Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
What is the MOP? It's a new bomb, officially called the "massive ordinance penetrator". It'll be the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal that carries 5,300 pounds of powerful explosives. The MOP is around 10 times extra potent than the weapon it's replacing, and is designed to break through the most shielded concrete bunkers.
Does "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb...Bomb, Bomb Iran" ring a bell? Nobel Peace Prize?
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
"In a brutal job market, here's a task that might sound easy: Fill jobs in nursing, engineering and energy research that pay $55,000 to $60,000, plus benefits.
Yet even with 15 million people hunting for work, even with the unemployment rate nearing 10 percent, some employers can't find enough qualified people for good-paying career jobs.
Ask Steve Jones, a hospital recruiter in Indianapolis who's struggling to find qualified nurses, pharmacists and MRI technicians. Or Ed Baker, who's looking to hire at a U.S. Energy Department research lab in Richland, Wash., for $60,000 each.
Economists say the main problem is a mismatch between available work and people qualified to do it. Millions of jobs with attractive pay and benefits that once drew legions of workers to the auto industry, construction, Wall Street and other sectors are gone, probably for good. And those who lost those jobs generally lack the right experience for new positions popping up in health care, energy and engineering.
Many of these specialized jobs were hard to fill even before the recession. But during downturns, recruiters tend to become even choosier, less willing to take financial risks on untested workers." -- Associated Press
So, you can see, a strategy shift is in play. Why don't these companies, who are looking for qualified candidates, pay a lower wage in the beginning, utilizing the rest of what they were going to use in salary to educate and train the employee(s) they need, in the way they need. They ought to utilize a contract and the incentive of higher pay following the education and/or training to entice those prospectively fabulous employees?
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
More Pics of flooding in Manila
Flooding in North Carolina and Georgia
More flooding in Georgia
Flooding in Scotland
Flooding in West Africa
Flooding in Australia
Flooding in Turkey
Flooding in Azerbaijan
Need I mention more?
Tim Neff told a federal judge that Najibullah Zazi "was in the throes of making a bomb and attempting to perfect his formulation."
"The evidence suggests a chilling, disturbing sequence of events showing the defendant was intent on making a bomb and being in New York on 9/11, for purposes of perhaps using such items," Neff declared in arguing for Zazi's transfer to New York.
Ken Deal, the chief deputy U.S. marshal in Denver, said Zazi was put on a U.S. government plane and flown out of southern Denver's Centennial Airport at 12:15 p.m. MDT — little more than an hour after U.S. Magistrate Judge Craig Shaffer ordered Zazi transferred to New York City to face charges of conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction.
Deal said it was possible Zazi could appear in federal court in Brooklyn late Friday. The charge against Zazi carries a possible life sentence upon conviction." -- Associated Press
"The size and configuration of this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful program," Obama said of the formerly secret site, warning of severe consequences if Iran does not come clean about its nuclear efforts and intentions.
He and the other leaders revealed and condemned the plant's existence in a dramatic early morning appearance at a world leaders' summit that was otherwise focused on recovery from the global economic meltdown. They demanded that Iran open all nuclear sites for inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Unbowed, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country had done nothing wrong and Obama would regret his accusations." -- Associated Press
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
...If you get this DM, DO NOT VISIT THE LINK. It takes you to a replica of the Twitter() login page where the hackers will steal your account and use it to send out more infected DMs to your friends." -- Mashable
"Thelatest one, a worm called Koobface, has hit all the social networks, includingFacebook, MySpace, hi5, Bebo and Twitter, and can riddle your network with malware,spyware and can steal sensitive data right from your workstations’ hard drives.Like past generations of computer bugs, Koobface wants to not only infect yourcomputer, but then use you as a jumping off point to infect others. But unlike past viruses, Koobface and similarnew malware programs are leveraging your company’s social network account toreach out and infect your online friends and business associates.
“Somewherein the world there are some guys sitting around and dreaming up things thatwill make you click on a link,” said Chip Reaves, global director of ComputerTroubleshooters, the largest international network of outsourced IT providersthat offers onsite computer services to small businesses. “Koobface’s most effective way to spread isto send links to your friends with text like ‘I can’t believe it’s you in thisvideo – were you sober? LOL!’ Koobface combines state-of-the-art software whichcan infect your computer in multiple ways with these creative lures designed tomake you want to click on the infected links. It’s pretty insidious.” -- Booty Daily
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The dust blacked out the outback mining town of Broken Hill on Tuesday, forcing one mine to shut down, and then swept east, shrouding Sydney in a red glow on Wednesday morning.
International flights were diverted from Sydney, ferries on Sydney Harbour were suspended and commuter motorists warned to take care on roads as visibility was dramatically reduced." -- Reuters
Click HERE for Sydney Storm Pics
"Sydneysiders have woken to a red haze unlike anything seen before by residents or weather experts, as the sun struggles to pierce a thick blanket of dust cloaking the city this morning.
Callers flooded talkback radio, others hit social networking sites and scores of emails were received from smh.com.au readers as Sydney residents expressed their amazement at this morning's conditions." -- Sydney Morning Herald
In the two bulletins — sent to police departments Monday and obtained by The Associated Press — officials said they know of no specific plots against such sites, but urged law enforcement and private companies to be vigilant. These two bulletins followed on the heels of a similar warning about the vulnerabilities of mass transit systems.
The bulletin on stadiums notes that an al-Qaida training manual specifically lists "blasting and destroying the places of amusement, immorality, and sin... and attacking vital economic centers" as desired targets of the global terror network." - Associated Press - To read more, please see Yahoo News.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
"_ The IAEA's assessment that Iran worked on developing a chamber inside a ballistic missile capable of housing a warhead payload "that is quite likely to be nuclear."
_ That Iran engaged in "probable testing" of explosives commonly used to detonate a nuclear warhead _ a method known as a "full-scale hemispherical explosively driven shock system."
_ An assessment that Iran worked on developing a system "for initiating a hemispherical high explosive charge" of the kind used to help spark a nuclear blast.
In another key finding, an excerpt notes: "The agency ... assesses that Iran has sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable implosion nuclear device (an atomic bomb) based on HEU (highly enriched uranium) as the fission fuel." -- Associated Press
Note: Saw that coming.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
Fire officials canceled plans to burn out brush and create a buffer south of the ferocious fire to protect communities from Azusa to Pasadena.
