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New Farm Bill Forbids Disclosure of Which Companies Receive Federal Crop Insurance

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New Farm Bill Forbids Disclosure of Which Companies Receive Federal Crop Insurance

 

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We want taxpayer money but we DON”T want the taxpayers to know who got their money. Better to leave that secret Mr/ and Ms. Congressperson (who we gave money to.) We wouldn’t want consumers to get upset. They might just boycott our products if they knew how much they were giving to us through the farm bill. I mean, many of the people buying our products don’t even get any subsidies of their own. We can’t expect them to pay twice for our stuff…Oh wait, I guess we do.

Another jack.

(From AllGov.com)
 
The new law was heavily supported by large agricultural businesses, many of which will benefit from the extension of the federal crop insurance program.
 
But the media and ordinary Americans won’t know who will receive these subsidies because the legislation keeps this information hidden away.
 
While the bill was working its way through Congress, a bipartisan provision in it would have required lawmakers and the Obama administration to disclose crop-insurance recipients.
 
But the agriculture lobby convinced members of Congress to do away with this section of the law.
 
Lawmakers were inclined to listen to the agricultural services industry since it gave nearly $42 million in campaign contributions at the federal and state level and poured more than $62 million into lobbying Washington, according to Nancy Watzman at the Sunlight Foundation.

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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

 

Presidential Cancer Panel Demands More Children Receive HPV Vaccine

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By Susanne Posel
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Presidential Cancer Panel Demands More Children Receive HPV Vaccine

 

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The President’s Cancer Panel (PCP) is demanding that federal and state authorities spend more resources into ensuring that children are inoculated with the human papillomavirus virus vaccine to prevent reproductive cancer development.

HPV vaccine manufacturers GlaxoSmithKline Merck are expecting profit surges because of their products: Cervix and Gardasil.

Currently, estimates assume that a 3rd of teenage girls have been exposed to the HPV vaccines available, while only 7% of boys have received the inoculation.

Barbara Rimer, chair of the PCP said : “We are confident that if HPV vaccination for girls and boys is made a public health priority, hundreds of thousands will be protected from these HPV-associated diseases and cancers over their lifetimes.”

Young men are being targeted for HPV as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says is correlated with the development of genital warts; as well as cancer of the throat, tonsils, base of the tongue, anus and penis.

Gardasil, the vaccination being given to both young men and women to prevent HPV, is manufactured by Merck Pharmaceuticals.

Information in the insert for Gardasil states that the vaccine has not been tested for carcinogenicity. In this instance, there is no evidentiary reason for Gardasil to be used to combat HPV or as a preventative for reproductive cancers.

According to Dr. Charlotte Haug on the validity of Gardasil: “There is another serious question that may be answered sooner: what effect will the vaccine have on the other cancer-causing strains of HPV? Nature never leaves a void, so if HPV-16 and HPV-18 are suppressed by an effective vaccine, other strains of the virus will take their place. The question is, will these strains cause cervical cancer?”

Haug continues: “Results from clinical trials are not encouraging. Vaccinated women show an increased number of precancerous lesions caused by strains of HPV other than HPV-16 and HPV-18. The results are not statistically significant, but if the trend is real – and further clinical trials should tell us in a few years – there is reason for serious concern.”
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) agreed to approve Gardasil in the US under the condition that all-inclusive research were conducted before it would be placed on a children’s scheduled vaccination program.

The contract between the FDA and Merck states: “You have committed to conduct a study in collaboration with the Norwegian Government, if GARDASIL is approved in the European Union and the Government of Norway incorporates HPV vaccination into its national guidelines, to assess the impact of HPV vaccination on the following in Norway … to assess whether administration of GARDASIL will result in replacement of these diseases due to vaccine HPV types with diseases due to non-vaccine HPV types.”

In studies there has been a palatiable increase in those who are exposed to HPV who have also received the Gardasil vaccine to develop cancer.

It was found that in “peer-reviewed analysis and studies many of them on the FDA, NCI and CDC web sites point out the dangers of many of the vaccine ingredients including the potential for the HPV vaccines to increase the risk for pre-cancerous lesions if adolescents have been previously exposed to the human papillomavirus and then get vaccinated: 44.6% increase post Gardasil.”

Most shocking is that in a test taken from 13 samples of Gardasil, it was discovered that “all the samples contained recombinant (genetically modified) HPV DNA which was firmly attached to the aluminum adjuvant.”

This recombinant HPV DNA is considered bio-hazardous with effects unknown to the medical community.

It was stated : “Based on medical literature and some of the FDA/Merck’s own publications, adventitious (coming from an outside source) DNA in an injectable protein-based vaccine may increase the risk of autoimmune disorders and gene mutation which may lead to malignancies.”

