Odd Citizen

Odd Citizen
An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

Screwed by Obamacare

January 9th, 2015

It should not have been a surprise. My health insurance (Medicare Advantage, HealthNet SeniorCare) plan dropped my physicians, so I signed up for a Humana plan which the representative assured me included the physicians and medical center I use. That was in October, 2014. Then, the last day of December 2014 I was informed that an upcoming appointment would not be covered by my insurance. I then discovered that, between mid October and November, the plan I signed up for had been changed to drop all the physicians that I wanted. A complete bait and switch screw job. Maybe this would make a good class action law suit. At any rate, I’m now having to pay $2,500 more per year than I expected in order to keep the doctors I prefer.

Undoubtedly I’m among millions that have been harmed by this monstrosity called ObamaCare. The sad thing about it is that the Republican Party, which should be resisting this with all of its might is doing nothing. The U.S. government does almost nothing useful or of value to me — just taxes and hassles me with restrictions and regulations. It just gets worse with every passing year. 75% of what the federal government does is not only unconstitutional, it is completely wasteful and useless. We’d all be better off of have that 75% completely eliminated.

I consider myself a patriot. I served in combat as an artillery forward observer in Vietnam. I then thought the extra scars I took home were a minor price to pay for living in a free and prosperous country. But it seems that every year I can remember the country becomes less free and less prosperous. Fewer people consider “duty, honor, country” to be serious obligations of citizenship. In fact, I think most consider these words to be an embarrassment. We’ve witnessed a downhill slide culminating — no, just continuing — with the Obama/Pelosi/Reid/Holder/Sharpton/Jackson Democrats/socialists with little of consequence to resist them.

Is it really this hopeless?

America and Argentina on Same Path

October 11th, 2013

Does this quote from an article about Argentina in the Financial Times sound familiar?

Ms Fernández’s approval rating has sunk to 33.5 per cent as Argentines are fed up with inflation estimated at 25 per cent, foreign currency shortages, corruption scandals, administrative incompetence and sagging business confidence. Polls indicate the government could lose its Congressional majority at midterm elections on October 27.

Just substitute Barack Obama for Ms Fernandez and America for Argentina and you have a good description of where our current government is headed.

Who Owns the Memorials & Parks?

October 2nd, 2013

The memorial structures and parks in Washington D.C. and elsewhere belong to the people, not to the government. The WW-II memorial celebrates the accomplishments of the soldiers who fought the war and the current government can’t take any credit, whatsoever, for that.

The behavior of the Obama administration, Harry Reid and his Democrat thugs in closing off these parks and monuments is at best shameful and at worst a disgrace. They have no right at all to do this. So why to they do it? They do it because a) they can, and b) because they think their political opponents will be blamed. That’s about as low as you can get, even in by Washington standards.

Poll: Females Should be Drafted into Military

June 21st, 2013

The following article describes a poll in which purportedly 59% of Americans want women to be in included in the draft. click here This, combined with the movement to include females in combat roles is to me incomprehensibly ugly. See previous postshere and here and here

As explained in the article the enthusiasm for a female draft is strong among democrats (80%) and women (61%), and weaker among republicans (53%) and men (35%).

Let’s face facts. Women and men are different, not equal, not equivalent. The proper criteria for including anyone in the military should be to improve the effectiveness (lethality) of the forces, not to promote some equality of the sexes social theory.

What’s going on here? Have American men become so unprincipled, woosified, feminized, and cowardly that they would support this proposal? How could this be only 69 years after an American draft army invaded Europe on D-Day? Doesn’t this generation of American men have any pride? Any sense of duty? Any sense of decency?

The bottom line is that any culture that sends its female children, sisters, daughters, and mothers out to defend itself in battle has entered a state of barbarism.

Could that really be the United States of America? Or is this just the USA under Obama and the democrats? Whatever it is, it’s the ugliest, most vile development I’ve encountered in my entire lifetime.

Immigration Bill: 1,000 Pages of Deception and Betrayal

June 10th, 2013

Has anyone in Congress actually read the 1,000+ pages of the comprehensive immigration bill written by the so-called “Gang of Eight”? Whether you believe in immigration reform or not, you should consider what this bill actually says.

