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Seniors BEWARE – important

The following was passed along and reach us here at the Editorial Board of Conservatively Speaking.  The following has not been verified, however we’ve decided to share that, that has been shared with us given the overall importance of what is happening and for all that we fear is still to come.

 

Subject: Seniors BEWARE – important

I can’t verify this email, but it wouldn’t surprise me.  The link below is from Truth or fiction it has all the e-rumors about Obama care.
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/h/health-plan.htm

Well ladies and gentlemen. Here it is!

To:

Subject:   Seniors BEWARE –

“Seniors”

Forget about getting to age 75, this exact thing happened to me this morning at
Danbury hospital here in Ct.    I was scheduled for a cardio-lite stress test.  This is a tread mill stress test where during the process they inject nuclear dye into your blood stream and then put you in a CAT scan or something similar and take a picture of your heart.  If all is good the heart shows up red, if there are blocked arteries anywhere that portion of the heart shows up pink.  I have had three of these
tests in the past twelve years due to blocked arteries discovered in 2000.   They use the test to determine if I need a roto router or a bypass operation.
So I arrive at the hospital at 8 am this morning and I am in the process of checking in at Cardiology and
the lady says that my appointment has been canceled.  She makes a call and speaks with someone and hands me the phone.  It is a nurse in cardiology who says that my medical coverage denied the procedure.  I said it was routine, part of my heart maintenance
process and ordered by my PCP and with approval from my Cardiologist who is the head of Danbury Cardiology which is right where I was standing.  She goes, “yes but we were denied our request”.  So I say, I have Medicare so what is my backup insurance doing
denying anything.  Then the bombshell, she says it was the Medicare board that denied the procedure.

At that point, I turn to everyone behind me, and it was a long line, and I say to them “well you won’t have to wait too long today because my stress test procedure was just canceled by a Medicare Death Panel.  I am only 67 so can you imagine what is going to happen when we really get old”.    The entire waiting room and everyone there from patients to staff just went dead silent.  So I turn to the front desk and tell them,  ” I guess I will have to write a letter to the editor of the Danbury News Times and call my Senators and Congressman and let them know the Death Panels have already convened”.    Then I walked out.
By the time I got home the message machine was blinking.  My PCP had already called and so did the hospital and guess what,  Medicare decided to approve my stress test procedure and if I could get back down to the hospital they would fit me in right now for this 3 hour procedure.  I told them I couldn’t make it, that I was going fishing because I didn’t know how many more fishing trips I could get in before I went into cardiac arrest but not to worry about me costing the government any money because I am a 30% disabled Army veteran, due to Agent Orange poisoning which is what caused this heart problem to begin with, and I qualify to be buried for free in a plain pine wrapper in the cheap graves section at any National Cemetery. I certainly don’t want to cost our government any money so maybe we just won’t do this procedure anymore and we can use the money to redistribute it to all of the illegal’s to keep them alive so they can mow the lawns at the National Cemeteries.

So this Death Panel crap has started.  If we don’t vote this guy and his criminal cronies out of office this November then we will all die younger than we should as broke paupers as the country goes bankrupt.  Feel free to distribute my note to anyone and make it a mission to not only make your vote count but on behalf of all of us please make an effort to change the thinking of anyone remotely willingly to get intellectually engaged in this critical time in our country’s history.

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WELL ISN’T THIS SOME SPECIAL NEWS GRANDMA AND PAPA!!!
I had one of the most troubling, most disturbing conversations ever with Dr. Suzanne Allen, head of emergency
services at the Johnson City Medical Center in Tennessee . We were discussing the “future” and I asked her had she seen any effects of Obama Care in her work?

“Oh, yes. We are seeing cutbacks throughout the services we provide. For example, we are now having to deal with patients who would normally receive dialysis can no longer be accepted. In the past, there was always automatic approval under Medicare for anyone
who needed dialysis — not anymore.” So, what will be their outcome? “They will die soon without dialysis,” she stated.

What about other services? She indicated as of 2013 (after the election), no one over 75 will be given major medical procedures unless approved by locally administered Ethics Panels. These Panels will determine whether a patient receives medical treatment or
not. While details on specific operating procedures and schedules, Dr. Allen points out that most life-threatening emergencies do not occur during normal hospital business hours, and if there are emergencies that depend to be resolve within minutes or just
few hours, the likely hood of getting these Panels approval in time to save a life are going to be very challenging and difficult, if not impossible she said.

