Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A Radical Notion? Gridlock Makes For Good Government

A number of years ago, I agreed to be the campaign treasurer for a mayoral candidate who was a very nice guy and basically conformed to most of my political views. But that was not the only reason I supported him. The prior years had seen very active mayors who wanted to really get things done. Government grew and taxes rose with no noticeable benefit to the taxpayers. This candidate was perfect since I did not believe he would try to do much at all except maintain the status quo. This article brings back these memories.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Bill Maher, Barack Obama and the Truth About American Exceptionalism

Exceptionalism

Anti-Americanism didn’t start with Bush

The only way for America to end anti-Americanism would be to stop acting in our own interests. Not even Obama can pull that one off, at least not for long, and everyone knows it. The real problem with anti-Americanism is that Americans take it so seriously. We need to act in our own interests while treating our friends fairly and securing ourselves against our enemies. That’s what nations do, and only the unserious worry about whether they’re liked for doing so.
Read it here.

Engineers, Scientific and Social

Read it here. Engineers, Scientific and Social

Course on Constitutional Law

Course Details

CO2 - The Polutant

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

America’s Work Deficit

Too many American students simply lack the basics. In 2002, a National Geographic-Roper survey found that most 18- to 24-year-olds could not find Afghanistan, Iraq, or Japan on a map, ranking them behind counterparts in Sweden, Great Britain, Canada, Italy, Japan, France, and Germany. And in 2007 the American Institutes for Research reported that eighth graders in even our best-performing states - like Massachusetts - scored below peers in Singapore, South Korea, and Japan, while students in our worst-performing states - like Mississippi - were on par with eighth graders in Slovakia, Romania, and Russia.

My lazy American students

Read follow-up article here

DeMint to offer anti-earmark trading measure; Will Reid allow a vote?

Read it here.

Employment Losses for November Fudged? Naaaa!

The ADP numbers don't jive with the Labor Dept's report for November. Labor Dept job losses 11,000, ADP's losses 169,000. Remember how happy the Obama camp was and the great press they got. Perhaps "the whole truth and nothing but the truth" is not being told. ADP Report

Corruption at It's Finest

In a single evening, Nelson managed to undermine the logic of Medicaid, abandon three decades of protections under the Hyde Amendment and increase the public stock of cynicism. For what? For the sake of legislation that greatly expands a health entitlement without reforming the health system; that siphons hundreds of billions of dollars out of Medicare instead of using that money to reform Medicare; that imposes seven taxes on Americans making less than $250,000 a year, in direct violation of a presidential pledge; that employs Enron-style accounting methods to inflate future cost savings; that pretends to tame the insurance companies while making insurance companies the largest beneficiaries of reform.

For Sale: One senator (D-Neb.) No principles, low price.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Obamacare’s Constitutional Problems Proliferating

Building the case for a Constitutional challenge of ObamaCare. The leftist majority in the Senate is likely to vote down the DeMint/Ensign constitutional point of order, but the very objection itself will help build a record that courts will look at when determining whether or not Obamacare is unconstitutional.Obamacare’s Constitutional Problems Proliferating

Walter E. Williams :Black Education

This goes along with the previous Detroit video below, and articles on the DC voucher program. The Federal Dept of Education should be abolished, teachers' unions disbanded and control of schools given back to the local governments. Can't do any worse.
Black Education

Rep. Parker Griffith Changes Party

Hopefully we can take Rep. Parker Griffith at his word and not just posturing for his re-election campaign. With any luck, this will start a stampede toward conservatism.

This is Your Christmas Tree - The One with Mao and Drag Queen Ornaments

Senator Nelson: The man in the mirror

A registered nurse gives her views on the abortion sellout by Senator Nelson of Nebraska. Read it here.

Detroit - Liberal's Nightmare

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Senate Redefining the Rules to Pass Health Care

The Dems care nothing about the law. They are changing the rules to pass, as a portion of ObamaCare, a rule that will preclude any future reversal of the bill.

US Code Section 201. Bribery of public officials and witnesses

I wonder where the loophole is in this. The courts will probably say no citizen has standing and that the Atty Gen has to initiate prosecution. I'm sure we can count on Holder to follow up, right after he checks on the Black Panther thingy. Cornell Law School US Code

Ensign, DeMint to Force Vote on Health Care Bill Unconstitutionality

DeMint and Ensign are taking a stand for the Constitution. I'm liking these guys more and more.

CNSNews.com GOP Senator Calls Democratic Health Care Deals 'Sleazy'

Since Graham's conservative credentials have gone south because of his stand on the Cap & Tax, he is coming out more strongly than others against ObamaCare. Who knows, it may work well enough to get him another term.CNSNews.com
GOP Senator Calls Democratic Health Care Deals 'Sleazy'

Monday, December 21, 2009

Health Care “Reform” predictions

Now that it looks like President Obama will get to sign something labeled “Health Care Reform,” what does that means for the United States?

Buy ammo and canned food for your retirement plan. It’s going to get ugly.


This is what the Old Jarhead says. Read it here.

THIS IS HOW YOU FIX CONGRESS!

Congressional Reform Act of 2010

1. Term Limits: 12 years only, one of the possible options below.

A. Two Six year Senate terms
B. Six Two year House terms
C. One Six year Senate term and three Two Year House terms

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

2. No Tenure / No Pension:

A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security:

All funds in the Congressional retirement fund moves to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, Congress participates with the American people.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, server your term(s), then go home and back to work.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

6. Congress looses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

7. Congress must equally abide in all laws they impose on the American people.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.

The American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, serve your term(s), then go home and back to work.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A government that is ‘at war’ with its own people

When will radical socialism finally die in the Unites States? When we get back to the basics where man places God, family and freedom first!

Read about one person's steps to regain our freedom, here.

Hope & Change, Gangsta Style by Kevin McCullough

Great summary for the first year.

The Chicago Way

Judge Napolitano on the Difference Between Rights and Goods

Judge Napolitano
The Old Jarhead put forth an idea that substitutes for a runoff in an election with more than two candidates, where no one gets over 50% of the vote. This would let third party candidates enter the system without guaranteeing a total loss by electing the least liked candidate.

What we really need is a requirement that to be elected to public office, you must get 50% of the votes plus one. If no candidate gets 50%, there’s be a run off. Expensive? Not if you use a system where people vote for their first choice with a “one” second with a “two” and so on. If no candidate gets 50%, the candidates with the fewest votes is eliminated and his/her votes distributed to the remaining candidates based on the their second choice. Eventually a candidate gets 50% and is elected. (Some folks have trouble understanding this system, but it’s pretty straightforward. I could explain at length, but trust me, it works.)

This would allow folks to vote their heart, conservatives for “Tea Party” candidates, socialists for the Green Party, etc., without knowing their vote for the outsider was helping the major party candidate they disliked most. It would also stop the political game of putting people into races based on their ethnic heritage to weaken the vote for your toughest opponent. But both the Democrat and the Republican establishment hate the idea, because it also would facilitate the growth of third parties. It would be the right thing for the people and for democracy, but like so many “right things” has zero chance of being enacted.



