Thank you Tim Thomas

Today I count it an honor and a privilege to heap a little praise on one of my fellow goalies.

Those of us who guard the net in ice hockey belong to a rather small and tight knit fraternity. It takes a person with a special (some say crazy) makeup to handle the rigors of playing goalie.  We all tend to stick together and share a certain camaraderie. Why? Because playing in goal taxes not only the body, but the mind. It ain’t for the faint of heart! Hall of famer Jacques Plante summed it up.

“Stressful? Do you know a lot of jobs where every time you make a mistake, a red light goes off over your head and 15,000 people start booing?”

I don’t know Tim Thomas. He plays at a far higher level than I ever reached. But his willingness to take a stand, knowing that criticism would certainly come, doesn’t surprise me and it sure makes me proud.

The Boston Bruin netminder proved himself on the ice last year, backstopping the Bruins to a Stanley Cup at the age of 37, winning the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP in the process. And I have to mention his stinking Bruins knocked my beloved Lightning out of the playoffs along the way. But his actions this week carry far more significance than hockey, and his statement carries much more weight than any of his accomplishments on the ice.

Tim Thomas took a stand for liberty.


Nullify the NDAA!

cross-posted from the Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center

The National Defense Authorization Act is one of the greatest abominations of our time.  It is time to call our state government to action to defend the liberties of Tennesseans and nullify this unconstitutional monstrosity.  The Tenth Amendment Center has a draft of model legislation to nullify the NDAA coming out in a few days.  We need to begin petitioning our legislature and governor for action immediately.

Please begin contacting your state legislators and the governor NOW, either by using the letter below or by drafting your own.  For contact information for your state legislator, visit and enter your address.  Governor Haslam’s contact information is:

Governor Bill Haslam
1st Floor, State Capitol
Nashville,  TN   37243
(615) 741-2001


Dear __________:

The NDAA is the single biggest evisceration of our Bill of Rights in our lifetime.  Never before have the definitions of terrorist and terrorist supporter been defined so broadly and vague; never before have we codified into law a president’s nonexistent authority to arrest and detain American citizens on American soil.  The arrest and detention provisions of NDAA have been condemned as the most egregious assault on our fundamental legal rights of protection under the Bill of Rights in history.


Wisconsin legislature to consider law making medical use of marijuana a defense against prosecution

Wisconsin legislators have introduced Senate Bill 371, allowing for the possession and use of medical marijuana.

The Bill was introduced on Jan. 9, 2012, by Senators Erpenbach and Taylor, cosponsored by Representatives Pocan, Berceau, Bewley, E. Coggs, Danou, Grigsby, Kessler, Pasch, Pope-Roberts, Roys, C. Taylor, Toles and Zepnick.

This bill would establish a Medical Necessity Defense to marijuana, related prosecutions and forfeiture actions.  Persons with debilitating medical conditions, or undergoing treatment that is also deemed by their primary care physician as debilitating, would be able to invoke this Medical Necessity Defense if this Bill were to be passed into law.

The defense provided under the bill, and the prohibition on arrest and prosecution contained in the bill,  would also apply to a primary caregiver, if the primary caregiver acquires, possesses, cultivates, transfers or transports marijuana to facilitate the patients use.

There are no protections for use of marijuana deemed to be recreational.  Certain provisions are laid out in the language of the Bill to prevent the defense from being invoked when people are in a corrections facility, sitting on a park bench, schools, public transportation and in the person’s place of work.  There are also strong prohibitions against the operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana.