Saturday, August 22, 2009

Witchcraft in White House, Obama First Voodude

San - te - ria's comin' to town, San - te - ria's comin' to town, Sante - ria's comin' to-o-o-o-o tow-w-w-...

Oh! Hello, I was just getting in the spirit. 'Spirit' - get it? No? Well, let me explain...

Last Saturday, Aug 15, an article (a blog post really) was published on, a conservative news site by one Kristen Atkinson entitled, "Witchcraft in the White House" and the blogoshere went apeshit over the accusation the First Granny, Marian Robinson, was practicing the Afro-Caribbean religion Santeria in the White House, unlike Nancy Reagan who had her card and tea readings off campus. The loony left blogs had a field day ridiculing the article and rightly so. The wacky right blogs also went to town but mostly in an 'I told you so' vein. There were two legit newsites, the Asheville Citizen-Times, but the story was in a forum not the news section. The Timesonline picked up the tale yesterday and published it in Comment Central admitting not having read the original story. Bad form, that. The story has reached a few Catholic forums like this one and has reached Zimbabwe in Africa where a commenter pointed out, "Vodoun (voodoo) is not Witchcraft. Santeria is not Vodoun. Santeria is not Witchcraft". Now that that is cleared up...

Free Republic had a good run for a few hours under the title, The Worst Slur Yet, but officially pulled the story, though a link remains. Wonkette had the most notable fun, Is Barack Obama’s Mother-In-Law A Black Witch?. As the son-in-law, Barry may think so, but White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says, Obama loves the 1st Granny. Maybe he even loves her as much as he loved his typical white granny who hypothetically shouldn't have had the life extending care because it cost too much taxpayer money that could be better spent on the upcoming Cash for Appliances this fall, or autumn... whatever, that 90 day global cooling period right after the 90 day global warming period.

The story and the fun might have ended there as no one anywhere was buying into the whole witchcraft thing and Obama as the First Voodude. But, Kristin Atkinson then emailed Wonkette basically saying, 'I wrote a serious piece of investigative journalism. STOP LAUGHING AT ME!' You can guess what happened then. If not, read it here.

Townhall, to its credit, has pulled the story and everything else Ms. Atkinson has written. So, many blogs are now left with links to nowhere, like that bridge in Alaska. And most the folks carrying the original story were afraid of copyright infringement - yeah, let's go with that - and only used snips. To be sure, the story remains across the WWW, but I don't trust anyone over 30, so I have my own copy/paste of the original banned post for your personal judgement.

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Witchcraft in the White House
Posted by Kristen Atkinson on Saturday, August 15, 2009 4:11:43 PM

The Obama White House is abuzz with talk of witchcraft by first grandmother, 72-year-old Marian Robinson, who lives in the White House residence. A close friend of Michelle Obama says the president is furious at his mother-in-law after learning that she was practicing Santeria, an African spirit cult, in the White House.

"The president is quite upset about this on two different levels. First, he is a committed Christian, no matter what his critics say about Reverend Wright. He is adamant that Sasha and Malia be raised with Christian influences. He does not want them to be involved with African voodoo. And secondly, he is worried about the political fallout if his enemies get wind of this. Rev. Wright was bad enough, but this would be political suicide," a close friend of Michelle’s confided.

Religion took center stage during the campaign last year when videos showed the Rev. Jeremiah Wright shouting "God damn America." Obama was forced to distance himself from the since-retired pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, where he worshiped for 20 years. Many people were shocked by the videos and questioned Obama’s fitness to be president. Since taking office, Obama has avoided worshiping in public and now prefers the chapel at the presidential retreat at Camp David.

