Monday, November 30, 2009

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Wake Up, America! (Part II)

27.11.2009 Source: Pravda.Ru URL:

Continued. Read Part I of the article

On January 6th, CNBC interviewed Henry Kissinger on the floor of the NY Stock Exchange. Kissinger stated that Obama had the perfect setting for the establishment of a 'New World Order': “His task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period when, really, a new world order can be created. It’s a great opportunity, it isn’t just a crisis.” The phrase “New World Order” is the elite’s way of saying “World Government” under their control.

On February 8, 2009, U.S. National Security Adviser James L. Jones gave these remarks at the 45th Munich Conference on Security Policy at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof. During his opening remarks, Jones admitted that he took his orders from Henry Kissinger. Jones said "Thank you for that wonderful tribute to Henry Kissinger yesterday. Congratulations. As the most recent National Security Advisor of the United States, I take my daily orders from Dr. Kissinger, filtered down through General Brent Scowcroft and Sandy Berger, who is also here. We have a chain of command in the National Security Council that exists today".

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday July 15th 2009. During her opening remarks, Clinton admitted that the elitist CFR pulls the strings of the U.S. government. Clinton effectively said that she was happy that the CFR had created an outpost in Washington DC because it meant she did not have to travel as far to get her orders. Her exact words were: "I am delighted to be here in these new headquarters. I have been often to, I guess, the mother ship in New York City, but it’s good to have an outpost of the Council right here down the street from the State Department. We get a lot of advice from the Council, so this will mean I won’t have as far to go to be told what we should be doing and how we should think about the future".

These people believe they are better than us; over and above us. And they use the US Treasury as if it were their personal bank accounts. Think I'm kidding? On May 5, 2009, Federal Reserve Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman admitted before the US Congress, that she had “no idea” where $2 Trillion of US taxpayer money that was dispersed by the Federal Reserve had gone, or who got it. (It went to Wall Street Firms, Foreign Banks, and Corporations). But the cost of the 'bailout" is already way above the "$2 Trillion" they said they needed. According to Multiple sources, including Bloomberg Financial News "The U.S. government and the Federal Reserve have spent, lent or committed $12.8 trillion, an amount that approaches the value of everything produced in the country last year, to stem the longest recession since the 1930s" - Financial Rescue Nears GDP as Pledges Top $12.8 Trillion - March 31st, 2009.

Taxpayer-funded travel is a big and growing perk for lawmakers and their families. The spending on overseas travel (known among lawmakers as 'codels') is up almost tenfold since 1995, and has nearly tripled since 2001, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of 60,000 travel records. Hundreds of lawmakers traveled overseas in 2008 at a cost of about $13 million (a 50% jump since Democrats took control of Congress two years ago). That's $24,299 of FREE travel each year for the 535 members of our Legislative branch (on top of their $150,000 salary and benefits for life)! Spending by lawmakers on taxpayer-financed trips abroad include everything from war-zone visits (1 day in war-zone, then 7 days somewhere else) to trips to exotic spots such as the Galápagos Islands.

Then there is the First Lady, Michele Obama. She performs NO official duties, she wasn't elected to any office, and is not employed by "we the people". Yet this hasn’t deterred her from hiring 22 staffers that earn a total of 1.6 Million dollars in salary (that does NOT include the cost of benefits); and who cater to her every whim and satisfy her every request. How things have changed! Mamie Eisenhower had to shell out the salary for her 1 and only staffer, her personal secretary.

All this in the Midst of the Greatest Depression this Nation has ever seen; with untold millions of Americans facing destitution, losing their homes, working jobs earning minimum wage at Wal-Mart or McDonalds, or worse, no job at all. And who gets to foot the bill for these Congressional "Codels" and the "staff" that caters to Michele Obama's every whim and desire? Why we do, of course.

In David Rockefeller’s Memoirs (2002) he revealed on page 405 that he’s part of a “secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States… conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure – one world, if you will.” In order for that to happen, the United States had to be transformed from the freest, richest, most powerful nation on earth, to one of third world status. Sadly, that task is almost accomplished. How, you might ask?

1) By unconstitutional laws, such as the recent “bailouts” which have now cost us a whooping 12.8 TRILLION (and climbing): voting to give Trillions to foreign and domestic corporations and banks, many who were responsible for the meltdown in the first place. They gave this money away in spite of the fact that they lacked the Constitutional authority to do so, all the while ignoring the demands and welfare of almost 100% of the people. Hundreds of Economists say these bailouts reward the greedy who caused and profited from the meltdown, while prolonging it with additional losses for the people.

