12 Absurd Super Bowl Prop Bets That Can Win You Real Money

Football junkies can bet on just about any aspect of the big game, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars
How many times will Peyton Manning say "Omaha"? Go.
How many times will Peyton Manning say “Omaha”? Go. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

f you want to bet on the Super Bowl and be boring about it, you can simply wager on which team will win. But if you’re feeling more adventurous, you can plunk down money on any number of obscure, oftentimes ridiculous options.

Proposition bets — wagers on whether practically any event or circumstance will come true — have become a huge part of overall Super Bowl betting, comprising nearly half of all bets on the big game, according to Las Vegas’ Fox 5. And with gamblers betting a record $99 million through Vegas bookies on last year’s contest, that’s no chump change.

Some of the bets are run-of-the-mill. You can, say, wager on who will win the MVP award, how many touchdowns each quarterback will throw, and so on. Other bets are more whimsical — far, far more whimsical.

Here, some of the most absurd bets you can actually make on this years’ contest:

(All prop bets from betting site Bovada and Pregame.com)

How many times will Peyton Manning say “Omaha”? (Over/under 27.5)
Manning’s frequent barking of the Nebraska city’s name has been one of the more amusing,puzzling stories of the postseason. He shouted it 44 times in his first playoff game, and 31 in the next, so he should beat that 27.5 mark Sunday. More likely though, he switches up the signal to “Papa Johns” due to some secret contractual clause from his sponsor, and Omaha is heard no more.

What hat will Bruno Mars wear to start his halftime performance? (Fedora, fur hat, tuque, or no hat)
Yes, this is a real bet. It even comes with some very serious, strongly worded parameters:

Live pictures only, any taped pictures or past video does not count towards wager. Book Manager’s decision is final. Must be clearly shown on TV. NO OVERLIMITS

This is a trick question though: Mars’ hair is a fedora.

Flea (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella)

Will any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless during their performance? (Yes favored at -150)
This is also a real bet, and an easy one. Of the RHCP members, only Anthony Kiedis has worn a shirt since 1998; Flea has never worn nor owned clothes besides tube socks.

Will Richard Sherman get a taunting penalty? (No favored at -700)
Sherman is taunting incarnate. He’s not the thug many in the media made him out to be, but he’s a professional troll as well as a profoundly talented cornerback. Meaning, he’s bound to make a big play at some point that will necessitate him taunting someone, be it the Broncos, the refs, the goalposts, the fans, himself, or any combination thereof.

You an also bet on whether Sherman will be flagged for unnecessary roughness or pass interference, whether Erin Andrews will interview him after the game, and whether the 49ers’ Michael Crabtree will diss him on Twitter while the game is in progress.

Will Manning score a touchdown, rushing or receiving? (Odds 10/1 against)
The Manning lumber-hobble naked bootleg is a beautiful bit of trickery, but the QB says he only breaks it out once every five years or so. Since Manning used it earlier this season for a rare rushing touchdown, it’s therefore out for the Super Bowl — except that’s exactly what he’d wantyou to believe.

Expect Manning to run bootleg after unstoppable bootleg all day long.

Will the stadium’s power go out during the game? (20/1 against)
After last year’s screw-up, and all the blathering from talking heads that then had to fill the dead air, the league will never let this happen again. This will, however, only lead to a new conspiracy theory about the absence of a power outage.

Knowshon Moreno (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Will Knowshon Moreno cry during the singing of the national anthem? (No favored at -250)
The Broncos running back cried some super-sized tears before a December game, and later said he often gets choked up during the anthem. So will he cry again? That all depends on the next question…

Will Renee Fleming wear gloves when she starts singing the national anthem? (Yes favored at -400)
If she’s wearing gloves, Moreno won’t cry. But if she’s wearing mittens instead, it will remind Moreno of an idyllic childhood memory of playing in the snow, and he will cry.

How many times will Eli Manning be shown on TV during the game? (Over/under 1.5)
There will be at least one camera trained on the younger Manning at all times to: 1) Point out, ad nauseum, that he’s won two titles to Peyton’s one; and 2) Catalog all the Manning Face.

