Archive for December, 2009

Treating Hypothermia

Posted: December 22, 2009 in Treating Hypothermia


Hypothermia happens when the bodies core temperature lowers to the point where normal functions are impaired. Although most people think of hypothermia as something that only happens in the winter, it is actually very common among people hiking throughout the year. A sudden change in weather is all it takes for someone to fall victim to hypothermia.

Stages of Hypothermia:

Stages Signs



■Unable to perform tasks with hands

■Hands become numb


 ■Uncontrollable Shivering

■Mental changes – confusion

■Muscles impaired

■Breathing becomes labored


 ■Shivering stops

■Skin Blue

■Unable to walk

■Muscles rigid incoherent

■Irrational behavior


■pulse and breathing decreases

Treating Hypothermia:

■Reduce heat loss – Remove from wind and cold remove wet clothes provide shelter

■Food & Water – It is essential to keep a hypo person adequately hydrated

■Heat – Dry clothing sleeping bag chemical heat packs or hot water bottles

■Activity – increase physical activity jumping jacks running in place pushups or in sleeping bags moving arms and legs

■Urination – a full bladder is a place for heat loss frequent Urination can help keep in the heat.




This came from:  Already Four States Have Marijuana Legalization Bills In Play; Californians To Vote On Legalization in 2010

It can readily be said that 2009 was one of the busiest and most productive years in cannabis law reform since NORML’s founding in 1970. However, it appears as if 2010 is going to be an even busier year–notably marked by the increasing number of actual state legalization bills and a voter initiative in America’s most important state.

Currently, there is legalization legislation pending in California, Massachusetts, Vermont, and a legalization bill was just introduced this week in Washington. Frankly, most of these bills do not have a strong prospect in passing this time out, however the immense public discussion that is generated is crucial for overall reform efforts.

The formula is simple: No public discussion or debate about legalization, obviously equates to no substantive law reforms. This is what regrettably happened in the United States, Canada and Europe from 1980-2000, buttressed by extreme federal anti-marijuanism in the form of the DARE program in the public school, the blitzkrieg of Partnership for a Drug-Free America ads polluting media airwaves and omnibus federal crime bills overloaded with severe and costly penalties (i.e., mandatory minimum sentencing, civil forfeiture, mass drug testing, etc…). However, since the turn of the century, there have been ever-increasing public discussions and debates about marijuana prohibition–principally driven by the creation and implementation of medical cannabis laws in thirteen states–which is leading to greater public support for reform.

Breaking News: NORML has just learned that the TaxCannabis2010 initiative in California has gathered more than enough signatures to qualify for the 2010 ballot and the announcement of such is imminent (like, this week!).

This coming year the following states will have numerous cannabis law reform legislation or initiatives:

Medical Cannabis

State legislation: MN, IL, MO, OH, TN, MD, NC, PA, DE, OH, WI, NY, CT, MA, NH and TX; NJ has a special legislative session going on right now until January 7, 2010 where a pro-reform medical cannabis bill is pending and the outgoing Governor assures a signature to passed legislation.

Voter Initiatives: AZ

Cannabis Legalization

State legislation: VT, MA, WA; CA’s legalization bill (AB 390) will kickoff a smoking hot year in cannabis law reform with a series of planned subcommittee hearings and testimonies currently scheduled for the first week in January.

Voter Initiatives: TaxCannabis 2010 appears ballot bound and this means that Californians will have the opportunity on November 9, 2010 to effectively end cannabis prohibition in the United States, and arguably most of the of the civil world. Also, Nevada and Oregon voters may also be voting on cannabis legalization initiatives in 2012.

In a country where one out of eight citizens live in a particularly state, and that state’s citizens democratically vote to end cannabis prohibition and replace it with tax-and-control measures, it is only a matter of time before a number of other states follow suit, then the federal government must end it’s failed three-quarter of a century social experiment of cannabis prohibition.


Tea Party tops polls

Posted: December 17, 2009 in Uncategorized

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December 17, 2009 – 13:23 ET

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Glenn: In completely, completely unrelated news, the house that approved a $290 billion limit in the debt limit. Obama is now signing a $1.1 trillion spending bill. The house has also approved $155 billion for a jobs programs. And, again, in completely unrelated news Americans in the latest NBC poll, again, NBC Wall Street Journal poll, less than a year after inauguration date, support for the Democratic party continues to slump, amid a difficult economy and a wave of public discontent, according to the Wall Street Journal NBC news poll. Findings underscored how dramatically the political landscape has changed during the Obama administration first year. In January, despite the recession and financial crisis, voters expressed optimism about the future, the new President enjoyed soaring approval ratings, and congressional leaders promised to swiftly pass his ambitious agenda. In December survey, for the first time less than half of Americans approved of the job President Obama was doing, marking a steeper first year fall for a President ‑‑ fall for this President than his recent predecessors. Also for the first time this year, the electorate was split on which party it wanted to see in charge after the 2010 elections. Excuse me? Now, you know what this is. This is, again, a story written poorly. They don’t know which party to vote for. We’re split as a nation. Yes, yes, we are. But to be split with the Republicans, you’ve got to be in dire, dire shape because it’s no like everybody’s, like, you know what? I want to run out and be a Republican.

