"ALL CAPS IN DEFENSE OF LIBERTY IS NO VICE."
Saturday, July 18, 2009
If BHO thinks that I'm going to respect these barbarians, obsessed with veils and hymens, he's got another think coming.
In fact, he's got some gall even mentioning that the West, the civilized world, should respect these misogynists in any way, for anything.
Washington Times reports:
It also was learned last week that the White House is involved in major disputes with two other inspectors general who were poking around the administration's business, including Neil M. Barofsky, whose job is to serve as watchdog for spending the $787 billion in controversial economic bailout funds.Old news, OK, but here's where it gets good:
On the very same day that the president fired Mr. Walpin, St. Hope's executive director, Rick Maya, left his job at St. Hope. He did not go quietly. His resignation letter charged Mr. Johnson and several St. Hope board members with numerous ethical violations. Most explosively, he charged that a board member improperly deleted e-mails of Mr. Johnson's that already were under a federal subpoena.
Suddenly, the problems at St. Hope begin to look as severe as Mr. Walpin had charged rather than being minor infractions.
On Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee reported that Mr. Maya's allegations have been deemed serious enough that the FBI is investigating potential obstruction of justice at St. Hope. In that light, the firing of Mr. Walpin, who properly blew the whistle on mismanagement and possible corruption, looks ill-considered.
And this is from the guys who have nothing left to lose. Who knows how much worse this gets?
Oh, and Walpin's suing, bless his heart. Somehow I doubt the liberal media will report the juicy details of the case, but it should be interesting. I'm dying to know what those emails were under subpoena for.
IF OBAMA GETS HIS WAY, THEN THERE'S A NEW BIG BROTHER COMING TO TOWN: THE "ENERGY INSPECTOR", AND HE CO-OWNS YOUR HOME
AUSTIN, Tex. — Peering behind a bathtub in a newly built house, an inspector, John Umphress, spotted a big gap in the wall insulation. “Somebody took a lunch break!” he complained to the builder, who sheepishly agreed to patch the hole.
With the fix, the house, already a model of energy efficiency, will use even less energy and save its residents money — for decades.
But that small catch would not have been made in many American towns. Mr. Umphress is a particular kind of inspector, an energy auditor, and Austin, with one of the toughest building codes in the country, requires an energy inspection before a building can be occupied.
Climate scientists and architects say that no single policy change could do more to save energy over the long run — and reduce the nation’s contribution to global warming — than building codes that make saving energy the law.
... Energy legislation moving through Congress would go further, setting binding federal targets for efficiency that would require most states to adjust their codes. The proposed legislation aims to achieve an efficiency improvement in the next few years of at least 30 percent in states that already have up-to-date codes, and even more in states without them. That requirement would gradually tighten through 2030.
... But builders warn that tough energy building codes would further harm the housing market and encourage people, particularly those with modest incomes, to live in older homes that are less efficient. “It’s extremely difficult to market and sell efficiency in a new house as an incentive,” said Harry Savio, executive vice president of the Austin Home Builders Association.
the Waxman-Markley energy bill has a requirement that forces the entire United States to use a National Building Code based on the green building standards of California. Regardless of whether your house is in Miami, Florida or Bangor, Maine, you’ll have to adhere to the standards used in a state that has one of the most moderate climates in the U.S. The construction industry is really going to suffer.OBAMA AND WAXMAN WILL DESTROY HOME OWNERSHIP IN THE USA - IF WE LET THEM, SO WE MUSTN'T LET THEM.
The bill forces sellers to have an energy inspection prior to being able to sell their home. Windows, appliances and insulation will have to be inspected and approved by a government inspector and modifications would have to be made for compliance before you can close the sale.Basically, you won’t be able to sell until you go through the expense of bringing your house up to the new code. This will cost a prohibitive amount in many cases.
CALL YOUR SENATORS AND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON CAP & TRADE!!
PELOSI AND WAXMAN ARE DOING TO THE USA WHAT THEIR COMRADES DID TO CALIFORNIA - RUINING IT AND BANKRUPTING IT WITH HUGE TAX & SPEND LIBERAL PROGRAMS
That is not the point, though. The main point struck me this morning.
When CNN presented the so-called evidence, including FactCheck quotes, birth announcements (that are questionable), and Hawaii officials quotes, they DID NOT show the actual JPEG image that the Obama campaign worker Tommy Vietor provided to FactCheck. CNN NEVER showed the birth certificate JPEG image--NOT ONCE.
WHY? I'm sure that when CNN was putting together the story for the show, they were told by their LEGAL department NOT to show that bogus JPEG image of the birth certificate because of the legal ramifications it could cause for CNN. The CNN and the MSM KNOW it's a fake because if they didn't, they would have had it plastered across the screen for the world to see.
The truth will eventually come out and America will be free again.
UPDATE: AUDIO OF DOBBS ON HIS RADIO SHOW EXPRESSING DOUBTS ABOUT OBAMA'S BIRTH CERTIFICATE:
DOBBS: I mean, because I got to be honest with everybody. When I started looking at this and the lawsuit -- Orly Taitz his attorney, for Major Cook, when he -- you know, I thought this is kind of peculiar. But I thought we should find out what's going on because, you know, it's a lawsuit -- a major who is -- he is, by the way, a combat veteran. Some people in the media have called him a coward; they are fools for doing so. But they're fools, anyway; it isn't this one instance that makes them fools.
This is a man who should be taken seriously. There are real questions here that need to be answered. And people talk about, quote-unquote, the lunatic fringe are the only ones interested in this, and it turns out that reasonable people should be interested, and reasonable -- excuse me -- reasonable minds have to understand what's going on. And this can be dismissed with one -- the production of one simple little document, and that's a birth certificate. It's extraordinary.
VIDEO OF DOBBS DEALING WITH THIS ISSUE ON TV HERE.
SOCIALISM IS ...
- ... A SCHEME...
- ... RUN BY POLITICIANS...
