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The antivaccine movement buys Representative Darrell Issa for $40,000

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about antivaccinationists, it’s that they’re all about the double standards. For instance, to them if Paul Offit makes money off of his rotavirus vaccine, he’s a pharma shill, a hopelessly compromised “biostitute” (as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. called him) or “Dr. Proffit“, and therefore to be dismissed on that basis alone regardless of his knowledge of science. If I happen to get a small grant from a pharmaceutical company, even though it isn’t even enough to pay the full salary of a postdoctoral fellow, or receive a small amount of money for my blogging from a company that has run pharmaceutical ads then, of course, I’m hopelessly compromised. On the other hand, if someone like Andrew Wakefield accepts hundreds of thousands of dollars for “research” to find a link between vaccines and autism so that trial lawyers could sue vaccine manufacturers, they think nothing of it. If, as I described last week, Wakefield owns a company known as the Autism Media Channel and tries to shop around a reality show about “biomedical” practitioners swooping in to help parents with autistic children who are difficult to manage or even violent, that doesn’t affect his objectivity. He’s just campaigning for autistic children. If a journalist like Sharyl Attkisson, who is known to be tight with antivaccinationists and biomeddlers does a biased story that lies by omission, failing to reveal key information that would put the story into proper context, all in the service of a message that a mother who murdered her autistic teen did it out of love, it’s all good. I could go on and on and on with innumerable examples, but you get the idea.

That’s why Anne Dachel’s hit piece on Matt Carey on the antivaccine crank blog Age of Autism (AoA) amused me so much. It’s also why I thought it was worth blogging about, as it demonstrates very strongly the utter hypocrisy of the denizens of AoA. Dachel, as you might recall, is the “media editor” of AoA. For those of you not familiar with her, her job at AoA involves spamming the comments of stories and articles on either vaccines or autism (or both) with antivaccine screeds. It also involves posting links to stories, so that she can send AoA’s flying monkey squad to dive bomb such articles with antivaccine poo. Particular favorite targets are any articles that refute antivaccine lies or support the safety of vaccines. Because that’s all she seems to do, I was rather surprised to see her write an actual 1,300+ word post for AoA instead of her usual link dump designed to give marching orders to her squadrons of flying monkeys. But write it she did, entitling it IACC’s Matt Carey and the November Autism Hearing.

The title of Dachel’s post refers to what I referred to as a mummers’ farce, and quite rightly so. It was a hearing that seemed to have been arranged by the current chair of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Darrell Issa (R-CA) in honor of the old chair, Dan Burton, the most antivaccine member of Congress, who fortunately retired at the end of the last Congressional term after three decades of promoting pseudoscience and quackery. Here’s what upset Dachel. A few days ago, Matt Carey wrote an excellent post One year and $40,000 later and another hearing. In his post, Matt pointed out that our good old buddy, the looniest of the loons, Patrick “Tim” Bolen, reported that $40,000 had been donated the Political Action Committee (PAC) for Darryl Issa. Matt, of course, acknowledged that the source of the report was “far (far, far, far) from reliable” (which is actually quite the understatement). So he was skeptical, but one does have to remember if there might have been a quid pro quo going on, as so frequently happens in Washington politics. So Matt investigated and found evidence in public records that Darrell Issa might very well have been bought and paid for by the antivaccine movement. Or at least he’s been bought, and a substantial downpayment of $40,000 has been made.

Why does Matt suspect a quid pro quo? Well, Jennifer Larson, a wealthy backer of the antivaccine group The Canary Party (just search it on this blog if you want to see how completely off base it is) issued a press release stating:

“We are thrilled that Rep. Darrell Issa will be holding a second round of vaccine hearings this fall in the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to examine just what is happening in the VICP,” said Canary Party President Jennifer Larson. “We are eager for Congress and the American people to see just how far the program has strayed from what it was intended to be when Congress put it in place in the 1980s. It has failed families and become nothing more than a tool to protect vaccine makers and cover government malfeasance in the vaccine program, to the detriment of countless children.”

