Protocol, Perception, Procrastinating, & Pretenders

Thought #1

Instead of coming up with some nonsensical excuse for explaining why the leader of the free world bowed in submission to the Emperor of Japan, the Obama Administration has decided that doing so was an act of protocol.

A senior administration official said President Barack Obama was simply observing protocol when he bowed to Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko upon arriving at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Saturday.

Who’s the moron that added “The President shall bow to all foreign leaders in a symbolic gesture of submission and capitulation” to the administration protocol books? It seems to me that Barack Obama is the only world leader that symbolizes submission and capitulation while meeting other world leaders.

Thought #2

According to the CDC, swine Mexican flu has infected 22 million Americans and killed roughly 4,000 of them.

Swine flu has sickened about 22 million Americans since April and killed nearly 4,000, including 540 children, according to startling federal estimates released Thursday.

That’s a death rate of 0.00018182 or 0.01812 percent. In simpler terms, 1.812 people out of every 10,000 infected will die from swine Mexican flu.

Now there’s word of a new “pneumonic plague” sweeping across Europe that’s more deadly than H1N1.

A deadly plague could sweep across Europe, doctors fear, after an outbreak of a virus in Ukraine plunged the country and its neighbours into a state of panic.

A cocktail of three flu viruses are reported to have mutated into a single pneumonic plague, which it is believed may be far more dangerous than swine flu. The death toll has reached 189 and more than 1 million people have been infected, most of them in the nine regions of Western Ukraine.

Whoa. 189 people are dead, out of one million. That puts the death rate for this “deadly plague” at 0.000189 or 0.0189 percent. Yes, it’s true. This pneumonic plague kills 1.89 people out of every 10,000 infected.

The new scary plague will kill 0.078 more people per 10,000 infected than Swine Mexican Flu. For you mathematically challenged people out there that’s equal to 7.8 people per million. We’re talking a death rate less than one-fiftieth of one percent, and just so we all keep one foot on the ground, let’s remember a few things.

  • the survival rate for all cancers diagnosed from 1996-2004 (after five years) is just 66%. That puts the death rate at 34%.
  • in 2005, coronary heart disease death rates per 100,000 people were 187.7 for white males and 213.9 for black males; and 110.0 for white females and 140.9 for black females, which puts the lowest death rate for coronary heart disease at 0.11 percent or 11 deaths per 10,000 people.

So the next time someone starts talking about these “super bugs” and “deadly plagues” take a moment to step back and look at the whole story. It might not be as bleak as they want you to think it is.

Thought #3

Barack Obama seems to have forgotten, yet again, words that have come from his own mouth.

In November of 2008, while running for President, Barack Obama said the following while addressing a group of bipartisan governors and talking about climate change and reducing emissions.

Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response.

Candidate Barack Obama made it clear that delay was no longer an option, but today, one year and one election later, President Barack Obama and other world leaders made it clear that delay is the only option.

U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders on Sunday supported delaying a legally binding climate pact until 2010 or even later, but European negotiators said the move did not imply weaker action.

Some argued that legal technicalities might otherwise distract the talks in Copenhagen and it was better to focus on the core issue of cutting climate-warming emissions.

Great job, Mr. President. You’ve proven once again that we cannot rely on a single word that comes out of your mouth.

Thought #4

What happens when a presidential administration and recipients of stimulus funds pretend to create jobs?

More than ten percent of the jobs the Obama administration has claimed were “created or saved” by the $787 billion stimulus package are doubtful or imaginary, according to reports compiled from eleven major newspapers and the Associated Press.

I haven’t really paid attention to many AP “investigations” since Barack Obama was elected because their reporting has been so biased it just didn’t warrant wasting my time to read what they had to say. What’s different this time?

It seems that eleven major newspapers actually did some groundwork (formerly known as “journalism”) and started asking questions.

For example, in South Carolina,

“The Greenville Housing Authority “saved or created” 118 jobs by use of federal stimulus money, according to the Obama administration. Not bad for an agency that has 35 employees.”

And in Harry Reid’s neck of the woods,

At least 4,000 of the supposedly created jobs in Nevada government — and possibly hundreds more — have been called into question in the light of reports that local governments were “told to take the amount of stimulus money they received and divide it by $92,000, the theoretical average wage and benefits of a job.” The Nevada Department of Education divided by $66,681 and the state’s higher education system used a figure of $45,000 when each estimated 2,000 jobs “saved.”

Thank goodness someone is finally questioning what this administration is claiming to have accomplished. When all is said and done, I’m pretty sure the following will be a complete (and unedited) list of the Obama administration’s accomplishments:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Five Thoughts Until Midnight

We were all feeling a bit better today, which is a relief after the week we’ve had around here. No piggy tails though, which is even better.

