Scott Walker the Traitor of the TEA Party Movement

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When Scott Walker ran one of the promises that he made was to repeal the smoking ban.  Not only did this ban violate the Constitution namely the takings clause of the fifth and 14th amendment. ” nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Mr Walker not only reneged on that promise, it appears that he is expanding the attack on smokers using the exact same methods that Comrade Doyle used to enact the ban.  The state budget. First here is Scott in his own words on the smoking ban.

Mr Walker has a multi-pronged attack on smokers in the budget.

The first is an attack on the owners of the RYO machines on page 435

17. Cigarette Regulation Updates
The Governor recommends defining organizations that operate roll-your-own cigarette rolling machines for public use as cigarette manufacturers. The Governor also recommends studying the use of additional cigarette stamping methods. The fiscal impact from the change in regulation of roll-your-own tobacco machines is an estimated increase in tax revenue of $1.4 million in FY14 and FY15.

Ignoring the fact that there will be no increase in revenue, actually revenue will go down as a result of smuggling, it is a matter of justice.  Should the books be balanced on the backs of smokers?

On the Freedom index Wisconsin rates towards the bottom we are the 12th worst, down two points from 2009.

Wisconsin performs below average in a number of personal freedom categories. The state has high victimless crimes arrest rates, though its drug enforcement rate is below average. It has the worst gaming laws in the country (social gambling is not allowed) and almost the strictest campaign finance laws. The state also performs below average on gun freedom and travel freedom. Home schools are regulated with some onerous notification requirements. Wisconsin has some of the best alcohol laws in the country, with taxes fairly low across the board. However, its cigarette taxes are very high and smoking bans are extensive. Wisconsin recently enacted a domestic partnership law. Its asset forfeiture laws score well (over one standard deviation better than average).

Policy Recommendations

  • Reduce the income tax burden while continuing to cut back spending through cuts in government employment and public employee benefits.
  • Pass a right-to-work law, whenever political conditions so allow.
  • Reform tobacco and marijuana regulations, using the state’s alcohol-friendly beer, wine, and spirits regulations as a model.

The second assault is on Government employees. On Page 167

The Governor recommends that the Group Insurance Board expand the current wellness program and implement a tobacco use surcharge for state employees beginning in calendar year 2014. The Governor also recommends increasing expenditure authority for supplies and services related to these wellness initiatives.
4. Modifications to Group Insurance by the Group Insurance Board
The Governor recommends a statutory modification that will allow expansions of group insurance coverage only if deemed cost-effective by the Group Insurance Board.
Employee Trust Funds 155

Of course it has been proven time and again that smokers cost society less not more so any surcharge is punitive and more “Nanny Statism” and not good policy.

The last is the funding of the very groups that lobby against smokers.  They do it under the guise of Quit lines but these lines are the very groups that lobby against smokers so any funding to them is direct funding to their lobbying efforts since it frees up their other money. Page 220

MISSION
To support economic prosperity and quality of life, the department exercises multiple roles in the protection and promotion of the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin.
PROGRAMS, GOALS, OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES
Note: Programs, goals, objectives and activities have been modified.
Program 1: Public Health Services Planning, Regulation and Delivery
Goal: Provide QuitLine tobacco cessation services for up to 8,000 BadgerCare Plus adults and First Breath face-to-face cessation counseling for up to 3,000 pregnant BadgerCare Plus members using financial incentives as a tool for increasing engagement in treatment and increasing quit rates.
Objective/Activity: Create structure and process to link BadgerCare Plus members in South Central and Northeastern Wisconsin to the QuitLine by January 2012.
Objective/Activity: Create structure and process to link BadgerCare Plus pregnant women in Southeastern Wisconsin to First Breath by January 2012.
Objective/Activity: Implement protocols for evaluation by March 2012. Evaluate effectiveness and return on investment of individual incentives on tobacco cessation by December 2015.

Of course the above is pushed by those who work in tobacco control and lobby for these laws.  What it does not show that the big pharma solutions that they push are not only ineffective but they fail to show their ties to the big pharmaceutical companies pushing them.

Again Nanny Statism is not a legitimate function in a constitutional government.

