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Whiskey named after Tennessee moonshiner debuts new bottle

Whiskey named after Tennessee moonshiner debuts new bottle.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A white whiskey named after a legendary Tennessee moonshiner is introducing a new bottle after a legal dispute over similarities to Jack Daniel’s shape and design.

The Popcorn Sutton brand, which began production after the death of its namesake, ran into the legal troubles in 2013 after starting to ship the product in square-shaped bottles instead of in Mason jars.

Brown-Forman Corp. of Louisville, Kentucky, filed a federal lawsuit in 2013 claiming that the Popcorn Sutton bottling and labelling were “confusingly similar” and gave the impression that the moonshine was part of the Jack Daniel’s line.

The lawsuit was settled last year, and Popcorn Sutton had gone back to being sold in Mason jars. The new bottles are rounded and clear, and labels no longer call the product “Tennessee white whiskey.”

The Kentucky GOP has some good news for Rand Paul

The Kentucky GOP has some good news for Rand Paul.

The Kentucky Republican Party has agreed to hold a presidential caucus for Rand Paul – but only if he shows them the money. The party’s executive committee approved a proposal on Saturday to hold a presidential caucus on March 5. The plan would let Paul run for president and re-election to his Senate seat at…

They tried to put me lock me up because I blog, posing a danger to THEM, not to myself

Originally posted on This Hunger Is Secret:

More and more evidence is becoming clear to me. People who speak out against the AMA, the APA, psychiatry in general, or a specific institution or doctor, and especially those who have a strong Internet presence should be aware of this. Did you know that psychiatric diagnosis can be assigned arbitrarily, without proof such as a blood test or xray? This means free reign for psychiatrists to diagnose a person they want to dispose of with any label they please. All you have to do is to show up. They can nail anyone they want, claiming this person is “dangerous.”

Anyone can be determined to be not only “dangerous” but potentially “dangerous.” That is, they can lock someone up with no evidence of a person’s current danger to self or others. Yes, it’s true! I just read an article on this in a medical journal. So with no evidence whatsoever except fortune-telling…

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Abusive Treatment: Drug Prohibition and the Erosion of the Doctor/Patient Relationship

Originally posted on Points: The Blog of the Alcohol & Drugs History Society:

In her third guest post for Points, pain relief activist Siobhan Reynolds traces the unraveling of the doctor-(pain)patient relationship under drug prohibition.

Perhaps the most disturbing consequence of opium prohibition, and the one least talked about in polite company, is the steady degradation of the doctor/patient relationship that has occurred since prohibition’s inception. In poor countries, where opioids are not at all available, physicians speak truthfully to their patients when they tell them that they have nothing with which to relieve their pain. In countries like the United States, where opioid pain medications are ostensibly legal but where physicians have been intimidated into withholding pain treatment, the doctors feign their impotence. There is certainly a great deal of pain relief to be found in opioid medications, and they are stacked on the pharmacist’s shelves. But physicians in the US are jailed – often arrested by SWAT teams…

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Regarding kendra sams – "lodged" at laurel county corrections" in kentucky…


Ms. Kendra Sams,  29  years old, was being lodged at the Laurel County Corrections.

According to Facebook posts she suffered a seizure on July 12th which caused her to fall from the top bunk in her cell and land on the floor.  She was not given medical attention at that time.

At some point she was transferred to Casey County Corrections where her illness became acute.  Her Mother was apparently contacted and she was then transported to the Hospital.

Facebook Timeline Posts:

Roger Hoskins

August 18 at 12:18pm · Garrard, KY ·


I’m waking up to some heart breaking news out of the family and asking for all who can please pray

Roger Hoskins

August 18 at 3:10pm · Edited ·


Please be praying for Kendra Sams she’s going into surgery right now … This young lady didn’t deserve any of this and I’m confident that the story will be told soon…. Please now all the family ask is to be praying

Roger Hoskins added 2 new photos.

August 18 at 7:15pm · Garrard, KY ·


These picture are of Kendra Sams and this is not even the Justice this young lady has suffered .. She’s has much more going I inside her… And is in critical condition at UK hospital … She’s in bad shape according to family who is with her when I am updated on her condition I will pass it along .. The family ask for prayers and this should have never ever happen to anyone else

Roger Hoskins

August 18 at 7:49pm · Garrard, KY ·


Update on Kendra they have 3 drain tubes in her and not sure one will work right but already pulled 2 ounces of infection out of her back but keeping her sedated until tomorrow to do more test … No one is allowed to see her till tomorrow so please keep praying

Roger Hoskins

Yesterday at 3:36am · Garrard, KY ·


They have started a feeding tube on Kendra and a temp of 102 … Doctors said that the next 72 hour will be very critical… So keep prayers coming and I have had a lot ask what happened… Right now the families focus is on Kendra … All they need is prayers but I promise this story will be told .. Thank for all the praying that’s going on and as always it’s in Gods hands ..

Roger Hoskins

Yesterday at 1:37pm · Garrard, KY ·


The story is coming out …. Please pray for Kendra the doctors are hoping she last throughout the day

Roger Hoskins added 4 new photos.

Yesterday at 3:19pm · Edited ·


This all started at Lcdc and she was sent to Casey county jail with the out come being her fighting for her life …. On July 12th she had a seizure a few weeks later she was sent to Casey county detention center will little or no medicinal help … Her mother was called to come get her and this is now her daughter returned home to her …. Don’t know if she will see tomorrow… Please pray….

Roger Hoskins

17 hrs · Edited ·


So thankful for Facebook this night as my post for Kendra has brought some light on all this but most of all I wanna thank the people who are brave and step up in behalf of Kendra … That is why Facebook is a valuable tool … As of 2 am there is no changes in her … I wanna thank each person who has shared this and by all means please continue to do so … This family deserves answers ! This could be your family member……………I will not disclose their name but here is a tid bit of information ……………..

My sister was in the cell with this girl in Casey co jail! She needed medical attention from day 1 this could be anyone’s family member please share this lets raise awareness

Michelle Jackson

11 hrs ·


Update on Kendra!!!!!!
She is still in critical condition they are having trouble keeping her BP up still and now they’re having to give her blood (1pint) so far… Please keep prayers coming.. TIA

— with Roger Hoskins and 8 others at UK ICU.

Michelle Jackson

3 hrs ·



— with Roger Hoskins and 9 others at UK ICU.

Michelle Jackson's photo.

Roger Hoskins

2 hrs ·


Please keep sharing my post maybe someone seen something and will step forward for Kendra Sams … This needs media attention to get to the bottom of this

Roger Hoskins

6 hrs · Edited ·


The family knows she is not perfect but to see this after being in 2 jails and her mother was called to come get her only to go into uk hospital is sad this is Kendra Sams if anyone was in her cell with her in laurel or Casey county please get ahold of this family … We are looking for answers to what happened .. This is truly sad … We have tried to contact all media but no help as yet so family has no choice but turn to social media .. Any information is appreciated …please share


It is currently 8/20/15 at 10:30pm and I am awaiting a call from Roger Hoskins who is willing to fill in the gaps in this atrocity which has happened under the watch of  “Kentucky Corrections “.

We can only hope and pray that Kendra Sams receives the justice that the State of Kentucky owes her because of this horrific ordeal.  She is not out of ICU yet.   She is currently still fighting for her life.

It never should have happened.

ANYONE who is incarcerated is entitled to receive healthcare under the Justice Department.

human brain grown in a jar? apparently, yes…

Modern science is the stuff of a Frankenstein nightmare with the promise of growing a brain in a jar

Can you grow a brain in a jar? Scientists claim they’ve done just that. And the implication could not be more chilling

By John Nash For The Daily Mail

Published: 19:09 EST, 20 August 2015 | Updated: 20:04 EST, 20 August 2015

This is the stuff of Frankenstein nightmares. Imagine yourself as a functioning brain kept in a laboratory jar. White-coated scientists are torturing you by feeding an endless stream of terrifying images and sensations into your nervous system.

Even if you could cry out for help — no one could legally come to your rescue.

For years, philosophers have pondered the ethics of conducting such Nazi-style experiments, as a theoretical basis for moral arguments. But this issue is no longer theoretical. The age of a human brain in a jar is fast becoming reality.

This week, American biologists announced that they had crossed a critical threshold in the science of growing a human brain and keeping it alive in a laboratory.

Rene Anand, a professor of biological chemistry and pharmacology at Ohio State University, astonished military experts by announcing that his team has successfully grown a near-exact replica of a five-week-old foetus’s brain.

It is only about the size of a pencil rubber. But it contains 99 pc of the cells that would exist in the brain of a human foetus, making it the most fully formed brain ‘model’ ever engineered.

It even has its own spinal cord and the beginnings of an eye, Professor Anand told the 2015 Military Health System Research Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

He has engineered the brain using stem-cell technology, which involved turning adult skin cells into stem cells which are capable of growing into any type of body tissue. It is a breakthrough that paves the way to cloning human brains.

