10419964_10201413086489622_2862659236932696024_nI thank Connie Johnson for US Senate for this, as well as all the people who have come together since Senator Barrington refused to hear her bill for full legalization in committee. Oklahomans for Health have been especially active, and that may be why all these legislators are looking into medical marijuana. It makes sense that they at least want to make sure people–like children who suffer terribly from illnesses that cause seizures–have access to medicine that can help them. But I also think what’s happening is they are trying to find a way to support this inevitable and necessary change in our culture without letting go of their ability to control and punish people, and fill up our for profit prisons, and get revenue for the police department from poor people.

We know it’s true, but we do nothing about it. It’s sick. I don’t want to live in a society so full of viciousness. When people say it will be easier to pass medical in this state than it will to pass full legalization, that is basically what they are saying–the people in this state love putting poor people in jail and taking their money and ruining their futures too much to just let it go all together. We have to ease into it in a way that won’t too much cut into the profits of the industries that benefit from prohibition.

Weed is good. It makes sick people feel better. It makes well people feel super better, too. It’s an enormously, ridiculously useful plant. I’m glad some of our legislators are at least making an effort to learn about the issue. I’d like Oklahoma to beat Texas to legalization because I don’t want to have to drive to Texas to smoke legal weed. I will, but I don’t want to.

Studying cannabis By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer Enid News and Eagle

Interim studies on medical use of cannabis have been requested by four Oklahoma legislators.

I wonder why this is happening? I wonder what non-partisan, HUMAN RIGHTS issue is making people register to vote despite misgivings about our unjust and ridiculous and incredibly damaging two-party-maximum system in Oklahoma. I KNOW WHAT IT IS!

IT is MARIJUANA. It is weed. Weed will bring us together; I’ve been saying that, and everyone thinks that I just mean we’ll all get stoned together, and I DO MEAN THAT, but I also mean that we will all take control of our goddamned government and make it work FOR us, instead of against us, which is what is happening when we are denied medication and imprisoned for being young and trying to get high. Get registered, now. I will help you. Or I’ll hook you up with people who aren’t as goofy as I am, and they will help you.

Check this out:

Registered Voter Tally Up By 15,553

Okay, owners of huge corporations have been ceded rights that women are not allowed to have. It violates their religious rights to pay for contraceptives that women need who might be employed at their place of business.

The problem I have with that is that prior to Obamacare Hobby Lobby had no problem with paying the health insurance for their female employees who purchased these same contraceptives. And Hobby Lobby owners see no conflict with their beliefs in so much as they own stock in a company that manufactures those same contraceptives that they don’t want to pay for!

How does that work? If they have to spend money to pay for their employees health care they are suddenly religious about it, but if they are going to make a ton of money off the sale and manufacture of contraceptives that they say violates their religious beliefs that’s okay.

So what it boils down to is religious beliefs count much when you have to spend money but not so much when you can make money! It’s fine that they can make a big profit off the manufacture and sale of contraceptives that they profess to abhor, but their religious convictions don’t extend beyond the profit margin.

Yes, that is really a cool religion. What would Jesus say? I think I know but that’s the problem Christianity has these days is that too many people who profess to be Christians;they don’t practice Christ’s religion. But of course Jesus wasn’t a Christian he was a Jewish Rabbi who wanted religion to be for all not just a few hypocritical zealots sitting comfortably in their corporate corner offices pretending to be his followers!

Bob Bearden

When the Republicans Really Were the Party of Lincoln | Perspectives | BillMoyers.com.

The Republican Party was, for a vital century, the American political party most closely aligned with the cause of civil rights. The invariably realistic Frederick Douglass explained that, “I knew that however bad the Republican Party was, the Democratic Party was much worse. The elements of which the Republican party was composed gave better ground for the ultimate hope of the success of the colored man’s cause than those of the Democratic Party…The change came quickly.”  More

Today is the 50th Anniversary of the signing into law of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. A monumental act that made sweeping changes in our nation and put us on the road to full citizenship of millions of our fellow citizens who had long suffered under Jim Crow laws and defacto segregation. It was one of the hallmarks of Johnson’s presidency and arguably no other president might have been able to accomplish what Johnson wrought. It was and is very ironic that it was a southern president who pushed the bill through congress one who had lived under and was elected by citizens who lived under Jim Crow laws in Texas.