The tactics used by Scott Walker are identical to those of Comrade Doyle and one can only wonder how much this has to do with his wife’s ties to the American Lung Association.  From her bio page.

First Lady Tonette Walker

First Lady Tonette Walker was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wis.  She spent more than 20 years employed in the insurance industry before working for the American Diabetes Association. Currently, the first lady works in the development department for the American Lung Association.

Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Accuses the Rest of the Story Author of Being Unprofessional

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Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights Accuses the Rest of the Story Author of Being Unprofessional 

 

I disagree with Dr Siegel on the issue of smoking bans, but I would never question his integrity!  He is one of the very few within the Tobacco Control Movement that is willing to stand on what he believes is sound science. A lot of earlier links to his works are broken as are a lot of mine when I was with “Ban the Ban Wisconsin”

There are only two people in the “Tobacco Control” movement that I have any respect for and that is the good “Dr Siegel” and “Martin Pion” of MoGASP although I am losing faith in the latter as I have been banished from his site without explanation.  Both are members of the FDA shadow panel.

I defended Dr Siegel several years ago while working with “Ban the Ban Wisconsin” not because I agreed with him but because of his integrity.  One can disagree with someone and still respect them for their integrity.  Science is not as simple as 2+2=4, and it is even less so when it comes to statistics, and the entirety of smoking bans are based on statistics! And as Mark Twain said in his autobiography said “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics”

It is one thing to disagree with someone, it is quite another to attack their integrity.  This is not the first time that Dr Siegel has been attacked! The other time I defended him they attempted to get him fired from his job at the Boston University School of Public Health.  Again my post at “Ban the Ban” is gone and I can’t find his post from that period, but it did happen. But to put the good doctors words in perspective.

As a primarily science-based movement, public health is supposed to have room for those who dissent from consensus opinions based on reasonable scientific grounds. To argue that those who fail to conclude that the small relative risk for lung cancer of 1.3 among persons exposed to secondhand smoke is indicative of a causal connection are comparable to Holocaust deniers is to turn public health into a religion, where the doctrines must be accepted on blind faith to avoid being branded as a heretic.

While I personally believe the evidence is sufficient to conclude that secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer, there are a considerable number of reputable scientists who have come to different conclusions. While I believe those scientists are wrong, I would never argue that they are denialists, nor would I ever compare their dissent with Holocaust denial.

Diethelm and McKee appear to be basing their assessment that secondhand smoke “dissenters” are “denialists” not on the reasonableness of the scientific arguments, but on the position of these arguments. This is a dangerous proposition which threatens the integrity of public health by turning it into a purely ideological movement, rather than a scientific one.

Again my links are broken but those are the words of Dr Siegel, if I could find the original article Diethelm and McKee compared those of us fighting the bans as flat earther’s yet it was those very people that tried to use consensus and political might to suppress the opposition.

As much taxpayer money that is being spent in the name of “Big Pharma” and in the name of Tobacco Control” it is time for a full fledged investigation into the spending and grants into this prohibitionist movement.  A lot of the money funding this movement came from extortion from the Master Settlement Agreement, when in history was any group forced through force of law, forced to fund the lobby group lobbying against them.  Where the Jews forced to fund the Nazi party?  Where the blacks forced to fund the KKK? But in modern america it is acceptable to force smokers to fund the very people lobbying against them? And even with the billions of dollars they have extorted they still demand more through more punitive taxes!  When does it all end!

For the Children!

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“For the children” has been the mantra for modern day prohibitionist for quite some time, and why not? IT WORKS!  Who would dare not make sacrifices in the name of “the children”.

“The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation.”

The question is does the science back up their claims? Not really!  A recent report shows childhood asthma rates are skyrocketing!

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Asthma nationwide is at an all-time high.  About 1 in 12 people in the U.S. now have asthma, an increase of more than 4 million in the last decade, and what’s most concerning is experts don’t know why.

Not only are there more people with asthma, but its costing those people billions of dollars more to treat the condition that’s not merely uncomfortable; it can be deadly.

Of course those of us fighting for freedom of choice and property rights have been using the following graph for years!

Then there is this new study on allergies.

