Were Not Criminals

Posted in The Band on November 3, 2008 by evil666e

This blog will prove to the American public that were not criminals….

Its The Same Old Storie…(NickBrownly)These are just some of The cannibis laws across the world..

Australia.

Penalties for cannibus offences vary from state to state.Since the 70’s several states have lessened penalties for possession,cultivation and use of small amounts of cannibus.In 1987 South Australia followed in 1992 by the Australian Capitol Territories,introduced expiation notice schemes,which required on the spot finesfor minor cannibus offenses;if the fine is paid promtly,no court appreance or criminal record is necsseary, but, if not a court apperance will follow.Recently,the Northern Territory,Victoia and Western Australia have followed suit and introduced cautioning.The trend of reducing penalties for possseion has been matched by harder penalties for supply.

Austria.

Use is a crimanal offence,resulting in a fine or custodial sentence.

Belgium.

On April 21st 1998 Belgium offically Decriminalized cannibus,wich means,in practice,that those cought in possion for personal consumption will not be prosecuted but indutrial production and dealing will not be tollerated.In 2001,it announced that,under radical plans approved by the cabbinet,it will soon be legal to grow,import and consume potentially unlimited amounts of pot for personal use in Belgium.Any possession of canibis for personal consumption will no longer provoke a reaction from the justice system unless it use is considered to be,problematic or creates a social nuisance;the health Minister,Magda Aelvoet,said Legislation is due to be passed by the end of 2002

Canada.

In 2001,Canada became the frist to legalize cannabis for medical use.This effectively undid its 1961 Fedaral Narcotic Control Act,which made it illegal to possess,trafic,possess for traficing,cultivate,import and export cannibis.

Cuba.

In Feburay 1999,the cuban parliament approved a law that introduced the death penalty for the possession,production,and trafficking of drugs.

Czhec Republic.

In January 1999,depite the efforts of former President and 1960’s hippie Vaclev Havel,the Czech goverment made more than a small amount of marijuana illegal.Befor this law was drafted,marijuana was technically legal for personal consumption.

Denmark.

Cannibis is allowed to be grown,sold and consumed in an area that is part of the Copenhagen.Unfortunately,the people who live there are mostly poor and the area is quite run down,which gives cannibis a bad image in the press.

Egypt

In 1868,possession was made a capitol offence.in 1874,importaion was allowed but not possession.Then in 1879importiaon was again made illegal  and in 1884 growing also became a crimanal offence.These laws were reissued in 1891 and 1894.It is still illegal today,although many locals smoke.Crops in Sinia are being destroyed and westerners are being givin long sentences by the courts.

Finland.

Use remains to be a criminal offence

France.

Accroding to  Article 630 of the French public health regulations,French citiens are banned from portraying in favorable light and promoting or inciting the consumption of any product classed as a banned subtance.In theory,the possession and selling of cannibis is banned and anyone caught importing just a few grams can be jailed for up to 30 years.Yet figures indicate that some 7 million of the countrys 60 million population have tried nthe drug at least once,while 2 million are regular users.

Germany.

Germanys narcotic laws prohiibit the importing,exporting and processing of cannibis,although cultivation of cannibis as a beet-breeding agentis allowed provided the plants do not flower.Smoking a joint is illegal,but a landmark ruling from Germany’s constitutional court in 1994 means possession of small amounts for personal use is not usually prosecuted.

Greece.

The Greek authorites have stopped prosecuting those in possession of small amounts of cannibis.In 1999 stiff prison sentences for possessing recreational use drugs such as marijuana were revoked,although smokers cought red-handed are still required to have long periods of counsiling.The state has also funded the opening of 36 thearaputic and drug prevention centers in less than a year.

Greenland.