Incident Commander Mike Dietrich said at a Monday night news conference that the weather — including 30-40 mph winds and 10 percent humidity — didn't cooperate, and the aircraft needed to support and monitor the burnout operations were diverted to the fire's northeastern flank.
The blaze was 56 percent contained and had blackened 157,220 acres, or 246 square miles, as it burned deeper into the wilderness in its 13th day, feeding off leaf litter on the ground, old growth and dead timber.
"Even the mountain goats won't climb in there because it's so steep and rugged," U.S. Forest Service spokesman Nathan Judy said."
-- To read more click HERE
To read more, click HERE
Sunday, September 6, 2009
“Never let go of hope. One day you will see that it all has finally come together. What you have always wished for has finally come to be. You will look back and laugh at what has passed and you will ask yourself... 'How did I get through all of that?'” -- Unknown
Friday, September 4, 2009
From USA.gov, I found this nifty flow chart for the US government. Notice that "The Constitution" is at the top of the chart.
Does anyone else find this interesting?
Thursday, September 3, 2009
"An intriguing scene from a town-hall meeting in California hosted by GOP Rep. Wally Herger, courtesy of the Mount Shasta Area Newspapers:-- The Plum Line
One speaker said he could trace his ancestors back to the Mayflower and said “they did not arrive holding their hands out for help.”
“I am a proud right wing terrorist,” he declared to cheers.
Herger praised the man’s attitude.
“Amen, God bless you,” Herger said with a broad smile. “There is a great American.”
It appears from the context that the audience member was attempting to venture an ironic reference to descriptions of the town hall hooligans, and to publicly identify with them. So at best Rep. Herger offered a full-throated endorsement of the disrupters here. At at worst…"
Okay, so I tried to look on Obama's official site regarding the whole rumor of "2 Phone Calls on 9/11". Here is what I found...
"Invalid Event URLThe URL you clicked references an event that does not exist. This event may have existed at one time but been subsequently deleted.
If you clicked a URL in an email, please check that the URL in your browser matches the one shown in your email client. Email clients sometimes load an incorrect URL when clicking a link in an email. You may need to copy and paste the URL from the email into your browser by hand."
When I went to the "cached" version of the link, here is what I found...
"The Details2 PHONE CALLS ON 9/11 - Illinois! (Health Care Organizing Event)-- Cached Link
STAY HOME FOR THIS EVENT! DO NOT GO ANYWHERE!
---* The Event consists of ALL OF US Making Two Phone Calls on one particular, single day.
---* We call each of our State Senators (phone numbers are below) on that day.
What day? Our US Senators return to DC the Tues after Labor Day. That next FRIDAY, Sep 11, is Patriot Day, designated in memory of the nearly three thousand who died in the 9/11 attacks.
All 50 States are coordinating in this – as we fight back against our own Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists who are subverting the American Democratic Process, whipped to a frenzy by their Fox Propaganda Network ceaselessly re-seizing power for their treacherous leaders.
DO YOU WANT to ensure passage of the Public Plan? Since 75% of Americans support it, I guess it's time for us Seventy-Five Percenters to be heard. Why Public Plan? = Because It’s American To Take Care Of Our Own!
And, according to a White House Advisor to the President with whom I spoke ten days ago at a DNC Panel, he said, "ON ONE DAY you 'burn-up' the Senate Switchboards - THE NEXT DAY you've got the Senator's attention". We will achieve that effect, on Friday, Patriot Day 9/11.
Auto-generated emails will remind you about our Armchair Public Plan Slam-Dunk Two-Phone-Call Call-A-Thon. Plus I will email you that day, too. And, if you're proud you joined-in, then email me (the Host) back, when you've made your calls. I will be honored to report our massive numbers to OFA for them to brag on the web.
2 PHONE CALLS ON 9/11 – BE A TRUE PATRIOT –
DEFEAT ANTI-DEMOCRATIC FORCES OF HATE WHO CONSPIRE TO REMAIN HEALTHY + WEALTHY WHILE THE PUBLIC LANGUISHES UNDER THE BURDEN OF OUR PRESENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM –
---* TELL THEM: "I'm calling from the city of [xxx] – and I AM mad as Hell – and I AM NOT going to take it anymore, If You Don't Mind!"...
---* TELL THEM: "Please make the Public Plan the Law of the Land –
---* TELL THEM: “Because IT’S AMERICAN TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN.”
---* TELL THEM: “Tell that to my Senator – Thank you, Good-bye."
That's it – simple – all you need is a calendar, an armchair and a phone, for us to have a good strong voice.
Ask your friends if they want to join our Public Plan Call-A-Thon on 9/11: Patriot's Day –
Burris, Roland W. - (D - IL)
387 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
Durbin, Richard J. - (D - IL)
309 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
---* RECLAIM OUR LAND FROM THE HEIRS OF, YES: BIN LADEN *---* YOU KNOW IT'S TRUE *---
In case you haven't seen it in the News: Republican Representatives, Senators, GOP Party Leader, GOP Political Machine top personnel (e.g., Gingritch), etc etc etc --- they're ALL every one of them applauding and encouraging their zealot-horde by merrily referring to them as "Proud Right-Wing Terrorists". Google it - I'm not pulling your leg.
But don't hate them: Misguided citizens are easy-pickings for demagogues, whom they blindly follow because they’ve been trained all their lives not to question the dogma of their religion, so it’s natural for them NOT TO QUESTION what’s being spoon-fed to them by their FALSE PROPHETS who, themselves, shamelessly seek Worldly Glory.
They don’t apply the simple Test: “Am I being led closer to God, when I do what these folks say? – Or, am I on a Bullet-Train to the Devil, and I’m just a pawn to make these folks richer and more powerful?” Because, you know: the Faith one has in God, is different from faith one should have in Man. And you need to be even MORE skeptical, when one of ‘em says that God picked them for something or another. You can bet whatever they’re doing is making them more powerful/ more wealthy, and certainly less pious, no? Ooops, and following them is making YOU less pious too, in thought, and in deed. Yesseree, it’s a real thing to chew on.
Just remember: We Are The Super-Heroes Who Yes WE DID, and YES, WE SHALL commence administering Super-Hero Karate Chops, beginning now.
Oh, and can some of you facebook and tweat this around? I'm not that good at it yet.
