Saturday, March 20, 2010

Democrats Want the Noose, Let Them Have the Noose

It's hard to do nothing when you see something going horribly wrong. Such is the current state I find myself when contemplating the insane actions being taken by Democrats to fix our broken health care health insurance health care payment medical provider medical delivery health insurance whatever-it-is-today system. My natural inclination is to fight back really hard, but sometimes the greater part of victory is to do nothing to prevent the foe from gaining the noose.

Why Health Care Reform Must Pass by Bob Parks

Before you ask what kind of self-medication I’ve discovered, let me preface this by reminding people I, among other things, am a political tactician. I lived in dark blue Massachusetts where Democrats not only made sport of standing on the necks of the super-minority Republicans, but attempting to squeeze the remaining life out of them. I know how they think and I know what will happen if health care reform is defeated.

The GOP has the cover of being 100% against this bill, so they are relatively safe come November.

Should health care reform be defeated, Democrats will first blame an out-of-power Republican minority, attempt a few faux mea culpas, tell the American people they “get it” and will hope the majority of Americans forgive-and-forget come November. The primary energy of Democrats will go towards keeping control of the House and Senate.

Let’s be real; if they maintain control, do you really think they won’t have learned the errors of their ways and attempt health care again (with a new “mandate”), this time quicker and more forceful with a fresh two years of pad?

I say let the Democrats have this victory.

Democrats will subsequently incur the wrath of the American people. Town meetings this summer will require Dems to arrive with armed escort, if they’re brave enough to hold them at all. Knowing incrementalist Democrats as we do, they’ll keep ramming unpopular legislation through after passage of health care, infuriating the public beyond the point of redemption.

On the other side, every Republican running this fall will do so on a “Repeal the Bill” platform. Should the GOP retake the House and Senate, that should happen.

November will give new meaning to the political term “bloodbath”. Democrats could be out of power for the foreseeable future, and in 2012, we will see Obama leave in disgrace.

While we all know how disastrous this health care reform will be, I’ve also learned a few things from sadistic Massachusetts Democrats: once you have your foot on the neck of the opposition, press down until they stop breathing. Because of their arrogance, we have golden opportunity to let the Democrats destroy themselves.

I think we should let them do it.
via Brietbart Big Government

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Rep. John Campbell Sounds Off on Obamacare

Congressman John Campbell (R-CA, 48th Dist.) sends near daily emails to constituents. The following was sent out during the Red Alert demonstration in Wash, D.C. only hours ago.

I just finished walking through a noisy and energized tumult of about 20,000 people outside the Capitol cheering “Kill the Bill”, who are obviously opposed to the health care bill. At the time I am writing this, the President is speaking to the Democrat Caucus to make one last pitch before tomorrow’s expected vote on this disaster. Democrats announced just a few moments ago that they will no longer employ the “deem and pass” method and will have a vote on the Senate passed Healthcare bill. Here are just a few things you may not yet know about this piece of ……well…I don’t think I can use any of those words on a government computer. But you know what I mean. And after you read this, you will agree:
* Under this bill, about 9.5 million veterans who get their health insurance from the vets TriCare system, will be fined annually because that coverage does not meet the standards set out in the bill. Great, we’re going to fine veterans for having veteran’s coverage….How does that make sense?

* The bill will require the hiring of 16,500 more IRS agents to enforce all the taxes, fees, fines, and penalties in the bill. To determine whether you have to pay any of this, they will need to know exactly what medical insurance you have, how much it costs, what it covers, and any medical plans or payments you have made outside of insurance. And you thought the Census was intrusive.

* There continues to be lots of bipartisanship here….in opposition to the bill! This includes conservatives and moderates of both parties fighting against the very liberal of the Democratic Party.