How many times will Archie Manning be shown on TV during the game? (Over/under 1)
See above, substituting “zero” for “two.”

What will the Dow Jones do the day after the Super Bowl? (Go up favored at -140)
Presumably, the market is expected to rise as investors frantically cash in on all the business created by clever ads.

Who will the Super Bowl MVP mention first in his acceptance speech? (God, teammates, fans, other team/team’s player, coach, family, owner, none of the above)
This one depends on who wins the trophy. If it’s Manning, he’ll probably mention Papa Johns. If it’s Richard Sherman, he’ll probably mention Crabtree. If it’s someone who sold his soul to the devil to become an NFL star, he’ll probably shout “Hail Satan!” which could count as either “owner” or “none of the above.”

10 Things You Need to Know Today: January 31, 2014

The Justice Department seeks the death penalty for Tsarnaev, New York makes a deal on reforming stop and frisk, and more
Campaign pledge fulfilled. 
Campaign pledge fulfilled.  (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

1. Prosecutors ask for the death penalty for Tsarnaev
Attorney General Eric Holder has authorized federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty forDzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect. Three people died and 260 were injured in twin explosions of two homemade bombs allegedly planted by Tsarnaev and his older brother, Tamerlan, who was killed in a shoot-out with police. Tsarnaev, 20, also faces state charges for the murder of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, whom authorities say the brothers murdered while fleeing. [The Boston Globe]

2. New York says it is dropping its stop-and-frisk appeal
New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, announced a deal Thursday to drop an appeal of ajudge’s ruling calling for major reforms in the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk crime reduction policy, which civil rights lawyers have said violates minorities’ rights. De Blasio said the city had agreed to the appointment of a monitor to end the program’s “overuse,” delivering on one of his key campaign promises. The move, he said, would ensure that “everyone’s rights are protected.” [Newsday]

3. Facebook stock soars
Facebook stock shot up by 16 percent on Thursday after a strong quarterly earnings report that exceeded Wall Street’s expectations. Ad revenue was up by 76 percent year-over-year to $2.34 billion. The biggest gains came in mobile ads, which accounted for the majority of the social network’s ad revenue for the first time. Facebook is also nearing 1 billion active users. The jump in the share price increased CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune by $3 billion (to $29.7 billion) before the day ended. [MashableNBC News]

4 Amanda Knox’s murder conviction reinstated
An Italian court on Thursday found Amanda Knox and her Italian former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, guilty of the 2007 murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher. The ruling reinstated a 2009 guilty verdict that was overturned on appeal. Knox was sentenced to 28 years and six months. She did not return to Italy for the trial after returning home when she won the first appeal. Knox said she was “frightened and saddened” by the verdict. Sollecito’s lawyer vowed an appeal to Italy’s highest court. [Reuters]

5. Obama finds corporate help for the long-term unemployed
President Obama told CNN that 300 companies, including industry leaders such as Walmart, Apple, and Ford, have agreed to participate in a plan to find jobs for some of the nation’s long-term unemployed, many of whom lost benefits at the start of the year. Obama said that many people who lost jobs in the recession have been out of work so long that employers are seeing the gaps in their résumés and “weeding them out” without even interviewing them. Obama said he would formally announce the plan on Friday. [CNN]

6. Economic growth picked up in late 2013
The American economy grew at a strong annual rate of 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, the Commerce Department reported on Thursday. That’s slower than the summer’s pace, but still better than the first half of the year, when tax increases and federal spending cuts slowed down the recovery. “What’s encouraging is that consumer spending and business investment improved, showing healthier underlying growth in the economy,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch economist Michelle Meyer said. [The New York Times]

7. Syria is stalling on chemical arms dismantlement, US says
The U.S. is accusing the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of using stalling tactics to delay the destruction of its chemical weapon stockpile. The dismantling of Syria’s arsenal “has seriously languished and stalled,” said Robert Mikulak, the U.S. representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The criticism marked an escalation in international skepticism that Assad was committed to surrendering his chemical arms. [Associated Press]

