December 24, 2003 Wednesday
Blagojevich, Emanuel lead push for imported drugs
They are the medicine men. More so than others, freshmen Gov. Blagojevich and Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) have put the issue of importation of cheaper prescription drugs from Canada on the national political and health policy agenda.
The two, who will mark a year in office next month and have a knack for scoring headlines on this one, have been relentless in pressuring the White House to find a safe, legal way to allow cheaper drugs from Canada to U.S. medicine chests.
Now the White House faces a rebellion that goes further than Blagojevich and Emanuel could have imagined: The GOP governor of New Hampshire and the Democratic mayor of Boston say they will break the law and start buying drugs from Canada.
"This is not an issue that the Bush administration or [Health and Human Services Secretary] Tommy Thompson wants to cave on," said Bill Knapp, Blagojevich's Washington-based political strategist.
It's going to become a thorny matter for the White House going into an election year because it will be a challenge for the president's team to separate the science and public health concerns from the populist politics.
Since the importation focus is on Canada, safety questions are harder for the Food and Drug Administration to raise because U.S. consumers probably figure they would have heard by now if Canadians were getting sick from their own bad pills.
Emanuel latched on to the issue earlier in the year when he became a co-sponsor of a drug importation bill. Though he was not the first on the legislation, he was the one who orchestrated a successful congressional and media strategy to get it passed on a bipartisan roll call in the House, though it never was incorporated into the new Medicare prescription drug law.
Blagojevich realized Emanuel handed him a gift when Emanuel urged him to take up drug importation because Illinois could save millions of dollars by buying Canadian drugs for state retirees and employees.
Politically, it put Blagojevich on the popular side of a consumer issue and could fuel his possible presidential ambitions. The January issue of Money magazine named Blagojevich one of its people to watch'' next year for setting the stage for a 2004 showdown.''
The governor asked the FDA in September for permission to legally buy Canadian drugs and, anticipating a rejection, launched a national campaign to organize other cash-starved governors and local officials to keep the heat on the FDA.
The FDA, throughout the Clinton and Bush administrations, has not allowed foreign drugs in the United States because they could be counterfeit, old, or mislabeled.
The new Medicare bill did provide for the Health and Human Services Department to study drug safety over the next year.
Blagojevich, who has vowed not to break the law, seized on that safety study language Monday to ask Thompson to let Illinois run a pilot importation project.
The FDA already all but officially said no to his request, saying the new law made no provision for any such pilot study involving the purchase and distribution of Canadian drugs in the United States.
The Bush administration sees Blagojevich and Emanuel as demagogues.
Blagojevich is inviting the nation's 49 other governors -- all told there are 28 Republicans and 22 Democrats -- to a drug importation summit in February. Won't the Bush team have to put more on the table than a year-off study? Blagojevich, said Knapp, is calling their bluff.''
Rod Blagojevich left the governor's office nearly two years ago, but many of the papers documenting his administration are still there.Gotta wonder if there's a shredder at work to rewrite some of this sorry history.
When a governor leaves office in Illinois, papers about his policies or his correspondence with other officials go to the Illinois State Archives, where they're kept to record history.
Blagojevich didn't leave office in the typical way, though, when he was ousted via impeachment trial in January 2009.
What happens to his papers in the meantime is largely up to Gov. Pat Quinn, said David Joens, director of the Illinois State Archives.
...in St. Charles, the board overseeing pension cash has used some to pay the board president's wife for clerical work and to send board members, all expenses paid, to out-of-state conferences while the pension fund's health worsened.
The flaws and excesses were long masked by a strong economy, when big investment returns pushed average funding levels to nearly 80 percent a decade ago — which many experts consider to be healthy. The latest figures from 2009 show suburban public-safety pension funds, on average, have just 52 percent of the assets needed to be fully funded.
Though the true cost will vary from place to place, the unpaid tab averages nearly $2,700 for every suburban household. A strong economy could boost investment returns and lessen the liability, but experts say the financial sins of the past are too great for pension systems to merely invest their way out of them.
WASHINGTON: Pakistan has allowed the US military and its coalition partners in Afghanistan to maintain a presence in Quetta, says a Pentagon report to Congress.Need to ask Bill Roggio at the Long War Journal for the significance of this move.
The report, which was released to the media on Wednesday, also notes that tensions between India and Pakistan have a direct impact on Afghanistan and therefore, the United States must consider relations between South Asia’s two nuclear neighbours while making any strategy for Kabul.
“Pakistan Army General Headquarters recently approved a US Office of Defence Representative and Coalition presence at the Pakistan military’s 12 Corps HQ in Quetta,” the Pentagon tells Congress.
