Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The Tea Party movement is a natural wave of voter sentiment which makes it very dangerous to the status quo whether it resides in the halls of Congress, the board rooms of corporations, the halls of academia or the offices of reporters and editors. The Tea Party movement, in their minds, must be destroyed. With their own network of code words and systems of symbiotic support as the tactical methods of astroturfing a meme it is with total disbelief, in their minds, that an actual grass roots movement could really exist.
How could the status quo fight back? Time to pull out the hot wire of American politics. It's a proven winner!
A Closer Look at the Capitol Steps Conspiracy
William Douglas, an African-American reporter for the liberal McClatchy Newspapers, seems to have broken the story at 4:51 PM on Saturday, March 20, just hours after the alleged incident took place. Douglas did so with the seriously inflammatory headline, "Tea party protesters scream 'nigger' at black congressman."
At 7:21 PM that same evening, Douglas upped the ante with a headline that moved from inflammatory to incendiary: "Tea party protesters call Georgia's John Lewis 'nigger.'"
As Douglas reminds his audience in the lead of the second posting, "civil rights icon" Lewis, now a Georgia congressman, "was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s." The focus on Lewis encouraged the Washington Post's Colby King to opine a few days later that "[t]he angry faces at Tea Party rallies are eerily familiar. They resemble faces of protesters lining the street at the University of Alabama in 1956."
King's take perfectly mirrored the Democratic talking points. If the immediate strategy was to discredit the Tea party movement as racist and split the movement's base from the Republican Party, then it was working splendidly.
When the Tea Party was in its infancy the main stream media ignored it or, if pressed, ridiculed it. As the movement grew the meme became that it was nothing more than angry old white men dressed up as dead white men while screaming at politicians, but the movement continued to grow. Then the meme expanded to the notion that the Tea Party was actually an effort at astroturfing which was an image they could imagine, but the movement kept growing.
New anti Tea Party astroturf needed to be manufactured. One can almost hear the ideas being kicked around when someone latches onto a 'racist' meme. White, old, men dressed in colonial clothing must be racist, right? Those colonial guys had slaves. The president is an African-American! Connect, lock and load. We've got headlines.
Can somebody scream 'nigger', please. No? Then we'll do it for you. Got spit? We'll say that someone laid one on an 'iconic' black congressman. We'll dredge up images of old, white, men who beat and berated that icon in the Selma, Alabama of 1965. In fact, we'll manufacture whole groups of chanters chanting "kill the bill 'nigger'" while spitting. It's all the same, then and now, except an African-American is president which is why then is now. It has to be if only to prove that the African-American president's policies are what America needs, even if Tea Partyers don't want them, which, by the way, makes any opposition racist.
Too bad there were so many cameras. They are a game changer. The lies become part of the permanent record for all to see.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Remember when Jennifer Brunner was all against voter ID to stop voter fraud because making sure a voter was who they said they were was actually an evil plot to suppress the vote? Voter suppression doesn't seem to bother Jennifer now, what with all her new rulings that she is being forced to enforce, like making a voter swear on somebody’s secret decoder ring that they really are a part of the party they want to vote for if they're switching parties. At the polling station in front of other people. Before you will be allowed to vote. Unless you're a Greenie, Commie or Socialist voter because then you're exempt.
Absentee voting is rife with fraud through out the country and has been for years. It used be an accurate joke that Chicago's dead came back to life at least once every four years just to vote. I personally was told in a Louisiana parish office that a local citizen, at the time approximately 150 years old, had never missed a vote and never would. Now, it appears the nation is voting as never before.
Grannies with dementia are voting numerous times from their nursing home beds while facility workers turn a blind eye as they put the bribe in their pocket. Campaign workers from out of state are making sure their absentee ballots are in here in Ohio before they return back to their states where presumably they voted absentee as well. Friendly volunteers, usually from out of state, help not just the elderly, but also the insane, the mentally incapacitated, the drunks and of course the homeless to fill out the absentee ballot for the candidate of their choice. The volunteer’s choice.
Proponents use all kinds of bogus excuses such as it increases voting when in actuality it doesn't and in many cases decreases the number of ballots cast. But those proponents know this and they don't care because in reality, absentee voting is just another way to steal elections in the name of "protecting" the validity of the vote.
At what point will Code Pink shout down other lying war mongers and speak their truth to power schtick.
Boxer: Senate floor Oct. 3, 2002: "I do not doubt that Iraq is up to no good. I know they are. That is why I voted for the Iraq Liberation Act. We know that Iraq has biological and chemical weapons and that they used them against Iran and against its own Kurdish minority. We know that following the Persian Gulf war, Iraq promised to abide by the demands of the U.N. but failed to live up to its commitment. They have not allowed unfettered inspections. They have lied about chemical and biological weapons programs. And they continue to seek the capability to produce nuclear weapons."
Maybe Code Pink will catch Karl Rove and Barbara Boxer in bed together again at some point in the near future.
Monday, March 29, 2010
I guess PO is just following orders from its overlords at Progress Now. In Denver.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
States Seeking Cash Hope to Expand Taxes to Services
In June, voters in Maine will decide whether to accept a state overhaul of its tax system that would newly tax services like tailor alterations, blimp rides, and entertainment provided by clowns, comedians and jugglers.
Okay, they can't alter government to suit the voter, they aren't funny, can't juggle money and budgets in a responsible manner, but the state is slow, bloated and slow to react and their behavior is buffoonish which makes taxing blimp rides and clown taxes appropriate.
Appropriate if the new taxes are levied on the state government. But make them buy their own rubber noses and oversized shoes.
Friday, March 26, 2010
The government can't cover these costs. That was their plan from the onset of this foolish bill. Their goal was socialized medicine from the beginning. They sought to force people onto their plan.
Socialized before or socialized after. Doesn't matter. Obama makes Edward Longshanks look good.
Obama is killing my business. Obama sucks.
UPDATE: In my haste I forgot to say that multi-millionaire Nancy Pelosi also sucks. I had to tell, after a discussion with my accountant, tax advisor and lawyer, that I could no longer cover a single mother of two, a 62 year old grandmother, 3 college student part-time workers and one of my sisters with health insurance.
Health care reform, a law that will hurt you. If I get any more help from the federal government I will probably go broke.
You can kiss you're prescription savings good bye.
What do you think?
AP: Say, guess what we just found in ObamaCare!
Congress passed the bill without knowing what was in it. Barack Obama signed it without reading it. Now it looks as though the Associated Press reported on ObamaCare without comprehending its content. Readers will have to scroll far down to discover that the elimination of a key tax break that kept retirees on company prescription-medication plans will mean dumping millions of seniors onto Medicare — and that the AP ignored it until now...
At least Driehaus has an excuse, what, with all the stones hitting his office.
He would have been a little less disingenuous if he'd just sent a mp3 of himself singing:
The best things in life are free
But you can keep 'em for the birds and bees.
Now gimme money (that's what I want)
That's what I want (that's what I want)
That's what I want (that's what I want), oh-yeh,
That's what I want.
Your lovin' give me a thrill
But your lovin' don't pay my bills.
Now gimme money (that's what I want)
That's what I want (that's what I want)
That's what I want (that's what I want), oh-yeh,
That's what I want.
Money don't get everything it's true.
What it don't get I can't use.
Now gimme money (that's what I want)
That's what I want (that's what I want)
That's what I want (that's what I want), oh yeh,
That's what I want.
It wouldn't be pretty, him being all squinty eyed and flopping around like a goosed chicken, but it would be more honest.
(Song originally titled "I Need Me Some Money" by John Lee Hooker)
Concerning the story that Steve Driehaus' office window had been shattered by a stone, one wag stated that the Cincinnati Reds need the name of the thrower immediately because none of players for the Reds could toss anything 30 stories high. That's 441 Vine Street, Suite 3003, Cincinnati. Maybe it was a right wing meteor.
Congressman Betsy Markey is so upset about threats to her that she had a staff member request extra patrols around her home in Fort Collins, Colorado, which is unoccupied.
Congressman Weiner's office received a "Drop Dead" note accompanied by mysterious white powder. Yep, baking soda is good for cleaning out fouled diapers. Even as the little emperor is naked he'll be sure to swear at someone, throw a phone, but he will also be right there in front of the cameras to play the victim.
That the Tea Party is made up of dry old white guys is irrefutable to the press which points out that violence against blacks has to stop!!
Thank God for these brave people, including Steve Driehaus, who stare down upon voters and say, "No more."
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Add 10%. For tanning. For your health. For our health. For the health of a nation. Oh, and for the government.
Upon being whistled for, the media is all over this. Harry Smith and the Early Show (I'm watching) crew are beside themselves as they parade statistics, doctors and victims across the screen. Tanning is bad. Bad. Tax it. Now. Just add it to the cost of bad parenting. As it should be, eh? Bad parents, sit!
I hope the media gets its normal bone plus a treat. They deserve it for all the tricks they'll do for the admistration, like roll over, sing upon command and not bark when ordered. Obama promised transparency and this is pretty transparent. Their need trumps our desire everytime because they know best. Plus, they want the money.
Shut up, it's good for you.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm - Milk Bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!
Excerpts from a Cat's Daily Diary...
Day 983 of my captivity..
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.
They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.
Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear,
I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.
The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape.
In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.
Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet.
I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of.
However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am.
There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight.
I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event.
However, I could hear the noises and smell the food.
I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies.'
I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.
Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors
by weaving around his feet as he was walking.
I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.
I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches.
The dog receives special privileges.
He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return.
He is obviously retarded.
The bird has got to be an informant.
I observe him communicating with the guards regularly..
I am certain that he reports my every move.
My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe.
from an email
Bart Stupak sold out on the abortion issue for chump change for airports from nowhere and an ineffectual "executive order" from President Obama which will supposedly stop Pelosi from using federal money to fund abortions. In an ironic twist, mimicking Jesus and his 12 disciples, Stupak and his 12 "anti-abortion" cohorts will attend Obama's signing of that executive order. Which one is Judas?
STUPAK ANNOUNCES $726,409 FOR AIRPORTS IN ALPENA, DELTA AND CHIPPEWA COUNTIES
Alpena County Regional Airport received a grant of $85,500 to acquire friction measuring equipment, specifically a decelermeter and tow vehicle, to replace equipment that has worn out.
Importance: Die Hard 2 had some scenes filmed there.
Delta County Airport in Escanaba received a grant of $179,209 to install a 10 foot perimeter fence to enhance security and prevent wildlife from entering the airport.
Importance: Flights to Iron Mountain, Michigan which is 52 miles away.
The Chippewa County International Airport near Sault Ste. Marie received a grant of $461,700 to install lighted signs on Runway 16/34 and make repairs to the pavement to meet marking requirements and maintain structural integrity.
Importance: It is international because Earl once flew to Canada. By mistake.
Yep, more Obama Trope and Change.
As quiet and respectful protesters wearing shirts emblazoned with "I love those Jew bastards" and "I bomb for love" (and other articles of faith) milled peacefully in front of the Marion Building, Ann Coulter, wearing stiletto heels and a "I HATE" see through T-shirt, was seen running from rooftop to rooftop screaming profanities and dragging a burning effigy of Provost Francois Houle. This display of hateful speech and action caused a fire alarm to go off.
One protester, who led a prayer for Coulter, sighed as she wept for all saying, "Oh, I just wish Ann could see the logic that real free speech is restricted for the good of all children and women of the world." This protester felt the love so strongly that she had left her "Women as patriarchs in a world that sucks" symposium to attend and pray for Ms. Coulter.
Francois Houle, esteemed Provost and protector of free speech and civility, rapidly moved from stricken student to love stricken protester handing out small cups of water and a flower offered with kind words, but with a sad look on his face.
"Provost Houle offered hope at a time of despair. He saved me from becoming a cynic, which is soooo easy in this misbeguided world. Provost Houle is my hero. I only hope he can feel our thanks as we struggle to emulate his fearless stance against hatred in the world," offered one 58 year old student.
The event was thankfully cancelled after panicked students, confused by the screaming and fire of Ms. Coulter and the ensuing fire alarm, ran in the wrong direction blocking the exit doors of the Marion Building. Unaware that hateful supporters of Ms. Coulter were roasting their stomachs in the Hell of the auditorium inferno, blissfully started chanting, "Stop the hate, God loves the Caliphate," in hope of thwarting Ms. Coulter's craven attack upon their senses.
After a glorious evening of witnessing freedom and civility working hand in fist, this reporter sought solace at a local Burkha and Burp for some much needed grape leaves and tea, where I found a small group of students ground into silence. Their faces filled with sadness and hope as they witnessed their beloved, but exhausted police file past this Palestinian refuge of culinary peace. For the moment, their work done, they trudged back to their station.
As I file this report I must constantly remind myself of the bravery of Provost Houle who obviously has had a positive influence on his students and the tireless police. Their work will never end, but that is a story unto itself which I will file at a later date titled, A Student’s Life of Endless Suffering to Fight Intolerance in a World Gone Mad.
For now, as a glorious new day peaks over the eastern horizen, Ottawa U and her students have returned to its normally tranquil state, even as Ms. Coulter slinks back across the border into the waste lands leaving stiletto gashes on our soil.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Grassley says health care reform should apply to President Obama, top administration officials
WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today said he will offer an amendment during Senate debate on the health care reconciliation bill this week to apply the reform legislation to the President, Vice President, cabinet members and top White House staff.
“It’s pretty unbelieveable that the President and his closest advisors remain untouched by the reforms they pushed for the rest of the country. In other words, President Obama’s health care reform won’t apply to President Obama,” Grassley said. “Last December, the effort to apply any new law to administration political leaders was rejected by the Senate Majority Leader. But there’s no justification for the double standard, and I’ll continue to work to establish fairness.”
The Senate legislation passed last night by the House of Representatives includes an amendment Grassley sponsored and got adopted by the Finance Committee last fall to have members of Congress and their staffs get their health insurance through the same health insurance exchanges where health plans for the general public would be available. During the closed-door negotiations on the bill late last year, the Senate Majority Leader carved out Senate committee and leadership staff from this requirement.
Subsequently, Grassley and Senator Tom Coburn attempted to offer another amendment to restore the requirement during Senate debate on the health care bill, but the Senate Majority Leader would not let their amendment to fix this loophole even come up for a vote. In addition to Senate committee and leadership staff, the amendment Grassley and Coburn filed during the Senate debate would have made the President, the Vice President, top White House staff and cabinet members all get their health insurance through the newly created exchanges. It would not have applied to federal employees in the civil service.
I'd love to see Nancy stand in line for her Botox.
Stupak, Clearly Shaken by his Vote, Closes Bar with Fellow Dems
Bart Stupak and several Democratic buddies closed the bar last night in Washington DC.
Roll Call reported:
What better way to celebrate passing history-making legislation than kicking back at a dive bar famous for its cheap beer and taxidermy-heavy décor? A large group of House Democrats defied cigar-and-champagne stereotypes by partying down until the wee hours after the health care vote at the decidedly downscale Tune Inn on Pennsylvania Avenue.
HOH spies say the gaggle of jubilant Democrats included Rep. John Larson (Conn.), who got a roar of welcome when he entered the bar; Rep. Joe Crowley (N.Y.), who was briefly spotted standing behind the bar, handing out drinks; and Reps. John Boccieri (Ohio), Melissa Bean (Ill.), Tom Perriello (Va.) and Jerry Costello (Ill.).
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who had been the center of attention all weekend after resisting the abortion-related language in the bill but ultimately voting for the package, was among Tune Inn’s revelers. An HOH spy says Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) planted a giant kiss on Stupak’s cheek.
The celebration continued until the bar issued its last call for drinks, our tipsters say.
The idea is that if one side can control what can be said, they can then control the debate. In Canada, one can argue this is doubly onerous because they speak two official languages, but here in America we speak many languages. While there are those here that are attempting to increase our Spanish, there are still those that say we speak all languages except George Bernard Shaw's English.
Whatever. Free speech is free speech and shouldn't be limited by a bunch of pantywaists that don't have backbone to get in there and fight for their ideas. Of course, ideas are not made by nice-nice coded words mixed with tea and crumpets. Ideas are hard business and good, really good ideas, can get pretty rough.
I'm not convinced that had one of my ancestors intoned a, "My good fellow, can't we all just get along?" at Bunker Hill that things would have turned out differently, but then I am merely an oaf, made so by the border, that can't even see the hidden 'phish-phish' behind condescending words sent to us by one of our betters.
"I would, however, like to inform you, or perhaps remind you..."
"I therefore encourage you to educate yourself, if need be..."
Oh, Good Lord, this drivel just goes on and on, heaping more and more saccharin smug self righteous condescension onto Ms. Coulter. Really, all 4 are in there. Provosts are like that. Phiff, phiff.
Mr. Houle seems fairly invincible behind his empty suit of academic clothes swaddled in cowardly law. For you Canadians, that means he is a total wuss. Coulter could out debate this little man with merely a look. He'd run to mummy, or the appropriate government bureaucrat, in an Ottawa minute.
I hope she is laughing her irreverent *** off. I know I am.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Nobody who knows this bill thinks it good.
Hopefully, for you, it will bankrupt us sooner than later, because if it does so later you might escape lynching. By hiding long enough.
Okay, let loose with the racist crap.
They probably have lost the pro-life vote for the foreseeable future. This will cut across many religious groups. It is unfortunate to the nth degree that Nancy Pelosi, allegedly a Catholic, directed this fight.
Many different political groups have been awakened from their slumber. Conservatives that thought their back was covered have rejoined the fray. Republicans who were uncommitted are now energized. Moderate Republicans who do that, "Oh, I just vote for the best candidate," now see in stark terms what that has accomplished. Independents and especially those that weren't interested in politics may not know that the Republican Party is their home, but they well know now that the Democrat Party is not their political home, in fact, it is a bordello to be avoided.
Older Americans are very angry with what the Democrats have done to them financially (and how they were used as bartering chips) and the young voter demographic is now more pro-life and conservative than in recent history.
Working Americans, many of them Blue Collar workers who thought they were voting for hope and change, know that vast amounts of money is being spent and someone will have to pay it back. That it is being spent on health care reform in place of jobs and the economy only compounds their anger.
The most important group affected is that block of voter that smells a rat. They may not have the intense involvement, thus the deep knowledge, of what is in the health care reform bill, but they know it stinks. It stinks the way it was passed, it stinks because they know they were lied to and it stinks because of their common sense which tells them that this whole charade is bull.
Many of this last group will vote Republican in the near future, but others that may have voted Democrat in the past will just fade into the, “they’re all liars,” group of voters.
If I was breaking out the demographic profile for the Democrats I’d be scratching my head a lot, because the historical number crunching method isn’t going to work next time around.
In my travels today I heard what I normally do not hear, people that normally do not talk about politics talking a lot about politics.
At the gas station a fellow with a 12 pack of Old Milwaukee saying that the fools in Washington ought to be thrown out. As he left in his tool filled pickup I could see what was left of an Obama/Biden sticker on the back.
At the grocery store, where I am known to hang around and chat, a checkout lady (one of my favs) whispered to me that even though they all thought I was a rich guy who didn't know nothing when I first came to town, but that she had taken a "poll" amongst the ladies and that I had been right and they were through with the democrat lies.
At the lumberyard the owner, who put Obama signs practically on every surface in the last election, greeted me with. "Hey, you sonnavabitch, time for you get your *** back to Washington and shut it down." Though always polite, this is a guy whose sentences usually are made of monosyllable utterances, but still very conversant in lumber, nails and commerce.
One of my neighbors, who I refer to as solar boy because he has enough solar panels to power an aircraft carrier or Al Gore’s house, removed his Obama sticker this morning. From his Prius.
There seems to be a tad bit of discord in the universe.
I have been working for Democratic and progressive causes for 29 years, and I don't think I've ever been prouder than today. When David Obey swung that gavel -- the same gavel used to hammer home Medicare -- and struck it on that historic rostrum, it made a joyful noise unto the Lord. And I for one said Hallelujah.
Mr Begala, is that joyful noise unto the Lord the same as the sound of 3,700 babies being aborted each day? I guess one man's noise is another man's music. Or is it that the sound of one man's joyful noise is to another man the sound of screaming?
There is no Hallelujah here, only a deep sadness.
In reality, if you strip out all the gimmicks and budgetary games and rework the calculus, a wholly different picture emerges: The health care reform legislation would raise, not lower, federal deficits, by $562 billion.
A major error on the part of a network not known for such errors.
If possible, I think Geraldo was more smug than Pelosi and Obama who are quite capable of making all others look like mere cubs in the mink sable club of PC.
I turned to C-Span immediately.
He spoke glowingly of a "A government of the people and for the people."
The people are against this bill, so, ah, what are you speaking to?
"This isn't radical reform." Huh? You're joking right? 1/6 of the economy is in Obama's hands. That is radically scary.
My God, you could see the smug arrogance on his face as he spoke.
In all of this people have stopped asking whether we can afford this before anyone gets to the horrific details of this bill. At some point maybe some in Congress will sit back and ask about the constitutionality of this bill.
If one needs to know how horrible this bill is, one only has to know that Geraldo Rivera has more tingles up his leg than Chris Matthews over the passage of HCR.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Stupak is a moron and a liar, but he is Michigan's problem. Driehaus is from Ohio and he will be buried in the graveyard of losers in November. Not because of one vote, but because of one show of two faced lying to his constituents.
"This motion is to politicize life."
I thought I saw puppet strings holding Stupak up. This guy is dumber than a box of rocks. He is being played like the cheap violin he is.
None of the fixes promised will be fixed. None of the promises of parity, fairness nor the promises of no abortion money through the fed will ever be realized. The starter home that Harkin talked about will become a monsterous house of horrors in which construction will never cease.
That voters appreciate what Republicans are doing is obvious, but Democrats still have their blinders on and are focused only on each other.
Stupak's troubles are only begininng.
And Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said the group was set to give Stupak her group's "Defender of Life" award next week, but instead "we’re going to be working hard to see who we can find to run against him.”
“In a completely cynical move, they have made this bill passable and each of them are going to pay individually," she said. "And that’s what we do. That’s what we love to do is unelect people who say they're for life and then completely betray the movement.”
"congrats to bart stupak. now everybody hates you."
via Ann Althouse
On another note to Kaptur, Driehouse, Wilson, etc., how does it feel to betray one’s values? Who’s hatin' on you now. Ain't me. I just feel sorry for you for what everybody knew from the beginning, you'd betray what you believe in for political expediency and political gain. How’s that gain looking for you now?
Now Stupak is not to be believed by either side of the aisle. There's always a need for used car salesmen.
Don't be stupid Stupak. Obama and Pelosi will not only never work with you again, they will knife you as they throw you under the bus. That is how they work. They have fewer morals than most abortion doctors.
Carrying her giant gavel she marched like a well dressed Nero as crowds chanted, "Kill the bill" surrounded by Rep. Lewis and others who had marched in civil right's marches years ago. Reported yesterday, two people yelled racial and sexist remarks and one reportedly spit on a member of Congress. They should be banned from Tea Party events and arrested and prosecuted. Of course the MSM and leftist sites will only focus of these few people, once again exhibiting their no holds barred to win this fight.
Nana's parade is an indicator of things to come. It will only get uglier.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Time to vote. The voters will be watching.
Chief Actuary: ‘I regret that my staff and I will not be able to prepare our analysis within this very tight time frame, due to the complexity of the legislation.’
Figures. Hey, if you still have checks, you must still have money, right?
via Collecting My Thoughts
Specter Opens Door on White House Felonies
One former high-ranking Justice Department official, after telling me that there were indeed problems with the Department's silence on this issue, said that in the current political climate at the Holder-run Justice Department, any Justice official who sought to go to Holder with thoughts of investigating Messina or his boss Rahm Emanuel or anyone else in the White House would have to have "brass balls." A colorful way of saying that Justice Department officials are being intimidated from pursuing the truth, no matter where it leads.
Jihad as American as apple pie, says US-born cleric
"Jihad is becoming as American as apple pie and as British as afternoon tea," the US-Yemeni cleric said in an English-language message posted on militant forums and released by the US-based SITE monitoring agency.
Western attempts to stop the spread of violent jihad to people who do not fit the usual profile of a potential extremist have failed, he argued, amid a rash of home-grown terrorism cases in the United States.
"Eight years after 9/11 and the declaration of war against terrorism, jihad is still reaching the shores of Europe and America. Not from the outside, but from within. Jihad is not being imported but is being homegrown," read the message attributed to Awlaqi.
Marksmanship is also as American as apple pie.
"In other words, Medicaid enrollment reduces life expectancy rather than increasing it!"
via Tony Phyrillas
Medicare fix would push health care into the red
Rollback of Medicare cuts to doctors, if added to health care bill, push it into the red
Tricks, bad book cooking, bribes, threats and lies are the foundations this bill is built on.
Friday, March 19, 2010
CBO Confirms That Without Accounting Gimmicks, Obamacare Adds to Deficits
Yes, the Health Care Bill Does Allow Abortion Funding
Buying Votes With Water
The water spigots are back on, at least temporarily, in California's Central Valley. Turned off to protect a tiny fish, they happen to be in the districts of two congressmen "undecided" on health care reform.
One could chalk it up to good fortune or just good constituent service. But in the middle of a contentious health care debate marked by Cornhusker Kickbacks and Louisiana Purchases, we may be forgiven if we find an announcement by the Department of the Interior regarding California's water supply a tad too coincidental.
On Tuesday, the Department of the Interior announced it was increasing water allocations for the Central Valley of California, a region that depends on these water allocations for local agriculture and jobs. The timing adds to our suspicions.
According to the Interior announcement, "Typically (the Bureau of) Reclamation would release the March allocation update around March 22nd, but moved up the announcement at the urging of Senators (Diane) Feinstein and (Barbara) Boxer, and Congressmen (Jim) Costa and (Dennis) Cardoza."
I'm sure this is all just a coincidence.
SEIU, UFCW lean on Space
I guess Zack thinks they are more important than his constituents.
We have roads that get worse every year. Government services that stink anyway, get worse every year. A postal system that is a major joke. Government bureaucracies that nobody wants or needs nor does it accomplish anything meaningful. In fact, what this tax stealing supports is a bloated ridiculous system of government at the local, county, state and federal level that needs to steal from the hard work of others to survive.
And now they want to take over health care. Good Lord, we have to be crazy to allow any of this.
John Boccieri is a 'yes' on health care
Rep. John Boccieri (D-Ohio) put his political future on the line Friday by announcing that he will vote for the health care bill.
The vulnerable first termer from a manufacturing-heavy, conservative-minded, district around Canton said that he's willing to risk losing at the polls to reverse his 'No' vote from November and support a bill he thinks will ultimately help the people of his district.
"Today I hope and I pray that we can get this job done," he said at a news conference. "Yes, I will be voting yes on this bill."
Wilson to Vote ‘Yes’ on Health Bill
"The bottom line is that we need this reform. Families need this reform. Our economy needs this reform," Wilson said. "If you like your doctor, and you like your insurance, you can keep them. If you need insurance or if you need your insurance to be more affordable, this is the help you've been waiting for. This is a historic vote and I am proud to cast my vote in favor of common sense health care reform that finally benefits the people, not the insurance companies."
If Wilson believes this, well, then he is too stupid to serve in Congress. Plus, Wilson says he is pro-life. BS.
Putin just gave Obama the finger.
Putin vexes US over Iran nuclear power
Vladimir Putin, Russia’s prime minister, promised on Thursday that Moscow would help Iran complete a civil nuclear power station by this summer, drawing criticism from Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state.
His remarks highlighted the continuing differences between the two powers over how to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Mrs Clinton was visiting Moscow on a trip partly designed to increase the pressure on Tehran by showing America’s unity with Russia.
But Mr Putin told a meeting held in Volgodonsk, southern Russia, that work to complete the Bushehr plant on Iran’s Gulf coast would soon be complete. “The first block of the Iranian atomic power station must be launched this summer,” he said.
Rep. John Boccieri (Voted no on the House bill): He skipped Mr. Obama's event in Ohio even though he was invited by the White House. Check out this article on a plane flying overhead in Canton with a banner that read "Tell Rep. Boccieri no abortion funding."
Rep. Betty Sutton (Voted yes on the House bill): Wants to see the bill. Mr. Obama's event Monday was in her district.
Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Voted yes on the House bill): Concerns with abortion funding and explaining the bill to constituents so they understand what's in it.
Rep. Steve Driehaus (Voted yes on the House bill): Now considered a likely no. Wants stricter abortion language.
Rep. Zack Space (Voted yes on the House bill): Does not like senate bill and wants to see language.
I have little or no faith in the people on this list. They are ignoring their constituents and their staff members in Washington and in the district are disdainful when they answer the phone, which is seldom.
Obama backs plan to legalize illegals
That Schumer is involved with this scheming scam is normal. That is Schumer's way and while it is not shocking it is disappointing that our little Lindsey Graham is assisting such a liberal power grab in such a grand way. It gives Obama the prized mantle of bi-partisanship.
At least La Raza will enjoy our proposed government health care. Ours couldn't possibly be as bad as Mexico's. Oh, wait, Mexico just might become the other 7 states that Obama referred to. The 57 states of Los Estados Unidos de América.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Dems defeat GOP effort to force separate vote on Senate health bill
Zack Space voted for the socialist HCR and against his constituents at the same time. Space is no longer a Blue Dog Democrat, he's a lap dog for Pelosi and her socialized medicine.
My parents purchased tickets to see the movie Alamo. We had reserved seats and a tall thin lady carrying a tray of goodies and cigarettes walked the aisles before the movie began. I was so excited I couldn't sit still. I fidgeted in my shorts, knee highs, bow tie, jacket and coonskin cap. As the movie started I kept looking for the David Crockett. To my horror it wasn't Davy, but just some actor who I later found out was named John Wayne. My mother leaned in close and told me that Davy had given his permission for Mr. Wayne to portray him. Disappointed, but awed by the giant screen and the swirling colors I quietly watched in awe as the defenders of the Alamo and the soldiers of the Mexican army spoke of their respect for each other before the final bloody battle. It didn't hurt so much when the actor portraying Davy died in front of the chapel because he wasn't really Davy, just an actor.
In time, as I got older and was allowed to watch TV and began to go to movies, I began a lifetime of respect for John "Duke" Wayne, but Fess Parker was the only real Davy Crockett to me and Davy must have talked to my mother because he gave her permission for her and my father to call me Davy. They did until I became a teenager.
Fess Parker was a good man.
President Obama Promotes OFA Astroturf Campaign (with Bonus Plagiarism)
Rahm Axlerod must be proud.
If voters want real change all they have to do is say "stop it."
To change Washington, change Obama and the way he wants change. Spending Trillions we don't have is not the change we want.
Think about it, if this bill, according to the CBO, saves $130 billion in the first 10 years then by doing the next part we can save another $130 billion for a grand total of $260 billion in savings! Right?
Source: CBO estimates health care bill at $940 billion
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Democrats' revised health care bill will cost $940 billion over the next 10 years, a House Democratic source told CNN Thursday.
The bill cuts the deficit by $130 billion during that period of time, according to the source.
This report is so bogus because it takes into account "savings" that Congress will implement over the next ten years. Has Congress ever controlled spending over the long term? No.
Kiss the savings goodbye. Might as well wave bye-bye just once instead of twice, thrice and so forth. You don't want to sprain that arm. You may need health care.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Faced with the daunting prospect of being significantly outspent by his Republican opponent, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown spoke to a labor group Tuesday and urged them to go on the offensive.
Sure, organize illegally with outside groups. Way to go.
"We're going to attack whenever we can, but I'd rather have you attack," Brown said at a gathering of the California delegation of the Laborers' International Union of North America in Sacramento. "I'd rather be the nice guy in this race. We'll leave [the attacks] to ... the Democratic Party and others."
Ah, good cop, bad cop, but it doesn't work very well when your victims know that it is occurring. Besides, unions are nonpartisan, just ask them and they'll
Tucker Bounds, a spokesman for GOP candidate Meg Whitman, said Brown's pitch was unseemly and perhaps even illegal.
"Unseemly"? Not a normal campaign punch word, but whatever. Of course it's illegal.
"I think this is pretty clear evidence that Jerry Brown is actively seeking independent support to prop up his campaign from the unions attacking Meg Whitman," Bounds said. "And more importantly, I think, it's Jerry Brown in his own words laying out a very cynical campaign strategy that's playing fast and loose with the campaign rules in California."
Ol' Jerry Brown playing fast and loose with the rules? Say it ain't so.
Brown spokesman Sterling Clifford noted Brown singled out the Democratic Party in his speech and "pretty clearly was not talking about" giving money to other groups. Brown has been aggressively urging unions and other groups to donate money to help offset the millions of dollars that Whitman and rival GOP candidate Steve Poizner have committed to spend on the campaign.
Ah, Clifford, even unions have limits on what they can donate directly, but what they spend on their own for liberals and Democrats is well documented. Embarrassingly so.
"Meg Whitman's claims are completely false and without any basis in fact," Clifford said. "Not content to buy the airwaves and bully her primary opponent, Whitman and her attack-dog consultants are trying to shut out the voices of working Californians."
Nice dodge Clifford. Yeah, it's normal for you to call your opponent a liar without saying it, then accuse them of something mean and untrue. Plus, how is Whitman bullying her opponent and why do you care except to get your mug in the news, and how is she or her consultants trying to shut out the voices of working Californians? Where was that asked? Are you suggesting that only Brown voters work?
Many of the Laborers' International local unions have donated directly to Brown's campaign. In his speech, Brown thanked them for being "very generous, but we've got to keep it coming."
No contributions from the labor group have appeared in the coffers of any independent committees attacking Whitman, according to the official campaign finance database at the California secretary of state's office. But state campaign laws do not require disclosure of such contributions until later this month.
Even after a month the unions will report as little as possible in direct contributions and will go all ACORN with paper groups, subsidiaries and shell groups to hide donations and expenditures..
California election law states contributions to independent expenditure committees may not be "made in concert with, or at the request or suggestion of, the candidate on whose behalf, or for whose benefit, the expenditure is made, or any controlled committee or any agent of the candidate."
Oh, that will just scare Jerry and the unions right to death.
Unions, Obama groups, Demo 527s, environmental groups, liberal/progressive groups, groups funded by foreigners and all the other wackjob groups wil attack the Republican candidate. Then attack more. Then smear. Then lie. And probably go postal.
"Forget it Jake, it's
Some speak of HCR as a Pyrrhic victory for the progressive and socialist wings of the Democratic Party. At least so. Think Antonio de Papua María Severino López de Santa Anna y Pérez Lebrón, aka Santa Anna who believed he could destroy his enemy with the battle of the Alamo at San Antonio de Bexar. He won the battle, but lost the war and lost his empire.
But when one wins a battle, not just by destroying the enemy, but also the allies, well, then the war is truly lost.
House Democrats feeling the heat over health care
“We’re having donors, even donors outside of our district, that are being called and asked to urge support” for the bill, said a senior aide to one conservative Democrat, who indicated the tactics could backfire on the health care bill. “If you want to play Chicago-style politics, and that’s what this is, then we will come out firmly against it.”
The aide also targeted the Democratic National Committee, where Vice Chairwoman Donna Brazile used her Twitter account to encourage primary challenges to Democrats who vote against the bill.
“If a handful of Democrats decide to defeat this bill, they deserve to get a primary challenge to defend the status quo and insurance industry,” Brazile tweeted.
The White House said no one there is telling donors to call members, and Brazile later clarified that she wasn’t speaking for the DNC.
Nonetheless, the comments fueled frustration among moderate Democrats who believe their party is working against them.
New Poll Finds Americans Really, Really Do Not Want ObamaCare
Even as voters tell Congress not to pass this power and tax grab by government, HCR's supporters plead, beg and cry for wavering representatives to "keep standing by us, not the insurance companies." I guess they are unable to understand that whole "will of the people" thing.
Talk about exploding heads....
I'm Welsh, at least on my father's side, who had exactly one Irish ancestor who was named Cecelia McGuire and was "kidnapped" in Ireland at age 14 to become a wife in America. Cecelia birthed 22 children, but only 6 survived into adulthood. Her husband, David my 2nd great grandfather, only called her "meGirl" and was quite older than Cecelia. When Cecelia died young, David said (documented), "I'll meet you soon MeGirl," took to his bed and promptly died with a weepy smile on his face. Neither drank, cheated or lied, though it is said David gave up those things plus gambling when he married Cecelia. They educated their kids, took care of the poor and the sick and fought to preserve the Union from then until now.
My mother's family known to be sturdy Scots and Prussians had many more Irish hanging tough in the family tree. Those Irish made peace with Chief of the Powhatan, Opechancanough, one married Princess Nicketti who was a niece to Makoita (Pocahontas), others founded Richmond, Virginia, commanded the artillery at Yorktown and built a family empire that covered Goochland, Cumberland and most of present day West Virginia and a lot of Ohio. They married well, worked hard and taught their children well enough to attend the best colleges of the day and founded a few more with the intent that all could get an education. They didn't drink, cheat or lie. They fought to preserve their state and their world in the War of Northern Aggression and then they fought to preserve America in every war since. Their word and character were their bond. Their bond was worth its weight in gold.
They never celebrated Saint Valentine's Day except to pray. I don't believe there is a sign on the Gates of Heaven stating, "Irish need not apply."
It took Bush II four years to even come close to the Obama spending spree, but then Bush II didn't nationalize banks, auto companies and every other business or industry he could make his own.
Part of Obama's spending spree has been directed towards jobs for Americans, but so far the jobs have gone overseas and here in the US have fallen 8.5 million jobs short giving us an unemployment rate of about 16.8%.
These are the geniuses that want to nationalize health care fo our benefit. Uh-oh.
Kucinich switches healthcare vote
Kucinich traveled with Obama aboard Air Force One this week to the president's appearance at a campaign-styled pitch in Ohio for the healthcare legislation which the House is near approving, if leaders can hold a razor-thin vote.
Dennis must have really liked the gift. That Obama, he's a cagey one.
Space undecided how he'll vote on reform bill
I guess if Zack can vote to cost jobs and raise taxes on his constituents with his vote for Cap and Trade, he'll have no problem with Pelosi's and Reid's ObamaCare.
If Zack understood the term "representative democracy" or republic he wouldn't still be undecided. Maybe not, he doesn't seem too interested in what his constituents want or don't want.
Maybe Pelosi offers a better benefit.
Sony chairman Michael Lynton calls for healthy alternative to popcorn in cinemas
Maybe the theater will have rent-a-mommies to caution us about eating healthy, to cover our eyes at the really bad parts and to make sure our Dr Denton's are buttoned and comfy.
That's what William Wallace would want. Us all safe and warm in the bask of cinematic love.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Barack Obama threatens to withdraw support from wavering Democrats
Barack Obama has said he will not campaign for any Democratic congressmen who fails to support health care reform.
If I was a Democrat I'd be screaming from the rooftops that I am voting against HCR!
Monday, March 15, 2010
Because the will of the people must be known and acted on.
Let them vote, if the Pelosi Slaughter allows them, and the will of the people will be known and then acted on.
And they will lose.
Detroit Clamping Down on Employee Scents
City officials in Detroit say workers at three city buildings will soon have to monitor their scents or face possible warnings.
The new regulations are the result of the city's settlement of a 2008 lawsuit filed by a city planner, who claimed she had breathing sensitivity due to a co-worker's perfume.
Whatever you like is next.
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The second strike was a curve ball by the Senate Parliamentarian stating that Democrats can't use illegal substitutions under the rules.
Ruling Kills an Option for Moving Health Bill
The Senate Parliamentarian has ruled that President Barack Obama must sign Congress’ original health care reform bill before the Senate can act on a companion reconciliation package, senior GOP sources said Thursday.
House Democratic leaders have been searching for a way to ensure that any move they make to approve the Senate-passed $871 billion health care reform bill is followed by Senate action on a reconciliation package of adjustments to the original bill. One idea is to have the House and Senate act on reconciliation prior to House action on the Senate’s original health care bill.
Information Republicans say they have received from the Senate Parliamentarian’s Office eliminates that option. House Democratic leaders last week began looking at crafting a legislative rule that would allow the House to approve the Senate health care bill, but not forward it to Obama for his signature until the Senate clears the reconciliation package.
The administration, Pelosi and Reid, no friends of Hoyle, didn't see this one coming and just stared as it went over the plate.
The "Cornhusker kickback" $100 million to Medicaid for Sen. Ben Nelson’s vote.
Florida's "Gator Aid" a Medicare deal potentially worth $5 billion, a hefty price for Sen. Bill Nelson's vote.