Not surprisingly, this is the same press release that announced The Canary Party’s recent video, narrated by Rob Schneider, that spread misinformation about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP). Clearly, seeing how last November’s hearing went over like the proverbial lead balloon (and didn’t lead to anything as awesome as Led Zeppelin), the forces lobbying for such hearings have—shall we say?—retooled their message into something that drops autism altogether, at least on the surface. Instead of trying to use these hearings to convince people that vaccines cause autism, they have apparently decided that the way to go is straight antivaccine and launch an attack on the VICP, which, as I described, actually functions quite well.

So here’s what Matt said about the donations:

The donations were reported to have been made from Jennifer Larson, who is with the tiny “Canary Party”. Tax documents indicate that Ms. Larson is a large financial backer of the Canary Party. Searching for what donations Ms. Larson has made (using OpenSecrets.org, the Center for Responsive Politics) I found a total of $40,000 donations to Congressman Issa, his PAC and the Republican National Committee though Ms. Larson and her company Vibrant Technologies.

The bulk went to the Republican National Committee. I’d love to see what, if any, arrangements the RNC has to support Issa with those funds. If you think that the $10,200 given directly to ISSA and his PAC is not enough to get noticed, keep in mind that this is the 5th highest amount given to the Congressman this year

In a followup post, Yes, that $29,800 donation is going to Congressman Issa too, Matt expands on that “bulk of the donations” that went to the Republican National Committee, which totaled $29,800:

Well, I found out about the donation to the Republican National Committee. The Federal Elections Commission shows that that $29,800 donation was earmarked: JFC ATTRIB: DARRELL ISSA VICTORY FUND

Looks to this observer like those funds are going to support Congressman Issa through the “Darrell Issa Victory Fund“.

So those funds appear to be going: Straight to Darrell Issa, $40,000 worth. That sure looks like a potential conflict of interest to me. It sure looks like a potential quid pro quo, as well. If a pharmaceutical company (or Paul Offit) had donated an equivalent amount of money to a Representative, and that Representative did something like holding a hearing about, say, improving vaccination rates, you can be sure that Anne Dachel would be screaming to high bloody heaven about corruption and “buying” legislators. So what, I wonder, does she say about Matt Carey’s revelations? One wonders one does.

Well, wonder no more. She starts out with some excerpts from the transcript of last year’s hearing in which Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) castigated a CDC official, badgering her over why there has never been what antivaccinationists like to call a “vaxed vs. unvaxed” study. (Actually, there have been such studies, just not of the type that antivaccinationists want.) Then she does a bit of ranting about a “CDC coverup,” including an oldie but moldie, namely the old Simpsonwood conspiracy mongering that was one of the things that happened in 2005 that sucked me into devoting a major portion of this blog covering the nonsense spread by antivaccinationists. She then includes the Rob Schneider video, complete with its napalm-grade burning stupid, exulting about the November hearing that it “will shed more light on the subject of vaccine safety.” (More likely it will shed more of the fetid stench of Issa’s pseudoscientific flatus all over the halls of Congress.)

Then, only then, does she address Carey’s criticism. And what do you think she says? She shrugs her shoulders and says, “So what?” Take a look:

Carey thinks that last year’s hearing was a waste of time and he was upset that “members of Congress berated government public health employees.” He charged that the upcoming hearing scheduled by Rep. Darrell Issa (R. CA) for this November was just a payback to Canary Party executive, Jennifer Larson, because she made a substantial donation to the Republican National Committee.

Come on. A $40,000 donation doesn’t have that kind of influence. Darrell Issa isn’t holding a pretend hearing just to make Jennifer Larson happy. The truth is, he’s concerned about hundreds of thousands of disabled kids out there that no one at the CDC can reasonably explain. He came to Autism One in Chicago last May and said so.

Finally, it’s almost laughable that Carey is suspicious about a mere $40,000. It pales in comparison to the dough pharma is spreading around on Capitol Hill.

She then writes:

It should also be pointed out that Darrell Issa was described by CBS in Los Angeles last month as “the richest man in Congress.”

“Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) was ranked number one among The Hill’s 50 Wealthiest lawmakers with an estimated net worth of at least $355 million by the end of 2012.”

Issa certainly doesn’t need the money. Maybe he’s interested in this because there’s something terribly wrong here. Industry isn’t accountable—AT ALL, our health officials aren’t doing their jobs and our kids are getting sicker and sicker.

doublefacepalm

Facepalm. Double facepalm, actually.

Does Dachel really think that Issa can’t be influenced by campaign contributions because he’s rich? If he’s that rich and doesn’t need the money, then why on earth would Larsen have bothered to donate to his campaign at all, given that she is not a California voter and lives in Minnesota? Out of the goodness of her heart? I don’t think so, and, I daresay, neither does Dachel, unless she is even stupider than I thought. Unless Issa is using his own money to fund his campaign, that was a very silly excuse on Dachel’s part. Of course, Dachel is a very silly woman.

If you go to OpenSecrets.org and look up Darrell Issa, what you will find is a list of donations to both Darrell Issa’s campaign committee and PAC. As Matt pointed out, if you look at donations to Issa’s leadership PAC and campaign committee combined, Vibrant Technologies is in the top five donors. Indeed, if you peruse the list of Issa’s donors, you’ll soon find that $10,200 is not too shabby at all, and if you include the $29,800, making a total of $40,000, Larson rapidly leaps to among the very top donors to Issa’s campaign. Now, this sort of money may not be that much for a Presidential campaign and, to a lesser extent, for a Senate campaign but for a House campaign, we’re talking big bucks here, which is why Larsen’s contribution puts her in the top five of Issa’s contributors and, if the $29,800 is included, catapults her even higher.

Yes, Ms. Dachel, that is indeed more than enough money to get Darrell Issa’s attention, at least enough to show up at the Autism One Quackfest for its Congressional Panel this year. Of course, it appears that it is not enough to actually get anything substantive. It’s not surprising to me that Issa might have been attracted to vaccine-autism pseudoscience through a whiff of cash. He is well known as one of the foremost science denialists in Congress right now. For example, he’s an anthropogenic global climate change denialist, and he has been known to try to defund already funded grants from the NIH that he happens not to like, thus subverting the peer review process with political meddling. However, as has been pointed out, Issa is not actually a member of the Congressional Autism Caucus, nor has he sponsored or supported any relevant autism-related legislation. He doesn’t care. Sure, he’ll throw The Canary Party a bone every now and then as long as the campaign cash keeps coming. Just don’t expect him to take any political risks for it. One wonders whether Issa, savvy political operator that he is, has taken The Canary Party to the cleaners. Dachel includes a picture of a cup with change in it and the caption “chump change” at the top of her post, as though $40,000 is “chump change.” As Matt showed, that isn’t chump change for House races, not by any stretch of the imagination. However, it does look likely that Issa took Larsen and The Canary Party for chumps.

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221 replies on “The antivaccine movement buys Representative Darrell Issa for $40,000”

Come on. A $40,000 donation doesn’t have that kind of influence. Darrell Issa isn’t holding a pretend hearing just to make Jennifer Larson happy.

When I read that, I rolled my eyes so hard I saw my brain.

I bet we could all cite instances where we are glad science is not decided by political actions and opinions. They can have all the hearings they want, and the truth will remain the same: vaccines do not cause autism. End of story.

It must be a dark and scary world to live in where you pray to a congressional hearing or a court ruling to prove you right and science wrong. There go $40,000 that could have made a nice salary to employ one more autistic. Instead, it gets tossed at a politician. Nice work, Chickanery Party.

