Wednesday, September 30, 2009

That Brutal Attack on a Black Chicago Honor Student

Teens charged in brutal attack on Chicago honor student

Staff Reporter, The Daily Voice, Posted September 29, 2009 8:45

A Chicago honors student was beaten to death on Thursday as two rival gangs fought outside a community center in that city.

An amateur cell phone video posted on YouTube showed a young man being struck on the head by a young man with a long wooden board, then punched by another young man. (link)


Too many of our youth lost to gun violence

By Dwight Lewis, The Tennessean, Sunday, September 27 2009

Sometimes you just want to yell, stop it, stop it! We've got to stop it! We're losing too many of our children and teenagers to senseless deaths, senseless killings, senseless shootings.

We've got to stop it! We've got to get them to put away their guns, to value life. Too many of these children and teenagers are being shot down as if they were a deer or rabbit being hunted. We've got to stop it!


Commentary:

The above video and news story is disturbing, sickening, and frightening. To talk about bad timing, this does not bode well for Chicago being picked as the site for the 2016 Olympics. The Olympic pick however is a footnote to the tragedy of this story. I have seen news coverage of this story and feel sadness for the boy’s family. Apparently the victim in this story was a good kid and a good student and was just caught in wrong place at the wrong time. The wrong place and the wrong time was a bus stop on the way to school during the day.

What has happened to America that things like this are not so uncommon? The truth is that things like this are common, not "in America" but in the Black community. It is not just in Chicago that things like this happen. In Dwight Lewis's column above he list the eighteen homicides that have occurred this year to-date in which the victim was younger than 18. Most of the victims are Black kids murdered by other Black kids. Neither Nashville, nor Chicago is unique and unfortunately this is typical for the inner cities of America.

I have spent most of my adult life working closely with African Americans and working in the inner city. As a city councilman for eleven years, one of the neighborhoods I represented was a Black community. I also chaired the Federal Grants Review Committee of the Metro Council that had legislative oversight of Community Development issues and related topics so I had insight into what was going on in the Black community. As a previous employee of the local housing authority and in my current job as a housing counselor, I serve mostly Black clients. I have worked in the housing projects trying to provide services that lift people out of poverty. I have seen some successes. I have seen some people change their attitude and change their life, but for the most part I have seen failure.

There are lots of reasons and excuses why black poverty persist, and along with the poverty, the despair, violence and lawlessness. I don’t have the answer of how to change the Black community. I have some ideas about what brought us to this point and some thoughts about what we should be doing, but I really don’t know if any of it would make much difference. In the 90’s with Welfare reform I thought we were making a major step in the right direction. A program called HOPE VI, I thought was a small step, but a step in the right direction. I thought No Child Left Behind was perhaps another modest step in the right direction. The truth is that not much has changed. The Black community seems as hopeless and crime ridden as ever.

One of the reasons I became a “disgruntled” Republican is because my party ignored the problems of the inner city, when I felt that following up on welfare reform, we had an opportunity to make a real difference. I have been ashamed of Republican indifference. The last Republican who cared about Black people and urban problems was Jack Kemp. I wanted the party to have more Jack Kemps. As unhappy as I have been about the Republican Party’s policy of indifference I thought Republican indifference was preferable to Democratic policies that would foster further dependence. I want policies that will fundamentally change the nature of Black society and lift Blacks out of poverty, not programs that simply subsidize the poverty.

I did not expect much from President Obama that would really improve the Black community. Liberalism fosters greater dependence, which is the last thing the Black community needs. But I was hopeful that President Obama’s example of hard work, responsibility, stable intact family, and success would inspire. I was hopeful he would use the bully pulpit and his prestige to motivate change in Black America.

Instead of flying off to Copenhagen to pitch Chicago for the Olympics, I wish Obama would have gone to Chicago and pitched non-violence, lawfulness and responsibility and called attention to epidemic of youth violence that is taking its toll on the Black communities of America.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Seeking Common Ground on Health Care Reform

Since July, I’ve been trying to meet with the President to discuss health care. To this day and after three letters, faxes and emails, I have heard no word from the President’s office about a time to discuss this very important matter. I certainly understand the President is busy these days, so in an effort to help streamline his schedule – while upholding his latest pledge, “be there to listen” to serious proposals – I sent another request with other doctors to set a meeting. Last week, I sent the following letter, reiterating my request to the President for a meeting along with Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Republican doctors Tom Price (Ga.), Bill Cassidy (La.), and Jason Chaffetz (Utah):

As individuals who share your support for passing health care reform, we are
writing to reiterate our request to meet with you at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss what we believe are serious problems with the current approach being considered in H.R. 3200, the House version of health care reform legislation. We would also like to raise with you potential areas of common ground that can help make bipartisan health care reform a reality.

In your speech to our body last Wednesday, you stated, “If you come to me with a serious set of proposals, I will be there to listen. My door is always open.” We believe we have serious proposals that merit your consideration.

