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The video speaks for itself.  Please watch the whole thing.  I am not a Christian fanatic, but I do believe this point of view as to what is happening in the current political fiasco.

Once again I pray that Good will overcome Evil.

Ciao,

Trish

 

 

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We’ve all heard that the new “Obamacare” healthcare bill that passed (albeit illegally), would produce a huge infrastructure of bureaucratic agencies and a lack of individual choices. Well, I present to you what that will look like……Voila!


Does this look efficient?

The PDF may be viewed here: after you click, you click the box.

Obamacare_Chart

After looking at this, does anyone think that this will run “efficiently” and “cost-effectively”? I doubt it….it looks like a crazy puzzle. What’s with these insane people who design this crap and make it as complicated as possible?

Fortunately, Senator John Cornyn introduced a bill, The Health Care Bureaucrats Elimination Act, S.3653, cosponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Tom Coburn (R-OK) to remove unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats from American seniors’ personal health decisions by repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

Keep an eye on this in the news, as I’m sure those in power now will shoot The Health Care Bureaucrats Elimination Act down.

For more details about the bill and the Health Care monstrosity, here is the information from Senator Cornyn’s web page.

http://cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Home

I could not link directly, but if you go to his page, and click “issues”, “Key Issues”, “Healthcare and Retirement”, you then need to scroll down to ”

July 2010″, click “Cornyn Introduces The Health Care Bureaucrats Elimination Act”.

The "Oligarchy" who forced this upon you.

Jul 27 2010

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced a bill, The Health Care Bureaucrats Elimination Act, S.3653, cosponsored by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Pat Roberts (R-KS), and Tom Coburn (R-OK) to remove unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats from American seniors’ personal health decisions by repealing the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB).

“In true fashion of Obama-Reid-Pelosi hubris, the IPAB is the definition of a government takeover,” said Senator Cornyn. “America’s seniors deserve the ability to hold elected officials accountable for the decisions that affect their Medicare, but IPAB would take that away from seniors and put power in the hands of politically-appointed Washington bureaucrats. This bill to repeal IPAB is just one step towards starting over with real health care reform that empowers patients instead of beltway bureaucrats.”

“The $2.6 trillion health spending law fails to address a serious challenge facing our nation – skyrocketing health care costs. The White House chose to punt tough decisions to a bunch of bureaucrats with no accountability to the American people,” said Senator Hatch. “In response, we’ve come together with this common-sense legislation to put a stop to an unelected board with unprecedented power over the health decisions of every American senior. Making our government more responsive to the people we represent, like we are doing with this legislation, is how we rebuild the public’s trust.”

“The most dangerous consequence of a Washington takeover of health care is the inevitable rationing that will result in the delay and denial of care,” said Senator Kyl. “The IPAB, a group of unelected Washington bureaucrats, will decide whether certain tests and treatments ‘cost too much’ and therefore won’t be covered under the new law. By repealing the IPAB, we take one step forward in protecting the sacred patient-doctor relationship and ensuring access to the highest quality medical care.”

“On the hook to find $500 billion in cuts to pay for the new health care law, IPAB is yet another government body tasked with rationing to contain costs,” Senator Roberts said. “Access to quality care for seniors is threatened by decisions made behind closed doors by unelected and unaccountable government officials.”

“Health reform should empower families with more choices, not put government bureaucrats and rationing boards in the middle of medical decisions,” said Senator Coburn. “The Independent Payment Advisory Board is a government command-and control bureaucracy that will dictate payment decisions and interfere with the best judgment of physicians and families. The task of repealing this misguided law begins here.”

Senator Cornyn’s bill is one of a series of bills, including legislation to repeal burdens on small businesses and job-killing taxes, to highlight specific problems with the Democrats’ health care law. After taking $528 billion from the nearly bankrupt Medicare program to create a $2.6 trillion new entitlement, the Obama-Reid-Pelosi health care law created an unelected, unaccountable board of bureaucrats to make additional cuts to the Medicare program based on arbitrary global budget targets. The IPAB would empower 15 bureaucrats to make substantial changes to Medicare—without full transparency and accountability to America’s seniors and their elected officials. Additionally, Senator Cornyn and co-sponsors of the bill note several other issues with IPAB, which include:

* Product of Politics: While the designers of IPAB contend it will depoliticize the Medicare payment process, the IPAB’s very charter is the product of politics. Special interest groups cut deals with Democrats to specifically exempt hospitals, 28 percent of Medicare’s budget, from the IPAB’s ax. Additionally, IPAB simply takes decision-making authority from elected officials and gives it to the President’s political appointees.