This is how it happened. Marian Robinson became increasingly frustrated as her husband, Fraser Robinson, was hobbled by multiple sclerosis in the late 1980s. The family pastor prayed with her and counseled her, but "she turned to Santeria in a desperate hope," Michelle’s friend said. "Michelle put her foot down when she heard that her mother took her dad to ceremonies where they did spells and trances, and sacrificed animals, chickens and goats I think. But Marian was desperate and kept going anyway, even when her husband was to sick to go with her. I don’t think the president knew anything about this earlier because it was before they met. Michelle and Craig (her brother) wanted to close the book on this and never talked about it again after their father died in 1991."

The first grandma appears to be worried about her health now, even though doctors pronounce her in good shape. "Marian invited an old friend from Chicago to visit her at the White House, and she performed a Santeria ceremony in the residence. When Michelle saw this woman, a voodoo priestess she recognized her from when her father was sick, she had a fit. When she told the president about it, he blew up and said, ‘No voodoo in the White House. Absolutely. I don’t care what you call it.’ As far as I know, it only happened once," the friend said.

The president was "totally in favor" when his mother-in-law moved into the White House as a live-in babysitter for 11-year-old Malia and 8-year-old Sasha. Obama reportedly told Michelle that her mother will have to go back to Chicago if she does not "stop this witchcraft mumbo-jumbo immediately" and ordered the Secret Service to not allow Marian’s friend to return to the White House.

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There you have it, the whole magilla. Not being of a religious bent myself, I say all that could happen is there would be a chicken in every pot and, with the government take over of General Motors, a car in every garage. And maybe a few more zombies walking the halls of power.

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My favorite parts of the tale? Where Atkinson writes, "This is how it happened." Oooooo! Chills run up my leg like Obama humping Chris Matthews' leg. The line reminds me of "Once upon a time..." and "It was a dark and stormy night." Great first lines that just suck in the reader. Kind of Biblical really, "In the beginning..." Or like the title of Dr. Frankenstein's lab book in the movie, Young Frankenstein, "How I Did It."

And where she writes about Michelle's erstwhile but unnamed friend saying, "Michelle put her foot down when she heard that her mother took her dad to ceremonies where they did spells and trances, and sacrificed animals, chickens and goats I think." Like an Olympic gymnast, Atkinson sticks it with "I think." Great writing, just great. I can see why people believed the report. Who could resist?

Oh, well. It could have been worse... could have caught Barry practicing Islam in the Lincoln Bedroom. On the other hand, the voodoo story does explain Hillary's broken elbow better than, 'I fell down and couldn't get up.' Just sayin'...

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Obama Bipolar White House Reveals

Bipolar disorder is a serious condition and treatment should not be attempted at home. Always obtain advice and guidance from a nameless, faceless bureaucrat at the Dept of Health and Human Services. They're from the government; they're here to help.

White House Reveals Obama Is Bipolar, Has Entered Depressive PhaseThe Onion
Further details on Obama's condition are explained after the commercial break.

h/t Friday Morning Links by Bird Dog, Maggie's Farm

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Meaning of Art in Government

The Power & Danger of Iconography: The Resistance Steals Obama's Weapons
The Power & Danger of Iconography: The Resistance Steals Obama's Weapons Aug 14 / Afterburner with Bill Whittle

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Health Care Reform and Debate As I See It

Obama and his supporters say the opposition's objections to the Health Care Reform for America Act (HR3200) are not in the bill. And that is mostly true, they aren't. There is no provision for "death panels", end of life and living wills consultations are indeed voluntary, the elderly and disabled are not denied care, citizens can keep the doctor and health care insurance plan they have now.

So why am I still skeptical of not just the bill and plan, but of the underlying intent? Our Constitution was written as negative rights. That is, the Constitution details what the government cannot do, not what private citizens can do. Essentially, citizens can do whatever they want within the strictures of common decency and community standards which are constantly changing. The government is restricted to monitoring interstate commerce and crime, law enforcement ensuring domestic tranquility, and protecting against military threats foreign and domestic. In the current bill (HR 3200), for every benefit extended to the patient, there soon follows a "however" that severely limits the benefit under conditions determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services for any reason deemed necessary, primarily economic. The Constitution does not say the people have the right to a fair and speedy trial before a jury of their peers, "however... "; the government has the obligation to provide for the common defense, "however...". But this bill is filled with howevers that need to be tracked down because they are listed in entirely different sections and sometimes even different US codes.