In the past two months, we have all individually requested to meet with you, but in an effort to try to accommodate your schedule, we would be willing to meet as a group, as we have many similar concerns.

We appreciate your commitment to enacting health care reform, and hope you will
work with us to find a mutually convenient time to have a discussion about our ideas.
Everyday there are news articles, polls and op-eds released showing serious concerns from people all over the country regarding the health care plan in Congress (H.R. 3200). In a study done by Investor’s Business Daily (IBD), physicians were asked the following question: Will the quality of care for seniors improve under health care reform currently being considered by Congress?

Of the 1,376 physicians polled who answered their survey, 65% said that
government reform would lead to lower-quality care for seniors.
Just 28%
said it would lead to better care for seniors, while 7% declined to answer. Even more troubling, IBD polled that two out of every three doctors oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington (H.R. 3200). In addition, the poll found that four of nine doctors, or 45%, said they “would consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement” if Congress passes the plan the Democratic majority and White House have in mind.

Congress needs to work together to come up with true health care reform that does not compromise care. I’m ready, willing and able to do that. I look forward to the chance to do that with my Congressional colleagues and the President. Please feel free to contact my office if we can be of assistance to you or your family. You can
contact my office by mail, email or phone. Our contact information can be
found on our website, http://www.roe.house.gov/.

Comment: I am more and more convinced that the President and the Democrats in Congress are less interested in solving the real health care crisis that faces this country than they are in grabbing power and expanding the public sector. There are numerous proposals that could reform health care without destroying the system we have now. These proposals are being ignored. The President is not interested in bi-partisan solutions. His appeal to bi-partisanshp is simply window dressing for a radical agenda. This is all about transforming the character of America, not about solving a serious problem.

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

For a look at a real 'angry mob' see the G-20 protesters.

For months now, the main stream media has been repeating the Democrat's talking points of painting Town Hall protesters and Tea Party participants as "astroturffers" organized by the insurance industry, and as racist, and as part of "an angry mob." I don't think the American people are buying it. The only violence reported in connection with the Town Hall/Tea Party protest was cases in which the anti-Obama protesters were the victims of violence. There was the case where two SEIU union thugs beat up a Black conservative protester in St. Louis and the case where a MoveOn member bit off the finger of an opponent. Except for these two incidents the Anti-Omaba protest have been relatively orderly and peaceful.

At the 9-12 March on Washington, there were between 75,000 and two million people, depending on whose numbers you want to believe, and there were no arrest. That does not sound like an angry mob to me. I have attended some of the Tea Party events here in Nashville and never felt like I was part of an angry mob. There was no violence and no vandalism. The feeling was like that of a high school football pep rally. When a Tea Party comes to town, no one boards up their windows.

For a look at what a real angry mob looks like see Comparing the Tea Parties to the G20 protests - the violence, destruction and hypocrisy of the Left.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Save the Boobs

Fight breast cancer. This is a public service announcement presented by A Disgruntled Republican.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

One in Six ....

A CEO was seeking to fill a position in his firm's research department. He had narrowed his search to three candidates, a mathematician, an accountant and a statistician. In individual interviews at the conclusion of each interview, he said to the interviewee: “ I have one final question. What is two plus two?”

The mathematician confidently smiled and said, “four.”

When the accountant was asked, he briefly hesitated and said, “four,” paused and said, “usually.”

The statistician glanced both directions, leaned in, lowered his voice and said, “what do you want it to be.”


Below are some interesting statistics with links to the source.

One in three Americans are unaware of Charles Darwin.

One in four Americans read no books last year.

One in four women have survived rape or attempted rape.

One in four children live in poverty.

One in four college students have a sexually transmitted disease.

At least one in five men in developed countries are at risk of abusing or becoming dependent on alcohol during their lifetimes.

One in five young women have experienced forced sexual intercourse.

One in five Americans Has Some Level of Disability.

One in six adults are without health insurance.

One in six Americans claim workplace bias.

One in six men are victims of child sexual abuse.

One in six American children are hungry.

One of every 6 American children is overweight or at risk of becoming overweight.

One in seven women will develop breast cancer.


I used to be much more believing of statistics. Several years ago there was an ad that was played repeatedly on the radio. I don't remember what organization they were promoting, but the ad went something like this: In a quite, low, serious tone, the narrator said, "It could be the person working the in the cubicle next to you, it could be the person your ride the bus with everyday but one out of 6 people are hungry."


Maybe it wasn't one in six, it could have been one in four or one is five or some other number, but it was a low number. Anyway, I didn't pay much attention the first couple of time I heard it, then I started thinking, "who do I know that is hungry?" I could not think of anyone that I thought may be hungry except people on a diet trying to loose weight. Sure, I believe there are hungry people, but not one if five, or whatever the number was.

