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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2006 8:58 pm    Post subject: NFL's Buzzkill Reply with quote

NFL's Buzzkill: No Beer at Giants Stadium by Paul Armentano
Washington Examiner OpEd

Following a string of violent incidents - including a pair of stabbings - between rowdy football fans during the team's previous games, Giants Stadium officials made the bold move to halt sales of the intoxicant. The rationale for the ban? Jets spokesman Ron Colangelo could not have been more blunt: "It's for the safety of our fans."

Alcohol's long-standing association with aggressive behavior, whether it's among raucous sports fans or late-night bar patrons, is well-publicized and much debated. Yet, a relevant fact that is often overlooked in this public discourse is that an alternative, almost equally consumed intoxicant, is rarely, if ever, linked with violence - - marijuana. However, unlike alcohol, marijuana is illegal and not only at Giants Stadium.

Hypocrisy 101: Why is Ganja even tested?

Run Ricky Run by Fred Gardner
Ricky Williams won't be playing in 2004. In late July he made two related announcements: that he was retiring from football, and that he found marijuana to be "10 times more helpful than Paxil" as a confidence builder.
(Glaxo has purged him from the Paxil website.)

Ricky Williams Feared Public Reaction to Marijuana Use

Ricky Williams Feared Public Reaction to Marijuana Use

Stoner sportsmen
In team sports around the globe, top players love to get high.

Ricky Williams Latest Victim of Marijuana Prohibition
NFL Star's Choice of Relief for Social Anxiety Disorder Forces Him to End Career Prematurely
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- NFL star Ricky Williams is the victim of a double standard that punishes private, adult use of marijuana while turning a blind eye to flagrant alcohol abuse, the Marijuana Policy Project announced today

Legalize It! July 29, 2004

MIAMI (AP) -- July 29, 2004
Retired Dolphins running back Ricky Williams said he failed a third drug test for marijuana use, which would cost him a four-game suspension if he decides to return to the NFL, The Miami Herald reported on its Web site Thursday.

Fans Too Relaxed for Fights

Cannabis Helps Keep Fans Calm
Police also claimed that the availability of cannabis in the Netherlands probably helped to defuse any violence. Scores of ticketless England fans gathered in coffee shops in Eindhoven, where cannabis is sold and smoked, to watch the game, greeting the defeat with mild disappointment and unusually, gentle applause. "It (cannabis) may have helped relax them," Mr Beelan added. "Even the hooligans enjoyed the party - and they told our officers. There were lots of things for fans to do and everybody had a good time."

Basketball Riots in L.A., Soccer Thugs in Europe

Euro 2000 Soccer Violence Could Vanish in a Puff

Mark Souder is the scum of the earth

Jive Souder: Drug Sentencing Reform Act

Congress Considers Dangerous Mandatory Minimum Sentences For Ganja
Ask Your Member of Congress To Oppose H.R.1528!

Act Retracts Financial Aid From Marijuana Users By Hilary Stohs-Krause
Source: Daily Nebraskan October 03, 2005 Nebraska  
Rape. Murder. Drunk driving.
None of these crimes will cost college students their Pell Grants, but walking down the street with a joint could. As of July 1, 2000, a provision in the Higher Education Act mandated that students’ eligibility for federal financial aid be suspended if they are convicted under federal or state laws of offenses involving the possession or sale of controlled substances.

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SSDP * CN:Justice Archives

Higher Education Act
In 1998, Congress passed an amendment authored by Rep. Mark Souder that denies federal financial aid to any student with a drug conviction. Given the racially disproportionate enforcement of drug laws, the Souder-amendment has a greater impact on people of color than whites. Also, the Souder-amendment only punishes working class and middle class students since wealthy students do not rely on financial aid to attend college.

Food Stamps Become a Weapon in the War on Drugs

Drug Ruling Worries Some in Public Housing

New Bill Has Draconian Penalties - norml 11.29.03
As the 2003 Congressional legislative session comes to a close, Rep. Mark Souder, one of the most ardent drug warriors in Congress, intends to introduce legislation to drastically increase penalties for certain marijuana offenses.

Aggression and Violence in Sport

English Arsenal soccer fans beat a Galatasaray fan before the UEFA Cup final in central Copenhagen.

