Three Thoughts Til Thursday

Finally! Tonight I am finally reading a health care proposal that doesn’t sentence my children to a life of servitude to pay the costs of providing that care, doesn’t take almost 5 days to read, and actually reduces the federal deficit.

Tonight I am reading the GOP Amendment to HR3962. The amendment is an “amendment in the nature of a substitute” which means the current version of HR 3962 would be replaced by this new text.

HR3962 clocks in at 1,990 pages, but the GOP substitute sums things up, quite nicely, in 219 pages. I still have some reading to do and I need to formulate my thoughs, so tomorrow I will be posting my review of the “Common Sense Health Care Reform and Affordability Act”.

Here are some other quick thoughts to hold you over until tomorrow.

Thought #1

Remember the indocrtrination videos I linked to weeks and months ago? It seems there are a lot more of those, even more than you possibly could have imagined.

This is about brainwashing our children into Leftist identity politics. Sure, the schools can argue that they had some kind of parental permission — which, if true, is somehow even more disturbing — but who even considers doing something like this with young minds? That’s a rhetorical question.

There was some guesswork, but to the best of our ability the videos run from oldest to youngest, starting with high schoolers. We list the name of the school and the date the video was posted. From there, if it could be found (or a confident guess made), you’ll find the schools’ website, followed by the original title given to the video and any notes added by whoever uploaded to YouTube.

Big Hollywood has organized a great number of the videos, by age of the children involved, and they have even transcribed the videos so you can follow along with the message.

It really is that bad.

Thought #2

The U.S. Senate voted 98-0 to extend unemployment benefits. This is a small band-aid for the larger problems that face our nation, but it’s good to see someone pulling out the first aid kit, finally.

After weeks of partisan debate, the Senate voted on Wednesday to lengthen unemployment benefits by up to 20 weeks and to extend the $8,000 homebuyer tax credit.

The closely watched legislation would extend jobless benefits in all states by 14 weeks. Those that live in states with unemployment greater than 8.5% would receive an additional six weeks. The proposal would be funded by extending a longstanding federal unemployment tax on employers through June 30, 2011.

Now if they could just get their heads on straight with everything else, we might just make it through everything going on.

Thought #3

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which seems to be getting very little press, looks to be a very dangerous thing, for everyone.

The Internet chapter raises two additional issues. On the international front, it provides firm confirmation that ACTA is not a counterfeiting treaty, but a copyright treaty. These provisions involve copyright policy as no reasonable definition of counterfeiting would include these kinds of provisions. On the domestic front, it raises serious questions about the Canadian negotiation mandate. Negotiations from Foreign Affairs are typically constrained by either domestic law, a bill before the House of Commons, or the negotiation mandate letter. Since these provisions dramatically exceed current Canadian law and are not found in any bill presently before the House, Canadians should be asking whether the negotiation mandate letter has envisioned such dramatic changes to domestic copyright law. When combined with the other chapters that include statutory damages, search and seizure powers for border guards, anti-camcording rules, and mandatory disclosure of personal information requirements, it is clear that there is no bigger IP issue today than the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement being negotiated behind closed doors this week in Korea.

The Phony, The PlayBook, And The Performance

After an absence last month because the kids were all sick, we attended the Sweetwater Camera Club meeting tonight. Of course, we had a blast like we always do. It was good to see everyone, and we look forward to the annual bbq on Saturday! Yum!

I went to the dentist yesterday and on Monday I have to go back to get a couple teeth pulled. I could be the national poster child for the ‘How Not To Take Care of Your Teeth When You Are Young’ campaign.

Anyway, here are some thoughts tonight, before I take a pain pill. (Imagine how fun it would be to post after taking them).

Thought #1

President Obama said he was willing to meet with Republicans in Congress to discuss health care. It turns out that was just another lie. Rather than refusing to meet with them, he just doesn’t respond to their requests in the first place.

Gingrey said a dozen GOP House doctors requested a meeting with Obama last month to discuss health care — but got no response.

Tongue firmly in cheek, Gingrey said he didn’t know that wearing a white coat was a requirement to meet with the president.

“If these voices are not enough to get his attention” Gingrey said, “my white coat will.”

Gingrey — who stood next to a large photo of White House aides handing out white coats to the doctors — held his medical smock in the air on the House floor.

Rep. Phil Gingrey is my representative in Congress. Over the past few years I have voiced my concerns to him, and he has responded each and every time, even when I write to him about the most benign issues. Gingrey is the real deal. The same cannot be said about our President.

Thought #2

Indoctrination and propaganda at its finest.

I haven’t looked into this story too much, but it’s clear that the Ron Clark Academy subscribes to the same playbook as many other schools.

