Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Its A Good Thing The Taliban Don't Have An Attorney General To Hold Them Accountable For Cutting Off Fingers
Taliban Cut Off Fingers of 2 Afghan Voters
KABUL — Taliban militants cut off the ink-stained fingers of two Afghan voters in the militant south during the presidential election, the country's top election monitoring group said Saturday.
Two voters who had dipped their index fingers in purple ink — a fraud prevention measure — were attacked in Kandahar province shortly after voting Thursday, said Nader Nadery, the head of the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan. Kandahar is the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban.
Rumors that militants would cut off voters' ink-stained fingers spread before the vote. A Taliban spokesman had said militants would not carry out such attacks, but the Taliban is a loose organization of individual commanders who could carry out the threat on their own.
Millions of Afghans voted in the country's second-ever direct presidential election, although Taliban threats and attacks appeared to hold down the turnout, especially in the south where President Hamid Karzai was expected to run strongly among his fellow Pashtuns. At least 26 Afghan civilians and security forces died in dozens of militant attacks.
This is a picture of bio section from Facebook that belongs to a family friend via my wife.
I have to redact certain elements from display because I do not want to have my scrutiny of this person's views to be traceable back to the person. I am not talking about a specific person. I am focusing about a particular MINDSET.
When someone tells you: "My political views are just like those of Barack Obama" or worse "I am in the 'Barack Obama Party'", does this sound like a person who you would be inclined to yield your life and freedoms to? (I am talking about the individual with these views - not Obama)
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Remember that annual report that was delayed by the Obama administration in July? Well it appears to be landing like a stink bomb. What was expected to be a $1,600 billion hole is likely to be a $2,000 billion hole in the annual budget. (To be clear - Budge Deficit = annual. Federal Debt = Debt owned in Treasuries which is approaching $12,100 billion per the new debt ceiling that is likely to be raised a second time this year when the Federal Democrats reopen congress from its August recess period).
The new projection, to be announced on Tuesday, is for a cumulative 2010-2019 deficit of $9 trillion instead of the $7 trillion previously estimated. The new figure reflects slumping revenues from a worse economic picture than was expected earlier this year. The officials spoke only on the condition of anonymity ahead of next week's announcement.
Ten-year forecasts are volatile figures subject to change over time. But the higher number will likely create political difficulties for President Barack Obama in Congress and could create anxiety with foreign buyers of U.S. debt.
Earlier this week, the White House revealed that it expects a budget deficit for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 to be nearly $1.6 trillion. That figure was lower than initially projected because the White House scratched out $250 billion that it had initially added to the budget as a bank rescue contingency. The administration ultimately did not ask Congress for that money.
Still that number, together with the 10-year projection, represents a huge obstacle for an administration trying to undertake massive policy overhauls in health care and the environment.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Today President Obama participate on a radio call in show as a guest. He took questions surrounding health care.
He was asked what obligations in the way of "Personal Responsibility" do Americans who receive the benefit of this "reformed health care" have.
Obama pointed to the company "Safeway" (a grocery store). He stated that their setup an employee health and fitness program. As employees met certain healthy lifestyle goals they receive bonuses and certain breaks on their health care costs via increased subsidy by the company.
President Obama was satisfied that he had addressed the caller's question.
I think that he did not.
My "Comprehensiveness Filter" attempts to thwart the pacification that some people experience when they receive a long, itemized list of things that they have done (or could be done) to address the problem at hand.
Safeway is one company. Such an example does not speak to the broad need for people to take more active control of their health and lifestyles. Most people do not have a relationship with an employer with these type of programs. Some people have no employer at all.
My view remains - Most of the focus in this health care debate has focused upon shifting resources and decisions away from the private insurance companies over to some government scheme. The wealthy are being asked to step up and contribute their "fair share" to the cause of health care for all. Lost in all of this the incumbency of the individual to step up and be the primary manager in his own healthy lifestyle choices. We have a compulsory tax system that forces everyone to pay taxes, thus paying for government health care. When it comes to the potential drain upon the system via this individual's choices there is little specificity about how these costs can be mitigated. One also questions if the door for more social control by the government is not right around the corner.
Certainly if fast foods are contributing to obesity and thus costing the government money - I would be not surprised that some would logically conclude that it is in our nation's financial best interest to either regulate these food places or add a special tax in order to recoup these costs to the government.
In truth the only way for these "debt neutral" goals to be accomplished by this government system is to significantly reduce the payouts for the system. The savings claims and the increases in taxes have some clear limits and neither are without residual consequences.
With the individual now being more of an agent of the state - I can't think of any way of avoiding the government seeking to regulate us as a "cost center".
Since the functional nationalization of health care is a "non-individual" move - why would anyone anticipate that this same government would leave it up to "individual responsibility"?
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Al-Qaeda has infiltrated Gaza with help of Hamas, says Abbas
It is so comforting to see the CHANGE that has come to the Middle East.
In just 6 short months the people resident within the region have been promoted to the point of having to take responsibility for their own actions. Prior to this the world saw the United State and its actions as the precipitating reason for Al Qaeda's actions. They were simply functions of America. America acted in an unjust way, according to the Anti-American World Left and the "freedom fighters" responded to remove the Infidels from the lands.
Now that Bush is gone and there are no more Anti-Bush-War protests - the world wide protest community is now back to holding Al Qaeda responsible for its murderous actions.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
No To Photo ID For Voting Or Medicare Regisration / YES To Photo ID To Attend A Health Care Town Hall Meeting
So let me get this straight - asking for Photo Id for voting is "suppressive" to the voting rights process.
