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Texas Governor Rick Perry considering decriminalisation of cannabis

The various states in the US are moving rapidly on cannabis…decriminalisation a the very least and legalisation  are being considered more and more.

Colorado has already fully legalised and now Texas Governor Rick Perry has lent his support to decriminalisation.

A proper and sensible debate is now being had on the issue, politicians are realising that prohibition hasn’t and won’t work and alternatives are now being sought.

Gov. Rick Perry signaled Thursday that he’s for the decriminalization of marijuana use — not legalization, but the softening of punishment for pot users in the border state.

“As governor, I have begun to implement policies that start us toward a decriminalization” by introducing alternative “drug courts” that provide treatment and softer penalties for minor offenses, Perry said during an international panel on drug legalization at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

It’s the first time the governor, who’s voiced support for drug courts in the past, took a position on decriminalization in Texas.

His spokeswoman confirmed that Perry is staunchly opposed to legalization of marijuana because of the dangers that have been associated with the drug but is committed to policies that would lower the punishment for its use to keep smokers out of jail.  Read more »

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We won’t be seeing this in Auckland I bet

Then again maybe Len Brown could try it…since he campaigned on family and religious values…all while hiding a two year affair.

The mayor of a Texas city is raising some eyebrows after he officially declared 2014 the “year of the Bible.”

MyFoxDFW.com reports Tom Hayden, the mayor of Flower Mound, made the declaration at a city council meeting last month.

Hayden says he had considered making the declaration for two years because he wants his community to connect through the Bible, and finally decided to do so in 2014.  Read more »

The truth about Comanche that Johnny Depp doesn’t want you to know

Johnny Depp wanted to play Tonto to so that he could play Comanche in a “more sympatheic light”.

It is just a pity that no amount of liberal handwringing and re-writing of history can hide the fact that Comanche were tough, brutal, aggressive, pragmatic and showed no one any mercy, ever.

The 16-year-old girl’s once-beautiful face was grotesque.

She had been disfigured beyond all recognition in the 18 months she had been held captive by the Comanche Indians.

Now, she was being offered back to the Texan authorities by Indian chiefs as part of a peace negotiation.

To gasps of horror from the watching crowds, the Indians presented her at the Council House in the ranching town of San Antonio in 1840, the year Queen Victoria married Prince Albert.

‘Her head, arms and face were full of bruises and sores,’ wrote one witness, Mary Maverick. ‘And her nose was actually burnt off to the bone. Both nostrils were wide open and denuded of flesh.’

Once handed over, Matilda Lockhart broke down as she described the horrors she had endured — the rape, the relentless sexual humiliation and the way Comanche squaws had tortured her with fire. It wasn’t just her nose, her thin body was hideously scarred all over with burns.

When she mentioned she thought there were 15 other white captives at the Indians’ camp, all of them being subjected to a similar fate, the Texan lawmakers and officials said they were detaining the Comanche chiefs while they rescued the others.

It was a decision that prompted one of the most brutal slaughters in the history of the Wild West — and showed just how bloodthirsty the Comanche could be in revenge.  Read more »

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Any last words? Texas puts the final words of 500 executed criminals onlin

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has put the final words of the 500 people it has executed since 1982 onto a website complete with information about their crimes.

It is fascinating reading.

The state with the busiest death chamber in America publishes the final statements of the inmates it has executed on a prison agency Web site, a kind of public catalog of the rantings, apologies, prayers, claims of innocence and confessions of hundreds of men and women in the minutes before their deaths.

Charles Nealy asked to be buried not to the left of his father but to the right of his mother. Domingo Cantu Jr., who dragged a 94-year-old widow across the top of a chain-link fence, sexually assaulted her and then killed her, told his wife that he loved her and would be waiting for her on the other side.

The condemned praised Allah and Jesus and Sant Ajaib Singh Ji, a Sikh master. Three cheered for their favorite sports teams, including Jesse Hernandez, whose execution last year made headlines after he shouted, “Go Cowboys!”They spoke in English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, Gaelic, German (“Meine schöne prinzessin,” said Mr. Cantu, German for “my beautiful princess”). They quoted the Koran and the Bible, but also Todd Beamer’s phrase aboard United Airlines Flight 93.  Read more »

An energy and self sustaining Library that the Greens will support

The George W. Bush Presidential Library is bound to make the Greens happy…except they hated him so much it hurt. It is LEED-certified

TODAY’s Matt Lauer gives an overview of the brand-new LEED-certified George W. Bush Presidential Library, which has 80 terabytes of digital information including 4 million photographs, 200 million emails and 43,000 artifacts.

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