Amazing! MSM has actually done some investigative reporting, forced no doubt. This story is so strange that I thought it was worth posting.
Critics Accuse Obama and Drug Companies of Making a Backroom Deal that Could End Up Costing Seniors More for Drugs
By Sharyl Attkisson
WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2009
(CBS) While much of the health care debate has been carried out publicly, some very private negotiations have gone on too - between the White House and the pharmaceutical industry. So private, neither side will release all the details, yet they potentially involve millions of Americans, reports CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.
Sources say negotiations involving the White House and the pharmaceutical industry shifted to fast-forward in mid-June. President Obama had just taken a serious hit on the escalating cost of his health care plan and needed a shot in the arm. Days later, he got it with the full backing of the pharmaceutical industry and its promise to save Americans $80 billion in health care costs.
"This is just part of the legislative process - working with industry, part of getting this done," said Nancy-Ann Deparle, director of the White House Office of Health Reform. "And the great thing is the pharmaceutical industry and others in the health care sector are supporting reform this time."
But what did the pharmaceutical industry get in return? Initial reports said the White House agreed not to seek price controls on drugs for seniors on Medicare and would not support importing cheaper drugs from Canada. Both the White House and the pharmaceutical industry now dispute that.
Q2 Cable Ratings: FNC Dominance; Up Across the Board; 10 Top Shows
Fox News Channel continued its ratings dominance in the just concluded second quarter. Compared to Q2 '08 FNC is up an astonishing 33% among Total Viewers and up 44% in the A25-54 demo in Total Day (Monday-Sunday). In primetime (Monday-Friday) the numbers are even more impressive: up 35% in Total Viewers and up 54% in younger viewers. FNC is on-track to have the highest rated year in the network's 13 year history.
In primetime, Fox News has more Total Viewers and younger viewers than MSNBC and CNN combined.
Fox News occupies the Top 10 spots on cable news among Total Viewers:
8pm - O'Reilly Factor — 3,188,000
9pm - Hannity — 2,341,000
5pm - Glenn Beck — 2,053,000
10pm - On the Record — 1,950,000
6pm - Special Report — 1,889,000
7pm - Fox Report — 1,757,000
11pm - O'Reilly Factor — 1,579,000
9am - America's Newsroom — 1,399,000
4pm - Your World — 1,389,000
3pm - Studio B — 1,169,000
Fox News is the #3 basic cable network in primetime - behind USA and TNT. CNN is #23 and MSNBC is #25.
More details on show-by-show growth, after the jump...
What is going on? Not wanting to cause any panic, but reading this email made me go: what????
Barrack Obama Supporters plan on converging on Congressmans Ron Paul's office in Texas.
This the Email sent to Barrack Obama Supporters:
People need to be at his offices with cameras. I have a feeling they will bring in ACORN from Houston and the surrounding areas along with the Union workers. Rep. Ron Paul is been a staunch critic of the Fed takeover of our economy as well as gaining momentum of audit the fed. Do not be surprised if they terrorize,disrupt and intimidate the staffers and constituents of his district. Just another reminder Galveston,Brazoria and Matagorda counties all applied for federal bailout money from the Fed. Lets be sure the local police and county Sheriffs do their jobs and not the bidding of the global elite.
HERE IS THE LETTER OBAMA SENT TO HIS SUPPORTERS:
Do not be deceived by this email. They have up their sleeve more than what they are saying
The video mentions that last week one of the media outlets suing the Fed under the Freedom of Information Act them lost its suit. I thought that was strange, since I didn't hear anything about it, and like most of us around here, I keep an eye on the news. By all rights, this should have been big news. But instead of reading about it on the front page of the New York Times (America's paper of record), or splashed across the home page of the Drudge Report, I hear about it via Russia Today.
Sign of the times, friends.
I knew that both Bloomberg & Fox were suing, but the video doesn't mention either firm by name, so I went Googling the news for FOIA Fed. As it turns out, the media outlet they were talking about was Fox News. So I Googled "Fox FOIA," expecting to find an avalanche of coverage. Silly me. I forgot what year it is. What I got was one (1) MSM story on it, from Reuters, and a smattering of blog posts. I even tried a new Bing news search, which was completely useless.
NEW YORK, July 30 (Reuters,) - A U.S. judge on Thursday denied a bid by Fox News Network LLC seeking details from the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve about the central bank's loans to companies affected by the financial crisis.
The owner of the Fox Business cable network made an initial request for documents in November last year under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) about the companies and funds they received between August 2007 and November 2008.
As far as I can tell, even Fox News failed to report on the story.
I was going to end this blog post with the incredulous, "What's going on here?" But on further thought, that would simply be redundant. I think it is pretty clear what is going on. Silly me. I keep forgetting.
Update: Here's a better story from The Reporters Committee for a Free Press (rcfp.org)
“…every man, as long as he does not violate the laws of justice, is left perfectly free to pursue his own interests his own way and to bring both his industry and capital into competition with those of other men.”
– Adam Smith (1776)
As President Obama and his pet Congress continue their crusade to expand the reach of government into our lives, “conventional wisdom” continues to tell us that socialized medicine, rampant wealth redistribution, and government control over one industry after another is “necessary” because of the supposed failure of the free market to adequately address the needs of society. The way the “free market” is characterized by politicians and media pundits, it is not surprising that most Americans seem to regard it as some sort of special interest group (Mr. Undersecretary, the gentlemen from the free market are here to see you). Doubtless, when most Americans hear the words “free market,” they picture the CEO’s of Detroit automakers flying in on corporate jets or Wall Street financiers busy mastering the universe. This mischaracterization of the free market is ironic, seeing as both of these groups have recently sought and obtained capital from people who were not free to refuse (taxpayers).