The work is not finished. Prof Anand now plans to continue growing his lab brain until it resembles that of a 12-week-old fetus.


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“That was when I realized,” said independent gubernatorial candidate Drew Curtis, “that if I didn’t run — and win — we’re all screwed.”

Drew Curtis and the governor’s race



Drew Curtis

Aug 19 2015

By Mick Parsons

“That was when I realized,” said independent gubernatorial candidate Drew Curtis, “that if I didn’t run — and win — we’re all screwed.”

While his statement is not the most conventional unofficial campaign slogan — it’s certainly the most invigorating in a gubernatorial race that, thus far, has been lackluster at best. As he was circulating his petition to get his name on the ballot, Curtis, the founder and CEO of, said it wasn’t just independent voters who signed their names on the line. “There were people wearing Bevin buttons, wearing Conway buttons. More than one of them told me they weren’t crazy about their guy and wanted another choice in the race.”

Thus far, the gubernatorial race run by Bevin and Conway has been about the usual two-ring Kentucky political circus. Bevin’s Tea Party base, who has forgiven their candidate for stumping at cock fights and forgiven the GOP for slandering their favorite son, is eating up their candidate’s God, guns and blind-machete budget cuts. Conway supporters are piling up on his homespun hometown-heir-to-the-Democratic-throne narrative. As always, the issues are being lobbed back and forth across the ideological isle like Molotov cocktails. Coal. Abortion. Obamacare. Gay marriage. Legal weed. The Jefferson Davis statue. Confederate flags. The second amendment. Fill-in-the-blank “ism” you are against.

Curtis’s campaign, however, is claiming to be trying an new approach in Kentucky politics: Identify the problem and then solve it.

For Curtis, the biggest issue facing Kentucky over the next four years is the solvency of the state worker retirement fund. “Unless something changes,” Curtis said, “Kentucky will be bankrupt by 2018.”

The independent candidate for Kentucky’s highest office says the problem isn’t that a state pension can’t be solvent; the problem is that it’s being grossly mismanaged.

After a January Bloomberg report stated that the Kentucky state workers’ retirement fund is nation’s worst-funded pension — because the state has not kept up with incremental payments and pulled money out of the fund like it is a stolen credit card — Curtis decided to look at the problem from what he described as a “pragmatic point of view.”

Moreover, the state’s three-card-monte attempt to bolster the fund — which is experiencing a $9 billion shortfall and is only 21 percent funded — without changing any of the fundamental rules of how it’s operated, has only made the situation worse.

Curtis said he isn’t all that interested in playing the blame game, though. He’s interested in solutions. His idea: Take out a $5 billion line of credit from hedge funds. “Corporations do it all the time,” he said. An influx of $5 billion would make the plan solvent — assuming Kentucky could find a lender. Curtis said that leaving the pension funds alone — for about 20 years — will allow the fund to grow back into solvency. The state would continue to fund the pension and borrow from the line of credit when the markets dip low. Curtis said the amount borrowed would be able to be paid back when market returns exceed the baseline required for the fund to be solvent.

According to Curtis, getting a line of credit from a hedge fund instead of selling bonds — the tried and true solution to all state and municipal budget crises — will allow the state more flexibility in paying down the line of credit, since it would only be tapped when necessary. Bonds, he said, would obligate the state to repay a certain amount each year, regardless of market returns.

Just because Curtis would rather be a dollars-and-sense kind of candidate, doesn’t mean he hasn’t thought about all the major issues in the campaign. He has gone on the record saying he supports industrial hemp and marijuana growth, and while he is satisfied with the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage and believes county clerks should issue marriage licenses based on the law, he would sign into law the bill being pushed by Rep. Addia Wuchner (R-Florence) that would give an out to officiants whose religious beliefs conflict with the court ruling.

Curtis is also not afraid to admit he has to study some issues more. The new anti-heroin law is one such issue. Ex-felon voting rights is another. In both cases, he has stated publicly that he wants to study these issues more before he makes any sort of public statement about it — which, while it’s not terribly sexy as political rhetoric goes, is counterpoint to Bevin’s perpetual state of being misunderstood and clearer than Conway’s back-room-meeting mambo.


The most controversial of Kentucky’s controversial topics is coal. The economic and cultural ties of Kentucky’s most famous non-renewable source is near the heart of  what Curtis calls “outrage politics.” Senator McConnell’s state GOP machine has made the so-called “war on coal” a rallying cry against all things labeled liberal and anything environmental. Curtis admitted that coal is not going away any time soon. But he added, “Coal is a dying business, and it knows it’s a dying business.” He also said that it makes no sense for state government to subsidize an industry that’s eventually going to be non-existent.

For Curtis, the state’s economic future lies elsewhere. When asked what he tells voters in Eastern Kentucky, he said “I’d like to turn it into another Boulder, Colorado.” The region would be a perfect area for a technology corridor. According to the candidate, training and infrastructure are crucial. “I’ve built digital networks,” he said “This — this is my wheelhouse.” He was quick to add that the current plan — which the state authorized $30 million in bonds to help cover the $275 million price tag — to lay fiber optic cable across the state needs to be reexamined. But he sees no reason why Eastern Kentucky, and the rest of the state, can’t grow into a future without coal. That vision hasn’t earned him any friends among the coal operators his respective Republican and Democratic challengers have pandered to.

The solution, he said, comes from investment, but not public-private partnerships, like the fiber optic cable deal with Australian firm Macquarie Capital. For Curtis, the solution is more homegrown. “I have a list of names,” he said. “People who grew up in Kentucky and who left because that was the only way for them to do the things they wanted to do.” Curtis said these people are all successful and have capital they could invest. He mentioned one friend from Morehead, Kentucky. “If he decides to move home and invest, Morehead’s problems are solved.”

“Some of these people are looking for a reason to come home,” he said. “If I’m elected, I can pick up the phone and give it to them.”

Curtis’ campaign for a more rational approach to government, outside of what he calls “the outrage politics” that tends to drive the state political monster, means he hasn’t spoken out much about the hot button issues that have taken more of a center stage in this campaign than the State Workers’ Retirement Fund or life after coal — like whether or not the Confederate flag belongs in state capitols or in history books, or whether the Jefferson Davis statues ought to be torn down. For the record, though, he said the flag belongs in history books.

The serious issue for Curtis — the one people should to be paying attention to — is the recession that will come if the state doesn’t change the way it does things. “It’ll be worse than the 2008 recession,” he said. “Could be worse than the Great Depression.”  These sort of prognostications are nothing new in politics, but Curtis maintains that, left unchecked, Kentucky will be facing bankruptcy.

Now that his candidacy is official, Curtis is looking forward to mixing it up with his fellow candidates. His first outing against Bevin and Conway is scheduled for Sept. 15 at Bellarmine University. He said that while he expects it to descend quickly into the usual outrage politics, that his strategy for dealing with it is pretty simple.

“I plan on ignoring them,” he said. He added that he expects it to be less of a debate and more like the candidates answering questions. Or at least, that’s what he plans on doing. If Bevin and Conway do engage him directly, it will be the first time since Curtis announced his intention to run several months ago.

Curtis has been excluded thus far because his candidacy was not official. He was not given time on the podium at Fancy Farm, and he was not-so-mysteriously not invited to a “private” debate sponsored by the Kentucky Coal Association in Bristol, Virginia, which both Bevin and Conway attended. When asked how he felt about not being invited, he said, “I feel pretty happy about it. It means they know they can’t write me a $3,000 check and buy state policy.”

Curtis added that the total absence of transparency surrounding the meeting should raise some alarms. He also pointed out, “At the very least they could have come to our state.”

There has been some talk that the Kentucky Coal Association will have another such “private” debate (no media have been cleared to cover the event). Curtis doesn’t think his chances of being invited are very good. Then again, he doesn’t really want to be. “I’m not really anti-coal,” he said. “I’m against these special interests thinking they buy government.”


For some in the South, defying medical marijuana laws is the Lord’s work

By Quint Forgey, News21 August 19 at 6:30 AM

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Editor’s note: This is one in a series of articles on the legalization of marijuana, produced in partnership with the 2015 Carnegie-Knight News21 national student reporting project.

CHESTER, S.C. — She lives in the wooden house her grandfather built more than a century ago in Chester, S.C., a rural community about a two-hour drive southeast of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The cluttered home is dimly lit and not air-conditioned, with the low hum of floor fans filling in rare lulls in conversation. Two chihuahuas, Cricket and Joe, scuttle around Ada Jones’s feet as she peers down through her eyeglasses at the iPad in her hands.

The tablet looks conspicuously out of place among the black-and-white photos hanging on the walls and the dangling, beaded divider into the next room. It serves as her connection to the outside world, as well as the outside world’s connection to Jones.