* The Democrats in favor of the bill often talk about the 30 million they say will be insured by this bill. Fine. Let’s assume for the moment that they are correct. There are over 300 million people in this country now. What about the other 270 million? ALL of them will suffer. According to CBO, some will lose the insurance that they now have, because they are priced out and their employer can’t afford the fines. Some will lose their jobs as the taxes and mandates set in. Some will lose good medical care as doctors will quit practicing and hospitals will close. Everyone will pay the taxes or fines either directly or indirectly. And everyone who does not get their insurance for free will have to pay more; this is all according to the President’s own actuary.

* The President’s actuary said today that they did not have enough time to score the bill. So, if we vote on it, this will break another of the President’s promises. But of course if I had a nickel for every promise this President has broken…….

* But the President’s actuary did say that the bill will raise total health care costs in the U.S. by $222 billion. The actuary went on to say that they estimate that 20% of all health care providers who accept Medicare will become unprofitable and likely go out of business within 10 years.

* One of the arguments of the proponents of this bill is that those opposed to it want to help the insurance companies. This is garbage. 25 years ago California had among the lowest health care costs in the country. Now we are near the top. Why? Because, since that time the state legislature has mandated so much coverage that it has driven up costs. But they also drove out many companies who no longer found it profitable to do business in California. So, there are now really only about 4 insurance companies left in California, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield has the dominant market share. Like any company with a huge share and little competition, they have raised their prices. So, as usual, government will not save us from high prices. Government is why we have high prices. If we were allowed to buy insurance across state lines, as every Republican proposal has suggested, you would have over 1,000 new competitors and I bet Blue Cross would lose share and have to drop prices. But instead this bill will create less competition and, according to the President’s own actuary, raise prices.

* On top of it all, there are 27 national medical associations and 12 state medical associations, representing nearly 500,000 physicians, who oppose this bill. To view them all, click
I was in the elevator on my way to a vote today with a few other Democrat and Republican Members of Congress. In talking about the protesters outside, one of the Democrats remarked “did you see all those nutcases outside?” The blood was rising up my cheeks. But before I had time to explode, one of my Republican colleagues remarked “You have it wrong. The nutcases are here in Congress and at the White House. That’s America outside.”

Truer words were never spoken. Don’t give up America. The battle is still engaged.

Until tomorrow, I remain respectfully,

Congressman John Campbell
Member of Congress

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Slaughter House Rules Slowed at Demon Pass

Separate votes will now be taken, according to The Hill, on the Senate version of the Health Care bill (Obamacare) and another vote on the amendments to fix the Health Care bill. Pelosi apparently wants a vote on the health care amendment fixes first then move on an up-or-down vote on the Health Care bill itself.

The Washington Post explains there are to be three votes total - one to approve the voting rules of which Alcee Hastings(D-FL) said "There ain't no rules here, we're trying to accomplish something ... All this talk about rules ... When the deal goes down ... we make 'em up as we go along...", You Tube
"second, on a package of amendments to the Senate bill that have been demanded by House members; and third, on the Senate bill itself."

Van Hollen and Pelosi believe this will make clear to all that the "House intends to modify the Senate bill and not approve the Senate bill itself."

However, there is still the pesky problem of the Constitution, says WSJ Michael McConnell. Article 1, Sec. 7 says amendments can only amend laws that has been signed by the president. And that bill must contain exactly the same language as passed in both houses of Congress. In this case, the Health Care bill will not be law until after the amendments have been passed and signed, but at the time of the amendments passage, the language of the bill will still be different in the two houses. The Constitution isn't precise on most subjects, but how a bill becomes law it is very specific and clear. Ultimately, common sense dictates Congress cannot amend a law that does not exist. The amended bill must return to the Senate for approval before it can be sent to the Executive for signing into law.

Yesterday, House Minority Leader Boehner sent a request to Pelosi for the final vote be by "roll call vote" in which each member's name is called and they must answer yes or no and is recorded in the House Journal for all the world to see. No word yet as to any response from Pelosi. No doubt she will deny the request as too troublesome and intrusive on the Democrat process.

At this moment, the Democrat Reichstag Congress is going ahead with its backward vote tomorrow. Though Demon Pass is dead for the moment, the Slaughter House Rules live on.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

40 Congressmen Short - Call them NOW

Obama, Pelosi, and Reid would have us believe they have the Health Care Reform bill all wrapped up with a bow and there's nothing anyone can do about it. They've been saying for some time now they are only 1 vote short, then 16 votes short, then no votes short and the House would vote HCR into law in June 2009, then August, then before Thanksgiving, and definitely by Christmas.

It's now March 2010, many months after the original passage date and Pelosi's House is still just a few votes short. If there were votes enough for passage, the vote would have been held, the bill on Obama's desk, and the whole would be a done deal already and Obama would be in Indonesia right now instead of Washington, D.C. twisting arms, giving airplanes rides, and handing out cups of water to wishy-washy congressmen out to make an extra buck for their retirement fund. There are, actually, 40 Thieves Democrats who are still "undecided." After all this time and debate, there is no way anyone in the country is undecided, especially Congressmen in the heart of darkness.

I am not in favor of the direction our country is taking. I do not like the homogenization of politics which allows politicians from one state to solicit funds from voters in another state, candidates flying in to a district from somewhere far away to run for office in a strange land just because it's an open seat that may lead to a higher paying gig in another elected office somewhere else, I object to citizens contacting the representatives of a district or state in which the voter does not live because how that representative votes will affect how I live my life, I object to having to do so because I can't trust my own rep to do the bidding of his local constituents that I must turn to others.

Sadly, we have already lost much of the localism that has served this nation for over 200 years. In the coming decades, we will see more of this homogenization as election laws are changed or ignored so as to allow a person in New Jersey to represent people in Montana without ever having lived in Montana. However, the fact that when terrorists can plot and carry out plans to wreak havoc on America from a cave in Afghanistan thereby forever altering the course of our republic, then it must be admitted that the "vote of a Congressman in Pennsylvania or a Congresswoman in Ohio WILL impact your life, and our nation's future, no matter WHERE you live."

There are 40 Thieves Congressmen who have yet to commit yea or nay to the Health Reform Bill, Obamacare that is set for a vote this Sunday. It's not too late to let Congress know personally that this plan or any plan to remove our right of health care choice is not the right way of governing a republic of free people. Contact the following offices, as many as you can, and politely let them know your wishes. Tell them to kill the bill.

US Representative .... District Office .... Capitol Hill Office

Adler, John .... (732) 608-7235 .... (202) 225-4765

Altmire, Jason .... (724) 378-0928 .... (202) 225-2565

Baird, Brian .... (360) 352-9768 .... (202) 225-3536

Berry, Marion .... (870) 972-4600 .... (202) 225-4076

Boucher, Rick .... (540) 628-1145 .... (202) 225-3861

Carney, Christopher .... (570) 585-9988 .... (202) 225-3731

Chandler, Ben .... (859) 219-1366 .... (202) 225-4706

Dahlkemper, Kathy .... (814) 456-2038 .... (202) 225-5406

Driehaus, Steve .... (513) 684-2723 .... (202) 225-2216

Ellsworth, Brad .... (812) 465-6484 .... (202) 225-4636

Foster, Bill .... (630) 406-1114 .... (202) 225-2976

Giffords, Gabrielle .... (520) 881-3588 .... (202) 225-2542

Gordon, Bart .... (615) 896-1986 .... (202) 225-4231

Hill, Baron .... (812) 336-3000 .... (202) 225-5315

Kilroy, Mary Jo .... (614) 294-2196 .... (202) 225-2015

Murphy, Patrick ....(215) 826-1963 ....(202) 225-4276

Nye, Glenn .... (757) 789-5092 .... (202) 225-4215

Perriello, Tom .... (434) 293-9631 .... (202) 225-4711

Pomeroy, Earl .... (701) 235-9760 .... (202) 225-2611

Salazar, John .... (719) 543-8200 .... (202) 225-4761

Schauer, Mark .... (517) 780-9075 .... (202) 225-6276

Space, Zack .... (740) 779-1636 .... (202) 225-6265

Teague, Harry .... (575) 622-4178 .... (202) 225-2365

Wilson, Charlie .... (740) 533-9423 .... (202) 225-5705

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hawaii Devastated by Massive Earthquake