After that I started paying attention to other statistics. The stats about what decease you will get is often based on unrealistic assumptions, such as you live to age X and you don't die with something else first.


The stats on rape and sexual abuse, I am very sceptical of and think they are politically motivated. A few years ago there was a report that their was a spike in domestic violence on Superbowl Sunday fueled by all of the testosterone of watching football. It turns out that that was not true.


I find it interesting that one is six children are overweight and that one in six are also hungry. I don't know how they came up with those statistics.

I am very unbelieving of statistics like the above. I tend to take them all with a grain of salt. I think people just pull stats out of the air to support their cause or they use such convoluted parameters and definitions that they may as well pull them out of the air or they are based on faulty primary data or poor sampling and methodology.

Is anyone else as sceptical as I?

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Monday, September 21, 2009

America's Future Foundation host David Boaz

America's Future Foundation America's Future Foundation - Nashville: Event Announcement

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THE PATH BACK TO LIBERTY:
David Boaz Discusses How Obama and the Left are Reuniting Free Market Thinkers

Join the Nashville chapter of America’s Future Foundation and Tennessee Center for Policy Research to hear David Boaz, executive vice president at The Cato Institute, discuss the path back to liberty in America.

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Time: 6:30 pm (meet and greet), 7:30 pm (David Boaz)

Location: Mulligan's Pub & Restaurant (117 2nd Ave. N., 37201)
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David has played a key role in the development of the Cato Institute and the libertarian movement. He is a provocative commentator and a leading authority on domestic issues such as education choice, drug legalization, the growth of government, and the rise of libertarianism. He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer, described by the Los Angeles Times as "a well-researched manifesto of libertarian ideas," the editor of The Libertarian Reader, and coeditor of the Cato Handbook For Policymakers. His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, National Review, and Slate. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows, and has appeared on ABC's Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, CNN's Crossfire, NPR's Talk of the Nation and All Things Considered, John McLaughlin's One on One, Fox News Channel, BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media. His latest book is The Politics of Freedom.
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The President is running out of demons


by Keith Deerkoski, The Tennessean, September 21, 2009

President Barack Obama and members of the Democratic Party are pushing their agenda ahead with force and certainty. Health care. Cap and trade. Stimulus. Card check. Executive pay limits. Controlling both houses of Congress and the executive branch and armed with a celebrated politician and orator, there should be no challenge to immediate and monumental change for this party.

Take health care. The Democrats should have already passed a bill. They don't need one Republican vote. So what happened? August happened. An "angry mob" was awakened, and a public uprising began. Why?

Comment: Excellent article. Deerkoski argues that the President has demonized his opponents and now has demonized so many people he is running out of demons. Keith Deerkoski is a local Nashville businessman who owns five local Dunkin Donot stores. He is a retired U. S. Marine Corp captain and graduate of the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Managment.

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An ACORN Comic Book

ACORN
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Reflections on the Liberty Rally

I have been energized and encouraged by the reemergence of the conservative movement as exemplified by Tea Parties and Town Hall protest. It seems the movement is growing by leaps and bounds and new organizations and websites are popping up all over the place. The 9/12 march on Washington may have been the largest march in over forty years. There is an energy in the air.

I share the same concerns as others in this grass roots uprising and feel a part of it. I am concerned about the government takeover of much of the financial sector, the auto industry and the attempt to nationalize health care; and, the ballooning national debt; and, the rule by Congressional unconfirmed “Czars”; and, the attempt to move the census bureau to the white house; and, the attempt to abolish the secrete ballot in unionization decisions; and, the attempt to gain power to commandeer the Internet and attempt to curtail free speech on talk radio.

Last night I attended a “liberty rally” in Nashville. I was looking forward to it and was pleased the Liberty Tour was making a stop in Nashville. If not for being out of town today to attend a wedding, I would be partaking in some of the workshops being put on by the organizations sponsoring the Liberty Tour.

I enjoyed the rally but at the same time felt a little unease. Dr. Bob Basso, who portrays Thomas Paine in numerous YouTube videos and personal appearances across the country was the primary spokesman for this event and preformed or spoke for about 45 minutes. He entered the hall from the back and made his way through the crowd in a path cleared for him by security. He was dressed in a revolutionary era custom and the revolutionary era melody of flute and drum music accompanied his move to the stage. He was entertaining. He interwove revolutionary war events and history with current events and issues.

I agreed with most of what he had to say. I cheered also. I also want to throw the bums out. I want to reduce the size of government, etc. etc. I want to “take my country back.” However, I have reservations about some of Basso’s performance. Near the beginning of his performance, Basso said something to this effect: “I have been called a community organiser and to a certain extend I guess I am but,” and here he paused and reached into his pocket and pulled out a piece of paper and held it up and said, “I am a community organiser with a birth certificate.” The audience cheered. Pardon me; I am not going there.