If someone needs medical marijuana, they contact her over the Internet.

Jones encourages those who reach out to her to purchase marijuana illegally and make their own cannabis oil. If they’re unsuccessful, she puts them in contact with a supplier who can sell them a more refined product.

“It’s almost like playing God,” Jones said. “If somebody contacts me, I have to look at them and wonder. I wonder if that’s police first, not if I can help their kid. I try not to do that, but you have to because you’re scared.”

Jones helps everyone she can, whether they be young mothers of epileptic children or older patients suffering from chronic pain. Her specific brand of civil disobedience, like so many other facets of Southern life, is captained by her faith.

“They talk about the South being the Bible belt, and praise the Lord we are,” Jones said. “I cannot not help somebody. I have to. As a Christian, that’s what I’m here for.”

Many Southern states have a long and failed history with medical marijuana, mired deep in forgotten statutes and a lost generation of patients. Only recently, as the marijuana movement sweeps through statehouses, have those laws become political tinder for a new debate in the Old South.




About 2 p.m. on a March day in 1876, on a farm in southern Bath County, a mystery fell from the sky.

It wasn’t rain or hail, or even cats and dogs. For years afterward, locals had no idea what it was, only that it was meat of some sort.

A preserved piece of meat from that event, now known as the "Kentucky Meat Shower," is on display at the Monroe Moosnick Medical and Science Museum at Transylvania University.

Transylvania professor Kurt Gohde, who has studied the event for years, said the mysterious precipitation of meat received widespread attention from journalists and scientists for about a year.

"I like that it’s kind of the result of a time period where people were OK wondering and not necessarily having to solve everything," Gohde said. The amount of meat that fell from the sky was "enough to fill a horse wagon," as the locals put it at the time.

The words of those who observed the meat shower, which lasted about 10 minutes, live on through the work of Kentucky journalists.

"There was a light wind coming from the west, but the sky was clear and the sun was shining brightly," Mary Crouch, who was the first person to see the meat, told local newspaper reporters.

Crouch was outside making soap when the mysterious substance began falling, making loud thudding sounds as it crashed onto the grass. "The largest piece that I saw was as long as my hand and about a half an inch wide," she said.

Two men tasted pieces of the meat and declared it to be venison or mutton. A local hunter named Benjamin Franklin Ellington swore by his name that the meat was that of a bear.

In a time before the U.S. Department of Agriculture, taste-testing was often the go-to method in cases of unknown foodlike objects, Gohde said. "That seemed to be the most reasonable response … was just tasting it," he said. For about a year, samples of the meat were sent to scientists around the country, and they offered many theories about the origins. One scientist declared it wasn’t meat at all but rather a type of cyanobacteria called nostoc, which is a vegetative mass coated by a gelatinlike substance that swells up whenever it rains. But on the day of the meat shower in Bath County, there was no rain.

"It’s a low form of plant matter, that when it gets wet it smells," Gohde said. This theory was unlikely because the ground around the farm had spots of blood, he said. Another scientist who examined the meat said it probably was the lung tissue of a horse or a human infant. Horse and human lungs are made of the same cartilage and tissue.

Several more samples were sent to other scientists, who agreed the meat consisted of lung tissue, muscular tissue and cartilage.

"There was not sureness it was a human lung, (and) they admitted the species of tissue was harder to tell than the type of tissue," Gohde said.

One of the more fanatical theories was that the supposed slices of human meat were the result of a nasty knife fight among several Kentuckians, and the flesh was picked up by a whirlwind and launched like a cannon.

Gohde said the most plausible theory circulated among scientists at the time was that the meat shower was the result of projectile vomit from a flock of vultures.

Vultures are known to projectile vomit midflight, either as a defense mechanism or to lighten their weight while flying, and the sight of one vulture in the group vomiting might have influenced the others to do so, scientists at the time said. "It’s ridiculous and fun when you first think about it," Gohde said. There are many other outlandish theories about the meat, he said. "They are, like some other birds, known to disgorge themselves if they need to take off quicker or if they hear a sound that frightens them."

The problem with this theory, Gohde said, was the only firsthand account came from Crouch, who claimed to see nothing when she looked up at the sky. If the source of the meat was vultures, either they were flying extremely high or Crouch suffered from nearsightedness, Gohde said.

To this day, scientists have not confirmed the origins of the meat, and it has been in formaldehyde so long it would be hard to tell at this point.

Gohde said the mystery is what interests him the most.

"There was always something new and unusual for people to move onto before they really solved anything," said Gohde, who called that point in history "a time where wondering was OK."


2015 Federal Funding Law is a Win for Kentucky

"$175, 465 million for National Guard Counter-Drug Operations, including support for the Kentucky National Guard to eradicate marijuana from the Daniel Boone National Forest. The Kentucky State Police reported nearly a half million plants were eradicated in Kentucky last year."

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2015 Federal Funding Law is a Win for Kentucky

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U.S. Rep. Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) praised members of the U.S. Congress for passing the consolidated federal funding bill for fiscal year 2015, to avoid a government shutdown, rein in government overreach, and fund most government agencies through September 30, 2015. As Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rogers worked tirelessly to ensure the legislation was a win for Kentucky. President Obama signed the Omnibus bill into law on Tuesday, December 16.

"This law includes funding for important programs that are priorities for communities in southern and eastern Kentucky," said Rogers. "For example, the legislation provides specific economic development assistance for coal mining communities, funds much-needed rural housing loans, and supports a number of initiatives to fight the epidemic of prescription drug abuse. It also decreases the backlog of military veterans’ claims and reins in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Let me be clear: this law does not include any new funding for the President’s Executive Amnesty plan. We will address his amnesty plan with the new Congress in 2015."
Additional items to note in the law that will benefit Southern and Eastern Kentuckians:

Drug Abuse
The legislation supports a holistic, multifaceted approach to the scourge of prescription drug abuse, including funding for our federal law enforcement officers on the front lines, critical drug abuse treatment programs, and educational efforts to help states implement model drug laws that reduce diversion and abuse.
$20 million is provided for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to partner with the states hardest hit by the prescription drug epidemic in developing and implementing strategies to combat addictions and abuse.
It includes the following funding for treatment, law enforcement, education and other drug-related issues:


  • $91 million for Drug Courts, plus an additional $1.4 million for technical training for the judges who administer these important courts
  • $5 million for Veterans Treatment Courts to meet the unique needs of those who have bravely served in the U.S. Armed Forces

Law Enforcement

  • $367 million for DEA’s diversion control program, with encouragement to intensify support for its Distributor Initiative
  • $7 million for an anti-meth task force, plus $7 million to help state and local law enforcement agencies clean up meth labs
  • $7 million for an anti-heroin task force
  • $175, 465 million for National Guard Counter-Drug Operations, including support for the Kentucky National Guard to eradicate marijuana from the Daniel Boone National Forest. The Kentucky State Police reported nearly a half million plants were eradicated in Kentucky last year.
  • $245 million for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA). The Appalachian HIDTA, covering parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, has been a national leader in the fight against prescription drug abuse. In partnership with Operation UNITE, AHIDTA recently launched a pilot voluntary program in southern and eastern Kentucky to distribute free oral drug testing kits for parents who suspect their children are abusing drugs at home.


  • $1.25 million to help states develop and implement legislation to reduce drug abuse. 

The legislation includes a number of other provisions aimed at spurring federal action to reduce the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs. For example, the legislation:

  • expresses opposition to the approval of the powerful painkiller, Zohydro, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and requires the agency to report to Congress on its ability to track usage of the drug once it is on the market,
  • encourages the FDA to finalize guidance on Abuse Deterrent Formulations in order to incentivize innovation in this emerging field for manufacturing prescription narcotics, and
  • encourages the Department of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) prescription drug take-back program. 

The legislation demonstrates the Congress’ commitment to reining in the EPA and beating back the Administration’s devastating anti-coal policies.

  • It cuts EPA funding by $60 million below the 2014 level, causing the agency to reduce its staffing to the lowest level since 1989.
  • The Obama Administration is prevented from moving forward with a policy that would preclude U.S. investments in coal-fired generation plants overseas. By putting a halt to this regulation, the legislation ensures that U.S. coal will have a vibrant market in emerging economies around the world.
  • It prevents the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers from changing the definition of “fill material,” which would be harmful to several U.S. industries, including the coal mining industry.
  • The bill rejects a proposal from President Obama to spend $66 million on new or expanded job-killing regulatory programs at the EPA.
  • $571 million is included for Fossil Energy Research to ensure that the U.S. is developing in the necessary technology to maintain coal as a part of its energy portfolio for the long term.
  • It directs the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to submit monthly status reports on any Section 404 mining permit applications under review. These monthly reports will allow the House Appropriations Committee to oversee how many mining permit applications have been submitted, the number of days under review, and whether they are being approved.
  • The law maintains Office of Surface Mining State regulatory grants at $68 million to allow states to implement programs without increasing fees on the mining industry. It also rejects the President’s proposal to hire more Federal regulators to increase Federal oversight inspections of State programs.
  • The law prevents the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers from regulating certain agricultural areas, including farm ponds and irrigation ditches, under the Clean Water Act.

