Nixon Now Black Man

May 7, 2012

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In case you hadn’t noticed, the half century long war on marijuana and the five decades long crackdown on motorcycle clubs intersected last week in South Carolina. Welcome back to 1968.

If there is a context to the latest round of biker pot busts it is the increasing irrelevancy of the labels “liberal” and “conservative” in American political discourse. The Obama Administration, which is generally praised on the left and vilified on the right for being “liberal” has in fact been one of the most repressive political regimes in American History. Since taking office, the President and his apparatchiks have beefed up the domestic “war rooms” and “fusion centers” that spy on citizens, opposed limits on internet spying and personal computer searches, grown the prison population, bought tens of thousands of police departments billions of dollars worth of war toys and expanded the war on drugs. During the same time the current Administration has either directly or indirectly brought numerous racketeering cases against motorcycle clubs.

The recent federal war on marijuana growers and sellers may help to make the point argued here.

South Carolina Pot Bust

Last week, hundreds of police in the general vicinity of Myrtle Beach put on their soldier suits, picked up their machine guns and climbed into their tanks to raid 11 locations and attempt to arrest 34 people alleged to have participated in “the cultivation, distribution and trafficking of marijuana involving the local chapters of the Hells Angels organization.” The raids culminated an investigation that began in December 2010 and was cutely called Operation Red Harvest. Police describe the investigation as “ongoing” — as if there is any other kind of federal investigation.

Among those arrested were two officers and a prospect of the Hells Angels Myrtle Beach charter and alleged members of the Red Devils Motorcycle Club. The undisputed notion behind Operation Red Harvest was to use marijuana laws to punish members of the Hells Angels for being Hells Angels. At a news conference trumpeting the event, Myrtle Beach Police Chief Saundra Rhodes bragged, “We believe this will have a significant impact on the Hells Angels.”

The local district attorney, Greg Hembree, told reporters “It’s going to take up a lot of their time and energy and resources to defend these charges.”

Charges against the accused include marijuana trafficking, marijuana manufacturing, sale and possession of marijuana, kidnapping, tattooing, assault by mob and assault and battery.

California Weed

Meanwhile, while marijuana is completely illegal in South Carolina, so called medical marijuana is still legal in 16 states and the District of Columbia. In most states, people may legally grow, buy and use marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. In 2009 President Obama, who has spoken frankly about his habituation to weed, promised that federal police would stop prosecutions against medical marijuana dispensaries in those states that had legalized its use. “What I’m not going to be doing is using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue,” he promised during his campaign.

Last October the administration reversed itself after the Justice Department distributed a memo that called marijuana a “mortal danger” and stated that “medical marijuana is not medicine.” Federal attorneys in California began filing asset forfeiture lawsuits and criminal complaints against marijuana outlets throughout the Golden State. The rational behind the crackdown was that after two years Administration officials had made the startling discovery that many people were buying medical marijuana because they liked to smoke marijuana. The crackdown soon spread to Colorado.

There was another round of forfeiture filings and criminal charges in January when both the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service stepped up raids on California marijuana dispensaries. The DEA was formed by President Nixon to prosecute marijuana sellers and users. The IRS has now begun disallowing standard business deductions for marijuana dispensaries and is prosecuting stores and growers who do.

Last month, DEA and IRS agents raided a business called Oaksterdam University in Oakland and residences of several people involved with the business. The business is run by a medical marijuana advocate named Richard Lee. The business offered classes in growing high quality marijuana. A month later, the warrants remain sealed.

The Beat Goes On

Last week the President told Rolling Stone that people who thought he was going to deemphasize marijuana prosecutions had simply not parsed his political rhetoric finely enough. “What I specifically said was that we were not going to prioritize prosecutions of persons who are using medical marijuana,” Obama told Hunter Thompson’s former employer. Last Thursday the Democrat’s leader in the House, Nancy Pelosi, told the President she was concerned about the marijuana crackdown.

