Resources for Kentuckians Affected by Friday’s Tornadoes

Resources for Kentuckians Affected by Friday’s Tornadoes

My staff in Kentucky has been on the ground surveying the damage from Friday’s tornado devastation. They have compiled the following information to share with affected Kentuckians and opportunities for those who wish to volunteer or donate items. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors. As more information comes in, we will send additional updates.

I would also like to offer my deepest sympathy and prayers to the families of those who lost their lives and all those affected by these horrific storms. I am dedicated to serving the people of Kentucky and it is times like these our state motto rings most true, as communities come together united for the good of the Commonwealth.

– Senator Rand Paul

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VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS:

PERRY COUNTY – Hazard

Hazard National Guard Armory accepting donations through 5 p.m. ET, Sunday, March 4

BREATHITT COUNTY – Jackson
Jackson National Guard Armory accepting donations through 5 p.m. ET, Sunday, March 4
651 Armory Drive
Jackson, KY 41339
606-666-2440

KENTON COUNTY – Independence
Sprint Store – Accepting clothing, children’s items, water, food, cleaning supplies through 7 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
2081 Centennial Blvd.
Independence, KY 41051
859-363-9000

LAUREL COUNTY – East Bernstadt
East Bernstadt Fire Department – accepting volunteers and donations
2541 N US Highway 25
East Bernstadt, KY 40729
606-843-6511

AMERICAN RED CROSS
SAFE AND WELL PROGRAM

  • A service for survivors to register and leave an "I’m safe" message so loved ones can search for them to check their status: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

DONATIONS TO THE KENTUCKY CARES CAMPAIGN

  • Text "Redcross" to 90999
  • Drop off a check at any Central Bank location

SHELTERS:
ELLIOTT COUNTY – Sandy Hook
Elliott County High School
Main Street
Sandy Hook, KY 41171

GRANT COUNTY – Dry Ridge
Grant County High School
715 Warsaw Rd.
Dry Ridge, KY 41035

LAUREL COUNTY – London
Laurel Fire Department
911 TLC Lane
London, KY 40741

LAUREL COUNTY – East Bernstadt
First Baptist Church – East Bernstadt
226 School St.
East Bernstadt KY 40729
606-843-6211

LAWRENCE COUNTY – Louisa
Lawrence County High School
100 Bulldog Lane
Louisa, KY 41230

MAGOFFIN COUNTY – Salyersville
Magoffin County Health Department
132 E Mountain Parkway
Salyersville, KY 41465

MENIFEE COUNTY – Frenchburg
Menifee County High School
119 Indian Creek Rd
Frenchburg, KY 40322

MORGAN COUNTY – West Liberty
Morgan County High School
150 Road to Success
West Liberty, KY 41472
SEN. PAUL STAFF MEMBERS
Our office’s state staff is hard at work on the ground helping connect constituents with the resources they need. Please do not hesitate to contact the following staff – or the contact information at the top of this release – with updates to open shelters and donation sites.

Eastern Kentucky (including West Liberty/Morgan County)
Chris Musgrave
chris_musgrave@paul.senate.gov
859-338-7348

Bryan Mills
bryan_mills@paul.senate.gov
606-854-3296

Northern Kentucky (including East Bernstadt/Kenton County)
Bernie Kunkel
bernie_kunkel@paul.senate.gov
859-322-3499