- ... WHO THINK THEY KNOW HOW TO SPEND YOUR MONEY BETTER THAN YOU -
- AND SPEND IT PRINCIPALLY BY GIVING TO PEOPLE THEY THINK DESERVE IT MORE THAN YOU -
- PEOPLE WHO ARE USUALLY THEIR POLITICAL ALLIES.
- IT RETARDS ECONOMIC GROWTH BECAUSE IT REWARDS NON-PRODUCTIVE TAX-GETTERS AND PUNISHES PRODUCTIVE RISK-TAKERS.
DON'T BE A DUPE: VOTE GOP IN 2010.
... THEN YOU LIVE IN THE WRONG NEIGHBORHOOD...
OR YOU SHOULD GET A BIGGER GUN.
REMEMBER: DISARMING LAW-ABIDING, INNOCENT THIRD PARTIES CAN'T LOWER CRIME OR MAKE YOU SAFER. IT'S NOT LOGICAL AND IT'S IMPRACTICAL AND INEFFECTIVE.
TAXPAYERS are forking out $1 million a year to treat patients privately while medical equipment worth $3 million sits idle in a public hospital. Health Minister Paul Lucas yesterday admitted cancer sufferers were waiting for treatment after delays in commissioning a hyperbaric chamber at Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. The facility, dubbed ''one of the world's biggest and best'', was built for $2.8 million in 2001 and there were promises it would be operating 18 months ago. But the pressure chamber continues to sit idle while patients use a similar unit at the nearby Wesley Private Hospital.
Hyperbaric chambers - like decompression chambers used to treat divers with the bends - are used to treat people with chronic illness, particularly when they have wounds that are difficult to heal.
The revelations came as Mr Lucas promised to release radiation therapy waiting lists for the first time after years of secrecy from Queensland Health. Mr Lucas yesterday insisted using the Wesley chamber was more economical than running the RBWH facility at half capacity, but he would not release all the figures to back it up. Queensland Health figures show the RBWH chamber would cost $1.5 million a year to perform 6600 treatments. Taxpayers spent $877,513 on treatments at the Wesley during 2007-08 and $1.2 million the previous year.
Mr Lucas defended the chamber's lack of use, saying it was built as part of good future planning and would be commissioned within a year. But he refused to reveal how many patients were waiting to be treated.
However, Opposition health spokesman Mark McArdle, who questioned Mr Lucas during the Budget Estimates hearings, said the lack of use was ridiculous. ''Why isn't operating?'' Mr McArdle demanded. ''It is simply negligent not to have this operating right now. It should have been commissioned when the thing was put in. ``Why aren't we using it so that people can have a better life and a better quality life?''
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Friday, July 17, 2009
OBAMA IS EITHER A LIAR, TOTALLY CORRUPT OR TOTALLY INCOMPETENT.
OR ALL OF THE ABOVE.
US THREE DAYS AGO.
- REGULAR READERS KNOW THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME - BECAUSE WE DON'T WAIT FOR OR MERELY FOLLOW THE BLOGGER BIGGIES; WE LEAD.
- NOBODY SNIFFS OUT THE BIG STORIES BEFORE THEY'RE AS WELL AS WE DO.
- SPREAD THE WORD; BLOGROLL US; BOOKMARK US.
Yet Obama and the Democrats of Congress think they can effect positive INDUSTRY WIDE change with bills which are 1000 pages long! In both the health care and energy industries.
Forget for a moment what the Leftist Democrats WANT to do, forget their intended consequences - socialism!
The unintended consequences alone will make it a failure if enacted.
History has proven time and time again that a select group of intellectuals - no matter how smart and well-meaning - can not centrally command an industry better than the distributed GENIUS of the free market.
If the Leftist Democrats succeed in making Obamacare law, then they will prove it once again - and prove it in an industry which comprises 15% of our GDP!
It will be a health care and an economic and fiscal disaster.
COULD THEY BE SO DUMB AS TO NOT KNOW THIS, OR ARE THEY PRACTICING CLOWARD PIVEN - WHICH IS A LEFTIST STRATEGY TO FOMENT DISASTERS JUST IN ORDER TO HAVE THE STATE TAKE OVER MORE ASPECTS OF THE ECONOMY, YOU KNOW: "NEVER LET A CATASTROPHE GO TO WASTE!"?
Same difference. IOW: It would seem the intended and unintended consequences of Obama's statism are the same. This is why it must be stopped at any cost. It's a lose-lose if they pass. A guaranteed disaster.
For copyright reasons, I reproduce only the first third of a WSJ article below. But I think that the article as a whole is generally accurate and interesting as far as it goes. I was slightly amused by the comment that the exhibition the author is reviewing doesn't say much about the reactions of the German people. Since Hitler was virtually worshipped by many Germans that is of course a tactful omission.
The "variety of positive appeals" that Hitler used are also far from fully detailed.
That socialism was one of them could not of course be mentioned.
I and many historians agree, however that "the German populace was ultimately more indifferent to the fate of European Jews than rabidly interested in their destruction". Hitler's view of the Jews was fairly incidental to his overall appeal to Germans. After all, practically everyone was antisemitic to some degree in those days. Even the man who eventually declared war on Hitler -- Neville Chamberlain -- had some antisemitic views.
The statement below that the Nazis could never "win a majority in free elections" is misleading, however. In elections where there are more than two major parties, winning an outright majority of the vote is rare for anyone. Mrs Thatcher, for instance, once had large parliamentary majorities in Britain but she never went anywhere near getting a majority of the popular vote. Britain's centrist Liberal party siphons off too many voters from both Right and Left for ANY British party to have much chance of gaining an absolute majority. So Hitler's electoral achievements were actually quite good in the context of the Germany of his day. He led the party with the largest number of votes and that normally entitles a party to govern in Europe (and also in Canada, for that matter)
There is quite a good slideshow of Nazi political posters attached to the article -- though it helps if you understand German. I reproduce below one Nazi poster that I had not seen before. It is fairly crass so was probably not very effective. I reproduce some of what were probably the more effective ones here.
My own much fuller account of Hitler's motives and modus operandi is here.
