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Medical Marijuana I thought originally was just a trick to make smoking it legal again… It thought that perhaps it eased the pain, dulled the mind, or something good like that enabling people in chronic pain to handle it better.

I could not have been more wrong… Why is this knowledge not mainstreamed? (Oh, yeah, that damned corporate American media… “Don’t want to upset our advertisers… we get a lot of cash from pharmaceuticals”..)

But THC was proven unequivocally to be the trigger shutting down cancerous tumors from growing further…

Earlier, two researchers found that cannabidiol, a chemical in hemp and marijuana, caused the cancer gene to turn itself off, and return to dividing into normal cells…

Cancer is apparently a gene. that switches on to make cancer, and off, to make normal cells. Most likely it is a vestige from our earliest moments in life, when massive amounts of cells needed to be made in order to survive. Something external retriggers that gene, and we get cancer….

Not only do we know this marijuana derivative does stop cancer. but in great news this week, just published from England, a research team has determined exactly how….

It uses the Cannabinoid receptor.

Though complicated for the lay person, it goes something like this…

Cannabinoid receptor CB2 and GPR55 are overexpressed in cancer cells and control cell fate… The CB2 and GPR55 are both a G- protein. G- proteins constitute a large protein family of receptors that sense molecules outside the cell and activate inside “signal transduction pathways” and, ultimately, cellular responses. Basically these are the fiber optic lines feeding data into our individual cells… This special receptor sits in our cell walls looking for Cannabinoids… (The sister of this one, CB1 is embedded in the cell wall looking for THC and is the one responsible for the high we feel upon achieving a certain level). This CB2 receptor is specialized more towards turning growth on or off in either immature or mature cells… Basically if you pretend you are the president with your hand on the red button to send missiles into enemy airspace, this receptor would be you. As soon as you sense danger you would begin the process of firing the missiles….

Instead of missiles, the weapon in cancer is unlimited growth… This CB2 is the eyes and ears of the cell… In early embryonic growth, a certain chemical could be released, touching that sensor and massive growth suddenly takes off. Unfortunately perhaps near age 45, some alien chemical or another protein close enough to mimic that earlier protein, randomly touches one cell’s receptor and boom, the signal is reignited….. “Initiate massive growth” orders go out to all necessary proteins ready and awaiting orders since last shutting down…

The breaking news of this story is that metaphorically, where as we knew that occasionally missiles would fly over our heads taking out cities over practically nothing, we didn’t know how that was occurring… What researchers discovered in England relating to these two receptors, is the equivalent of us finding that our commander in chief gets information sent to him along these particular wires, and then he downloads a code to start the missile launching sequence, even if no threat is apparent….

Someone is giving false information to that president along these wires….

So, how can we get access to those same lines to say: “Stop, Mr. President, It’s a mistake, Don’t fire those missiles”? … Research is the equivalent of our noticing that there is always a marijuana smell in the outer office, every time the missiles fly… So by controlling the marijuana or THC to this person, we might make him so high, he never gives the order and we shut down all the missile launches before they transpire…. Or something like that.

Rodents and petri dishes show astonishing results at stopping cancer with THC or other chemicals found in both Marijuana and hemp. We are now awaiting approval of tests on humans (good idea to test things before trying them out as Common Core advocates are currently discovering should always be done first)… Hopefully the approval will be expedited with this good news.

But we are very close it appears, to having a cure for cancer and it will most likely come from a plant for which many Americans were and still are imprisoned for once having in their possession….

Only in an ignorant, closed-minded Conservative America.could a human being be jailed for life, over something that is not only harmless but may yet save the entire of mankind, pets and livestock, from the ravages of cancer….

What a messed up society Conservatives have given us… Please, you owe it to you, God, and our nation. No matter what state you live in, vote all of them out of office… We need to get rid of cancer…

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The same controversy surrounding Tennessee’s equivalent of SB51, has at least that state’s Democrats fighting for those educating our children .  Not like up here where Dave Sokola and Erica Jenner joined forces and sold the teaching profession out for a couple of pieces of silver.

