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OBAMA: WE ARE NOT AMUSED

Yesterday, at a DNC fundraiser, President Obama opined that he was “amused” at the Tea Party protests.  Does this man stay up at night studying more ways to sound condescending and dismissive?  If so, he earns an A+ from me.  Mr. Obama, you have definitely mastered purposeful misunderstanding of the message of the Tea Party.  What a clever way to alienate us even further.  Kudos!

However, we are in good company.  There are many at NASA that were also alienated yesterday during Mr. Obama’s visit to Cape Canaveral where he announced changes to our space program.  Last night during his radio program, Mark Levin had a couple of calls from NASA personnel.  One was particularly interesting.  It seems, according to this NASA employee, that Mr. Obama bussed in 60% of the audience for his NASA speech.  The other 40% were union employees of the facility that he had given the day off.  No wonder there was cheering and applause when the POTUS announced that we are going to—Mars?!?  Obviously, none of the audience had any idea how ridiculous that announcement was.  Those who did were not invited to the event.  (Perhaps Mr. Obama knew that they all would be busy packing up their offices and worrying about finding other jobs).

On the bright side, if Mr. Obama continues to act in this fashion, (and I think it’s a good bet that he will—he just can’t help it), then he will become one of the best recruiters in history– for his opponents.  We are not amused right now, but in a few more months we could be downright mirthful.

REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

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GOING NUCLEAR! So, what’s the catch?

President Barack Obama announced $8.3 billion US in loan guarantees on Tuesday to help build the first U.S. nuclear power plants in nearly three decades, a move he says “is only the beginning.”  So reports Canadian CBC News.  This sounds like (suspiciously) good news.  So, what’s the catch?

First of all, public funds will be used to guarantee 80%, or more, of industry loans in the case of default.  In an industry that has had both loan repayment and cost overrun problems in the past, a loan guarantee of this type puts the taxpayer at risk.  (I thought Obama wanted to avoid risk, hence all of the regulation of the financial sector!?!)  Furthermore, the nuclear energy industry has other demands it wants the Government to meet.

The industry also continues to press for regulatory changes to speed the time it takes the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to approve a nuclear application. Industry officials say the long process of winning regulatory approval discourages potential investors. Utilities like Constellation and Exelon, which operate nuclear plants, also continue to press for a cap-and-trade bill that would give the plants a competitive advantage over coal and natural gas plants that emit carbon dioxide. And Connaughton said the industry would press for an even higher level of loan guarantees. “

Second, Obama pointed out in his announcement that constructing nuclear power plants will create crucially necessary jobs… in about two years.  Ummm, guess we hope people can hang on for that long?

Then there is the problem of storing the waste generated by nuclear energy production.  Since Mr. Obama closed the Yucca Mountain long-term waste storage facility, what are we to do about the ‘waste’ problem?  Carol Browner, Energy Czar has the answer.  Yesterday, she explained about “on site” storage and that it was a “very safe” way to store nuclear waste.  Yet, in January 2006, she was far from definite about the safety of using the Yucca Mountain facility.

Carol Browner expressed reservations about using nuclear power because of the so-called ‘waste’ problem at the C-Span-televised 35th anniversary meeting of former EPA administrators in January, 2006. On January 19, 2001, Clinton EPA Administrator Carol Browner moved to finalize stringent water radiation exposure standards for Yucca Mountain to the White House for signoff.”

Finally, Mr. Obama intimated that now that he has agreed to constructing new nuclear energy plants, he  expects the Republicans to work with him in a “bi-partisan manner” to pass a Climate/Clean Energy Bill.
Can we say “quid pro quo”?  At this point, Republicans have nothing to lose by supporting Mr. Obama’s nuclear power initiative while at the same time opposing any Cap and Trade Bill.  After all, we will have no energy benefit for a number of years from nuclear plants, but we will all immediately, and negatively, be impacted by a Cap and Trade Bill.

NOTE TO SELF:  If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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MAPQUEST-ARE WE THERE YET?

I have a lousy sense of direction.  When traveling, I arm myself with a map, two sets of written directions and a list of landmarks.  I still lose my way.  Exits beckon to me.  Road signs confuse me.  Assuring remarks like, “Trust me, you can’t miss it”, terrify me.  I can panic even when I am not lost.  So, maybe being “directionally challenged” has made it difficult for me to follow the maps produced by the Obama Administration.  Am I lost?  Or, as I see each landmark pass, am I simply panicked for no reason?

During the past year, Mr. Obama and his comrades have manufactured a lot of maps.  Maps for the economy, healthcare, energy, housing, jobs, education, climate change and National security.  Although attractive in presentation, they appear to lack crucial elements.  Large areas are marked, “Unknown Territory” and “There Be Dragons Here”.  Compass points are skewed—true North is always oriented leftward.  Roads meander aimlessly and often reach a dead-end at a deep gorge marked, “Bridge Out”.  Nevertheless, the urgent message is that these maps must be followed or we will be hopelessly lost.  (I think I hear, “Trust me, you can’t miss it”—excuse me while I shudder).  Where do these maps really lead?  Where are we going?

