Wednesday, September 30, 2015

INDUSTRY OR MOVEMENT

WHAT IS THE STATE OF MARIJUANA TODAY?

Temecula, CA – What is the state of marijuana today?

That would depend on who you ask. It is important however, to realize that most people believe our world is LxWxH, x,y, and z, or past, present, and future. In the reality I know, the world is made of The Real, The Symbolic, and The Imaginary. Because of this construct the single day event will yield a series of reports detailing the true state of marijuana today, and pot isn't just bustin' out in the United States. Mary Jane Green is spreading across the globe, much the same as any great idea spreads – one bud at a time.

Since cannabis is a complex issue, and one with a very long history we begin our The State of Marijuana Conference series held in Santa Monica last Saturday by asking the basic question put forth by Deborah Peterson Small, executive director of Break The Chains. She addressed a small intimate diverse group of 11 sitting in a half circle sitting in front of her. 'With hundreds of people of color still being arrested daily but gatherings like this which feature entrepreneurs sometimes making millions, like Weedmaps, is marijuana a movement [to end people getting imprisoned for using a proven God given plant] or an industry, young, growing, and offering opportunity? If an industry, why then are people of color still getting arrested while white businessmen are allowed to operate?' 


Ms. Small, a lawyer and social justice advocate whose son works at BofA for spite, gave us her 3 reasons for this which will be listed later in this report, but we of my reading audience who reside in the wings of Shakespeare's Stage, have to do an 'aside' here, for you see, Ms. Small was given 'trash time', a term used by my civic board cousin when informed of the speaker's topic by me the next day. It's called 'trash time' because the staff are starting to clean up and the majority of the conference attendees are already enjoying themselves elsewhere. Was this a slight oversight? Yes. Was it deliberate? No, but it was telling.

The reason it was telling is because as cannabis becomes more of an industry, the drive to introduce new ideas and products, themselves the side effects of cannabis creativity, and the rush to market is far out running the government who likes to stop and ponder. Justice is run by the government, however as people will discover when the greed over Mary Green dissipates, pot is bigger than people. The reason? See Memoirs for that. We're here for Ms. Small's 3 main points about the state of marijuana today.

Deborah Peterson Small

Before we look at Ms. Small's reflective conclusion, let's look at Ms. Small. The leader and organizer spoke from the historical view she gained from being a product of the 70s. After the leaders in the 60s were 'all taken out by The Man,' and not the Eugene Levy character in Samuel L. Jackson's turd, the culture of the country changed. Anger was everywhere and it reached a head at Nixon's re-election. It climaxed at Nixon's resignation but remained unresolved on many levels. One level was civil rights and social justice for blacks, an issue the Black Panthers brought to the forefront but overlooked by most mainstream media. The 60s were unrest; the 70s said 'here's some answers, listen to US!'

Presenting the media setup was the Cannabis Talk Show Live podcast technician who did a fine job with the sound. There was no feedback with any speaker I witnessed at one of the panels; you get a Captain Tuesday Salute. Also Deborah Peterson Small exhibited the caliber and background to her subject matter that was indicative of the entire selection of speakers and panel members.

Marijuana punishment, by way of the law and accepted society, did three things to society at large. Point one about marijuana persecution was the suppression of dissent, a point expressed in Green Gold [ISBN 0-9629872-2-0], Jack's Emperor [ISBN 1-878125-02-8], and Memoirs [ISBN 9781478318217]. Historically this is the reason the Catholic Church denounced it in the 13th Century [Seligmann's History of... ISBN 0-517-55129-2].

Point two: marijuana persecution is used to control minorities. This is another true and grounded statement. When the rough and tumble days of locking up mostly violent types brought forth prisons from what had been county jails, a system developed to similar to the public education system once the state's turned over control to corporations 'for profit' prisons. You get paid by attendance, just like a teacher. That's why they take roll.

With a high percentage of the prison inmate population being in prison for marijuana crimes of possession or distribution, aka intent to sell, buy hardly ever for growing, the overwhelming colors of black and tan play more than a euphemism. Meth, another drug with more violent users adds the majority of white to the prison brushstroke. Ironically one could help eliminate or reduce the other. Like the Vietnam War before it, the War On Drugs is a way to control the lower classes who historically out-produce the upper classes both in number and rapidity. It looks racial but as Martin Luther King pointed out to us in 1961, the problem isn't black or white, it's green. I have to wonder what Dr. King would say now to knowing the solution is also green. Holy WTF.

Point three was one of the current situation that again, like a claw mark, revealed a deeper vein of truth. The modern War of Drugs has done extensive harm on the youth. Well yeah, you might be saying, but that isn't what Ms. Small means when she says this. Once again this is a theme touched on personally in my Memoirs because you can't make these observations if you are not experienced in the reality to which you were born in.

In Ms. Small's day as well as in mine, when people got together, young people used marijuana socially for group discourse. As spoken of starting in Ch 3, The Smoking Seventies, pot wasn't just a part of the scene, pot was the scene. Either you were a drinker or a smoker. The women in these two scenes were also different. But by and large people in the weed scene intellectualized where as the alcohol scene was far more predatory, cough, Pill Cosby.

Today that social intellectualizing has disappeared in the youth culture but the fact is 'no one became famous who didn't use cannabis [with Shakespeare being the latest to be covered], so the idea is a whole generation or two haven't been tapped into but instead imprisoned. Lost potential. What is often overlooked due to racial blinders is that the young white worker is being slaughtered for the power elite simply because he drinks 'the kool-aid.' It is a waste of youth all around, but Ms. Small has a plan.

Instead of using the [medical] marijuana industry to advance economic slavery through treating cannabis like nicotine, the medical side should be an agent of liberation by a using a system of ownership financing that won a Nobel Peace Prize for its inventor. This fund would be available primarily in the recorded zip codes of the most extensive police brutality against black and brown involving arrests, harassment, killings, arrests, etc., concerning marijuana.

In the group of 11 counting our speaker leader, though the lineup changed a bit over the course of the session, I knew only one face. It was a face I came to know the first time I went to LA's NORML meetings, and this is when I was stumping for Prop 37, to lable GMOs. Long-time 'mover-shaker' pot activist, lawyer, and founder of Cali's original NORML chapter, Bruce Magolin. Next to him sat another lawyer, a former power lawyer who had come to see the light surrounding the persecution and prosecution against cannabis [pictured above, left of Ms. Small].

Bruce, on phone, far right

It was the light that Ms. Small brought as only a small gathering responded to see and hear it because we were all under the spell of cannabis. The explanation to that curious statement at the end of our series. 

