THE SAPIENT SPARROW: conservatism for commoners

"What has always made the State a hell on earth has been precisely that man has tried to make it his heaven."–Holderlin


It’s time for the allegedly pristine character of Rep. John Lewis to put up or shut up. Therefore, I am offering $10,000 of my own money to provide hard evidence that the N- word was hurled at him not 15 times, as his colleague reported, but just once. Surely one of those two cameras wielded by members of his entourage will prove his point.

And surely if those cameras did not capture such abhorrence, then someone from the mainstream media — those who printed and broadcast his assertions without any reasonable questioning or investigation — must themselves surely have it on camera. Of course we already know they don’t. If they did, you’d have seen it by now.


Rep. Lewis, if you can’t do that, I’ll give him a backup plan: a lie detector test. If you provide verifiable video evidence showing that a single racist epithet was hurled as you walked among the tea partiers, or you pass a simple lie detector test, I will provide a $10K check to the United Negro College Fund.

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Do smoking guns cause global warming, too?

Link below to Ann Coulter’s witty take on “Climategate”.

Do smoking guns cause global warming, too?.

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CLIMATEGATE: Inhofe & Issa Investigate

photo by Associated Press

The media seems to be lagging somewhat behind on the “Climategate” story.  Although the internet is full of information, both broadcast and print media appear to be focusing more on either health care reform and/or the upcoming decision by the POTUS with respect to troop deployment and strategy in Afghanistan.

With the “Cap and Trade” bill still looming in the Senate, I believe that this story deserves much more exposure.  The Wall Street Journal is one news outlet that continues to carry the “Climategate” story forward.  If this house-of-cards is to utterly collapse, it will take Congressional investigations like the ones that Rep. Issa and Sen. Inhofe have announced, and these will also need continued coverage by the media.  Should you doubt this, look at the recent subdued responses to the outrageous behavior of ACORN.  Once the media spotlight was turned elsewhere, we have been minimally updated about its final disposition.

Indeed, it would be beyond imagining if the risks taken by those working to expose both the IPCC and their adherents, as well as ACORN were somehow swept into a dark corner, only to re-emerge to our future destruction.

BTW, for the more technically inclined Sparrows out there, Watts Up With That, has a great analysis of the code that appears in the CRU hacked files.  To me, this code is the best authentication of the files, as well as the best explanation of what CRU has been up to.  More on the code and what it could mean for the future of GW-driven carbon cap and trade is here.  Commentary on the time-line of the hack and analysis of file content is here.  Keep reading.  Keep this issue alive!

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Yes, we sapient sparrows already knew this, but it is SO nice to read about.  Australian, Andrew Bolt has winnowed through the hacked CRU e-mails and has excerpts of the juicier parts in two separate articles.  Have fun!

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Today, as I watched those who traveled to Washington D. C. to rally against H.R. 3962, (it was streamed by Fox over the internet),  I was heartened.   Not only were the GOP representatives passionate, but also gave me hope that future leaders will indeed emerge who represent our founding principles.  And, the people who attended are true examples of the patriots of old.

A number of Republicans referred to their own Health Reform Bill.  Fox reported the following:

“The Republicans have put forward their own version of health care reform as an alternative, but the Congressional Budget Office estimated that their plan-while keeping premiums down and costing a mere fraction of the cost of the Democrats’ bill-would cover only 3 million more Americans.  The Democrats’ bill is projected to cover 36 million.”

As I have discussed before, I am skeptical of the number of uninsured that seems to change each and every time one of the “progressives” in the Government talks about it.  If I wanted to be very cynical, I would again point out that the Democrat bill leaves 4% uninsured, or approximately twelve million.  That number is equivalent to the actual number of currently uninsured American citizens. If the Republican bill covers 3 million of these twelve million then we would be left with about 9 million uninsured.  However, I am sure that this is NOT the math that they used.  I continue to believe that Democrats are not mathematically inclined.

