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BREAKING: Dems Win 35-24 Vote For Government-Run Health Care

July 31, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Communism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Freedom, Health, Liberals, President, Republicans, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, The Law, Warner Todd Huston, Welfare | 6 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Just got word in that the Democrats seem to have overcome their so-called Blue Dog problem at least long enough to vote down any chance of stripping the “public option” from the Democrat sponsored Obamacare version of healthcare “reform” currently roiling the House of Reps.

U.S. Rep. Doctor Mike Burgess (R, Texas) tried to introduce an amendment that would strip the House bill of the public option. Burgess worries about the regressive price controls and rationing as well as the pressure that the public option would put on the medical and insurance industries that would, in the end, force millions of Americans to lose their current medical care plans — something President Obama keeps falsely claiming won’t happen.

So, as so many have said, don’t put your faith in the Blue Dogs to save us. They are still Democrats, after all.
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UN Putting Education in Government’s Hands and the End of Homeschooling

July 31, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Children, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Family, Liberals, Religion, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Taxes, The Law, UN, Warner Todd Huston, Welfare | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Homeschooling is a growing trend in the United States today. Many thousands of parents wary of government indoctrination of their children, not to mention tired of the plummeting level of actual education threatening our kid’s futures, are taking their children’s education into their own hands and setting up homeschools. The trend is also starting to alarm the bureaucrats in government that count on using our children as a device to bring in state and federal tax money as well as teachers unions that relish the power of controlling our progeny. Consequently, state governments are increasingly looking at regulations meant to hamper homeschooling efforts.

But it isn’t just American bureaucrats and unions looking to justify their jobs that homeschoolers should worry about. From outside the U.S. there is a looming threat to homeschooling. Not only education sits in the crosshairs but the very the rights of parents to decide what is best for their own children could be threatened. This threat will likely manifest itself if the U.S. ratifies the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Currently the U.S. is not a signatory to this treaty and it would be better for parents if that remains the case because the UNCRC, if ratified, could set the stage for a complete government takeover of all education regardless of the desires or religious convictions of parents throughout the United States. And as mentioned this treaty also has the potential to eliminate parent’s rights altogether and, not just with education. Current events in Great Britain, a signatory to the treaty, are being closely watched by American homeschoolers and evidence seems to be mounting that worries about the UNCRC are well founded.

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Some of the Democrat’s Healthcare Lies Discussed

July 31, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Communism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Freedom, Health, Liberals, President, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (R, Wyoming) has written an important piece illuminating five of the most important points about the House Democrat’s healthcare bill. In her piece headlined Five Things You Need to Know About the House Democrats’ Health Care Bill, Lummis gives us some actual facts about some of the more insidious Democrat tax hikes, rationing plans, and regulations in the bill.

This is must reading for anyone interested in knowing what Democrats have in store for all of us.

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A Government Run by Mrs. Kravitz

July 31, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Communism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Frank Salvato, Freedom, Health, Liberals, President, Socialism, Society/Culture | Comments Off

-By Frank Salvato

If you are a Baby Boomer you, no doubt, remember the television series Bewitched, starring Elizabeth Montgomery. Ms. Montgomery played Samantha Stevens, a witch who was married to a mortal and who lived in a quintessential American suburb. One of the regular characters – and one of the funnier characters – was a neighbor of the Stevens’, Gladys Kravitz, played by Alice Pearce and then Sandra Gould. An incredibly nosey neighbor, Gladys Kravitz was always just moments away from being able to prove to her husband, Abner, that “something very strange is going on over at the Stevens’ house.” Gladys Kravitz was the model busybody and, if she were alive and real today, she would, no doubt, be a member of the 111th Congress.

Gladys Kravitz knew everything and nothing at all, all at the same time. Her advice was most always wrong and her opinion was most always uninformed but this didn’t mean that she ever gave thought to not offering both to anyone and everyone with whom she came in contact. Mrs. Kravitz, as Samantha always called her, believed that she was always right, even without knowing all the facts or understanding all the issues. That she existed was enough reason for her input to be solicited and Lord help you if you didn’t act on her advice in an expeditious manner! Just ask Abner!

