Saturday, July 18, 2009

Senate Democrats Reject Public Option for Themselves

Senate Democrats voted in committee Tuesday to reject submitting themselves and their staffs to the Public Health Plan Option.

The Wall Street Journal via Maggie's Farm:

On Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a two-page amendment courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn that would require all Members and their staffs to enroll in any new government-run health plan. Yet all Democrats -- with the exceptions of acting chairman Chris Dodd, Barbara Mikulski and Ted Kennedy via proxy -- voted nay.

In other words, Sherrod Brown and Sheldon Whitehouse won't themselves join a plan that "will offer benefits that are as good as those available through private insurance plans -- or better," as the Ohio and Rhode Island liberals put it in a recent op-ed. And even a self-described socialist like Vermont's Bernie Sanders, who supports a government-only system, wouldn't sign himself up.
Only a private sector health plan, WellPoint, is good enough for Congressional Democrats and their staffs. The public option is good enough for the great unwashed masses.



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Friday, July 17, 2009

Walter Cronkite Dead at 92... That's the way it is.


The man who lost the Vietnam War, Walter Cronkite, CBS News anchor, died today in his Manhattan home at 7:42p.m. of cerebral vascular disease.

He was the face and voice of news for most Americans during the 1960s through to 1981 when he retired , turning the anchor desk over to the much inferior Dan Rather. It was his voice we remember when the death of President John Kennedy was announced and his face we see taking off his black-rimmed glasses to wipe away a tear.

It's the unabashed childlike thrill in his voice as we heard the description of man's first landing on the Moon, "Oh boy! Whew!" was all he could say when the Lunar Lander touched the lunar surface. While Neil Armstrong walked the Moon, Cronkite said, "Look at those pictures, wow!" It is well that NASA released digitally restored film of the Apollo 11 Moon landing earlier this week.

Despite the years of distinction, and the reputation of being "the most trusted man in America", many Americans would never forgive him for losing the Vietnam War. After returning from personally from Vietnam, he editorialized that America was "...mired in stalemate." His words were interpreted as America was and had lost the war. Support for the war was still fairly high in 1968, but support collapsed. President Lyndon Johnson said, "I have lost Walter Cronkite, I have lost the war." It was Cronkite who, in a private event speech, coined the idea of "quagmire" in reference to real imagined unwinnable wars.
WALTER CRONKITE'S "WE ARE MIRED IN STALEMATE" BROADCAST, FEBRUARY 27, 1968

Tonight, back in more familiar surroundings in New York, we'd like to sum up our findings in Vietnam, an analysis that must be speculative, personal, subjective. Who won and who lost in the great Tet offensive against the cities? I'm not sure. The Vietcong did not win by a knockout, but neither did we. The referees of history may make it a draw. Another standoff may be coming in the big battles expected south of the Demilitarized Zone. Khesanh could well fall, with a terrible loss in American lives, prestige and morale, and this is a tragedy of our stubbornness there; but the bastion no longer is a key to the rest of the northern regions, and it is doubtful that the American forces can be defeated across the breadth of the DMZ with any substantial loss of ground. Another standoff. On the political front, past performance gives no confidence that the Vietnamese government can cope with its problems, now compounded by the attack on the cities. It may not fall, it may hold on, but it probably won't show the dynamic qualities demanded of this young nation. Another standoff.

We have been too often disappointed by the optimism of the American leaders, both in Vietnam and Washington, to have faith any longer in the silver linings they find in the darkest clouds. They may be right, that Hanoi's winter-spring offensive has been forced by the Communist realization that they could not win the longer war of attrition, and that the Communists hope that any success in the offensive will improve their position for eventual negotiations. It would improve their position, and it would also require our realization, that we should have had all along, that any negotiations must be that -- negotiations, not the dictation of peace terms. For it seems now more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate. This summer's almost certain standoff will either end in real give-and-take negotiations or terrible escalation; and for every means we have to escalate, the enemy can match us, and that applies to invasion of the North, the use of nuclear weapons, or the mere commitment of one hundred, or two hundred, or three hundred thousand more American troops to the battle. And with each escalation, the world comes closer to the brink of cosmic disaster.