The Old Jarhead

Questions over business deals of UN climate change guru Dr Rajendra Pachauri

Al Gore is not the only climate guru that stands to make billions if Cap & Tax goes through, the foremost "scientist" Dr. Rajendra Pachauri has a larger vested interest in promoting the "Global Warming Farce". Oh yes, his doctorate is in economics, not climate science. A few excerpts from the article from the English paper, the Telegraph:

No one in the world exercised more influence on the events leading up to the Copenhagen conference on global warming than Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and mastermind of its latest report in 2007.

Although Dr Pachauri is often presented as a scientist (he was even once described by the BBC as “the world’s top climate scientist”), as a former railway engineer with a PhD in economics he has no qualifications in climate science at all.

What has also almost entirely escaped attention, however, is how Dr Pachauri has established an astonishing worldwide portfolio of business interests with bodies which have been investing billions of dollars in organisations dependent on the IPCC’s policy recommendations.


He also has a profound effect on our EPA as stated here: Dr Pachauri never shrinks from giving the world frank advice on all matters relating to the menace of global warming. The latest edition of TERI News quotes him as telling the US Environmental Protection Agency that it must go ahead with regulating US carbon emissions without waiting for Congress to pass its cap and trade bill.

Something stinks in Denmark, and it is not the herring.

Read the Telegraph article here.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Laughing At The Left

Laughing

Merry Christmas Poem - By Sen. Kit Bond

An Interesting Interview About Palin

Stimulus Watch

If you want to know where your stimulus money is going, and how much your city/town is getting, and how many jobs have been created, check this Government Stimulus Site

2012 "Victory or Death!"

Friday, December 18, 2009

It Is Not Just About Winning Elections

Winning elections is fine, but how much more vital is it for us to recover at least an equal voice in colleges, media, schools, libraries, and entertainment? What is wrong with us, the overwhelming majority of Americans, demanding not to be consigned to a ghetto or treated by Jim Crow standards? We begin by pointing out the obvious: conservatives are the majority of Americans but almost invisible in our public and private institutions of education, information, entertainment, and study. Read it here.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Pelosi rushes votes to catch plane to Copenhagen

Why do we have a Congress at all. If our elected representatives do not have time to read the bills before voting, we have no representation, just a rubber stamp. How do you impeach an entire Congress? Read it here.

Completely Reckless, Completely Irresponsible

Where it stands. Healh Care - Mitch McConnell

Pravda's Take on ClimateGate

An interesting view from the Russians on global warming. Also, didn't know English version of Pravda existed, surprisingly chic presentation. Pravda's Article

Tim Pawlenty - A Rising Star?

Price Waterhouse Study on Health Care Proposal

Potential Impact of Health Reform on the Cost of Private Health Insurance Coverage
As the above charts illustrate, by 2019 the cost of single coverage is expected to increase by $1,500 more than it would under the current system and the cost of family coverage is expected to increase by $4,000 more than it would under the current system. This amounts to an additional 18 percent increase in the cost of health insurance coverage by 2019.


Where are the cost savings for the majority of people? Fewer doctors, more government control, higher deficits, decimating Medicare, reduced testing, long lines, higher costs; sounds like a no-brainer to me.

Price Waterhouse Study

Ann Coulter's Comments

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Study Finds Ozone Hole Repair Contributes To Global Warming, Sea Ice Melt

It appears that the environmentalists tinkering in the past has exacerbated our perceived global warming and melting of the icecaps today. The SCAR report's revelation that fixing one pressing environmental problem may accelerate another dangerous problem puts efforts to prevent rapid environmental change in a bit of a pickle. As the leaders of the world's nations prepare to hash out future environmental agreements, revelations like this can't help make me wonder how today's solutions might become tomorrows concerns. Read about it here.

Two Major Geothermal Projects Abandoned Due to Induced Quake Risk

Previous articles I have offered stated problems with Wind technology, such as the killing of thousands of birds, including Bald Eagles, in California and the noise causing sleepless nights and even death for sheep and wild animals. Ethanol was touted as a great breakthrough, but it saves no conventional energy and has increased the cost of all products made from corn. This article shows that geothermal is not exactly ready for prime time either. Environmentalists are quick to use alternative energy sources as the solution, but until technology catches up, reliance must be placed on the old standbys, oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear. Two Major Geothermal Projects Abandoned Due to Induced Quake Risk

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Tyranny at the FCC

If you think the press is biased now, just wait until Mark Lloyd, Obama's FCC Chief Diversity Officer, destroys talk radio. Tyranny at the FCC

CBS’s Lara Logan Defends Afghanistan War, Comparison to Vietnam is ‘Crap’

A breath of fresh air from CBS. Lara seems to have her head on straight when it comes to al-Qaeda. Read it here.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

TRACING THE POLITICS AND THE MONEY BEHIND OBAMA’S CAMPAIGN

Could George Soros be involved internationally in a widespread conspiracy to socialize and globalize government? Read it here and here
Socialists Trounce Conservatives In Greek Elections

Dinesh D'Souza on “Life After Death: The Evidence

Interesting interview. I guess most of us over-the-hill folks are interested in this subject.

The Obama 4-year plan to remake America

1. The complete restructuring of our economy in accordance with Obama's socialist construct.
2. The establishment of a federally run Health Care System
3. The reshaping of our military prowess into an obsolete commodity.
4. A gradual consolidation, under the Executive Branch, of authority commonly delegated to the Judicial and the Legislative Branches.
5. The legal prohibition of aired dissent


This is the 4 year agenda of the Obama administration and he is well on his way of achieving these objectives, through Czars, EPA, elimination of missiles in Europe, Americorps, etc. Read the full article here.

The Employee Meeting...

Common sense is hard to come by, but this small business owner has the balls to tell it like it is to his employees. The Employee Meeting...

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Poll Republican Establishment Types Would Prefer You Ignore

The Rasmussen poll shows SC's DeMint with a 61% favorability rating among independents, while Washington establishment’s favorite Republican, Lindsey Graham, only has a 55% favorable view with SC independents. Who’s message is resonating with the middle and attracting new voters to the party (growing the tent)? Conservatives. Read it here.

Dems Vote to Allow Federal Funding for Corrupt ACORN

And you thought ACORN was dead. What would Obama and the Democrats do without ACORN and SEIU. We have a bunch of weasels in Washington who can never ever again be trusted to do what is moral or right for the American taxpayer. Read about it here.

Grand Jury Presentment- A case against President Obama

I'm not at "birther", but for those of you who are, this is the current status. It doesn't seem so "cut and dried" after reading this article.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Cloward/Piven Strategy of Economic Recovery

If you were not scared about our economy and way of life, you will be when you read about the Cloward/Piven theory. An excerpt: The Cloward/Piven Strategy is named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven. Their goal is to overthrow capitalism by overwhelming the government bureaucracy with entitlement demands. The created crisis provides the impetus to bring about radical political change.
Guess who graduated from Columbia University, yes, our socialist President Obama.

The assumption that Obama will need the nation to prosper in order to protect the 2010 mid-term election incorrectly assumes that he esteems free market capitalism. He does not. Rather than win through superior ideas and policies, the Democrat plan for success in the mid-term elections is to win by destroying political opposition.

