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  •  "A local resident says that (15+ / 0-)

    he/she was harassed by the Capitol Police after attempting to contact Sen. XXXX.  A simple inquiry as to the next town hall meeting resulting in a personal call from the Capitol Police, presumably initiated from XXXX's office.

    When reached for comment, XXXX's office would only say that it is up to the judgment of office aides taking calls as to whether the Capitol Police should be contacted.  XXXX released a statement saying that all citizens are encouraged to participate in the democratic process, "as long as that contact is polite and relevant."

    When asked if a recording of the call would be made available, XXXX's office would not confirm or deny a recording existed.  The office also refused to confirm the time or location of the next town hall meeting scheduled for xxxx." XXXX's office would also not release the name of the aide involved.

    "It is certainly a shame that Senator XXXX, while trumpeting the "we the people" mantra of the tea party, refuses to listen to his own constituents and harasses and threatens anyone who attempts to contact his office," said the citizen.  He/she has engaged an attorney to force release of any recording of the phone call and the name of the aide involved.  "Our tax dollars should not be wasted turning the Capitol Police into his personal thugs."

    My heroes have the heart to live the life I want to live.

    by JLFinch on Tue Apr 02, 2013 at 10:17:40 PM PDT

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    •  Paranoid much?!? (11+ / 0-)

      Hatch is a twit.

      I'm prejudiced, however, since idiots Hatch and Waxman concocted a harebrained scheme that passed by the rest of the Cretinous Congress Critters that the gout medicine colchicine now be manufactured exclusively by ONE corporation and the one that had the generic colchicine has now been banned from making it.  The price for 90 little white tablets (no food dyes) was $.09 each.  The new brand name tablets that are purple and an itty-bitty oval shape are $4.85 PER PILL (retail) after the manufacturer did some [likely fake] testing to get totally unnecessary FDA approval..., PLUS marketing exclusivity for a minimum of three years when it's used for gout, and seven years for two other conditions treated by colchicine.  The brand name is now Colcrys, they added blue and red dye (the latter of which I'm allergic to).  I can take the little white pills without any problems....

      The first mention of colchicine (derived from a plant) is in a papyrus dated to 1500 BCE...!!!  The side effects are well-known, and have been well-known for at least that long, maybe longer (small doses: medicine; large doses: potentially fatal).  Why on earth would colchicine need FDA testing to prove its efficacy when the benefits - and side effects - of the medicine have been known for a minimum of three thousand five hundred years (that we know of)...?!?!?

      Ditto digitalis (from a foxglove plant).  Side effects known for centuries - small doses: medicine; large doses: potentially fatal.

      In other words, Hatch and Waxman have both been bought off by pharmaceutical corporations.

      Stupid, stupid, stupid....  These greedy bastards lack ALL common sense.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 02:32:43 AM PDT

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      •  hatch has long protected (0+ / 0-)

        utah businesses w/ "natural" medicine.

        also midrin is now compound-only since the freaking FDA insisted on modern testing and no manufacturer would do it.  

        Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

        by jlms qkw on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 11:27:30 AM PDT

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        •  I had to look up Midrin - (0+ / 0-)

          I've never heard of it.  Sounds like a generic compound..., which is what the colchicine pills were that I was taking - generic colchicine (and they work remarkably well; gout hurts worse than child labor!), and the drug and the benefits and the side effects have been known about for three thousand five hundred years.  FDA did not insist on the drug trials, as I understand it (from a conversation with my pharmacist).  This was something the corporation that made the drug insisted upon, with the condition that they get market exclusivity with a hugely inflated price for three-to-seven years (depending on why the drug is being prescribed): Nine cents per pill went to $4.85 per pill = $4.76 PER PILL = pure profit PER PILL.  I have to wonder how much money Hatch and Waxman get/got out of those profits.

          As with so many other things that work very well with little cost as is until someone decides they want to make an exorbitant profit from it, they "fixed something that wasn't broken."  I subscribe to the school of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

          DRUG DESCRIPTION
          Each red capsule contains Isometheptene Mucate USP, 65 mg, Dichloralphenazone USP, 100 mg, and Acetaminophen USP, 325 mg.

          Isometheptene Mucate is a white crystalline powder having a characteristic aromatic odor and bitter taste. It is an unsaturated aliphatic amine with sympathomimetic properties.

          Dichloralphenazone is a white, microcrystalline powder, with slight odor and tastes saline at first, becoming acrid. It is a mild sedative.

          Acetaminophen, a non-salicylate, occurs as a white, odorless, crystalline powder, possessing a slightly bitter taste.

          Midrin (acetaminophen, isometheptene and dichloralphenazone) capsules contain FD&C Yellow No. 6 as a color additive.

          I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

          by NonnyO on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 09:27:51 PM PDT

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