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TP Tax Unfair to Women

Posted in County, State by muzeuterpe on October 27, 2010

Oh for the sake of cats! A tax on toilet paper! This is discrimination against women in West Virginia, but you won’t hear the NOW gang speak up. Brooks McCabe is part of a gang of WV Legislators who think it’s just dandy to tax toilet paper 20 cents per roll.

Why does it discriminate against women, you may ask? Because women use TP EVERY TIME they got to the john. Men only use it on special occasions.

This shit has got to stop.

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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:

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.

Radical thought police.

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on April 17, 2009

“Certainly, the right-wing report is focused far too much on rhetoric and things people say and things people think rather than on criminal activity and the people involved in criminal activity,” he said. “There is plenty of crime out there for federal, state and local law enforcement to worry about. They don’t need to invent threats that they have no factual basis for supporting.”  Mike German, policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union and a former FBI agent.

 

A – the hell – men. 

This report appears to raise significant issues involving the privacy and civil liberties of many Americans – including war veterans,” said Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, in his letter sent Tuesday night.

I thought things like this and FISA were going to be stopped by the Big O.  This is left over from the mean, stupid, embarrasment the Dems named Bush, and said were WRONG!

Can Pelosi talk when she’s teabaggin’?

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on April 16, 2009

So, it’s ok to make sex jokes about protesters when they are protesting something you don’t give a flying shit about. 

I just want to know what the standard is so I can live up to it.  You know, so when Patriots for Peace stand around with their fake, bullshit signs I can say stuff about how it’s hard to fight terror when you’re suckin on their salty balls.

Or that it’s obvious that anti-smokers can’t get laid, otherwise they’d enjoy a drag off a fag at night. 

Would you teabag Nancy Pelosi?  Looks like someone has.

Tea Party – Charleston, West Virginia

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on April 16, 2009

 

I attended, and no paying the price.  The damp and cold have caused a flair in my fibromyalgia and arthritis problems. Not to mention tromping around on the concrete.

Contrary to commemts by some “unbiased” reporters, there was no violence, no racial comments, no hate speech, no threats of violence on any politician.  In fact, we were more respectable than these protestors at one of our tolerant institutes of higher education, funded by our tax dollars.

“Couldn’t Stand the Weather …”

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on December 10, 2008

So much for change …

President-elect Barack Obama’s Transition today launched “Open for Questions,” a Digg-style feature allowing citizens to submit questions, and to vote on one another’s questions, bringing favored inquiries to the top of the list.

It was suggested when it launched that the tool would bring uncomfortable questions to the fore, but the results so far are the opposite: Obama’s supporters appear to be using — and abusing — a tool allowing them to “flag” questions as “inappropriate” to remove all questions mentioning Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich from the main pages of Obama’s website.

Read more here.

Lay Down With Dogs ….

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on December 10, 2008

I’m absolutely rolling in the floor laughing my ass off!  I don’t have to tell you why — you know why.  You’ve been waiting to see what I’m going to say.  Well, here it comes …

YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE!!!!

Haaa! Haaa! Haaa!  You Obama supporters!  There ain’t no way in hell that the Big O wasn’t clued in to how you get elected in Chicago.  If you pay attention, you will notice that all the big political dogs are connected in ways OTHER than politics. 

President Elec-Obama and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

President Elec-Obama and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

“I had no contact with the governor or his office, and so we were not—I was not aware of what was happening,” Obama said. “And as I said, it’s a sad day for Illinois. Beyond that, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment.”

HAAAA haaa! 

According to court papers, the governor tried to make it known through emissaries, including union officials and fundraisers, that the seat could be had for the right price. Blagojevich allegedly had a salary in mind—$250,000 to $300,000 a year—and spoke of collecting half-million and million-dollar political contributions.

Do you know who Obama’s supporters were/are? 

“We have a culture of machine politics and it lends itself to corruption,” said Simpson. “We are the capital of corruption in the U.S.

Oh, and there’s this …

According to Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., Mr. Obama’s incoming White House chief of staff, Emanuel, then-state senator Obama, a third Blagojevich aide, and Blagojevich’s campaign co-chair, David Wilhelm, were the top strategists of Blagojevich’s 2002 gubernatorial victory.

Ok, ok.  So, some of you are thinking … what the hell’s her point.  The point is that this isn’t news at all.  Anyone who bothered to read Obama’s own writings would understand that hanging with this type of “associate” is standard.  He’s been hanging with scum all along.  Obama’s chickens are coming home to roost. 

And you can’t roll around the dog house without getting some on you.  For gods sake, Mother Teresa couldn’t walk through the whorehouse called Chicago politics and not contract VD.