8. Governor says Georgia wasn’t prepared for winter storm
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) apologized on Thursday for the gridlock that left thousands of people stranded in cars and buildings as they tried to get home before a deadly, rare blast of snow and ice hit the Deep South this week. “The buck stops with me,” he said. “We didn’t respond fast enough. Our preparation was not adequate.” Deal said he was ordering a review of state agencies involved in the response to the storm, which killed two people and caused 1,200 accidents in the state. [TimeThe Wall Street Journal]

9. Obama selects the next head of the NSA
President Obama has picked Vice Admiral Michael Rogers to be the next head of the National Security Agency, a senior Defense Department official said Thursday. Rogers, a cryptologist and head of the Navy’s cyberwarfare arm, will also lead the U.S. cybercommand. Rogers’ selection comes as the NSA faces widespread criticism for data mining tactics exposed in secret documents leaked by fugitive former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. He will replace Director Gen. Keith Alexander, who’s leaving in March. [USA Today]

10. Researchers say climate change is threatening baby penguins
Penguin chicks are dying at increasing rates off the coast of Argentina, and a new study blamesclimate change. Researchers at the University of Washington, Seattle, monitored a colony of 400,000 Magellanic penguins from 1983 through 2010 — the longest record of a single penguin colony ever. They found that, while starvation and predators are usually the biggest killers, hypothermia claims the most chicks in years with heavy rainstorms, which are becoming increasingly common. [The Christian Science Monitor]

Illegal Immigration is a Felony in Mexico: Protects Its Borders Better Than U.S.

Mexico is one of the roughest places for illegal immigrants.

Mexico regards illegal immigrants as felons.

Mexico regards illegal immigrants as felons.

Even though the country’s rural living standards are generally poor, it has its own immigration problems. People from Cuba regularly attempt to cross its borders, and others from Central and South America emigrate there as well.

However, unlike in the U.S., people that enter Mexico illegally can endure harsh detentions, are regarded as felons and can be at any time subject to a citizens’ arrest.

Indeed, one United Nations Human Rights representative upon visiting Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala,remarked,

Mexico is one of the countries where illegal immigrants are highly vulnerable to human rights violations and become victims of degrading sexual exploitation and slavery-like practices, and are denied access to education and healthcare.

The Guatemalan border is Mexico’s most porous, and border guards act with violent vigilance to protect it. “The guards’ use of violence, rape, and extortion against those seeking to cross into Mexico has, in fact, managed the border so well that the country has only a minimal illegal-immigration problem,” DiscoverTheNetworks.org has pointed out.

Despite their own country’s harsh treatment of undocumented immigrants, no one in Mexico is calling for “reform” to their immigration policies. Instead, members of Mexico’s fleeing population sometimes become adamantly vocal once they enter the U.S. illegally, and join protests organized by leftist coalitions against our already incredibly lax border policies.

Farm workers march for amnesty in downtown Los Angeles / Image: Wikimedia Commons

Farm workers march for amnesty in downtown Los Angeles / Image: Wikimedia Commons

But in Mexico, don’t think this type of behavior would be tolerated.

For starters, illegal immigrants are barred from upsetting “the equilibrium of the national demographics,” according to Mexico’s immigration policy.

Under Mexico’s Immigration Law, illegal immigration is considered a felony punishable by up to two years in prison “and a fine of three hundred to five thousand pesos will be imposed on the foreigner who enters the country illegally.”

Migrants are only welcomed “according to their possibilities of contributing to national progress,” and only after immigration officials “ensure” that “immigrants will be useful elements for the country and that they have the necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents.

Furthermore, Mexico’s Secretary of Governance, the counterpart to the U.S.’s Homeland Security Secretary, can “suspend or prohibit the admission of foreigners when he determines it to be in the national interest,” and close tabs are also kept on those who permeate its borders.

However, despite strict laws governing immigration, the Mexican government has worked backhandedly to ensure U.S. border control efforts are stifled.

In 2007, the Mexican government gave the go-ahead to its U.S. consulates to “ramp up a campaign to toughen their defense of immigrants and plans to give them more resources as well,” a report in the Dallas Morning News states.

“Among the actions under discussion are the creation of an anti-defamation league similar to that focused on protecting Jews; budget increases for some of the 47 consulates, especially in regions such as North Texas, where Mexican migration has been swift and plentiful; and a media campaign aimed at counteracting groups opposed to illegal immigration and sometimes legal immigration,” the Morning News reported.

