Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Temecula, CA - California voters will decide whether to abolish the death penalty this November, the Silicon Valley Mercury News reported. A group in favor of doing away with the nation’s largest death row gathered more than 800,000 signatures –- enough to put capital punishment on the ballot. Also thanks to your efforts out there, Californians will be voting on the labeling of GMO's in November. Wednesday April 25th at 8pm, there will be a webinar for the volunteers. There have been people who have been cheering the cause behind the scenes and they want to thank the workers. All of the volunteers in this effort should click on this link: https://www1.gotomeeting.comer/858976576 . Well done folks. Cheers to all. Meanwhile for pot smokers in California, there will be NO pot initiative this November out of 3 possible measures. What happened?
For those readers who followed my gonzo reporting from inside Occupy LA, you will recall that the forces for the rescinding the state’s death penalty were circulating all around the camp collecting signatures. They almost got mine until I thought for a moment, “do I want to support some scumbag for the rest of his natural life or just for the 20 years it takes for the appeal process to run its course?” I told the petitioner that I didn’t agree with the petition’s cause because I was a Christian, Presbyterian.

It should be noted that Islam and Christianity were the two least liked organized religions in the camp though 99% of those in camp were spiritual. In fact most people that I talked to in depth about anything ‘Christian’ agreed that the organization had been hijacked long before the deists founded our country. The presence of lady tea baggers and lady thumpers just emphasized the point since they seemed completely out of touch with the campers. The absence of any city councilmen, including the mayor, plus all the palace guards, Catholics and Protestants [presumably], really gave the place a Pontius Pilate kind of feel, which wasn’t too far off course (see What Do You Say To A NakedWoman At Dinner?). 

And it wasn’t the fact that I smoked weed, the real scent that you smelled rather than urine or feces as was reported in the MSM press including the LA Times, but more that I responded with the Chris Bennett explanation. [’Religion in the News’, a weekly report and comment on religious trends and events being covered by the media gave this item from Asian News International January 6, 2003, with the headline: “Jesus Used Cannabis to Heal Ailments Study Reveals.” 

A new study of scriptural text has revealed that Jesus and his disciples used cannabis to heal sufferings of many during that time. According to a report in the Guardian the study suggests that the drug was used to cure problems like eye and skin diseases as referred to in the gospels. The anointing oil used by Jesus and his disciples contained an ingredient called kannabosm which has since been identified as cannabis extract, says an article by Chris Bennett in the magazine, High Times entitled: “Was Jesus a Stoner?” The incense used by Jesus in ceremonies also contained a cannabis extract, suggests Bennett, who quotes scholars to back his claims, the report adds. 

‘There can be little doubt about a role for cannabis in Judaic religion’, Carl Rutt Professor of Classical Mythology at Boston University stated. Referring to the existence of cannabis in anointing oils used in ceremonies, Professor Rutt added, ‘obviously the easy availability and long established tradition of cannabis in early Judaism would inevitably included it in the Christian mixtures.’ Bennett suggests those anointed with the oils used by Jesus were literally drenched in this potent mixture. Although most modern people choose to smoke or eat pot, when its active ingredients are transferred into an oil-based carrier it can also be absorbed through the skin. 

Quoting the New Testament, Bennett argues that Jesus anointed his disciples with the oil and encouraged them to do the same with other followers. This could have been responsible for healing eye and skin diseases referred to in the gospels. Since cannabis was one of the main ingredients of the ancient anointing oil and receiving this oil is what made Jesus ‘the Christ’ and his followers ‘Christians’, then persecuting those who use cannabis can be considered anti-Christ, Bennett concluded.] The research through my Strong’s Concordance has revealed the same conclusion. So if weed was such an equalizer, what happened with the pot petitions circulating in camp?

To see why stoners are left out in the cold, again, let’s take a look at the successful label GMO petition, which was also covered here, see recent archives. First however, since many otherwise intelligent people, including foodies, don’t know just what a GMO is, OMG is what you are going to say when you find out.
GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms are experimental plants and animals that have been genetically engineered in a lab with DNA from other plants, animals, bacteria, and viruses. Monsanto (George Soros, Chairman, Soros Fund Management for the DPA, Drug Policy Alliance) leads the world in GMO products produced for commercial consumption. DPA is one of the chief sponsors/backers of RMLW, Regulate Marijuana Like Wine, hint, hint. Currently in the US, 86% of corn, 90% of canola, and 93% of soy and cotton are GMOs.

There are two ‘stated’ reasons to play God with our food supply. The first reason is to make the plant seed resistant to particular brands of sprayed herbicides, like Roundup®, the brand name of a systemic, broad-spectrum herbicide produced by the Monsanto. The second reason is to modify plants so they contain their own built-in pesticide, like peas you would raise if you only watered them with Raid®. For the real ‘unstated’ reason, please see the Georgia Guidestones.

A study done in Russia showed that insects which ate the GMO pesticide seed plants were made sterile in 3 generations, a conclusion that led to restrictive labeling or outright bans on such products in Britain, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Poland, Russia, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, and Mexico. All told, more than 40 countries are in the no-GMO/label GMOs group because GMOs are not considered proven safe. Bills introduced in America and Canada to put a hold on GMOs or to label them have not even made it out of committee, thanks due to ‘in the pocket’ politicians and the revolving door policy of government regulators with industry. 

At Occupy LA as reported here previously, I met John Diaz, the lead organizer in the real OC. John’s numbers (names) usually ranked in the top gatherers, though his group was bumped every now and then by the Temecula gathering group. John shared this knowledge with me when he found out I was from T-Town. The off-the-cuff remake made me proud of the valley though I knew more about John’s efforts than that of my hometown homies. 

John was relentless in camp and when he left after camp was done [the day before 1400 of LA’s finest rolled the place up], he hit the streets running. He recruited a number of volunteers to help him, and always, it was never about ‘him’ other than to show that he had earned his ‘hash marks’ in the fight. Even on the night of the Zanzibar (see recent archive story) he recruited a leggy Romanian to get names up in the LA area. John also shepherded his volunteer staff in Orange County, filling in when he was needed and never complaining. In short, he knew people were ‘human’ but it was always the cause that mattered. He was sweating getting the needed names but always got feedback to validate his efforts. 

At camp, though the RMLW group had a tent set up along the main walkway path, the ‘leaders’ of the pot/MMJ crew stayed aloof, high on the top part of the south city hall lawn and always in a hurry too busy to talk to those (like me) who weren’t part of their clique, with the one exception being Sunshine (recent archives again). The day they were joined by the ‘names’ in the California MMJ movement, they all made speeches then passed out small sample ½ gram pouches of bunk weed. After that the names left, never to return and the MMJ bunch went back to business as usual. In a camp full of poly-sci thinkers, that kind of shit doesn’t fly. 

John, quite the opposite, had a spot at the foot of the staircase, right in the heart of the commotion, center ring, and was never too busy for anyone. There was no clique, in fact, there was only John, and once in camp he never left except to see his wife Suzanne in Orange County every night. Since he had gone on the road for a month with the Right2Know GMO March, you certainly couldn’t fault him for that. Though the effort to reach 800,000 signatures was done by a group of gatherers, it is a tribute to John that his petition cause reached its ballot goal. Congratulations to John, his group, and their success. Look to the Calendar to plug this cause more towards the election.
(GMO info sources – Organic Consumers Association, Greenpeace, Non-GMO Project, and the Grocery Manufacturers’ Association)

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