MedWire News: Parental smoking during childhood and personal cigarette smoking in teenage and early adult life lowers the risk for allergic sensitization in those with a family history of atopy, according to the results of a study from New Zealand.

Writing in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Robert Hancox (University of Otago, Dunedin) and colleagues explain that “the findings are consistent with the hypothesis that the immune-suppressant effects of cigarette smoke protect against atopy.”

They go on to say.

The authors write: “We found that children who were exposed to parental smoking and those who took up cigarette smoking themselves had a lower incidence of atopy to a range of common inhaled allergens.
“These associations were found only in those with a parental history of asthma or hay fever.”
They conclude: ”
The harmful effects of cigarette smoke are well known, and there are many reasons to avoid it.
“Our findings suggest that preventing allergic sensitization is not one of them.”

How can this be, you ask?

Well to understand that you would have to look at the rational behind a vaccine.

A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism, and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe. The agent stimulates the body’s immune system to recognize the agent as foreign, destroy it, and “remember” it, so that the immune system can more easily recognize and destroy any of these microorganisms that it later encounters.

But they say that there is no safe level of second hand smoke!

Well, they ignore the first rule of toxicology.

EVERYTHING IS TOXIC, DOSE MAKES THE POISON.

From Yale

A substance can produce the harmful effect associated with its toxic properties only if it reaches a susceptible biological system within your body in a sufficient concentration (a high enough dose). The toxic effect of a substance increases as the exposure (or dose) to the susceptible biological system increases. For all chemicals there is a dose response curve, or a range of doses that result in a graded effect between the extremes of no effect and 100% response (toxic effect). All chemical substances will exhibit a toxic effect given a large enough dose. If the dose is low enough even a highly toxic substance will cease to cause a harmful effect. The toxic potency of a chemical is thus ultimately defined by the dose (the amount) of the chemical that will produce a specific response in a specific biological system.

“All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison….” Paracelsus (1493-1541)

So where do they get this no safe level from?

Well it’s called the LINEAR NO THRESHOLD  MODEL which was designed for radioactive materials and even that is in dispute!

NONE of the studies on second hand smoke have a linear dose response curve, NONE! So that is an out and out lie!  As a matter of fact they have no real dose response curve period. All they have is statistics taken from “observational studies” (surveys) and even the vast majority of them showed no statistical significance. The only way they could come up with any meaningful numbers was to cheat and use META-ANALYSIS which I have written
about.

But what about lung cancer, isn’t exposing children to second hand smoke increasing their chance of lung cancer?

We’ll, the fact is there was only one study that included children, yup just one. It was commissioned by the WHO (World Health Organization) and guess what, they came to the same conclusion as the above study. IT MAY HAVE A PROTECTIVE EFFECT!

No you say! Well first you have to learn a little on how to read a study, in particular you need to understand CI’s (Confidence Intervals) This from Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

How to Interpret a Confidence Interval
When you see a confidence interval in a published medical report, you should look for two things. First, does the interval contain a value that implies no change or no effect? For example, with a confidence interval for a difference look to see whether that interval includes zero. With a confidence interval for a ratio, look to see whether that interval contains one.

Here’s an example of a confidence interval that contains the null value. The interval shown below implies no statistically significant change.

Here’s an example of a confidence interval that excludes the null value. If we assume that larger implies better, then the interval shown below would imply a statistically significant improvement.

Here’s a different example of a confidence interval that excludes the null value. The interval shown below implies a statistically significant decline.

Remember “ONE” OR 1 IS THE NULL POINT

Now to WHO’s study.

Results: ETS exposure during childhood
was not associated with an increased risk of lung
cancer (odds ratio [OR] for ever exposure = 0.78; 95% confidence
interval [CI] = 0.64–0.96).

If you notice they don’t mention the protective effect. But the numbers don’t lie. The entire CI is less then one, meaning a protective effect.  As a matter of fact children exposed to second hand smoke  have a 22% lesser chance of getting lung cancer.  As a matter of fact that was the only statistically significant finding of the study.  No wonder they tried to hide it.

So if there is research showing positive effects, why don’t we hear about it?  Why isn’t there more research done?

