Monday, December 28, 2009

Sumpter Suckered by Kennedy Picture


Ha ha ha -- I just heard a 20 minute Jim Sumpter rant about a supposed photo of Senator John F. Kennedy (later President) relaxing on a yacht with several naked women cavorting about; and NOW it turns out of be a hoax.

Jim Sumpter is such a chump!

He was blabbing about how the picture would have changed the course of history and otherwise beating his chest about the importance of his (I wannabee Rush) talk radio show.

This is so funny, because on that same show, Jim Sumpter said words to the effect that he never even talks about things on his show unless they have been verified three times by different sources. Yeah this guy is nuts. That wouldn't be so bad but he's in a position to do some damage. Good thing the only button he has his truncated stubby little finger on is the, silver chromium one that shuts him up every day.

Seriously, I think Jim Sumpter is one of the most rude and critical hosts on Talk Radio and he would best serve the conservative movement if he tried to pass himself off as a liberal. With friends like Jim, we don't need enemies.

Nonetheless, if you prefer to have someone select your news for you and repeat it over and over, occasionally punctuating his rant with amateurish attacks on Rush Limbaugh then Jim's show is for you.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Conservative Talk Show Host Jim Sumpter says Health Care Bill will "pass"

Talking about the congressional health care bill, on his December 18, 2009, afternoon talk show, conservative talk show host Jim Sumpter said "it's going to pass".

He may or may not be correct, but what an insult to the millions of front line grass roots conservatives who are working quietly behind the scenes to stop the health care bill from passing.

Wherever in the world did Jim Sumpter learn to give up before being defeated?

What a dit-wad!

What a traitor to conservativism!

Sumpter, an ex-marine, is a bright guy but somewhere along the line he seems to have lost the ability to think positively. In fact, he seems to have a grudge against almost every other conservative talk show host or politician in America.

The list of people Sumpter has attacked includes popular conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, popular financial talk show host Dave Ramsey, and conservative Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, and others.

Jim Sumpter is a bright guy (very bright!) but here's what one former co-worker of Jim Sumpter had to say:



From that moment on, every day that we worked for 102.5 WFMF was more miserable than the last. The station was basically run by an idiot consultant named Jim Sumpter who seemed to get joy out of having power over us. I think his problem was that he wanted to be a star on the air, but never had the talent to do it so he went into the business side of radio and demanded respect from those whom he wished to be. It’s kind of like a nerd in high school becoming a cop and seeking revenge on those who represent what he always desired to be. He would ridicule us and talk to us like we were animals then ask for a ride to the airport to catch a late afternoon flight that was sure to put us in bumper to bumper traffic on our way home.


(See "Thank you Mother Ship", on the Ace and TJ blog,Monday April 6th, 2009)

Too bad. Sumpter is a bright guy. Very bright. Just seems to have a massive inferiority complex and lemming-like instincts, doesn't know how to channel his anger constructively or pick his battles intelligently.

I don't feel at all bad talking about Jim Sumpter (a bright guy!) this way since he, as they say, took first blood. He's a rude guy (but bright!) who doesn't mind using his considerable radio experience to dry gulch (love that phrase) and embarrass any innocent who happens to cross his path with a different view or perspective, or just someone who triggers his paranoic neural receptors.

Sumpter is a bright guy filling an important spot in third tier talk radio. Sumpter, a bright guy, constantly maligns talk show host Rush Limbaugh, and this is unfortunate because third tier talk radio plays an important role. Not everyone can be Rush, and Sumpter needs to be more accepting of who he is and what is role is in American Talk Radio. A show like Jim Sumpter's show, in the time slot he's in and with the radio stations that carry him, could do a lot of good; but sadly, doesn't and won't with the mighty Jim Sumpter at the helm.





Sunday, December 13, 2009

Michael Steele: To Do List

14 December 2005
Michael Steele

Proposed To Do List for Michael Steele
  1. Ask Young Republicans to knock on one million doors this week.
  2. Ask state Republican Committees to set up folding tables in shopping malls and meet the public to talk about the dangers of the Reid/Pelosi/Obama agenda.
  3. Contact the New Patriot Journal and promise to give daily reports on Republican outreach to voters and potential voters.
  4. Put Sarah Palin in charge of Republican outreach program so that things will start happening at Warp Speed. Ask Sarah to set daily outreach goals for Republicans.
  5. Issue policy statement that mocks CNN and other publications for their shallow characterization of so-called "purity tests" in the Republican party. Work with Rush Limbaugh to expose the shallowness of mainstream media coverage of Republicans.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Virginia Newspapers are Committing Suicide

From what I have seen, the strategy of the larger Virginia newspapers is to wait for a big event to occur (typically a tragedy), and report that it happened, but without doing any in depth background research.

Hello. That is why we have TV. Newspapers are becoming more and more like TV without the moving video. Is there a market for cripped tv that lands on your door step once a day? I don't think so.

They have really boxed themselves in with all their "happy news" and style reporting, because it doesn't give them a competitive advantage with amateurs who can publish the same quality product on the internet.

Newspapers used to be good at and connecting the dots between seemingly unrelated pieces of information, but no more.

As an example,Bill Mckelway of the Richmond Times wrote an article about alleged embezzlement at the Virginia Birth-related Neurological Injury Compensation Program, where an employee has been charged with embezzling more than $800,000.00. Some review of the legality of the Board of Directors decisions and oversight might have been in order by McKelway. The minutes of that Board's meetings since 2003 do not appear to be in compliance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

McKelway was at some of their meetings and had access to all their minutes, but just as in the case of the Virginia Tech shootings, the Board gets a pass from the media.

In fact, numerous meetins were attended by Assistant Attorney Generals, but the critical attendance section of the minutes is still inaccurate, and could cast a cloud on the decisions of the Board.

McKelway missed all of this.

From what I have observed reporter such as McKelway are wating for somebody to tell them how things work. They are waiting for a credible sounding explanation, preferably from someone with public stature such as an attorney general or a judge or a Governor. No Watergate journalism in Virginia, just a bunch of butt licking from willing reporters who want to get home on time for dinner.

The issue of the role and the real responsibility of Citizen Boards is something that the newspaper would have to educated the public abou; but the Times will only educate you how to prepare your home for sale, or deep fry your Thanksgiving turkey, or plan your vacation.

Funny, the Times Dispatch has become a sort of regionalized version of Better Homes and Gardens or Southern Living.

The publishers scratch their heads and wonder why circulation is down.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Where are the Republicans: Part 1


Below is a screen shot of the pitiful Web Page of the Ohio Republican Party.

You can visit it personally at http://www.ohiogop.org/.

When you go there, take a look at the missing image in the bottom center of the page, and ask yourself if a this page Web page really mattered to the Republican Party, how quickly would it be fixed.

Let us say, for example, there was an image missing from the home page of . . . the Washington Post, Google, or the Microsoft Web page. It would probably be fixed in about ten minutes. In the E-commerce sites I have worked on, a problem like that would be fixed in a day or less.

Would Sears, Pennys, or Best Buy Web let an error go uncorrected on Thanksgiving weekend?

Nope! Someone would get called away from their meal to fix it, so it wouldn't impact the black Friday sales.

But the Ohio Republican Web page? Well, it could just sit there screaming "we're incompetent and we don't care about mistakes on our Web page" for a long time.

Why?

The Ohio Republican Party doesn't feel the page is mission critical.

I mean, it's obvious that nobody from the Ohio State Republican Party is looking at the page and worrying about whether it is changing minds or drawing in new conservative voters.

I guess I would like to know if the RNC (Republican National Committee) thinks they can win with this level of effort?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Public Health Care Landmines -- Part I

The quality provisions of the Senate Health Care Bill are a roadmap to the future destruction of the American Health Care System.

