Passage, Productivity, Procedures, & Praise

Another day, another tumultuous day where DSL is concerned. Although the weather cleared up enough so it wasn’t foggy and the sun was trying to break through the clouds, a dark cloud hung over my internet connection. It’s okay though, because they will fix it. Eventually.

Today, for the first time ever, we saw Sandhill Cranes flying in formation. First we saw a group of 21 over the interstate and then farther down the road we saw approximately 300 of them flying on their journey south for the winter. They were too high in the sky for decent photos, but it sure was nice watching them.

Thought #1

If, and that’s a big if, this health care bill passes the Senate, how exactly does Harry Reid expect to reconcile the Senate version with the House version?

The Senate version doesn’t prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, the House version does. The Senate version might not contain a public option, the House version does. These are some pretty big obstacles to overcome in the road to reconciliation in conference.

It might not matter though, since Democrat support for the bill is waning as well.

Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean argued Wednesday that the health care overhaul bill taking shape in the Senate further empowers private insurers at the expense of consumer choice — a claim the White House rejected.

“This is an insurance company’s dream,” the former Democratic presidential candidate said. “This is the Washington scramble, and it’s a shame.”

Dean argued that the Senate’s health care bill would not prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage for preexisting conditions and he also said it would allow the industry to charge older people far more than others for premiums.

Oops. Where is Scary Harry going to find the 60 votes now?

Hat Tip: Vinny

Thought #2

Speaking of Vinny, you need to watch his latest episode of IT.tv.

 
Thought #3

The debate over the heath care bill got interesting today when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a 767 page single-payer amendment to the bill. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) exercised his prerogative in the Senate and insisted that the bill be read, in its entirety, on the Senate floor.

The Senate clerk began reading the bill at noon and three hours later they were less than 150 pages into the bill. Realizing his amendment lacked the votes to pass, he withdrew the amendment and then berated Republicans for bringing Senate business to a halt.

I applaud the Republicans, especially Tom Coburn for doing so. Without their dedication to stopping this bill, the Democrats would be rolling through with steam rollers killing the American way of life and ushering an era of socialism that would destroy our country forever.

Thought #4

When the author of the bill insists that no Senator can understand the health care bill, you know you have issues.

 

Max Baucus (D-MT) insulted every member of the Senate by claiming they do not have the mental capacity to understand the bill they are debating. What a moron.

Tom Coburn is one of only two doctors who serve in the U.S. Senate. Max Baucus is one of almost 60 morons who do the same.

Thought #5

Once again, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) makes me wish I lived in the 11th district of Michigan.

 

What a great summary of the Democrat controlled Congress. “Too costly, too crazy, too quickly…”

Thought #6

Time for my final thought of the day. Actually, it’s a question. What did you see or hear today that made you smile? This is what I saw.

 

Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
Langston Hughes

Americans Are Not The Enemy

Spring ColorsIn my previous post, I introduced you to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security assessment titled “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment” (PDF).

As you know from reading my first post, our government now considers “groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration” to be rightwing extremists and possible domestic terrorists.

If you look at the top of page 3 of the assessment, you will read that our government also feels that the proposed imposition of firearms restrictions and weapons bans would likely attract new members into the ranks of “rightwing extremist groups” and potentially spur some of those people into planning and training for violence against the government.

The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. “

The right to bear arms is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Standing up for your rights under the Constitution is not extremist. Well, it hasn’t been, and shouldn’t be, but apparently the Obama administration and the Department of Homeland Security have something else in mind.

It’s unclear exactly how the Department of Homeland Security defines the term “extremist groups”. For all we know, they may consider anyone who refuses to relinquish their right to bear arms an extremist and if they live in the same town as others who have done the same, they may very well be a “group” of extremists.

The assessment places extraordinary emphasis on “proposed firearms restrictions” which is rather vague and left open to interpretation by the reader, but there is no doubt what the assessment is hinting at. There will come a day when all guns will be banned or the government will require you to report (on the federal level) each gun you own and the quantity of ammunition you are stockpiling (aka storing on the shelf for target practice).

