Saturday, August 22, 2009

This Man Is A Patriot

A Marine calls out a congress critter (Brian Baird - D, Washington) who dared call his constituents "brownshirts" (he later apologized)

Dissecting HR3200

It's even uglier than you could have imagined. Many thanks to The Czar of Muscovy for trudging through all 1,017 pages of this abomination to bring all the points of interest to light. From his Big Finish:
But the Czar realizes that this bill is very much like President Obama himself. Rushed through without proper review, and containing an unfocused blend of various liberal and radical ideas, the bill promises extensive reform, but ultimately cannot provide specifics beyond trivial process and procedure. The contents are pro-lawyer but anti-doctor, misinformed on how business works beyond the abuse of buzzwords, but is fully incorporative of labor union interests. The bill, like the President, raises a specter of of increasing fundamental central control coupled with an élitist dismissal for consequences; in the end, its scattered attempt to be a panacea to the nth degree produces a framework that is merely a framework: it is a blank slate, onto which the supporter pins his own hopes and goals, without anything within justifying that faith.

Alaskan Fisherman talks about Sarah Palin

If there was one irritant beyond all others prevalent among the weasels who either tried to tear Sarah Palin down, or else sit by idly while it happened (ahem, Senator McCain), it was the utter lack of focus on what she actually DID as governor. Some people in politics get in it to accomplish something, rather than to be able to claim to be something. Sarah was not content to say "I'm Governor Palin"; she achieved things as governor. Thanks to Dewie Whetsell (via Marion Valentine), here's a précis of what she actually did:
The last 45 of my 66 years I’ve spent in a commercial fishing town in Alaska. I understand Alaska politics but never understood national politics well until this last year. Here’s the breaking point: Neither side of the Palin controversy gets it…It’s not about persona, style, rhetoric, it’s about doing things. Even Palin supporters never mention the things that I’m about to mention here.

1- Democrats forget when Palin was the Darling of the Democrats, because as soon as Palin took the Governor’s office away from a fellow Republican and tough SOB, Frank Murkowski, she tore into the Republican’s “Corrupt Bastards Club” (CBC) and sent them packing. Many of them are now residing in State housing and wearing orange jump suits. The Democrats reacted by skipping around the yard, throwing confetti and singing “la la la la” (well, you know how they are). Name another governor in this country that has ever done anything similar. But while you’re thinking, I’ll continue.

2- Now with the CBC gone, there were fewer Alaskan politicians to protect the huge, giant oil companies here. So, she constructed and enacted a new system of splitting the oil profits called “ACES”. Exxon (the biggest corporation in the world) protested and Sarah told them “don’t let the door hit you in the stern on your way out.” They stayed, and Alaska residents went from being merely wealthy to being filthy rich. Of course the other huge international oil companies meekly fell in line. Again, give me the name of any other governor in the country that has done anything similar.

3- The other thing she did when she walked into the governor’s office is she got the list of State requests for federal funding for projects, known as “pork”. She went through the list, took 85% of them and placed them in the “when-hell-freezes-over” stack. She let locals know that if we need something built, we’ll pay for it ourselves. Maybe she figured she could use the money she got from selling the previous governor’s jet because it was extravagant. Maybe she could use the money she saved by dismissing the governor’s cook (remarking that she could cook for her own family), giving back the State vehicle issued to her, maintaining that she already had a car, and dismissing her State provided security force (never mentioning—I imagine—that she’s packing heat herself). I’m still waiting to hear the names of those other governors.

4- Now, even with her much-ridiculed “gosh and golly” mannerism, she also managed to put together a totally new approach to getting a natural gas pipeline built which will be the biggest private construction project in the history of North America. No one else could do it although they tried. If that doesn’t impress you, then you’re trying too hard to be unimpressed while watching her do things like this while baking up a batch of brownies with her other hand.

5- For 30 years, Exxon held a lease to do exploratory drilling at a place called Point Thompson. They made excuses the entire time why they couldn’t start drilling. In truth they were holding it like an investment. No governor for 30 years could make them get started. This summer, she told them she was revoking their lease and kicking them out. They protested and threatened court action. She shrugged and reminded them that she knew the way to the court house. Alaska won again.

6- President Obama wants the nation to be on 25% renewable resources for electricity by 2025. Sarah went to the legislature and submitted her plan for Alaska to be at 50% renewables by 2025. We are already at 25%. I can give you more specifics about things done, as opposed to style and persona . Everybody wants to be cool, sound cool, look cool. But that’s just a cover-up. I’m still waiting to hear from liberals the names of other governors who can match what mine has done in two and a half years. I won’t be holding my breath.

By the way, she was content to to return to AK after the national election and go to work, but the haters wouldn’t let her. Now these adolescent screechers are obviously not scuba divers. And no one ever told them what happens when you continually jab and pester a barracuda. Without warning, it will spin around and tear your face off. Shoulda known better.
Maybe had she been astro-turfing, I mean, organizing communities, she would be held in higher regard. Nah, only if she spewed left-wing bromides.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Palin to Obama: Where's the legal reform?

The smart lady with the powerful keyboard is at it again, this time taking on the all-important issue of tort reform. Like the health providers she references, 'Cuda is intimately familiar with being a target for frivolous lawsuits -- an unfortunate reality in a world filled with opportunists:

As Governor of Alaska, I learned a little bit about being a target for frivolous suits and complaints (Please, do I really need to footnote that?). I went my whole life without needing a lawyer on speed-dial, but all that changes when you become a target for opportunists and people with no scruples. Our nation’s health care providers have been the targets of similar opportunists for years, and they too have found themselves subjected to false, frivolous, and baseless claims. To quote a former president, “I feel your pain.”

So what can we do? First, we cannot have health care reform without tort reform. The two are intertwined. For example, one supposed justification for socialized medicine is the high cost of health care. As Dr. Scott Gottlieb recently noted, “If Mr. Obama is serious about lowering costs, he'll need to reform the economic structures in medicine—especially programs like Medicare.” [1] Two examples of these “economic structures” are high malpractice insurance premiums foisted on physicians (and ultimately passed on to consumers as “high health care costs”) and the billions wasted on defensive medicine.
Dr. Stuart Weinstein, with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, recently explained the problem:

"The medical liability crisis has had many unintended consequences, most notably a decrease in access to care in a growing number of states and an increase in healthcare costs.
Access is affected as physicians move their practices to states with lower liability rates and change their practice patterns to reduce or eliminate high-risk services. When one considers that half of all neurosurgeons—as well as one third of all orthopedic surgeons, one third of all emergency physicians, and one third of all trauma surgeons—are sued each year, is it any wonder that 70 percent of emergency departments are at risk because they lack available on-call specialist coverage?” [2]

Dr. Weinstein makes good points, points completely ignored by President Obama. Dr. Weinstein details the costs that our out-of-control tort system are causing the health care industry and notes research that “found that liability reforms could reduce defensive medicine practices, leading to a 5 percent to 9 percent reduction in medical expenditures without any effect on mortality or medical complications.”

Dr. Weinstein writes:
“If the Kessler and McClellan estimates were applied to total U.S. healthcare spending in 2005, the defensive medicine costs would total between $100 billion and $178 billion per year. Add to this the cost of defending malpractice cases, paying compensation, and covering additional administrative costs (a total of $29.4 billion). Thus, the average American family pays an additional $1,700 to $2,000 per year in healthcare costs simply to cover the costs of defensive medicine. Excessive litigation and waste in the nation’s current tort system imposes an estimated yearly tort tax of $9,827 for a family of four and increases healthcare spending in the United States by $124 billion.

