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US Supreme Court Rules Drug-Makers Are Shielded From Lawsuits

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February 22, 2011: Agence France-Presse Editors / The Raw Story – February 22, 2011

This ruling should say it all, America! – SJH

WASHINGTON – Vaccine makers are protected from lawsuits, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, dashing the hopes of a US couple who had sought monetary damages after their daughter fell ill after a round of routine childhood inoculations.

By a 6-2 vote, the US high court, in an opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, rejected the family’s argument that they should be allowed to sue drug maker Wyeth for not making a safer vaccine.

The case concerned Hannah Bruesewitz, who as a six-month-old infant received a series of injections to protect her against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, the illness also known as whooping cough.

The family, from the northeastern state of Pennsylvania, found that after the third injection, the cognitive development of their now-teenaged daughter slowed dramatically and she developed seizures and other health problems that continue to this day.

The family insists that the girl’s medical problems were a side-effect of the vaccine; Wyeth, the manufacturer, over the years has steadfastly denied any link exists between the girl’s condition and its vaccine. The US high court ruled that the vaccine maker, which is owned by Pfizer Inc, the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, is not subject to the liability laws that govern some other products.

The court ruled that design-defect lawsuits were preempted by a 1986 law, the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act, which created a national compensation program for vaccine-injury claims, and also gave vaccine makers protection from some lawsuits. The law allows for complaints to be brought before a special tribunal; the family early had pleaded and lost its case before that panel. The ruling also affirms a lower court decision that also had found in favor of Wyeth.

In a statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics hailed the ruling. “Today’s Supreme Court decision protects children by strengthening our national immunization system and ensuring that vaccines will continue to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in this country,” the physicians’ group’s president Marion Burton said. “Today, the US Supreme Court affirmed what pediatricians have been advocating for decades” Burton said. “Vaccines save lives.”

Wyeth, meanwhile, in a statement released Tuesday said it also was “pleased.”…”We have great sympathy for the Bruesewitzes. We recognize, however, that the Vaccine Act provides for full consideration of the liability issues through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program…

“Here the Vaccine Court concluded that the petitioners failed to prove their child’s condition was caused by vaccination,” the company statement said.

PBS News Hour (October 12, 2010) – Supreme Court Weighs Whether Vaccine Makers Can Be Sued

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: What’s next? Buy a brand new government bailed out GM car, drive off the lot with your family, the brakes fail and kills your children as you slam into a tree… Oops! – SJH

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Defiant Gaddafi Vows To Die As A Martyr As Tripoli Begins To Fall

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February 22, 2011: Reuters Editors / Reuters – February 22, 2011

(Reuters) – A defiant Muammar Gaddafi vowed on Tuesday to die “a martyr” in Libya and said he would crush a revolt which has seen eastern regions break free from four decades of his rule.

Swathed in brown robes, Gaddafi seethed with anger and banged the podium outside one of his residences that was damaged in a 1986 U.S. bombing raid that attempted to kill him. Next to him stood a monument of a fist crushing a U.S. fighter jet.

“I am not going to leave this land. I will die here as a martyr,” Gaddafi said on state television, refusing to bow to calls from his own diplomats, soldiers and protesters who braved a fierce crackdown to clamor in streets for him to go.

Huge popular protests in Libya’s neighbors Egypt and Tunisia have toppled entrenched leaders, but Gaddafi said he would not be forced out by the rebellion sweeping through his vast oil producing nation of just 7 million people, which stretches from the Mediterranean to the Sahara.

“I shall remain here defiant,” said Gaddafi, who has ruled the mainly desert country with a mixture of populism and tight control since taking power in a military coup in 1969.

The White House said the international community must speak with one voice in response to the “appalling violence” in Libya and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the United States would take “appropriate steps” in time.

But Washington has little leverage over Libya, which was a U.S. adversary for most of Gaddafi’s rule until it agreed in 2003 to abandon a weapons-of-mass-destruction program and moved to settle claims from the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Gaddafi had declared war on his people and told a news conference she would back sanctions on Libya if Gaddafi did not stop the violence.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accused Libya of firing on civilians from warplanes and helicopters. The U.N. Security Council met in closed session to discuss Libya. The U.N. high commissioner for human rights said “systematic attacks” on civilians may amount to “crimes against humanity.”