Later in his performance, he nearly advocated secession and resistance to paying taxes. Some of the people in this nation tried that secession thing about a hundred and forty years ago and it didn’t work out so well that time. I am not joining a call for secession. As far as not paying taxes, I am not sure how you do that with payroll deduction in place and anyway I don’t want to see the inside of a jail cell. That is too extreme for me.

I accept that sometimes rhetoric is overblown and excessive. I realize that any popular movement is going to have its extremist fringe. The labor movement, the antiwar movement, and civil rights movement had Communist party members active in those movements. The environmentalist movement has those who spike trees in order to injure loggers and they have people who sit fires to Hummers. The extreme does not define the movement. I accept that in any movement there are those who will push the envelope. I also realize that those who are critics of the movement will seize on the worst examples of excess and attempt to discredit the movement.

I left the event early, not out of disgust but because it was 7:30 and I had not had dinner. I left with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I was pleased to see a large turnout to oppose what is happening in this country. I was pleased to be in the company of like-minded people. On the other hand, I thought maybe they are not “like-minded people"; maybe they are too extreme for my taste. I was also disappointed because I feel that if the extremism is not curtailed the movement will be discredited.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Signs of an Angry Mob

Tea Party Signs, Angry Mob

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Tea Party Signs, Angry Mob

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

A guy goes into a bar....

A guy goes into a bar and there is a robot bartender. The robot says, "What will you have?" The guy says "Martini." The robot brings back the best martini ever and says to the man, "What's your IQ?" The guy says, "168." The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology.

The guy leaves, but he is curious, so he goes back into the bar. The robot bartender says, "What will you have?" The guy says, "Martini". Again, the robot makes a great martini, gives it to the man and says, "What's your IQ?" The guy says, "100." The robot then starts to talk
about NASCAR, Budweiser and John Deere tractors.

The guy leaves, but finds it very interesting, so he thinks he will try it one more time. He goes back into the bar. The robot says, "What will you have?" The guy says, "Martini", and the robot brings him another great martini. The robot then says, "What's your IQ?" The guy says, "Uh, about 50."

The robot leans in real close and says, "So... you people still happy you voted for Obama?"

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Video: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Calls For Bipartisanship

On Health Care:

"I would tell the President that it would truly be my hope, that on the issue of health care, that we would come together and work in a bipartisan manner for the good of the country and for the future of our children and precious grandchildren. Let us reduce, actually reduce, what the federal government is spending and begin to get our fiscal house in order."


Blackburn Soundbite #1: 9-12 Crowd Calls For Reduced Spending

"I think that this crowd is absolutely fantastic. I mean, a million people that bring a message to Washington that you spend too much, that you need to get your fiscal house in order, that we are tired of government having first right of refusal to our paychecks. I think this is fantastic."

Balckburn Soundbite 2: Asks People To Know What Is In The Bills

"I like to say that we are the party of know, K.N.O.W. Know what is in all of these bills."


Comment: I love Marsha Blackburn! She is smart, and principled and it doesn't hurt that she is so damn charming and cute. I would like to see Corker run for President and Marsha run for Corker's senate seat. After, eight years of a Corker Presidency, Marsha for President!

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Nashville Liberty Rally

American Liberty Tour
Tennessee Patriots,
The time is here! The American Liberty Alliance and the American Liberty Tour will be in Nashville for the Nashville Liberty Rally this Friday evening.

Come hear Joe the Plumber, Nashville's own Ken Marrero, Eric Odom of TaxDayTeaParty.com, Corie Whalen of the Boston tea Party, Erick Erickson of RedState.com, Caleb Howe of RedState.com, Adam Bitely of NetRightNation.com and many more!

The rally is scheduled to kick off at 6:00 PM on Friday evening,

at the following address: Nashville Municipal Auditorium
417 Fourth Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37201

ALSO!!!!!Don't forget to register online for the RootsHQ Conference happening in Nashville this Saturday. All Tennessee Residents get in for just $10 bucks.To get the discount, just use code "liberty" when you choose the regular registration.
Visit RootsHQ2009.com for more details and online registration.

Register/RSVP for the Activist Training and Liberty Rally Happening in Your Area
Among other topics, the Activist Training Program provides information on:
How to FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) state and local government bodies.
How to build a coalition for a cause.
How legislative and executive bodies work.
How to utilize new media.
Much, much more! REGISTER ONLINE FOR TRAINING
The American Liberty Rally in your area can be found on our RSVP here.
Make sure you RSVP online so we know you're coming!
RSVP FOR YOUR LOCAL LIBERTY RALLY

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Why not a President Corker?