2) By a 11.6 Trillion dollar National Debt (and climbing). In only his first six months in office, President Obama has added to the debt a staggering 1 TRILLION dollars; a new record!

3) By the 2.3 Trillion dollars stolen from and owed to the Social Security Trust Fund.

4) By the 4 Trillion dollars missing (and unaccounted for) from the Pentagon over the last 20 years.

5) By the 53 Trillion in liabilities and unfunded commitments, from Medicare, to Social Security, to public debt on pensions, that David Walker, the U.S. comptroller general and head of the Government Accountability Office, says “will grow by $2 trillion to $3 trillion every year and burden our children and their children after them... and that within the next five years, if nothing is done”, will bring us “a serious economic catastrophe”.

6) And lastly, by a 2.2 Trillion Dollar Budget Deficit for fiscal year 2009, and the “trillion-dollar deficits” that “will be a reality for years to come” according to the Obama administration. Where is the anger of the American people at the THEFT of Tens of Trillions of Dollars; which by the way “We the People” will be forced to pay off for generations “Ad Infinitum”!

This is a staggering amount of money! Do you realize just how much 1 Trillion dollars is? Well, if you put 1 Million dollars a day in a piggy bank, every day for 2,000 Years (year 9 thru 2009), you would ONLY have 730,000,000,000. (That's 730 BILLION dollars).

1,000,000.00 X 365 (Days) = 365,000,000.00

365,000,000.00 X 2,000 (Years) = 730,000,000,000.00

A Million dollars a day for 2,000 Years, and you don't even have 3/4 of a Trillion dollars.

Wake up! This is no “Conspiracy Theory”! Just look at what is happening to us, America. The middle class is being destroyed by greedy International Banks and Corporations, with the help of our "present day aristocracy" through unconstitutional trade agreements, which have allowed these corporations to move the most productive and high paying job sectors (manufacturing and industrial) over-seas, where labor is cheap and environmental regulations are non-existent. And the wages of the jobs that do remain have not kept up with the ever rising costs of goods and services. Not to mention the 60+ different taxes we pay at the federal, state, and local level.

And now, if President Obama has his way, the federal government will take over healthcare and turn it over to the bureaucrats to run. The inevitable result will be a vast deterioration in the quality of medical care, the neglect of our elderly, higher taxes, bigger deficits, government intrusion into people’s most private decisions, and ultimately the outright rationing of healthcare. Not to mention Trillions of dollars in new taxes; and Trillions more added to the already unbelievable 11.6 Trillion dollar debt. Hasn't President Obama and the republi-crats (or demo-cins, if you prefer) done enough damage so far this year? In only his first six months in office, the debt has risen a staggering 1 Trillion dollars. Not to mention the fact that the Federal Government has no Constitutional Authority whatsoever to meddle in the health care of "We the People".

And yet, at least ninety percent of the people of the United States actually believe the following myths and fairy tales: That Barack Obama, an unknown 1st term US Senator with LESS than 2 years of experience, rose out of obscurity to capture the highest office in the land; that Obama is the savior who will deliver us and this nation from the effects of a Century of morally corrupt behavior; that the economy can and will recover from a criminally induced collapse; that our courts actually dispense justice; that the Constitution is still the “Law of the Land”; that the government is “of the people” and serves the people; that the members of congress are selfless servants who never use their position to greedily accumulate wealth and power; that the United States and its military are always righteous and never the aggressor; that the United States is still a Constitutional Republic rather than a Socialist Democracy; that the national media reports only the truth and facts while upholding the dignity of those on whom they report; that our schools educate rather than indoctrinate; and that everything in the United States is just hunky-dory now that our “savior” Obama has arrived.

What I have written about here is nothing new people. In a letter written to Colonel E. Mandell House, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the large centers has owned the government of the U.S. since the days of Andrew Jackson.” More than a few good men have tried to warn us. In 1922, New York City Mayor John F. Hylan confessed: “The real menace of our republic is this invisible government which like a giant octopus sprawls its slimy length over city, state and nation. Like the octopus of real life, it operates under cover of a self created screen... At the head of this octopus are the Rockefeller Standard Oil interests and a small group of powerful banking houses generally referred to as international bankers. The little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both political parties.” Reginald McKenna (Chairman of the Board - Midland Bank) speaking to stockholders in January 1924, admitted “They who control the credit of the nation direct the policy of Governments and hold in the hollow of their hands the destiny of the people.”