From wikipedia: Darrell Edward Issa (/ˈaɪsə/; born November 1, 1953) is the U.S. Representative for California’s 49th congressional district, serving since 2001. The district covers the northern coastal areas of San Diego County, including cities such as Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad and Encinitas, as well as a small portion of southern Orange County.[4] He is a member of the Republican Party.
He was formerly a CEO of Directed Electronics, a Vista, California-based manufacturer of automobile security and convenience products. The district was numbered as the 48th District during his first term and was renumbered the 49th after the 2000 Census. Since January 2011, he has served as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Issa is a self-made millionaire with a net worth estimated at as much as $450 million,[5] making him the second-wealthiest currently-serving member of Congress.[5][6][7][8]

Looks to me like he didn’t inherit his wealth. People who have earned the amount of wealth Issa has do not ignore $40,000, and although he almost certainly has a lot of accountants and financial advisers, he didn’t get to be that wealthy by trusting others with their wealth.

Issa’s district extends all the way up to San Clemente (http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/downloads/meeting_handouts_082011/map_20110815_ap_cd_49_certified.pdf), where none other than Dr. Bob Sears lives. It’s a fair bet to say that Issa has also done some research of his constituency and found either (1) being anti-vaccine by way of this hearing will make him look good and get votes, and/or (2) get even better fundraising draw from his wealthier local backers–something critical when you face an election every 2 years.

No, Dachel’s blowing smoke, and Matt hit the nail on the head about how skids were greased to put this hearing on the schedule.

egads–meant to use italics instead of bold (which should be reserved for coffee at this time in the morning). Sorry.

All this time I thought that Dachel just didn’t understand science.

She doesn’t understand politics, either.

Reading AoA gets my blood boiling with all the lies they spew out, it’s really frustrating. For me, the saving grace is that outside of the people who are interested in vaccines/anti-vaccine I don’t believe there is all that much interest.

I follow it and read all the blogs because I’m an epidemiologist and it interests me, but when I ask my friends and family about it, they don’t really seem to know what I’m talking about. They typically respond with “that rumour years ago that vaccines cause Autism? Yah I’ve heard of that, but wasn’t it all fake or something?”

I guess my point is that as annoying as they (AoA, anti-vaccine folk, etc) are, I don’t think they are reaching as many people as I fear.

-btw- Mr Issa’s wiki page is very intriguing.. perhaps he’ll sue them and request its removal like Gary Null did ( which didn’t work).

At any rate, I’m very disturbed by the trends I see amongst the antivaxxers, alt med et al to externalise blame ( as I noted elsewhere today):
many of these parents DO have children with severe autism and/ or other disabilities, looking for a scapegoat ( SBM, the government, journalists) isn’t going to change their children’s situations. The time and money spent chasing after politicos or trying to grab the spotlight on television could be better utilised by directly helping their own children ( therapy, outings, trips, gifts).

I think today Ms Stagliano uses her daughter (in a video) as a prop to demonstrate how ‘damaged’ she was by external forces, SBM or whatever else she dreams up. I can understand that she wants to illustrate how hard they both try ( which they do) but isn’t the unspoken message really: “Look what they did to her!”
-btw- isn’t the youngest the unvaccinated one?

@ Mike:

I think that you are indeed correct in that anti-vax involves only a small number of parents HOWEVER it’s the clustering of the like-minded that scares me ( see esp Swansea, Wales and Marin County).

Perhaps we’ll see little enclaves of diisease-prone communities develop – the news shows can create a map that lights up hot spots so people might assiduously avoid them. THAT might be a good advert for vaccines.

Denice,

I agree in that it is a very small number of parents who are anti-vax, but they are very vocal.

During last November’s Congressional Oversight Committee hearing, Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) made the point that she had about 50 letters to her office from parents who claimed their children’s autism was caused by vaccines. Given the number of children now diagnosed with ASD, 50 is a microscopic sample of our demographic.

Perhaps we need to write a few letters, too.

Why did Jake publish John Best’s comment when it says right at the top, Don’t publish this?

Automatic publishing and moderating later?

@Rebecca – I also notice that Jake seems to have no problem publishing comments that say “DO NOT PUBLISH” and include John Best’s phone number……

That’s not very smart……

Does Dachel really think that Issa can’t be influenced by campaign contributions because he’s rich?