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Crony capitalist website Think Progress says “progregssives” shouldn’t work with libertarians to fight the NSA, Could threaten The New Deal

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Crony capitalist website Think Progress says “progregssives” shouldn’t work with libertarians to fight the NSA, Could threaten The New Deal

 

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Fundamentally the author’s concern is about the federal government losing control over the states. If the states reassert their historical, and it should be said – constitutional authority the whole big government dream could unravel even more rapidly than it is unraveling now.

Currently there are anti-NSA “lights out” bills moving through state legislatures. In essence the states seek to penalize utilities and other contractors which supply NSA facilities with water and electricity and so on. The bills would make it illegal to do business with the NSA within the borders of the state.

This is throwing up red flags in the statist camp. Even if the NSA is spying on US citizens, addressing the constitutional violations in this way, in a way which might actually work, could undermine the New Deal which for 70 years has sought to centralize ever more power in Washington DC.

Basically what it comes down to for Think Progress is that liberty, freedom, and human dignity, are less important than an all encompassing state and the dream of what is essentially a socialist United States. Think Progress makes the case that the welfare state is a worthy price for one’s soul.

Better a police state than to have an America which is decentralized and closer to the will of the people.

Pathetic.

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Nick Sorrentino
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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

The GOP Establishment Ain’t What it Used to Be

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By Nick Sorrentino

The GOP Establishment Ain’t What it Used to Be

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Tim Carney writes in the attached piece that the small government types have established beachheads in Washington DC.

We have said that the Tea Party barbarians are at the gate and are now coming over the walls.

Matt Kibbe has talked about the “hostile takeover” going on in the GOP driven by people committed to small government.

But we are all saying the same thing. Serious change is here and a lot more is coming to Washington DC.

The DC Republicans are sort of amazed by the whole phenomenon. Wasn’t it just 3 years ago that everything was normal? What happened? The GOP got defense money and farm subsidies. The Dems got social programs. We yelled at each other a little bit. But in the end everyone knew the game. Get to DC and gather power. Get to DC and gather fame. Get to DC and gather money. Then these Tea Party people showed up and started bitching about cutting spending. What’s worse is that many of them actually meant it.

“Do you know how embarrassing it is when you’ve called yourself a ‘conservative’ for your entire career and then some snot nosed new congressman from Missouri or some other God forsaken place says on TV the you aren’t. And then offers proof?”

“No, I don’t Senator.”

“Well I’ll tell you. It’s damned embarrassing.”

“We should have killed the Internet when we could have. Now everyday people actually know what’s going on. And, well, that’s damned embarrassing too.”

(From The Washington Examiner)

Floor leaders and committee chairmen have always been the GOP’s main contact point with corporations’ political action committees and lobbyists. If a member stays on the good side of party leaders, the leaders make a phone call to a lobbyist who throws the member a fundraiser.

Similarly, if a staffer always played nice with the Establishment, that brought with it job security: Even if your boss retired, you could land on your feet, as the leadership would recommend you for a job in another office, or K Street would hire you.

You can see how this would make dissenting staffers and members watch their words and actions. Sure, members were allowed to vote against the leadership – as long as the leadership didn’t need your vote. But at the end of the day, you had to play ball, otherwise you got no money for re-election, and no jobs for you or your staff.

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Companies lean on employees to give to company PACs (A political contribution 2 step)

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Companies lean on employees to give to company PACs (A political contribution 2 step)

 

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So Bob, I noticed that you haven’t given the ACME CRONY PAC a contribution this year. You know you still have until the end of the year and Stevens is gunning for your job…So… just write a check OK? Thanks.

 

(From Bloomberg.com)
 
Employees receive no tax deduction for the donations, as they do by giving to a charity directly. When soliciting employee contributions to PACs in exchange for charitable donations, companies typically say they want to increase voluntary participation in the political process and support pro-business candidates. Many companies offer a one-for-one match and donate the money to a charity of the employee’s choosing. Coca-Cola and HP both do this.

Of course the companies technically “ask” for a contribution. The unions just extract it without even the heavy handed ask.

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Al Sharpton’s Chicago Town Hall Erupts into Anti-Political Machine Revolt (Awesome Video)

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Al Sharpton’s Chicago Town Hall Erupts into Anti-Political Machine Revolt (Awesome Video)

 

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One of the best videos I have seen in a long time. This is what I’m talking about. Al Sharpton (the MSNBC designated African-American mouth piece for this White House) goes to Chicago and gets an earful from a vastly African American audience which is fed up with the Chicago political system, with Al Sharpton, and to at least some degree with this president.

I found this video deeply encouraging.

 

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Nick Sorrentino
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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.
 

 

Another Batch of Wall Street Villains Freed on Technicality

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Another Batch of Wall Street Villains Freed on Technicality

 

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I liked GE so much better when all I thought they made was light bulbs.