Reports abound (herehere and here) of U.S. Border Patrol agents who claim they’ve been ordered to stand down from securing our nation’s borders or reduce their capture of immigrants. No doubt treating our borders as if they’re non-existent ensures Mexico’s authoritarian laws and politics find their way into the U.S.

For a country whose own laws strictly manage immigration, the Mexican government certainly doesn’t practice what it preaches.

NY Gov. Cuomo Says Pro-Life, Pro-Gun People Not Welcome in his State

If you want to know why Native Americans were once relegated to a second-class existence in our country, why early Chinese and Irish immigrants were abused and discriminated against (legally) and why blacks were still denied full privileges of citizenship even after the Civil War, you need not look any further than the governor’s office in the state of New York.

Because, in the person of Andrew Cuomo, a progressive Democrat who has essentially said he has no use for those who disagree with him politically, you have precisely the kind of tyranny that our founding fathers sought to temper.

In recent days, Cuomo turned heads and raised eyebrows when he claimed during a radio interview that political conservatives have no place in his state:

Their problem is not me and the Democrats; their problem is themselves. Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.

Andrew Stalin?

There are several problems with this overly broad characterization – some of it is completely untrue – but at their core, Cuomo’s comments demonstrate perfectly the attitude that led to abuse of minorities through the annals of our history, despite the adoption of founding documents which declared that all are “created equal.”

In New York, conservatives are in the political minority, though the state has elected Republican governors in the past, as well as Republican mayors of the state’s most populous (and generally left-leaning) city, New York City. Cuomo has essentially said that minority a) won’t be fairly represented by his administration; and b) are not welcome anyway.

Wasn’t that the same attitude that led to corralling of American Indians on pathetic reservations?

Isn’t that the attitude that led to “anti-Chinese” laws out West?

Isn’t Cuomo’s hateful diatribe demonstrative of the same kind of close-mindedness that kept blacks in “the back of the bus” and drinking from separate water fountains?

To Cuomo, if you’re a political opponent, your voice doesn’t count. Your opinion doesn’t matter. Your point of view is wrong and extreme. By your very existence, you are a cancer not simply on the body politic but on New York society. By default, he is saying that political opponents should be removed from his state.

Maybe Cuomo should change his surname to Stalin.

‘New York’s greatness comes from accepting people of differing points of view’

Needless to say, conservatives in New York (and elsewhere) took umbrage with the New York governor.

“It’s hard to believe that he really believes that,” said billionaire mogul Donald Trump, who says he will be deciding soon whether to run for the governorship of New York.

The New York Post reported that Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, who has also promised an announcement next month on whether he’ll run for governor, called Cuomo’s comments “just the kind of intolerance that is directly opposite to what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached.”

“New York already leads the nation in chasing away its own citizens because of extraordinary high taxes, so does Cuomo really want to bully millions more away?” Astorino continued. “New York’s greatness comes from accepting people of differing points of view. What Andrew Cuomo has revealed by these statements is his true self, because we see just how angry and radical his views are.”

Later, after being criticized, Cuomo’s office sent a letter to the Post, walking back his comments:

It is clear that the governor was making the observation that an extreme right candidate cannot win statewide because this is a politically moderate state (either moderate Republican or moderate Democratic).

Only, what is “clear” is the language that the governor initially utilized to make his point – and given his stance on such issues in the past, it is obvious that he was merely speaking his mind at a moment when he let his discretion lapse.





Georgia Police Strip Search Drivers During Minor Traffic Stops

An investigation out of Georgia has uncovered multiple police departments engaged in strip searches as well as searches inside the pants of drivers pulled over for minor traffic violations.

A driver argues against an officer’s illegal search off camera as he is forced to unbuckle his pants (2:05).

“He was like, ‘Just unbuckle all your clothes’ and put his hands down inside my pants,” Terry Phillips told Channel 2 Action News.

While sitting in the passenger seat after his wife was pulled over for a suspended registration, Phillips was unexpectedly ordered to exit the vehicle by Forest Park police. Coming up empty on a vehicle search, police suddenly turned their attention back towards Phillips, demanding he submit to a search as well.