As I remember the character I can’t help but think that we have a factionalist gaggle of Mrs. Kravitzs currently running our government. Then, in deference to Ms. Pearce, Ms. Gould and the writers of Bewitched, I reconsidered…the gaggle now in control of the US government is much worse. The 111th Congress can only be described as being run by a minority of know-it-alls who insist they know what’s best for you, for me, for our entire country without any practical experience to support their arrogance and without any understanding of reality to sustain their bloated sense of elitist superiority.
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What if the DMV Gave You Your Healthcare?

July 30, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Freedom, Health, Liberals, President, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Here is a more thoughtful video on why Obamacare is bad for us all. Most of the videos we get are the flashy, soundbyte type, but this one is just one fellow having a conversation with us on why Obamacare is such a disaster economically and will curtail our freedom. It was put out by the Acton Institute.

Of course, one of the worst aspect of this policy, like most Big Government policies, is that Obamacare treats you like a child not smart enough to make your own decisions. But another problem is that once we get this mess in place it will be nearly impossible to get rid of it once we all realize what a mess it is. You know the old saying, there’s nothing so immortal as a government program.


L.A.Times Uses Car Racing Report to…Bash Palin?

July 30, 2009 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

So, you are a car racing reporter and you have a big story about the news that BMW has pulled out of the Formula 1 race scene. So, what better way to start off your report by saying that BMW is the “Sarah Palin” of F1 racing?

Revealing a complete lack of understanding of politics and Palin’s situation, sports writer Dan Neil has decided that BMW is “just like” Sarah Palin ostensibly because it quit the race scene in a piece headlined “BMW quits Formula 1. It is now the Sarah Palin of F1 and the future of KERS.”

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WTH, Now on RightWingNews.com!

July 30, 2009 | Filed Under Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Folks, I am proud to announce that I am joining John Hawkins’ RightWingNews.com. My first piece is up there now so please pop on over and take a look see.

UN Putting Education in Government’s Hands and the End of Homeschooling – Right Wing News


Another Unelected Obama ‘Committee’ to Control Healthcare Costs

July 30, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Communism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Health, Liberals, President, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Franklin Roosevelt thought controlling prices of things would right the depressed economy. Today, more economists every day are admitting that his efforts caused The Great Depression to last at least five years longer than it needed to. In the 70s Richard Nixon thought that his program of price controls would save the economy. Instead, it wrecked it further. And now, in 2009, as the Obama administration contemplates a massive government takeover of the nation’s healthcare system — nearly 20% of our national economy — at the top of the list of things to do is to set up effective price controls on services.

In fact, Medicare already does this and it has been the sort of mandates and government meddling that has helped lead to the downfall of our medical system as it is. Right now, Medicare pays only some 40% of the actual costs of medical care forcing one of several situations. Doctors that end up not getting paid, patients on the hook for what is left, or hospitals that never get reimbursed for services causing them to try and charge higher prices to everyone else to make up the difference. And, of course, the low reimbursement rates that Medicare pays out has an effect on the high cost of insurance, as well.

But what will come once Obamacare is passed will far exceed the mess that the price fixing via Medicare has wrought. Worse, there will be no effective way for the people to have a say in what sort of prices that government forces on the industry because Obama plans to create another one of his ubiquitous “committees” with a mandate to set these price controls, fees and schedules.

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Brit Patients Don’t Complain Because Nothing Can be Done

July 30, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Europe, Health, Liberals, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Ever get a speeding ticket? Have you looked at that ticket in your hand and for a brief second imagined that you’d go right down there to that court and dispute it? But, then you realize that there is simply nothing you can do. No judge or police officer will care what really happened. You realize that government won’t do a thing for you. So, you sigh and just send in a payment.

Now take that feeling of helplessness, that surety that government is a faceless, impersonal and uncaring beast and realize that it will be that cold monster giving you your healthcare if Obama gets his way. The Brits have already realized this and that is why almost one in three national healthcare patients that have problems with their service don’t bother to complain to government. After all, it’s government and there is nothing anyone can really do to help.

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Destructive Social Justice

July 30, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Freedom, Health, Liberals, President, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Thomas Brewton | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

The Democrat/Socialist Party’s plan to nationalize healthcare exemplifies the essence of social justice: an invidious urge to destroy what exists and a faith that social harmony depends upon making everyone equally miserable.