Section 2717 of the Senate Bill is titled "Ensuring the Quality of Care", but there is nothing in that section that actually concerns itself with ensuring quality of care.

SEC. 2717. ENSURING THE QUALITY OF CARE.

(a) QUALITY REPORTING.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 2 years after the date of enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Secretary, in consultation with experts in health care quality and stake holders, shall develop reporting requirements for use by a group health plan, and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage, with respect to plan or coverage benefits and health care provider reimbursement structures that—

Do the Republicans want to Win?

What's going on with the Republicans?

Here's an awesome video about the problems with our government. It would be nice to say that the Republicans made it, but they didn't.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Rewarding Diane Feinstein's Failure

This morning on Meet the Press, Senator Diane Feinstein complained about unemployment in California.

"I've got two and a half million people unemployed," said Feinstein, "that's bigger than the population of twelve states."

Well, thanks to the government’s misuse of the Federal Endangered Species Act and two
subsequent biological opinions, the vast majority of water that normally flows to California’s West-Side Central Valley farmers has been shut off DURING THE GROWING SEASON in order to protect a 2” baitfish called the Delta Smelt*, and a handful of other marine species.

This means loss of farm jobs and loss of farm revenue in California. What has Senator Feinstien done to protect the Central Valley Farmers?

Starting in 2009 and continuing on thereafter - through the enactment of the San Joaquin River Settlement - water for struggling farms on the East-Side of the Valley will be diverted to restore a long lost salmon run (one that experts say will not reestablish).

This means loss of farm jobs and loss of farm revenue in California. What has Senator Feinstien done to protect the Central Valley Farmers?

THE RESULT is a growing Government created Dust Bowl, 40+% unemployment for surrounding communities, bankruptcy for countless farmers and their families, higher food prices nationally, a greater dependence on foreign produce, and a dangerous precedent for land owners NATIONWIDE.

This means loss of farm jobs and loss of farm revenue in California. What has Senator Feinstien done to protect the Central Valley Farmers?

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Mary Landrieu Should Have Worn Red

30 pieces of silver or $100 million. What's the difference? When you are for sale, you are for sale.

For the relatively small price of $100 million today, Mary Landrieu sold her health care vote to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

It reminded me of a story about author George Bernard Shaw at a party:

One evening Shaw was at a party where he met an attractive young debutant who clearly had a very high opinion of herself.

Looking the young lady directly in the eyes, Shaw asked, "Will you sleep with me if I give you a million pouinds?"

The young lady flushed, surprised, but answered immediately, "Yes, Mr. Shaw, I would."

Shaw gets himself another drink, and again looks the woman directly in the eyes.

"Would you sleep with me for five pounds," he asked.

"Of course not," she answered. "What sort of lady do you think I am?"

"Madam," replied Shaw, "we have already decided what sort of lady you are. We're simply hagging over price."

Mary Landrieu put her political principles up for sale today. She should have worn red.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Japanese Company Introduces Congressional Intern Robot

HITYONDA INTRODUCES FULL FEATURED CONGRESSIONAL INTERN ROBOT
Model Features Rechargeable Nasal Battery and Bong Accessory

Washington D.C., Nov. 15, 2009 (OMG Booth #1209) – Hityonda, a Japanese company, today announced a tatooed high nasal capacity congressional intern robot, adding more options for those seeking a true Generation Y Congressional Constituent experience.

The new COCN-420 congressional intern functions identically to older flesh and blood units feature for feature. It automatically refuels itself with cocaine, cannabis, or any other available pharmaceutical, comes with an iPod and Blackberry which it continually adjusts while pretending to listen to calls from constituents, and repeating in a stuporific monotone, "Good idea (dhuuuude!), I'll send that along to the Congressman."

COCN-420 is also programmed to respond to questions from Congressional constituents about Cap and Trade and Health Care; and it is fully capable of saying "I don't know" (IDK™)., and "I'm not sure" (INS™), and "no, I didn;t know they were voting on that today".

According to a Hityonda spokesperson, the COCN-420 is available immediately in offices of Republicans and Democrats for about $30,000 year, comes with its own backwards ball cap, is self replicating, and has advanced agenda driven neural net programming lethargy features specifically designed to gut democracy from the inside while preserving an image of propriety and customer service.

COCN-420 is available in two models:

Option-JO responds to spoken commands preceded by the proper name "Josh". This unit spoke Standard English until it was 16 years old, but now speaks only in rapper dialect.

Option-JU responds to spoken commands preceded by the proper name "Justin". This unit introduces itself to people with the salutation "whut up?", and it has infinite battery resources to repeat the phrase "no worries" over and over.

Both models can be programmed to Kill/Protect Sarah Connor, and are shipped with a spare set of ankle length "plumber butt" shorts and "no fear" T-shirts for business casual functions.

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©2009 Sam Mela

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Homeland Security Gets an "F"

Two events happened in the last month that every American should find disturbing, because they demonstrate that Homeland Security Department under Janet Napolitano cannot get the job done.

The first event, Northwest Flight 188, involved a failure of the TSA to alert the Air Force when a commercial jet overshot its destination and went out of radio contact for an extended period of time.

Shades of 9/11.

Luckily there were no terrorists on the plane, but if there had been, the Air Force would have been unable to help, because it took the TSA 40 minutes to contact the Air Force after Flight 188 overshot it's destination and both pilots went out of radio contact. Plenty of time to crash the plane into the Chicago Sears Tower.

Homeland Security gets an F.

The second event, the shootings at Fort Hood, was a tragedy of the first magnitude and, in my opinion, it was completely preventable. The perimeter of a military base it its teeth and claws. Access to a military base is normally defended by barbed wire fences and armed guards. Persons allowed past those defenses are generally deemed to be trustworthy.

The statements made by Major Malik Nidal Hasan to his co-workers were warning enough. Do you want to trust your life to someone of questionable loyalty? Should Janet Napolitano's Homeland Security Department put our military personnel in a position of jeopardy by failing to filter out individuals of questionble loyalty?

I'm very sorry, but on the basis of these two incidents, it is time for Janet Nepolitano to go.

This is a no brainer.

The Department of Homeland security is not operating in a state of readiness. How do you maintain a state of readiness? Simple. You drill. You make a list of the likely security breach scenarios and you train for them. You write procedures for what people are supposed to do to detect and react to security breaches, and then you train people to follow those procedures. And then you drill. You have announced drills and you have unannounced drills; and you keep training records and you evaluate readiness.

The military drills and evaluates its readiness every day. Generals know how to do this. Homeland security under Janet Nepolitano obviously does not. If the military operated at the same state of readiness as the Department of Homeland Security under Janet Nepolitano, none of our troops would come home from Iraq or Afghanistan alive.

The job of Homeland Security, contrary to what Washington Bureaucrats, led by Janet Nepolitano, seem to think, is not to make a big show of harrassing people's grandmother's at airports; even though this is a high visibility activity.

Where did Janet Napolitano train to operate a Department of Homeland Security? I don't think she did. I don't think she's qualified for the job. Every day Ms. Napolitano stays on the job is another day American Military personnel and civilians are put needlessly at risk.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Let's not Pretend Barack Obama is a Real President


Warning . . . rant ahead . . .

Ha ha . . . ok, it's a joke . . . sort of . . .

I just thought it would be a funny thing to say . . . now that the White House Communications Directors seems to think she should be in the business of telling me where I should get my news, one of the first things that always happens in countries ruled by dictators.

Yeah, I'm laughing at Barack Obama. But I am not disrespecting the office of the President. Barack Obama heaped disrespect on the office of the President by allowing his Director of Communications, Anita Dunn, to blur the sacred separation between government and news that Americans have cherished for 200+ years.

That Anita Dunn has not apologized to the American people for sticking her nose in matters where it doesn't belong, tells me her boss, ostensibly our President, has no repect for that separation.