In a related article Fox also reported an interesting related factoid about H.R. 3962:

“Though the bill is estimated to expand coverage from the current 83 percent to 96 percent of legal U.S. residents, the windfall of projected penalty payments also exposes a potential contradiction in reform.  A significant part of the plan to expand coverage relies financially on fines from the uninsured.”

Now, this sounds a lot like how E-Z Pass in New Jersey was originally supposed to be funded.  The thought was that ample revenue for the program would be generated from tickets issued to those drivers who approached the E-Z Pass lanes at too great a speed.  However, very few did not observe the posted limit.  As a result, little revenue was generated from fines and E-Z Pass was soon going broke.  When will these folks ever learn from the mistakes of the past?

In the midst of the rally this afternoon, the POTUS, of course, needed to make his daily T.V. appearance.  He showed up unannounced in the White House Press room to share that both the AMA and the AARP had endorsed H.R. 3962.  Commenting on the AARP endorsement the POTUS said:

“They’re endorsing this bill because they know it will strengthen Medicare, not jeopardize it.  They know it will protect the benefits our seniors recieve, not cut them.”

(Too bad that Joe Wilson was outside at the rally at the time.  We could have used his clear, sweet voice from the back of the room denouncing this statement.)

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va) responded to the AARP endorsement in a slightly different way:

“It’s really puzzling why the AARP would endorse a bill that cuts $500 billion from Medicare.  I suspect they will get a lot of pushback.”

I am hoping for a lot of pushback from EVERYONE.  The vote is scheduled for Saturday.  The POTUS is going to drop by and schmooze the Democrats that may be teetering tomorrow.  We need to keep the pressure on our Representatives, even they are lost causes.  If I can continue to contact my sorry Representative, Bill Pascrell, you can call or e-mail your Representative.  If we are to go down, let us go down fighting.

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If you stayed up until at least 11 p.m. last night, then you very possibly knew the outcome of the NJ Governor’s election before the POTUS did.  Reportedly, Mr. Obama did not watch the election returns last night, instead opting to watch an HBO special recounting his own victory in the Presidential contest of last year.  (Ahh, come on, that tidbit just begs for comments, doesn’t it?)

During his acceptance speech last night, Governor-elect Christie used the word “tomorrow” as a theme.  He assured us that his administration will immediately begin moving to organize, plan and prepare for its official installation, thus making the transition to governing as smooth as possible.  Responsible and proficient governing is indeed what I look forward to in New Jersey during the Christie tenure.  Therefore, my hope is that the Christie administration uses the next few months to create the strategies necessary to right the “Ship of State” that has been listing badly to port for more than a decade.  We need rapid, positive movement on jobs, taxes, energy (not the green kind), and economic growth.  In addition, I hope that our now Republican-led State will join an increasing number of other states to pass provisions to protect citizens against the negative effects of possible Federal health-care legislation, intervention and mandates.

The sparrows flocked together yesterday, made their voices heard and drove a hungry cat from our garden.  There are other prowling things out there.  Some much worse than a hungry cat.  None are very fond of sparrows, except as fodder.  Our work has only begun.  Mr. Christie articulated that well as he pointed to the tasks that would undertake “tomorrow”.  Now, “tomorrow” is “today”.  We will be watching, Mr. Christie, with high expectations.  Be what we believe you can be for New Jersey.  You may be our last hope.

Congratulations!  May God Bless you and yours.


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In his (almost) daily press conference today, the POTUS made comments concerning planning for the “post-bubble growth” of the economy.  He mentioned that “having brought the economy back from the brink…it is time to generate jobs that this economy needs.”  (Ya think?)

He went on to name exports, manufacturing, trade policy and technology as areas from where the economy could find new life.  Okay, I’m game–but not holding my breath, especially if the Keynesian policies that have been the recent norm are continued.  The POTUS did mention millions of “green” jobs being generated from weatherizing and retro-fitting buildings to make them more energy efficient-ummmm?  He also reminded us that our infrastructure is still crumbling, but that given our “fiscal constraints” (we have those?) we need to find ways to finance those projects.  Gee, I thought that was what the stimulus money was supposed to do.  Silly me.