Next, The Guys Behind AB266, Politicians In The State of Pot. After that we will look at the Powers That Be, the products and what government regulation threatens to do, and finally, a look at the people who made this State of Marijuana so special with the explanation of how I too was caught under the spell of the smell.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Lake Elsinore: Domestic dispute results in car submerged in the lake and a man arrested

Lake Elsinore, California - On September 27, 2015, at 6:24 AM, officers were dispatched to the area of East Lakeshore Drive and Townsend Street reference a report of a vehicle observed leaving the
roadway and entering Lake Elsinore. At 6:26 AM, officers arrived at the location and were unable to locate the vehicle.

Through further investigation, officers learned an ongoing domestic dispute had been occurring at a nearby residence. The dispute began the previous evening and ended when the suspect, later identified as Lyle Joseph Howard (age 28 and transient), took his girlfriend's rental car without her permission.

Upon returning to the residence this morning, Howard and the victim continued the dispute. Howard responded by placing the vehicle in drive. The unoccupied vehicle then traveled down the roadway and into the nearby lake. Although a search of the area was conducted, the vehicle could not be located.



At 7:15 AM, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department Underwater Search and Rescue team was contacted. The vehicle was later located, unoccupied, submerged under approximately seven feet of water and recovered from the lake. Howard was subsequently arrested for vehicle theft and felony vandalism. He was later booked at the Southwest Detention Center.

Anyone with additional information is urged to call Riverside County Sheriff's dispatch at (951) 776-1099, or the Lake Elsinore Police Department at (951) 245-3300.

Temecula: One woman dies in collision, two others injured

Temecula, Ca - On Friday, September 25, 2015, at 9:48 AM, officers from the Temecula Police Department responded to a single vehicle traffic collision on Vail Ranch Parkway, south of Johnston Drive. It was reported a gray Mazda sedan collided with a tree at the above location. Officers arrived on scene and found three people inside the vehicle. 

The driver, was not breathing and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver has been identified as Francoise Kershaw, 25 years old of Temecula. The passengers inside the vehicle, a male adult and a female adult, sustained major injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.


The preliminary investigation at the scene revealed the driver of the Mazda struck the curb, lost control of the vehicle, and collided head-on with a large tree in the center median. All lanes of Vail Ranch Parkway between Johnston Drive and Nighthawk Pass were closed for approximately six hours while officers conducted an investigation to determine the cause of the collision. 

Anyone with information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact Officer Hoctor at the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000 or after hours and on weekends at 951-776-1099.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

CHARLEY THE TUNA GETS REVENGE

STARKIST ON THE HOOK

Temecula, CA – For lo these many years we have been told countless times in commercial after commercial by the nation's leading canned tuna company, StarKist, that no matter what he did, Charley, like so many blacks that weren't tuna, just wasn't good enough.

Charley could go to school, drive a better car, buy a better house, become a blond, get in shape, move to a new side of town, get a different wife, go to the right church even, but nothing was ever going to change Starkist from saying, “Sorry Charley, only the 'best' tuna.”

Now we know, like that infamous Vienna anthropological study that 'proved' black people were inferior to white people, it was all a lie. Charley was always good enough; he just weighed too much. Seems the fishy people over at StarKist were only packing the thinnest tuna and lying about the can weight.


Well Sports Fans, Charley went out and hired the firm of Fett & Fett, and they put their best man on the case. The national brand, of course, denied any wrongdoing much like Dick Cheney, but agreed to offer past consumers a choice of either $25 in cash [check] or $50 in cans of tuna through a national claim offer available until November 2015.

Given that StarKist tried to de-bone you once, I'd say take the money as you never know what tuna they are going to serve up since Fukushima is still dumping radioactive waste into the ocean off Japan.

For your tuna claim go here, but only if you actually did purchase their brand. And don't worry about StarKist losing money. This story was advertised as much as a utility rate increase hearing. Bon a petite, cha-ching.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

EITHER OR

JUST TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE IN THE WORLD

Temecula, CA – When you look at the credentials of the three assemblymen who crafted AB266, you see people who are civil-minded and out to serve the public good, but everything looks good on paper. Never forget that everything Hitler did was legal and he never personally pushed one Jew into an oven. Were those millions of other Germans deemed evil or just buying in to a system of accepted beliefs?

Fast Eddy states the obvious about AB266; the people who want to control a medical patient's dosage have no understanding of marijuana because they don't use it. Since cannabis can be utilized in a hundred different ways and in a hundred separate products in each different way, why doesn't the government simply tax the products that will come from cannabis instead of patients with stoners? Don't places like Colorado make millions more than they anticipate in pot tax revenue? Why tax the plant? The farmer doesn't pay the government to grow corn for Kellogg's, does he?

To understand the ancient historical of 'why' to these questions, order Memoirs and read Ch 20, but the most recent reveal on America shows the man credited with 'discovering' the place set the pace, and that is the prevalent mindset existing right up to today with corporate person-hood, money as speech and the way of governments. Remember, the Bible tells us that there are just two kinds of people in the world. Most people who salute the flag and carry the Bible would say the same thing. But what would the birds say? After the jump, what the birds heard and saw when two different worlds met, the civilized, orderly, controlled world and the savage, free, Paradise. Columbus' own words echo today.

“Arawak men and women, naked, tawny, and full of wonder, emerged from their villages onto the island's beaches and swam out to get a closer look at the strange big boat. When Columbus and his sailors came ashore, carrying swords, speaking oddly, the Arawaks ran to greet them, brought them food, water, gifts. He later wrote of this in his log:
They ... brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks' bells. They willingly traded everything they owned... . They were well-built, with good bodies and handsome features.... They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane... . They would make fine servants.... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.
These Arawaks of the Bahama Islands were much like Indians on the mainland, who were remarkable (European observers were to say again and again) for their hospitality, their belief in sharing. These traits did not stand out in the Europe of the Renaissance, dominated as it was by the religion of popes, the government of kings, the frenzy for money that marked Western civilization and its first messenger to the Americas, Christopher Columbus.
Columbus wrote:
As soon as I arrived in the Indies, on the first Island which I found, I took some of the natives by force in order that they might learn and might give me information of whatever there is in these parts.
The information that Columbus wanted most was: Where is the gold? He had persuaded the king and queen of Spain to finance an expedition to the lands, the wealth, he expected would be on the other side of the Atlantic-the Indies and Asia, gold and spices. For, like other informed people of his time, he knew the world was round and he could sail west in order to get to the Far East.

Spain was recently unified, one of the new modern nation-states, like France, England, and Portugal. Its population, mostly poor peasants, worked for the nobility, who were 2 percent of the population and owned 95 percent of the land. Spain had tied itself to the Catholic Church, expelled all the Jews, driven out the Moors. Like other states of the modern world, Spain sought gold, which was becoming the new mark of wealth, more useful than land because it could buy anything.

There was gold in Asia, it was thought, and certainly silks and spices, for Marco Polo and others had brought back marvelous things from their overland expeditions centuries before. Now that the Turks had conquered Constantinople and the eastern Mediterranean, and controlled the land routes to Asia, a sea route was needed. Portuguese sailors were working their way around the southern tip of Africa. Spain decided to gamble on a long sail across an unknown ocean.