* Shirked Responsibility: While IPAB was sold as a mechanism to address entitlement spending, the reality is that IPAB allowed Congress to punt to an unaccountable board the responsibility of fully paying for a budget busting new entitlement program. The history of the $371 billion Sustainable Growth Rate problem has shown that punting budget problems down the road only makes them worse for patients, providers, and taxpayers.

* Fallible Bureaucrats: IPAB’s body of “experts” was modeled in many ways after the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). However, MedPAC doesn’t always get it right, and its recommendations are carefully examined by Congress before legislative action. A news report last year noted that , “The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, created by Congress in 1997, has recommended more than $200 billion in cost cuts in the last year alone that lawmakers have ignored.”

* Jeopardized Access: IPAB has raised significant concerns among a diverse group of health care provider groups. 75 provider groups sent a letter stating their opposition to IPAB stating, “The IPAB reductions would be in addition to the…savings in provider payments already included in health care reform legislation, which could jeopardize both access for Medicare beneficiaries and even infrastructure for the entire health care system.”

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The Democratic Party has become the Lawyers’ Party.
by Bruce Walker


Barack Obama is a lawyer.
Michelle Obama is a lawyer.
Hillary Clinton is a lawyer.
Bill Clinton is a lawyer.
John Edwards is a lawyer.
Elizabeth Edwards is a lawyer.
Every Democrat nominee since 1984 went to law school (although Gore did not graduate).
Every Democrat vice presidential nominee since 1976, except for Lloyd Bentsen, went to law school.
Look at leaders of the Democrat Party in Congress:
Harry Reid is a lawyer.
Nancy Pelosi is a lawyer.

The Republican Party is different.

President Bush is a businessman.
Vice President Cheney is a businessman.
The leaders of the Republican Revolution.
Newt Gingrich was a history professor.
Tom Delay was an exterminator.
Dick Armey was an economist.
House Minority Leader Boehner was a plastic manufacturer.
The former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is a heart surgeon.

Who was the last Republican president who was a lawyer? Gerald Ford, who left office 31 years ago and who barely won the Republican nomination as a sitting president, running against Ronald Reagan in 1976.

The Republican Party is made up of real people doing real work, who are often the targets of lawyers. The Democrat Party is made up of lawyers. Democrats mock and scorn men who create wealth, like Bush and Cheney, or who heal the sick, like Frist, or who immerse themselves in history, like Gingrich.

The Lawyers’ Party sees these sorts of people, who provide goods and services that people want, as the enemies of America . And, so we have seen the procession of official enemies, in the eyes of the Lawyers’ Party, grow.

Against whom do Hillary and Obama rail? Pharmaceutical companies, oil companies, hospitals, manufacturers, fast food restaurant chains, large retail businesses, bankers, and anyone producing anything of value in our nation.
This is the natural consequence of viewing everything through the eyes of lawyers. Lawyers solve problems by successfully representing their clients, in this case the American people. Lawyers seek to have new laws passed, they seek to win lawsuits, they press appellate courts to overturn precedent, and lawyers always parse language to favor their side.

Confined to the narrow practice of law, that is fine, but it is an awful way to govern a great nation.

When politicians as lawyers begin to view some Americans as clients and other Americans as opposing parties, then the role of the legal system in our life becomes all-consuming.  This also results in some Americans becoming “adverse parties” of our very government. We are not all litigants in some vast social class-action suit. We are citizens of a republic that promises us a great deal of freedom from laws, from courts, and from lawyers.

Today, we are drowning in laws; we are contorted by judicial decisions; we are driven to distraction by omnipresent lawyers in all parts of our once private lives. America has a place for laws and lawyers, but that place is modest and reasonable, not vast and unchecked. When the most important decision for our next president is whom he will appoint to the Supreme Court, the role of lawyers and the law in America is too big. When lawyers use criminal prosecution as a continuation of politics by other means, as happened in the lynching of Scooter Libby and Tom Delay, then the power of lawyers in America is too great. When House Democrats sue America in order to hamstring our efforts to learn what our enemies are planning to do to us, then the role of litigation in America has become crushing.
We cannot expect the Lawyers’ Party to provide real change, real reform or real hope in America. Most Americans know that a republic in which every major government action must be blessed by nine unelected judges is not what Washington intended in 1789. Most Americans grasp that we cannot fight a war when ACLU lawsuits snap at the heels of our defenders. Most Americans intuit that more lawyers and judges will not restore declining moral values or spark the spirit of enterprise in our economy.

Perhaps Americans will understand that change cannot be brought to our nation by those lawyers who already largely dictate American society and business. Perhaps Americans will see that hope does not come from the mouths of lawyers but from personal dreams nourished by hard work. Perhaps Americans will embrace the truth that more lawyers with more power will only make our problems worse.

