Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
the expansive “rights” demanded by liberals are not rights but positive demands that require others to hand over some of the property to the claimant
"It’s not an endlessly expanding list of rights – the “right” to education, the “right” to health care, the “right” to food and housing. That’s not freedom, that’s dependency. Those aren’t rights, those are the rations of slavery – hay and a barn for human cattle." – Alexis De Tocqueville.
"Do you ever feel dirty inside defending this administration's deceits and deception?"
For those of you that are less well-read, the "Squealer" in the title is a reference to a character from Animal Farm-the dystopian allegorical novella by George Orwell, aka Eric Arthur Blair.
Squealer: A small white fat porker who serves as Napoleon's right hand pig and minister of propaganda. Squealer manipulates the language to excuse, justify, and extol all of Napoleon's actions. Squealer limits debate by complicating it and he confuses and disorients, making claims that the pigs need the extra luxury they are taking in order to function properly, for example. However, when questions persist, he usually uses the threat of the return of Mr Jones, the former owner of the farm, to justify the pigs' privileges. Squealer uses statistics to convince the animals that life is getting better and better. Most of the animals have only dim memories of life before the revolution; therefore, they are convinced. In the end, he is the first pig to walk on his hind legs.
ANYWAY, watch the video.
Declaration of Health Care Independence
In order to retain the Blessings of Liberty as secured to us by our Founding Fathers and as expressed in our Constitution, We the People reject the imposition upon us of a new, Washington-controlled system of government-run health care. We demand Constitutional protection of the right to make our own health decisions and our own health care choices free of government denials, bureaucratic red tape and greater intergenerational debt.
A Washington takeover of American health care will:
- Deny fundamental personal and economic liberties and indisputably violate the Principle of Limited Government as established by the Constitution;
- Impose increased costs and taxes upon individuals, families and businesses, as well as taxpayers at the federal, state and local levels;
- Irreparably cripple the American economy, at the cost of jobs, businesses, productivity, and quality of life;
- Create an inescapable new tax by imposing individual and employer mandates;
- Institutionalize a massive, ever-expanding federal bureaucracy that is impersonal and impractical;
- Empower bureaucrats to interfere in the doctor-patient relationship, undermine the quality of care, limit choice, and increase the cost of health care.
We have appealed to the decency of the elected majority to respect the rights of all Americans, but their leaders have been deaf to the Voice of the People. We are appalled by their cavalier disregard of the Constitution and of the demands of the People. We are repulsed by their blatant political bribes and kickbacks.
We, the People and Representatives of the United States of America, therefore, do solemnly Publish and Declare that health care reform, as a matter of principle, must:
- Protect as inviolate the vital doctor-patient relationship;
- Reject any addition to the crushing national debt heaped upon all Americans;
- Improve, rather than diminish, the quality of care that Americans enjoy;
- Be negotiated publicly, transparently, with genuine accountability and oversight;
- Treat private citizens at least as well as political officials;
- Protect taxpayers from funding of abortion and abortion coverage;
- Reject all new mandates on patients, employers, individuals, or states;
- Prohibit expansion of taxpayer-funded health care to those unlawfully present in the United States;
- Guarantee Equal Protection under the law and the Constitution;
- Empower, rather than limit, an open and accessible marketplace of health care choice and opportunity.
This document was prepared by Rep. Michelle Bachmann and has been signed by at least 100 members of the Congress to date. If you agree with this Declaration of Health Care Independence, please let your elected officials know by adding your name to the petition.
Obamacare prescription: 'Emergency health army'
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
"Virtuous acts can license subsequent asocial and unethical behaviors..."
Study finds that people that "wear the halo of green consumerism" are less likely to be kind to others, and more likely to cheat and steal.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Displaying the soles of shoes or throwing shoes is not polite behavior anywhere, but in much of the Arab world the shoe is used as a special tool of insult or affront.