In return for bringing back gold and spices, they promised Columbus 10 percent of the profits, governorship over new-found lands, and the fame that would go with a new title: Admiral of the Ocean Sea. He was a merchant's clerk from the Italian city of Genoa, part-time weaver (the son of a skilled weaver), and expert sailor. He set out with three sailing ships, the largest of which was the Santa Maria, perhaps 100 feet long, and thirty-nine crew members.

Columbus would never have made it to Asia, which was thousands of miles farther away than he had calculated, imagining a smaller world. He would have been doomed by that great expanse of sea. But he was lucky. One-fourth of the way there he came upon an unknown, uncharted land that lay between Europe and Asia-the Americas. It was early October 1492, and thirty-three days since he and his crew had left the Canary Islands, off the Atlantic coast of Africa. Now they saw branches and sticks floating in the water. They saw flocks of birds.

These were signs of land. Then, on October 12, a sailor called Rodrigo saw the early morning moon shining on white sands, and cried out. It was an island in the Bahamas, the Caribbean sea. The first man to sight land was supposed to get a yearly pension of 10,000 maravedis for life, but Rodrigo never got it. Columbus claimed he had seen a light the evening before. He got the reward.

So, approaching land, they were met by the Arawak Indians, who swam out to greet them. The Arawaks lived in village communes, had a developed agriculture of corn, yams, cassava. They could spin and weave, but they had no horses or work animals. They had no iron, but they wore tiny gold ornaments in their ears.

This was to have enormous consequences: it led Columbus to take some of them aboard ship as prisoners because he insisted that they guide him to the source of the gold. He then sailed to what is now Cuba, then to Hispaniola (the island which today consists of Haiti and the Dominican Republic). There, bits of visible gold in the rivers, and a gold mask presented to Columbus by a local Indian chief, led to wild visions of gold fields.

On Hispaniola, out of timbers from the Santa Maria, which had run aground, Columbus built a fort, the first European military base in the Western Hemisphere. He called it Navidad (Christmas) and left thirty-nine crewmembers there, with instructions to find and store the gold. He took more Indian prisoners and put them aboard his two remaining ships. At one part of the island he got into a fight with Indians who refused to trade as many bows and arrows as he and his men wanted. Two were run through with swords and bled to death. Then the Nina and the Pinta set sail for the Azores and Spain. When the weather turned cold, the Indian prisoners began to die.

Columbus's report to the Court in Madrid was extravagant. He insisted he had reached Asia (it was Cuba) and an island off the coast of China (Hispaniola). His descriptions were part fact, part fiction:
Hispaniola is a miracle. Mountains and hills, plains and pastures, are both fertile and beautiful ... the harbors are unbelievably good and there are many wide rivers of which the majority contain gold. . . . There are many spices, and great mines of gold and other metals....
The Indians, Columbus reported, "are so naive and so free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. When you ask for something they have, they never say no. To the contrary, they offer to share with anyone...." He concluded his report by asking for a little help from their Majesties, and in return he would bring them from his next voyage "as much gold as they need ... and as many slaves as they ask." He was full of religious talk: "Thus the eternal God, our Lord, gives victory to those who follow His way over apparent impossibilities."

Because of Columbus's exaggerated report and promises, his second expedition was given seventeen ships and more than twelve hundred men. The aim was clear: slaves and gold. They went from island to island in the Caribbean, taking Indians as captives. But as word spread of the Europeans' intent they found more and more empty villages. On Haiti, they found that the sailors left behind at Fort Navidad had been killed in a battle with the Indians, after they had roamed the island in gangs looking for gold, taking women and children as slaves for sex and labor.

Now, from his base on Haiti, Columbus sent expedition after expedition into the interior. They found no gold fields, but had to fill up the ships returning to Spain with some kind of dividend. In the year 1495, they went on a great slave raid, rounded up fifteen hundred Arawak men, women, and children, put them in pens guarded by Spaniards and dogs, then picked the five hundred best specimens to load onto ships. Of those five hundred, two hundred died en route. The rest arrived alive in Spain and were put up for sale by the archdeacon of the town, who reported that, although the slaves were "naked as the day they were born," they showed "no more embarrassment than animals." Columbus later wrote: "Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity go on sending all the slaves that can be sold."

But too many of the slaves died in captivity. And so Columbus, desperate to pay back dividends to those who had invested, had to make good his promise to fill the ships with gold. In the province of Cicao on Haiti, where he and his men imagined huge gold fields to exist, they ordered all persons fourteen years or older to collect a certain quantity of gold every three months. When they brought it, they were given copper tokens to hang around their necks. Indians found without a copper token had their hands cut off and bled to death.

The Indians had been given an impossible task. The only gold around was bits of dust garnered from the streams. So they fled, were hunted down with dogs, and were killed.

Trying to put together an army of resistance, the Arawaks faced Spaniards who had armor, muskets, swords, horses. When the Spaniards took prisoners they hanged them or burned them to death. Among the Arawaks, mass suicides began, with cassava poison. Infants were killed to save them from the Spaniards. In two years, through murder, mutilation, or suicide, half of the 250,000 Indians on Haiti were dead.

When it became clear that there was no gold left, the Indians were taken as slave labor on huge estates, known later as encomiendas. They were worked at a ferocious pace, and died by the thousands. By the year 1515, there were perhaps fifty thousand Indians left. By 1550, there were five hundred. A report of the year 1650 shows none of the original Arawaks or their descendants left on the island.

The chief source-and, on many matters the only source-of information about what happened on the islands after Columbus came is Bartolome de las Casas, who, as a young priest, participated in the conquest of Cuba. For a time he owned a plantation on which Indian slaves worked, but he gave that up and became a vehement critic of Spanish cruelty. Las Casas transcribed Columbus's journal and, in his fifties, began a multivolume History of the Indies. In it, he describes the Indians. They are agile, he says, and can swim long distances, especially the women. They are not completely peaceful, because they do battle from time to time with other tribes, but their casualties seem small, and they fight when they are individually moved to do so because of some grievance, not on the orders of captains or kings.
Women in Indian society were treated so well as to startle the Spaniards. Las Casas describes sex relations:
Marriage laws are non-existent men and women alike choose their mates and leave them as they please, without offense, jealousy or anger. They multiply in great abundance; pregnant women work to the last minute and give birth almost painlessly; up the next day, they bathe in the river and are as clean and healthy as before giving birth. If they tire of their men, they give themselves abortions with herbs that force stillbirths, covering their shameful parts with leaves or cotton cloth; although on the whole, Indian men and women look upon total nakedness with as much casualness as we look upon a man's head or at his hands.
The Indians, Las Casas says, have no religion, at least no temples. They live in
large communal bell-shaped buildings, housing up to 600 people at one time ... made of very strong wood and roofed with palm leaves.... They prize bird feathers of various colors, beads made of fishbones, and green and white stones with which they adorn their ears and lips, but they put no value on gold and other precious things. They lack all manner of commerce, neither buying nor selling, and rely exclusively on their natural environment for maintenance. They are extremely generous with their possessions and by the same token covet the possessions of their friends and expect the same degree of liberality. ...” - from Chapter 1: Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress, A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn


When you read the above passage, you begin to understand that the image in the Book of Daniel rolled west with the motive system Columbus brought with him, all sanctioned by the prevalent religion of Christianity, the religion of Germany, the religion of America.
Reading Jack Herer's Emperor for the third time, I realized that on the subject of marijuana, the government is evil. Learning about the 'agency capture' by various deep pockets in later years with food safety and vaccinations, even Jimmy Carter had to say it, “Baby's got back”.
For the most part as you look around the world, evil has won. The paradise that the 'savages' had, a world that John Lennon would imagine and one possible reality we could have had barring certain flies in the ointment* not been there. It is as if a net is closing around the world, but though what is happening is foretold, the future of weed will surprise those who think cannabis will be like alcohol.
The Bible says we were 'made' by who made the heavens. With the recent tech breakdown, we are the evidence of ancient advanced technology left behind, deceived into thinking we are alone while on Shakespeare's metaphoric stage being broadcast by a Truman Show satellite nicknamed 'The Black Knight' reported to weigh 26,000 lbs and be 13,000 years old. Since we are hard-wired for THC, cannabis, though a plant, is really an advanced technology meant to benefit man. Unlike alcohol which comes from decaying matter, cannabis is harvested while living to restore life.
Even the world's most brutal dictator recognizes that good men can be deceived into serving for an evil empire.
A comment to the present Johnson & Johnson scandal and cover-up story says:
“As I read it it, it seems that a company can peddle a drug to millions of [American] customers for whom its usage had not been approved. Thousands suffer the consequences and that is not a crime, specifically a felony? How many people have to die or suffer needlessly before people, from marketers, to CEOs who knew exactly what was happening, face the consequences of their crimes. Exactly what does it take for these people who knowing committed a crime over and over for well over a decade to be individually held accountable? It seems to me that if the same standards were applied to our other criminals the jails would be empty. Like the gun lobby the drug lobby is a powerful one and over the years has managed prevent laws with any teeth in them to be passed.”

Friday, September 25, 2015

TO THOSE IN THE VALLEY'S SHADOW OF DEATH

PROOF OF POT'S PEDIGREE

Temecula, CA - For as long as I have lived here in this valley, there has been two separate and independent frames of mind concerning marijuana. The mainstream and Christian view has always been negative, while the progressive view more underground and secretive, reminiscent of the early fishers of men who drew a sign of a fish.

Though you can pick up a copy of Memoirs of Mr. Pete & Mary Jane Green, the exploits of the man who legitimized Mary Jane by bestowing the Christian last name of Green, to find the more ancient hidden tie-in to the aforementioned First Century group, presented here for the first time to the citizens, the Christians, and the City Councils of the valley's cities, is the pedigree of marijuana. This proof isn't for us MMJs to prove our point, for you see [and can read] this is something we users knew all along. This is also why we desist your efforts to control something which you know nothing about. That you do this for money, well, you can sort that out with God, Gen 1:11, 29-30 for free]. All items below come with clinical study links.

Early Onset Pot Use Isn’t Associated With Adverse Outcomes in Adulthood
Kids who experiment with weed are far less likely than non-users to be healthy and successful adults. So says the conventional wisdom. But new science says otherwise. Investigators from the Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Rutgers University prospectively examined whether male subjects who consumed cannabis between the ages of 15 and 26 differed in terms of socioeconomic, social, and life satisfaction outcomes by their mid-30s as compared to those who were either abstinent or only consumed it sparingly.

After controlling for potential confounders, such as the use of alcohol and other illicit substances, researchers reported that pot consuming subjects– including those who used the substance habitually – were generally “not at a heightened risk for maladjustment in adulthood.”

A separate evaluation of this same cohort published in August in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors reported that younger pot smokers were no more likely than their non-smoking peers to experience physical or mental health issues later in life. The finding defied researchers’ presumptions, as they acknowledged that their motivation for conducting the study was to "provide empirical evidence regarding the potential adverse consequences of marijuana legalization."

Providing Medical Cannabis Access Reduces Opioid Abuses
Is legalized pot a gateway to fewer opioid-related deaths? The data says ‘yes.’ According to findingspublished in July by the National Bureau of Economic Research – a non-partisan think-tank -- states that permit qualified patients to access medical marijuana via dispensaries possess lower rates of opioid addiction and overdose deaths as compared to those that do not.

Researchers from the RAND Corporation and the University of California, Irvine assessed the impact of medicinal cannabis laws on problematic opioid use, as measured by treatment admissions for opioid pain reliever addiction and by state-level opioid overdose deaths. They concluded, "[S]tates permitting medical marijuana dispensaries experience a relative decrease in both opioid addictions and opioid overdose deaths compared to states that do not.”

The findings were not the first time that researchers have reported a relationship between increased medi-pot access and decreased opioid deaths. Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2014 also concluded, "States with medical cannabis laws had a 24.8 percent lower mean annual opioid overdose mortality rate compared with states without medical cannabis laws."

Pot Is a Frequent Substitute For Alcohol, Other Drugs
Legalized pot isn’t just associated with the less frequent use of opiates. Data published this month in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review also reports that most people who consume weed also report reducing their use of alcohol, as well as their consumption of other licit and illicit drugs. “Substituting cannabis for one or more of alcohol, illicit drugs or prescription drugs was reported by 87 percent of respondents” in the cohort, Canadian researchers reported,  “with 80.3 percent reporting substitution for prescription drugs, 51.7 percent for alcohol, and 32.6 percent for illicit substances.” Rates of substitution were highest among respondents between the ages of 18 and 40.

Authors concluded, “The finding that cannabis was substituted for alcohol and illicit substances suggests that the medical use of cannabis may play a harm reduction role in the context of use of these substances, and could have implications for substance use treatment approaches requiring abstinence from cannabis in the process of reducing the use of other substances.”

Forget ‘The Munchies’ – Pot Consumers Are Less Likely to Be Obese
Smoking pot may stimulate appetite, but it isn’t likely to make you fat. That’s the conclusion of a recent study published in journal Obesity.

Investigators from the Conference of Quebec University Health Centers assessed cannabis use patterns and body mass index (BMI) in a cohort of 786 Inuit (Arctic aboriginal) adults ages 18 to 74. Researchers reported that cannabis users possessed an average BMI of 26.8 compared to an index of 28.6 for non-users, after controlling for age, gender and other factors. Investigators further discovered that pot users possessed fewer diabetic markers than non-users. They concluded: “In this large cross-sectional adult survey with high prevalence of both substance use and obesity, cannabis use in the past year was associated with lower BMI, lower percentage fat mass, lower fasting insulin, and HOMA-IR (insulin resistance). ... [C]annabinoids from cannabis may be viewed as an interesting avenue for research on obesity and associated conditions."

