Saturday, October 22, 2016

Donald Trump discusses his first 100 days in office

Florida real estate mogul tortures troubled youth

To friends and political allies, Mel Sembler is a real estate developer with integrity.

A former ambassador and shopping center magnate, he remains a giant of Tampa Bay politics. His influence stretches from his $3.4 million St. Petersburg penthouse to a network of insiders cultivated from the last three Republican presidencies.

To others, Sembler is known as the founder of Straight Inc., a controversial drug treatment program that operated from 1976 to 1993. He and his wife Betty started the residential program to help troubled teens. Yet after opening in about a dozen states, it was shut down amid allegations of abuse and excessive force. Some subjected to the program’s get-tough therapy now say years were stolen from their lives.

Now 86, Sembler is using his clout as one of the most powerful figures in Florida politics and the anti-drug movement to defeat a constitutional amendment aimed at expanding medical marijuana in Florida. If passed by 60 percent of voters, Amendment 2 would let doctors recommend marijuana to patients with conditions like cancer, epilepsy and HIV/AIDS.

Sembler has so far donated $1 million to defeat the constitutional amendment. A former national Republican finance chairman, he’s tapped his cadre of wealthy donors, too. He says he’ll raise $10 million for Drug Free Florida, the political committee opposing the ballot measure.

But as Sembler leads the fight, the controversy surrounding Straight continues to haunt his anti-drug legacy.

“This was the first and only controversy I’ve ever known having to do with Mel Sembler, and it’s regrettable,” said Pat Neal, a Sarasota homebuilder and former state senator, who gave $10,000 to the effort. “He only wanted to do the right thing.”
Nothing to say

For a man with such an outsized role in shaping a public policy like medical marijuana, Sembler doesn’t reveal much.
He declined a Herald/Times interview and does not publicly talk about why he got involved in the anti-drug movement.

News reports from 20 years ago say his interest started in the 1970s, when he and Betty, parents of three sons, learned that one them was smoking marijuana.

The couple started Straight, which was modeled after a previous anti-drug program called The Seed. Its ambitious goal: end teenage drug use.
“I knew young people who really got straightened out at Straight,” Neal said. “It was very controversial but it was also very effective.”
The idea caught fire, gaining traction in the upper reaches of President Ronald Reagan’s administration.

Sembler was one of the people who suggested that First Lady Nancy Reagan lead the anti-drug movement, said Maia Szalavitz, author of a 2006 book on the troubled-teen industry, “Help at Any Cost.”

The White House entrée led to the Bush family. George H.W. Bush later named Sembler ambassador to Australia and Nauru.

“He is someone that local elected officials go to for advice, but he is approachable by heads of state as well,” said state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, the first state senator to endorse Amendment 2. “He’s a legendary figure.”

One offender’s story

Marcus Chatfield never met Mel Sembler.

But he was forever changed by him.

As a teen, Chatfield had shoplifted, run away from home and smoked pot a few times. He was never addicted to drugs, he says.

But he told people he was addicted in hopes of avoiding juvenile detention. Instead, Chatfield was sent to Straight’s Springfield, Virginia, facility, where he spent more than a year, most of it on a judge’s order.

He spent hours of every day in what Straight called “raps” — group meetings where other teens were expected and sometimes bullied into confessing harrowing stories about drugs and alcohol use. Chatfield said they were encouraged to yell at and shame one other.
Many participants had only a few stories to share, but they were under constant pressure, Chatfield said. So he started to lie.

“And after some time, I started to believe it,” he told the Herald/Times.

He said some of the worst abuses were at the hands of other students. After Chatfield had been in the program for several months, he was allowed to start going to school and was placed in charge of other children. He said he followed orders and deprived children of sleep. Sometimes, he said, he and others were told to pin someone on the ground for an entire rap session for acting out.

“That stuff haunts me,” he said. “That stuff will always haunt me.”

Now 47, Chatfield lives in Micanopy, where he’s a family, youth and community sciences graduate student at the University of Florida. He wants to conduct research into the lasting effects of Straight-style treatment programs.

Straight ultimately came under fire for holding people against their will. Court rulings led to policy changes, and ultimately Straight shut down.

Friends give little credence to claims of abuse and say the Semblers were not aware.

“I know Mel and Betty. I know where there heart was,” said Susan Latvala, a former Pinellas County commissioner. “I think it’s inappropriate to keep dragging that up.”

A 1993 Florida Inspector General audit suggested Sembler was aware. The report said that despite “a propensity for abuse or excessive force,” Straight kept getting licensed.