You are encouraged to spend a little time with someone who has actually read the bill. The Daily Caller provides the interview below:
Click Here

Big Sis Our Protector

May 2nd, 2013

Is Your Government Planning to Kill You?

April 30th, 2013

Based on ammo purchases, it looks like your friendly federal government is planning to kill everyone in America — several times over! That’s 1.6 Billion rounds of hollow point ammo, 7,000 fully automatic assault rifles, and 2,000 armored vehicles — all for use by “civilian” agencies? Come on, people. Wake up. This is crazy, but it’s also real.

And don’t forget to play the clip at the end of the article — comical but complete!

Victims of Government

March 27th, 2013

Government red-tape ruined this citizen.

Depressing, isn’t it?

Obama Continues Destruction of America

November 13th, 2012

Speculation has Obama appointing that stinking pile of dog-shit , that traitor John Kerry as Secretary of State. As a combat veteran who served in the same area, the Mekong Delta and at the same time-frame as Kerry, who accused U.S. forces of committing war crimes, I take this as a personal insult from our so-called president. Would the Senate really confirm this liar? I suppose so, given that he’s one of their own and most of them have not served in the military.

What’s next? The appointment of Hanoi Jane Fonda as Secretary of Defense?That would be entirely in character.

Hollow-point bullets for the Social Security Administration?

August 20th, 2012

What’s going on here? Why have govenment agencies such as SSA, NOAA, and DHS ordered enough lethal ammunition to kill every living American 5-times over? What is the purpose of this armament? It can’t be used in war. Hollow point bullets are banned from use in war by international treaty. So who is going to fire them? Against whom do our government agencies, including Social Security Administration intend to use these bullets?

Major General: Why have government agencies recently purchased enough specialized for killing ammunition to put 5 rounds in every Amrerican?

This question needs to be answered by a congressional inquiry and made known to the American public. So far no answers have been forthcoming. This is not a conspiracy theory, this is real. Send your congressional representatives a question. Ask them why and against whom the non-military government agencies are arming themselves. Do it now.

Addendum:
Here’s an article giving the government’s response if you can believe it.

… Didn’t Build That

July 20th, 2012

Here’s a really clever rundown on Barack Obama’s contention that government (run by Obama) is responsible for the success of all entrepreneurial businesses. The “You [the entrepreneur] didn’t build that. Someone else did.”

Enjoy! I don’t know who to thank for putting this together, but, of course, THEY DIDN’T BUILD THAT!

The Assault Fork Ban

June 23rd, 2012

Finally we have real weapons control, the Assault-Fork ban

Aren’t you glad your government is constantly looking out for the safety and welfare of your president? Next thing you know Holder’s DOJ will be walking assault-forks into Mexico to get them in to the hands of narco-terrorists. Now that would be a real scandal to track!

Healthcare Law’s Growing Frustrations and Intrusions

February 10th, 2012

Increasingly a complaint about awkward or goofy health-related services is met with “But that’s the law. We have to do it that way.”

For example, CVS Pharmacy has been revising their web site for prescription refills. It used to work just dandy, and was fairly easy to cope with. Now, however, everything is wrapped in military level security, i.e., enter your user name, your password, your plan number, your group number, a recent prescription number, your name, your birth date, the name of your cat, and if you are not so frustrated that you’ve quit, your shoe size. A complaint about this awkward and unnecessary level of security gets the answer: “The health care privacy laws require it.” Well, should they? Do they actually? Is it just an excuse for programmers going wild?

We see this everywhere. New intrusive health care questionnaires, invitations to have an “expert” examine our living quarters, invitations to consult health-plan nurses. This is health-care by push. I tell them “Don’t call me, I’ll call you,” but they call anyway. Any day now I expect Mrs. Obama to knock on my door and insist on inspecting the contents of my fridge.

I go to my dentist’s lab to have a repair on a broken denture. The lab techs say they can’t do the job without permission from the dentist. Hey guys, this is warranty service. What possible benefit does this have to me, to be told I can’t have someone fix my denture without permission? Maybe my barber will have to get permission to cut my hair next time.

This is insanity and it needs to be stopped and backed up right now. My own frustration is at the boiling point. Friends and family tell me I’m a grump, but I maintain that they’re blissfully ignorant of a trend that could some day deprive us of all of our freedoms.

Speak up. Resist this insanity now, before it’s too late.