Here is the most exasperating aspect of these maps.  They include no avenue leading to factual, rational discussion of how they have been drawn.  If one points out that such-and-such a road does not correspond to reality, or that a particular feature does not exist, or that there is no bridge spanning that river the response is to criticize the critic.  The cartographers will not engage in a meaningful analysis of their efforts.  Nor do they have an attitude open to correcting their mistakes.  Instead, they defend their maps with twisted statistics, partial truths and downright lies.  In the end, they are reduced to reiterating that failure to follow their roads will lead to ruin.  Moreover, we are promised that pursuing these paths will lead to a utopia filled with human goodness.  The way will be “difficult”, it is said, but nothing really worthwhile is easy.  For my part, I fear that these map-makers are related somehow to the Pied Piper!

It seems to me that the inability to deal with facts and specific details in an honest manner should alarm us.  Not only does it signal bad charting, it indicates even worse leadership.  Those who will not clearly articulate what our destination is to be, nor explain in detail the roads that will take us there, are either ignorant, or worse, diabolical.  I mistrust these maps.  More and more I believe that they mark the way to totalitarianism and slavery.

I see an exit marked “2010”.  It is beckoning me.  It doesn’t appear on the map.  That’s why I’m taking it.

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MAGIC MEDICINE SHOW-SPOTLIGHT ON HEALTHCARE REFORM

CaduceusIt is easy to become side-tracked by all of the events coming at us.  Anniversaries at Berlin and Iran, the killings at Ft. Hood, the renewed murmurings about Cap and Trade and the increasingly dismal unemployment numbers.  It is almost easy to forget that the House passed its version of “healthcare reform” late on Saturday night.  As their  “Magic Medicine Show” took center stage to resounding applause, our liberty and prosperity was drug off, unceremoniously, with a noose around its neck.

Now the “healthcare reform” debate moves to the Senate, our last best hope for its defeat.  Therefore, the pressure on our elected representatives in the Senate, must not relent.  It is past time for those who are “undecided” about an Obama-type “healthcare reform” to inform themselves and join in the fight against this monstrosity.  And it is high time for any who believe that Government take-over of healthcare is the road to ruin and have remained silent in their opposition to find their voices.

Today, a friend of mine (hat tip to Joy), forwarded me a picture and comments that, in a pithy way, identifies the fears that the majority of us have with respect to Government-run healthcare.  At Bloomberg, The Financial Times and National Review Online there are articles that discuss the obstacles to the present Bill being passed by the Senate.  These may help you feel a bit better about the possibility of defeat.  Read through them to raise your spirits.

If you are still having difficulty understanding the “Obamaspeak” included in the “Healthcare Reform” bills, Ross Kominsky has written a humorous “dictionary” for you over at Human Events.  My recommendation is to check it out before tackling the article by Dr. Gratzer at Investor’s Business Daily about the expense of Government Healthcare Reform.  For more on the exorbitant cost watch the video from CF&P Foundation below.  Dan Mitchell speaks to one of issues that should persuade the greatest number of people against this Bill, especially in this time of economic distress.  If there is someone out there who does not feel terror over the loss of freedom this Bill causes, perhaps the crushing cost of it will cause some.

Over at Red State, Erick Erickson has a thoughtful article that warns about opposition to the Healthcare Reform bills becoming too narrowly focused.  I agree wholeheartedly that we who are fighting against Government Healthcare must focus on the larger picture lest we win a few battles yet lose the war.

Finally,  I wanted to include a couple of quotes from the esteemed Thomas Sowell.  These provided me a different prospective, as well as sounding a warning for the future.  My hope is that they provide you with the will to continue to stand against this centerpiece of the “Progressive” agenda.  It must not pass!

“One of the few advantages to the country in having Congress overwhelmingly in the hands of one party is that the lack of need to compromise lets the leaders of that party reveal themselves for what they are — in this case, people with unbounded arrogance and utter contempt for the right of ordinary people to live their lives as they see fit, much less the right to know as citizens what laws are going to be passed by their government. The question is whether voters will remember on election day in 2010.”

“Even if this country can survive intact and unharmed after the Obama administration — or, heaven help us, two terms of Obama — the gullibility that led to his being elected in the first place will still be there for some other slick demagogue to come along and get the power to put the American way of life, and even our physical safety, at risk again.”

— Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. © 2009 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

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RALLY AGAINST GOVERNMENT HEALTH-CARE TAKE OVER

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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.


Filed under: congress, healthcare, LEGISLATION, liberal activism, media, POTUS, U.S. GOVERNMENT, , , , ,

ORGANIZED CHAOS

 

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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 State.com 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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Investors.com – Service.gov And Its Soviet Similarities

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.