On June 10, 1932, Congressman McFadden launched a twenty-five minute tirade against the Fed. Some of his remarks: “Mr. Chairman, we have, in this country, one of the most corrupt institutions the world has ever known. I refer to the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Reserve banks. The Federal Reserve Board, a government board, has cheated the government of the United States out of enough money to pay the national debt...The depredations and the iniquities of the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal reserve banks acting together have cost this country enough money to pay the debt several times over... This evil institution has impoverished and ruined the people of the United States; has bankrupted itself, and has practically bankrupted our Government. It has done this through defects of the law under which it operates, through the maladministration of that law by the Federal Reserve Board, and through the corrupt practices of the moneyed vultures who control it.”

Speaking before Congress in 1957, Nevada Senator George W. Malone stated: “I believe that if the people of this nation fully understood what Congress has done to them over the last 49 years, they would move on Washington; they would not wait for an election... It adds up to a preconceived plan to destroy the economic and social independence of the United States.” Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter, in 1952 stated “The real rulers in Washington are invisible, and exercise power from behind the scenes.”

On 1/17/1961, in a televised farewell address to the American people, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ended his presidential term by warning the American People about the increasing power of the “military-industrial complex.” Ike warned: “This conjunction of an immense military establishment & a large arms industry is new in the American experience... In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists & will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic process.” He then counseled American citizens to be vigilant in monitoring the military-industrial complex. “Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

Have we forgotten their lessons of our Fore-Fathers? “The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men” - Samuel Adams. “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety” - Pennsylvania Assembly: Reply to the Governor - Nov 11, 1755. “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death”- Patrick Henry - March 23, 1775. “Live Free Or Die; Death Is Not The Worst of Evils”- General John Stark - July 31, 1809.

“And what country can preserve its liberties, if it's rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure”- Thomas Jefferson - November 13, 1787. “Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind”- Article l0 (Right of Revolution), New Hampshire Constitution - June 2, l784.

The people who spoke these words, actually backed them up with action. They were NOT afraid to spill their Blood to throw off the shackles of Tyranny. They placed their lives on the line; without hesitation, not knowing if they would see “liberty or death”; not knowing if they would “Live Free Or Die”, yet comforted in knowing that “Death Is Not The Worst of Evils”. How have we fallen so far, so fast?

Stephen Byers, Sr
Whitefield, NH USA
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Illegal alien burns elderly woman alive

From WorldNetDaily:
Illegal alien burns elderly woman alive, now gets life
After 'sadistic' murder, killer declared, 'May God forgive me for what I did'
Posted: November 24, 2009
8:28 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Editor's note: The contents of this story are graphic in nature.

An illegal alien has been sentenced to life in prison for breaking into an 83-year-old woman's home, grabbing her by the throat, smashing her head into furniture, saturating her with gasoline and setting her body on fire while she was still alive – all to cover up his check-fraud scam after she hired him to cut her lawn.

Ramon Alvarado, 33, and his cousin, Jose Alvarado, 37, were hired to do yard work for Lila Meizel at her home in Wheaton, Md. They worked for the woman for two years, and Meizel often gave the men soda, food and extra tips.

Jose's wife, Ana Rodas, 33, was also arrested in connection with the murder that took place the day before Thanksgiving last year. Ramon was convicted of murder, arson and conspiracy in October. On Monday, he was sentenced to two consecutive life terms – one without parole – plus an additional 30 years for arson.

A Montgomery County jail official confirmed that all three were illegal aliens. According to reports, they are from El Salvador and have lived in the United States for more than 10 years. The Gaithersburg Gazette reported Immigration and Customs Enforcement had detainers on all three defendants, flagging them for possible federal charges and deportation proceedings.

According to prosecutors, Meizel gave the men a $75 check for landscaping work. Jose added two zeros to the number, agreeing to give his cousin $1,200 and Rodas $1,000. They used the $7,500 to buy a car, computer and clothes. Ramon and Jose pre-emptively conspired to kill Meizel when the two believed they might be caught.

