Monday, December 7, 2009

The Nuts are at it - again!

An Oregon School has banned the Giving Tree, along with Santa Claus.

Link to KOMO article

The nuts are running the nut house again!

These anti-Christ Christmas idiots just don't get it. If they manage to that Christ out of Christmas, you are left with just another day. There would be no Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, winter holidays, or any other holiday season.

Christmas time is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ - plain and simple. Without Him, there is nothing!


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Is the Climate Change Threat Real?

Is Climate Change at risk of destroying the globe?

I don't think so.

In light of the recent revelations that the AWG proponents were fudging the numbers, or cooking the books, should cause everyone to question the whole 'settled science' issue. I think we all can think back on quite a few 'settled science' that eventually was proven not to be fact. Flat earth? Sun orbits around the earth?

Even if Climate Change is a real threat, it is probably not worth the effort to try to mitigate the effects. It has been estimated that to make any effect would require NO green house emissions for at least 143 years - just for a 0.7 degree reduction in global temperatures, not to mention the Trillions of dollars removed from the global economy. Destroy modern civilization or destroy modern civilization. Hmmm. Would it be worth it? I think not.

I'm not a proponent of polluting the planet. Growing up in Southern California I remember the blankets of smog choking the LA basin when there was no rain or wind for several days. That's not a good thing. Efforts to mitigate those polluting effects have been and are worth the effort, but to destroy modern civilization in order to save modern civilization seems to me not to be a desirable goal. Kinda like smashing out your car windshield because of the possibility of it getting a chip or a crack in the future.

There is an excellent, laymen's terms article over at Bore Patch explaining the problems with the Global Warming Climate Change science: Should you be a Global Warming Skeptic?

And what's with the name change?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Slow March to Socialism

If you are really wondering about the talk of our socialist-leaning congresscritters and the POTUS, you should read this:

Survivor of socialism has warning for America

You can mark a step-by-step parallel to what is happening today.

Oh, and have a nice day :o(

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Skeet Shooting - Texas Style

This is how skeet shooting is supposed to be!


Wish I had one.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Someone in the Media finally gets it

Time to Put An End to Army Bases as Gun-Free Zones

John Lott of Fox News even got it right about the handgun that Maj. Hasan used in the shooting.

I do agree that we should finally trust our service members and allow either open carry or licensed concealed carry on military bases, or at least follow the local area laws that the base is located.

Remember, when seconds count, help is only minutes away.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

In Honor of Veteran's Day

This video will give you goose bumps!

These 5 little girls are just awesome!

This may give you some idea of what most veterans or service members feel when they hear the National Anthem, or salute the flag - it does me.

I spent 21 years defending my country. I never served in combat, but I was always willing to do my duty. If that meant losing my life, then that was my duty. I am still ready - without hesitation! Without this great nation, I know I would not have the wonderful life that I have been blessed with.

Being a service member allowed me to see many parts of this world. I learned a lot about different countries and their people and customs. I was able to meet and learn from many wonderful people. It also allowed me to realize and appreciate first-hand that there is no better place to live than right here in the United States of America.

God Bless the U.S.A.

Friday, October 30, 2009

We Must Choose Now!

"The strongest reason for the People to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government." -Thomas Jefferson

Here's a very profound comparison presented by Glenn Beck:

Time to get off the fence, folks!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Deer Hunting in Texas - with a M47 Dragon Missile

Jarrette Schule was cutting trees on his property when he found something "you don't see every day."

"Could there be crazy Texans out there hunting deer with black market military missile launchers?"


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dave Ramsey's View on the Cash for Clunkers Program

Why is Dave passionately opposed to the government's Cash for Clunkers program?

Monday, August 17, 2009

1944 ... and Now

Have you ever heard the name Norman Mattoon Thomas?

Well, Norman Thomas (1884-1968) was a leading American socialist, pacifist, and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America.

The Socialist Party candidate for President of the U.S., Norman Thomas said this in a 1944 speech:

"The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of 'liberalism,' they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened."
He went on to say: "I no longer need to run as a Presidential Candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform."

He was also active in setting up the American Civil Liberties Union.

Mr. Thomas may have been a socialist, but he knew something of the future. I wonder if we, as a nation, are ever going to wake up?

Are you awake?

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Peek into the Future with Obamacare

A post by Zane F Pollard, MD, shows a glimpse from a doctor's perspective of what Obamacare will be like when it passes.

I don't know about anyone else, but this really worries me.

Perspective of a Liberal Convert

An interesting read from the views of a converted Liberal, Mr. Bill. If not educational, at least entertaining.

