Tuesday, April 20, 2010

420 In Florida 2010, Another year of Cannabis Prohibition.

I love Florida. I was born and raised in this state. Unfortunately, it is one of the strictest states in the nation for marijuana offenders.

I was watching the news last night and they were talking about looking for ways to help fix the budget. The only thing they seemed remotely enthusiastic about was some new gambling rules and more casinos to bring in revenue. Other than that the state representatives were focusing on making budget cuts for a lot of needed programs. Such as the five year plan for road work.

It really is a shame how badly Florida is shooting itself in the foot by not regulating cannabis. It seems like almost all the states representatives at the moment prefer keeping cannabis illegal. Which dauntingly comes across as no end in site for the future of any changes.

I recently made a blog post called "To the future politicians who want my vote in Florida", and I really go into some more good details about quality of life issues; economics, that would benefit from legalization.

There are so many good arguments that explain a multitude of benefits out there, that the arguments for keeping cannabis illegal are becoming greatly overshadowed. I really don't think the politicians realize how much more support they would get from voters if they were to be for legalization. I seriously doubt it would be political suicide. People in this state would be so much better off and happier.

Good people everyday are becoming criminals for something people in other states have the freedom to do without fear of persecution. There are so many people being arrested for a victimless crime. Why can't the residents of this Florida be allowed to enjoy that kind of freedom too?

Sometime in the near future I am optimistic that the government will decriminalize cannabis on a federal level and make it a states right issue. I seriously doubt that Florida would change anything though, even if the federal government was to decide to do that. I hope I am wrong, just can't help but feel a bit pessimistic though.

Maybe it is already crossing their mind, I hope it does every time they make a budget cut on another vital program. Surely they take no joy in doing that. It can't possibly be helping them out during voting season.

A lot of folks are pretty interested in how California votes in November. The issue is said to have already over a 55% chance to pass the vote in preliminary polls. The issue has more support than 3 of the politicians campaigning for governor combined.

The people are sending a strong message to the government. We are saying please listen to us, quit making us criminals, let us improve our quality of life, it really is the right thing to do.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Dr. Ingleweed's Ultimate 4-20 Celebration Day Party

Dr. Ingleweed's
All American Health & Healing Cooperative Presents the
 Ultimate 4-20 Celebration Day Party 
 "It's 4-20 Time"
Hosted by Actor Wood Harris 
 with Special Guest
Nipsey Hussle
and Comedians
Kym Whitley and Luenell
Cloning Classes, Comedy, Celebrities, 
 a Garden of Weeden, Cannabis Vault and Smoke Lounge among the Event Highlights! 
Dr. Ingleweed / All American Garden
Harold Fomond
Beverly Hills, CA - With "legalize" as the fervent battle cry echoing throughout California, the All American Health & Healing Cooperative (http://www.allamericanhealing.com)   is planning "It's 4-20 Time," a Hollywood style celebration to top all celebrations for 4-20 Day!  4-20 Day is an annual holiday of sorts  that has become associated in pop culture as a special day for marijuana smokers.   Actor Wood Harris ("The Wire")  will host, with a special guest appearance by rapper Nipsey Hussle, as Dr. Ingleweed, the proprietor of the South Bay area based medical marijuana cooperative, transforms a private nightclub location in Beverly Hills into a tropical green paradise on April 20, 2010.    A green carpet, cloning classes and comedy show are only a tidbit of the tasteful delights in store for attendees.

Dr. Ingleweed has owned and operated All American Healing located at 126 ½ S. Market Street in Inglewood, CA since 2005.  A pioneer organic green grower, and one of the original founders of the "Food for the Hood" program, he began growing cannabis in 1994 while attending college.  His famed Doesha Cup events paved the way for celebratory events in the medical marijuana community at the onset of the legalization movement in Los Angeles.  With the progress made over the past several years in the movement,  Dr. Ingleweed plans to set a new precedent for 4-20 Day with a party that will be nothing less than spectacular.