IF YOU MISS THIS DAY, JUST DO IT OVER THE WEEKEND – IT'LL ALL GET REPORTED TO THE RESPECTIVE SENATORS ON MONDAY, ANYWAY.
"Zero Pride-of-Ownership", here Folks! - Cut and Paste all of this together your own Event or create your own wording, at the city/town of your choosing, since lots of people look for an event that's 5 miles close.
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"Statement by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on the Threat of Right-Wing Extremism-- www.dhs.gov
Release Date: April 15, 2009
For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
The primary mission of this department is to prevent terrorist attacks on our nation. The document on right-wing extremism sent last week by this department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis is one in an ongoing series of assessments to provide situational awareness to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on the phenomenon and trends of violent radicalization in the United States. I was briefed on the general topic, which is one that struck a nerve as someone personally involved in the Timothy McVeigh prosecution.
Let me be very clear: we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence."
"(U//FOUO) This product is one of a series of intelligence assessments published by the Extremism and Radicalization Branch to facilitate a greater understanding of the-- Source Here...DHS
phenomenon of violent radicalization in the United States....
(U) Key Findings
(U//LES) The DHS/Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) has no specific
information that domestic rightwing* terrorists are currently planning acts of violence, but rightwing extremists may be gaining new recruits by playing on their fears about several emergent issues. The economic downturn and the election of the first African American president present unique drivers for rightwing radicalization and recruitment.
— (U//LES) Threats from white supremacist and violent antigovernment groups during 2009 have been largely rhetorical and have not indicated plans to carry out violent acts. Nevertheless, the consequences of a prolonged economic downturn—including real estate foreclosures, unemployment, and an inability to obtain credit—could create a fertile recruiting environment for rightwing extremists and even result in confrontations between such groups and government authorities similar to those in the past.
— (U//LES) Rightwing extremists have capitalized on the election of the first African American president, and are focusing their efforts to recruit new members, mobilize existing supporters, and broaden their scope and appeal through propaganda, but they have not yet turned to attack planning.
(U//FOUO) The current economic and political climate has some similarities to...
Growth of these groups subsided in reaction to increased government scrutiny as a result of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and disrupted plots, improvements in the economy, and the continued U.S. standing as the preeminent world power....
(U) Exploiting Economic Downturn
(U//FOUO) Rightwing extremist chatter on the Internet continues to focus on the
economy, the perceived loss of U.S. jobs in the manufacturing and construction sectors, and home foreclosures. Anti-Semitic extremists attribute these losses to a deliberate conspiracy conducted by a cabal of Jewish “financial elites.” These “accusatory” tactics are employed to draw new recruits into rightwing extremist groups and further radicalize those already subscribing to extremist beliefs. DHS/I&A assesses this trend is likely to accelerate if the economy is perceived to worsen."
If there has ever been a more hateful group, other than Hitler and the Nazis, please let me know. This just isn't right!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
"It's no secret that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have been gauging how Sen. Edward Kennedy's death affects the health care debate.
But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gave an unusually blunt assessment in an interview with a local newspaper.
"I think it's going to help us," the Nevada Democrat told the Reno Gazette-Journal.
...Reid made his comments Friday, the day before Kennedy was buried. He offered two reasons for the assessement. One, Kennedy's death clears the way for a new chairman on the Senate health committee. Two, Kennedy serves as an inspiration.
..."He hasn't been around for some time. We're going to have a new chairman of that committee. It'll be, I don't know for sure, but I think Sen. (Chris) Dodd," Reid told the news paper. "He has a right to take it. Either him or (U.S. Sen. Tom) Harkin, whichever one wants it can have it. I think he (Kennedy) will be a help. He's an inspiration for us. That was the issue of his life and he didn't get it done." -- Fox News
"Congresswoman Watson heaped praise on Cuba’s health care. Not stopping at admiring a system where access to simple everyday medications is often an epic struggle, Congresswoman Watson went on to extol Cuba’s former dictator Fidel Castro, a man who has murdered, tortured and exiled his own countrymen as "one of the brightest leaders I have ever met". It is no surprise that journalists and citizens alike have responded the Congresswoman’s remarks with shock and trepidation." -- www.speroforum.com
"WASHINGTON -- A top White House adviser said Tuesday he doubts two Senate Republicans at the center of health-care talks are negotiating seriously, as Democrats adopted a new, more confrontational tone accusing key Republicans of blocking change.
Senior adviser David Axelrod, responding to recent broadsides against Democratic health plans by Republican Sens. Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, said Democrats would reach out to other Republicans to finish a deal this year. He added that President Barack Obama is considering laying out a more detailed vision of what he wants in a health-overhaul plan." -- Fox News
"Let those of us who are gathered here today read this poem as “The Teacher’s Obligation.” We, too, must move in and out of windows, we, too, must build a project of radical imagination and fundamental change. Venezuela is poised to offer the world a new model of education– a humanizing and revolutionary model whose twin missions are enlightenment and liberation. This World Education Forum provides us a unique opportunity to develop and share the lessons and challenges of this profound educational project that is the Bolivarian Revolution.
Viva Mission Sucre!
Viva Presidente Chavez!
Viva La Revolucion Bolivariana!
Hasta La Victoria Siempre!" -- Posted in: Bill Ayers, Education, -- MichelleMalkin.com
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
"The owner of a preserve of exotic animals near Los Angeles that houses big cats once owned by Michael Jackson says she is ignoring evacuation orders and staying put as a wildfire rages nearby." -- Fox News
"The fire that has threatened Los Angeles County since August 26 doubled in size on Sunday night, and is nearing the Mount Wilson Observatory, used by researchers from UCLA.
As of 7:20 a.m. local time, the fire was five percent contained and had destroyed 122,000 acres, with an estimated $7,671,000 in damage according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Public Affairs Section.
The origin of the fire is unknown, and has an estimated containment date of September 15, said Steve Zermeno, a spokesman from the Los Angeles Fire Department.
UCLA faculty members who work in the Mount Wilson Observatory were evacuated on Friday due to the proximity of the wildfires, said Roger Ulrich, emeritus professor of astronomy." -- UWire
"The fire that has threatened Los Angeles County since August 26 doubled in size on Sunday night, and is nearing the Mount Wilson Observatory, used by researchers from UCLA.
As of 7:20 a.m. local time, the fire was five percent contained and had destroyed 122,000 acres, with an estimated $7,671,000 in damage according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Public Affairs Section.