China: The Coming Apocalypse

September 29th, 2011

We’re hearing a lot of nonsense lately about how China’s economy is the envy of the world. Certain lefties in government and academia have been gushing about China’s construction boom, its railways, its airports, etc. But the real story of China is that it’s a house of cards, or a ticking time bomb. The banking system is as corrupt as the government, and the people seem to have no sense of responsibility or civility at all. The industry pollutes, sells counterfeit products, and tainted medicines. The workforce is slave labor. This is an apocalypse waiting to happen.

If you don’t believe it, you must review the link below, which describes China’s “ghost cities.” These are large cities being built with bank loans, but nobody occupies these cities. See: Chinese Ghost Cities from Business Insider.

The bottom line is that China is an immense lie.

And when China collapses we’re in for an ugly, wild ride since so much of our manufacturing business has been moved to China.

Congress Authorizes $2.4 Trillion Binge

August 2nd, 2011

It’s not about spending cuts or debt limitation. Congress has just given President Obama and his regime the go-ahead to indulge in an additional $2.4 Trillion drinking spending binge. That’s the bottom line and it stinks.

Debt & Deficit Blabber

July 29th, 2011

What you’re hearing from our elected congressional “leaders” is all lies and cowardice. Let’s recognize that in two years the Sun God and his minions have increased federal spending by over $4 Trillion dollars. What’s keeping congress from whacking off that $4 Trillion right now? Cowardice. They think we’re dumb and inattentive. They think we won’t notice that a 10-year promise to not spend $1 to $2 Trillion means anything we can count on. It’s total BS meant to deceive you and me.

Stand pat. Don’t raise the debt limit. Prioritize spending of what the IRS collects. End Obama’s $4 Trillion binge right now. Not over 10 years, NOW. Then trim $15 Trillion over 10 years. That might make a difference. Anything less is a fraud.

Don’t Negotiate, ACT!

July 14th, 2011

The very idea of having the congressional “leaders” negotiate with the President on the debt ceiling is obviously unproductive. The republicans should, instead, prepare legislation having major spending cuts, effective immediately, not over 10 years. They should try to get democrat members to buy into it, then pass it. If the democrats won’t participate or the president vetos it, then the responsibility for a failure to raise the debt ceiling will properly belong to the democrats. Keep the dept ceiling where it is and live with it. The whole idea of a ceiling that is blithely raised every time it is hit is something only Washington could think is sanity.

NASA, RIP

July 10th, 2011

Let’s face it. The NASA Apollo moon landing project was one giant publicity stunt designed to one-up the Russians during the cold war and burnish the image of a young, inexperienced president. While the moon landing was a source of pride to Americans and a thrill to watchers worldwide, it was not a significant contribution to science.

Since then, NASA has spent billions of dollars on the space shuttle and the space station. The shuttle was supposed to be able to land, refit and fly again within a few weeks at a cost of a few tens of million dollars. The reality is that it couldn’t turn around in less than three months and each flight cost half a billion dollars. The thing was a kludge from the start. Just look at the picture and tell me if I’m wrong. Some say the shuttle was only justified as support for the space station and the space station was only justified as support for the shuttle. If you think that’s success you must be a government employee.

In between flights NASA has involved itself in everything from nutrition to automobile technology to rubber bands to global warming alarmism. It’s contribution to technology is miniscule to non-existent. Its cost has been exorbitant.

In light of the need to cut government down to a reasonable size, NASA is an agency we should be happy to sunset. RIP NASA.

Surge In, Dribble Out

June 23rd, 2011

A most sensible observation I heard recently: “Wars are not ended. They are either won or lost.”

The president’s speech yesterday in which he announced a force reduction in Afghanistan then morphed into campaign mode was vintage Obama. Blah-Blah-Blah. The college professor proclaiming his rules for good living, which centered on you guessed it, kumbaya! Unicorns and good feelings all around, guided by an all-knowing, all-caring government bureaucracy.

Now back to Afghanistan. We are left with the realization that those troops left behind in Afghanistan will be facing an enemy that knows when we will leave. Our troops will have lesser strength, lower morale, reduced support from home (we’re pulling out, aren’t we?). This will be deadly. I personally don’t much like the way this war has been waged and would like to see us pull out abruptly and leave that bastard Karzai and his corrupt bunch of thieves to face the Taliban alone. But if we’re going to stay, it is wrong to dribble out. We should pull troops out of Germany and send them to reinforce the troops in Afghanistan, kick butt in Pakistan and win the war, then pull out.