Tired of alcohol-fueled violence in sports?
The Washington Post covers the dangerous alcohol-fueled behavior
that takes place in many stadiums around the nation

Communities Tell Big Alcohol “Stop Using Kids as Billboards!”
Advocates reject alcohol-labeled T-shirts sold to young shoppers at JC Penney stores

"All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it."

Just Say No?

"Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.

From Benito Mussolini
contributing to the "London Sunday Express," December 8, 1935

Beer will get you laid, well ...

Advertising like political propaganda is the art of getting people
to believe in a dream world and advertisers know what buttons to push,

college students and binge drinking
Harvard university Study Finds that More College Sports Fans Binge Drink Than Non-Fan Students. Targeted Marketing and Advertising by the Alcohol Industry is Likely to be Influencing Fans' Heavy Drinking

Under the Influence
A compilation of Alcoholic-Beverage Industry Political Contributions to Members of the Appropriations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1997-1998

While few in politics claim that political contributions "buy" votes, almost everyone would agree that political contributions create access for the donor to express his or her ideas to a politician, and they often help produce an "open mind" that is conducive to a sympathetic understanding of the donor's views.

Alcohol-Industry Contributions
The alcoholic-beverage industry contributed a total of $294,690 to members of the House Appropriations Committee during the last election cycle (See Tables 3A and 3B). On average, members of the committee received $4,829 from alcoholic-beverage industry sources during the 1997-98 time period.

Throwing the GOP an Anvil by mikepridmore
Sun Jan 01, 2006

Seeking Rest From the Terrors, New York Pops Pills

Republicans rose to control in 1994 vowing to clean up this cesspool. Instead, they've turned Congress into a "transactional institution" where lobbyists hire Republicans who write the legislation passed by the Republican leadership.
Ari Berman

Where food and corporate power, or food and trade intersect?
* Database of Scientists with ties to food and drug industry
* The revolving door between Monsanto and the Executive Branch
* Recent mergers in the food industry: who owns the natural foods companies?

Organic Consumers Association
DEA's Insane Policy on Banning Industrial Hemp in USA

Hemp Food Sales Grow 50 Percent Over Last Year

Cannabis News Hemp Archives
Ganja/Hemp lnfolinx * Cannabis Food *

"The Christian church has set up a religion of pomp and revenue
in pretended imitation of a person (Jesus) who lived a life of poverty."

Thomas Paine, American revolutionary philosopher

Mansonto, Cliarance & Conflicts of Ignorance... A 7x5025 * B 7x4376

Mon$anto'$ WoD on Ditchweed

DeLay Pesticidal Killers
Poison Inc. Pesticides v Hemp

Political Influence & Litigation
In 2004, Rep. Tom Delay was the largest individual recipient of campaign contributions from Dow Chemical.

Dow Chemical 2004 PAC Summary Data
Total Receipts: $260,150
Total Spent: $244,438
Contributions from this PAC to federal candidates:
(25% to Democrats, 75% to Republicans) $142,341

Pesticides, Asbestos & Other Harmful Chemicals
Poisoning its Homegrounds

Dow has a history of profiting from war. During World War I, Dow manufactured mustard gas and picric acid. For World War II, it supplied magnesium for bombs and chemicals for rubber processing used by the war industry. The dreaded Napalm that was used by the US military to burn Vietnamese civilians and soldiers alike was a Dow innovation.

Dow's Unethical Business Practice

In 1986, Dow Chemical attempted to convince the Supreme Court that EPA planes shouldn't be allowed to fly over Dow's manufacturing facilities and take photos

Know More: The Dow Chemical Company

In February 2001, Dow Chemical took over Union Carbide of Bhopal notoriety. Dow was warned by survivors of the Bhopal disaster that Union Carbide is a criminal corporation and a fugitive from justice – a proclaimed absconder from criminal proceedings in the Bhopal court where it faces charges of manslaughter.

A protest for former Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson's extradition from the United States. Sign's subtext reads: "WE WON'T LET YOU BURY JUSTICE. EXTRADITE THE BUTCHER OF BHOPAL"

"The clergy converted the simple teachings of Jesus into an engine for enslaving mankind and adulterated by artificial constructions into a contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves...these clergy, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Christ."
Thomas Jefferson, third President of the USA

Ganja/Hemp: The alternative to Booze, Petro Chem Poisons and Pharmaceuticals!