The origin of the fire is unknown, and has an estimated containment date of September 15, said Steve Zermeno, a spokesman from the Los Angeles Fire Department.
UCLA faculty members who work in the Mount Wilson Observatory were evacuated on Friday due to the proximity of the wildfires, said Roger Ulrich, emeritus professor of astronomy." -- ABC News
Monday, August 31, 2009
"Jeff Emanuel at RedState calls attention to the new push by the White House to summon Obama-bots to monitor blog postings and “casual conversations” of health care takeover opponents — and then report them to the White House.
...the White House pushback on the Internet is coming from the health care czar’s office.
Nancy DeParle makes $158,500 as health care czar...
What is the budget of the health care czar’s office, which was established by executive order in April? How much are they spending on the Internet snitch brigade initiative?" -- MichelleMalkin.com
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Some countries are reporting that as many as 15 percent of patients hospitalized with the new H1N1 pandemic virus need intensive care, further straining already overburdened healthcare systems, WHO said in an update on the pandemic.
"During the winter season in the southern hemisphere, several countries have viewed the need for intensive care as the greatest burden on health services," it said.
"Preparedness measures need to anticipate this increased demand on intensive care units, which could be overwhelmed by a sudden surge in the number of severe cases." -- Reuters
Thursday, August 27, 2009
"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the united States of America."
Notice the words "and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity"..."our Posterity" will be slaves to the national debt and the taxes imposed from all of the government instigated programs.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
In an e-mail to students Monday night, CMU officials said there have been 18 students in the last week who have contacted Student Health Services with flu-like symptoms.
University officials said they do not test for the H1N1 virus at CMU because the tests are too expensive, and it takes too long to get test results back from Centers for Disease Control. By the time the test results come back, the patient in question has already recovered from their flu symptoms, officials said.
"Students who live off campus have been asked to stay home and avoid contact with others, while students in residential housing who do not come from areas near Pittsburgh are being taken care of by staff members in Student Health Services, Housing, Dining and Student Affairs," a CMU e-mail said. "In accordance with the latest directive from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), students will remain in isolation until they are fever-free for 24 hours after they have stopped taking fever-reducing medications."
One student told Channel 11 News that half of the people on her floor are sick. "I just got over a cold. I think it's because orientation was so overwhelming. And we shook like 1,500 people's hands," said CMU freshman Olivia Harris. "Bad idea."
Another student said he just returned from India, where they're shutting down an entire city due to the swine flu. He said he appreciates the university taking the necessary precautions.
"I think it's good informative e-mail and people should know about it," said Shashank Pradahn.
To reduce the risk of an outbreak, health officials urge students, faculty and staff who feel ill with flu-like symptoms to monitor their temperature. Those who develop a fever of 100 degrees or more should isolate themselves from others and stay out of classes, officials said. They are also urged to immediately call Student Health Services.
On Tuesday, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that a massive school closing wouldn't stop the spread of the swine flu virus, saying vaccinations must be the defense against a menace that one report said could infect up to half of the population.
"What we know is that we have the virus right now traveling around the United States," Sebelius said in a nationally broadcast interview. "And having children in a learning situation is beneficial ... What we learned last spring is that shutting a school down sort of pre-emptively doesn't stop the virus from spreading."
Sebelius appeared on NBC's "Today" show one day after a special presidential advisory panel presented a grim report to the Obama White House, saying among other things that a "plausible scenario" for the United States later this year is wide-scale infections, possibly 30,000 to 90,000 deaths, mostly among young children and young adults, and perhaps as many as 300,000 sick enough to require intensive care unit treatment at hospitals.
The fall resurgence in swine flu could occur as early as September, with the beginning of the school term, and the peak infection may occur in mid-October, officials said.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Deputy Obama press secretary Bill Burton told reporters that even though the new unit will be supervised by the White House, that does not mean the CIA is out of the interrogation business." -- Fox News
"WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has approved creation of a new, special terrorism-era interrogation unit to be supervised by the White House, a top aide said Monday, further distancing his administration from President George W. Bush's detainee policies.
The administration has also decided that all U.S. interrogators will follow the rules for detainees laid out by the Army Field Manual, according to senior administration officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the decision. That decision aims to end years of fierce debate over how rough U.S. personnel can get with terror suspects in custody." -- Yahoo News
"The High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group will be run by FBI officials and follow guidelines set by the US army's field manual, which conforms to international law.
The Democratic president has already outlawed severe methods such as waterboarding, which simulates drowning, but now other techniques such as such as subjecting prisoners to loud music for long periods and sleep deprivation will also be a thing of the past." -- Telegraph.co.uk
"U.S. President Barack Obama signed off on setting up a special terrorism interrogation team that would be placed at the FBI but report directly to the White House-based National Security Council, a top aide said Monday.
The new High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group would be led by an FBI official and comprised of law enforcement and intelligence experts, deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton told reporters covering the vacationing Obama at Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard, Mass.
The structure of the new unit differs significantly from such work under the previous administration, when the CIA had the lead and sometimes exclusive role in questioning al-Qaeda suspects.
The unit would not alter the Obama administration's decision banning harsh interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, that were authorized by the Bush administration. The team was examining what other techniques could be used." -- CBCNews.ca
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
I should not have to say more about it, but just in case, here is some added information.
"Martha's Vineyard is no stranger to presidential visits...his is not the first time the Obamas have visited Martha's Vineyard." -- VOA
"The Obama family is spending the last week of August vacationing on this New England island, which boasts some of the nation's priciest real estate - and stunning views. Here's what you'd pay for a spread near the president." -- CNN Money
What is the average weekly rental price for the area? Just under $5,000.00 to more than $50,000.00 per week. -- WeNeedAVacation.com
Video of Blue Heron Farm where the Obama's will be staying -- PlumTV.com
While the mechanics of renting the property were still ongoing at press time, the Gazette has learned that a rental agreement for the farm will comprise three leases, one to be held by the Obamas, another by the Secret Service and a third by a White House entourage.
"The amount of the rental has not been disclosed, but up-Island properties similar to Blue Heron Farm rent for between $35,000 to $50,000 per week." -- MVBuyerAgents.com
"The visit President Barack Obama and his family are paying to Martha's Vineyard next week will trigger flight restrictions that one expert called "far, far more draconian" than when President Bill Clinton vacationed on the island, the local Vineyard Gazette reported.