This is America. As far as I'm concerned if Anita Dunn wants to say about Fox News, "let’s not pretend they’re a news network . . .", it's ok with me . . . sort of . . .

But she needs to remember she's speaking for the White House, which means she's speaking for Barack Obama. And you know what? In America we don't have dictators, and we don't have royalty, and we don't have to let our Presidents or their Communications Director lackeys to tell us who is a news network and who is not.

At least I can see the Fox News broadcast license and articles of incorporation if I want to, unlike Obama's birth certificate. So who's really pretending?

Maybe Communication Directors who live in glass White Houses shouldn't throw stones.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Update on Michele Bachmann High Noon Event

Just in from Tea Party Patriot Diana Reimer on the West Lawn of the Capitol.

Ms. Reimer is supposed to call in for a live interview later today, but the crowd has gotten so big, she's not sure if she'll be able to talk to us on her cell phone.

Ms. Reimer says many in the crowd are singing and the energy level is through the roof.

Live coverage at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/TeaPartyPatriots/2009/11/05/Live-Coverage-of-the-Vote-on-Health-Care

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

High Noon

Date: November 5, 2009
Time: High Noon
Location: West Lawn of Capitol Building

Do not forsake me Madame Speaker
On this healthcare voting day
Do not forsake me O my Bahhhh-mah
And don't throwwwwwwwwwww
The Constitution Awayyyyyyyy


Question for US Representative Pete Hoekstra

Dear Congressman Hoekstra,

I like you.

I like what you are doing.

But . . .

I just watched you on TV and you were asking the American people to come to Washington tomorrow to protest the House health care bill.

Then I called your office and the intern who answered was unaware of your request or the impending vote.

I suggest you train the interns who answer the phones in your office; and if there's an important event like a health care vote on Capitol Hill, maybe your interns should take a break from their iPods and PearlJam, and take a few minutes to understand the issues people are calling them about.

Can your Chief of Staff take care of that?

Thank you

Followup with other Michigan Republican Congressmen:

I called some more Michigan Republican offices

Representative Vern Ehlers (R)
Matt Evans in the Michigan didn't know anything about the Michele Bachman "High Noon" event.

Alicia Chatterdon in the DC office knew it was happening, but didn't know any details.

Representative David Camp (R)
Tom Smith in the Michigan office said he had heard about it but didn't know details, and forward me to the Washington Office.

Ashton (wouldn't give her last name) knew it was happening. Knew the sponsor, but not what time it was scheduled for.

Representative Fred Upton(R)

Mitzi Fitzpatrick in the Michigan office said said she couldn't tell me ANYTHING. So I aked her if her office had a policy about her not being able to answer any questions but she wouln't answer that question either.

Katy Novaria in the DC Office knew about the Michele Bachman protest at noon.

Monday, November 2, 2009

111 New Bureaucracies. How much is all THIS going to cost?

The House Republican Conference has compiled a list of all the new boards, bureaucracies, commissions, and programs created in H.R. 3962, Speaker Pelosi's government takeover of health care:

1. Retiree Reserve Trust Fund (Section 111(d), p. 61)

2. Grant program for wellness programs to small employers (Section 112, p. 62)

3. Grant program for State health access programs (Section 114, p. 72)

4. Program of administrative simplification (Section 115, p. 76)

5. Health Benefits Advisory Committee (Section 223, p. 111)

6. Health Choices Administration (Section 241, p. 131)

7. Qualified Health Benefits Plan Ombudsman (Section 244, p. 138)

8. Health Insurance Exchange (Section 201, p. 155)

9. Program for technical assistance to employees of small businesses buying Exchange coverage (Section 305(h), p. 191)

10. Mechanism for insurance risk pooling to be established by Health Choices Commissioner (Section 306(b), p. 194)

11. Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund (Section 307, p. 195)

12. State-based Health Insurance Exchanges (Section 308, p. 197)

13. Grant program for health insurance cooperatives (Section 310, p. 206)

14. "Public Health Insurance Option" (Section 321, p. 211)

15. Ombudsman for "Public Health Insurance Option" (Section 321(d), p. 213)

16. Account for receipts and disbursements for "Public Health Insurance Option" (Section 322(b), p. 215)

17. Telehealth Advisory Committee (Section 1191 (b), p. 589)

18. Demonstration program providing reimbursement for "culturally and linguistically appropriate services" (Section 1222, p. 617)

19. Demonstration program for shared decision making using patient decision aids (Section 1236, p. 648)

20. Accountable Care Organization pilot program under Medicare (Section 1301, p. 653)

21. Independent patient-centered medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302, p. 672)

22. Community-based medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302(d), p. 681)

23. Independence at home demonstration program (Section 1312, p. 718)

24. Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research (Section 1401(a), p. 734)

25. Comparative Effectiveness Research Commission (Section 1401(a), p. 738)

26. Patient ombudsman for comparative effectiveness research (Section 1401(a), p. 753)

27. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1412(b)(1), p. 784)

28. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for nursing facilities (Section 1412 (b)(2), p. 786)

29. Special focus facility program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1413(a)(3), p. 796)

30. Special focus facility program for nursing facilities (Section 1413(b)(3), p. 804)

31. National independent monitor pilot program for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities (Section 1422, p. 859)

32. Demonstration program for approved teaching health centers with respect to Medicare GME (Section 1502(d), p. 933)

33. Pilot program to develop anti-fraud compliance systems for Medicare providers (Section 1635, p. 978)

34. Special Inspector General for the Health Insurance Exchange (Section 1647, p. 1000)

35. Medical home pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1722, p. 1058)

36. Accountable Care Organization pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1730A, p. 1073)

37. Nursing facility supplemental payment program (Section 1745, p. 1106)

38. Demonstration program for Medicaid coverage to stabilize emergency medical conditions in institutions for mental diseases (Section 1787, p. 1149)

39. Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund (Section 1802, p. 1162)

40. "Identifiable office or program" within CMS to "provide for improved coordination between Medicare and Medicaid in the case of dual eligibles" (Section 1905, p. 1191)

41. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Section 1907, p. 1198)

42. Public Health Investment Fund (Section 2002, p. 1214)

43. Scholarships for service in health professional needs areas (Section 2211, p. 1224)

44. Program for training medical residents in community-based settings (Section 2214, p. 1236)

45. Grant program for training in dentistry programs (Section 2215, p. 1240)

46. Public Health Workforce Corps (Section 2231, p. 1253)

47. Public health workforce scholarship program (Section 2231, p. 1254)

48. Public health workforce loan forgiveness program (Section 2231, p. 1258)

49. Grant program for innovations in interdisciplinary care (Section 2252, p. 1272)

50. Advisory Committee on Health Workforce Evaluation and Assessment (Section 2261, p. 1275)

51. Prevention and Wellness Trust (Section 2301, p. 1286)

52. Clinical Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 1295)

53. Community Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 1301)

54. Grant program for community prevention and wellness research (Section 2301, p. 1305)

55. Grant program for research and demonstration projects related to wellness incentives (Section 2301, p. 1305)

56. Grant program for community prevention and wellness services (Section 2301, p. 1308)

57. Grant program for public health infrastructure (Section 2301, p. 1313)

58. Center for Quality Improvement (Section 2401, p. 1322)

59. Assistant Secretary for Health Information (Section 2402, p. 1330)

60. Grant program to support the operation of school-based health clinics (Section 2511, p. 1352)

61. Grant program for nurse-managed health centers (Section 2512, p. 1361)

62. Grants for labor-management programs for nursing training (Section 2521, p. 1372)

63. Grant program for interdisciplinary mental and behavioral health training (Section 2522, p. 1382)

64. "No Child Left Unimmunized Against Influenza" demonstration grant program (Section 2524, p. 1391)