How does this translate to individuals? The average obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) delivers 100 babies per year. If that OB-GYN must pay a medical liability premium of $200,000 each year (which is the rate in Florida), $2,000 of the delivery cost for each baby goes to pay the cost of the medical liability premium.” [3]
You would think that any effort to reform our health care system would include tort reform, especially if the stated purpose for Obama’s plan to nationalize our health care industry is the current high costs.

So I have new questions for the president: Why no legal reform? Why continue to encourage defensive medicine that wastes billions of dollars and does nothing for the patients? Do you want healthcare reform to benefit trial attorneys or patients?
Many states, including my own state of Alaska, have enacted caps on lawsuit awards against health care providers. Texas enacted caps and found that one county’s medical malpractice claims dropped 41 percent, and another study found a “55 percent decline” after reform measures were passed. [4] That’s one step in health care reform. Limiting lawyer contingency fees, as is done under the Federal Tort Claims Act, is another step.

The State of Alaska pioneered the “loser pays” rule in the United States, which deters frivolous civil law suits by making the loser partially pay the winner’s legal bills. Preventing quack doctors from giving “expert” testimony in court against real doctors is another reform.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry noted that, after his state enacted tort reform measures, the number of doctors applying to practice medicine in Texas “skyrocketed by 57 percent” and that the tort reforms “brought critical specialties to underserved areas.” These are real reforms that actually improve access to health care. [5] Dr. Weinstein’s research shows that around $200 billion per year could be saved with legal reform. That’s real savings. That’s money that could be used to build roads, schools, or hospitals. If you want to save health care, let’s listen to our doctors too. There should be no health care reform without legal reform. There can be no true health care reform without legal reform. - Sarah Palin

Private citizen Palin continues to fire expertly timed salvos at Obamacare via her Facebook page, proving once again her ability to put forth coherent, common-sense arguments against socialized medicine, as well as practical, free-market solutions for bringing down the cost of health insurance. More than any other leader in the Republican Party, this "quitter" speaks the language of everyday people, unrestrained by the hang-ups of the Beltway crowd.

Everyday folks understand the dire need to protect doctors, particularly specialists, from greedy trial lawyers and clients. They recognize that the costs of practicing defensive medicine have spiraled out of control, along with exorbitant malpractice premiums. At the Wexler protest yesterday, there were several signs asking, "Where's the tort reform?" and at one point, when a megaphone was passed around, my impassioned command to Mr. Obama to "stop demonizing doctors like my father!" was met with thunderous applause.

There can be no healthcare reform without tort reform. Sarah Palin gets that. And she's not afraid to whip her keyboard and say so.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

South Florida Patriots Brave the Heat to Rally Against Obamacare

Although grass-roots activists were denied their seat at the staged "Town Hall" hosted by Congressmen Robert Wexler and Alcee Hastings at the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach today, hundreds of us stood in the hot sun to voice our opposition to Obamacare and fight for freedom amid the MoveOn/SEIU crowd.

I arrived with my brother Ralph who is visiting from Pennsylvania, and my good friend Elaine Laffey at approximately 10:30 a.m. At that time, things were just getting underway, with free market warriors setting up camp with handmade signs, American flags and other items like bumper stickers and buttons. Several police officers were on-hand, as well as the usual obnoxious Kool-Aid imbibers, who initially attempted to usurp our spot along the sidewalk. At first, the police tried to make us move to the far end of the venue, but several of the patriots who'd already set up tables stood their ground. Eventually, the police relented and the Obama group was told to stick to their portion of the sidewalk.

In the distance, a high school marching band played under the pavilion, their music nearly drowning out everything else, while cheerleaders wearing Obama tee-shirts danced gleefully. I'd later discover that these students were from Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, bused in for the occasion. They attempted to quiet the opposition with their music, but Tea Party patriots joined in the dance, waving their pro-American, pro-freedom, pro-capitalism signs in defiance.

Within an hour of our arrival, the patriot resistence began to outnumber the Obama-bots, although they certainly made up for the deficit by screaming the usual platitudes, and of course, chanting their Dear Leader's name. No matter how many times I watch that spectacle unfold at these events, I am always shocked by the blind allegiance and -- frankly -- ignorance of these people. Not one of them could state what was in the bill, nor do they understand the mechanisms of the free market.

Mention the dire need for tort reform, interstate competition for insurance companies and tax credits for small business owners, and their eyes glaze over. These people truly believe the government -- the same government that brought us Cash for Clunkers, Fannie and Freddie, Medicare, the DMV and the US Post Office -- is the solution to all their problems. And therein lies the crux of the matter: too many people refuse to take personal responsibility for their own lives, preferring to subjugate themselves and the rest of us to a perceived benevolent bureacracy that is utterly devoid of anything remotely resembling efficiency or morality.

Among the sickening chants of "Yes we will!" the patriots shouted back "Kill the Bill!", "We will, we will stop you Obamcare!" and "Free market healthcare!" led by Everett Wilkinson on the megaphone, who at one point was punched in the arm by a crazy blonde Obama-bot. Undeterred, we wandered back and forth on the lawn, and rallied under the pavilion, sending a clear message to the opposition that we were not intimidated by their presence, nor cowed by the staged shenanigans taking place indoors. I think they were somewhat shocked by the sheer number of us unpaid activists, joined by local talk radio host Joyce Kaufman, who did a live broadcast from the venue.

One of those unpaid folks was a woman named Jeanne Kennedy of Deerfield Beach, who took a vacation day from her job at a Fort Lauderdale CPA firm to attend today's rally. She'd sent an email to Wexler expressing her opposition to Obamacare, but never received a response. After her husband called to inquire about the date and location of the Town Hall, she decided to participate. "I want to know the truth; I want my questions answered," Kennedy told me. "Big government means big problems. There are so many people lying and stealing; so much fraud. You can't name one government program that's effective."

Corinne Giusti, an ER doctor, concurred. "I live in Wexler's district and I completely disagree with this bill. According to the President we (doctors) make more money by chopping off people's legs. I resent the demonization of the medical profession." Giunti also told me that one of her co-workers who voted for Obama now admits it was the worst mistake of her life.

Then I bumped into Richard from England, who enjoys dual citizenship since "I had the good fortune to marry an American." When I asked for his perspective on socialized medicine, he soberly stated, " I grew up with an intimate understanding of national health service. It doesn't work, it's unaffordable and it's unfair. I have an 81 year-old mother and I am very concerned about her. It would be an absolute tragedy to bring this awful system to the US."

Roy Deng of Delray Beach added, "This is bad legislation. It's rationed care, a change that fundamentally shifts our healthcare from private to public." To support his statement he read me a direct quote from a doctor who went to D.C.: "The national healthcare board will approve or reject treatment for patients based on the cost per treatment divided by the number of years the patient will benefit from the treatment." Sure sounds Draconian to me.