The United States has 5% of the world’s population and 66% of the world’s lawyers! Tort (Legal) reform legislation has been introduced in congress several times in the last several years to limit punitive damages in ridiculous lawsuits such as “spilling hot coffee on yourself and suing the establishment that sold it to you” and also to limit punitive damages in huge medical malpractice lawsuits. This legislation has continually been blocked from even being voted on by the Democratic Party. When you see that 97% of the political contributions from the American Trial Lawyers Association goes to the Democratic Party, then you realize who is responsible for our medical and product costs being so high!

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I’m thinking to myself…”This sucks”, as I have been pretty spoiled when it comes to “work”.  I have mostly worked for myself, and prefer to keep it that way.  But, the work I was doing….well….lets just say “commission only” isn’t working out.

And NOW, of all times to have to look for work, it is just brutal…….the economy is on a nose dive to hell, and guess what?  There aren’t any jobs! (wait….I take that back….I could work at McDonalds….or somewhere like that…..I’d rather gag myself).

To begin, I have a real problem with the whole application process.  I am not joking, when I tell you I had to complete four online tests to see if I met the minimum requirements for knowledge regarding software, grammar, math, and a psychological evaluation.  And this was just the beginning!  Then, I had to go to an interview, which it wasn’t really an interview, mostly to turn in all the paperwork I had to bring, such as seven years…..yes seven….of W2’s of my past earnings.  Oh yeah, this is just the beginning of the “process”, there is a background check, and of course to top it….a drug screen test!  Lucky me!

One time, after completing a “personality evaluation”, it immediately told me, “The answers show us you are not a good fit for this position”.  It then went on to tell me, I should not apply for any other positions there until after six months.  I was answering these questions truthfully, so after that incident, I changed my strategy to answer according to what I believed they wanted for an answer.

Tomorrow I go to get my drug screen test, and I just spoke with my sister, and she told me, “Don’t eat any poppy seed muffins before you go…..that will show up as a positive.”  Is it true?  Eating poppy seed muffins will cause one to fail their drug test?  Anyone know?  Since I’m on the subject, if anyone knows of any other tips that I need to know about….please do share it with me.

I can’t go into details of the other seven pages of online “stuff” I had to fill out…such as “contract agreement”, “authorization for background check”, etc.  I mean it is a two or three day ordeal….just filling out paperwork (and you don’t know if you actually get the job, until AFTER these verifications are completed).

from: Platinumtestgroup.com

I can’t help but think to myself, “I can thank all the former criminals and liars for all this paperwork I have to do now….just for a job”.

So, I’m handing over my life history, all in good faith that they aren’t going to steal my identity, or lose one of those many W-2 forms I gave them (all with my social on them too).  I’m thinking to myself, “This better be worth it”, or I just wasted three days of my life.

Whatever happened to just filling out a one page application and shaking hands over the deal?  I miss the good old days when applying for a job was simple.

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I really hate to get involved in politics, but enough is enough.  It is time to take back our country, as it is being raped over and over by the current administration.  The Constitution is blatantly ignored as Obama and his followers finagle ways to implement his “agenda” by bypassing Congress.

I’m really getting tired of hearing something new every day that he is trying to do to this country.  The latest?  bypassing Congress to let illegals stay in the U.S.  You can read about that here:

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/24/source-administration-weighing-unilateral-legalization-illegal-immigrants/

If Obama keeps pushing the “people”, I’m afraid there will be yet another “Bastille Day”….only this one won’t be in France….and yes, heads will roll.

Back to what needs to be addressed NOW…….

John Harris, Blagojevich’s former chief of staff, testified in the ex-governor’s corruption trial in Federal District Court this week that Barack Obama knew of Blagojevich’s plan to “sell” the Illinois senate seat that would be left vacant by Obama.

Blagojevich’s lawyers tried to subpoena Obama earlier this year but presiding Judge James B. Zagel refused to allow it. Other White House aides, including Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, have been subpoenaed.

June 14: Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrives for his trial. AFP/Getty Images

Is Barack Hussein Obama above the law? I don’t think so, but apparently Judge Zagel believes he is.

This calls for action, and just blogging about it won’t change anything.  But, you may contact Mr. Zagel, and express your opinion about this to him.  I have already contacted his office, and here is his contact information:

U.S. District Court

Northern District of Illinois

Judge James B. Zagel

Courtroom: 2503

Chambers: 2588

Chambers phone# 312-435-5713

Fax: 312-544-8521

There is power in numbers!  Speak your voice and be heard!

To read the complete story: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/06/25/obama-knew-blagojevich-plot-aide-says/?test=latestnews

p.s. he he….J’aime la photo du roi Louis-Obama, c’est très drôle.