Hawai'i has been hit by a very large earthquake. The devastation is massive. The entire island chain has dropped into the Pacific Ocean. All that's left is Pearl Harbor. OH-H-H, the humanity!

The news of the terrible Hawaiian quake came during the FOX News interview with Obama late this afternoon. Brett Baier asked Obama if the special deals like the "Louisiana Purchase" given to bribe Sen. Mary Landrieu(D-LA) to vote for Obamacare and Obama answered with the startling quake news, via Gateway Pundit.

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Apparently there's good news in that the billions or millions of dollars, whichever Obama decrees, that were to go to Louisiana will instead go to quake devastated Hawai'i just as the Health Care Reform Bill requires.

OBAMA: ...Something that was called a special deal was for Louisiana. It was said that there were billions — millions of dollars going to Louisiana, this was a special deal. Well, in fact, that provision, which I think should remain in, said that if a state has been affected by a natural catastrophe, that has created a special health care emergency in that state, they should get help. Louisiana, obviously, went through Katrina, and they’re still trying to deal with the enormous challenges that were faced because of that.

That also — I’m giving you an example of one that I consider important. It also affects Hawaii, which went through an earthquake. So that’s not just a Louisiana provision. That is a provision that affects every state that is going through a natural catastrophe. ...
Oh, wait! There wasn't an earthquake in Hawai'i! At least, not beyond the dozens of minor temblors that occur there each week that no one notices. Certainly none that would merit emergency Obamacare funds . And according to ABC's Jonathon Karl, a section of the Reid bill that requires increased Medicaid money for "certain states recovering from a major disaster," but that applies to only one State - Louisiana.

(sigh) Well, there he goes again. Just making things up as he skips nimbly and numbly through public life in front of cameras recording every odd fantasy Obama experiences.

Excuse me, but have you seen a White Rabbit pass by?

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What Would He Do For a Pony Ride?

Rep. Dennis Kucinich(D-OH) reversed his health care NO vote after a 48 minute airplane ride on Air Force One with Obama. Was the parachute the offer he couldn't refuse?

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

FOX Reports 3yr-old 60 Minutes Piece as Recent Anti-Terror Development

Both FOX News and The Jawa Report are reporting today that our military intelligence services have only now become aware of and are warning about terrorists on the web.

Mark Dubowitz of Fox says,
"Terrorist Internet sites are not only yelling fire in a crowded movie theatre, they are providing the match, the gasoline, and the arsonist.

Terrorists and rogue states are moving their battle to the Internet in a virtual war against liberal democracy. For too long, the United States and its allies have ignored the incitement and violent propaganda from Internet platforms operated by violent Islamist extremists.

Today, such neglect is not an option. As we have been warned by Harry Wingo -- a former Navy SEAL who now serves as Google's Washington, D.C. policy counsel-- "the code is mightier than the sword."