Firefighters found Meizel in her burning home and pulled her outside, but they were unable to resuscitate her. A firefighter and two police officers sustained injuries in the blaze.

Both Ramon and Jose Alvarado had previous criminal records in Montgomery County. Jose had a history of check fraud, according to the Washington Examiner. Ramon had a warrant out for his arrest for driving a car without a license or registration. Rodas had no criminal history.

Montgomery's top prosecutor called the murder case the most horrific he has seen since taking office, according to the Washington Post.
An autopsy revealed Ramon caused Meizel to suffer a brain hemorrhage and fractured seven of her ribs. She had soot in her lungs and burned tissue in the back of her throat, indicators that she was alive when he set her on fire. Most of her body was charred and her face was unrecognizable.

"The inhumane manner you chose to exterminate a lady well into the autumn years of her life strongly suggests that you are sadistic," Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Terrence J. McGann told Ramon Alvarado. "A civilized society demands that you be in prison for the remainder of your life."

During Ramon's trial, Judge McGann said he could not look at the autopsy photos "very long without gagging."

"I'm going to put these in the envelope so they don't turn anyone else's stomach," he said.

According to the report, Ramon Alvarado spoke only about his concern for his mother.

"I am thinking about what my mother is going to think of me after I get sentenced," he said through an interpreter. "I'm concerned about my mother. When she finds out what happens to me, she can get quite ill."

Jose Alvarado pleaded guilty to first-degree murder on June 3 and faces up to life in prison. Rodas pleaded guilty June 3 to accessory after the fact and faces up to five years in prison.

"I lost my head," Jose Alvarado told the Washington Post, speaking from a pay phone last year inside the Montgomery County jail. "I don't know what to say. It just happened suddenly. I was tempted by demons."

Meizel's daughter described her mother as "a very trusting woman," saying she was satisfied with Ramon's services.

"When it came to hiring people for her lawn, she was happy with this man," she said.

"May God forgive me for what I did," Ramon Alvarado reportedly told police shortly after the murder.

Just after Meizel's murder last year, WND reported another case where an illegal alien fatally beat a 64-year-old woman who gave him a home. In December, Julio Cesar Ramos – who had been deported more than a dozen times – was charged with first-degree murder after allegedly beating Paulette Locklear to death when she took him in, built a small house on her property for him, gave him work and treated him like family.

She called 9-1-1 just before being beaten to death with a blunt object outside of her home.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


...Digital with Velvia Colors...

...from The Washington Post: Bribes go and come in the Obama Banana Republic:

Staffers on Capitol Hill were calling it the Louisiana Purchase.

On the eve of Saturday's showdown in the Senate over health-care reform, Democratic leaders still hadn't secured the support of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), one of the 60 votes needed to keep the legislation alive. The wavering lawmaker was offered a sweetener: at least $100 million in extra federal money for her home state.

please read the rest of the story here:

Washington Post article

...Life's a Beach...

Friday, November 13, 2009

EDITORIAL: Running away from terrorism - Washington Times

The Fort Hood, Texas, massacre was the worst domestic terrorist incident since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but the government refuses to admit it. The latest act of denial is procedural. The accused shooter, Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, reportedly has been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder under Article 118 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which does not provide for a charge related to terrorism. Officially, this was not a terror attack, but nonpolitical murder. the rest here:

EDITORIAL: Running away from terrorism - Washington Times

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


...Chucky Schumer, 1 of the Chamberlains...

...Political Correctness is killing us...

PRUDEN: Fatal reluctance to see evil

Wesley Pruden


The general is eager to get the situation in hand, but he's got his tactics backward. And not just the general. So have a lot of other people in the government. Judgment flees in the face of a challenge by goody-goody intentions.

Gen. George Casey, the Army chief of staff, says he's worried -- "no, not worried, but I'm concerned" -- about a backlash against Muslims by Americans who are worried, no, not worried, but wary, of prospective Islamic terrorists all around, including some embedded in the military.

The prospect of mistreatment of Muslims in the uniform is such a concern the general has told his officers "to be on the lookout for it." The tragedy at Fort Hood was bad, he says, but "it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well." He told an interviewer for CNN, as if in a footnote, that he further wants the Army to investigate how Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the suspect in the Fort Hood massacre, got to be a senior officer when he was such a known collaborator in radical Islamic causes.