Thought #1

As I stated a couple nights ago, if President Bush was responsible for the shortage of seasonal flu vaccine a couple years ago, then why isn’t mainstream media asking the same questions or making the same accusations against Barack Obama?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced last week that production of the vaccine is slower than expected. While the CDC had hoped for 40 million doses by the end of October, the real numbers will be about 30 million doses because of manufacturing delays, said Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC’s director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Could the CDC have been guessing the actual number of swine flu cases rather than reporting the true numbers? It sure sounds like it to me.

Thought #2

For the past several month, while following the health care debate, I have heard many accusations about “profiteering” at health insurance companies. We are told, almost continuously, by the mainstream media that the insurance companies are evil, that they are raking in tons of money while “bodies pile up”.

Well, someone in the media (at the Associated Press no less), did some homework, and it seems those corrupt insurance companies aren’t quite as corrupt as Democrats and their allies would like us to believe.

Health insurance profit margins typically run about 6 percent, give or take a point or two. That’s anemic compared with other forms of insurance and a broad array of industries, even some beleaguered ones.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was pleased they will be talking about the “immoral” profits made by the insurance industry.

She actually called insurance companies immoral for making a 6% profit margin while railroads brought in 12.6 percent, network and communications equipment makers raked in 20.4 percent, and Tupperware brought in 7.5%. Clorox, Molson Coors Brewing, and Yum Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) all brought in more than 8 percent profits.

Shame on those insurance companies for attempting to stay in business. Nanny State Nancy will have none of that!!!

On a quick sidenote, isn’t it ironic? Railroads brought in 12.6% yet Amtrak loses money every year. The same people who run Amtrak, the Post Office, Social Security, and the IRS want to control your health care. Does this make sense, morally or economically?

When has the government made anything more cost efficient, competitive, or affordable? Which brings me to my next thought.

Thought #3

It looks like Nanny State Nancy and her gang of thugs are going to try and re-brand the term “public option” by calling it the “consumer option” or the “competitive option”, both of which are oxymorons much like Nanny State Nancy herself.

We already have a consumer option, it’s called the free market, and there is no competitive option when it comes to government controlling anything. Think Amtrak, the Postal Service, Social Security, and the IRS.

Thought #3

Why is the presidential pooch eating veal? Who’s paying for that?

Bo, a Portuguese water dog, feasted on a cake shaped like a dog house that was made out of veal.

I wonder if the millions of people out work, who have exhausted all of their unemployment benefits would like to feast on veal? I bet they could care less about the presidential pooch. I bet they would just like to be working again. Maybe we could focus on actually creating jobs for a while?

Thought #4

There is speculation that the health care bill being negotiated behind closed doors in the Senate could quadruple the payroll tax, and Harry Reid announced today that the Senate version of the bill will indeed contain a “public option”.

Wonderful.

Thought #5

And finally… There is a war raging in New York’s 23rd House District. I am not going to link to any of the hoopla directly because, frankly, I’m sick of it all.

For those of you who don’t follow politics too closely, there is a Republican candidate running who seems to be farther left than many Democrats. An independent who just happens to be conservative is also running for the seat. Many prominent politicians are supporting the independent candidate, while some more “stalwart” Republicans, like Newt Gingrich, are supporting the local party (which backs the RINO).

As an independent conservative, you know who I would be backing, that is, if I lived in NY 23. But I don’t, and neither do any of those prominent politicians backing the candidates and trying to throw their weight around up there in New York.

I live in the 11th District of Georgia, and when it comes to voting in my local elections, I vote for the candidate I think will do the best job, regardless of party, regardless of what other politicians on the national stage might think.

I vote for the best candidate, I vote my concious, I don’t care about party affiliation. I care about what’s best for my family, my community, and my country. Therein lies the reason why I am not a registered member of either party. If I had a letter after my name it would be (I).

(I) vote for the people who will best represent my family in Congress.

(I) vote my concious when it comes to the important questions facing me.

(I) vote for the people who will put our country first, rather than their interests, their wallets, or their egos.

Anyone who votes a straight ticket just to vote for all the (R) or (D) candidates on the ballet is doing more harm than good. Believe it or not, not all Democrats are liberal, and not all Republicans are conservative. It’s time to put country above party, and anyone who thinks otherwise needs an (M), for moron, after their name.

It’s Time To Take Off The Blinders

I’m feeling a bit under the weather today, so I’m relaxing and drinking lots of liquids. Yeah, you needed to know that.

Thought #1

So, you still think President Obama isn’t a hypocrite? He’s had plenty of time to prove otherwise.

