Friday, September 12, 2008

C.A.G.E. needs funding help for lawsuit against a hardcore anti

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This "Cathy Bell" dude deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison to me. He's a big threat to smokers and business owners.

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For the past two years, a certain “Cathy Bell” has been making “her” presence felt on the Internet. “She” regularly frequented many of the forums, newspaper websites, “wiki” websites and discussion boards dealing with the tobacco issue. Therein, “she” used very unscrupulous and unethical propaganda tactics, engaging in ceaseless ad hominem attacks on anyone who disagreed with any element of the tobacco control industry’s agenda.

“Cathy Bell’s” own apparent agenda was not to engage in civilized debate, but rather to insult and discredit anybody who dared to disagree with her hard-core prohibitionist point of view. Rather than accepting invitations to serious and fact-based discussion, “Cathy Bell” preferred to resort to the tactic of poisoning the well, trying to discredit her adversaries by any means. Her most odious tactic, however, was to choose particular opponents who distinguished themselves the most and to launch a relentless barrage of barbs attacking their integrity, honesty, intelligence and motives. Her apparent goal was to make her most effective adversaries pay a personal price for opposing her points of view. Perhaps “she” sought to make an example of them: “If you dare to stand up and speak out, if you dare to contradict the government approved wisdom of the pharmaceutical companies and the ‘non-profit’ franchises that they support, you will be made to suffer in terms of your career, your livelihood, your reputation, and even your personal life”. Her mission was to squelch any kind of dissent or opposition. Of all of “Cathy Bell’s” targets, “she” reserved the greatest amount of harassment for David Romano, one of C.A.G.E.’s founders.

Cathy Bell methodically researched Dr. Romano’s academic and professional history, noting every place he had studied and worked, and proceeded to, over a period of two years, send bombardments of thousands of e-mails to his past and present work colleagues (he works in a field unrelated to the tobacco issue) and to anyone else whom “she” thought may have some connection or interaction with Dr. Romano. These e-mails were full of libels, innuendos and accusations regarding David Romano’s motives and character. “She” claimed that other C.A.G.E. officers and supporters must be deluded saps under David Romano’s mental control (“she” was apparently incapable of understanding how anyone could disagree with the government harassing and coercing people for their own good). Without any basis or foundation whatsoever, “she” warned Dr. Romano’s employers that he might be prone to violence and may pose a threat to his colleagues, and “she” claimed “herself” to be in physical danger from his “fanatical” cult of followers who were members of C.A.G.E.. “She” even created nearly a dozen geocities websites as part of her harassment and defamation campaign against David Romano. Some of these sites even included death threats against C.A.G.E.’s founders. All the while, “she” insisted that “Cathy Bell” was her legal name, yet for some of her regular e-mail salvos, “she” occasionally used other pseudonyms such as “Diane Smith”, or “Benny”. “She” also used a convoluted system to maintain “her” internet anonymity.

With the help of the Montreal Police, C.A.G.E. has succeeded in uncovering Cathy Bell’s true identity and exact address. It turns out that “she” lives on Sherbrooke Street in the West part of Montreal. It turns out that “she” is actually an average-looking young man whom, for the time being, we will identify only as “Mr. Jones”. Obviously, “she” is a man with far too much time on his hands. C.A.G.E. looks forward to chatting with Mr. Jones in court, and we have already served him with the preliminary documents for initiating a civil law suit. It will be very interesting to find out whether he was also lying when he insisted that he was acting out of his own initiative and was not getting his cues from any organization with a stake in this issue.