Liberal-progressives estimate that 46 million people, 15% of the population, lack health insurance. In order to provide them insurance, liberal-progressives intend to force each of us to forgo any vestige of individuality and to accept a prison-like regimentation of our healthcare.

When Hillary Clinton was working in 1993 to impose socialized medicine upon us, the Washington Monthly, one of the purest strains of socialism within the liberal-progressive, mainstream media, editorialized forthrightly that a fundamental aim and benefit of Hillary Care would be forcing business leaders to sit for hours in crowded doctors’ waiting rooms to receive medical care. There is more than a bit of nastiness in this liberal-progressive urge to smash what others have built and to drag people down to their level.
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Every Day Is A Bad Hair Day When You Send The Wrong Signals

July 30, 2009 | Filed Under Ann "Babe" Huggett, Democrats/Leftists, Islam, Islamofascism, Liberals, Race, Religion, Society/Culture, Terrorism | Comments Off

-By Ann “Babe” Huggett

While the rest of the fashion world is buzzing about US First Lady Michelle Obama’s new up do that took her from a Laura Petrie wannabe into the Victoria Beckham top not crowd, a bizarre little news story about a disturbing trend in British headwear has largely gone unnoticed. Yet the implications of the article are far reaching and an ultimate threat to the authority of police women in all Western countries.

So let’s visit the seemingly obliging police force of Avon and Somerset in England to see how the secularist state’s mania for political correctness has come up with an uncalled for catering to Islamic “sensitivity” concerning community relations. In a move that only those in love with subservient dhimmitude status can dream of, non-Muslim police women in Avon and Somerset now are issued with headscarves to wear when they enter local mosques on police business. There are somber black scarves for police uniforms and blue ones for Police Community Support Officers.

Naturally, Muslims were delighted to be consulted especially since modern Islamic headscarves are a sign of political resistance to Western culture and not a religious requirement although politically minded Muslim women within the UK’s police and medical establishments already clamored for and got uniform style hijabs accepted for their professions. No matter what the sex of the wearer, when you strip away a part of a police officer’s uniform, you symbolically strip away the power and the authority of the office. It’s the same reason why security guards’ uniforms so closely resemble police uniforms; there is power inherent in the outfit. Police uniforms are a visible sign of authority, which carries not only the full support and approval of the state, but also the compliance and respect of the citizenry.
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Should a 7-Day-Long Job be Counted as a ‘Job Created’ by Stimulus?

July 29, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Communism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Jobs, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, President, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Some state governments are playing fast and loose with the stats to “prove” that stimulus money is going to “new jobs” by counting temporary jobs that lasted for as little as seven days as a “new job” credited to the stimulus.

Who cannot agree that counting a temporary job that lasted a mere seven days to the “jobs created” column is a farce? A seven-day -long job is meaningless to job stability and job creation. A seven-day-long job adds nothing long term and barely anything short term to the economy or the nation and is built on a false assumption that the money wasted by government has “done something” for the economy. It is but a shady accounting practice meant to cover Washington’s rear end and nothing more.

In truth, this stimulus money has done nothing but expand government as it is used to fund government programs. It has not stimulated anything but government.

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Liberal: Make the Fat People Pay for Everyone’s Healthcare

July 29, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Business, Communism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Freedom, Health, Liberals, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A July 25 L.A. Times blog piece is a perfect example of the anti-liberty left that I have talked about previously, those who would dictate from government on high how we are to lead our lives in order to deserve the government healthcare that we all pay our taxes to provide “for free” to everyone. For the Times, Melissa Healy is positing that we should tax fat people to pay for Obamacare because of the “obesity epidemic” that is driving up medical costs.

So, if Healy had her way, we’d have the government telling us what we are allowed to eat in order to deserve healthcare. Of course, I am sure that this rather fascistic health nut would also tell you with a serious face that healthcare is a “right,” too. So, how might she reconcile the “right” to healthcare to a fascistic controlling of people’s lives in order to deserve the benefit of that healthcare? She has probably never even thought of the question, sadly.

So let me delineate the liberal dilemma.

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Defining the Problem(s) is the Crux of the National Broadband Plan

July 29, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Google, Inernet, Scott Cleland, Society/Culture, Technology | Comments Off

-By Scott Cleland

FCC Broadband Coordinator Blair Levin described the crux of the National Broadband Plan in testifying before the Commission 7-02 as “identifying where there are currently ‘demonstrable public interest harms.'” That central task is essentially defining the problem(s) and is necessary to complete the last task of the plan: “identifying ways to lessen those public interest harms,” or recommending solutions. Defining the problem largely defines the range of recommended solutions.

