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Cars.Gov, A Horror Story

Posted by E. on July 31, 2009

Are you scared now?

Because you should be!

I don’t care what side of the aisle you align yourself with, you should be able to see the inherent Big Brother danger in this one.  You should be frightened by this.  You should be dismayed by this.  You should be angered by this.

This isn’t about left or right, liberal or conservative.  This is about The United States of America, the threat to the freedoms on which she was founded, and the utter and horrific transformation that is taking place right before our eyes.

Don’t try to defend it.  Don’t try to excuse it.  The government has no right, no right, to claim your personal computer for itself and access any and all of the information it wants.  But that is exactly what they are doing.

What is on your computer?

A personal diary?
Information and passwords to access your bank account or pay your bills?
Other financial records?
Your blog URL and passwords?
An address book with the names and contact information of all your friends and family?
A record of your charitable contributions?
Access to your email account(s)?
Credit card information?
Pictures of your children?

Go to cars.gov and now the federal government owns it.  All of it.

So, to those of you who find this perfectly fine, acceptable, and no big deal?  I hope you enjoy the world you are creating.  Enjoy your lack of freedom.  Enjoy your total accountability to the government.  Enjoy your complete dependence on people who don’t really give a damn about you.  In short?  Enjoy your enslavement.

How long, I wonder, until this language appears on all government web sites? 

I’m mad.  Can you tell I’m mad?  Because I’m mad.  And I don’t mean in a mentally unstable kind of way.

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Rep. Price on the Healthcare Bill

Posted by Nancy on July 30, 2009

 

Speaker Pelosi told members of your conference that “if you talk with Republicans about this you’ll be shut out of the room.”

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Why Bother Reading It?

Posted by necessarygrace on July 29, 2009

Here’s the video Nancy has linked in her post below…

Judiciary Chairman John Conyers sees no point in lawmakers reading 1,000-page health bill–unless they have two lawyers to interpret it for them. (By: Nicholas Ballasy, Jon Schulter.)

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more about “Why Bother Reading It?“, posted with vodpod

 

 

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Do They Think We’re Two?

Posted by necessarygrace on July 28, 2009

When my kids were little, I had a simple way of dealing with their emotional outbursts. If they threw a tantrum or started crying, all it took was a little distraction to make them forget their problems. It looked a little like this:

**Two year old screaming for toy that sibling just took**

“Oh look honey, there’s a pretty bird outside!!”

**Child’s head whips around, runs over to window, starts babbling about the bird. Toy is forgotten.**

As my kids got older, this tactic stopped working so well. They were better at expressing their frustrations and expected better explanations from me too. Our interactions matured into calm, rational discussions.

Sadly, the Democrats and the mainstream media seem to be unaware of this maturation process. They prefer to deal with Conservatives concerns and complaints as though we are a bunch of two year olds. Case in point? ObamaCare.

As it becomes more and more apparent that the Democrat’s healthcare bill (written to specifications handed down by Obama) is not strong enough to stand on its own merits, they’ve resorted to distraction tactics. Not just any distraction will do… because let’s face it, in every political arena, they are at the losing end of debate. So, in true Liberal fashion, they are going with the old standby: Paint Conservatives as Nutjobs. It goes like this:

**Conservatives point out the myriad of flaws and dangers in the Healthcare bill.**

** Liberals: Oh LOOK! Crazy Conservative “Truthers” say Obama’s not a US citizen! Look over here! We found a Hawaiin official who will attest to his birth!! But those crazy Conservatives will never believe it! They are NUTJOBS! **

Sadly for the Liberals, this is not working on rational Conservatives the way it works on a 2 year old (and also, apparently, most of their followers). While we may have very valid concerns about a man holding the presidency who refuses to produce any documentation of any kind on a huge variety of serious topics, we are mature enough to know there is a time and a place. (And besides, what happens if Obama steps down? President Biden anyone? Thanks, but NO!)

