October 29, 2009

A scary part of the new health care bill

reference: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/30/health/policy/30health.html?hp

Not only does the new health care bill include what Nancy Pelosi calls a "millionaire's tax," which will tax the most wealthy of our nation and funnel the money into paying for the $894 billion health care plan*, but it also includes federal funding for abortions.

And, Nancy Pelosi has proposed a rule for the debate on the new 1,900 page health care bill that would deny any opposition the opportunity to debate portions of the bill that include federal funding for and plans that allow for elective abortion.

Please contact your representatives today to encourage support for the Pitts-Stupak amendment, which would allow for debate on these portions of the bill. Please also ask them to stand by the fact that abortions are NOT health care!

Here are two links via the Susan B. Anthony List (a pro-life organization) that will allow you to contact your state representatives concerning this amendment. Please ask them to support the Pitts-Stupak amendment, and to oppose the Pelosi Rule:

link to Susan B. Anthony List - contact your rep to support Pitts-Stupak

link to Susan B. Anthony List - contact your reps to say abortion is not health care

It only takes a minute to contact your reps on both issues. Please find the time to do this, to keep abortion out of the health care bill.

*The new bill, like an earlier version, retains a surtax on high-income people, but increases the thresholds. The tax would hit married couples with adjusted gross incomes exceeding $1 million a year and individuals over $500,000 — just three-tenths of a percent of all households, Democrats said.

October 28, 2009

44,000 Ghosts

Perhaps single-payer health proponents don't think anyone checks their facts. For that matter, democrats in general seem to think the "average American" spends little to no time questioning the "facts" and figures they put forth to bolster their causes. A few cases:

* Is the Earth really warming up at an alarming rate, such that if we don't shoot atmosphere-sustaining gases into space we're all going to die? No, but Al Gore would have you believe it, based on his faulty temperature statistics. In fact, the Earth's temperature is cooling down, which is completely normal, and the heating/cooling process does not necessarily rely on humans to either help or hinder.

* Is welfare a useful, temporary tool for minority and low economic class citizens to utilize while they continue to search for work? No, it actually fosters a mindset of dependence on the government as well as indifference to or defeatism in finding work. Fact is, when President Clinton cut welfare benefits, more people returned to work, including unwed mothers and high-school educated poor, two groups that democrats had long been trying to encourage into the workforce. Who knew that the motivation people needed to work was simply less government assistance and more available employment?

As usual, behind the healthcare debate is another democrat who knows more than you and, under the guise of watching your back, blatantly disregards your ability to think critically about the issue. Instead, he chooses to persuade you with emotional appeals, citing huge numbers and saying that these represent those who die every year without health insurance!

Consider that when the numbers game is played by the other side, it's immediately considered fabrication and unworthy of even checking for validity. For example, one might mention in an article that almost 50 million abortions have been performed between 1973 and 2009 in the United States alone. Worldwide, that number skyrockets to over 960 million since 1973 (and through the end of 2008). Those are guaranteed deaths, nay, murders committed for a vast number of reasons (the least likely being that the life of the mother is in danger). But as soon as you mention that its unborn babies being killed, politicians roll their eyes. "Don't make this a political issue!" someone might even demand.

Unfortunately, health care run by the government by definition IS a political issue, which is precisely why so many people don't like the sound of it. Politics come first over policy, with our increasingly socialistic Obama administration mandating that everyone have health insurance. When the command caused citizens to revolt, Nancy Pelosi and her cronies switched tactics, parading fellow democrats out to repeat emotionally-charged statistics of the "number of Americans that die every year from a lack of health insurance." Tragically, and predictably, this number is completely convoluted, having its origins in a study that the practitioners admitted was wrought with potentially highly inaccurate information.

Below is an excerpt from Michelle Malkin's recent article, "The bogus death statistic that won't die," which you can read completely by clicking on this link. She cites the statements of both Alan Grayson, the representative from Florida who oft quotes the 44,000 figure, as well as the scientists who conducted the research behind the convoluted number:

"Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida has found his calling: death demagogue. First, he accused Republicans of wanting sick patients to "die quickly." Next, he likened health insurance problems to a "holocaust in America." Now, he's unveiled a new website entitled "namesofthedead.com" in memory of the "more than 44,000 Americans [who] die simply because they have no health insurance."

To boil it all down in plain English: The single-payer scientists had no way of assessing whether the survey participants received insurance coverage between the time they answered the questionnaires and the time they died. They had no way of assessing whether the deaths could have been averted with health insurance coverage. A significant portion of those classified as "uninsured" may not have been uninsured, based on past studies that actually did verify insurance status.

But the Himmelstein team just took the rate of uninsurance from the original study (3.3 percent), applied it to census data and voila: More than 44,000 Americans are dying from lack of insurance."

And, just to give you a glimpse of how desperate Pelosi and co. are in getting their bill to pass, here are a few submissions* to a nationwide video campaign using children for both emotional appeal and to simultaneously educate them to be dependent on big government. Right on?

*Organizing for America, Team Obama & the DNC’s perpetual campaign arm, is holding a health reform video contest.

October 23, 2009

Breaking: All major networks support FoxNews in White House freeze out

The White House offered an exclusive interview with one of the cabinet's "czars." The only catch? FoxNews isn't allowed to be there.

In a surprise gesture of solidarity, all the other networks invited - NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC - said that they would not participate if Fox was not allowed to along with them.

Giving credit where it is due, the mainstream networks have made the absolute correct move in backing up Fox and denying the White House power over the press. Though they regularly support President Obama's policies, they've proven that at least someone at the msm sites is wholeheartedly opposed to sanctioning one of the integral tenants of democracy, freedom of the press.

October 18, 2009

Rushing to Destroy a Man

*For those of you who don't use Hot Air (www.hotair.com) as a daily news source, you may be unawares of the superb, anonymous contributor named Doctor Zero. He consistently delivers trenchant analysis of the absurd goings-on we see played out via the White House socialist program, their mainstream media cohorts and big-name/low-class leftist ideology bloggers who love them.

But before you read his, I'd like to unravel the not-so mysterious fears of the media behind the complete shutting down of Rush Limbaugh's prospective bid for partial ownership of the St. Louis Rams. First, Al Sharpton drummed up negative controversy over some racist statements he alleged that Limbaugh made. No one could verify or source the quotes but even so, every major cable outlet (except Fox of course) ran with the white-hot story of an evil white man who got rich of being a bigot only to have his reputation stained by the very divisive remarks he made.

Then a "race studies" junior professor got onto MSNBC and posed the theory that Limbaugh wants ownership of the Rams because it's like "owning slaves." That allegation is so ludicrous and demeaning that the host should have questioned it. Instead, she and everyone else at her white-guilt riddled agency felt the "responsibility" to repeat the theory again and again, in an attempt to rid themselves of the undesired labor involved in actually sticking to a journalistic conviction that people should be given the benefit of the doubt, especially when such a disgusting claim is being made. But again, we live in a time...

Unfortunately the quote allegations turned out to be completely false. The quotes were finally sourced to someone other than Limbaugh; in fact, to an imaginary person. But since we live in a time when a Presidential con-didate does not have to prove he's an American citizen before the media annoints him, no one bothered to see if the quote was real or not before plastering it all over their pathetic "news" channels.

See how ravenous they all were to bring Rush down? Reminds me a little of the Palin debauchle; is being a little "country" really worth discrediting a woman to the point of calling her a "dumb b---ch?" Likewise, Rush Limbaugh never made the comments Al Sharpton alleged, nor would his audience have put up with it if he had. But, again, we live in a time when "conservative values" equals "racist teabaggers" in the minds of so many talking heads on ABC, CNN and MSNBC. It's amazing that on the word of Al Sharpton, himself no stranger to racist comments (or can only white people be racist?), several players from the Rams signed a petition to remove Limbaugh from the bid for ownership of the team. As if they have ever asked who owns the team before first finding out how much they'll be getting paid this season.

So a man's dream has been utterly foiled by incompetancy, irresponsible and irrational accusation. Please, let's remember how many chances Obama got, how many quotes were explained away, how many associations discredited, so that he could achieve his dream. The difference between owning a footbal team and being the director of the free world? Apparently, some dreams are worth lying to save, and some are not.

Link to Doctor Zero's "Defending the Invincible" on Hot Air
(also will be linked in my side bar Doctor Zero section)

October 15, 2009

You Don't Want to Work With This Guy

Let's get this straight, just for the record. The Obama administration does not use its own people as a shield.

However, if there's a way to make things happen and somebody needs to take the fall, it may as well be someone whose name will be forgotten. Not Barack Obama; it's practically a brand name. But maybe someone else...

So if you're Yosi Sergeant, you might get the boot after you've successfully drummed up an art campaign for promoting "the President's platform." A campaign that the White House's Office of Public Engagement asked you to coalesce the moronic street art movement to push.

And if you're Anita Dunn, you'd better get your resume in order for when you start sounding a little too confident about the perils of Fox News, and the White House dismisses you in order to "distance themselves" from the stir caused in the general population.