The plural use of “harms” here suggests that the Plan could end up “identifying” more problems than the obvious core problem prompting the Plan — that not “all people of the United States have access to broadband capability.”

Levin’s choice of a classic organizational structure, background-problem-solution, is a wise, useful and simplifying approach for such an exceedingly complex endeavor.
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Social Engineering and Price Controls

July 29, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Free Trade, Freedom, Liberals, President, Society/Culture, Taxes, Thomas Brewton | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

All government intervention in the economy distorts decision making, with bad and unanticipated results.

Classical economics, on the whole, attempts to explain how individuals behave under changing economic conditions. The implicit idea is that people, acting as individuals, collectively move an economy. But classical economics recognizes that within an economy, many different economic factors impinge upon individuals who have highly variegated economic preferences. Free market prices, changing continually in response to the changing balance of supply and demand across markets for tens of thousands of different kinds of products and services, are the signals that trigger individuals’ economic decisions.

Keynesian macroeconomics, in contrast, assumes that the economy is comprised of monolithic abstractions treated as if they were independent, controllable “things.” Among others, those “things” are consumption, savings, investment, wages, and employment. The implicit assumption is that everybody can be controlled by one-size-fits-all policies. Thus divorced from the multitude of individual aspects of real life, Keynesian economists believe that their computer models can with precision predict consumption, investment, and wages, enabling them to maintain full employment at all times.
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Flight 93 Update

July 28, 2009 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Flight 93, Islam, Islamofascism, Liberals, Media Bias, Race, Religion, Security/Safety, Society/Culture | Comments Off

Memorial Project still helping the hijacker fix his disguise

Blogburst logo, petition

After denying for 4 years that the Crescent of Embrace memorial to Flight 93 will contain 44 inscribed memorial panels (equaling the number of passengers, crew, AND terrorists) the Memorial Project has announced a new design that appears to collapse three of the panels into one:
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The Media’s Constant Palin Hyperbole

July 28, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A recent CBS report by Scott Conroy and director of political coverage Steve Chaggaris is typical of the hyperbole to which the Old Media is prone when “reporting” (by that you can read dramatizing) Sarah Palin’s political doings.

This report is not as chock full of it as some others that have utilized over-the-top phrases and rhetoric to beat down Palin, but there are a few here that ring typical of the sort of backdoor slams that the Old Media constantly over use in its Palin coverage.

We start with the opening line:

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SEIUs Healthcare Pact With Wal-Mart Annoys AFL-CIO

July 28, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Health, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Security/Safety, SEIU, Society/Culture, Taxes, The Law, Unions, Warner Todd Huston, Welfare | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Wal-Mart is making unions mad… again. But this time it is for joining forces with one as opposed to merely opposing them. Wal-Mart has recently joined forces with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to help them push through the disastrous Obamacare policies that the SEIU is championing.

While the SEIU is one of the largest, most powerful unions in the country, not all unions are happy with the labor group’s teaming up with the retail giant.

“We’re not too happy with Wal-Mart. We don’t think they should be an example of how to fix the health-care problems in America,” AFL-CIO President James Hoffa, Jr. told reporters.

As it happens, I agree with Hoffa that Wal-Mart’s agreement with the SEIU makes it an imperfect example by which to push healthcare “reform.” You see, Wal-Mart is not pursuing what would be a good policy for the country. It is pursuing what would be a good policy for Wal-Mart and a bad one for Wal-Mart’s competition.