Stu: That’s why the tea party had higher ratings than either party. I mean, that’s just significant.

Glenn: It wasn’t either party. It was just the Republicans.

Stu: Oh. There’s a new one out. If you give me one second, I will find it for you. Here we go. This is a Wall Street Journal NBC news poll.

Glenn: May I ‑‑ may I please, please warn you on something, please.

Stu: Sure.

Glenn: These parties are going to become chameleon‑like and they are going to try to hijack the tea parties and the 9‑12 movement and they are going to try to say, we’re just like you. Please be careful next year.

Pat: That’s why I only belong to the Christmas party. That’s all ‑‑ that’s the only way I’ll join this year.

Glenn: Really? When do you have meetings?

Pat: Tonight.

Glenn: You have a meeting tonight?

Pat: I have a meeting tonight. (

Glenn: I know.

Stu: Is it an annual?

Stu: Yeah.

Glenn: What happens (at this meeting of the Christmas party? What happens?

Pat: We sit around an eat and stuff and ‑‑

Glenn: Wait, wait, wait. Okay. Hang on. (.

Glenn: It’s a Christmas party

Pat: Now that you know about the Christmas party, I knew ‑‑

Glenn: Okay. So, you sit around an eat

Pat: Eat.

Glenn: I’m in. Okay. But what else?

Pat: Well, stupid games.

Glenn: Stupid games.

Stu: I’m a little iffy on that.

Glenn: Okay. All right.

Pat: But the stupid game didn’t look to stupid that you might not want to attend the, you know, Christmas party.

Glenn: Right, right.

Pat: So, I think the food might ‑‑

Glenn: And then you have to listen to speeches and then they go on and on and on.

Pat: Oh, geez, I hope not.

Stu: You haven’t been to one of these Christmas parties, have you?

Pat: I haven’t been.

Stu: This is your first one.

Glenn: Oh, yeah? You just doubled the size of my speech. It’s just become 45 minutes.

Pat: I don’t think you could speak any less than that.

Stu: Are you capable of standing up for less than 45 minutes? I don’t think so.

Glenn: That’s what we do at this so‑called Christmas party, as you call it to fondly.

Stu: Yeah. Typically 42, 43. But, you know, this is actually real. More than 4 in 10, 41 percent of respondents said they had a very or somewhat favorable view of the tea party movement.

Glenn: How many?

Stu: 41 percent. While 24 percent said they had a somewhat view. So, 41‑24, plus 17 for the tea parties. The Democratic party, 35 positive, 45 negative, minus 10.

Pat: 35, 45.

Stu: So, plus 17 for tea party, minus 10 for Democratic party.

Glenn: Wow.

Stu: And then Republican party is a 28 percent favorability, a 43 percent negative. So, they’re minus 15. (So, tea party plus 17, Democrats minus 10, Republicans minus 15

Pat: The Christmas party? What was the ‑‑ was it in there?

Stu: Christmas party ‑‑

Glenn: Is it in there?

Stu: Plus 47, if Glenn is sick and not making his speech, plus 60. Otherwise ‑‑ there’s actually ‑‑

Pat: Is there still at Republican party?

Stu: The world workers party retired.

Glenn: Isn’t that amazing?

Pat: It’s incredible.

Glenn: It’s amazing.

Pat: Especially with all the media backlash against the tea party.

Glenn: And everybody gets them except, you know, talk radio.

Stu: And not only ‑‑ not only ‑‑

Glenn: Look at this. Look at this. The man of the year is Ben Bernanke and no one in Time magazine, they don’t even show the pictures of the tea party movement and the tea party movement is more popular than the Republican and the Democratic party.

Stu: By a significant margin. The closest of which 27 points ‑‑ there’s a 27‑point swing, the closest. 32 points with the Republicans.

Glenn: That’s incredible.


I got this great info.  from :  Preventing problems with your feet while hiking

Your feet can really take a beating out there on the trail. From blisters to sprained ankles hiking can present a whole host of foot related problems. Here are a couple tips that can make your hike more enjoyable.

Train Your Feet for the Hike:

Don’t underestimate the importance of conditioning your feet for hiking with a heavy pack. Before setting out, start taking short hikes gradually increasing the weight in your pack until it is fully loaded.

