God bless Keith Olbermann

You can watch the video at Crooks & Liars, I’ll provide YouTube video when available. Transcript follows.

Update: You can now watch the video from YouTube and send Keith an attaboy at Thank You, Keith Olbermann.

Olbermann: And lastly tonight, a Special Comment, about — lying. While the leadership in Congress has self-destructed over the revelations of an unmatched, and unrelieved, march through a cesspool… While the leadership inside the White House has self-destructed over the revelations of a book with a glowing red cover…

The President of the United States — unbowed, undeterred, and unconnected to reality — has continued his extraordinary trek through our country rooting out the enemies of freedom: The Democrats.

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How cannabis works, part 2

Continuing what I wrote before on how cannabis works….

Cannabis is also an anticonvulsant and antiemetic. That means you have fewer seizures and less nausea if you are ill. Consequently people who are unable to eat normally due to their condition are made able to do so, and to take other medications if they are indicated. Studies have shown recently that people suffering from conditions like Hepatitis C are more likely to complete their course of treatment when cannabis is taken alongside the drugs that the doctor prescribes for the infection, and patients are more likely to recover completely.

Those who are wasting due to loss of appetite are more likely to gain weight, and those who suffer from epilepsy or any condition that causes spasm may find their condition improves directly.

One thing to understand about how this works is that the neurons are stressed and firing in ways that cause discomfort, which can be manifested by the feeling of pain or nausea or seizure, these simply being alternate ways of expression for different kinds of neurons. So what I am describing here is not a different effect from what I described before, but an extension of that.

Improvement of neural function has manifestations in bodily improvement, as the brain is better able to coordinate its rescue operation. All illness really is in the mind, in one sense, if there is no poison or physical damage that cannot be removed without assistance. Your body can repair itself, if it has the tools, and that bodily coordination is dispatched from neural centers in the brain. Whether it be white blood cells or antibodies or platelets or whatever type of cell that needs to be produced and circulated to the part that is affected, the brain controls this, and cannabis makes the brain able to relax and do its job without pain or discomfort to distract it.

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Sweet Sherrod Brown

Sherrod Brown voted for torture. That is why I feel very sorry today, to see that he is being outed for alleged distribution of cannabis. I wish I could support him and write about why I believe he is the best man for the job he is seeking, even though I do not live in Ohio. The incumbent Republican also voted for torture. If you think you have to vote, make up your own mind, but don’t vote for any Republicans if you value your freedom, and don’t vote for anyone who voted for torture unless you think that’s an authorization you’re willing to make.

There is no fly

CBS got hold of a copy of the infamous “no fly” list.

Not only does it contain many names of ordinary people, like Robert Johnson (also the name of a long-deceased bluesman), John Williams (the one who composes bad film music is probably let through as some sort of VIP, but who knows), and other common names, resulting in people being subjected to strip searches and travel delays — but actual known risk people are left off the list.

The name of David Belfield who now goes by Dawud Sallahuddin, is not on the list, even though he assassinated someone in Washington, D.C., for former Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini. This is because the accuracy of the list meant to uphold security takes a back seat to overarching security needs: it could get into the wrong hands. “The government doesn’t want that information outside the government,” says Cathy Berrick, director of Homeland Security investigations for the General Accounting Office.

I see. No. Actually, I don’t. Well, it’s like this. They are recklessly incompetent or they just don’t care. Which is pretty much the standard of negligence we’ve come to expect from this administration. And the whole idea was stupid to begin with.

Putting people on secret lists does not make anyone safer.

Hat-tip to Lindsay.

Three more minors propositioned by Foley

There will be more, and worse to come, I’m sure. Here’s the latest from ABC News.

Another tip of the hat to Ellroon. Expect updates later.

Sic semper tyrannis

When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall – think of it, always.— Mohandas Gandhi

Hat-tip to Ellroon.