And let's not forget the special needs community, and those with chronic health conditions. I was thrilled to bump into a young woman of 20, Cristy Tulko of Lake Worth who -- unlike most kids her age -- was clearly not an Obama supporter, but a believer in the free market. Together with her mother Mary Tulko, she'd come out to take a stand against the bill. When I asked Cristy why she opposed Obamacare, she explained that she has a serious condition called papillomatosis, in which polyps form on her vocal chords. She requires frequent check-ups to prevent swelling and God forbid, suffocation. As her mother explained, "She's had 150 surgeries over the years and is fine because of constant follow-ups with her doctor. If left unchecked, her condition could potentially kill her. I am very concerned that Cristy would be denied the proper care if this legislation passes."

One final observation: congressional candidate and Robert Wexler challenger Ed Lynch held his own Town Hall outside on the lawn, where he outlined some of the bill's horrendous provisions; stated his support for all of the free-market solutions to bring down the cost of health insurance; and actually took questions from the crowd. And unlike Wexler, Ed even fielded comments and questions from people who support nationalized medicine. If you live in South Florida, support Ed Lynch for Congress!

Finally, I am continually amazed by the dedication of my fellow patriots who rise to every occasion and fight the good fight with passion, intelligence and genuine love of country. Thank you for all you do!
For more photos, click here.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

An Army of Sarahs

The unemployed hockey mom with the magical keyboard strikes fear in the hearts of this Administration.

But in the end, this is not about Palin, this is about the people being pissed off at Washington. Who do we have? A media that has yet to check out the record $500 million in large campaign donations andits possible relationship to that quick, $787 billion payoff, er, stimulus package? A Republican Party that screwed up for two elections in a row?

Who stands for the 47% of America that refused to go along to get along and voted for someone else?

If it is Palin, then let it be Palin. And if that makes us all a bunch of stupid, gun-clinging rednecks, well, so be it then. The Ivy League sent us this guy. Maybe the University of Idaho can send us someone better.

It's Miller Time Again

Dennis Miller continues to amuse me to no end during his regular appearances on the "O'Reilly Factor." Recently, he really struck my funny bone when he commented on Bill Clinton's trip to North Korea and the return of the two female journalists who were jailed and convicted of trumped up charges after a so- called "fair trial."

Miller's take was that it was great that the women returned home safely and that everybody in America was happy about it except Joe Biden. Miller explained that Biden is given only inconsequential jobs and cannot be trusted with anything remotely important. What he said next was truly hilarious. Miller explained that Biden is the Fredo Corleone of the Administration. Godfather fans everywhere fell off of their chairs at that one. That is the perfect description of Biden. He truly is Fredo. A bumbling idiot who thinks he's intelligent and who is consistently getting the Family, in the case the Administration, in trouble because of his mouth.

Keep up the good work Dennis. With this Administration, we can use all the comedy we can get.

Friday, August 14, 2009

'Cuda Fires Another Round

As Doc Paul mentioned in the last post, Tammy Bruce noted that for an "irrelevant quitter" Sarah Palin must be one helluva "strangely powerful typer," because with two Facebook posts, she redefined the entire debate, put The Mistaken One on the defensive and forced the Senate to drop the onerous end-of-life provision in the Obamacare bill. Pretty potent stuff, and Palin isn't quite done yet:

As I noted in my statement last week, nationalized health care inevitably leads to rationing. There is simply no way to cover everyone and hold down the costs at the same time. The rationing system proposed by one of President Obama’s key health care advisors is particularly disturbing. I’m speaking of the “Complete Lives System” advocated by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the president’s chief of staff. President Obama has not yet stated any opposition to the “Complete Lives System,” a system which, if enacted, would refuse to allocate medical resources to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled who have less economic potential.
[1] Why the silence from the president on this aspect of his nationalization of health care? Does he agree with the “Complete Lives System”? If not, then why is Dr. Emanuel his policy advisor? What is he advising the president on? I just learned that Dr. Emanuel is now distancing himself from his own work and claiming that his “thinking has evolved” on the question of rationing care to benefit the strong and deny the weak. [2] How convenient that he disavowed his own work only after the nature of his scholarship was revealed to the public at large.

The president is busy assuring us that we can keep our private insurance plans, but common sense (and basic economics) tells us otherwise. The public option in the Democratic health care plan will crowd out private insurers, and that’s what it’s intended to do. A single payer health care plan has been President Obama’s agenda all along, though he is now claiming otherwise. Don’t take my word for it. Here’s what he said back in 2003:

“I happen to be a proponent of a single payer universal health care plan.... A single payer health care plan – universal health care plan – that’s what I would like to see.” [3]

A single-payer health care plan might be what Obama would like to see, but is it what the rest of us would like to see? What does a single payer health care plan look like? We need look no further than other countries who have adopted such a plan. The picture isn’t pretty. [4] The only way they can control costs is to ration care. As I noted in my earlier statement quoting Thomas Sowell, government run health care won’t reduce the price of medical care; it will simply refuse to pay the price. The expensive innovative procedures that people from all over the world come to the United States for will not be available under a government plan that seeks to cover everyone by capping costs.

Our senior citizens are right to be wary of this health care bill. Medical care at the end of life accounts for 80 percent of all health care. When care is rationed, that is naturally where the cuts will be felt first. The “end-of-life” consultations authorized in Section 1233 of HR 3200 were an obvious and heavy handed attempt at pressuring people to reduce the financial burden on the system by minimizing their own care. Worst still, it actually provided a financial incentive to doctors to initiate these consultations. People are right to point out that such a provision doesn’t sound “purely voluntary.”

Click on the link above to read her full statement. Everyday I am increasingly aware of the brilliance of her decision to shake off the ankle-biters in Alaskan politics and free herself to join the national debate. Thank you Private Citizen Palin!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

"Death panel" é morté

From Tammy Bruce:

Palin, apparently an irrelevant quitter yet strangely powerful typer, forces the Senate to do the right thing with two Facebook posts.

This made me laugh out loud, as I said something similar, though not as witty, to my wife before reading the above. If we can get Sarah to post pithy nicknames for "public option", "individual mandate", and other objectionable elements of this farce, perhaps it will be sufficiently emasculated to be of no real concern. Even better, if we can get her to attach sobriquets to "tort reform", "regulatory reform of insurance companies", and other useful changes that would amount to genuine, positive reform, we might get a bill we could support.

Go you stoopid yokel!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Mr. Astroturf Lives in the White House

It is comical to hear the President and his liberal allies in the press and Congress refer to everyday citizens expressing their First Amendment Rights as AstroTurf automatons. Nothing could be further from the truth. The outrage about health care is genuine and real, and truth be told it has the President and his inner circle very unnerved,to the point of their falling back on the age old psychologic phenomenon of projectionism. That is, accusing someone else from engaging in the very bad behavior that you yourself engage in. The President, of course, is the nation's leading astroturfer. He is a lifelong community organizer/agitator who majored in manufactured outrage and the playing of the race card.

Now the President has pulled out another old staple from the Alinsky playbook, class warfare. He and his minions are now demonizing both insurance companies and physicians. We have all heard the President's ridiculous comments about how physicians like to take out tonsils instead of treating sore throats non - surgically, solely so that they can make more money. He followed up that fib with another one recently. It seems the Commander-in- Chief has a problem with the way diabetes is treated in this country. The Community Organizer claims that diabetes should be treated in a more preventive fashion by stressing diet and medication. He further made the baldly false assertion that instead of doing it his way, physicians would rather amputate the foot of a diabetic in order to make more money.