U.S. law enforcement spends $7.5 to $10 billion
annually enforcing marijuana laws.

Keith Stroup, (NORML)
U.S. law enforcement paraphernalia corporatists
make $7.5 to $10 billion annually enforcing marijuana laws.

Cannabis Buyers Clubs: Articles & Info

The 'Virtues' of Ganja
Alcohol vs Marijuana...
Reduce family and community violence
Alcohol use makes domestic violence 8 times more likely. . .
Marijuana use does not.

Safer Choice * Change The Climate

"Cannabis can be used on an episodic but continual basis
without evidence of social or psychic dysfunction.
In many users the term dependence with its obvious connotations,
probably is mis-applied...
The chief opposition to the drug rests on a moral and political,
and not toxicologic, foundation"

The USA Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy 1987

Stressed Soldiers to Receive Cannabis August 04, 2004
Hundreds of Israeli soldiers have combat stress after completing their national service in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Help is on the way. They will soon be treated with cannabis.

Stressed sports fans should have the same opportunity!

Only The PotHeads Will Survive
30 Nov 2001

Counter Reefer Maniac accusations that marijuana users support terrorism with the plain fact that these dizzy morons are preventing the use of the "best available protection against nerve gas attack" with their marijuana madness.

Among its many properties cannabis provides considerable protection from a number of lethal nerve gas symptoms by defending the brain from injury and suppressing the the seizures, nausea and vomiting associated with chemical warfare agents.

This is not a pothead myth because the Israeli Army, which has no time for Reefer Madness nonsense, equips their soldiers with cannabis compounds to protect against a chemical warfare attack.

Ganja: suppressing the seizures, nausea and vomiting
associated with binge drinking too?

Organic Cannabis/Tobacco vs Chemical Cigarettes

"What influence in fact have Christian ecclesiastical establishments had on civil society? In many instances they have been upholding the thrones of political tyranny. In no instance have they been seen as the guardians of the liberties of the people. Rulers who wished to subvert the public liberty have found in the clergy convenient auxiliaries. A just government, instituted to secure and perpetuate liberty, does not need the clergy."
James Madison, fourth President of the USA
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:57 am    Post subject: Ricky Williams' focus can go a long way Reply with quote

Ricky Williams' focus can go a long way
toward the Dolphins' success in 2008.
NFL: Associated Press 8.5.8 DAVIE, Fla

The sweat is beading on Ricky Williams' head, glistening in a sun-kissed South Florida afternoon. His jersey is stained with dirt, and there are almost as many chunks of grass stuck on his helmet as there are on his cleats.

NFL Buzzkill

It's the end of another two-a-day practice, and the Miami Dolphins running back is headed to the film room, then to lift weights and study his playbook. Williams is working hard again, showing the kind of effort that once made him the NFL's leading rusher and a Heisman Trophy winner in college.

He still has that quiet demeanor that can make him seem detached from football, appearing as if he doesn't care about the game or how he's perceived. His past behavior might tell the same story: the early retirement, the marijuana use and the subsequent suspensions.

He's been labeled a quitter by some, selfish by others, and his free spirit nature has opened him up to punch lines. But the controversial running back, who failed the league's substance abuse test five times, cares about his football legacy. For him, this season is partly about changing how he will be remembered.

"The way I left made it difficult," Williams said. "To come back and clear my name is important to me."

At 31, what else is important?

"No. 1, it's a good salary," he said. "There's not many jobs where you make this kind of money."

So far, he's earning it.

Williams didn't miss a voluntary practice in Miami's strict offseason workout program under the new Bill Parcells-led regime. He has bulked up to about 230 pounds, the weight he played at in his prime. And with Pro Bowlers Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas long gone, Williams is trying to be a leader.

"He finishes every run. Within his individual drills, I see the guy working hard to get better," first-year coach Tony Sparano said. "I think the guy shows up each day, and he has a purpose when he practices.

He's been perhaps the best player on the field during training camp. His talent is why no less than four Miami coaching staffs have put their faith -- and the team's future -- on his legs, even though he's flaked out on them every time. Of course, the question with Williams has never been about his skills. It's how long will he last?

"That's always going to be in the back of some people's minds -- can the guy make it?" defensive end Vonnie Holliday said. "We know that when Ricky Williams gets on the field and suits up that he's going to give you 100 percent effort, and you know that he's going to go to the wall for you.