The Cloward/Piven Strategy of Economic Recovery

House panel passes college football playoff bill

As legislation goes, this is pretty trivial, but, as in the case of all the other bills being passed, it is an instance where government is intruding into unconstitutional areas and taking away our freedoms. Even scarier, this has the support of both parties. House panel passes college football playoff bill

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Copenhagen's political science by Sarah Palin

An Op-Ed piece, by Sarah Palin in the Washington Post, summarizes the Copenhagen climate summit's quandary and suggests a step back in light of revelations of political malfeasance in the scientific community. Copenhagen's political science

Kids to Meet Marx in School – Care of Hollywood and The History Channel

Mao, Lenin, Hitler all got to the youth to create their fascist and communist and socialist societies. See what is coming to a school near you. Kids to Meet Marx in School – Care of Hollywood and The History Channel

Oh, No You Can’t: Kids Deprived Voucher-Supported Education Obama’s Kids Enjoy

I've written about the DC school voucher system a few times, but it still amazed me as to why Afro-Americans still support Obama and the Democrats. It is obvious, from this one example, that they care nothing about educating the children. All they care about is supporting the teachers unions and retaining their votes. Obviously, they feel that if they keep poor people in poor schools the people will never shed the bonds of government, thus perpetuating the vote for Democrats. The voucher system in DC has been proven to work and is very popular among minorities. The poor should wise up and vote for those who truly want to make the American Dream available to them. This program should be funded and expanded, something Republicans have been trying to pass for years. Read about it here.

Primrose path By Armstrong Williams

Socialist policy is alive and well on our soil. We don’t need to look to the failures of Euro and other countries. Look at how socialist policies are bankrupting our own economy.
This is the theme of "Primrose Path". A line that got my attention was "Instead of looking far off into the future to block future socialist policy, why don’t we look at our economy with a microscope and begin weeding out the inefficiencies of socialism?" Maybe this should be the basis for the next "tea party" revolution.

Primrose path

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Don’t Hold Your Breath! Humans for Respiration, Unite!

The EPA, as of yesterday, declared carbon dioxide a dangerous pollutant. This paves the way for the EPA to regulate our manufacturing and energy base. Cap & Tax without Congressional approval, here we come. Read about it here. Also read the WSJ article here.

Here is what Charles Krauthammer has to say.

Monday, December 7, 2009

The Fiction Of Climate Science

In 1974, the National Science Board announced: "During the last 20 to 30 years, world temperature has fallen, irregularly at first but more sharply over the last decade. Judging from the record of the past interglacial ages, the present time of high temperatures should be drawing to an end…leading into the next ice age."

You can't blame these scientists for sucking up to the fed's mantra du jour. Scientists live off grants. Remember how Galileo recanted his preaching about the earth revolving around the sun? He, of course, was about to be barbecued by his leaders. Today's scientists merely lose their cash flow. Threats work.
It is obvious, looking at the past, that man has had little to do with climate change. Now that the ClimateGate scandal has shown that today's scientists are not "lily white" in regards to seeking funds by manipulating data, the whole global warming scam is coming into the light. Read the full Forbes article here.

Business Fumes Over Carbon Dioxide Rule

As everybody's attention is focused on the Cap & Tax bill, the Obama administration is planning an end around Congress by using the EPA to further its agenda. Rulings by the EPA, in anticipation to the Copenhagen Climate Conference on Global Warming, could dictate major expenditures by businesses to retrofit their plants to conform to EPA regulations. This, in itself, would be enough to cause plants to shut down with the resultant loss of jobs and tax base. Read about it here in the WSJ.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Cap and Trade: A License Required for your Home

Sect. 202:
Building Retrofit Program mandates a national retrofit program to increase the energy efficiency of all existing homes across America .

Beginning 1 year after enactment of the Act, you won't be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply with the energy and water efficiency standards of this Act.


The EPA Administrator appointed by Obama will dictate what these requirements are and can increase them at his/her discretion. More control over your finances, you betcha. More control over your freedom, you betcha. Cap and Trade: A License Required for your Home

What's the True Unemployment?

Saturday, December 5, 2009

There’s more than one way to split an atom

This is and interesting article, by a person in the science community, discussing changes in the nuclear options. I commented: I am not a scientist, but do agree, that we should promote the use of the resources and technology at hand to solve our energy problems here at home rather than relying on foreign sources. The environmentalist faction in the US has been able to stall progress in this area for years, at the detriment of the US economy and the environment. Let's get that prototype finished, start building those Integral Fast Reactors, and in the meantime, drill-baby-drill, until we can replace the carbon with nuclear.

There’s more than one way to split an atom

Comcast-NBC Deal: Does the Merger’s Approval Rest on Health Care?

It remains to be seen, whether or not the Democrats in control will treat the Comcast-NBC merger the same as they have treated previous mergers under Republican administrations. For support on their Health Care initiatives, will they buckle under or remain true to their supposed beliefs? Read it here.

8 Signs of Terrorism" with John Elway

Save our Seals

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Obama Job Summit: Another Manufacturer Opts Out of U.S.A.

This manufacturer tells you why there are job losses in the US. Obama's job summit is a farce and will result in more spending and more governmental control of our supposedly free economy. Read it here.

Climategate – it ain’t just about the weather

It ain't just about the weather, ClimateGate is about transparency. It brings everything your so-called experts, whether it be climate, health or energy, into question. Read about it here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Obama invites a nightmare

Obama invites a nightmare

On AfPak, is Obama clever or stupid?

Iran is much more of a threat than people realize. James Lewis of The American Thinker brings in the Iranian control of those countries surrounding Israel, and its ability to threaten the entire Middle East, including Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Control of Middle East oilfields, along with Russian control of natural gas supplies would enable them to hold Europe hostage in its need for energy. Israel would find an unlikely supporter in any attack on Iranian nuclear facilities - Saudi Arabia. Read it here - On AfPak, is Obama clever or stupid?

Obama's Speech On Afghanistan - One European View

Paul Rahe's column on last nights speech states -Many commentators have drawn attention to the weakness of the speech. No one on this side of the Atlantic has been, however, as blunt and as on the mark as was Gabor Steingart in Der Spiegel.

"One didn't have to be a cadet on Tuesday to feel a bit of nausea upon hearing Obama's speech," wrote Steingart. "It was the least truthful address that this American president has ever delivered".
Read the article here.

How to Fix Health Care: Lasik Surgery For The Medical Debate

If people have nothing to lose, they will demand more and more health care that the government or insurance companies have to pay for. Have a cold, go to the doctor; have a scratch, go to the doctor; have a nosebleed, go to a doctor; after all, it doesn't cost anything.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Global Warming And Glacier Melt-Down Debate: A Tempest In A Teapot?”

Another cover-up by the esteemed climate scientists. It appears a typo, year 2035 vs. 2350, created hysteria over the disappearance of the Himalayan glaciers. The scientists have not corrected the error. Global Warming And Glacier Melt-Down Debate: A Tempest In A Teapot?”

Mr. Obama, Beware of the New 'Silent Majority'

The political force this new, frequently loud, “silent majority” has unleashed will determine this nation’s future in 2010 and 2012. It should not be underestimated.

Because just as the British dismissed the patriots at Lexington and Concord in 1775 as “rude rabble,” the Obama Democrats and elitist mainstream media dismiss these patriots at their peril.


Mr. Obama, Beware of the New 'Silent Majority'

Five More Amateur Mistakes By the Obama Administration

A critique of the Obama reign. Read it here.