Apparently so. That completely eliminates any claims of Big Pharma corruption since pharmaceutical companies are already rich, so they cannot be motivated a desire to make any more money either. I’m so glad that’s all cleared up.

I also noticed Dachel’s claim:

Dr. Boyle may not have found time to do a vaccinated/unvaccinated study, but she sent an email to Frank DeStefano at the CDC in 2000 (2 months before Simpsonwood) where she made the clever proposal that if officials wanted to dilute the alarming correlation between the increase in mercury-containing vaccines and the dramatic rise in autism, all they had to do was add one and two year olds—children too young to have an autism diagnosis—and “presto”—no link.

Are the antivaxxers who read this too dumb to click on the link she provided, as I did, and read the email? It says (my emphasis):

Since most of the dx’s are generally not picked up until the 2nd or 3rd year of life had you considered eligibility criteria of at least 18 months or 2 years??

Since the rest of the email talks about removing neonates to avoid confounders from the increased risk of developmental disorders in premature babies, it is blindingly obvious to me that Dr. Boyle was suggesting only including older infants, the very opposite of what Dachel claims. I suppose shouldn’t be surprised by such blatant dishonesty any more.

I suspect that Best thought all comments to Jake’s blog would be moderated. This would be in keeping with anti-vax tradition, and one of the few reasonable ideas to cross Best’s mind.

Once Jake wakes up and checks the blog, I suspect the post will go down the memory hole (also in keeping with anti-vax tradition).

The comment is still up now.
I notice that Jake changed “candidate” to “student” in the comments.

@15 – Johnny
I screen capped the comment in case it does disappear down the good ol’memory hole.

Am I the only one who finds it quite telling that Best thought sending a comment to a public blog was the best way to communicate privately when e-mail does not function? The idea of a blog not being heavily moderated must be a terribly foreign idea.

… I guess it should come as no suprising seeing how these people always assume that Orac will not post their comment and/or ban them when they post here.

@15 – Johnny
I screen capped the comment in case it does disappear down the good ol’memory hole.

Am I the only one who finds it quite telling that Best thought sending a comment to a public blog was the best way to communicate privately when e-mail does not function? The idea of a blog not being heavily moderated must be a terribly foreign idea.

… I guess it should come as no suprising seeing how these people always assume that Orac will not post their comment and/or ban them when they post here.

Might it be possible an MD to get a last minute invitation to a congressional hearing? “Our” MD should not have a significant web presence but still be knowledgeable in the tactics of the specific pseudo science the hearing involves.

@Johnny – Jake’s site is moderated….so he would have had to approve that post, as-is.

Who can forget the Dachelbot’s interview with Brian Hooker, where he brags that the Geiers introduced him to Andrew Wakefield. He also brags that Wakefield and he “wined and dined” Congressmen and their wives…multiple times…months before the November, 2012 sham Autism Hearing was announced.

http://www.ageofautism.com/2012/12/brian-hookers-testimony-autism.html

“…My initial thanks go to Dr. Mark Geier and David Geier, who strategically linked me up with a friend of theirs, who in turn has become my good friend as well. Through the work of this individual, Dr. Andrew Wakefield and I were invited to meet with Rep. Darrell Issa, Rep. Vern Buchanan and their wives in early May, 2012 to discuss malfeasance in the CDC regarding autism and vaccines. Andy discussed the MMR vaccine and the vaccine schedule. I talked specifically about thimerosal and the cover-up of CDC data that affirm a causal relationship between thimerosal and neurodevelopmental disorders including autism. Rep. Issa was concerned regarding the CDC information and stated that this was the type of government misconduct that his committee (Oversight and Government Reform) specifically addressed.

I was in DC for a National Science Foundation function later the same month and had the opportunity to meet with Reps. Issa and Buchanan again, this time with Rep. Dan Burton. Rep. Issa affirmed his commitment to hold a hearing at that time. Rep. Burton detailed his valiant efforts to get the CDC and large pharma to remove mercury from vaccines and indicated that they wouldn’t listen to him.

