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06-13-2013 10:56 PM  5 years agoPost 1
ILIKE'M

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This the polar opposite of the loony left.

Kurt Nimmo
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June 13, 2013

It’s another sign that the Tea Party meme is an excuse to institute more statist coercion. Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed legislation that will make possession of a pipe a third degree felony beginning July 1. A third degree felony in Florida could result in a five year prison term, a loss of the right to vote (for career politicos like Scott), and a lifelong criminal stigma.

Back in 2010 the Tea Party rallied around Scott and it was acknowledged that the party was largely responsible for his election victory.

In all fairness, the honeymoon ended soon thereafter when Scott showed his real colors, most recently when he had a Second Amendment supporting sheriff, Nick Finch, arrested.

The Florida Tea Party support for Republican Scott is simply another example of how politically naïve Tea Party members are. That naivety resulted in the near effortless takeover of the Tea Party by Republican operatives who scoured it of any original libertarian influence or connection to Ron Paul. It was quickly reduced to a cheering section for the establishment.

Rick Scott is “really the Benedict Arnold of the tea party/patriot movement in Florida. Most conservatives feel betrayed by him and members have been calling me and saying they want him fired,” Everett Wilkinson of the South Florida Tea Party told the Associated Press.

Scott is a tax-and-spend Republican who exploited a sophomoric Tea Party to get elected. He is a true blue lover of the state and believes in the divine right of government to rule over the individual and use violence against him. Due to this, Scott thinks he has the right to put people in corporate-run prison for possessing the following:

(a) Metal, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic, or ceramic smoking pipes, with or without screens, permanent screens, or punctured metal bowls.
(b) Water pipes.
(c) Carburetion tubes and devices.
(d) Chamber pipes.
(e) Carburetor pipes.
(f) Electric pipes.
(g) Air-driven pipes.
(h) Chillums.
(i) Bongs.
(j) Ice pipes or chillers.

The Tea Party needs to get with the program or face irrelevance. It needs to get out of the establishment Republican Party and return to its roots, if that is even possible.

The Tea Party began as the Boston Tea Party in 2006. It was founded by a group of former Libertarian Party members who criticized the party for its “abdication of political responsibilities,” declaring that “Americans deserve and desperately need a pro-freedom party that forcefully advocates libertarian solutions to the issues of today.” The Boston Tea Party opposed statism at all levels. “The Boston Tea Party supports reducing the size scope and power of government at all levels and on all issues, and opposes increasing the size, scope and power of government at any level, for any purpose.”

It needs to return to these values. But probably never will. Instead, we can expect basically good-hearted folks to be fooled over and over ad infinitum by the establishment.

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06-13-2013 11:14 PM  5 years agoPost 2
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What about a corn-cob pipe?

Tea Parties are for little girls with imaginary friends

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06-13-2013 11:16 PM  5 years agoPost 3
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What about a corn-cob pipe?
I have a funny feeling that there is only one type of smoke that is smoked out of a bong.

Slick.

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06-14-2013 01:11 AM  5 years agoPost 4
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neo-cons have corrupted the term 'tea party' and made a pet out of it. Let them try that with the term 'Libertarian'.

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06-14-2013 01:16 AM  5 years agoPost 5
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Unfortunate. I would strongly prefer they just legalize it, and tax it. Fixes a whole lot more problems than any prohibition ever did.

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06-14-2013 03:25 AM  5 years agoPost 6
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spaceman spiff
Unfortunate. I would strongly prefer they just legalize it, and tax it. Fixes a whole lot more problems than any prohibition ever did.
I am absolutely opposed to legalizing drugs as I would have been to legalizing alcohol, but there is a point where we must look at what we can control and what we must live with.

Prohibition proved we could not control it simply because too many people wanted alcohol and we didn't have the resources to control it.

Legalized drugs brings its own set of problems and is a pathetic direction to go, but what are we going to do? Are we making things better with our present direction?

I think it should be looked at and studied to try to determine what happens if we legalize drugs.

Now comes the biggest problem of all...who will look at this? The answer is our government...we are hosed because money and politics are now involved.

90% of life is "showing up"

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06-14-2013 04:45 AM  5 years agoPost 7
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fwiw..

Wonder how many muslims live in Fla.? Last I saw, the water pipe is a staple of mid east culture.....Wonder how this new nanny law will play with the PC crowd?...Gonna go make some popcorn now, then sending an e mail to the good gov. telling him how much I appreciate him minding other peoples' business....

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06-14-2013 05:07 AM  5 years agoPost 8
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I used to do a trade show in Amsterdam every year. The first time I went I expected to find the streets filled with drugged out whackos and a city on the brink of chaos. Not so. Vast majority dosen't bother with drugs.

I saw an interesting documentary on teenage pregnancy in the US VS Holland. Teens in Holland are given condoms by their parents, and even typically alowed to have their girl friend or boyfriend over for sleep over... remarkably they have MUCH lower teen pregnancy than in the US in spite of all the preaching and the parental warnings... by MUCH i mean something on the order of 10 to 1...

