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on "fox files." >> please help me. i smoked too much k2. >> it's called spice. and it's killing across the country. >> this was hidden in the freezer? >> yeah, it was on top of all that meat. >> "fox files" goes on a raid of a store where they sell it. living large. dictator style. >> the vulgarity of some of these homes -- >> dictator style is bling, blitz, it's over the top. she went from real housewife to skinny girl mogul. >> i'm excited to be here. >> we're behind the scenes of bethenny frankel's latest venture. >> i'm not afraid to just own it and be who i am.
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♪ o say >> meet the band who turned "the star-spangled banner" into a rock anthem. >> you guys are sort of carving your own path. >> we're the counter culture to the counter culture. >> i'm amy kellogg. >> and i'm heather nowwert. that's next on yeah fox files." wednesday afternoon, september 2011, colorado springs, colorado. 19-year-old nicholas colbert checked in with his mom stephanie before heading out with friends. >> they were going to run to the quick stop and get some smokes. he said, "love you, mom, bye." and he left.
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and i went on to do some other errands that i needed to do. and i came home. and i thought he was sleeping. i tried to shake him awake and he wasn't sleeping. he was gone. >> at 4:40 p.m., nick lat colbert was dead. what would surprise many parents and stephanie colbert was what killed her son was sold to him at a convenience store. this kwik stop, which is not part of any franchise, is on south chel ton road in colorado springs. he bought the drug for about $25. nicholas had smoked synthetic marijuana, also known as spice. his autopsy report says it all. synthetic canaboid toxicity, rapid heartbeat, seizures. >> i'm surprised how many people have not heard of this. it boggles my mind. >> mostly made in asia, spice is sold at convenience stores and
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major gas stations, marketed under names like k2 and mr. smiley. stephanie is suing the convenience store for allegedly seeing her son the drug that killed him. >> i was very naive. since it's being sold with other convenience store items, i thought it was completely legal. >> david woodruff is one of her attorneys. >> the coroner told her, here's what killed nicholas. there were two chemicals in that stuff that are banned substan substances. >> spice delivers a powerful and dangerous high. and that list of banned substances is growing at the federal and state level. packaged to appeal to teens, "fox files" was shown the actual container of mr. smiley that killed nicholas colbert. >> the one that nicholas had taken right before he died is packaged as bubble gum flavored. some of the other flavors mr. smiley comes in is mango, potpourri, and blueberry
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potpourri. >> some of the packaging will say, not for human consumption. legally, what does that qualifier mean? >> nothing. absolutely nothing. >> florida state attorney general pam bondi is at the forefront of the fight against synthetic marijuana. >> one of my favorites they try is they stamp, this is not illegal" on the back of it as well. you can't stamp that on cocaine and make it legal. that's just a ploy to try to get teens to purchase it. >> they call it synthetic marijuana but there's no pot in this, right? >> no. >> harmless herbs like tea leaves are often used in drugs like spice. but what's sprayed on them is what can kill you. some of the toxic chemicals are found in paint thinner, nail polish think thatter, and insecticides. the contents of every package is a mystery. getting high on spice is like playing russian roulette. >> perhaps the idea is if you're buying it from a convenience store, it can't be as dangerous as buying it from a drug dealer down the street? >> exactly. in their minds, they don't think
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it's anything like cocaine or heroin they're having to buy at night on a street corner. >> this is very different from the drugs that people used to talk about in the '60s or '70s. >> right. and here's how it started off, really. these were one of the first ones, the roxies. and they were geared more towards teens. 17 to 19 to older. they started changing the packaging. and then they started going after our 12 to 14-year-olds. >> they look like peokemon trading card things. >> maui wowie. k2. all different kinds of packaging. >> wow. >> i find it to be despicable. >> the high or the buzz from spice wasn't like marijuana. it was more like crack or methamphetamine. >> michael ess is recovering from his spice addiction at the cedar center at university of colorado hospital in aurora. >> i had to keep smoking, you know, over and over again,
