Political Correctness for Yuengling Brewery; What About Our Opioid Epidemic?


In today’s political climate even our beer is up for debate. And why shouldn’t it be? This is America. We debate things here. That’s how democracy works. (At least when the issues aren’t taboo.) Recently, it’s shown up in the state of Pennsylvania with Eric Trump, Donald Trump’s son, garnering an endorsement for the Republican candidate from Yuengling, America’s oldest brewery.

And now the debate turns to political action.

With the most recent statement from Richard “Dick” Yuengling Jr., the 73-year-old owner of D. G. Yuengling & Son Inc., located in Pottsville, Pennsylvania — the seat of Schuylkill County — Yuengling said that his company was “behind” Trump. Inevitably, a lashing out occurred in the digital realm with regard to political correctness and expressively personal views. Customers weren’t pleased. They were offended. In fact, some even claimed that they’d never drink Yuengling again.

This is what democracy is, and should be. Sure. And yet, something is lost in the politicized scramble of this ugly election year.

A Pennsylvania state representative, Brian Sims, announced on his Facebook page that he was saying “GOOD BYE” to Yuengling Brewery.

“I’m not normally one to call for boycotts but I absolutely believe that how we spend our dollars is a reflection of our votes and values! Supporting Yuengling Brewery, that uses my dollars to bolster a man, and an agenda, that wants to punish me for being a member of the LGBT community and punish the black and brown members of my community for not being white, is something I’m too smart and too grown up to do.”

Sims represents the 182nd district of Philadelphia, which includes a majority of Center City, in addition to parts of Rittenhouse Square, Grays Ferry, and South Philadelphia. I live here. I walk those areas of the city.

And I see, feel, and hear other elements of our society that go unnoticed or receive little to no attention. To observe this sort of outcry against a presidential candidate is expectantly what democracy was birthed upon, as we know in the city of Philadelphia. We take action. (We like to think.) However, along the way I’ve seen the incessant results of many issues that get buried, in favor of political expediency and trending topics that ultimately define our aggressive actions towards “voting with our dollars”.

If that’s the case, then what about all the other detriments to our standard of living? For instance, the opiate epidemic that is sweeping Pennsylvania and the surrounding states and the rest of the country by storm.

According to a June 2016 report from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, entitled “The Epidemic of Overdoses From Opioids in Philadelphia”, drug deaths involving the fatal use of opioids, from 2000-2014, had tripled. In 2014, approximately 47,000 people died from overdoses in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Sixty-one percent of that total was attributed to the use of opioids.

“Since 1999, the number of prescriptions for pharmaceutical opioid pain relievers in the U.S. more than quadrupled.”

Opioid-related overdose deaths in Philadelphia were nearly three times higher in men than among women in 2015. Those deaths were also more than two times as high among whites, as opposed to deaths among African Americans.

Between 2003 and 2015, in Philadelphia, cocaine and benzodiazepines were detected in overdose deaths in tandem with opioids at a rate of 70% and 90%, respectively. During that same period, overdose deaths related to heroin more than doubled in the city, with approximately 400 deaths reported in 2015.

In that same year, there were nearly 700 drug overdose deaths in Philadelphia. That’s more than twice as many deaths from homicide.

From 2014-2015, 10% of the nearly 1,300 overdose deaths in Philadelphia were from non-residents. Most of those non-residents were people from New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and other parts of Pennsylvania.

Once the president is elected, these issues won’t go away. In fact, they’re extant — some as a surrogate to the system we attribute to healthcare. (One of the most hotly contested issues of partisan bickering in the country.)

Additionally, these effects are increasingly felt in Philadelphia hospitals.

“The percentage of Philadelphia hospital emergency department visits related to opioid overdoses increased from approximately 0.4% in 2007 to nearly 0.7% in 2015. In 2015, there were over 6,500 emergency department visits for opioid overdoses. For each opioid-related death, there were approximately 12 hospital emergency department visits.”

So while the country politically corrects itself — whatever that means — myriad issues get buried beneath picking and choosing a side, in response to the emotional disturbances of partisan bickering.

Rather than dealing with facts, the web of society becomes entangled with He Said, She Said.

Ultimately, this coercive cultural backwardness and evolutionary substandard, the rattle-mouthed bickering of intellectual thought and deceptive, manipulative action, that matches up more closely with the reptilian species, rather than the spirit of the human heart and the cultural celebration of life and all its wonder, is exactly what gave rise to Trump.

And our opioid epidemic.

Somewhere along the way, these facts were buried beneath a lie. And the truth has become something else, entirely.