Lt Col Allen West - Republican for Congress in Florida's 22nd District



Black Republicans Say 2010 Will Be Their Year

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The fall of the world’s best-selling drug

A rather lengthy but interesting article about Pfizer and the development of Lipitor, a story about the rise and fall of drug companies that spend billions in research to bring new drugs to market. Will anyone be willing to commit to this under ObamaCare? The fall of the world’s best-selling drug

Clubbing Our SEALs

I don't know about you, but I would be disturbed if they hadn't done something to the terrorists. But again, who knows what happened? I guess in the period we are now living, our armed forces and CIA are the targets of Obama and Holder. I say, bring back Jack Bauer and get the info we need to protect our citizenry. That is the primary job of our Government, not health care, climate cap & tax, auto give aways, union give aways, bank bailouts and all the rest of the unconstitutional crap being dealt out by Obama and the Democrats on the hill. Clubbing Our SEALs

Duplicity and Deceit -Health Care Bill

Duplicity and Deceit

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thursday, November 26, 2009

How Private Property Saved the Pilgrims

When the Pilgrims landed in 1620, they established a system of communal property. Within three years they had scrapped it, instituting private property instead. Hoover media fellow Tom Bethell tells the story. How Private Property Saved the Pilgrims

Freedom of speech personified

This from PoweLine is a good reminder for Thanksgiving.






Bruce Cole is the president of the American Revolution Center at Valley Forge, the first museum and education center dedicated to teaching the story of the American Revolution. He is also the art historian who served as the pre-Obama worship chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Last month the Wall Street Journal published his column "Freedom of speech personfied" on Norman Rockwell's series of paintings on Roosevelt's Four Freedoms. Cole judged Rockwell's depiction of Freedom of Speech to be of genuine merit:

In "Freedom of Speech,"...Rockwell found a subject that is active and public, a subject he could grasp and shape into his greatest painting forging traditional American illustration into a powerful and enduring work of art.

For inspiration, he thought of the New England town-hall meetings he knew so well, with their long tradition of democratic public debate--a tradition, as we have seen this summer, still very much alive. But we are not sure where Rockwell's scene occurs; a blackboard frames the speaker, but he stands behind a pew: school and church, two pillars of American life. The pamphlet held by the man closest to us reveals the subject of the meeting--a discussion of the town's annual report.

Using a classic pyramidal composition, Rockwell focuses attention on the standing speaker whose age, worn and stained jacket, rough hands with dirty fingernails, and plaid shirt set him apart from the neat coats, ties and white shirts of the older men in the audience. Although he is a working man, this figure, his face reminiscent of Lincoln's, is unafraid to voice his opinion--which we suspect is contrary to that of the others in the room. Standing tall, his mouth open, his shining eyes transfixed, he speaks his mind, untrammeled and unafraid. In Rockwell's vision he has become not only an active public participant in democracy, but a defender of it. He is the very embodiment of free speech, a living manifestation of that abstract right--an image that transforms principle, paint and, yes, creed, into an indelible image and a brilliant and beloved American icon still capable of inspiring millions world-wide.

The painting reminds us of much we have to be grateful for on this Thanksgiving.

UPDATE: We are also grateful for this message from Power Line readers from a part of the country that is close to our hearts:

I read your post on Rockwell's Four Freedoms, and Freedom of Speech in particular, and wanted to fill in a few blanks about where (and who) Rockwell painted.

Rockwell lived in Arlington, Vermont from 1938 to 1953 and during that time, he used local residents for his models -- many of whom are still alive here to tell their stories! The man in the Freedom of Speech painting was Carl Hess, who owned the local one pump gas station. The scene was from a meeting at the town hall.

My husband and I own Rockwell's Arlington home which is now a B & B -- and the art studio that he built when he lived here is still standing and is part of our rental property.

Also, if you are interested in seeing the original Four Freedoms, you must visit the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA where there are over 500 of his original paintings. The Four Freedoms are displayed in their own room and it is truly moving to see the "real" things rather than prints.

Best wishes!
Julia and Clint Dickens
Inn on Covered Bridge Green
Arlington, VT
www.coveredbridgegreen.com

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

NEA Priorities

Destruction of teachers collective bargaining rights is too high a price to pay for improvements in education so says the top lawyer for the NEA.

Animated Unemployment Map

When the Establishment Hates a Right Wing Candidate

It is a time honored tradition for the Democrat Party to deal in character assassination in order to prevent conservative opponents from gaining traction. While Republicans and Conservatives tend to deal with political policies and voting histories, the left on the other hand, resorts to attacks on perceived lack of intelligence, simplistic views, and family.

This is the only way the Left can win. They know the vast majority of the voters agree with the basic tenets of the Conservatives. They win through personalities and the distortion of their views to appear to be moderate conservatives. "When the Establishment Hates a Right Wing Candidate" gives us an interesting twist. Read it here.

The Lawyers Party

Received an email with the above title from my niece in Ohio. I noticed that it is from 2008 but is relevant today and is published here on The American Thinker. This is a growing problem and if we do not get more productive members of society to run for public office, it will be the death of our Republic.

Lest We Forget - This Is One Nation, Under God

President Thomas Jefferson: "God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?"

President Andrew Jackson called the Bible; "the Rock upon which our republic rests.”

President John Adams said; “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion.”

Patrick Henry said, “It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains.”

George Washington, in his Farewell Address said; "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports."

Alexis de Tocqueville, in Democracy in America, wrote extensively on the relationship between the Christian religion and liberty in American: "America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Lieberman Digs In on Public Option

I admire Senator Lieberman for his stand against the "public option" but fear his comments about cost savings that he believes are in the bill. I think that when push comes to shove, when the "public option" is taken out, he will vote for the bill. This would be a disaster for the US.

Lieberman Digs In on Public Option

Climategate

And Obama says we are a "step closer" to climate deal. You would think, with all the evidence going against the climate fear mongers, he would at least slow down on his attempt to give away billions to other non-complying nations.

Climategate: the final nail in the coffin of 'Anthropogenic Global Warming'?

Hiding evidence of global cooling


Obama says 'step closer' to climate deal

Monday, November 23, 2009

Jim DeMint - What Are His Chances?

The more I read about him, the more I like. Jim DeMint: A tea party crowd favorite

Oil's Expanding Frontiers

We have the resources right here in the USA, why not use them and keep the $800 billion we pay to foreign countries right here and create jobs for our neighbors? George Will has a few choice remarks about environmentalists. Oil's Expanding Frontiers by George Will

The SEIU Thugocracy

A Boy Scout, eager to earn his merit badge in community service, brought other Scouts together to clear a path and walkway in Allentown, completing a missing link in the 165-mile Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Trail. The completed trail would allow visitors to walk along the Lehigh River.

The SEIU reaction, "Nick Balzano, President of the local Service Employees International Union (SEIU) threatened the Allentown City Council with legal action for allowing the Boy Scouts to clear the trail. Balzano complained that the city had recently laid off 39 SEUI workers. As a result, Balzano told the City Council that the union would be “looking into the Cub Scout or Boy Scout who did the trails,” adding, “There’s to be no volunteers.”

The article discusses Union approaches to worker progress and the wrong turn organized labor has taken that is destroying our major industries. It also has a warning as to the effects of the "card check" bill before the House.