Here's the link: Where are we going, and what are we doing in this hand basket?

Whaddaya think?

Synopsis of House Bill HR 3200

America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009

The bill is a 1,017 page document broken out in three Divisions:

1. Division A – Affordable Health Care Choices
2. Division B – Medicare and Medicaid Improvements
3. Division C – Public Health and Workforce Development

Division A – Affordable Health Care Choices (pages 4-215) This division creates a Health Insurance Exchange (HIE) with a public health insurance option along with private insurance plans.

The government will determine what is a qualifying plan (section (202 (d)(2)). You must be covered under a qualifying plan on January 1, 2013 or you will be automatically enrolled in the public plan (Div.A Title I Subtitle A Section 102 (a)(1)(A) page 16 lines 11-16).

There are NO new enrollees in private health plans after January 1, 2013 (Div. A Title I Subtitle A Section 102 (a)(1)(A) page 16 lines 11-16).

There is an out for the government to deny all private plans from qualifying after 2018 (Div.A Title I Subtitle A Section 102 (b)(1)(A) page 17 lines 13-19).

The government can disqualify any plan for not adhering to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 or any other reason the Commissioner sees fit ((Div.A Title I Subtitle A Section 102 (b)(1)(B) page 18 lines 13-17).

There will be a Health Benefits Advisory Committee made up of 26 members and chaired by the Surgeon General. Of the 26 members, 17 are appointed by the President. There might not be one single Medical Doctor (Div.A Title I Subtitle A Section 123 (a)(3)(A-C) and (4) pages 31-32 lines 1-25 and 1-10).

There is a statement that the government has the right to conduct examinations and audits of Qualifying Health Benefit Plans (QHBP) and recoup the costs involved (Div.A Title I Subtitle E Section 142 (b)(2)(B) page 43 lines 13-1. Nothing in the paragraph stipulates how infrequent these audits need to be. Therefore, the government could run private plans out of business. Once the government disqualifies a plan, you’re in the public plan (Div.A Title I Subtitle E Section 142 (d)(2)(B) page 44 lines 16-22) and (Div.A Title I Subtitle E Section 142 (d)(2)(D) page 45 lines 7-10).

Private Insurers are not allowed to make a profit (Div.A Title I Subtitle F Section 2714 (a) page 54 lines 1-13). This obviously will bankrupt private insurers. Each company must reinsure all retirees, their spouses and dependents (Div.A Title I Subtitle F Section 164 (a)(1) page 65 lines 14-22). This obviously will bankrupt companies.

The government will automatically enroll you in the public plan if you are not in a qualifying health plan (Div.A Title II Subtitle A Section 205 (b)(3)(A) pages 97-98 lines 22-25 and 1-2). I thought this was all about choice.

If you have any sort of family change: marriage; divorce; new child; child completing college and now off of your insurance or move, you are automatically enrolled in the government plan (Div. A Title II Subtitle A Section 205 (b)(2)(B) pages 96-97 lines 24-25 and 1-11).

The public health plan has no dental coverage (Div.A Title II Subtitle B Section 221 (b)(3)(B) page 117 line 9). We’re going to have “English Teeth”

There is a 2.5% tax on all individuals who do not get acceptable coverage (Div.A Title IV Subtitle A Section 59B (a) page 167 line 23). And Obama says there are no new taxes for this.

If your employer elects to not provide coverage, there is an 8% tax on wages (Div.A Title IV Subtitle A Section 412 (a) page 183 lines 17-20). If your current employer pays more than 8% now, what do you think they will do? You’re going on the public plan.

There is a range of taxes (1%-5.4%) for people making over $350,000/year (Div.A Title IV Subtitle D Section 59C (a)(1-3) pages 197-198 lines 21-23 and 1-6). And Obama says there are no new taxes for this.

By 2012, there must be submitted, a study showing the savings, through 2019, generated as a result of the public health care (Div.A Title IV Subtitle D Section 59C (i)(4) page 201 lines 5-11). How could they possible predict this? The date is awfully close to Obama’s next election day.

Division B – Medicare and Medicaid Improvements (pages 215-854) This division discusses all of the changes to Medicare and Medicaid.

The public health plan will be reducing “Durable Medical Equipment” (Div. B Title I Subtitle B Part 2 Section 1131 (e)(1) page 267 lines 7. This means, folks, no more MRIs, CT Scans, etc. The government will arbitrarily adjust “utilization rates” on such equipment so less of them are required (Div. B Title I Subtitle B Part 2 Section 1147 (a)(1)(C) pages 273-274 lines 20-25 and 1-4).