Economic and Community Development
The legislation includes funding for a number of federal programs that support the efforts of southern and eastern Kentucky communities to create new opportunities through access to pre-school and post-secondary education, access to low-income housing opportunities, and supports grants for important programs in the region. It includes:
Support for Economic Development

  • $10 million for the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) to develop a comprehensive strategy to assist coal mining communities
  • $90 million for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), including $10 million for broadband development in distressed Central Appalachian counties
  • $2.5 million for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to make micro-loans in small and rural communities to create new job opportunities
  • $230 million to help Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) build their capacity to serve low-income individuals and communities that otherwise lack access to affordable financial products and services
  • $3 million for the HubZone Program, which helps small businesses in rural communities gain preferential access to federal procurement opportunities
  • $3.4 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to keep families safe and healthy through initiatives supporting energy assistance
  • $674 million for Community Services Block Grants, which help the region’s Community Action Agencies further their mission to provide critical services
  • $372 million for Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT), a program that provides funds to local governments to help offset losses in property taxes due to nontaxable federal lands within their jurisdictions
  • $12.7 million for a competitive grant program to provide technical assistance for improved water quality or safe drinking water in rural communities

Support for Rural Housing

  • $900 million for Section 502 Direct Loans, which helps low-income individuals or households purchase homes in rural areas
  • $27.5 million for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Section 523 Self-Home program, which helps very low-income families construct their own affordable homes
  • $900 million for the HOME program, which provides formula grants to states and localities that can be used to build, buy and/or rehabilitate affordable housing for rent or home ownership or provide direct rental assistance to low-income people
  • A flat-rent provision was also included, allowing local market factors to be considered when flat-rent rates are determined. This will keep rental rates low for many of Kentucky’s Fifth District Residents.

Support for Education Programs   

  • $839 million for TRIO programs, which serves and assists low-income individuals and first-generation college students as they progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to college.
  • $301 million for Gear Up Programs, which are designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. 
  • $8.5 billion for Head Start, which provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income families.
  • The law reinstates student aid eligibility for students enrolled in career pathways programs.
  • It provides an opportunity for laid off coal miners and other individuals that do not have a high school diploma or the equivalent to receive federal financial aid, if enrolled in an eligible career pathways program.


    • Directs the DoD and VA to develop an interoperable health records management system, allowing agencies within each Department to be able to communicate regarding patient services and records. 
    • Funds VA medical services at $45.2 billion, including funding for mental health services, suicide prevention and treatment for homeless veterans
    • Includes $2.5 billion for processing the disability claims backlog at the VA
    • Provides $5 million to the VA Office of the Inspector General for the purpose of addressing the VA “wait list” scandal and continue auditing the VA hospital appointment scheduling process and lapses in patient care

    Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information, visit or follow Rogers on Twitter @RepHalRogers or on Facebook @CongressmanHalRogers.  


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    Coca & The Curing Of Drug Addiction

    Professor Palmer, of the University of Louisville, Kentucky, has an article upon this subject in the Louisville Medical Journal, for 1880, and he therein narrates three cases in which he found the Coca a complete and easy substitute for the opium or morphine which had been habitually taken. One sufferer had been in the habit of taking thirty grains of morphine daily, and yet abandoned that drug wholly, and at once, and without the slightest difficulty, by resorting to the fluid extract of Coca whenever the craving attacked him.  Nor can this be considered simply an exchange of masters, since the uniform testimony of even those who have used Coca for a long time, and continuously, is that abstention from its employment is perfectly easy, and is not accompanied by any feelings of distress or uneasiness whatever.  Were Coca of no other use than this it would be a boon to afflicted humanity such as no one who has not been bound hand and foot in the slavery of opium can appreciate.”



    Coca & The Curing Of Drug Addiction.

    Substance use in America! What do you really know about drugs?

    Originally posted on NC Chapter- Urban Survivors Union:

    Hillary Clinton is reported as saying:  “substance abuse has emerged as a pervasive issue all across America.“I have to confess — I was surprised,” she said. “I did not expect that I would hear about drug abuse and substance abuse and other such challenges everywhere  I went.”


    Over and Over again our media reports the destruction of America via Opiates……

    Heroin Use Surges, Especially Among Women And Whites …
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    Heroin Deaths Quadruple Across U.S. – NBC News
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     Most Americans are absolutely clueless about drugs.  They have been lead to believe all sorts of untruths and have been swept up in the hysteria campaigns and foolish notions of a drug free America.  There has never been a drug free society and there never will.  Here…

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    Conviction of Human Rights Activists Leyla Yunus and Arif Yunus in Azerbaijan

    Press Statement

    John Kirby
    Department Spokesperson

    Washington, DC

    August 13, 2015

    The United States is deeply troubled by today’s decision of an Azerbaijani court to sentence human rights and peace advocates Leyla and Arif Yunus, who have been detained for more than a year, to eight-and-a-half and seven-year prison terms, respectively. The charges appear to be solely connected with their human rights work and participation in constructive people-to-people programs aiming to ease tensions and build confidence in the region.

    We are further troubled by reports of irregularities during the judicial process. We are particularly concerned about their health, and we urge the authorities to release them immediately on compassionate grounds. It is in Azerbaijan’s interest to meet its international commitments to uphold the universal rights of all its citizens, a critical step toward achieving a bright, prosperous, and stable future.


    Azerbaijan: Ailing Rights Defenders Convicted in Political Trial

    Verdict Underscores Massive Crackdown on Independent Voices

    (Berlin) – A court in Baku on August 13, 2015, convicted the human rights activists Leyla and Arif Yunus who had faced politically motivated prosecution for economic crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. Leyla Yunus was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison and her husband, Arif Yunus, to seven years, following a purely politically motivated prosecution and a trial that fell far short of international standards. The Azerbaijani authorities should immediately move to set aside the convictions, drop all outstanding charges, and release the elderly, ailing couple, Human Rights Watch said today.


    drew curtis (Independent) for governor has said he would sign into law a measure allowing the use of recreational marijuana in the state of Kentucky if the legislature approved it.

    By Jack Brammer

    jbrammer@herald-leader.comAugust 10, 2015

    FRANKFORT — Digital entrepreneur Drew Curtis and his wife, Heather Curtis, paid $500 and submitted more than 9,000 signatures Monday morning to enter the race for Kentucky governor and lieutenant governor as independents.

    The secretary of state’s office said a few hours later that the husband-and-wife team from Versailles had submitted at least 5,000 valid signatures of registered Kentucky voters, as required by law, and therefore would appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.

    The major party names on the ballot are Democrat Jack Conway and running mate Sannie Overly, and Republican Matt Bevin and running mate Jenean Hampton.

    Tuesday is the deadline for independent candidates to enter the race.

    Drew and Heather Curtis, both 42, are not the first married couple to run for the state’s two highest elective offices. Steven Maynard and his wife, Bonnie, of Inez ran for governor and lieutenant governor in the 1995 Democratic primary. Paul Patton won the nomination.

    The Conway campaign said it had nothing to say about the Curtis campaign. The Bevin campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

    Speaking at a news conference in front of the Capitol, Drew Curtis said he and his wife were citizen candidates, not politicians.

    Curtis said he didn’t know from which political party he would draw more votes, but he predicted he would win the race and not be a spoiler. He was a Democrat before changing to an independent last year.

    Curtis said that Conway has yet to say no to any question that begins with “would you fund this?” and that Bevin can’t remember his policy positions “20 minutes after he says them.”

    As governor, Curtis said, he would consult with his friends in Silicon Valley and try to use his digital entrepreneurship background to bring broadband Internet access to all parts of Kentucky.

    Curtis is founder of, a news aggregation website. He described it as a combination of The Daily Show and the Drudge Report.

    He said he would “use a lot of social media” to win the race and would not accept campaign contributions from special interests.

    To participate in some of the upcoming debates, Curtis said, he would need to attract at least 10 percent of the vote in public polling. In a recent Bluegrass Poll, Curtis stood at 8 percent.

    On issues, Curtis said he thought the state has enough money to continue funding an expanded Medicaid program in 2017, but he wasn’t sure about 2020.

    He said he would sign into law a measure allowing the use of recreational marijuana in the state if the legislature approved it.

    He also said county clerks should “do their job” and issue marriage licenses to all qualifying couples.

    Curtis said he voted for Democrat Barack Obama for president in 2008 but had forgotten his presidential preference in 2012.

    Of this year’s down-ticket candidates for other state constitutional offices, he said he liked lieutenant governor candidate Hampton, saying they had talked about popular fictional characters “Batman” and The Walking Dead.