After the fatal shooting last month of a security guard by a white supremacist, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s entrance was garlanded by a makeshift memorial of flowers, candles and condolence notes. The memorial has since been cleared away, but a visit to “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda,” on the reverberations of hate speech, still packs an extra charge.
“State of Deception”—a special exhibition rich in content but somewhat cramped in design—follows the Nazi propaganda effort from its inception through its dismantling after World War II. With photo murals crowded with labels, vintage newsreels captioned with American newspaper headlines and oral-history interviews, the show raises questions about the links between propaganda and action. It offers insight into Nazi planning and aims. And it explores, in a fragmentary way, the German public’s response to Nazi efforts at manipulation.
Vicious caricatures of Jews, both foreshadowing and facilitating the Holocaust, are the most familiar detritus of Hitler’s propaganda machine. But “State of Deception” reminds us that the Nazis also employed a variety of positive appeals to rally support for dictatorship and European conquest.
Details and images nuance our picture of the times. One of the show’s first images, for example, is a 1932 campaign poster with Hitler’s face floating eerily against a black background, a design that evokes celebrity portraiture. The poster is book-ended later in the show by a postwar, red-on-black, anti-Nazi poster depicting Nazism as a skeletal death’s head—an apparent reference to both mass murder and the insignia of SS concentration-camp guards.
Hitler drew inspiration from effective World War I propaganda denouncing the Germans as barbaric “Huns.” One World War I poster—featuring an apelike figure, representing Germany, carrying a lovely maiden—was appropriated by a September 1939 Nazi poster to remind Germans of “the old hatred.” The regime would later argue that rumors about the gassing of Jews were akin to the fabricated tales of German atrocities during World War I.....
Read it all
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Last September Sen. Barack Obama promised that under his health-care proposal "you'll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves." On Monday, President Obama repeated that promise in a speech to the American Medical Association. It's not true.Can I get a bailout if you fine me, Dear Leader?
Members of Congress "enjoy the widest selection of health plans in the country," according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. They "can choose from among consumer-driven and high deductible plans that offer catastrophic risk protection with higher deductibles, health saving/reimbursable accounts and lower premiums, or fee-for-service (FFS) plans, and their preferred provider organizations (PPO), or health maintenance organizations (HMO)." These choices would be nice for all of us, but they're not in the offing. Instead, if you don't enroll in a "qualified" health plan and submit proof of enrollment to the federal government, you'll be tracked down and fined (sections 3101 and 6055).
[snip]Congress should be the first people upon whom socialist medicine is imposed, or, barring that, any and all representatives who vote for this abomination. Let them take their own medicine.
It is reasonable to require that people who accept a government subsidy for health insurance tolerate cost controls to protect taxpayers. But according to the terms of the Kennedy bill, you must enroll in a "qualified" plan or face a fine, even if you and your employer are paying the entire cost of the plan you already have (section 161).
The president has promised that if you like your plan you can keep it. Mr. Kennedy's bill says that too. It's doubletalk, as the consequences of nonenrollment make clear. How big a fine will you face? The bill doesn't specify or set a limit. It says the fine will be enough to "accomplish the goal of enhancing participation in qualifying coverage" (section 161).
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Update: 11: 21 pm: On Twitter, Marriott International says "We are currently working to assemble a list of employees and registered guests staying in the hotels," and "As always, the safety and security of our guests and associates is a high priority."
Update: 11:10 pm: CNN's Anderson Cooper's interviewing eyewitness Peter Puomey, who was staying on the 17th floor of the J.W. Marriott. Puomey said he was in his room when "I heard a huge explosion, and the building shook. I went to the window and I looked out on the left-hand side. On the ground floor was a big plume of smoke." Speaking to Cooper from the area outside the Ritz-Carlton, Puomey said security is tight. He had to go through an airport-style metal detector and security sweep to enter the hotel.
ORIGINAL POST: Bomb blasts went off in two luxury hotels that are popular with Americans within minutes of each other in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, according to media reports from BBC, Reuters and CNN.
The blasts struck the Ritz-Carlton and the 30-story J.W. Marriott in the city's central business district, killing at four people believed to be foreigners. The latest Associated Press story says that the blasts killed six and injured 18.
AL QAEDA. FLEXING FOR OBAMA. AFTER ALL: WEAKNESS ALWAYS INVITES ADVENTURISM AND APPEASMENT ALWAYS INCREASES VIOLENCE.
UPDATE; WE PREDICTED THIS ATTACK.
A half-dozen senators friendly to labor have decided to drop a central provision of a bill that would have made it easier to organize workers.
The so-called card-check provision — which senators decided to scrap to help secure a filibuster-proof 60 votes — would have required employers to recognize a union as soon as a majority of workers signed cards saying they wanted a union. Currently, employers can insist on a secret-ballot election, a higher hurdle for unions.
The abandonment of card check was another example of the power of moderate Democrats to constrain their party’s more liberal legislative efforts. Though the Democrats have a 60-40 vote advantage in the Senate, and President Obama supports the measure, several moderate Democrats opposed the card-check provision as undemocratic.
In its place, several Senate and labor officials said, the revised bill would require shorter unionization campaigns and faster elections.
WE WON! OBAMA AND THE MACHINE LOST!
- THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING!
- WE CAN DEFEAT CAP AND TRADE AND OBAMACARE!
- AND MAYBE EVEN THE RACIST SOTOMAYOR!
- WE MUST KEEP FIGHTING!
The evidence contained in Orly Taitz's Exhibit E shows that Barack Hussein Obama might have used as many as 149 addresses and 39 social security numbers prior to assuming the office of President.
The social security number most commonly used by Barack Hussein Obama, is one issued in the state of Connecticut, the state where Barack Hussein Obama never resided and it shows him to be 119 years old.
This coupled with the fact that Mr. Obama’s grandmother, Madeline Dunham was a volunteer at the Oahu Circuit Court Probate Department and had access to the social security numbers of the deceased, constitutes circumstantial evidence casting serious doubt on the legitimacy of Mr. Obama and his claims of being born on US territory.