This applies to major operations such as receiving stents, bypass surgery, kidney operations, or treating for an aneurysm that would be normally covered under Medicare today. In other words, if you needed a life-saving operation, Medicare will not provide coverage
anymore after 2013 if you are 75 or over. When in 2013? “We haven’t been given a specific date — could be in January or July….but it’s after the election.”

This is shocking to any of us who will be 75 this year. Her advice — get healthy and stay healthy. We do not know the specifics of the actual implementation of the full Obama Care policies and procedures —  “they haven’t filtered down to the local level yet.

But we are already seeing severe cuts in what we provide to the elderly — we refused dialysis to an individual who was 78 just the other day….we refused to give stents to a gentleman who was in his late 80s.” Every day, she said, we are seeing these cutbacks aimed at reducing care across the board for anyone who is over 75.

We can only hope that Obama Care will be overturned by the Supreme Court — otherwise, this is a death sentence to those who are over 75….perhaps you should pass this on to your friends who are thinking of voting for Obama this year.

Regardless if you have private health care coverage now (I have Aetna Medicare Part B) — it will no longer apply after 2013 if the Ethics Panels disapprove of a procedure that may save your life.
Scary, scary, scary. Think about this? You? Your parents? Your loved ones?

Didn’t know about it? Of course, not. As Nancy Pelosi said….”well, if you want to know what’s in the bill, you’ll have to read it…..” After it was passed.

This is a graphic reminder of the need to stay healthy. Get your plot now at
Forest Lawn….while they last. Is this a death sentence to those of us who will reach 75?…..Yes!

Please do pass this along to those in your address book.

— Jerry C. Thomas  JMT GROUP, LLC

 
 
 

Under the Fedora: Morale, Ratings and Old Yellowstain

If a Super PAC doesn’t raise any money does it become a mediocre PAC with different Tax Rules?

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Last week’s big news is the Supreme court’s 5-4 ruling on Obamacare yet, as you might guess I’m not too fond of it but electorally I see this as a disaster for the left

The president has been giving individual organization wavers. Mitt Romney has already said he will give the entire country a waiver to Obamacare. This means that in 2016 the democrat candidate will have to revoke that waiver in order to implement it.

So every four years the question will be before the American People: “Do you want Obamacare implemented or not?”, until it is implemented or repealed.

Democrats this is the political ground you wanted, I hope you enjoy it.

It’s actually funny to watch the left go after Romney for acknowledging the reality of the situation.

Well, I said that I agreed with the dissent. And the dissent made it very clear that they felt it was unconstitutional. But the dissent lost — it’s in the minority. And so now the Supreme Court has spoken. And while I agreed with the dissent, that’s taken over by the fact that the majority of the Court said it is a tax, and therefore it is a tax. They have spoken. There is no way around that.

When you are reduced to hitting Romney for saying what the Supreme Court said is what it said, that’s gotta be a bad sign for the left.

 

Victor Davis Hanson Wrote a piece full of worry and woe concerning election 2012 that prompted a long reply from me that said in part:

Yes we have to work hard, yes we can’t slack and yes I do expect these folks to be fight so dirty as to make a mud hole look like a bidet, but perception doesn’t trump reality. Cripes the president just won the biggest victory of his presidency in the supreme court and vulnerable democrats are still running away.

Now you might see the odd democrat in comparatively safe seat such as Nikki Tsongas.

willing to own Obamacare but I’m pretty sure you won’t be seeing candidates in swing districts doing this.

I wonder if she would be so confident if she realized that the GOP was spending 2.2 million dollars on congressional races on Boston TV.

Run that through your head a second in a year when Democrats can’t even pay for their own convention, a year when the president is reduced to begging newly weds for a share of their dowry and birthday money the GOP finds their prospects good enough to put 2.2 mill into the pot in Massachusetts.

Another interesting difference, look at that Tsongas interview, I asked her about the Swattings and she wasn’t familiar with them meanwhile…

When the time for my question came I mentioned the Aaron Walker Swatting asking if they would sign onto senator Chambliss’ letter if elected and would support a new such letter assuming a president Romney won. Their answers were notable in several ways.

Firstly they all knew about the issue. That might not seem odd but in the last 48 hours I’ve talked to more than a dozen offices of house and senate members for comment and the majority of the offices I spoke to had no idea what SWATTING was, yet all three of these potential congressmen knew about the issue and spoke forcibly on the subject

That says something doesn’t it?