To say that we are closer to victory today is to believe, in the face of the evidence, the optimists who have been wrong in the past. To suggest we are on the edge of defeat is to yield to unreasonable pessimism. To say that we are mired in stalemate seems the only realistic, yet unsatisfactory, conclusion. On the off chance that military and political analysts are right, in the next few months we must test the enemy's intentions, in case this is indeed his last big gasp before negotiations. But it is increasingly clear to this reporter that the only rational way out then will be to negotiate, not as victors, but as an honorable people who lived up to their pledge to defend democracy, and did the best they could.

This is Walter Cronkite. Good night.

However one feels about that editorial and that war, we cannot deny the Walter Cronkite invented the news anchorman role. In some countries, the word for "anchorman" is derived from his name - in Sweden it is Kronkiters and Holland it's Cronkiters. Nor, can we of a certain age deny he was a very important fixture in our lives, a man who, like LIFE magazine photos, shaped our opinions and memories. Now his part of history.

That's the way it is.



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Obama v. Obama Smackdown

The only downside to Obama v. Obama is that Obama can only win. It's the American people and America that lose.


From House Republican Conference via American Power Blog.

The so-called Stimulus Package has failed and failed miserably. Unemployment continues to rise and in some States the unemployment rate is approaching Great Depression levels. Obama continues to claim his programs are working. They are not. Millions of people, good hard working people, have lost real world jobs and here in the blogosphere many have lost real world jobs to the Stimulus Package, myself included.

Hope and change got us into this mess; hope and change will get us out. Hope for a better tomorrow and a change in government leadership back to the adults.



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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Nine Dead Found in Jakarta Bombings

American ABC News, the British Sun, and Australian The Age are reporting 9 dead, 50 injured in the Friday morning hotel attacks in Jakarta.

Two former senior U.S. officials who dealt directly with issues of terror in Indonesia say the bombings in Jakarta today bear the trademarks of the al Qaeda-connected Group Jemayah Islamiya, whose top bomb-maker, Noordin Top, has been at large and feared preparing a new attack.

Police officers inspect the damage after an explosion went off at Marriott hotel in Jakarta,...

Police officers inspect the damage after an explosion went off at Marriott hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, July 17, 2009. Bombs exploded at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in the Indonesian capital on Friday, ripping the facade off the Ritz, police said.

The bombings, in which twin bombs detonated at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in central Jakarta, are suspected to have been coordinated by Top.

Former White House counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke, now an ABC News consultant, said the virtually simultaneous attacks and current intelligence point to the involvement of Top, who he called one "He is one of the most wanted men in Asia."


UPDATE:

Jakarta Globe

Nine people have been killed in explosions at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in South Jakarta, according to Coordinating Minister for Law, Politics and Security Widodo AS.

Widodo said the blasts were caused by high explosives. One explosion happened in the Marriott restaurant near the lobby. Six people died there, he said.

The explosion at the Ritz, minutes later, also occurred in a restaurant. Two people were killed there.

One person died later in a hospital.

The minister said 42 people were being treated at hospitals for injuries. Twenty were listed as Indonesians and 19 as foreigners.

Eight Dead in Jakarta Blasts

The Jakarta Globe:

Eight people have been killed in nearly simultaneous explosions at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Marriott Hotel in central Jakarta on Friday, police said.

Four died at the Marriott and four at the Ritz.


29 are reported to be in hospital.

UPDATE:

Death toll has been returned to SIX. More fatalities could not be confirmed. More rubble is being cleared and more dead an dinjured may be found.

VIDEO: Hotel bombings in Jakarta

VIDEO: Hotel bombings in Jakarta

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Marriott Blasted, Then Ritz

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BOMB have exploded at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in Jakarta, reportedly killing at least six people. A witness has told the Associated Press that he saw four bodies inside the Marriott, which was also the scene of a bombing in 2003 which killed 16 people.

It was later reported that all of those killed were foreigners.

At least one Australian has been injured in the attack.

An Australian man told local Radio 2UE his son had been hurt at the Marriott and was being taken to hospital, but apart from his leg injury, was "otherwise okay".

"He was in the explosion and he was bleeding from the left leg, although from what I can gather the injury is not serious,'' he said.

"He lost his hearing in one ear, but he thinks he will recover from that, and he's on his way to hospital. He's OK."

