Friday, December 26, 2008

Why They Call it Dope

Our heavily indoctrinated, propagandized and, possibly, perpetually stoned local pot advocates are, once again, spewing their nonsense in the SP&T reader forum (which, virtually nobody reads anymore).

So, it is time, once again, to remind them of some “inconvenient truths”:

1) Click here and understand how others pay the ultimate price for your narcissistic indulgences.

Even if you buy it “home grown”, you are still willfully part of a culture that results in the mass murder of innocents. There is NO EXCUSE and you CANNOT escape your personal culpability in this slaughter. And, FOR WHAT?

2) Pot? Harmless? Not even close!

Each of the following quotes is derived from peer reviewed science on the subject of so-called Medical Marijuana. EVERY quote was published by the Institute of Medicine, a branch of the National Academy of Sciences, which is a branch of the National Academies.

Click here for the IOM "about" page.

Click here for the source of the quotes below.

I always select the first quote as being particularly relevant to those attempting to advocate for pot:

"The most obvious behavioral abnormality displayed by someone under the influence of marijuana is difficulty in carrying on an intelligible conversation"

"A study of experienced airplane pilots showed that even 24 hours after a single marijuana cigarette their performance on flight simulator tests was impaired. Before the tests, however, they told the study investigators that they were sure their performance would be unaffected."

Can we say "fat soluble = perpetually stoned (and, in denial)"?

"Cognitive impairments associated with acutely administered marijuana limit the activities that people would be able to do safely or productively. For example, no one under the influence of marijuana or THC should drive a vehicle or operate potentially dangerous equipment."

"Tolerance to most of the effects of marijuana can develop rapidly after only a few doses"

"Tolerance to large doses has been found to persist in experimental animals for long periods after cessation of drug use"

"A distinctive marijuana and THC withdrawal syndrome has been identified"

"The symptoms of marijuana withdrawal include restlessness, irritability, mild agitation, insomnia, sleep EEG disturbance, nausea, and cramping (Table 3.2). In addition to those symptoms, two recent studies noted several more. A group of adolescents under treatment for conduct disorders also reported fatigue and illusions or hallucinations after marijuana abstinence"

"The withdrawal syndrome is pronounced, and the behavior of the animals becomes hyperactive and disorganized"

"4.2% of the general population were dependent on marijuana at some time"

"4.4% of adults have, at one time, met the criteria for marijuana dependence"

"7.3% of 1,201 adolescents and young adults in suburban New Jersey at some time met the criteria for marijuana dependence"

"About 83% of those [adolescents previously diagnosed as dependent on at least one substance (including nicotine and alcohol)] who had used marijuana at least six times went on to develop marijuana dependence"

"Anxiety and paranoia are the most common acute adverse reactions; others include panic, depression, dysphoria, depersonalization, delusions, illusions, and hallucinations"

"there is reasonable evidence that heavy cannabis use, and perhaps acute use in sensitive individuals, can produce an acute psychosis in which confusion, amnesia, delusions, hallucinations, anxiety, agitation and hypomanic symptoms predominate"

"There are clinical reports of marijuana-induced psychosis-like states (schizophrenia-like, depression, and/or mania) lasting for a week or more"

"The scientific literature indicates general agreement that heavy marijuana use can precipitate schizophrenic episodes "

"people with schizophrenia or with a family history of schizophrenia are likely to be at greater risk for adverse psychiatric effects from the use of cannabinoids"

"Given a cigarette of comparable weight, as much as four times the amount of tar can be deposited in the lungs of marijuana smokers as in the lungs of tobacco smokers"

"The gas and tar phases of marijuana and tobacco smoke contain many of the same compounds. Furthermore, the tar phase of marijuana smoke contains higher concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), such as the carcinogen benzopyrene. The higher content of carcinogenic PAHs in marijuana tar and the greater deposition of this tar in the lung might act in conjunction to amplify the exposure of a marijuana smoker to carcinogens. For those reasons the carcinogenicity of marijuana smoke is an important concern."

"Reports indicate an unexpectedly large proportion of marijuana users among people with lung cancer and cancers of the upper aerodigestive tract--that is, the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, and esophagus--that occur before the age of 45. Respiratory tract cancers associated with heavy tobacco and alcohol consumption are not usually seen before the age of 60,"

"cellular and molecular studies have provided strong evidence that marijuana smoke is carcinogenic."