Expecting a legal, outside the clothes pat down, Phillips consented to the officer’s requests, only to have the officer demand he pull down his pants on the side of the road.

“That’s illegal, man, you can’t do that. You can’t do that,” Phillips told the officer.

Noting that Phillips was aware of his rights, the officer suddenly claimed to smell marijuana, demanding Phillips remain still as he continued his illegal search.

Although officers are allowed to pat down the outside of clothing to check for weapons, the officer clearly violated Phillips’ rights by demanding he remove his clothing. Unsurprisingly, no marijuana was found on Phillips or in the vehicle.

“That’s a general strip-search, which you’re not allowed to do unless it’s an emergency or it’s done in a controlled environment by professional people where other people aren’t there to look in a public setting,” Phillips’ attorney Mark Bullman said. “You can’t be moving people’s clothing and opening them, particularly in situations where there’s not been a custodial arrest.”

Internal records obtained by Channel 2 revealed that a police captain had already reported a “unit-wide” issue regarding searches six months prior. Following the discovery of Phillips encounter, several others came forward as well, revealing the same invasive searches during minor traffic stops.

Another passenger, Ben Kassars, was subjected to a similar search after his roommate was pulled over for allegedly following a vehicle to closely. Claiming the men had drugs and threatening them with jail if they refused, officers went inside Kassars’ pants as he leaned on the back of his vehicle.

“I was humiliated… They took my belt off, unzipped my pants,” Kassars said. “They looked in my pants on the front, the side, the back. It was terrible. I felt like a girl. I felt defenseless. I felt like there was nothing I could do about it.”

No drugs were discovered on either men.

The report also detailed truck driver Camishi Jones, who was pulled over by a Cobb County officer after reportedly driving in the left lane on Interstate 75. Taken out of her vehicle for an alleged weapons search, Camishi experienced a TSA-style pat down from the male officer.

“He was all touching my breast, up in my vagina area… He actually stuck his hand up in between my buttocks,” Jones said. “I felt that I was being molested with his hands.”

No weapons were discovered on Jones.

Another man, Alphonzo Eleby, was approached by DeKalb county police while talking to a friend at a local gas station as he waited for his tank to fill. Having nothing to hide, Eleby consented to an officer’s search request like the others, assuming a normal pat down would take place.

“He went inside my underwear and searched my genital area,” Eleby said. ”It’s just embarrassing. I’ve got everybody seeing me exposed.”

Despite having no drugs, officers claimed Eleby threw “something” to the ground, charging him with possession of marijuana. After the gas station’s surveillance video of the altercation was released, it was revealed that Eleby never threw anything at all, with the officer instead appearing to throw something.

Charges were quickly dropped.

The investigation found more than half a dozen similar encounters with departments all across the state, leading many to wonder if a state wide policy has been quietly implemented by police. Incredibly, similar incidents have been reported all across the country as well in recent years.

Google Patent Seeks to Transmit Your Cellphone Videos to Law Enforcement

Google has filed a patent for identifying when a “mob” event takes place by detecting when a number of cellphone videos or photos are taken at one particular location with the intention of forwarding such information to law enforcement authorities.

Image: Samsung S4 (YouTube).

“When there are at least a given number of video clips with similar time stamps and geolocation stamps uploaded to a repository, it is inferred that an event of interest has likely occurred, and a notification signal is transmitted (e.g., to a law enforcement agency, to a news organization, to a publisher of a periodical, to a public blog, etc.),” states US Patent #20140025755.

The patent raises questions about what level of remote access Google or any other company should have to your cellphone, and how such information may be abused or misinterpreted to alert authorities to ‘suspicious behavior’ which is in fact completely lawful.

Time and location data pertaining to photographs and videos is a feature which already exists in virtually all modern cellphones.

“Would only photos/videos you uploaded as publicly viewable be included into this system? Could you opt out? Could Google access the private content stored on your local device for these purposes?” asks Quentyn Kennemer.

Such a system could easily be exploited by law enforcement authorities for a multitude of reasons, including the surveillance and monitoring of protesters.