I’ve worked very diligently since May with the Oversight committee staff to convey what I had found via the FOIA and to get additional information from CDC relevant to thimerosal. Along the way, I gained the support of Barry and Dolly Segal, through Focus Autism and they have become pivotal to this entire effort. In addition, I received a very significant amount of assistance from Dawn Loughborough, Bob Krakow, Bobbie Manning and Louise Habakus. They are all amazing sources of insight and have advised me throughout the process. I also need to acknowledge my friends at EBCALA, especially Louis Conte, Rolf Hazlehurst, Becky Estepp and Kevin Barry, who have been working with the committee staff very effectively regarding NVICP reform.

I was able to meet with the Oversight committee staff several times between May and November, up to the day before the hearing, to discuss the pertinent details. I also was corresponding with Beth Clay from SafeMinds who was working very diligently on the issue as well. When the committee staff finally indicated the participants in the panel, I was disappointed because there was only one participating organization (Safeminds) that included the relationship of vaccines (specifically thimerosal) to autism causation within their mission. The rest of the panel would either avoid the issue or deny any causal relationship. Given the importance of autism causation, this was just not a balanced panel….”

Darell Issa bought and paid for by the Geiers, by Wakefield and by Jennifer Larson.

Jake’s site is moderated….so he would have had to approve that post, as-is.

Well, Best’s post has been moderated out of existence at this time. Tradition, ya know?

I suspect that the first post for each user at Jake’s blog is held until Jake approves it, then all future post from that user post automatically, as does our host on this blog. Best likely had his first held up, didn’t know he would then be on the whitelist, and thought Jake would intercept.

I did get a screen grab and text copy while it was up.

@Johnny – you’d think the DO NOT PUBLISH in the first line would have caught someone’s attention, don’t you think…..

But everyone got Best’s phone number, right?

Interesting that Jake is buddies with someone who loudly states that people with Asperger’s don’t have autism:

Well yeah but John hates vaccines and Jake hates vaccines and they cause the autisticooties so it’s all good.

The John Best comment has now disappeared with a remark that people that have been previously approved don’t get moderated. John B must have not been aware of his illustrious status.

$40,000 seems a bit low for a Congress critter. Are they responsible for Issa’s care and feeding too?

Only two hours? I thought the Canary party was going to take him home with them.

“We are thrilled that Rep. Darrell Issa will be holding a…round of… hearings”

Anyone who can say that with a straight face needs to be institutionalized.

Ugh. I went over to Jake’s blog and did some reading and read some of the comments. I not only lost brain cells, but I need to go bleach my brain to recover from the stupidity of the commenters.

Only two hours? I thought the Canary party was going to take him home with them.

Prolly costs a lot more to get in bed with him.

Come on. A $40,000 donation doesn’t have that kind of influence.

Dachel seems to be arguing that Issa is easily bought.

$40,000 seems a bit low for a Congress critter.

As is all too common, the scandal-within-a-scandal is that the price is so low.

#3, Chris Hickie, September 18, 2013

Issa’s district extends all the way up to San Clemente (http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/downloads/meeting_handouts_082011/map_20110815_ap_cd_49_certified.pdf), where none other than Dr. Bob Sears lives. It’s a fair bet to say that Issa has also done some research of his constituency and found either (1) being anti-vaccine by way of this hearing will make him look good and get votes, and/or (2) get even better fundraising draw from his wealthier local backers–something critical when you face an election every 2 years.

Dr Hickie (see, I got your name right this time), the district map you point to is old. The more recent map, linked to from Wikipedia, shows the 49th running up to San Juan Capistrano, where Patrick “Tim” Bolen (‘s mailbox) lives. The map isn’t clear, and Bolen doesn’t publicize the location, but the district may also include that portion of Cleveland National Forest where Bolen pitches his tent.

I don’t know where Bob Sears lives, but his office is in the Capistrano Beach section of Dana Point, right across the street (Camino de los Mares) from San Clemente. The rest of the Sears Family Woo Emporium is in San Clemente, however, a few blocks up the street. Dana Point is also in the 49th, so that’s just a minor glitch, caught by a guy who lived in SClem for over twenty years.