Peter Ferrara :: Townhall.com Columnist
The SEIU Thugocracy

Sunday, November 22, 2009

DeMint Pushes 'Term Limits for All'

My previous article talked about bribery and selling out on the health care bill. The only way to mitigate the problem is to have term limits for all legislators. Jim DeMint has proposed it, but if there is not a groundswell for ratification, nothing will come of his legislation. As the Washington Times article states, "fat chance" getting the 2/3 of Congress to vote for it to get it to a vote at the State level.

This is something we have to push hard on.

Jim's blog

Washington Times Article

Sweeteners for the South By Dana Milbank

When you read this article, in the Washington Post,fancy that, you see, what I call corruption in our legislative process. Hannity had an ex-republican governor on his program last evening talking about this vote purchase, and he stated, matter of factly, that this is common in the way legislation gets passed. In other words, if the bill does not warrant a yes vote on its merits, it gets passed by bribing the corrupt legislators. Whether it is for her constituents, or state coffers, it is a bribe that Mary Landrieu is taking, and a bill she has problems with will be passed because of her. Where are the ethics in that?

Staffers on Capitol Hill were calling it the Louisiana Purchase.

On the eve of Saturday's showdown in the Senate over health-care reform, Democratic leaders still hadn't secured the support of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of the 60 votes needed to keep the legislation alive. The wavering lawmaker was offered a sweetener: at least $100 million in extra federal money for her home state.

And so it came to pass that Landrieu walked onto the Senate floor midafternoon Saturday to announce her aye vote -- and to trumpet the financial "fix" she had arranged for Louisiana. "I am not going to be defensive," she declared. "And it's not a $100 million fix. It's a $300 million fix."


I would call it a $100 million or $300 million bribe paid for by the taxpayers.

Sweeteners for the South By Dana Milbank

Saturday, November 21, 2009

It's Character, Stupid

The path to long-term success is built upon the moral character of the people. Let us hope that America's great character can be heartily renewed and reflected in our future leaders. Ultimately, the preservation of liberty depends upon it.

That character is hard to find in a person who will suffer the indignation of running for nationak office. Does Sarah Palin have the character and intelligence to follow through? Only time will tell.

Read the full article here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Global Warming - Coverup?

A hacker has gotten into the computers at Hadley CRU, Britain's largest climate research institute and a proponent of global warming, and seems to have uncovered evidence of substantial fraud in reporting the "evidence" on global warming; the unlawful destruction of records to cover up this fraud ,conspiracy,and deceit in the entire operation.

Scientific scandal appears to rock climate change promoters

A Look Into Obama's Earlier Formative Years

Is this where Obama formed his deep hatred for Capitalism and the US?

Obama's expatriate years

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Letter That Everyone Is Talking About

This could be the basis for a new Contract For America. Read it here.

Lieutenant Colonel Allen B West On Political Correctness

Read it here.

Pat Leahy - How Did He Ever Get Elected?

“For one thing, capturing Osama bin Laden — we’ve had enough on him, we don’t need to interrogate him,” Leahy added.

This is what Pat Leahy said while stating that Lindsey Graham's question about the capture of Bin Laden was not realistic and a "red herring". I guess the only value of capturing the head of a terrorist organization, presumably with extensive knowledge of future plots, whereabouts of current terrorists and names of "sleepers" in the US, is to give him an appearance in court to rant about Bush and Chaney. Read it here.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sarah On Obamanomics



Five Terrible Cruelties of Liberalism

Back on May 4th, I wrote a piece about Modern Day Slavery, setting forth the idea that Liberalism, rather than benefiting the poor has enslaved them. This article "The Five Terrible Cruelties of Liberalism" by John Hawkins follows and expands on this logic. Trillions of dollars have been spent, both here and abroad, to advance the plight of the underprivileged, with little to show in the way of education, health or economic status.

Goodies for labor tucked away in health bill

The health care bills being considered have benefits to labor unions that have nothing to do with health care or reduction of health care costs and that are funneling taxpayer dollars directly to the union coffers.

$10 billion of taxpayer money to bail out the union's mismanaged retirees' pension fund.

Guarantees seats at the table for unions to recommend health care policy..

Excludes non-union employers from eligibility to work on program funded contracts effectively creating coerced unionism on these employers.

Exempts union "Cadillac" health care plans from taxes.

Excludes non-union workers from training programs.

Some wording would force workers into unions.

Again, I state, unions are the problem, not the solution as proven by the moves of companies from heavily unionized states to the South just to survive.

Read the Houston Chronicle article here

When The Ta-Li-Ban Come Back

A poem describing what a woman's or young girl's life will be like if the Taliban come back in Afghanistan. When The Ta-Li-Ban Come Back

Monday, November 16, 2009

Why Can't Workers Understand? Unions Are The Problem!




The above jobless chart shows the divergence between Detroit, heavily unionized and supported by the free economy and Washington DC, heavily unionized with no competition and supported by the taxpayer.

I reference two articles, one about a Kia plant in Alabama and the other about Boeing moving a major aircraft plant from Everett, Washington to Charleston, SC. What is the common thread? Unions. Detroit has lost thousands of jobs due to union demands and threats of strikes that forced auto company executives to capitulate to demands, the cost of which could never be covered. The auto industry was forced to leave Detroit and environs for greener pastures down South. In addition, since the government takeover, you the taxpayers are on the hook for the accrued and unpaid benefits.

We can also point to other industries and towns like Fall River, Mass. for textiles and shoes, and Pittsburgh for steel (although making a nice recovery after their unions saw the writing on the wall).

Towns in Alabama are reveling in the upsurge in jobs created in non-unionized Kia plants and Hyundai parts manufacturers.

Charleston, SC has just won bids for a new non-unionized Boeing plant to produce its new 787 Dreamliner, which Everett, Washington so desperately wanted. For decades the northwest has been the hub of aircraft manufacturing, why now the change? The production of the Dreamliner is two years behind schedule due, in part, by crippling strikes by the union machinists. Boeing is willing the spend a $Billion to build a plant and train new workers to remove themselves from the high cost and crippling strikes caused by unions. This is the only way a company can survive.

Do the non-union workers have any animosity toward their new employers? No, they appreciate the good paying jobs and benefits a well run profitable company can give its workers.

The only growing unions today are those supported by the government and you the taxpayer and that is due to the lack of necessity, no need to do a good job, no need to care, and no need to worry about where the money is coming from.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Political Correctness Or Something Else?

Newt posted a request for another term to be used in instances where the term "political correctness" may be too mild, as when inaction results in significant harm. One of the respondents wrote the response below that, I believe, gets to the point of what is happening in the minds of liberal/progressives today.

Mr. Speaker-

I'm for Unconditional Tolerance recommended by my fellow citizen layopinions yesterday.

Unconditional Tolerance describes the results of what Thomas Sowell outlines in his book "A Conflict of Visions". Sowell identifies for us a group of people for whom good intentions and sincerity are more important than outcomes and results. For these people, no amount of negative results is sufficient to abandon actions whose intentions that are good, as promoted by enlightened and sincere people.