SB 129 Medical marijuana, Legislative Concerns

February 29, 2012

Now that Kentucky’s Senate has proposed a bill allowing for the medical use of marijuana, Senate Bill 129 The Gatewood Galbraith Memorial Medical Marijuana Act filed by State Senator Perry Clark, legislators will have to seriously consider the proposal. I’m pretty sure the majority of Kentucky’s legislators have not done this before. In truth, one can find out everything known about marijuana, good and bad, by going to two sources. The Marijuana Policy Project, MPP, has in it’s library an extensive list of studies, reports, state by state comparisons and general knowledge regarding marijuana and especially information on medical marijuana. MPP can be accessed at MPP.org, click on issues and a list of the various aspects of marijuana will come up. The other clearing house for all things marijuana is The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, NORML, which also has an extensive library which can be accessed at NORML.ORG. One can get a ton of government information from the Drug Enforcement Administration or the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Drug Czar’s office but with the governments 40 year history of misinformation about marijuana and the current government pronouncement that there is no medical value to marijuana, anything they say on the subject is certainly suspect.
Currently 16 states and the District of Columbia have medical marijuana and all of Kentucky’s neighbors are currently working on their own medical marijuana laws. This means that medical marijuana has passed 16 senate and 16 house judicial, public safety and health and human services committees. In addition Congress, in voting to allow the District of Columbia to have medical marijuana, may have inadvertently allowed it for the whole country!
What might be the concerns of legislators considering medical marijuana? Certainly teen access to marijuana would be a concern. So far studies have shown a decrease in teen use in states with medical marijuana laws, regulation making it harder for teens to acquire. Another concern might be drugged driving. Laws are currently in place regarding DUI, however, on an anecdotal level, I read the paper every day and watch the local news. In the last 10 years I have only seen 1 story of a marijuana caused accident on the news and the story changed 2 days after it ran. On top of that, an estimated 22 million people in America smoke marijuana on a regular basis. If driving is a problem with marijuana, where are all the reports of marijuana related accidents? Some concerns were raised in California about increased crime in neighborhoods where marijuana pharmacies and facilities are located. Studies on the issue showed that because of the facilities’ security measures, cameras and such, crime in the vicinity of these facilities is lower because they are there. Kentucky has an extremely bad problem with prescription drugs and especially opioid pain killers like oxycontin. As a legislator my concern would be how medical marijuana laws impact this problem. So far studies show that medical marijuana users decrease their use and dependence on prescription drugs. Veterans in Medical marijuana states have reported stopping pain meds completely when using marijuana or only needing minimal amounts to cope with their conditions. Finally as a legislator considering medical marijuana for my state I would be concerned about Federal raids on state medical marijuana facilities. One can only rely on the Justice Department’s word that they only raid facilities that are not in compliance with state law. Given the challenges to prohibition policy with 6 states having full legalization on the ballot in November, the government might have to finally reconsider prohibition entirely.
On the pro side of the ledger medical marijuana has alleviated the pain and suffering of thousands of patients, and created thousands of jobs in states with controlled distribution like California, Colorado and Michigan to name a few. It creates large sums of revenue for the State, has decreased costs for police and courts, has spread a wave of economic activity thru the states that have it and decreased the use of prescription painkillers.
As a legislator, (if I were one), would I vote to allow medical marijuana in Kentucky?
Given all available information I would have to vote a resounding yes!

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Senator Ken Winters’ Frankfort Report

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 28, 2012

Senator Ken Winters’ Frankfort Report

FRANKFORT – After a pause for President’s Day, the Legislature moved into the second half of the 2012 General Assembly Session. I had visits from groups representing adult day health care providers and developmental disabilities. Many Boy Scout troops came to Frankfort for the annual Boy Scout Day at the Capitol. It was a pleasure to see these civic-minded boys and young men and their dedicated troop leaders and parents.

Of the bills we focused on this week, two were of particularly high profile. Senate Bill 1 would restrict the legislature to appropriating no more than 6 percent of General Fund revenues to bonded indebtedness. This is a level generally accepted as the standard by bond rating agencies, as well as a threshold the legislature has historically attempted to operate within. As long as I have been a member, the Senate has always passed a budget with less debt than either the Governor’s or the House’s proposals. We cannot continue paying off the Visa with the MasterCard.  I voted for the bill because setting the limit in statute will provide an additional safeguard against high debt levels in the future, as well as make it easier to prioritize critical programs and services when determining budget allocations.

The measure excludes debt for universities, the Kentucky Housing Authority, and other agencies using funds outside the General Fund, including the stand-alone Road Fund. It also contains a provision allowing the General Assembly to exceed the cap by a majority vote if the Governor declares a state of emergency that would require additional funds. Senate Bill 1 will now go to the House for their consideration.

Much has been reported about Senate Bill 151, a bill that would have placed on the November ballot for voter ratification a constitutional amendment authorizing casino gambling in Kentucky. However, the bill also included language that would constitutionally protect one industry over others. Many felt troubled by the vague language of where the revenue would go. And others were simply opposed because they felt that basing the state budget on the ability of their own citizens to be on the losing side of a slot machine or blackjack table is wrong and bad public policy. The bill was defeated 21-16.

Small group sessions continue studying the budget. We are waiting for the House to take action on the budget as they are constitutionally required to do first. But their apparent delay has not stopped the Senate from looking closely at what the Administration is requesting.

Even though there are less than 30 working days left in this legislative session, there is still plenty of time to get involved and have your voice heard on the issues that matter to you.  I encourage you to contact me with your thoughts and concerns.