    Curtis declined to be pegged as a liberal or conservative, calling himself “an ultra-pragmatist.”

    He said he chose his wife to be his running mate because they have operated a company together for 16 years and make “a great team.”

    Heather Curtis said her husband was “brilliant” and that “he moves mountains.”

    Heather Curtis acknowledged that she first said no when her husband told her he would like to run for governor and wanted her to be his running mate.

    Curtis’ campaign manager is Andrew Sowders. His campaign communications director is Heather Chapman.

    Jack Brammer: (859) 231-1302. Twitter: @BGPolitics. Blog:

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    Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation


    Get your copy of this important book on the Global Research online store!

    Last three or four years have seen a number of books, documentaries and articles on the dangers of Genetically Modified (GM) seeds. Majority has focused on adverse health and environmental impact; almost none on the geo-politics of GM seeds, and particularly seeds as a weapon of mass destruction. Engdahl has addressed this issue but the crop seed is one of the many “Seeds of Destruction” in this book.

    Engdahl carefully documents how the intellectual foundations of ‘eugenics,’ mass culling of the sick, coloured, and otherwise disposable races, were actually first established, and even legally approved, in the United States. Eugenics research was financially supported by the Rockefeller and other elite families and first tested on Jews under Nazi Germany.


    It is purely by chance that world’s poorest nations also happen to be best endowed with natural resources. These regions are also the ones with growing population. The fear among European ruling families, increasingly, integrating with economic and military might of the United States, was that if the poor nations became developed, the abundant natural resources, especially oil, gas, and strategic minerals and metals, may become scarcer for the white population. That situation was unacceptable to the white ruling elite.

    The central question that dominated the minds of the ruling clique was population reduction in resource rich countries but the question was how to engineer mass culling all over the world without generating powerful backlash as it was bound to happen. When the US oil reserves peaked in 1972 and it became a net oil importer, the situation became alarming and the agenda took the centre stage. Kissinger, one of the key strategists of Nixon, nurtured by the Rockefellers, prepared what is known as National Security Study Memo (NSSM#200), in which he elaborated his plan for population reduction. In this Memo he specifically targets thirteen countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Thailand, and The Phillipines.

    The weapon to be used was food; even if there was a famine food would be used to leverage population reduction. Kissinger is on record for stating, “Control oil, you control nations; control food and you control the people.” How a small group of key people transformed the elitist philosophy, of controlling food to control people, into realistic operational possibility within a short time is the backdrop of Engdahl’s book, the central theme running from the beginning till the end with the Rockefellers and Kissinger, among others, as the key dramatis personae.

    He describes how the Rockefellers guided the US agriculture policy, used their powerful tax-free foundations worldwide to train an army of bright young scientists in hitherto unknown field of microbiology. He traces how the field of Eugenics was renamed “genetics” to make it more acceptable and also to hide the real purpose. Through incremental strategic adjustments within a handful of chemical, food and seed corporations, ably supported by the key persons in key departments of the US Government, behemoths were created that could re-write the regulatory framework in nearly every country. And these seeds of destruction of carefully constructed regulatory framework- to protect the environment and human health- were sown back in the 1920s.

    Pause to think: a normal healthy person can at the most go without food for perhaps seven days but it takes a full season, say around four months, for a seed to grow into food crop. Just five agri-biz corporations, all US based (Cargill, Bunge, Archer Daniels, et al), control global grain trade, and just five control global trade in seeds. Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, DuPont, and Dow Chemicals control genetically engineered seeds. While these powerful oligopolies were being knocked into place, anti-trust laws were diluted to exempt these firms. Engdahl writes, “It was not surprising that the Pentagon’s National Defense University, on the eve of the 2003 Iraq War, issued a paper declaring: ‘Agribiz is to the United States what oil is to the Middle East.’ Agribusiness had become a strategic weapon in the arsenal of the world’s only superpower.” (page 143)

    The “Green Revolution” was part of the Rockefeller agenda to destroy seed diversity and push oil and gas based agriculture inputs in which Rockefeller’s had main interest. Destruction of seed diversity and dependence on proprietary hybrids was the first step in food control. (See my notes, Box 1)

    It is true that initially Green Revolution technologies led to spurt in farm productivity but at a huge cost of destruction of farmlands, bio-diversity, poisoned aquifers and progressively poor health of the people and was the true agenda of ‘the proponents of Green Revolution.’

    The real impetus came with the technological possibility of gene splicing and insertion of specific traits into unrelated species. Life forms could be altered. But until 1979, the US Government had steadfastly refused to grant patent on life form. That was changed [my comment: helped much by a favorable judgment in the US Supreme Court granting patent protection to oil eating bacteria developed by Dr Ananda Chakraborty]. Life forms could now be patented. To ensure that the world surrendered to the patent regime of the seeds corporations, the World Trade Organization was knocked into shape. How it conducted business was nobody’s business, but it forced the world to accept intellectual property right of these corporations. There is opposition but these firms are too determined as Engdahl describes.

    “The clear strategy of Monsanto, Dow, DuPont and the Washington Government backing them was to introduce the GMO seeds in every corner of the globe, with priority on defenceless …..African and developing countries,” write Engdahl (page 270). However, Engdahl also describes how US and Canadian farmlands came under GMOs. It was suspected that GMO could pose serious threat to human and animal health and the environment, yet efforts at independent biosafety assessment were discontinued. Scientists carrying out honest studies were vilified. Reputed scientific establishments were silenced or made to toe the line that was supportive of the Rockefeller’s food control and mass culling agenda. The destruction of the credibility of scientific institution is yet another seed of destruction in Engdahl’s book.

    Engdahl cites the example of a German farmer Gottfried Glockner’s experience with GM corn. Glockner planted Bt176 event of Syngenta essentially as feed for his cows. Being a scientist, he started with 10% GM feed and gradually increased the proportion, carefully noting milk yield and any side effects. Nothing much happened in the first three years but when he increased the feed to 100% GM feed, his animals “were having gluey-white feaces and violent diarrhea” and “milk contained blood.” Eventually all his seventy cows died. Prof Angelika Hilbeck of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology found from Glockner’s Bt 176 corn samples Bt toxins were present “in active form and extremely stable.” The cows died of high dose of toxins. Not if, but when human food is 100% contaminated should be a sobering thought.

    In the US unlabelled GM foods were introduced in 1993 and that 70% of the supermarket foods contain GMOs in varying proportions in what should rightly be called world’s largest biological experiment on humans. While Engdahl has clearly stated that the thrust of US Government and the agi-biz is control over food especially in the third world, he has left it to the readers to deduce that American and European citizens are also target of that grand agenda. And there are more lethal weapons in the arsenal: Terminator seeds, Traitor seeds, and the ability to destroy small independent farmers at will in any part of the world, and these are powerfully presented in the book. Engdahl provides hard evidences for these seeds of final destruction and utter decimation of world civilizations as we have known.

    It is a complex but highly readable book. It is divided into five parts, each containing two to four short chapters. The first part deals with the political maneuverings to ensure support to Seed and Agri-biz firms, the second deals with what should be widely known as ‘The Rockefeller Plan’, the third deals with how vertically integrated giants were readied for Washington’s silent wars on planet earth, the fourth part deals with how GM seeds were unleashed on unsuspecting farmers, and the final part deals with how the elites is going on destroying food, farmers that would eventually cause mass culling of population. He does not offer any solution; he can’t because it is up to the rest of the world, including Europeans and Americans, to wake up and take on these criminals head on. An essential read for anyone who eats and thinks.

    Seeds of Destruction

    The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation

    by F. William Engdahl

    Global Research, 2007 ISBN 978-0-937147-2-2

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    This skillfully researched book focuses on how a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish control over the very basis of human survival: the provision of our daily bread. “Control the food and you control the people.”

    This is no ordinary book about the perils of GMO. Engdahl takes the reader inside the corridors of power, into the backrooms of the science labs, behind closed doors in the corporate boardrooms.

    The author cogently reveals a diabolical World of profit-driven political intrigue, government corruption and coercion, where genetic manipulation and the patenting of life forms are used to gain worldwide control over food production. If the book often reads as a crime story, that should come as no surprise. For that is what it is.

    Engdahl’s carefully argued critique goes far beyond the familiar controversies surrounding the practice of genetic modification as a scientific technique. The book is an eye-opener, a must-read for all those committed to the causes of social justice and World peace.