USE RELIGIOUS FREEDOMS TO CHALLENGE OBAMA CARE
By MICHAEL SAVAGE
(MichaelSavage.com) OBAMA IS PREPARING TO SHOVE SOCIALIZED MEDICINE DOWN OUR THROATS. AND IN ORDER TO DO SO, HE’S DECIDED TO BLOW UP THE U.S. SENATE. HE ANNOUNCED THAT RATHER THAN FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE U.S. SENATE, WHICH REQUIRE 60 VOTES TO END DEBATE ON ANY ISSUE, THE DEMONCATS WILL USE A METHOD CALLED "RECONCILIATION" TO PASS THE BILL WITH ONLY 51 SENATE VOTES. OBAMA HAS DECIDED TO USE THE NUCLEAR OPTION TO FORCE HIS WILL ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. NOW YOU KNOW THAT THE DEMONCATS ATTACKED THIS SAME METHOD WHEN THEY THOUGHT THE REPUBLICANS WERE GOING TO USE IT IN 2005. BUT THAT DOESN’T MATTER TO THEM BECAUSE THEY’RE IN POWER NOW.
ON TOP OF THAT HE’S GOING TO MAKE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO DON’T NEED HEALTH INSURANCE PAY TO SUPPORT ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO DON’T PAY FOR HEALTHCARE AT ALL. MAYBE YOU DON’T KNOW THIS, BUT MAKING INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS BUY HEALTH INSURANCE IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IT’S TRUE THAT ARTICLE I, SECTION 8 OF THE CONSITUTION GIVES CONGRESS THE POWER TO REGULATE INTERSTATE COMMERCE. BUT IN ORDER FOR THIS TO APPLY, CONGRESS MUST BE REGULATING SOME KIND OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY. BUT A HEALTHCARE MANDATE DOESN’T REGULATE ANY SORT OF "ACTIVITY.” JUST BEING AN AMERICAN WOULD TRIGGER IT.
THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME THAT BIG GOVERNMENT HAS TRIED TO FORCE NONSENSICAL AND DRACONIAN REGULATION ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. THIS WAS FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT’S APPROACH IN THE 1930s UNDER HIS SOCIALIST “NEW DEAL” PROGRAM. BUT HIS DICTATORIAL SCHEMES CAME INTO CONFLICT WITH FOUR JEWISH BROTHERS IN NEW YORK, THE SCHECHTER BROTHERS WHO RAN TWO KOSHER BUTCHER SHOPS IN BROOKLYN.
ROOSEVELT CREATED THE NATIONAL RECOVERY ADMINISTRATION (NRA) DURING THE DEPRESSION TO SOCIALIZE AMERICA. IT DREW UP ALL KINDS OF DETAILED CODES FOR INDIVIDUAL INDUSTRIES, TELLING HOW FIRMS HAD TO DO THEIR BUSINESS. THE SCHECHTER BROTHERS, THE KOSHER BUTCHERS FROM BROOKLYN, FELL UNDER RULES WHICH SAID CUSTOMERS COULD BUY A WHOLE OR HALF COOP OF CHICKENS, BUT COULDN’T MAKE A SELECTION OF PARTICULAR BIRDS. THIS WAS IN CONFLICT WITH JEWISH KOSHER LAWS, WHICH REQUIRED THE REMOVAL OF UNHEALTHY ANIMALS FROM THE STOCK. IT WAS A VIOLATION OF THEIR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM. BUT THE COURTS FOUND THE SCHECHTER BROTHERS GUILTY OF ALLOWING THEIR CUSTOMERS TO BUY INDIVIDUAL CHICKENS INSTEAD OF WHOLE COOPS AND THEY ALL SERVED JAIL TIME.
BUT ON APPEAL, THE CASE MADE IT TO THE SUPREME COURT, WHERE THEY FOUND IN FAVOR OF THE SCHECHTER BROTHERS BY A UNANIMOUS DECSION. THE COURT HELD THAT FDR’S REGULATIONS WERE IN EXCESS OF CONGRESSIONAL POWER UNDER THE COMMERCE CLAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION AND INVALIDATED THEM. SPEAKING TO AIDES OF ROOSEVELT, JUSTICE LOUIS BRANDEIS REMARKED THAT, “THIS IS THE END OF THIS BUSINESS OF CENTRALIZATION, AND I WANT YOU TO GO BACK AND TELL THE PRESIDENT THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET THIS GOVERNMENT CENTRALIZE EVERYTHING.” THE SAME MESSAGE SHOULD BE SENT TO OBAMA.