Both of these statements are clearly wrong, not to mention unconscionable. First, the physicians who make the initial diagnosis do not perform surgery. They determine that a surgical consult is needed and then refer the patient to a surgeon. If surgery is performed, it is the surgeon who gets paid for the procedure and not the primary physician. Second, when did Mr. Obama get his medical degree? Is he licensed to practice in any state? Will he make his medical license public, unlike his birth certificate and school records? I am not a physician either Mr. President, but I can make an accurate diagnosis of your above referenced comments about physicians - lies and slander. Now that I've made a diagnosis Sir, here is my prescribed treatment. Apologize now to both physicians and insurance companies and please stop trying to defend your indefensible plan.

As if the tactics described above aren't enough, the desperate White House now has ordered its minions to pull out the heavy artillery, namely the race card. Of course, the accusations do no come directly from the White House but through its surrogates in an orchestrated fashion. Those who decry this Administration's socialist policies are branded as racists. The charge is out there now that use of the word "socialism" is code for the "N-word". OF course, the lap dogs in the dinosaur media eat up like fresh scraps.

The good news is that the tide is turning. But this is no time for everyday Americans to relax. Over these next three weeks, we must turn up the heat. Keep attending town meetings, telephone and email your Congressmen and Senators and voice your opinion. It is your right as an American. Always be respectful but do not be intimidated. It is up to We the People to defend our country, our health care system, and our great American traditions. There is no force on earth greater than the will of the American people. Let's unleash tht force on this Administration and its allies in Congress.

Scenes from a Real Town Hall

"You have awakened a sleeping giant!"

I was so proud of the people of my home state yesterday, and in particular, Katy Abram, the 35 year-old female patriot to whom the quote above is attributed. Unlike Obama's kabuki theater, Specter's Town Hall was populated with real, hard-working folks motivated by love of country and a desire for freedom. Once again, just like their American counterparts nationwide, these people know what's in the bill, and understand the high stakes of a government takeover of healthcare.

HELL NO Mr. Specter, Mr. President and every other Congress Critter who supports this abhorrent legislation!

And since I never underestimate the ability of the GOP to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, here's a warning for the RINOs: if you dare support a "bi-partisan" compromise, some sort of watered down version of this bill that nevertheless increases the power and scope of the government, and takes away our choices -- you will be promptly voted out of office.

We the People are speaking. The question is, is anyone in D.C. listening?

Monday, August 10, 2009

Archive of Conservative Republican Forum -- August 8 2009

Private Citizen Palin Urges Restraint at Town Halls

From Politico:

A few days after suggesting that Democratic healthcare proposals being debated in Washington may imperil the life of her son, Trig, Sarah Palin Sunday urged reform opponents to not give the opposition fodder by disrupting town halls.

Palin's comments, posted on her Facebook page, come after weeks of raucous town halls in which conservatives have shouted down members of Congress.

"There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment," Palin wrote. "Such tactics diminish our nation’s civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters’ passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying. Let’s not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us."

Good advice. We are all justifiably angry: we have an Imperial Congress that treats us like we're stupid, a President who excoriates his dissenters to "shut up" and a criminal media that continues to carry the water for the Marxist-in-Chief. Not to mention the SEIU thugs who've been unleashed on nationwide town halls under orders from the DNC to instigate altercations, in an attempt to make freedom-loving Americans look like unruly, violent mobs. Irony, thy name is Democrat!

But, do not play into their hands.

We are winning this argument, as evidenced by the polls. According to the latest Rasmussen, 51% fear the federal government more than private health insurance companies, while 41% hold the opposite view; and 41% view the town hall protesters favorably, versus the 35% who take an unfavorable view.

If sunlight is the best disinfectant, then we must keep using these meetings as opportunities to inform the public of the contents of the horrible bill, since our government sure as hell won't. The other side has given us all the ammunition we need to win, without having to shout over any Congress Critter who actually has the gumption to face his or her constituents. By all means, react vocally to whatever lies they put forth at the microphone; just be sure to allow them the chance to deceive the population. And continue to attend the meetings with copies of the worst provisions of the bill in hand; at the Ron Klein meeting last week, the majority of the folks who addressed the crowd read portions of the bill out loud. It's kind of difficult to argue that the government isn't promoting euthanasia when you're quoting directly from the proposed legislation.

Finally, keep it clean. My co-host Steve Rosenblum and I had a discussion about this yesterday. We understand and share the frustration and the anger. But telling Barack to "shove it up his ass" as a mutual Facebook friend did in an email to the White House, is clearly not the way to go. I wrote a sarcastic missive to the "flags" thoroughly articulating my position, without resorting to obscenities. I know how tempting it is to do so when our very freedoms are at stake; however, let's not supply them with more propaganda to use against us. Fight hard, hit 'em with the facts, and by all means, always take photos or videos at every event you attend.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Support Edward Lynch for Congress - FL 19

I spent a few hours in a campaign meeting this afternoon in Boca Raton on behalf of Edward Lynch, who is running for Congress in Florida District 19 against Robert Wexler. I've gotten to know Ed over the last several months and he is a sincere, principled conservative whose leadership is desperately needed. Although I live in Colonel Allen West's district (FL-22) and will most definitely cast my vote for him as my Congressman in November, 2010, I am also volunteering for the Lynch campaign. If you can, please consider visiting his website and making a donation.

There was much excitement, determination and energy in the room today; the Tea Party people are channeling their justifiable anger at the hostile takeover of our country by leftists through active participation in grass-roots conservative candidates' campaigns. Here are some photos from the day.

More Video Footage from the Ron Klein Meeting Last Week

My friend Karen sent this along to me, and it is definitely worth the watch!

Friday, August 7, 2009

HELL NO Mr. President!

Sarahcuda takes aim at Obamacare. Via Facebook:

As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no! The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil. Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care discussion. Rep. Michele Bachmann highlighted the Orwellian thinking of the president’s health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the White House chief of staff, in a floor speech to the House of Representatives. I commend her for being a voice for the most precious members of our society, our children and our seniors. We must step up and engage in this most crucial debate. Nationalizing our health care system is a point of no return for government interference in the lives of its citizens. If we go down this path, there will be no turning back. Ronald Reagan once wrote, “Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.” Let’s stop and think and make our voices heard before it’s too late.

I identify with Sarah Palin on so many levels, one of the most significant being a close relation to a human being with Down syndrome, our brother Ralph, who will be celebrating his 50th birthday on October 4. Dismissed by some in the medical profession as a lost cause and a "stigma" to be institutionalized (lest he cause embarrassment for the family, my dad in the process of becoming a surgeon at the time), thanks to parents with a strong moral foundation rooted in the Catholic faith, unconditional love for their child and an unwavering commitment to each other, that "stigma" went on to lead a productive, happy, joyous life. Ralph will always be my hero, as is true of my mother and father, who are both perilously at an age where-- as per this proposed bill -- they'd be required to have "death counseling".

Some like Jake Tapper have chastised Palin for her rhetoric, but the fact of the matter is, the handicapped and the elderly are absolutely imperiled by the Draconian provisions of this bill, more than any other segment of the population. When you have a system driven by cost, rationing is the inevitable result. And the first ones to be denied a medical procedure, diagnostic test, pain medication or live-saving prescription drugs will be those deemed "unproductive" or worse, "undesirable" by government bureaucrats.