Flight limits issued Monday by the Federal Aviation Administration will effectively shut down the main Vineyard airport at 9 p.m. each night. All general aviation flights coming into the Vineyard will have to register 72 hours in advance and stop before arrival for a security screening at one of three airports in New York, Massachusetts or Rhode Island.
A secondary Vineyard airport, Katama, will be effectively closed while the limits are in place, from 10:30 a.m. Sunday to 5 p.m. on Aug. 30.
"THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT MAY USE DEADLY FORCE AGAINST THE AIRBORNE AIRCRAFT, IF IT IS DETERMINED THAT THE AIRCRAFT POSES AN IMMINENT SECURITY THREAT," the FAA said in its teletype-y, shouty way." -- Politico.com
"The luxuriousness of the getaway poses a political challenge for Obama at a time when many Americans are struggling with economic distress..."There's been a public significance to presidential vacations going back all the way to Lincoln, who went to the Soldier's Home in Washington during the Civil War," said Sean Wilentz, a Princeton University history professor and the author of "The Age of Reagan."..."Presidential vacations have long been fraught with symbolism, both positive and negative, according to Wilentz and other historians."...
"His life story is not one of putting down roots, per se, but more of the restless journey." said Catholic University political science professor John Kenneth White" -- WashingtonPost.com
Thursday, August 20, 2009
SPECIAL GROCERY LIST
Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat on her face,
walked into a grocery store.
She approached the owner of the store in a most humble manner and asked if
he would let her charge a few groceries.
She softly explained that her husband was very ill and unable to work, they
had seven children and they needed food.
John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested that she leave his
store at once.
Visualizing the family needs, she said: 'Please, sir! I will bring you the
money just as soon as I can.'
John told her he could not give her credit, since she did not have a charge
account at his store..
Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard the conversation
between the two. The customer walked forward and told the grocer that he
would stand good for whatever she needed for her family. The grocer said in
a very reluctant voice, 'Do you have a grocery list?'
Louise replied, 'Yes sir.' 'O.K' he said, 'put your grocery list on the
scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give you that amount in
Louise hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she reached into her purse
and took out a piece of paper and scribbled something on it. She then laid
the piece of paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.
The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement when the scales
went down and stayed down.
The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the customer and said
begrudgingly, 'I can't believe it.'
The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the groceries on the
other side of the scales. The scale did not balance so he continued=2 0to
put more and more groceries on them until the scales would hold no more.
The grocer stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed the piece of
paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement.
It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer, which said:
'Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am leaving this in your hands.'
The grocer gave her the groceries that he had
gathered and stood in stunned silence.
Louise thanked him and left the store. The other customer handed a
fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said; 'It was worth every penny of it.
Only God Knows how much a prayer weighs.'
THE POWER: When you receive this, say a prayer. That's all you have to do.
Just stop right now, and say a prayer of thanks for your own good fortune.
Then please send this to all your friends and relatives.
I believe if you will send this testimony out with prayer in faith, you will
receive what you need God to do in your and your families' life .
So dear heart, trust God to heal the sick, provide food for the hungry,
clothes and shelter for those that don't have as we do.. Amen & Amen
Don't break this, please!
Prayer is one of the best free gifts we receive.
There is no cost but a lot of rewards.
May you always walk with Angels
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I AM CLAIMING THIS FOR YOU
Three things will happen to you this coming week:
(1) You will find favor with someone you don't expect;
(2) You will be too relevant to be ignored;
(3) You will encounter God and you will never remain the same, Amen.
My prayer for you today:
The eyes beholding this message shall not behold evil, the hands that will
send this message to others shall not labor in vain, the mouth saying Amen
to this prayer shall laugh forever. Remain in God's love as you send this
prayer to everybody on your list. Have a lovely journey of life! Trust in
the Lord with all your heart and He will never fail you because He is
If you truly need a blessing, continue reading this email:
Heavenly Father, most Gracious and Loving God, I pray to you that you
abundantly bless my family and me. I know that you recognize, that a family
is more than just a mother, father, sister, brother, husband and wife, but
all who believe and trust in you. Father, I send up a prayer request for
blessings for not only the person who sent this to me, but for me and all
that I have forwarded this message on to. And that the power of joined
prayer by those who believe and trust in you is more powerful than anything.
I thank you in advance for your blessings.
Father God, deliver the person reading this right now from debt and debt
burdens. Release your Godly wisdom that I may be a good steward over all
that You have given me Father, for I know how wonderful and mighty you are
and how if we just obey you and walk in your word and have the faith of a
mustard seed that you will pour out blessings. I thank you now Lord for the
recent blessings I have received and for the blessings yet to come because I
know you are not done with me yet. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen
TAKE 60 SECONDS and send this on quickly and with in hours, you will have
caused a multitude of people to pray to God for each other. Then sit back
and watch the power of God work in your life for doing the thing that you
know He loves. Remain Blessed!!!
Peace and Blessings...
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
1. don hewitt
2. chase sapphire
3. fran tarkenton
4. megan wants a millionaire ryan jenkins
5. eric dane tape video
6. anna benson
7. jasmine fiore pictures
8. barney frank
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10. barney frank town hall
11. katey sagal
12. michelle obama shorts
13. top chef
14. shaq vs ben roethlisberger
Because there was so much importance involved in those top searches, here is a little something for entertainment...
"IF BUD AND LOU WERE HERE TODAY
You have to be old enough to remember Abbott and Costello , and too old to REALLY understand computers, to fully appreciate this. For those of us who sometimes get flustered by our computers, please read on...
If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch, 'Who's on First?' might have turned out something like this:
COSTELLO CALLS TO BUY A COMPUTER FROM ABBOTT
ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.
COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.
ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.
COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.
ABBOTT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?
ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?
COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOTT: Software for Windows?
COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOTT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?
ABBOTT: Recommend something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?
COSTELLO: For my office?
COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!
ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.
COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: Word in Office..
COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?
ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue 'W'.
COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue 'w' if you don't start with some straight answers. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?
COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?
ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.
COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?
COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?
ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?
ABBOTT: One copy.
COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?
ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.
COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?
ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!
(A few days later)
ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?
ABBOTT: Click on 'START'............."