Diversity is good. Maybe not as good as the ability to shoot straight, though in the modern, politically correct Army, you never can tell. George Washington, Robert E. Lee, U.S. Grant, John J. Pershing, George S. Patton and even Dwight D. Eisenhower -- pretty good soldiers all -- never acted as if diversity is more important than the ability to kill bad guys and break things that ought to be broken. So far as we know, those worthies in the wars of yesteryear never tried to make allowances for troublemakers in uniform. A Nazi or a follower of Shinto in the ranks would have been booted out at once.

Janet Napolitano, the secretary of Homeland Security, was off in Abu Dhabi, assuring the Abudabbies that she's working to prevent a wave of suspicion and sentiment against Muslims. She's working with "groups" across the United States to deflect a backlash, assuming there is one, following the handiwork of Maj. Hasan, the Fort Hood shooting "suspect." (When everyone thought he was dead, the major was the "shooter," but when it turned out he was still alive, he became a "suspect," proving that sometimes being dead is a good career move.)

President Obama, like George W. Bush after September 11, was eager to absolve Islam, even the radical version that is causing so much grief in the civilized world, of connivance in the massacre at Fort Hood. "We don't know all the answers yet," the president said in the wake of the shootings, "and I would caution against jumping to conclusions."

The caution against blaming "Muslims" and "Islam" for the carnage is good advice, even if not particularly needed. Millions of Muslims are loyal Americans and are no doubt as horrified as Methodists and Mennonites by the killing ground of Fort Hood. A backlash is not very likely. Even in the wake of September 11, when Muslims in many places in the world rioted in celebration of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, there was no backlash in America beyond the occasional dark look in a supermarket checkout line, or a sidelong glance at a surly passenger in a crowded airplane. But these were personal suspicions, not acted on, and as long as suspects in terrorist acts are invariably named Mohammed or Saddam or Osama we must expect average, good-hearted Americans to notice what goes on before their eyes and ears.

What worries Americans is how political correctness trumps the judgment of so many of our leaders. ABC News reported Monday that U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Maj. Hasan was attempting to contact al Qaeda, for reasons unknown but presumably not about Osama bin Laden's plans for Brotherhood Week. Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, requested a CIA briefing on what was known about Maj. Hasan, and was told no. Mr. Hoekstra on Saturday sent a "document-preservation request" to the directors of the Department of National Intelligence, the FBI, the National Security Agency and the CIA to prevent a rush to the shredders to destroy embarrassing evidence of malfeasance.

The intimidation of so much of the government becomes total, so great is the fear of being accused of hurting the feelings of evildoers. Winston Churchill got it right in the run-up to World War II, when good people couldn't bear to look evil in the face. "The malice of the wicked," he said, "is reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous."

• Wesley Pruden is editor emeritus of The Washington Times.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

...Listen carefully...

...McDonald's is here...

...Rip off the workers of America... Betsy McCaughey clearly states, these grotesque laws
the politicians that are on drugs are going to impose on
the people who earn a living are nothing more than:
"these programs are a pipeline for money to buy votes and political influence."