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If that isn’t enough for somebody to worry about this interview was interesting

Remember when the left was marrying itself to the occupods and I said this:

I keep expecting some elder statesman of the left to play Admiral Akbar, and shout to the Democrats who are jumping on the Occupy bandwagon: “It’s a trap!” But it looks like there aren’t any adults left to do so.

The adults never came but the media has conveniently forgotten the democrat party’s love affair with the occupods.

Hopefully the GOP will be running ads all this fall to remind them..

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How bad are things at CNN? They were likely the only people in the world who thought Anderson Cooper telling people he was gay was news.

“Coming Out” has become a cheap way to get a little press from the MSM. Every few months you hear about some person who doesn’t have a show or a prospect of a show. (David Ogden Stiers being the latest). Considering the culture of the entertainment industry that has all the bravery of jumping in front of a bandwagon.

Now if Anderson Cooper announced he was straight (like Dan Riehl), THAT would have been news and if he came out as a Believing Roman Catholic Republican, that would be an act of bravery.

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Speaking of ratings I’ve talked about what an Instalanche is. For those unfamiliar this is what it does to your stats here is an example

 

I bring this up because Robert Stacy McCain is now in his 48th day of covering the Brett Kimberlin story knocking off a total of 60 posts. Glenn Reynolds has instalanched him 42 times in that 48 days.

In my experience an Instalanche brings anywhere from 5000-10,000 hits the first day and say another 10-20% of that number the next, say 5500-12,000 hits overall, multiply that by 42 days and you get between 231,000 & 504,000 in 42 days.

Considering how much attention a single instalanche brings. Can you imagine regularly daily instalanches brings to a subject that people might wish are not discussed?

Kimberlin must be kicking himself for contacting Mrs. The Other McCain’s employer.

Politically this is going to end very badly for them.

Meanwhile Aaron Worthing/Walker has his court day the 5th. On the 4th he told of the hearing that led to his silencing:

I have gotten some criticism for representing myself. I won’t say I was the most stellar advocate. Not all lawyers are trial lawyers, and I know I am not one of the great ones yet. I hope to change that with experience. But at the same time, I think I did an adequate job. I don’t believe I lost because of a poor presentation. I believe I lost because the judge disregarded the law, and it is hard to see how a more experienced lawyer could have forced a judge to follow Supreme Court precedent. But maybe that is just my ego talking; I report, you decide.

 

But there was a more basic reason why I didn’t hire a lawyer. You shouldn’t have to hire a lawyer, damn it—doubly so when you are unemployed. You shouldn’t have to pay money in order to maintain your freedom. That’s not freedom! Judges in the district courts should have been sufficiently solicitous of the First Amendment that they should not have allowed a man like Kimberlin to penalize a person for protected speech.

 

Read the entire thing. That we are at a point where he even has to have a 2nd hearing simply amazes me.

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I spent a good chunk of my 4th with some friends that I hadn’t seen in a bit just sitting and talking with our spouses.

The older I get the more things like this become appealing.

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Finally , there are reports that John Roberts changed his vote on Obamacare, first preparing to overturn it and then around May changing his mind.

Now if Justice Roberts wants to change is mind based on the law, or the court arguments or some other precedent that’s fine, but if the chief justice of the supreme court changed his ruling either because of pressure from the left. That’s just cowardice.

http://youtu.be/cConRikbtwQ

If the above is true than Justice Roberts has earned the nickname “Old Yellowstain”, but lets take it one step further. Let’s say he didn’t make the change because of pressure from the left. What if he thought it would be politically advantageous to the right and rules that way accordingly.

That would not only be a national disgrace but an insult to every person who has sat on a jury sequestered from their family.

 

I’ve said it before the everybody deserves a Mulligan and I can give Roberts one here, but if he thought he was going to make friends on the left by doing this, he’s is pretty gullible.

Hope you enjoyed the 4th, see you next week.

 
 
 

Under the Fedora: Nightmares, Fast and Furious and then some

After 9 years and $92,543,413 LeBron James has finally won an NBA title. Our long national nightmare is over.

One of my favorite writers Jay Nordlinger is in Taiwan. His Taiwan Journal is on part 10th You should read them all but all the 10 parts there was one bit that jumped out at me:

When I reflect on the development of Taiwan since 1945, or 1949, I can’t help thinking, “This is what China — all of China — could have had. This is what China could be, and even greater. Sure, they have something like mercantilism now. But they are still a one-party dictatorship with a gulag. And there are still countless people living in caves. It didn’t need to be, it didn’t need to be.”

How many years and lives has Communism gobbled and wasted, for almost a century now, throughout the globe!

