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Jedi Mind Trick

Posted in National by muzeuterpe on April 7, 2010

This has probably been around for a long time, but I only just found it. (So I’m slow.)

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Read My Lips …

Posted in National by muzeuterpe on February 15, 2010
Main Entry: 1ag·nos·tic
Pronunciation: \ag-ˈnäs-tik, əg-\
Function: noun
Etymology: Greek agnōstos unknown, unknowable, from a- + gnōstos known, from gignōskein to know — more at know
Date: 1869

1 : a person who holds the view that any ultimate reality (as God) is unknown and probably unknowable; broadly : one who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of God or a god
2 : a person unwilling to commit to an opinion about something <political agnostics>

ag·nos·ti·cism \-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun

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Feb. 11 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama said he is “agnostic” about raising taxes on households making less than $250,000 as part of a broad effort to rein in the budget deficit………

Obama repeatedly vowed during the 2008 presidential election campaign that he would not raise taxes on individuals making less than $200,000 and households earning less than $250,000 a year. When senior White House economic adviser Lawrence H. Summers and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner suggested in August that the administration might be open to going back on that pledge, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs quickly reiterated the president’s promise.

Hows that hopey changey thing goin for ya?

Good For The Goose – What About The Gander?

Posted in National by muzeuterpe on February 13, 2010

So the Dems and the Big O are pissed about blocked appointments?

If the Senate does not act — and I made this very clear — if the Senate does not act to confirm these nominees, I will consider making several recess appointments during the upcoming recess, because we can’t afford to allow politics to stand in the way of a well-functioning government.”…

The actions of Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, and other Republican obstructionists will continue if President Obama allows them to run roughshod over him. When you’re the top dog, you do what you have to do to govern. Allowing Republican senators to continue to deny your appointments is nonsense.

Well … kiss my @ss and let’s have a flashback ….

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, chose to schedule the so-called pro forma sessions because Mr. Bush took advantage of past recesses to install nominees including John R. Bolton, as ambassador to the United Nations, and, most recently, Sam Fox, a donor to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, as ambassador to Belgium. This time, Democrats were particularly suspicious of plans to appoint as surgeon general a nominee they oppose.

“This is the first time that pro formas have been used to block recess appointments,” said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Mr. Reid.

Some of you people act as if Dems have never stood in the way of anything.

Ahhhhhh ….. Change. Ain’t it great?

Posted in National by muzeuterpe on February 11, 2010

Ahhh haa haaa!

Feds push for tracking cell phones

 the Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no “reasonable expectation of privacy” in their–or at least their cell phones’–whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that “a customer’s Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records” that show where a mobile device placed and received calls.

Now, what was that about warrantless wiretapping?

WV Grows Amid Historic Unemployment

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on November 16, 2009

Many thanks to West Virginia Watchdog for the heads up on this one. If not for them I would never have heard about how great our state is doing!

Over a billion dollars has come to West Virginia thanks to the Recovery Act.

$2,387,321 of that total is going towards eight fictional Congressional districts: the 54th, 9th, 4th, 6th, 12th, 13th, and 00. Here are the Recovery Act success stories for these districts (located at www.recovery.gov):

  • Three jobs were created in the 54th, 9th, 6th and 12th Congressional districts, which received $1 million, $439,296, $208,117, and $191,795 in stimulus funding respectively.
  • Two Jobs were created in the 13th Congressional District, which received $111,732 in stimulus funding.
  • Zero jobs were created in the 4th and 00 Congressional districts, which received $429,296 and $6,587 in stimulus funding respectively.

Say it with me now … Aaaalllll Rrriiiiiiiiiiggghhht!

Crybaby-In-Chief

Posted in National, Notables by muzeuterpe on October 29, 2009

“If I weren’t president, I would be happy to catch the shuttle with my wife to take her to a Broadway show, as I had promised her during the campaign, and there would be no fuss and no muss and no photographers,” he said. “That would please me greatly.”

Waaaa! Waaaa! I wanted to be President but I didn’t know people would be mean to me.  Waaa! Waaa!

Come on people.  When you decide to stand for any political office, you know you are like velcro to media and criticism lint. The dumb-*ss stood in front of millions and boasted how ready he was for the job. His followers railled against those of us who questioned his experience (yet his followers cried fowl when you compared his to Palin’s). I thought he was gonna “hit the ground running” and not be held up with all the learning curve shit.

Please.