Bryan is a freelance writer/copy editor/copywriter. He reads, researches and drinks beer. He also writes poetry, short stories, essays, and is working on various novels, some of which include private documentation of traveling and living in Philadelphia, Colorado, and New Jersey. Currently, he lives in South Philadelphia. He also paints and records his own music.

Federal Court: Medical Marijuana Cardholders Can’t Own Guns

A federal appeals court has ruled that simply having a medical marijuana card will keep you from being able to own guns…even if you don’t use cannabis.

The ruling was made by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Wilson vs. Lynch. The case stemmed from a 2011 incident when Rowan Wilson tried to buy a gun in Lyon County, Nevada. The owner of the gun store, Frederick Hauser, turned Wilson away because he knew that she had recently obtained a medical marijuana registry card.

Wilson’s medical marijuana card was from the state Department for Health and Human services and was completely legal in the state of Nevada.

Yet, Hauser’s action of turning Wilson away was also legal. He had received a letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, which stated that even if cannabis was being used for medicinal purposes, and was approved by the state, the user would be prevented from transporting, receiving or possessing firearms.

Why? Because the federal government claims that cannabis as a Schedule I drug. As a Schedule I drug, cannabis is on the same level as Heroin, LSD, and ecstasy, which means that the government has it listed as the most dangerous form of drug, which has absolutely no medical value.

However, compounds found in cannabis have been proven to have a variety of medical benefits, including helping people who suffer from Crohn’s Disease and Epilepsy, and killing cancer cells. That’s a lot more than you can say about any other schedule I drugs.

Is this some old law? Nope. In fact, just last month the Drug Enforcement Administration had the opportunity to reschedule marijuana, and they refused.

While the federal government acts as if marijuana has no medicinal value, 24 states and the District of Columbia have legalized it for medical use. Four of those states and D.C. have also legalized it for recreational use, and at least five states will vote on legalization in November.

The interesting thing about the case of Wilson v. Lynch is that even though Wilson owned a medical marijuana registry card, she testified that she was not a marijuana user, and she simply pursued the card because she supports marijuana legalization.

So the federal appeals court that ruled against Wilson isn’t just determining that marijuana users can’t own guns, they are saying that anyone who has a medical marijuana registry card is not entitled to their Second Amendment rights.

This case raises a few questions, for instance – medical marijuana users can’t own guns, but the millions of Americans who abuse prescription painkillers can? And with nearly half of the states in this country recognizing the medicinal value of cannabis, why is the federal government still working so hard to prevent access to it?


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Rachel Blevins is a Texas-based journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

How We Can Stop All Voter Fraud

Each time there is an election held anywhere in the democratic world, you will undoubtedly hear words like wrongdoing, mishandling, voter fraud and misconduct being thrown around. It has been this way since the dawn of democracy in ancient Athens almost 2500 years ago. Today, technology offers a solution so secure, even banks are adopting it’s principles.


Nico is an activist entrepreneur. He became one of the best petition circulators in the nation, a sub-coordinator for major petition companies and a contractor who has successfully coordinated local campaigns. He envisions a future where people’s ballot propositions can end all corruption in government. Married with a child, he lives in Tucson, AZ, while teaching Kung Fu and studying Acupuncture.

FBI Surveillance Program EXPOSED In The Bay Area

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government FBI surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed.

Imagine standing at a bus stop, talking to your friend and having your conversation recorded without you knowing.  It happens all the time, and the FBI doesn’t even need a warrant to do it.

Federal agents are planting microphones to secretly record conversations.

Jeff Harp, a KPIX 5 security analyst and former FBI special agent said, “They put microphones under rocks, they put microphones in trees, they plant microphones in equipment. I mean, there’s microphones that are planted in places that people don’t think about, because that’s the intent!”

FBI agents hid microphones inside light fixtures and at a bus stop outside the Oakland Courthouse without a warrant to record conversations, between March 2010 and January 2011.

Federal authorities are trying to prove real estate investors in San Mateo and Alameda counties are guilty of bid rigging and fraud and used these recordings as evidence.

Harp said, “An agent can’t just go out and grab a recording device and plant it somewhere without authorization from a supervisor or special agent in charge.”

The lawyer for one of the accused real estate investors who will ask the judge to throw out the recordings, told KPIX 5 News that, “Speaking in a public place does not mean that the individual has no reasonable expectation of privacy…private communication in a public place qualifies as a protected ‘oral communication’… and therefore may not be intercepted without judicial authorization.” 