Witnesses said the Marriott blast was the first, sending debris flying to the surrounding streets.

Minutes later, the Ritz-Carlton, directly across the road, was targeted.

Police are yet to confirm if the blasts were caused by bombs, but the sequence of the explosions bears the hallmarks of similar al-Qaeda attacks.

Jakarta Bomb Toll Climbs

Jakarta hospital doctor says 6 dead, 18 injured in blasts at Ritz-Carlton, Marriott hotels.

Associated Press

Aussie Warned JI Would Attack

Australian security warned of Jemaah Islamiyah attack in a report yesterday.

The Canberra Times:


A day before two bombs ripped apart hotels in Jakarta, an Australian security report warned that terror group Jemaah Islamiyah could be set to strike again.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) said the group could be gaining strength following an effective police crackdown resulting in the arrest and execution of some members.

This could happen as unreconciled militants released from jail at the end of their sentences gravitated towards hardline JI offshoots continuing to advocate al-Qaeda style attacks against western targets, the study says.

The prediction came true today, with bombs exploding at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in the Indonesian capital, ripping the facade off the Ritz and injuring several people.

ASPI security analyst Carl Ungerer and director of the International Institute for Peacebuilding in Jakarta Noor Huda Ismail said the execution of the three Bali bombing perpetrators on November 9 last year might prompt these groups into action.

"The death by firing squad of Imam Samudra, Mukhlas and Amrozi will clearly not stop the spread of their ideology," the report said.

"The group will perceive the execution as a sacred date to be leveraged in order to attract new support and recruits."


SLIDESHOW from News Nine MSN.

Islamist Jemaah Islamiah Blamed for Bombings


Four foreigners dead... terror group Jemaah Islamiah blamed

Channel News Asia

Explosions rock Jakarta hotels
Posted 33 minutes ago
Updated 8 minutes ago


Police say at least four foreigners have been killed in explosions at two hotels in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.

"There were explosions heard from two separate places, one the JW Marriott, the other in the Ritz Carlton. We are still trying to check because right now we are still helping the victims," South Jakarta Police Chief Firman Santyabudi told Metro TV.

Witnesses told ElShinta radio they could see injured people being evacuated by car from the Ritz Carlton hotel in the upscale Mega Kuningan business district in the centre of the city.

An AFP correspondent said police have sealed off the area near the two hotels.

A witness reported seeing bodies inside the Marriott as debris and shattered glass littered the street outside the neighbouring hotels.

The South East Asian terrorist network Jemaah Islamiah has been blamed for the attacks.

Update:

Police sealed off the area near the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott hotels, an AFP correspondent said. Windows had been blown out of a second-storey restaurant at the Ritz Carlton.

"I heard two sounds like 'boom, boom' coming from the Marriott and the Ritz-Carlton. Then I saw people running out," security guard Eko Susanto told AFP.

Police had sealed off the area near the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott, an AFP correspondent said.

Witness Intan told TV One one of the explosions wrecked the lobby of the Plaza Mutiara building.

"I was having breakfast on level 16, I heard an explosion and went down to the first floor and it was a mess. I saw foreigners all bloody, about three to five of them, badly wounded," she said.

The explosions rocked the area around 8:00 am (0100 GMT) near the site of a 2003 bombing by Islamist militants of the JW Marriott hotel, which killed 12 people.

"I saw some people being carried into a Mercedes. There were a lot of them in there, they were having trouble closing the doors," a witness, who gave her name as Mery, told ElShinta.

Jakarta Hotels Bombed Minutes Ago, 4 Dead


Associated Press:

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Bombs have exploded at the Ritz-Carlton and Marriott hotels in the Indonesian capital on Friday, ripping the facade off the Ritz. Police say at least four people are injured.

Debris and shattered glass littered the street outside the neighboring hotels in an upscale Jakarta neighborhood. Ambulances were being shuttled into the area.

A man jogging by the hotels said he first heard a loud explosion at the Marriott. Five minutes later, a bomb followed at the Ritz.

Alex Asmasubrata said he saw four bodies inside the Marriott. One had its stomach blown out. An Associated Press reporter saw three injured taken away from the Ritz.

Police, however, would only confirm four people were injured.