Treating a war as a re-election campaign problem is immoral at the least. When the lives of our troops are sacrificed for political gain, that is criminal.

TSA – The Dawn of Tyranny

June 15th, 2011

TSA, the Transportation Security Agency, which was supposed to make air travel safe has morphed into a tool of tyranny. Our liberty is at stake. In the coming presidential election campaigns the candidates must make the TSA a serious issue. The whole “Homeland Security” monster needs to be slain. The TSA needs to be eliminated. It is a threat and a tool for the government to dominate us all. President Obama opined that the country needed a domestic force as powerful as the U.S. armed forces. He and his minions are creating such a Soviet style force in the TSA. See this article and the video below. You’ll be shocked, or maybe you won’t be.

PRESERVE YOUR LIBERTY. ELIMINATE THE TSA NOW.

Nancy’s Nutty Logic on Debt: It’s All Bush’s Fault

June 1st, 2011

Via the far-left blog Daily Kos we get this clip. It illustrates liberally the true nuttyness, delusion and mendacity that drive today’s far-left Democrat party. View the clip in its entirety if you have a strong stomach or a barf bag at hand.

Ms. Pelosi starts out with the charge that the debt limit increase bill came up so suddenly that, get this, nobody has had time to read it? President Obama’s budget, which was unanimously rejected by the house should therefore not be quoted as a pattern of Democrat intentions and aspirations — because it didn’t pass?!

Now the mendacity. The debt was all Bush’s fault. The Ryan budget abolishes Medicare. Clinton’s budgets were all in balance after deficit spending by Reagan & Bush.The Ryan plan gives tax breaks to BIG OIL, to CORPORATIONS, and SENDS JOBS OVERSEAS, weakens the middle class, does not create jobs and increases the deficit by 1.9 Trillion. BOO-HOO-HOO. The usual leftist boogie men.

violins, please. She talks about being a mother and grandmother, then slams the PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY. Complains that education and military equipment will be cut, and mourns the negative impact on the poor, helpless MIDDLE CLASS.

And finally, she claims that in the second year of the Obama administration, more private sector jobs were created than were created in 8 years of the Bush administration. WHAT IS SHE SMOKING?????

Thanks, Daily Kos, for a tutorial on the delusional mentality of the nutty left.

Low-life Culture in the White House

May 11th, 2011

This is what passes for “culture” in the Obama White House. These are the lyrics of Common, a rapper invited by Michelle Obama to the White House for “poetry night”. Does cop-killing and advocating the killing of a President represent civilized culture to you? It doesn’t to me.

(from the Daily Caller: )

A Letter to the Law
Dem boy wanna talk… [indistinguishable]
Whatcha gon do if ya got one gun?
I sing a song for the hero unsung
with faces on the mural of the revolution
No looking back cos’ in back is what’s done
Tell the preacher, God got more than one son
Tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton
I walk like a warrior,
from them I won’t run
On the streets, they try to beat us like a drum
In Cincinnati, another brother hung
A guinea won’t see the sun
with his family stung
They want us to hold justice
but you handed me none
The same they did to Kobe and Michael Jackson
make them the main attraction
Turn around and attack them
Black gem in the rough
You’re rugged enough
Use your mind and nine-power, get the government touch
Them boys chat-chat on how him pop gun
I got the black strap to make the cops run
They watching me, I’m watching them
Them dick boys got a lock of cock in them
My people on the block got a lot of pok* in them
and when we roll together
we be rocking them to sleep
No time for that, because there’s things to be done
Stay true to what I do so the youth dream come
from project building
Seeing a fiend being hung
With that happening, why they messing with Saddam?
Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button
Killing over oil and grease
no weapons of destruction
How can we follow a leader when this a corrupt one
The government’s a g-unit and they might buck young black people
Black people In the urban area one
I hold up a peace sign, but I carry a gun.
Peace, ya’ll.”

