Friday, October 30, 2009
Happy b'day to my sons, John an Colin!
It's a long way across the big pond...
but it's worth it to reunite our family...
the older I get, the more I realize family is so important...
also, happy b'day to my brother's children who were born on the 30th
and Muffy (the caretaker of our family paintings)..
what a coincidence that that my two sons were born on the 29th and my brothers twins and M were born on the 30th!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
WASHINGTON – Federal drug agents won't pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration.
Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.
The guidelines to be issued by the department do, however, make it clear that agents will go after people whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under state law or use medical marijuana as a cover for other crimes, the officials said.
The new policy is a significant departure from the Bush administration, which insisted it would continue to enforce federal anti-pot laws regardless of state codes.
Fourteen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, , Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
California is unique among those for the widespread presence of dispensaries — businesses that sell marijuana and even advertise their services. Colorado also has several dispensaries, and Rhode Island and New Mexico are in the process of licensing providers, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, a group that promotes the use.
Attorney General Eric Holder said in March that he wanted federal law enforcement officials to pursue those who violate both federal and state law, but it has not been clear how that goal would be put into practice.
A three-page memo spelling out the policy is expected to be sent Monday to federal prosecutors in the 14 states, and also to top officials at the FBI and .
The memo, the officials said, emphasizes that prosecutors have wide discretion in choosing which cases to pursue, and says it is not a good use of federal manpower to prosecute those who are without a doubt in compliance with state law.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the legal guidance before it is issued.
"This is a major step forward," said Bruce Mirken, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project. "This change in policy moves the federal government dramatically toward respecting scientific and practical reality."
At the same time, the officials said, the government will still prosecute those who use medical marijuana as a cover for other illegal activity. The memo particularly warns that some suspects may hide old-fashioned drug dealing or other crimes behind a medical marijuana business.
In particular, the memo urges prosecutors to pursue marijuana cases which involve violence, the illegal use of firearms, selling pot to minors, money laundering or involvement in other crimes.
And while the policy memo describes a change in priorities away from prosecuting medical marijuana cases, it does not rule out the possibility that the federal government could still prosecute someone whose activities are allowed under state law.
The memo, officials said, is designed to give a sense of prosecutorial priorities to U.S. attorneys in the states that allow medical marijuana. It notes that pot sales in the United States are the largest source of money for violent Mexican drug cartels, but adds that federal law enforcement agencies have limited resources.
Medical marijuana advocates have been anxious to see exactly how the administration would implement candidate Barack Obama's repeated promises to change the policy in situations in which state laws allow the use of medical marijuana.
Soon after Obama took office, DEA agents raided four dispensaries in Los Angeles, prompting confusion about the government's plans."
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Today I was in the last surf race of
our family's visit..
I love the way my family and my new friends came over to watch the Mermaid Beach surf handicap race as the Coolangatta Gold swim went on from Surfers Paradise to Coolagatta and back...
it was one of my most fun mornings of exercise and racing in a long while...
it is so wonderful to seize the day!!
we seized... I woke up soon after sunrise with enough sleep in my body to swim the hardest swim and race since I bicycled 100 miles in the Hotter than Hell in Wichita Falls, Texas...
Im not the best over 50 but I wanna damn sure as close in being in great shape as I have been for over a decade!! and do it quickly before my bones, lungs and hearts won't be able to do it...
then I will live vicariously through my son's love for aquatic athletics..
this lifestyle, I hope will become a way of life for us!!
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
BIG Pond wouldnt give me access.. I found out later, when the tech came out a particular button on the modem had to be pushed..
that's what happens when all the business gets cheap labor overseas in Asia!
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Sunday is the surf-handicap race, wishing that I head out with the younger teenagers.. it's too much time to catch up to the kids....
but I love the race...
one more sunday swim...
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I think that it's a little premature for Obama to win the Nobel Peace Prize...I was pleasantly surprised but it appears logical for the great minds of peace to judge Obama as someone that would best carry the torch of peace throughout the world!!
Today, we went out to the Broadbeach park down the beach a mile... we went as a family outing carrying Colin in my bike trailer...
Everyone loved smiling at Colin as he smiled back at them...
on the boardwalk, all the Japanese tourists came around and took pictures of our beautiful son...
Thursday, October 08, 2009
that you can your keep your perpetual youth....
but then you live young vicariously seeing the brave exciting new world through your child's eyes...
you learn from him how to play and laugh naturally!! ;)
he discovers the surf and laughs as the waves push hard against his legs... he kicks his legs in anticipation as you walk down your backyard of dune growth waiting to play in the sand and feel the cool saltwater against his body!
just waiting to taste, touch, feel and look at it new things in his new life!!
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
watching "Southland Tales"
another manic/depressive moonday!...
after the full moons messing with the tides of changing winds and seas...
another day arrvies...
another set of riptides out past the waves and then back in again
swim/ surfing those waves back home to victory!!
so you end up somewhere in the middle of the pack...
Gunnar comes and you let him come in ahead of you....
you've managed to hold onto your time handicap of 6:45
a young Churchie boy won the race but he started out at least a few minutes ahead of you...
he and several other boys from the school that your father grew up in his Church of England Grammar School day!
Saturday, October 03, 2009
I'm relaxing now after a swim race and a surf life saver course (this is so I can eventually earn my bronze...and be able to volunteer lifeguard once a month or an avo with cool weekend beach blokes who love the surf as much as I do...)
I'm herbalizing right now about where my future for me and my family lies...
this spot looks pretty good here mates!!
until the next tsunami hits...
and then what will it all matter??
colin, my better half and I could climb up onto the roof of our flat and wait for that wave!!
Maybe we would be high enough (in case it's over 7 meters)
and the concrete building would be strong enough for us to watch it storm by at 20-30 kms/hour!!
Colin and my mate are sleeping....two very important people that I now have to take care of in my life! so if the Tsunami hits we'll head for the hills or catch that exciting wave!!
Thursday, October 01, 2009
. September 8th happy that my family is together just trying to live one day at a time one moment at a time life is short I love my son so ...
ok... I think I'm used to living in a fish bowl.. hopping from one fishbowl to another..now I might as well be some endangered species ...
I have a little time to chat with you today. I hope to do a cut and paste about the above topic that many people throughout the world displa...