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Archive for March 23rd, 2007

While the world watches and waits, and demands to know what killed Anna Nicole Smith (and where her son Daniel got the Methadone which killed him just five months prior – duh), a far more disturbing prescription drug-related death has occurred.

Four-year-old Rebecca Riley died of an overdose of Clonidine, a drug prescribed for bipolar disorder. This would normally be a tragic morality tale about the importance of keeping prescription drugs away from children, except for one undisputed fact.

A doctor had prescribed that drug, along with others, for the little girl starting when she was only two years old; and the little girl was intentionally given the overdose over a period of months in order to control her, prosecutors say.

Apparently what used to be known as the “terrible twos” is now being diagnosed as ADHD and bipolar disorder.

After Rebecca’s death, police found only seven Clonidine tablets in the family’s medicine tray; the pharmacist said there should have been 75.

All together, prosecutors say, Carolyn Riley got 200 more pills in one year than she should have.

The Rileys’ lawyers call them unsophisticated people who did not question their children’s doctors.

Both were unemployed; they collected welfare and disabilty benefits and lived in subsidized housing. Michael Riley, who is also awaiting trial on charges of molesting a stepdaughter in 2005, claimed to suffer from bipolar disorder and a rage disorder; his wife told police she suffered from depression and anxiety.

“They are not the sort of people who go on the Internet and look on WebMD. These are the sort of people who, when they go to a doctor, the doctor is God and they do what the doctor says,” said John Darrell, Michael’s lawyer.

Carolyn’s lawyer, Michael Bourbeau, said that because the Rileys’ three children were all taking Clonidine, Rebecca’s prescription may have come up short at times when her siblings were given some of her pills. And some of the pills may have been lost when they were split in half, he said. (more…)

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The American Freedom Agenda
has come forward with a
Freedom Pledge
which has been endorsed by some Libertarian candidates, including Steve Kubby and George Phillies (in the comment section at LP blog). We hope all the other candidates sign it too.

LP Presidential nomination Candidates, supporters and staff, please let us know any other candidates you know who have signed it!

Freedom Pledge after the jump:

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In this week’s “radio address,” Steve Kubby discusses the war on Iraq:

Over the last four years, a majority of Americans have come to agree with what libertarians have been saying all along:

That this war was a mistake and that it is a continuing atrocity.

That this war makes us less, not more, secure from military or terrorist attack.

That this war positions our nation as an international enemy of peace and freedom.

And that this war carries far too high a price in American blood and treasure for whatever goals its supporters may claim they want to achieve.

Unfortunately, our so-called leaders in Washington either disagree, or just don’t care. Republican and Democrat alike continue to resist the American majority’s call for withdrawal from Iraq.

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This past weekend I went to the LNC meeting, State Chairs Conference and Florida LP Convention in Orlando and handed out some Kubby brochures, and then went to an Alabama Ballot Access Case hearing at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. More details in a later post.

Several candidates for the LP Presidential nomination were in Orlando: George Phillies, Mike Jingozian, Wayne Allyn “WAR” Root, Daniel Imperato, and Alden Link were in a debate.

Kubby campaign manager Tom Knapp explains why Kubby had better things to do this past weekend:

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Renowned magician Harry Houdini is rising from the grave, 81 years after his untimely death at age 52.

He’s not doing so voluntarily, though, despite his promise to contact his loved ones from The Great Beyoooooond.

It seems that members of his family now believe he died, not as the result of peritonitis resulting from a ruptured appendix as previously believed, but rather as the result of murder most foul carried out by Spiritualists who were angry that he had exposed their fraud.

A book about Houdini’s life published last year, which included a somewhat threatening letter written by Spiritualist proponent and Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, suggests that the magician was possibly poisoned with arsenic. No autopsy was ever performed but, if true, it is possible that arsenic may be detectable even now.

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