The Arab League suspended the participation of Libya’s delegation, Al Arabiya television said.


But Gaddafi was unrepentant. Anti-government protesters were “rats and mercenaries” who deserved the death penalty, he said in the rambling, 75-minute speech. Gaddafi said he would call upon the people to “cleanse Libya house by house” unless protesters surrendered.

He urged Libyans to take to the streets to show their loyalty. “All of you who love Muammar Gaddafi, go out on the streets, secure the streets, don’t be afraid of them … Chase them, arrest them, hand them over,” he said.

Libya’s official news agency quoted him as telling Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi that “Libya is fine, its people are … holding on to its security.”

Several hundred people held a pro-Gaddafi rally in Tripoli’s central Green Square on Tuesday, a Reuters reporter there said. “Our leader!” and “We follow your path!,” they chanted, waving green Libyan flags and holding aloft portraits of Gaddafi.

“There are several hundred (Gaddafi) supporters making their way into the city center. They are in cars, making lots of noise and carrying his portrait,” said a resident of the Mediterranean coastal city of 2 million, which is key to controlling Libya.

Muammar Gaddafi Remains Defiant

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: All of these dictators being “overthrown” are US puppets for decades. In the case of Ben Ali of Tunisia and Mubarak of Egypt, both are reportedly in “comas” in undisclosed locations. Anybody remember the ridiculous fake video of Saddam Hussein supposedly being hung? – SJH

Saddam Hussein Hanging

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Police Say They Will Absolutely Use Force On Wisconsin Protesters

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February 22, 2011: Paul Joseph Watson / Prison – February 22, 2011

Despite publicly condemning Governor Scott Walker’s proposal, troopers would obey orders to crush dissent…

Police would don riot gear and “absolutely” use force on protesters in Wisconsin, according to a state law enforcement representative, further stoking fears that the ongoing union demonstrations against a plan by Governor Scott Walker to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees could end in violence.

Despite the fact that the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (WLEA) has vocally condemned Walker’s move to raise the level of pension and health contributions public workers would be forced to pay, WLEA executive board president Tracy Fuller said that troopers would still obey orders, don riot gear and “absolutely” use force against protesters to crush dissent if they were told to do so.

“I have worked with the University of Wisconsin police officers that are there, along with the capitol police officers, and certainly I’ve worked with the state patrol officers because I’m a state patrol inspector. I’m not able to even fathom that any of those police officers would not carry out whatever orders were given to do their job,” Fuller told Raw Story.

“I guess that’s the one ironic thing about this,” he continued. “Last night my wife asked me to make a sign for her to take down there to protest. On that day, I thought to myself I could be making a protest sign for my wife to take down there … Then I could be down there confronting my wife with the protest sign that I made. God, you see … That’s … That’s my job.”

While adding that “It would not look like the United States, if we did that,” Fuller noted that it was “possible” agent provocateurs could be used to infiltrate the protesters and cause a violent flash point.

As we reported last week, following Governor Scott Walker’s revelation that he had put the Wisconsin National Guard on alert, a move deemed to be a “threat” designed to intimidate protesters according to some, 300 Guardsmen returned to the state from battling insurgents in Iraq.

The returning unit comprises roughly half of Wisconsin’s National Guard soldiers that are currently on active duty.

The last time violence was used in the state to break a workers’ rally was in 1886, when the Guard, then the State Militia, fired upon Milwaukee workers advocating an 8-hour work day, killing at least five people.

The Republican-controlled Assembly plans to debate and possibly vote on Walker’s bill today, but Democrat lawmakers, who fled the capitol last week to delay the process, plan to introduce more than 100 amendments in an effort to drag out the fight until concessions are made.

Gov. Walker Rejects Compromise As Wisconsin Union Protests Continue

The Tonka Report Editor’s Note: Force didn’t work out so well for Ben Ali, Mubarak or Gaddafi! – SJH 

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