Earlier reports in the US media said that Pakistan also had allowed the CIA to expand its presence in the Balochistan capital.
“Yes, we have asked for that, and we continue to ask for that,” said a Pentagon official when asked if the United States wanted more actions against alleged militant sanctuaries in Quetta.
The St. Charles Countryside Fire Protection District announced to a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday morning that it plans to decide by February whether it will proceed with opening its own fire and ambulance stations once its contract with the city ends April 30.
Residents said they felt ambushed by the announcement, not only because it happened the morning before Thanksgiving, but also because the advisory referendum results indicated support for a 10-cent tax increase and opposition against a reduction in service.
Many said they view the proposed change as a reduction.
An entire village in northern France has been evacuated for a week while bomb removal experts clear 30 tons of shells -- 1,652 in total -- discovered in a German munitions depot from World War I.I lived in Germany near the French border for three years in the early 80s during some unusually warm summers in Europe. The heat caused a few unexploded bombs from WW2 to go off in Berlin as I recall. A boy scout troop also returned from a souvenir hunting trip to France with glass balls still filled with Gas. The unexploded contents of gas filled artillery shells.
Jünger's book could help open up a new chapter of remembering the conflict in Germany, and historical interest is bound to increase with the coming of the 100th anniversary of its outbreak in 2014, said Kiesel.
"None of the victorious nations shunned calling their soldiers heroes. But it has always been problematic to describe Jünger as a hero, there was always an outcry against it. The time may have come to approach that difficult debate again to restore a certain equality, even if these solders were involved in a war for which Germany bears the main guilt."
It may also be interesting to explore why Jünger didn't noticeably suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, an affliction that has hit large numbers of soldiers who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kiesel said keeping a diary to write down the events in detail shortly after they happened may have helped.
But most importantly, Jünger's crystal-clear descriptions unwittingly offer a fresh reminder of the devastation and terror caused by all wars.
An entry on August 28, 1916, written during the Somme battle, reads: "This area was meadows and forests and cornfields just a short time ago. There's nothing left of it, nothing at all. Literally not a blade of grass, not a tiny blade. Every millimeter of earth has been churned up and churned again, the trees uprooted and torn apart and ground to sludge. The houses shot to pieces, the bricks crushed into powder. The railway tracks turned into spirals, hills flattened, everything turned to desert. And everything full of corpses who have been turned over a hundred times. Whole lines of soldiers are lying in front of the position
Preib encounters traces of specifically Christian faith, but the religion that obsesses him is, as for Melville or Whitman, something beyond the limits of Christianity or any other creed; the “religion” at the center of these essays is the root of endurance, what keeps the people of the city slogging on, day to day. This is a stripped-down, gritty notion of the religious, but one that resonates with deep association in American history and, as Preib argues, one rooted not in metaphysics or inherited tradition so much as in the “promise in seeing the city at it is.”Chicago's a very tough town but the professed tough Mother Fuckers seldom as tough as they say and the truely tough families who thrive despite it all seldom written about in the local lit. Ok, I haven't read the book it, so let me hold back the rest of the judgement.
Maneuvering around a leaky corpse, trying to figure out the best angle of approach to avoid getting fluids on your uniform or your skin—if such a moment is the root of a religious conception of the world, this religion is not for the weak of heart or stomach. Indeed, “realism” emerges from rough scenes—encounters with gang bangers, crime victims, the hopeless, the dead—scenes many civilians will never see. But Preib writes as a cop, with more than a passing interest in being read by his fellow cops. His indicting descriptions of self-serving lawyers, journalists, and professors is coupled with a persistent sense that only a select few are able to handle the truth of the world as it is. To embrace Preib’s realism, then, “You just have to be tough enough to ride it out.”
Preib is, to borrow his description of Whitman, “a tough motherfucker.” His prose has the blunt gait of an incident report, yet deeply measured, contemplative, each clean sentence clearly the work of lengthy reflection. His interest is not just in the facts, after all, but in how one can make sense of these facts; interpretation, in this case via formal framing through writing, allows one to go from the “realism” of the streets to the “religion” of the city.
For Young, Republican gains in the election served as a “wake-up call.”
He said his “friends in Cook County,” which remains a Democratic stronghold, seemed to think the rest of the state was “out of touch with them.”
“I think it’s the other way around,” Young added. “As far as Galesburg is concerned, I certainly hope that’s the case. I certainly think the silent majority is becoming more vocal.”
In the news of last weeks US House gains there are now two new Republican members of Congress who just so happen to be Black. One of them was a veteran of the Iraqi war. And it's his story that I'm posting right here.