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probably every hour, to maintain some sort of high. and you were paranoid, you didn't want to eat, you didn't want to see people, very isolating. >> it can cause psychotic episodes, hallucinations, paranoia, seizures, tremors. >> people started using them in europe in the mid to early 2000s. then maybe around 2009, we started to notice that people in the united states were using them. >> dr. chris hoyt is an emergency room fit and toxicologist at the university of colorado hospital. in the summer of 2013, colorado had an epidemic of spice casualties. with three deaths and 260 people rushed to emergency rooms. >> we were at a point where we were getting five to six sick cases per day on these patients, come in with fast heart rates, high blood pressure,able dated. their temperature goes up dangerously high. >> please help me. i smoked too much k2. >> according to the dea, calls about synthetic drugs to poison
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control centers rocketed from 3,200 in 2010 to more than 13,000 a year later. >> when you look at the range of drugs that you have to deal with here in the state of florida, which ones concern you the most? >> oh, mollys, of course. >> other synthetics include molly, ecstasy, both nick napes for mdma, illegal still lent that's popular at raves and electronic dance festivals. >> it's being glamorized in songs we're hearing by singers. >> madonna? >> miley cyrus is singing about it. ♪ dancing with molly >> miley cyrus recently told "rolling stone" that molly was a "happy drug." >> that's a shame. because our teens, our kids, look up to people like that. and people are dying from it. and it is extremely toxic.
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>> so toxic that in august of 2013, at the electric zoo dance music festival in new york, 20-year-old olivia retunda and 23-year-old jeffrey russ died from overdoses of mdma. she said she had taken six hits of molly. as a result of the deaths the scheduled three-day festival, where a ticket can cost as much as 400 bucks, was shut down by the city after two days. >> it's very tragic. the bottom line what is you see here is people doing drugs that shouldn't be doing drugs and you see the fatal consequences. when people want to go town that slippery slope and say, it's just fun, it isn't just fun. there are two families that are not going to have their children come home. coming up, "fox files" goes on a spice raid. >> police, police! [ male announcer ] what if a small company
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we're getting ready to go on a raid here. >> the target is a convenience store that has been selling spice. our detectives have made numerous buys in there. today's warrant, we'll go in there, make an arrest, hopefully confiscate some spice. send a clear message to the community, it's not tolerated. >> buys for spice. >> pascoe county, florida, has a spice problem. the sheriff and his detectives are leading the charge. >> any time you go in a type of situation like this, there's butterflies, there's nervousness. it's almost like game day in nfl. >> on a sunny day in zephyr his, florida, "fox files" rode along with undercover narcotics detectives to the target site. >> you've had quite a few busts in this area here. businesses start to know the drill, are they communicating with one another? giving one another heads-up about what might be coming? >> as far as the spice a lot of the them have similar, the same supplier. so they'll know. and they'll lay low for a little while. >> i believe the narcotics unit
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as a whole did 18 or 19 buys yesterday and this store was the only one that we actually got it from. >> we have about 30 secs. >> is it a smoke shop we're going to? >> it's [ muted ]. >> mobil gas station. >> florida attorney general pam bondi and i follow them in. >> we have a search warrant for this place. we've done some undercover deals, we've bought spice from here. just to let you know what's going on. >> the detectives begin their search and quickly focus on a locked door in the back. >> they do not have a key to this? >> nope. >> police, police, sheriff's office, search warrant. sheriff's office, search warrant. >> with the back room secured the detectives now find drug paraphernalia and packets of
