Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Liberation / Marijuana Conspiracy That Could Swing The Election

This really is turning out to be a fascinating election season.  I'm paraphrasing a bit, but The Liberals over at Alternet seem to be a little worried that one of Obama's broken promises from the last election might loose him this election. The theory goes that those who prefer decriminalizing marijuana may sway their votes away from Obama towards Gary Johnson. You see, despite promising not to, Obama has allowed the DOJ and DEA to raid and prosecute legally operating medical marijuana dispensaries across the country. Since Colorado is among the fastest growing legal medical marijuana markets and a tightly contested swing state, Gary Johnson might benefit from the voter sentiment in favor of the "regulate is like alcohol" ballot initiative.  I think might be a bit of a stretch, but if you believe the polls, a few percentage points could statistically make or break Obama's re-election.

Source: Alternet

Here in the center of the Intermountain West, we have polls showing a nail-bitingly close race between the Democratic and Republican nominees for president. We have a chief election official, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, who has tried both to engage in mass voter purges and to block the mailing of ballots to eligible voters , all while openly saying a “good election” is one in which “Republicans win.”

On the ballot, we also have a headline-grabbing ballot initiative about marijuana legalization and a popular former two-term governor of a neighboring state, Gary Johnson, running a Libertarian Party presidential candidacy.

Arrest In Plot To Blow Up Federal Reserve Bank

Once again, the FBI appears to have aided a would-be terrorist in plotting a terrorist attack, providing fake explosives and then carrying out the fake attack so that charges could be filed. This man is reported to have initially wanted to kill a high-ranking government official, but the FBI encouraged him to attempt a bombing on the Fed building in New York instead.

Source: New York Times

A 21-year-old Bangladeshi man has been charged with conspiring to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The entire plot played out under the surveillance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New York Police Department as part of an elaborate sting operation, according to court papers.

The man,Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, who arrived in the United States in January on a student visa,tried to make contacts and recruit people to form a terrorist cell to help him carry out an attack,according to a criminal complaint in the case. But one of these recruits was an F.B.I. informer, who later introduced him to an undercover F.B.I. agent who helped him with the plot.