Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hannity promotes unsustainable use of water

Sean Hannity is out protecting the little guy by deciding that the fish (including salmon and smelt) in the river need to be sacrificed so that the water can go to watering crops during a drought. Yeah...help people's crops too late, kill all the fish, and create an unsustainable water issue. Great way to look out for the little guy.

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Glenn Beck Boils Frog

Even if he plays like he is grabbing one of the live frogs from the cage he shows, his possibly fake throwing a frog into boiling water doesn't really present a good argument against this quote from him:

"Forget about the Republicans because most of them are fake. Forget about the Democrats because most of them are fake."

And if he really did throw a live frog into boiling water...then he is just an idiot.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

To those who hate socialism: Sign this, please.

Print the pledge and ask all your teabagger/libertarian friends and family to sign it!
The Teabagger Socialist-Free Purity Pledge

I, ________________________________, do solemnly swear to uphold the principles of a socialism-free society and heretofore pledge my word that I shall strictly adhere to the following:

I will complain about the destruction of 1st Amendment Rights in this country, while I am duly being allowed to exercise my 1st Amendment Rights.

I will complain about the destruction of my 2ndAmendment Rights in this country, while I am duly >being allowed to exercise my 2ndAmendment rights by legally but brazenly brandishing unconcealed firearms in public.

I will foreswear the time-honored principles of fairness, decency, and respect by screaming unintelligible platitudes regarding tyranny, Nazi-ism, and socialism at public town halls. Also.

I pledge to eliminate all government intervention in my life. I will abstain from the use of and participation in any socialist goods and services including but not limited to the following:

  • Social Security

  • Medicare/Medicaid

  • State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP)

  • Police, Fire, and Emergency Services

  • US Postal Service

  • Roads and Highways

  • Air Travel (regulated by the socialist FAA)

  • The US Railway System

  • Public Subways and Metro Systems

  • Public Bus and Lightrail Systems

  • Rest Areas on Highways

  • Sidewalks

  • All Government-Funded Local/State Projects (e.g., see Iowa 2009federal senate appropriations--http://grassley.senate.gov/issues/upload/Master-Approps-73109.pdf)

  • Public Water and Sewer Services (goodbye socialist toilet, shower, dishwasher, kitchen sink, outdoor hose!)

  • Public and State Universities and Colleges

  • Public Primary and Secondary Schools

  • Sesame Street

  • Publicly Funded Anti-Drug Use Education for Children

  • Public Museums

  • Libraries

  • Public Parksand Beaches

  • State and National Parks

  • Public Zoos

  • Unemployment Insurance

  • Municipal Garbage and Recycling Services

  • Treatment at Any Hospital or Clinic That Ever Received Funding From Local, Stateor Federal Government (pretty much all of them)

  • Medical Services and Medications That Were Created or Derived From Any Government Grant or Research Funding (again, pretty much all of them)

  • Socialist Byproducts of Government Investment Such as Duct Tape and Velcro (Nazi-NASA Inventions)

  • Use of the Internets, email, and networked computers, as the DoD's ARPANET was the basis for subsequent computer networking

  • Foodstuffs, Meats, Produce and Crops That Were Grown With, Fed With, Raised With or That Contain Inputs From Crops Grown With Government Subsidies

  • Clothing Made from Crops (e.g. cotton) That Were Grown With or That Contain Inputs From Government Subsidies

  • If a veteran of the government-run socialist US military, I will forego my VA benefits and insist on paying for my own medical care


I will not tour socialist government buildings like the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

I pledge to never take myself, my family, or my children on a tour of the following types of socialist

locations, including but not limited to:

  • Smithsonian Museums such as the Air and Space Museum or Museum of American History

  • The socialist Washington, Lincoln, and Jefferson Monuments

  • The government-operated Statue of Liberty

  • The Grand Canyon

  • The socialist World War II and Vietnam Veterans Memorials

  • The government-run socialist-propaganda location known as Arlington National Cemetery

  • All other public-funded socialist sites, whether it be in my state or in Washington, DC


I will urge my Member of Congress and Senators to forego their government salary and government-provided healthcare.

I will oppose and condemn the government-funded and therefore socialist military of the United States of America.

I will boycott the products of socialist defense contractors such as GE, Lockheed-Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Humana, FedEx, General Motors, Honeywell, and hundreds of others that are paid by our socialist government to produce goods for our socialist army.