Beginning at 4:20 p.m.  a meet & greet will begin the revelry with happy hour drink and medication specials.  And for those who believe money doesn't grow on trees, they will be proved wrong at 6:30 p.m. with a hands-on cloning class that provides soil, a clone and a gallon of Dr. Ingleweed's Liquid Food.
Dr. Ingleweed's Garden of Weeden
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At 8:30 p.m. some of Hollywood's funniest cannabis loving comedians will take the stage to get the party started.  Reefer madness will ensue when comedians Kym Whitley (think Ice Cube's "Friday"), Borat's own Luenell, and a host of others take you higher with side-splitting humor and fun.

In true high Hollywood style, there will be a silent plant auction, raffle giveaways, music,  a full bar, a weed vault filled with exotic strains and a very seductive smoke lounge.  The "Garden of Weeden" will lend a sneak peak into the visual delights of the All American 2011 Calendar, where upon entering you can take a photo with one of the comely cannabis queens! And for the high rollers, Beverly Hills styled bottle service includes four tickets, one bottle of preselected choice with various juices, four grams, a VIP gift bag and free recommendations.

Celebrate 4-20 in Beverly Hills with All American Healing!  420 Day will never be the same again!

Tickets available at All American Healing.  Call 310-412-0557 or log on at www.420.allamericanhealing.com.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Interview with Joe Hiles, Webmaster of Serial Killer Central (SKC)

Joe Hiles is the website owner of Serial Killer Central (SKC).  A site with a foreboding title, but a diverse following of frequenting visitors from across the globe.

     Gary Ray Bowles Art (Joe Hile's collection)

Hi Joe,
Thanks for the taking the time for this interview.

It is my pleasure, sir.

Joe, in your own words how would you describe your website SKC?

I feel that it's the most comprehensive serial killer information site on the Internet. I try to gather as much information as possible, from as many sources as possible, and keep it all in one place.

It is not very often that a website would have to have 2 different active forums. Would you mind explaining the differences between them, and give my readers an idea what they might expect if they joined one of these forums?

On the main site there's 2 links for forums..."On Topic" and "All Topics"...For the longest time I had just the one forum...the "All Topic" forum...but for being a serial killer site, serial killers were rarely discussed, so when I redid the site to make it more user friendly in 2003 or so I put another forum on it that I wanted to keep on topic so there would be more serial killer discussions.

On the "On Topic" forum you'll find more serial killer chat. There's been a lot of good discussions over the years. On the "All Topic" board...you never know what to expect. One day there will be topics about fingernail polish, the next day raping babies...and everything in between. The all topic board has a lot of long time users, 10+ years for some...so it's more of a close knit group than the on topic board, but both are always open to new members joining in on the conversations.

It is not much of a stretch of the imagination that there are visitors to SKC who are probably homicidal or sociopath's.
Could you share a couple interesting stories pertaining to crossing paths sometimes with people like this on your site?

There have been a few times that I've wondered about the people visiting the site. A few years back, I was served a subpoena by the state of Michigan to give them information on a user who had posted something that caught their eye about the Oakland County Child Killer case. Then there was Mictian who killed a couple women in Sweden. I'm not sure what kind of custody he's in now, but a while back he was telling me how good the site was looking these days. So, knowing that there ARE killers out there that view the site is an odd feeling. I hope they're not browsing looking for idea's, of course, but with them in the background, you have to be careful of what you post sometimes I think.

A fairly recent phenomena is the growing popularity of collecting what has been coined "murderablia." Since I am a collector myself, I can assure you that this line of questioning is not going to be biased against it, but I would like to hear what got you interested in writing and acquiring items from people who have been imprisoned for killing people.

I don't know WHY I like the stuff I like. I just do. After I got my very first letter, I just wanted to get another one, then I wanted to try someone else, and get more stuff from them...it's just snowballed. The first time I tried to write an inmate I was in 10th grade...I guess it'd been 1993 or 1994...we had an assignment in English class on letter writing and they gave us a celebrity address book and we had to pick someone in it and write them a letter. I went to school stoned that morning and while flipping through the book I saw Charles Manson's name, I thought it'd be funny to write him...he didn't reply though.

 Roy Norris fingerprint chart (Joe Hile's collection)

Who was the first serial killer that you ever wrote to that actually wrote you back?