And that’s true of every communist state. It’s not just the evil, it’s the waste. Where would Mainland China be if it was free and hadn’t slaughtered tens of millions. How far would the Russians have been if the USSR had not done the same? All of that was done in the interest of the few yet the same people who decry the 1% in America supported those who did the slaughter.

Campbell Brown in the New York Times does something that almost never happens in the paper, she hits Planned Parenthood. Not of course for their slaughter of children (that she supports but minimizes) but because of ideological purity to the point where they are a one party operation:

Once again, Planned Parenthood is potentially making an enemy of someone who has failed to pass its purity test. It’s gotten to the point where, in this election cycle, the group’s political arm (while proudly claiming to be nonpartisan) has not endorsed or directly given money to a single Republican. As a person who believes abortions should be safe, legal and rare, I support many of Planned Parenthood’s goals. But the militancy must go. Demanding a perfect record from candidates it supports has already left Planned Parenthood marginalized.

It’s the rare part that I continue to not understand from our pro-abortion side. If Abortion is not the killing of an innocent person who cares if it is rare or not?

Of course those killed are mostly of poor and of color, that seems to happen a lot when the right people are trying to look good, remember the ban on DDT:

Malaria rates began soaring worldwide, not only in Africa but in areas which a few years earlier had been malaria-free. Only a small number of nations with the financial ability to fund their own programs, such as Ecuador, Mexico, and South Africa, continued DDT use. In all cases, these countries remained healthy. (The Clinton administration demanded that Mexico give up DDT as a condition for NAFTA being put into effect. This was done, and malaria rates shot sky-high.)

Despite clear evidence as to the effects, international aid groups such as the World Health Organization and USAid ceased supporting DDT operations. By the mid-80s, malaria had reached and surpassed previous levels. Up to 500 million people were suffering attacks each year. Two to three million of them died as a result. Up to nine-tenths of the dead were children under five.

 

But why would one have outrage over lives of a bunch of African children compared to the feelings of a bunch of environmentalists who will never be in danger of this disease feeling good about themselves?

Speaking of outrage If you only read or see one piece about Operation fast and furious make sure it is this one by Bill Whittle:

To those liberals who say this is a tempest in a teapot, it’s just gottch ya politics just political posturing or simple racism. Let me just say this, we know who the real racists are here. You don’t give a damn about these dead people because they’re only Mexicans to you they’re certainly not worth politically hurting your messiah over. If these had been 300 graphic designers in San Francisco and a university president instead of friendless peasants and a law enforcement officer you would have dragged a Republican president out of the White House with torches and pitchforks and you would have been right to do so.

He tells the media: This is Watergate with 300 dead people on the ground.

He’s almost right, it’s actually Watergate as it would have been if the media of the time spent a year covering up for the president, with three hundred 300 dead people on the ground for good measure.

But hey it’s much more important to feel good about re-electing the first president of the United States to happen to have a black father.

Incidentally did you hear the latest about Mayor Cory Booker? Just a couple of months after saving a neighbor from a burning building he turns up at the scene of an accident to help out. He’s building quite a reputation and that not even counting what he’s done for his city as mayor of Newark.

Sometimes I think to myself how things would have been different If the media had vetted Obama and the public had rejected him instead of the left being swept away in 2008. Can you imagine the difference if say in 2020 Cory Booker had been the first Black President instead?

As I’ve said before there is a reason why Jackie Robinson and not Pumpsie Green broke the color line in baseball but what’s done is done and everyone, even a country deserves a mulligan.

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Speaking of mulligans I wonder if the person who had the idea of the Obama Wedding Registry will be given one? It was so improbable that people were writing to Snoops.com to see if it was a hoax. I was at Tang Dynasty Restaurant a place that features not only excellent curry but free wi-fi when I saw it, my next stop was a Bakery where a couple getting married didn’t believe me when I told them this until I actually showed them the site.

The numbers of potential jokes from this are incalculable. Are we going to be seeing panhandlers who will produce IPADS asking you to donate to Obama instead of asking for a buck for coffee? Lemonade stands where kids give their money to Obama? Will they run Ads with poor starving children on the screen with people asking you to give generously to the president re-election campaign?

How do you parody this kind of thing?

Remember when Jon Huntsman was MSNBC’s first choice for the GOP nomination, well Dave Weigel reports he has now been made a distinguished fellow at the liberal Brookings Institute.

As Captain Renault once said, I’m shocked SHOCKED!