While these latest findings run counter to stoner stereotypes, they are hardly novel. Observational trial data published in 2012 in the British Medical Journal reportedthat marijuana users possessed a lower prevalence of type 2 diabetes and possessed a lower risk of contracting the disease than did those with no history of cannabis consumption, even after researchers adjusted for social variables such as subjects' ethnicity, family history, and levels of physical activity. Additionally, cross-sectional data published in 2011 in the American Journal of Epidemiology similarly reported that the prevalence of obesity in the general population is sharply lower among those who consume the herb compared to those who do not.

Despite Legalization, Teens Aren’t Using More Pot (But They Are Consuming Far Less Alcohol and Tobacco)

Proponents of pot prohibition repeatedly claim that liberalizing marijuana laws will increase young people’s use of the substance. And when the data rebukes their claims – and it has timeafter time – they simply lie about it.

Nonetheless, the evidence is clear. According to the federal government’s own 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health report, current use of marijuana by those between the ages of 12 to 17 has remained largely unchanged over the past decade, while young people's self-reported consumption of alcohol and cigarettes has fallen to record lows.

Specifically, the percentage of respondents ages 12 to 17 who reported past-month use of marijuana remained steady from 7.6 percent in 2004 to 7.4 percent in 2014. By contrast, teens' use of tobacco, cigarettes, and alcohol fell dramatically during this same period. Over the past ten years, adolescents' use of tobacco fell from 14.4 percent to 7 percent, their use of cigarettes fell from 11.9 percent to 4.9 percent, and their use of alcohol fell from 17.6 percent to 11.5 percent. Binge drinking by young people fell from 11.1 percent in 2004 to 6.1 percent in 2014.

Separate data published by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin further reports that a greater proportion of younger adolescents are now acknowledging “strong disapproval” of marijuana use.

In short, more teens are not turning to pot. But they are turning away from more dangerous substances like alcohol and tobacco like never before.

(Story source – Paul Armentano, NORML)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Vista Murrieta High School Jazz band to host 'Club Blue' jazz and dinner event

A note from the Vista Murrieta High School band program:

Greetings everyone!

I'd like to take a moment to tell all of you about a brand new, exciting jazz event we'll be hosting on the evening of Friday, October 2nd from 7:00-9:00 PM.

That night we'll be transforming the MPR into a jazz club called Club Blue! Our jazz club will be complete with a stage, professional lighting, a delicious catered dinner, a full wait staff, and great music. Each of our three jazz ensembles will perform throughout the evening dressed in formal attire - this event will be unlike anything our school has ever done!

 Here is what's on the menu for our full table service dinner:


"Be-bop" BBQ Brisket Fresh
"Swingin" Cesar Salad
"Charlie Parker" Potatoes
"Funky" Fresh Grilled Vegetables
"Dizzy's" Dinner Roll
"Cool Jazz" Lemonade
"A-Train" Iced Tea

Plus a dessert course of:
"Coltrane" Cake
"Double-time" Coffee

Tickets for this event are just $15 per person ($25 per person for VIP tables in front of the band). This event is pre-sale only. We expect it to fill up/sell out quickly as there is only limited seating available. I hope you will be able to join us!

 Here is how you can purchase your seats online:
1. Go to vmhsband.yapsody.com
2. Pick your seat and purchase!

If you have any questions, please let me know! Get your tickets while they last!

Respectfully,
Mr. Levine
http://www.vmhsband.com/index.php/resources/program-contacts

FOOTBALL NEWS AFTER WEEK TWO

FROM THE DESK OF THE “FUGITIVE” COMMISSIONER

Hello Football Fans,

The fireworks started early this year, and I'm not talking about the Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul (JPP).  Are some NFL teams in playoff limbo already, even though it has only been two weeks?  And in college, what about the SEC West?


Enjoy,

The Fugitive Commissioner of the FFHL

NFL WEEK #2

Whoa! It didn’t take long for the season to get exciting. In the 2ndweek, more underdogs won games outright than did the favorites (that is, 9 ‘dogs won straight up, but only 7 favorites won their games outright).

After two weeks there are nine teams that haven’t won a game yet. Since the divisional realignment in 1990 -- statistically and historically speaking, teams starting the season with an 0-2 record have only an 11.2% chance of making the playoffs. That means statistically only one of the nine winless teams is going to make the playoffs. Are you thinking otherwise and going against documented history?

Here are the nine teams at 0-2:
Seattle Projected to contend with Green Bay for the NFC Title; 12-4 last year
Indianapolis Projected by EVERYONE to win the AFC South-same as last year
Philadelphia Finished 10-6 last year and projected to contend in the NFC East
New Orleans Finished only ½ game behind in NFC South last year
Baltimore Finished 10-6 last year and made the playoffs
Detroit Finished 11-5 last year and made the playoffs
Houston 9-7 last year; if Indy doesn’t win the AFC South, who will? JAX? TEN?
NY Giants Struggling to stay healthy & failing to close out in 4th quarter so far
Chicago QB is probably out for a few weeks; not looking great for Da Bears

If you had to pick just ONE team, it seems logical to choose either IND or HOU to win the AFC South; however, JAX or TEN could surprise, as they both have 1-1 records and an early lead in the division race (albeit a slim one-game lead). That would leave Seattle OUT of the playoffs. Food for thought; we’ll see how it all unfolds.

STUNNER OF THE WEEK
And the week got started with a stunner on Thursday night.
UnderdogDenver (+3) was not looking good in Kansas City and the “Sea of Red” Chiefs’ fans were pumped up (just ask King Kenny). KC jumped out to a 14-0 lead with two TD’s in the 2ndquarter, but the DEN Broncos responded with two TD’s in the last 2½ minutes of the half to knot the score and stun the crowd. It was still tied (17-17) heading into the 4thquarter, but the KC Chiefs broke the tie on a TD with only 2½ minutes remaining in regulation play, ahead 24-17. On the ensuing Broncos’ possession, the aging and weak-armed Denver QB led his team on an impressive 10-play, 80-yard drive to tie the game again with only 36 seconds to go (24-24). After the ensuing kickoff and precious few seconds left, Kansas City was still hoping to maybe get into FG range with conservative play-calling if a running play would pop open. Something popped alright – it was the ball popping out of RB Jamaal Charles’ grasp and popping up into the hands of a Broncos’ defender who ran to paydirt to win the game – two Denver TDs in a nine-secondspan of time. FINAL: DEN 31, KC 24, and the “Sea of Red” was bloodied.

NFL ACTION – UNDERDOG WINNERS

As I mentioned, NINE underdogs won outright in 16 games in the second week of NFL action for an upset rate of 62.5% (wow!), including the Thursday night “stunner”.

