the back. But I couldn’t see that from the door. The only thing I could see was a person with a gun. I asked for a search warrant or a badge but they didn’t show me either one, they just battered down the gate.

“They rushed in and pushed us down -me, two or three patients, a lady who doesn’t work here anymore, and Rose [a beautiful woman of 30 who was behind the counter when your correspondent visited Emmalyn’s a week after the raid]. There were between 15 and 20, all DEA. The man lying next to me didn’t put up any kind of struggle but he kept saying, ‘I’m a patient.’ And ‘Why are you doing this?'”

“They never asked me no questions. They just went through the whole place and took the medicine we had and the little bit of money.” Some heavy machinery was deployed to rip out a safe that had been bolted to the floor. The agents hauled it off, past a passionate group of protesters on the sidwalk chanting, “This medicine is marijuana. Listen to Obama.” Did they know that Obama has said no such thing?

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by betmofeather_angel_wings

president obama channels his inner president lincoln quite frequently- and rightly so. lincoln was an intelligent man faced with a difficult burden- and has been built up into a cult status as well. but, in the end, he was a man- a fellow human being on the planet. and, in his own words,

I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.

“I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.”

and as i began to read more of his quotes, i wondered precisely how, without completely rewriting history, the republican party could claim lincoln as their own. just because they shared the same party name doesn’t mean that they shared the same value system:

How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.

but, i digress…

in the 1860’s, we fought a war of ideologies- north versus south. today, we are facing what amounts to the same thing- north versus south, for if you look at the obstruction going on and the damage done over the last decade, much of it has come from the south. in lincoln’s time, it came down to a bloody war with bullets. he was elected and sworn in much like president obama- citizens hoped for the best and cast their ballot. what they got was ideologues from both sides dividing the country and ripping it apart. we face a similar situation today.

but we have an edge- most folks in this country are sick and tired of the ugly division. they are tired of hearing hate speech and lies. and while it is unfortunate that these people share the same rights decent citizens do, it is america’s legacy. so, what is a decent human being to do in the age of faux noise and hate radio- and apparently, msm who continue to give these yahoos air time?

we can speak the truth.

“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.

we can counter the lies and spin and attempts at rewriting history with truth and facts- not just on the blogs but with every person we meet. we must have the courage to stand up and not ignore or be embarrassed- but to speak out. it is our duty as citizens in a somewhat free republic. we have a duty to the world to maintain our freedoms because that is what they look to us to do. we used to be the role model for the world- and while we have feet of clay when it comes to following our own principles- we were looked at as the goal to aspire to. we were inspirational.

it is up to us to shoulder the burden of responsibility that president obama has taken on- it is our country too. and,

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

so, my own thought- lincoln was a closet buddhist 🙂 no, probably not but i will say that my mom heard this quote- which started this post- and tells it to my sister every day (my sister’s job really sucks but guess what? so does the economy so she stays):

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be

and i believe that to be true. i was unhappy for a long time- and it poured out into my journal and my blogging and into my life where i made others unhappy. as thornie and sherry suggest, positive is contagious. if we want to be the change we seek, we have to start somewhere. let’s start with inspiring others to be inspirational. it just might work 🙂 namaste

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Sean Hannity christened the new Colmes-less show with a predictably ridiculous segment in which he claimed that President-elect Obama has been engaged in an on-going attempt to hijack Abraham Lincoln’s legacy from — seriously — the modern Republican Party.

HANNITY: And in Your America tonight, Barack Obama is doing everything he can to convince Americans that he is the rightful inheritor of Abraham Lincoln’s legacy. […] First, at the top, I just remember that Abraham Lincoln was a Republican.

The red flag here? He “just remembers” the part about Lincoln’s party affiliation. This indicates that everything else about Lincoln is therefore processed through the doofwerks of Hannity’s America, inside which reality and universally accepted facts are mercilessly sculpted, oversimplified and kneejerked into bloody submission, and thus ejecting through the ass-end an easy-to-digest-but-insanely-wrong deductive equation: Lincoln = Republican = Just Like Me, Sean Hannity = Awesome!

Lincoln was indeed the first Republican president. Good job, Hannity! Erudite! More about the history of party affiliation presently, but to somehow suggest that President-elect Obama is trying to steal Lincoln all for himself, or for Hannity to imply that Bush Republicanism is the same as Lincoln Republicanism is about as realistic as suggesting that Lincoln survived the assassination as is currently alive and lurching around — top hat and all — through the forests of the upper Midwest like a lanky, undead sasquatch. Then again, Hannity once dedicated an entire segment of his show to the existence of demons walking among us. I’m not suggesting Hannity believes that Lincoln is still alive, but it wouldn’t be shocker given his belief in goblins and the like.

Regardless, he’s clearly unable to fathom why this particular moment in American history calls to mind the spirit and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. This is nothing short of miraculous given the ubiquity of all things Kearns-Goodwin-y. Incidentally, the “Mortal Kombat vs. The Team of Rivals” video game tie-in is pretty sweet. The Seward “Pantaloons of Chaos” move (X, X, Up, Down, B, B, Y) is totally indefensible — especially against that punk Liu Kang.

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