What kills me is the media keeps hammering away at this story, as if by repetition they can make it true. And of course if they can convince enough of America (most of whom think Jon Stewart is a reliable source for objective NEWS) that Conservatives Are Crazy well then, they won’t have to bother with an intelligent debate on the issues. Well, wake up President Obama, Democrats and your state-run media! It’s NOT WORKING. Stop pointing at the pretty bird out the window and JOIN US in a rational mature debate … if you can.

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Franking Commission

Posted by liloladenvers on July 26, 2009

Some Republican members of Congress want to send a chart to their constituents.  The Congressional Franking Commission is blocking the mailing. 

This information came from themoderatevoice.com:

Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), the secretary of the House Republican Conference and a former District Court Judge, is having his messages to constituents censored by Democrats on the Franking Commission. Republicans are no longer allowed to use the words “government run health care” in the communications to their constituents.

Carter received an email from the Franking Commission informing him of the censorship.

“What we proposed as language was as follows, ‘House Democrats unveiled a government-run health care plan,’” Carter said. “Our response from Franking was, ‘You cannot use that language. You must use, ‘The House majority unveiled a public option health care plan,’ which is Pelosi-speak or ‘just last week the House majority unveiled a health care plan which I believe will cost taxpayers…’”

Check out the chart showing the bureaucratic nightmare that would evolve!

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Are They Getting the Data Right, Or Just Getting the Right Data?

Posted by Nancy on July 25, 2009

As usual, follow the money.

The Science and Public Policy Institute says a government monopsony on climate study is distorting the issue, and has already cost taxpayers $79 billion in mostly unnecessary expenditures.  This includes science and technology research, administration, propaganda campaigns, foreign aid, and tax breaks.  [Money spent to create panic and get the desired outcome?]

Read the article  here, or the full report by Joanna Nova here.

While our government affects the outcome of climate studies by choosing which to fund, audits of the science are left primarily to unpaid volunteers.

A dedicated but largely uncoordinated grassroots movement of scientists has sprung up around the globe to test the integrity of “global warming” theory and to compete with a lavishly-funded, highly-organized climate monopsony. Major errors have been exposed again and again. 

Carbon trading worldwide reached $126 billion in 2008. Banks, which profit most, are calling for more. Experts are predicting the carbon market will reach $2 – $10 trillion in the near future. Hot air will soon be the largest single commodity traded on global exchanges.  [snip]

By pouring so much money into pushing a single, scientifically-baseless agenda, the Government has created not an unbiased investigation but a self-fulfilling prophecy. TransWorldNews

In her report Nova says, “It’s time to expose the lie that those who claim ‘to save the planet’ are the underdogs. And it’s time to get serious about auditing science, especially when it comes to pronouncements that are used to justify giant government programs and massive movements of money.”

And in England, Freedom of Information requests for data used in climate studies to check their scientific validity are greeted with responses such as the following:

Even if WMO agrees, I will still not pass on the data. We have 25 or so years invested in the work. Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it.  Dr. Phil Jones of the Met Office.

Now a new peer-reviewed climate study from Australia is presenting a head on challenge to man-made global warming claims.  The study appears in the July 23, 2009 edition of Journal of Geophysical Research.  Link to Abstract 

Press Release

July 23, 2009

Three Australasian researchers have shown that natural forces are the dominant influence on climate, in a study just published in the highly-regarded Journal of Geophysical Research. According to this study little or none of the late 20th century global warming and cooling can be attributed to human activity. (emphasis mine)

The research, by Chris de Freitas, a climate scientist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, John McLean (Melbourne) and Bob Carter (James Cook University), finds that the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a key indicator of global atmospheric temperatures seven months later. As an additional influence, intermittent volcanic activity injects cooling aerosols into the atmosphere and produces significant cooling.

“The surge in global temperatures since 1977 can be attributed to a 1976 climate shift in the Pacific Ocean that made warming El Niño conditions more likely than they were over the previous 30 years and cooling La Niña conditions less likely” says corresponding author de Freitas.

“We have shown that internal global climate-system variability accounts for at least 80% of the observed global climate variation over the past half-century. It may even be more if the period of influence of major volcanoes can be more clearly identified and the corresponding data excluded from the analysis.”