SHOCKER OF THE WEEK
Tampa Bay (+10)was the only greater-than-a-touchdown underdog for the week, playing at New Orleans. The Bucs had laid an egg at home last week against Tennessee, but they rebounded nicely in Week #2 and broke a 7-game losing streak against the NOR Saints in winning 26-19. With this ugly performance in the Superdome, New Orleans lost its sixth straight home game.



Cleveland (+1)beat visiting Tennessee 28-14 with sophomore Johnny “Football” Manziel starting at QB for the Browns (CLE starter Josh McCown had not cleared the concussion protocol). Manziel didn’t have a great game, but he avoided turnovers and the Browns led 21-0 at halftime with the help of a 78-yard punt return for a TD. The TEN Titans fought back and trailed only 21-14 after scoring a TD with 7 minutes to go, but Manziel threw a 50-yard strike for a TD to end the Titans’ 4th quarter threat.

Washington (+3h) beat the visiting STL Rams, 24-10. The ‘Skins took a 17-0 halftime lead and WSH QB Kirk Cousins avoided turnovers while the team rode rookie RB Matt Jones to victory (123 yards rushing, 2 TDs; 3rdrounder out of Florida).

Atlanta (+2h)won at the NY Giants’ home in East Rutherford, NJ, 24-20. The Gnats blew a 10-point fourth quarter lead (20-10), reminiscent of its most recent collapse in Dallas last week. The ATL Falcons produced the game-winner on a 7-play, 70-yard TD drive, leaving only 1:14 on the clock and not enough time for NYG to respond.

Oakland (+6h)beat visiting Baltimore, 37-33. An entertaining first half ended in a 20-20 tie, but the Raiders led 30-20 heading into the 4thquarter. The BAL Ravens scored 13 unanswered points (FG, TD, FG) including the go-ahead 31-yard FG with only 2:10 remaining in the game. But OAK Raider sophomore QB Derek Carr led his team on a 9-play, 80-yard drive for the winning TD, leaving only 26 seconds on the clock.

Jacksonville (+6)beat visiting Miami, 23-20. The JAX Jaguars never trailed in the game and led 20-13 at halftime. But the Dolphins tied the score in the 3rd quarter before the Jags ended the scoring with the only points of the 4thquarter – a 28-yard FG with 40 seconds remaining in the game.

Dallas (+4h)won at Philadelphia, 20-10 to improve to 2-0 on the season, but lost QB Tony Romo for 8 weeks with a broken collarbone (same injury ended his season in 2010). Immediately after the devastating injury, Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones described his feelings: I’m “just about as low as a crippled cricket’s ass” (Jerrah said it; I didn’t). Now, two days later, he is bragging up his backup QB – Brandon Weeden (old CLE Browns’ cast-off). The only other quarterbacks on the roster were two practice squad guys – Kellen Moore (Boise State, age 26, lefty) and Jameill Showers (UTEP, age 24). Dallas just traded for Buffalo QB Matt Cassel today. In Week#3, it will be Weeden starting, Moore as backup, and Cassel #3. But in future weeks, Cassel will probably move into the backup role, and maybe end up as the starter if Weeden fails to lead his team to victories.

On Monday night, the NY Jets (+6h) won at Indianapolis, 20-7, to give the highly-touted Colts an 0-2 record to start the season. Indy finally got on the scoreboard with 10 minutes remaining in the game on a 91-yard drive to trail only 10-7, but on the next possession the Jets responded with a 4-minute “insurance” TD drive.
The Colts had five turnovers to only one for the unbeaten J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL – 3RD WEEK

FBS ACTION – UNDERDOG WINNERS

Only EIGHT underdogs won outright in 52 FBS games for an upset rate of 15.4%.

SHOCKER OF THE WEEK (for 2/3 of us FFHL handicappers)
Stanford (+10)won at USC, 41-31. The Trojans dominated on their first offensive drive and after scoring a TD easily, it looked as if it were going to be a blowout victory. But Stanford bounced back and scored two TDs in the last four minutes of the first half to lead 24-21 at intermission. The Trojans regained the lead in the 3rdquarter, but the Cardinal followed with two TDs and never relinquished the lead after that.
The yardage statistics were even and there were no turnovers in the game, but Stanford had nearly a 2-to-1 advantage in time of possession (39:29 minutes to 20:31 minutes).

This Cardinal victory marked the team’s fourth straight outright win as a double-digit underdog:
2009 at USC (-10h) 55-21
2012 at Oregon (-20h) 17-14 OT
2013 vs. Oregon (-10h) 26-20

Mississippi (+7)won at then-#2 ranked Alabama, 43-37, to turn the tide in the SEC West. The Ole Miss Rebels hadn’t won in Tuscaloosa, AL since 1988. Alabama had won 23 straight SEC openers, but lost to Ole Miss for the 2nd straight year.
The Rebs led 30-10 after a FG with 4 minutes remaining in the 3rdquarter before the Crimson Tide made its comeback; but it was too little, too late and five ‘Bama turnovers (compared to zero for the Rebs) was too much to overcome.

Texas Tech (+12)won at Arkansas, 35-24. This was a Big XII “also-ran” beating up on one of the SEC West powerhouses; need I say more?
Notre Dame (+2h)beat visiting Georgia Tech, 30-22. The Irish never trailed in the game, and scored two TDs early in the 4thquarter to take a 30-7 lead with seven minutes remaining in the game. But the Yellowjackets didn’t give up; GA Tech scored a TD in the last minute of the game, recovered an onside kick and scored another TD, and then trailing only by eight made an unsuccessful attempt on the second onside kick and the Golden Domers prevailed for the “upset”.
The injuries in South Bend continue to mount. Safety Drue Tranquill tore his ACL while celebrating with teammates on the field (he pulled a “Gramatica”) and is out for the year.

Northwestern (+3h)won at Duke, 19-10.

South Alabama (+17h)won at San Diego State, 34-27 in overtime.

Southern Mississippi (+3) won at Texas State, 56-50.

Buffalo (+1)won at Florida Atlantic, 33-15.

NOT QUITE”

Massachusetts (+10h)was ahead of Temple 23-20 in the NE Patriots’ Gillette Stadium after scoring a TD with only 1:20 remaining in regulation. The UMass Minutemen’s extra point kick was blocked and run back all the way to the opposing endzone for a 2-point score for the defense. [I mention this because this is now allowed in the NFL starting with the 2015 season; it could happen]. Score: UMASS 23, TEMP 22. And of course, the Temple Owls received the ensuing after-TD kick and marched 50 yards in 10 plays and kicked the game-winning 32-yard FG with 12 seconds to go.
FINAL: TEMP 25, UMASS 23.