Unfortunately, for these progressive minded citizens among us, the loss of 12 souls in the terrorist act at Fort Hood will be viewed as aberration, and will by no means the fault of the sincere efforts of diversity and tolerance. What is heart breaking is that the thoughts and desires progressive and liberal continue to be acted out, we have lost the thoughts, opinions and actions of 12 citizens. For these citizens and their families, the terrorism at Fort Hood is real, painful and permanent. For these people their lives will forever be changed, not so, I fear, for progressive liberals.

We already see the next step of unconditional tolerance in the decision to have terrorists tried in New York City. Here too, intentions and sincerity are first, if it were not the case, why not Fargo or Fresno? No, this is about making a point with world wide exposure. This is a shamefully transparent prosecution of the actions prior administration in protecting its citizens. Like the guy at your work or school, always eager to throw someone “under the buss”, in order to save, protect or perhaps enhance themselves. This is about "I'm right and you're wrong"; this is about Obama, his vision of himself and that of his reality, and not at all about the reality in which you and I must live.

In our reality words have meaning, bullets penetrate and wound people, and too many of those people die. In our reality people who inflect great harm on others for the sake of their ideals, are called terrorists. Terrorists do what they do because their reality is different than ours, and they want us to abandon ours and abide by theirs. These people are not influenced by reason, good intentions or sincerity of others, they just know their "reality", their sincerity and vision for the world around them; they are fundamentally and unapologetically intolerant.

In this, terrorists are not so foreign to the desires of progressive liberals. Not that progressives or liberals approve of terrorism, they certainly do not, but they understand it because it is within the penumbra of what they deem sometimes necessary. Being so convinced by their own "enlightened" the progressives among us are confident that the ends justify the means; outcomes are independent of the process by which they were achieved. This is why an act that is so clearly and obviously terrorist in nature, intent and execution, is less clear to liberals. They are reticent of the label “terrorism” because they understand. You can see the con-trail of this sensibility through the “if all else fails, force it” approach of the democratic congress on the healthcare bill. Motivated by sincerity of their own good intentions, they believe that force is occasionally necessary to achieve their desired outcomes, and herein lays an underlying sensitivity to those who are similarly motivated.

By way of remedy, may I recommend Intolerable Ambivalence? Perhaps I and others can refuse to remain ambivalent to what people say, even when it is very well said. Perhaps it is OK to call the President a "liar" when he is indeed lying even though it is not OK to call what happened at Fort Hood a terrorist act.

It is time to call'em as we see'em.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Obama Administration Intends to Purge Republicans From the Civil Service

This is Chicago politics and is corrupting our nation.

Barack Obama intends to purge all Republicans from the federal bureaucracy retroactive to five years ago.

Under his new rules, made retroactive for five years, the Office of Personnel Management will examine civil service employees who got their start as political appointees in the Bush administration and terminate those employees. The order is retroactive to 2004, that moment when a number of Republican congressional staffers and others sought to embed into the second Bush administration right after the election. Read the full article
here.

Test Your News IQ - Pew Research

Pew Research

Civilian Or Military Trial? Then Was Then, Now Is Now!

Understanding Islam

This is a short summary of Islamic beliefs. Understanding Islam

The Man Who Despises America

This article is a great summary of the accomplishments of the "man". Contrary to President Reagan, who built up the spirits of the American people, Obama appears to be focusing on tearing away at the very core of this great nation. The Man Who Despises America

Friday, November 13, 2009

Why Place Your Bet On The Horse That Always Loses?

SEIU membership will grow under government run health care. Cost savings is a joke. Why Place Your Bet On The Horse That Always Loses? This is the basic premise of the article summarized as follows: We can also be certain that, to the extent that the Federal government undertakes ventures normally handled by private business, the result will always be inflation. Government projects inherently and inevitably are more costly and wasteful than those of private business, simply because private business has limited resources that must be employed effectively if the private business is to survive. The Federal government has what until recently has seemed a bottomless well of fiat money from the Federal Reserve.

Read the full article here.

Sarah On Obama's Request For Job Stimulus Help

Thursday, November 12, 2009

President Bush Speaks Out

President Bush was not the Conservative I wanted him to be, and he failed to control the Federal deficit, but he is right on here.

Does Islam Breed Violence? By Amil Imani

Being politically correct is no longer an option when it comes to dealing with Islamic terrorists. This article disputes the notion among liberals that Islam is a peaceful religion. Although atrocities have been committed in the name of many religions, most were not supported by the word of their maker. The Quran states Quran 9:5 "Fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, harass them, lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war."

This article is an eye opener and can be read here.

Obama losing Ohio?

Being a transplanted Ohioan, this article warmed my cockles! Read it here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dick Morris's Analysis of Health Care Vote

In The Myth of the Moderate Democrat, Dick Morris and Eileen McGann discuss the real reason the House vote turned out to be close and it is not something Conservatives should be joyous about. It is something that the voter should know. The votes of those Democrats in red districts were not needed so they were "left off the hook" to vote nay and establish their re-election credentials. Read the full analysis here.
The Myth of the Moderate Democrat

How to Celebrate Veterans Day

The purpose of Veterans Day is to honor all veterans.

So how does this country honor them?

By letting the veterans, the majority of whom work in the private sector, spend the day at their jobs so they can pay taxes that permit millions of non-veterans to get paid for doing nothing.

This is what Mike Royko (1932 - 1997), of the Chicago Tribune, had to say about Veterans Day in 1993. A humorous read.

Spinning A Story

The no spin zone without O'Reilly. Spinning A Story

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Malia Reeducates Dad

I'm surprised that grades are given in Malia's school. The 73% Malia received should have destroyed her self esteem for life. But no, she pulled herself up, dusted herself off, and went on to earn a 95% on her next exam. As this article says, maybe it is Dad that needs the education. Malia Reeducates Dad

4 Reasons The American Dream Will Be Over Unless We Act

This article by John Hawkins is straight to the point, a little frightening, but true. Our government spending is out of control, more and more people are dependent on the government for subsistence, our cultural and religious values are eroding, and our nations security is at risk. We need to reverse these trends and the only hope we have is to remove the liberal/progressive movement from our schools and government. 2010 is the first opportunity to get this movement started. 4 Reasons The American Dream Will Be Over Unless We Act

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Rise of the Right

This Newsweek article, by Fareed Zakaria, a somewhat left of center liberal, acknowledges the movement to the right throughout Europe and the US. I believe he is mistaken in reading into the NY 23rd win by the Democrat as a repudiation of the Conservative position. As I read the results, adding the Conservative and Republican votes together, it is a Right of Center win. I believe many of the Republican voters did not know the circumstances and voted the Republican line, thus guaranteeing the Democrat the seat. If so, this does not make Zakaria's case that the Republicans should move to the center. Conservative fiscal policy and free market stances are still more attractive to Independents than left leaning socialism. Read the article here.

When government slippery slope goes vertical

Libertarians often warn about the slippery slope of government intervention:

Let the government run the schools, and it may end up teaching your children values that offend you. Let the government have new powers to fight terrorism, and it may use those extraordinary powers in the pursuit of ordinary crimes. Let the federal government give the states money for highways, and it may eventually use its money to impose its own rules on the states.

In the Obama era, the slippery slope has gone vertical. Instead of "eventually," the feared extensions of government power come immediately.