“A comment about the Obama SSN from a reader
Entering 042-68-xxxx reveals Obama's ss# was issued in Connecticut in 1976-1977. Obama was living in Hawaii at that time and would have been around 15 or 16 years old. *Why didn't he simply get his ss# in Hawaii? Could it be because, at the time, he was Barry Soetoro, Indonesian citizen, thus ineligible to get a U.S. ss# ? His mother/grandmother must have had a contact in Connecticut who illegally (?) obtained the ss# for Barack.....”
OBAMA BROUGHT INTO THE WHITE HOUSE A REAL DYED IN THE WOOL UNREPENTANT COMMUNIST ACTIVIST.
- THE TYPE OF RADICAL LEFT-WING SCUM AMERICA USED TO OPPOSE.
- A GUY AYERS WOULD LOVE.
- OBAMA RAN AS A CENTRIST BUT HE IS THE MOST LEFT-WING PRESIDENT OF ALL TIME - UP THERE WITH CHAVEZ AND ZELAYA.
MORE HERE AND HERE.
Couldn't make it up if you tried. The 'harassment' to which they were subjected? The guards delivered the judge's message. Mohammedan narcissism never ceases to astound me.
The suspects get to speak for 5 minutes each for absolutely no reason, so when the guards came to notify them - because they were boycotting the session and the prosecutor agreed to have them notified - he (the prosecutor) said, "We do not believe it is necessary for the guard force to continue to harass him in his cell."
"That's not harassment — what the guards get from them is harassment," [the mother of one of the deceased] added. Other victims' family members among the 10 attending the sessions said the military had told them there had been 14 cases of detainees tossing cocktails of bodily fluids at guards on a single day this week.
Obama criticized the commissions while campaigning for the presidency, then described them in his May 21 "security" speech at the National Archives in Washington as an "an appropriate venue for trying detainees for violations of the laws of war."
"The truth about what is going on here is not being told," said Brian Long, who lost his parents in the attacks. "I know that there were some tactics used in the past that weren't politically correct. But I do not believe, from anything I have seen here this week, that any of that is going on here now."
INHO: Not one thing has gotten better since Obama was elected - or if it has then not because of a single Obama policy.
Not the deficit, not Iran, not the Middle East, not relations with Russia, not the dollar, not the environment, not employment, not transparency, not accountability, not Afghanistan, not education, not retail, not manufacturing, not GM or Chrysler, not the courts, not crime, not relations with Mexico or Canada, not healthcare, not illegal aliens or border control, not abortion rates, not state finances, not infrastructure, not anything.
And Obama as spent a LOT of tax dollars - and future tax dollars, and appeased a lot of our foes - like Iran and Chavez and Castro, and Zelaya, and Putin, and the Taliban, and he has pissed off France and Germany and Britain and Israel.
Things have actually gotten worse on every front.
And the prospects are even worse.
I think things might have improved for ACORN and the SEIU and the UAW and AFSCME and the Chicago Machine - but not as much as they will once Obama and Rahm start handing put more Porkulus money to their cronies and allies.
I mean let's face it folks: this guy Obama is even WORSE than we expected and we expected the worst!
Even a plagiarising, lying, pre-Alzheimer's Biden would be an improvement!
CHECK THIS OUT:
What if I told you that there was an organization who's long time leader hid a million dollar embezzlement perpetrated by his brother?
What if I told you that this leader told eight of his deputies and each of them made a commitment to keep the embezzlement hidden from the rest of the organization?
What if I told you further that this organization is really a collection of two hundred plus loose affiliates most of which just happen make their home office the EXACT SAME ADDRESS?
What if I told you that this organization uses the tax laws to created a maze of money that makes it nearly impossible for any watch dog to track it?
What if I told you that current and former insiders accuse this group of misusing funds, voter registration fraud, embezzlement, mismanaging pensions, and co mingling government grants so that they aren't used for their intended purpose?
What if further I told you that these very insiders were removed from the organization and even retaliated against for making these charges?
You'd probably say that this organization is rotten to the core but also that the revelation of all of this has likely made them so toxic they couldn't function.
If that organization is ACORN, you'd be right on the first, and wrong on the second.
A federal judge this morning dismissed the suit filed here by a U.S. Army reservist who says he shouldn't have to go to Afghanistan because he believes Barack Obama was never eligible to be president.
Judge Clay Land sided with the defense, which claimed in its response to Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook's suit, filed July 8 with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, that Cook’s suit is “moot” in that he already has been told he doesn’t have to go to Afghanistan, so the relief he is seeking has been granted.
"Federal court only has authority of actual cases and controversies," Land said. "The entire action is dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction."
OBAMA IS HIDING SOMETHING OR HE WOULD COMPLY AND NOT USE TRICKS TO AVOID COMPLIANCE.
THE ARGUMENT THAT HE MUST BE HIDING SOMETHING IS NOT NOVEL - OR EXTREME:
July 16, 2009
Why aren’t the Democrats giving us a chance to see what is in the health care bill?
Since I have been given no time to figure it out, I will ram through my explanation: They don’t want us to see how terrible it is.
My working theory must be it’s a horror. Therefore, I am vehemently opposed to it. Aren’t you?
They’ve obviously got something to hide — or they wouldn’t be hiding it . . . .
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds at 9:31 am
ERGO: OBAMA HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE OR HE WOULDN'T BE HIDING IT.
IT IS NOT LOONY TO SUSPECT THAT OBAMA IS HIDING HIS BIRTH DOCUMENTS -
(AND HIS MEDICAL REPORTS AND HIS COLLEGE APPLICATIONS AND RECORDS AND HIS LAW SCHOOL APPLICATION AND RECORDS AND HIS STATE SENATE RECORDS AND HIS LAW FIRM RECORDS) -
BECAUSE THEY OBVIOUSLY CONTAIN SOMETHING TO HIDE.
BOTTOM-LINE: BY RESCINDING COOK'S ORDERS OBAMA HAS TACITLY ADMITTED THAT HE HAS SOMETHING TO HIDE.
