Wrong And Right

Today was a long day. As a severely underemployed person, things are very tight around here. I spent the day working on some things that needed to be done, and straightening out some things that couldn’t be done before today. It’s a long story for another day.

I have a couple things I want to write about tonight. The first is about ObamaCare.

I bet you didn’t know there was a vote in the House Of Representatives yesterday involving ObamaCare. Yesterday was a day filled with news about the Deep Horizon oil spill and the speech delivered by The Failed One™ from the Oval Office (his first). It was perfect cover for the media to completely ignore the vote to repeal the individual mandate under ObamaCare.

House Republicans plan to force a vote as soon as today on a measure that would repeal the job-killing, unconstitutional ‘individual mandate’ at the heart of ObamaCare. This proposal, to be offered by House Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI), will be offered as the Republican motion-to-recommit on H.R. 5486, the so-called Small Business Jobs Tax Relief Act of 2010.

The vote failed 187-230. Twenty-one Democrats joined the Republicans in voting for the measure. Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA), once again, was the sole Republican to vote with the Democrats against the Republican measure.

I can’t believe so many Democrats are still getting it wrong where ObamaCare is concerned and it’s amazing how much the media can still hide from us simply by diverting our attention.

The second subject I want to write about is the new AutoZone iPhone App. I don’t usually write about iPhone applications, but I have to applaud the developers of this one.

A few weeks ago I noticed my passenger side headlight was out. I don’t do too much night driving, so I didn’t think too much about it, until the evening of the Douglas County TEA Party. While driving home I realized how dark our country roads are with only one light, so I planned to stop and pick up a new headlight the next chance I got.

Well, as things normally go around here, I put it off in order to focus on other things like replacing the lawn mower battery, cleaning up some storage items, organizing my woodworking shop, practicing with some new photographic techniques, etc, etc, etc. You get the idea.

Two days ago, I noticed the new AutoZone app in the App Store so I figured I would download it and see what it was all about. I am a sucker for those FREE apps anyway.

Once I got the app installed I was able to add my truck to my list of vehicles, identify the store closest to my house (4 miles away), and within minutes I was able to see that they had my headlight in stock for $14.99 ($16.04 with tax).

I picked up the headlight and within minutes after returning home, I had replaced the headlight myself.

It’s pretty awesome that I could search their catalog, find my part, confirm it was in-stock at my local store, and know exactly how much I was going to spend, all from the comfort of my easy chair. Thanks AutoZone, for making an app that’s actually useful!

It’s nice to see some developers who get it right on the first try.

That’s it for this post. As I said before, it’s been a very long day and tomorrow looks to be even longer than today. Now I am going to kick back and play some Sudoku2Pro and relax.

Bart Stupak Is A “Pro-Lie” Democrat

In the end, it doesn’t matter what Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) says. When he said he would not vote for the health care bill if it contained any provision that would allow for taxpayer funded abortions, he lied.

Surprise. Bart Stupak is not a “pro-life” Democrat. He’s a “pro-lie” Democrat.

In October, he claimed on this video, that he would vote for the health care bill irregardless of any pro-death clauses within the bill.

 

The Executive Order didn’t matter. Any deal with Nanny State Nancy didn’t matter. He was voting for the bill either way. He was just playing a game with his constituents and the American people.

Bart Stupak gets an “F” for honesty and integrity, thereby making him the new face of “pro-lie” Democrats all across this country.

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Selling Out At The Last Minute

Here is the text of the Executive Order which will be signed by President Obama AFTER the health care bill passes the House. Self-proclaimed “pro-life” Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) held a press conference just minutes ago stating that he would support the health care bill on “principle” because of this executive order.

Please remember, no Executive Order can trump law. The current laws make abortion legal. The health care bill provides for federal funding of abortions. The bill, if passed, will become law. No Executive Order can trump law. The Executive Order becomes null and void the moment President Barack Obama signs the bill into law.

Bart Stupak sold out for a useless piece of paper. If he wanted a piece of paper worth something, I have a whole roll of it he could have.

ENSURING ENFORCEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ABORTION RESTRICTIONS IN THE PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (approved March ¬¬__, 2010), I hereby order as follows:

Section 1. Policy.

Following the recent passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“the Act”), it is necessary to establish an adequate enforcement mechanism to ensure that Federal funds are not used for abortion services (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered), consistent with a longstanding Federal statutory restriction that is commonly known as the Hyde Amendment. The purpose of this Executive Order is to establish a comprehensive, government-wide set of policies and procedures to achieve this goal and to make certain that all relevant actors—Federal officials, state officials (including insurance regulators) and health care providers—are aware of their responsibilities, new and old.