The Marriott hotel was attacked in 2003, when 12 died. Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah was blamed in that blast.

The Courier-Mail

INDONESIA'S Metro TV reported an explosion was heard and felt this morning at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Kuningan, Jakarta.

Another explosion has been reported at the Marriott hotel.

The Associated Press reports the facade of the Ritz-Carlton was blown off and three injured people have been taken away.

"Some windows of the Ritz-Carlton building have been shattered, mostly on the lower section," Myra Junor, who works at a nearby building said.

"I'm looking at it from my office."

The Herald Sun:

UPDATE 11.46am: FOUR people have reportedly been killed after bombs exploded outside two hotels in Jakarta.

The bombs exploded outside the Marriott Hotel and the Ritz Carlton Hotel, blowing the facade off the Ritz Carlton, Associated Press reported.

An Associated Press reporter saw three injured taken away from the Ritz.

"Some windows of the Ritz-Carlton building have been shattered, mostly on the lower section. I'm looking at it from my office," said Myra Junor, who works at a nearby building, told Indonesia's Metro TV.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said they were with officials to see if any Australians were invovled.

The bombings almost six years after 12 people were killed and 150 were injured in a bombing at the Marriott Hotel by terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah.

American Hotels Attacked in Jakarta

REPORTS JUST COMING IN --

Two American hotels, the Marriot and Ritz Carlton hotels, in Jakarta, Indonesia have been bombed. Three people are reported killed. No claims of responsibility have been made.



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Keep Talking, Joe... Please!


The Vice President Joe "Joey Plugs" Biden was at an Alexandria, VA Town Hall Meeting today. He addressed a crowd of AARP members who had been bussed in for the event, apparently because the organization of old people endorse the $1.5 trillion Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009.

According to CNSNews.com,

Vice President Joe Biden told people attending an AARP town hall meeting that unless the Democrat-supported health care plan becomes law the nation will go bankrupt and that the only way to avoid that fate is for the government to spend more money.

“And folks look, AARP knows and the people with me here today know, the president knows, and I know, that the status quo is simply not acceptable,” Biden said at the event on Thursday in Alexandria, Va. “It’s totally unacceptable. And it’s completely unsustainable. Even if we wanted to keep it the way we have it now. It can’t do it financially.”

“We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation,” Biden said.

“Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’” Biden said. “The answer is yes, that's what I’m telling you."
Go, Joe! That's the way you do it. Scare the crap out of the old folks, then do it again. And one more time for the hell of it. Yeah!

Then lie...

Joey Plugs told the group that ObamaCare health plan would not stop anybody from choosing the health care insurance they want in direct contradiction of H.B. 3200 which clearly states that private health insurance companies cannot continue issuing policies after the law takes effect as pointed out in my post of this morning, Co-Opted Private Health Care Option. He went on to say that if you desire health care insurance, but cannot afford it, health care insurance will be provided by the government (why does that sound familiar?).

But, that's not the good part of the story. The good part comes in the comments section when at least three liberals who supported and voted for Messiah Obama come to their senses.

guido (43 minutes ago)
PLEASE let me apologize to all America for having voted for President Obama. My entire family voted for and sent donations to him. Come November 2010, we promise to correct our stupid mistake. Thank you and God Bless America.

b l o w j o b (51 minutes ago)
I am 1 of the dumbshits that voted for B.O. I was duped! I now have been learning bout r country and now I find I made a grave error voting the way I did. I am 22yrs old and must say I am sorry. I screwed up!

brigitteyee (1 hour ago)
i have crossed over the line. I now hate the obama administration. lets see his birth certificate before he goes ONE step further, or i am not obeying any laws put out by the illegal kenyan !
Guido, Blowjob, and Brigitte Yee - welcome home from the Dark Side.

So, Joe, you just keep on talking, buddy. You're doin' a heck offa job. You are the Republican's best defense and greatest weapon because you're a moron.





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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Co-Opted Private Health Care Option


Obama was asked repeatedly at the June 23, 2009 press conference about the public option component for health care insurance. When reporters suggested the government plan would be able to offer health coverage at lower cost, Obama dismissed the question and the critics as illogical. Crooks and Liars provide the transcript and video:


Q: Won't that drive private insurers out of business?