SOMETHING VERY BAD FOR OBAMA - BUT GOOD FOR THE NATION TO KNOW, AND SOON..
TAB 6 DAYS AGO.
- REGULAR READERS KNOW THAT WE SCOOP THE BIGGIE BLOGGER ALL THE TIME.
- IF THEY READ US EVERYDAY THEY'D BE BETTER INFORMED.
- SPREAD THE WORD, BLOGROLL US, BOOKMARK US.
Yet the left via Obama is steamrolling toward enacting horrific taxes on energy, taxes which will exact a horrible cost on the economy and therefore do terrible economic damage at the WORST possible time - and (even they admit) not change atmospheric CO2 one iota (because no matter what the USA does, global CO2 will continue to expand because of China and India).
THEREFORE, THE LEFT'S PROGRAM IS TOTALLY INSANE.
And just as the AMA reverses course and endorses Obamacare, the director of the CBO has admitted under oath that Obamacare is a fiscal nightmare (if not total freakin' fiscal disaster). And - because even the lefty admits that the uninsured are currently getting care - it will not bring more healthcare to anyone in the USA, NOT ANYONE - AND IT MIGHT EVEN REDUCE THE CARE SENIORS CURRENTLY RECEIVE.
Yet the left is steamrolling toward passing Obamacare, too.
THIS IS TOTALLY FREAKIN' INSANE.
There haven't been such examples of mass hysteria in the USA since the Salem witch hunt.
We must do whatever we can to stop both plans.
It's a joy to watch someone stand up to the wacky pack.
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This week, our guests are Denise and Yid With Lid. Denise will discuss with us the Islamic Saudi Academy and the school's request for expansion at last Monday's public hearing of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Yid With Lid will discuss with us his views on recent national and international political developments.
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July 24: Robert Spencer
July 31: IQ al Rassooli and Pamela Geller
MORE HERE AND HERE.
My comment in June 10, 2009: Scooped!
Keep a close watch on the AMA. The "bones" the government could throw at them--subsidized malpractice insurance, limits on lawsuits--could sway them. They have a weak leader at the AMA. I saw this, told a couple physicians and they laughed at the AMA. It was a little distressing. Yes, they lobby and donate lots of cash, but the government can easily screw the docs because of Medicare fees. They may have to eat their words at some point. Someone or some liberal group got pissed off in the 80s when docs were really making money. Well, procedures got better, and the skillset was raised. The better the doctor, the more he can get paid. Excellence in a field, a top doc. They demand certain fees--and should get them. Frankly, I'd rather see the specialist who drives a Maserati, than the one who drives a Plymouth. Kind of like the attorney who has a Porsche GT Turbo than the one driving a Hugo. Who's more successful--and don't give me that "frugal" crap. Great docs and attorneys and any anyone else who makes money does reward themselves with "toys". I digress from the original point--but keep a sharp on on the AMA.
# posted by Riddlemethis : 11:31 AM
I was right. The AMA has a weak leader and they are now bowing to Obama and his thugs.
There is nothing good about this. It is a power grab!
I wonder when the monies will be dispersed and what the actual "bones" were that the AMA are now gnawing on.
UPDATE: CBO: THE PLAN WILL COST TRILLIONS AND NOT SAVE THE NATION ONE PENNY ON OVERALL HEALTH CARE COSTS:
Instead of saving the federal government from fiscal catastrophe, the health reform measures being drafted by congressional Democrats would increase rather than reduce public spending on health care, potentially worsening an already bleak budget outlook, the director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said this morning.
Under questioning by members of the Senate Budget Committee, CBO director Douglas Elmendorf said bills crafted by House leaders and the Senate health committee do not propose "the sort of fundamental changes that would be necessary to reduce the trajectory of federal health spending by a significant amount."
"On the contrary," Elmendorf said, "the legislation significantly expands the federal responsibility for health-care costs."
YES, VIRGINIA, IT IS NATIONALIZED HEALTHCARE: OBAMACARE WOULD MAKE IT ILLEGAL FOR YOU TO BUY PRIVATE INSURANCE
IF OBAMACARE PASSES, THEN THE STATE WILL BE IN CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTHCARE. WHICH MEANS THEY ARE IN CONTROL OF YOUR LIFE.
It didn’t take long to run into an “uh-oh” moment when reading the House’s “health care for all Americans” bill. Right there on Page 16 is a provision making individual private medical insurance illegal. When we first saw the paragraph Tuesday, just after the 1,018-page document was released, we thought we surely must be misreading it. So we sought help from the House Ways and Means Committee.
It turns out we were right: The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage.
THAT IS SOCIALISM AT ITS WORST.
Iran's opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi will attend Friday prayers this week in his first official public appearance since last month's disputed election, a statement on his website said.
Mousavi's statement, posted late on Wednesday, confirmed a media report earlier this week that he would attend the prayers at Tehran University to be led by former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a rival of re-elected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
IT AIN;T OVER.
THERE WILL BE MORE FIREWORKS.
PREDICTION: RAFSANJANI AND MOUSAVI WILL WIN.
The long-serving head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, has resigned, according to the ISNA news agency.MAYBE HE WAS AGAINST "NON-CIVILIAN" USES OF THEIR PROGRAM AND MAYBE THEY HAVE CROSSED A LINE.... MAYBE THEY ARE 6 MONTHS AWAY FROM A TEST... STAY TUNED...
The report said the nuclear chief had submitted a letter of resignation to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad nearly three weeks ago.
It was not immediately clear what triggered the resignation.
Most Jews must be heartily sick of being forever singled out for discussion and scrutiny but it seems that it was ever so and ever will be. And in my utter folly, I am once again going to voice a few thoughts on one of the most hotly contested topics among Jews: Who is a Jew?
My present thoughts arise from the "wise" British judges who recently decided that Jews are a race. Since there are Jews of all races -- including black ones -- that is arrant nonsense. Yet it is also partly true -- in that various genetic studies have shown that many Jews do still have in them some Middle Eastern genes. So for Jews as a whole it is true that Israel is their ancestral home as well as their religious home.