At least Palin has the guts to call it for what it is -- evil -- in no uncertain terms. She defiantly cries out, "Hell no!" while other Republican politicians politely say "Slow down, Mr. President." I don't know about you, but I prefer a clear-cut, resounding message. Like all enemies of freedom, the Thug-in-Chief and his band of Democrat and special interest bullies have made it disturbingly obvious they have no use for dissent or dialogue; in other words peasants, to quote the President, "shut up." As far as presidents go, this is certainly a change, just not one I can believe in. I never thought I'd see the day when an American President and a major political party would openly declare themselves the enemy of the American people, but it looks like 1984 has finally arrived, 25 years late.

We've already witnessed SEIU scum beating up tea party protesters. These people will stop at nothing to ram their sinister agenda on this once free and prosperous nation. Now more than ever, we need an army of Sarah's, not a cabal of Chamberlain's. And if that bothers you Jake Tapper, well that's just too damn bad.

Kudos also to Rep. Michele Bachmann, another true leader and patriot:

Socialized Medicine? HELL NO!

Let's Celebrate: One Less RINO in Congress!

Florida's Senator Mel Martinez, an avid amnesty proponent and supporter of Sonia Sotomayor, announced his resignation today. Hey Senator, DLTDHYONTWO.

Ana Gomez-Mallada at the Ron Klein Meeting

Ana is secretary of the Florida Federation of Republican Women, and had a few things to say about Obamacare:

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Abortion, Obamacare and Quality of Life

Warning: If you can actually watch this without experiencing visceral anguish, anger and outrage, you might just be an Obama-bot. In all seriousness, it is extremely graphic. To all of my pro-choice friends who believe that if a child isn't going to be born into "perfect" circumstances (e.g. a two-parent household with financial stability), that this kind of slaughter is justified, perhaps this video will encourage you to reconsider.

Many of the world's greatest achievers entered the world under less than ideal circumstances. Winston Churchill had a speech impediment, Abraham Lincoln was born into poverty and Leonardo da Vinci was the product of an unwed mother.

Not too long ago, I attended a BBQ at the home of a close friend. Somehow the conversation came around to abortion as we sat around the kitchen table, in one of those strange progressions where a simple, innocuous inquiry like "How is your family?" segues into a passionate argument over whether life begins at conception. Ok, that's quite a stretch, so let me explain. The friend in question's family is still dealing with the ramifications of losing a very young child to a terrible disease a few years back. Later that day, she was going to attend a family dinner commemorating what would've been his eighth birthday.

Somewhere in the mix of lingering grief, heartache and anger, she launched into an understandable tirade about the unfairness of it all, especially given the fact that the boy had two loving parents who provided a good home. Up until that point, I agreed with everything she'd stated.

However in the next breath, she began railing against pregnant teenagers, unwed mothers and even young married adults who willingly reproduce (i.e. choose life) long before they themselves have reached a certain level of maturity and financial security. Now I certainly don't condone teenagers having babies, or even partaking in the activity that leads to their creation; in an ideal scenario, everyone would wait until marriage, or at least until their 20s (when the chances of emotionally maturity are much higher) before having sex -- and when they did, they'd take proper precautions if not ready to care for the needs of an infant. And in a perfect world, if they did actually use birth control, it would never fail. Not ever. Not even once.

But as I said, we don't live in a perfect world. Does that somehow designate unplanned life as disposable?

In a side-by-side comparison, if a married couple in their 30s with stable careers, and two 16 year-old high school sweethearts lacking two nickels to rub against each conceive a child, is the life of the former couple's unborn child somehow more worthy than that of the latter, though neither unborn creation had actually been given a choice, so to speak, about their conception?

Using my friend's logic, the answer would be yes. She'd flatly stated that since young people are "too selfish" to give up their babies for adoption, they should abort them if they cannot adequately provide for their material needs. Of course, if we didn't live in a "hook up" culture that glamorizes meaningless, casual sex, devalues God and preaches moral relativism, there would be far fewer unplanned pregnancies to deal with in the first place. But that's a discussion for another post.

I can and often do agree to disagree with friends, for the sake of the relationship. In this case, the woman in question is a wonderful person for whom I'd do just about anything. What was frustrating to me on that particular day though, was her unwillingness to let me put forth my point of view; every time I tried to make a counter-argument she'd cut me off. It didn't help that our other female friend kept interjecting hard luck stories about her boyfriend's childhood to support the financial wealth justification -- notwithstanding the fact that he'd gone on to achieve great success after growing up a poor kid in a large Irish-Catholic family.

It was kind of like being a guest on The Factor: Before I could complete a sentence, one of them would cut me off. Or, they'd immediately shoot down my premise. For example, when I mentioned that I was once an unplanned pregnancy and as such, was also very grateful that my parents were pro-life, my statement was dismissed because after all, my father was a doctor:

Me: "Yes, that is true but at the time my dad was struggling to get his surgical practice going, barely paying the mortgage on our two-story colonial, which he couldn't afford to fully furnish."

Friend: "Bah! Your parents knew that once he got his career off the ground, the money would come in."

Me: "Fair enough, but suppose God forbid, my dad had been in some kind of accident, leaving him incapacitated and unable to perform surgery while my mom was still in the first trimester. Would that have then justified an abortion? Or what if it had happened years down the road, forcing my mother to take over as breadwinner. She's a pretty smart lady, but in all likelihood, would never have been able to replace my dad's income, which would have taken us down quite a few notches on the economic scale -- maybe even into borderline poverty. We would then be in the dire financial circumstances that according to your premise, justify abortion.

My point again: there are no guarantees in life. Even if a child is born into a near-perfect situation, it could all change in the blink of an eye before he or she is out of diapers. When you get right down to it, innocent human life is innocent human life. Either we believe it is sacred -- flawed though it may be -- or we don't. There is no in-between.

And whether it's Hitler committing mass genocide against the handicapped and entire races of people he deemed inferior; government bureaucrats determining whether it's cost-effective for your 75 year-old mother to have her recommended hip-replacement surgery; or well-intentioned people buying into abortion based on a subjective quality of life argument, all have one thing in common: a deliberate rejection of the laws of God and nature in favor of some Utopian pie-in-the-sky ideal. I can think of 50 million reasons why that is just plain wrong.

Chicago Thuggery in St. Louis

From Gateway Pundit: Dems sneak Union thugs into Carnahan Town Hall -- 1,000 Tea Party Taxpayers Locked Out. Check back to his site for updates as this story is still breaking.

Dennis Miller on Cash for Clunkers

After reading Mark's post, I had to find the video in question!

Missile Defense

President Obama and his appeasement allies in this Democratic controlled Congress fiddle while Rome burns. Their weak, pathetic foreign policy has served to greatly embolden our enemies and cause grave concern among our allies in just seven short months.

Iran inches ever closer to building a nuclear bomb, and Hugo Chavez is running wild in central America. The President's response is to shrug and admonish Israel, the lone democracy in the Middle East. At a time when the President has taken wasteful spending to historic levels, he has proposed cuts to the one area of government where money should be spent, on the defense of our country. He truly believes he can talk any enemy into submission. This naivete has placed all of us in great danger.

Over the last few days the Navy has been monitoring Russian nuclear submarines engaging in maneuvers off of the East Coast. Russia and quite possibly China have the capacity to launch nuclear weapons from mobile submarines that could easily reach American cities. What's to stop these two adversaries from selling this technology to Iran or North Korea. Certainly not the actions of this administration. Such capability makes it much harder for us to shoot down one of these nuclear missiles in the event of an attack. It is much easier to effectively thwart an attack from a nuclear missile that is launched from a stationary pad on land.