That same day, the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California issued a press release that began:

“In the latest series of actions against the commercial marijuana industry in California, federal authorities this week filed three asset forfeiture lawsuits against properties housing marijuana operations in Santa Barbara County, executed search warrants at four locations, and have sent warning letters to people associated with 10 other illegal marijuana stores in the county.

“Three civil asset forfeiture complaints were filed yesterday afternoon in United States District Court in Los Angeles against properties in Santa Barbara and Summerland where marijuana is being grown or marijuana stores are currently operating. Prosecutors yesterday also sent letters to marijuana store operators and the owners of buildings where 10 marijuana stores currently operate in Goleta, Summerland and Santa Barbara.”

Obviously the President has decided to use “Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws on this issue” because the police haven’t got anything else to do. Without a new campaign to stamp out use of the devil’s weed some police may have to be let go. And three years into the “economic recovery” the employment statistics are already bad enough.


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38 Responses to “Nixon Now Black Man”

  1. rollinnorth Says:

    This lengthy NY Times piece raises so many concerns for me, not the least of which is that if this power of the President involves national security, why all the info to the NYT? I do believe in the First Amendment but have to wonder who are the sources? It’s like the info about taking out Osama bin Laden. Should all that detail be released and if so, why only to certain media outlets?
    Past that, if the POTUS decides who lives or dies by these methods, where does it stop?

    I can’t help but think of the “List of Unwanted Persons.”

    Wake up, America!

  2. Dan The Man Says:

    Its all hypocracy at its finest, you know all these cops are fucking gourged out of their mind on steroids, and spend their time not busting heads out of their minds on booze.

    Then they do shots commemoration how they beat up hippies and pot smokers. Its irony and they are laughing all the way to the bank to the tune of tax payers dollars.

    I don’t know what else to say except the massive hypocrisy in drug crimes enforcement.(find me a banker who doesn’t snort coke, now find me one who’s been prosecuted).

    Its always been. Its smoke and mirrors to crack down on political dissent.

  3. BadMagic Says:


    There are as many sides to a story as there are tellers.


  4. rollinnorth Says:

    Bad Magic, Phuquehed:
    As I like to say, “there are at least two sides to every story.”

  5. Phuquehed Says:

    @BadMagic – Hmmm…I was pretty sure it was something else and at least a year or two before Obama was even heard of. It’s more than possible I have the dates all screwed up as my head just doesn’t work as well as most folks’. I still think it was something else though that gave some pretty good evidentiary(sp?) proof of them (snopes) really showing their true colors a few times, I sure don’t remember anything about elections to do with it though. Oh well, like you said, it’s still good to have two versions than just one.

  6. Gringo Says:

    If everyone on the planet burned a fatty we would have some fuckin peace for at the least two hours or till the dorito’s ran out , then all hell will break loose!

  7. YYZ Skinhead Says:


    Right, this is intriguing.

    Even the Dems (and a lot of GOP) can’t stand this dude’s pot policies. I still detest politicians, but this is good news.

    YYZ Skinhead

  8. BadMagic Says:


    I typed snopes into truthorfiction and the thing almost exploded!


    I kid. It only fizzled a little.

    Nice to have more than one source. Thanks.


  9. Glenn S. Says:

    That’s what has always bothered me about the government’s answers to 9-11: eliminate “terrorists'” rights, including the right to be proven a terrorist before being punished. With terrorism, an accusation equals an elimination of the right to due process. Saying “we’ll only do this with the terrorists” don’t mean shit if they can just call you a terrorist and be done with your rights. This truly makes rights optional for the government. If the government ever starts losing the “fair trials” against members of motorcycle clubs, you can bet your last dollar they’ll start calling the actions of the clubs “terrorism”. Its the next logical step down the slippery slope.

    Rollinnorth, if they don’t have to actually prove that these “actual terrorists” are in fact guilty, they will find it a lot easier to treat the rest of us the same way. The Bill of Rights is either damn near absolute or its damn near optional. Because of the “War on Terror” the government will find it a lot easier to waterboard some small time drug dealer, in future, to find out who his supplier is. And if the guy lies to make it stop, whoever he names will face the same treatment. And I’ll bet my last dollar that most of the citizens will cheer the government on for “making them safe.”

