Monday, April 26, 2010

Scenes From the Hartford Tea Party - 4/15/10

Hartford Tea Party - Part 1

Hartford Tea Party - Part 2

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Health Payment Plan vs. A Health Insurance Plan

      We have become spoiled. Health Insurance plans were first offered by Corporations and other companies, right after World War II. At the time, wage and price controls were in force, so companies could not give raises to deserving employees, so they opted to give health insurance plans instead. As we went through the 40's, 50's, 60's, and 70's, the unions started demanding more and better medical plans, that were also, usually, provided to non-union employees. They became medical payment plans, and not insurance plans. Insurance, by definition, is designed to protect you against a disastrous problem, not provide you with payment for every last dollar. You normally have a deductible on your Homeowner's, or Tenant's policies, and also on your Auto Insurance, but we want payment of 100% of any medical costs we incur paid by a insurance company or the government. A $50 copay? Outrageous!!
     When we go to the doctor today, and he/she says we need a certain test, the first question out of our mouth is - Is it covered? Not - Is it really necessary, or How much does it cost? We don't care how much it costs as long as we aren't paying for it. However, we are paying for it through either premiums to Insurance Companies or taxes to the Government. This is one of the major problems with health care today. If we took personal responsibility for our own health care and took it out of the hands of Insurance Companies and the Government, we could negotiate our own prices. Major Medical policies (High deductible, payment for everything beyond that) can be purchased for a very reasonable amount of money. If competition could be added into the equation, so that doctors, hospitals, labs, etc. had to compete for patients, costs would drop precipitously. The free market always does that.
     Why would any health care provider drop prices when they know they are not in competition with anyone? Think of the savings health care providers could provide if they did not have to get involved in all the bureaucratic paperwork required to deal with the insurance companies and the government. Imagine the further savings that could be provided if we had meaningful Tort reform in this country. Want a classic example of what the current system provides. There is a ad that runs on the Fox news channel concerning your "right" to sue over problems with some drugs out there. Know what the phone number is? 1-800-BAD DRUG. I think that says it all.

Word Verification

Apparently, my blog has become popular enough so that I am starting to get spam comments on some of my posts, so unfortunately, I have had to add a word verification step if anyone wants to comment on a post. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I guess it comes with the high tech world we live in.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Gonorrhea Cure

Got this from my buddy, Steve!

Very important information has just been made public that I think is something you should all be aware of:  Gonorrhea Lectim.  The Center for Disease Control has issued a warning about a new virulent strain of this old disease.  It's pronounced "Gonna re-elect 'im."

The disease is contracted through dangerous and high-risk behavior involving putting your cranium up your rectum.  Many victims contracted it in 2008 ..... but now most people, after having been infected for the past 1-2 years, are starting to realize how destructive this sickness is.

It's sad because it is so easily cured with a new procedure just coming on the market called Vo-tem-out!  You take the first dose/step in 2010 and the second dosage in 2012, and simply don't engage in such behavior again, otherwise it could become permanent and eventually wipe out all life as we know it.

Several states are already on top of this like Virginia and New Jersey , and now Massachusetts, with many more seeing the writing on the wall.

I can't say that I am taking the cure because I have always tried to cure this disease, with one minor slip up. When I voted in my first Presidential election - 1964. As my mother always said "go to college and learn to be a Communist", so I came out of college a left wing radical. You believe that? It's true. I voted for Lyndon Johnson in the '64 election against Barry Goldwater. Once I got into the real world, it didn't take me long to figure out what was really going on and I quickly became very Conservative. God, how I wish I had that vote back!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Oh, Those Evil Butts!

I was watching the local evening news tonight, and they did a story on sinus infections that seem to be linked to second hand smoke. That got me thinking, which can be a bad thing. Now I used to smoke, for 25 years actually, but I quit in 1982 for health issues. Not ones I had, but ones I wanted to prevent. I know smoking is not good for anyone, but it comes down to a matter of personal choice. If you want to smoke it's alright with me and to be perfectly honest, they still smell very good. Far be it from me to interfere with your right to smoke. I suppose you could convince me that people should not be exposed to second hand if they don't want to, but that being the case, this is where the huge hypocrisy comes in. The anti-smoking Nazis are pushing and pushing for more regulations on where people can smoke. They ban smoking in restaurants and bars, when the option should be left to the owners of those establishments. If a bar allows smoking and you don't want to be exposed to the smoke, nobody is forcing you to go into that establishment. Some states are pushing for legislation that would allow them to ban you from smoking in your own home. Excuse me?? Let's get to the bottom line. As with so many other things, the various governments want control over your life, so they tell you where you can and can't smoke, but if smoking is sooooo bad for you and the people exposed to second hand smoke, why don't they just ban smoking, sale of cigarettes and tobacco. The answer is simple. As with so many other things, follow the money. The governments can't afford to give up all that tax money that they get from the sale of tobacco products. They tell you where you can smoke, but in the same breath (no pun intended), tell you to please continue so we get the money. Typical government hypocrisy!