A little Kimberiln? Yesterday a judge in MD granted a temporary stay to the gag order on Aaron Worthing/Walker allowing him to write/blog about Brett Kimberlin. Less that 24 hours later he was swatted. He had interesting words for the police who showed up:

“I actually said, “let me guess, someone claimed I shot my wife…?” One officer confirmed it, and I said, “this is a hoax.” I think I even said the word “swatting.”

Congratulations Kimberlin dopes you now have given people an excuse to contact every congressman and woman who signed Saxby Chambliss’ letter for comment, AND every congressman who Didn’t sign the letter for comment and to ask if they want to sign it.

And that’s not even talking Stacy McCain’s latest revelations

 

I’m the owner of a very old IPOD that I bought used 2 years or so ago. I use it exclusively for Dr. Who audios (and about 27 TV episodes) I’m down to my last 2 gigs or so out of my 80 gigsa few odd TV episodes. Back in my younger days I used to wonder how people had so much need for a 80 gig or a 200 gig iPod, I don’t any more.

 

Rockets are still falling on Israel regularly, it’s reached a point where it is only news to the MSM if the Israeli’ s shoot back and sometimes not even then.

I suspect once a Muslim Brotherhood ruled Egypt is aiding them it will become more interesting to the world.

As far as the media is concerned it will STILL be Israel’s fault then.

I’d like to close with a line I heard from a young lady that I was meeting with concerning doing sales for the radio show/blog. As anyone in sales knows for every “Yes” get comes at the cost of dozens to hundreds of “No”s. She was asked if she could deal with that. Her answer perfectly encapsulates where the Economy is today.

“I’m not a person whose discouraged by rejection I graduated in 2010 .“

I suspect that attitude is going to pay off for this generation in the long run

See you next week.

 
 
 

Under the Fedora: Gotta Love that Media

Have you read anywhere in the MSM about the two French Police Women shot and killed this week or the Pakistani pop singer who defied the Taliban shot dead?

If you haven’t odds are you are getting all your news from the MSM.

We have passed the one month mark for the Kimberlin stuff,  and the story continues to progress, as Stacy McCain continues to break news

Since the last time we visited Stacy has written the following posts on the subject:

They say sunlight is the best disinfectant, by that standard Stacy is a twin sun and his latest post on the subject raises an important point:

 Of course, Rauhauser scrubbed all the other stuff — including his “as yet unfiled civil action” against @Zapem — which is one of his remarkably consistent habits: Every time people start taking an interest in whatever madness Neal has been doing lately, he begins deleting files, closing accounts, etc.

The guy’s deleted more Web content than most people have ever created, and why? Consciousness of guilt. Rauhauser’s obsession with secrecy is consistent with his habit of deleting anything that anyone might employ as evidence that he’s up to no good.

There are now, thousands to tens of thousands of people who had no idea who Brett Kimberlin & Neal Rauhauser et/al were 60 days ago. They do today due to the now nomadic Robert Stacy McCain.

As Glenn Reynolds put it:

REALLY, IT WAS A BIG MISTAKE TO screw with Stacy McCain. Which should have been obvious to anyone with a brain, ya know?

Now the MSM has done it’s best to ignore these posts and developments but slowly but surely they continue to creep into the mainstream.  A little bit of that creeping took place on Monday at the Nashua (NH) Federated Republican Women’s Club as Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Answered a question  on the Subject of Swatting

And Charlie Bass (R-NH) also commented on the subject

Oh and at Right Online Some woman named Sarah Palin spoke out on the same subject.

The New media will continue to inform the people while the old media remain in its plastic bubble. In an internet age that simply isn’t going to work.

BTW take a closer look at the base post about that Republican’s women’s club, it might seem a very small local affair but it is those ladies and the grass roots work they do that every successful political campaign is based on.

If they didn’t do it, who would?

BTW on the lighter side there were some wonderful young ladies, to whom I would like to introduce my sons, who sang the national anthem. Unlike most such events they sang the first AND last verse

of course according to our democrat friends they are victims of the GOP war on women.  Yeah right.

Meanwhile while the new media continue to break the Kimberlin story the old media are acting like…The old media:

Today it’s being widely reported that Romney had a moment were he was amazed at the existence of WAWAs, a convenience/gas store, and the electronic touchtone ordering of sandwiches. They have spun this to make it seem like he’s out of touchBUT THE VIDEO IS EDITED DECEPTIVELY:

In actuality, Mitt was contrasting the ridiculous over-regulation of the public sector, with the efficiency of the private sector, and used the electronic ordering system at WAWAs as an example – here’s the FULL video from a Ron Paulestinian in the crowd:

The blogger in question Sooper Mexican is backed up by that well known bastion of conservatism Politico.  And how did MSNBC react to this, lets say it was underwhelming:

She failed to acknowledge what the “criticism” entailed; she neglected to point out how the editing misrepresented the event being covered; and she offered nothing resembling an apology or an admission of responsibility for something that was, as a matter of fact, irresponsible.