Who can forget Obama's good pal Van Jones, the self-professed communist who wanted to set into action a real distribution of wealth plan - which was inspired by the President, - who got shown the back door when the public outcry against his philosophy rang loudly. Obama said he didn't even know Jones had a real position in the cabinet. Really?

ACORN makes an appearance on the list with several low-level employee firings that took place after the prostitution sting revealed illegal operations in five different offices around the nation. In his usual I-didn't-know-anything-about-that way, our President disloyaled this group faster than the ACORN ladies offered to help the kids evade taxes.

Obama's done that before, of course, with Jeremiah Wright. The man who Obama claimed was like family to him was thrown to the wolves with meat tied around his neck. And by that I mean Wright's own words pouring out of his mouth. Self-indicted, or sacrificed by a candidate hungrier for a famous office than the Reverand was to distort the Gospel?

Last, but really first, to go off the radar was Vice President Joe Biden. He's the foreign policy expert who, when shown not to know his way around the Middle East countries, was relegated to fetching O's morning caffeine and nictotine binge. You can call him VP Cup O' Joe now. Hilary Clinton should thank her lucky stars that she wasn't vetted for VP to the big B.O. Surely political suicide would have been her fate then, too.

Of course, the media would have you believe that Glenn Beck singlehandedly brought these people down, or at least some of them. The others "made mistakes" or "spoke out of turn" or simply proved incompetant. But despite their inadequacies, they all have something in common: they were all appointed to a position of power by President Obama. Whether it was through silent compliance with their rhetoric, or explicit direction, President Obama is responsible for building them up and, likewise, bringing them down.

October 8, 2009

As Old As You Feel

I didn't really want to write about myself.

On your birthday, people tend to give you a free pass to do whatever you want. You want to eat nothing but cake all day? Do it! Hang out in your pjs watching "Mad Men?" It's your day!
Wait, this is actually sounding like a typical unemployed day for me. Let me begin again.

I didn't really want to write about myself. But the only people who read this blog are, presumably, people who like me, so they'll/you'll do me the service of allowing me my soapbox. Not that you have a choice; it's my blog, nyah nyah!

Did I mention I did not turn six today? Believe it or not, I'm twenty-three birthday wishes past that age. At least, chronologically. But I'll answer the question everyone likes to ask, "So, how do you feel being ___ years old now?" I'd like to answer a couple of ways.

I feel much younger than twenty-nine. I feel as though my whole life is ahead of me. I feel as though the thirties are the time I'm really going to come into my own, stylistically, vocationally, physically. In this way, being twenty-nine feels like an incredible blessing because I have made it this far and, God willing, have so much time left.

I also feel much, much older. I've a lot to be regretful about. Say that's silly or it isn't the cure for heartaches and friendships lost, that's fine. I've done things/been places/met people/neglected people such that I can't be proud. I think this regret has aged me prematurely. I feel the weight of a seventy-four year old woman whose memories of loved ones are tinged with a sincere wish that more care could have been given them. Bittersweet memories because love is still so strongly felt for them, yet they are now lost in time, distance, or mental state and can no longer be reached.

I feel like I grew up too fast and then, as a teenager, just wanted to be a child. Now I just wish I was an adult. I wish I looked like one. I wish more I acted like one.

This is all for naught if I don't mention who I think I should be in God's eyes. I know; the Proverbs 31 woman, right? She carries a weight, too, but at least she knows who she is. That's how I want to be.

This is what twenty-nine looks like for me.

October 5, 2009

Please Pray for my Aunt Monica

I know that anyone who reads this blog probably does pray, and often. I want to put in a request for the healing of my Aunt Monica's pancreas, which she hurt in an accident several years ago and has had problems with ever since. This summer she was hospitalized twice, and now she is in for a third time. She is very worried that, given the seriousness of her pancreas failing, she may not survive.

Please pray for a possible surgery that would grow liver cells onto her pancreas to restore it, or that she could survive without this organ. People who lose their pancreas usually end up having severe diabetes and sometimes are completely disabled because of the complications. But that would be a blessing considering there is a strong possibility she may not make it through a surgery at all, or the pancreatic failure would mean the end of her life.

She is a young woman - only 45 - and has a wonderful husband (my uncle on my mom's side) and three great kids. Her oldest, Kyle, is my favorite cousin. They are a very close family and would be devastated by losing her. Please pray for her recovery, in some form. Thank you.

October 1, 2009

Familia de la Hermana Lea

New photos of my sister Lea and her cute little family. Sheesh, even baby Joe is smiling!
P.S. They are die-hard Minnesota Twins fans, though they have lived in Virginia for almost a decade. You can take the girl out of Minnesota...


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