The Right fit:

Your boots or hiking shoes are probably the most important part of keeping your feet feeling good. When trying on boots for the first time, make sure that you are wearing the same socks that you will be wearing out on the trail. A good fit is essential and should never be overlooked.

Break In Your Boots:

Don’t hit the trail with brand new boots. Wear them around the office, the store and around the house for a few days to make sure that they have time to stretch and soften up.

Hiking Socks:

Put Down the Cotton! Moisture-wicking wool or synthetic hiking socks can help your feet stay cool and dry on the trail. Wearing the wrong socks can make things miserable and can increase your chances for getting blisters.

Manage those Blisters:

The moment you feel a blister coming to the surface, STOP! Now is the time to fix the problem. Check out our tips for preventing blisters.

Keep Them Clean:

Many hikers neglect their feet. Take the time to massage, air out and wash your feet throughout the day. And don’t forget to trim those nail.


Take it easy! If your feet feel tired or start to hurt, find a cool place to sit down and rest. When you stop for the night a cool pair of sandals can help keep your feet cool and aired out.

If you follow these simple words of wisdom you should be doing great when the time comes for major E&E.



Posted: December 12, 2009 in Uncategorized

It’s Ladies Night at NORML SHOW LIVE as we discuss “Women & Marijuana”

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If found this on the web site sounded really good so here you go have fun!!!!!

The only way a good stout beer, whiskey, and Irish cream liquor could be better is if they were mixed together – a la an Irish Car Bomb. Better still though, would be mixing it all up with some chocolate in the form of rich Guinness chocolate cupcakes, filled with Jameson chocolate ganache, and topped with Baileys butter-cream frosting.

Note: These do contain some booze that isn’t cooked off, so please be careful (no heavy machinery, etc.) and keep them away from the youngsters.

Also Note: “Irish Car Bomb” is a pretty horrible thing to call a drink or a cupcake (especially because I’m Irish). You could also call them “Car Bombs” but that’s not much better really – Chocolate Guinness Cupcakes with Whiskey Ganache filling and Irish Cream Frosting works, but it’s a bit long.

step 1
You’ll Need. . .


Bowls (you’ll need at least 3, or you can wash one between each portion of preparation)



Measuring cups and spoons

Piping bag (you can also use plastic bags for this – you’ll need 2)

Muffin tin

Cupcake papers

A melon baller or small spoon


For the Cupcakes

.5 cup Guinness (or other stout)

.5 cup butter (melted)

.375 (that’s 3/8) cup cocoa powder

1 cup flour

1 cup sugar

.75 teaspoon baking soda

.5 teaspoon salt

1 egg

.375 cup sour cream

For the Gnache

3.5 oz bittersweet chocolate

.3 cup heavy cream

1 tablespoon butter

1 teaspoon Jameson whiskey (or other whiskey)

.5 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Frosting

1.5 cup powdered sugar

.5 cup butter (room temperature)

2 tablespoons Baileys (or other Irish cream liquor)

step 2

Making Cupcakes!

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F)

2.  Melt the butter (on the stove top or in the microwave)

3.  Add Guinness and cocoa powder and stir to combine well

4.  In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder

5.  Stir in egg and sour cream

6.  Add chocolate mixture and stir well

7.  Place cupcake papers in the muffin tin

8.  Spoon the mixture into the tin to fill about .75 full (you’ll have enough for 12 cupcakes)

9.  Bake for 17 minutes

10.  Remove from oven and allow to cool fully

step 3

Making Gnache!

1.  Gently heat cream on the stove top or in the microwave

2. Add chocolate and let sit for a few moments

3.  Stir gently until chocolate is melted and combined with the cream

4.  Mix in butter, vanilla, and Jameson

5.  Allow to cool until thick (semi-solid)

6.  Spoon into a pastry bag or plastic bag
step 4
Making Icing!

1.  Pour all ingredients into a bowl

2.  Using a spatula (or electric mixer, if you’re into that kind of thing) mix until very well combined

3.  Spoon into a pastry bag or plastic bag and chill until ready to use
step 5
Some Assembly Required

1.  After the cupcakes have cooled, use a small spoon or melon baller to scoop out the centers

2.  Pipe in ganache to fill (but try not to have them overflowing

3.  Pipe icing onto the top – it’s very sweet so you will probably not want a ton on each one

4.  Snarf down one or two, but try to share and avoid a cupcake hangover!
If anyone makes these let me know how it comes out.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Posted: December 10, 2009 in history, Pearl Harbor

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Today marks the 68th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

Take today to remember those 2,000 who gave the ultimate sacrifice, and what the event meant for American History.

Here’s a great link to National Geographic’s coverage of Pearl Harbor.