Odd Citizen

Odd Citizen
An Odd Citizen’s Search For Vanishing Freedoms

U.S. Bailout For Chinese Auto Industry

August 31st, 2009

GM to Invest $293 Million in China.

Has the world gone mad? Isn’t GM a U.S. government enterprise, dedicated to building little green roller skates with Union workers here in the Good Old USA? Isn’t this the company, so starved for capital, that it just screwed its former investors out of their capital so it could survive as a U.S. auto producer?

So let’s see — GM invests $293 Million of U.S. Taxpayer Dollars in China. China blows up, as it will inevitably do, and where does this leave poor old GM? Is there another story here?

Things get weirder and weirder in a country whose government is taken over by low class minority values and socialist wrecking balls. And I’m not referring to the “Cultural Revolution” either.

End of Kennedy

August 26th, 2009

The best thing one can say about Senator Ted Kennedy is that his death relieves us from hearing so much palaver about Michael Jackson.

Lincoln Bedroom Prepared for Interrogation Use

August 24th, 2009

The Dear Leader’s spokesmen have announced that an overnight stay in the Lincoln bedroom of the white house will be used as an incentive for “high value terrorists” to spill the beans to the new “White House Interrogation Squad.”

“We’ll ask prolitely for the information we require, then reward the detainees with a night in the Lincoln bedroom,” said a spokesman. “The treatment of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was really inexcusable. We plan to send him a gold rimmed courtesy note apologizing for his treatment in the hands of those blood thirsty Bush guys. He’ll be offered a night in the Lincoln bedroom as a token of our sensitivity.”

The spokesman added that a complementary prayer rug, compass and copy of the Koran will be provided for the comfort of the guests.

Strange Fed Reserve Trading

August 24th, 2009

Quoting from a recent post in Zero Hedge: This Week in Mayhem (08/24/2009) “The Federal Reserve has apparently been engaged in OTC derivatives trading — beginning in March 2009.” and “At this time, it is unclear whether these $1.4 trillion in new Federal Reserve OTC derivatives are related to the unusual market activity many of us have been observing.”(my emphasis added)

The world of big-money/monitary policy/banking and foreign exchange make my eyes glaze over — far to complex for me to make sense out of it. However, I am an ardent observer of the stock market where, indeed, something “fishy” has been going on since last March.

A search for something understandable about “Federal Reserve OTC Derivatives trading” yields little that can be understood without decoding or at least translation. What is clear, however, is that this $1.4 trillion is a lot of money and nobody seems to have a clear explanation of what it does or what it is intended to accomplish. Under such opaque circumstances one can be forgiven for being suspicious of market manipulation and skulduggery.

Jitneys to the Rescue

August 21st, 2009

Always thoughtful and well spoken Coyote Blog discusses light rail economics here. The author has a standing bet that light rail costs more to build than it would cost to supply all riders with Prius cars and more to operate than it costs to fuel those Prius’s. He gives good examples of where his bets already pay off.

This article brings to mind a thought I’ve harbored for some time about public transit. With a few exceptions, I’ve observed that most public transit systems operate empty for most of their routes. They (especially buses) block traffic at intersections and other stops and contribute obviously to noise and pollution.

The curious thing about public transit is that it was once a private enterprise. The San Francisco Bay area of Northern California had a private rail system (the Key Line) that served the entire area all the way to Santa Cruz. No public system does this now. Los Angeles had the Red Cars, also private, which served the entire LA Basin, all the way out to Long Beach. This is also gone. And Washington DC and many other cities had privately owned and operated cable cars and even a New York had a privately owned subway system.

As the private transportation industry was driven out of business by public transit systems (even taxi cab services were licensed and regulated) the quality of services fell apart, and today most public transit is extremely inefficient, dependent on large tax subsidies and weighted down by public service union employees.