Monday, August 17, 2009
The White House told FOX News that third-party groups sending online petitions to the official administration Web site could be to blame for a rash of e-mails that have gone out to people who never requested them. The theory is that these groups are including the names and e-mails of members and petition-signers along with the petitions themselves, in turn embedding those e-mails into the White House distribution list.
I'm sure this will be used by Obama's administration to describe this burning email situation...
Word Of The Day-Nugatory:Nugatory Definition
* Main Entry: nu·ga·to·ry
* Pronunciation: \ˈnü-gə-ˌtȯr-ē,
1 : of little or no consequence : trifling, inconsequential
2 : having no force : inoperative
synonyms see vain
Word Of The Day-Nugatory:Nugatory Definition is from Merriam-Webster Dictionary
The White House has already taken steps to add filters to its site in a bid to reduce the number of people who are receiving these e-mails.
But online petitions are not the only culprit, and critics say the White House still has some explaining to do.
Several people who received the White House e-mails have told FOX News they're not members of any organization and have not been advocating for any cause. And they're puzzled over how the White House got their information.
"I find it very disturbing and a little scary to say the least," said Sarah Griffith, who got a widely circulated e-mail on health care reform from senior adviser David Axelrod last week. "I have no idea how they got my e-mail address, and they have it."
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
There's word that the longest Conga line was created at Lollapalooza this month.
Dan Deacon, a name synonymous with the one man band, at this year's Lollapalooza, "organizes the festival’s longest conga line, which snakes its way through a tunnel of upraised arms around the northern half of Hutchinson Field. Ain’t no party like a Dan Deacon party. Best set of the festival so far." Leisureblogs.ChicagoTribune.com
Actually, even though that sounds like a lot of fun, "Calle Ocho earned an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records when 119,986 people formed the world’s longest conga line on March 13, 1988." LynxLee
For some 1988 may fire sirens off of being ages ago. However, to those of us who graduated from high school in the Chicago (Lollapalooza) area, it burns in memory like just reminiscent of yesterday.
Friday, August 14, 2009
by Michelle Oddis
A racially charged activist group called “Color of Change” founded by Van Jones, a special advisor to the Obama Administration, is trying to silence popular radio and Fox News personality Glenn Beck by calling for a boycott of Beck’s TV advertisers. On July 28th, Beck made a comment on the Fox & Friends morning show about Obama’s reaction to the arrest of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. During the discussion of “Professor-Gate,” Beck connected the President’s past association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright to Obama’s comment that Cambridge police officer, Sgt. James Crowley, acted stupidly. Though Beck acknowledged most of the Obama administration is in fact white, he concluded that the President’s world experience made him a “racist.” Now “Color of Change” has bullied at least five of Beck’s big advertisers -- SC Johnson, Progressive Insurance, Geico, Procter & Gamble and Nexus Lexis -- to pull their ads from Beck’s national cable program. Jones, the founder of “Color of Change,” was named Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality -- a key administrative post -- this past March."HumanEvents.com
With the above not a big surprise, here is what was out before Obama was even president.
"The Media’s Obama Love Affair
Media Monitor By Andy Selepak January 15, 2007
It seems that many in our media want to elect Senator Barack Hussein Obama as president. In fact, the October 23, 2006 issue of Time magazine ran a cover story with Obama's picture and the headline, "Why Barack Obama Could Be The Next President." In another edition, Time magazine named Obama one of "the world's most influential people," and included him on a list of 20 "Leaders and Revolutionaries." What's behind the media hype?
The first thing that must be said is that, true to form, reporters are acting like Democrats, which they probably are. After Obama won the Democratic nomination for Senator in 2004, one of Obama's opponents in the primary, Illinois' Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, called him "The Tiger Woods of the Democratic Party." The love affair for Obama even extends to the senior Senator from Illinois, Dick Durbin, who started an online petition urging Obama to run for President. It is posted on Durbin's campaign website. Like a schoolgirl with a crush, Durbin starts his "Run, Barack, Run!" message with, "As many of you may know, I'm a huge Barack Obama fan." But having Durbin in his camp may not be the best thing going. After all, Durbin was forced to apologize for smearing U.S. personnel as murderers and torturers. Perhaps his judgment on Obama is similarly flawed." Accuracy in Media
Well, isn't that just so beautiful. Can you feel the love? Well, here is another side from the beginning of the presidency.
"With regulatory-minded lawmakers set to oversee commerce and communications, and the credit crisis compelling even Republicans to rethink laissez-faire, there will probably be more power to oversee marketing at the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission, and more rules about everything from product placement to behavioral marketing.
"Nobody knows what's going to happen," concedes Dan Jaffe, executive vice president of government relations at the Association of National Advertisers (ANA). "But there is the largest potential agenda we have faced in many years, and a substantial turnover at the congressional level." MediaPost.com
Time is winding down for those who actually have opinions of their own...
"Boycott ABC Advertisers: Propaganda Arm of the Obama White House
Well, ABC is one of the propaganda arms, anyway. When it comes to Health Care, ABC's Charlie (look down-my-nose-at-Sarah-Palin) Gibbs and Diane Sawyer will be asking "tough questions" of President Obama, in the White House about the President's health care plan. Every once in a while I pine for the Fairness Doctrine. Maybe then, the MSM would find some balance. Never mind. It would be worse. At least there's alternative media." RightWingNews
So, you see, there has been a crystal ball from before President Obama took office. If you want to state your opinion of him, if it is one that he has not scripted, you may want to get it out now. ... With my lack of advertising revenue, I don't have to worry about losing advertisers. So, here is my opinion...Obama is the biggest Democrat! Okay, you already knew that I'm not a fan.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
WASHINGTON – Retail sales disappointed in July and the number of newly laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits rose unexpectedly last week. The latest government reports reinforced concerns about how quickly consumers will be able to contribute to a broad economic recovery.
"There is really no positive spin to put on these numbers," Jennifer Lee, an economist with BMO Capital Markets, wrote in a research note. "The U.S. consumer remains very weak. The jobs situation, while slowly improving, is still dismal."
The Commerce Department said Thursday that retail sales fell 0.1 percent last month. Economists had expected a gain of 0.7 percent.
While autos, helped by the start of the Cash for Clunkers program, showed a 2.4 percent jump — the biggest in six months — there was widespread weakness elsewhere. Gasoline stations, department stores, electronics outlets and furniture stores all reported declines.