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Even Obama’s Doctor is Against it…

July 28, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Health, Liberals, President, Security/Safety, Socialism, Society/Culture, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

A video from the Our Country Deserves Better PAC…


President Obama’s Case Against Healthcare Reform

July 28, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Congress, Dan Scott, Democrats/Leftists, Health, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, President, Society/Culture, The Law | Comments Off

-By Dan Scott

If you take President Obama’s example at face value concerning unnecessary tonsillectomies here are six points to consider why he basically made the case against his so called Healthcare Reform Plan (ObamaCare):

1) He accused doctors of unnecessary medical procedures. His example was a pediatrician profiting from tonsillectomies. Since when does a pediatrician perform surgeries? They don’t, a (pediatric) surgeon does. A pediatrician does not get any kickback or money from the surgeon for the referral. His example shows either a profound ignorance of the division of labor within health care or a deliberate deception. In fact under his example, the pediatrician would make MORE money from seeing the child repeatedly over a period of months by collecting the copay at each visit under a PPO arrangement. In an HMO where the doctor makes most of his money on a flat rate per patient per month regardless of the number of times the person sees the doctor. Under an HMO, the pediatrician would make money by making the tonsillectomy referral since seeing an individual LESS would mean having more patients on the roster thus collecting more money in the aggregate. However, most HMOs would ding the pediatrician for having a higher rate of referrals thus restricting their medical practice to stop such abuse.

2) All medical procedures on a child or adult are done with the prior CONSENT of the guardian or patient. If you are going to question the integrity of doctors, you will also have to question the motives of guardians and patients for acting proactively.
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APs Babington Misleads That Gates Arrested Because He’s Black

July 27, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Police, President, Race, Society/Culture, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In an “analysis” on how President Obama is dealing with the race issue, AP writer Charles Babington seems to have based his take on what happened to Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on the assumption that Gates was arrested for being black in his home, not that he was arrested for disorderly conduct and for his outrageous disrespect for a police officer — something to which other police officers involved attest, officers that are themselves minorities.

Babington so soft peddles Obama’s gaffe against the police officers, leaving out so many details that, after reading the story, one finds it difficult to understand why Obama’s words were so controversial. And it’s all in a seeming effort to cover for the president and try to help him reclaim the high ground on race in America. The whole Babington piece appears to be far more of an effort to smooth the waters for Obama instead of provide any actual analysis of the incident.

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Obama Admin Requiring Economy Wrecking, Budget Bloating Project Labor Agreements

July 27, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Communism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Jobs, Liberals, President, Socialism, Society/Culture, State Government, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

What is a project labor agreement (PLA) and why is it bad for our economy? And why is President Obama so intent on implementing these budget busting regulations right in the middle of a depressed economy?

First of all a PLA is a requirement forced on building contractors by the federal government and some state governments. In order for a building contractor to be awarded a government building contract a PLA demands that it must adopt union pay scales and collective bargaining whether the builder is a union shop or not.

Secondly, it should seem pretty obvious why a PLA is a bad thing. Not only does a PLA force the costs of federal construction to rise to satisfy undeserved demands by Big Labor, but to force the 80% of America’s contracting companies to observe costly union contract requirements in order to get a federal contract results in a situation where only union contractors can get federal business. This excludes the largest number of America’s builders from government building jobs in order to favor the 20% of those contractors that are unionized.

PLAs also negatively affect construction workers, as well. In some states, for instance, a PLA forces non-unionized workers to pay union dues — sometimes at reduced rates, but paying nonetheless — while working on a government construction job. So even if an employee cannot in good conscience join a union, the government will force that employee to pay union dues anyway. If that doesn’t violate freedom of association, what does?

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Freedoms YOU Will Lose With Obamacare

July 27, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Communism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Free Trade, Freedom, Health, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, President, Security/Safety, Socialism, Society/Culture, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Two recent articles do a wonderful job addressing some of the freedoms that each of us will lose if President Obama’s nationalized healthcare takeover occurs. One by John Fund of the all Street Journal and a second in Fortune by editor at large Shawn Tully really drive home how healthcare “reform” is a barely disguised grab for power by Democrats in Congress and the White House.

Tully outlines for us five freedoms we will lose once the government takes over healthcare and the biggest one makes the lie to Obama’s constant claim that we can keep the healthcare plans we currently have “if we like it.”

In short, the Obama platform would mandate extremely full, expensive, and highly subsidized coverage — including a lot of benefits people would never pay for with their own money — but deliver it through a highly restrictive, HMO-style plan that will determine what care and tests you can and can’t have. It’s a revolution, all right, but in the wrong direction.

Among the things that Tully reveals is that we’d lose the freedom to chose what sort of plan we’d like to pay for and what care options we’d like to have, we’d lose the ability to chose our own doctors, and nearly all of us would lose our existing healthcare plans, whether we have them through our employer or not, within a year of Obamacare’s passing.

