Dissent is No Longer Patriotic

And the Democrats want you to know the only people dissenting about Obama-Care are Republicans, which I know is false (I am not a Republican, for instance. My parents have always been Independents, for another instance), and they are paid for it, which I do not believe since I know some Tea Party Protesters, and those wicked dissenters, the evil party of ‘no’ want to use your baby’s blood in their secret ceremonies.

I might have made up that last part, but I suspect it’s only a fiction in form, not kind. After all, we already know that if you are opposed to the government take-over of health care it’s only because you hate poor people, have a pus-filled blister for a heart, and you parley with demons.

Principled opposition to the government spending more and more of other’s people money in order to intervene between you and your doctors, in order to ration your health care and make the individual increasingly dependent on the government for our very well-being- that’s not even comprehensible to the likes of Pelosi, Barney Frank, and Waxman.

And it gets worse– the DNC ad which highlights some phrases it claims come right of the Republican Playbook are actually lifted from libertarian’s website- somebody who has no political power to speak of and certainly does not represent Republicans:

Right Principles has a Facebook group with 23 members and a Twitter account with five followers. MacGuffie describes himself as an “opponent of leftist thinking in America,” and told me he’s “never pulled a lever” for a Republican or Democrat on a federal level. Yet this Connecticut libertarian’s influence over a national, orchestrated Republican health-care push-back is strong, indeed, if you listen to liberal pundits and the Democratic National Committee, who have crafted a nefarious web out of refutable evidence.

Think Progress highlighted his memo’s directives to “‘Yell,’ ‘Stand Up And Shout Out,’ ‘Rattle Him’,” calling it a “right-wing harassment strategy against Dems.” The blog falsely connected MacGuffie to the national conservative group FreedomWorks through the most tenuous of threads. The Think Progress link that purports to establish MacGuffie as a FreedomWorks “volunteer” leads to his one blog posting on a Tea Party website (on the free social networking site, ning.com). Think Progress calls Tea Party Patriots a “FreedomWorks website.”

The problem is it’s not a FreedomWorks site, according to FreedomWorks spokesman Adam Brandon. FreedomWorks is a “coalition partner” of TeaPartyPatriots.org, but does not fund the site in any way…

Click on the link for more, and read HotAir, too.

Not only do they falsely link him to FreedomWorks, they also dishonestly yank quotes out of context, ignoring others:

“Do not bring the signs into the hall if you want any chance to be picked for a question.”

“Don’t carry on and make a scene, just short, intermittent shout-outs,” which may sound familiar because the shout-out part was quoted without context by Think Progress.

And the more I think about this strategy, the stupider I think it is. In their attempt to marginalize, demonize, and target the voters who show up at town hall type meetings to vigorously debate their Reps and make such unreasonable demands as ‘read the bills,’ they marginalize a huge number of voters as well. I don’t know anybody who thinks it’s outrageous to expect our representatives to read the bills- the bigger the bill the more important this is.
So when the DNC says people who demand their reps read the bills are clearly paid shills for the insurance companies, that’s going to leave a very nasty taste in the mouths of some constituents who never considered going to a Tea Party or a Town Hall meeting.

The people at those meetings have friends, relations, neighbors- people who know who they are and what they do for a living. These friends and relations might think the Town Hall protesters might be cranks, but they will know they are sincere- so when the DNC insists these protestors are dishonest, bused in from out of town, and speaking from a script, it’s the DNC’s own credibility that’s being flushed.

And in this video, Nancy Pelosi says the dissent is astroturfed, but you be the judge, they’re carrying swastika and symbols like that to a meeting on health care.

Unbelievable. The media needs to call her on that- because IF it’s true, and I doubt it, I’d bet money the signs had a great big red X through them and were comparing nationalized health care and the resulting rationing of medical care to Nazi Germany’s policies of eugenics.

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Weddings from a Younger Sibling’s Point of View

I had a fun conversation with one of my daughters a week or so ago- I won’t say which one. Although this wedding is about as laid back as a wedding can be and still be called a wedding, she finds ‘all these weddings in the family’ (two daughters in one year) to just be too much trouble, and STrider and Shasta are nice enough, of course, she loves them and it’s fun when they come over and do things with the family, but honestly, why couldn’t they just keep doing that? Marriage is SUCH a big change and it’s so much trouble, and why would anybody want to do that, why can’t things just stay as they are, fun, pleasant, and nice?

And the next night I read New Graft on the Family Tree, by Isabella Macdonald Alden, Grace Livingston Hill’s aunt, published in 1880, and burst out laughing.

At the beginning of the book Louise, a soon-to-be-bride to Lewis, is preparing her trunks because the happy couple is forced by circumstances to live a long way away from her family, and her younger 17 year old sister is thinking things like, “How could you leave our home and parents? Lewis is nice enough, really nice, but I wouldn’t want to go anywhere so far from home with him, what is there about him that makes you want to leave us. Liking him enough to have him here and go places wtih him is one thing, but liking him enough go so far away and spend a lifetime with him is another,”

And she does say out loud,

“I don’t understand it at all. I NEVER could go away with Lewis and leave Papa and Mama and everybody.”