No more specialty hospitals, like cancer treatment centers (Div. B Title I Subtitle B Part 2 Section 1145 (B) page 272 lines 8-25). If these specialty hospitals cannot charge a premium for their services, they will go bankrupt.

The government will ration the amount of time you are allowed in a hospital (Div. B Title I Subtitle C Section 1151 (a)(1) page 280 lines 15-20). Good luck infirm and elderly.

Physicians can no longer have ownership interest in a hospital (Div. B Title I Subtitle C Section 1156 (i)(1)(B) page 317 lines 13-20).

No new hospitals or expansion of existing hospitals (Div. B Title I Subtitle C Section 1156 (i)(1)(C) page 317 lines 21-25). Obviously, this is of concern and needs no further comment.

If any increase in hospital facilities is allowed, through exception, it can only occur at the main campus (Div. B Title I Subtitle C Section 1156 subsection (i)(2)(D) page 323 lines 15-20). Main campuses are usually located in urban areas forcing money into cities and away from rural populations. There will be studies on how to get you to go back to the cities (Div. B Title I Subtitle C Section 1157 (c)(1)(A) page 329 lines 7-9).

The only way a rural hospital will be allowed to increase their facilities will be after 5 years and only if they are located in a county showing a 150% population growth over the state aggregate population growth; admission rates for the hospital must be greater than other county hospitals; in a state that has less bed capacity than the national average; has a bed occupancy rate more than the state average and other conditions determined by the Secretary (Div. B Title I Subtitle C Section 1156 subsection (i)(2)(E)(i-v) pages 323-325). Seems pretty difficult to get new hospitals built, huh?

The public health plan fully admits there will be a lack of Physicians (Div. B Title I Subtitle C Section 1156 subsection (i)(4) page 326).

Pharmaceutical companies cannot make a profit (Div. B Title I Subtitle D Section 1181 (b)(1) pages 361-362 and Div. B Title VII Subtitle E Section 1742 (a)(1)(C) pages 793-794 lines 5-25 and 1-. Obviously, without profit, there is no further research.

The poor, in order to get benefits without paying for them, can self-report income (Div. B Title II Subtitle A Section 1203 (a)(1) page 390 lines 12-25). No potential for fraud here!

ACORN will be getting grants under public health care (Div. B Title II Subtitle A Section 1222 (a)(2)(B) page 407 lines 5-9). No potential for fraud here!

The elderly will be counseled every five years on end-of-life issues (Div. B Title II Subtitle C Section 1223 (a)(1) pages 424-426). Good bye useless old people.

The state will limit the explanations needed to euthanize you (Div. B Title II Subtitle C Section 1223 (a)(1) pages 426 lines 22-24).

A “practitioner” who will be given the authority to turn your life support off can be a nurse practitioner or a physicians assistant (Div. B Title II Subtitle C Section 1223 (a)(1) page 428 lines 9-10 and page 429 line 13). Good bye useless old people.

The capitol gains on your primary residence will be used to compute your income to determine your Part B income-related premium (Div. B Title II Subtitle A Section 1235 (a) page 437 lines 17-24). Suddenly, you’re rich!

Division C – Public Health and Workforce Development (pages 855-1017) This division is about training of future health care professionals.

Future doctors and/or nurses can no longer pick their specialties. The Secretary will pick their areas of interest based upon “needs” (Div. C Title II Part 2 Section 340H page 869 lines 21-24).

Primary Care Physicians and “Other Healthcare Professionals” will make up 90% of the healthcare workforce (Div. C Title II Part 2 Section 340K pages 874-875 lines 22-24 and 1-2 and Div. C Title II Part 2 Section 2213 pages 877-880 lines 14-25 and 1-23, inclusive).

Quotas are in full effect throughout the bill (Div. C Title II Part 2 Section 2213 (c-d)(1-3)(pages 880- 881 lines 4-23 and 1-7 and page 884 lines 4-10 and page 939 lines 16-19 and page 946 lines 3-5).

There will be funding for “additional health services” at schools (Div. C Title V Subtitle A Section 2501 page 994 lines 11-13). What are the “additional health services”?

Only unionized healthcare entities can train future nurses (Div. C Title V Subtitle D section 2531 page 1008 lines 13-16 and page 1010 lines 4-5).

All state, county and municipal workers are under the public health plan (Div. C Title V Subtitle E section 2541 page 1017 lines 6-19).