Don’t worry though, they won’t stop there. If you’re a veteran who served your country faithfully, you need to watch your back too.

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The Implications Of Homeland Security

American GoldfinchAs you sit in your chair reading this, what are the odds that someone is watching you? No, don’t look over your shoulder, it’s too late. They already know where you are. They already know what you’re doing. You can’t turn back now, so you may as well finish reading this post.

On April 7, 2009, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security distributed an “assessment” which contained Law Enforcement Sensitive (LES) information to federal, state, local and tribal conterterrorism and law enforcement officials so they may effectively deter, prevent, preempt, or respond to terrorist attacks against the United States.

After reading the title, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment”, many people probably wouldn’t even turn the page. Why should they? Surely there are no extremists in their neighborhood and everyone knows the radicals are all over in the Middle East, right?

The assessment was completed by the Office of Intelligence and Analysis within the Department of Homeland Security and it was not intended for our eyes. No portion of the document was to be released to the media, the general public, or over non-secure Internet servers. The document itself contains a warning that releasing the information contained in the document could “adversely affect or jeopardize investigative activities”.

I know, I just told you that the document wasn’t meant to be read by someone like you, but I encourage you to read it (PDF). Yes, I know, it’s a radical thought to increase your knowledge, but once you start reading the assessment, it won’t take long to learn the true implications of this Homeland Security “assessment”.

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You Shouldn’t Compromise Your Principles

When the U.S. House of Representatives passed their version of the $15 billion automaker bailout earlier this week, I was disappointed, but not nearly as disappointed as I was that Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) voted for the bailout. To say I was shocked is an understatement.

Before I get too far into this post, let me make a few statements. I understand that Thaddeus McCotter is from Michigan, a state that has been hit hard by this economic downturn because of their ties to the automotive industry. I understand he is an elected representative, whose job is to represent the constituents who live in his district. And, I understand that many of his constituents probably support the bailout effort and demand that he do so as well.

Rep. McCotter has made no secret of his support of this bailout, yet he adamantly fought against other bailout efforts in the past. Apparently, supporting taxpayer funded programs to prop up failing U.S. businesses is only correct if it happens to involve businesses that have a direct impact on your own district. It’s a shame too, because unlike many other members of Congress, I really didn’t think Rep. McCotter was a hypocrite. I thought he was one of those elected officials we could believe in. You know, someone who we could actually trust and who would stand up on their principles and do the right thing for our country.

It seems I, like many other people, was mistaken.

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The Obama Presidency

Tonight was an historic night in the United States. Barack Obama has become the first African-American elected to our nation’s highest office. He is also the first Socialist elected to that position.

Barack Obama has proven that all things are possible. He proved that someone with zero executive experience and who associates with known domestic terrorists can be elected President. He has also proven that the American people (at least the majority of them), at this time in history, are more receptive of socialist economic ideas than free market capitalist ideas. But most of all, he has proven that anyone can become President as long as they are willing to lie to the American people, ignore solid inquiries about their proposed tax plans, and have the ability to raise millions upon millions of dollars in order to do so.

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So Many Questions, So Little Time

In 11 days we will be choosing the next President of the United States. Well, we won’t be choosing him, the Electoral College will be choosing him, but they will do so based on our votes from state to state.

Doesn’t it seem like the candidates have been campaigning for four years or so? No, it couldn’t be that long, because four years ago, Barack Obama said he wasn’t qualified to serve as President. He said he was a firm believer that you need to know what you are doing when you apply for a job, and that he would have to start running for President right then and there before ever serving a day in the Senate. I think that’s exactly what he did, don’t you?

I have election fatigue. I am tired of it all. I am tired of turning on the television in the morning and hearing about the polls. I am tired of turning on the television or the radio, only to be inundated with ads. But most of all, I am tired of the political double-speak.

I am tired of hearing one thing and seeing another. I am tired of listening to Barack Obama say something about his plans, only to read those plans myself and learn they are completely different than he said they were in his speech.

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