Her sister is naturally hilarified by this, and tells her she mustn’t think of her sister as making a sacrifice, that if she ever gives her heart to a good, true man, she will be entirely willing to go away with him, and she must never think of taking marriage vows until she does feel that way.

The younger sister says,

“It will never seem possible… I’ll never love any man enough to leave Papa and Mama. If that’s what I must do to be married, I shall have to be an old maid, for that is all nonsense. I know no man on earth could tempt me to do it.”

Naturally, of course, by the end of the book a very nice young man has indeed tempted her to wed and she has happily succumbed.

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Jefferson Guilty in 11 of 16 charges

Times-Picayune article

ALEXANDRIA, VA. – Former Democratic Congressman William Jefferson was found guilty of 11 of 16 corruption charges today by a federal jury.

The jury of eight women and four men returned a guilty verdict following five days of deliberation.

In the 16-count indictment, Jefferson was charged with soliciting bribes and other crimes for a series of schemes in which he helped American businesses broker deals in West African in exchange for payments or financial considerations to companies controlled by members of his family, including his brother Mose, his wife, Andrea, their five daughters and a son-in-law.

Jefferson, who represented the New Orleans-based 2nd Congressional District for nine terms, will now face sentencing by Judge T.S. Ellis III, who earlier meted out stiff sentences for lesser figures in the case. According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Jefferson faced 235 years in prison if convicted on all counts, and will still face substantial prison time.

About time.

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Neo-Neocon on health care

You must read Neo-Neocon’s account of her struggles to find answers for her neuropathic pain (a condition my father and one brother also have). Here is an excerpt:

It was actually my injuries that first propelled me online over ten years ago, looking for information to help me with my decisions, and to read about the experiences of other people who suffered from similar problems. One of the things I found at that time that made a deep impression on me were the stories told by patients in Canada and Britain. Although they didn’t have to worry about insurance coverage, they were uniformly the most miserable of all the chronic pain patients on several message boards I frequented. They had to wait forever for tests. They often lacked the freedom to choose their doctors, and/or there were far fewer specialists in Canada and Britain that knew anything about their injuries or how to treat them either surgically or medically. The problems of these patients were generally considered unimportant and they were given low priority.

Until that time, if I’d thought about the health care system in those countries at all, I had assumed it was a great thing that there was universal coverage. But during this experience I learned that, at least for nerve injuries and chronic pain of the sort I had, the care here was far better. In fact, many of these people dreamed of saving up enough money to come to the US to some of the surgeons I’d been able to see. But they could not afford it, and they continued to suffer.

I’m not a rich person. But ever since then I’ve continued to pay extra for the medical insurance most likely to preserve my freedom to choose. If I hadn’t been able to have surgery on the west coast, I believe that even now, ten years later, I would probably be suffering from pain at or above the level of those early years. The prospect is so dreadful that I shudder to even think about it. I’m just grateful that wasn’t the case.

My back injury had a different course. I still have some pain and vulnerability there but I’ve never had surgery, because I got major relief from an epidural steroid injection I received about fifteen years ago. That’s probably why this article about a newly-announced British policy towards those very same injections caught my eye:

The Government’s drug rationing watchdog says “therapeutic” injections of steroids, such as cortisone, which are used to reduce inflammation, should no longer be offered to patients suffering from persistent lower back pain when the cause is not known.

Instead the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is ordering doctors to offer patients remedies like acupuncture and osteopathy…

The NHS currently issues more than 60,000 treatments of steroid injections every year. NICE said in its guidance it wants to cut this to just 3,000 treatments a year, a move which would save the NHS £33 million.

That’s a proposed 95% reduction in the number of these injections, which are an invaluable aid to the treatment of back injury—which, by the way, is an area of medicine for which “the cause” is rarely known. As the article goes on to point out, such treatments are a relatively simple and less risky way of saving many people from being on opioids for the rest of their lives, or having much more expensive and risky surgery in the future. Penny wise and pound foolish.

And a portent of things to come here, with Obamacare


And then read this:

The president’s camp is quick to claim that his critics have not offered a viable alternative and would prefer to do nothing. But that argument couldn’t be further from the truth.

Rather than expanding the role of government in the health-care market, Congress should implement a patient-centered approach to health-care reform. A patient-centered approach focuses on the patient-doctor relationship and empowers the patient and the doctor to make effective and economical choices.

A patient-centered health-care reform begins with individual ownership of insurance policies and leverages Health Savings Accounts, a low-premium, high-deductible alternative to traditional insurance that includes a tax-advantaged savings account. It allows people to purchase insurance policies across state lines and reduces the number of mandated benefits insurers are required to cover. It reallocates the majority of Medicaid spending into a simple voucher for low-income individuals to purchase their own insurance. And it reduces the cost of medical procedures by reforming tort liability laws.

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Why Do You Believe Him

President Obama, Barney Franks, and others admit their goal is to ease our way into government takeover of health care, to put private insurance companies out of business, to move to a single payer system. And then, when running for election, Obama says ‘nobody is talking about’ doing that very thing.

The man is a panderer. Why would we put our health into the hands of such a blatant panderer?

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