“It appears that pressure may have been generated by Ambassador Sembler and other state senators,” the report stated.
A year later, Straight had dissolved.

A long fight

To Mel Sembler, fighting medical marijuana is a continuation of his and Betty’s life’s work.
“We’re trying to save lives and people’s brains,” he told the Herald/Times in April. “It’s not a medicine.”

In 1995, Straight’s name was legally changed to Drug Free America Foundation, state documents show. The organization no longer provides treatment.

Its work continues in financing campaigns opposing marijuana, both recreational and medical use, which many opponents say could lead to full legalization. Latvala and Neal have served on its board of directors.

With marijuana on ballots across the country, the group is considering more public awareness campaigns, Latvala said.
Yet given Straight’s history, Szalavitz was dismayed that the Semblers were shaping public drug policy. After spending five years researching adolescent centers for her book, she confirmed numerous allegations of abuse at Straight.
“They should have no sway over drug policy in any way,” she said.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Help support marijuana legalization in California

From Californians for Responsible Marijuana Reform:

The latest public poll by Survey USA has put support for Prop. 64 at only 51% with 9% undecided.

Help us fight to keep our lead in these last three weeks by donating.

We've been saying for a while, we can't let our guard down.  As races often do in California, this one is becoming extremely close in the last weeks. 

They're spending millions against us and it's showing. We need to come together and fight back.

Do not let Prop 64 fail. Please contribute (or contribute again) to help support our outreach efforts in these final weeks.

California is just one state that has marijuana measures on the ballot. There are Several that are for legalizing marijuana for medical or recreational use. Who are these prohibitions? Well,we have Patrick J. Kennedy who gets drunk and crashes his car into a barricade in Washington DC. Not only is Patrick J. Kennedy not arrested they don't even give him a breathalyzer. What did they give him? A ride home. He has also bragged that he has never worked hard in his life and is proud of it. I'm sure he views working people as peons. Prohibitionists are also lawbreakers themselves.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Let's do the math

This is what an alcoholic looks like.

This is what a tobacco smoker looks like.

This is what a crystal meth user looks like.

This is what a marijuana smoker looks like.

Any questions?

Prohibitionists spread lies about Prop. 64

From Californians for Responsible Marijuana Reform:

"You just have to put a little bit of doubt in people's minds, and they are movable."

That is what Kevin Sabet, one of the fiercest opponents of marijuana legalization in California and the country, said recently about his strategy to try and stop Prop 64 from passing this November.

Please help us counter their false advertisements by donating. Any amount you can send is tremendously beneficial to our campaign efforts.

If just 500 of our donors contribute $10 apiece, we will have enough for some major publicity or outreach. We hope you can help out.

So far, opposition groups led by Sabet have already succeeded in raising millions of dollars against us by spreading a variety of false claims about Prop 64 in order to scare voters. These claims that Prop 64 would allow companies to market cannabis to children or that the industry is trying to hook kids on pot lollipops and weed candy are downright lies and are tactics that should be beneath any campaign.

We must get the word out to stop the misinformation against us. Kevin Sabat and his millionaire friends will not cease until they torpedo all chances for marijuana reform.
Click here to give in support of Prop 64. We need to reach as many people as possible in the next few weeks before it is too late!
Thank you for your support.

First of all if you are a California resident here is the truth about Prop. 64 and children. Who are these prohibitionists you may ask? I'll be more than happy to answer your question. Here are great examples of prohibitionists. Whom they truly are.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

BOMBSHELL! Democrat voter fraud revealed

If anyone still thinks that mass voter fraud isn’t real, they need to see this.

Alan Schulkin, the Manhattan Commissioner of the Board of Elections in New York City, was just caught on tape admitting that election fraud is widespread — and is knowingly done by the Democratic party.

In the shocking video, Schulkin admits the party buses minorities from district to district, and that voter ID laws are a smart idea – because liberals know it would hurt their ability to rig elections.

“It’s absurd,” Shulkin tells the investigative reporter, a member of Project Veritas posing as a representative of the United Federation of Teachers at a holiday party last year. “There is a lot of fraud. Not just voter fraud, all kinds of fraud.”

When asked point black if there should be a national voter ID law, Schulkin — a Democrat — bluntly responds, “Voters? Yeah, they should ask for your ID. I think there’s a lot of voter fraud.”

This isn’t the first time Democrats have been accused of busing minority voters from district to district. Just Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump warned of potential voter fraud in heavily African-American Philadelphia.
With less than 30 days until the general election, Schulkin’s confession demands answers from Democrats.