How desperate are you to further your cause that you feel the need to brainwash children and use them to spread your message?

Thought #3

Word has it that the leadership of the House and Senate have a plan to pass health care reform by performing a four part act that could very well railroad the bill through the Senate. From there it’s only one step away from the President’s desk.

The final step in this plan is for the House to take up Obama care, without amending the legislation, and then sending that bill directly to the President for his signature.

Head over to the Heritage Foundation and read the entire plan.

Whackos, Wanna Be’s, Writings, And Wisdom

I started my day today with a quick and easy project. Well, it was supposed to be quick and easy. It ended up taking 14 hours, but it’s done. I won’t go into details because I know some of you get bored if I talk in code.

It’s late, so I am going to put several smaller thoughts together again.

Thought #1

The first story I read today caught me off-guard. This is what happens when I open my news reader before I’ve had my first cup in the morning.

It seems a woman in Michigan who lives in front of a bus stop watches some children for less than an hour each day until the bus arrives. She helps out the parents of said children by keeping an eye on them (at the parent’s request) so they get off to school each day. The problem is, the state of Michigan has decided she’s doing so against the law.

A West Michigan woman says the state is threatening her with fines and possibly jail time for babysitting her neighbors’ children.

Lisa Snyder of Middleville says her neighborhood school bus stop is right in front of her home. It arrives after her neighbors need to be at work, so she watches three of their children for 15-40 minutes until the bus comes.

The Department of Human Services received a complaint that Snyder was operating an illegal child care home. DHS contacted Snyder and told her to get licensed, stop watching her neighbors’ kids, or face the consequences.

When a neighbor cannot help a neighbor without being threatened by some over-zealous idiot, there’s a problem. So much for the village, huh?

Thought #2

President Obama thinks your children do not spend enough time in school.

President Barack Obama is among those making the case that American kids aren’t spending enough time in school.

The president says that puts them at a disadvantage compared to other students around the globe. He’s pushing for schools to add time to classes, to stay open later and to let kids in on weekends so they have a safe place to go.

While it’s true that kids in many other countries have more school days, it’s not true they all spend more time in school. In fact, U.S. kids spend more hours in school than do kids in the Asian countries that persistently outscore the U.S. on math and science tests.

For all I know, this thought might be related to the next one.

Thought #3

Increasing the time children spend in the classroom would allow more time for the proper indoctrination of children, would it not?

If videos like this surfaced of children being taught to praise George W. Bush, heads would be spinning and the lamestream media would be covering it 24/7. Tell the truth now, have you seen any of these indoctrination videos on any mainstream media station?

Just imagine what can be done by increasing the length of the school year. Can we see a pattern here? YES WE CAN.

Thought #4

Whoa. Talk about making heads spin. Sarah Palin’s new book, “Going Rogue: An American Life” will hit the bookstore shelves on November 17th.

I’m sure the mere mention of her name on my blog has reassured some readers (and some family members) that I am a member of the vast right-wing conspiracy they (and former President Bill Clinton) are so vehement in believing actually exists. Uhoh. I just linked to CNN. Now my head is spinning.

Thought #5

Did you know it’s former President George W. Bush’s fault that current President Barack Obama cannot close our facility at Guantanamo Bay?

Hope, change, and no semblance of accountability whatsoever.

And now, the final thought for the night, presented by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI).

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?

PS: Yes, MR Ducks! MR Not Ducks! OSAR, CM Wings! YIB MR Ducks!

Caught, Taught, Burned, And Spurned

I heard that President Obama gave a speech at the U.N. today. I heard a lot of other stuff too. Today was another busy day, so tonight you get more thoughts. Oh stop, you know you like them.

Thought #1

ACORN has filed suit against the team that produced the undercover videos that exposed the level of corruption inside the organization.

The liberal group contends that the audio portion of the video was obtained illegally because Maryland requires two-party consent to create sound recordings.

They fired the two employees seen on the video, and then use the fact that those two former employees have suffered from “extreme emotional distress” because of the ordeal.

Shouldn’t the employees have filed suit against ACORN for false termination or something? They were most likely doing the very thing they were trained to do in the first place.

Thought #2

Remember that video I asked about last night? You know, the one where the kids are being trained to praise the great and powerful O? Apparently it bears a striking similarity to a video produced to praise the leader of North Korea, Kim Jung Il.

And while we’re on the subject of schoolchildren, did you know some students were tested after being forced to view the President’s address to the Joint Session of Congress?

An isolated case or an example of the indoctrination taking place right now in our schools?

Thought #3

The United Nations held their yearly “lets compare the size of our…” forum again today.