Who minded the vege garden while they traveled the world? He’s got all the time in the world to hold photo-shoots on the golf course and basketball court, where’s his time for our soldiers? 

He  lifted the 18-year ban on media coverage of the return of fallen soldiers but only finds time to stop in to pay respects when he’s taking a beating over his delay on a decision to increast troops to Afganistan. The ‘patriots for peace’ screamed “Bush Lied Troops Died”.  Where are they now that the Big O is sitting with his thumb up his *ss now?

He’s all show and no substance. He’s a fraud.

Clothes Make Justice

Posted in General, National by muzeuterpe on October 19, 2009

Um, so, excuse me.  But didn’t the Democratic Party pusher raise 75 kinds of hell over Sarah Palin’s wardrobe and that the “Republican Party” bought them for her? 

Now, explain to me how the following is acceptible?

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor‘s nomination process was so controlled that the White House even approved her clothes, she told Yalies when she appeared at her 30th Yale Law School reunion on Saturday.

And this isn’t a 4-year term as a political hack.  This is a LIFE APPOINTMENT TO THE U.S. SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS!

My next question is .. why didn’t they do something with her hair! OMG!

Don’t Hate Her Because She’s Beautiful ….

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on August 13, 2009

Hate her all you want. Sarah Palin documents her sources.

Concerning the “Death Panels”Share
Yesterday at 11:55pm

Yesterday President Obama responded to my statement that Democratic health care proposals would lead to rationed care; that the sick, the elderly, and the disabled would suffer the most under such rationing; and that under such a system these “unproductive” members of society could face the prospect of government bureaucrats determining whether they deserve health care.

The President made light of these concerns. He said:

“Let me just be specific about some things that I’ve been hearing lately that we just need to dispose of here. The rumor that’s been circulating a lot lately is this idea that somehow the House of Representatives voted for death panels that will basically pull the plug on grandma because we’ve decided that we don’t, it’s too expensive to let her live anymore….It turns out that I guess this arose out of a provision in one of the House bills that allowed Medicare to reimburse people for consultations about end-of-life care, setting up living wills, the availability of hospice, etc. So the intention of the members of Congress was to give people more information so that they could handle issues of end-of-life care when they’re ready on their own terms. It wasn’t forcing anybody to do anything.” [1]

The provision that President Obama refers to is Section 1233 of HR 3200, entitled “Advance Care Planning Consultation.” [2] With all due respect, it’s misleading for the President to describe this section as an entirely voluntary provision that simply increases the information offered to Medicare recipients. The issue is the context in which that information is provided and the coercive effect these consultations will have in that context.

Section 1233 authorizes advanced care planning consultations for senior citizens on Medicare every five years, and more often “if there is a significant change in the health condition of the individual … or upon admission to a skilled nursing facility, a long-term care facility… or a hospice program.” [3] During those consultations, practitioners must explain “the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice,” and the government benefits available to pay for such services. [4]

Now put this in context. These consultations are authorized whenever a Medicare recipient’s health changes significantly or when they enter a nursing home, and they are part of a bill whose stated purpose is “to reduce the growth in health care spending.” [5] Is it any wonder that senior citizens might view such consultations as attempts to convince them to help reduce health care costs by accepting minimal end-of-life care? As Charles Lane notes in the Washington Post, Section 1233 “addresses compassionate goals in disconcerting proximity to fiscal ones…. If it’s all about obviating suffering, emotional or physical, what’s it doing in a measure to “bend the curve” on health-care costs?” [6]

As Lane also points out:

Though not mandatory, as some on the right have claimed, the consultations envisioned in Section 1233 aren’t quite “purely voluntary,” as Rep. Sander M. Levin (D-Mich.) asserts. To me, “purely voluntary” means “not unless the patient requests one.” Section 1233, however, lets doctors initiate the chat and gives them an incentive — money — to do so. Indeed, that’s an incentive to insist.