IT’S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT IN THE CASE OF THE SCHECHTER BROTHERS, GOVERNMENT REGULATION CAME INTO CONFLICT WITH JEWISH DIETARY LAWS. IF THEIR LAWYERS HAD TAKEN ANOTHER TACK, THEY PROBABLY COULD HAVE WON ON THE BASIS THAT THEIR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WAS BEING VIOLATED. BUT THIS TIME AROUND, OBAMA THE DICTATOR HAS MADE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS FOR HEALTHCARE INSURANCE. THE AMISH WON’T BE REQUIRED TO BUY HEALTH INSURANCE. CHRISTIAN SCIENTISTS WON’T BE REQUIRED TO BUY IT, AS MODERN MEDICAL CARE VIOLATES THEIR RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS.
SO HERE’S MY SUGGESTION: IF THEY CAN MAKE EXCEPTIONS FOR THESE RELIGIOUS GROUPS, LET’S FIND OTHER RELIGIOUS GROUPS THAT THEY’LL HAVE TO FIND EXCEPTIONS FOR UNTIL THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE EXEMPTED FROM THE SYSTEM, THAT THEY WON’T POSSIBLY BE ABLE TO PAY FOR IT. LET’S THINK ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES:
- WILL RELIGIOUS JEWS BE FORCED TO PAY FOR MEDICAL CARE ON SATURDAY, THE JEWISH SABBATH, ON WHICH THEY’RE NOT ALLOWED TO RECEIVE MEDICAL CARE?
- WILL OBAMA CARE PAY FOR RELIGIOUS CIRCUMCISION IN JEWISH FAMILIES?
- DEVOUT MUSLIMS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF ALCOHOL? DOES THIS MEAN THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN AN OBAMA CARE PROGRAM WHICH COVERS ALCOHOL SWABS?
THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS. WHAT OTHER RELIGIOUS EXEMPTIONS DO YOU THINK YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO USE TO AVOID OBAMA’S SOCIALIZED MEDICINE PLAN?
AMERICA MUST ACT QUICKLY ON THIS, BECAUSE OBAMA IS SHOVING THIS THROUGH THE SENATE AS WE SPEAK. OBAMA’S NUCLEAR OPTION FLIES IN THE FACE OF OVER 200 YEARS OF SENATE TRADITION. REQUIRING ONLY 51 VOTES INSTEAD OF 60 FLIES IN THE FACE OF THE INTENT OF THE CONSTITUTION. WHEN THE FOUNDERS DESIGNED THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT, THEY MADE THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THE BODY THAT WAS MEANT TO BE DIRECTLY AND IMMEDIATELY RESPONSIVE TO THE VOTERS. THAT’S WHY THEY HAVE SHORT, TWO-YEAR TERMS. THAT’S WHY THEY REPRESENT SMALL DISTRICTS AND HAVE A MORE DIRECT RELATIONSHIP TO THE VOTERS.
THE SENATE, ON THE OTHER HAND, WAS DESIGNED TO BE A MODERATING INFLUENCE ON THE PASSIONS OF THE ELECTORATE. THAT’S WHY THEY HAVE SIX-YEAR TERMS, LONGER THAN THAT OF THE PRESIDENT, SO THEY COULD WEATHER THE STORMS OF A POPULACE STIRRED UP BY A POTENTIAL DICTATOR. THAT’S WHY THEY REPRESENT ENTIRE STATES INSTEAD OF JUST DISTRICTS. UNTIL THE EARLY 20TH CENTURY, SENATORS WEREN’T EVEN ELECTED DIRECTLY BY THE VOTERS.
EVEN GEORGE WASHINGTON UNDERSTOOD THAT THE SENATE WAS MEANT TO ACT AS A BULWARK AGAINST THE ACTIONS OF THOSE WHO WOULD TRY TO QUICKLY IMPOSE THEIR WILL ON THE NATION. IN A LEGENDARY CONVERSATION, THOMAS JEFFERSON HAD RETURNED FROM FRANCE AND WAS BREAKFASTING WITH WASHINGTON AS THE CONSTITUTION WAS BEING CREATED. JEFFERSON ASKED WASHINGTON WHY HE AGREED TO HAVE A SENATE. “WHY,” SAID WASHINGTON, “DID YOU JUST NOW POUR THAT COFFEE INTO YOUR CUP BEFORE DRINKING IT?” “TO COOL IT,” SAID JEFFERSON; “MY THROAT IS NOT MADE OF BRASS.” “EVEN SO,” SAID WASHINGTON, “WE POUR OUR LEGISLATION INTO THE SENATORIAL CUP TO COOL IT.”