    F. William Engdahl is a leading analyst of the New World Order, author of the best-selling book on oil and geopolitics, A Century of War: Anglo-American Politics and the New World Order,’ His writings have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

    What is so frightening about Engdahl’s vision of the world is that it is so real. Although our civilization has been built on humanistic ideals, in this new age of “free markets”, everything– science, commerce, agriculture and even seeds– have become weapons in the hands of a few global corporation barons and their political fellow travelers. To achieve world domination, they no longer rely on bayonet-wielding soldiers. All they need is to control food production. (Dr. Arpad Pusztai, biochemist, formerly of the Rowett Research Institute Institute, Scotland)

    If you want to learn about the socio-political agenda –why biotech corporations insist on spreading GMO seeds around the World– you should read this carefully researched book. You will learn how these corporations want to achieve control over all mankind, and why we must resist… (Marijan Jost, Professor of Genetics, Krizevci, Croatia)

    The book reads like a murder mystery of an incredible dimension, in which four giant Anglo-American agribusiness conglomerates have no hesitation to use GMO to gain control over our very means of subsistence… (Anton Moser, Professor of Biotechnology, Graz, Austria).

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    We have to stop the Government from abusing our children!

    Sumner (center) has lunch with students at John G. Carlisle School in Covington with Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn (left) and Superintentendent Alvin Garrison (right) (RCN file)

    Not only do they profile us as adults, they do it to our children as well!  And it seems to me that all children are being approached and prosecuted similar if not exactly like adults, no matter the offense. 

    We as parents have to fight for our children not to be abused while in custody of State and/or Federal Authorities.  The schools continue to be a breeding ground for abuse of children by school teachers and other officials, counselors, etc.., And then law enforcement can come in right behind them and traumatize a child at will.  When did we loose the right to protect our children from harm?  Why do we have to sit here and watch while our children are being abused right before our eyes?  The whole scenario is out of control.  It would seem that although these actions are illegal they are still being used with no repercussions.

    "Kentucky’s school personnel are prohibited from using restraints, especially mechanical restraints, to punish children or as a way to force behavior compliance," said Kim Tandy, executive director of the Children’s Law Center, in a statement. LINK

    There have been two incidents brought out in the media in the past few days in Kentucky which blatantly show the need for Officer’s to be much better trained on  procedures for dealing with a "out of control" child.  If they are not trained or are otherwise unable to render the type of service needed from an Officer in this type of environment then they should not be assigned to those duties.

    S.R., a male minor, 8 years old and 52 pounds at the time of the incident who suffers from PTSD and ADHD, and L.G., a female minor, 9 years old and 56 pounds at the time of her trauma who has PTSD as well, whose Mother’s have both filed suit against the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office as well as the Sheriff of Kenton County Charles Korzenborn and Kevin Sumner, the school Resource Officer  in question has been named both personally and professionally.

    The suit alleges violation of rights under the U.S. Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Allegedly L.G., suffered at the hands of Officer Sumner on not one but two separate occasions in the Fall of 2014.  Sumner was recorded in a video while abusing one of them.  They were both handcuffed behind their backs at the biceps.  This procedure is not justified.

    In a report referred to in the law suit the U.S. Government Accountability Office states that during the period of 1990 to 2009 there were hundreds of complaints of restraint and "seclusion" in schools and at least 20 are known to have resulted in death.

    In 2012 the Kentucky Board of Education limited the use of physical restraint to those incidents in which the Student "poses an imminent danger of physical harm to self or others".  This "regulation" became active in 2013.

    The Kenton County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement in support of Sumner, stressing that "all the facts and circumstances have not yet been presented."

    S.R., was in the third grade at Latonia Elementary School at the time of the incident.  According to CRDC 20% of the Student’s at Latonia have mental disabilities.

    In an "Investigation Report" written months later Sumner claims that S.R., attempted to strike him with his elbow, however, he managed to block the hit.

    The suit claims there was no "direct threat justification" for placement of the child into handcuffs.

    L.G., suffered two incidents, the first of which was August 21, 2014 when she was placed in the "in school suspension" room where she continued to be disruptive at which time Sumner proceeded to place her in his patrol car, drive her home, and wait in the driveway for an hour before her Mother came home. 

    On October 3, 2014 once again L.G., was placed into the "in school suspension" room where she continued to be disruptive.  She was then escorted to an "isolation room".  When she tried to exit the room she was physically detained by the Principal and Vice Principal.  Officer Sumner was summoned to the disruption and handcuffed L.G., for 20 minutes.

    In an "Investigation Report" Officer Sumner claims that he handcuffed her because "she attempted to harm school staff while being restrained".  The child suffered a severe mental crisis at that time and was transported to the hospital.

    Again, the suit claims there was no "direct threat justification" for placement of the child into handcuffs.

    The "Causes of Action" include:

    Count I – Unreasonable seizure and Excessive Force under the U.S. Constitution, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.

    Count II – Disability based discrimination in Violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Count III – Disabilities based Failure to Accommodate in Violation of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    The "prayer of relief" includes:

    Declare that the actions and inactions described herein violate the rights of the Plaintiff’s S.R., and L.G., under the U.S. Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Issue an order enjoining the Defendant’s from engaging in the unlawful conduct complained of herein.

    Compensatory Damages,

    Punitive Damages,

    All Costs,

    Any further relief that the Court deems just and proper. 

    It is signed by William F. Sharp, Legal Director, ACLU Kentucky,

    Rickell L. Howard,  Attorney,

    R. Kenyon Meyer,  Attorney,

    Claudia Center, Susan Mizner, ACLU Foundation.

    According to Departments have vague "use of force" policies that allow officers to interpret them the way they want.  This has to change.  Our children’s lives are depending upon it.

    Shackling children is not OK. It is traumatizing, and in this case it is also illegal,” Susan Mizner, disability counsel for the ACLU, said in a statement. “Using law enforcement to discipline students with disabilities only serves to traumatize children. It makes behavioral issues worse and interferes with the school’s role in developing appropriate educational and behavioral plans for them.”

    The ACLU, which filed the lawsuit and posted the videos, said it was a classic example of the “school to prison pipeline,” one of the driving forces in this country’s economy, which has the highest incarceration rate of any industrialized nation in the world.

    Today more than ever we have to live with the fact that many of our children are developmentally and/or mentally challenged.  There are so many mental health issues and Autism is now projected to be affecting  possibly 1 in 68 children. 

  • Autism Prevalence. On March 27, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data on the prevalence of autism in the United States. This surveillance study identified 1 in 68 children (1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls) as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD).Apr 1, 2014

    Autism Prevalence | Autism Speaks

  • Kentucky Kid

    Francis John Balducci

    7 hrs ·

    I am a retired police officer from the NYPD. I served 20 years, nearly half of which in the streets of the South Bronx. This message goes out to school officials of the John G. Carlisle Elementary School and the Latonia Elementary School and, especially, the Kentucky-Fried Idiot named Kevin Sumner and the Kenton County Sheriff’s Office. Children, with or without disabilities, should never be handcuffed simply because they are "acting out." It is–or it should be–within a professional police officer’s training and expertise to properly and constructively communicate with young people to effectively reach them particularly when they are misbehaving. It is extremely traumatizing and damaging to place children in handcuffs, it is highly counter-productive, and it singularly labels them as criminals while it establishes and reinforces police officers as adversaries. He swung at your elbow, Kevin? Really? That is absolutely no excuse. In similar circumstances, no police officer would ever handcuff your child–not a professional one, no–and it is shameful that you did not afford the parents of those children that you handcuffed the same courtesy and respect. Overall, it amazes me that you would do such a stupid, reckless thing at a time when police officers around the country are making serious efforts to improve community relations that have been exponentially deteriorating throughout recent years. You are a thug as far as I’m concerned.

    ACLU: Deputy sued for handcuffing disabled children –

    A Kentucky sheriff’s deputy faces a lawsuit for handcuffing elementary school children who were acting out as a result of their disabilities, the ACLU says|By Holly Yan, CNN

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  • Dulce Baez Wow! It’s a shame.

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  • Blair Winston Christ, but I hate bullies and cowards. Fully functioning professionals do not behave like this.

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  • Letty Cruz Thank you.

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    Francis John Balducci Thank you, Letty. I love you and Arthur. Miss you both!

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    We have received some messages, reviews, and Tweets today regarding a law suit against a Kenton County law enforcement…

    Posted by Kenton County Police Department on Monday, August 3, 2015

    Other abuse cases:

    September 15, 2014:   

    17-yr.-old In Critical Condition After Window Malfunction Leads to Tasering During Traffic Stop


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    Robin Rider-Osborne

    Robin Rider-Osborne contributed to this story.  She also posts Northern Kentucky News on Facebook.

    Police Can Now Take Your DNA for Mere ‘Suspicion’ of A Violent Crime

    August 4, 2015 by Joshua Scott Hotchkin 11 Comments


    On Monday August 3rd, 2015, the Dakota County (Minnesota) Sheriff’s Office became the first in the nation to implement a new Supreme Court ruling that allows police to collect DNA from those arrested for suspicion of a violent crime. The old laws stated that a conviction must occur before the state could steal your biological recipe.