Harp says that if you’re going to conduct criminal activity, do it in the privacy of your own home. He says that was the original intention of the Fourth Amendment, but it’s up to the judge to interpret it.

READ MORE- http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2016/05/13/hidden-microphones-exposed-as-part-of-government-surveillance-program-in-the-bay-area/

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Build a wall ? Our fence is too high already !

International border fence too high

[US] –Mexico border fence is too tall according to popular Arizona newspaper. A catchy headline reads:

Arizona Newspaper: Border Fence is Too High, Illegals Can’t Cross Safely

A recent conservative response from an article in the Arizona Daily Star, titled Border fence jumpers breaking bones published on the website Tucson.com back in Aug. of 2015. Over the last few years immigrant shelters and Mexican officials have seen a spike in the number of migrants, especially women, who were getting hurt trying to jump the border fence. Stories ranging from drownings to kidnappings to alligator attacks have been attributed to the treacherous trek from the south into America.

The Juan Bosco shelter is averaging about 20 to 30 injured men and woman a month, most of them with foot and spine fractures.

Fence is too high

These stories, according to Ricardo Pineda the Mexican Consulate in Tucson, AZ. and the Juan Bosco migrant shelter in Nogales, Sonora, are a reflection of an increase in the number of serious injuries along the border fence especially in the state of Arizona. Exact numbers on such an obscure statistic are hard to find, injured illegal migrants cannot simply call the Emergency medial technicians, the Nogales Fire Department did say that they often receive calls to the fence. In 2014 56 cases of border crossing injuries were reported, [not all were from falling] however, by the beginning of July 2015, more then 200 people had been injured and were dropped off at the shelter; in June alone there were more than 30, most of them were women with fractures to their feet, ankles or legs. The Arizona Public Media article quotes the shelter’s director, Gilda Felix: who says that “They [ immigrants] think it’s easier than walking for days in the desert but it’s not. […] It’s the same crossing through the wall or through the desert, both difficult and dangerous.”  This year the Mexican Consulate in Tucson has seen more people needing medical attention from falling off the border fence than from attempting to cross the desert.

Map of the Tucson Arizona region.

“Border Patrol agents bring in about 50 crossers a year with fall injuries” said Katie Riley, a spokeswoman for Tuscon’s Banner-University Medical Center. In 2014, the center provided $13.6 million in uncompensated care costs. Until a few years ago, the federal government reimbursed hospitals at least a fraction of those expenses, but that program no longer exists. In 2011 a new fence replaced an earlier version, one which promised to make it more difficult from immigrants to climb over, and would thus act as a deterrent, but people kept trying to get across anyway, and continue to get injured attempting; only the mechanism of injury changed: the earlier barrier, made landing mats with materials left over from Vietnam with sharp edges which often caused finger amputations, and lacerations when falling or jumping from the present bollard-style fence, which currently stands over 20 feet above the ground. Those who take the leap very often end up fracturing their ankles, fibula and tibia, femurs, injuries to their spine.

“What surprises us is that people continue to jump from heights that can be the equivalent of a two- or even three-story house,” he said. “But we hear they feel pressured to do it because they are holding the line or they start insulting them, telling them to jump.”

Harry Alexander for the Southern Arizona News-Examiner in a counter piece said that Those of us who live in Tucson, Ariz. and the surrounding areas and can get thru reading the local newspaper have pretty much known all along that the Daily Star news paper is extremely sympathetic to the to all Leftist causes. In this case the AZ star newspaper has gone out of its way, using the plight of the illegal alien movement to promote immigration.” In his article Mr. Alexander claims that the Daily Star went overboard in reporting sympathies of the illegals,  saying that “Arizonans are not against immigration. We just think it should be done legally.” However unlike the Donald Trump rhetoric of immigrants being majority rapists and thieves, the reality is that most migrants are just looking for a better life, most are willing to risk broken bones and permanent spinal injury to find it. We today being born in the most powerful nation in history of the world, in a time when technology allows us to produce more then ever before, we cannot let ourselves be manipulated by fear and apathy, perpetrated by politicians who benefit from our division, we cannot allow the mainstream media to continually sway public opinion, its high time we put aside our differences, and settle our miniature Geo-political conflicts and build a better future world for our children and grandchildren. 

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The Insane Censorship Of Vaccination Truths


In this video Luke Rudkowski goes to the premier of Vaxxed in NYC and interviews the main producer of the film Del Bigtree. The controversial film was pulled from the Tribeca film festival by Robert De Niro after a media backlash, but was able to premier at another theater.

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