In remote Greenland the government authorities are fighting a losing battleagainst what is a thriving trade in the weed.The drug is illegal,but it is impossible to fight the massive cannibis trade in Greenland as it involves the whole society’said Hans Haahr,cheif of Greenlands Drug Squad.The Drug Squad estimates that the trade in cannibis is worth $75 million,which is equivalent to nearly 10% of the gross national product,including the economic assistance fromDenmark.This makes the cannibis trade Greenlands thrid largest industry messuered in annuale turnover.

India.

Confusion and curruption sourring the drugs laws abound in India-but the safest policy is not to be cought smoking cannibis.The indian government has clamped down ,making little distictions between soft and hard drugs.Anyone charged with illegal possession risks a mandatory ten-year jail sentence and,under Indian law,you are guilty untill proven innocent.In 1997,the Footprint Guidbook to Goa warned that in the 18 months following November 1995,21 foreigners were imprison for drug offences.The local police deny that bribery is rife,but many more foreigners who have been cought smoking joints adimt they have bought their way out of truble.

Ireland.

Use is a criminal offence,but frist and second -time offenders are only fined thearafter custodial sentences can be awared.

Italy.

Since April 1998 possession of drugs for personal consumption and small-scale cultivation of cannibis are no longer criminal offences.This moved followed a 1992 referendum in which 52% were in favor of decriminalizing possession of cannibis.Possession is now subject to administravtive sanctions rather than proscution,but cultivation,sale and delivery still remain illegal.Loopholes in the present law allow personal use but not personal cultivation.

Japan.

Cannabis was made illegal in Japan by the post-World War II occupying US administration in 1948-even though it growns abundantly in the wild.  Every year in Japan over a million wild cannabis plants are destroyed by narcotics agents.  Possession of cannabis can bring prison sentences of up to five years and cultivating or trading in cannabis up to seven years.

Luxembourg.

In May 2001, a groundbreaking bill decriminalized cannabis, making its personal use and pGreen Dreamossession a civil, as opposed to criminal, offense and therefore subject only to fines.

Malaysia.

Definitely not the place to be caught withj an eighth in your back pocket.  Malaysia’s drug laws prescribe the mandatory death penalty for poeple trafficking in more than 15g (1/2oz) of heroin or 200g (7oz) of cannabis.  More than 100 people, around a third of them foreigners, have been hanged in Malaysia for drug offences since the mandatory death sentence for trafficking was introduced two decades ago.

Morocco.

African and Asian countries may give the appearance that cannabis is already legal but it remains illegal and many foreigners have to buy their way out of trouble.  However, many of the locals smoke it themselves-especially kif, a mixture of leaf cannabis and black (illegal) tobacco.  In the Katama area in the north, in the mountains, huge crops of cannabis are grown, providing valuable income through sales to the rest of the world.  Natures Best MedsPossession is not prosecuted in Katama.  Elsewhere in Morocco it is usually possible to bribe your way out of a court appearance, which is why police often arrest foreigners.

New Zealand.

In March 1999, the New Zealand government ruled out the legalization of cannabis.  Indeed it went so far as to propose a ban on paraphernalia such as pipes or bongs, with a maximum three-month jail sentence and $1500 fine for anyone caught in possession.  However east of Auckland, on the rugged Coromandal peninsular, a quiet rebellion is under was.  It was here in recent elections that the rest of New Zealand was shocked when seven Green Party MPs were returned to Parliament.  By far the most controversial was Nandor Tanczos, a young dreadlocksproting, dope-smoking Rastafarian,. Tanczos and his Green colleagues are dead set on reforming the cannabis buddrug laws and, more specifically, on legalizing cannabis-and they have the support of many young people. According to recent research, more than half of New Zealand’s population between the ages of 15 and 45 admit to having used pot, which is the highest per-capita rate in the world.

Norway.

Use is a criminal offence but authorities are often lenient and only impose a fine for small quantities.  In extreme cases, offenders can be locked up for six months.

Poland.

In Poland it is legal to possess small amounts of cannabis for personal use.masterkush

Portugal.