65. Healthy Teen Initiative grant program regarding teen pregnancy (Section 2526, p. 1398)

66. Grant program for interdisciplinary training, education, and services for individuals with autism (Section 2527(a), p. 1402)

67. University centers for excellence in developmental disabilities education (Section 2527(b), p. 1410)

68. Grant program to implement medication therapy management services (Section 2528, p. 1412)

69. Grant program to promote positive health behaviors in underserved communities (Section 2530, p. 1422)

70. Grant program for State alternative medical liability laws (Section 2531, p. 1431)

71. Grant program to develop infant mortality programs (Section 2532, p. 1433)

72. Grant program to prepare secondary school students for careers in health professions (Section 2533, p. 1437)

73. Grant program for community-based collaborative care (Section 2534, p. 1440)

74. Grant program for community-based overweight and obesity prevention (Section 2535, p. 1457)

75. Grant program for reducing the student-to-school nurse ratio in primary and secondary schools (Section 2536, p. 1462)

76. Demonstration project of grants to medical-legal partnerships (Section 2537, p. 1464)

77. Center for Emergency Care under the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (Section 2552, p. 1478)

78. Council for Emergency Care (Section 2552, p 1479)

79. Grant program to support demonstration programs that design and implement regionalized emergency care systems (Section 2553, p. 1480)

80. Grant program to assist veterans who wish to become emergency medical technicians upon discharge (Section 2554, p. 1487)

81. Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (Section 2562, p. 1494)

82. National Medical Device Registry (Section 2571, p. 1501)

83. CLASS Independence Fund (Section 2581, p. 1597)

84. CLASS Independence Fund Board of Trustees (Section 2581, p. 1598)

85. CLASS Independence Advisory Council (Section 2581, p. 1602)

86. Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women's Health (Section 2588, p. 1610)

87. National Women's Health Information Center (Section 2588, p. 1611)

88. Centers for Disease Control Office of Women's Health (Section 2588, p. 1614)

89. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Women's Health and Gender-Based Research (Section 2588, p. 1617)

90. Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women's Health (Section 2588, p. 1618)

91. Food and Drug Administration Office of Women's Health (Section 2588, p. 1621)

92. Personal Care Attendant Workforce Advisory Panel (Section 2589(a)(2), p. 1624)

93. Grant program for national health workforce online training (Section 2591, p. 1629)

94. Grant program to disseminate best practices on implementing health workforce investment programs (Section 2591, p. 1632)

95. Demonstration program for chronic shortages of health professionals (Section 3101, p. 1717)

96. Demonstration program for substance abuse counselor educational curricula (Section 3101, p. 1719)

97. Program of Indian community education on mental illness (Section 3101, p. 1722)

98. Intergovernmental Task Force on Indian environmental and nuclear hazards (Section 3101, p. 1754)

99. Office of Indian Men's Health (Section 3101, p. 1765)

100.Indian Health facilities appropriation advisory board (Section 3101, p. 1774)

101.Indian Health facilities needs assessment workgroup (Section 3101, p. 1775)

102.Indian Health Service tribal facilities joint venture demonstration projects (Section 3101, p. 1809)

103.Urban youth treatment center demonstration project (Section 3101, p. 1873)

104.Grants to Urban Indian Organizations for diabetes prevention (Section 3101, p. 1874)

105.Grants to Urban Indian Organizations for health IT adoption (Section 3101, p. 1877)

106.Mental health technician training program (Section 3101, p. 1898)

107.Indian youth telemental health demonstration project (Section 3101, p. 1909)

108.Program for treatment of child sexual abuse victims and perpetrators (Section 3101, p. 1925)

109.Program for treatment of domestic violence and sexual abuse (Section 3101, p. 1927)

110.Native American Health and Wellness Foundation (Section 3103, p. 1966)

111.Committee for the Establishment of the Native American Health and Wellness Foundation (Section 3103, p. 1968)

NY 23rd Problems Started in Utah, South Carolina, Virginia, other states

Reporters, as we have traditionally understood their role, are supposed to get the real story.

But the story of what happened in New York's 23rd District started long ago and in many other places. The problem has been building up for a long time, and the media never seems to do what media is supposed to do -- get the whole story.

The Preston Bryant Story

I knew a RINO once.

He started out as a little baby RINO on the Lynchburg Virginia City Council; and later he was a Republican Delegate in the Virginia General Assembly. Today he is the Secretary of Natural Resources for Governor Tim Kaine of the Commonwealth of Virginia. His name is Preston Bryant and his facebook friend's list reads like a Who's Who of Virginia Progressives.

In my opinion, Preston took what the Republicans could give him and when he had taken everything they could give him, he moved on to take what the Democrats could give him, and at one point from his trusted position within the Virginia General Assembly, he was pretty much a one man wrecking crew against traditional conservative values in the Virginia General Assembly.

I don't read minds, but it is my opinion that Preston Bryant would have continued to milk the Republican Part for as long as it suited to do so, calculating to eventually become an embedded party boss in Central Virginia, or perhaps he set his sites higher, governor perhaps.

Fortunately, Preston Bryant has been flushed out of Central Virginia Republican Politics, but it was an ugly and (in my opinion) unnecessary process.

Central Virginia Republican leadership finally grew a pair and ran a candidate against Preston in a primary election in 2005. Democrats voted heavily in the Republican primary (they can do that in Virginia), so Preston skated through to the 2005 fall election, but he got the message and accepted a political appointment to the Democrat Governor Tim Kaine adminstration in 2006; and Central Virginia was finally (we hope) rid of "Republican" Preston Bryant.

Don't Blame Bryant's

I don't personally blame Preston Bryant for the damage he did, because I think Preston did the best he could with the ethical tools that were given him by God and his parents. I don't think Preston was morally capable of doing anything different than what he did.

I think that Republican party leadership was either unwise or corrupt in Virginia at a lot of levels, and rank and file Republicans did not move quickly enough to correct the problem.

Leadership Problems

The RINO problem in the Republican Party has become exaccerbated by Republican leadership that deals with the problem (until now) by simply pretending it doesn't exist; in effect tossing grassroots Republicans under the bus, in favor of incumbent RINOs.

Meanwhile, as if to add insult to injury, the RINO nearly always couches his betrayal as being "bipartisan" or "reaching across the aisle", which is something the 21rst century media just gobbles up.

And the problem with News Reporters is this -- they don't get what the average Republican really wants and they don't understand why Republicans have been frustrated since about 2004 and in some cases earlier.

For the most part, Republicans are frustrated with their own leadership. In many instances, Republican feel their leadership has asked them to vote for less than acceptable candidates out of "party loyalty".





To be continued . . .

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Scozzafava Drops Out: Teeth and Claws in VA, NJ, NY

After polls revealed that Dede Scozzafava trailed hopelessly in the special New York 23rd Congressional race, she has withdrawn and apparently thrown her support to the Democrat candidate Bill Owens.

Unthinkable one month ago, and despite this strange turn of events, Hoffman appears to be on course to win the 23rd District seat.

Meanwhile, driven by conservatives who largely identify with the Tea Party Movement, in the bluest of blue states, New Jersey, the Gubernatorial seat appears likely to fall to Republican challenger Chris Christie; and the Virginia Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell leads by an amazing 13 points.

According to a Reuter's poll, as many as 50% of US citizens who identify as "conservatives" do not consider themselves to be Republicans.

Republican Mocks Democrats who Blame Republicans on Health Care



Yes, Madame Speaker; to use a crude analogy, it's time to s*** or get off the bed pan!

Dr. / Congressman Tom Price Nails it (2000 pages of crap from Nancy Pelosi)


Bill costs $500,000,000 per page

Friday, October 30, 2009

Congress Refuses to Accept Citizen Petitions

From the Sub Stratum

Taken from http://www.thesubstratum.com/general-politics/a-citizens-pledge-to-congress/

Thanks Sub Stratum blog . . .