The health care reforms are diametrically opposed to the negative rights tradition. The government is positively empowered by HR3200 to determine the services delivered and who shall give and receive those services. The bill clearly states more than a few times the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall define the terms and conditions of service and the terminology used by service providers. That gives HHS wide latitude to define common words and understandings in an uncommon manner to corrupt the public's understanding of everyday life. Speaking to a joint session of Congress Aug 12, 1974, President Gerald Ford said, "A government big enough to supply you with everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have...."

Much of what is in the bill, one has to question why it's there in the first place. There's a section that mandates the "Medicare and You" booklet be updated both on-line and on paper. Why? There is a section detailing per diem payments to the advisers who are to write the rules. Why? The section about end of life consultations and living wills education is an estate and contract matter for lawyers, as it current is handled. I attended such a meeting last week conducted by a local lawyer at the Credit Union I use. Why is it in the health care reform bill? Wouldn't it be more suited to a medical tort reform bill? Or better, just leave it alone as the information and process is already available.

There is too much that is left for positive action by future governments headed by either party. We may decide to understand that explicit "death panels" are not in the bill today, but the bill does not disallow such use later for cost reduction which is the overriding purpose of the current exercise at health care reform. Too much is left implicit. The vast majority of the plan's provisions are left to non-legislative bodies and non-governmental agencies that have worked with the government, non-profits, and the community in the past. Though not specifically stated, these non-government community providers can be organs like churches and benevolence associations like Lions, Kiwanis, Elks, or Shriners. Or community organizing organs like ACORN, Black Panthers, Hell's Angels, Crips, and Bloods. Taking care of the community is how the Mafia gained popular appeal, John Dillenger was hailed as a Robin Hood who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. The great malevolent governments of the 20th Century gained strength through popular actions like providing food and jobs. "Bread and circus" has been a successful shortcut to tyranny since the Roman Republic perfected the method and then fell under the weight of it's own corruption, perfidy, and indolence.

Obama seems quite oblivious to the 200+ year tradition of American suspicion of government and the power it can wield without limit. Just as certain images appear in our minds when Juliet on her balcony, or Tom Sawyer on his raft are mentioned, common cultural images and memories are elicited at the mention of Orwell, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Animal Farm, and government agents appearing at our front doors or hospital beds saying, "Don't be alarmed. I'm from the government. I'm here to help."

It just doesn't sit right. Whether the plan is good or bad, it feels bad, it feels wrong in the collective American gut. I've been struggling with this for several weeks. I don't see much benefit in arguing the bill point by point, though it's valuable to know what's there. Arguing point by point gives legitimacy to the whole idea and provides reformers the right to ask for suggestions to improve any proposal. Opponents often feel obliged to offer up suggestions knowing full well the best course of action is to do nothing, or very little, because for the vast majority of Americans the health care system works just fine.

Obamacare supporters are now saying that the opposition doesn't even have a health care plan, therefore, the opposition doesn't really care about the sick, injured, elderly, children, and crippled. That's just plain wrong. The case for doing nothing, or to keep the current system rather than change it wholesale, because there is no problem has not been made or made well enough even though NPR on Aug 13 aired a feature story of health care tourism into Florida by foreigners. If ours is so bad and theirs is so good, why would Baptist Hospital of Miami open branch offices on foreign shores to sign up patients to be treated in Florida? Baptist Hospital and every other hospital in South Florida are competing with each other for the 400,000 foreigners who came to the US for medical care not available in their countries in 2008 spending nearly $5 billion. And that market is expected to double in the next three years. US health care may or not be the best in the world. I figure if the health care anywhere saves life and limb, it's pretty good. I don't need music or television in the waiting room. Newer magazines would be nice, but that's not a deal breaker.