But demanding that anyone seeking to enter a public town hall meeting provide photo ID is a valid request. We don't want outside loons taking up all of the seats after all.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Responding to a question, President Obama said, “Part of what we want to do is to make sure that those decisions are being made by doctors and medical experts based on evidence, based on what works…. Right now, doctors a lot of times are forced to make decisions based on the fee payment schedule that's out there. … the doctor may look at the reimbursement system and say to himself, 'You know what? I make a lot more money if I take this kid's tonsils out … I'd rather have that doctor making those decisions based on whether you really need your kid's tonsils out, or whether … something else would make a difference…. So part of what we want to do is to free doctors, patients, hospitals to make decisions based on what's best for patient care.”
In reply, the AAO-HNS stated, “We, too, are in favor of evidence-based medicine that supports quality patient care. President Obama’s statement highlights the complexity of medical decisions like this. However, the AAO-HNS is disappointed by the President's portrayal of the decision making processes by the physicians who perform these surgeries. In many cases, tonsillectomy may be a more effective treatment, and less costly, than prolonged or repeated treatments for an infected throat.
“For the past several years, the Academy has been developing clinical guidelines based on evidence and outcomes research, including ‘Quality of Life after Tonsillectomy,’ a January 2008 supplement to the journal Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. We are in agreement with the President’s statement that physicians, patients, and hospitals should make the decisions, based on the evidence, about what’s best for patient care.”
The key to realize here, people, is that with government health care you are going to have your options limited once they seek to put the wild growing weed of health care spending back into the box.
If you have an option for continued treatment but have to wait to have it provided - is there a different per the patient's reception of care?
WASHINGTON — A group usually seen as one of Barack Obama's allies in the health care debate — AARP — says the president went too far Tuesday when he said the seniors lobby had endorsed the legislation pending in Congress.
AARP is sensitive to the issue because polls show that Medicare beneficiaries are worried their health care program will be cut to subsidize coverage for the uninsured.
At the town hall in Portsmouth, N.H., Obama said, "We have the AARP onboard because they know this is a good deal for our seniors." He added, "AARP would not be endorsing a bill if it was undermining Medicare."
But Tom Nelson, AARP's chief operating officer, said, "Indications that we have endorsed any of the major health care reform bills currently under consideration in Congress are inaccurate."
Like Obama, AARP wants action this year to cover the uninsured and restrain health care costs, but the organization has refrained from endorsing legislation. Nelson said AARP would not endorse a bill that reduces Medicare benefits.
A spokesman said the Medicare cuts that have been proposed so far would not affect benefits.
They don't see any more Anti-War protests - why wouldn't they believe it?
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Decade-long presence could be more expensive than Iraq, analysts say
Costly U.S. campaign expected in Afghanistan
WHERE ARE THE ANTI-WAR PROTESTS AGAINST 'THIS PRESIDENT'?
The other day while I was driving I saw a car that had 2 bumper stickers. First was the one that said "Endless War/End This War" . Right below this was an "Obama/Biden 2008" sticker.
I laugh as I hear people argue that the "Tea Party Protests" are RACIST in that these "White Protesters" did not see fit to protest against Bush's war spending. Yet the irony is lost on these same people in that we still have 2 wars going on as their favored president is the Commander In Chief. Yet they are not protesting against the continued wars.
The release of this report predicting the long term costs of the war in Afghanistan exceeding the spending in Iraq severely undercuts a key talking point made by the Anti-Bush left in this country. Where as they continue to attack Bush for his spending and the contribution to the debt, the truth is that the Federal Democrats that are now in control of our government are doing the normal Democrat big government spending domestically AND are continuing the spending on the wars.
We should all be reminded that the most resent war spending authorization started off as an $80 billion supplemental spending request from the Obama Pentagon. It made it though one house of congress as a $92 billion program. Then it was passed by the other house and then signed by Obama as a $106 billion spending package.
I must also be forthcoming and make note that "turnabout is fair play". This time the Republicans that had long said that a "vote against the war funding package is a vote against our troops".........voted in large numbers AGAINST this war funding package! The irony of all ironies.
Some of you had better wake up. It is BOTH of these parties that threaten to take this entire nation over the financial brink. They depend upon you cheering for "your side" and not asking many questions. At the end of it all it is the federal debt that increases and all you have is a crappy t-shirt - that you purchased.
As the fighting in Afghanistan increases, the body count increases, the costs increase - I struggle to understand how those who say "War Is Not The Answer" will continue to allow their ideological bigotry and their favoring of THIS president cause them to stay at home and be silent.
It would be interesting to see two seperate protests blocks away from each other:
* The Tea Party People Protesting Against Taxes and Nationalization
* The Anti-War Movement having recommitted to their calling - Protesting the Wars In Afghanistan and Iraq
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
RACIST and UNACCEPTABLE IN OUR NATIONAL DISCOURSE
Please read the comments in this story about Bush The Joker just to understand the hypocrisy.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Boston Herald: Barack Obama’s aunt at home in Southie digs
With her deportation hearing still six months away, the controversial Kenyan aunt of President Obama has quietly resurfaced in public housing in South Boston, the Herald has learned.
“Beggars can’t be choosers,” Obama’s “Auntie Zeituni” Onyango, 57, told the Herald yesterday with a mischievous smile, wearing a string of pearls and a sleeveless forest-green sheath she said her nephew bought her years before he became leader of the free world.
“I’d like to live in a castle and have a limousine,” she said, “but I don’t. My wealth is my health.”