THAT IS WHAT THE U.S. SENATE WAS DESIGNED TO DO – STOP BABY DICTATORS LIKE OBAMA FROM RUNNING TOO HOT AND PUSHING THROUGH THEIR RADICAL AGENDAS BEFORE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES HAD A CHANCE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS GOING ON. BUT OBAMA HAS DECIDED TO BLOW UP OVER 200 YEARS OF SENATE TRADITION, BLOW UP THE INTENT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THOMAS JEFFERSON, AND BLOW UP THE ESSENCE OF THE CONSTITUTION IN ORDER TO PASS SOCIALIZED MEDICINE WITH THE NUCLEAR OPTION.
YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS COULD BE MORE THAN JUST A DEFEAT FOR CONSERVATIVES OR REPUBLICANS. IF OBAMA SUCCEEDS IN DROPPING HIS BOMB, IT WILL DESTROY THE VERY CORE OF THE CONSTITUTION. IT’S AN ATTACK AGAINST EVERYTHING GUARANTEED BY THE BILL OF RIGHTS, EVEN THOSE CHERISHED BY LIBERALS. BECAUSE IF OBAMA CAN DESTROY ONE PART OF THE CONSTITUTION, HE CAN DESTROY ANY PART OF IT. AND DON’T THINK FOR A MINUTE THAT SOCIALIZED MEDICINE WILL BE THE LAST STOP ON THE TRAIN BOUND FOR PERDITION.
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Scores hacked to death in Nigerian sectarian clash
"They came around three o'clock in the morning and started shooting into the air. The shooting was meant to bring people from their houses and then, when people came out, they started cutting them with machetes."
Know your reps, and know their voting records and positions on the issues.
Project Vote Smart is an invaluable tool for keeping up on this stuff. Bookmark it.
I'm shocked by the choice of those 3 individuals.
C'mon, a murderer, a drag queer/queen and a basketball player that did Madonna?
I would have picked these 3 as far better role models:
(click the photo, dummy!)
RFK's son slams LAPD for displaying clothing his father wore when assassinated
What a whiner!
FUCK THE KENNEDY CLAN!!!
Saturday, March 6, 2010
To drive through downtown Santa Barbara is to count the amazing variety of Volvo, Mercedes, Lexus, and BMW SUVs — and wonder where the gasoline comes from, as off-shore drilling declines. You get the picture — our top echelons have become quite prissy. The redwood deck is beloved, not the falling coast redwood tree; kitchen granite counters are de rigueur, not the blasting at the top of the granite mountain; the Prius is a badge of honor, not the chemical plant that makes its batteries; we now like stainless steel frigs, but hate steel’s coke, and iron ore, and electricity lines; arugula is tasty, not the canal that brings water 400 miles to irrigate it; I support teacher unions and -studies courses in the public schools, but not with my Ivy-League bound children.
This is a great editorial I found over to Pajamas Media. I suggest you read it through.
Basically it tells us that the Californians are fucked.
The world's greatest climate-change fear-monger has amassed millions in book sales and speaking fees.
...Mr. Gore was laying his own foundations. As he was whipping up hysteria over climate change, he cannily invested in "green" firms that stood to profit in the hundreds of millions of dollars (if not more) from increased government regulations and sweetheart deals from connected politicians and bureaucrats. The multimillionaire climate dilettante was given a free pass by reporters, who refused to ask him hard questions about the degree to which he was profiting from the panic he was causing.
(via Washington Times)
Al Gore is a fraud AND a douchebag!
Here's a great example of how these do-gooders do more harm than good.
Live Aid Famine Cash Bought Guns, Not Grain
The road to hell is paved with good intent.
personally I thought Live Aids sucked.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
THIS is why this country is BROKE.
... and speaking of wasted $$$, the government just pissed away another one billion dollars of YOUR MONEY on a new state of the art embassy in London. At least it has a moat.