What I really want to know is how much it cost Obama to get “voted” into his state senate seat.  And how much more it cost for him to speak at the Democratic Convention four years ago.  I mean come on, the man had no experience. Oh, unless you count blowing several million dollars on failed education programs. But, after reflecting on the “bail out” of the financial industry and “big” 3, looks pretty evident that the U.S. rewards failure.

I have to wonder if the investigation was stopped at this point in order not to reach Obama.  I mean, what would happen if the first black President was indicted for a felony before he was sworn in? We can’t have that now, can we.  There might be <gasp> riots!

I was going to try an lay off the Big O until he actually became in charge of something. But this is too much! I’ve managed to ignor his near daily “talk down the economy worse than it is so it looks like I really made things better when I take over” briefings, but not this.  No way!

(Oh shit. Now what the f do I say?)

(Oh shit. Now what the "f" do I say?)

Emanuel — Now There’s Change For Ya! LOL

Posted in National by muzeuterpe on November 7, 2008

Oh yea! Change, it was all about the “need” for change.  So the Big “O” appoints Emanuel as his Chief of Staff.

Oh gods!  I’m laughing so hard I may have a coronary!

President-elect Barack Obama’s newly appointed chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, served on the board of directors of the federal mortgage firm Freddie Mac at a time when scandal was brewing at the troubled agency and the board failed to spot “red flags,” according to government reports reviewed by ABCNews.com.

Please note — this wasn’t a Fox News report.  It also notes:

Emanuel was named to the Freddie Mac board by President Bill Clinton in 2000…

Change — right.  A new way of doing things in DC.  Ha ha ha ha! Ya’ll kill me!

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Last Minute Messages

Posted in General by muzeuterpe on November 3, 2008

Well, tomorrow’s the day. I’ve already voted, so there’s nothing that can be said now that will change my selections. [Barring voter fraud or tampering.]

While the media wants to make hay over the Republican’s sudden use of Obama’s words on coal:

“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can,” he said. “It’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

They failed to look at the full Obama picture. Obama has been jumping all over the board on hot topics for years.  I’ve touched on them a little here, but his followers don’t care.  If I point out that he writes in his book “Dreams of My Father” that he attended communist party meetings, selected his radical friends carefully, and used illegal drugs [including cocaine], I am called a racist.

Anyone who points out his hypocrasy in the book “Audacity of Hope” where on one page he says black children and white children have the same opportunities for education, but two pages over [paperback version] he notes black children are cheated, is a racist.

Anyone who believes we all have a chance at the “American Dream” and most of the difficulties are a result of poor decision making are called uncaring. And, gods forbid we as a REAL question of Obama and he choke the answer [ala “Joe the Plumber”].  Because you will be investigated, threatened, called names, and harassed, not the man who wants to ‘spread the wealth.’

Anyone on the “left” denoucing this … nope.  In fact here are some of the headlines from “The Huffington Post:”

No Currency Left to Buy the Big Lies

Voting for Truth

The Most Accurate Election Forecast? Hardcore Gamblers

Polling Firm: GOP Senator Dole’s “Godless” Ad Is “Blowing Up In Her Face”

Anchor, McCain Flack Battle… Biden Pokes Fun At Protesters… Dean In Arizona

ACORN’s Plan To Turn Registrations Into Votes– We want to assure you that partisan attacks will NOT interfere with ACORN members’ determination to involve low-income, minority, and new American voters across the country. On the contrary, our members are more determined than ever to make our voices heard this year and in all election years to come.

The Four Great Transformations Driving Obama’s Victory – But in the medium-term, it seems Obama will be a conventional Democratic multilateralist leaving in place many of the ugly aspects of US foreign policy – from the crowbar-policies of the International Monetary Fund to unwavering support for the thuggish governments of Egypt, Colombia and Israel. The democratic antibodies of opposition aren’t strong enough to overturn the Big Money or hard geopolitics that demand these policies. So there will still be plenty to oppose in Obama’s foreign policy – but when a giant shuffles just a few steps to the left, the ants below feel a great pressure lifting from them.

But then the fear comes: what if the American people are too addled by the race-fear, and turn to McCain at the last moment? At the Democratic convention, Obama said to his fellow Americans: “We are better people than the last eight years.” The ghosts of the drowned children of New Orleans and the burned children of Baghdad may have stared down sceptically – but I believe he was right. The tidal force of these four transformations is too great. And yet, and yet… I won’t be sure until I watch Obama’s acceptance speech through salty tears – and I hear the Statue of Liberty let out a slow sigh of relief.

Such tolerance.  Such compassion.  Such bullsh*t.

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