I received the following from Dennis Hollingsead in my inbox on the national Tea Party site. Anyone who believes the Tea Party has dissipated should have their heads examined. A giant tsunami is heading Washington’s way and only a fool would ignore it.


Pass any form of ObamaCare, Cap-and-trade, or other budget busting, deficit increasing, tax raising, and liberty stealing legislation and you might as well paint a giant target on your back and mark yourself for political extinction. For many who voted for Obama, buyer’s remorse is the phrase of the day. For those of us who did not, we have been spoiling for a fight and are wringing our hands in anticipation awaiting November of 2010 along with those who now realize the mistake that is Obama. From Dennis Hollingsead:




I have always appreciated the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights. But only since this summer and the healthcare initiative have I ever participated in any kind of political activism. Last January and for two months, I really thought that Obama might really be what America needs. However, I now believe that he has demonstrated that he knows how to use the right words, but his actions are incongruous with his message. I now believe that what we are seeing could be called a “Tipping Point”. Every night the media asks “Why don’t the people believe Obama?” I believe it is because so many Americans are also getting a sense of his true agenda. Last August, In my anger, I wrote the following to Congress and the American people. I have sent this to EVERY U.S. Senator, and all major media outlets:

A Pledge to Congress:

Whereas, thousands of homeowners have overextended their spending and are now bankrupt; so have both parties in Congress overextended America’s spending, thereby threatening “We the People” with bankruptcy;

Whereas, both parties in Congress, as well as state and local government, treat “We the People” as a never ending financial supply for government spending;

Whereas, both parties in Congress have demonstrated they cannot control spending, and through their legislation are a major reason for the current financial crisis;

Whereas, many Congresspersons in both parties ignore and violate the very same laws that they expect “We the People” to obey;

Whereas, both parties of Congress have either forgotten or choose to ignore that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are documents detailing the boundaries of government power and influence, from “We the People”;

Whereas, both parties in Congress, through deficit spending, are undermining the Constitution they have sworn to protect and defend from all enemies, foreign and domestic;

Whereas, “We the people” have given the power to the government to govern, “We the people” are skeptical of all politicians that tell us the government is giving us permission, to do anything;

Whereas, many Congresspersons in both parties do not understand that excessive taxation enslaves “We the People”, whether we are rich or poor, pay taxes or not;

Whereas, “We the People” believe our own Congressperson is doing great, while realistically, most multiple-term members of Congress are the problem;

Whereas, to the extent that “We the People” have encouraged or expected our Congressperson(s) to bring home “the bacon”, “We the People” bear part of the blame for the current financial crisis and pledge to never engage in this behavior in the future;

Whereas, “We the People” make difficult spending choices in order to avoid financial disaster; Congress must commit to make difficult spending choices to avoid America’s financial collapse;

Whereas, Congress has neither identified the areas of healthcare excellence, nor analyzed and explained how a sweeping change to the existing system will impact those areas of excellence;

Whereas, Congress and the President have apparently not included any of the following important stakeholders in the healthcare development process: doctors, nurses, hospital and insurance administrators, lawyers, judges, inventors of medical technology, manufacturing and pharmaceutical administrators, or individuals with real wisdom – retired Americans;

Whereas, both parties of Congress have no problem with adding to the national debt;

Whereas, Social Security is on the path to economic failure due to unrestrained Congressional spending;

Whereas, Congress and the Executive Branch refuse to look objectively at the historical evidence of the Law of Unintended Consequences following government legislation;

Whereas, Congress, even though given the authority by the President to write legislation, many have not even read the proposed bills, and refuse to allow “We the People” to read them before Congressional vote;

Whereas, the current healthcare debate has little to do with health and more to do with political ideology;

Whereas, a large number of “We the People” believe it has been a good day when Congress has not passed any legislation;

Therefore; I, Dennis Hollingsead of Buchanan, Michigan (son of a medical doctor and hospital employee for 17 years), cannot support ANY healthcare proposal, current or future that does not include major stakeholder groups in the development process. Furthermore, I encourage “We the People” to pledge to remove from office at the ballot box, any and all Representatives, Senators, or Federal Executives proposing legislation that adds to the national debt!


Dennis Hollingsead MLS, MMus

Buchanan, MI 49107


Ignore us at your peril. No ObamaCare, no cap-and-trade, and no card check. Quarantine Obama and his liberal allies. Republicans, RINOs, and moderate democrats – you have been placed on notice. Represent the will of the people and survive the political earthquake. Turn your back on us and we will rip through the barricade that surrounds the Beltway, take back our dome, and grab you by the scruff of your neck and throw you to the lions.


Update on the pink slip campaign: Not surprising, there is very little news on the congressional pink slip campaign but the examiner is reporting as of October 1st that 1.5 million pink slips have been sent to Congress. Since then, at least a million more arrived per a conference call I attended last week, with more arriving daily. The pink slips, arriving by regular mail, take about 4-6 weeks to make it to the desk. Like the 9/12 march on DC, this is vastly under-reported by the press, including Fox News. Dereliction of duty.


The success of the pink slip campaign is due in part to the contribution by Federal Express and their agreement to create enough slips to send to all members of Congress at a cost of around $30.00.

Are the Obama Czars Constitutional?

Maybe this article should be titled "President Then/President Now".

Clearly the founding fathers were concerned about any one branch of the US aquiring too much power.

In 1965 in Alexandria Virginia, Miss Osborne taught our fifth grade class about the balance of powers in the US Constitution.



Not sure about civics class in Hawaii; but if Barack Obama missed discussion of the Constitution there, hopefully he was exposed later at Harvard Law School.

Here's what Article 2 Section 2 of the Constitution says:


. . . he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper,in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.
In other words -- powerful individuals, such as czars, are supposed to be approved by the Senate.

But are they?

They are not.

Kenneth Feinberg, the so-called "Pay Czar", recently ordered pay cuts for executives at some of the firms that were bailed out last year.

Where did he get that power?

A lot of articles and authors might try to discern President Obama's motives for exceeding his Constitutional Authority. I submit that his motives are secondary.

It shouldn't matter whether a president is Ronald Reagan bringing freedom and democracy to eastern bloc nations or Barack Obama trying to establish a communist dictatorship in the United States -- the same Constitutional rules apply.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Keith Olberman Promoting Class Warfare


Keith Olberman is an excellent communicator. His rhetoric could whip a crowds into mobs that back dictators like Vladimir Lenin





Now watch the following video with Ronald Reagan and decide if you agree with class warfare architect Keith Olberman or freedom architect Ronald Reagan.



An NPR Poll About Fox News


NPR columnist Mark Memmott has decided to run a poll in his article In White House Vs. Fox News War Of Words, Who Gets Your Vote?.

Unfortunately some people may take Mr. Memmott's poll seriously.

Here's my poll about the NPR Poll.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lieberman Opposed to Health Care Bill

Lieberman:

I think that a lot of people may think that the public option is free. It's not. It's going to cost the taxpayers and people that have health insurance now, and if it doesn't, it's going to add terribly to our national debt.

DeMint First Sitting US Senator to Endorse Hoffman


Conservative lightning rod Jim DeMint (R-SC) has become the first sitting United States Senator to endorse Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the special 23rd District Congressional election; shunning Republican candidate Dede Scozzafava, whom conservatives have labeled "too liberal".

Other members of Congress to support Hoffman include Representative Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Representative. Todd Tiahrt (R-KS), and Representative John Linder (R-GA).