In some other countries, however, the private operators of “public” transit survive and prosper. It’s been a few years since I last traveled to these locations, so changes may have occurred, but in Mexico City there were “peseros,” taxicabs that cruised the major routes of the city and would, for a very small fixed (one peso) fare, pick up and drop off as many passengers as they could hold. This system moved a large number of people very quickly and efficiently. In Chile, the Philippines, and Thailand, jitney buses holding from 5 to 25 passengers plied the major avenues offering to pick up and deposit passengers wherever they wanted to board or dismount.

The wonderful thing about jitney transport is that it can and does shift throughout the day to where the passengers are rather than traveling empty on fixed routes. Instead of long waits for the next bus or train, there was always another jitney just behind. And instead of being required to stop at every stop, the jitney skips all stops until a passenger wants to get off.

I haven’t seen anything like this in the U.S., probably due to the attitude that the government must regulate or even provide all public transit. But, in my opinion, it would certainly be worth reconsidering, and if permitted could be very profitable. Anyone out there want to help me start a jitney business?

Cutting the Carcass in Half

August 20th, 2009

The butcher says, “So you won’t buy the whole beef? OK, I’ll cut it in half for you.” Hereupon he gets out an axe and whacks the bloody carcass in half. The buyer protests that the butcher hasn’t improved the quality of the beef. It is still full of maggots and is rotting at the edges of the flesh.

So the butcher says, you’re a wise guy, aren’t you. I’m going to set my vicious dogs on you, but being a fair minded person, I’ll give you a choice. The dogs will mind me. They can start by tearing off your left arm or your right one. Which do you prefer?

The peasant, mindful of the meat on the floor backs away. The dogs growl. They ignore the rancid carcass.

“You see,” says the butcher, “You should have taken the whole beef when it was offered to you. It would have improved your health. And then the dogs attack.

End of story about the health plan. We really don’t want it, in whole or in parts.

Obama: Learning on the Job

August 18th, 2009

What has the Prez learned, seven plus months into his term? Surprisingly little is my estimation based on the amount of talk that billows from his still empty suit. He carries on as if he were the world expert on virtually everything from medical treatments to parenting. The Sun God image seems to have blinded him. He is oblivious of the out-of-control spending he’s responsible for. His advisors and syncophants keep him believing his own propaganda. It is really very Kennedy-like, this fairytale as reality phenomenon. So while RA blesses the rising and the setting sun, Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Reid go about their mischief unchecked. Hillary gropes with foreign policy and BO makes apologetic speeches to appease dictators and terrorists.

So, Mr. Obama, what have you accomplished?

I nationalized two automobile companies, giving control to the Unions and my Auto Czar. Now they’re going to build low cost cars in Asia. Nobody seems to have noticed that this is completely unconstitutional — snicker, snicker.

You fools! I used your TARP funds to bail out the banks I like and gave Bernanke and Geithner a wonderful toy to play with after scaring the hell out of everyone with talk of a new “great depression” . And Congress is powerless to do anything about it. WOO! HOO!

My syncophants in congress passed the $787 Billion stimulus christmas tree bill. Sorry (fools) your kids will have to pay for it. And oh, my it is doing nothing at all to stimulate anything except donations to my party for the next election.

The Democrat Congress passed the largest annual budget in history — proportionally bigger even than World War II. Oh the Pork! WOO! HOO!

The dollar is in danger of becoming worthless as we borrow mindlessly to prop up all this spending. But who cares, I’ll be out of office by the time that hyper-inflation completely flattens the U.S. economy. Anyway, it’s George Bush’s fault!

My Government Controlled Health Care bill continues to percolate. I’ll find some way to make you fools accept it and pay through the nose for it — those of you who survive it. Anyway, even though it doesn’t kick in before 2012 I can still blame its failures on you Citizen Tea Party Jerks and of course, on George Bush.

My Climate Change/Carbon Cap and Trade Bill will really please the greenies and the commies. It will tax the hell out of all those Americans who think they deserve a better standard of living than the citizens of Zimbabwe. But why should they expect that?

