Daily Archives: October 2, 2013

“Caring” Democrats?

Yesterday, the Senate voted down a House joint resolution entitled Honoring our Promise to America’s Veterans Act.

Today, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said they will also vote down the bill to provide funding to NIH which helps children with cancer:

Reporter: But if you could help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?

Reid: Why would we want to do that?

Please keep in mind that:

A. Democrats have flatly refused to negotiate in any way whatsoever, despite the Republican “obsession” with this bill that a majority of Americans did not want WHEN IT WAS PASSED and which a BIGGER majority of Americans do not want NOW.

B. Ever since Obama first took office in January 2009, Democrats have blocked every attempt by Republicans in Congress to fulfill the ONE JOB the Congress is legally required to do … PASS A BUDGET.

C. All this haggling over Continuing Resolutions is about keeping the money (debting) flowing at the ridiculous rate that Democrats established in 2009, a rate that is very rapidly sending the United States of America into bankruptcy.

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The shamefulness of “Barrycades”

2013_10 01 WWII memorial barrycaded

The National Park Service confirmed that they had been INSTRUCTED TO CLOSE OFF ACCESS to the open-air, ordinarily unmanned World War II Memorial on the Washington Mall and POST GUARDS to prevent an expected group of World War II veterans from visiting the monument and laying their wreath. Many of the veterans are in their eighties and nineties.

2013_10 01 WWII vets storm the memorial

Ten other states are expected to bring veterans to the nation’s capitol this week. Honor Flight organizers said that planning for each once-in-a-lifetime veterans tour takes months to organize and tens of thousands of dollars in donations. They have no intention of abiding by this ridiculous restriction.

I heard that Obama threatened to have anyone trying to enter the World War II Memorial area ARRESTED and one site reported that seven officials were dispatched Wednesday morning to keep vets out. That would be two more security officials than the State Department had in Benghazi a year ago on the night of the terrorist attack that killed four, including the U.S. ambassador.

But the latest word is that the park police have decided to call visiting the memorial a “First Amendment” activity. ::snort:: Good save, guys. The White House declined to comment, leaving the flunkies on the front lines to take all the heat … AS USUAL.

How totally petty and political was the “Barrycading” of the WWII Memorial? Check out what they put up at the World War I Memorial. Anybody can walk in there cuz you know … those vets  are all DEAD. Democrats only care about pissing on LIVING veterans.

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Sarah Palin posted: “The President is treating our veterans the same way he treated school kids when he cancelled their White House tours. When times called for obvious government belt-tightening, he took it out on kids rather than look for anything that would affect him personally.

And while our vets are barricaded from the memorial they built with their heroism, the government “slim down” won’t affect Obama’s golf game or his family’s White House chefs.

Meanwhile, Republicans in Congress are attempting to fund the Veterans Administration and other essential functions, but Democrats are blocking them because they want to make any slim down look as awful as possible in order to deflect from what this whole slim down thing is about, which is their Obamacare train wreck.

Good Congressmen are fighting for average middle class Americans to get the same breaks that Obama gave Congress, his pals, union bosses, and crony corporations who financed his campaign and snookered the media into putting him in office.

It is a sad day when We the People have to go cap in hand to the president begging him to give us the same relief he gave his friends by fiat. Thank God we have bold leaders willing to fight for those who can’t afford to pay powerful lobbyists to make Obama and Harry Reid listen.”

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Government Shuts Down, Nation Descends into Riots, Looting and Cannibalism

2013_10 Govt shut down

Satire by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog

The United States of America (1787-2013) came to a swift and sudden end last night as the government shut down. The nation which had survived Pearl Harbor, the War of 1812 and Jimmy Carter ceased to exist.

The savage population, which had only been kept in line through a policy of rigorous gun

confiscations, food stamps and Green Energy programs unleashed its pent up rage in a spree of riots, looting and mass murder that had only previously been encountered in Somalia.