What the Pelosi Health-Care Bill Really Says
Here are some important passages in the 2,000 page legislation.
The health bill that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is bringing to a vote (H.R. 3962) is 1,990 pages. Here are some of the details you need to know.
What the government will require you to do:
• Sec. 202 (p. 91-92) of the bill requires you to enroll in a "qualified plan." If you get your insurance at work, your employer will have a "grace period" to switch you to a "qualified plan," meaning a plan designed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. If you buy your own insurance, there's no grace period. You'll have to enroll in a qualified plan as soon as any term in your contract changes, such as the co-pay, deductible or benefit.
• Sec. 224 (p. 118) provides that 18 months after the bill becomes law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services will decide what a "qualified plan" covers and how much you'll be legally required to pay for it. That's like a banker telling you to sign the loan agreement now, then filling in the interest rate and repayment terms 18 months later.
On Nov. 2, the Congressional Budget Office estimated what the plans will likely cost. An individual earning $44,000 before taxes who purchases his own insurance will have to pay a $5,300 premium and an estimated $2,000 in out-of-pocket expenses, for a total of $7,300 a year, which is 17% of his pre-tax income. A family earning $102,100 a year before taxes will have to pay a $15,000 premium plus an estimated $5,300 out-of-pocket, for a $20,300 total, or 20% of its pre-tax income. Individuals and families earning less than these amounts will be eligible for subsidies paid directly to their insurer.
• Sec. 303 (pp. 167-168) makes it clear that, although the "qualified plan" is not yet designed, it will be of the "one size fits all" variety. The bill claims to offer choice—basic, enhanced and premium levels—but the benefits are the same. Only the co-pays and deductibles differ. You will have to enroll in the same plan, whether the government is paying for it or you and your employer are footing the bill.
• Sec. 59b (pp. 297-299) says that when you file your taxes, you must include proof that you are in a qualified plan. If not, you will be fined thousands of dollars. Illegal immigrants are exempt from this requirement.
• Sec. 412 (p. 272) says that employers must provide a "qualified plan" for their employees and pay 72.5% of the cost, and a smaller share of family coverage, or incur an 8% payroll tax. Small businesses, with payrolls from $500,000 to $750,000, are fined less.
Eviscerating Medicare:
In addition to reducing future Medicare funding by an estimated $500 billion, the bill fundamentally changes how Medicare pays doctors and hospitals, permitting the government to dictate treatment decisions.
• Sec. 1302 (pp. 672-692) moves Medicare from a fee-for-service payment system, in which patients choose which doctors to see and doctors are paid for each service they provide, toward what's called a "medical home."
The medical home is this decade's version of HMO-restrictions on care. A primary-care provider manages access to costly specialists and diagnostic tests for a flat monthly fee. The bill specifies that patients may have to settle for a nurse practitioner rather than a physician as the primary-care provider. Medical homes begin with demonstration projects, but the HHS secretary is authorized to "disseminate this approach rapidly on a national basis."
A December 2008 Congressional Budget Office report noted that "medical homes" were likely to resemble the unpopular gatekeepers of 20 years ago if cost control was a priority.
• Sec. 1114 (pp. 391-393) replaces physicians with physician assistants in overseeing care for hospice patients.
• Secs. 1158-1160 (pp. 499-520) initiates programs to reduce payments for patient care to what it costs in the lowest cost regions of the country. This will reduce payments for care (and by implication the standard of care) for hospital patients in higher cost areas such as New York and Florida.
• Sec. 1161 (pp. 520-545) cuts payments to Medicare Advantage plans (used by 20% of seniors). Advantage plans have warned this will result in reductions in optional benefits such as vision and dental care.
• Sec. 1402 (p. 756) says that the results of comparative effectiveness research conducted by the government will be delivered to doctors electronically to guide their use of "medical items and services."
Questionable Priorities:
While the bill will slash Medicare funding, it will also direct billions of dollars to numerous inner-city social work and diversity programs with vague standards of accountability.
• Sec. 399V (p. 1422) provides for grants to community "entities" with no required qualifications except having "documented community activity and experience with community healthcare workers" to "educate, guide, and provide experiential learning opportunities" aimed at drug abuse, poor nutrition, smoking and obesity. "Each community health worker program receiving funds under the grant will provide services in the cultural context most appropriate for the individual served by the program."
These programs will "enhance the capacity of individuals to utilize health services and health related social services under Federal, State and local programs by assisting individuals in establishing eligibility . . . and in receiving services and other benefits" including transportation and translation services.
• Sec. 222 (p. 617) provides reimbursement for culturally and linguistically appropriate services. This program will train health-care workers to inform Medicare beneficiaries of their "right" to have an interpreter at all times and with no co-pays for language services.
• Secs. 2521 and 2533 (pp. 1379 and 1437) establishes racial and ethnic preferences in awarding grants for training nurses and creating secondary-school health science programs. For example, grants for nursing schools should "give preference to programs that provide for improving the diversity of new nurse graduates to reflect changes in the demographics of the patient population." And secondary-school grants should go to schools "graduating students from disadvantaged backgrounds including racial and ethnic minorities."
• Sec. 305 (p. 189) Provides for automatic Medicaid enrollment of newborns who do not otherwise have insurance.
For the text of the bill with page numbers, see
Ms. McCaughey is chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths and a former Lt. Governor of New York state.

...Transparency Obama style...