I’m tired.  Truly.  I’ve grown weary of trying to defend the indefensible and explain the inexplicable.  For years, people have stomped their feet and pounded their fists and snorted “Liberal media bias!” and I’ve always tut-tutted and shooshed them and said, “No, no.  Calm down.  They meant well.  It was just a misunderstanding.  A mistake.  These things happen.”  I spent over 25 years working in the oft-reviled Mainstream Media and I saw up close and personal how the sausage was made.   I knew the people who wielded the knives and wore the aprons, and could vouch (most of the time, anyway) for their good intentions.

But now?

Forget it. I’m done.  You deserve what they’re saying about you.  It’s earned.

Gee after that performance is it any wonder that Senator Scott Brown isn’t all that anxious to do an MSNBC debate?

Brown accepted an invitation to debate Warren at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute yesterday, but said he had two conditions. He wanted the event to be sponsored by local media instead of MSNBC, and he wanted Vicki Kennedy to refrain from endorsing a candidate.

Gee a debate at the Edward Kennedy Institute hosted by MSNBC, I can’t see why any Republican might suspect it of bias.

While the left is jumping all over this as a sign of weakness I see just the opposite.  If you’ve got a sitting GOP senator unfazed by incurring the inevitable media wrath of the MSM in Massachusetts that tells you where this election is going almost as much as Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren getting spooked by conservative bloggers.

Or Senator Joe Manchen ducking the National Democratic Convention.

Or having to pay demonstrators to heckle Mitt Romney.

Polls are useful but actions speak a whole lot louder.

Speaking of actions in Massachusetts there is a new proposal by rep Carl Sciortino to add a .01 a mile tax to all cars registered in Massachusetts.  Michael Graham was ballistic over it on the radio yesterday.  I’m upset as well.  If passed this will drive up the cost of every single product sold in Massachusetts, period.  As Howie Carr put it:

Suppose you own a trucking company in Massachusetts. Or you employ a fleet of salespeople who spend the week driving from one appointment to the next. If you have to expand, do you think you’d be more inclined to look in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, where the Vehicle Miles Traveled Fee is “only” zero?

This doesn’t speak well of our legislature, (or as it’s known, the general court) but it speaks even more ill of our voters.

Think about it, how little do the entrenched democrats in Boston fear the electorate if they are willing to push this during an election year?

If we continue to elect these guys we deserve everything we get from them.

Yesterday there was an interesting move at the pathos siteLeah Libresco has moved from the Athiest section of the site to the Catholic section.  There is a very interesting moment that brought this to a head.

I’ve heard some explanations that try to bake morality into the natural world by reaching for evolutionary psychology.  They argue that moral dispositions are evolutionarily triumphant over selfishness, or they talk about group selection, or something else.  Usually, these proposed solutions radically misunderstand a) evolution b) moral philosophy or c) both.  I didn’t think the answer was there.  My friend pressed me to stop beating up on other people’s explanations and offer one of my own.

“I don’t know,” I said.  ”I’ve got bupkis.”

“Your best guess.”

“I haven’t got one.”

“You must have some idea.”

“I don’t know.  I’ve got nothing.  I guess Morality just loves me or something.”

“…”

“Ok, ok, yes, I heard what I just said.  Give me a second and let me decide if I believe it.”

It turns out I did.

On father’s day I had a big debate with an agnostic and a Lutheran concerning the Catholic Church.  In terms of the existence of Christ as God my agnostic friend is mulling over this argument that I first heard from my Pastor

We see Jesus killed. We have a group of followers of Jesus scattered. It’s apparently all over. The established power of Rome and the elders of Israel have finished him. He would be rejected by both the established religious and civil authorities.

Now lets look at what happens within a period of time these followers of Christ are not only back but are standing up to established authority even to the point of death. We see all but one of the disciples of Christ killed violently.

Again remember the time and place. Something has convinced a group of early 1st century Jews in a society that rejects non-conformity that they will not only challenge the established religious law but the power and majesty of the Roman empire.

Logically something pretty damn impressive had to turn a bunch of guys fleeing to people unafraid of death and disgrace.