Think for a second.

If your boss gave you a pop quiz at work, how well do you think you’d do? … Guesses?

The correct answer is: you would do only as well as he wanted you to do.  If he wanted you do do well, he’d quiz you on things you do every day enabling you to pass with high marks.  If he wants you doing poorly, he fills the test up irrelevant questions, that you haven’t thought about in decades (because they are irrelevant); at work you are constantly being bombarded with things that truly do matter..

So we are talking about taking a teacher’s license away because her students did poorly on a standardized test, not by how good or not good the teacher is!

Does the teacher make the test?  Of course not:  the test is made many states away by people who have never stepped foot in a classroom and get paid 6 digit salaries. The tests are untried at the time of taking. They are not last year’s test remade.  No one knows how relevant or non relevant these tests are.

Does the teacher get to know the material on the test so she can teach her students the relevant data?  No, that would be cheating.  The teacher has to guess before hand what will or will not be covered, and then has to teach her best guess.  What if those think tank “specialists” have different philosophies?  Bad scores.

Does the teacher get to interpret the test, to explain the questions in a way the child might better understand?  No, that is considered leading the child.  So if a child can’t understand the question, because they haven’t a Masters or Doctorate degree in education, they fail.

Does the teacher have any control over the test taking environment?  No, if every one stays up late to watch Breaking Bad, and then texts till two in the morning about what happened on the show, and what might happen on next week’s episode.,..  they will do poorly.  To them its some dumb test that doesn’t matter anyway.  They’ll still get promoted…  456 + 789… ah, my head hearts…  let me guess… umm  “{c}”

Imagine lining up all of Delawares School Board and Rodel Foundation officers around the Governor, as he signs SB 51, and taking one photo, then firing all those who blinked, grimace, moved, or otherwise “failed” to properly enhance the photo…..

As their cleaning out their office, you can here Hefferman mutter… “they didn’t even count down. They just took the picture.  If they’d counted down, I could have been ready.”

And speaking of FAILURES.  OH!  MY!  GOODNESS!!!  Rodel’s Vision 2015 has failed to meet its objectives (GOALS) it set for itself back in 2006.  They have had 7 of the 9 years they gave themselves to make it happen. Instead of  firing itself, it announces its name is now Rodel 2020….  But a teacher who’s students blink during 3 hours one day from watching Breaking Bad the night before?  YOU’RE A LOUSY TEACHER!   WHAT A FAILURE YOU ARE!  GET OUT OF OUR SCHOOL!  EVEN BETTER!  GET YOU OUT OF OUR ENTIRE PROFESSION!

That is why this is so stupid. SB51 is so stupid. Everyone who voted for it, without reading it, is so stupid.  Every blog except those who raised awareness against it, is so stupid.  Mr. Sweeney, is so stupid….

I won’t belabor the point anymore.  But firing a teacher for a photo moment, is ridiculous.  Taking away their license for the same should in a proper universe, damn you to an eternity in Hell.

If you yourself personally choose to go to Hell, you will find the following assorted people there to keep you company.

Blevins,  Hocker,  Peterson,
Bonini,  Lavelle,  Pettyjohn,
Bushweller, Lawson,  Poore,
Cloutier,  Lopez,  Simpson,
Ennis,  Marshall, Sokola,
Hall-Long, McBride, Townsend,
Henry, McDowell, Venables,

Atkins,  J. Johnson,  Ramone,
Barbieri,  Q. Johnson,  Scott,
Bennett,  Kenton,  B. Short,
Blakey,  M. Smith, D. Short,
Bolden,  Longhurst,  Smyk,
Brady,  Miro,  Spiegelman,
Briggs-King,  Mitchell,  Viola,
Carson,  Mulrooney,  Walker,
Dukes,  D.E. Williams, Keeley,
Gray,  Outten,  K. Williams,
Heffernan,  Paradee,  Wilson,
Hudson,  Peterman,  Schwartzkopf,
Jaques  Sweeney, Markell, Murphy, Jenner.

