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Protest and topical music including comedy. We're interested in the history of protest music, for instance labor songs, civil rights songs, anti war songs. We also feature contemporary protest music and we particularly want to hear your protest songs.

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Of course Protest Music is on topic. But it doesn't have to be both. Protest or Music. Protest is on topic. Music is on topic.

 Medical Marijuana Becoming A Reality-Needs To Be Legalized Nationally And Federally

Medical Cannabis In The United States


They say, write what you know! So here I am.

When Smoking Marijuana, (or other smoke-able herbs)-Please Do Not Use a butane lighter. They're for cigarettes.

Butane lighters are not meant to be used with a fine, light, easy to combust smoke-able like cannabis. You're sucking in a ton of butane gas, by lighting up with it. Use Matches! (Whether your using, a pipe or joint and even some vaporizer pens).  

Better Yet, Electrically, Vaporize!

Nowadays with everywhere even parks going smoke free Vaporizer pens are the cigarette of the future. There is a big need out there for reliable vaporizers and a company that stands behind their product.

I've Been Looking  For A Vaporizer For Tobacco. My apt buildings went smoke-free.

In my misadventures and research trying to find a vaporizer that works good with tobacco; I Learned That The Most Important Thing When Purchasing A Vaporizer, Is The Sellers Guarantee And Warranty! When googling vaporizer sellers, first thing go to and read, their refund policy/warranty.

From what I've seen, most vaporizers are similar. According to their price.

Since I need to purchase one, I've spent the past 4 or 5 weeks researching vaporizers, vape pens, mods, etc. Video reviews, sellers websites, video tutorials and more.

☆Ⓐ☆Best Refund Policy-Guarantee/And Warranty Award Goes To:
Vape Vet.com

I'm still trying to decide which vape pen is best for my needs (tobacco), but the Vapormax V by FlowerMate looks good. I like that it doesn't get too warm.

Daniel also recommends another moderately priced, vaporizer pen. It's on Ebay but since he's the supplier it still has his great, one year warranty. T-Vape Clone Dry Herb Vaporizer (Z-Top / AGO X, just like TVape) Free Shipping. It's only $79.95 a good one with rubber mouth tip, good quality. Good for a light smoker. Me I'm going for the bigger one.

So Far Vape Vets, Is The Only Vaporizer store/website: I've seen, that offers a 30 Day No Questions Asked, Return Policy On Open And Used Products. Plus A One Year Warranty On All Parts!

Vape Vets Store
Warranty, Refunds and Returns Policy

Vape Vets Store, are Authorized Resellers for all products shown, and therefore, offer a 1-Year Warranty on parts for all purchases (either through us directly, the manufacturer, or our distributor--depending on the product).
Hassle-Free Refund Policy: If you are unsatisfied or unhappy with your item, you may return it within 30 days after you receive it.

I met the owner Daniel in my search for a vaporizer. Not all vaporizers, refund policies and warranties, are equal. None come close to Vape Vet's.

With vaporizer pens, etc concerning quality, you pretty much get what you pay for.

Purchasing higher end priced vaporizer is worth the higher price for a better model, as long as you have that one year unlimited warranty. But you also have to know what you are looking for in a vaporizer what you want to put in it makes a difference in performance.  

From my experience, for herb, wax, or oil, you can get a decent vape pen for about $80, but for tobacco which heats at a much higher temperature. It's gonna cost an extra hundred dollars.

If you don't care about vaporizing, just want to combust your herb in an enclosed container, you can probably get a vape pen for about $35 anywhere. Maybe it'll last six months, but still at five packs of rolling papers a month. Kind of equals out in cost.

Vaping is a great investment because even if one pays $170 for one; with the one-year warranty, the most is can cost is about $15 a month to own.

Calculations estimate that at $6 a pack,

I will save over $3,000 a year, vaporizing my tobacco vs buying rolled packs or cartons.