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spice behind the front correspond. >> this is spice? >> this is all considered spice or k2. it's all synthetic marijuana. >> it certainly looks like they're trying to market it to kids. this was under the counter. they used to sell it prominently displayed. >> until it became banned, it was sold right up here. >> florida has been proactive, banning 127 compounds found in spice. >> it's amazing to me how they add chemicals to these plants and that's what makes it so toxic. but that they keep changing the chemical compound so they can stay a few step ahead of thelaw >> except they're not anymore. i have the authority by emergency order, if they bring in a new one, to also ban that. so they're running out of chemicals. and we're going to stay ahead of them. >> the detectives also come across a pretty cool hiding place. >> this was hidden in the freezer? >> yeah, it was under these here and on top of all that meat. >> so the food they might make, if you're come together mini
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mart, they're hiding this stuff in there too? >> putting that right on top of the meat they're selling you. >> pretty creative. >> what they do, they pretty much adopted all the same tactics as drug dealers. and where we go into a crack house, we have to search cereal boxes and fridges and freezers, same thing with synthetic marijuana now. >> the raid proves to be successful for sergeant chris starnes and the pascoe county sheriff's office. they seize more than 200 packets of spice. they also arrested the store manager and fined the store more than $100,000. are you happy with this? did you get a lot? is this what you thought you'd get? >> i'm ecstatic about it. this is a point of contact, 20 sales to this community for spice. >> after the raid, "fox files" contacted exxonmobil. they said in a statement "exxonmobil absolutely does not condone the sale or the use of illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia. exxon and mobil-branded stations are independently owned and operated. our contracts explicitly prohibit the sale of such
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products. exxonmobil is reviewing the facts related to this matter and will take appropriate action." >> my life had completely become unmanageable. i couldn't stop getting high, i couldn't stop drinking, i couldn't stop using drugs are i knew i needed help some way. >> i would highly encourage anybody that has a friend or family member or struggles themselves to get help, not to try to do it on their own. >> nike ankle, a licensed therapist at cedar center, a recovering addict himself also the author of "the gift of fulfillment." >> it's guys like mike, ex-patient, who have educated me the most and told me about what this is all about. and how they need help. >> i met him after i did my first 30 days of inpatient. he became my counselor. >> he's like a perfect patient. he came in really highly motivated and willing to go through a process. when someone's willing to do that, there's usually a very
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high success. >> michael has been sober for nine months and is still working on his sobriety every day. >> every day i wake up i feel great. i don't have this drive to go do everything i can, to hustle to get my fix for date. >> something else that's important is that there's hope. that addiction is real and that it's an illness and it can be treated. >> stephanie colbert hopes the death of her teenage son nicholas is a warning to others. spice isn't harmless. it kills. >> for one, get the word out there. that synthetic marijuana is very harmful to you. and store owners need to stop selling it. i just want our kids to be safe. and this isn't it. gaudy, lavish, exotic. "fox files" brings you a closer look at dictator style.
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lavish lifestyles of some of the world's infamous leaders. multi-million dollar mansions. super yachts. star-studded parties. in june, recording star jennifer lopez was paid an estimated $1.5 million by a chinese i'll fioilo perform at the birthday party of turkmenistan's birthday party. and another paid kanye west a reported $3 million to perform at his grandson's wedding in september. the british chronicler of style,
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peter york, says the most flash of the class are the out and out dictators like the late despot saddam hussein. york has dedicated a book to their tastes called "dictator style." >> dictator style is bling, it's glits, it's over the top, it's designed to give off messages to their own populations which say, i'm great, i'm invincible, i could eat you alive. >> not only do dictators control their people, but they spend their money too. >> you've got to start with a lot of money. >> what matters to dictators are things that are very glittery, big, sexuality that's outsized also. >> dr. keith ablow is a forensic psychiatrist and a fox news contributor. >> calculate back in the opposite and say, look, if you need to be that flashy, you might feel quite dull inside. >> what are some of the key design principles? >> big. marbly. gold.