I will protest socialist security departments such as the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, TSA, Department of Justice and their socialist employees.

Upon reaching eligible retirement age, I will tear up my socialist Social Security checks.

Upon reaching age 65, I will forego Medicare and pay for my own private health insurance until I die.

SWORN ON A BIBLE AND SIGNED THIS DAY OF ____________ IN THE YEAR ______________.

___________________________ ___________________________

Signed Printed Name/Town and State

Saturday, September 19, 2009

State of health insurance for myself, and for the U.S.

Only a few know about this, but recently the company I work for decided it would be a good idea to audit employee benefits to see how many illegitimate spouses or children were receiving benefits. This was conducted randomly, and not to the whole of the company. In June they claim they sent out a packet of information including the audit materials. In July they claim they sent a follow-up reminder postcard. They sent them via standard First-class bulk-rate mail. Well, I didn't receive these.

Once I didn't respond to the survey they claim they sent, they interpreted this to mean that I didn't want the dependents listed on my account to get benefits anymore. So, the company took it upon themselves to cancel their coverage, which includes health insurance, dental, vision, prescription medications, and life-insurance beneficiaries. The company didn't see any need to phone me at any of the phone numbers they have for me to see if something had been forgotten, or if there was a problem. They just canceled my family's coverage without my knowledge or consent.

Then after they had canceled my family's coverage, my wife needed medical attention. When she got to the hospital, our insurance was declined (as it had been canceled without our knowledge or consent). It was over the weekend, so of course every office was closed. When I called on Monday they informed me that their systems show it was mailed, along with the changes they decided to make to my insurance plans without my consent or knowledge. They continued to repeat over and over again that they mailed it, and that it had the information concerning the ramifications of not returning the audit. But of course, as I mentioned, I never got the forms.

Additionally they cannot prove receipt, since they refuse to use certified mail or any parcel service that requires signature on delivery. They claimed on the phone that they didn't have my phone numbers, which are on my profile on their system. They also claimed that my managers should have informed me of the audit, which in reality they didn't know about it since it was random for 1/40th of the number of employees that my company has. I asked them to reinstate my insurance since they dropped my dependents without my consent, to which they said they couldn't until I proved that I was indeed married and that I was indeed the father of my two children. I asked them to provide another audit materials packet, and asked that they ship it via certified mail with proof of delivery...to which they refused.

Basically the company is doing something that I believe is illegal. And this is not isolated to just me in this country. From denial of service to companies changing people's policies out from under them...this is the state of our private health system.

Most people don't understand how health insurance or the health care industry even works. Educate yourselves. We have the most expensive health care system in the world, but only the 37th-best in outcomes. I will quickly concede that the plans introduced by Congress by President Obama's request may not cut it in the long term. But right now we are in a system that has already demonstrated that it is a road that will end, and we already don't even bother to care for 18-20% of our people.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

9/12 Tea Party

This is going to be a lengthy post because of all the video that I'm going to post. But I think that people should see this side of Americans. 9/12 Tea-Party attenders seem largely to firmly believe in specifics they cannot articulate, or are fanatically misinformed about

This first video is an excellent set of very calmly asked questions. Never does the interviewer antagonize or berate those he interviews. He just asks questions and lets them answer. But the answers reveal that the people there don't really seem to know what specifically they are outraged about, or where the specifics of the issues they are protesting originated from, or even if there is truth value to the specific they think they know.



This isn't pinning anyone down either. Here is much more crazy stuff that was recorded by the Associated Press.



It seems that even a person that has been very much on the far right, conservative side of the fence, Bill O'Reilly is interested in offering a public plan option. He seems to be interested in the well being of people who cannot otherwise afford health insurance. Keith Olbermann will have to take him off the "Worst Person in the World" list, at least for this comment.



More interviews. You can decide for yourself (talking like FoxNews here) if they know what they are talking about. The origin of this video is a conservative group, by the way.



One more...but this time for fun.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Monday, September 07, 2009

Al Franken Discusses Health Care

A friend of mine had a link to this video on his Google Reader, and it is an excellent find. Nice to see that a politician...the Senator from my previous home state of Minnesota, Al Franken...talk to a frustrated crowd, build a rapport with them, and have a sensible discussion where the issue can be talked about without fear and the usual hyperbole that seems to occur lately with the town hall meetings.