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Reform? Right.

Posted by liloladenvers on December 21, 2009

This is how I feel today, almost.  I”m not alone, 60% of the people in this country are with me, but the tanks of Congress keep rolling over us with the healthcare bill.  The Dems in the Senate who disagreed with some portion of the bill have been bought and paid for.  They let their voicemail boxes stay full so they wouldn’t have to listen to any more protests.  They ignored the emails flooding in, the turned a blind eye to the protesters outside and the constituents inside their office building pleading with them to stop.  There is no crisis that can be stayed by passage before Christmas, there is nothing, NOTHING, in the bill that will give more affordable, easier to obtain health care to anyone in the next three years.

So, I am dressed all in black today, head to toe.  In mourning ( I hope prematurely) for our country, our flag and our way of life.  Too many bills denying our freedoms, the greatest of which is this garbage filled health care bill.


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Posted by liloladenvers on November 23, 2009

Orrin Hatch (R. – Utah) presented some figures to the Senate during the debate over cloture on Saturday.  The numbers were falling on deaf ears, so I’m reproducing them.  You can read  his complete remarks here.

• 0 – the number of provisions prohibiting the rationing of health care.
• 0 – the number of government-run entitlement programs that are financially sound over the long-term.
• 10.2 percent – our national unemployment rate, the highest in 26 years.
• 70 – total number of government programs authorized by the bill.
• 1,697 – times the Secretary of Health and Human Services is given authority to determine or define provisions in this bill.
• 2,074 – total pages in this bill.
• 2010 – the year Americans start paying higher taxes to pay for this bill
• 2014 – the year when this bill actually starts most of the major provisions of this bill
• $6.8 million – cost to taxpayers per word
• $8 billion – the total amount of new taxes on Americans who do not buy Washington-defined health care.
• $465 billion – Cuts in Medicare at a time when it faces a $38 trillion unfunded liability to finance more government spending.
• $494 billion – total amount of new taxes in this bill
• $2.5 trillion – the real cost of the bill
• $12 trillion – our total national debt

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No Bias in News Reporting

Posted by liloladenvers on August 24, 2009

“On Friday, as new unemployment figures painted a newly troubling portrait of the American economy, (the president)  was vacationing in aNew England paradise.

Simply amazing.”

This is a paraphrased version of what was printed in The New York Times about the president’s visit to Martha’s Vineyard.  Here is the original version.

“On Friday, as new unemployment figures painted a newly troubling portrait of the American economy, Mr. Bush placed himself in the same scenes–golfing and fishing in a New England paradise–that once caused his father electoral grief.

Simply amazing.”  New York Times, July 9, 2001

At the time, the unemployment rate was up; it was 4.5%, up from the 2000 average of 4.0%

The current unemployment rate is 9.4%, more than double what it was in July, 2001.  This is what The New York Times had to say about President Obama’s vacation trip to Martha’s Vineyard:

Mr. Obama, whom aides described as being amused by all of the gloom-and-doom prognosticating over his health care agenda, did not even consider skipping his vacation. Last year, he talked about the importance of taking a break to avoid “making mistakes.”

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One Single Payer System

Posted by liloladenvers on August 21, 2009

Funny…   a little bit disrespectful…   but funny!

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Did You Watch the Potentate’s Speech?

Posted by E. on February 25, 2009

Did you watch the speech last night?

I did, of course.

Until I fell asleep, that is.

Here are some thoughts I had prior to loosing consciousness:

  • Nancy Pelosi is probably the only woman in the world who can wear a pea-soup-green suit and not look like a pile of sick.
  • Here comes the Cabinet members.  Hmm . . . Yikes!  I’ve seen pictures of that guy before, but I’ve never actually seen him.  Mark my words, someday we will find out he is a child molester.
  • Finally, Obama is here, waiting to be announced.  Good lord, could he hold his chin any higher back there?  He does realize, doesn’t he, that it isn’t snowing and there won’t be anything to catch on his tongue.  Right??  He’s going to wake up with a painful kink in his neck tomorrow morning.
  • Enough of the clapping already.  I didn’t tune in and wait and extra 10 minutes for this man to show up just to waste my time watching televised clapping.
  • Great.  It looks like the whole thing is going to be about clapping.  Sit back down, Nancy.
  • Why can’t politicians actually speak when they give a speech?  You know, speak from the heart, as if they really mean something.  Why is every speech just a carefully crafted succession of sound bites?
  • Will somebody just give Nancy Pelosi some pom poms already?
  • Let me get this straight Mr. Potentate, you’re saying 95% of America is going to get a tax cut, you’ve just spent an extra fragillion dollars,  you have the debt you inherited, AND you are going to cut the deficit in half by the end of your first term?  What next?  Are you going to pull a rabbit out of a hat?  Maybe saw a woman in half?  Please let it be Nancy Pelosi.
  • So, when you say you are going to cut the national debt in half, are you just referring to the inherited debt, or are you referring to that PLUS the insane amounts of money you’ve just committed, by law, to spend?  I think I know.
  • No earmarks in that bill.  *SNORT*
  • Did the Speaker of the House just finish up a week of cheerleading camp, or what?
  • Need to get the credit flowing again?  *Yawn*  Really, how many times are you going to beat that drum?  Any thinking person knows we’re in the trouble we’re in because too much credit was flowing.  It makes no sense to say we can fix that by giving people more credit.  We’re smarter than that Mr. Potentate.  Move along.
  • Kudos to the republicans for having enough spine to stay in your seats while the rest of the room is following Nancy’s lead and doing the wave. 
  • Yes, you’ve finally said something with which I can agree.  Education does need to start at home.  Just don’t start regulating that, mm’kay?
  • Good grief.  She’s jumped up AGAIN and is clapping AGAIN.  That must be one well-made bra that woman is sporting under her pea-soup-green get-up.
  • ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Playing on the Black Notes

Posted by Nancy on November 2, 2008

I had to get someone else to play the organ for me in church today – cold, laryngitis, fever etc.  All is not right with the world when I miss church, but sometimes life gets in the way.  Playing the hymns isn’t as important as not sharing the germs.

So, in celebration of Sunday I am giving you this gift.  It is an amazing performance by Wintley Phipps, an ordained minister and founder of The Dream Academy to help the children of convicts.  He understands history, but draws strength from it to move ahead rather than nurturing past wounds.

Mr. Phipps has performed for Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela as well as presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George Bush.  Perhaps he will perform for our next president as well.

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The Great Crash of 2008

Posted by Nancy on September 29, 2008

The stock market plunged almost 280 points today on word that Congress failed to pass a bailout plan for troubled financial markets.

While we personally lost money in retirement accounts, I still say  “Good for the House Republicans” on this one.  Finally, – finally! – someone stood up and said enough.  If there has to be a bailout package, let the Democrats pass it themselves and take the blame.  Maybe the Fates will shine upon us and they will also get “credit” for their part in causing the financial meltdown.

It did my heart good to see pictures on television of people picketing, carrying signs, and in general demanding that government listen to them and not pass this bill.  The proposed legislation is obnoxious and deserves to die an ignominious death.

I do not claim to understand all that is going on, but I do understand that you do not reward greed and incompetence by bailing it out.  Let it die a natural death, and deregulate the markets and let them recover on their own. 

Over regulation is what caused the mess in the first place, requiring banks to give loans to people who were not credit worthy and making it a FEDERAL CRIME to refuse them.  Good grief!!!  Dare I say this was tantamount to economic affirmative action?  They even forced banks to consider unemployment compensation and welfare payments as income to qualify for purchasing a house.

And we wonder why so many houses are in foreclosure with people not able to pay their mortgages?

And what has happened to the traditional roles of Democrats and Republicans?  It used to be that Republicans were the party of big business and Democrats were for the less privileged, but now the Wall Street fat cats are supporting Obama and other Democrats with hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations.  Incestuous payoff schemes that hurt us all. 

I still don’t understand how people can vote for someone who has no past, or at least no friends to vouch for him and no paper trail for years of his life.  Isn’t that suspicious?  At least a little?  I mean, who “loses” their college transcript, thesis, client lists, records of meetings, and written papers; who has no friends from their youth or career to talk about what a fun guy they were to hang out with or what a royal pain they were?  How can anyone have scrubbed the history of their life so clean that only their wife remains as a person who has known them for a long time? 