Despite a reputation for being one of the most socially and religiously conservative countries in Europe, in July 2001 Porugal took everyone by surprise-not least its drug users-by decriminializing the use of all narcotics, from cannabis to crack.  The reasoning behind the amazing move was summed up by Portugal’s drug tsar Vitalino Canas: ‘Why not change the law to recognize that consuming drugs can be an illness or a route to illness? America has spent billions on enforcement but it has got nowhere. We view drug users as people who need help and care.’marijuana

Russia.

Up until the 1970s, marijuana was only used in the remote Asian territories of the former Soviet Union.  Most of the population preffered vodka.  But the hippie revolution in the USA sent ripples as far as Moscow, and in certain bohemian circles it became de riguer to smoke dope.  Today, while alcohol is still the drug of choice among most Russians, almost all young people will admit to having smoked Personalcannabis.  They have also developed their own cannabis culture.  For a start, instead of rolling the traditional spliff, they prefer to smoke ‘papiroses’-short, stubby cigaretted without filters that are infiltrated with weed called ‘kosyak’.  In the southern regions there is even a popular drink consisting of marijuana boiled with milk fat and butter.

Conviction for buying or selling cannabis can result in imprisonment for between three and seven years.  However, the low-paid Russian police are quite happy to accept bribes.

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This woman was killed for somthing that is legal in many places . I know the image is graphic and my be unsetteling to some but this is an example of how extrem some Countries are. in a civilized world that makes no sense!

Singapore.

Adults caught trafficking more than 510g (8oz) of cannabis face the death penalty

Singapore seems to practice strict sex equality with the death penalty and hanged 9 women in the 90’s. Six were executed for drug trafficking under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1973/75 which made drug trafficking a capital offence and 3 were hanged for murder. All Singaporean executions are carried out before dawn on Friday’s in Changi prison and no details are released. Prisoners are usually executed in groups (of up to 7 at a time) with men and women being hanged together using the long drop method. Bodies are returned to the relatives for burial. Executions are now rarely reported unless the criminal is not Singaporean. It is highly probable that more Singaporean women have been hanged for drug trafficking since 2000 and at least one has suffered for murder. Hanged for drug trafficking were: Hong Kong born, Cheuk Mei-mei, aged 29, who was executed on the 3rd of March 1994 followed by Hong Kongese born, Tsang Kai Mong Elke on the 16th of December 1994. Twenty five year old Angel Mou Pui- Peng, who was from the Portuguese province of Macau, went to the gallows on the 6th of January 1995 having been allowed a one week stay of execution to celebrate Christmas as she was a Christian. Tong Ching-man (24) and Poon Yuen-chung (22) who were both from Hong Kong and were only 18 at the time of their crime, were hanged on the 21st of April 1995. Thai national, Navarat Maykha (32), was executed on the 28th of September 1996. Chinese national, Yen May Woen (37), became the first person to be executed in Singapore for drug trafficking in 2004. She was hanged on the 19th of March 2004.

Spain.

The Spanish authorities prohibit the personal use ot cannabis but seldom prosecute for possession of small amounts-whether or not to arrest is left to the discretion of the police.  Personal possession is now legally defined as up to 50g (1.75oz), but anything over that is considered to be a public health hazzard.

Sweden.

Of all of the European countries, Sweden has the harshest anti-cannabis legislation.  Indeed its attitude verges on the paranoid.  In 1988 drug use was criminalized and in 1993 the penalty for drug consumption was increased to six months imprisonment.  Police have the power to apprehend anyone they even think looks as if they are under the influence of a drug and can take them to a police station and force them to undergo blood and urine tests.

Switzerland.