[snip]

“The close relationship between ENSO and global temperature, as described in the paper, leaves little room for any warming driven by human carbon dioxide emissions. The available data indicate that future global temperatures will continue to change primarily in response to ENSO cycling, volcanic activity and solar changes.”

“Our paper confirms what many scientists already know: which is that no scientific justification exists for emissions regulation, and that, irrespective of the severity of the cuts proposed, ETS (emission trading scheme) will exert no measurable effect on future climate.”

Congress has written into the Cap and Trade bill the ability for them to give away carbon offsets to their favored constituents.  Do you believe these very lavish gifts won’t be rewarded with very lavish campaign contributions?

Remember this when you find yourself paying the estimated $1,800 to $3,500 additional per year per family for energy costs.  And remember it when its economic impact begins to be felt.

And follow the money.

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One More Unnecessary Decision

Posted by liloladenvers on July 21, 2009

Environmental/political correctness run amuck!!  Salazar could study without calling a two year arbitrary halt.  I almost titled this post “One More Stupid Decision” – maybe next time!

This article is in the Washington Times:

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Monday that he will place a two-year hold on the filing of new uranium and other hard-rock mining permits on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon, prompting charges from mining groups of compromising U.S. energy security and of encouraging more dangerous mining abroad.

Mr. Salazar said the department would spend those two years studying whether the lands should be withdrawn on a more extensive basis from new mining claims in order to protect the watershed, species and plants from possible contamination. Mining exploration or extraction that has already been approved for permitting would not be affected by either the two-year moratorium or a permanent ban, he said.

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Obama on the Stimulus Package

Posted by Nancy on July 19, 2009

What he said then vs. what he says now.

Meanwhile, card check may be out in the compromise bill, but a sweeping change allowing government “arbitrators” to set wages in the first union contract is still in there.  

Hmm.  Wonder if there’s a connection between the continuing disappearance of jobs and the increasing government oversight of business being put in place?

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Seven Ways to Make Health Care Better in America

Posted by liloladenvers on July 15, 2009

This from an opinion piece  by Herman Cain.  He is quoting extensively from a book by Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute. 

Change the tax code. Level the playing field by allowing employees to have the same tax deductibility rules as employers, which would make it possible for the employees to buy employee-owned health insurance accounts. People would then make more prudent choices, because it would be their money and not their employer’s money.

Reduce costly government mandates and regulations. Just look at Medicare and Medicaid. The more the government tries to control costs with mandates and regulations, the more costs go up and the quality of care goes down.

Allow the purchase of insurance across state lines. This one is more controversial, because the states are vastly different concerning mandated coverage and insurance regulations. But it is worth exploring for the sake of enhanced competition.

Expand Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). These accounts are available at most banks and allow you to save money tax-free for current and future health care expenses. But as usual, the government has set stupid limitations and regulations that discourage their use. One of the best features of the HSA is that money not spent from the account in a given year can be carried over to accumulate an emergency health care fund that you control. Imagine that. You control the money and not the government!

Support Retail Health Clinics. Wal-Mart and Target are opening health clinics in many of their stores. They are doing it despite some opposition from state bureaucrats and objections from some health professionals. These clinics are not hospitals, but they provide convenient and affordable basic services to millions of people. The clinics are staffed with medical professionals, and of course these retailers know that most people will fill their prescriptions in their stores and pick up some other items before they leave. So what?

Implement Tort Reform. When it costs doctors an average of $250,000 for malpractice insurance, something is wrong. This is driving a lot of doctors away from medicine and out of small towns that cannot generate this kind of medical ante. People’s legal rights need to be protected, but not to the extent that it eliminates health care in some areas altogether.

Provide Vouchers for the Working Poor and Chronically Ill. Brilliant! It is the same principle as providing food stamps for the people who need help buying food. Just like we would not ration food to make sure we feed the poor, we should not ration health care to take care of those who do not have it. Fix the “leaks” in the roof.

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Socialism 101

Posted by Nancy on July 13, 2009

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class.

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That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich – a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class.”  All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.  The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too, so they studied little.  The second test average was a D!

No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

Could not be any simpler than that.

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