Filed under: brainwashing, education, indoctrination, language, LEGISLATION, media, U.S. GOVERNMENT, , , , , ,

LIBERAL FASCISM

Liberal Fascism

“Fascism is a religion of the state. It assumes the organic unity of the body politic and longs for a national leader attuned to the will of the people. It is totalitarian in that it views everything as political and holds that any action by the state is justified to achieve the common good. It takes responsibility for all aspects of life, including our health and well-being, and seeks to impose uniformity of thought and action, whether by force or through regulation and social pressure. Everything, including the economy and religion, must be aligned with its objectives. Any rival identity is part of the “problem” and therefore defined as the enemy. I will argue that contemporary American liberalism embodies all these aspects of fascism.”
From introduction to Liberal Fascism byJonah Goldberg

I read (waded through) this book earlier this year.  Not for the fainthearted, it is an educational project to be sure, however, it is well worth the effort.  If you are concerned about the direction of the present Administration, this book will not only confirm this concern, it will also tell you why these concerns are real.  I welcome comments from any of you who have read Liberal Fascism, and for those of you who haven’t, I highly recommend it.

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JEOPARDY CATEGORY: Broadcast News

Are you ready for a new “Jeopardy: Alinksy-style” category?  How about the White House treatment of Fox News?  Answers are still worth 10 points.  Creativity earns an additional 10 point bonus!

Below is the original video of Anita Dunn speaking to CNN about Fox News:

Then here is a link to the latest attacks on Fox News by the White House in an attempt to reduce their viewership.

After you have watched the video and read the article, the same rules apply as before.  Articulate which “Rules for Radicals” are being employed, in the form of a question, of course.  Have fun!

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JEOPARDY: ALINKSY-STYLE

Ever wonder whether Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals” could form the basis of a new quiz game?  It could look something like this:
1) give the contestants the 13 “Rules For Radicals,
2) have the contestants read, study and memorize them,
3) present various statements and strategies publicized by the Obama Administration,
4) the object of the game is to name the rule that best illustrates the statement/strategy.
5) answers must be phrased in the form of a question.

Ready to play?  Here are the 13 rules followed by the YouTube video of the Saturday, October 17, 2009 POTUS address.  It is all up to you to apply the rules correctly.  Decision of the judge, (me), is final.  Good luck!

Alinksy’s “Rules for Radicals” (Summary)

1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy things you have.”
(Power is derived from two main sources-money & people.  Those without money must build a power base from people.  Government & Corporations, both which have a difficult time appealing to people, usually must derive their power from economic arguments.)
2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people.”
(Confusion, fear and retreat results from not having a ready answer to probable objections and questions.  It is important to have slogans, talking points and pat answers that “radicals” can use to counter facts and logical arguments.)
3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy.”
(In this way insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty is increased.  It is important to develop red-herrings, conflate situations and blind-side opponents with irrelevant or fictitious anecdotes and statistics.)
4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
(Question the values, beliefs, motives and morals of an entire group based on the actions of anyone who does not absolutely and in all cases strictly adhere to these.  In this way the credibility and reputation of the entire group can be ridiculed, damaged and, ultimately, dismissed.)
5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
(There is no defense against ridicule, because it is irrational.  It often pushes the opponent into either concessions or looking foolish by irrationally lashing out.)
6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”
(Receiving rewarding exposure on the media, being given the freedom to say things in a group that would be otherwise forbidden, disruptions that cause discomfort, dressing up in outrageous costumes, playing public “pranks”, missing work to attend a “party-atmosphere” protest, etc. can all be fun ways to motivate “radicals” to participate in a cause.)
7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag.”
(Variety is the spice of life.  Keep changing tactics to keep things fresh and interesting.  It keeps people active and involved for organizers to constantly create new tactics.)
8. “Keep the pressure on.  Never let up.”
(The opposition needs to be kept off-balance.  When one approach is overcome, hit them with something new.  Attack from all sides.  Cover all angles.  Never let the enemy catch its breath, regroup, recover or re-strategize.)
9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”
(Perception is reality.  Be vague enough for the enemy to fill in the blanks.  Often it will expend time and effort trying to prepare for a “worst case scenario”, thus using up resources and demoralizing the opposition.)
10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a
constant pressure upon the opposition.”
(When there is a daily barrage of changing messages and demands, it is extremely difficult to keep up with them.  Keeping the enemy in “fire-fighting” mode makes it less probable that the opposition will be able to generate options and solutions.  Opposition tends to erode under relentless assault and often leads to surrender.)
11. “If you push a negative hard enough, it will push through and become a positive.”
(Many times, inflammatory language and behavior will provoke a reaction that will engender sympathy for the “radical”.  The masses love to support an underdog.)
12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”
(Never let the enemy score points due to lack of a solution to the problem.  The goal is to be given a “place at the table” in order to wield power.  Be prepared with compromise solutions.)
13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it.”
(Cut the weakest, or the most vocal out of the group.  Isolate the target from support and sympathy.  Go after individuals, not institutions; people hurt faster.  Use direct, personalized criticism and ridicule.  It works.)

Now, take some time and study these rules to really get a feel for them.  Then, watch the following video of the Saturday internet address by the POTUS from October 17th.  Apply those rules and send in your answers, (phrased in the form of a question, of course).  Ten points will be awarded for each appropriate use of a rule.  (An additional ten points can be earned for sheer creativity.)  Who will win the “radical title” of the week?  If you don’t play, you can’t win!  Have fun.

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