Nonetheless, it seems clear that Jews are a religion, not a race. And the test of that, it seems to me, is that Jews do accept converts. Try converting yourself into another race: It can't be done.
But many Jews are atheists or something close to it, so how can Jewry be a religion? The easy answer to that from an Orthodox viewpoint (with which I am broadly sympathetic) is that being Jewish is not a matter of belief but of practice. A Jew is someone who follows Jewish law (halacha). What you believe is very secondary. Deeds speak louder than words. Christianity is belief based but Judaism is practice based.
But there is also a much simpler answer: MOST religion is hereditary. And those who inherit it are often not zealous practitioners of it. My late father, for instance, always put his religion down on official forms as "C of E" ("Church of England") and had no hesitation in doing so. He in fact seemed rather proud of it. Yet in all the time I knew him, he never once set foot inside an Anglican church.
So why cannot Jews be the same? Even if you are not religious, you can still have a religious identity.
Because I am an atheist, I never bothered with getting my son Christened but I considered that a knowledge of Christianity was an important element of his cultural heritage so I sent him to a Catholic school -- in the view that Catholics still had enough cultural self-confidence to teach the Christian basics. And they did. And my son greatly enjoyed his religion lessons -- as I hoped he would.
When he was aged 9 however, he said that he wanted to become a Catholic, which of course I was delighted to arrange. So he was baptised and subsequently had his confirmation lessons and was confirmed. These days many years later his beliefs seem to be as skeptical as mine -- which I also expected -- so what motivated his desire to become a Catholic? He wanted to have a religious identity. There was no pressure on him but he was greatly impressed by some very faith-filled people in the church and he wanted to identify with that. And I imagine that he still puts himself down on forms as "Catholic".
So a religious identity can be quite a significant thing for many people, not only Jews. It is a part of belonging -- and that is a very basic human need. Jews in a way are lucky there. No matter what their beliefs are, they still know that there is always one place where they belong, if they ever want to acknowledge it.
Once or twice a year I still attend my local Presbyterian church (at Easter etc.) and I certainly feel that I belong there. I feel at home with all aspects of it. My mother was a Presbyterian of sorts so that was where I was sent as a kid for Sunday School -- and that has stayed with me even though I no longer believe. So, again, one can have and value a religious identity even if one's beliefs have very little to do with it.
And the lady in my life -- Anne -- is only very vaguely religious but her background religion is Presbyterian and there are many habits of mind she has which I know well from my own family, and with which I am therefore very much at ease. Sometimes when she speaks, I hear my mother and my aunties speaking too. She has a Presbyterian mind, or a Presbyterian way of thinking -- perhaps Presbyterian assumptions. I think that in a similar way, most Jews probably have a Jewish mind too. Attitudes and habits of thought may in fact be the most important parts of a religious heritage.
I am sure that everything I have said above will be mumbo jumbo to most Leftists but, if so, that is their loss.
An update: I had a few more thoughts on the same topic the day after I posted the above comment so I add those comments also below. The heading on my second post was "The Church of England and Die Judenfrage"
I should have mentioned yesterday that the "learned" British judges who ruled that Jews are a race do have on their side one authority who is much respected to this day in academe: Karl Marx. Marx was of course the original self-hating Jew. He was furiously antisemitic. But Marx was a sponger. He rarely earned enough to keep himself and his family so was always "borrowing" money from someone. It was initially his father (Heinrich Marx was a real gentleman, a lovely man. How he ever had such a monster as Karl is hard to imagine) and he was in later years supported by Friedrich Engels out of the proceeds of the Engels family business. One therefore imagines that when he wrote a letter to his Jewish uncle in Holland he had in mind ingratiating himself for future borrowing. The letter was about Marx's excitement over the American civil war and his contempt for Benjamin Disraeli but in the course of his comments about Disraeli he does refer to "our race".
As I briefly touched on in the opening sentence to my post yesterday, I am not wholly unsympathetic to self-hating Jews. It must be appalling to realize that by the accident of your birth you are a member of a widely suspect and even hated group -- regardless of what your personal characteristics might be. Distancing oneself from that could even be a perfectly healthy reaction. But it is when such Jews extend the dislike of their origins to undermining Israel that they really get my goat. Why do they have to be so extreme? Why not simply become an Anglican, as Disraeli did? The Anglicans (Episcopalians in the USA) have lovely buildings, colourful services and the sermons demand nothing and in fact mean nothing at all. Why not just treat it as a pleasant Sunday morning time of relaxation and have a whole new identity to show for it? Many Anglican bishops are barely-disguised atheists so you certainly don't have to believe anything to be an Anglican. It is sometimes said that the only requirement for being an Anglican is good taste.
By the way, "Die Judenfrage" is German for "The Jewish Question" and is an expression used by both Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler so there is an allusion to history in the title I chose yesterday and today. It is actually a bit of a tease. Any stray Leftist coming by my writings would expect something antisemitic under that title -- but, as you can see, such an expectation would have been disappointed.
In my peculiar position as a atheist with an interest in religious matters, I take a continued interest not only in Jews but also in the Church of England. And I have recently put up on my Paralipomena blog an article by a Church of England bishop that makes doleful reading. He notes the steady decline in adherents to his church and suspects that his church will not exist at all in 30 years' time. But he has no real answer to that problem. So will the Church of England eventually disappear up its own backside? I think not. The problem, as I see it, is that they have somehow become dominated by dress-up queens. People go there for a show rather than for a boost to faith.
But amid such desecration of a great heritage, real faith does survive in patches. The Sydney diocese is the most vivid proof of that. Their churches are full and their seminary is overflowing with people with a religious vocation. So how do they do it? Simple. They have returned to their roots. The original faith of the New Testament is a mightily powerful one and the closer you get to that the more empowered you will be. And the 39 "Articles of Religion" that were the original definition of Anglicanism are a very powerful expression of early Protestant faith -- a faith that was very Bible-based. So my expectation is that the show-ponies of Anglicanism will wither away eventually and a core of real believers will remain.