The only way to thwart such an attack is by establishing an effective missile defense. President Reagan was way ahead of the curve on this issue in the 19080s but was derailed by a liberal Congress who mocked the system and referred to it as "Star Wars". As a parent of four, I certainly wish that our foolish lawmakers had been as wise as "The Gipper."

The problem with a nuclear attack is that a missile that somehow evades our defenses and gets through can do great damage, even if it doesn't detonate on the ground. An enemy could purposely detonate a nuke in the upper reaches of the atmosphere over America, and still cause great damage through a phenomenon known as electromagnetic pulse. Such an explosion would create an electromagnetic field which would take out all of our satellites, computers, and even small items such as cell phones. The entire country would be debilitated and subject to an even more devastating attack. I would strongly recommend that everyone go the Claremont Institute website for more detailed information on this subject.

The President has completely ignored this topic and has focused solely on socializing the American health care system. I would suggest Mr. President that if you are truly concerned about health care, that you immediately lobby Congress to pass a bill to fully fund a missile defense system for the 21st century. If you don't Sir and an attack is successful, you will not have to manufacture a health care crisis anymore, you will have a very real one on your hands.

It's Miller Time!

Dennis Miller was absolutely hilarious on the "O'Reilly Factor" last night. When the host asked him about cash for clunkers, his response was off the comedic Richter scale. About this foolish boondoggle Mr. Miller retorted that, " the President is turning the shining city on a hill into Fred Sanford's front lawn." When O'Reilly replied that they should put the clunkers on the White House lawn and invite Demond Wilson, the actor who played Lamont Sanford, both men lost it as did I, and I'm sure millions of other viewers.

In a related funny vein, I saw one of the best bumper stickers of all time on my way to work last week. It simply read " if guns kill people, then spoons made Rosie O'Donnell fat." So simple, so funny,so true, so profound.

Phil Kerpen, Policy Director for AFP Responds to Rachel Maddow

H/T: Matt Lewis at Townhall.

Female Jealousy Rears Its Ugly Head Again

To paraphrase a former governor from the state of Texas (you know, the one George W. Bush soundly defeated in 1994?), "Poor Kathleen Parker, she just can't help herself. It's not her fault she was born with diarrhea of the mouth!"

Via C4P, I encountered yet another lovely example of Palin Derangement Syndrome on display from the allegedly conservative writer, whose rantings betray not only Parker's incurable jealousy vis-a-vis Alaska's recently retired governor, but also a fatal ingestion of the Obama Kool-Aid. And apparently, both maladies have proven to be quite lucrative for the previously obscure (though to be fair, her work has appeared on the National Review and Townhall sites, among others) and hopelessly elitist mirror-image of another envious Palin-basher, Maureen Dowd.

Quoting C4P's R.A. Mansour:

First off, Kathleen Parker is a disgrace. She uses Sarah Palin in her articles because Palin is her gravy train. Before she attacked Palin during the 2008 election, Parker was an obscure and talentless writer. Now Parker is a famous and talentless writer. This outrageous panel basically accused Sarah Palin of racism simply because she is a white woman. Merely being a white woman and challenging Barack Obama means that you are racist. Apparently anyone who disagrees with Barack Obama about health care, cap and trade, and his fiscal policies is a racist or fomenting racism. The term socialist is now apparently a racial epithet. (Question: If I call Gordon Brown a socialist, am I calling him a racial epithet?) This panel accuses Sarah Palin of being evil just because she challenges Barack Obama. They are accusing all of us of being evil simply because we disagree with Obama’s leftwing policies.

So to paraphrase Newsweek, I guess conservatives are all racists now, except for "enlightened" ones like Kathleen Parker, who is apparently basking in the glow of adoration emanating from MSNBC's 10 delusional viewers, not to mention tingly-legged Chris Matthews. I hate to admit this, but she reminds me of a common site in my area of Florida: the overly made-up; excessively nipped, tucked and surgically pumped up; inappropriately dressed, 50-something Boca Babe, sitting at the end of the bar in an upscale establishment, trying to compete with much-younger and much more beautiful women for the attention of wealthy, attractive males of all ages.

Parker may not be a product of plastic surgery, or a woman who dresses as if she hasn't yet turned thirty, but her relentless diatribes against Palin (whose accomplishments Parker never acknowledges) spring from the same well of insecurity that repeatedly drives an aging South Florida female to the plastic surgeon's office. In Kathleen Parker's case, it appears that being the "right" kind of conservative so as to be accepted into the Washington D.C. cocktail party circuit takes precedence over espousing any kind of principled stand against Obama's treacherous foreign policy, unprecedented spending and Hitler-esque "snitch on your neighbor" tactics. No, for an aging hag like Kathleen Parker, it's much more lucrative and enjoyable -- in a demented sort of way -- to perpetuate her smear campaign against a woman to whom she'll never measure up if she lives to be 100.

In a Parker vs. Palin match-up, the so-called journalist is hopelessly out-classed, out-accomplished, out-witted and definitely out-of-her league in the looks department. And no amount of lipstick is gonna beautify that pig.

Dr. Al Discusses Obamacare, Specter, Sebelius and Sestak

Last night our father, affectionately known as Dr. Al around the blogosphere, was featured on two BTR programs: Gryph's Gripes and Red State Town Hall with Premo Mondone. Here's the embed for Gryph's:

And the embed for RSTH:

Dad was excellent, as usual!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Neil Cavuto on Obama's Thin Skin

RNC Ad - "In Denial"

Operation "Flag the White House"

Posing with another RWE, my good friend Karen, at the July 4 Tea Party in West Palm.

Per the erudite advice of Michelle Malkin and the blog Brutally Honest, I decided to save Obama and his blind followers the trouble of having to track me down for being a "Right Wing Extremist" actively working to kill his DEATHcare bill, among other things. I encourage all of you to do the same. Dictators you see, have no sense of humor as noted by my sources above. Keeping that in mind, I just emailed the following to

Hello White House!

I just thought I'd "turn myself in" as a member of the patriot resistance who is actively and regularly speaking out against your Marxist plans for my country. You can find me in a number of places: my blog Palin Drone, www.palin-drone.blogspot.c
om (yes, named in honor of that wonderful patriot and authentic leader from Alaska); and on my Facebook, AmericaC2C, SmartGirlPolitics, God Bless America, Twitter and YouTube pages, just to name a few (I blog in many places, you see). And you can also listen to me on Blog Talk Radio, where I co-host a few shows and appear as guest on a number of others. Hey, tune in some time if you can! We'd love to debate you on the issues.

One other thing: You don't scare me with your "spy on your neighbor" tactics, and since I don't like to inconvenience anyone, I figured I'd write to you directly about my anti-Obamacare/anti-Cap and Trade/anti-communism activities. It's an arrogant American, self-reliance kind of thing -- something your brain-washed supporters would know nothing about. But then again, they don't know much about anything, do they? And they sure as heck don't know a damn thing about this proposed, horrendous, government-sponsored healthcare bill. Hate to burst your bubble but I have some bad news for you...these lemmings are vastly outnumbered by smart, informed citizens like me, some of whom I hung out with at Ron Klein's office this morning. And if you don't believe me, consult the polls...or my Facebook photo album.