I noticed my friend in the Lutheran Church’s argument against Catholicism was almost wholly based on the scandal of the last decade and a bad experience an uncle had with the church.  I see a lot of that, however I rarely see an argument based on study, but for all of those who say:  The Church did this or the church did that let me leave you with a quote from Fr. Z’s blog that was just spectacular.

Among the apostles one out of twelve betrayed, and today among the successors of the apostles the average is certainly no better.

This has been a pretty heavy under the fedora, so lets close with Ice Cream

That cup is from Cherry Hill Ice Cream in Lunenburg Mass.  I suggest at least one dose weekly, just like Under the Fedora.

 
 
 

Under the Fedora: Obama’s Bad Week

To say last week has been a bad for the Obama administration sounds a lot like Noah’s wife complaining about what the rain is doing to her herb garden.

But of all the news the campaign has seen nothing compares with the results of the PPP poll out of North Carolina where 20% of the Black community has declared they will be voting for Mitt Romney.

It can not be overstated how important this is, not so much in terms of the raw vote, but in terms of the symbolism.  It’s one thing for Black America to say something like this in private (al la Barbershop) it’s quite another thing for people to say it in a public poll.

If this spreads beyond North Carolina the results for the Democrat party will be cataclysmic.

At National review Maggie Gallagher believes she knows the reason:

few Republicans have ever won that share of the black vote even when times were tough. A lot of black pastors are pretty upset with President Obama for endorsing gay marriage (see the Coalition for African American Pastors new petition), and it looks like some of their flocks are as well.

I suspect there are a lot of Black Americans who would have liked to walk away from the Democrat party and Barack Obama but did not want to risk the backlash from their community.  Gay Marriage is apparently enough of a deal breaker to change the equation.  And the Latest from Gallup suggests this is not isolated to North Carolina:

Obama’s support among registered voters today is 46%, five points below what it was nearly four years ago. Whites’ support is down slightly more, six points, from 44% to 38%.

Obama’s support among blacks, while still overwhelming, has also dipped four points from 91% to 87%.

If you give someone an excuse to do what they really want to they’ll take it.

One more thought on this subject, even with these numbers 4 out of 5 black voters in NC and almost 9 out of 10 nationwide are currently sticking with Barack Obama.

If four out of five white voters declared they were voting for Mitt Romney the media would be awash with stories of racism in America.  Yet on a regular basis Black voters have supported black candidates by margins far beyond 80% in majority black districts with nary a peep.

I wonder why?

Via Israel Matzav & Legal Insurrection we see the President’s numbers  are apparently dropping in more than just the Black community:

The poll, conducted by Siena College, finds that currently President Obama has the support of 51 percent of Jewish voters, while 43 percent are opposed to him. Five percent are undecided. That means, Obama’s lead among Jewish voters is at 8 percentage points.

Previously, in Siena’s May poll, Obama had the support 62 percent of Jewish New Yorkers, while 32 percent opposed him. That means, last month, Obama’s lead among this group of voters was at a strong 30 percentage points.

As each day passes it appears Michael Graham’s statement from September 2010 at a GOP function in plymouth was prophetic

“ The greatest maker of Republican voters since Ronald Regan is Barack Obama”

Ronald Reagan has been in the news again lately, Jeb Bush has suggested that the Reagan would not be welcome in today’s Republican party.  He seems to forget that he belongs to the same faction of the Republican party that didn’t welcome Reagan when he ran in the first place as SE Cupp reminds us:

Some of Reagan’s strongest opponents were, in fact, establishment Republicans — guys like Jeb Bush’s dad, who called Reagan’s fiscal policies “voodoo economics.”

Even more interesting is the MSM jumping on Jeb Bush’s statements considering that nobody hated Ronald Reagan more than the media.  It is a source of considerable embarrassment that his popularity with the public so great they are required to pay him homage in death when they would rather express the contempt that they actually feel, and gladly expressed all during his life.

A bit back I talked about Robert Caro’s 4th Book in his Lyndon Johnson series, The Passage of Power.  When Joe Scarborough of MSNBC’s Morning Joe remarked on Governor Bush’s statements and excoriated the GOP for not compromising with Democrats it reminded me of something I read in Caro’s First book in the series:  The Path to Power concerning Sam Rayburn:

He would never ask a man to do anything against his own interests. “A Congressman’s first duty is to get re-elected” he would say and he would advice young Congressmen: “Always vote your district.”