Ald. Ed Smith (28th), Chicago’s longest-serving black alderman, has told Mayor Daley he intends to resign, becoming the eighth sitting aldermen not to stand for re-election in a difficult year for incumbents, City Hall sources said Friday.
Smith refused to discuss his impending resignation and brushed past a reporter seeking comment.
Smith is a veteran political warhorse swept into office during the historic 1983 election that made Harold Washington Chicago’s first African-American mayor.
Smith was an institution. Tough job, tough ward; I'll miss him.
Police reported they were called to the polling place at St. Monica’s Catholic Church on Route 25 in Carpentersville when Noland (D-Elgin) refused to provide identification to election judges. They said that in lieu of his driver’s license, Noland showed the officer a traffic ticket he had been issued for allegedly driving without insurance.
“Every election day, I visit as many polling places as I can so I can thank the election judges for serving,” Noland said Friday. “I say, ‘I’m Sen. Michael Noland, and I want to thank you for giving your time for this.’ The visits also allow me to gauge how high the turnout [of voters] is, though I don’t ask the judges for any numbers.”
“At St. Monica’s, I was not talking to any voters, and I was not wearing any campaign buttons or doing any campaigning inside the polling place,” Noland said. “But St. Monica’s had very demonstrative Republican judges. They said that unless I had credentials allowing me to be there, I had to leave, and right away, they called the police.”
Noland said he had only the traffic ticket instead of his driver’s license because he had not had his auto insurance card with him when he was pulled over by police one time recently. “I do have insurance, but I had forgotten to put the new proof-of-insurance card in my glove compartment,” he said.
Accompanied by a Lawyer from the People's Law Office....that's precious.
The Sun-Times reported in 2006 that Gutierrez got the cheapest price on any of the 17 riverfront town houses in the Rezko development. Others paid $495,000 and $660,000, in some cases for smaller town homes. The congressman sold his unit in March 2006 for $610,000 -- 40 percent more than his purchase price.
Gutierrez was accompanied to the 2008 FBI interview by defense lawyer Michael Deutsch of the People's Law Office.
"I'm not going to go into what was discussed or why," said Deutsch, who said his office has done work with the Puerto Rican community and that Gutierrez has been a "good supporter" of that effort.
It's not clear why the FBI interviewed Gutierrez. The U.S. attorney's office would not comment.
In a message released to jihadist websites on Friday, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for two explosive packages found aboard cargo planes in late October. The Long War Journal has obtained a translation of the statement.Addressing President Obama.... strange this story doesn't make MSM as far as I can tell.
Addressing President Obama, the AQAP statement reads: “We have directed three strikes at your planes within one year, and we will continue, by the grace of God, to direct our strikes against American interests and the interests of her allies.”
The “three strikes” include Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab’s attempt to bring down Flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009, the recent plot involving explosive devices shipped via cargo planes and, oddly, the downing of a UPS airliner on Sept. 3 in Dubai.
The first two strikes are known AQAP plots, but the third had not been previously identified as an act of terrorism. Officials in the United Arab Emirates have told the press that there is no evidence of an explosion on board the plane before the crash, which killed the two pilots on board. But they are reportedly investigating the crash once again in light of AQAP’s statement.
Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2010/11/aqap_claims_responsi.php#ixzz14bbbj3MV
State Sen. Chris Lauzen R-Aurora, is taking some pride in Hultgren’s victory.A lot of work ahead in the next two years.
“It was our volunteers who got him past Hastert Junior,” Lauzen said, referring to the primary between Hultgren and Ethan Hastert, son of the former speaker.
“I think Randy’s votes are going to more closely match the values of the district,” Lauzen said. “A lot of folks appreciate Bill Foster’s work ethic and intellect, but [Hultgren] will reflect the values a little more closely.”
But for all the victories Republicans made Tuesday, Lauzen cautioned that winning an election is just a first step.
“This is just an invitation to go to work,” Lauzen said. “They should not think of it as the end of something. This is just the beginning of something.”
Lauzen said Hultgren and the other GOP winners will have to repeal the healthcare bill and replace it, extend the Bush-era tax cuts and rein in government spending.
“They don’t have to pass it into law, they just have to pass it out of the House because that is what they have control over,” Lauzen said. “Promises are broken if they do not get it out of the House.”
Though he said he is not declaring his intent to run in 2012, Hultgren said he would like to represent the district for a few years. His promise and platform closely matches what Lauzen laid out as the task for House Republicans.
“And I will be holding town hall meetings, holding listening tours, listening to constituents and hearing their frustrations and suggestions,” Hultgren said. “That is so important if we are going to represent and be their voice in Washington D.C.”