Concern is growing in Switzerland because a legal loophole allows cannabis to be cultivated openly on farms and sold over the counter or Small Amountsvia the Internet as ‘hemp’. Unlike most European countries, Switzerland allows cannabis to be grown legally while prohibiting its use as a drug.  In the Alps, cannabis has enjoyed a reveival among growers in recent years and is cultivated to produce textiles and cosmetics, to flavor food products and even to brew hemp beer.  Dozens of hemp farms have sprung up in Switzerland in the past five years along with 150 hemp shops, where hemp products are sold together with marijuana.  To cover themselves legally, the shops pack the dried weed in cellophane and then barcode, price and label it a “hemp tea”, “dried flowers”, Simone“organic buds” and “scent sachets”.  As a result, Switzerland has become Europe’s biggest hemp producer, with 200 tonnes/tons produced every year and a turnover of $290 billion.

Turkey.

Punitive sentences are issued for anyone caught trafficking drugs.

ok so just take a look around the world and you ask yourself if were criminals or not?ok maybee in fuckin singapore or cuba but we live in the great old usa whos cannibus laws are in the stone age!please feel free to comment on this  blog as it will be a open topic for discussion,i mean if you look at some of these laws comperred to ours,its very evident that we are far behind.As a country we need to unite and speak up.STOP the decriminalization.I really dont want my son to think i a bad guy because i treat my deprresion with cannibis.i would love to here what you think and please voice your opion on the topic no matter how you feel!Our voices are strong together!!!!!

Big Rog Day 6 and Bell’s Palsy Herbal Therapy

Posted in The Band on November 1, 2008 by Con-Web

So Friday Was Halloween and I spent the day with the kids, baking cookies, carving pumpkins ECT. By the end of the day I was exhausted. Had a headache, eye ache, pain in my face and behind my ear. I took the kids trick or treating and felt even worse by the end of that. Now here is where I experienced something very interesting. A friend stopped over and suggested I try some herbal therapy and not witch-hazel LOL.

So I figured it couldn’t hurt, I partook in a few doses of this very powerful dank treatment and within no time I felt 110% better the headache, eye ache, pain in my face and behind my ear had gone away and I no longer felt the extreme eye strain I was earlier. I also found that I was able to work on the computer with out the extreme pain and discomfort to my eye and ear. Now the left side of my face still was not working but I felt great. Then as I was talking I started to feel tingling in my face and scalp from the back left side of my head I literally felt the use of my bottom half of the left side of my lip spontaneously return, now I am not saying I was instantly cured but I consider this to be the most progress I have had since my on set of the Bell’s Palsy on Monday Morning. Prior to this treatment I had to push a glass of water tight in to the left side of my mouth in order to drink and after I was able to drink straight from the front of my mouth. I woke up this morning feeling better than I have all week and the improved use of my lower lip seems to have continued.

So take from this what you will and I hope that my putting this information out there helps someone else to work through there experiences, just know that no matter how bad things seam they could definitely be worse. I look at life like everyday I wake up is a good day because some people don’t!

Big thanks to my friends and family that have helped me to realize that this is something I will get through and that staying positive is the best medicine, oh ya and that there are alternative forms of therapy out there that are not man made, but that is a whole different blog!!!!

~Big Rog        

 

Big Rog working with Bell’s Palsy day 4

Posted in The Band on October 30, 2008 by Con-Web

Well i went back to work today and i must say it is hard to do Autocad with one eye that wont blink almost as hard as driving an hour with the sun in my eye LOL!! anyway I was in the studio last night and will be posting another Live from Stickman Studio’s Jam Session from last night. we also spent some time working on our Claymation Video “Cuntasaurus-EX” keep an eye open for more info!! As you can see i am not letting this thing slow me down, thanks for all of the support and uplifting comments!!!

Also Thanks Evil-E for the Cool Animation!!!!!!

Big Rog day 3 dealing with Bell’s Palsy

Posted in The Band on October 29, 2008 by Con-Web

Well I am definitely glad to be alive and I have had two days of extra time with my kids getting them off to school and dropping them off at the bus so it’s not all bad. All night I had twitching on the left side of my face which I am told is a good sign that the nerves are trying to fire again.