  10. rollinnorth Says:

    We can argue back and forth about whether actual terrorists like the masterminds of the 9-11 attacks should be tried by military commissions or in civilian courts. What worries me is that the government has taken away the rights of many it dislikes/fears under the ruse of public safety/national security. Rebel’s work is just the tip of the iceberg.

  11. rollinnorth Says:

    “Are natural rights truly inalienable, as Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, or can the government take them away from those it hates or fears?
    Does the Constitution protect the rights of all persons who come in contact with the government, or does it protect only certain Americans, as the government argues?
    Can the government deny a person due process by changing the rules retroactively, or is the Constitution’s guarantee of due process to all persons truly a guarantee?”
    Judge Andrew Napolitano

  12. Phuquehed Says:

    Snopes is a shit place to get facts from. A few years ago they were ‘outed’ and it was proved that most of their shit was politically biased and very much toward the left.

    If you need to get better facts,

    As for the pot busts…yeah, it’s all to harrass the MC’s, the people who are (were!) making money from legal sales but also doing so to ‘help’ those who it really helped, and to make the religious ‘straights’ think the law is getting rid of any devil worshiping pot smoking heathens who would surely come and rape and pillage them in their homes after they got high. Unfortunately the moral majority *STILL* runs this country and even more unfortunately after 100 years of seeing that not once has a pot-smoking person gone on any kind of rampage other than maybe wiping out someones refrigerator for all the food, their intelligence has gotten no better and are still as st00pid, ignorant and afraid of their shadows – all because the government tells them they should be.

    Go out, buy a AR-15 and a minimum of 500 rounds of ammo and a Colt 1911/1991 .45 pistol and same amount of ammo. *DON’T* buy an AR that has the fancy-shmancy sights and crapola! This stuff *WILL* get fucked up if you have to do any bugging out and crawling and bumping around in the dirt and whatever. Get a simple AR with the carry handle and the stock sights and stock buttstock. If you’re stout enough and don’t mind the extra weight, get an AR-10 (the .223 is fantastic for accuracy out to 500 or 600 yards, but the .308 in the AR-10 will reach out to a mile and get the job done too) and the .308 ammo to go with it. These weapons will cost a pretty penny, but they *WILL* hold up well under *ALL* conditions and are battle-proven. Besides, if you’re rounded up and in some kind of new internment camp that Odamna has put you into, you won’t get the chance to protect yourself and yours, so the money will be well spent.

    Apologies Rebel if this was ‘too much’, but this is how scared I am now of my government and I will *NOT* allow this government to put me in any kind of jail on the whim of some asshat sitting behind a desk who has no clue about life as a citizen of a once free country…I’ll die first and take some with me before it happens.

  13. IrishDragon Says:


    Thanks for the info. Scary, but unfortunately it appears to be true.


  14. rollinnorth Says:

    Very well said about critical thinking. It’s becoming a lost art among sheeple.
    Thanks for the link. That’s the sort of research I appreciate. I was interested by your post and when I searched for the source, up popped those sites.
    The basic premise certainly makes sense. This nation has been heading in a dangerous direction for a while now. It is scary the disrespect that the current President shows for our Constitution. Screw the fundamentals, he and his handlers know what’s best for us. Wouldn’t he make a wonderful dictator.
    Stay strong.

  15. BadMagic Says:


    I believe critical thinking is much more relevant than ‘facts’. Facts are only what most people in the conversation agree on. Not really based in history or reality. Even snopes doesn’t say it is entirely false.

    The important part for me is how simple the logic is. Occams Razor when it comes to the fall of a democracy. I can certainly see the similarities.

    To that end, more information on the origin of the logic:

    The more we can think for ourselves, critically, the more we can be responsible for ourselves.

    I certainly agree though that using falsehoods to prove a point only weakens the integrity of the point itself, and therefore is counter productive. Thank you for pointing those things out. I’ll be more careful in the future to spread the thought, not the ‘facts’.