Patients may refuse without penalty, but many will bow to white-coated authority. Once they’re in the meeting, the bill does permit “formulation” of a plug-pulling order right then and there. So when Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) denies that Section 1233 would “place senior citizens in situations where they feel pressured to sign end-of-life directives that they would not otherwise sign,” I don’t think he’s being realistic. [7]

Even columnist Eugene Robinson, a self-described “true believer” who “will almost certainly support” “whatever reform package finally emerges”, agrees that “If the government says it has to control health-care costs and then offers to pay doctors to give advice about hospice care, citizens are not delusional to conclude that the goal is to reduce end-of-life spending.” [8]

So are these usually friendly pundits wrong? Is this all just a “rumor” to be “disposed of”, as President Obama says? Not according to Democratic New York State Senator Ruben Diaz, Chairman of the New York State Senate Aging Committee, who writes:

Section 1233 of House Resolution 3200 puts our senior citizens on a slippery slope and may diminish respect for the inherent dignity of each of their lives…. It is egregious to consider that any senior citizen … should be placed in a situation where he or she would feel pressured to save the government money by dying a little sooner than he or she otherwise would, be required to be counseled about the supposed benefits of killing oneself, or be encouraged to sign any end of life directives that they would not otherwise sign. [9]

Of course, it’s not just this one provision that presents a problem. My original comments concerned statements made by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a health policy advisor to President Obama and the brother of the President’s chief of staff. Dr. Emanuel has written that some medical services should not be guaranteed to those “who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens….An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.” [10] Dr. Emanuel has also advocated basing medical decisions on a system which “produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated.” [11]

President Obama can try to gloss over the effects of government authorized end-of-life consultations, but the views of one of his top health care advisors are clear enough. It’s all just more evidence that the Democratic legislative proposals will lead to health care rationing, and more evidence that the top-down plans of government bureaucrats will never result in real health care reform.

[1] See http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/08/president-obama-addresses-sarah-palin-death-panels-wild-representations.html.
[2] See http://edlabor.house.gov/documents/111/pdf/publications/AAHCA-BillText-071409.pdf
[3] See HR 3200 sec. 1233 (hhh)(1); Sec. 1233 (hhh)(3)(B)(1), above.
[4] See HR 3200 sec. 1233 (hhh)(1)(E), above.
[5] See http://edlabor.house.gov/documents/111/pdf/publications/AAHCA-BillText-071409.pdf
[6] See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/07/AR2009080703043.html].
[7] Id.
[8] See http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/10/AR2009081002455.html].
[9] See http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/letter-congressman-henry-waxman-re-section-1233-hr-3200.
[10] See http://www.ncpa.org/pdfs/Where_Civic_Republicanism_and_Deliberative_Democracy_Meet.pdf
[11] See http://www.scribd.com/doc/18280675/Principles-for-Allocation-of-Scarce-Medical-Interventions.

If my child,  now 20, had been born with this legislation in place, that child wouldn’t be alive.  I can say that because the child was born at 1 pound 9 ounces and spent 99 days in the NICU.  The bill was astronomical.  This program would not authorize care.  Actually, I doubt any of my children would have been born due to the extreme measures that had to be taken for me to carry them.

The dementia that has plagued all three of my mother’s sisters may well grab hold of her in the near future.  Both of my parents have heart disease.  My father nearly died from pulmonary thrombosis just six weeks ago, at age 69.  His treatment, from the Big O’s own mouth, would have been pain pills to ease his transition into the hereafter. Not the lifesaving treatment he received in the ER and MICU, with continued medication therapy for the next several months.

But, don’t take MY word for it.  Don’t take Obama’s word for it.  Read it for yourself.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.3200:

In The Words of the Progressive Liberals

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on August 7, 2009

Some may call you left right-wing. Others may call you “anti pro-corporate”, as if that’s a bad thing. Yet others may simply call you “stupid” out of the desperate they have nothing else to tar you with. Hey, you were the one on your block who had a problem with George W. Bush Obama back when nobody else would dare to speak out; that makes you smart and bold. Take back the word liberal conservative and make it a badge of pride. As we move on from the Bush Obama era to battles with a cornered and angry Republican Democratic Party establishment, you can count on these buttons, magnets, stickers and t-shirts (originally) for liberals to remain relevant (even if liberals aren’t).

Pick up your own set at:

http://irregulartimes.com/liberalshop.html

Haa! Haa! Haa! Shoe’s on the other foot now!

TOTUS

Posted in National by muzeuterpe on June 8, 2009

I’m really not that technically inclined, although I can manage a lot of things.  Don’t know what I was doing wrong, but I couldn’t embed the clip here.  So, I linked it HERE.

Either way — This is a good clip showing the Big O’s dependency on the tele-prompter.  MSNBC goes on about it, but they don’t note how Big O never really looks his audience in the eye.  He can’t.  He’s reading.  He’s as fake as those male enhancement drug commercial guarentees. 

 

Oh — you have to suffer through a 30 second commercial.