We do need tort reform that could free up doctors, staffs, and dollars to care for patients and procure the equipment needed to give greater care to greater numbers of people at lower cost. Currently, many physicians are paying upwards of 75% of their incomes on malpractice insurance to fend off frivolous lawsuits. We need to reform laws forbidding doctors and nurses from practicing in all 50 States and not requiring them to get 50 separate licenses in order to practice in all the States. Tennessee has had a law to accept all medical licenses from the other 49 states since 1994. The rest should follow suit post-haste and the Feds should do likewise. Health insurance companies should be allowed to sell their product across states lines as most other companies can sell their products. We should also move away from employer provided insurance which every employee loses when terminated from that job adding them not just to the unemployment roles but uninsured also. Easily accessed product and service has always brought prices down, just look at the price of HDTVs today as compared to last December.

We Americans need to do some soul searching and re-prioritize in our own lives. In 2008, we spent $2.4 trillion on traditional Western style medicine paid mostly though employer insurance plans. At the same time, we shelled out from our own pockets $34 billion for alternative care like chiropractic, holistic, acupuncture, and herbal treatments. I see a chiropractor at least four times a year. Many people I know have obtained relief from acupuncture when traditional medicine provided little or no relief. The money came mostly from our own after tax funds. And even more, we spent in 2007 a whopping $41 billion on health care for our pets. In the first six months of 2009 we've doled out from private bank accounts $45.4 billion for our pets. And increasing portions of our incomes go to cellphone, cable and satellite entertainment services which are not needed by most people, but are viewed as necessities of life. No, they're not. Food, water, heat, and clothing are necessities. Health care insurance is an option, but an option that should take precedence over entertainment, cellphone service, and annual vacations.

Of the 47 million uninsured people Obama and Co claim to be in America now, only 2.5% are uninsured for three or more consecutive years and are more than likely in need of serious permanent psychological help. I am more than willing to provide aide to those who truly cannot afford health service. That's what charities are for or they were before government horned in to equalize the expense away from the wealthy. We should support the charities rather than legislating hospitals out of existence as we've done in Southern California with foolish rules mandating unquestioned care for 10 million persons who are not technically citizens of whom 5.6 million are here illegally. Fine, treat them when necessary, but then send the bill to their home country's socialist health care system most probably financed with American foreign aide money. At least, we wouldn't be paying twice for the same aide as we do now. We need health care and insurance reform, so let's start there with those using the service and are not supposed to be here. Then we can move on to "incentivizing" American citizens to take care of their families first and only then go to the movies.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Obama and Colonoscopy Both Full of Crap

Barack Obama, writing in a New York Times editorial "Why We Need Health Care Reform" , August 15, 2009, said,

... we will require insurance companies to cover routine checkups, preventive care and screening tests like mammograms and colonoscopies. There’s no reason that we shouldn’t be catching diseases like breast cancer and prostate cancer on the front end. It makes sense, it saves lives and it can also save money.
Obama implies the listed procedures are not covered by private health insurance with out any evidence whatsoever. And people actually are believing his baseless claim.

I don't know first hand about mammograms and breast cancer. I do, however, know about colonoscopies and prostate exams. I am 55 yrs old and my private insurance care physician did a prostate exam (cough) in his office exam room and the procedure was covered by my private insurance. I paid the $15 co-pay as required by the insurance plan. I also had blood work for cholesteral and diabetes all of which were ordered by my physician and paid by the insurance plan except the co-pays.

Doctor Dave then ordered a colonoscopy for me at a hospital out clinic. The initial consult with the butt doctor was also covered under the insurance plan. Again, I paid the $15 co-pay. When the colonoscopy was performed a month later, the insurance paid for the procedure and I paid the surgical co-pay of $500 as specified in the private insurance policy.