DeMint explained the endorsement as follows:

Too often, we're told that Republicans have to be like Democrats to be competitive in states like New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. But the truth is voters don't want to be forced to pick between two liberals; they want a real choice. If voters want to give Washington more control over our lives, they can always vote for Democrats.
Many conservative voters have indicated they feel they can't lose, because the purpose of backing Hoffman is to demonstrate to the Republican establishment that they will no longer accept liberal candidates.

Strategically, the election comes at an opportune time, because the Republican National Committee will have a year to adjust to the new "rules of the game".

No One Does a Political Ad Like Fred Thompson (for Doug Hoffman)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Everett Wilkinson on Neil Cavuto

Originally published on http://can-you-hear-us-now.blogspot.com/
By Keith Brock

Interview by Neil Cavuto of Everett Wilkinson of the Miami Tea Party who has 500 to 1000 people coming to a protest at a fund raiser President Obama is flyin into today. Transcript follows:

Neil Cavuto: Pres Obama is on his way right now to Miami for a big fund raiser, actually two of them, Tea Partiers will be waiting for him there, not with check books but with protest signs. Everett Wilkinson is one of them; Everett, good to have you.


Everett Wilkinson: Great to meet you again, Neil.


Neil Cavuto: What are you doing there?

Everett Wilkinson: Well, were actually trying to get our voices heard. We went to D.C., we had approximately two million Patriots there; the President decided to leave the actual state; we’ve been all across the country trying to get our voices heard at our Representative’s Town Hall Meetings, and they have kind of avoided us, so we figure where politicians get their money that might be a good place to actually find them.

Neil Cavuto: Alright, so how many of you guys are going to be in Miami today?


Everett Wilkinson: Well, I am hoping to have 500 to 1,000 individuals.

Neil Cavuto: Now, authorities generally get nervous on either side when there are protestors; any special provisions being taken, are people getting nervous whether there’s large numbers being there, where they are going to put you, etcetera?

Everett Wilkinson: There has been a little bit, they’ve been a little nervous, but I am working with the Miami Police Department and the person from Homeland Security that’s connected to them, and we are going to be in front of the hotel so if you are in the Miami area come on down, you know I’m sure the President is going to be here to collect some money.

Neil Cavuto: You know, he has no problem collecting money and leading Democrats in Washington are saying they have no problem still dismissing you guys; that you are an example of rage but of rage but rage among a few. That’s it. If most people felt as you do we would see it in more alarming numbers for health care reform and they argue so far we don’t. What do you say?

Everett Wilkinson: Well, I have to say that we are not the ones who have to keep on saying “We are not lying! We are not lying! We are not Lying!” Every day they put out a web site trying to put out their message, where as average Americans are sitting and trying to read the bills, which their representatives aren’t, and saying: “Well look at the bill! Read the Bill.” It’s going to cost us at least eight-hundred trillion dollars, probably more. This public option is going to destroy our country; the out-of-control spending with the Stimulus Plan isn’t working. These are average Americans; we are going to keep hitting the streets, and if we are not being impactful why don’t they meet with us?

Neil Cavuto: So let me ask you about what party better represent’s your views. We have talked to a lot of Tea Parties lately who are mad at Republicans. And mad certainly in this upstate New York race at the Republican Candidate who does not espouse a lot of your views. If forced to chose between a Conservative Candidate, and let’s say the Republican-Choice Candidate, Where would you go?

Everett Wilkinson: I would go with the Candidate that supports a sound fiscal policy, whether it’s a democrat, whether it’s a Conservative Candidate that is not a Republican, or a Republican Candidate, because what we care about is a sound fiscal government, not a party or any kind of political affiliation.

Neil Cavuto: Alright, that is something I discovered at the Sacramento rally Everett about a lot of guys that you just hate everybody that spends. You are nonpartisan on that. Everett Wilkinson…

Everett Wilkinson: Absolutely, 100%
Neil Cavuto: Thank you very much, Everett in Miami with the president who has two back-to-back fund raisers.

Everett Wilkinson: Thank you Neil.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Most Important Election in America

Conservatives/Tea Partiers Break Ranks in Republican Party


The big guns have come to New York for a seemingly insignificant congressional election that could turn out to be one of the most important in United States history.

Third party congressional candidate Doug Hoffman (NY 23rd district) has received endorsements from a dazzling array of GOP and former GOP heavy hitters, including 2008 VP Candidate Sarah Palin, former Tennessee Senator and presidential candidate Fred Thompson, current Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, and former flat tax advocate and presidential hopeful, publishing heir Steve Forbes.

In a Thursday night Facebook post Palin said:

The Republican Party today has decided to choose a candidate who more than blurs the lines, and there is no real difference between the Democrat and the Republican in this race.

Admittedly, the election won't change the balance of Republicans to Democrats in Congress much; and if Doug Hoffman is elected, he'll be the lone member of the "Conservative" Party in Congress.

But fiscal conservatives in America are sending a message -- ironically not so much to Democrats but rather to Liberal Republicans. The message is simple -- don't try to hijack the Republican party and run RINO (Republican In Name Only) Candidates.

A Three Candidate Race

Christian Science Monitor summed up the race in the following headline:

Republicans going rogue in upstate New York.This fall's only congressional election, featuring a third-party conservative challenging the Republican nominee, tests the future of the GOP. Will the Tea Party insurgency prevail?
Tired of Being Exploited

One member of a Tea Party Group summed up his frustration with Republicans like this:

We're doing the heavy lifting to get our country back on course. Where have the Republicans been since April 15 of this year? Where has their leadership been? Where was Dede Scozzafava [Ed: Hoffman's Republican Opponent] when we were standing in line outside of Town Hall Meetings last summer?
An October Disaster

Members of the fiscally conservative Tea Party movement warn that Republicans are headed for a disaster in 2010 if they don't shape up and select candidates that the movement deems trustworthy.

Pelosi on Elm Street: The Nightmare Continues

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sullivan to File Ethics Complaint against Grayson

Patricia Sullivan, a resident of the 8th Congressional District of Florida, a candidate for Alan Grayson’s seat, will be filing a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Representative Alan Grayson.

Sullivan claims that, according to the House Ethics Manual, Grayson’s activities on the House floor yesterday were in direct violation of rules of conduct and ethics found on pages 38, 123, 127, 131, and 176.

Ms. Sullivan will be filing a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics later today. According to Sullivan, it is her hope and desire that the OCE will forward the complaint to the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct.

Some residents of Florida's 8th Congressional District say they are tired of embarrassing behavior by Representative Grayson.

More information in the Orlando Sentinel.

To contact Patricia Sullivan:
Patricia@PatriciaSullivanforCongress.com
352.357.7283
321.277.5376

To contact Alan Grayson:
Representative Grayson's Office said they are not allowed to give out his E-mail address
202.225.2176

Spooky


October 20 1973

Richard Nixon asked Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Richardson refused and resigned.

Richard Nixon asked Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox. Ruckelshaus refused and resigned.
Then came the assistant to the assistant who was willing to pull the lever for Nixon. Do you know his name? His name was Robert Bork


Now fast forward to from October 20 1973 to October 22 2009

The Obama administration tried to make "pay czar" Kenneth Feinberg available for interviews to every member of the White House pool except Fox News. But the Washington bureau chiefs of the five TV networks decided that none of their reporters would interview Feinberg unless Fox News was included.

Nice job ABC,CBS,NBC, CNN. Thanks.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

White House: Q3 Poll Numbers in the Crapper


Barack Obama's popularity dipped nine points in the third quarter, according to a new Gallup Poll.

The second to third quarter drop is the steepest ever for an elected President in the history of the Gallup Poll; and it as the fate of the embattled President's health care program hangs in jeopardy.

What’s Hiding in the Health-Care Bill?

Democrats don’t want you to know what’s in there.

By Mark Hemingway
National Review

Read the entire National Review Article . . .