THE PRESIDENT: Why would it drive private insurers out of business? If private insurers say that the marketplace provides the best quality healthcare, if they tell us that they're offering a good deal, then why is it that the government -- which they say can't run anything -- suddenly is going to drive them out of business? That's not logical.
Obama lied.

Investors Business Daily discovered on Page 16 of the 1,018 page H. R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 a provision that actually times private health care coverage out of existence. IBD was unsure they had understood the section and verified their conclusion with the House Ways and Means Committee.


The provision would indeed outlaw individual private coverage. Under the Orwellian header of "Protecting The Choice To Keep Current Coverage," the "Limitation On New Enrollment" section of the bill clearly states:

"Except as provided in this paragraph, the individual health insurance issuer offering such coverage does not enroll any individual in such coverage if the first effective date of coverage is on or after the first day" of the year the legislation becomes law.

So we can all keep our coverage, just as promised — with, of course, exceptions: Those who currently have private individual coverage won't be able to change it. Nor will those who leave a company to work for themselves be free to buy individual plans from private carriers.
The full and exact wording is:


1 SEC. 102. PROTECTING THE CHOICE TO KEEP CURRENT

2 COVERAGE.

3 (a) GRANDFATHERED HEALTH INSURANCE COV

4 ERAGE DEFINED.—Subject to the succeeding provisions of

5 this section, for purposes of establishing acceptable cov

6 erage under this division, the term ‘‘grandfathered health

7 insurance coverage’’ means individual health insurance

8 coverage that is offered and in force and effect before the

9 first day of Y1 if the following conditions are met:

10 (1) LIMITATION ON NEW ENROLLMENT.—

11 (A) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in

12 this paragraph, the individual health insurance

13 issuer offering such coverage does not enroll

14 any individual in such coverage if the first ef

15 fective date of coverage is on or after the first

16 day of Y1.

17 (B) DEPENDENT COVERAGE PER

18 MITTED.—Subparagraph (A) shall not affect

19 the subsequent enrollment of a dependent of an

20 individual who is covered as of such first day.

21 (2) LIMITATION ON CHANGES IN TERMS OR

22 CONDITIONS.—Subject to paragraph (3) and except

23 as required by law, the issuer does not change any

24 of its terms or conditions, including benefits and

25 cost-sharing, from those in effect as of the day be

26 fore the first day of Y1.
The full 1,018 page bill: H. R. 3200 To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes.

Private insurers are not only restricted to the insured on the rolls before the first day of Year 1, but they also cannot make changes to the existing policies. Timed out and obsoleted, and Obama says it's "not logical" to conclude the government plan will drive the private sector insurance from the marketplace. Unbelievable.

The logic is that private insurers must negotiate costs and services while the government can simply legislate costs and services. The private sector must market and sell the superiority of their product to a skeptical consumer; the government, however, can force the issue by law and punishment for noncompliance.

Choice is better than coercion even if the choice is inferior. Coercion under color of law is not a choice, it is not freedom, it is not American.



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Executive, Congressional, Judicial Health Care Provider is Private Sector Insurer

Dr. Sam Nussbaum, chief medical officer of WellPoint, the nation's largest private sector health care insurer and touted as the type of plan Obama has said is a model for the health care he wants for private citizens, was interviewed for NPR's July 15 Morning Edition program. While Steve Inskeep of NPR tried to establish that WellPoint is an evil insurance company, Dr. Nussbaum made a point that seems to have gone over the heads of the NPR staff.

Inskeep stated correctly that WellPoint was opposed to the public health insurance option and then asked, "...is there anything you can live with...?" Dr. Nussbaum answered,

I think we have to look at the plans that exist today that are viewed as being government plans -- the Federal Employees Health Benefit Program. That's a plan that is managed, that is run, that has all of the advantages of a private health insurance plan and we at WellPoint are proud to provide benefits for 1.3 million federal employees under that program.
(...)

I think the American people need to understand that even the government health care plan that has been most highly regarded, the government health plan that our Senators, our Congressmen, and our President has access to, is actually a plan run by the private sector.
Listen to the 6 minute interview here.




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Health Care Plan from Hell

Officially, the title is "Affordable Health Choices Act", but the health care plan introduced by the Democrats to the House of Representatives yesterday is a plan from Hell.