At the end of my term I’ll be remembered as the low class Nigerian-type guy who couldn’t control his reckless spending habits. But nobody will dare say it out loud. That would be racist. And only I, Obama the Sun God, am permitted to accuse critics of being racist.

So what do you think? Is my suit really empty? Do these bones scare you to death? Sorry about that fool! You voted for me.

Developments: More Whitehouse Spam, More Whitehouse Flim-Flam

August 17th, 2009

Gee, I’m kind of getting used to the flattery of receiving email SPAM directly from the White House — signed by David Axelrod. This makes me feel like a real insider — kind of a confidante of the Sun God.
I wonder when they’ll offer me a job? In addition to a six figure salary I’d have lots of opportunities for (Chicago style) supplementary income — don’t you think?

Anyway, this health care campaign (AGAINST) is getting tiresome. Perhaps that’s what the Sun God is counting on — just wearing us critics down until we don’t care to fight it any more. The ploy about not including a “public option” is BULL! It can be re-introduced any time. The “cooperative” option is BULL-2. The only reality here is that sensible, freedom-loving, Americans know that the government HAS NO BUSINESS AT ALL being in health care in the first place.

The answer, Mr. Obama, Mr. Sun God, Dr. Ezekial, Mr. Axelrod, Ms. Pelosi, and all you other socialists is that we don’t trust you, we don’t want your programs. Thank you very much for your concern (sorry if I’ve hurt your tender feelings), but we don’t want to drink your poison.

You can jigger it up any way you want. The answer is NO.

Government Health Care in England

August 15th, 2009

This the kind of oversight you may have to participate in under the Obamacare system. These people have lost family members by the incompetence and good-enough-for-government-work attitude in British NHS (National Healthcare System). Don’t think it can’t happen here. It already does happen routinely in our government run VA Hospital system.

Beware! Obamacare is care to some, death to others, taxes to all.

Oh Well, Why Worry?

August 15th, 2009

Captain Obama is on the case:

Childish But True and Funny Too!

Oh Canada!

August 15th, 2009

Click the video below if you think Canadians have a good healthcare system.

(Thanks to PJTV)

It’s not about health. It’s not about the House Bill or the Senate Bill. It’s about Freedom. Government has no business at all in health care. NONE!

Feeling Fear

August 14th, 2009

This is how freedom loving American citizens feel when told that the government will step in and take over responsibility for their health care.

But no need to worry! The Sun God is on the watch!

(He’ll ration care to those who really need it. Over 60 need not apply.)

Help! Save Us!

August 12th, 2009

U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, speaking in Inchon, Korea continues to spread the global warming climate change gospel of impending doom, adding that the world has only four months left to solve the problem. Oh, Oh, better get out your waders for the flood and your guns for the “Social unrest — even violence.”

If we fail to act, climate change will intensify droughts, floods and other natural disasters.

Water shortages will affect hundreds of millions of people. Malnutrition will engulf large parts of the developing world. Tensions will worsen. Social unrest – even violence – could follow.

The damage to national economies will be enormous. The human suffering will be incalculable.

We have the power to change course. But we must do it now.

As we move toward Copenhagen in December, we must “Seal a Deal” on climate change that secures our common future. I’m glad that the Chairman of the forum and many other speakers have used my campaign slogan “Seal the Deal” in Copenhagen. I won’t charge them loyalty. Please use this “Seal the Deal” as widely as possible, as much as you can. We must seal the deal in Copenhagen for the future of humanity.

We have just four months. Four months to secure the future of our planet.

The entire political class of the world seems to be in emergency/crisis mode. The U.S. Congress, the Sun God, the United Nations, Barney Frank, Ben Bernanke, Nancy Pelosi — everyone wants to pile on regulations and taxes to “save us” from something.

But how can we to be saved from our saviors?

Congress At War With American People

August 12th, 2009

The Democrate majority in congress has become so arrogant that they’ve set up a “war room” to do battle with the American citizenry.

Some say they’re listening to the signs of unrest. But the big cannon is

NO, WE DON’T WANT ANY HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION AT ALL. SHUT IT DOWN NOW!

