I got an email a few days back, saying Please Post this. There was a link attached. Here’s the email:
The Champagne Tower of Tobacco Control is now being funded
Jim Pepper, City Councilman, Ofalun, Mo.
Bryan Falkner, City Mayor, St Joseph Mo., who can tell you about the threats.
Dave, Live Free Springfield, who got steamrollered by pro ban. He didn’t even know about the federal money.
Bill Hannegan, St Louis, still fighting bans there. More knowledgable than most about the funding.
I have the links to the CPPW grants that the City took. with federal Social Innovations funding. (The CPPW handout period is over, and now the “charities” are funded to illegally lobby with the SIF money.) You are required to be a 501c3 to get the bucks.
THe government is STILL handing out worthless patches and gums, and no one will file a Whistleblower complaint. (I don’t know how to!)
RWJF is still funding to promote Obamacare.
Elected officials are still rolling in J&J dough and no one from wither party will expose J&J or stop RWJF.
I can’t really figure out if the media has been bought off or is just too chicken shit or too lazy to report all this.
The little guys are still fighting back though! What else can we do? Just take it? Pretty sad when you have to hope for a miracle, and the miracle is only simple truth. That should be a given.
Bars are closing due to smoking bans. Pro ban knows the little bars have no money, hence, no powerful friends or lobbyists. Papers keep printing pro ban garbage on the front page, and our studies refuting their claims as “opinions”. They keep saying that ;
Business is great after bans.
Heart attacks drop after bans.
Children, who by the way, do NOT go to bars, are not having asthma attacks after a ban!
Puppies and kittens are saved after smoking bans.
People are having conventions in towns who pass smoking bans! (No bans in local casinos!)
A town with a smoking ban has no smoking! (Smoking at home alone doesn’t count!)
The Republicans are all in a tither about the IRS’ ball busting on the 501c4’s, and don’t seem to give a rat’s ass about the plainly visible illegal lobbying by the 501c3’s.
My country is NOT the land of liberty anymore. We do NOT have the right to the pursuit of happiness. We do NOT have property rights. The press is NOT free, it’s owned by the highest bidders. (E cigs don’t have enough money yet to stop the patch and gum liars.) Justice is for the rich.
All is not hopeless. At least the snow has melted in Kansas, and I can be pissed and disillusioned without freezing my tail off.
Hope you’re doing fine.
Sheila in Kansas. Still hopeful.
Harley will know what it all means. But for me it’s a glimpse into what looks like a losing battle being fought with Tobacco Control in the state of Missouri, where elected officials are being bought with J&J (Johnson & Johnson) and RWJF (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) and CPPW (Communities Putting Prevention to Work ) and SIF (Social Innovation Fund) money. And there are unspecified ‘threats’ being made as well. And of course the media are either silent or printing pro-ban garbage on the front page.
What can I do about it? Not much, living in England a quarter of the way round the world. But I can at least post the email on my blog. Maybe some of my American friends may have some suggestions. They may know how to file whistleblower complaints. And I’ve got a couple of email addresses if they want them, including for Sheila in Kansas.
I suppose that if you have enough money, you can buy US states and their governors and mayors and mass media. And Tobacco Control certainly seems to have the kind of money to do it. Which says to me that Tobacco Control is going to have to keep paying to have the bans stay in place. Because the bought officials and media probably have little or no ideological commitment to antismoking: they just want the cash. And they’re going to need steady injections of cash thereafter to stay bought. They’ll wanting a holiday in the Bahamas not just this year, but next year, and the year after that. If the money ever dries up, everything will change. How long can Tobacco Control keep buying them?
I’d guess that it’s probably how Bloomberg worked in NYC. He had a hell of a lot of money of his own, after all. He could probably just buy whatever he wanted.
But above all this little snaphot of a fight going on in Missouri brings home to me how the politics of the struggle against Tobacco Control is a global struggle, not just a Missouri struggle, or a US struggle – and all of us smokers, all over the world, are fighting the same fight against the same enemy. And now the vapers are too. All of us little guys without the kind of money needed to buy back their state or their country.
And these days I feel more kinship with smokers in the USA, or Germany, or Spain, or Russia (where a full smoking ban comes into effect in June) than I do with many of my own fellow-countrymen (particularly politicians), a lot of whom seem to also have been either bought by Tobacco Control or had their minds completely warped by them.
Smokers are my people.
Because my identity these days seems to increasingly just be: smoker. And left wing or right wing, and even English or Scottish or Irish, seems to gradually be ceasing to matter. And I’m on the side of smokers everywhere. And against antismokers everywhere. It’s gradually become all that really matters.
I could never have guessed, 10 years ago, that such a thing could – and would – happen.