For that you have to know about the players involved and the role that “Big Pharma” plays, that alone would take dozens of posts.  Here is but one example.

Stanton Glantz started a group for non-smokers rights back in the 70’s. He was a key player in the 1992 EPA report(Which they got caught faking) and every subsequent Surgeon General’s Report. Here is his philosophy on doing research.

“…that’s the question that I have applied to my research relating to tobacco: If this comes out the way I think, will it make a difference [toward achieving the goal]. And if the answer is yes, then we do it, and if the answer is I don’t know, then we don’t bother. Okay? And that’s the criteria.”
–  Written Transcript Of 3-Day Conference Called “Revolt Against Tobacco,” L.A., 1992

He is not the only one.  Much has been written on the “Scientific McCarthyism” within the neo-prohibitionist movement.

The funding an the ties between the movement and “Big Pharma” have also been well documented. Perhaps the person who has written the most on it is Dr Epstein from Prevent Cancer.  Another who points to the influence of “Big Pharma” on the neo-prohibitionist movement is former tobacco control trainer Dr Michael Siegel.  Mark from Clean Air Quality blogspot has written a lot on the subject.   Here is just one and here in Wisconsin I exposed a bit of astroturfing they did here. Suffice it to say they stand to make billions from the smoking cessation industry.  Well the rise in the asthma rates was an unexpected bonus for them, or was it?

So to you prohibitionist out there, ready to inoculate your kids?  Come on! SPARK ONE UP. . . Remember . . . “IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN”

Attack on Wisconsin RYO Shops Are an Attack on Liberty

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In less than two weeks the fate of Wisconsin’s RYO shops will be in the hands of Wisconsin’s courts. While Neo-prohibitionist groups Like Smoke Free Wisconsin make the call “for the children” using questionable polls and out and out lies. It is time to inject some facts. These little RYO shops are not “Big Tobacco” most are middle class citizens just trying to make a living in these economic hard times. Some owners have even mortgaged their homes to start these little Mom and Pop shops. The claims that they are not paying their fair share of taxes is an out and out lie. The fact is that over 70% of the cost of their product is taxes. The closure of these places are not only an assault on low income smokers but on economic liberty. The draconian tobacco taxes are as un-American a the three Pence tax on tea which led to the Revolutionary war. But to shut down these little mom and pop shops will drive the business to SMUGGLERS.

This is what happens when an oppressive government tries to impose it’s will on the people. And it won’t be the heroic smugglers of history’s past like John Hancck the smuggling powerhouse of patriotic times. But the drug smugglers of the modern day prohibitionist era. One first has to remember what a smuggler has to offer. That is goods or services that Government tyrants want to either prevent or interfere with peaceable voluntary exchange among individuals. But worse is the illusion that it will protect the children flies in the face of the facts. This from a study in Canada where smuggling is prevalent.

TORONTO – Ontario’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health recently released a study which found that contraband cigarettes were consumed regularly by half of underage smokers today. The study, conducted as part of the 2009 Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, was the first that asked youth their source, and prevalence of use of cigarettes. Beyond the finding that 50% of youth smokers had smoked at least one contraband cigarette per day over the past year, the study also found that 43% of all cigarettes smoked by youth were contraband.

And in Europe they actually use teens in their trafficking.

Smuggling tobacco products to UK is getting so hugely profitable that smugglers even started to offer teenagers free trips to Spain in exchange for bringing cigarettes with them to the country.

According to UK Customs authorities, they are confiscating up to 50 million of smokes, and it becomes evident that criminal gangs are using teenagers to smuggle cigarettes into Britain by giving them flight tickets and money to have holidays in those European countries where cigarettes are less expensive.

Think that can’t happen here? It’s already happening!

One only look to out neighbors to the east.

MIDLAND — Michigan’s inbound cigarette smuggling rate was 10th highest in the nation in 2009, according to a Mackinac Center study released today. The report is an update of the Center’s 2008 cigarette tax and smuggling study,

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) have found that Russian, Armenian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Taiwanese, and Middle Eastern (mainly Pakistani, Lebanese, and Syrian) organized crime groups are highly involved in the trafficking of contraband and counterfeit cigarettes and counterfeit tax stamps for profit.