Unusual approaches to common problems, but they actually work great.

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06-14-2013 10:42 AM  5 years agoPost 9
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If they legalize drugs they will have to take away your guns

Team- unbiased opinion.K.I.S.S principle upheld here

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06-14-2013 02:23 PM  5 years agoPost 10
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Gotta look into this. This is the first I've heard of it. I'm skeptical that this is true. Just about every convenience store has a glass box full of pipes at the register....
Overall, I think he's doing a good job.

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06-14-2013 02:26 PM  5 years agoPost 11
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If they legalize drugs they will have to take away your guns
Not likely, but thanks for your concern.

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06-14-2013 03:12 PM  5 years agoPost 12
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But what is the reason or purpose ? If you know the Netherland's : ALL of Em
Holland. Teens in Holland are given condoms by their parents, and even typically alowed to have their girl friend or boyfriend over for sleep over... remarkably they have MUCH lower teen pregnancy than in the US in spite of all the preaching and the parental warnings... by MUCH i mean something on the order of 10 to 1...

Unusual approaches to common problems, but they actually work great.
?? Why did they immediately - without conflict -Capitulate: Or immediately surrender to the German's ??? and they poured in ??

They then became INHABITED : Resources to support a large population -they do not have it. Could not defend themselves.

Then WHy ?? was not Paris destroyed ?? - When Germany over ran it ???

The "Arch" which is so familiar is still their with the Efiel Tower

Ever see the footage of German's marching down the Avenue ??
It was flooded with German's

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06-14-2013 03:15 PM  5 years agoPost 13
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Insane Bong & Pipe Ban signed by FL Gov Rick Scott. 2x = Felony!
http://www.dailypaul.com/288914/ins...sessions-felony

Submitted by WildSatchmo on Thu, 06/13/2013 - 12:24
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That's right, starting July 1st smoking devices are now illegal in Florida. Anyone found in possession of a pipe two times (even if it has never been used) becomes a third degree felon. In Florida, this means you are permanently banned from voting. For a ****ing pipe.

With one swoop of the pen Rick Scott may have put thousands of companies out of business, and their employees looking for jobs. They also need to offload their entire inventory before July 1st when the bill goes into effect (yea, only a couple weeks from now).

The bill I'm talking about is FL HB49 / SB1140

Specifically the bill bans:

(a) Metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic, or ceramic pipes, with or without screens, permanent screens, hashish heads, or punctured metal bowls
(b) Water pipes.
(c) Carburetion tubes and devices.
(d) Chamber pipes.
(e) Carburetor pipes.
(f) Electric pipes.
(g) Air-driven pipes.
(h) Chillums.
(i) Bongs.
(j) Ice pipes or chillers.

Bill Text: http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Secti...lsdetail.asp...

See for yourself. Governer's Action: Approved
http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Secti.../loaddoc.asp...

From the final report:
Establishes the following five drug paraphernalia crimes:
1. use or possession of drug paraphernalia
2. manufacture or delivery of drug paraphernalia
3. delivery of drug paraphernalia to a minor
4. transportation of drug paraphernalia
5. advertisement of drug paraphernalia

Another disturbing revelation in the final analysis of the bill:

"...the Criminal Justice Impact Conference determined that SB 1140, which is similar to
CS/CS/HB 49, will increase the state prison bed population...."

The criminal justice committee met about the bill and noted in their summary:
"The bill may have a negative fiscal impact on state and local governments."

"it may
have a negative prison bed impact on the Department of Corrections."

"The bill does not appear to have any impact on state revenues."

My previous post on this issue: http://www.dailypaul.com/283832/ins...ing-bongs-pi...

Aaaaand.. Rick Scott's facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/scottforflorida?fref=ts

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06-14-2013 03:16 PM  5 years agoPost 14
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06-14-2013 03:48 PM  5 years agoPost 15
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Felonious to own a water pipe even if it has never been used for anything illegal (or for anything at all for that matter).

What a ridiculous waste of time and energy while NOT helping the economy one single bit.

You would think that the Gov was thinking that a bong is the only way to smoke pot. I hope he is not that clueless.

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06-14-2013 04:03 PM  5 years agoPost 16
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Like I said, I highly doubt this story. Our jails are WAAAYYY overcrowded, I doubt they'll make it worse by doing something this stupid.
But, it is government we're talking about here, so I wouldn't be totally blown away if it IS true.

EDIT:
OK, looked it up and read it. Silly stuff. It's more aimed at sales in retail stores. You have always been able to get arrested for paraphenalia here. Not much changed there.
I think what they're REALLY after is the growing side. Grow houses were becoming a REAL big problem here several years ago. It was an everyday news story for a while.
Gonna be a lot of Head Shop owners on the unemployment line. The dotheads are going to lose some revenue at the corner store too....

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06-14-2013 05:38 PM  5 years agoPost 17
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