Louisville (+5h)recorded a 100-yard kickoff return with 9:41 remaining in the game to trail visiting Clemson only 20-17, and then had a 38-yard FG to tie with 2½ minutes to go but missed it. The Cardinals still got another chance, but an interception ended the threat.
FINAL: CLEM 20, LOUIS 17.

Connecticut (+21h)took a 6-2 halftime lead at Missouri by scoring a TD (missing the PAT kick) and then giving up a safety when the MU Tigers blocked a punt out of the end zone. Mizzou mustered up a TD in the 3rdquarter to take the lead 9-6, but UConn was in position for a 30+-yard FG with 39 seconds remaining in the game….FAKE, the pass is intercepted and the 2-time defending SEC East Champion held on to win.
FINAL: MIZZU 9, UCONN 6

Texas (+6h) scored a TD with only 1:11 remaining in the game to trail 45-44 and set up for the extra point kick to tie; the kick was …. wide right and visiting California held on to win. FINAL: CAL 45, TEX 44.

Pittsburgh (+5) trailed at halftime 17-7 and never held the lead in its game at Iowa, but blocked an Iowa punt in the 3rd quarter to tie the game at 17. The Hawkeyes responded by scoring a TD with 6 minutes remaining in the game, but that was matched by the PIT Panthers with 0:52 on the clock -- game tied at 24-24. The Hawkeyes got into position for a lengthy 57-yard FG attempt on the last play of regulation time… it’s up, it’s GOOD! [I know, Hawk fans, the game was much more exciting than I made it sound here].
FINAL: IOWA 27, PIT 24

BYU (+16h)held the lead 23-17 after kicking a FG with 5½ minutes remaining in the 4th quarter at UCLA. The Bruins had never held the lead in the game, but on the ensuing kickoff drove 80 yards in 7 plays to take the lead 24-23 with 3 minutes to go and held on for a one-point victory.
FINAL: UCLA 24, BYU 23

AGAINST THE SPREAD (ATS)

COLLEGE
There were four games on the gridiron that ended up in a TIE against the spread. All four games were tied at the end of regulation and the outcomes were determined in overtime – amazing!

UnderdogNebraska (+3) scored 23 unanswered points in the 4th quarter to tie the game at 30. After kicking a FG in OT, the Cornhuskers gave up a TD to host Miami of Florida to lose 36-33 and tie ATS.

Underdog Iowa State (+7) was tied 20-20 at Toledo and set up for a 32-yard FG on the last play of regulation to win the game….”wide right” (barely), and the Cyclones lost in OT 30-23 and only got a tie ATS.

Underdog Colorado State (+3) played rival Colorado in neutral site Denver and lost 27-24 in overtime but got a tie ATS.

Underdog New Mexico State (+3) hosted UTEP and lost 50-47 in overtime but got a tie ATS.

FBS RANKINGS

The AP rankings are still in flux so early in the season; we got a decent (for some) shake-up after last weekend’s upsets (#1 votes in parentheses).

As of 9/20/15
Team Current Last week Results

Ohio St #1 (42) #1 (59) Lucky to win last Sat.; cupcake schedule
Michigan St #2 (7) #4 ( 2) Big 10 holds top two spots
Ole Miss #3T (11) #15 Rebels upset #2 ALA on the road Saturday
TCU #3T #3 Horned Frogs play at Texas Tech on Sat.
Baylor #5 #5 Not tested yet
Notre Dame #6 #8 Big win as home ‘dog vs. #14 GA Tech Sat.
Georgia #7 #7 “Not tested yet” (phrase used loosely by me)
LSU #8 ( 1) #13 Keep an Eye on the Tigers & RB Fournette
UCLA #9 #10 Barely beat #19 BYU last Saturday;
Bruins play at #16 Arizona on Saturday
FSU #10 #9 Not tested yet
Clemson #11 #12 Eked out win at Louisville Thursday night
Alabama #12 #2 Home loss to SEC West Ole Miss on Sat.
Oregon #13 #12 Ducks host #18 Utah on Saturday
Texas A&M #14 #17 Aggies host Arkansas on Saturday
Oklahoma #15 #16 Kind of a shaky 3-0 start
Arizona #16 #20 Not tested yet; hosts #9 UCLA on Sat.
Northwestern #17 #23
Utah #18 #21 Plays at #12 Oregon on Saturday
USC #19 #6 The pesky Cardinal wins in LA again
GA Tech #20 #14 Lost at then-#8 Notre Dame last Saturday
Stanford #21 NR Cardinal rebounded after ugly loss at NW
Wisconsin #22T #24 Lost badly to ALA in neutral site opener
BYU #22T #19 Blew 10-pt. 4th quarter lead at UCLA to lose
Oklahoma St #24 #25 Not tested yet; plays at Texas on Saturday
Missouri #25 #22 Almost lost to weak UConn at home, 9-6

Auburn NR #18 #6 two weeks ago; crushed at LSU on Sat.
Arkansas NR NR #18 two weeks ago; humbled by TX Tech
(I just wanted to point out the deflating sounds coming from the over-pumped SEC West)

FCS UPDATE

In the third week of the season, there was one FCS team that beat an FBS school:
Unranked FCS Furman won at Central Florida out of the AAC, 16-15, by kicking a 55-yard FG in the 4thquarter.

FCS UPSETS – “NOT QUITE”:

Now-FCS#25 William & Mary gave host University of Virginiaout of the Power 5 ACC a real tussle before eventually losing 35-29.

Unranked FCS Wofford nearly beat host FBS Idaho last Saturday in a 41-38 loss.

UNI PANTHERS
After losing their opener at FBS Iowa State 31-7, Northern Iowa beat visiting FCS#15 Eastern Washington 38-35 and won at Cal Poly-SLO 34-20 to move up to #6 in the latest FCS Coaches Poll (see below).


FCS RANKINGS

North Dakota State started the year as the unanimous #1, garnering all 24 votes. But after the first couple of weeks, there have been significant developments in the FCS Coaches Poll rankings. Here are the current Top 11 rankings and number of 1st-place votes (last week’s 1stplace votes in parentheses):

#1 Coastal Carolina 18 (14)
#2 North Dakota State 4 ( 0)
#3 Jacksonville State 3 ( 5) Nearly beat Auburn; lost in OT
#4 Villanova 0 ( 0) Was ranked #3 last week
#5 Illinois State 0 ( 1) Won at E. Illinois 34-31
#6 Northern Iowa 0 ( 0) Jumped from #11 after 34-20 win at Cal Poly
#7 South Dakota State 1 ( 2)
#8 James Madison Currently 3-0; plays at FBS SMU on Saturday
#9 Chattanooga
#10 Liberty Beat visiting then-#7 Montana, 31-21;
Moved up from FCS#14 this week
#11 Eastern Washington Lost at then-#14 UNI 38-35; the next week
beat visiting then-FCS#9 Montana St. 55-50
Others:
#13 Montana State Hosts #22 Cal Poly-SLO on Saturday
#14 Sam Houston State Was ranked #5 last week; lost to Lamar
#15 Montana
#22 Cal Poly-SLO Another challenge at #13 Montana State Saturday
#15 Eastern Washington
#25 William & Mary Almost won at FBS Virginia Saturday, 29-35

FFHL RESULTS – WEEK TWO

Overall, we FFHL’ers are getting worse each week. This week we went 0-12 on our Pick#1 and ended up only 29-54-1 ATS (35.1%). In the NFL, we posted a weak record of 16-22-0 ATS (42.1%), but stunk it up worse in college (again) at 13-32-1 ATS (29.3%). For the season after three weeks, we are only 42.7% ATS in college games, and in two weeks of NFL games we are 51.5% ATS.