That next drive by shooting may be over cigarette territory. Forget Second hand smoke. think lead poisoning!

Senator Ron Johnson says Get Out of the Way!

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I hate to keep using Vicki McKenna’s podcast, but this one is too good not to share. Monday she interviewed Senator Johnson and it was music to this Libertarians ears, he told the government “TO GET OUT OF THE WAY!” Where have I heard those words . . . Gasp, could it be “Atlas Shrugged
First I will share thus clip of left-wing propagandist Keith Olbermann.

Atlas Shrugged fiction or prophesy?

There was a time when Ben Franklin’s words “A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned” In Brand’s book those that lived in Paul’s Mulch rejected the monopoly money, rejected the Fed and returned to the gold and silver standard. I was one when the book came out and remember when silver was still used. One silver dime would buy you a coke and a candy bar. Gasoline was $0.25 a gallon, so a dime would buy you a little less than a half a gallon. The coins were approximately 90% silver and 10% copper. Based on the current rate for both metals you could still buy a coke and a candy bar or a half a gallon of gas with that same dime. Can the same be said for the funny money issued by the Fed? No they steal wealth from rich and poor using warm and fuzzy terms like “Quanitative easing.”

To make matters worse, if you own property in Wisconsin your taxes are probably higher than your property was worth 50 years ago. So in todays progressive system “A Penny saved is a  Penny Burned” You are better off going deal in debt ands paying it back with even more worthless money. The governments policies reflect this reckless attitude.

The video touches on Obamacare, that has been gone over so many times I won’t rehash it here, but the administration claims the authority through the commerce clause, so what was the founders intent when they framed that clause.

The original intent of the Commerce Clause was to make “normal” or “regular” commerce between the states; thus it was designed to promote trade and exchange not restrict it. Further, it was specifically aimed at preventing the states from enacting impediments to the free flow of “commerce” such as tariffs, quotas and taxes.

Recent moves by the administration clearly violate that intent. The PACT act clearly comes to mind.

the sale of illegal cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products significantly reduces Federal, State, and local government revenues, with Internet sales alone accounting for billions of dollars of lost Federal, State, and local tobacco tax revenue each year

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If you look at those who crafted the legislation and you will see that this was a protectionist act. Not to foster competition and get the best deal for the consumer, but to protect the revenue stream of states inflicting excessive and abusive taxes inflicted by those states. I know, I know, it was about tobacco and many hate tobacco and don’t care if smokers get abused, but wait that was just a trial gallon, they are going after all internet sales under the warm and fuzzy name “Main Street Fairness Act

to require all remote sellers not qualifying for the small seller exception to collect and remit sales and use taxes on remote sales owed to each such member state under the terms of the agreement

In atlas shrugged this would be the equivalent of “the dog eat dog rule”

Life Liberty and Property.

“In the former sense, a man’s land, or merchandize, or money is called his property.

“In the latter sense, a man has property in his opinions and the free communication of them.

“He has a property of peculiar value in his religious opinions, and in the profession and practice dictated by them.

He has property very dear to him in the safety and liberty of his person.

“He has an equal property in the free use of his faculties and free choice of the objects on which to employ them.

James Madison

For the most part I am listing liberty regulated away during my lifetime but the next one is linked to the 90 year old DEATH TAX. But in my lifetime the added the GIFT TAX

A gift tax is a tax imposed on the gratuitous transfer of ownership of property.

When a taxable gift in the form of cash, stocks, real estate, or other tangible or intangible property

Don’t like banks, don’t even think of making large purchases with cash.

If you bring in more than $10,000 in cash or cash equivalents to your dealer he will present you with a Federal Form 8300 which will require things like your name, address, and social security number. Form 8300 is the real deal and presents serious legal consequences for both the buyer and the dealer

So not even your property is yours to use or dispose of as you see fit. Speaking of property The Smoking Bans are the government seizing private property for public use and dictating who businesses must cater to, much like the Jim Cro laws of the past. As a matter of fact this issue is being heard in the Ohio Supreme Court on the 19th. From the brief

Locke was clear that government, and the police
power in particular, were instituted to secure,
rather than to imperil, property rights: the power exists to
secure rights rather than to provide public goods, and its use is only legitimate insofar as it does so, while
leaving citizens with the enjoyment of “their properties in peace and safety.