Bin Laden Death Photo “Sensitivities”

May 3rd, 2011

To those in and out of government who worry about Muslim sensitivities if shown the photos of Bin Laden’s dead body I offer this. Those Muslims didn’t seem very sensitive to the videos of Daniel Pearl and others having their heads sawed off by fellow Muslims with rusty knives. So who should care about Muslim sensitivities? Not us.

Good Enough for Government Work?

April 14th, 2011

Air traffic controllers sleeping on the job: Good enough for government work.

TSA frisking children: Good enough for government work.

President Obama’s budget speech of 4/13/11: A disgrace. This pack of lies, illusions and evasions is not even good enough for government work.

The president engaged in class warfare of the most vile sort. The rich have to “give back a little more” he said. As if they got from the government what they should now “give back.” This guy is a Hugo Chavez wanna-be.

So our socialist president wants to close an annual deficit created by his party’s runaway, drunken spending spree, an increase of over $1.0 Trillion per year so far by increasing taxes on the “rich” who are defined to earn over $250,000 per year.

Just a little inconvenient fact: “According to Internal Revenue Service data, the entire taxable income of everyone earning over $100,000 in 2008 was about $1.582 trillion. Even if all these Americans—most of whom are far from wealthy—were taxed at 100%, it wouldn’t cover Mr. Obama’s deficit for this year.” (WSJ -4/14/11)

Unless the republicans and democrats are able to peel back at least $1.6 Trillion in annual spending — right now — we’re headed for a hyperinflation-depression such as the world has never seen. But maybe that’s what the dem-socialists are looking forward to — social justice in the form of everyone being equally impoverished and the government feeding everyone with rations of gruel, delivered at the point of a gun.

The reality is that the current crisis is the product of years of political irresponsibility accelerated to light-speed by Obama, the Sun God’s delusions over the past two and a half years.

In his speech the President said “this isn’t the country I grew up in.” That’s true. He’s destroying that country by his and the actions of his own party in government.

Sack-of-Crap Commander in Chief

April 8th, 2011

Mark Levin nails it. President Obama refuses to ensure that the military are paid during a government shutdown …. because he’s a Marxist who hates the U.S. And we have this sack of crap for a commander in chief of the armed forces? Listen below:

It makes me angry. It should anger you too.

Acronym Madness in Obamacare Regs

April 7th, 2011

Here’s a list of the acronym definitions found in the 429 pages of new regulations spawned by 6 pages of the Obamacare legislation courtesy of US News. Don’t even bother to read the regulations themselves. The exercise will probably shorten your life.

Acronyms
ACO Accountable Care Organizations
AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
BCBSMA Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
BIPA Benefits Improvement and Protection Act
BQI Better Quality Information
CAD Coronary Artery Disease
CAHPS Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems
CAHs Critical Access Hospitals
CAM Complementary and Alternative Services
CBIC Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor
CCNC Community Care of North Carolina
CHCs Community Health Centers
CHIP Children’s Health Insurance Program
CMMI Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
CMP Civil Monetary Penalties
CMS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
CNM Certified Nurse Midwife
CMS-HCC CMS Hierarchal Condition Category
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
CP Certified Psychologist
CSW Clinical Social Worker
CVE Chartered Value Exchange
CWF Common Working File
DHHS Department of Health and Human Services
DM Diabetes Mellitus
DOJ Department of Justice
DRA Deficit Reduction Act of 2005(Pub. L. 109-171)
DSH Disproportionate Share Hospital
DUA Data use Agreement
E&M Evaluation and Management
EDB Enrollment Database
EHR Electronic Health Record
ESRD End Stage Renal Disease
eRx Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program
FFS Fee For Service
FQHCs Federally Qualified Health Centers
FTC Federal Trade Commission
GAO Government Accountability Office
GPCI Geographic Practice Cost Index
GPRO Group Practice Reporting Option
HAC Hospital Acquired Conditions
HCAHPS Health Care Providers Systems and Surveys
HCC Hierarchal Condition Category
HCO Health Care Organizations
HCPCS Health Care Procedural Coding System
HHA Home Health Agencies
HICN Health Insurance Claim Number
HIPAA Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
HIE Health Information Exchange
HIT Health Information Technology
HITECH Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health
HMO Health Maintenance Organization
HRSA Health Resources Services Administration
HVBP Hospital Value Based Purchasing
IHIE Indiana Health Information Exchange
IME Indirect Medical Education
INPC Indiana Network for Patient Care
IOM Institute of Medicine
IPPS Inpatient Prospective Payment System
IQR Inpatient Quality Reporting
IRS Internal Revenue Services
LTCHs Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals
MA Medicare Advantage
MAeHC Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative
MDCs Major Diagnostic Categories
MedPAC Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
MHCQ Medicare Health Care Quality
MMA Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act
MPFS Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
MS-DRGs Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Groups
MSP Minimum Savings Percentage
MSR Minimum Savings Rate
NC-CCN North Carolina Community Care Networks
NCH National Claims History
NCQA National Committee for Quality Assurance
NP Nurse Practitioner
NPI National Provider Identifier
NQF National Quality Forum
NYCLIX The New York Clinical Information Exchange
OIG Office of Inspector General
OMB Office of Management and Budget
PA Physician Assistant
PACE Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly
PACFs Post-Acute Care Facilities
PCMH Patient Centered Medical Home
PFS Physician Fee Schedule
PGP Physician Group Practice
PHI Protected health information
POS Point of Service
PPO Preferred provider organization
PPS Prospective Payment System
PQRI Physician Quality Reporting Initiative
PQRS Physician Quality Reporting System
PRA Paperwork Reduction Act
PSA Primary Service Areas
RFI Request for Information
RHCs Rural Health Centers
RHQDAPU Reporting Hospital Quality Data for Annual Payment Update
RIA Regulatory Impact Analysis
SNFs Skilled Nursing Facilities
SOR Privacy Act Systems of Record
SSA Social Security Administration
SSN Social Security Number
TIN Tax Identification Number