How can all of Obama’s connections with unsavory characters through the years be all over the internet, yet the media totally ignores it and acts as if it is not there.  Sort of like putting their fingers in their ears and humming really loudly while saying “I can’t he-e-a-r you!”

And how about that prosecutor in Missouri being indicted on grounds of political intimidation for being part of an Obama “Truth Squad” and threatening to prosecute anyone who makes public statements contrary to Obama’s official policies?  Whoa!!!  What country are we living in? 

Meanwhile in the real world I spent hours today picking up downed limbs in the park, where I found a seat broken off the teeter totter and a slide destroyed by vandalism.  Things like that make you question whether it’s worth the effort to buy nice playground equipment.

Then I saw a little girl playing nearby and knew it was definitely worth it all.

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Presidential Debate + Pundits = So Much Spin I’m Dizzy

Posted by Nancy on September 27, 2008

We watched the first presidential debate last night, then turned off the TV. We wanted to let it sink in without hearing someone else tell us what we saw.

We decided no one landed a knockout blow, but McCain came across as very knowledgeable and Obama came across as someone who can memorize very well. They both did well, but the decision definitely has to go to McCain.  He obviously knew what he was talking about and remained calm throughout, while Obama seemed to be in over his head and grew increasingly  peevish as the time wore on.  His eyebrows sank lower and lower, he scowled, he interrupted McCain repeatedly, etc.

Obama avoided direct answers to some questions, and repeatedly said he would adapt his presidency to the current financial crisis by – ta da! – still planning to spend boatloads of our money on his pet new projects.  And that bit about “I have a bracelet too” when John McCain spoke about wearing a bracelet to honor a soldier killed in Iraq, given to him by the soldier’s mother.  McCain spoke poignantly about the mother not wanting her son’s death to have been in vain.  Then Obama read his bracelet.

So today I have seen a few opinions of who won last night. 

Did the “journalists” in the main stream media watch the same debate we did last night?  I know they support Obama, but aren’t they still supposed to report the facts?  I realize that partisanship informs everyone’s determination of how well each candidate did, but…

Some of them are REALLY stretching to declare him the winner.  CNN’s online story carries this headline:

Round 1 in Debates Goes to Obama, Poll Says

Okay, tell me more about your poll, I say.  The next to last paragraph of this long story (you know, so far down almost no one reads it) does just that, and here is their amazing statement: 

The results may be favoring Obama simply because more Democrats than Republicans tuned in to the debate. Of the debate-watchers questioned in this poll, 41 percent of the respondents identified themselves as Democrats, 27 percent as Republicans and 30 percent as independents. 
The text of the story also contains this equally amazing comment:

“It can be reasonably concluded, especially after accounting for the slight Democratic bias in the survey, that we witnessed a tie in Mississippi tonight,” CNN Senior Political Researcher Alan Silverleib said. “But given the direction of the campaign over the last couple of weeks, a tie translates to a win for Obama.”

Wait, wait!  I’m having trouble processing here!!!!

Let me see if I have this straight.  Their senior political researcher says the debate was a tie; then he says a tie translates to a win for Obama; then they admit their poll is weighted toward Democrat voters; then they put a headline over it saying Obama won according to that same biased poll. 

Oh, and I would say 41-27% is not a “slight Democratic bias” as they do, but a significant bias.  And I also wonder who their “undecided” voters were.

In my humble opinion, several times during the debate Obama had that deer in the headlights look – such as when McCain spoke in depth on Ukraine and Georgia.  Obama looked like he was afraid someone would ask him what JM had just talked about, but covered the moment by saying “I agree with what John McCain just said.”

As a matter of fact he agreed with McCain many times.

Yes, McCain clearly was the winner.  Too bad the networks don’t run that debate over and over so those who missed it have the opportunity to see it.  We all need to judge for ourselves. 

If we listen to the “journalists” we will get dizzy from all the spinning.