Last the vast majority of the gun control laws were written in my lifetime. When I was young you could mail order guns out of the back of magazines, all you had to do was put a check in the box certifying that you were over 21.

So as you listen to Ron Johnson and he mentions the millions of pages of regulations realize that the majority of them were written in my lifetime.

Part 2

So while I am ticked at the recent actions of Scott Walker, after hearing Ron Johnson gives me hope for the Republican Party.

You’ve Been Outed! (Rant of a Keyboard Warrior)

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I started my journey into being active in the political process as a keyboard warrior.  I would post on forum and newspaper comment sections under the cover of anonymity.  On Topix I used the name Free_America’ at the Crapital Times FreeAmerica.  I gave up that anonymity the day I became a proud member of Ban the Ban Wisconsin, but since I had established accounts at these various places I continued using my pseudonyms at these various places but frequently added who I was and my affiliations.  Recently aware of the plight of friends at a local RYO shop and decided to take an active role in their fight.  I contacted Vicki McKenna using my credentials as a member of Ban the Ban as my introduction and enlisted her help in the fight for these RYO shops, I neither asked for nor was I granted anonymity.  To the shock of some fellow keyboard warriors, Vicki dared utter the name “Marshall Keith” on the air.  Some of them emailed me telling me that Vicki had “outed” me and that now “they know who you are”.   I of course found this quite humorous for “they” have known for quite some time.  After a week of reflection I no longer see humor in it, as a matter of fact I am PISSED!.  Not at the keyboard warriors, but at the culture of fear behind it. Just thus week at the Greenbelt Patch James Repace a so called unbiased scientist who took part tn the 1992 EPA report and the two subsequent Surgeon generals reports used prioritizes like tobacco trolls, nicotine addicts, Fronting for Big Tobacco, Forces Goons, etc etc etc. He referred to fellow scientists who disagreed with him “the usual suspects”.  Yet he could not answer simple questions like why they had to cheat and use meta-analysis.  To those of us in the fight these tactics are nothing new, they are actually part of the tobacco control training as stated by former Tobacco Control trainer Dr Michael Siegel.


The true colors of the modern-day anti-smoking movement showed brightly last week, as a prominent smoke-free air advocate (me) was thrown off a smoke-free advocacy list-serve for daring to criticize an inflammatory and unfounded personal attack, bordering on defamation, of an individual (private citizen) who is a smoking ban opponent which was posted on the list-serve.

And of course the do frequent polls to see how effective their demonization campaign is working.
These tactics are not just limited to those fighting the smoking ban, indeed we see exactly the same tactics used against the Tea party, those fighting for second amendment rights and conservatives in general. Just last week at a local watering hole, one in the group went on a rant about how everything was Bush’s fault and on how people were not giving Obama a chance?  I began to talk about free market principles to which he jumped up and screamed “You sound like a fucking Republican”!  I smiled and responded “Worse, a Libertarian”.  I got that deer in the headlight look.  He lapped up the left’s Kool-aid and freely offered it to others, but didn’t have a clue. His response did not surprise me, it was the lack of response by others who I knew for a fact didn’t agree with him. With his outburst he forced them into silence.  This is their goal!  Do they think racial taunts like “Uncle Tom” are going to silence a strong black man like Herman Cain?  Hell no, it is to silence any weaker blacks who may be considering straying from the collective fold.  And of course when the facts don’t fit the propaganda, “Fake IT”.

And if you listen to Vicki’s show there very well may be a little of that hanky panky going on using the war on drugs as a tool to enact even more gun control.

Why would they do this?  Because perception is everything.

Propaganda is not a matter for average minds, but rather a matter for practitioners.  It is not supposed to be lovely or theoretically correct. . . . We do not want to be a movement of a few straw brains, but rather a movement that can conquer the broad masses. Propaganda should be popular, not intellectually pleasing.  It is not the task of propaganda to discover intellectual truths. Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels

And again they take polls to see if their campaign is working.  Again, not to silence people like me, Vicki or Herman Cain. Their goal is to silence You,  my fellow keyboard warriors. Those who are afraid to speak their mind in the light of day.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

And this goes hand in hand with Benjamen Franklin’s quote.