Joe Scarborough is a smart guy but these freshmen GOP congressmen and women know who elected them and they aren’t about to take the advice of an MSNBC host over Sam Rayburn’s on how to function in congress, at least not if they have any sense.

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One of those Freshmen members of congress is Ann Marie Buerkle this week she has coe under attack by her old friends at the Syracuse Post Standard are after her again devoting over 40 paragraphs to play with her words concerning Obamacare.

Now any paper that had the winning candidate 11 points down 10 days before an election isn’t all that reliable, but their use of politifact to attack her brought to mind something I said back I this space last year when the left was excoriating them for their choice of the “Lie of the Year

 Politfact might be shocked to discover that only radical islam is tougher on religious apostates than Liberalism but they should not fear, as the election gets closer and the left decides they need them they will forgive just as long as they provide fodder for their blogs.

And right on cue as soon as the left needs them, they are a reliable source again, just as if nothing had ever happened.

Congresswoman Buerkle’s site if you want to help her re-election efforts in NY is here.

Ann Marie was also among the list of 80+ members of congress that signed a letter to the Attorney General concerning SWATTING.  Strangely enough there is not a single Democrat on the list of names even though Brett Kimberlin now claims to have been Swatted himself and the Velvet Underground is now offering a $10k reward for information leading to the conviction of the Swatter.  Lee Stranaham almost immediately debunked Kimberlin’s claim by checking with the Montgomomery County Maryland public information office but my reaction to this nonsense was more along the lines of the comedy it is advice is superior to Sam Rayburn’s

Robert Stacy McCain however who is nearing his 40th story on the subject is not but asking questions:

  • Why have the operators of the “Not Brett Kimberlin” site taken extraordinary steps to conceal their own identities?
  • What would we discover about the operators of this site, if their identities were known?
  • Most importantly, who is paying for this elaborate ongoing effort to smear and defame Britt Kimberlin’s critics?

It is the answer to the last question that is most important and is the reason why the swatter had better decide to turn State’s evidence fast, because in January when he have a different administration this is going to come out and the results won’t be pretty.

On June 9th I attended one of the 160 Stand up for Religious freedom rallies that took place all over the nation.  Mine took place at a location known as Carter Park where Leominster’s Minutemen marched from.

Of the speakers the most moving was the person hardest to understand.  Fr. Thien Nguyen of St. Leo’s Parish just across the street from the park

He talked about his home country of Vietnam and how religious freedom was repressed there. Any religious expression confined to the churches itself, with priests not even allowed to wear their collars in public. What really struck me was how sees the same thing happening here. It reminded me of Claira Csiong

Have you noticed that unlike people in the MSM folks who have actually lived under socialism have no problem seeing Obama as a socialist? Finally this week is a week of events for my family and friends. My wife and I met a friend of mine that I haven’t seen for a year for a pleasant dinner. I have a son who is having his high school graduation party Sunday and after this week’s show I’ll be attending the wedding of my wife’s best friend’s daughter. There are times when we get so wrapped up with the political side of life that we forget to actually live it. All of those things we talk about are important, but never let yourself get so wrapped up into things or so angry about stuff that you forget to enjoy the small things that life has to offer. After you send out that angry letter to the editor and tweet out the link to this post, do what I did this week. Take your spouse to a little ice cream stand in the country (or something similar wherever you are) and simply sit and enjoy each other’s company. Or if you are alone find something beautiful and green like the first hint of the new grapes on the vine:

Life is short, remember to enjoy it.

 
 
 

Just answer the question Ms Warren…

Dear Elizabeth Warren,
Are you an Indian? If you are, than I’m a tree?
And Gov. Deval, you don’t speak for me, when I ask a politician a question I expect an answer, so you won’t answer the question made by Fox 25 news reporter, than I will ask, Are you an Indian? Did you lie? Why won’t you clear this up?
Pretending to be an Indian is an insult to all respectable, true, original people of these lands we call the United States!!

 
 
 

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Comedian Paul D’Angelo and Joe in studio …. Our April Fools show..

Today we are joined in studio (Gary and Joe) by Comedian Paul D’Angelo

 

Comedian Paul D’Angelo has been headlining A-List comedy clubs around the country for 20 years, entertaining hundreds of prominent corporate clients, and opening for over 50 international stars such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Tony Bennett , Tom Jones and Chicago. He is currently co-starring in the Showtime movie The Godfathers of Comedy.

 
 
 

What is the average interest rate at Pawn shops?

 
 
 

Poll Question: Have you ever pawned a precious family item for short term cash… and get it out?

 
 

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