Our “Dear Leader” ended by stating that “having turned the economy around” now is the time to “apply good common sense” to create “sustainable growth”.  I just have chills up my leg every time I hear all these “Obamaspeak” terms.  (Sigh.)

So, the economy is “back from the brink”–probably a reference to the third quarter GDP numbers that came out at the end of the week.  At Red there is a great analysis of those numbers and what they really mean.  (Here’s a hint, the graph above is the CBO projection of what the Federal Budget will look like by 2075–our “back from the brink” today looks a lot like totally “off the cliff” by then.)

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Say WHAT, Nancy?!!?

Health Care OverhaulToday I made myself watch the self-congratulatory press conference that Pelosi held to announce the House health care bill, with the oxymoronic name,  “Affordable Health Care for America Act”.

During the press conference she stated that the Bill would cover 96% of Americans.  Did I hear that right?  So I checked it out and found this at Breitbart from the AP:

‘Officials said the measure, once fully phased-in over several years, would extend coverage to 96 percent of Americans. Its principal mechanism for universal coverage is creation of a new government-regulated insurance “exchange” where private companies would sell policies in competition with the government.’

Okay, so that means that 4% of Americans would NOT be covered by insurance under this Bill, which translates into ~12 million people.  Now read the analysis of Dr. Donald J. Crane, Peoria, Illinois, from May 2009 concerning the real number of uninsured Americans under our present system:

“The number of uninsured roll off the tongues of politicians and those who share their agendas quite easily. When we hear those numbers, the image coming to mind is typically that of the working poor or unemployed U.S. citizen. Nothing could be further from the truth.

According to the “United States Census Bureau, Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007,” the figures are really these:

Some 45.7 million uninsured. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 7.2 million are illegal immigrants. Another 2.5 million are foreign born and in the United States legally. About 8.1 million are under 18 years of age and 4 million of those were just added to SCHIP coverage by the Obama administration. Another 9.1 million earn a minimum of $75,000 per year, 8.5 million make between $50,000 and $75,000 (well above the poverty level).

So why worry about the numbers? Congress will develop programs to provide health insurance for the highest number they feel they can justify in order to grab the revenue. Do you doubt they will find ways to spend any excess? Creative accounting is the name of the game within the D.C. beltway and in Illinois, at least until Blago was ousted.

Based upon the latest data available, the true number is probably closer to 11 million that fit the definition of uninsured that most of us envision.”

Huh?  So we are going to spend nearly a trillion dollars, probably more, destroy our present system and end up insuring……drum roll…….almost the exact number of people we do now!  AND, here’s the kicker, leaving almost the exact same number of people still uninsured!

Leave it to the Democrats to waste a trillion dollars to help virtually no one.  Way to go, Nancy!  I can hardly wait for your next exciting idea.


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Back on September 10th, I posted about the profit margins of the insurance companies who were being so vilified by the Obama Administration and the Democrats in Congress.  (Update: Insurance Companies are still being vilified.)

Now, comes an expose on Medicare Fraud by, of all places, 60 Minutes.  (Wow, I did not know that they still DID investigative journalism.  Good for them!)  On the “Critical Condition” blog at National Review Online you can read some of the particulars about this 60 Minutes segment.  Note that Medicare fraud amounts to $60 billion per year.  Now, I followed the link within the NRO blog, also linked here, and did my own math.  Seems that NRO is right, the profit for the 14 Fortune 500 health insurance companies totals $8,446,900,ooo this year, or approximately $8.5 billion if you have trouble with big numbers, which is indeed more than 7 times less than what is stolen from the U.S. taxpayer through Medicare Fraud each year.

I echo the question that is being asked by many, “How much more potential for fraud will there be with millions added to a new or expanded Government healthcare program?  My thought, figure out how to eliminate the fraud in the programs we have instead of trying to devise legislation to destroy an entire private sector industry.

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Kunin, a former citizen of the U.S.S.R. draws chilling comparisons between the homeland of her childhood and her U.S. homeland today.

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"His eye is on the sparrow, and He surely watches me." --Mrs. Doolittle, 1905