Monday, April 12, 2010

What the Left is All About

There is a group of Americans out there who have had enough with Government spending, it's intrusion into our lives, constantly increasing taxes, and continual attempts at controlling every aspect of our lives. These are decent, hard working Americans. They are called the Tea Party Patriots. In complete agreement with the 1st Amendment to the Constitution, you know the part that says the government shall make no law "interfering with the right to peaceably assemble" , they have held rallies locally, at the State level, and in Washington, D.C. At the D.C. rally, there were charges from some black Congressmen that they were spit upon, and that the "N" word was used. Naturally, this was quickly picked up by the "Lame Stream" media(got that from Sarah Palin, but, boy, is it appropriate) and reported to show how radical and bigoted the Tea Partiers are. Nothing can be further from the truth, because what was reported never happened. A reward was put up for anyone who had a video of anything like that occurring and no one came forward, but there are numerous videos of the rally that show none of that stuff happened, but the Left has never let facts get in the way of a good story. They don't have a chance at winning any argument on facts, so they have to resort to lying, smearing, name calling, and the politics of personal destruction. What? You say they don't do that sort of thing? Check out the following link and see what they have planned for future Tea Party rallies. If that isn't what I just described then please tell me what it is.

To all you crashers - future rallies are all going to be video taped and if you act inappropriately, you will be rapidly escorted from the scene. You have been warned. 

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Amen, brother!

 Got this from my Buddy,  Thanks again, Steve

By James P. Gannon on 3.30.10
There is a quiet anger boiling in America.
     It is the anger of millions of hard-working citizens who pay their bills, send in their income taxes, maintain their homes and repay their mortgage loans -- and see their government reward those who do not.
     It is the anger of small town and Middle American folks who have never been to Manhattan, who put their savings in a community bank and borrow from a local credit union, who watch Washington lawmakers and presidents of both parties hand billions in taxpayer bailouts to the reckless Wall Street titans who brought down the economy in 2008.
     It is the fury of the voiceless, the powerless, the ordinary nobodies of Flyover Country who are ridiculed, preached to, satirized and insulted by the Celebrity Loudmouths of the two Left Coasts, the Jon Stewarts and Keith Olbermanns, the Paul Krugmans and their ilk.
     It is the salted wound of the millions who see that ruling Democrats in Congress are not listening to them but are willfully ignoring public opinion and the verdict of recent elections in passing a huge new health care entitlement when the existing entitlements of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are already going broke.
     It is the frustrating helplessness of citizens who revere the Founding Fathers and the genius of the Constitution that they wrote, who actually believe the words of the Constitution mean what they say, not more and not less. They who watch politicians and the courts stretch and bend that Constitution -- finding "rights" not enumerated, powers never granted, meanings unimagined -- believe that their country is being redefined without their consent.
     Most of the angry are not out marching in the streets, waving signs or shouting into bullhorns. And they are not smashing windows or phoning death threats to politicians. They are simply waking up angry in the morning, and going to bed angry at night. And their resentment is multiplied by the media's efforts to portray them all as dangerous, crazy people, and by the effort of certain Democrats to tar them with brush of violent intent.
     They are embittered, too, by the rhetoric of a triumphant president who turns on its head Winston Churchill's heroic attitude promising defiance in defeat but magnanimity in victory. For a president of a deeply divided country, defiance in victory is not an endearing posture. It has all the persuasive charm of a Chad Ochocinco victory dance in the end zone of the opponent's stadium.
     These quietly angry people gather in their churches while their religions are called divisive and their beliefs are labeled as bigotry, and they pray for a better day. They talk among themselves in their Main Street cafes, at the Rotary club or at their kids' softball games, seeking others who understand their frustration and will not respond with arrogant dismissal.
     They are tired of being told they are too stupid to understand the country's complex problems, too rooted in the past to find solutions, too selfish to share what they have worked for with everyone else who wants it.
     They are not reaching for guns or for pitchforks. They are holding their anger within, waiting for their time, watching those in power over-reach and over-indulge.
     Their wound is deep, and it will not be salved by more presidential speeches, Congressional hand-outs, or promises of wonderful things to come. They no longer believe any of that. Their quiet rage abides, waiting till it can be expressed in that silent place behind the curtain where the ballot lists the names that they have now committed to an angry memory.

James P. Gannon is a retired former Wall Street Journal reporter and newspaper editor. He lives in Virginia. 

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Here's Some Proof of Where the Current Congress is Taking Us!

How many other Democrats and RINO's (Republican in name Only) are there like this? This stuff has got to stop.When Congressmen are sworn into office, they take the following oath -

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God." 

So, Congressman Phil Hare (D- Illinois) was confronted at a Town Meeting and the following happened - 

So much for upholding your oath of office. This stuff literally makes me sick. How can you take an oath and then totally disregard it? When legislation is proposed in Washington, D.C., or any State Capital, the first question that should be asked is " Is it Constitutional?" As a matter of fact, a few years ago, John Shadegg (R-Arizona) introduced the " Enumerated Powers Act". That legislation would have required any proposed legislation to include the Article and Section of the Constitution which authorized it. It was basically ignored. That shows you exactly what most of our so-called Representatives and Senators in Congress think of our Founding documents. James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, John Rutledge, and James Mason are rolling over in their graves, as they should be. Congressman Hale should be thrown out of Congress for making a statement like that, but we know what the chances are of that happening with current crop of jerks down there. We can only hope that enough of the American people have awakened in time to throw most of them out on their a**** come November 2. Want my best guess? Democrats lose at least 55 seats in the House and 8-10 seats in the Senate. Take it to the bank!!