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

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


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 :: 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

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)

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