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Uncle Joe's Leftist Tripe

In his latest example of Leftist tripe, Joe Roberts wonders out loud if the recession is responsible for nobody buying so-called “Affordable Housing”.

Hey! Joe! Click here and read the link. Was the economy in recession in 2006?


Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Dishonesty of Steve Lewis

Quoting Steve Lewis via SP&T:
“Surveys show that most citizens agree with supporting affordable housing.”

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Past surveys have shown that a slim majority favor the CONCEPT of so-called “Affordable Housing”, but ONLY if it costs them NOTHING (and it NEVER DOES)!

So, as the community faces yet ANOTHER tyrannical proposition (contrary to our CLEARLY expressed will) to TAX us into housing cost oblivion, Mr. Lewis is UTTERLY DISHONEST in implying that a majority of the community supports his Socialist INSANITY!

Before I was banned for life from commenting at the SP&T web site, Mr. Lewis KNEW that he could NEVER get away with such utter dishonesty without being challenged. But, now that Boyer has chased off virtually ALL Conservative commentators, Socialist MORONS like Mr. Lewis are, for the most part, free to spread their deceptions at will and without challenge.

Here in The People’s Socialist Republic of Steamboat Springs, the insanity never ends!

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The Mythical Scarcity of Land

Quoting SP&T:
“YVHA board member Catherine Carson noted the scarcity of land in the Yampa Valley and said one benefit of inclusionary zoning is that it captures real property.”

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There IS NO SCARCITY OF LAND in Routt County! There is ONLY political contrivance to create an ARTIFICIAL scarcity of land by making that land UNAVAILABLE for development.

What we have are competing values:
Affordable Housing vs. Open Space.
Growth vs. Small Town.

Despite all the fantasies which our local Socialist utopians endlessly indulge in, we CANNOT have it both ways! PICK ONE!

The county refuses to allow the development of subdivisions and the city refuses to expand the urban boundary. THAT is what creates the ILLUSION of “the scarcity of land”.

Inclusionary zoning is just pretty language to disguise the Marxist utopian FANTASY that uneducated 20-somethings working a service sector job in a ski town have an ENTITLEMENT to own a million dollar home right next door to those who have actually worked for, sacrificed for and EARNED that PRIVILIGE!

Here in The People’s Socialist Republic of Steamboat Springs, the insanity never ends!

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Higher Housing Costs = More Affordable Housing?

Quoting SP&T:
“An alternative method to fund local affordable housing is gaining support… Board members of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority agreed Thursday to support the concept of a real estate transfer tax [essentially a sales tax on real estate transactions] to fund affordable housing”

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Once again, our local Socialists (and developers seeking to free themselves from the insane shackles these idiots previous imposed upon them) are trying to tell us that increasing the cost of purchasing a home can actually make housing more “affordable”.

The bureaucrats at the tyrannically imposed Socialist Housing Authority are simply seeking to save their own illegitimate salaries. Nobody else will benefit. Everybody else will suffer. Housing prices will go even higher. And, the very tiny minority who are fool enough to purchase so-called “Affordable Housing” will remain the biggest victims of all.

Here in The People’s Socialist Republic of Steamboat Springs, the insanity never ends!

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Douglas on Rolan

Quoting Rob Douglas on our soon to be former city Finance Director:
“Rolan has a history of departing on short notice and after a brief tenure — as she did before arriving in the Yampa Valley. As this newspaper has reported, ‘Rolan left a previous job with the city of Columbia, S.C., under similarly vague circumstances’”
What Mr. Douglas fails to mention is that, but for my own “reporting”, it is questionable whether SP&T would have ever known about, much less publicized, any of the information in the press reports surrounding Ms. Rolan’s previous employment history.

In the comments section of this SP&T puff piece, my comments have been purged along with every other comment I ever offered on the SP&T website. However, there remains telltale evidence that I was the one who first alerted this community to this issue.

Quoting the commentator known as “ijustlookhi”:
“thanks sbvor for doing the papers job and at least googling some info!

This is ridiculous! Pilot should be ashamed at how shallow this article is….lets see how you handle it from here.

She seems like a terrible hire and I do want to know more particulars.”
In that same comments section, the poster known as “SteamboatsConscience”, in a rare instance of agreeing with me, also quoted one of the links which I dredged up in researching Ms. Rolan’s background.

Was our former City Manager aware of this employment history when he hired Ms. Rolan?

Why did SP&T only report on this employment history AFTER they got taken to the woodshed by their own readers?

Shame on SP&T (as usual)!