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

We see daily the constitution and our very liberty being whittled away, all in the name of safety, and not all of it by lawmakers.   It is also dying the death of a thousand papercuts from the rulemakers at the regulatory agencies.

More on incrementalism and the coat tax.

http://a1135.g.akamai.net/f/1135/18227/1h/cchannel.download.akamai.com/18227/podcast/MILWAUKEE-WI/WISN-AM/vm_10-07-11_hour1_part2.mp

The last of these ad-hominem attacks took place on facebook. Vicki was celebrating the fact that she has not had a cigarette in a year. Instead of celebrating with her she was attacked because she used a non Tobacco Control (Big Pharma) approved method, the e-cigarette. Sharon Daniel How’s it feel to be a pusher?” Again this is a tactic by tobacco control to push thir drug partners potentially fatal drugs and has no basis in fact.

So if you hide behind your keyboard through the safety of anonymity or hang your head in silence while they burn the Constitution, remember this warning from the past.

First they came for the communists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left to speak out for me.

Smoke Free Wisconsin, Spin Baby Spin

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State Stands by Our Kids, Makes RYO Shops Follow the Law

Do you pay taxes? Roll-Your Own (RYO) tobacco companies don’t.

Really? Please, the cigarettes are rolled by the customer not the store! all appropriate taxes are PAID!

By allowing RYO shops to not pay taxes, we give children the idea that sometimes smoking can be okay.

Really again please, these are shops that cater to adults, I do not see scores of children standing in line to enter them. But the real facts are more disturbing. Ask a school aged kid whether it is easier to get a pack of smokes or a bag of weed. You may be shocked by the answer, yet as states impose draconian punitive taxes on the product those same people that sell children weed are getting into, the tobacco business.

WASHINGTON — A recent wave of state tobacco tax increases, designed to pump revenue into cash-strapped local governments, is inspiring an increasingly dangerous cigarette smuggling industry where big profits lure violent criminal gangs and drug traffickers into the booming illegal market, according to law enforcement officials and court records.

And of course there is evidence that it is funding the terrorist that want to kill us and our children.

A new report from the Republican staff of the House Homeland Security Committee says federal and state governments, especially New York’s, must do more to combat cigarette smuggling because its profits fund terrorist entities abroad.

“Recent law enforcement investigations … have directly linked those involved in illicit tobacco trade to infamous terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah, Hamas, and al Qaeda,” states the report.

But then they go on to make the claim that it costs the Wisconsin taxpayers money.

When we allow the promotion of unhealthy habits we, in turn, get an unhealthy generation that we have to foot the bill for. In fact, we already pay the price—each year Wisconsin pays $2.8 billion dollars on tobacco health care costs. Half a billion dollars from that cost comes directly from the pockets of Wisconsin taxpayers in the form of Medicaid.

Again Really, do you people remember that the smokers already pay for this through the Master Settlement agreement?

The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) was entered in November 1998, originally between the four largest US tobacco companies and the attorneys general of 46 states. The states settled their Medicaid lawsuits against the tobacco industry for recovery of their tobacco-related, health-care costs,

And of course you completely ignore the fact that smokers cost less than the non-smokers.

LONDON — Preventing obesity and smoking can save lives, but it does not save money, according to a new report.

It costs more to care for healthy people who live years longer, according to a Dutch study that counters the common perception that preventing obesity would save governments millions of dollars.

My favorite part is where they keep demanding government funding to push their Neo-prohibitionist policies.

Unfortunately, our state keeps cutting funding to the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, hurting our potential progress in lowering the burden of tobacco on our state

But hey it’s for the children.

For more information on Smoke Free Wisconsin and their ties to big pharma.

For a great piece on the plight of these RYO shops.

For a great documentary on the Progressive Era Prohibition and how closely it matches the modern day progressive era.

Come on Smoke Free, do you have anything that remotely resembles integrity?

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