There’s also a big pharmawootical company or two in San Clemente, for what it’s worth.

IOW, not only does Issa’s constituency include Sears and his woo-peddling family, but also Bolen. Ain’t it all fun…

re the November hearing
It should be hilarious in light of recent antics concerning Blaxill, Larson & Co, Jake, Hooker, Bolen etc etc.
Better even than last year’s ‘mummers’ farce’? I cherish the anxious hope that it will!

I anticipate that the upcoming “Vaccines” hearing will be pure comedy gold…a regular 4 ring circus with a full complement of clowns.

So John Best is an anti-semite. Now there’s a surprise

And a Free Energy and Tesla crank as well – about as surprising as Issa being a AGW denialist and having a shady past.

Narad, that is priceless!

Two weeks ago on his blog, Best wrote about how he sent a letter to Mr Putin because Russia removed the thimerisol which turns children into “autistic Zombies”. He tells us how to contact Vladimir ourselves.

That entry should have also gone down fthe memory hole but didn’t.

Spurred on by my colleague above, I took a peek at Bolen’s site and found a new article ( “Treachery”) on the awful fix that autism leadership has landed itself into of late-
he mentions Jake’s impetus, as well as his own, towards finding a solution but he then focuses upon problem creators rather than problem solvers, setting his sights upon Barry Segal, who sent for him, entertained him and provided him with an expensive dinner- not his usual fare, I suppose.

Am I still banned for telling the truth? Do I need to worry that one of you might learn how to dial a phone? Didn’t your allies at Age of Autism advise you not to mention my name?

Don’t worry John – we receive transcripts of your phone calls from the FBI, as part of the regular “Pharma-Shill” care package….

The People hereby terminate the employment of every elected and appointed official in our Federal Government with all monies and benefits due cancelled.

I think this might be my favorite part.

Very good, we see that Adam G might be able to grasp reality. He’s probably being facetious but we can’t hear his voice to know for sure. Anyhow, he wrote the right words so that’s a step in the right direction for anyone from this pack of liars.

10. The People hereby ban the practice of injecting any form of mercury into people and animals with vaccines.
11. The People hereby ban the use of fluoride in drinking water.
12. The People hereby order instruction in all high schools on the history of the Rothschild family, the banking family who tried to enslave the United States via the Federal Reserve.
13. The People hereby order instruction in all high schools on “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion”, a plan written by the Rothschild family to enslave all of the inhabitants of Earth.

You forgot to mention Colonel Sanders putting an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes you crave it fortnightly, SMARTASS!!
http://youtu.be/TPMS6tGOACo

He’s probably being facetious

I hope nobody believes that I actually support any of that utter nonsense.

Thank you, Edith. The nice part about reclaiming our freedom is the fact that we won’t have a corrupt government who will have to hire liars to support their propaganda. Then, you too can enjoy your life without writing inhumane garbage to try to convince people to poison their babies. You’ll sleep better at night when that sordid chapter in your life is behind you. Thanks for your input.

Sorry. Not sure how Best managed to get through the filters. I’ve fixed that. However, I’m in a perverse mood. I might actually approve some of his comments as long as he doesn’t get too crazy (or if he gets so crazy that his comment will be highly entertaining to my readers).

Adam G, When we seize the TV networks from Rothschild, we’ll be able to help you learn the real history of the USA and your ignorance will be cured, free of charge. Isn’t that great!

we won’t have a corrupt government who will have to hire liars to support their propaganda

12. The People hereby order instruction in all high schools on the history of the Rothschild family…

No, there certainly won’t be any propaganda in Best’s new America…

Well Mr. Best, as a non-American I’m afraid I can’t help you fight your battle. I am forced to live under the tyranny of a government that insists on providing me with publicly funded healthcare (including the eeeveeel vaccines), and thereby denies me the freedom to catch preventable viral infections, spend days in bed feeling dreadful and unable to perform my work or family responsibilities, and never experience the joy of spreading the misery around by infecting others.