I went to the chiropractor again today and had some electro muscle stimulation and a neck adjustment and I am soon off to another doctor’s appointment. I am also contacting a neurologist just to be safe! I learned that I should not try to exercise my facial muscles until the nerves start to come back as that can cause permanent damage.

I am getting lots of rest and getting lots of protein as protein promotes the growth of nerves. I have been using an eye patch and eye cream at night to protect my eye and eye drops with sunglasses throughout the day. So I am just taking it one day at a time, I will be in the studio tonight, and at work tomorrow. I am trying to be patient and stay positive about it all which has been going pretty well since I have the support of all of my friends and family. It’s been scarier than anything, a little embarrassing in public but I don’t normally care what people think about me anyway so no biggy.

O and yes Sheila my Weiner still works LMAO!!!!

New Appreciation for life

Posted in The Band on October 28, 2008 by Con-Web

I have a new Appreciation for life! 

 

Well I have to say starting yesterday at about 7:30 am I started to learn a new appreciation for life. It all started on Saturday night I felt a sinus headache coming on and later a pain in the left side of my neck & ear. I then proceeded to get a few Excedrin and a cup of hot coffee. I had a great time at a Halloween party that night woke up on Sunday felt fine other than a little sinus pressure. So I proceeded to take some Tylenol multi symptom sinus medicine which I rarely take because I hate man made drugs!  Went to bed woke up Monday and felt some pressure in my left side of my face, had some breakfast, kissed the wife and kids goodbye and was off to my hour drive down to West Palm Beach. Got to work and felt a little sleepy, I ended up sleeping for like the first hour at work. Then sally called me up to the front office for something and when I got there she said “what is wrong with your face” of course I laughed and said “nothing more than normal why is it killing you LOL” she said no your left eye looks weird and your face looks swollen . Well to cut it shout I was having a severe allergic reaction to the Tylenol multi-symptom medicine. So I called the doc and they said to take some Benadryl, so I did. Shortly after I noticed I started to have a numbing in my left side of my face. I could not close my left eye by its self and when I took a drink of water it streamed down the left side of my face. I went to the mirror to find that the left side of my face was droopy and is seemed to be paralyzed. I was freaking out by now of course thinking I was having a stroke. I went to the doctor and found out that between a pinched nerve in my neck that was a result of a dislocating rib under my shoulder blade and a Sinus infection I had damaged my 7th cranial nerve resulting in a condition called Bell’s palsy. now don’t worry about Big Rog as anyone that knows me will tell you I take all challenges in my life by the horns and treat them all like A Battle so be assured it will be ok! I plan to photo document my recovery and post then here so stay tuned. Good news is it won’t affect my drum playing!

 

 

well you might be asking why is it I have this new appreciation for life, it is simple at first I thought I was dying and or having a stroke until I found out what exactly was up I thought I might not be able to be there for these three beautiful kids  & my beautiful wife anymore.

I would shower her whole face but she is a famous movie star and I can't let her tru identity get out! you cant tell by her movie star smile!!! I love you Sk8erfreak!!!

My Wife :Sk8erfreak....I would love to show Her whole face but she is a famous movie star and I can't reveal her true identity.............................. you can tell by that Million Dollar Smile.................... I love you Sk8erfreak!! She is currently in hiding in my bed!!!

 

 

 

 

I am posting some info on the event that happened to me called Bell’s palsy

 Bell’s palsy is a paralysis of the facial nerve resulting in inability to control facial muscles on the affected side. Several conditions can cause a facial paralysis, e.g., brain tumor, stroke, and Lyme disease. However, if no specific cause can be identified, the condition is known as Bell’s Palsy. Named after Scottish anatomist Charles Bell, who first described it, Bell’s palsy is the most common acute mononeuropathy (disease involving only one nerve), and is the most common cause of acute facial nerve paralysis.