By A.C. Kleinheider, The City Paper, Sept. 13, 2009

A little over a week ago a news organization finally asked Sen. Bob Corker straight up what many had been wondering: Are you thinking about running for President in 2012? As is oft the case with these things, the denial was vague with plenty of wiggle-room. His office is not working on it. His wife would be surprised if he ran — and so on. (link)

Comment: Run Bob, Run!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The ObamaCare Comic Book

ObamaCare,Health Care

ObamaCare,Health Care

ObamaCare,Health Care, tort reform
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ObamaCare,Health Care
ObamaCare,Health Care
ObamaCare,Health Care, Barack Obama

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Monday, September 14, 2009

ObamaCare Practitioners Revive Discarded Treatment

Please look at the medical devise below. Do you know what it is?

I am not making this up. This devise was used to perform a popular medical procedure from about 1745 until 1811. To read more about it, see Wikipedia's entry Tobacco Smoke Enema.

Tobacco Smoke Enema
This Old Tool has been reintroduced in Washington D.C. by the Obama Administration. Are you starting to feel it yet?

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Obama and the Cult of Personality

by Steven Cohen, Daily Grind, Sept. 14, 2009

While historians continue to be divided among the factual and the apocryphal, at the conclusion of the American Revolution, so the legend goes, George Washington was confronted by a movement within the Continental Army to declare him king. According to the story, a major proponent of the plan was Col. Lewis Nicola, a Frenchman who had fought under Washington alongside the colonists. The proposal was supported by a group of influential Army officers who evidently had little understanding of the man who had just led them to victory.

When Nicola put forth the idea for Washington's consideration, he received an immediate response laced with scorn and revulsion: "Let me conjure you then, if you have any regard for your country, concern for yourself or for posterity, or respect for me, to banish these thoughts from your mind and never communicate, as from yourself or any one else, a sentiment of like nature."

Thus did the nation's most revered Founding Father set the country on a democratic course that would explicitly reject the cult of personality. The ensuing centuries would produce dozens of American statesmen and scoundrels with unique qualities and defects that would capture the country's attention and occasionally even its collective imagination, from presidents like Jackson, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, JFK and Reagan, to demagogues like Huey Long and Joseph McCarthy. But unlike Argentina's enthrallment with Juan and Eva Peron as well as numerous other examples in South America, Europe and the Far East, America has never succumbed to the cult of personality by surrendering its liberties to any movement based on a pledge of unquestioned devotion and loyalty to the will of a single individual.

Perhaps for the first time in our history since Washington, the nation's present leader has come to power through the cult of personality, except this time he appears to welcome and encourage the movement surrounding him rather than reject it, as Washington did, in the interests of democracy. Barack Obama ran a campaign largely based on personal charisma as well as the promise of "change." As with most personality cults, he found a receptive audience among a restive electorate generally dissatisfied, if not disgusted, with the outgoing administration on many counts, including already out-of-control government spending and two wars that appeared to be going nowhere. The economy had already begun to crumble under the weight of a growing financial crisis. These were nearly perfect conditions for candidate Obama to seemingly parachute into the fray out of nowhere, armed with a studied "cool" demeanor, a genuine gift for eloquence, and a powerful ally in the news media that followed him with an unprecedented fawning obsequiousness that gave him a free pass on crucial issues such as legislative experience, personal judgment, and character.

Thus it is actually less remarkable than it seems that a very junior and untested politician, distinguished by nothing other than the most liberal voting record in the Senate during his very brief tenure, managed to get elected, tripping up a battle-hardened, doggedly determined Hillary Clinton in the primaries, and rocketing past a passé and enervated John McCain in the general election. It was a campaign run with a paucity of substance, relying instead on vague slogans and promises, fueled largely by the candidate's personal charm and verbal genius. A news media awash in moral rectitude over the county's ability to depart from its racist history and elect its first black president sealed the deal.

Encouraged by a huge victory based on an attractive but empty message, it should be no surprise that Mr. Obama, in his first six months, has embarked on a course apparently unencumbered by political comity, legal niceties, or fundamental fairness. That accounts for a number of unprecedented administration moves including ramming through vast expenditures of money for "stimulus" and bank bailouts; sinking tens of billions of taxpayer dollars into failing car companies largely as a political payback to unions; waving aside traditional bankruptcy principles and contract law, thereby impoverishing secured bondholders, again for the purpose of delivering to the unions; attempting to rush through a thousand-page healthcare "reform" monstrosity that runs contrary to the wishes of millions of Americans who do not want the government meddling in their personal health choices; endorsing the demonization of citizens who appear at public meetings to exercise their right to disagree with the mammoth expansion of government influence; enabling a thoroughly politicized Department of Justice to conduct a witch hunt among public servants who acted to protect the country during a time of maximum distress and vulnerability, thereby exposing America to future terrorists attacks and bloodshed; and conducting a foreign policy based on apologizing for American's supposed transgressions while "reaching out" to dictators, despots, and murderers in a blatant effort to appease them.