Avidly working for "change" in 2010 and 2012,

Daria DiGiovanni

My Experience at the Ron Klein Meeting

This post would be more aptly titled, "My Experience with Ron Klein's Staff" since the congressman didn't deem his lowly constituents worthy of his presence today. Sure, they explained that this was never supposed to be a "Town Hall" but rather their routine monthly meeting at the Lighthouse Point Library, where Klein's representatives typically meet with voters to presumably listen to their concerns.

Let's for a moment accept their explanation as valid, and assume they speak the truth. The fact of the matter is, Democrats in Congress like Klein, led by "King Obama" (as many in the crowd of 200+ referred to him) have been relentlessly beating the drum that "our healthcare system is broken," and that the sky is going to fall in if our moral superiors in D.C. don't ram Obamacare down our throats. If the situation from their perspective is so dire, isn't that all the more reason for Klein to act like a man and plead his case, even if he doesn't normally attend these monthly gatherings? To listen to the voices of opposition and have a real dialogue (to use one of liberals' favorite words) with the people he purports to represent? Or is that we now have an "Imperial Congress," led by Queen Pelosi that knows what's best for us peasants, who damn well better learn our place in the new Obama regime pecking order?

If that's the case, the peasants in question obviously didn't receive the edict because over 200 hundred of them vocally and forcefully stood up for freedom today, armed with some of the most disturbing provisions of the bill. As several took their place at the microphone at the front of the room, they displayed not only their palpable anger at Washington D.C. and our president, but also their vast knowledge on the issue. I mentioned before in a previous post that representatives like Klein, Wexler, Nelson and other elected officials had better understand that they are not dealing with MoveOn/ACORN/Obama zombies when it comes to the patriot resistance, but an informed, intelligent majority.

And despite the classic case of liberal media projection, we truly are a grass-roots movement, made up of Constitution-loving Americans of all ages, genders and -- yes liberal media -- even sexual orientation, as affirmed by at least one gentleman who inquired as to whether his HIV treatment would be discontinued as a result of government rationing. There were folks who'd once lived under communist oppression, including women from Iran and Cuba, and a gentleman (my friend Dmitry) from Russia. All fired up the crowd with their true-life horror stories of government-run healthcare. A woman from Canada related her tale about how a life-saving procedure in North Carolina, administered to her husband in an emergency situation while traveling in the US, would never have been allowed in her home country.

We heard from doctors, insurance agents, business-people, senior citizens, homemakers and even young teenagers.

The testimonials were genuine and heartfelt, delivered with an urgency that electrified the crowd. At many points during the two-hour meeting, loud, spontaneous chants of "Vote him out!", "Allen West!" (Klein's conservative challenger in 2010), and "How dumb do you think we are?" (aimed at the staffers) erupted. People would often yell out, "You've awakened a sleeping giant!", "No healthcare coverage for illegals!" and "Vote the bums out!" during the course of an individual's presentation, spurred on by something they'd said and/or read from the bill itself.

When pressed if she'd actually read the bill, one of Klein's staffers responded affirmatively, though many of us, shall we say, had our doubts. In all fairness, she did allow each person their time at the microphone, and at least gave the impression of interest by taking notes, though that didn't occur until my friend Karen angrily called out to her to pay attention, having noticed that the woman was carrying on a private conversation while a constituent was speaking.

Then there was the mother of three sitting behind the set-up at the front of the room who kept banging her shoe on the table, viscerally annoyed by the sheer noise, size and passion of the crowd. She wasn't too happy when one man observed loudly that her gesture was synonymous with the actions of Nikita Khrushchev. I don't know who she was, but it appeared she might have been part of Klein's team.

Be assured: We the People have have had enough and we're not gonna take it anymore! As one man articulated, Obama and the Democrat Congress have no idea what they've done. And perhaps he's right when he states that this is the best thing that could've ever happened to the country because people are off of the couch and involved. To quote another woman, "This is what real community organizing looks like!"

Overall, I came away from the event feeling inspired, though I did have a little incident with an arrogant Sun-Sentinel reporter, Linda Trischitta. She'd asked Ed Lynch, candidate for Congress for FL District 19 (Wexler's opponent) for an interview, prefacing her first question, "Don't you think these events are manipulative? This was never meant to be a Town Hall." Having been standing nearby, I couldn't help but interject, "Manipulative! What is manipulative about citizens exercising their right to free speech and assembly?" Then I walked outside to leave Ed to his response and gather a few remaining patriots, who were immediately angered when I relayed what had transpired.

A few minutes later, we all walked back in and assertively responded to her comment. I asked her why, if the situation is so dire, that Congressman Klein didn't make it his business to be there, and further noted that this is the single biggest domestic issue threatening our freedom at the moment. Therefore, we all have a right to be heard. And when I told her I was quoted in her paper a few weeks ago about my participation in the protests outside of Wexler's office, she sarcastically replied, "How nice for you!" Which of course sums of the attitude of the mainstream media and the Obama Administration rather nicely. Out of respect for Ed and the protesters nationwide who've been falsely accused of violence, I refrained from reacting.

She did admit that she had only been present for the last 10 minutes, before proceeding to grill everyone around her about whether they were a member of an organized group. The old media really is stuck on its own delusional narrative, that's for sure.

Anyway, I also met reporter Andrea Freygang from the local Deerfield paper, Observer, who graciously gave me her card. I will look for her report on their website and add a link as soon as I have it.

Keep up the fight; we are definitely getting under their skin, and we can definitely kill this horrendous piece of legislation before it destroys the best healthcare system in the world. But now is the time to turn up the heat, so stay involved, stay vocal and stay vigilant.

UPDATE: Here's Andrea Freygang's report. And the link to my Facebook photo album.

UPDATE II: Not sure how I missed this, but I just learned from another friend who was in attendance that Klein's staffers actually left behind the forms containing constituents' contact information for the Congressman. Apparently, they were just going through the motions when they passed around the clipboard.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Glenn Beck Wishes Barack Obama a Happy Birthday

If you weren't able to catch this live, it is definitely worth the nine minutes!

O'Reilly Confronts Palin Divorce Rumors

Just when I think I am never going to watch him again (for various annoying reasons), he does something good by covering the latest slander aimed at Governor Palin. Megyn Kelly seems to think Palin stands a decent shot at winning, should she decide to pursue justice and -- unlike a few conservatives -- willingly concedes that the treatment this woman and her family have endured at the hands of the media and political operatives has been absolutely unprecedented, her status as a public figure notwithstanding.

Is it too much to hope that now that the story has been given prominence on the top-rated news show on cable television, that these hurtful rumors will finally die, and that all of those on the left and right who were so quick to condemn, gloat over and/or celebrate the demise of the Palin marriage will cease and desist -- at least until the Cloward-Piven/Alinsky strategists come up with their next bogus, reprehensible assault?

More Selective Outrage from the Left

Which is most offensive?

Funny, the LA media didn't have this reaction when President Bush was depicted as Hitler ad nauseam during his eight years in office, or when Governor Sarah Palin actually was hung in effigy during the 2008 campaign. But ridicule their messiah as The Joker and their oh-so-sensitive feelings compel them to condemn the creator as "mean-spirited" and "dangerous," as Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson does in this report from KTLA:

Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson is calling the depiction, politically mean spirited and dangerous. Hutchinson is challenging the group or individual that put up the poster to have the courage and decency to publicly identify themselves. "Depicting the president as demonic and a socialist goes beyond political spoofery," says Hutchinson, "it is mean-spirited and dangerous." "We have issued a public challenge to the person or group that put up the poster to come forth and publicly tell why they have used this offensive depiction to ridicule President Obama."