When government slippery slope goes vertical

A high price for health reform

The Washington Post, that is a big supporter of the Obama health care initiative, has an article that is interesting in its analysis and that seems to say, yes we want it, but no, it costs too much. The bill doesn't do what Obama said he wanted, and Congress is trying to obfuscate the true cost of the bill and threatening to bankrupt the country. It is ironic, and you can read about it here.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Did the Democrats Hide a $283 Million Dollar Bribe in the Health Care Bill?

CNN Reports: Radical Muslim Group's Homegrown Hate

This is the time for everyone to be vigilant and keep up the pressure on terrorism both external and internal.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The $1.5 Trillion Fraud

So while the CBO estimates that the coverage expansions in the House Democrats’ legislation would trigger about $1 trillion of new federal spending over ten years, the actual cost of those coverage expansions is more like $2.5 trillion.

The CBO exists to bring honest accounting to the federal government. House Democrats are gaming the CBO, subverting this purpose. Anyone who cares about honest accounting or transparency in government should put the brakes on this vote until the American people have all the facts.
The $1.5 Trillion Fraud

O'Reilly on White House Visitors

Some "tongue in cheek" comments by O'Reilly on Obama's visitors. Visiting the White House

Dictatorships and Double Standards

The Weekly Standard has an article today about the Obama White House "dithering" on Iran much to the dismay of our European allies. As matters grow worse in Iran, the White House had some scathing remarks about "Fiji"? Yes, the situation in Fiji has threatened democracy there, but doesn't the White House have more pressing needs, say Afghanistan? Where is the strong support of our national interest that the President is required to provide our citizenry? Is this really "change we can believe in"? Dictatorships and Double Standards

Friday, November 6, 2009

Gore: The World’s First “Carbon Billionaire?”

Gore and Pelosi too? Read it in the NYT here, Gore’s Dual Role: Advocate and Investor

Censorship Of A Different Kind

The Chicago Tribune has an article today about the White House attempting censorship of FOX News again by forbidding DEMOCRAT strategists to appear on FOX. These people in the White House are truly dangerous. White House: FOX off-limits -- strategist

TV Programming

An article by Brent Bozell A Stomachache for Our Sponsor reminds me of a small irritation created by TV producers/directors/writers in their almost daily skits promoting a political ideology which is almost always the far left agenda. This brings to mind a recent episode of Law & Order where the prosecution of President Bush was being espoused.

Sponsors have a right to know what their money is to promote and, if they want their product to appeal to the masses, then the programming should fit that end. People also have the right to change channels if a particular program is offensive, sexually, politically or for any other reason, as I have done with Law & Order which, to me, has become politically offensive.

If more people used the remote to vote for programs that do not cross the sexual and political lines, then the sponsors would have to be more selective in their programming choices.

This is not censorship, it is just a way of telling Hollywood that we don't want to be bombarded with a political speech every time we want to watch a good sitcom or crime program.

Fort Hood Attack - Madman or Terrorist Attack

We are all saddened by this senseless loss of life and there are many theories floating about as to the cause. Right now the official opinion is that Major Nidal Malik Hasan was a disturbed individual with no connection to terrorists. As a disturbed individual, he may have researched terrorist websites.The American Thinker addresses this possibility and writes A More Likely Scenario

Fox News Coverage

Unemployment Hits 10.2%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released their report today showing an increase in unemployment from 9.8% to 10.2% for the month of October. This increase appears to be across the board except for Health Care workers. Conveniently, the government does not count the 808,000 workers that are totally discouraged, cannot find a job and have dropped out.

Since construction and manufacturing jobs are still dropping, I guess we can safely say the $900 billion emergency stimulus package is not working, but fret not, only $200 billion of the "EMERGENCY FUNDS" have been spent on worthless, non-job producing projects. The rest of the "EMERGENCY FUNDS" is still to be spent, sometime in the future, on worthless, non-job producing projects.

Read the full report here.

GOP Health Care Plan

Speaker Pelosi stated yesterday that the GOP plan does not address the pre-conditions problem. Read the official GOP plan summary here.

As you can see, the second item in the summary addresses this problem by establishing Universal Health Care Programs that provide coverage for these citizens.

Note the table at the bottom, ZERO JOB CUTS, ZERO MEDICARE CUTS, ZERO TAX INCREASES. Don't you think it make sense to give this a try before turning over 1/6th of our economy to government bureaucrats.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

11 More Obama Tunes - Indoctrination

11 more school songs about Obama. They just keep cropping up. Hear them here.

It's A Matter Of Trust

Republicans will go far amiss if they conclude simply saying no to Obama and the Democrats is their ticket back to power. Voters want leaders they can trust because they do what they promise. Everything else is secondary.
Voters reject Obama's double talk

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Health Care Reform in the Breach

If you are concerned about the government computerizing your health records, you should read this.

Health Care - European View

Monday, November 2, 2009

U.S. Tops in Energy Resources

There is no excuse for the USA to be energy dependent on other countries, many of which hate America. Our government is bankrupting the nation with its senseless donations to their environmentalist constituency in the form of laws that prevent us from accessing our energy reserves and creating the jobs so needed today. Read about the Congressional Research Service report here.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

New Federal Bureaucracies Created in Pelosi Health Care Bill

What do most of these have to do about insuring the uninsured, improving health care and bringing down costs?

November 2, 2009

The House Republican Conference has compiled a list of all the new boards, bureaucracies, commissions, and programs created in H.R. 3962, Speaker Pelosi's government takeover of health care:

1. Retiree Reserve Trust Fund (Section 111(d), p. 61)

2. Grant program for wellness programs to small employers (Section 112, p. 62)

3. Grant program for State health access programs (Section 114, p. 72)

4. Program of administrative simplification (Section 115, p. 76)

5. Health Benefits Advisory Committee (Section 223, p. 111)

6. Health Choices Administration (Section 241, p. 131)

7. Qualified Health Benefits Plan Ombudsman (Section 244, p. 138)

8. Health Insurance Exchange (Section 201, p. 155)

9. Program for technical assistance to employees of small businesses buying Exchange coverage (Section 305(h), p. 191)

10. Mechanism for insurance risk pooling to be established by Health Choices Commissioner (Section 306(b), p. 194)

11. Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund (Section 307, p. 195)

12. State-based Health Insurance Exchanges (Section 308, p. 197)

13. Grant program for health insurance cooperatives (Section 310, p. 206)

14. "Public Health Insurance Option" (Section 321, p. 211)

15. Ombudsman for "Public Health Insurance Option" (Section 321(d), p. 213)

16. Account for receipts and disbursements for "Public Health Insurance Option" (Section 322(b), p. 215)

17. Telehealth Advisory Committee (Section 1191 (b), p. 589)

18. Demonstration program providing reimbursement for "culturally and linguistically appropriate services" (Section 1222, p. 617)

19. Demonstration program for shared decision making using patient decision aids (Section 1236, p. 648)

20. Accountable Care Organization pilot program under Medicare (Section 1301, p. 653)

21. Independent patient-centered medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302, p. 672)

22. Community-based medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302(d), p. 681)

23. Independence at home demonstration program (Section 1312, p. 718)

24. Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research (Section 1401(a), p. 734)

25. Comparative Effectiveness Research Commission (Section 1401(a), p. 738)

26. Patient ombudsman for comparative effectiveness research (Section 1401(a), p. 753)

27. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1412(b)(1), p. 784)

28. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for nursing facilities (Section 1412 (b)(2), p. 786)