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glassy. chandeliers. mirrors. and fake french 18th century furniture. not real french 18th century furniture. >> which they could afford. >> it looks old and it's not quite shiny enough. >> the shrine of shine is the manna coyacht show. recently "fox files" went there to check out the bling on board. lots here to keep the world's super-rich happily afloat and plenty that's fit for a dictator too. >> gold taps in our line is business isn't weird, that's run of the norm. generally the interiors are more opulent on the yachts than the owners' houses. >> looking for a spot to park your helicopter or super car? >> we did build a boat once with a full-sized swimming pool up to substantial sizes, squash court. >> what about a shark tank aboard a ship? >> aquariums on yachts are not unheard of. >> in 2010, one of the sons of
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late dictator colonel gadhafi ordered a massive cruise liner worth $700 million which included a 120-ton shark tank. >> the problem is if you have an aquarium on a ship, the fish become sea sick. so you have to make special provisions. >> the offspring of autocrats are notorious for lavish spending sprees. theodore mange, the son of the longest-serving african leader, president of equatorial guinea, owns this the $30 million malibu action. the population does not have access to clean water. >> the son of a dictator of a tiny country that's suddenly become oil and gas rich. all that money has gone to his dad and his son. >> for more than two years, the u.s. justice department has attempted to seize his oceanfront estate and other assets, claiming he purchased the items with dirty money. recently, a judge ruled that the
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prosecutors lacked probable cause to pursue the foreign offenses against. but a justice department spokesman told us it still plans to pursue the case. "fox files" repeatedly contacted him and his attorney for an interview but did not hear back. do we get any clues as to the mindset of a dictator by looking at his home? >> you can tell that this is a person who works on a very crude and brutal basis. >> how does the brutality relate to a love of luxury items? >> dictators feel inside vulnerable, unworthy. they need everything around them that would suggest that they're the opposite of that. that they're loveable beyond belief. that they're worthy of incredible wealth. and so they have to surround themselves with constant reminders of how special they are. >> saddam hussein had about 65 palaces which he moved amongst. not quite like buckingham palace. they looked like 1970s american
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hotels. >> and fox news cameras witnessed it all during the invasion of iraq. >> nice. >> nothing but the best for our boy saddam. >> chandeliers as big as cars. very horrible ones too. and really fascinating about saddam hussein's decoration were these weird sort of satisfied dough mass disstick paintings, but they're very kinky indeed. >> "fox files" tracked down the artest at her home in upstate new york. it was news to her that copies of her work ended up in saddam's baghdad townhouse. >> once you do a painting, heaven only knows where it's going to end up. he would probably identify with the heroic men. and he would love the sensuous women. >> hard to imagine amidst all the killing and repressing saddam had the time and state of mind to have this replica of the flintstone village bedrock built for his grandchildren. adolf hitler built his own retreat in the bavarian
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mountains, berghoff, his place to entertain and unwind with his nazi friends and mistress, eva braun, as seen in home movies. >> it's meant to be a sort of manly german hunting lodge sort of place. the truth is that the taste on show is very -- lots of dinky 19th century sets of china filigreed clocks. almost lady-like. >> during his 20 years as dictator of the philippines, ferdinand marcos is believed to have stolen billions of dollars. his infamous wife imelda, former beauty queen, is best known for her shoe collection. >> how many pairs do we reckon she had? >> football fields worth, thousands. >> coming up -- >> was it possible ever to escape from the compound? >> you couldn't escape.
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israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu says a nuclear deal reached with iran is a historic mistake making the world more dangerous. this comes hours after iran struck a deal with six world powers including the u.s. to curb its nuclear activities. in exchange iran will see easing of sanctions that has hurt its economy. the deal is aimed at the west's concerns for the ability to obtain atomic weapons. u.s. secretary of state kerry arguing the pact will make countries safer, including israel. netanyahu says the deal gives up too much to iran. >> iranian president row mauney saying moments ago the deal shows iran's nuclear rights are being recognized. i'm marianne rafferty. now back to "knofox files." >> exotic cars. lavish homes.