Having pulled off much of this extra-legal program nearly unimpeded, and thus convinced of the force of his personality and will, the president has proceeded to surround himself with a shadow government largely outside the purview of Congress or the public at large. This shadow government consists of literally several dozen appropriately-dubbed czars and czarinas who allegedly perform "duties" already amply covered by the various cabinet-level departments of government. They consist of a widely varied assortment, from bona fide experienced officials like Dennis Ross, a long-time Mideast diplomat, to numerous blatant political contribution paybacks, as well as ultra left-wing venom-spewers like "green jobs" czar Van Jones, a dedicated and openly-avowed racial instigator and socialist. It is, indeed, an eclectic collection, immune from congressional vetting and confirmation, and largely out of the public's sight.

In other countries and cultures, "strongmen" surround themselves with such individuals. Libya's Moammar Gadhafi and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez come to mind, both of whom are high on the list of Obama's "reach out and express contrition" list. And one should not forget the ousted president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, on whose behalf the Obama administration is pressuring the legal institutions of Honduras, which have acted according to that country's constitution and the wishes of its people, to welcome this power-hungry despot back with open arms.

The conventional wisdom, even among a media throng that remains large supportive of the president and his now patently socialist agenda, is that the administration's radical legislative initiative might unravel as the result of the significant public turbulence over the healthcare bill and its "public option." That view is somewhat simplistic and omits an important component of the present American public/Obama administration dynamic. Healthcare, of course, is a critically substantive issue in which the vast majority of Americans have an acute interest. Substance, of course, was never the strong suit of the Obama operation, either in its candidacy phase or in its present administrative form. That the public should become disenchanted with genuine policy positions, then, whether they involve healthcare, the economy, taxes, deficit spending, or the general role of government, is hardly shocking. It may simply be a case of voters beginning to discover that the governing agenda of the candidate they elected does not align with their own interests and values.

The far more telling event that perhaps represents a growing rift between the president and his fellow citizens occurred just this week, and it was an episode that had nothing to do with legislative initiatives or public policies to which voters might object. Instead, it was an effort by the president that seemed to strike a nerve among a populace imbued with a historical rejection of the cult of personality. Thus, what has normally been an almost controversy-free tradition of a president addressing school children on their fall return has turned into the latest White House misadventure. Parents have raised objections all over the country, and many, if not most, local school boards are making attendance optional. The strongest objections, of course, are in largely Republican strongholds, where many districts have decided to not air his message at all. But an ambivalent, if not unreceptive response, is taking place nationally.

It is testimony to the growing general distrust of the president—on a personal rather than political basis—that many parents have viewed his speech as an effort to indoctrinate children with his radical thinking. The president did not help his case by suggesting to teachers that they formulate lesson plans in which students would be assigned to write letters to themselves on what they can do to "help the president." This only added fuel to the fire of parents' suspicions that the speech was nothing more than a thinly-veiled effort to gently nudge children into the cult of Obama. One parent on a nationally-televised news program asked why she should give access to her school-aged child to "someone I don't trust."

Putting aside all of the partisan conflicts and controversy over a host of legislative issues, the American public—on its own and away from Congress—is beginning to display a decided distrust of a politician who based his candidacy—and now his presidency—on a personality cult.

Comment: I agree and have expressed similar views. The adoration that many have for President Obama is indeed frightening.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Was Joe Wilson Right? Will illegal Immigrants be covered under Obamacare?

I am as adamantly opposed to the current proposals for "reforming" health care as anyone, but the truth does matter. Like a lot of issues surrounding the proposed health care reform, the answer to the question of whether or not it covers illegal immigrants is not absolutely clear, but the preponderance of evidence indicates that the proposals for health care reform would not cover illegal immigrants in any significant number. This from FactCheck.org:

The House bill (the only bill to be formally introduced in its entirety)specifically says that no federal money would be spent on giving illegal immigrants health coverage:
"H.R. 3200: Sec 246 — NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS

Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on
behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States."

The Christian Science Monitor has this to say: "Obama was correct in asserting that illegal immigrants would be barred from receiving subsidized health benefits by language included in all proposed Democratic reform bills. A recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) report that looked at this issue noted, for instance, that to be eligible for help under the House health reform bill, “individuals must be lawfully present in a state in the United States.”

Does that settle it? No, not quite. According to Politfact.com: "the bill does not include a mechanism for verifying citizenship. So illegal immigrants would have the chance to purchase insurance in the public option.." This assumes the final bill provides a public option.

So, would some illegal immigrant get subsidized health care? Probably. Very many? Probably not.

One thing that opponents of the proposed health care reform should keep in mind is that now there are laws on the books that require hospitals to treat ill people who arrive at the hospital, regardless of immigration status. That would not change under the current proposals. Providing health care at emergency rooms is not a very efficient means of delivering health care. We who pay taxes and who pay insurance premiums now pay for that service for those without insurance who get their health care at emergency rooms.