Loose tobacco is so much cheaper.

It's costs money to produce factory manufactured cigarettes and money for packaging too.

The Healing Properties Of Cannabis

Charlotte's Web (Cannabis)

Cannabinoids are what give you that strong feeling like you can walk 40 blocks.

Although the THC is an important ingredient too, imo, Cannabinoids are the best part of the plant.

The Scientific Case for Medical Cannabis: A Better Healing Alternative to Some Pharmaceutical Drugs

Medical Marijuana-Home*

Research Findings on Medicinal Properties of Marijuana by Kevin B. Zeese, Esq

United Patients Group

The Single Seed Center
Frequently Asked Questions

Juicing Raw Cannabis

Medical Marijuana Should Be Legalized Nationally, and  Federally, Now!

"Politics is the art of controlling your environment. " ~ Hunter S.Thompson

Honky-Tonk Bud jailhouse poem

Vaping Tobacco Is Much Less Harmful Than Combusting And Smoking It!

Cigarette Smoke Affects Your Body

Tobacco Facts Videos

Call For Free Help to Quit!

Burning tobacco generates a smoke that is a toxic cocktail of chemicals that affect not only the smoker, but others as well.

Chemicals in tobacco cigarette smoke

    Acetaldehyde: suspected carcinogen.
    Acetone: irritant: can cause kidney and liver damage.
    Acrolein: extremely toxic.
    Acrylonitrile: suspected human carcinogen.
    1-aminonaphthalene: causes cancer.
    2-aminonaphthalene: causes bladder cancer.
    Ammonia: raises blood pressure.
    Benzene: carcinogen.
    Benzo[a]pyrene: mutagenic and highly carcinogenic
    1,3-Butadiene: suspected carcinogen.
    Butyraldehyde: damages the lining of nose and lungs.
    Cadmium: a heavy metal and highly toxic
    Carbon Monoxide: decreases heart and muscle function.
    Catechol: causes respiratory tract irritation and dermatitis.
    Chromium: heavy metal and carcinogen.
    Cresol: causes upper respiratory, nasal and throat irritation.
    Crotonaldehyde: thought to interfere with immune function.
    Formaldehyde: carcinogen
    Hydrogen Cyanide: lethal poison
    Hydroquinone: affects central nervous system effects.
    Isoprene: irritates skin,eyes and mucous membranes.
    Lead: causes brain damage
    Methyl Ethyl Ketone: depresses the central nervous system.
    Nickel: causes bronchial asthma and is a known carcinogen.
    Nicotine: increases in heart rate and blood pressure, addictive element
    Nitric Oxide: linked to Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and asthma.
    NNN, NNK, and NAT: known or possible carcinogens        
    Polonium - radioactive*
    Propionaldehyde: skin, eye and respiratory system irritant
    Pyridine: causes eye and upper respiratory tract irritation
    Quinoline: causes genetic damage and is a possible carcinogen
    Resorcinol: skin and eye irritant
    Styrene: carcinogen
    Toluene: linked to permanent brain damage.

Peace, Love, And Justice


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 Fifty-one years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream

 A short song by Woody Guthrie and an exhortation to vote...

I am a 67 year old retired AFSCME Steward. I have worked a lot of terrible jobs in my life and aI am fortunate to be alive and in semi comfort in retirement.

This is a song by Woody Guthrie that someone has added a few current political faces to...


The fascists ARE bound to lose, providing we get our liberal heads out of our ass and VOTE for Democrats this November. Please do not fall for some idea of "sending a message" or "protesting" by not voting. The right counts on a number of us to do just that, indeed they spend a lot of money to encourage us to do that...Do not do that.

Vote Blue In November! We are not perfect, but they are insane.

 School supply drive for Okiciyap!

This is something we’ve done here for a few years at Daily Kos. Provide almost 200 kids with school supplies to start the year with. Why do we do this, you may ask? Well. Partly because we’re Democrats and that’s the kind of thing we do.