Besides Manson in 10th grade...a few years later, 1997 I think it was, I read Phil Carlos book about Richard Ramirez, in it it said Ramirez spends his time writing letters, so I called San Quentin and got his address, wrote a letter, and about a month later got one back from him...after him there was Berkowitz, James Munro, Keith Jesperson, David Gore...and so on...

Is there any serial killers that you have written that you would never write to again? If so, why?

Who I'd never write again.....Bobby Joe Long. His first letter to me was a 22 page long rambling letter of things he wanted me to do...things like hide a camera in my 8 year old sister's room, buy her a dildo and hide it under her pillow, then photograph her finding it and using it. Do the same for my mother...all sorts of fucked up nasty sick shit. I wrote him back a few days later...this is the entire letter...

Enjoy the chair.

Joe Hiles has promoted his website by attending a True Crime Tour with a radio personality named Shane Bugbee, been mentioned in news stories across the country, and has even appeared on The John Walsh Show.

I remember watching the clip of you on the show, and I saw John Walsh, and his guest Andy Kahan pretty much talking over you and not giving you an opportunity to speak. It seemed like whenever you tried they interrupted you.

I don't think so. Maybe I wouldn't have smiled so much haha...I understand their side of the argument, I just don't agree with their methods. It's a bit hypocritical of them to say that I'm making these guys celebrities with my little website that I've done nothing to promote, when they have TV shows where they dedicate hours of airtime to these killers and give their life stories and they go on news show after news show talking about these killers...that's giving them celebrity. I dont like how they say having the artwork on my site is just rubbing it in the face of the victims family members...I didn't ask them to come look at it. They weren't sent any invites. If they go to the site and see it, it's because they CHOOSE to. I think Andy calling all these family members up and telling them about it being out there is rubbing it in their faces more than just me displaying it. I'm not a fan of beastiality, so I'm not going to go looking for it. Problem solved.

What is your opinion of John Walsh and Andy Kahan?

I think John Walsh is a hypocrite. 
I don't think Andy's a bad person, I just don't agree with how he goes about doing what it is he's doing. He should be worried about stopping the stuff coming out of the prison, not what happens with it after it's already out.

Every collector has a certain favorite piece that they would probably never part with, do you have anything that would fit this category? If so what?

At one time it was Aileen Wuornos' prison worn shirt, but I sold it when I sold off my entire collection in 2004. In 2007 I started collecting again from scratch...now my favorite item is Herb Baumeister's social security card.

 Phillip Jablonski letter (Joe Hiles collection)

What some of the things you have collected so far?

All kinds of stuff...letters, artwork, craft items, crime scene relics, personal items, clothing, court documents, case histories, books, anything I can find on the topic really. Some of my favorites....a light fixture from Herb Baumeister's Fox Hollow Farm, a peice of the front portch steps from Gertrude Baniszewski's house, a letter from german serial killer "The Beast of the Black Forest" Heinrich Pommerenke before he died, a drawing by Jeremy Bryan Jones of his version of John George Haigh's dream about blood dripping from trees into a cup, a sweater that belonged to Rod Ferrell before he was arrested with a pic of him wearing it, a drawing of Bettie Page by Wayne Henley...I could go on and on...

What kind of future ambitions do you have for SKC?

I'm not sure really. I guess just maintaining it, and keeping it up-to-date with the latest news and new serial killer arrests/trials/news. I'd like to make it more user involved, kind of like a social network type site for users interested in the topic. I sort of had that with MurderSpace, but it didn't have the information content, just the users. I'd also like more media, videos, audio, etc...When I had SKTV I had the video part down, but not the info and users...Lately I've been trying to incorporate all of them into one. I've now got more customizable profiles on the main site of SKC, and there's also a pretty decent sized video gallery. I'm considering making a Wiki like site for serial killer profiles, but I don't have the time to do the fact checking to make sure everything everybody adds is correct.

  Paul White Drawing   (Joe Hile's collection)

Thanks again Joe for the interview, and sharing some of your collection.

Click here to check out Serial Killer Central.
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