Just looking over that list, … I would bet that if this list ever got public, and people could see the likes of the company they’d be spending their eternity with, .. our churches would be overflowing this weekend!…

By the way, can anyone out there possibly tell me when was the last time a doctor lost his license for one case of malpractice judgment decided in court against him? Or one Secretary of Education fired for in his first year statewide test results, in what even the friendly News Journal headline lambasted as: “Disappointing Results”?

GO TO CHURCH!


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So, can someone tell me again, why we shouldn’t tax the rich, and instead, balance the budget on the backs of everyone else?…….

I seem to be missing that little detail where that all makes sense……

Bad Insurance Executives,... Bad!

I heard insurance was first proposed by Ben Franklin… His philosophy was that if everyone paid a little bit into a kitty of sorts, there would be plenty of funding available to rebuild if disaster struck… One can afford a small pittance. but tragedy is often catastrophic.

Stability over the entire market would continue through any tragedy and long term planning could become more accurate and the economy could grow, even if just from facing less setbacks….

Somewhere along the line, that sentiment became distorted. Perhaps it was because the number 10 contributor towards George Bush in 2000, was the insurance industry? Since then Health insurance premiums in states rose between 88 percent and 145 percent in the past decade, far outpacing wages and overall inflation.

Can contributions of $1,000 to $20,000 really buy significant influence? Yes, and they do, because most of it comes from an elite donor class and groups of donors with shared policy agendas.

Generous political donors are not representative of the rest of America. Only one-quarter of one percent of the population of the United States gave a hard money contribution of $200 or more. Under today’s financing laws, policy for the rest of us is being held hostage by those privileged few…. 000.25% controls the other 99.75%. State Reps! Remember that the next time Wayne Smith takes you out to dinner…

Yeah, maybe that’s why we need health care reform… Ben Franklin’s plan got corrupted by greed….

It is really odd that insurance worked well for 200 years… Only during the last 8 have we ever been denied benefits for which we bankrupted ourselves to pay for in the first place…..

It is time we return to Ben Franklin’s ideal. It is time.

I have heard that the joint committee meeting involving Walgreen’s backing out of Delaware’s Medicaid reimbursement plan, was cancelled

The press conference may be cancelled as well. Apparently the knowledge recently leaked to the public explaining that the Walgreens plan was all about being able to sell high priced, over inflated, brand name medications instead of cheap, cost effective, and better quality generic brands, has changed the political waters from what were predicted by the lobbyists advising and leading this charge for the big pharmaceuticals, of which Walgreen’s was serving as their proxy.

The big pharmaceutical companies are attempting to stop the non- reimbursement movement by focusing on Delaware… If you haven’t already begun, start boycotting Happy Harry’s. It has become the most important tool for citizens to use in order to stop the gouging of our tax money from being wasted simply to increase large pharmaceutical companies.profits….

Delaware can legislate that generic drugs only will be reimbursed… or we can achieve the same results by boycotting Happy Harry’s and taking all of our business to Rite Aid…. Rite Aid has decided to work with the state. Walgreens chose to fight us.

Let’s put Happy Harry’s out of business… Of course, we’ll forgive them if they rescind…

But somehow, someone, somewhere spooked the political waters flowing through the General Assembly. …. with their spouting out of the real motives lurking deep behind Walgreen’s fake move….

Senate Bill 230 was passed on June 18th by the Senate.  It raises tipped employees wages incrementally over the next 4 years until it reaches 50% of the applicable minimum wage.

Most of you may not know but in Delaware, your tipped employee is living solely off your tips.  Often their pay checks say “Not a Check” for their balance is zero and their hourly earned income does not cover the minimum taxes deducted for their declared tips and hourly income….