To learn more about the Kentucky General Assembly and the work of the 2012 Regular Session, visit our home page, www.lrc.ky.gov.  You can also call 1-800-633-9650 for a taped message containing information on legislative committee meetings.  To check the status of a bill, you may call the toll-free Bill Status Line at 1-866-840-2835.  To leave a message for me, or any legislator, call the General Assembly’s toll-free Message Line at 1-800-372-7181.

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Note: Senator Ken Winters (R-Murray) is the Chairman of the Senate Education Committee.  He also serves on the Economic Development, Tourism, and Labor Committee, the Agriculture Committee, and the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee.  Sen Winters is also a member if the Budget Review Subcommittee on Education and the Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee.  He represents the 1st Senate District which includes Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, and Trigg counties.  For a high-resolution .jpeg of Senator Winters, please log onto www.lrc. ky.gov/pubinfo/ephoto.htm.

Open Seeds: Biopiracy and the Patenting of Life by grtv

 

Open Seeds: Biopiracy and the Patenting of Life

by grtv

As the world begins to digest the implications of intellectual property for online censorship, another IP issue threatens an even more fundamental part of our daily lives: our food supply. Backed by legal precedent and armed with seemingly inexhaustible lobbying funds, a handful of multinationals are attempting to use patents on life itself to monopolize the biosphere.

Find out more about the process of patenting life and what it means for the food supply on this week’s GRTV Backgrounder.

Transcript and sources:

The oft-neglected legal minefield of intellectual property rights has seen a surge in public interest in recent months due to the storm of protest over proposed legislation and treaties related to online censorship.[1] One of the effects of such legislation as SOPA and PIPA and such international treaties as ACTA is to have drawn attention to the grave implications that intellectual property arguments can have on the everyday lives of the average citizen.

As important as the protection of online freedoms is, however, an even more fundamental part of our lives has come under the purview of the multinational corporations that are seeking to patent the world around us for their own gain. Unknown to a large section of the public, a single US Supreme Court ruling in 1980 made it possible for the first time to patent life itself for the profit of the patent holder.

The decision, known as Diamond v. Chakrabarty, centered on a genetic engineer working for General Electric who created a bacterium that could break down crude oil, which could be used in the clean-up of oil spills.[2] In its decision, Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger ruled that:

“A live, human-made micro-organism is patentable subject matter under 35 U.S.C. § 101”

With this ruling, the ability to patent living organisms, so long as they had been genetically altered in some novel way, was established in legal precedent.

The implications of such a monumental ruling are understandably wide-reaching, touching on all sorts of issues that have the potential to change the world around us. But it did not take long at all for this decision’s effects to make itself felt in one of the most basic parts of the biosphere: our food supply.

In the years following the Diamond v. Chakrabarty decision, an entire industry rose up around the idea that these new patent protections could foster the economic incentive for major corporations to develop a new class of genetically engineered foods to help increase crop yields and reduce world hunger.

The first commercially available genetically modified food, Calgene’s “Flavr Savr” tomato, was approved for human consumption by the Food and Drug Administration in the US in 1992 and was on the market in 1994.[3] Since then, adoption of GM foods has proceeded swiftly, especially in the US where the vast majority of soybeans, corn and cotton have been genetically altered.

By 1997, the problems inherent in the patenting of these GM crops had already begun to surface in Saskatchewan, Canada. It was in the sleepy town of Bruno that a canola farmer, Percy Schmeiser, found that a variety of GM canola known as “Roundup Ready” had infected his fields, mixing with his non-GM crop.[4] Amazingly, Monsanto, the agrichemical company that owned the Roundup Ready patent, sued Schmeiser for infringing their patent. After a years-long legal battle against the multinational that threatened to bankrupt his small farming operation, Schmeiser finally won an out-of-court settlement with Monsanto that saw the company agree to pay for the clean-up costs associated with the contamination of his field.

In India, tens of thousands of farmers per year commited suicide[5] in an epidemic labeled the GM genocide.[6] Sold a story of “magic seeds” that would produce immense yields, farmers around the country were driven into ruinous debt by a combination of high-priced seeds, high-priced pesticides, and crop failure. Worst of all, the GM seeds had been engineered with so-called “terminator technology,” meaning that seeds from one harvest could not be re-planted the following year. Instead, farmers were forced to buy seeds at the same exorbitant prices from the biotech giants every year, insuring a debt spiral that was impossible to escape. As a result, hundreds of thousands of farmers have committed suicide in the Indian countryside since the introduction of GM crops in 1997.