Achmed I’mANutJob spoke at the gathering and delegates from Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand, and the United States walked out. My only question is, did President Obama encourage our U.N. ambassador to walk out or will he be forced to resign now?

If you missed the President’s address to the United Nations today, you really missed out on one of the most disgraceful speeches ever delivered by a U.S. President.

Frank says it best when he says,

The United Nations, mostly financed by us, is a pit of vipers striking daily at the principals for which the United States of America stands and now this “leader” apologizes. It is obvious that he places no value on the oath taken earlier this year and never intends to abide by it.

Thank you Frank.

Thought #4

Nancy Pelosi had decided she doesn’t need the support of Blue Dog Democrats in the debate over health care.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is planning to include in the bill a tax on wealthy Americans, as well as a more robust government-run health insurance plan (or “public option”), abandoning the compromises leaders in a key committee worked out with the moderate Blue Dog Democrats.

Mrs. Pelosi is going to need some more Botox injections if she keeps stretching her mouth so much from inserting her foot. She didn’t have the votes with their support, let alone by walking away from them.

Thought #5

Bad form, Sarah. Bad form. It’s one thing to criticize the sitting U.S. President on American soil, but it’s hardly something that should be done while standing in a foreign land.

Whether you agree with the current administration or not, you don’t set up your soapbox on foreign soil and bash the President of the United States, no matter how legitimate those criticisms are.

As a staunch supporter of yours, I am quite disappointed. Like I said, bad form, Sarah.

Thought #6

The IRS dumped ACORN today. Wow. How bad do you suck if the IRS wants nothing to do with you?

That’s it for tonight. I’m off to read a book on the Kindle for iPhone app. You won’t believe how much I’ve been reading since I got that iPhone.

Patriotism is easy to understand in America. It means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.

Calvin Coolidge

Indoctrination, Taxation, Representation And Annihilation

With all the rain we’ve had around here lately, I haven’t had much time to focus on some of the news from the past two days. My mind is swimming with thoughts about some things I have read tonight and I need to get them off my chest.

Thought #1

What the hell is this about?

We’re teaching kids to praise President Obama? Since when do we indoctrinate children by teaching them to honor the President in an organized chant? Pathetic, really.

Thought #2

Joe Biden is right. While discussing the upcoming 2010 elections and the 35 House seats that are currently held by Democrats in traditionally Republican districts, he said,

If they take them back, this the end of the road for what Barack and I are trying to do

Like I said, he’s right.

Thought #3

Jimmy Carter says that former President Bush and his administration may have been involved in a 2002 coup attempt against Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez.

I think there is no doubt that in 2002, the United States had at the very least full knowledge about the coup, and could even have been directly involved

Personally, I think that’s better than President Obama and his administration’s attempts to stifle democracy in Honduras. I’m not going to go into it all in this post, but a simple search on Google will give you plenty of information to learn that President Obama has personally condemned the rise of democracy in Honduras.

I don’t think we need to be messing around in either country, but interfering in the name of democracy rather than stifling it sounds better to me any day.

Thought #4

Fining people for not carrying health insurance is wrong. Such fines collected by the IRS are nothing more than taxes. So much about the health care bills in the House and the Senate are wrong. When things are this wrong, they cannot be “negotiated” they must be re-written.

Thought #5

Former President Jimmy Carter sure thinks he’s an expert on the Middle East, doesn’t he? It’s hard to imagine that someone who was apparently so instrumental in brokering peace between Egypt and Israel can be so wrong about peace between Israel and the rest of their neighbors.

I’m no expert, but I do know a few things. Hamas wants nothing less than the complete annihilation of Israel. Hezbollah wants nothing less than the complete annihilation of Israel. Nothing Israel has done in the past, is doing now, or shall do in the future will change either of those facts. So, it’s quite a surprise to read the following:

Former President Jimmy Carter says Israel must stop building settlements in Palestine for there to be peace in the Middle East.

In order for there to peace in the Middle East, Hamas and Hezbollah need to stop sending homicide bombers into Israel, they need to stop threatening Israel, and Hamas as well as Hezbollah need to be annihilated. Only then, will there be a chance for peace in the Middle East.

Thought #6

The voters of Georgia’s Fourth Congressional District may have thought they had sane representation when Hank Johnson won the seat, but it’s clear that Georgia #4 has some sort of Cynthia McKinney syndrome that could take years to purge.

Rep. Hank Johnson is standing by his comments that Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst at President Obama “instigated more racist sentiment” and could lead to a resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan.

Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, wrote in the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Monday that he doesn’t think that most of Obama’s opponents are motivated by racism, but that he believes Wilson’s comments “winked at a racist element” and that there is a small but “racially motivated fringe” among those who disapprove of the president and his policies.

Ridiculous.