29. Special focus facility program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1413(a)(3), p. 796)

30. Special focus facility program for nursing facilities (Section 1413(b)(3), p. 804)

31. National independent monitor pilot program for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities (Section 1422, p. 859)

32. Demonstration program for approved teaching health centers with respect to Medicare GME (Section 1502(d), p. 933)

33. Pilot program to develop anti-fraud compliance systems for Medicare providers (Section 1635, p. 978)

34. Special Inspector General for the Health Insurance Exchange (Section 1647, p. 1000)

35. Medical home pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1722, p. 1058)

36. Accountable Care Organization pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1730A, p. 1073)

37. Nursing facility supplemental payment program (Section 1745, p. 1106)

38. Demonstration program for Medicaid coverage to stabilize emergency medical conditions in institutions for mental diseases (Section 1787, p. 1149)

39. Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund (Section 1802, p. 1162)

40. "Identifiable office or program" within CMS to "provide for improved coordination between Medicare and Medicaid in the case of dual eligibles" (Section 1905, p. 1191)

41. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Section 1907, p. 1198)

42. Public Health Investment Fund (Section 2002, p. 1214)

43. Scholarships for service in health professional needs areas (Section 2211, p. 1224)

44. Program for training medical residents in community-based settings (Section 2214, p. 1236)

45. Grant program for training in dentistry programs (Section 2215, p. 1240)

46. Public Health Workforce Corps (Section 2231, p. 1253)

47. Public health workforce scholarship program (Section 2231, p. 1254)

48. Public health workforce loan forgiveness program (Section 2231, p. 1258)

49. Grant program for innovations in interdisciplinary care (Section 2252, p. 1272)

50. Advisory Committee on Health Workforce Evaluation and Assessment (Section 2261, p. 1275)

51. Prevention and Wellness Trust (Section 2301, p. 1286)

52. Clinical Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 1295)

53. Community Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 1301)

54. Grant program for community prevention and wellness research (Section 2301, p. 1305)

55. Grant program for research and demonstration projects related to wellness incentives (Section 2301, p. 1305)

56. Grant program for community prevention and wellness services (Section 2301, p. 1308)

57. Grant program for public health infrastructure (Section 2301, p. 1313)

58. Center for Quality Improvement (Section 2401, p. 1322)

59. Assistant Secretary for Health Information (Section 2402, p. 1330)

60. Grant program to support the operation of school-based health clinics (Section 2511, p. 1352)

61. Grant program for nurse-managed health centers (Section 2512, p. 1361)

62. Grants for labor-management programs for nursing training (Section 2521, p. 1372)

63. Grant program for interdisciplinary mental and behavioral health training (Section 2522, p. 1382)

64. "No Child Left Unimmunized Against Influenza" demonstration grant program (Section 2524, p. 1391)

65. Healthy Teen Initiative grant program regarding teen pregnancy (Section 2526, p. 1398)

66. Grant program for interdisciplinary training, education, and services for individuals with autism (Section 2527(a), p. 1402)

67. University centers for excellence in developmental disabilities education (Section 2527(b), p. 1410)

68. Grant program to implement medication therapy management services (Section 2528, p. 1412)

69. Grant program to promote positive health behaviors in underserved communities (Section 2530, p. 1422)

70. Grant program for State alternative medical liability laws (Section 2531, p. 1431)

71. Grant program to develop infant mortality programs (Section 2532, p. 1433)

72. Grant program to prepare secondary school students for careers in health professions (Section 2533, p. 1437)

73. Grant program for community-based collaborative care (Section 2534, p. 1440)

74. Grant program for community-based overweight and obesity prevention (Section 2535, p. 1457)

75. Grant program for reducing the student-to-school nurse ratio in primary and secondary schools (Section 2536, p. 1462)

76. Demonstration project of grants to medical-legal partnerships (Section 2537, p. 1464)

77. Center for Emergency Care under the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (Section 2552, p. 1478)

78. Council for Emergency Care (Section 2552, p 1479)

79. Grant program to support demonstration programs that design and implement regionalized emergency care systems (Section 2553, p. 1480)

80. Grant program to assist veterans who wish to become emergency medical technicians upon discharge (Section 2554, p. 1487)

81. Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (Section 2562, p. 1494)

82. National Medical Device Registry (Section 2571, p. 1501)

83. CLASS Independence Fund (Section 2581, p. 1597)

84. CLASS Independence Fund Board of Trustees (Section 2581, p. 1598)

85. CLASS Independence Advisory Council (Section 2581, p. 1602)

86. Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women's Health (Section 2588, p. 1610)

87. National Women's Health Information Center (Section 2588, p. 1611)

88. Centers for Disease Control Office of Women's Health (Section 2588, p. 1614)

89. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Women's Health and Gender-Based Research (Section 2588, p. 1617)

90. Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women's Health (Section 2588, p. 1618)

91. Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health (Section 2588, p. 1621)

92. Personal Care Attendant Workforce Advisory Panel (Section 2589(a)(2), p. 1624)

93. Grant program for national health workforce online training (Section 2591, p. 1629)

94. Grant program to disseminate best practices on implementing health workforce investment programs (Section 2591, p. 1632)

95. Demonstration program for chronic shortages of health professionals (Section 3101, p. 1717)

96. Demonstration program for substance abuse counselor educational curricula (Section 3101, p. 1719)

97. Program of Indian community education on mental illness (Section 3101, p. 1722)

98. Intergovernmental Task Force on Indian environmental and nuclear hazards (Section 3101, p. 1754)

99. Office of Indian Men's Health (Section 3101, p. 1765)

100.Indian Health facilities appropriation advisory board (Section 3101, p. 1774)

101.Indian Health facilities needs assessment workgroup (Section 3101, p. 1775)

102.Indian Health Service tribal facilities joint venture demonstration projects (Section 3101, p. 1809)

103.Urban youth treatment center demonstration project (Section 3101, p. 1873)

104.Grants to Urban Indian Organizations for diabetes prevention (Section 3101, p. 1874)

105.Grants to Urban Indian Organizations for health IT adoption (Section 3101, p. 1877)

106.Mental health technician training program (Section 3101, p. 1898)

107.Indian youth telemental health demonstration project (Section 3101, p. 1909)

108.Program for treatment of child sexual abuse victims and perpetrators (Section 3101, p. 1925)

109.Program for treatment of domestic violence and sexual abuse (Section 3101, p. 1927)

110.Native American Health and Wellness Foundation (Section 3103, p. 1966)

111.Committee for the Establishment of the Native American Health and Wellness Foundation (Section 3103, p. 1968)

A Generation of Sociopaths

The downfall of America will not come from the outside. It will come from the inside. It will happen because we failed to pass on to our children the values that made our nation great – and to remind them to pass those values on to their children.
A Generation of Sociopaths

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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Republicans Are Offering Better Solutions to Lower Health Care Costs

No government takeover, no $2 Trillion cost, no 1990 page indecipherable bill, no loss of freedom, no power grab by Congress, just plain common sense solutions, a "change we can believe in".

Here are four smart, fiscally-responsible reforms that we can implement today to lower costs and expand access to quality care:

· Number one: let individuals and families buy health insurance across state lines.

· Number two: allow individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do.

· Number three: give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs.

· Number four: end junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order not because they think it's good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.






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