The potential threat to privacy and freedom that would be created if these kind of measures became commonplace is open ended. Back in 2012, Apple filed a patent allowing it to wirelessly disable cameras on iPhones by “forcing certain electronic devices to enter “sleep mode” when entering a sensitive area.”

Protests, political gatherings and other events at which authorities wish to prevent communication, documentation or video streaming could be turned into dead zones by creating a “geofence” around designated locations.

We have also seen preparations for giving police or government the power to impose a “blackout” on all communications during certain times because cellphones can “annoy, frustrate, and even threaten people in sensitive venues.”

Shona Banda Cured Her Terminal Crohn’s Disease with Cannabis

Crohn’s disease can affect the entire gastrointestinal tract, not just the bowel. And unlike ulcerative colitis, it can affect the entire thickness of the bowels, not just the inner lining. Western medicine is just beginning to discover what Chinese and Ayurveda medicine has known for centuries: All health begins or ends in the gut.

Shona Banda was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease around 2004. She underwent several surgeries and was put on several pharmaceuticals, but her condition worsened progressively until she was considered terminal.

She was bedridden, and whatever she managed to eat didn’t provide nutrition because her gastrointestinal tract simply wouldn’t absorb nutrients. She was losing weight and began suffering from cachexia, a wasting away that accompanies chronic disease. She was waiting to die.

She managed to see Rick Simpson’s Run from the Cure video documentary and was motivated at first but soon became despondent. Although she had been smoking marijuana to ease pain and help her sleep and eat, she had no way of making the oil, which required a pound of marijuana to produce the two ounces of cannabis oil she would need to heal.

Shona lives in the medical marijuana-unfriendly state of Kansas with her husband and two young children.

Inhaling marijuana from a vaporizer, called “vaping,” is less irritating to the lungs and throat while still being effective. And it produces less tell-tale pot aromas. Shona was in a funk about the lack of enough hemp to make her own oil when her husband noticed specks of oil residue in the inside of the vaporizer’s glass globe cover.

So she took the inhalation tube out of the vaporizer and sealed it, then simply collected those little blobs of oil from the inside of the glass globe with a spatula.

She did this three times a day, putting the collected oil residue into a capsule and taking it. After a very few days, Shona could walk without a cane. Soon she began eating and sleeping better and putting on weight. It wasn’t long before she was completely weened off all her pharmaceuticals.

She started a journal as she began getting better. The journal has become a book called Live Free or Die. The title is a reference to health freedom. Now she is very healthy and active. You can view her YouTube videos below.

And here is another personal Crohn’s remission from marijuana testimony from a young California journalist and medical marijuana activist with an interesting attitude (http://healthmaven.blogspot.com).

She was reluctant to tell her story until the study below was published.

Now for some evidence-based cannabis-Crohn’s research

At the Meir Medical Center in Israel, 21 Crohn’s patients who were getting little or no results from orthodox medical treatments were separated into two groups for a double-blind control study. One group of 11 were given two marijuana cigarettes daily with 23% THC and 0.5% CBD (cannabidiol), while the control group of 10 were given hemp placebo cigarettes.

After eight weeks, five of the treated subjects showed remissions, while another five had significant improvements without steroids. All 11 could eat and sleep better without side effects. Less than half of the placebo group showed only minor improvements.

This study was published in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Keep in mind that significant results were obtained using the least potent application of medical marijuana – smoking. Shona ingested makeshift cannabis oil.

Sources for this study include:

Shona’s nine-minute video with the vaporizer and capsule demo:

Shona’s two-and-a-half-minute, more polished presentation:





Yet Another US senator, Bill Nelson, Comes Out in Support of Ending Cannabis Prohibition

With both Colorado and Washington having recently made history by legalizing the sale of recreational cannabis, the race is on for the rest of the country to see which states will either follow in their footsteps and reap unprecedented economic rewards or flounder on the wrong side of history by continuing the disastrous and failed policy of prohibition.

Senator Bill Nelson of Florida is one of a growing number of U.S. politicians who are coming out in support of cannabis. He recently told the Tampa Bay Times during an interview that cannabis is a powerful medicine used by many people in desperate situations. In his view, the plant should be fully legalized everywhere and no longer treated as an illicit drug with no justifiable use.

