Odd Citizen http://oddcitizen.com An Odd Citizen's Search For Vanishing Freedoms Thu, 05 Mar 2015 22:40:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.9 Extra Paintings http://oddcitizen.com/?p=526 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=526#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:18:47 +0000 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=526 1. Click a small image for a larger view. 2. The painting number is at the lower left of the display. 3. Use the arrows to display more pages of paintings.

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Screwed by Obamacare http://oddcitizen.com/?p=525 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=525#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 20:46:29 +0000 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=525 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?

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America and Argentina on Same Path http://oddcitizen.com/?p=524 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=524#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 16:18:07 +0000 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=524 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.

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The Terrifying Thing About Armed Bureaucrats http://oddcitizen.com/?p=523 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=523#comments Wed, 09 Oct 2013 18:09:26 +0000 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=523 The following story well illustrates the fact that the most dangerous threat to our freedom is the bureaucracy. This is because bureaucrats will do whatever their supervisors tell them to do. When the person in the boss’s chair changes from a servant to the people to a vicious tyrant — a Hitler or a Mussolini or a Stalin or a Tojo — the bureaucracy will just continue to do whatever they are told to do; no matter how vile, inhuman or ugly. The most vile government actions in history are all supported by an unquestionably obedient bureaucracy, whether this consists of blocking citizen access to parks for political reasons, or moving masses of people to gas chambers for political purposes.

In this case, armed park rangers at Yellowstone Park behaved like Gestapo toward visitors on the event of the so-called “government closure.” See this: Gestapo-tactics-meet-senior-citizens-at-Yellowstone And again, this.

While these politically motivated inanities are not the world’s worst abuses of power they do tell us something about the Obama administration’s attitude toward the people. Additionally, this hints at the potential for terrible things that might come from a government that has been frantically arming itself with billions of rounds of ammunition, thousands of automatic weapons, and hundreds of armored vehicles deployed to “civilian” agencies around the country.

Don’t think for a moment that “It can’t happen here.” Because unless informed and armed citizens wake up, tyranny can and will happen here.

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Who Owns the Memorials & Parks? http://oddcitizen.com/?p=522 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=522#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 17:44:12 +0000 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=522 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.

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Time to Panic! http://oddcitizen.com/?p=521 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=521#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:21:32 +0000 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=521 The federal government has partially shut down. All “non-essential” personnel have been granted a vacation. Should we panic, should we riot?

It’s a perfect opportunity to ask yourself what impact the shutdown has on you personally. What activity of the federal government were you benefiting from before the shutdown that you now miss? What if those “non-essential” federal employees were laid off rather than furloughed? It might save you some taxes and some aggravation.

What it really proves is that most of what the federal government does is useless, expensive and wasteful. We’d be much better off if the government was reduced in size and mission by at lease 75%. Maybe more. These “non-essential” employees are, indeed, non-essential if not wasteful burdens on the country.

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Poll: Females Should be Drafted into Military http://oddcitizen.com/?p=520 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=520#comments Fri, 21 Jun 2013 18:38:35 +0000 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=520 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.

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A Visit to Social Security Office http://oddcitizen.com/?p=519 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=519#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 22:28:02 +0000 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=519 Today I had a chore to retrieve a new 1099 from SSA on behalf of my elderly mother. A call to the 800 number yielded the conclusion that they couldn’t help me. I had to go to the local office, from which an employee could call my mother on the phone to get authorization for me to receive a copy of the 1099. The SSA says that they don’t recognize powers of attorney! Why the hell not?

Upon arrival at the SSA office I was immediately approached by an armed security guard. He asked if I possessed firearms, pepper spray, bombs, etc. I said “no.” I asked what was the purpose of this high-security and the guard said, “This is a FEDERAL facility.” OK, but it didn’t make much sense to me. I took a number and sat down on a steel bench to wait my turn. The hour I waited gave me time to observe several things. First, the guard was hand-searching every woman’s purse as she entered. Second, there were numerous signs posted which warned of penalties for attacking a government employee or carrying contraband into a FEDERAL establishment. The wall was also plastered, here and there, with signs saying “Please do not stand here.” The only reason I could discern is that these were blind spots in the surveillance camera coverage. In short, the place is run like a jail — and everyone entering is suspected of being a criminal. This was a government bunker.

My visit concluded, after an additional half hour of waiting, with a visit to “the back”. I was escorted to a fairly large room with I’d guess 25 cubicles. I observed that only 5 or so were occupied. So, either the building plan over-estimated the need for office space and furniture, or the empty desks represented “slots” in the budget (money that could be spent on anything the bureaucrats desired as long as there were no employees to pay). The upshot is that if the desks had been occupied, I wouldn’t have had to wait so long. Or it’s just more evidence of government waste and mismanagement.

I admit that the employees in the bunker were all pleasant and patient — but did it have to take so long? Why are FEDERAL facilities increasingly becoming bunkers. Who are these people afraid of? You and me, I guess.

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Immigration Bill: 1,000 Pages of Deception and Betrayal http://oddcitizen.com/?p=518 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=518#comments Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:26:30 +0000 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=518 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

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Big Sis Our Protector http://oddcitizen.com/?p=516 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=516#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 14:38:07 +0000 http://oddcitizen.com/?p=516

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