It works like this…  Imagine you are a tipped employee; you are currently paid $2.23 dollars an hour.  Assume you work 5 hours and make  $40 dollars in tips.  Your overall average amounts to $ 8.00 dollars an hour, plus your $2.23 dollars in wages….  You are taxed on amount of the combined $10.23, which at a class “zero”  withholding rate is roughly around 30%, putting your tax amount at roughly $3.06 dollars of hourly taxes (includes all taxes)……. Whereas the check coming to you is only worth $2.23 dollars per hour, you are thereby placed at in the negative by at least – 0.83 cents in the hole…. By working for your employer you are losing some of the money tipped to you, because state law allows you to be paid too little to even cover the full amount of your taxes…..

You say: “Oh, no, that cannot be true? There are clauses that raise the minimum wage. We here about them every year….” But… the tipped wage credit for Delaware has not changed since 1987.

Charlie Copeland….Are you still making what you did in 1987? That is what you are asking these tipped employees to do…

The obvious argument against raising this minimal expense is that it will put restaurants out of business. Of course anyone can find someone greedy enough to leave his establishment for an afternoon and drive down to legislative hall and hobnob with legislators during cocktail hour and give the darkest picture he can, as to how he will have to fold his doors if he pays one more penny to a slovenly server….

So let’s look at how much it will truly cost them. If you take Joe’s Crab Shack on the Waterfront as an example, with sales ranging between 60 and 80 thousand per week over the summer, and when fully employed, employing around 30 persons out front as servers, on the average it uses close to 700 hours per week. (The average is 3 shifts per person)

The first year raises the rate $0.28 cents per hour… Per week at 700 hours, the hit to Joe’s Crab Shack will be an estimated….$196 dollars. Less than $200 dollars for one of the top 10 grossing restaurants in the state. That is less than one case of steaks or 3 cases of chicken breasts. So on the bottom line, the hit will be…..$196 dollars on $80,000…which turns out to be a loss of a whopping 0.245th’s of one percent. (To cover this “door-closing increase” the operator would have to raise its prices one penny,…. even then he would profit from 80% of every penny raised….) So in order to protect the slimmest of profit margins….. the same excuse used by Southern Plantation owners to justify the practice of slavery, the man who wants to become your next Lt. Governor, voted to keep tipped employees at levels considered the barest of minimums as far back as 1987…..

So what does this mean in today’s economy? Most servers have felt the cutback as many people who still dine out, have felt the necessity of dropping 4% or 5%, when the minimum acceptable level for good service still stands at 20%.

Of course that can change after the stock market crashes in October…and we all become employees of our Chinese owners, who flush with our cash, snap up all types of American companies at rock bottom prices…..

So is this tip credit of $2.23 like slavery? It’s uncomfortably close. And that is why Karen Peterson should be commended for bringing up this bill as we approach these uncertain economic times. The majority of the Senate should also be commended for passing it without further ado. On the other hand, those “other” Senators besides Charlie, who think tipped servers are corporate property, are included in the following: Amick, Bonini, Bunting, Clouther, Simpson, Stills, and Venebles. If these are your Senators, give them the shock of their life, and call asking them why they still support acts bordering upon corporate slavery…… $2.23 an hour since 1987? C’mon now.

Then, you have a responsibility too: to make sure that if your server gives you adequate service when you dine out…you tip them 20%. Yes it may hurt if you are naturally cheap…., but ask them….what is it like to work for free, or even worse, to have to pay their employer a surcharge or a tip share based on their sales when they get stiffed and earn nothing………just to work costs money out of their own pocket?….. Not to mention the gas it took to get there.

This bill is now in the House Labor Committee Its chairman, Terry Spence, a Republican in a heavily Democratic district, will need to move this onto the floor for an up or down vote this Monday,……if he hopes to have a whisper of a chance in this upcoming anti Republican election cycle……

So with a little dash of hyperbole…….slavery is not dead…. And Delaware’s Republican candidate for Lt. Governor…….avidly supports it…….