    According to KSTP ABC5:

    Swabs would be taken from those accused of the most violent crimes like murder, rape, robbery and physical assault. On average, about 10,000 suspects pass through the jail and the policy would affect a fraction of them—about 350.

    Tim Leslie, Dakota County Sheriff, has said that the procedure can be likened to fingerprinting, mugshots and other evidence gathered by those processed. Neither he nor the Supreme Court see how invasive such a gathering of information can be, which is unsurprising.

    The law states that if a defendant is cleared of the crime they were arrested on suspicion of that the DNA records will be wiped clean from their system. While this should lend a modicum of comfort it belies a certain ignorance of three things.

    1. Once your genetic code is uploaded to these data banks they will be accessible by a number of agencies that might keep them even when the original data posting is removed.
    2. It is nearly impossible to erase digit data once it has been uploaded. It remains in residual traces that the adept can easily recover long after they have been ‘erased’.
    3. Police are increasingly using ‘assault on an officer’ charges even when no such assault occurred. These charges are almost impossible to beat and would make those found guilty part of this DNA database permanently.

    Although DNA evidence is often a powerful crime-fighting tool, its collection presents a number of ethical dilemmas. There remain many known and even more unknown dangers of an individuals genetic information being posted on the internet. The availability of the information would make it possible for it to be used to frame innocent people. There is also the question of what will be able to be done with DNA in the future, and by whom. Having this data may become an existential risk in a number of uncertain, but regularly explored, scenarios.

    The particulars, however, are hardly the biggest issue here. The biggest issue is that the police state continues to encroach not only on our very rights and freedoms, but even into the microscopic world of our biological make up. As the borders between freedom and security continue to break down under such legalities, we become more buried in the sort of authoritarian totalitarianism that is antithetical to the liberties, freedoms and rights we are told we are endowed with at birth.

    So either those were all lies to begin with, or government and its law enforcement agencies have usurped powers never intended to them in a free nation. You cannot have it both ways. Either our entire way of life was a falsehood or the state has gone too far. Which is it?


    Purdue Extension to host industrial hemp production workshop

    Originally posted on WISH-TV:

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Indiana farmers interested in industrial hemp’s economic potential can learn about the best production practices for that still-illegal crop at an upcoming Purdue Extension event.

    Hemp was an important source of oilseed and fiber in the U.S. until a 1937 federal law ended the industry.

    Commercial hemp cultivation remains illegal in Indiana for now, but a state law changed last year permits hemp research.

    Purdue University researchers are growing hemp to assess its best production practices, yields and pest- and disease-management.

    Purdue Extension experts will discuss those findings and hemp’s legal issues at an Aug. 25 workshop at Purdue’s Meigs Farm near Lafayette.

    Hemp seed is a valuable oil source and a good protein source for animal feed. Its fibers can be used for both textiles and building materials.

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    Ron Paul’s Passive-Aggressive Campaign Against Rand Paul

    In his pursuit of the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Rand Paul has made sure to put lots of distance between himself and his father—and Dad appears to be firing back.

    Ron Paul does not approve of his son Rand Paul’s position on the Iran deal, and he let him know Thursday evening in a speech that called him out—though not by name.

    “Right now one of the big issues, you know, in the news, probably on foreign policy, is whether or not the Obama administration should talk to the Iranians,” the elder Paul told the crowd at the Young Americans for Liberty Conference on Thursday evening. “If anybody listened to any of my speeches over the last five or 10 years, I advocate diplomacy! A long time before you advocate war!”

    Five or ten years ago, Rand did, too.

    In 2007, when he was campaigning for his dad’s presidential campaign, Rand was vocally skeptical not just of the idea that the Iranians could obtain a nuclear weapon but also of the notion that if they were to, it would present much of a threat to the United States. “If you look at it, intellectually look at the evidence…Iran is not a threat,” he told radio host Alex Jones. “It’s ridiculous to think that they’re a threat to our national security.”

    Today, presidential candidate Rand Paul takes a very different position—one completely at odds with his father’s.

    In response to the agreement reached among Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, and Germany, Paul released a statement calling the deal “unacceptable” because “sanctions relief precedes evidence of compliance,” “Iran is left with significant nuclear capacity,” and “it lifts the ban on selling advanced weapons to Iran.”

    This is, according to Ron Paul, nonsense.

    Last Monday, the elder Paul wrote a column for the Ron Paul Institute that characterized the deal as “one of the two most important achievements of an otherwise pretty dismal Obama presidency.” On Thursday evening, he explained why he believes those who disagree with him—flesh and blood or not—are dead wrong.

    Opponents of diplomacy with Iran, Paul told the crowd, say, “Oh, they’re bad people. There’s a bunch of nutty people in Iran, and they say nasty things. Well, if you were in Iran and listened to some of the nasty things our leaders say about them, you probably would understand this a little bit better!” The crowd erupted into applause.

    “There’s two individuals right now who have sort of caught the attention: Trump and Sanders.”

    “But my practical argument for this is that the founders actually gave us pretty good advice: We should stay out of entangling alliances and mind our own business and trade with people. But in my lifetime, there were certain episodes that I was very glad our government was willing to talk to other governments that were considered evil and monstrous.”

    Drafted into the military in 1962, Paul said, “Do you think I complained when Kennedy called up Khrushchev and said, ‘Hey, maybe there’s a better way? You take your weapons out of Cuba and I’ll take ’em out of Turkey, and the thing was over. So I would say that diplomatic conversation was very beneficial. So, to say that the Iranians aren’t perfect people and we shouldn’t talk to them? You know, we have been so obsessed, for probably 30 years, on the emergency of a nuclear weapon next week, next month, or next year—on a weapon that doesn’t exist. The Soviets had 30,000 of them, and then they’d come back to us and say that we’re a bunch of kooks for wanting to talk to these bad people? I would say that the advice is that friendship is a wise idea.”

    When the younger Paul first began testing the waters for a presidential run, in spring 2014, one of his pseudo-campaign’s central priorities, it seemed, was to dispel the notion that he was his father’s clone. The emancipation is now complete, but the effect has been catastrophic for his presidential ambitions. Being a watered-down version of Ron Paul, the evidence suggests, doesn’t make Rand Paul more appealing to other factions of the GOP his dad couldn’t reach—it just makes him less appealing to his natural base of supporters.

    No one can know what goes on within a family, of course. But the elder Paul seemed to be sending a message to his son on Thursday evening.

    At another point in the speech, he noted that in the presidential race, “There’s two individuals right now who have sort of caught the attention: Trump and Sanders.”

    His son, who is polling at 6 percent—behind not just Trump but Ben Carson and Mike Huckabee—did not receive a mention.


    In major policy shift, Israel will allow sales of medical marijuana in pharmacies

    Written By Emily Gray Brosious Posted: 07/28/2015, 02:29pm

    The Israeli Health Ministry will allow medical marijuana to be sold in pharmacies alongside other prescription medications, according to Haaretz.

    This policy change means Israeli medical marijuana patients will be able to fill their prescriptions at local pharmacies, rather than buying directly from growers and distribution centers.

    The Pharmaceutical Society of Israel – which represents the country’s pharmacists— supports the move as a safer option than Israel’s current system where patients get their medical cannabis directly from growers.

    Haaretz reports about 22,000 Israelis are currently eligible for medical marijuana. That number might increase sharply after this new medical marijuana policy goes into action.

    Once medical marijuana is readily accessible for patients, more doctors will have the option of prescribing the drug, according to The Jerusalem Post.

    The Israeli Ministry of Health, which issues medical marijuana permits to patients, is likely to experience a few growing pains handling the expected deluge of new patient permit applications.


    Medical Marijuana to Reduce Depression

    Originally posted on living in stigma:

    Scientists are studying chronic stress and depression, with a focus on ‘endocannabinoids’, which are brain chemicals similar to substances in marijuana.  The findings raise the possibility that components of marijuana may be useful in reducing depression that results from chronic stress.

    “In the animal models we studied, we saw that chronic stress reduced the production of endocannabinoids, leading to depression-like behavior,” says RIA senior research scientist Samir Haj-Dahmane, PhD.

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    Some Delaware County residents turn to heroin after pain doctor arrested


    This is very important information because many people who have been “fired” by their doctors or refused medication refills because of positive drug tests for Marijuana are in this group of VICTIMS!

    Kentucky IS ONE OF THOSE STATES which is seeing a escalation of heroin epidemic because of this!

    This has to stop being the norm as it has caused a genocide of people who formerly were just casual or medical marijuana smokers to be condemned to death because the pain medication has been revoked!

    Originally posted on Fox 59:

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    MUNCIE, Ind. (April 14,2015)– In the months following the arrest of a Muncie pain doctor, some Delaware County residents have turned to street drugs. Federal and local authorities raided Dr. William Hedrick’s pain clinic in the fall of 2014. He was later arrested and charged with reckless prescribing and conducting a corrupt business. Prosecutors have linked him to several overdose drug deaths in Delaware County.