The Act maintains current Hyde Amendment restrictions governing abortion policy and extends those restrictions to the newly-created health insurance exchanges. Under the Act, longstanding Federal laws to protect conscience (such as the Church Amendment, 42 U.S.C. §300a-7, and the Weldon Amendment, Pub. L. No. 111-8, §508(d)(1) (2009)) remain intact and new protections prohibit discrimination against health care facilities and health care providers because of an unwillingness to provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions.

Numerous executive agencies have a role in ensuring that these restrictions are enforced, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Section 2. Strict Compliance with Prohibitions on Abortion Funding in Health Insurance Exchanges.

The Act specifically prohibits the use of tax credits and cost-sharing reduction payments to pay for abortion services (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered) in the health insurance exchanges that will be operational in 2014. The Act also imposes strict payment and accounting requirements to ensure that Federal funds are not used for abortion services in exchange plans (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered) and requires state health insurance commissioners to ensure that exchange plan funds are segregated by insurance companies in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, OMB funds management circulars, and accounting guidance provided by the Government Accountability Office.

I hereby direct the Director of OMB and the Secretary of HHS to develop, within 180 days of the date of this Executive Order, a model set of segregation guidelines for state health insurance commissioners to use when determining whether exchange plans are complying with the Act’s segregation requirements, established in Section 1303 of the Act, for enrollees receiving Federal financial assistance. The guidelines shall also offer technical information that states should follow to conduct independent regular audits of insurance companies that participate in the health insurance exchanges. In developing these model guidelines, the Director of OMB and the Secretary of HHS shall consult with executive agencies and offices that have relevant expertise in accounting principles, including, but not limited to, the Department of the Treasury, and with the Government Accountability Office. Upon completion of those model guidelines, the Secretary of HHS should promptly initiate a rulemaking to issue regulations, which will have the force of law, to interpret the Act’s segregation requirements, and shall provide guidance to state health insurance commissioners on how to comply with the model guidelines.

Section 3. Community Health Center Program.

The Act establishes a new Community Health Center (CHC) Fund within HHS, which provides additional Federal funds for the community health center program. Existing law prohibits these centers from using federal funds to provide abortion services (except in cases of rape or incest, or when the life of the woman would be endangered), as a result of both the Hyde Amendment and longstanding regulations containing the Hyde language. Under the Act, the Hyde language shall apply to the authorization and appropriations of funds for Community Health Centers under section 10503 and all other relevant provisions. I hereby direct the Secretary of HHS to ensure that program administrators and recipients of Federal funds are aware of and comply with the limitations on abortion services imposed on CHCs by existing law. Such actions should include, but are not limited to, updating Grant Policy Statements that accompany CHC grants and issuing new interpretive rules.

Section 4. General Provisions.

(a) Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect: (i) authority granted by law or presidential directive to an agency, or the head thereof; or (ii) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This Executive Order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This Executive Order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity against the United States, its departments, agencies, entities, officers, employees or agents, or any other person.

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It’s Not Too Late To Kill The Bill!

I will be doing a series of small posts today, leading up to the vote on the health care bill in the House of Representatives.

The House will be debating the resolution which includes the Senate version of the bill. If the House passes the bill, as it is introduced today, the measure will go to the President for his signature.

The House Rules committee released a list of proposed amendments to the bill, but those amendments will only apply if they are passed by both the House and the Senate, as the final bill will already be ready for the President’s signature.

A vote today in the House is a vote for the Senate version, plain and simple. Here’s a video to get you started today.

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220 Reasons For Change In 2010

I waited to write this post tonight while I watched the debate over HR 3962 play out all evening on CSPAN. I was hoping for a small miracle, as I was hoping to post about the defeat of the bill while it sat on Nancy Pelosi’s table. The House passed the bill by a vote of 220 – 215. They only needed 218 votes to pass the bill.

In the end this evening, 220 people voted to in favor of taking away your rights as an American citizen.

The debate started early in the day and did not conclude until well into the evening. In typical Nancy Pelosi fashion, the debate on the House floor soon took a turn for the worst when the majority failed to observe House rules in a fair manner.

Democrat after Democrat was allowed to parade down to the microphone and ask for unanimous consent to enter their comments into the record. When Republicans questioned whether or not these unanimous consent requests were counting against debate time, they were told they were out of order. When they raised parliamentary inquiries about the procedure for objecting to the unanimous consent requests, they were told that regular order would continue and they should just shut up.

It’s quite clear how things are run in the House under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership. This first video is almost 8 minutes long and shows how things got heated up to begin the day.

 
This second video shows how efficiently Nanny State Nancy is at shutting down the minority.

 
As the evening progressed we heard some excellent floor speeches, from MIke Pence (R-IN),

 
and Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI).