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expensive shopping sprees. often regardless of the back backdrop. as serious conflict raged first lady assad took part in shopping therapy, allegedly spending tens of thousands on gold, gem-encrusted jewelry, chandeliers and furniture. lot authenticity of the e-mails could not be verified, in 2012 the european union slapped sanctions on mrs. assad's assets. >> western magazines said she's a breath of fresh air, she's tremendously nice. >> this woman is addicted to finery, to the trappings of power. >> then there's dictator style the north korean way. "fox files" has reported extensively on the country and its new leader kim jong-un. the youn autocrat and his wife have developed a habit of hosting the flamboyant former nba star dennis rodman. >> i love the guy, awesome. >> rodman returned to pyongyang for the second time and says
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he's helping train the north korean basketball team for the 2016 olympics. >> he's perfect to hang around with a dictator. because the two of them can inflate each other like big balloons in the macy's day parade. >> dennis rodman declined comment on his recent trips. it can be easy to poke fun at the aesthetic excess of dictate tors, virtually possible to ignore the grim reality of life for millions of people prosecutely repressed by some of these ren jet streams. >> we're talking about people who are living multi-billion dollar lives while their countrymen live on less than $1 a day. >> once you consider yourself almost a different species, you don't suffer over the disparities in financial resources or power. >> during colonel moammar gadhafi's 42 years in power, he entertained the world with his bizarre dress and lavish tents. and wherever he traveled, he was surrounded with female bodyguards commonly known as the
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amazons. >> his message to the world was to say, i'm the best friend of the woman. >> but there was something far more sinister going on. "fox files jirk sat down with renowned french journalist aneek in paris. "gadhafi's harem" has exposed new details of the despot's abuses of power and twisted sexual appetite. >> some of these women had been chosen to be among these elite guards just for their look. and most of them were his sex slaves. >> reporter: her expose revolves around the story of a young libyan woman she calls sarai representing one of countless women she says were kidnapped and repeatedly raped by gadhafi. sarai spent five years held prisoner underneath a tunnel entrance like this one at gadhafi's tripoli compound. it was the headquarters for his sea get harem. >> sarai herself, day after she's been kidnapped, was given the uniform. and was supposed to act as if she was a real soldier.
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>> sarai was just 15 when gadhafi visited her school. >> he put his hand on her head. that was a sign to his bodyguard to say, i want this one. she was washed, shaved, given sexy clothes. she joined a group of young women who were at the disposal of the master of libya. day and night. he taught her to smoke, take cocaine, drink whiskey. always under substance. >> what happened to people who refused washingtongadhafi's adv? >> they were beaten and forced to stay
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crucial to delivering victims to gadhafi was a woman named mabrouka sha rear, who's gone underground. >> she was always close to qud, everyone was thinking she was so important. in fact her real job was to take care of the women. >> she says gadhafi's sex victims also included young men. >> i haven't heard of any system like gadhafi's system. sex was used for him as a weapon of power.
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>> how many women do you think at any one time were part of this harem? >> i would say around 30. but thousands of women have been raped by gadhafi. all those years. >> in october 2011, gadhafi's 42-year reign of terror came to an end when he was captured and killed in the arab spring. today, libya remains in chaos as an interim government struggles to take control of the country. >> the situation of the country is a disaster. >> a new libya has yet to emerge from the nightmare of the gadhafi years. >> libya is a conservative country, people don't talk about sex, rape. >> how is sarai today? >> she's not welcome in her family. she tries to imagine a future. she would like to marry. she would like to have a normal life. i don't know what will happen to her. >> peter, are dictators a thing of the past? we've seen so many overthrown recently. >> dictators will be with us for
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a long time yet. because it's in the interests of the great powers to have them. next, we go behind the scenes of bethenny frankel's latest venture.