Monday, October 19, 2009

Why Donna Brazile Didn't Write the Acorn Story


First, here's a little free advertising for Donna Brazile's new book "Cooking With Grease" which you can buy on Amazon if you have some money to waste. I couldn't even slog through her boring 800 word Sunday column, which completely failed to address the issue of quality control in health care or any other substantive issues.

Let's get to the point. Shouldn't Donna
Brazile (a journalist, a college professor, a 30 year operative of the Democrat Party) have broken the Acorn story?

Why wasn't "Cooking With Grease" Ms. Brazile's Pulitzer Prize winning expose' of Acorn?

Was Ms. Brazile covering for Acorn or was she just oblivious to the truth?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

USA Today Poised to Report 17% Drop in Circulation


But Wall Street Journal circulation is up!

See full story in the Washington Times. USA Today is expected to report a 17% plunge in cirulation.

Meanwhile, in the last reporting period, Wall Street Journal circulation rose 0.6 percent, one of only two major publications in the top 25 to show an increase in circulation.

According to USA Today publisher David Hunke, "We fully expect to see circulation increases again as the economy recovers. I'm encouraged by the fact that despite the tough travel economy, we have not lost a single hotel relationship during this recession."

Uh huh.

One word. Kindle.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Why Johny Can't Shoot Back

According to an October 15 Washington Times article, by Shaun Waterman (U.S. troop funds diverted to pet projects), in the recently passed Defense Spending Bill, Senators rerouted more than $2.5 billion in federal dollars to their own projects, and analysts claim much of that money has been taken from accounts that funded fuel, weapons, and training programs for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Times article indicates that 778 such earmarks have been identified, including $20 million to launch an educational institute named after the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat.

Commenting on the reallocation of funds, Senator Tom Coburn (R) of Oklahoma said, "The Senate is putting favorable headlines back home above our men and women fighting on the front lines."

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Snowe on Healthcare Bill -- "when history calls"

"When history calls, history calls," commented Olympia Snowe, only Republican on the Senate Finance Committee to vote for the Baucus Health Care bill.

Yup. History called, and Senator Snowe did for Health Care in America what Russians did for democracy in Russia when they transferred power to Vladimir Lenin.

Good luck with that one, Olympia.


According to Idaho Senator Mike Crapo(R):

Well, first of all, most people in America want health care reform for one of two reasons. First to control the skyrocketing cost of health care, their own health insurance and their costs, and second, to get greater coverage for those who are uninsured or don't have adequate access to health care.

This bill does neither very well. In fact, with regard to the cost of health care, we'll actually see the cost of our health care go up. And in addition, we see about a trillion dollars of new federal spending offset by $400 billion of cuts in Medicare and a new 500 billion worth of taxes, the majority of which will fall squarely on the back of the middle class, who President Obama promised would not be taxed.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Comments of Neil Cavuto to White House Communications Director Anita Dunn


See Cavuto's article:
Ms. Dunn, Let's Pretend You Work for the President and Not a Left-Wing Blog

Exerpt:

Let's pretend you're as big as the historic place you work.
And not as petty as the less than historic words you spout.

Indeed.

Ms. Dunn, as you may recall, made the following comments in a Sunday, October 11 phone interview:

We’re going to treat them the way we would treat an opponent. As they are undertaking a war against Barack Obama and the White House, we don’t need to pretend that this is the way that legitimate news organizations behave.

Double Secret Probation for Fox News?

For Ms. Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director, we're thinking these are a few good recommendations:

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Monday, October 12, 2009

What Would an Investment Banker do with the Health Care Proposal

Let's say the American people are Venture Capitalists/Investment Bankers, and they just received a proposal from the firm of Reid/Pelosi/Obama for a Health-care Venture.

What are the minimum entry criteria to get access to our boardroom for further discussion?

What kind of a bound document should they drop in front of us, and if we don't have that document or information, why should we lower our standards?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Do you want Eric Holder to Decide if You're in a Hate Group


HR2647, the national defense budget, was originally passed by the US House of Representaatives without hate crimes legislation, but a version was passed on Thursday that extends the definition of federal hate crimes to include crimes motivated by gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

Further, it gives the Attorney General, currently Eric H. Holder, Jr., power to decide if a group is “associated with hate-related violence against groups or persons or the United States Government”.

Here's how the bill defines a hate group:


(2) DEFINITION OF HATE GROUP.—In this subsection, the terms ‘group associated with hate-related violence’ or ‘hate group’ mean the following:(A) Groups or organizations that espouse or engage in acts of violence against other groups or minorities based on ideals of hate, ethnic supremacies, white supremacies, racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, or other bigotry ideologies.

Further, it says:


(G) Other groups or organizations that are determined by the Attorney General to be of a violent, extremist nature.

What about Tea Partiers?

Well, the legislation continues as follows:

(3) EVIDENCE OF ASSOCIATION OR AFFILATION WITH HATE GROUP.—The following shall constitute evidence that a person is associated or affiliated with a group associated with hate-related violence:(A) Individuals possessing tattoos or other body markings indicating association or affiliation with a hate group.(B)individuals known to have attended meetings, rallies, conferences, or other activities sponsored by a hate group.(C) Individuals known to be involved in online activities with a hate group, including being engaged in online discussion groups or blog or other postings that support, encourage, or affirm the group’s extremist or violent views and goals.(D) Individuals who are known to have in their possession photographs, written testimonials (including diaries or journals), propaganda, or other materials indicating involvement or affiliation with a hate group. Such materials can include photographs, written materials relating to or referring to extreme hatred that are clearly not of an academic nature, possession of objects that venerate or glorify hateinspired violence, and related materials, as determined by the Attorney General.

Remember, this is the same Eric Holder who is stonewalling an investigation into why he dismissed voter intimidation charges against Black Panthers carrying nightsticks outside polling places?

 

British Talk Radio Stations

If you have Vonage (as I do) you can call England for free. Here's a list of British Talk Radio Stations. Let them know that the American Media is not telling the whole story.

http://www.radio-now.co.uk/listen_newstalk.htm

Below is a list of countries I can call with Vonage. Check your own calling plan to see what countries you can call.

Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic,
Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Republic of Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saipan, San Marino,
Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan,

Friday, October 9, 2009

Nobel Committee Tinkers in American Politics

This is like waking up today and reading that Ben Roethlisberger was put in the Football Hall of Fame while still playing. Except that's a bad analogy, because Roethlisberger has actually won a superbowl. What has Obama done?

Even Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa called this preemptive.

This a totally political move by the old liberal farts on the Norway Nobel Committee -- and it pretty much desroys the credibility of the Nobel Peace Prize.

It's a insult to legitimate winners like Mother Theresa.

Who are the jackasses who made the award?

From Wikipedia:

Thorbjørn Jagland (chair, born 1950), member of Parliament, President of the Storting and former cabinet minister for the Labour Party. Member and chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 2009.

Kaci Kullmann Five (deputy chair, born 1951), former member of Parliament and cabinet minister for the Conservative Party. Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 2003, deputy chair since 2009.

Sissel Rønbeck (born 1950), deputy director, Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren), former member of parliament and cabinet minister for the Labour Party. Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 1994.

Inger-Marie Ytterhorn (born 1941), former member of Parliament for the Progress Party. Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 2000.

Ågot Valle (born 1945), member of parliament for the Socialist Left Party. Member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee since 2009.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

October Surprise

Tell your Congressman and Senator that you are still here, and you still vote, and you still don't want Government Health Care.


Where's the Bill?

Secret discussions?

Bait and switch legislation?

Despite an optimistic analysis from the Congressional Budget Office , conservatives claim the budget impact of the proposed national health care bill is based on legislation that will never reach the President's desk.