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Part of Gates Gate Not Getting Much Media Attention

July 27, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Police, Race, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A recent New York Post story brought up a point about the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. that few in the Old Media have paid much attention to. Apparently, Gates has since the arrest announced he is in the early stages of involvement in a PBS TV series on civil rights in America. It is odd that this single fact has not been a focus of much discussion.

After all, if Gates is about to start a TV show about civil rights, what better way to punch up that participation than to “suddenly” get mixed up in a national civil rights “abuse” case? What better way to highlight America’s civil rights problem than to become a nationally known victim of so-called racism?

Why is no one asking how long Gates has been in the planning stages of this TV show? Was he planning it since before the arrest? It all leads one to wonder if Gates saw an opportunity to gin up interest in his TV appearance by becoming a victim? Instead of experiencing any actual racial tension, did Gates invent his own ready-made, sensational incident to turn his scholarly civil rights discussion into the quintessential TV reality show extravaganza? Was all this just a TV stunt in Gates’ mind? Was it mere opportunism?

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Slouching Toward Orwell’s 1984

July 27, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Book Reviews, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Free Speech, Freedom, Jeff Lukens, Liberals, Security/Safety, Society/Culture | 1 Comment

- By Jeff Lukens

George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four” tells of an advanced world where there are no individual freedoms, and the state uses fear to manipulate and control people to conform to a prescribed belief. In the book, the Party maintains absolute power, and power has become an end to itself. His book is as relevant today as ever. In the age of Obama, the freedoms that define American life are slipping away and being replaced with ever more state control.

In Orwell’s book, the Party constantly rewrites history and rewrites the language to restrict the true meaning of words and the ideas behind them. They eliminate words to reduce vocabulary and thereby reduce uncontrolled thoughts. Doublespeak makes people believe what they would otherwise know to be false, and is encapsulated by the phrase: “War is Peace; Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.” Orwell defined doublethink as, “The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”

In the book, the Party rewrites historical documents to match an evolving propaganda line, which changes daily. They amend newspaper articles, destroy evidence, and delete the existence of people identified as “unpersons.”
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The Long, Agonizing Decline of the United States

July 27, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Campaign Finance, Communism, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, President, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

We are following the downward path of Great Britain, one of the two greatest of Western history’s empires.

We can draw several cautionary lessons from the history of our British cousins. Of all the world’s nations we and the UK are most similar, both in our rise and in our decline.

In addition to sharing the English language, our whole constitutional ethos and legal system derive from the British constitution and from the common law. Ours are the principal nations that made the sovereign’s right to taxation subject to the will of the people expressed in Parliament and our state and national legislatures.

Most especially, ours were the only nations that arose upon the primacy of private property rights. It was this fundamental element of natural law that, more than anything else, accounted for English and American individualism. It was an ethos that the German Empire’s Iron Chancellor Bismarck contemptuously dismissed as a society of shopkeepers, as opposed to the Prussian landed aristocracy. It was, however, an ethos that twice bested the statist collectivism of Continental Europe in world wars.
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CNNs Resident Whiner, Rick Sanchez

July 26, 2009 | Filed Under Democrats/Leftists, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Race, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Last week, CNN’s Rick Sanchez decided in his infinite wisdom (yes, that’s sarcasm) that any “Hispanic” that works for Fox News is a “sellout.” Apparently Sanchez imagines that any person of Latin heritage that works for any network other than CNN is an Uncle Thomas.

First of all, I’d say anyone that identifies himself as an “Hispanic” in the first place is a “sellout.” A sellout to the politically correct. You see, the word Hispanic is a manufactured word invented to lump together so many South American, Central American, and European nationalities, cultures, languages and genetic profiles that it really has no logical meaning. There really is no such thing as an “Hispanic” person when you get right down to it. It’s a meaningless construct.

Anyway, our resident CNN whiner is apparently feeling a bit of heat from all those “Neocons” (another meaningless construct, by the way) and conservatives whose tongues he set to wagging because of his idiotic comment about sellouts. Lil’ Ricky is so put upon that it sent him to Twitter again to bemoan his being all beat up by the conservatives.