Don’t you just love government’s productive work?

John Kerry’s Poisonous Opinions

March 28th, 2011

In a March 26, 2011 editorial for the Wall Street Journal, Senator John Kerry wrote:

On Monday I shook hands with young Egyptians and listened to them speak of their hopes for their country. At a town-hall meeting I could sense some questioning whether the United States would really be there when it counted. I was proud that our answer came this week in Libya.

Everything I believe about the proper use of American force and the ability of the community of nations to speak with one voice was reaffirmed when the world refused to stand by and accept a bloody final chapter of the uprisings sweeping across North Africa and the Middle East. With a mandate from the Arab League and the Gulf states, the United Nations Security Council approved a limited military intervention to avoid a massacre. Multilateralism may be messy, but it’s powerful when diplomacy pays off.

Note that this is written by the same vile hypocrite who:


a) Served a truncated military tour in Vietnam, bugging out early on the strength of three purple hearts, none of which resulted in any hospital time or permanent scars.

b) On returning to the U.S. he teamed up with Hanoi Jane Fonda and other anti-American leftists participating in anti-war demonstrations. In congressional testimony he accused the American forces, of which he was a part, of war crimes. Either he lied, or he, himself is a war criminal, by his own accounting.

c) Threw his military medals onto the capitol steps in protest to the war. Some doubt they were actually his medals. But the implied contempt was there.

But in spite of this the voters of Massachusetts elected him to the U.S. Senate. So let’s compare Senator Kerry’s editorial position, above, with the situation in Vietnam which he characterized as a “war crime.” I know these facts because I was present as a combatant in Vietnam in the same area of the country, the Mekong Delta, and at the same time that John Kerry was pretending to be a soldier in furtherance of his political ambitions.

Senator Kerry crows about how proud he is to send American military to Libya to prevent “a bloody final chapter of the uprisings” and to “avoid a massacre.” During his tour in Vietnam the Communist Viet Cong were methodically murdering mayors, doctors, nurses, shop owners, teachers, and anyone else who had an education — all of them civilians. They detonated bombs in restaurants then gunned down any victims who managed to flee the premises. They planted mines in the roads and detonated them under bus loads of people in order to assassinate critics. These are events that occurred during our (his and my) time in country. I know of these things from personal experience, and there were more and worse over the years. Kerry seems to have missed these documented, bloody violations of human rights inflicted on civilians. Or maybe he didn’t care due to his leftist ideological proclivities.

But now in Libya Kerry’s bleeding heart has sympathy for the people, who only want to get on with a normal life.