Billions in direct, indirect and kickbacks to unions who will also get to be part of the decision making process and will become even more powerful as work groups such as state reimbursed home health care workers would be forced to join unions and unions would get lucrative contracts to do training nationwide as a recruitment tool.
Vermont and Massachusetts $100s of millions to cover increased Medicaid costs
Connecticut will get $100 million for a hospital thanks to mortgage artist Chris Dodd.
Nebraska and Michigan nonprofit insurance companies will be exempt from having to pay for a $7 billion tax to pay for HCR thanks to Carl Levin and Ben Nelson.
Several states will see an increase in Medicare payments to hospitals and doctors, the NYT reports, “where at least 50 percent of the counties are ‘frontier counties,’ defined as those having a population density less than six people per square mile. And which are the lucky states? The bill gives no clue. But the Congressional Budget Office has determined that Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming meet the criteria.”
Via NYT: “Another provision of the bill would increase Medicare payments to certain “low-volume hospitals” treating limited numbers of Medicare patients. Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa and chairman of the Senate health committee, said this ‘important fix’ would help midsize Iowa hospitals in Grinnell, Keokuk and Spirit Lake. Another item in Mr. Reid’s package specifies the data that Medicare officials should use in adjusting payments to hospitals to reflect local wage levels. The officials can use certain new data only if it produces a higher index and therefore higher Medicare payments for these hospitals. Senate Democrats said this provision would benefit hospitals in Connecticut and Michigan.”
$300 million to increase federal Medicare payments to doctors in a wide swath of the state in response to complaints that low reimbursement rates have kept them from taking new patients. Rep. Sam Farr (D-Carmel).
Via Politico: “Three states – Pennsylvania, New York and Florida – all won protections for their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries at a time when the program is facing cuts nationwide.”
An increase in Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments for Hawaii, meaning 49 other states will pay more in taxes so that Hawaii can receive this special benefit.
Exempts Medigap supplemental insurance plans sold by Mutual of Omaha, headquartered in Nebraska, from the new tax on health insurance companies.
Via the Burlington Free Press: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scored a big victory, too, with the inclusion in the amendment package of $10 billion to expand community health centers across the country — including at least two more in Vermont.
“We are talking about a revolution in primary care here,” Sanders said. Funding community health centers in an additional 10,000 communities would extend primary care to 25 million more Americans. The $10 billion, added at Sanders’ request, would also ensure there would be medical professionals to provide primary care by expanding the National Health Service Corps by an additional 20,000 slots. Doctors, dentists, nurses and other medical professionals who agree to work in areas where there are limited medical services get help paying off their school loans. The House version of the health care reform bill contains $14 billion for these initiatives. Sanders said he was hopeful the final amount, which will be hammered out in negotiations between the House and Senate, would be closer to $14 billion.
AARP through Philip Klein: $18 million in stimulus money and the Medigap royalty/kickback scheme.
Abortion Lies - Pro abortion- Attorney Mary Harned of Americans United for Life, has also examined the abortion sections of Reid’s new measure, which she says “provides for an unprecedented expansion of federally-funded abortion. ”
“The bill includes pro-abortion language and mirrors the false compromise Capps Amendment from the House debate — it allows the public option to include abortion coverage and provides federal subsidies for private plans which cover abortion,” she said.
Change, ignore or break the rules – First the Massachusetts Demos changed the law to prevent Republican Mitt Romney from appointing a vacant Senate seat, then they did a 180 to get a temporary senator put in place to vote for HCR. The HCR vote didn’t happen in time and Republican Scott Brown won the seat so the Demos then tried to delay his being seated. Voters beat them in the election and then forced them to follow the law and seat Brown.
Ignore Congressional rules -- from the failure to appoint a "conference committee"
Break the rules and not negotiate differences between the House and Senate bills
Undermine the process using plans to use the reconciliation process to bypass a Republican filibuster.
Then there is The Slaughter Solution - House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter is prepping to help usher the health care overhaul through the House and potentially avoid a direct vote on the Senate overhaul bill, the chairwoman said Tuesday.
Slaughter is weighing preparing a rule that would consider the Senate bill passed once the House approves a corrections bill that would make changes to the Senate version.
Bribery - Rep Jim Matheson (D-Utah) suggested that he might be willing to switch his vote and support the latest version of ObamaCare than his brother was nominated for a federal judgeship.
Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) is also on the undecided list. And, purely by coincidence no doubt, the Justice Department just announced that it is dropping an FBI investigation that has been swirling about the congressman. Gosh, if only Charlie Rangel were one of the undecideds.
Democrat Rep. Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania admitted to veteran Philly newsman Larry Kane that Team Obama dangled a “high-ranking” position in the administration if he dropped out of the Senate race and left incumbent Republican-turned Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter alone, a HCR supporter.
In Colorado, the Denver Post reported last fall that Deputy White House Chief of Staff Jim Messina “offered specific suggestions” for an Obama administration job to far Left Democrat Andrew Romanoff if he withdrew his challenge to White House-backed incumbent Democrat Sen. Michael Bennet, a HCR supporter.
Blackmail - On-the-fence Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln is getting a primary challenger with some backing from the national Democratic machine.
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), whose opposition to abortion funding has become one of the bill's biggest hurdles, is now seeing attacks on his ethics. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow recently questioned the legality of the low rent that a conservative Christian group charges Stupak for his DC apartment. She even noted ominously that disgraced South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford stayed at the same building. The liberal blog Daily Kos has picked up on the charges and suggested that both the IRS and the House Ethics Committee investigate.
Gag the doctors - Senate Demos are only extending Medicare doctor payments at their current levels for one month instead of the usual year to silence doctors from opposing HCR. If the doctors oppose HCR they will suffer a 21% cut in payments. This is being used to keep the deplorable AMA in line and endorsing ObamaCare.
(Thanks to Michelle Malkin, WSJ, Politico, congressional sites, the NYT, various other sources. This is NOT a complete list, but it is a start.)