  16. Hose-a 1% Says:

    Rebel,thanks but no thanks.I don’t feel qualified to carry out such a task.I do thank you for the oppurtunity to voice my opions on here.I envy your ability to articulate on all of these interesting articles.Keep up the good work and I’ll continue to throw my two cents in.Thanks again.
    Hose-a 1%er Pagan’s M.C.retired F.T.F.

  17. rollinnorth Says:

    We live in dangerous times. It’s important to spread facts, though.


  18. Stroker Says:

    Swampy’s correct. But I would use a different word for our nations form
    of Government. it is NOT a democracy, it is a KLEPTOCRACY (as I’ve said
    here before). We are being governed, and herded by big business, and they are in process of ripping us off, as fast as they possibly can. DEA? Gotta have ’em boy….can’t legalize pot, that’d put them boys outta a job!. Our government is, and has been controlled by big business. Our Presidents from both parties are bought and paid for by BB. Big business makes the rules, writes the music, and the puppets dance.
    “everybody on the dance floor, get in line and do the do-si-do”
    or maybe the 1974 hit by the Eagles is more appropriate:

    “Never mind your name, just give us your number,
    Never mind your face, just show us your card,
    And we wanna know whose wing are you under
    You better step to the right or we can make it hard”

    Welcome to the new America kids… play nice, or you’re all gonna
    get a “time-out.”

  19. troyez Says:

    I like this one. Remember a few days back when Barry O took credit and spiked the proverbial football for the Osama raid? This former SEAL lets loose on him!

  20. swampy Says:

    YYZ Skinhead, given the history of the 3rd political party system in the U.S.A., I believe the answer to your question is no. The office of President of The United States is a rich boy’s club.

  21. swampy Says:

    I’m going with Rebel’s assessment that this bust was not about pot. I believe it’s someone’s political agenda or sucking more money, from the taxpayer, for the Law Enforcement INDUSTRY. I never thought for one second that there was any difference between a Republican and Democratic candidate. This may be a little off topic: I’ve got a little “hobby” farm that can’t be seen from anything that even resembles a public road. It must be accessed by a private drive and other private property. I can pee off my front porch without being seen and/or arrested. However, I do have a sign at the end of the drive advertising fresh eggs, vegtables and pecans(in season). I also have some diary goats and the selling of non-pastuerized goat milk is NOT advertised. Oh yeah, I’m really getting rich(insert sarcasm). I guess the point I’m trying to make is that I seem to be safe for now as long as I don’t take any goat milk across state lines. Although, I can’t help but wonder when “they” will come for me. When will I be detained for “poaching” the king’s deer for shooting one on my own property?

  22. Junior Says:

    Speaking of cops and losing gracefully: I have known many guys from high school & other acquantainces that became cops. Several of them became cops because they reached a point in their life, usually after losing a job, and didnt know which way to turn. I Even considered it myself after losing a job but thank God I enlisted in USMC instead. Ooorah!

    My .02 cents and my experience is that the people that become cops are people that have failed at being a productive member of society and when faced with the facts and when they have no where else to go, they say fuck it and sign up with some local PD. I’ve seen it happen many, many times. FTP FTW FTF, Junior

  23. Glenn S. Says:

    I’d vote for Jesse, but he has said (on CNN) that he won’t run out of concern for his family’s safety. As far as a third party candidate being elected, not today. Maybe tommorrow. It’ll have to get worse and touch the citizens more deeply first.

    Rebel, wild and unsubstantiated rumors tell of a fight between an off duty cop and somebody, at a cookout, a while back, somewhere around Myrtle Beach. One wonders if the whole investigation started because a cop cannot lose a fight gracefully, but I’m only speculating.

  24. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    Okay, for everyone who is as sick as I am of Dictatorcrats and People’s Republic-ans:

    does anyone think that a third-party candidate can get elected president nowadays?

    If Jesse Ventura ran for president I would vote for him, not least because he was (is?) a biker (unless he is a turncoat, of course).

