New Marijuana ‘Controversy’ Being Pushed by Bureaucrats, Newspapers

With the economy struggling and cities going bankrupt left and right, you would think that bureaucrats in the state of California would focus on shoring up the spending problems before expending more precious resources toward a crackdown on medical marijuana. But that is not the case. The Los Angeles City Council voted to ban medical marijuana dispensaries back in July, a decision that won the ire of voters.

This unanimous 14-0 bipartisan agreement that cut off commerce and jobs at a time when they are so desperately needed was so reviled by voters that signatures were quickly collected in enough time to get a repeal measure on the ballot in November. With marijuana being more widespread and popular than ever, it is very possible that these bureaucrats will have their prohibition overturned and the medical marijuana industry will be allowed to grow without senseless laws stifling them.

But according to a Sept. 23 editorial in the Los Angeles Times, the medical marijuana industry cannot be allowed to

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Prop 19 and Delegated Powers

I was glad to have the opportunity to discuss something that rarely comes up in political debate these days, how the constitution actually applies. This time, California marijuana, prop 19, in the Huffington Post. Here’s how I was quoted: “The federal government is only authorized to exercise those powers that ‘We the People’ delegated to…

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Nullify Now! Tour Coverage

From The New American (h/t Jamie Davis): On Sunday, 10-10-10, hundreds of freedom-lovers gathered at the Omni Championsgate Resort in Orlando, Florida to celebrate the Tenth Amendment and promote the idea of state nullification of unconstitutional laws. Sponsored by the Tenth Amendment Center and WeRefuse.com, along with organizations such as The John Birch Society, local…

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MEDIA ALERT: Live Radio Broadcast This Weekend

LIVE RADIO BROADCAST THIS WEEKEND We are excited to announce that The Robert Scott Bell Show will be broadcasting live from the Nullify Now! event in Orlando, Florida 10/10/10. The live broadcast will take place on Sunday, October 10, 2010 from 1 PM to 3 PM EDT. The Robert Scott Bell Show is broadcast throughout…

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Worried About Anarcho-Capitalism

Famed liberal journo Joe Conason is worried about the increasing influence of Rothbardian “anarcho-capitalism” and the related “Austrian school of economics.” As well he should be. It is these radical ideas–undistorted by the journos–that enthrall the young, and indeed any thinking person. We all know there is something desperately wrong–morally and economically–with the US empire and its police state, welfare state, and banksterism. We are, after all, living in yet another Federal Reserve depression. The average family’s income has not increased in real terms since the 1970s, the first decade of full Fed power. The state and its related corporations are enriching themselves by making us poorer.

“The Austrian craze is particularly curious because it has displaced a school of economics that ought to be more appealing to the proud and patriotic, especially those who claim to be true to the views of the nation’s founders. That would be the school known as ‘the American system’…[a]s articulated by thinkers from Alexander Hamilton to Henry Clay to Abraham Lincoln….” Very funny. Why can’t you people just be government-loving, trade-warring, state-building mercantilists? Then journos could praise you.

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Media Alert: Celebrating the 10th on 10-10-10

Our latest media release – picked up by Forbes this morning – please read and share! http://www.forbes.com/feeds/prnewswire/2010/10/04/prnewswire201010040815PR_NEWS_USPR_____PH75193.html “The states don’t have to obey unconstitutional federal laws,” said Michael Boldin, executive director of the Center. “And that means, for example, no national health care mandates, no department of education, no bank bailouts, and even no federal…

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NY Times Alarmed: Tea Party Reading Unapproved Texts

Thanks to Bud Bronstein for this piece by Kate Zernike from the NY Times, “Movement of the Moment Looks to Long-Ago Texts.” Catch the ideological presentism. Instead of just reading the latest approved tomes and today’s issue of the Times, people are learning from “obscure” old books by dead people.

The Tea Party “has resurrected once-obscure texts by dead writers — in some cases elevating them to best-seller status — to form a kind of Tea Party canon. Recommended by Tea Party icons like Ron Paul and Glenn Beck, the texts are being quoted everywhere from protest signs to Republican Party platforms.” The idea of a movement animated by ideas rather than leaders is just right. BastiatHayek, and Mises are magnificent, and also just what one would expect from a movement born in Ron Paulism.

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Exercising our Rights, Even if DC Doesn’t Want us to

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Michael Boldin interviewed by Christopher Markowski – the Watchdog on Wall Street – on September 14, 2010. Michael will be a featured speaker at Nullify Now! Orlando and Nullify Now! Chattanooga. Get tickets here – http://www.nullifynow.com/tickets/ – or by calling 888-71-TICKETS A special thanks to Watchdog on Wall…

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Rejoice: Rick Sanchez Will Tell Us What To Think

Isn’t that a relief?  In his latest instruction to the masses, CNN’s Rick Sanchez calls “states’ rights” a “racist” term.  Now leaving aside the objection that “states don’t have rights; people do” (the term is merely a kind of shorthand, after all), Sanchez is of course in his Enforcer role here, letting us all know…

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