Lyndon Johnson was a strange man in many ways but he was exactly the one person who could manage to do what no other president could and if it were not for his albatross of Vietnam he would likely be considered one of the greatest presidents in our history. Vietnam sealed his place in history and it is only now that people are becoming aware of the great things he did. He was vilified in his time and even after his death for a long time.

Johnson wasn’t a great speaker. He wasn’t very photogenic nor was he particularly liked by the public despite the electorate handing him a lopsided landslide of a victory in the very year he pushed through one of the greatest pieces of legislation in our history. But he was what our nation needed at the time and he had the courage of his convictions and he knew he was on the right side of history. It must have been a bitter pill to swallow for a man who was so outgoing and gregarious and who loved the rough and tumble of politics to have watched as his legacy was tarnished by the bloody conflict that was the quagmire of Vietnam.

But Johnson as much as any president stood tall in the tradition of the Roosevelts and did what he knew to be the right thing. And the Civil Rights Act wasn’t only the beginning for him. There was more great things to come from this man as he would shepherd another piece of legislation through congress only a year later when he pushed for the Voting Rights Act. And added his a third jewel to his crown with the passage of Medicare.

Only Franklin Roosevelt with his New Deal can really compare to the lasting legacy of LBJ and what he accomplished in his 5 plus years in office. Roosevelt had 12 years to change the world and he did, but Johnson also changed our world for the better and he did it in 7 less years. Johnson was a very flawed man but he was the right man for what was needed at the time and he never shirked from what he knew needed to be done. You can argue that the times dictated what had to be done, but without LBJ as president three of the most important pieces of legislation in our history might look demonstrably different.

His reasons and motivations came from giants like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and others of the time who were at the forefront of the push for equality but they needed a man at the top to make what they knew to be right happen and LBJ was qualified like no other person. John Kennedy had all of those things on his agenda but whether or not he could have made them happen is debatable. No one else with the possible exception of Franklin Roosevelt could have done what Johnson did because not even FDR had the knowledge and abilities to cajole and arm twist members of congress from both sides of the aisle that LBJ did.

LBJ may not be the greatest president we ever have had but he was an important one and he changed our nation for the better because he believed in what he was doing and he understood that our nation needed it to be done. And he was willing to sacrifice his place in history for the common good. He was a man who placed his country above his politics! He was a real American Hero. Flawed but of a good heart! And he loved his country!

Bob Bearden

John Boehner (Rep. R-OH):: Obstructionist Republican ClownRepublicans are an organization with a platform that is written down. I have some “republican” friends who try to distance themselves from the racist, anti-poor, anti-gay, anti-woman Republican slogans, but they CAN NOT DO THAT. You can’t say, “I’m a pirate, but I’m not one of those pirates who rapes and pillages.” Republicans are not selling anything but hate right now. They got nothing. They are absolutely foul and need to go. If I want a Republican, I’ll vote for Juan Rodriguez, who is a Democrat in Oklahoma. The party system is fucked everywhere, but here it is super fucked. Constance Johnson has a run off against a guy whose name might as well be Old White Man. He has NO CAMPAIGN. I’m not exaggerating. The Democratic party needs to get its shit together right now, and that has to happen from the bottom up. We need to find good candidates, like John Dunaway, and support them. And we need to stop lying to REpublicans and acting like we can all be friends or we can have civil discourse on the topic of what the government should make me do with my uterus. No. We cannot. We cannot have a civil discussion about whether or not the people who work at Walmart and McDonalds and Atlanta Bread Company “deserve” to make enough money for their work to pay for their own food. We can’t have a civil discussion about whether or not we should turn away thousands of children who have run to us FOR SAFETY. Much in the same way millions of refugees flood their neighboring countries fleeing from bombs and chemical weapons made in the U.S.A. There is not more arguing. There is work we need to do, and it is hard and requires all hands on deck, or all voices on whatever voices would be on in that metaphor. But to the purpose. These Republicans who are being elected right now are useless, and the candidates challenging them for nominations have been trained to compete with them for who can spew the most hatred. They are not public servants. They are trained spokespeople for a giant disgusting advertising company, possibly so full of shit it doesn’t even know what is real anymore. Your Republican friends need to snap out of it. And at the very least, we should not let them cop-out, and behave as if they are not responsible for what it happening right now. YOU ARE. If you are voting for these people, you are responsible.