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Dem. Thugs Intimidate Father of Handicapped Boy

August 11th, 2009

Even in an atmosphere of hyped up emotions over Obama’s healthcare fraud, this is a disgusting example of the left’s disdain for civilized discent.

A citizen confronted Dingle saying his son, who has cerebral palsey, would be denied coverage under the Obama plan. Dingle agreed and said an ammendment was forthcoming to remedy the situation. The citizen was then threatened in middle of night by Democrat thugs. Dingle’s office denied knowledge of any “ammendment.”

See the report on video father of handicapped son received threats after confrontation with rep Dingle.

Questions for Obama’s Propaganda Ministers

August 10th, 2009

In my prior post I tried to analyze the President’s attempt to “debunk” what they see as misinformation about their healthcare bill. On reflection after this exercise it seems to me that they actually have hurt feelings about the opposition, i.e., “How could anyone be so opposed to a bill that is designed to help them?”

It is for this reason that the arguments in their web site were so pathetically lacking in substance. Each of Obama’s representatives argued, in essence: “We’re doing this for your own good. Just trust us.”

And then there is the other side. SEIU thugs beating up conservative opponents of the healthcare bill. The multi-pronged and from all accounts vicious attacks on FreedomWorks.org, the scare tactic attempting to portray tea-baggers as mad fanatics and mobs — albeit in “Brooks Brothers suits.”

More thought about it and I realized that each side sees the issue from a completely different perspective. We can use our logic against Obama’s propaganda campaign all we want, but that doesn’t make our message any clearer. Obama says we object to his health care proposals because we don’t understand how “secure” we’ll be with them. He appeals to our feelings as dependents such as Social Security recipients, veterans, threatened small businesses and people worried about keeping their own doctors. These dependencies, worries over our welfare, he understands completely. His party is built upon pandering to fear and insecurity, so this is a clear target for his propaganda.

What Obama and the left don’t understand is the real reasons the most of us object to government run health care.

1. Healthcare is a personal reponsibility and none of the government’s business.

2. Government doesn’t do anything well or efficiently. We don’t trust it to do health care.

3. The private healthcare system, for all its warts, works better than any of the socialized healthcare systems in the world. We can fix defects in private care. We don’t have a chance to fix anything once the politicians and bureaucrats get their hands on it.

4. We don’t want the bill fixed. We want it abandoned completely. Gone.

Let the Obama propaganda machine answer these concerns instead of the wimpy crap on their http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/ web site.

Prez. Cranks Up Propaganda Machine

August 10th, 2009

Our Dear Leader thinks we need to be educated about his party’s healthcare takeover bill. See: http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/ (The Sun God Will No Doubt Thank Me for the Link)

How much money does Congress authorize for Executive Branch Propaganda? Is this the Joseph Goebbels memorial agency of the White House? Seriously, what kind of resources is the President authorized to use in support of his pet projects? Yes, he has the “bully pulpit” but does he have the constitutional authority to run partisan web sites such as the one linked above? How much does this cost? At good-enough-for-government-work rates, I has to be a lot.

First it was the “spy on your neighbors” flag@whitehouse.gov to find the fish stuff, and now it’s a partisan campaign type expenditure to spread the lies about the healthcare bill — which I’d bet Sun God Obama hasn’t even read.

Some points directly from The Whitehouse Propaganda Site. These are the “myths” that the site seeks to “debunk.”
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“Reform will stop rationing, not increase it.”

Kavita Patel says she works at the White House for Valerie Jarrett. She says that the insurance companies “ration” care by not offering coverage for anything and everything. Followed by clip from Obama at AARP – weasel words – no substance whatsoever. Patel goes on to say you and I don’t have the mental capacity to judge one insurance overage from another. NOT A SINGLE WORD ABOUT THE ACTUAL CONTENT OF THE HEALTHCARE BILL, ITSELF.

“The ‘euthanasia’ distortion on help for families.”

