Think Progress has a great report today on the billionaire industry titans, U.S. Supreme Court Justices (including Scalia and Thomas), infamous front-group astroturfers and Rightwing media scammers who meet in secret twice a year --- as they did last year in Aspen and will again this January in Palm Springs --- to plot how they will spend their billions to keep "liberty" and "freedom" available to all (of them) and to plot the 2010 and 2012 elections for Republicans.
The story includes the actual invitation letter [PDF] to the upcoming Palm Springs event, from Vast Rightwing Conspiracy funder, billionaire Charles G. Koch of Koch Industries Inc., along with the agenda and participants of last year's Aspen meeting attached to it.
The letter begins creepily enough: "If not us, who? If not now, when?", but my favorite part is this part from the reprint of the agenda of last year's meeting...
So, "the meetings are closed to the public, including media," except for all the Rightwing media actually inside the meetings giving presentations and participating with the billionaire tycoons and scammers "who are dedicated to defending our free society" and planning to "combat what is now the greatest assault on American freedom and prosperity in our lifetimes."
While Breitbart, Fox and friends made much of the non-troversy, a few months ago, over the names of the participants of the "Journolist" e-mail listsever --- where leftish and center-leftish journalists and activists shared questions, thoughts, sources and random bullshit --- I suspect they'll go out of their way, today, to not notice TP's story, since it includes the participation of all manner of "fair and balanced" "journalists" and "consultants" from Murdoch's Newscorp-owned Fox "News" and Wall Street Journal such as Glenn Beck, Charles Krauthammer, Michael Barone, Stephen Moore and others.
By the way, have the words "Freedom", "Liberty" and "Prosperity" always been Republican dog-whistle code-words for corporate totalitarianism in this country? Or is that a relatively new developement in the Palin-era? In any case, go read the creepy story and the even creepier invitation letter [PDF] from Koch.