Some of Europe's largest economies also benefited from government programs to support the auto industry.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
"Czech Republic Refuses Baxter Swine Flu Vaccine On Safety Grounds
Health officials admit fast tracked shots could cause deaths
Government health officials in the Czech Republic have refused to buy H1N1 flu vaccines from US pharmaceutical firm Baxter International, citing safety concerns.
According to a report by the Czech News Agency CTK, one of the largest English language news outlets in the country, the Czech Health Ministry has halted talks with Baxter citing “the firm’s inability to guarantee that the vaccine is safe and who will bear the risks for possible side-effects.”
The country plans to buy vaccines to cover 25 percent of its population of ten million, but has said it will not buy swine flu vaccine from Baxter before it has acquired a European registration.
“It is a pity, but, unfortunately, at the moment when we accepted the bids, Baxter was unable to confirm that it will deliver a registered vaccine,” Health Minister Dana Juraskova said.
Instead, the country will likely buy its supplies from Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline, but only after the vaccines have undergone regular clinical tests and gained European Medicines Agency registration.
In another CTK report, Deputy Health minister Marek Snajdr was quoted as saying the vaccine “may have side effects and it may even cause death if used”.
Confirmed cases of H1N1 flu in the country remain below 150, according to all estimates, and no one has died from the virus."
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
By now you've probably heard that Sarah Palin has called the Obama Administration's Healthcare Reform Bill "Evil". Well, here is a portion of her statement from 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." -- Facebook-Sarah Palin Statement
"An interpretation of the phrase "survival of the fittest" to mean "only the fittest organisms will prevail" (a view sometimes derided as "Social Darwinism") is not consistent with the actual theory of evolution. Any individual organism which succeeds in reproducing itself is "fit" and will contribute to survival of its species, not just the "physically fittest" ones, though some of the population will be better adapted to the circumstances than others. A more accurate characterization of evolution would be "survival of the fit enough." - WikipediaNot surprising, there is a great deal of backlash that seems to be coming out of left field regarding this Obama Administration Healthcare Reform Bill. Maybe the reality check has already begun for those who mistakenly voted for Obama in the first place. Perhaps the reality check needs to happen for those who seem to think that the anger is somehow contrived and staged regarding this massive Trillion Dollar plan.
"Demagogue - A person who gains power through impassioned public appeals to the emotions and prejudices of a group by speaking or writing."WikipediaA poll taken previously in Utah regarding the Healthcare Exchange isn't surprising either.
Czars -- "(NAZIS)Leaders were not elected by their group but were rather appointed by their superior"Wikipedia"When asked if the state should establish a not-for-profit corporation called the Utah Health Insurance Exchange and require all small businesses and individuals to purchase medical coverage from it, 78 percent of respondents said 'No;' 10 percent supported the idea; and 12 percent were undecided. In a related question on the four-question poll, 54 percent of NFIB-member, small business owners favored legislative approval allowing health insurers to offer plans that do not include all the current mandates; 27 percent opposed the idea; and 19 percent were undecided." NFIB
The way the vote is going to go through for the healthcare reform bill...in the form of a budgetary measure so that Biden can be the 51st vote -- "Hitler insisted that his party was determined to come to power legally, that the phrase "National Revolution" was only to be interpreted "politically", and that his Party was a friend, not an enemy...Hitler appealed to the bulk of German farmers, war veterans and the middle class, who had been hard-hit by both the inflation of the 1920s and the unemployment of the Depression..." WikipediaAlthough the consensus seemed to be negatory on the Utah Health Insurance Exchange, it didn't seem to stop it from going forward. Big surprise?
"Having secured supreme political power, Hitler went on to gain public support by convincing most Germans he was their savior from the economic Depression...Hitler oversaw one of the greatest expansions of industrial production and civil improvement Germany had ever seen, mostly based on debt flotation and expansion of the military....Much of the financing for Hitler's reconstruction and rearmament came from currency manipulation" Wikipedia"Utah is currently implementing consumer-centered health insurance reforms enacted in March of this year. The reforms are designed to increase choice, portability, and availability of private health insurance coverage. They are the product of a continuing, multi-year health reform process in that state." -- The Heritage Foundation
"Nazism is often considered by scholars to be a form of fascism. While it incorporated elements from both left and right-wing politics, the Nazis formed most of their alliances on the right. The Nazis were one of several historical groups that used the term National Socialism to describe themselves...Among the key elements of Nazism were anti-parliamentarism, Pan-Germanism, racism, collectivism, eugenics, antisemitism, anti-communism, totalitarianism and opposition to economic liberalism (capitalism) and political liberalism."Wikipedia"Along with back to school shopping, Utahns will be able to shop for health insurance online beginning August 19, 2009. The Utah Health Exchange is a website where Utah residents and business owners can shop, compare, and buy health insurance plans.
"...this act was different since it allowed for deviations from the constitution...all parties except the Social Democrats voted in favour of the bill. The Communists, as well as some Social Democrats, were barred from attending. The Enabling Act, combined with the Reichstag Fire Decree, transformed Hitler's government into a legal dictatorship...With this combination of legislative and executive power, Hitler's government further suppressed the remaining political opposition"-WikipediaUtah’s new health insurance exchange is only the second of its kind in the United States. Massachusetts was the first to institute this type of approach to affordable health insurance." -- EMAXHEALTH
Does this sound like this past election cycle? -- "As the parties loyal to the democratic, parliamentary republic found themselves unable to agree on counter-measures, their Grand Coalition broke up and was replaced by a minority cabinet. The new Chancellor...had to implement his measures through the president's emergency decrees. Tolerated by the majority of parties, this rule by decree would become the norm over a series of unworkable parliaments and paved the way for authoritarian forms of government."WikipediaThe Heritage Foundation published an article regarding their concerns about this Healthcare Reform Bill and the Exchange.
"Members of Congress, pursuing President Barack Obama's health policy agenda, want to create a national health insurance exchange as a platform for a public health care plan to compete against private health insurance.
...While a national health insurance exchange is sometimes described as a nationwide pool of health insurance providers that would facilitate access to coverage for individuals and employers, its major function would be to provide a platform for a government-run public health plan that, using Medicare-style administrative pricing, would "compete" against private health insurance. Congressional champions of the idea say that this would increase the range of choice and competition available to Americans. In fact, it would do exactly the opposite."