So, before trying to ascertain whether or not the free market has failed society, it is necessary to define exactly what it is. This is not so much difficult as it is inconvenient for those who either wish to exert control over our lives or who wish to be controlled by those that they believe can offer them security in exchange for their liberty - even if it means destroying liberty for everyone. For both of these groups, the “free market” is something that must be characterized as something that it is not. To recognize it for what it is would both threaten their own ability to justify their positions and concede to their victims that what they advocate is in fact abject slavery. Neither result is palatable to opponents of the free market, so gibberish is necessary for them from both a moral and practical perspective.
So, let us say here what it seems that no one anywhere wants to come out and say: the free market is nothing more than all members of society exercising their inalienable rights. It is nothing more and nothing less. Any other system, by definition, violates some or all of these rights.
Justin Miller deserves credit for his Atlantic article pointing out how Gallup and Rasmussen polling agencies are ignoring Ron Paul as a potential 2012 candidate. Justin Miller makes the rather obvious case for Ron Paul's consideration.
Kudos to Justin Miller, but I feel he should have at least acknowledged the widespread censorship and slander Ron Paul faced during his presidential campaign. I detailed much of it here: Censoring Ron Paul (then and now).
I gotta admit it. Doug Wead is cool. He has an immense knowledge of Presidential history... and he likes Ron Paul too:
Peter Schiff Thursday on MSNBC's Morning Joe. There is a ton of material in here besides the Senate discussion. Schiff articulates clearly that the financial crisis has passed but the economic one is still squarely upon us. His targets are moral hazard, Greenspan, Bernanke and the Fed. Scarborough mentions the SEC decision in 2004 that allowed leverage to balloon for the lucky 5, and also takes a shot at Paulson. Excellent discussion.
The DuQuoin (IL) State Fairgrounds will be brought to life by the Spirit of Liberty on October 9, 10 and 11 as grassroots activists from across the political spectrum and across the nation gather for the Midwest Liberty Fest. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from successful activists, hear from current candidates and celebrate the growing movement toward freedom and constitutional government.
The planning committee, sponsored by the Liberty Restoration Project, consists of activists who decided to provide the public with an event centered around ideas that unite us instead of divide us. The goal is to empower concerned citizens through the knowledge and real experiences of successful movers and shakers; everyone should be able to walk away with action items and project ideas in hand!
Some of the most well-known names in the liberty movement will be paired with up-and-coming leaders. From Adam Kokesh, the Iraq veteran and anti-war activist turned Congressional Candidate, to Michael Badnarik, the 2004 Libertarian candidate for President and Constitutional Scholar, to Sheriff Richard Mack, the man educating our nation's law enforcement on their Constitutional role, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from some serious movers and shakers.
Interested speakers, musicians or sponsors should send a letter of request to the planning team at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
IT’S too bad so many people are falling into poverty at a time when it’s almost illegal to be poor. You won’t be arrested for shopping in a Dollar Store, but if you are truly, deeply, in-the-streets poor, you’re well advised not to engage in any of the biological necessities of life — like sitting, sleeping, lying down or loitering. City officials boast that there is nothing discriminatory about the ordinances that afflict the destitute, most of which go back to the dawn of gentrification in the ’80s and ’90s. “If you’re lying on a sidewalk, whether you’re homeless or a millionaire, you’re in violation of the ordinance,” a city attorney in St. Petersburg, Fla., said in June, echoing Anatole France’s immortal observation that “the law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges.”
In defiance of all reason and compassion, the criminalization of poverty has actually been intensifying as the recession generates ever more poverty. So concludes a new study from the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, which found that the number of ordinances against the publicly poor has been rising since 2006, along with ticketing and arrests for more “neutral” infractions like jaywalking, littering or carrying an open container of alcohol.
The report lists America’s 10 “meanest” cities — the largest of which are Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Francisco — but new contestants are springing up every day. The City Council in Grand Junction, Colo., has been considering a ban on begging, and at the end of June, Tempe, Ariz., carried out a four-day crackdown on the indigent. How do you know when someone is indigent? As a Las Vegas statute puts it, “An indigent person is a person whom a reasonable ordinary person would believe to be entitled to apply for or receive” public assistance.
That could be me before the blow-drying and eyeliner, and it’s definitely Al Szekely at any time of day. A grizzled 62-year-old, he inhabits a wheelchair and is often found on G Street in Washington — the city that is ultimately responsible for the bullet he took in the spine in Fu Bai, Vietnam, in 1972. He had been enjoying the luxury of an indoor bed until last December, when the police swept through the shelter in the middle of the night looking for men with outstanding warrants.
continue reading at the link
I think this video is one of Max Keiser's. GREAT metaphor!
Comments and Thank-you's from Peter Schiff.
Peter Schiff now Senate fundraising leader for GOP candidates in Connecticut for 2010 - Next we have Rand Paul!Submitted by ThePatriot on Sat, 08/08/2009 - 16:48
Well done patriots, you made this happen! Next we have Rand August 20 www.runrandrun.com
The Freedom Movement and Schiff supporters rocked the State of Connecticut on Aug. 7th 2009.
There’s Big News in the Schiff camp tonight!! Thanks to all of the patriots who donated, Peter Schiff’s Fundraising Widget at www.schiffathon.com and www.schiffforsenate.com is showing over 759,000 and climbing has been raised in less than 30 days since Schiff announced his exploratory committee in mid July making Peter Schiff The top fundraiser in the GOP race for senate in the state of Connecticut in the 1st quarter. Republican candidates former Rep. Rob Simmons, who raised $754,000 through June 30, and businessman Tom Foley, a former ambassador to Ireland, who has pulled in $573,000 since launching his campaign June 3. Today, Peter Schiff sent a big message to the GOP and to Chris Dodd.
Part II below