“Marijuana used as a medical relief for people that are desperate, I agree that ought to be legal,” stated Sen. Nelson, as quoted by Marijuana Majority.

Other legislators and politicians that have recently come forward to vocalize their support for ending cannabis prohibition include Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Federal Judge Richard Posner, Colorado Congressman Jared Polis, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, among many others.

“I think it really absurd to be criminalizing possession or use or distribution of marijuana,” stated Judge Posner during a recent speech at Elmhurst College in Illinois.

Putting an end to cannabis prohibition is duly supported by the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), which believes federal law needs to be changed to stop criminalizing the possession, use and sale of cannabis. The group has also openly called on the President to rethink the categorization ofcannabis as a controlled substance, a policy that has led to the needless arrest and incarceration of millions of people over the years.

“[E]nforcing the costly and ineffective prohibition on marijuana drains limited resources that could be better spent on programs that more effectively serve the public and keep our cities safe from serious and violent crime,” reads an official resolution issued by USCM. “[T]he United States Conference of Mayors believes that federal laws, including the Controlled Substance Act, should be amended to explicitly allow states to set their own marijuana policies without federal interference.”

Sen. Nelson urging public to view cannabis outside realm of ‘street mentality’

Speaking before a crowd of 30 to 40 people at a town hall meeting in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, late last year, Sen. Nelson emphasized many of the same points. A firm believer in the vast economic potential of ending cannabis prohibition, Sen. Nelson has been working to introduce legislation in his own state that would vastly reduce the penalties for crimes involving cannabis and potentially even legalize it altogether in the future.

“If we don’t move soon, we will miss that rising economic wave as it relates to the policy, the legalization of marijuana, ganja, weed,” stated Nelson at the meeting. “We need not be afraid of saying these words. We just need to understand that, take it away from that street mentality. Let’s take it to the corporate mentality.”

For a full list of all the big names in politics, entertainment, law enforcement, journalism and business that have made public statements in support of ending cannabis prohibition, be sure to visit Marijuana Majority:

Sources for this article include:





Homeowner Opens Fire on Two Robbery Suspects, Saves Roommate

A Columbus, OH resident feels lucky to be alive following an altercation with two armed robbers.

The man was walking home around 11pm when he was approached by two men. One of the men held a knife, described as being 10 inches long, to his back.

According to 10TV,

Keith Dennis was walking home when he was approached by two men. One of the suspects held a knife to Dennis’ back and demanded money.

“I thought I was going to die, to tell you the truth, because the knife was 10 inches long,” said Dennis.

Fortunately, upon arriving at the home, another resident, who was sleeping, senses something was wrong. That resident confronted the suspects as they got to the front door and opened fire.

The suspects, realizing they were now facing an armed citizen, fled the scene. The armed citizen tried to chase down the suspects, and during the chase more rounds may have been fired.

Ultimately, the suspects escaped, but police managed to track them down and arrest them a short time later.

BREAKING: Federal Court Says Connecticut’s Gun Ban is Legal

In a blow to gun rights everywhere, a federal judge has ruled that Connecticut’s ban on “assault weapons” (yes, that is an actual, legal term in the state of Connecticut now) is completely constitutional.

The court case was brought by a large group of gun manufacturers, retailers, gun rights groups and individual gun owners.

According to The Courant,

“The court concludes that the legislation is constitutional,” senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello wrote in a decision published late Thursday. “While the act burdens the plaintiffs’ Second Amendment rights, it is substantially related to the important governmental interest of public safety and crime control.”

The legislature enacted comprehensive restrictions on ownership of semiautomatic weapons and ammunition early last year in the emotionally charged weeks following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Troubled gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 first-grade students and six women with a now-banned AR-15 Bushmaster assault rifle his mother bought…

…”Obviously, the court cannot foretell how successful the legislation will be in preventing crime,” Covello wrote. “Nevertheless, for the purposes of the court’s inquiry here, Connecticut, in passing the legislation, has drawn reasonable inferences from substantial evidence.”

The plaintiffs are expected to appeal the decision.

U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello is 81 years old and was appointed by President George HW Bush (aka Bush Sr.) back in 1992.