The results have all been given to me and I have discussed them with the attending and the primary care physicians. There is nothing wrong with my prostate, my cholesterol levels are well within normal despite my high fat and meat diet, there is no sign of diabetes, and the colon is free of abnormalities.

For me and millions of other privately and publicly insured patients, the preventative procedures performed on me and costing the health insurance company thousands were a total waste of time and absolutely a total waste of money. I already knew there was nothing to find. Even if there was, I am not going to do anything about the problem anyway. Whatever causes my death is going to happen; I'm not about to stop it.

My only real concern was why I was required to present photo ID for a colonscopy, but not to vote. Liberals have made most everything bass-ackwards.

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Obama is Comedy Fodder

President Lyndon Johnson, speaking of support for the Vietnam War, said, "If I've lost [CBS newsman Walter] Cronkite I've lost middle America." He lost Cronkite and the war. Barack Obama lost Jon Stewart Monday night.

Heal or No Heal - Medicine Brawl

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Moon, Eye, Pizza Pie

That's Amore - Dean Martin

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Obama Expecting Policy Failure?

Queried at the three nation summit with Mexico and Canada last Monday, Obama let slip his inner juror.

"I've got a lot on my plate, and it's very important for us to sequence these big initiatives in a way where they don't all just crash at the same time."

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Obama Throws Public Option Under Bus

The Obama Administration just blinked. Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary Health and Human Services, said today on CNN's "State of the Union", that the public health care option "is not the essential element" of Obama's proposed health care industry overhaul. "What’s important is choice and competition," the Secretary said. She went on to say the White House is open to the possibility of other health care plans.

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One of those plans has been under consideration in the Senate Finance Committee. It's a plan to form health care co-operatives, health insurance plan networks owned by the customers that would be started with government funds. Senator Kent Conrad(D-ND) explained that under the co-op plan insurance would be sold by consumer-owned nonprofit cooperatives in competition with with private industry, the same way energy and agricultural co-ops function. But again, there's that government interference problem. Private enterprise and individuals could already have done this if government would just get the hell out of the way.

Yesterday, in Grand Junction, CO. Town Hall meeting, Obama covered his ass and stepped back from earlier demands that the public option was what he wanted. "All I'm saying is, though, that the public option, whether we have it or we don't have it, is not the entirety of health care reform... This is just one sliver of it, one aspect of it."

Obamacare backers speaking on the Sunday morning TV talkers also were doing some serious backpedalling:

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), member of the Senate Finance Committee, said on "Fox News Sunday", "There are not the votes in the Senate for the public option, there never have been... To continue to chase that rabbit, I think, is just a wasted effort."

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), also on "Fox News Sunday," said, "President Obama and his cabinet have read the tea leaves." Americans "don’t want a government-run program." Shelby said the creation of co-ops, albeit with government participation, would be "a step in the right direction."

Senators Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) both appeared on ABC's "This Week" with George Snuffleupagus. Specter, continuing his 'opponents are un-American' leitmotif, said, "... although those people [Americans opposing public option health care] need to be heard and have a right to be heard, that they're not really representative of America, in my opinion. We have to be careful here not to let those town meetings dominate the scene and influence what we do on health policy."

YEAH! Damn those free people who think for themselves! Why don't they just sit down and shut up like Obama told them to do, damn it?! (You Tube)

On the other hand, Orrin Hatch said, "I have to disagree with Arlen that they're not representative of the American people. I think they are. I’ve found people just up in arms everywhere I’ve gone on health care... Eight of ten Americans really want their health insurance coverage they don't want to lose it, In fact, 64% would prefer health insurance to the 19% who say they would like a government plan where the federal government - nameless, faceless bureaucrats - set what the terms and conditions are of our health care system... I don’t want a bunch of nameless, faceless bureaucrats setting health care for my aged citizens in Utah.”

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