Other dictators would have seen the world’s failure to challenge Gadhafi as a license to act with impunity against their own people. The vast majority of the protesters in these countries are crying out for the opportunity to live a decent life, get a real job, and provide for a family. Abandoning them would have betrayed not only the people seeking democratic freedoms but the core values of the U.S. and other democratic nations. It would have reinforced the all-too-common misperception on the Arab street that America says one thing and does another.

In Kerry’s mind Ho Chi Minh was not a dictator? He didn’t murder and torture his own people? The Viet Cong could be forgiven for crushing those “seeking democratic freedoms” and “the core values of the U.S. and other democratic nations” were not at stake in Vietnam as they are in Libya?

Then Kerry says the that by letting the French and the British take command that we relieve ourselves of any responsibility. Besides, Barack the community organizer cringes at the prospect of actually being commander in chief. So Senator Kerry wants to throw U.S. troops into a conflict under the command of … the FRENCH? Oh, I forgot, Sen. Kerry speaks French at his dinner table and engages in the French ‘penchant’ for tax cheating. He writes:

We must not get involved in another lengthy conflict in a Muslim country. With French and British willingness to lead, we do not need to take on the primary ownership of this conflict—and the Obama administration has made clear we will not. (With the burden we are already carrying in Afghanistan and across the globe, no one can legitimately doubt America’s sacrifice.) So the risks are manageable and, in my view, the rewards are potentially enormous.

Senator Kerry’s dishonesty about Vietnam and his treasonous activities afterward make his bloviations about “avoiding a massacre” all the more insincere. A horrific massacre occurred after Mr. Kerry and his fellow leftists caused the U.S. to abandon its rescue of the Vietnamese people from North Vietnam’s vicious communist aggressors. And in this case the U.S. did have major responsibility and the consequences were bloody. Of course the Senator won’t take any responsibility for that.

From WikiLeaks to the Killing Fields


All in all, America’s withdrawal from Southeast Asia resulted in the killing of an estimated 165,000 South Vietnamese in so-called re-education camps; the mass exodus of one million boat people, a quarter of whom died at sea; the mass murder, estimated at 100,000, of Laos’s Hmong people; and the killing of somewhere between one million and two million Cambodians.

The obvious conclusion from this is that Senator Kerry is a person without moral character, a liar and a traitor. But then he moves in those same circles in Washington D.C.

Chaos Without Leadership

March 24th, 2011

In the Libyan matter.

Without leadership the “coalition” turns into a brawl.

The U.S. is doing all the work while the Europeans squabble in the absence of U.S. leadership.

While the Beanie In Chief Puts a Spin on it.

It is a disgrace to our country and an insult to our armed forces to have our troops committed to a campaign that we don’t intend to lead and hence cannot win. Of all the myriad illustrations that the Sun God Obama is completely unqualified for office by virtue of character and experience, this is the most egregious of all.

We must not let this clown have another term in office. He’s done too much damage already.

Depressed

March 19th, 2011

There is so much miserable bad news that it is depressing to write about it. That’s why it has been some time since the last article. But what really depresses me is that I have always been, at heart and in practice an optimist. I started and operated my own businesses, served in the military, never followed the crowd and always believed that America was a special country with special, can-do citizens. But the defeatism and weakness in evidence today is just too much. There is a thing called “duty” and it sometimes requires sacrifice. There is a thing called “honor” and this too sometimes requires sacrifice and making hardest decisions. And there is a thing called “country” that patriots sacrifice and sometimes even die for. So if ordinary citizens make real sacrifices in the name of duty, honor, and country, why do we elect politicians who are completely and utterly irresponsible, who cater to the most base and selfish interests of their constituents and themselves? Have we as a country lost the backbone, the duty, honor and country to hold these guys accountable, even if it costs us a little inconvenience or some imagined “free” bennies? If all of this seems ridiculous and starry-eyed to you, then you’re no friend of mine, you’re part of the problem.

The United States faces complete and utter economic ruin caused by the irresponsible spending by politicians at every level, local, state and federal. The obligations taken on in support of public employee retirement programs, social security and medicare, and now Obamacare are simply beyond anything the government is able to confiscate no matter how high taxes are raised. The politicians balk at spending reductions in the billions of dollars, when they should be cutting back in the trillions. There have been several detailed proposals for $400-500 billion reductions (Ryan & Paul), plus a government report detailing $100 Billion in waste and duplication. But our gutless politicians can’t do any better than propose $6 Billion reductions, 2 weeks at a time. And the citizens look on at this as if it matters not to them at all. I don’t know anyone other than welfare moochers who can name government benefits they actually benefit from personally, and that come anywhere close to being worth the taxes they’re paying, or that others are paying on their behalf.