As philosopher, quantum physicist and activist Vandana Shiva has detailed at great length, the effect of the invocation of intellectual property in enabling the monopolization of the world’s most fundamental resources was not accidental or contingent.[7] On the contrary, this is something that has been self-consciously designed by the heads of the very corporations who now seek to reap the benefit of this monopolization, and the monumental nature of their achievement has been obscured behind bureaucratic institutions like the WTO and innocuous sounding agreements like the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights.

Although the deck appears to be stacked in favour of the giant multinationals and their practically inexhaustible access to lobbying and legal funds, the people are by no means incapable of fighting back against this patenting of the biosphere.

In India itself, where so much devestation has been wrought by the introduction of genetically engineered crops, the people are fighting back against the world’s most well-known purveyor of GMO foods, Monsanto. The country’s National Biodiversity Diversity Authority has enabled the government to proceed with legal action against the company for so-called biopiracy, or attempting to develop a GM crop derived from local varieties of eggplant, without the appropriate licences.[8]

Although resistance to the patenting of the world’s food supply should be applauded in all its forms, what is needed is a fundamental transformation in our understanding of life itself from a patentable organism to the common property of all of the peoples who have developed the seeds from which these novel GM crops are derived.

This concept, known as open seeds, is being promoted by organizations around the globe, including Dr. Vandana Shiva’s Navdanya organization.[9]

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major drug ring uncovered in Central Kentucky

 

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We’re learning new information about a major drug ring uncovered in Central Kentucky.

We first told you about it this past October when police seized nearly $2 million in cash and thousands of pounds of marijuana in Lexington and Georgetown.

This week the last of six men plead guilty in Lexington.

According to the U.S. District Attorney Kerry Harvey, a Mexican man admitted in federal court Tuesday that he and six others conspired to distribute thousands of pounds of marijuana in Fayette County worth
well over a million dollars.

“In terms of marijuana there’s no question this was an extraordinarily large find,” Harvey said.

Harvey also said during the course of his guilty plea, Narcisco Munguia Pineda, 41, acknowledged that law enforcement discovered 300 pounds of marijuana in the trunk of his car when he was stopped in the Hamburg area by law enforcement on October 4, 2011.

Authorities then executed a search warrant for his residence on Ice House Way and found more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana along with two firearms.

Previously, Ismael Rodriguez Garcia, 37, Julio Cesar Robles, 33, Gilberto Rodriguez Hernandez, 32, Raul Rodriguez Rojas, 31, Luis Osvaldo Rodriguez Rojas, 38, each of Mexico, and Joaquin Diaz Verdin,19, of Lexington, pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy. They were indicted by a federal grand jury in late 2011.

At the same time as the discovery of the marijuana in Lexington, law enforcement was performing surveillance at a residence at Starting Gate Point in Georgetown, Ky. The surveillance culminated in a series of traffic stops of vehicles that left the Starting Gate Point residence.

Police there, seized 300 pounds of marijuana they found in a trunk of a car at the residence on Starting Gate Point and $1,800,000 in cash.

The investigation was spearheaded by the U.S. DEA with assistance from the Lexington Metro Police Department, Georgetown Police Department, Versailles Police Department, Richmond Police Department, Kentucky State Police, Frankfort Police Department, Nicholasville Police Department, Winchester Police Department, Garrard County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky Office of Attorney General, and Scott County Sheriff’s Office. The United States was represented in the case by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr.

All six men are scheduled to be sentenced in May.

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Gatewood Galbraith: Messages from Rainbow Farm

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Uploaded by on Jan 24, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend 1997 Featuring speeches from Gatewood Galbraith, (The Last Free Man In America), Jack Herer (Godfather of The Hemp Movement), Chris Conrad, (Hemp Guru), & Elvy Musikka, (Federal Medical Marijuana Patient & advocate)& Master of Ceremonies Derrik DeCrane. Music by Teddy Woodward & The Hemptations. Rainbow Farm was located in Vandalia, Michigan & was a cannabis friendly community. They had great concerts & speakers. The government came in later & killed the owners & stole the farm from the legal birth right of the son, Robert 1 week before 9-11 (September 3rd & 4th,2001). Tom Crosslin & Rollie Rolhm were the owners & each one of them were systematically gunned down & tortured after being out numbered 300 to 1. In order to stop a memorial day concert, that was to start a signature campaign to legalize cannabis in the state of Michigan. God Bless Robert & keep him safe. Our Government in the name of,” The Drug War”, is committing crimes against citizens of this country on a daily basis. We must never forget those who have paid the ultimate price for freedom. We must hold those accountable who did this. Zero Tolerance makes zero sense.