    YYZ Skinhead

  25. Rebel Says:

    Dear Hose-a 1%,

    I have been looking at the medical marijuana industry for 14 months with the vague idea that you I should write something about it at some point. I originally intended to write something to pitch to a mainstream periodical. The weed subject just never came up here before. But I have lots of papers and some sources and I have done my legwork. About three weeks ago I talked to a source who has been involved in the medical marijuana business at a corporate level for two years. She is an MD and sits on the board of two corporations. She told me she really fears Romney. I told her that when she gets hit with the RICO indictment she should at least talk to me because I know a little about the subject and I know the good lawyers from the bad ones.


  26. BadMagic Says:

    In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh ,
    had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years ago:

    “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

    “The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

    From bondage to spiritual faith;
    From spiritual faith to great courage;
    From courage to liberty;
    From liberty to abundance;
    From abundance to complacency;
    From complacency to apathy;
    From apathy to dependence;
    From dependence back into bondage.”

    The Obituary follows:

    Born 1776, Died 2012
    It doesn’t hurt to read this several times.

    Professor Joseph Olson of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the last Presidential election:

    Number of States won by: Obama: 19 McCain: 29
    Square miles of land won by: Obama: 580,000 McCain: 2,427,000
    Population of counties won by: Obama: 127 million McCain: 143 million
    Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Obama: 13.2 McCain: 2.1

    Professor Olson adds: “In aggregate, the map of the territory McCain won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of the country.

    Obama territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in low income
    tenements and living off various forms of government welfare…”

    Olson believes the United States is now somewhere between the
    “complacency and apathy” phase of Professor Tyler’s definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation’s population already having reached the “governmental dependency” phase.

    If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal
    invaders called illegal’s – and they vote – then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years.

    This is truly scary!
    Of course we are not a democracy, we are a Constitutional Republic .
    Someone should point this out to Obama.
    Of course we know he and too many others pay little attention to The Constitution.


  27. Rebel Says:

    Dear Onikeeg,

    I haven’t seen the indictment so I am just guessing, but “kidnapping” often means pulling somebody’s patch. The charges weren’t brough as a way to protect the public from pot rpedators. The charges were brought, as all the authorities admit, to give the Myrtle Beach Angels a hard time.


  28. Rebel Says:

    Dear RVN69,

    Thanks for this. There is a widening disconnect between the President’s actions and the ideals he is generally assumed to espouse.


  29. Glenn S. Says:

    RVN69, the Obama presidency has proved one thing and one thing only, to me: It does not matter which political party is in charge. We’re all fucked, either way. Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans will protect the freedoms and best interests of the average American. Instead, they further empower the already empowered and create or exagerate threats to distract the dumbed down citizenry, and then they trash the concept of freedom to protect the frightened from what they have been manipulated to be afraid of. And it gets worse with every election. Rights and freedoms are deemed inconvenient and eliminated, restrictions and Tough New Laws accumulate. I can’t think of a single politician likely to try and reverse the trend. They are no longer afraid of us.

  30. RVN69 Says:

    In light of this story some may find this article interesting.

    “Somtimes the majority just means all the fools are on the same side.”

  31. Glenn S. Says:

    One problem is that some of these pot charges carry serious time. The kind where you’re senile by the time they let you out. Meanwhile, the politicians keep trotting out that tired old bait and switch trick of characterizing everybody from pot smokers/dealers to motorcycle enthusiests as a threat to the serenity and safety of mom and pop and the children, which they will protect them from, so the citizens won’t see that the government is the real threat to the American way of life.