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not afraid to own it and be who i am. >> bethenny frankel rocketed to fame in 2008 as a reality tv star on the hit series "the real
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housewives of new york." >> people lot of the show. >> earning two spin-off series. "bethenny getting married." and "bethenny ever after" document her engagement and marriage to costar jason hoppy. the birth and first year of parenthood of their daughter. the 43-year-old is never far away from the camera. whether on the red carpet, as a frequent cover girl, or as a four-time best-selling author. but all this pales in comparison to her $100 million skinny girl brand. >> you can't deny she's a brilliant businesswoman. >> if that's not enough she's add addai time talk show to her growing empire. her namesake show premiered this fall. >> i'm excited to be here. this is the moment. >> bethenny is unfiltered. >> everybody knows that you can't sleep with a guy on the first date. you cannot. but you're probably going to. >> brutally honest. >> i like somebody to take
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control in the bedroom. >> and playful. >> my goal for the season is to learn how to twerk. >> we can do that now. >> with over 2 million followers on twitter and facebook, her fans can't seem to get enough. >> i'm so excited, are you kidding me! >> she'll say the things that you're thinking but may be too afraid to say. oh, no, she said it. oh, okay. >> take a look at bethenny's new talk show. >> i just want to say i love you and i've been your fan for a bazillion years. >> i sat down with bethenny in the signature red room. >> first of all, did you ever think you would have your name like this in a daytime talk show along with the likes of oprah and ellen? it's pretty incredible. >> it is incredible. i'm not drinking my own kool-aid. >> so what makes bethenny different in terms of a to you show? >> i think what makes it different is that i'm different. and i'm complicated like many women. and i want to be open about what
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i'm going through. yet still keep something for myself. >> always candid with her audience, bethenny opened up about the end of her highly publicized three-year marriage. >> i've been going through a really difficult divorce, as many of you can probably relate to. and you helped get me through it. >> that's tough with daytime talk shows. you have to see if the chemistry is there and the audience is going to open up as well. it's very important. you want people to feel safe. not feel judged. and i think that we're getting there. i think we're connecting. it's really, really early in the show and it as marathon, not a sprint. >> ellen degeneris is one of her biggest fans. >> the audience loved her. and i was so impressed that i said, do a show. >> fox said, all right, we'll give you a test show for six weeks. so we went for it. >> this is so awesome! you are my first audience ever! >> ellen and bethenny are two of the show's executive producers. if bethenny can do for daytime talk what she's done for her
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brand skinny girl, the sky's the limit. >> skinny girl is a great example. where this was just -- just took off and people really love it. i mean, i have it. i'm a big fan. i always have it at my place and all my girlfriends love it. >> i always shop at the stores, i have overshot the mark. no, i never thought it would be this big. i didn't. >> great branding. i did -- research going into different liquor stores, et cetera. they said, this sells really well. people really love it. women feel like, okay, i can have fun, have a drink, not be worried about the extra weight. >> skinny girl cocktails is one of those amazing ideas. just a practical solution for women. and it's like a unicorn. you don't see them every day. it's amazing. >> skinny girl started during "the real housewives of new york." bethenny was the only entrepreneur of the group. she said to me, what's the point of being on tv if you have nothing to sell? >> staff writer megan wrote "forbes" 2011 celebrity list cover story about bedny. here's how she came up with the skinny girl margarita.
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>> she was at a restaurant one night order are her standard drink which is fresh lime juice, tequila, a little triple sec. they decided to call it the skinny girl margarita. given that happened on television, it was a perfect opportunity to build the brand. >> the idea that bethenny really hit upon was the average margarita at a restaurant that you love has 400 or 500 calories. were not create something that tastes as great but only has 100 calories? it's easy to create a solution in a way that says light or diet or something like that. the idea that it was created around this idea of skinny. and it gave it a personify instantly. and the silhouette and the name. just changed the entire dynamic of it. >> kevin george is the chief marketing officer of beam, incorporated, in chicago. his company bought skinny girl cocktails in 2011 for an estimated $100 million. >> it's been very successful for us. for a brand that didn't even exist in our portfolio two years ago, now to be in our top five
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brands, is pretty powerful. >> she did not sell this thing and walk away. so she's really integral to the ongoing success of this brand. they expect her to be there to market it 100%. they're never taking bethenny out of this brand. >> thank you so much for your hard work and commitment to selling skinny girl cocktails. dy know it was a great idea? yes, 100% certain it was a great idea. but execution is really the whole thing. there was so many people with wonderful idea. if they don't execute them properly they're never going to get anywhere. there were times i thought i'd never get anywhere. >> it's hard to expand a brand while hosting a daily talk show. >> my skinny girl brand is taking on a life of its own. that's not true, i'm involved in every decision. >> she's launched skinny girl supplements, energy bars, bath productions, lotions, face creams, shapewear. she sees no limits to the skinny girl line. >> kim kardashian would probably be right up there in terms of building brands. in terms of a spirits brand or a brand like this? i think bethenny's kind nerve a
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class of her own. >> bethenny is a 50/50 partner in all her lines with the exception of shapewear. all her deals are structured she has long-term earning potential as opposed to say a $1 million payout. >> as you sit here today is there another idea you're thinking about or another venue you might want to get involved in? >> i have a lot of different products that solve problems for women that are coming out with the skinny girl brand. i'm looking to focus on the show. this is 150 people relying on me. and i want it to do well. so i'm looking to that only. >> if the talk show doesn't work out, we have not seen the end of bethenny on television. >> and cheers! up next, some rock 'n' roll.