"He's an unbelievable player. But it's just keeping him on the field. It's like one of those things, you have to show me. You have to go out and give me a full season. I don't think anybody's worried about it. But it's just a matter of him going out and getting it done."

Williams' history has led to such skepticism.

Then-New Orleans coach Mike Ditka did nearly everything but sell the franchise to move up to the fifth spot in the 1999 NFL draft and select Williams, who was traded to Miami after three up-and-down seasons and was placed in the league's substance abuse program soon after. Ditka was fired for the team's poor performance.

Williams had an NFL-best 1,853 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns in the 2002 season. Then his career -- and the Dolphins franchise -- was torpedoed by a second positive drug test the following year and a suspension for the first four games. Just before the start of training camp in 2004, he tested positive for marijuana a third time and announced he was going to retire.

Williams took a soul-searching trip around the world, which included living in tents in Australia and India. He began studying holistic medicine, practicing yoga and teaching his beliefs before making a return to football.

"Ricky is really weird," linebacker Channing Crowder joked. "Why he did all that we'll never know."

His shy nature has added to Williams' oddball reputation.

He has conducted post-game interviews wearing his helmet and a tinted visor to avoid eye contact. He posed on the cover of ESPN the Magazine in a wedding dress with Ditka. And he's been known to go into the darkroom at Dolphin Stadium after games and talk with photographers editing his pictures, part of his interest in the craft.

Yoga and photography keep him grounded, Williams says now. Somewhere between stretching into yoga's downward-facing dogs and fiddling with the depth of field on his cameras, Williams said his hobbies have replaced his need for drugs.

"I got a whole bag of tricks to stay focused," he said.

The Dolphins, coming off an embarrassing 1-15 season, are banking that he does.

Williams returned last year, but his comeback lasted less than one half. He gained only 15 yards on six carries before he fumbled, was stepped on and tore his chest muscle against Pittsburgh. Teamed with Ronnie Brown, who was on pace for a career season in 2007 before he tore ligament in his right knee, Miami's running backs have lofty expectations.
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The duo is hoping to become the first NFL tandem in 23 years to each rush for 1,000 yards. That feat has not been accomplished in Miami since Larry Csonka and Mercury Morris did it in the 1972 perfect season.

"For myself and Ricky, the positive competition is always good," Brown said. "We're just trying to make each other better."

Somewhere in his travels -- including a brief stint in the Canadian Football League -- Williams said he found his peace. His dreadlocks and beard are gone, part of "growing up" he says, and his speed seems to have returned.

He wants to go back to college and "find a real job" after football to help support his four children. When pressed about how long he plans to play, he could only mutter, "We'll see."

And that's how it's always been with Williams -- wait and see. What could have been a Hall of Fame career had he stayed in the game and stayed clean might always be incomplete.

"If nothing else," Williams said, "I just want to make sure I don't do anything to make it any worse."

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has Ricky Williams seen the error of his ways or has he been forced into returning to football and promote a clean image.

Ricky was one of those people who proved to me that my life was real, but now he is sending out mixed messages. The problem is the christian life style is heavily pushed on us.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you may be right,
lots of bucks breaking peoples will.
But then Miami lost every game but 1 last year.
They lynched Charlie yesterday for being a better public servant,
they set the baby shooting killer cop drug thug free in Tarika's case.
Cops cheered. America's funeral will be on Friday,
friends of the family are urged not to send flowers.
Unless they're made of plastic.

Killer of Tarika Wilson acquitted. Monday, August 4, 2008

Police kill a young mother while holding her baby!

Tarika Wilson, age 26 was gunned down by swat team police officers while they were serving a warrent (suspicion of possesion of crack cocaine) for the arrest of her boyfriend, anthony terry, on friday night january 4th of this year in lima, ohio. The officer shot ms. wilson while she was holding her one year old son sincere. the bullet pierced the arm of the infant going through killing ms. wilson, and requiring the amputation of one of the baby's fingers.

Charlie Lynch Found Guilty

Interior of Yellow House Dispensary
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) along with the United States Attorney’s Office of the Central District of California, the Internal Revenue Service - Criminal Investigation, the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department, the Corona Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department announced today the indictments of owners and operators of four marijuana dispensaries in Morro Bay, Corona, and two in West Hollywood.
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