Bell’s palsy is defined as an idiopathic unilateral facial nerve paralysis, usually self-limiting. The trademark is rapid onset of partial or complete palsy, usually in a single day.

It is thought that an inflammatory condition leads to swelling of the facial nerve (nervus facialis). The nerve travels through the skull in a narrow bone canal beneath the ear. Nerve swelling and compression in the narrow bone canal are thought to lead to nerve inhibition, damage or death. No readily identifiable cause for Bell’s palsy has been found, but clinical and experimental evidence suggests herpes simplex type 1 infection may play a role.

Doctors may prescribe anti-inflammatory and anti-viral drugs. Early treatment is necessary for the drug therapy to have effect. The effect of treatment is still controversial. Most people recover spontaneously and achieve near-normal to normal functions. Many show signs of improvement as early as 10 days after the onset, even without treatment.

Often the eye in the affected side cannot be closed. The eye must be protected from drying up, or the cornea may be permanently damaged resulting in impaired vision.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in The Band on October 28, 2008 by evil666e

Hey just a small note here to say that im presently working on a new peice called “Were Not Criminals”please be sure to check in frequently.Also hope your feelin better Roger

The Propaganda of War

Posted in Politics and Propaganda on October 27, 2008 by Con-Web

 

Propaganda is a concerted set of messages aimed at influencing the opinions or behaviors of large numbers of people. As opposed to impartially providing information, propaganda in its most basic sense presents information in order to influence its audience. Propaganda often presents facts selectively (thus lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or gives loaded messages in order to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the cognitive narrative of the subject in the target audience to further a political agenda.

 
Propaganda is the deliberate, systematic attempt to shape perceptions, manipulate cognitions, and direct behavior to achieve a response that furthers the desired intent of the propagandist.

 

Ok having said that I love the song and the whole thing does spark something inside, call it patriotism or maybe a mob mentality but let us not forget the Propaganda, politicians, wealthy oil tycoons, big money & FAMILY GRUDGES that put us in this war !!!
WILL GEORGE BUSH’S KIDS HAVE TO GO TO WAR WHEN THEY REINSTATE THE DRAFT? LIKELY NOT!
WILL THE FAMILIES OF THE HALLIBURTON CONGLOMERATE HAVE TO FIGHT OR WORRY ABOUT RECESSION, HIGH FUEL COST OR ANY OF THE ISSUES THAT THE AMERICAN FAMILIES FIGHTING THIS WAR HAVE TO EVERY DAY?? I THINK NOT!!!!!!!
LET’S DO SOME HOME WORK STUDY THE HISTORY OF CORPORATE & GOVERNMENT LIES AND COVER UPS AND SEE WHAT WE THINK ABOUT THIS WAR THEN. AS AMERICANS WE TEND TO FOLLOW WHAT WE ARE TOLD IN THE MEDIA & BY OUR GOVERNMENT, DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE!
WHO WILL MAKE THE PEOPLE DEEP UNDER THIS WAR WITH HISTORIC HIDDEN AGENDAS ANSWER FOR THERE CRIMES? WILL IT BE YOU?
LIKE IBM DURING THE HOLOCAUST NONE OF THE REAL PEOPLE PROFITING OR DRIVING THIS WAR WILL EVER BE PROSECUTED.
WITH ALL THE DECADES OF LIES HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO BELIEVE?
SO LET’S JUST MAKE SURE THE RIGHT BODIES HIT THE FLOOR, WHICH THEY LIKELY WON’T.
THE REALITY IS THAT PEOPLE ARE DYEING AMERICANS, IRAQIS AND MANY OTHER RACES.
I LOVE MY COUNTY, I SUPPORT OUR TROOPS BUT I FEAR MY GOVERNMENT.

I FOUND THIS TO BE SOME WHAT RELAVENT TO THE WAY I FEEL ABOUT THINGS PLEASE READ!