If there’s anyone on here who can tell me what the Republican party has to offer our country and our state. Please tell me. I cannot think of a thing. Especially in this state, the only distinction we can see is that the Democrats are not actively attacking the basic human rights of their constituents. With few exceptions, like Constance Johnson, they are not defending them either. Other than that, what do we have.

“Well,” some will say, “I’m not a single issue voter.” Good call on some things, dude. For instance, Republicans in this state eventually are going to realize they should get in on the marijuana excitement and start asking CATO or ALEC what bills they should sponsor to get the maximum benefit out of it for some rich old assholes who should be in jail right now–the Koch brothers or whatever. Whereas CONSTANCE JOHNSON, who has been working for years to legalize marijuana wrote a bill that would ensure regular citizens of Oklahoma would share in the economic benefits of legalization as well as the whole NOT GOING TO PRISON FOR LIFE BECAUSE YOU LIKE POT BROWNIES thing. What’s the worst way that legalization could take place in OK? Try to imagine it. Because that’s the Republican way.

On the other hand, if the issue is whether or not I should have a probe shoved up my cunt by my rapey government because I want to terminate a pregnancy, or whether people should be denied services because of what they like to do with their hearts and their private parts, or whether mobs of terrified children should be dumped in the desert and left to die instead of protected and aided and cared for. Or whether people who work over 60 hours a week on their feet in crappy conditions to give grumpy selfish customers their Big Mac Meals are worthy of food, healthcare or education. Then I am a single issue voter. If your candidate would turn a suffering child away from his door, you probably would not vote for him. If your candidate told you that your lifestyle is an abomination, your reproductive organs and processes are too big of a responsibility for you to handle, you would tell him or her to fuck off. If your candidate was caught on tape telling a lady who works at Taco Bell that she’s unskilled and not worth the amount of money it would take for her to care for herself and her children, and that she is a lazy, probably drug-addicted whore, who needs to piss in a cup if she wants to feed her babies this month, and who needs to start keeping her legs shut, you would either disown that candidate or you are a dick.

I guess I’ll stop now. There’s probably more coming.

Teri McGrath

Finally, we have been made aware of why our nation and its people are going down that rabbit hole of ‘moral decay’! Ann Coulter ‘The Wicked Witch of the Pithy Perversions’ has spoken. Soccer and it’s happening right here in America and starts with an S and it rhymes with rocker as in off of hers. Ann has opined that our fascination with the World Cup is undisputed evidence of our nation’s ‘moral decay’! Oh woe is we!

Who knew that moral decay and what the rest of the world calls futbol or football is responsible for moral decay of the world and we as a nation are being sucked in to its vortex without knowing of its evilness. Oh woe is we! Ann they are looking for you – you know the men in the white coats with the jacket.

Delusional? Crazed? Ann Coulter fits the profile of either. She has just out Rushed Rush in her attack upon the world’s most watched and revered sport. That a little spotted round ball could have such a devastating effect upon the world is – well it’s simply crazy. But, Ann has been off her rocker for a number of years. The sad thing about Ann is how so very consumed she is with malice and hate. It is even sadder to note that what she says gets so much play in the news media.

She reminds me so much of that Texas bigot H.L. Hunt whose crazed rantings I first heard on the radio as a teenager in Texas. H.L. was the father of two separate families that included Lamar and his brother (whose name escapes me at the moment) who tried successfully to corner the silver market only to have it crash around them resulting in them losing millions. Lamar owned the Dallas Texans who later became the Kansas City Chiefs when he moved them from Texas to Missouri.

H.L. spewed forth his vile invective in much the same manner as Ann but he too in the end was outed as a charlatan and fortunately for America he went the way of the Dodo, although the company he founded still exists. Hunt’s tomato sauce is still a staple in grocery stores everywhere along with a line of vegetable products.

Moral decay caused by an addiction to soccer? Really? Who knew? That is besides the fellows in the white coats at the Shady Rest Sanatorium? Oh woe is we! Ann Coulter out spewing the froth of her hatred. I think they have asked her to star in Despicable Me Two – Or How Moral Decay Looks Suspiciously Like a Spotted Round Ball – The Sequel! Oh woe is we!

Bob Bearden

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