Chart h/t - Maggie's Farm

Click here or the graphic above to see the Republican's organizational chart of the House Democrat's health plan. The chart was drawn up by staff members of Congressman Kevin Brady, Ranking House Republican Member to showcase the bureaucratic disaster that is the health care plan of Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress.

Dick Morris and Eileen McGann write:

Obama’s health care proposal is, in effect, the repeal of the Medicare program as we know it. The elderly will go from being the group with the most access to free medical care to the one with the least access. Indeed, the principal impact of the Obama health care program will be to reduce sharply the medical services the elderly can use. No longer will their every medical need be met, their every medication prescribed, their every need to improve their quality of life answered.

It is so ironic that the elderly - who were so vigilant when Bush proposed to change Social Security - are so relaxed about the Obama health care proposals. Bush’s Social Security plan, which did not cut their benefits at all, aroused the strongest opposition among the elderly. But Obama’s plan, which will totally gut Medicare and replace it with government-managed care and rationing, has elicited little more than a yawn from most senior citizens.

With the rationing necessitated by the Obama Plan from Hell, the elderly and sick will die much sooner than currently. But, not to fret. The deaths will not be in vain. Fox News reports a Maryland company contracted to the Pentagon is developing a robot weapons system that can power itself by eating dead bodies.




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A Life in Small Town America

Arlene Zimmerman of Sandpoint, Idaho was unknown to me until she passed away and I read the obituary written by someone to whom she was important. Though I did not know this Arlene Zimmerman, I have known many Arlene Zimmermans, as all of us have. She and thousands of others are the backbone of our nation, the good and decent folk who guide our individual lives in directions we cannot know until years have passed; the people to whom we owe so much, yet repay so little. From their example, we may pay it forward and guide someone else along life's path.

Arlene Skinner Zimmerman

The summation of a person’s entire lifetime gets crammed into one of these tiny spaces; a modest, little column on the printed page where perusing eyes catch a name and perhaps read on if it sounds familiar, if not, questing fingers move on to the Sports or Entertainment sections where the most recent headlines trumpet the latest in fashion and glitz.

To many of you, when you look at that name in an obituary it is just a name; however, just know that an obituary is so much more than that. This was a person; a person who made a difference in the lives of many people. A lifetime of achievement cannot be condensed down and crammed into such a small section and truly do them justice.

It simply cannot be done — not really.

Mother

That is the word which would describe Arlene Skinner Zimmerman. Though the rest of these words will give account of the abridged details, events, and people in her life; just know that Arlene Zimmerman was a person, one who lived and breathed just the same as you are doing right now; one who enjoyed quiet walks along the beach, spending time with her loved ones, and time spent in and around the water.

She was real; she was much more than simply a printed name.

Arlene passed at the age of 64 in her Sandpoint home at 6:06 P.M. on July 8 after an extensive battle with cancer. Arlene was born on March 5, 1945 in California to Herbert Max and Irene Skinner.

She lived a life of service to others, playing an active role in her church, as well as among her friends and family. She has been described as a kind and compassionate individual, and anyone who came in contact with her felt of her warmth and her loving spirit. Her determination and ability to overcome all obstacles was an inspiration to all that knew her.

Arlene is survived by her husband, George Dale Zimmerman and their seven children, Guy Skinner, Westley Sommers, Shawna Zimmerman, Jason Zimmerman, Yancy Zimmerman, Miya Edwards, and Lucie Zimmerman as well as seven grandchildren: Sam, Tom, Josh, Shane, Jezrel, Unique, & Craven.

She will be greatly missed; her spirit of decency and dedication will live on for those who knew her.

Services will be held Thursday, July 16, 2009, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 602 Schwietzer Cuttoff Road, Sandpoint, at 11 a.m. A viewing will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday at the church. Burial will take place at Pack River Cemetery.

Family and friends are invited to sign Arlene’s online guest book at coffeltfuneral.com.

Arrangements are under the care of Coffelt Funeral Service.
Arlene Zimmerman lived a life of wealth and riches. "She will be greatly missed; her spirit of decency and dedication will live on for those who knew her." I'm sure she will live on for many years to come.