The prospect of imminent hyper-inflation ably described by John Williams of Shadow Government Statistics has me so depressed that I’m actively accumulating assets that I think might survive the imminent demise of the dollar. As a bonus, Williams exposes the utter mendacity of government produced statistics measuring inflation, GNP and unemployment, among others.

The U.S. used to pride itself in being a world leader. Now our empty-suit president, the community organizer, holds meetings about school yard bullying, picks brackets for sports, goes on vacation to Rio while the world wonders what the U.S. policy on Libyan democracy is. We don’t have to fight everyone’s wars, but there should be no doubt that the U.S. backs the rights of people striving for freedom and democracy worldwide.

The Japanese have been dealt a terrible blow by the historic earthquake and tsunami which caused a nuclear disaster. We should all wish them well and provide any help we can afford. But it just troubles me no end that somebody, Japanese, American military, someone, didn’t send in some big honking generators to the power plant so they could run their cooling systems immediately after the disaster was known. Maybe there’s a reason?

There is no shortage of energy in the world, but there is a lack of will to generate it, dig for it, or pump it. The U.S. is still the third largest producer of oil in the world behind Russia and Saudi Arabia. We didn’t get that way by doing nothing. But now our government has been captured by an ideology that says it is evil to extract energy from coal, oil and natural gas. So vast resources of these minerals are off-limits from exploitation. The off-shore, Alaskan, Bakken, and Rocky Mountain areas have enough oil and gas to keep the country growing through energy use for centuries. Why, oh why, does the federal government place these resources off limits to exploitation? It makes no sense at all if you are a can-do American.

“Yes, we can.” “Si, se puede,” a Mexican-American radical activist motto was co-opted by Obama for his campaign. But whatever needs to be done to restore the economy and make American as great as it should be is met by “Maybe we shouldn’t” or “We’re too weak” or “We’re too guilty.” This is a low-class, self-defeating attitude that leads to nothing but sloth and failure. As a community organizer, Obama’s only accomplishment was to teach people to beg for government handouts. His housing project, the target of his organizing efforts remains a cesspool of poverty, misery and murder to this day.

We deserve better than this. Our representatives need to start doing their sworn duty and fix the mess in spite of the presidents, congressional democrat leaders and weak-kneed RINOS that created it. But the fix starts with the determination of citizens to elect representatives who have honor, honesty, substance and backbone. And then perhaps the old American success story fueled by individual achievement and ambition will peek through the liberal-progressive-collective fog and take us on to ever greater heights of achievement and success. Maybe we can once again be proud of ourselves by acting as can-do, individual, successful Americans who don’t need to apologize to anyone.

Addendum: see Garland: “Pres. Obama, I too am exhausted defending you.”

Silly Civil Discourse

February 22nd, 2011

The “big news” here in Tucson over the weekend was the announcement of National Institute for Civil Discourse with sponsorship by former presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The new organization
National Institute for Civil Discourse (See here.) initiatives will include:

  • Convening major policy discussions with elected officials, policymakers and advocates on topics that tend to generate polarized positions.
  • Promoting civil discourse, civic engagement and civic leadership.
  • Organizing workshops and conferences in Washington, D.C., Tucson and across the country.
  • Promoting a national conversation among prominent public figures from government, business and media regarding challenging political issues in a non-partisan setting.
  • Developing programs and research centered around the exercise of First Amendment freedoms conducted in a way that respects both the ideas of others, and those who hold them.

When you read the description and listen to the interviews with its directors Brent Milward and Sally Rider there’s no indication of how this institute is supposed to actually have any effect on the civility of political discourse. In the absence of a defined methodology this is simply another way to burn public funds and let political luminaries pose as saintly examples of polite politics and publicly lacrimonious sympathizers for victims of an ugly crime.

My suggestion to make the new organization really effective is to draft Sheriff Dupnik as an enforcer. He would be tasked to arrest, jail and in some cases even torture anyone accused of “uncivil discourse”.

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