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Naval Cmmdr Sues Journalist for ‘Sexual Harassment’

July 26, 2009 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Military, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Terrorism, The Law, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Over at Media Bistro, we find an odd story that has it all: foul language, boorish behavior, sexual harassment, a male U.S. Navy officer, and a female journalist. Only the story isn’t what you might think it would be considering the ingredients. In this case it is the naval officer filining a complaint aganst the female reporter for sexual harassment.

Media Bistro has learned that US Navy Commander Jeffrey D. Gordon has filed a sexual harassment complaint against the Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg with Gordon claiming that Rosenberg made comments about Gordon’s “sexual orientation,” repeatedly showered foul language upon him, and made comments of a sexual nature to him in the presence of others.

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Box-Of-Rocks Lefty Tells City Council of ‘Vegetable Trees’ and ‘Slavery on the East Coast’

July 26, 2009 | Filed Under California, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Liberals, Socialism, Society/Culture, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 6 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

You have to see this video to believe it. What you see here is a video of an open mike night at the Santa Cruz City Council. Unfortunately, the end result is not intentional stand-up comedy because this twit is serious. We see here an empty headed, box-of-rocks that thinks she has all the solutions for California and, in the end, proves why California is in such trouble. This is what you end up with when you mix our modern “educational” system with modern liberalism, folks.

One could not find a better example of the emptiness of lefty thinking… if “thinking” be the proper term.

Highlights of this brain dead liberal’s rant:

  • “…We need the food because it’s food and stuff…,”
  • “We can be rich in cotton and silk worms…”
  • “…on the east coast they have slaves and they believe in slavery and made in China, but on the west coast, the new west coast, we don’t believe in that, we believe in the union… and that is what we are…”
  • “… you can grow every kind of fruit and vegetable you want, that’s how they do it, they have fruit trees and vegetable trees that’s where fruits and vegetables comes from…”
  • “… you freeze the fruit and vegetables, it’ll last forever… well, it might go bad in a while…”
  • “… growing food is so good for the people because it’s free. All’s ya have to do is pay the farmers and pay for the land…”
  • “… um, the food’s free, so we should just sell it at the farmer’s market…”

Is it too much to hope for that the San Andreas fault sends California drifting off into the middle of the ocean somewhere?

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Acting Stupidly

July 26, 2009 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Dan Scott, Democrats/Leftists, Journalism, Liberals, Media Bias, Police, President, Race, Security/Safety, Society/Culture | Comments Off

-By Dan Scott

At the end of President Obama’s health care sales pitch he made some remarks, which revealed elements of his worldview. He said the police acted stupidly with the preface of not knowing the all the facts, what does this say of Obama’s worldview? President Obama says he respects the efforts of the police whom he then claims they acted stupidly. He admits he doesn’t have all the facts and then pronounces judgment. Equally as revealing were the Harvard Professor Gates’ attitudes toward the white cop, i.e. the police. He made the same assumptions as President Obama. The common element between both of them is their liberal worldview. When someone axiomatically assumes a certain cause for the effect without ANY attempt to determine what the facts are, it says this person is operating on stereotypes. This would be like Archie Bunker assuming the burglary next door was committed by Blacks. Or the owner of the fancy house down the street is a Jew. I submit Barack Obama is nothing more than a modern day Archie Bunker. Just as Archie Bunker was the caricature for conservatives, Barack Obama is the caricatures for liberals. The obvious exception is that Archie Bunker was a fictional character whereas Barack Obama is not.

Here we have the demonstrated epitome of liberal stereotypes and jurisprudence, you are presumed guilty of all negative stereotypes unless you provide concrete proof to the contrary. The Archie Bunker of liberalism has spoken his truth but what truth was it? Was it race? Here’s something to consider, a Hispanic cop and a Black cop back up the actions of a White cop, however the common element between all three is BLUE. The Great Divider tossed the ethereal version of the race card. Perhaps we have all misunderstood his statement, because he said he was sorry that we misunderstood, but he did not say he was sorry for what he said. We were supposed to get the US VERSUS THEM against the police, but being the dolts we are, we thought he was alluding to race, i.e. the color of his skin because the arresting officer was white. Clearly the professor saw the other two cops of different races, so like Obama, he was claiming Blue racism against Blacks. Interestingly, the police union didn’t misunderstand Obama’s message, hence their demand for an apology. Both Obama and the police are operating on the same wavelength.
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