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Cash-for-Clunkers Math Lesson

The Cash-for-Clunkers program will, presumably save 166 gallons of gas annually for each car turned in under the program. So far, there have been 240,000 cars turned in for a total savings of 39,840,000 gallons a year - quite impressive.

Now figure that it takes 27 barrels of oil, or 1142 gallons of oil to produce a new car including the petroleum to create and machine the parts, the energy costs, etc. 1142 gallons of oil times 240,000 equals 274,080,000 gallons of oil to create the new replacement cars.

So cash for clunkers will save the 40 million gallons of oil per year, so eventually the energy cost of producing these new cars will be recouped - wait for it -
In six and a half years.

The cash for clunkers math lesson can be found at DEBTKID. A good read.

Now, if only we could get our president and congresspeople enrolled in remedial math classes - maybe summer school?

Monday, August 10, 2009

My Thoughts on Obama’s Health Care Reform

How many of you out there have read the proposed health care reform bill? All 1000 plus pages? I tried, but had to quit reading. If you are not a lawyer, I don’t recommend it – it will make your head explode! When I tried to read it, I had to stop before my head did a poor imitation of a hand grenade. It did give me a headache that still hasn’t subsided. Most of it I did not understand, but some of the things I did understand has me very worried. I won’t go into details. They have been covered many times elsewhere.

I don’t disagree that there are some parts of our current system that needs improvement. Instead of throwing out the entire system for a new, unproven system that is iffy at best, and very, very expensive. My question to Obama and Congress is: can we afford it? What is the plan if the cost is twice the amount they are saying it will cost? Even Congress’s own budget office has stated that the price tag of the proposed reform bill is untenable.

How about we just address and fix those parts of the current system and then work on providing health care for those who are too poor to afford it? Tort liability is one area that could address the rising cost of health care. I don’t have any suggestions on how to fix this, as I am not a lawyer, but I think there are some smart people out there that could come up with a plan that both sides of the argument could live with.

Pre-existing condition is another issue that could fairly easily be addressed. Simply require all health care insurance companies not exclude any pre-existing conditions. I know that this would increase the cost of health insurance premiums, but with some sort of tort reform and maybe an increase in co-pays could mitigate the increases. Still would be a lot cheaper than more than a trillion dollar cost, along with the possible collapse of the entire U.S. health care system.

I have seen the figure of 45 million folks in the U.S. that do not have health insurance. I don’t believe that figure, but let’s say for the sake of argument that the figure is accurate. This is the reason I keep hearing from the proponents of the reform bill that we have to reform the entire health care system. This doesn't make sense - why not just address the basic problems.

I have an idea.

If Congress set aside 10 million dollars per person, that would more than pay for free health insurance for all of these uninsured individuals – for life. The price tag for this option would only be 450 million dollars, a lot less than a trillion dollar plus tax burden. Under this idea, a billion dollars would be enough to finance health care for 100 million people. Pretty cheap considering the reform bill cost, and it would not dismantle the current system that isn't completely broken.

Obama and Congress would never consider this suggestion. Why? Because it’s just too simple – and it would work – and it would be fairly cheap.

But I don’t believe that this is the whole story behind health care reform. Do you?

A bit of trivia: If you divide the trillion dollar first year price tag by the total number of U.S. residents, that comes out to $3.28 Million per person. Just give me my share and the govmint will never see or hear from me again - I'll cope.

UPDATE: check out what the Democrats are doing to ensure passage: CraigsList Ad.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Another Voice Cries Out in the Wilderness

I just started my blog. I have a lot on my mind - I just don't have the gift of words to put my thoughts and ideas to the printed word. I really do have a lot of admiration for those that have the 'gift of gab', like Brigid over at Home on the Range. I love her writing style. Very eloquent. I would love to see her put her blogging efforts to writing a book. All she would have to do is take a lot of her posts and make a collection of short stories about the joys, tears, and realities of living.

This blog may go nowhere. We'll see. I'm just not sure how much time and motivation I'll have to devote to this project. You see, I'm an Information Technology Specialist. My job is to develop database applications, electronic forms and maintain several web pages for my agency. I also administer, or help administer about eleven application and web servers. I program web pages in CDML, Cold Fusion, PHP, PERL, and just plain ole HTML. I spend all my time in front of a computer at work. There are days that I just have no desire to look at one when I come home.

I am also the family IT guy. "Something's wrong with my computer. what's wrong with it?" Some of these family members are across the country. Does anyone have any idea how hard it is, most times, to diagnose computer problems long distance by phone?

Anyway, I digress. I hope I can put thoughts into words and add to the discussion and not add to the noise.

We'll see...