How I’ve survived under the jackboot of healthcare fascism is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

Sorry. Not sure how Best managed to get through the filters. I’ve fixed that. However, I’m in a perverse mood. I might actually approve some of his comments as long as he doesn’t get too crazy (or if he gets so crazy that his comment will be highly entertaining to my readers).

Please Do, I was looking forward to hearing about how the Illuminati caused autism.

The Illuminati is actually just a scary word for the Rothschild family but it does entice some people to read the material. Rothschild’s agents at the NY Times and UPI sent Kirby and Olmsted to infiltrate groups of sane parents who were trying to cure their children of autism. Then Kirby went on TV to misrepresent the facts about thimerosal and Olmsted helped Kathleen Seidel’s character assassination of Mark Geier sound semi-legitimate to functionally illiterate people who believed her lies. Of course, it’s more involved than just that so you should probably read the original post a couple of times so you understand it. You can ask questions there since Orac has noted that he’s going to censor the truth and will probably ban me again. For some strange reason, he has always been afraid of me.

Here’s an opportunity for some of you to do something useful instead of abusing babies.

Perhaps you’d care to explain the “something useful” part involved in clicking a button on a “petition” with no recipient that is hosted on a site that can’t even muster having something appear under “Sponsored Links,” aside from giving you a list of names to gaze at.

Anyway, one might sense a bit of frustration brewing with the essentially universal lack of interest in this now stale “Declaration” from last May:

Will you claim your freedom or are you going to keep taking crap from the maggots who infest Washington, D.C.? We can overthrow these criminal bankers and lawyers by the end of the week if we want to. There is something seriously wrong with you if you can look at this and then won’t bother signing it.

Uh-huh.

Narad, Decent people can only try to educate the brainwashed fools who won’t oppose our corrupt government. If we manage to defeat these domestic enemies, we’ll be able to help you construct more intelligent replies to this matter than “uh-huh”. When we remove the fluoride from your drinking water, the murder of your brain cells will abate and we will help you emerge from your stupor so you can see what freedom really is. This is about all of us uniting to improve our country and I hope you will support that effort.

Lilady: He’s definitely confused us with his regular crowd. Unless ‘abuse’ is a new synonym for help.

JB: Go back to your adoring crowd of baby killers. I’m sure you’re still crowing over Alex.

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As a Brit I get a little confused by American politics, but I thought John Best’s parody was hilarious, especially the part about “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion” which everyone knows was proven to be a forgery nearly a century ago.

It’s a shame John missed out the stuff about the evil government doing a deal with aliens over Roswell, the UN detention camps, the controlled demolition of the Twin Towers, HIV being developed in a laboratory to wipe out blacks and gays, and Obama being a Kenyan goat-herder who was smuggled into America by communists intent on taking everyone’s guns away. Perhaps all that would have made the joke too obvious.

I swear, I swear, I** did not summon him from the dark abyss- wherein all hope is abandoned by those who enter within- by simultaneously reciting his name thrice whilst gazing into a mirror backwards and burning a black candle.

** It seems that he appeared after my comments.
Why do things like that ALWAYS happen to me?

Since we know that Rep Issa was already bribed to pretend he was too stupid to understand what was going on with vaccines, we can see that these anti-vaccination critters bribed him a little more to give themselves credibility with the “dumbed down” autism parents who follow them. This makes it easier for controlled opposition groups like the Canary Party to sell out those parents.

As you can see, Best is amusing me right now; so I’m letting his comments through. For now. That could easily change when he takes his inevitable turn to the truly vile, the same sorts of behavior for he was originally banned so long ago. Trust me, it won’t take much, and he’s on automatic moderate.

Denice Walter . . . thank you for the summons! You must have got my psychic call for a need to laugh. Leave him on for a few more . . . I just made popcorn. *giggles* this is my first John Best experience.

This is about all of us uniting to improve our country and I hope you will support that effort.

You failed to answer the question. Would you like me to type more slowly?

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