No, no, you say, why don’t we just send them money and let them buy their own supplies? That’s a good question and the answer consists of a lot of geography and math.


#WalkerIsTOAST #HesDone

Toast at the WI Solidarity Sing Along 8/22/14. Photo by Erica Case.
At the WI Solidarity Sing Along 8/22/14. Photo via Susan CeeCee Cohen. David Koene takes a bite out of Walker.
At the WI Solidarity Sing Along 8/22/14. Photo by Erica Case.
 TANF is Now Old Enough for TANF to Stop Caring About Its Well-Being

On August 22, 1994, twenty years ago to the day from yesterday, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, known as “welfare reform.” As with most things that politicians call “reform,” it was an attempt to deform and restrict the existing system.

The bill replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program with the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, which block granted the program:

The TANF block grant fundamentally altered both the structure and the allowable uses of federal and state dollars previously spent on AFDC and related programs.  Under TANF, the federal government gives states a fixed block grant totaling $16.5 billion each year and requires them to maintain a certain level of state spending (totaling $10 billion to $11 billion a year), based on a state’s level of spending for AFDC and related programs prior to TANF’s creation.  (This state funding requirement is known as the “maintenance of effort” requirement, or MOE.)  Because the block grant has never been increased or adjusted for inflation, states received 32 percent less in real (inflation-adjusted) dollars in 2014 than they did in 1997.  State minimum-required contributions to TANF have declined even more.  To receive their full TANF block grant, states only have to spend on TANF purposes 80 percent of the amount they spent on AFDC and related programs in 1995.  That “maintenance of effort” requirement isn’t adjusted for inflation, either.
The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), linked above, has a useful primer on TANF at 18.

Let's look at the "welfare reform" that politicians from both parties praise as a success.

First of all, TANF families have declined dramatically, even when the number of families in poverty increased.

The number of families receiving such benefits per 100 families in poverty has also sharply declined.

TANF was not flexible enough to respond to the increase in need amidst the recession.

Maximum TANF benefits still leave families well below the poverty line.

TANF leads fewer children out of poverty than its predecessor did.

The value of TANF benefits has also fallen over the past 18 years.

Here is CBPP's conclusion:

Looking back over TANF’s history, it is impossible to reconcile the facts with claims that welfare reform was such an extraordinary success that we should use it as a model for reforming other safety net programs.  In TANF’s 18-year history, never-married mothers with a high school education or less made substantial gains in employment in only the first four years — largely due to the roaring economy of the late 1990s — and those gains have almost entirely eroded in the subsequent 14.  It is wishful thinking to assume that we could see the same employment gains we saw in TANF’s early years in today’s sluggish labor market.    

Similarly, the record shows that we cannot rely solely upon states to increase opportunity for the poor.  When states’ cash assistance caseloads fell substantially in the late 1990s, states could have used some of the freed-up funds to increase recipients’ employability.  Instead, they made other choices, including using TANF funds to fill budget holes and to substitute for state funds they had previously used to provide assistance to poor families.  If they wanted to increase opportunity now, they could do so by using more of their TANF funds to help TANF recipients and other low-income parents gain the education and skills they need to qualify for jobs that will help them escape poverty.        

Finally, in light of the growing body of research on the importance of income — and the devastating impact of poverty — on children’s early development, TANF’s far weakened role for families with the most significant employment barriers should cause concern for those who want to provide a better future for poor children.  The safety net (other than TANF) plays an extremely important role in reducing poverty and deep poverty in this country — a role that should be maintained.  The evidence from TANF suggests that applying TANF-like reforms to other safety net programs would likely cause more families to join the ranks of the deeply poor and cause some who are already deeply poor to become even poorer.

Now that we've surveyed what PRWORA has done, let's look at who voted for it.

The bill passed the Senate 78 to 21. 25 Democrats, a narrow majority of the caucus, joined 53 Republicans in passing it.