Back in September, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters she was "absolutely" committed to having the final language of any health care bill posted on the Internet for 72 hours before a vote on the House floor.
Well, the bill isn't finished, with major issues such as taxpayer funding of abortions and rules governing amendments still unresolved. Nonetheless, the Speaker is rushing towards a Saturday vote on the bill.
Back on September 24, the Weekly Standard asked Ms. Pelosi at a news conference: "Do you support the measure to put the final House bill online for 72 hours before it's voted on at the very end?" Her response was "Absolutely. Without question."
But now Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly tells the Standard: "No, [the] pledge was to have manager's amendment online for 72 hours and we will do that." The manager's amendment makes major changes to a bill (witness the 309-page monstrosity dropped on Congress just before July's vote on the "cap-and-trade" global warming bill). But it's not the final bill, so Speaker Pelosi's pledge last September was hollow.
Mrs. Pelosi viewed rushing to judgment on bills differently when she was in the minority. In 2004, she unveiled a proposed "Bill of Rights" to protect House minority interests, which included giving members enough time to read bills and a stop to the practice of holding votes open well past the normal 15 minutes. She had a point: In late 2003, Republican leaders held open a roll-call vote on the Medicare drug entitlement for three hours until they bullied enough wavering members into voting aye.
"When we [Democrats] are shut out, they are shutting out the great diversity of America. We want a higher standard," Ms. Pelosi said at the time. In 2006, just before becoming speaker, she reiterated her plans to promote "bipartisanship" and "to ensure the rights of the minority."
That was then. Now Ms. Pelosi is intent on using her political machine to run roughshod over opposition. Republican consultant Alex Castellanos notes that Democrats are replicating the worst practices of the Bush Republicans: "It is ironic that Obama and the Democrats are becoming the very thing they worked so hard to reject. Democrats criticized George W. Bush and the Republicans for not listening to Americans and being blindly ideological and inflexible. They might as well put on his swaggering Texas belt-buckle. They have caught the disease they tried to cure."

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Anthropology giant Claude Levi-Strauss dead at 100

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Voter intimidation by Obama's goons

**VIDEO** Terrified Voter says NJ Dems Using Gangbangers for GOTV
November 3, 2009 by EJ
How would you like to be a New Jersey police officer and look out your window and see several known criminals, including a man you arrested several weeks ago and another who had just been released from prison for shooting a cop? And then find out that the men were sent into the neighborhood by the Democratic Party for GOTV operations - complete with lists of voters names, addresses and phones numbers!

That is what happened Sunday on a quiet street in Morris Township. The officer, who’s name we are with holding, specifically heard the men discussing that he was a police officer and that they now know where he lives. The officer confronted the men and they took off. He contacted the local police who responded and caught up with them and about a dozen other men a few blocks away. According to the police report, the men were known criminals and when asked why they were in the neighborhood they stated they were

“campaigning for the Democratic Party.”

Below is an interview with another Morris Township resident who also witnessed the gangbangers going door to door. She contacted a local Democratic Party Official who sent her an email stating

“Thanks for writing. Yes, I heard about this and am very sorry for the incident.”

Shockingly, this isn’t the first time New Jersey Democrats have used gang bangers for GOTV. According to this story on PolitickerNJ, the Bloods Street gang stole $6000 from the NJ Democratic State Committee through a check fraud scheme. NJ Democratic Party Chairman Joseph Cryan said “that checks were copied from payments sent out for the party’s 2006 field operation.”

It’s 9:00 AM and things are just heating up in Jersey.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Democrats admit paying for pro-Daggett call; Obama records robocall for Corzine | Politicker NJ | New Jersey Politics News, Reaction, and Analysis

Democrats admit paying for pro-Daggett call; Obama records robocall for Corzine
By Matt Friedman, Reporter
The Democratic State Committee now admits paying for a robocall to Somerset County voters that slams Republican Chris Christie and promotes independent gubernatorial candidate Christopher Daggett.

A Democratic spokeswoman says the party’s chairman, Joe Cryan, was not aware of the robocalls when he denied that the state committee had anything to do with them yesterday afternoon.

Cryan, who told yesterday afternoon that the Democratic State Committee had “absolutely” nothing to do with the call, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The call angered Republicans and further fueled conspiracy theories that Daggett is in cahoots with the Corzine camp. A disclaimer at the end says it was paid for by Victory ’09, “a project of the NJDSC” (Democratic State Committee), and gave the committee’s Trenton address. the rest here:

Democrats admit paying for pro-Daggett call; Obama records robocall for Corzine | Politicker NJ | New Jersey Politics News, Reaction, and Analysis
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