FFHL LOP-SIDED and CONTESTED PICKS AGAINST THE SPREAD (ATS)
Listed below is a breakdown of some of our significant picks.

ATS Picks
Team For-Against Result / Unsolicited comments

STL Rams -3h at WSH 5-0 LOSS, ‘Skins win outright, 24-10
TEN Titans -1 at CLE 4-0 LOSS, Browns win outright, 28-14
GB Pack -3h vs. SEA 4-1 WIN, Green Bay prevails at home, 27-17
AZ Cards -2 at CHI 4-1 WIN, Arizona blitzes Da Bears, 48-23
MIA ‘Phins -6 at JAX 3-0 LOSS, Jaguars win outright, 23-20
ATL Falcons +2h at NYG 2-1 WIN, ‘dog Atlanta wins outright, 24-20
CAR Panthers -3 vs. HOU 2-1 WIN, Carolina wins at home, 24-17

USC -10 vs. Stanford 8-0 LOSS, Cardinal shocks Trojans again, 41-31
Mich St -25h vs. Air Force 5-1 LOSS, MSU Spartans back off & win only 35-21
Ohio St -34h vs. N. Illinois 3-0 LOSS, OSU Buckeyes lucky just to win, 20-13
Utah -14 at Fresno 3-0 WIN, Utes get 45-24 victory to cover ATS by a TD
UCLA -16h vs. BYU +16h 2-2 LOSS, Bruins lucky just to win late, 24-23

RECORDS AGAINST THE SPREAD (ATS)

COLLEGE
This week – FFHL Week #2:

ATS STRAIGHT-UP
Record Record

FAVORITES 18-30-4 (38.5%) 44-8 (84.6%)
HOME TEAMS 17-30-3 (37.0%) 30-20 (60.0%)

It is no wonder that we had a bad week, since we tend to take favorites and home teams, and neither did well ATS this week. It is interesting to note that the favorites and home teams still did well straight up (meaning that a lot a teams were favored by a large margin and didn’t win big enough to cover the spread). This certainly didn’t happen this week in the NFL; see below.

CUMULATIVE after three weeks:

ATS STRAIGHT-UP
Record Record

FAVORITES 61-76-5 (44.7%) 115-27 (81.0%)
HOME TEAMS 64-67-4 (48.9%) 81-54 (60.0%)


NFL
In the second week:

ATS STRAIGHT-UP
Record Record

FAVORITES 7-9 (43.7%) 7-9 (43.7%)
HOME TEAMS 9-7 (56.3%) 9-7 (56.3%)

In the NFL, you could have gone 16-0 ATS this weekif you could just have picked the outright winner of each game. Just pick the winners; ignore the point spreads. Of course, that’s not very easy to do when over ½ of the underdogs win straight up (i.e., win the game outright).

CUMULATIVE after two weeks:

ATS STRAIGHT-UP
Record Record

FAVORITES 15-16-1 (48.4%) 17-15 (53.1%)
HOME TEAMS 17-14-1 (54.7%) 19-13 (59.45%)

FOOTBALL NEWS and MINUTIA

COLLEGE
Texas A&M (-34) beat visiting Nevada to record its 19thstraight non-conferencevictory, 44-27; that is the longest current streak in the FBS.

Boise State QB Ryan Finley is out about 8 weeks with a broken ankle. The BSU Broncos’ backup QB’s are a freshman and a sophomore with no experience.

Group of Five (non-Power 5) Conference contenders:
Toledo, then Memphis, Houston, Temple, Navy

FXFL
Say What?!?” You remember, don’t you? Last year the Fall Experimental Football League (FXFL) started up as a “minor league” for the NFL.
This year there will be four teams and each team will field 40 players. The pay is from $1,000 to a max of $1,250 per week.
The four teams:
Brooklyn Bolts Just signed QB Josh Freeman(KSU; TB 1st round draft
pick); cool logo: bolt laced through the Brooklyn Bridge
The Blacktips(no city) The team has a shark logo, as you may have guessed
Hudson Valley Fort Home field in Fishkill, NY
Mahoning Valley Brawlers Home field in Niles, OH

Potential new teams in future years: Portland, OR and Texas Outlaws (Austin, TX)

The 2015 schedule:
Nine games total for regular season
First game is Friday, October 2nd: Blacktips at Brooklyn
Followed by Saturday, October 3rd: Hudson Valley at Mahoning Valley
Seven more games through Friday, November 6th


LOOKING AHEAD – selected games, not the full slate
COLLEGE FOOTBALL - FFHL WEEK #3 (college FB’s 4th week)

Thursday Cincinnati (+10) at Memphis
Sept 24th

Friday Boise State (-2h) at Virginia BSU QB is out for 8 weeks or so
Sept 25th Stanford (-14h) at Oregon State

Saturday BIG PAC-12 GAMES:
Sept 26th Utah at Oregon (no line yet) Ducks contemplating QB situation
UCLA (-4) at Arizona
USC (-5h) at Arizona State
Others:
California (-4) at Washington
BYU (+5h) at Michigan
Central Michigan (+27) at Michigan State
Maryland (+17) at West Virginia
Rice (+34h) at Baylor
Texas A&M (-7) at Arkansas
Tennessee (+1) at Florida
TCU (-7) at Texas Tech
Oklahoma State (-3) at Texas
Fresno State (+4h) at San Jose State
NFL WEEK #3 – SELECTED GAMES

Thursday Washington (+3h) at NY Giants
Sept 24th
Sunday Early Divisional Matchups:
Sept 27th New Orleans (+3h) at Carolina Saints’ QB Brees has bruised
rotator cuff; backup: Luke McCown
Cincinnati (+2h) at Baltimore
Indianapolis (-3) at Tennessee
San Francisco (+6) at Arizona
Buffalo (+3) at Miami
Others of interest:
Atlanta (-1) at Dallas Battle of Unbeatens

Monday Kansas City (+6h) at Green Bay
Sept 28th

FOOTBALL QUIZ QUESTION

None this week. Sorry, Krueg and Debbie.

(Sorry Sports Fans, but technical issues kept the first few Commish reports from being posted. Those issues have been resolved. Thank you for your patience - Ed)