    Onikeeg, SC’s kidnapping law is unconstitutionally vague. There was a man in prison (he’s still there)when I was in doing life for kidnapping, and since it was his second “violent” offense, he’ll never be eligible for parole. I wasn’t involved with his Application for Post Conviction Relief, but a friend of mine, the best jailhouse lawyer I’ve ever known, was and, as I recall, raised the issue of the judge stating that if one diverts another on his/her lawful path for one second, that person is guilty of kidnapping. The case stemmed (according to the convict) from an incident where a tattooed, longhaired ex-convict was jogging in a park in one direction and a cute Hooters waitress was jogging in the other direction. They collided, and fought. The girl was a trained martial arts expert. She beat the shit out of the ex-con and then the citizens jumped in and beat the shit out of him too. The cops took him to jail and the newspapers presented the woman as “The Victim Who Fought Back”. I’m sure you can guess the rest. The case is State v. Dildine. I’m not sure of the resolution of the case. They shut the old prison we were in down and moved us all to different prisons. They paroled the jailhouse lawyer, I believe, because he won a lot of cases. They’ve since changed the law as relates to post-conviction relief petitions and made jailhouse lawyering against the SCDC rules. Because “we” were winning some of them. In pushing for a change in the law, the SC Attorney General specifically complained about that. Of course, he whined that “the victims” were having to “re-live” the “trauma”.

    My sympathies to the Myrtle Beach defendants. The government makes up the rules, sometimes as they go along, and call it a fair system. Rebel is correct in his book when he says that prosecution is punishment.

    As far as Obama vs. Gekko, I don’t have a dog in that fight. One sends jobs to Mexico, the other one brings Mexicans here. I don’t get the distinction. I say, give ’em swords and let them fight it out like gladiators, so we won’t be the laughingstock of the world for the next 6 months.

  32. onikeeg Says:

    230 indictments, looks like they were just itching to bust these guys just before bike week too. I read a few of the other charges outside of the Mary Jane included assaulting an off duty officer (cop club ?) tattoing, kidnapping (seems like a very vague law whenever they use it). Either way a lot of these charges makes one scratch their head, definitely sounds like their trying to stretch laws here.

  33. Hose-a 1% Says:

    We are fucked !NOBAMA gets another term its going to be worse than ever.He’ll be pushing his lame duck go fuck your self agenda down our throats.Then the other dumb fuck is clueless.It seems we really don’t have a choice.Imo we have some very intelligent people in this country,just none are running for prez.What a joke we must look like to the rest of the world…..Love my country,Hate my government…
    Hose-a 1%er Pagan’s M.C. retired F.T.F.

  34. YYZ Skinhead Says:

    I agree with Marie Osmond. I wish I had something to vote for other than the two major party hypocrites. This current dude is just continuing what Bush started. I take med weed for my PTSD, specifically so I won’t develop an addiction/tolerance to Valium. If the “liberal” Dems don’t decriminalize it (better, reschedule it) the fucking GOP sure ain’t gonna do it. Meth and coke are both Schedule II and pot is Schedule I, which doesn’t make sense. My kingdom for a viable third-party presidential candidate.

    YYZ Skinhead

  35. Glenn S. Says:

    The Republicans lost me with the Reagan era drug hysteria and the War on Terror, Drugs, and everything else end runs around the Bill of Rights. And their allience with the religious nutcases. Obama lost me with the indefinate detentions bill, and now this shit. The tea party lost me with their alliance with the Republicans, who have never seen a Tough New Law they didn’t like, unless it targets the rich. One political party thinks freedom is only about the free markets, the other turns pussy at every opportunity. (No offense intended to my favorite part of the female anatomy).

    I’ve come to the conclusion that the USA that stands for freedom, the “it’s a free country” USA, is gone for the forseeable future. The government has taken it away from us, and most Americans just don’t give a shit. Obama, Romney, it doesn’t matter. Neither is any better than the other.

  36. troyez Says:

    He’s coming for our guns next. Without having to worry about getting re-elected, Obama and his pals are going to shred the 2nd amendment if they get a second term. We the people have to make Obummer a one-termer, a Jimmy Carter II.
    Buck Ofama!

  37. bob Says:

    fuckin’ liberal hypocrites.Not that the G.O.P. has a candidate worth a shit.

  38. Slam Says:

    “The Obama Administration, which is generally praised on the left and vilified on the right for being “liberal” has in fact been one of the most repressive political regimes in American History.”

    That is being too kind! In fact, it is without a doubt the most repressive administration in our history. If this country doesn’t wake up by November we will see a much more aggressive attack on states rights by the federal government!


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