Then: “Senator McCain wants to pay for his plan by taxing your health care benefits for the first time in history.”

– Barack Obama, speech in Roanoke, Virginia, October 17, 2008

Now: “This reform will charge insurance plans a fee for their most expensive policies…”

– Barack Obama, address to a joint session of Congress, September 9, 2009

Keep those blinders on man. You’d probably die from shock if you took them off now.

Thought #2

Have you given any thought into how much health care “reform” will cost you?

If your household income is $66,000 a year, slightly above the national average, Obama’s healthcare bill will require you to spend 12 percent of your income — about $8,000 a year or almost $700 a month — to buy health insurance before you get any federal subsidy.

12 percent of your income. In addition to the all the other taxes you pay. And that’s before they apply the real cost of health care. That’s just a projection.

That’s alright though, you have nothing to worry about if you keep those blinders on.

Thought #3

Once upon a time, some Democrats attacked President Bush for the shortage of flu vaccine. Funny how those same critics are silent now that there is a shortage of swine flu vaccine.

Thought #4

What would you do if you went to the hospital for treatment only to find that the “emergency plan” didn’t include you?

In recent years, officials in a host of states and localities, as well as the federal Veterans Health Administration, have been quietly addressing one of medicine’s most troubling questions: Who should get a chance to survive when the number of severely ill people far exceeds the resources needed to treat them all?

Why would officials in a host of states and localities be discussing this at all, “in recent years”? The only way resources would be lacking enough to treat all the severely ill people, is if we allow the federal government to take over health care.

Just wait. Those blinders won’t save you once the actual costs are realized and the government resorts to rationing the care delivered at your community hospital.

Unrefined Methods & Broken Promises

What a week this has been. Between the perfect storm that came in the form of 15 – 20 inches of rain and the perfect storm known as server mishaps, I am completely exhausted mentally and physically.

After sitting down and relaxing with a few games of chess and some trivia with the kids, I’m settled in enough to share some things I saw today.

Thought #1

It’s pretty clear that some parents don’t trust the new H1N1 vaccine.

In a poll of 1,678 U.S. parents conducted by the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, 40% said they would get their children immunized against the H1N1 virus — even as 54% indicated they would get their kids vaccinated against regular seasonal flu.

About half of the parents who said they’d pass on the H1N1 flu shot for their kids expressed concern about possible side effects of the vaccine.

I don’t trust it. Why would I? The last time the U.S. distributed a Swine Flu vaccine, more people died from the vaccine than died from swine flu itself.

More than 500 people are thought to have developed Guillain-Barre syndrome after receiving the vaccine and 25 died. No one completely understands what causes Guillain-Barre in certain people, but the condition can develop after a bout with infection or following surgery or vaccination. The federal government paid millions in damages to people who developed the condition or their families.

However, the pandemic, which some experts estimated at the time could infect 50 million to 60 million Americans, never unfolded. Only about 200 cases of swine flu and one death were ultimately reported in the U.S., the CDC said.

There might be good reason to be wary. The vaccine has been rushed to market using unrefined methods.

So how many people will suffer adverse effects from the vaccine this time around? Is it worth subjecting yourself, and your kids, to these increased risks?

Thought #2

Barack Obama isn’t going to be able to close Guantanamo Bay by January, like he promised he would. How many promises does this guy have to break before people wise up?

Thought #3

If you don’t buy health insurance under the proposed health care plan, you will be subject to a $1,900 fine. If you fail to pay that fine, you will be charged with a misdemeanor, face up to a year in jail, and an additional $25,000 fine. Yes, this means if you don’t buy health insurance the government can through you in jail.

Thought #4

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) isn’t happy with those measely fines. She wants to make sure that every successful person in America pays an additional tax to cover the health care needs of those who haven’t been quite as succesful.

The House Democratic plan calls for raising income taxes on upper-income people to pay for covering the uninsured. Baucus has instead proposed a tax on high-cost insurance plans worth more than $8,000 for an individual policy and $21,000 for family coverage.

Proponents of the insurance tax, which Obama has endorsed, say it would help to lower health care costs by encouraging people to become more cost-conscious health care consumers.

Isn’t it a given that President Obama has endorsed this additional tax? However that isn’t the funniest part of that article. This is.

If House Democrats adopt the insurance tax, it may help them to reduce the income tax increase that they’ve proposed.

If House Democrats adopt the insurance tax which raises taxes it may help them reduce the income tax increase they’ve proposed. Sorry, an increase is an increase no matter what you call it or where you apply it. The American people will still see tha same (additional) amount come out of their checks and they’ll still remember that it was the House Democrats that screwed them over.

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

Barry Goldwater