Thursday, March 26, 2009

Stroller Moms On The Trail Of J. Sydney Sullivan

I'm telling you, they're not taking this lightly!

As you may recall, a certain J. Sidney Sullivan wrote a letter to the Sierra Madre News.Net site that inferred a tactical similarity between Stroller Moms and the machinations of "... the German National Socialist Party against Jews in the 1930s."

A hideously ugly and utterly unfair comparison that defies the rules of what most people would regard as being decency.

For the record, the publisher of the Sierra Madre News Net site, Bill Coburn, in conversations with people at City Hall and other places, defends Ms. Sullivan and claims this was meant to be taken as a slap at the California Tobacco Control Program, not Sierra Madre's Stroller Moms.

However, this is a leap of faith that many who have read this letter are not willing to take. Including this writer. And besides, is comparing any other California group or organization combatting the consumption of something as dangerous as tobacco to "National Socialists" any better? The letter in question is still featured on the front page of the SMNN site.

Here is what I was sent today. If you go to the LA Mesa Community Services Commission Minutes Of Meeting you will notice that among those listed among the guests at a session on the question of proposed "public smoke free zones" is none other than J. Sidney Sullivan. And this is how her contribution was noted in the minutes:

"Fourth speaker, Joan Sullivan stated businesses currently have the right to decide whether or not to have smoke free outdoor zones and should not let government take this right away."

The La Mesa smoking ban failed to pass by a 3 to 2 vote.

So who is J. Sidney Sullivan? Click here and you will be taken to as site called PLoS Medicine, which published an article discussing the topic of lung cancer in people who never smoked. And if you scroll down and click on the comment entitled "A Lung Cancer Virus?" you will see the following:

Sidney Sullivan
Aerospace Engineer, Retired
Competing Interests: Pro-Tobacco Activist

There is also an e-mail address that goes to J. Sidney Sullivan.

Now is J. Sidney Sullivan actually suggesting that lung cancer might be the result of a virus and not cigarette smoking? Hard to say, J. Sidney's comment here is not that clearly written.

But what is revealed is that J. Sidney Sullivan is a pro-tobacco activist and, as we see in the letter published on Mr. Coburn's site, one not afraid to use extremist language to describe those she opposes.


  1. Well, show us valid studies where people developed lung cancer who have NEVER been exposed to second hand smoke. You won't be able to do it.
    I'm getting so sick of these little narcissist
    cry babies, and their adult supporters....all claiming to be non-smokers. What is your agenda? What indeed?
    Sir Eric?
    I sure hope your ivestigative reporters connect some dots here. I would bet Susan Henderson is involved in this, either directly or indirectly.

  2. Amazing. What is it about tobacco that attracts the devoted support of so many loonies?

  3. Imagine the karmic debt of someone who is advocating a willful misrepresentation of established scientific results. Ouch!

  4. I agree, Sam.
    It's pretty low down to use pathetic addicts for your own agendas.
    Not a good thing.

  5. Anonymous the XIVMarch 26, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    If this whole smoking debate has taught me one thing, it is that the supporters of it have been pushed out to the lunatic fringe. Science has so completely proven the point that tobacco kills people, how could it be any other way? How can you defend smoking and come off as being rational? You can't.

  6. Nicotine is as addictive as heroin, well try taking heroin away from a junkie...same thing with those nice cigarettes...

  7. If most smokers had their way, there would be smoking in elevators, buses, the Gold Line, Movies, everywhere. Nicotine, highly addictive, and legal (mostly).......

  8. She is absolutely nuts!!

  9. What tobacco advocate isn't?

  10. Its ironic that Sullivan should use the Third Reich comparison. Because claiming tobacco doesn't harm people is right up there with holocaust denial on the pantheon of despicable acts.

  11. Smoking has damaged much more than their lungs. It has also destroyed their brains. They can no longer process information. When a city council which seldom agrees on anything votes 5 to 0, you know they made the right decision.

  12. I would like to know who this person is who wrote that letter to Coburn's blog.
    It's not the sick smokers who worry me, it's the diabolical people who support them.
    I want to know why. Just what is their agenda, obviously it is not for the good and welfare of the majority.
    Keep after this Stroller Moms.....we need to know just who we are dealing with here, and why.
    I suspect the same type of interlopers who supported the No on V campaign. The out of town special interest money.
    Thanks for looking out for us all, Sharon and all the dozens of "stroller moms".

    Old Kentucky, a friend of "stroller moms" everywhere!

  13. I like the point about it being impossible
    now to advocate cigarettes and seem at all
    respectable. Maybe that's why they come off
    as being so ... eccentric.

  14. Oh, I get it. This is BIA Chapter 2. The tobacco interests come in and make it look like they're supporting the little people.

  15. Anonymous As WellMarch 27, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Yes, there do seem to be certain tactics employed by big money interests when dealing with the villagers. And it is always interesting to see which of our elected officials are swayed by that sort of appeal.

  16. Interesting that Bill Coburn get the letter to publish ... if she had googled interesting stuff for Sierra Madre she would have found the article by PSN ....must be a friend of Bill ...

  17. Ah .. I think it's Josh's mom