Over the last several months, Tim Bolen, whom most of you never heard of until all this drama started early in the year, has been writing truly bizarre newsletters about Canary Party leadership, and AutismOne leadership and "Autism leadership" in general. Everyone has tried to deal with this stupidity with dignity, but I am just fed up at this point. The guy just is just an ass.
So today he writes this piece that has no grounding in reality what so ever, on how "Autism Leadership," who is apparently us CP leadership, has done nothing on vaccines (my life's work BTW) and that in the MN hearings on expanding the vaccine schedule, that we were absent so Diane Miller of National Health Freedom Alliance had to be THE ONE to step up and offer testimony to try to prevent the vaccine schedule from being expanded. And that the Health Freedom Movement should take over the vaccine fight.
Which is really odd to me, as I have spent the last three weeks preparing testimony for the MN hearings! As have the rest of the Canary Party leadership. And all our MN crew spent the day yesterday testifying (Our Executive Director Patti Carroll [who spent two months spear heading effort to get all the testimony together] and Exec Board Member Wayne Rhode), trying to get the testimony recorded (last I heard our Lin Wessles was trying to drive four and a half hours from IA to film the hearings for us), we were picking up the beautiful Karen Kain at the airport so she could tell her daughter's story... and coordinating with all the MN health freedom people... as the CP and HF people in MN are pretty much one big bunch of friends who work together on everything!
Then this article from Bolen on how we have done nothing and Ms. Miller has had to take over? Just not even remotely factual!
And pretending there are rifts or competition where there is NONE! I love Diane Miller! Have you met the woman? She is like meeting a hug! Sweetest most supportive person you could meet. She came to our last CP convention, and just last month CP was a part of her Health Freedom Congress. Our ED Patti Carroll went and had a great time. (Only sorry I could not go this year).
So for the record... Diane Miller, Brian Hooker, Mark Blaxill, Jennifer Larson, the rest of CP leadership, AutismOne leadership, Health Freedom leadership... we are all getting along great! Spent the week on an email thread with Blaxill and Hooker (who are friends and colleagues) as I was working on boiling down the 1 in 88 OGR testimony to the most important points to submit to the judge for the MN hearings on the vaccine schedule... We work with Hooker every week, he sends me nice notes, and we are total pals!
So strange how all these people are supposed to be at one another's throats, but somehow all these fun pictures of them hanging out and smiling together are popping up constantly on facebook.
The reality is that there are a bunch of us from all these groups, and EBCALA and GR and insert all the groups you have known and loved here... are working together on ... well everything. State vaccine legislation, following up on the OGR 1 in 88 hearings, prepping for the OGR VICP hearings that Issa has committed to this fall... and it is going AWESOME!
Bolen does not attend anything, is not in touch with anyone involved that I know of, he knows nothing about what is going on... and even Jennifer Larson tried to call him to discuss all his bizarreness MONTHS ago and he won't take her calls. He is on the outside throwing rocks, and can't even get his facts straight. (Even gets stupid facts wrong that you everyone on facebook knows... like saying that Krakow was supposed to moderate the Congressional panel, and they took it from him and gave it to Blaxill? KRAKOW MODERATED THE CONGRESSIONAL PANEL! There are one thousand pictures and videos on facebook of Krakow moderating! Bolen just makes crap up.)
And CP didn't submit testimony? Again... I myself did so from Maine! Excerpts form 1 in 88 hearings, I sent a thing on the lack of informed consent on the risks of the shots being added, I submitted the pre and post 1986 vaccine schedule, I submitted MY WHOLE CHAPTER FROM VACCINE EPIDEMIC! I will put them up on my fb page... (but not the book chapter... the publisher might not be happy with that)
So here is the deal... Bolen is not an activist, he is a PR guy. He calls himself a "crisis management" specialist, or something to that effect. Mark and David Geier are his clients. He apparently is trying to make them the heroes of the vaccine/autism fight, I guess... and that is likely why he is attacking Blaxill... as Blaxill is the one who gets called in to testify and speak most frequently. Not Geier or Geier. For obvious reasons.
I met Bolen last year... and was all, "oh... we want to help you with the vaccine/autism fight." I was all, "great!" But as I got to talk to him more... his understanding of the problems was really shallow (kinda mercury only) and he was not saying the most constructive things (like the skeptic community was all child molesters). So I didn't stay in touch with him much. And he also told me a year ago at the Health Freedom Expo in Chicago that he was also courting Andy Wakefield as a client. He also told me last year that he was pushing for the merger of the Health Freedom Expo with AutismOne. So apparently he is looking at our fight as a cash cow or new business venture or what not. And that did not work, so he is just lying about us now.
IMHO... the guy is a jerk and full of hot air. He knows nothing about the vaccine problem, how to heal our kids and has not made any progress for us in any way in our fight. He cares absolutely jack about our kids, and is happy to slander autism parents... those who have been working for a decade or more, at great expense to themselves and their families, and who have made all crazy amounts of progress (and still are) ALL TO APPARENTLY LINE HIS OWN POCKETS and feed what appears to be an enormous ego.
Be advised... Tim Bolen just makes up his own reality. He is a carpetbagger who has nothing to offer us. He has no credibility.
I don't even know how connected he is to the Health Freedom Movement any more, as he was a part of the Health Freedom Congress two years ago, but sent a kinda mean email out to the whole group, insulting them and saying something to the effect that they were a do-nothing group and he was not coming to the Congress this year because it was a waste of his time. At least one organizer replied to him and seemed really hurt by what he said. It made me wonder if he had gotten so much push back for the way he had treated us that he didn't want to show and have to faced any music for all his crap.
I think it is time for Mark and David Geier to state for the record whether or not Bolen is or was under their employ, if they approve of what he is doing to community, and repudiate him and his tactics.
After all the web address that Bolen lists all these moronic hit pieces under is "bolenreport.com/Mark%20Geier/....htm." Clearly the folder he keeps his work on behalf of Mark Geier for.
So in short... CP is friends with HF, working well together in MN and DC and everywhere... and Bolen is just an ass.
Addendum: Heard from as associate of the Geiers who says, "The Geiers and Tim Bolen are not working together and have not been working together for quite some time." Very good to hear.
Ginger Taylor, Vice President of the Canary Party, is an author, speaker, new media writer and activist. She blogs on the politics of autism, health, vaccination, informed consent and both corporate and government corruption. Ginger is a former Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in adolescent and family therapy and hold a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She currently carries a caseload of one... her son Chandler who regressed into autism following his 18 month vaccinations. In 2009 she served on the steering committee of the first Maine CDC Autism Conference to educate medical professionals on the current state of research and treatment of autism. Ginger is the founder of Greater Brunswick Special Families a support organization for families supporting loved ones with developmental disabilities in Mid-Coast Maine. She is a co-author and contributing editor of the recently published book Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed Biased Science and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights Our Health and Our Children.