 

(From Rolling Stone)
 
The GE Muni-riggers will now join such luminaries as the Gen Re defendants (executives from an insurance company who were convicted in 2008 of helping AIG conduct a fraudulent accounting transaction) and the KPMG defendants (executives of the U.S. arm of the Dutch accounting giant who were convicted in the 2000s of selling illegal tax shelters) in the ranks of Wall Street line-crossers who improbably made it all the way to guilty verdicts in criminal cases, only to be freed on technicalities later on.
 
As one antitrust lawyer I know put it: “Apparently, the government can’t seem to get criminal trials involving financial executives (as opposed to, well, drug dealers) right. Go figure.”

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Planned Parenthood Behind Massive Obamacare Push

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Planned Parenthood Behind Massive Obamacare Push

 

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About: Knock, knock, who’s there? Obamacare! This is no joke. Very soon your dinner may be interrupted by a representative from a new outreach campaign educating the public about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it’s commonly known.

“Community Connect, LLC” has been posting ads on craigslist seeking Canvassers to work 5 hour shifts for 12 dollars per hour and team leaders for 15 per hour…and they state they’re working with the Planned Parenthood National office.

According to the ad, the campaign is set to run from November through March 2014 and is starting in Dallas, FT. Worth, Houston, as well as west palm beach and miami florida.

So who is Community Connect, LLC? After a little investigation I discovered that they we recently incorporated on October 23, 2013 in the state of Delaware.

They were incorporated by the “CORPORATE CREATIONS NETWORK, INC” who operates as their delaware registered agent. and because they were incorporated in Delaware, officer and director names are not listed on their corporate documents.

However, because they’re doing business in Florida they’ve registered as a foreign LLC. Documents filed with the state of florida show Community Connect LLC is managed by Planned Parenthood from their principal address in West 33rd Street in New York, NY.

These corporate filings show that Community Connect LLC is not merely “working with” Planned Parenthood, as they claim, but rather they’re being entirely managed by Planned Parenthood itself.

Where does planned parenthood get it funding to form an LLC and launch a door to door campaign promoting Obamacare? Well, according to FactCheck.org Planned Parenthood receives two federal governments sources, the Title X Family planning program and Medicaid.

In August the Washington Times reported that Obama boosted the budget of Planned Parenthood. Clearly now we can see those federal funds are going to being used to interrupt your dinner with a knock at your door and the 10 words Ronald Reagan referred to “most terrifying”…. “I’m with the Government, and we’re here to help”

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U.S. Chamber cavalry arrives to help Mitch McConnell

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U.S. Chamber cavalry arrives to help Mitch McConnell

 

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The US Chamber says that McConnell is a “true conservative.”

I suppose, if securing a $3 billion earmark so that Senator Reid could declare victory (but oh so short lived) in the government shutdown is “conservative.”

And don’t forget completely wussing out on the debt ceiling deal. Very conservative.

This is Karl Rove and company here. This is the establishment thinking that the GOP might just win the Senate and they don’t want to lose a Senator who would become the Leader. The Chamber and much of the establishment need someone who will set an agenda in the Senate commensurate with their interests. God forbid McConnell be deposed by some small government Tea Party cretin.

Even if McConnell were to be primaried the establishment need not fear losing control completely in the Senate. Next in line for GOP leader is John Cornyn, a Bush guy.

But it would be an embarrassing blow and the Chamber has had quite enough embarrassment from the GOP caucus on the other side of the Capitol thank you very much.

(From The Washington Examiner)

“The people of Kentucky have a true conservative champion for American free enterprise in Senator Mitch McConnell. McConnell has a 92 percent lifetime score with the U.S. Chamber. We appreciate his efforts to fight back against the war on coal, and to protect Kentucky jobs from the harmful policies coming from Washington, D.C.,” said Chamber National Political Director Rob Engstrom.

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Nick Sorrentino
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Nick Sorrentino is the co-founder and editor of AgainstCronyCapitalism.org. A political and communications consultant with clients across the political spectrum, he lives just outside of Washington DC where he can keep an eye on Leviathan.

 

 

Obama spends $600 million (taxpayer dollars) on rail projects that benefit private companies

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Obama spends $600 million (taxpayer dollars) on rail projects that benefit private companies

 

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The railroads and the government have been weary partners from the earliest days. This is nothing new, but the railroads shouldn’t brag about how they aren’t on the take.

 

(From McClatchyDC.com)
 
The nation’s freight rail network has been the quiet recipient of more than $600 million in federal investment during the Obama administration.
 
According to Federal Railroad Administration numbers, at least half that amount has gone to projects that benefit the nation’s four largest railroads, the same companies at the heart of the industry’s ubiquitous “Freight Rail Works” campaign.
 
That doesn’t even include tens of millions more that states have contributed for additional investment in ports and high-speed passenger trains that’s boosted the nation’s freight railroads.

 

 

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