But law suits can be expensive. The Directors and core members of C.A.G.E. have already donated and/or pledged a lot of money from their own pockets in order to help with the investigation of “Cathy Bell” and to prepare the law suit, not to mention hundreds of hours of personal time. We need help in order to bring this person to justice and the only people who can help us are the same ones who support C.A.G.E.’s message and mission. At this time, we have already raised $6,000 for this legal fight, and anticipate the need for another $14,000 at the very least. Anyone wishing to donate funds for a long and very justified legal process is invited to do so via check or via our Paypal account located on the C.A.G.E. website at:
http://www.cagecana da.ca/index. php?pr=Support We will publish regular updates of the progress of the case, and C.A.G.E. promises to keep all individual donors informed of the progress and details of the proceedings.

It is important that those such as “Cathy Bell” and his supporters and allies who would use unscrupulous tactics and personal attacks to squelch dissent, learn that those who have the will and the courage to stand up for the rights of others against government encroachment most certainly have the will and the drive to defend their own rights against such cowardly and unethical harassment campaigns. We hope that you will stand with us in this battle, and stand up for those who are willing to devote the most to protecting our freedoms and liberties.
Daniel Romano,President
C.A.G.E. Canada

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tobacco Bill to unlikely pass this year

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Tobacco bill unlikely to pass this year

WASHINGTON (AP) — Landmark legislation that would give federal health authorities the power to regulate the tobacco industry is unlikely to pass this year.

The House overwhelmingly approved the bill this summer, and a majority of senators, including presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, support the legislation. But President Bush has threatened a veto, and the prospect of a drawn-out debate will probably keep the Senate from taking up the measure as it races through a tight schedule this month, senior congressional officials of both parties said.

Melissa Wagoner, a spokeswoman for Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., the bill's leading sponsor, said supporters have not given up, but acknowledged the legislation faces an "uphill" battle. Kennedy is being treated for a brain tumor and isn't expected back at the Senate this year.

The legislation would give the Food and Drug Administration the power to regulate tobacco, from cigarettes to new kinds of smokeless products. The agency could not outlaw tobacco or nicotine, but it could require the reduction or elimination of cancer-causing chemicals in cigarette smoke.

"There is tremendous support for this bill, but it is competing with a compressed Senate schedule," said William V. Corr, executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. The legislation continues to pick up support, Corr said, and even if the Senate does not act this year, "it's passage is inevitable."

The bill has the backing of most public health groups and Philip Morris USA, the country's largest tobacco company, which is looking to create a new market in federally certified, reduced risk products.

Bush says having a public health agency regulate tobacco would send the wrong message.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Different levels of discrimination

Why are minorities (some of em) treated differently? Well there are laws protecting the gays I read about in this editorial and there are laws protecting me as an African living in the land of the nannies. It's illegal to kill someone for simply being gay, or for simply being colored (the first term Ws used to call me in the old days).

But there are no laws protecting minorities like smokers. Antis can get away with beating up and killing smokers cause it's actually legal to do so. Antis even encourage nonsmokers to make smokers feel like they don't deserve to live.

The only way smokers are gonna get the same respects Gays, Women, Jews, and what "we" get is if we ever see laws that protect smokers' rights to live as Americans.


And I guess if tobacco ever becomes illegal, then the fascists will find a NEW group to show prejudice against. Like maybe regular fast food eaters? Oh wait.....there' s already discrimination against obese. But it ain't at the same level as racial discrimination or discrimination against smokers.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Do you believe this article quote?

"Senior noted that more than 20,000 Pennsylvania adults die each year from their own smoking and approximately 300,000 Pennsylvanians under the age of 18 die either directly or indirectly because of smoking."

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If that many underage folks died per year, then quite frankly, there would be NO kids or teens living in PA period.

In simple terms, this is a big lie for a quote. Smoking is nowhere close to beign THAT deadly to underage folks in ANY state!

Hospitals kill people, not smoking

I rememba earlier this year when my mother was in the hospital, she got the wrong type of medication, and all I can say is she is lucky to be alive. Those MFkas could've killed her for their so-called mishap on medication.

And antis think smoking cigs can kill 1000s of folks? Yeah right! There are so many people dying in hospitals per year that have nothang to do with smoking, it ain't funny.