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“All I can do is be me, whoever that is.”   —  Bob Dylan

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“To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.”   –  William Hazlitt

 

marijuana leafDonald P. Tashkin, MD, emeritus professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine, says that light to moderate marijuana use does not cause increased lung cancer risk.

The verdict is still not out on heavy use.

Here’s a previous post I wrote about the health effects of marijuana use versus alcohol, and Colorado law.

“In 100 pages, with an intriguing bibliography, this is a quick but comprehensive overview of our generation at this moment in the 21st century.  Carter’s telling is at once realistic and optimistic—and her own story is living proof. 

‘Why did I write this book?’ she asks in her prologue, and then answers with a quote from Joan Baez:  ‘Action is the greatest antidote to despair.’ 

Carter never looks at our generation through rosy glasses.  Her even- handed reporting and clear and compassionate writing help me understand the challenges and opportunities we all face.  Thank you.”               – Carrie Tuhy

Find Your Reason to Be Here: The Search For Meaning in Midlife is where I share what I have learned from years of research into the psychological legacy of boomers, where the idea of ‘midlife’ came from, and how boomers can make the most of this unique new stage of emotional development. I feel it is the best I have ever produced.

To learn more about mastering difficult life transitions you might enjoy my book: Midlife Magic: Becoming The Person You Are Inside!   To find a new faith in love try: How to Believe In Love Again.

Hillary ClintonFinally, someone had the balls to stand up to those Republicans in Congress and say: YOU TAKE RESPONSIBILITY!

Do they really think they are gaining points with the American people by blaming her for all the people in the world that hate us, and would kill us if they had the chance?

Here is my response to Senator Rand Paul’s comment that Hillary should have been fired for not protecting our people in Benghazi.  If Clinton should have been fired for 9/11/2012, than most certainly President Bush should have lost his job IMMEDIATELY after September 11th 2001.  I only wish President Obama had said this when he was being attacked.

Did you know applications for our foreign service actually went up after these attacks? 

Secretary of State Clinton: “Our men and women who serve overseas understand that we accept a level of risk to protect this country we love.  They represent the best traditions of a bold and generous nation.  And they cannot work in bunkers and do their jobs.”

I know we cannot protect every American in the wide world.  The Congressional Republicans want to blame everything on Clinton, but the mature, adult response is to take responsibility for your own actions or lack of them, just like Clinton has done.

In case you missed it, billionaires worldwide put all of their money behind buying the presidency this week, and were angry and truly astounded to find that it did not work.  How could they have God and billions on their side and still lose?

Just to be clear about what really happened here, Obama won a larger margin of the U.S. popular vote than JFK, or Nixon, or Carter, or George Bush in either of his elections.

If Florida finally goes democratic, Obama will have won 332 electoral votes, and over 3 million more votes than Romney in the popular vote.

It is quite fun to watch the “conservative” pundits grovel around now, trying over and over again to make the point that this is no mandate from the people.  However, when you have spent millions upon millions to buy the vote, and you still lose by this much, I say there is some important message here.

John Nichols, a writer for Nation magazine, sees this election as a referendum on austerity and reform, and hopes that the president understands that the people fully understood the choices before them. This was a conscious choice to push back against right wing economics, and various other limitations on our freedom.

The progressive agenda is to pass legislation that benefits ALL of the people, not just the richest or most powerful among us.  We demand that secret sources of corporate and big money get out of politics, and let the people decide their own fate.

The American people are smart enough to control our own government and do not need those richer than us to tell us what we want.

As many of you may not know, we are dealing with the medical use of marijuana issue up here in northern Colorado, and the legalization issue state-wide this Tuesday.

You didn’t think you could get away without me adding my two cents on that one, did you?

Lately I have been noticing everywhere in the American mainstream media how common it is for us to make light about drinking too much in our society.  It seems everyone likes a good joke about getting tipsy and doing stupid things.

Everyone except those who have lost loved ones to this terrible addiction.  Let’s ask the “Mothers Against Drunks Drivers” how they feel about losing their sons and daughters.

Here’s the MADD facts on death from alcohol abuse:

Alcohol-impaired driving is the most frequently committed violent crime in the U.S.   On average someone is killed by a drunk driver every 40 minutes, and in 2007, nearly 13,000 people were killed in drunk driving related crashes.

Each year, approximately half a million people are injured in crashes where police reported that alcohol was present—an average of one person injured approximately every minute.  An estimated three of every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related traffic crash at some time in their lives. (NHTSA, 2001)

Now add on to these numbers the millions of families and lives ruined or destroyed by alcohol addiction.

Sure glad alcohol is legal!  I haven’t heard of many medical uses for alcohol, but researchers worldwide are daily finding new medical uses for cannabis (THC.)    In addition, I so rarely hear of deaths from marijuana use, especially compared to alcohol…

According to new studies, unemployment is more of a “gateway” drug to serious addiction than cannabis.  New research suggests that there is far greater danger of addiction to hard drugs like heroin, from overuse of prescription painkillers, not from occasional marijuana use.

P.S. Nov. 7th: What do you know, both measures passed yesterday!  Now we will see how the federal government reacts…

So why does the mainstream media love him???

Funniest comment on Romney’s latest debacle:

Mitt: “If I were president those people would still be alive, because I would have laid them off long ago and outsourced their jobs to a Chinese rice farmer who I pay $1 a day.”

Well, Mitt has done it again!  He took his foot and placed it firmly in his mouth yesterday!

In midst of a national security emergency, with our Embassy officers lives at stake because of a possible Al Qaeda attack on our consulate in Libya, he decided he should attack our government.  BRILLIANT!

This is probably a good time to admit, Mitt scares the crap out of me!  You know how the Mormons are all survivalist?  With their supplies all prepared in those gigantic warehouses?  If Mitt gets elected, I have a bad feeling we will all need them!

Armageddon seems to be his personal goal.

How unpatriotic can you get Mitt?  How many more of America’s brave young people do YOU want to die in the Middle East?

Just enjoyed an interview with Kofi Annan on the TV show Sunday Morning.

Now there’s a man who believes in the abilities of the human race to advance towards peaceful resolution in human conflict.  And he is the first to say we are not making progress on this front.

“He is one of the most well-known players on the world stage, respected for his unwavering commitment to international diplomacy, but also fiercely criticized for failing to stop the bloodshed in Rwanda, Bosnia, and most recently in Syria.”

In his new book, “Interventions,” former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan attempts to shape how history will remember his 40 years at the United Nations: “Well, I hope that it will be said that, ‘He made a contribution.'”

Annan’s name will forever be attached to some of darkest chapters in world history. He was the head of U.N. peacekeeping forces when some 800,000 people were killed in Rwanda. The next year, more than 8,000 Bosnian men and boys were slaughtered in Srebenica, which had been designated as a so-called U.N. safe area.

“You said with regards to Rwanda and Bosnia, ‘We patently failed or were seen to have failed.  Do you believe that you failed?” “Of course, we failed,” Annan said. “Not only that, I apologized, on behalf of the U.N. and on my own behalf.”

What are some of the successes of the United Nations?  Kofi states: “We are the only organization with the universal convening power that can bring every country under the sun in one conference room and say, ‘Let’s discuss this.’  It’s not a perfect organization but it’s the best we’ve got.” He notes a few of their real successes in medical emergencies worldwide like in the case of bird flu or AIDS.

Why is the U.N. unsuccessful when it comes to war?  I believe it is because when we mix religion and testosterone, genocide too often results.

This combo has killed more people in human history than any other, and I am not optimistic that we will ever contain this lethal combination.