Melody Barnes, the President’s Director of the Domestic Policy Council [whatever that is!] opines: That the Prez is “deeply concerned” and the Whitehouse Staff is “surprised” about talk of euthanasia as part of the health care plan. This is followed by another really dumb clip of the Prez at AARP, answering the question with a wisecrack. Section 1233 about “End of Life Care Counseling” doesn’t mandate suicide, but in Oregon denied requests for treatment of terminal illnesses are accompanied with a notice that physician aided suicide will be reimbursed — so although this objection to the bill has little merit right now, sensible people can see the handwriting on the wall for the future and don’t trust even perky Ms. Barnes to relieve their worries.

“Vets Healthcare is Safe and Sound”

Matt Flavin, Director of Veterans and Wounded Warrior Policy says the bill won’t change vets’ healthcare and might even improve it for some vets. Saying that 500,000 more vets will be included in the program. The Prez. then appears in a clip to blubber about a sacred trust. Flavin concludes by saying there is no effect on veterans’ healhcare — what a pity, because Vet healthcare is an abomination, a perfect example of the incompetence, inefficiency, arrogance and the miserable mess that Dear Leader wants for all Americans. He should fix this first, before inflicting it on all citizens.

“Reform will benefit small business – not burden it”

Christina Romer, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, who knows about as much about small business as I know about dog grooming, cheerfully asserts that small businesses pay more for health insurance than large ones do. So, Government taxes and mandates are the solution to the competitive disadvantage of small businesses. Then she back-pedals and says that because the healthcare requirements are harmful, small firms (with fewer than 25 employees) would be exempt in “some versions of the healthcare bill.” Again, NOTHING SPECIFIC ABOUT THE ACTUAL LEGISLATION.

“Your medicare is safe, and stronger with reform”

“Robert Kocher of the National Economic Council debunks the myth that Health Insurance Reform would be financed by cutting Medicare benefits. To the contrary, reform would simply eliminate waste and unnecessary subsidies to insurance companies.”

More drug costs will be shifted to the public purse. He says “We will expand the [healthcare] workforce.” What? Where is that in the bill? How many doctors want to study for 10 years only to become bureaucrats? The Government will keep track of all your identity and medical information — kind of like the IRS? Dear Leader again at AARP saying the Government will reduce waste in Medicare to help pay for the bill. So if the waste is so obvious (and it IS) then why not reduce it first? Why, Because Government isn’t a waste reducer, it is a waste producer. Medicare is the most inefficient, wasteful and harmful part of the American medical system as it is. Fix that first. The rest of the Whitehouse argument is just blather.

“You can keep your own insurance”

Linda Douglass of the White House Office of Health Reform starts out by trying to discredit the Drudge Report’s video in which Obama and Barney Frank both say their goal is to eventually eliminate private medical care and replace it with a “single payer” system. Linda, you can’t say we shouldn’t believe our own eyes and ears. Followed by more lies from the Prez. at the AARP and no specifics from the Bill. The Prez says “Nobody is trying to change what works in the system.” Then a clip in which Dear Leader says the bill is designed to “discipline insurance companies.” All I can say is “What Bull!” So it takes 1,018 pages of legislation to do that? Give me a break! Nice try, but no cigar.

This Whitehouse team seems to think we’re all retarded children that need to be coddled and protected from reality. They’re as wrong about that as they are about the rest of what they’re doing to destroy the country we love. Don’t let them get away with it.

Cubans In Need of Toilet Paper Insurance

August 8th, 2009

A crisis looms in Cuba. Their benevolent and ever-wise government-run economy has run out of toilet paper:

Cuba’s financial reserves have been depleted by increased spending for imports and reduced export income, which has forced the communist-led government to take extraordinary measures to keep the economy afloat.

“The corporation has taken all the steps so that at the end of the year there will be an important importation of toilet paper,” an official with state conglomerate Cimex said on state-run Radio Rebelde.

The shipment will enable the state-run company “to supply this demand that today is presenting problems,” he said.