Internet code is an operational weapon used by terrorist groups to indoctrinate, recruit, train, and finance the next generation of terrorists. Terrorist groups like Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and Hamas (with support, in some cases, from rogue states like Iran) use a vast and anonymous terrorist Web network as another front in their war against the West. These Web outlets should be treated as indistinguishable from the terrorist organizations that use them.
Dubowitz goes on to quote the Commanding General of the U. S. Army Intelligence Center, Major General John M. Custer III,
"I see 16, 17-year-olds who have been indoctrinated on the Internet turn up on the battlefield.” He describes Internet sites that look like current news sites. -- With a single click, you're at an active jihad attack site viewing small arms attacks. The next links take you to motivational sites, where mortar operatives and suicide bombers are pictured in heaven [providing] religious justification for mass murder.
The Jawa Report, Breaking: Terrorists on, Gasp!, The Internet, has the above and quotes FOX's Dubowitz.
Aggressive action is needed against these media properties. The goal: to shut down those sites that yield little actionable intelligence while infiltrating, monitoring and countering the more dynamic sites that serve as operational tools for the terrorists. An effective strategy should limit and discredit the jihadist message, deny safe haven to terrorists on the Internet, thwart their ability to obtain support from a vulnerable online population, and continue to monitor their communications on Web forums.
Jawa Howie then adds his own completely justifiable comment,
What an original idea! You've got to be kidding me? We've only had 8 1/2 years since 9-11 and the "Its Happening" website. We're just now getting this?

We Jawas may seem a bit frustrated by all the sudden attention to online terrorist propaganda and its consequences.

Well, if you had been screaming about it for years and years and years, and then finally people die (Fort Hood) and a slough of arrests take place and then ..... suddenly its important.
CBS 60 Minutes aired the report 3 years ago March 9, 2007. FOX quotes generously from the Scott Pelley interview with the Brig. Gen. John M. Custer III, including the quotes above without attribution or explanation. Though Custer would not discuss how many web sites his unit have destroyed, civilian anti-terror computer sleuth Aaron Weisburd working with the FBI, Homeland Security, and British Intelligence had shut down 1000 terror sites by 2007.

CBS reporter Daniel Shorn, in the written 60 Minutes report, says,

"Custer wouldn’t say anything at all about how the U.S. is fighting the Jihadi Internet online. But 60 Minutes found other Americans who have started their own counter attack. Aaron Weisburd joined the battle from his home in Illinois.

"I'm in Carbondale. In the middle of middle America. Waging war against them. It makes a very small world. What works in a cave in Afghanistan, you know, works in a living room in Carbondale," Weisburd says.

Weisburd was so angered by what he saw on the Web that he quit his job as a programmer and now spends every day attacking extremist websites.

His goal is to mess with them online. "Absolutely. In as many different ways as I can," he says.

And he says he's "sowing seeds of distrust."
This is the short 60 Minutes video with Custer and Weisburd -

Watch CBS News Videos Online, 60 Minutes
This is the entire 14 minute 60 Minutes segment -

Watch CBS News Videos Online, 60 Minutes
FOX News did not credit CBS, 50 Minutes, or Scott Pelley as the source of a major part of their story today. Neither did FOX indicate any time frame for the plagiarized portions leaving any reader with the impression The Jawa Report and Howie got - the US military is only now, after 8 1/2 years of active combat and thousands of dead, getting around to tracking and fighting terrorists online.

FOX is wrong in their reporting and the plagiarism. They are wrong to ignore the progress Major General John Custer and his personnel have made. It may not be as exciting as combat or as sexy as espionage, but his team and the many civilians working on their own dime have made advances that should not be belittled or disregarded. Especially not because the man's name is Custer, as some Jawa commenters have done.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

A Question of Ownership

I am totally owned by a cat named Alice. This morning she was frantically trying to get my attention running from living room to bedroom, stopping to stare at me mewing pleadingly. I followed where she led; finding nothing amiss, I returned to my previous activity. She blocked my way as I retreated; I picked her up, scratched her head, and rubbed her belly which she liked, alas, to no avail.

We returned to the living room where Alice sat on the sofa to just stare at me instead of curling up to nap. Feeling very uncomfortable under her laser-like focus, a thought hit me - I had yet to make my bed! Alice always occupies the bed with the pillows and a knitted baby blanket to laze the day away. Dopey me, I had left Alice with no place to sleep... bad, bad man!

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