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♪ ♪ the home of the brave
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>> the screaming guitars are hard rock. but the words' melody are hauntingly familiar. ♪ >> the song was written more than two centuries ago. but this version of "the star-spangled banner" is modern rock. the band performing is madison rising and their new fang angled version of the national anthem has received more than 4.5 million hits on youtube. ♪ and the home of the brave >> i really feel that music has the ability to, like you said, give people goosebumps. it lets people feel like they're a part of something. >> i realize that there was a huge void in the rock music industry. >> formed in 2011, the band, named after one of america's
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founding fathers, former president james madison, is the brain child of entrepreneur richard megrodichan. >> there were no pro-american rock bands out there. for all purposes there were no present-american songs out there. >> he hand picked the members of madison rising based on more than just their musical ability. >> we sorted first on musical capabilities, second on ideology. are you pro-american? for real? or just for a gig? thirdly on chemistry. >> "fox files" caught up with a band at a midtown manhattan music studio. lead guitarist alec was the first to sign on. he was no stranger to rock 'n' roll having been part of scott stapp's band, lead singer of creed. the band includes drummer sam fishman and bass player pa dell ski. the last is bray, a military
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veter veteran, stationed aboarded "uss guam." >> the navy for me was call to service. my dad and brother were navy guys. i'd spent time in africa. when i got back, i had a gig less than a week after i signed my papers to get out of the military. i was onstage. ♪ o say >> how did you decide to do this rock 'n' roll cover of "spar-spangled banner"? >> it haunted me. i told rich it came in a dream, i had to do it. ♪ through the perilous fight >> why do you think it has resonated? >> just what it means. what it stands for. the brave men and women who serve our country today and in the past are all things that are so i think meaningful to most americans that when they do listen to it, the sense of pride just sort of comes over. ♪ the bombs bursting in air ♪ gave proof through the night
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that our flag was still there ♪ legendary australian rockers ac/dc proclaimed, it's a long way to the top if you want to rock 'n' roll. madison rising discovered it's harder to get there if you want to do more than rock 'n' roll. >> the mission is to promote american culture, to bring back great rock music, authentic rock music, with a message. there's nothing wrong with loving your country. >> and yet you as their promoter have had a hard time selling them to mainstream musical media. what's going wrong? >> it's no secret that the media and entertainment industries are, for the large part, controlled by the left. so as we approach people in the music industry who do rock, they're like, no, no, no, thanks. we don't like this. >> what's it been like trying to make a name for yourself? >> it's been like being a
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door-to-door salesman. you're right, we have had a lot of doors slammed in our face because of basically what we stood for. singing songs about ronald reagan. >> "in the days that reagan ruled." which features lyrics like these. ♪ he stood firm and proud ♪ not like other men who would have knelt down and bowed ♪ >> the pro-gun right to bear arms make them not everyone's cup of tea. still, the band says they will not compromise just to sell records. >> i believe that the right to bear arms protects all the other rights in the amendments to the constitution. >> we go up there screened by that second amendment, that right to bear. all of a sudden people, their heads go back, you know what, it is one of my rights as a free person. it's definitely the goal of the band to support our military, get behind our troops. give thanks to the families and things like that. we're out there to spread
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basically this feeling of patriotism. >> you guys are sort of carving your own path? >> we're the counter culture to the counter culture. >> yeah, yeah. ♪ >> thank you guys so much. faulk
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