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“If We Legalize It, We Can Tax It……”

You’ve heard the argument before: “If we legalize marijuana and tax it, that will be better than what we have now.” The reasoning is that legalizing marijuana will take the criminal element (ie organized crime) out of the equation and there will be overall less crime which means less spending on the illegal aspects of marijuana over all.

Only problem is that it isn’t working out that way for states that have legalized marijuana.

For instance, in California:

COSTA MESA, Calif. — In the forests of Northern California, raids by law enforcement officials continue to uncover illicit marijuana farms. In Southern California, hundreds of illegal delivery services and pot dispensaries, some of them registered as churches, serve a steady stream of customers. And in Mendocino County, north of San Francisco, the sheriff’s office recently raided an illegal cannabis production facility that was processing 500 pounds of marijuana a day.

It’s been a little more than a year since California legalized marijuana — the largest such experiment in the United States — but law enforcement officials say the unlicensed, illegal market is still thriving and in some areas has even expanded.

“There’s a lot of money to be made in the black market,” said Thomas D. Allman, the sheriff of Mendocino County, whose deputies seized cannabis oil worth more than $5 million in early April.
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Why Has The West Been So Successful?

From PragerU:

Transcript:

Western civilization. It’s been around for a while, but suddenly everybody is talking about it. Some are anxious to save it; others are happy to see it go.

But what exactly is Western civilization?

Is it the great cathedrals of Europe or the Nazi concentration camps? Is it the freedoms secured in the US Constitution or chattel slavery? Life-saving medicines or poison gas?

The left likes to focus on the bad – genocide, slavery, environmental destruction. But those have been present in every civilization from time immemorial.

The positives are unique to the West – religious tolerance, abolition of slavery, universal human rights, the development of the scientific method: these are accomplishments of a scope and scale that only the West can claim.
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Mucking About With SPRA.

We are somewhat hesitant to post this, but we have permission so here goes.

Tonight at 7:15 PM at the David R. Schechter Center, North Entry, 1098 S. Patrick Drive, the South Patrick Residents Association (SPRA) will host their normal meeting.

Of interest will be a presentation on de-mucking in the area:

Brevard County Muck Dredging Update at the April SPRA Meeting

Walker Dawson, PE, from the Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department, will present an update on the Grand Canal Muck Dredging Project at the April 8th SPRA meeting, 7:15 pm at the David R. Schechter Center, (DRSC) located at the north entranceway. He will give specific information about what will occur under the permits that have been issued and the expected time frame for the project. After the presentation there will be a question and answer opportunity for SPRA members.

Grand Canal Muck Dredging Waiver

The Grand Canal Muck Removal Project will take place within the canal system to remove muck that has accumulated over the years. At present, there is a ten (10) foot setback from seawalls, docks, and other structures, but each property owner may execute a release of liability to allow the contractor to dredge as close as five (5) feet from any of their structures. Please click on the links provided below for more information and the release form.

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Left Brain Right Brain Is A Myth.

This is rather interesting. The jobs of the two hemispheres of the brain is not as clear cut as we once thought.

It’s said that the left side is mostly in charge of logical behavior such as mathematics, putting things in sequence, language, facts and so on. The right brain has more creative parts like; imagination, intuition, visualizing your feelings and all that kind of thing.

Because of this, it’s become a common idea that most people are either left-brained or right brained, just like they are left or right handed. The accounts, lawyers and bankers are all smart, serious left brainers. The painters, musicians and hairdressers are all wild and impulsive right brainers.
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The 3 Rules Of Hate Speech.

Last week we posted a video called “7 Things You Should Know About Free Speech in Schools: Free Speech Rules (Episode 1)

Today is the second part in the series produced by ReasonTV.

Here are three rules you should know about “Hate Speech” and the First Amendment:

Rule 1. The First Amendment protects all ideas–loving, hateful, or in between.

In the United States, “hate speech” is just a political label, like “un-American speech” or “rude speech.” Some people use the phrase broadly, some more narrowly–but there’s no legal definition, because there is no “hate speech” exception to the First Amendment.
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What Made George Washington Great?

A video from PragerU.

There would have never been a United States of America without George Washington. John Rhodehamel, author of “George Washington: The Wonder of the Age,” details how Washington successfully guided the budding nation through war and nurtured her in peace.

At the age of 14, Washington hand copied a book called “110 rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” Originally written by French Jesuits in 1595, the exercise was to promote both penmanship and led to Washington’s core beliefs in dealing with people and society. The list is a fascinating look at the times and yet many of the rules are themselves timeless.
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7 Things You Should Know About Free Speech in Schools: Free Speech Rules (Episode 1)

We are not passing this by and neither should you.

Watch the first episode of Free Speech Rules, a new video series on free speech and the law that’s written by Eugene Volokh, the Gary T. Schwartz Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA, and the co-founder of the Volokh Conspiracy, which is hosted at Reason.com.

Watch the first episode of Free Speech Rules, a new video series on free speech and the law. The first episode looks at the seven things you should know about how the First Amendment is applied in schools, from black armbands to ‘Bong Hits 4 Jesus.’

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Ben Franklin And Us.

Benjamin Franklin is certainly one of the most iconic and interesting men this country has ever produced.

One of the leading figures of early American history, Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) was a statesman, author, publisher, scientist, inventor and diplomat. Born into a Boston family of modest means, Franklin had little formal education. He went on to start a successful printing business in Philadelphia and grew wealthy. Franklin was deeply active in public affairs in his adopted city, where he helped launch a lending library, hospital and college, and garnered acclaim for his experiments with electricity, among other projects. During the American Revolution, he served in the Second Continental

Congress and helped draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He also negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War (1775-83). In 1787, in his final significant act of public service, he was a delegate to the convention that produced the U.S. Constitution.

Franklin was the only founding father to have signed all four of the key documents establishing the U.S.: the Declaration of Independence (1776), the Treaty of Alliance with France (1778), the Treaty of Paris establishing peace with Great Britain (1783) and the U.S. Constitution (1787).

But today we come not to praise Franklin, but to dine with him.

According to an article at Smithsonian.com, the fare served at a Benjamin Franklin Super Bowl Party would have looked something like this:
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