I have talked to nurses and others knowledgeable people who complain about the large number of illegal immigrants clogging emergency rooms. I know that it is a problem. I, however, would not support laws that would turn away a severely ill or injured person regardless of immigration status.

Another thing to keep in mind is that many illegal immigrants currently have private insurance. Many illegal immigrants have credit cards, own homes, pay taxes, and otherwise participate in the American economy. Nothing under the proposed laws would prohibit them from continuing to have private insurance.

I work for a non-profit organization that is next door to a public health clinic and a WIC (women, infants and children) store. The organization I work for also offers English as a Second Language classes and has other connections with providers of services to immigrants. I know for a fact that pregnant illegal immigrant women who qualify get free pre-natal care and WIC vouchers with which they purchase food. After the child is born, the child is an American citizens. The child then gets free medical care if the family qualifies and the family continues to get WIC vouchers to purchase food for the child. One may not like it, but that is what is in place now.

The issue of "anchor babies" and the issue of illegal immigration are serious issues. I support securing our borders and stopping the flow of illegal immigrants into this country. However, I also think that we need comprehensive immigration reform as was proposed by former President George W. Bush. The issue of what to do with the twelve to twenty million illegal immigrants in this county is a separate issue from the issue of health care reform.

On balance it looks like Obama is right and Joe Wilson is wrong. From all I can discover, the concern that health care reform would cover large number of immigrants is unfounded. There are plenty of reasons to oppose Obamacare; the immigration issue is not one of them.

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Joe Wilson, the Heckler

Sherry at Lipstick Election posted an insightful article today on the Joe Wilson incident. Sherry says she has known Joe Wilson for 39 years and used to regularly play cards with him. She is surprised by his behaviour. Below is an excerpt from her post:

The Joe Wilson I knew then and now is not the congressman I saw yell out during the president’s speech to Congress on Wednesday night.

Joe is one of the most non-confrontational people I’ve ever known. He is friendly, polite, easy-going and generally not argumentative. He has always been one to stand firmly for his principles without being belligerent.
Follow the link to read the balance of Sherry's post and my comment. I agree with Sherry that Wilson's yelling out "You lie" during the President's address was inappropriate. He has apologised, the President accepted his apology and that should end it. I hope the Democrats do try to censure him however. It they do, it will backfire.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Analysis of President Obama’s Speech to Congress on Healthcare

Tennessee Center for Policy Research, Sept. 10, 2009

Based on a compilation of independent sources, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has analyzed President Obama’s September 9th speech to a joint session of Congress outlining his new healthcare plan. That analysis is below:

The President Said: “[B]uying insurance on your own costs you three times as much as the coverage you get from your employer.”
The Reality Is: “Premiums for employment-based plans are expected to average about $5,000 per year for single coverage and about $13,000 per year for family coverage in 2009. Premiums for policies purchased in the individual insurance market are, on average, much lower—about one-third lower for single coverage and one-half lower for family policies.”1

The President Said: “There are now more than thirty million American citizens who cannot get [health insurance] coverage.”
The Reality Is: As many as 75% of the uninsured could afford coverage, meaning that less than 10 million uninsured Americans may be unable to afford coverage.2

The President Said: “In just a two year period, one in every three Americans goes without health care coverage at some point…More and more Americans worry that if you move, lose your job, or change your job, you'll lose your health insurance too.”
The Reality Is: This is a problem because health insurance is directly tied to employer based coverage. If Americans received the same tax benefits for obtaining individual coverage as their employers, they could take their health insurance with them when they left or lost their job. The President’s proposal not only fails to address the serious problems with employer-based coverage, it promotes it heavily.

The President Said: “We spend one-and-a-half times more per person on health care than any other country, but we aren't any healthier for it.”
The Reality Is: While Americans do in fact spend more on healthcare than any other nation, “[w]hen you compare the outcomes for specific diseases, the United States clearly outperforms the rest of the world. Whether the disease is cancer, pneumonia, heart disease, or AIDS, the chances of a patient surviving are far higher in the United States than in other countries.”3

The President Said: “[I]f you are among the hundreds of millions of Americans who already have health insurance through your job, Medicare, Medicaid, or the VA, nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have. Let me repeat this: nothing in our plan requires you to change what you have.”
The Reality Is: Many employers will be forced to modify their plans to meet the new government standards and still others will simply drop coverage for their employees, forcing employees to obtain their own coverage or join the government-run plan. The
Urban Institute estimates that up to 47 million Americans will lose their current coverage, while the Lewin Group estimates that as many as 114 million Americans’ coverage will be dropped.4

The President Said: “[Insurance companies] will no longer be able to place some arbitrary cap on the amount of coverage you can receive in a given year or a lifetime. We will place a limit on how much you can be charged for out-of-pocket expenses, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they get sick. And insurance companies will be required to cover, with no extra charge, routine checkups and preventive care, like mammograms and colonoscopies…”
The Reality Is: Forcing insurance companies to eliminate caps and cover routine treatments will drastically increase health insurance costs and compel insurance companies to skimp on important and necessary treatments. Individuals can purchase coverage for the treatments mentioned, but it should be optional, not compulsory.