They may even evangelize. Priests ordained in Sydney already do. They go into neighbouring dioceses and set up "Family Churches", much to the irritation of the local bishops. The Sydney priests end up having more people in their pews than the local Bishop does! So the vitality is there if you drink from the waters of the original New Testament faith. The knowalls may dismiss such faith as "old-fashioned" and "irrelevant to the modern world" but it still has a great power to bring blessings to its people.
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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
(If he has nothing to hide, then why is Obama hiding EVERYTHING: his birth certificate, his medical records, his college and law school records, and his law firm records!?
My theory is that he has a lot to hide - principally the fact that his real BIOLOGICAL father is Frank Marshall Davis. BUT... that might not make him an American - if he was really born in KENYA!
Maybe Obama Senior took his "wife in name only" to Kenya for the birth of HER baby? His relatives remember that BO Junior was born there. Perhaps Obama's mother - an anti-American - didn't want her baby born in the evil white racist capitalist imperialist USA? Maybe Obama Junior knows this and this is what he is keeping his birth records and his medical records a secret: they can prove his true paternity and his true nationality.)
MORE ON CITIZENSHIP ISSUES HERE.
The global-warming climate-change movement has insisted that their primary concern is to keep the planet from overheating due to greenhouse-gas emissions. If so, one would expect that they would stick to plans that cut those emissions and focused on nothing else. However, the latest proposal on international carbon caps shows that the movement is less concerned with carbon emissions and more concerned about kneecapping economic success:
Researchers in the U.S. have proposed a new way of allocating responsibility for carbon emissions they say could solve the impasse between developed and developing countries.
The method sets national targets for reducing carbon emissions based on the number of high-income earners in each country, following the theory that people who earn more generate more CO2.
THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS 7/6:
REUTERS:To fairly divide the climate change fight between rich and poor, a new study suggests basing targets for emission cuts on the number of wealthy people, who are also the biggest greenhouse gas emitters, in a country. Since about half the planet's climate-warming emissions come from less than a billion of its people, it makes sense to follow these rich folks when setting national targets to cut carbon dioxide emissions, the authors wrote on Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
... Rich people's lives tend to give off more greenhouse gases because they drive more fossil-fueled vehicles, travel frequently by air and live in big houses that take more fuel to heat and cool. By focusing on rich people everywhere, rather than rich countries and poor ones, the system of setting carbon-cutting targets based on the number of wealthy individuals in various countries would ease developing countries into any new climate change framework, Chakravarty said by telephone.
THE TRUTH IS OUT: AGW AND CARBON TAXES ARE REALLY JUST ABOUT CLASS WARFARE
... THE WHOLE ENTIRE AGW/ANTI-CARBON HOAX WAS ACTUALLY DESIGNED FOR THIS; IT WAS REALLY ALWAYS ABOUT ATTACKING CAPITALISM AND INDIVIDUALISM AND THE FREE MARKET.
CO2 TAXES - WHETHER THEY ARE TARGETED AGAINST RICH COUNTRIES OR SPECIFIC INDUSTRIES OR RICH INDIVIDUALS - ARE JUST A TROJAN HORSE FOR SOCIALISM.
REGULAR REEADERS KNOW THAT THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.
SPREAD THE WORD, BLOGROLL US, BOOKMARK US.
OBAMACARE WILL TRY TO SAVE SOME MONEY BY LETTING LET THE OLD PEOPLE DIE.
A DIGNIFIED DEATH OF COURSE.
FOR THE COMMON GOOD.
IT'S CALLED RATIONING AND EUTHANASIA.
UNDER OBAMACARE FEDERAL LIABILITIES FOR MEDICARE AND SOCIAL SECURITY WILL GO DOWN: OLD PEOPLE WILL BE LEFT TO DIE - SAVING MEDICARE MONEY AND REDUCING THE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYOUT, TOO.
A DOUBLE SAVINGS!
THANK YOU OBAMA!
ABOUT NEWS ACTUALLY REPORTED IN THE MSM (USA TODAY) AND IN AN ACADEMIC JOURNAL (NATURE GEOSCIENCE JOURNAL) THAT THE MODELS ARE WAY OFF.
MORE PROOF THAT OBAMA'S WHITE HOUSE IS THE MOST CORRUPT EVER: Car Czar Rattner resigned over looming scandal
REGULAR READERS KNOW THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME. SPREAD THE WORD. BLOGROLL US. BOOKMARK US.
Designed by state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., Iron Dome uses small guided missiles to blow up Katyusha-style rockets. Israel plans to station the first working unit outside the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip next year.
"This was the first time Iron Dome was tested with the aim of a metal-to-metal result," an Israeli defense official said, describing the mid-air interception. "The (target) rocket was completely destroyed."
WHEN YOUR NEIGHBORS ARE JHADO-BARBARIANS, IT'S GOOD TO HAVE SHIELDS AND WALLS.
A mysterious glob of unknown material up to 12 miles long has appeared off Alaska's northern coast. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Terry Hasenauer says, "It's certainly biological."IT'S EITHER MORE OF THIS:
Something big and strange is floating through the Chukchi Sea between Wainwright and Barrow.
Hunters from Wainwright first started noticing the stuff sometime probably early last week. It's thick and dark and "gooey" and is drifting for miles in the cold Arctic waters, according to Gordon Brower with the North Slope Borough's Planning and Community Services Department.
Brower and other borough officials, joined by the U.S. Coast Guard, flew out to Wainwright to investigate. The agencies found "globs" of the stuff floating miles offshore Friday and collected samples for testing.
... Nobody knows for sure what the gunk is, but Petty Officer 1st Class Terry Hasenauer says the Coast Guard is sure what it is not.
"It's certainly biological," Hasenauer said. "It's definitely not an oil product of any kind. It has no characteristics of an oil, or a hazardous substance, for that matter.
OR IT'S ALL THE IDIOTIC CRAP THE LEFT HAS BEEN THROWING AT PALIN!
Read the whole complaint here.
The Department of Defense has compelled a private employer to fire a U.S. Army Reserve major from his civilian job after he had his military deployment orders revoked for arguing he should not be required to serve under a president who has not proven his eligibility for office.