"Nazi eugenics were Nazi Germany's racially-based social policies that placed the improvement of the race through eugenics at the center of their concerns and targeted those humans they identified as "life unworthy of life" including but not limited to the criminal, degenerate, dissident, feeble-minded, homosexual, idle, insane, religious, and weak, for elimination from the chain of heredity. More than 400,000 people were sterilized against their will, while 70,000 were killed in the Action T4." -- WikipediaHere is a little glimpse of the lack of power that states are about to have with the new health care reform bill.
"(c) Ceasing Operation-
(1) IN GENERAL- A State-based Health Insurance Exchange may, at the option of each State involved, and only after providing timely and reasonable notice to the Commissioner, cease operation as such an Exchange, in which case the Health Insurance Exchange shall operate, instead of such State-based Health Insurance Exchange, with respect to such State (or States).
(2) TERMINATION; HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE RESUMPTION OF FUNCTIONS- The Commissioner may terminate the approval (for some or all functions) of a State-based Health Insurance Exchange under this section if the Commissioner determines that such Exchange no longer meets the requirements of subsection (b) or is no longer capable of carrying out such functions in accordance with the requirements of this subtitle. In lieu of terminating such approval, the Commissioner may temporarily assume some or all functions of the State-based Health Insurance Exchange until such time as the Commissioner determines the State-based Health Insurance Exchange meets such requirements of subsection (b) and is capable of carrying out such functions in accordance with the requirements of this subtitle.
(3) EFFECTIVENESS- The ceasing or termination of a State-based Health Insurance Exchange under this subsection shall be effective in such time and manner as the Commissioner shall specify." [bold added]
"With this combination of legislative and executive power, Hitler's government further suppressed the remaining political opposition" - repeated from above"In reality, the result would be a massive erosion of private health insurance. According to a recent analysis by the Lewin Group, the nation's most prominent health policy econometrics firm, assuming full implementation of the House bill, 103.9 million Americans would be covered under the public plan, and 83.4 million of them would no longer be covered by private health insurance. Moreover, a federally designed health insurance exchange would consolidate federal control over the financing and delivery of Americans' medical services.
Initially, Americans may respond positively to the idea of a national health insurance exchange, but they are almost certainly unclear about its functions, how it would affect them, or which health policy problems it would solve. The maddeningly elastic language used in the health care debate can conceal as much as convey the true meaning of proposals embodied in the complex provisions of the mammoth House and Senate health care bills." - The Heritage Foundation
"Applied to human beings, "survival of the fittest" was interpreted as requiring racial purity and killing off "life unworthy of life." The first victims were children with physical and developmental disabilities; those killings occurred in a programme dubbed Action T4." -Wikipedia
If you are wondering what all of the hubbub is about regarding the care of the elderly, disabled, chronically ill and so forth, here is a little snippet of the bill for you to noodle on.
"According to the author of Medical Killing and the Psychology of Genocide psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton, the policy went through a number of iterations and modifications: "Of the five identifiable steps by which the Nazis carried out the principle of "life unworthy of life," coercive sterilization was the first. There followed the killing of “impaired” children in hospitals; and then the killing of “impaired” adults, mostly collected from mental hospitals, in centers especially equipped with carbon monoxide gas. This project was extended (in the same killing centers) to “impaired” inmates of concentration and extermination camps and, finally, to mass killings in the extermination camps themselves." -- Life Unworthy of Life - WikipediaBill Link
"(d) Retiree Reserve Trust Fund-
(A) IN GENERAL- ...Treasury of the United States a trust fund to be known as the `Retiree Reserve Trust Fund'...that shall consist of such amounts as may be appropriated or credited to the Trust Fund as provided for in this subsection to enable the Secretary to carry out the reinsurance program. Such amounts shall remain available until expended.
(B) FUNDING- There are hereby appropriated to the Trust Fund, out of any moneys in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, an amount requested by the Secretary as necessary to carry out this section, except that the total of all such amounts requested shall not exceed $10,000,000,000.
(C) APPROPRIATIONS FROM THE TRUST FUND-
...(iii) LIMITATION TO AVAILABLE FUNDS- The Secretary has the authority to stop taking applications for participation in the program or take such other steps in reducing expenditures under the reinsurance program in order to ensure that expenditures under the reinsurance program do not exceed the funds available under this subsection." [Bold Added]
"Sparta must be regarded as the first Völkisch State. The exposure of the sick, weak, deformed children, in short, their destruction, was more decent and in truth a thousand times more humane than the wretched insanity of our day which preserves the most pathological subject, and indeed at any price, and yet takes the life of a hundred thousand healthy children in consequence of birth control or through abortions, in order subsequently to breed a race of degenerates burdened with illnesses" -- Wikipedia
"SEC. 224. MODERNIZED PAYMENT INITIATIVES AND DELIVERY SYSTEM REFORM.
...The Secretary shall design and implement the payment mechanisms and policies under this section in a manner that--
(1) seeks to--
(A) improve health outcomes;
(B) reduce health disparities (including racial, ethnic, and other disparities);
(C) provide efficent and affordable care;
(D) address geographic variation in the provision of health services; or
(E) prevent or manage chronic illness; " [bold added]
"The Law for the Prevention of Hereditarily Diseased Offspring, proclaimed on July 14, 1933, required physicians to register every case of hereditary illness known to them, except in women over forty-five years of age. Physicians could be fined for failing to comply. In 1934 the first year of the Law's operation, nearly 4,000 people appealed against the decisions of sterilization authorities. 3,559 of the appeals failed. By the end of the Nazi regime, over 200 Hereditary Health Courts were created, and under their rulings over 400,000 people were sterilized against their will." -- Wikipedia
"SEC. 206. OTHER FUNCTIONS.
(b) Coordination of Risk Pooling- The Commissioner shall establish a mechanism whereby there is an adjustment made of the premium amounts payable among QHBP offering entities offering Exchange-participating health benefits plans of premiums collected for such plans that takes into account (in a manner specified by the Commissioner) the differences in the risk characteristics of individuals and employers enrolled under the different Exchange-participating health benefits plans offered by such entities so as to minimize the impact of adverse selection of enrollees among the plans offered by such entities."
With so much to research and the fact that it is now 1:00 in the morning, I will conclude this post with a note that I will be on top of this issue in coming days and an additional note that people need to speak up and make their voices heard...now!