Apparently, dissent and freedom of speech are no longer patriotic when there's a far-left radical -- I mean -- Democrat, in the White House. The irony of course is that lefties like Hutchinson, with their blind adoration for Barack Obama and knee-jerk intolerance for those who dare mock him, are the ones who are truly reflective of Hitler's brainwashed civilian corps. And in light of the fact that right-leaning political figures have been subjected to far worse, his criticisms are more than a tad hypocritical.

Where was his horror when the film Assassination of a President made its debut, while said president was still serving his term and presiding over two difficult wars? Why no urgency to out Sarah Palin's blatantly misogynist detractors? At least in the case of Barack Obama, the socialist accusation is grounded in his own proposed legislation, policies and rhetoric. We can argue whether it defiles the office of the presidency to produce such images, but if we're going to have that debate, by all means let's consider all offenders and political targets -- not simply those who disagree with your embodiment of Hope and Change.

Memo to Obama and his lemmings: freedom of speech and expression work both ways. If you can't stand the heat, perhaps it's best if you stick to community organizing.

Tea Party Anthem

Via one of my Facebook friends, I came upon this incredibly inspiring video, made by an Alabama teen. Keep the faith and keep fighting...we're Americans, and that's what we do!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Malkin Talks "Culture of Corruption" on The View

Poor Joy Behar, who cannot seem to overcome her chronic case of Bush Derangement Syndrome, was hopelessly outwitted by Michelle Malkin's calm command of the facts and unfazed articulation of her premise. Ditto for an obviously annoyed Whoopi. It is a classic ploy of committed liberals to accuse conservatives of being in blind lockstep with President Bush and all Republicans, when the reality is that prominent bloggers and journalists like Malkin have taken both Bush and the GOP to task repeatedly over rampant spending, expansion of big government, amnesty and refusal to seal the borders -- among other things.

If Behar or Goldberg possessed any intellectual honesty, not to mention genuine interest their guest, they would've paid a visit to her site(s) where her viewpoints are eloquently presented for all to read. But that's not really the point is it? Blaming Bush is a nice deflection from the abject failures of the Mistaken Won. God forbid a well-researched book thoroughly refute the notion of "Hope and Change" that hoodwinked far too many Americans, many of whom are already expressing buyer's remorse. And we're only halfway into the first year of his term.

God bless Michelle for her intrepid reporting, and her fearlessness in confronting the snake pit. As she duly notes, every audience member went home with a copy of her book, and the ladies were reduced to arguing about how corrupt the O-Team is, not whether they are corrupt in the first place. Score this one a victory for our side!

Specter and Sebelius Booed at Philadelphia Town Hall Meeting

Among the supporters of free market solutions for health care who outnumbered the crazy MoveOn/ACORN/Union thugs yesterday at the Constitution Center were my very own mom and dad. Both reported later that a fired-up crowd of patriots heartily booed Democrats Specter and Sebelius, who displayed little tolerance for dissenting opinions on Obamacare....what a surprise. Here's a short video that captures the mood of the majority of the crowd:

Note the title assigned to it by the poster: "The crazies come out to discuss healthcare reform." Not only are the Obamabots distasteful entitlement creatures, they are thoroughly lacking a sense of irony. As I can attest from my experience in front of Senator Bill Nelson's office last week, the only "crazies" are the hyperventilating socialists who support this bill -- uninformed robots who don't even possess the initiative to even read its provisions, or the creativity and drive to create their own signs. They just show up to protest -- most likely paid by their radical organizations -- armed with standard, generic placards provided by the home office.

According to Pamela Geller's report, the pro-Obamacare troops who descended upon the Constitution Center yesterday were not private citizens either, but members of Planned Parenthood, ACORN and unions. And no matter the setting, the class warfare tactics remain the same. My mom reported that one of the female government-run healthcare supporters actually accused her of "living in a mansion" and "spending all her time at the country club," neither of which happens to be true. And even if it was, so what? This is America, if you want something, work for it. I know that's a novel concept for these folks, but it sure would be nice if they'd give it a try instead of expecting the government, i.e. productive, diligent taxpayers, to hand them everything.

As for those "evil" profits, John Stossel points out that financial reward drives innovation, which in turn leads to medical advancement. He recently offered this report on the Canadian system:

When a cat or a dog takes priority over a human, something's terribly wrong, eh?

But back to Specter:

Having witnessed my parents fighting for tort reform back in the 80s and receiving only lip-service from treacherous career politicians like ol' Arlen, I can't get enough of watching him squirm before an angry electorate. And given the fact that it's now a horse-race between him and Pat Toomey, it is my fervent hope to post a video of Specter's concession speech in the not-too-distant future.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

South Florida Tea Party

My friend and fellow activist Everett Wilkinson just sent me this excellent video. Using some photos taken by myself and other patriots at the recent Tea Parties and free market healthcare rallies, he created a nice montage of images set to the song, Power to the People. Enjoy!

Sunday Tribute

Set to the music of another beautiful Sarah, this You Tube video is a wonderful tribute to an outstanding woman, citizen, Christian, wife, mother and patriot:

Obamacare: A Poison Pill

The President is bound and determined to destroy the best healthcare system in the world and to replace it with bad medicine for all and rationing of care, in other words socialized medicine. While the bill has cleared the House in the form of committee, it was a minor victory that passage was delayed until after the August recess. This is no time to rejoice however. We must all unite this month to stop this monstrosity as if our lives depended upon it, because they do.

The President is very adept at sleight of hand, saying one thing and doing another. In this case it's very important to take a hard look at the President's medical advisers. Namely, Dr.Ezekial Emanual, the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanual. Dr. Emanual has been appointed health care advisor at the Office of Management and Budget.

The "good doctor" has been quoted as saying that doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously "as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of the costs or effects on others". In other words screw the patient, we've got to control costs. Although, that is a fallacy in itself as costs under this debacle will skyrocket as per the cost projections of the non-partisan OMB. According to Emanual, doctors must look beyond the needs of their patients and consider social justice, such as whether the money could be better spent on somebody else. Understandably, most physicians are horrified by this notion. They believe, rightly, that it is a doctor's job to achieve social justice one patient at a time.

Emanual however is of the belief that "communitarianism" should guide decisions on who gets care. In his warped vision medical care should be reserved for the non-disabled, not given to those " who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens..." In other words, so sorry grandma and little Jimmy with cerebral palsy. You are not productive, therefore you will be denied care.I have not heard such frightening words from a physician since the days of Dr. Josef Mengele of the Third Reich.

It's incredible that the federal government which already decides who gets to be born, will now decide who gets medical care and who gets to die. Unbelievably Emanual attempts to defend his discrimination against older patients as follows: "Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25- year- olds receive priority over 65 - year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years."

It is unbelievable to me that a physician with such a warped philsophy could practice medicine in the United States, yet alone be one of the President's chief medical advisers. Yet this is where we are with this so-called reform bill. This is what it is at its very core. Ignore the flowery prose of the President as well as the slobbering dinosaur media, and look at the details of bill.

This bill must be stopped at all costs. Don't be passive. Take action. Call your Congressman and Senator and attend every town hall meeting you can this month. Your life and our country depend on it.