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I had heard recently that there is STILL OIL on Alaska’s beaches from the Exxon Valdez spill that happened twenty one years ago. So I decided to do some research and found this interview from “Democracy Now”, a daily TV/radio news program, hosted by Amy Goodman. The following is just part of an interview she had with Riki Ott, a community activist, marine toxicologist, and former commercial salmon fisher-woman and author of two books on the spill.

The reason I feel this interview is important to share with the masses is because of the issue of “corporations” having the same rights as a person. (being protected by law). She explains this in detail later, and I encourage you to think of what power is being given to corporations, and as long as they continue to have these same rights, justice will never be “for the people”.

Now with the oil spill off the coast of Louisiana, we will face yet many more years of litigation, which will of course not accomplish justice for the people, or animals that are now suffering (and will continue to suffer) because of this tragedy.

To read the complete interview, you may use this link:

http://www.democracynow.org/2009/3/24/20_years_after_exxon_valdez_oil

AMY GOODMAN:

A report marking the twentieth anniversary of the spill has found oil still persists in the region and, in some places, quote, “is nearly as toxic as it was a few weeks after the spill.” The report was put together by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, which oversaw restoration efforts. It states, quote, “At this rate, the remaining oil will take decades and possibly centuries to disappear entirely.”

RIKI OTT:

Those ecosystem studies began in 1994, really too late for our trial. They didn’t get completed until about 2004—I’m talking about published papers now. And those studies show, sure enough, the oil that’s remaining on our beaches is still causing harm

AMY GOODMAN: Let me see. You have brought a little jar. This is Exxon Valdez oil, Smith Island, Prince William Sound. This is one year ago. This is not from—

RIKI OTT: This is July 2nd last year, not even a year.

AMY GOODMAN: This is astounding.

RIKI OTT: That’s what we think, too. I take children out on the beaches now who were born after the spill and say, “This is your legacy.”

AMY GOODMAN: It’s just covered in oil.

RIKI OTT: The oil specifically is polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, PAHs. This is actually coming out the tailpipes of our automobiles. It’s the fine soot. That’s kind of the codeword for it. And this is linked with genetic harm, not only in animals, but in people, as well, respiratory harm, reproductive impairment, cancers. Very low levels of this oil, these PAHs, cause incredible harm to people.

AMY GOODMAN: You’ve said that is not just an environmental disaster, but a crisis in democracy.

RIKI OTT: It is a democracy crisis. The question we started asking as our lawsuit went on and on and on, and we didn’t get paid, was how did corporations get this big, where they can manipulate the legal system, the political system? What happened here? And I thought that was a really good question, so I went to answer it. And that became the final chapter of Not One Drop.

And I learned from other people’s work that there’s actually two ways to amend the Constitution. One is formally, through people-made law, which we’ve done twenty-seven times. And one is informally, through what Thomas Jefferson called the engine of consolidation, the federal judiciary, the Supreme Court.

And in 1886, the Supreme Court made sort of a seminal decision, where it granted a railroad corporation equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment, which is, of course, a civil rights amendment for due process and equal protection for African American men. For the first forty years after that passed, there were 307 lawsuits brought, nineteen by African American men, the rest by corporations.

And at that point, when the Fourteenth Amendment passed to corporations, this thing called a corporate person arose. And that corporate person, in the eyes of the law, is able to access our rights, human rights, the Bill of Rights, constitutional protections. This is wrong. The word “corporation” never appears in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. This is how we’ve lost freedom of speech. We still—we, as people, still have the First Amendment, but so do corporations. Free speech equals money. Those with more money have more speech. Pretty simple. So I began to understand that the legal system is broken. The election process is broken, all because of the same reason, this corporate personhood.

AMY GOODMAN: Riki Ott, I want to thank you for being with us. She has written the book Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. I thank you for joining us.

RIKI OTT: Thank you. And I’m advocating the Twenty-Eighth Amendment to strip corporations of human rights. Thank you.

Gray Whale photo: (John Gaps III / AP)

Worker photo: latimesblogs.latimes.com/…/03/09/valdez.jpg


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I have been thinking about the current administration leading our country, and the people who President Obama surrounds himself with. One in particular I would like to talk about is Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff to Obama. Has come under fire for his lack of self-control and frequent outbursts recently…..basically he is a “hot head”.

 It bothers me that there is a lack of good character, or “class” in regards to our leaders.  Well what does this mean?   Here are a couple of quotes to read and think about regarding this issue. 

Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters.”

 Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren on the subject of Character, November 4, 1775

It is the manners and spirit of a people which preserve a republic in vigor. A degeneracy in these is a canker which soon eats to the heart of its laws and constitution.”

 Thomas Jefferson, notes on Virginia Query 19, regarding character, 1781.

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