 
The final vote in support of the bill included on Republican, Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA) who claimed that he voted for passage of the bill to support “life”. Thanks for killing any chance of a happy life there Anh. We appreciate it, and we’ll show you how much in 2010.

Make sure you check the final roll call of the vote to see how your Representative voted and remember their vote when you walk in to cast you ballet next year.

The unemployment rate (of those still able to collect unemployment benefits) hit 10.2%. More Americans are out of work now than ever before in our nation’s history, and the Democrats in the House of Representatives chose to pass HR 3962 which gives the government control of 1/6th of our economy, reduces even more jobs, violates your right as an American citizen and adds trillions to our federal deficit.

The CBO estimate released last night finally sheds light on the smoke and mirrors game the majority has been playing with the cost of their health care reform proposal. Over the first 10 years, this legislation builds in gross new spending of $1.7 trillion – and most of the new spending doesn’t even start until 2014. Once that spending is fully phased in, the House Democratic bill rings up at more than $3 trillion over ten years.

I guess it could be worse. The President of the United States could be making snide comments about people who attend tea parties.

Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit “Democratic voters” and it will encourage the extremists.

If you don’t find anything wrong with that statement, make sure you look up the definition of teabag and you’ll develop a whole new respect for our Commander-in-Chief. Oh! Speaking of our Commander-in-Chief…

After speaking to House Democrats, insulting a great number of Americans, and forcing his hand in the health care debate, President Obama and his wife flew off for a relaxing weekend at Camp David. In the meantime, our former President, and his lovely wife spent several hours at Fort Hood visiting with families and showing their support.

Word has it that Barack Obama might get around to visiting Fort Hood, and showing his support of the families there, on Tuesday. Maybe. The teleprompter might change its mind though.

A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.
Barry Goldwater

More Indoctrination, More Broken Rules, And More Bad News

For the first time in weeks, we all slept in today. Okay, so we were up by 10, but around here, that’s like sleeping in.

It was a beautiful day today. The kids played in the backyard and tormented frogs for a while. Well, I know they were nice to the frogs and they just played with them, but I am pretty sure the frogs didn’t take such action kindly.

After the frogs had their fill of “boating in the pond”, I took the boys over to Tanner State Park, and we were surprised there were no remnants from the flooding last week. Well, okay, there were no visible remnants, except the COPPERHEAD snakes everywhere. We saw four of them, one of which was longer than I am tall, so we skiddaddled over to Sweetwater Creek State Park instead.

The water was muddy, but not too high. We heard a ranger stating that the water rose about 15 feet, which was hard to imagine since there were no lasting effects there either. The osprey weren’t feeding, leading us to believe they won’t eat fish that is (a) hidden in brown muddy water, or (b) hidden in brown muddy water that may have contaminants and bacteria in it. Then again, maybe they did feed and (b) is why we didn’t see them…

Thought #1

Check out this video.

Is this another case of indoctrination or what? Oh sure, they try to temper the last half of the video with the “we’re all together” meme, it’s the “yes we can” and the praising President Obama by name that has me concerned again.

Thought #2

Why do politicians insist on changing the rules when they are in power? Rather than have an honest debate with honest representation in Congress, Harry Reid has promised to basically shove the current health care bill down the throats of the American people.

Developing news on the health care front is that Harry Reid is going to use reconciliation in the Senate if he cannot get the sixty members necessary to block a filibuster. In other words, he is going to bend the rules to his favor so that a simple majority can bypass Senate rules.

This isn’t the first time a political party has changed the rules once they assumed “command”, and the Democrats are hardly alone in doing so. But that doesn’t make it right.

Thought #3

Unemployment among young Americans (age 16 to 24) has risen to 52.2%. No, that is not a typo. 52.2 percent of our young people cannot find work.

And worse, without a clear economic recovery plan aimed at creating entry-level jobs, the odds of many of these young adults — aged 16 to 24, excluding students — getting a job and moving out of their parents’ houses are long. Young workers have been among the hardest hit during the current recession — in which a total of 9.5 million jobs have been lost.

It’s clear that none of Obama’s plans are working. And before you start spouting off that it was the Republicans and their 8 years of control in Washington that caused this, remember one thing. Republicans DID NOT control Congress for the past eight years.

Sure, President Bush was in office and has his share of the blame to shoulder in this mess we are now facing, but the House and Senate were not under Republican control during that entire eight years. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and their cohorts on the Hill are as much to blame for all of this.

It’s time for Congress to wake up and get to work. The time for pointing fingers is over, unless of course you want to single out those responsible for the mortgage fiasco, then you can point to Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). Should we be working on a solution to fix these problems rather than finger pointing and shoving unwanted (expensive) legislation on the American people?

Now I am off tonight to read my new Photoshop User magazine and some more of the book I am reading. I may actually climb into bed before 3am. How awesome would that be?

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