Perhaps Olbermann violated NBC News “policy and standards.” But NBC doesn’t have real news standards for MSNBC—otherwise the channel wouldn’t exist. It’s a little strange to get all high and mighty now.
But there’s now a Republican House, and perhaps GE is trying to curry favor by dumping Olbermann?
Republicans of the world, show you believe in the free expression of opinion! Tell the crony corporatists at NBC—keep Keith!
Hendon also said his much-publicized attack on state Sen. Bill Brady, the Republican candidate for governor who he labeled a racist, “has nothing to do with” his decision, though he did concede “it was unfortunate that I got carried away, and I will talked to Bill Brady about it when I see him. . . . I’m glad it didn’t hurt (Governor) Pat Quinn.”
In the days after he made the remarks, Hendon, 55, went to Rush University Medical Center, where he learned his blood pressure had spiked to dangerous levels.
“They said I was lucky to be alive,” he said, adding that he’s going to try to be less emotional from now on. “I’m changing my ways, because I like to be here.”
|Township||Mark Steven Kirk||Bill Brady Jason Plummer||# Voted Kirk NOT Brady|
|Suburban Cook County||303,758||276,432||27,326|
|Township||Mark Steven Kirk||Bill Brady Jason Plummer||# Voted Kirk NOT Brady||Pct Kirk vote NOT Brady|
|Suburban Cook County||303,758||276,432||27,326|
More than 40 years after the final barrels of beer were unceremoniously dumped from the vats of the Rhinelander Brewery along the Pelican River, Rhinelander Beer may finally be coming home.And here's the new website.
Jyoti Auluck, a native of Calgary, Alberta and president of the newly-formed Rhinelander Brewing Company, completed a deal Monday to acquire the Rhinelander and Rhinelander Light beer brands and all related assets from Monroe-based Minhas Craft Brewery.
Minhas will continue to brew the beer under contract with the Rhinelander Brewing Company, but Auluck has plans to build a brewery in Rhinelander and bring the brand back to its hometown.
Rhinelander Lager and Rhinelander Light brands were long produced at the famous and historic Rhinelander Brewery on Ocala Street in Rhinelander, which opened under the business partnership of Otto Hilgermann and Henry Danner in 1882.
What an odd thing to say, punished for our patriotism, than off to Key West.
After conceding defeat shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday, Foster is looking forward to a vacation.
“Key West is one of the possibilities,” Foster said.
He blames his loss and the loss of many other Democrats on the frustrations of voters about the economy. He said Democrats not communicating some of their accomplishments might be partly to blame, but added if they had told the truth about what the state of the economy had been, it could have triggered a depression.
“We’re being punished for our patriotism,” Foster said.
1 November 2010
The Islamic regime of Iran plans to execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani immediately
According to news received by the International Committee against Stoning and International Committee against Execution on 1 November 2010, the authorities in Tehran have given the go ahead to Tabriz prison for the execution of Iran stoning case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. It has been reported that she is to be executed this Wednesday 3 November.
We had previously reported that the casefile regarding the murder case of Ms Ashtiani’s husband had been seized from her lawyer’s office, Houtan Kian, and found missing from the prosecutor’s Oskoo branch office so as to stitch Ms Ashtiani up with trumped up murder charges. Ms Ashtiani’s son, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, and her lawyer, Houtan Kian, have warned of the regime’s plan to do so on many occasions. With the arrest of Ms Ashtiani’s son and lawyer on 10 October and her not having had any visitation rights since 11 August and after fabricating a new case against her, the “Human Rights Commission” of the regime has announced that: ‘according to the existing evidence, her guilt has been confirmed.’ In fact, the regime has created a new scenario in order to expedite her execution.
The International Committees against Stoning and Execution call on international bodies and the people of the world to come out in full force against the state-sponsored murder of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. Ms Ashtiani, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, Houtan Kian and the two German journalists must be immediately and unconditionally released.
International Committee against Execution
International Committee against Stoning
We're estimating that Bill Foster and his liberal cronies in Washington DC have spent 5 million dollars smearing Randy and spreading lies in their desperate attempt to hold on to power.
As you go to the polls, remember to bring your friends and neighbors with you, and continue to help spread the truth about Randy's strong pro-economic growth, pro-freedom record. If you encounter anybody who believes the lies being peddled by Congressman Foster, be sure to correct the record, and also to send them here for a complete refutation of Bill Foster's shameless lies.
Also, I wanted to share pictures from today's amazing parade in Sycamore. Over a 100 Hultgren volunteers were joined by Senator Scott Brown!