Rather than going through all of the Democrats who voted for it or against it, let's just look at those still in the political spotlight.

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, the former senators from Delaware and Massachusetts respectively, both voted for it.

Six senators who voted for the bill then are still in the Senate:

Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Carl Levin (D-MI)
Barb Mikulski (D-MD)
Harry Reid (D-NV)
Jay Rockefeller (W-WV)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Four Senators who voted against it then are still in the Senate:

Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Diane Feinstein (D-CA)
Pat Leahy (D-VT)
Patty Murray (D-WA)

The bill passed the House 328 to 101. Democrats split evenly 98-98.

18 of the 98 YEA votes are still in Congress.

Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Tim Johnson (D-SD), and Jack Reed (D-RI) are in the Senate.

14 are still in the House:

Sanford Bishop (GA-02)
Pete DeFazio (OR-04)
John Dingell (MI-12)
Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)
Mike Doyle (PA-14)
Steny Hoyer (MD-05)
Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
Sandy Levin (MI-09)
Nita Lowey (NY-17)
Jim Moran (VA-08)
Richard Neal (MA-01)
Frank Pallone (NJ-06)
Collin Peterson (MN-07)
Pete Visclosky (IN-01)

37 of the Democratic NAY votes are still in Congress.

Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ed Markey (D-MA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are now in the Senate.

33 are in the House:

Xavier Becerra (CA-34)
Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)
Corrine Brown (FL-05)
Jim Clyburn (SC-06)
John Conyers (MI-13)
Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
Eliot Engel (NY-16)
Ann Eshoo (CA-18)
Chaka Fattah (PA-02)
Sam Farr (CA-20)
Gene Green (TX-29)
Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
Alcee Hastings (FL-23)
Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
Eddie B. Johnson (TX-30)
John Lewis (GA-05)
Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)
Jim McDermott (WA-07)
George Miller (CA-11)
Jerry Nadler (NY-10)
Ed Pastor (AZ-07)
Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)
Nick Rahall (WV-03)
Charlie Rangel (NY-13)
Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40)
Bobby Rush (IL-01)
Bobby Scott (VA-03)
Jose Serrano (NY-15)
Louise Slaughter (NY-25)
Bennie Thompson (MS-02)
Nydia Velazquez (NY-07)
Henry Waxman (CA-33)

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) voted against it as a representative and, of course, is now in the Senate.

 Rescue Me - Homeward Bound Dog Rescue - Albany, NY
This is a series of diaries highlighting animal rescues around the country and noting and celebrating the work they do to help animals who have no voices but ours to speak for them. I have decided to make this a daily series because there are so many wonderful rescues out there who need human help and weekly just doesn't seem to be enough. I have long wanted to start a rescue but lack the resources or time available to do so right now so this is my attempt to do my part. I hope that these rescues will benefit from the kindness and benevolence of the community here at Daily Kos. They are amazing organizations and worthy of Kossack attention and care. This rescue is near where I live and does a lot of good for the animals and the community.
I am here, alive and all around you

I have no voice

In your trees, your air, your fields, your oceans, your world

I have no voice

I am a mother, a father, a protector, a soul

I have no voice

I can walk, crawl, sing, fear

I have no voice

You must be my voice

 Support these steps to stop police abuse. All our rights are under attack
A broad coalition of groups who are engaged in defending our rights has come together in response to the events in Ferguson, and beyond:

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, A. Phillip Randolph Institute, Advancement Project, American Civil Liberties Union, Hip Hop Caucus, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Action Network, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP),NAACP-Legal Defense Fund,National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), National Bar Association, National Urban League, Rainbow Push Coalition

They have issued this statement, but what is most important, they have outlined clearly articulated steps for moving forward.  