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$1 Trillion Affordable Health Choices Act Advances in Senate

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee approved the trillion-dollar Affordable Health Choices Act. Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) was crystal clear that the panel would not budge one inch from the priorities set by Democrat Congressional diktat and presidential fiat. Republicans in the House and Senate said that was a deal breaker.

On strict party lines, the committee voted 13 to 10 to move the health scheme forward.

Read more at The Caucus, NYT.




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The Modern Health Care Prometheus


In the Golden Age of American health care, the exchange was simple - patient and doctor. Simple, quick, and the two parties knew each other well. Then it got complicated beyond all reason - patient, insurance company, doctor. Not so simple and faces became fuzzy. But still, it seems rather quaint compared to what we have today - patient, employer, insurance company, doctor. All of the participants are interchangable with any other participant within their assigned classification. We've become accustomed to this system, but many think it could be better, i.e., insane.

The Legislative and Executive branches of government are designing a health care system that is worthy of Mary Shelley. It's like this: President, Congress, Dept of Health and Human Services, Health Benefits Advisory Committee, National Coordinator for Health IT, Office of Civil Rights, Office of Minority Health, Federal Mandates for Website Design, and THEN the States get involved and it really gets stupid.

A handy chart we will all need to navigate the proposed Democrat health care system is this Organizational Health Care Chart.

Try to find the Doctor. And the physicians role is not yet defined. Imagine what that chart will look like.





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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Canadian Health Care is Sick

Canadian health care services, we've been told, is the the epitome of health care mostly by propamentary film maker Michael Moore and liberal Democrats. We've also been told by Canadians it can be daunting, time consuming, and even fatal. Steve Crowder of PJTV went to Canada to obtain health care as part of an investigative and humorous report. Crowder along with Canadian friends visited a clinic, an ER, and spoke with patients.

A nurse told Crowder, who didn't have a primary care physician, that if he paid $900, he could get immediate care and it would be two years before he could get a primary care giver. Another said to get private care if he wanted service sooner than the typical several months wait. To minimize health care cost, it must be rationed. But, it's free.

Crowder gives these dollar numbers for free care in Quebec versus the expensive privately funded care in California as of December 2007: A Quebec single parent resident making $35,000/per year pays 59.6% of that in combined local and Federal taxes; a two parent household earning $65,000 pays 47.7% of their income in taxes. In California, an expensive state to live even by US standards, the tax burden for health care is 31.25% and 34.55% respectively. Oddly, the Canadian guy that came up with the Canadian system and pushed it through the approval process now says the system doesn't work.

Not only is the Canadian health care system expensive of the service, but state and local taxes are not added until after the Federal tax is tacked on. So, Canadians pay a health care tax on a health care tax. Taxing the tax paid is an idea the California Democrat controlled legislature broached last year.

From Bookworm:
A short time ago, I wrote a post Canada Provides No Problem, No Waiting Health Care high lighting the positive aspects of Canada's health care system... so long as you are an animal using veterinarian services.




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Monday, July 13, 2009

TOTUS Was Pushed


While Obama was delivering a speech on the economic recovery today, TOTUS, the presidential teleprompter, crashed to the floor, shattered. When Obama said, "...to pull our economy..." there was the clash of glass on wood. Obama interupted himself long enough to say, "Oh, my goodness. Sorry 'bout that guys."

The One then proceeded with his remarks, "...to pull our economy back from the brink, including the largest and most sweeping economic recovery plan in our nation's history. If we had not taken that step, our cities would be in a (sic) even deeper hole."

Okay, nevermind that the O-man didn't even acknowledge a debt to the late-TOTUS, but he has absolutely no evidence our cities would be in a deeper hole. Because he forced cities to participate in the largest bailout scam in US history before properly surveilling the situation to determine the extent of the financial problem or possible solutions, including doing nothing, he simply went ahead like a bull in a china shop.

Now he's declaring that the hole could have been deeper had the government done nothing. He didn't try doing nothing. He only tried doing something and doing something caused a big hole that doing nothing may have avoided. Now we'll never know.

Not only do the majority of Americans not believe the actions of the One are helping, but apparently TOTUS didn't believe the words he's saying either. Obama's uttered nonsense caused the death of TOTUS from sheer embarrassment. Perhaps the new TOTUS will toe the party line more assiduously and not go off script.






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