Published on Saturday, July 9, 2005 by CommonDreams.org

Open Letter to George W. Bush by Ralph Nader On June 28, 2005

You addressed the nation in prime time about the situation in Iraq. You called the casualties, destruction and suffering in that country “horrifying and real.” Then you declared: “I know Americans ask the question: Is the sacrifice worth it? It is worth it,” you asserted and went on to explain your position. My question to you is this: “Who is doing the sacrificing on the US side besides our troops and their families and other Americans whose dire necessities and protections cannot be met due to the diversion of huge spending for the Iraq war and occupation?” Let’s start with the wealthy. In the midst of the ravages of war, you gave them a double tax cut, pushing these enormous windfalls through Congress at the same time as concentrations of wealth among the top one percent richest were accelerating. You also cut taxes for the large corporations that benefit most from arcane, detailed tax legislation. Many of these corporations have profited greatly from the tens of billions of dollars in contracts which you have handed them. Companies like Halliburton, from which Vice President Dick Cheney receives handsome retirement benefits, keep getting multi-billion contracts even though the Pentagon auditors and investigations by Rep. Henry Waxman have shown vast waste, non-performances, and not a little corruption. Not much corporate sacrifice there. You and Mr. Cheney need to be reminded that your predecessors pressed, during wartime, for surcharges on corporate profits of the largest corporations. As Rep. Major R. Owens pointed out recently in introducing such legislation (H.R. 1804), the precedents for such an equitable policy, at a time of growing federal deficits, occurred during World War I, World II, the Korean and Vietnam wars. Ponder the difference. Past Presidents increased taxes on the large companies as a way of spreading out the economic sacrifice a little. Instead, during record, even staggering big corporate profits, you reduce their contributions to the US Treasury and military expenditures. Where is the presence of the sons and daughters of the top political and economic rulers in the Iraq theater, where they can see the suffering of millions of innocent Iraqi people? You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of family members serving over there among the 535 members of Congress, and the White House. No specific data is available for the families of the CEOs of the Fortune 500. But we can guess that very few are stationed in and around the Sunni triangle these days. Can’t get much tennis, golf or sailing in, if that were the case. How often have you extolled the patriotic sacrifice of members of the armed forces, the Reserves and the National Guard? How often have you praised their work as the highest form of service to their nation, its security and future. Well, what about your daughters’ having this sublime opportunity to be on the receiving end of their father’s encomiums? Remember Major John Eisenhower, among others. In an earlier unanswered letter, I urged you and Mr. Cheney to announce that you would reject the tens of thousands of dollars in personal tax cuts that passage of your tax cut legislation for the wealthy would have accorded both of your fortunes. Recusing yourselves would have conveyed the message that it is unseemly to sign your own personal tax reduction. It would also have furthered the principle of the moral authority to govern. Well, you did sign your own tax cut, while tens of thousands of Americans had to leave their employment and small businesses and go to Iraq at a reduced pay and worrying about inadequate protective equipment and insufficient training. Those rulers who send young men and women into undeclared wars on platforms of fabrications, deceptions, and cover-ups do not have proper incentives for responsible and effective behavior and politics. Some degrees of shared sacrifice provide prudent restraint against the manipulations and recklessness of politicians and the supporting avarice of their fellow oligarchs. Without some measure of sacrifice, programs are misdesigned to pursue stateless terrorists in ways and areas that actually produce recruitment opportunities for more such terrorists. Note your own CIA Director Porter Goss’s testimony before the Senate earlier this year. But the resulting warmongering, where the “intelligence and the facts” are fixed to the policy, became unsavory re-election strategies in 2004. You have often told us that you want to nominate federal judges who believe in a strict construction of the Constitution. How about a President who believes in the strict constitutional authority of Article One, Section Eight which gives Congress and Congress alone the power to declare war? Requiring a declaration of war, together with legislation requiring, upon such a declaration, the conscription of all eligible members of Congressional and White House families would assure that only “unavoidable and necessary wars” are declared and fought. Sincerely yours, Ralph Nader

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