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A Political Street Dictionary for a 21st Century

Our new reality of life is rapidly spiraling back to the beginning of the 20th Century. Most experts will agree that history does repeat its events and trends exactly. Yet, history can and does reflect the events of 100 years ago.

The forces unleashed in the time period of 1900 through 1920 set and framed the energy of the entire 20th century politics, government, economics, resources, and war. Those forces are still at work in the 21st as recent events show.

What follows are short definitions of political terms.

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Agriculture, Home and Garden

Hemp: the holy grail for West Kentucky farmers
Sen. Rand Paul, left, and Rep. Richard Heath listen to hemp presentation. Hemp food additive in bag manufactured in Canada can be sold but not produced in US.
Hemp: the holy grail for West Kentucky farmers

Hemp is quickly becoming the Holy Grail for Western Kentucky farmers. The promise of a new crop that can be animal feed, people food, medicine, fabric, and a building material is a siren call for agriculture.

Senator Rand Paul spent some time in Calloway County recently listening to an extended elevator pitch at the Scott Lowe Farm. The farm grows over 700 acres of hemp and has capacity for 200 more acres.

Senator Paul and State Representative Richard Heath, Graves, McCracken, heard farmer Joseph Kelly discuss the potential for hemp, among other uses, as a food source. There's just one problem: the crop is still considered a Class A drug by the federal government.

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