The President Said: “[U]nder my plan, individuals will be required to carry basic health insurance…”
The Reality Is: Despite the fact that the President pledged not to raise taxes on those making less than $250,000 a year, a senior member of his own Administration admits that a mandate “will act as a very regressive tax, penalizing uninsured people who genuinely cannot afford to buy coverage.”5

The President Said: “[A]n additional step we can take to keep insurance companies honest is by making a not-for-profit public option available in the insurance exchange.”
The Reality Is: Public entities never compete on a level playing field with private companies. First, public entities have an unlimited supply of investors—the American taxpayer. Second, the public entities set the rules that the private companies must abide by, giving them an unfair advantage. A public option would actually “reduce competition by driving lower-cost private health plans out of business.”6

The President Said: “I have insisted that like any private insurance company, the public insurance option would have to be self-sufficient and rely on the premiums it collects.”
The Reality Is: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were also intended to be self-sufficient, but they have been bailed out and could eventually cost taxpayers upwards of $200 billion.7

The President Said: “I will make sure that no government bureaucrat or insurance company bureaucrat gets between you and the care that you need.”
The Reality Is: Actually, the President proposes setting up a bureaucracy between patients and doctors, called the Independent Medicare Advisory Council. This new body “would enhance Medicare’s ability to deny care to the elderly and disabled based on government bureaucrats’ arbitrary valuations of those patients’ lives.”8

The President Said: “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits - either now or in the future.”
The Reality Is: The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the leading current plan, H.R. 3200, will increase the deficit by $239 billion over the next ten years alone.9

The President Said: “This reform will charge insurance companies a fee for their most expensive policies.”
The Reality Is: While geared toward “Cadillac” insurance policies, this fee will be passed on to consumers, so those forced to purchase expensive policies because they are unhealthy or need expansive treatment will be hit the hardest.

1 “Key Issues in Analyzing Major Health Insurance Proposals,” Congressional Budget Office, Dec. 2008, p. XIV.
2 M. Kate Bundorf and Mark V. Pauly, “Is health insurance affordable for the uninsured?,” National Bureau of
Economic Research, No. 9281, October 2002.
3 Michael Tanner, “The Grass Is Not Always Greener: A Look at National Health Care Systems Around the
World,” Cato Institute, No. 613, March 18, 2008, p. 5.
4 John Holahan and Linda J. Blumberg, “Is the Public Plan Option a Necessary Part of Health Reform?,” Urban
Institute, June 26, 2009, p. 8; “Analysis of the July 15 draft of The American Affordable Health Choices Act of
2009,” The Lewin Group, July 17, 2009.
5 Sherry A. Glied, Ph.D., “Universal Coverage One Head at a Time — The Risks and Benefits of Individual
Health Insurance Mandates.”
6 Michael F. Cannon, “Fannie Med? Why a "Public Option" Is Hazardous to Your Health,” Cato Institute, No.
642, July 27, 2009.
7 “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Bailouts of $200 Billion?,” New York Times, July 23, 2009.
8 Michael F. Cannon, “Sorry folks, Sarah Palin is (partly) right,” Detroit Free Press, August 19, 2009.
9 Congressional Budget Office, (accessed September 10, 2009).



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Van Jones Comic Book volumn II

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A Watermellon is Green on the outside and red on the inside.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Who is Van Jones

Isn't it interested how liberals consider it "smear tactics" when you use one of their own's own words to expose them? Arianna Huffington calls the exposé of Jones a "vile and vicious smear campaign." Keith Olberman calls Jones' critics racist. Other liberals are equally defensive of Jones and critical of his critics.

Jones has spoken openly of his becoming a communist. In speaking of the period in his life in which he moved further leftward he has stated, "By August, I was a communist." He does not view that as a mistake or something he views with regret or shame but simply states it factually. He is an unrepentant communist. He has said that he has since changed his tactics from his days as a rowdy Black nationalist radical, but not his views. He says he still considers himself a revolutionary.

Those that defend Jones do not deny that Van Jones is a communist and an anarchist and a 9-11 truther, they just think it is smear tactic to mention it. Despite history's record of the Communism experiment; despite the undeniable fact that Mao and Stalin are each responsible for many more deaths than Hitler, many American liberals still have a soft spot in their heart for communism and prefer communist to anti-communist. In their view it is cool to be a communist. The way they see it, Communist are just really committed progressives. They view being a communist as a noble thing and a mark of one's commitment to some sort of social justice. I can only assume that President Obama shares that view.

God help us.

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How Washington Politicians see the World


by award-winning cartoonist William Warren

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