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32% of Kentuckians have family or friends with pain pill problems

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December 20, 2011
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Bad news:

The rate was even higher in the Appalachian area of Kentucky, the Kentucky Health Issues Poll showed.

In Eastern Kentucky, 43.2 percent of those surveyed answered yes when asked whether a family member or friend had experienced problems because of abusing pain drugs. That was well above the state figure of 31.9 percent.

In the Lexington area, 39.4 percent of people surveyed said a family member or friend had problems that stemmed from prescription drug abuse. Western Kentucky had the lowest figure, at 19.7 percent.

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Bill Vermillion and the dreaded "gateway crop"

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May 6, 2011
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So this is pretty fun. Bill Vermillion, the Birther running mate of underdog KY gubernatorial candidate Bobbie Holsclaw, sent out this press release yesterday morning, adding that it was “sent to places of worship”.

Ladies and gentleman, you’ve heard of the “gateway drug” scourge of marijuana. Now be prepared to be scared out of your mind by a new lurking danger: industrial hemp, the “gateway crop”:

I am writing to tell you about a very serious issue facing our state. As a retired Navy veteran, a high school teacher, husband, father and grandfather, I am appalled and have grave concerns over a proposed plan by our opponent, Phil Moffett and his running mate, Mike Harmon. As you may know, the Moffett camp has proposed the legalization of a plant that is the cousin to marijuana, also known as hemp. While it would take an excessive amount of hemp to produce a mind-altering state, it is currently illegal to grow it under the DEA and federal regulations in the U.S. However, we believe that cultivating this crop puts us one step closer to the legalization of marijuana; therefore, we consider hemp as nothing more than a gateway crop. Mr. Moffett suggested in interviews that even a ten year old could tell the difference between a hemp plant and marijuana plant. However, local state and federal agencies disagree with Mr. Moffett on this fact. In my experience as a member of the United States Navy, I have learned to listen to the experts in the field on issues such as this, and not to idealize politicians.

We’ve also learned how Mr. Moffett plans to override federal laws that prohibit the growth of hemp in the U.S., which is to suggest nullifying the Food and Drug Administration, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Department of Agriculture. We can argue the size and scope of these federal agencies, but to eliminate these three important agencies is extreme and unwarranted. Even Ronald Reagan, the founder of modern day conservatism, did not want to dismantle government, but rather have the government work beside us – not over us.

There are many questions that must be asked when looking at Phil Moffett’s plan to nullify these government agencies:

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SECOND: Who will police these new hemp farms that Mr. Moffett is suggesting we plant? We already have a huge drug problem in this state. Marijuana is our state’s largest cash crop. Local, state, and federal agencies are against the growth of hemp because it makes their jobs harder to control the growth of marijuana. Our state is already bankrupt and we can barely fight the drug problems we have, even with the help of the federal government. Who will be policing these hemp farms once Mr. Moffett gets rid of the DEA, FDA and Department of Agriculture? And again, does this mean increased state taxes to do so?

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FOURTH: Mr. Moffett claims that his plan for the legalization of hemp has nothing to do with legalizing marijuana. If that is the case, then why is this plan supported by the Marijuana Party of Kentucky? And why is the Marijuana Party of Kentucky openly raising money for the Moffett campaign?

There are many more questions that must be asked when looking at Mr. Moffett’s plan to legalize the growth of hemp in our Commonwealth. Recently, two supporters of Phil Moffett were apprehended in a drug raid. This raid was conducted at their place of business, where police collected guns, money, drugs and marijuana smoking devices. Those involved in the raid are not only supporters of Mr. Moffett, but also the same people who helped organize a December 7, 2010 fundraiser for him! Both donated $1,000 to the campaign and were with the Moffett entourage in Washington, DC while their store was raided. When the Moffett campaign was asked about this their answer was, and I quote, “innocent until proven guilty.” One of these supporters even belongs to the Facebook group “Marijuana is Safer” where pictures are posted of her at the DC event wearing a Moffett sticker and standing with the Co-Founder of the Marijuana Policy Project.

I will also tell you, as a candidate, neither I nor Bobbie would ever accept the support of anyone who was involved in such activities. And I can promise you if we had ever accepted money from folks like this, we would return it and renounce this type of activity.

Yes, farmers growing industrial hemp will just think that they’re having a good time, but the next thing you know they’ll be addicted to growing pot, and soon after that they’ll graduate to growing poppies. An endless cycle of agricultural abuse, with farmers strung out on their profitable living all over the state.

Also, I think this lends a great deal of credibility to the theory that the entire Holsclaw campaign is a clever ruse by the Williams camp to siphon away votes from Republicans that are frustrated with Williams, so that Moffett doesn’t get close enough to pull off a shocker.

Unless the Holsclaw campaign is just a clever ruse to make us laugh. In which case, bravo.

David Williams advocates using God to stifle KY youths’ innovation

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May 5, 2011
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Kentucky’s assumedly soon-to-be GOP nominee for governor stopped his big bus in Nicholasville yesterday and talked about those snooping kids:

“We have young people that are very innovative in the kinds of things they’ve decided that they can get high on,” Williams said. “Recently, there was a store raided over in Lexington where the people had synthetic this and synthetic that; it’s a constant, continuing problem that we have.”