According to the CEO of Simtech Inc., a private company contracted by the Defense Security Services, an agency of the Department of Defense, the federal agency has compelled the termination of Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook.
Cook's attorney, Orly Taitz, wrote in her blog that Simtech CEO Larry Grice said he would try to find another position within the company for Cook, but nothing is currently available.
The Department of Defense does contracting in the general field of information technology/systems integration, at which Cook, a senior systems engineer and architect, was employed until taking a military leave of absence on July 10 in preparation for his deployment to Afghanistan.
"Grice told Plaintiff, in essence, that the situation had become 'nutty and crazy,' and that plaintiff would no longer be able to work at his old position," Taitz wrote.
Grice made clear that it was Defense Security Services that had compelled Simtech to fire Cook.
Is this what can expect from our DOD and the Obama administration: intimidation, termination, and bullying. Seems that Obama has a very large problem on his hands and has really got to show the birth certificate and everything sealed for that matter.
Read the entire story here from World Net Daily: here
UPDATE: Round up here.
Is there really any remaining doubt that these people aren't working for Al-Qaeda or North Korea, if only in spirit?
Yes, Mike Pence is now my primary news source.
Rules Committee Rejects Broadcaster Freedom Amendment Along Partisan Lines
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence released the following statement in response to the news that the Democrat-majority Rules Committee had rejected the ‘Broadcaster Freedom Amendment' which would have prevented the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the so-called ‘Fairness Doctrine' and enacting proposed broadcast localism regulations for the next fiscal year. All Democrats present voted against allowing the amendment to the Financial Services Appropriations Bill, which funds the FCC, on a final vote of 7-4.
"The First Amendment is not a partisan issue. The preservation of freedom is the paramount duty of every elected Representative and should take precedence over partisan politics.
"Today Congress had an opportunity to allow the American people and their elected Representatives to ensure the freedom of the airwaves and today Congress said ‘no.'
Democrat Members of the Rules Committee who are cosponsors of the Broadcaster Freedom Act are Congressman Michael Arcuri (NY) and Congressman Jared Polis (CO).
Democrat Members of the Rules Committee who previously voted for the Pence Amendment in 2007 were Congressman Dennis Cardoza (CA), Congressman Ed Perlmutter (CO) and Congressman Alcee Hastings (FL).
Good, now we know who might not get strung up like Mussolini when it's time to take back our country. Not so fast, there, Hastings...
To check it out, click here or on the graphic at right.
A smart meter is an advanced meter (usually an electrical meter) that identifies consumption in more detail than a conventional meter; and optionally, but generally, communicates that information via some network back to the local utility for monitoring and billing purposes (telemetering).
IF YOU USE TOO MUCH ENERGY AT THE WRONG HOURS BIG BROTHER WILL BE RIGHT UP YOUR CONDUIT!
Ambitious plans to generate one third of UK electricity from renewables by 2020 form the centrepiece of government plans for a low carbon future.Financial packages for wind and wave energy and changes to planning procedures are among key components of the Low Carbon Transition Plan.
"Smart" meters are to be deployed in 26 million homes by 2020.
THIS IS ANTI-LIBERTARIAN.
IF PEOPLE CAN AFFORD THE ENERGY THEY USA THEN THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO USE IT. PERIOD.
TAB SATURDAY:REASON: The disturbing intellectual record of Obama’s science czar. “Dr. John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy—better known as the “science czar”—has been a longtime prophet of environmental catastrophes. Never discouraged but never right. And thanks to resourceful bloggers, you can read excerpts from a hard-to-find book co-authored by Holdren in the late 1970s, called Ecoscience: Population, Resources, Environment, online. In it, you will find the czar wading into some unpleasant talk about mass sterilizations and abortions.”
Posted at by Glenn Reynolds at 1:06 pm
Obama's Science Czar Wrote Book Advocating "Planetary Regime" Which Would Require Mass Sterilizations, Forced AbortionsThis is the scariest book report you will ever read. Zombie has once again truly done his homework.
These are the ideas of John Holdren, Obama's newly appointed Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Co-Chair of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, i.e., Science Czar.
REGULAR READERS KNOW THIS HAPPENS ALL THE TIME.
SPREAD THE WORD, BLOGROLL US, BOOKMARK US.
UPDATE: WE SCOOPED ALL THESE FOLKS TOO:
David Freddoso / Washington Examiner:Obama's science czar suggested compulsory abortion, sterilization — Internet reports are now circulating that Obama's Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, John Holdren, penned a 1977 book that approved of and recommended compulsory sterilization and even abortion in some cases …
The Economy is Even Worse Than You Think but not only because of the terrible unemployment and underemployment numbers. It is worse because, ultimately, only private investment can revive the productive economy. Unfortunately, the insecurity and the unpredictability created by Congress and the Obama administration makes it impossible for any level headed private investor to plan with any degree of accuracy. So, private investors buy treasuries and wait. This unfortunate phenomenon is the reason treasury has so little difficulty raising money. It has no competition from the private sector:is right.Some economists said the growing deficit hasn't had much impact on interest rates so far, despite a brief spike a few weeks ago. In part, that is because private-sector borrowing remains weak. . . .
"The private-sector retrenchment is allowing the Treasury to raise a lot of funds at very low interest rates," said Jan Hatzius, chief U.S. economist for Goldman Sachs & Co. "There's a lot of demand" for federal debt.
Believe it or not, the treasury does not even have to print money to pay for it's unprecedented spending spree:By the way, this data supports Brad Setser’s theory that the fall in private borrowing is more than offsetting the rise in government borrowing and therefore, at least for the time being, financing the deficit isn’t a problem.
In other words, we are doomed to get deeper and deeper in debt while much needed growth remains a mirage. I have nothing against building bridges but it will not pay for the expenses of our ever expanding social safety net. For that we have to create an atmosphere in which private enterprise will feel secure enough to start laying golden eggs yet again.
In other words, while we are debating the various ways to split the pie, it is becoming a smaller and smaller pie! Need I add more?!