* Terrible tragedies like Rainbowfarm story have been happening on a regular basis every since it happened. It’s not the Rainbowfarm way to preach a negative message.We are peace loving individuals who want you to know that the only way we can stop these injustices to carry on in the name of the drug war, we must come together on this topic & not be divided by issues like race, sexual preference, or religion. We must vote for the change we want for our country. Tom & Rollie loved America & flew the flag everyday because they were RED, White, & Blue, Proud American Tax payers.

Introduction to Kentucky Marijuana Party

ShereeKrider w/Gatewood Galbraith
ShereeKrider w/Gatewood Galbraith in 2010

Why I Do What I Do…

I can never remember the details. The “detail” section of my brain just does not work very well. I’ve had Major Depression, and Chronic Anxiety as well.  I also, among other things, have had a “Cerebellar Vascular Accident (CVA) which is about the same as a ruptured aneurysm/stroke in 1998.

It does not matter though, because I can remember where to find the information that I need, when I need it!

At the same time, the philosophical portion of my brain tends to work overtime. I spend most of my waking day on the internet, scanning for more and more information for which I know I may not remember the details of…

…but I will always know where to go to find that information when I need it!

I do this by scanning the internet for anything and everything from Cannabis issues, political, social, economics, healthcare and the conspiracies thereof,  and then back to the daily news and beyond.

I never had the opportunity to go to college, and I received my education in “Little’s” such as our former President Abraham Lincoln, who, incidentally, was also from Kentucky.

I read, and read and read some more and then ask “why?” or “why not?”, and then I search for more.

I believe as George Carlin did when he said that “children should be taught to question”. Question everything. Nothing should be taken for granted nor at face value.

In the 1990’s my Father and I were discussing Hemp one day and he advised me that I should seek out Gatewood Galbraith and go see him.  That, “He knew all about it”.  At that time I was busy raising kids and working and taking care of Mom and Dad on the weekends.  I did not even have a computer!

I began about 2003 searching out marijuana information on the internet.

My Dad had died in 2001 and three months prior to that had called me one day and asked me if I could find him “a little pot”. As I was then ignorant of any kind of medicinal use of Marijuana, and he had COPD and Heart Disease. My only answer to him would be, “I’d love to Dad, but I’m afraid if you tried to smoke it at this point it could kill you.” His lung capacity was near zero.

At that time we knew nothing of the “healing oil”.  So in 2003 I was browsing one day and it came to my mind to search for “medical marijuana”.

The rest is history. Once I found how to access the information nothing was gonna stop me from trying to spread the message – through as many sites as I could possibly access. It suffices to say that in the last seven years or more I have learned a lot. The whole world has learned a lot.

I have been through many changes in my life and am thankful for most of them.

My only hope is that the Earth has a chance to recover itself before it is too late.

Much of that depends upon how we choose to “FREE” this God given gift of Cannabis, and what is done with it once it is.

I have seen so many abuses against humanity in general that I cannot ignore it.  So therefore, I not only am an activist for anti-prohibition, but I have very strong feelings concerning other issues as well.

Mountain Top removal, strip mining, coal ash and the illness and death as a result of it.  Human trafficking and the death penalty issue, prisoners rights and issues, including the “DRUG WAR” Prisoners as well.  Then there are Civil Rights, Human Rights, the Bill of Rights, Constitutional Rights, Religious Rights and the list could go on forever.

I never thought that I would be qualified to be a politician, nor a lawyer,  nor did  I ever think that I would want to be, mainly because I do not want to be put into a position where I can no longer say what I feel is right, but must succumb to the “for the greater good of the people” clause which they use in order to be able to lie to us with a straight face.

And since there are so many differing opinions within any given movement of Activists, I feel it is necessary to have citizen reporters and/or journalists.  That is where I felt that I would fit in, as I could bring the news of all of the important issues which affect our lives straight to the web.  I have an occasional opinions on a given subject, but basically I want to give you the information that you need in order to make up your own minds about what you think is right.

After all, It’s not about what I as a single being wish to have happen.  It is about a Democracy which believes in the right of the people to decide for themselves who they want in office and how these laws are carried out.  In the end, it is only YOU that can help save our Earth and bring it to peace by petition, voting rights, etc.,  After all, as Gatewood once said:  There are only two ways to win a war.  One is politically and the other to take it to the streets.  I damn sure hope the streets isn’t where we end up.

Peace and Prayer to You All!
Sheree Krider