But Williams said the biggest problem is prescription drugs, followed closely by meth, and one of the best ways he’s seen to battle the problem is faith-based treatment programs.

“The vast majority of the drug problems we have in the state are cash transactions that are associated with pain clinics and other places,” he said. “The only treatment (programs) that I’ve seen work are the ones with a faith-based component.”

David and Richie’s excellent bus adventure goes from Lexington all the way to Covington tomorrow. You should stop in and say hey. (And by say hey, I mean ask Richie for his elementary school transcripts. Long form. No, don’t ask, demand it.)

Back that thing up, boys!

Mike Harmon says candidates should be drug tested

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April 28, 2011
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Fresh off of defending the right of kids to bully gay classmates in the name of Jesus, Lt. Gov. candidate Mike Harmon has now presented his giant list of people that he wants the government to drug test, in the name of Liberty.

The poor? Check. State workers? Check. Candidates? Check.

Harmon said he supported a bill that requiring the state to test people who receive public assistance for drugs. Republican Rep. Lonnie Napier of Lancaster proposed the bill during the 2011 session. But that measure failed.

Regarding drug testing for state employees, Harmon quipped that he had “no problem with that. I have no problem with that. I think it’s a good idea. Maybe they should test those of us running for public office, too,” Harmon said.

Let me just provide another reminder that the Moffett/Harmon ticket is the Liberty ticket.

Also, make no mistake that the “those of us running for public office” reference was no accident. Harmon’s hearing the same rumors that everyone else is.

Key Phil Moffett backers charged with drug trafficking

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March 25, 2011
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Not the greatest kind of publicity for a Republican gubernatorial candidate less than two months away from election day:

Lexington police on Feb. 10 raided The Botany Bay at 932 Winchester Road and seized a variety of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, several thousand dollars in cash and two loaded guns, according to court records. Police arrested six people in connection with the raid, including store employees, who face pending felony and misdemeanor drug charges.

Police later charged store owners Ginny and Scott Saville, who were not present, with misdemeanor counts of trafficking in synthetic marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. They have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to appear next month in Fayette District Court.

Ginny Saville helped organize a Dec. 7 fund-raiser for Moffett and, with her husband, donated $2,000 to him. A large Moffett campaign poster hung in the store’s window Friday. When the raid happened, she and her husband were with the Moffett campaign at the Conservative Action Political Conference in Washington, D.C., according to Adams.

Adams says that he believes in their innocence and Moffett won’t be returning the money. The Savilles were also big contributors and volunteers for Rand Paul.

To make matters even more “interesting”, Saville says that the raid is all part of a political conspiracy out to get them:

“This was a political hit on my shop and it was done because I work for everyone’s liberty,” she wrote. “And I will continue this work, and I will continue to win the battles I can.”

Cheves forgot to capitalize Liberty, but there’s much more interesting stuff in the article here.

KY’s "Coal Sanctuary State" resolution passes Senate easily, but did we also just decriminalize pot?

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March 1, 2011
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By a 28-10 vote. Take a bow, Kentucky.

In Not-Surprised-at-All news, 6 Democrats decided to show their lack of worth as legislators by voting for it: Blevins, Jones, Rhoads, Ridley, Turner and Webb. In Completely-Shocked news, Republican Jimmy Higdon voted against it.

In other Higdon/Senate news, Higdon 3.0 catches the small print of the prison reform bill and thinks that Kentucky might have just decriminalized small-ish amounts of marijuana.

While the Kentucky criminal code reform bill, HB 463, clearly states that possession of marijuana will remain a crime as a class B misdemeanor, a different provision of the bill says that police officers should not arrest people for misdemeanors — with a few notable exceptions.

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Catch that? Possession of marijuana will remain a misdemeanor, but the police won’t arrest people for misdemeanors, unless they also have a weapon, are physically threatening, driving drunk or having sex.

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It appears that when this bill becomes law, no one will get arrested for smoking pot in public in Kentucky any more — as long as you keep your pants on.

I suppose I’m going to have to see that happen with my own two eyes in order to believe it.

Rand Paul on David Letterman next week

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February 15, 2011
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Yup. He’ll be on next week, February 24th.

Popcorn.

Out of fairness to Mr. Letterman, he only did that because of this (and who wouldn’t?):

Johnny Boone, still on the lam

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November 29, 2010
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Our local Johnny Boone/Cornbread Mafia expert has the run down.

Kentucky Leadership hits Rand Paul in new TV ad

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October 18, 2010
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Here’s an ad that slipped out without any notice to the press/dirty liberal bloggers. From the 527 Kentucky Leadership:

Buddha.

Anybody notice the Democratic message getting a little muddier?

Conway drops the Aqua Buddha hammer on Rand Paul in new TV ad

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October 16, 2010
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Oh dear:

I thought the lack of water bong noises throughout the ad was tasteful, if not overly kind.

Well, I guess we’ll see what the good Christian folk of Kentucky think about the Aquatic Deity. I’m guessing Tweety rips Jack a new one on Monday, but Tweety doesn’t vote here, and MSNBC watchers are voting for Jack anyway.

(FYI, this is why Godless rabble like me could never run for office, and no, it’s not fair. But ain’t that America…)

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