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The Housing Crisis Explained In Double Time

Posted by Nancy on September 26, 2008

This video goes about two time too fast and is hard to follow if you are not already familiar with the information.  Hover over the slider on the bottom and click the button to pause it when you need more time on a slide.

Now you know the time line and the major players.  So, whose fault is it?

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Some Things I’d Like The Media To Address

Posted by Nancy on September 26, 2008

With gale force winds and driving rain in the area yesterday we spent most of the day in, going out only to catch a movie.  It was easily the most execrable movie of my entire life, reinforcing my aversion to almost anything Hollywood puts out.  That will teach me to ask what we’re going to see ahead of time.

And no, I’m not going to mention the name of the movie.  I don’t want to give it any publicity, even bad publicity.

Still, even on vacation I can’t disconnect from politics.  With the economy teetering on the brink and election day nearing quickly, it becomes clearer every day how important this election cycle is.  I am appalled at how virulently partisan network news and some entertainment shows (Letterman!) have become, and how few facts they dissseminate.  It is an obscene perversion of journalistic integrity. 

Is it asking too much to see some in depth reporting on the housing crisis, which would show where the blame for this mess lies?  (Hint: not with the Bush administration)  It is our financial future we are talking about, so why aren’t the news shows digging deep and talking about the truth as we go into an election?  (Oh, I forgot – they might have to say bad things about some Democrats.) 

Name names of those who got large campaign donations from Fannie and Freddie (Hint: Obama is near the top), as well as others who received political or financial favors to fight reining in this mess over the years.  This election isn’t just about the next president; we are also deciding whether we want to keep the Congress that brought us to this awful place.  Put the blame where it belongs.

I would also like to see some mention on the news of the Berg lawsuit against Obama, which is trying to make him produce a genuine birth certificate to prove he is eligible for the presidency.  There very well may be nothing amiss there, but if so why is Obama spending money on attorneys fighting it in court instead of just producing it and getting it over with?  Such a simple solution, yet…  Why aren’t the media asking why he doesn’t produce it?

So, I surf the internet in my down time, and find gems like some of these below.

Clinton era rule change led to current financial crisis  No one can explain it like Investor’s Business Daily can, but there is more information worth reading here.  Meanwhile, Clinton goes on television and acts like the wise senior politician who had nothing to do with getting us into this mess and can guide us out of it.

Understanding slavery  What an interesting article about America’s slave history and Islam.  Fascinating information I never knew, and that is not “politically correct” to mention.

Other people’s money  Good insight into where Obama got some of his political money, and who got paid what (in grants, not his own money) in return.

The housing crisis villain  Obama can find one of the guilty parties in the mirror.

Biden shows his ignorance  Hee-hee.  Can you imagine the outcry on the news shows if Sarah Palin had said this?  In an interview with Katie Couric, Joe Biden said: “Part of what a leader does is to instill confidence, to demonstrate that he or she knows what they’re (sic) talking about …. stock market crash, Franklin Roosevelt got on television and didn’t just talk about, you know, the princes of greed, he said, “Look, here’s what happened…” 

Really?  I see two big problems here:

  • The stock market crashed in 1929; Roosevelt became president in 1932.
  • I’ll bet people in 1929 would have been fascinated with television.  Unfortunately, it hadn’t been invented.  In fact, it still wasn’t in use when Roosevelt died in 1945; Roosevelt  never went on television to talk about anything.  He was famous for his “fireside chats” on the radio.

8 million Clinton supporters reject Obama  This is a PUMA website (you know, those Hillary supporters who are saying “Party Unity My A**).  I read a regular news account of the poll elsewhere, but it is interesting to see the reactions from these women.  Obama is finding out that sometimes there are consequences to your actions.

In real life, there is more rain in the forecast for today.  So, other than some (inside) flea market shopping it may be another indoor day.  It’s good we went to the gardens and the beach early in the week, as those are highlights of a visit.  I got souvenir shopping out of my system in Vietnam in April, so shopping this time is mainly wandering and enjoying being out with good company.

It is so relaxing here; going out when we feel like it, taking time to read, talking and catching up, just taking life easy.  Scherrol is such a tremendous cook and Dave is a great host.  I’m going to hate to see this week end.

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