Cuba both imports toilet paper and produces its own, but does not currently have enough raw materials to make it, he said.

So let’s see — there is a toilet paper crisis in Cuba. The correct answer is, of course, a government option – Toilet Paper Insurance for all unsupplied citizens. Government officials, of course, have their own plan. The new TPI program will run like the food program, though rationing, of course. The article cited above describes the food plan as follows:

Cubans receive a subsidized food ration from the government each month that they say meets their needs for about two weeks.

So, under the new TPI program Cubans will be able to cleanse their bottoms two weeks a month.

Obama and Pelosi take note!

Obama Gets Fishing Assistance From Africa

August 8th, 2009

Exclusive:

African student engineer invents device to solve the Sun God’s appetite for fish. After seeing the appeal for “fishy” info to be sent to flag@Whitehouse.Gov this clever guy came up with a device that will automatically attract the fish. And like Obama’s internet fish trap, this one is also electrical. Click the picture to see the whole story.

What will these clever Democrats think of next?

Healthcare Bill’s Poisionous Details Revealed

August 7th, 2009

An energetic blogger scanned the health care bill and extracted its essence in this link. He also posts a link to the actual text of the bill. I’ve checked out some of the references (too many to do them all) and they’re on-target even if sometimes a little inflated. The arrogance of the bill’s authors is breathtaking. This is clearly a bill designed, not to improve the efficiency of health care, or to cover the uninsured poor — No. This is a bill designed to exert tyrannical control over the lives of American citizens.

If you disagree with national ID cards, direct government access to your bank account, bureaucrats trolling your health records, mandated government end-of-life counseling, massive new taxes, mandated expenses, government-controlled medical practices and procedures, exploding bureaucracies and more you need to act now.

If you value your freedom,call and write your congressional representatives. Tell them THIS IS POISON!

Castro, Chavez, Mao, Marx, Lenin and Stalin couldn’t have done it better. Don’t let leftist radicals in the Executive and Congress do this to us. It is up to you and me to stop it.

Sun God Wants to Know Who You Are

August 6th, 2009

This is getting really ugly. Our Dear Leader, The Sun God, now wants citizens to report the misdeads of citizens who oppose socialized medicine directly to the white house. See: Report Your Neighbors OK, like Castro and Chavez the Sun God is organizing neighborhood watch committees to spy on opponents and heretics.

From the whitehouse:

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.
(emphasis added)

You may think they just want to get ahead of the buzz, but think again. Every email has an address, and the sun god keeps track of where mail comes from. (See my earlier post:Email Spam From the White House.)

So please join me in sending a message — thousands upon thousands of messages (use a public email address such as Yahoo) — to: flag@whitehouse.gov . Report what you think about their “FISHY” project.

Maybe these people aren’t complete tyrants yet, but don’t count on it.

All Together Now: Environment, Eugenics, Obesity, Carbon = Control

August 4th, 2009

The loonie leftie liberal greenies have now got it all together, see:
Having fewer children reduces carbon footprint The bottom line: People are a real problem, i.e., without people the planet would be paradise.

We now have John Holdren (Obama’s science advisor) who once advocated poisoning the water supply to sterilize people getting together with the Nutty Naderite food Nazis saying obesity causes greenhouse gasses and depletion of resources, so we need to reduce people to save “the planet”. Maybe these people would volunteer to be the first ones to be reduced — think of the generations of greenhouse gassing decendents that would be eliminated.

These people won’t be happy until we all live like cavemen.

Come on folks. We, not you, are in charge of our lives. We don’t want to live as hunter gatherers. We have faith in our future and our ability to provide for ourselves and our neighbors. You should quit your whining and pitch in. It’s fun once you get the hang of it.

A Vision of the Future? Censorship On Campus

August 2nd, 2009

In case you haven’t seen the blog at TheFire.Org Here’s an
interview with Dave Barry concerning censorship on college campuses.

Visit the web site. It speaks eloquently for itself.

Is this the prototype for impending censorship in the Obama vision of change?