“The fact is, the bill it’s referring to will never see the light of day,” Mr. McConnell said on Thursday. “That’s because the real bill will soon be cobbled together in a secret conference room somewhere in the Capitol by a handful of Democrat senators and White House officials.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/09/health/policy/09health.html?hp

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Nice Tip about Emailing your Pics to Picasa

http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2008/09/add-photos-by-email-in-picasa-web.html

Go to the Picasa Settings page and check "Allow me to upload photos by email."

It will ask you for a secret key.

It will give you get a secret email address to send your photos to username.secretkey@picasaweb.com.

Enter your destination Album by entering the name of an existing album in the subject of your email.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Health Care and the Destruction of Common Sense

Here's the headline from DetroitNews.com "State to mom: Watching neighbors' kids breaks law".

Summary: Mother helps neighbors by watching kids at bus stop. State claims she is running an illegal Day Care Center.

Question: Didn't this used to be called "Neighborhood Watch"?

Is this an example of Government that is promising to give us better, streamlined, more efficient Health Care.

Below is Congressman Alan Grayson. He apparently thinks that Americans are opposed to the Obama/Pelosi/Reid Health Care Plan because we are Republicans.

Wrong.

We just don't trust Government to do anything right.



Request to Congressman Grayson

This is an open request to Congressman Grayson.

Congressman Alan Grayson, here is a link to the Barack Obama's September 9 Health Care Speech. Where are the references to Quality Control in his speech? I can't find them.

Congressman Alan Grayson, please contact me at (703) 652-5436 and explain to me why you and other Democrats are not talking about Quality Control in Health Care?


Ask Representative Grayson yourself:

Orange County Office
455 N. Garland Ave, Ste. 402
Orlando, FL 32801
(407) 841-1757

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Countdown to the mid-term elections

Here comes Judgement Day.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Message to Nancy Pelosi

Dear Speaker Pelosi,

In all of this Health Care mess in Congress, why didn't you, and Harry Reid, and President Obama bring in some people with a track record of accomplishment?

Why didn't you bring in people like Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel?

Why didn't you bring in people like Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, founders of Apple computer.

In short, Ms. Pelosi, why not bring in some people who started with nothing and created something and who got very rich, because people like what they were doing so much they voluntarily gave them their money.

On the 25th of September, the President gave us another speech about healthcare. It lasted about an hour, and there was not one mention of the term "quality control".

Ms. Pelosi, it's quite reasonable for the average citizen to infer that if the President is not talking about quality control, then it's probably not the most important thing on his list. And Ms. Pelosi, that indicates to me that the President is not surrounding himself with advisors who consider quality control to be important.

So here's the bottom line, Speaker Pelosi, you can blame your lack of support on all kinds of evil people with evil motives; but the truth is that there are many people left in the United States who still understand what it means to deliver a quality product or a quality service to their customers.

Nothing in your rhetoric, or the rhetoric of the President, or the rhetoric of your Senate couterpart Harry Reid tells us that you understand quality control, and more importantly how to deliver a quality product or service.

So you see, the deal is this. You can call us racist. You can call us scorched earthers. You can call us black hearted, knuckle-dragging, mouth breathing droolers.

But the truth is this. We're the most compassionate people in the world and we are saving America from you. We are preventing the Acornization of the American health care system.

Come back and talk to us when you have a better plan, and a better track record, and some people with credibility in charge of your social engineering programs. We'll be here.


Regards,

Sam Mela

Blue Collar Blogging



What do I mean by blue collar blogging?

I mean, like Larry the Cable Guy says, "Git 'er done".

This blog, my own blog, is what I call a "Third Tier" blog.

Third Tier blogs are very important. They are not big blogs, but collectively they reach an enormous number of people. They reach family, neighbors, friends.

If you start a Tea Party Blog, you need to be clear in your mind why you are starting it.

Who are you trying to reach and what is your message?

Also, many of us who share the goals of the Tea Party movements are part timers. We have jobs and families.

We don't want to spend all of our time working on blogs -- BUT WE STILL WANT TO HELP.

My claim is that there are three ways to do that:

  1. Share information.
  2. Share links.
  3. Share content
Share Links

It's not possible to over-emphasize the importance of link sharing. Search engines find and rank your blog by looking at links on other web pages. If a group of individuals is creating blogs, all blogs should link to all other blogs.

Link from your personal web pages as well, and even from your business web pages, if you don't feel it represents a conflict of interest or jeopardizes your business.


Share Content

The bottom line on content sharing is this - steal with pride.

General Patton once said said, "The object of war is not to die for your country. It's to make the other poor bastard die for his."

Let me restate that for bloggers, "The object of political activism is not to buyn out for your cause. It's to make the other poor bastard burn out for his."

Tactically, what I am saying is this -- DON'T TRY TO WRITE ALL OF YOUR OWN CONTENT. SHARE!

More importantly, share content in a strategic way. All Tea Party Blogs do not need to run all content. Mix and match. Talk with your fellow bloggers and develop content sharing strategies.

You don't want every blog to look like every other blog, so talk with your buddies and figure out ways to share. Approach it like retail marketing -- like a group of stores who are selling related products that cooperate to get larger market share. Be smart.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Battle on the Kitchen Table

Better scholars know that often times the course of history turns on very ordinary circumstances and events.

And so it goes.

A war is being fought in America. It's being fought on some very odd battlefields and by some unexpected soldiers.

The battle for America is being fought on $399.00 Walmart computers on the kitchen tables of the twenty-somethings.

The unexpected combatants in this war are mommies, the primary weapons Facebook, Twitter, IMs, Text Messages -- in between "The Young and the Restless", in between planting strawberries on Farmvill, in between Mafia Wars, in between spoonfulls of Gerber baby food to the kid in the high chair, in between backfence chit chat with the "mommy next door"; the dial on the anger is ratcheting up.

The first wave of twenty-somethings came out for Senator Obama in the spring, summer, and fall of 2008. The 2008 election was the first election won on Facebook, Myspace, Twitter. It was won with micro-contributions and one social connection at a time, one link and one comment on the Facebook Wall.

Obama was hip, and John McCain was a deer in the headlights. One could say that the Presidential election of 2008 was a battle of Style versus Substance, except for the fact that John McCain had neither.

So America elected a very hip, young, attractive, personable, stylish President.

Then came the pain.

Then came the awakening. Over 10% unemployment in some states. Total destruction of the housing markets. Government takeover of treasured American industries like General Motors. An ugly seeping dark understanding of a fundamental truth -- this man, this President, and his friends in Congress have the country on the fast track to 3rd World status.

So now comes the new wave of twenty-somethings. They're not stupid, but they're not intellectual either. In fact, they may be better adjusted than the first wave. They partied in high school. They ignored politics. They sat in the back of civics class and never took their jacket off. They drank beer and they blew weed.

But a funny thing happened to that second wave of twenty-somethings. They grew up. They reproduced.

So twenty-something daddy's out working. He'd driving a delivery truck, or he's unclogging a drain, or he's operating a piece of machinery at a factory.

And twenty-something mommy is watching the kids.

But there's that computer on the kitchen table. That little computer someone bought for Christmas for less than $500. Twenty-something mommy is at home, but she's networked. She's in Tennessee, but she's talking to her friend in Idaho, and they both know their congressman voted in for a thousand page health care bill he didn't read.

They're both mad, and they both plan to vote in 2010.

Then came the old farts from the left -- Maureen Dowd . . . Janeane Garofalo . . . Bill Maher . . . geeze, finally Jimmy Carter and David Letterman -- old people who used to be young. People who remember Woodstock, people who knew people who went to Woodstock, people who went to Woodstock. They brought old formulas.

"We'll just call the opposition racist", they thought. And so they did.

But race as a political issue is so nineteen-sixties.

And in the end, middle class America is not going to be concerned about race, for some very simple reasons. When people need to feed their families, they don't care what color their boss or employees are.