A Unified Statement of Action to Promote Reform and Stop Police Abuse

As national civil and human rights organizations and leaders committed to the protection of the rights of African Americans and all Americans, we come together as a unified collective to urgently impress upon elected officials, law enforcement, the legal profession, businesses and all those in this nation interested in social justice, that we must not allow the killing of Michael Brown and other unarmed individuals across this nation to be in vain.  As organizational leaders we represent millions across this country who are, as the old saying goes – “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”

As we all mourn the loss of Michael Brown and remain steadfast in our unyielding support for his mother and father who have suffered a loss no parent should endure, we also continue to call upon the community at large to make sure that this tragedy results in future systemic change to prevent similar tragic shootings and the use of excessive force.  We commend the actions of President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. and other elected officials for their strong stance against the senseless use of deadly force and the militarization of law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri.  We are now extremely concerned with the increasingly unstable situation in Ferguson and encourage more respectful responses from elected officials, along with a permanent restructuring of law enforcement so that it is more reflective of the racial and gender diversity and the overall needs of the community.

Beyond Ferguson, we must similarly demand mutual respect from law enforcement and elected officials toward other affected communities where lives have been tragically lost and endangered

Take a look below the fold to see what they are supporting, proposing and demanding.
 Let's Not Let This Get Buried: Deported Children Being Killed After Being Sent Back.

It's bad enough when 18 year olds get executed and infants get flash-bang grenaded. Do we as a country have to knowingly send children to their death as well?  Apparently so.

Between five and ten migrant children have been killed since February after the United States deported them back to Honduras, a morgue director told the Los Angeles Times.


San Pedro Sula morgue director Hector Hernandez told the Los Angeles Times that his morgue has taken in 42 dead children since February. According to an interview with relatives by the LA Times, one teenager was shot dead hours after getting deported.


Hugo Ramon Maldonado of the Committee for the Protection of Human Rights in Honduras believes that about 80 percent of Hondurans making the exodus are fleeing crime or violence.

And if they are not being murdered, unsavory fates await some:
...one teenage girl told a border agent that she was afraid of being forced into prostitution...

According to a United Nations report, at least 58 percent of the children cited “international protection needs” as in they were seeking protection from the international community because their home governments could no longer protect them.

California and other states have accepted these children in significant numbers. In Oakland
Since last June, 350 Central American immigrant students have come to Oakland Unified School District alone. About half of them don’t have parents with them and they normally stay with a sibling or other family.
in San Francisco
Recent enrollment figures show that 250 more students have enrolled in SFUSD’s Newcomer Pathways programs compared to this time last year.”
and across California.
Over 3,900 unaccompanied alien juveniles have been released to sponsors in the state of California from January 1 to July 31 this year alone.
We don't need anyone sent back to find themselves in danger of any kind. The US can accept all these refugee children, at least until such time as they can be safely reunited with their families.  It is insane and cold-blooded to do otherwise.
 DOJ May Expand Ferguson Inquiry

Anyone who has been following the Ferguson protest has probably heard of the past difficulties that the Ferguson PD has had in dealings with the African American community. Jen Hayden wrote  Ferguson police beat a man and then charged him with 'destruction of property' for bloody uniforms about the case where a black man was charged with damage to police property because his blood landed on their uniforms while they were beating him. The charges were later denied by the officers in depositions for the lawsuit that Mr Davis filed against the police department.

The NY Times is reporting

Mr. Holder and top Justice Department officials were weighing whether to open a broader civil rights investigation to look at Ferguson’s police practices at large, according to law enforcement officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal talks. The issue came up after news reports revealed a 2009 case in which a man said that four police officers beat him, then charged him with damaging government property — by getting blood on their uniforms.

Under Mr. Holder, the Justice Department has opened nearly two dozen such investigations into police departments nationwide, more than twice as many as were opened in the previous five years, according to department data.

My hope is that he will extend the investigation, not only to the Ferguson PD, but to the St. Louis County Police Department as well. And when they do, that they learn all about the experiences of Sgt. Daniel O'Neil.

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