    “I have turned to the streets, I’m in a lot of pain,” said a former patient of Hedrick.

    William Hedrick William Hedrick

    In pain and nowhere to turn, that’s how one former patient describes his current condition. He says he was a patient of Hedrick’s for several years and relied on powerful narcotics to subdue the pain.

    The former patient says other physicians refuse to treat him since he was once under the care of Hedrick. He tells FOX59 that he turned…

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    STOP the F/G Fracking in Kentucky! Send the message now!


    Governor Beshear, the General Assembly and the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) are seeking comments on how the Commonwealth should move forward with regulating the oil and gas industry — including fracking. Around the country, fracking has been known to create toxic air pollution, contaminate drinking water and lead to health problems in communities near fracking sites.

    ¹ Tell Governor Beshear’s administration that regulations won’t protect the people of Kentucky from the consequences of fracking.

    Fracking, formally known as hydraulic fracturing, is the destructive process of extracting oil and gas from deep underground by injecting millions of gallons of fracking fluids — a mixture of chemicals, water and sand — into a well at high pressure to crack open underground rock formations and release oil and gas.

    Since the early 2000s, fracking has been growing rapidly across the country, producing massive volumes of toxic waste, causing accidents, leaks and spills that threaten drinking water, and releasing hazardous air pollution. It has also created explosion risks in homes, marred landscapes and fragmented forests, damaged roads with heavy truck traffic, and lowered property values. Take a stand against fracking in Kentucky.
    Over the last six months, New York and Maryland both rejected moving forward with fracking after damning health reports showed that the health risks posed by fracking were too high. If it’s not safe in those states, then it’s not safe here, either.

    Send a message to your lawmakers: Kentuckians don’t want to be part of an uncontrolled public health experiment.

    Fracking isn’t safe for our communities, and it only prolongs our destructive reliance on fossil fuels. We can meet our energy needs with clean, renewable resources. Instead of spending time trying to regulate a polluting industry, the Governor, the General Assembly and the EEC should put their efforts into energy solutions that don’t poison human health, damage local economies or trash the environment.

    Speak out and submit your comment against fracking today.


    Thanks for taking action,

    Renée Maas
    Senior Southern Region Organizer
    Food & Water Watch

    1. Toward an understanding of the environmental and public health impacts of shale gas development: an analysis of the peer reviewed scientific literature, 2009-2014, PSE Health Energy, December 10, 2014.

    If they can "repeal" Obamacare then they can REPEAL the CSA and end the "War on Drugs" …

    Yesterday the news came out about Sen. Mitch McConnell about to REPEAL OBAMACARE with a  “Simple 51-Vote Majority“.






    It is my opinion that the “Repeal” option should be utilized more often when good people get hurt by a bad law! 

    That is the reason that I post about “repealing” the laws surrounding the criminalization of the Cannabis plant.

    The whole plant!  Marijuana and hemp are terms used to distinguish the differences in the THC ratio/level of a given plant, however, they are both one in the same species, “Cannabis”. 

    The Cannabis plant is a god-given or “earthly” gift to all of the Human species to do with as they will. 

    As Humans have “free will”  by the law of “nature” or “karma” or even using the famous quote of Newton, “…for every action there is an  equal yet opposite reaction…”, and that for every good there is an evil -( it’s what evens things out) there will be those people who will misuse it.  We cannot control that.  Just as there will always be people who abuse Alcohol and Codeine.  (I could list about a zillion more drugs of abuse here but I wont)  Cannabis IS THE ONE PLANT that can be safely used without much intervention.  It is safe for most people and I do not believe in addiction to Cannabis.  I’ve smoked most of my life and have also done without for periods of time with no indications of addiction. 

    So using this logic I ask you should not the laws surrounding the “Drug War” be repealed?  The laws which sent and are continuing to send people to corporate run prisons?  Any law that turns a good citizen into a common criminal should be repealed, not the least of which is the laws surrounding Cannabis.

    You cannot just continue to add more law on top of more law to correct the old laws which were enacted to further the law of commerce and enslave people to begin with.

    But you can damn sure go back and get rid of the bad laws via repeal, which will give people free will once again and then you can guide them in the best direction possible without incarcerating them for doing something just because you do not like it. 

    The “REPEAL OBAMACARE” attempt is going to be a good case to watch.  It could set a precedent for the “repeal” of other bad laws. 

    In the meantime I’ll continue to post and educate people concerning the differences between “legalize, tax and regulate”, or putting Cannabis into a Schedule II substance under the CSA (Controlled Substance Act) which is one of the worst things we could do right now, as putting it among common pharmaceuticals only increases the regulation and control thereof leading to even more arrests and possible prison time for “misusing a drug”. End prohibition now!  Free our prisoners!  REPEAL !.

    Here is a link to a petition on Change.Org which I put up some time ago:  REPEAL PROHIBITION!

    The following statement was published: 

    McConnell, Lee Continue Effort to Repeal Obamacare Through Reconciliation

    Jul 28 2015

    WASHINGTON – United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and U.S. Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) issued the following statements Tuesday on the important tools in the Senate’s balanced budget that allow Congress to pass legislation repealing Obamacare and its broken promises.
    Leader McConnell: “Earlier this year, Senate Republicans passed a balanced budget, and with it the necessary procedural tools – via the budget reconciliation process – to bring an end to the nightmare of Obamacare.  Americans have faced skyrocketing health care costs, rampant fraud and more government between them and their doctors. And Republicans are united in working to repeal the broken promises of Obamacare and allow our country to start over fresh with real health reform that Americans deserve.  We will continue our effort to use reconciliation – as the budget makes clear – to fulfill the promise we made to our constituents.”
    Sen. Lee: “Americans deserve quality health care at affordable prices and Obamacare is giving them the exact opposite. A Senate vote to repeal Obamacare on a simple majority basis through reconciliation is the best way to pursue that goal. The Majority Leader and I are committed to using reconciliation to repeal Obamacare in the 114th Congress.”



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    Bad laws are made to be repealed! 




    verb: repeal; 3rd person present: repeals; past tense: repealed; past participle: repealed; gerund or present participle: repealing

    1. 1.

      revoke or annul (a law or congressional act).

      “the legislation was repealed five months later”

      “the Eighteenth Amendment was repealed in 1933”


    noun: repeal; plural noun: repeals


    the action of revoking or annulling a law or congressional act.

    “the House voted in favor of repeal”

    Repeal of Prohibition in the United States. Enacted by the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, it proved to be so ineffective that it had to be repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. This is the only constitutional amendment to be repealed in the U.S.

    Additionally, see this information when Ireland Repeals laws dating back several hundred years!

    • The massive Statute Law Revision Act 2007 in the Republic of Ireland, through which 3,225 Acts were repealed, dating back over eight centuries to 1171 and the earliest laws enacted by England when it began its invasion of Ireland. The statutes repealed include a number of Acts of significant historical interest, including an Act of 1542 providing that the Kings of England shall be Kings of Ireland. This Act is the largest single repealing statute in the history of Ireland.


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    III. The problems in 1946: the first solutions

    In order to attempt an assessment of the work done and the evolution which took place since the Commission first met in November 1946, it is first necessary to ascertain what the narcotics situation was at that date. Three elements have to be taken into consideration: the first is the legal basis of the control, i.e. the international treaties then in existence. The second is the disruptions that the war had caused, and the third is the changes which occurred in the world during and immediately after the war. The Commission could not tackle these tasks one after the other and it had to work on all of them simultaneously. Still, it may be stated that, generally speaking, the task of bringing the narcotics situation of the world back to normal was the first undertaken. This occupied part of the first few sessions of the Commission. The Commission was, however, aware of the fact that it was not just taking over directly from the League of Nations, since there lay a six years’ gap in between. It had therefore to assess the changes which made it necessary to adapt the treaty system to the demands of the international community and to work out improvements to that system (through interim measures before addressing itself to the long-term exercise of drafting a single convention).

    The treaty system in 1946

    In 1946, the international control of narcotics was regulated by six treaties: the International Opium Convention signed at The Hague on 23 January 1912; the Agreement concerning the Manufacture, Internal Trade in and Use of Prepared Opium signed at Geneva on 11 February 1925; the International Opium Convention signed at Geneva on 19 February 1925; the Convention for Limiting the Manufacture and Regulating the Distribution of Narcotic Drugs signed at Geneva on 13 July 1931; the Agreement for the Control of Opium-Smoking in the Far East signed at Bangkok on 27 November 1931; and the Convention for the Suppression of the Illicit Traffic in Dangerous Drugs signed at Geneva on 26 July 1936.

    The Hague Convention formulated the basic principles for the international control which have retained their validity to the present day. The two Agreements on opium smoking were very limited in scope and in fact had very little influence in terms of actual control.