“The government shut down! We can do anything we like,” shouted Sam Hasbley of Grassley, Iowa, while tearing the tag off a mattress despite an explicit warning label forbidding such a dangerous course of action. “Tear yours off. The government is shut down. It can’t stop you.”

Eyewitnesses spoke of further horrors. …

Read the rest @ http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2013/10/government-shuts-down-nation-descends.html

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How great are the stories?

Please just LISTEN to the video as you slowly READ, REREAD and PONDER the text below. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

The most powerful and influential position in any society is that of the storyteller. Storytellers are not just the mythical cultural icons who dress up on Thursday afternoons and read stories to your children in local libraries and bookstores.

Musicians are storytellers; politicians are storytellers. Screenplay writers and business leaders are storytellers. Teachers, preachers, nurses, lawyers, priests, scientists, salespeople, artists, mothers, fathers, poets, philosophers, brothers, sisters, babysitters, grandparents … we are all storytellers.

The future belongs to the storytellers and it belongs to us. What will it be like? Well, that depends very much on the stories we tell, the stories we listen to and the stories we live.

Stories have a remarkable ability to cut through the clutter and confusion and bring to our hearts and minds. Stories remind us of our hopes, values, and dreams. They sneak beyond the barriers of our prejudices to soften our hearts to receive the truth.

Great periods in history emerge when great stories are told and lived. Stories are history that form the future; they are prophecies set in the past.

Never underestimate the importance of stories. They play a crucial role in the life of a person and in the life of a society. They are as essential as the air we breathe and the water we drink.

Stories captivate our imaginations, enchant our minds, and empower our spirits. They introduce us to who we are and who we are capable of being.

Stories change our lives.

If you wish to poison a nation, poison the stories that nation listens to. If you wish to win people over to your team or to your point of view, do not go to war or argue with them — tell them a story.

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Text from Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly, page 136.

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What’s in a name?

“That which we call a rose, by any other name, would smell as sweet.”   Or would it?  You hear mumblings from time to time about the importance of naming legislation and how this can work either for or against politicians when looking at their voting records.  Well, I happened across this little gem of a video, both entertaining and sad, that illustrates this point very well.  It gives a pretty clear idea of why you won’t catch me referring to Obamacare as the Affordable Care Act any time soon!

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Day One: ObamaCare sign-up report

Obama tweeted: “The Affordable Care Act is moving forward. You can’t shut it down.”

Actually … we didn’t need to, because ObamaCare’s federal and state health exchange websites worked about as much as … well, Obama does.

2013_10 01 Healthcare dot gov down

  • 12:48 AM – 1 Oct 2013: Looks like no one in Oklahoma is going to be getting obamacare today!
  • 1:46 AM – 1 Oct 2013: DC’s health exchange link does not have an “apply” button yet.
  • 1:46 AM – 1 Oct 2013: Maryland isn’t allowing people to sign up or browse.
  • 2:26 AM – 1 Oct 2013: Day one obamacare: the oregon exchange is down!

2013_10 01 No chat site

  • 5:26 AM – 1 Oct 2013: California Obamacare Exchange Offline

Good News: HealthCare dot gov is no longer down.

Bad News: HealthCare dot gov still does not actually function.

  • 7:44 AM – 1 Oct 2013: @HealthCareGov Live Chat keeps customer waiting 35 minutes, then tells him they already know Step 3 is broken.
  • 7:50 AM – 1 Oct 2013: @HealthCareGov does not work. They know this. But they still have the website live. Idiots.
  • 7:53 AM – 1 Oct 2013: @HealthCareGov @WhiteHouse you could use social media to say, “Our site doesn’t work right so don’t waste time”

But noooooooooooooooooo ….

  • 8:12 AM – 1 Oct 2013: @HealthCareGov “Important: Your account couldnt be created at this time. The system is unavailable.”
  • 8:15 AM – 1 Oct 2013: @HealthCareGov doesn’t work, there’s no email link, doesn’t recognize log in, etc.
  • 8:59 AM – 1 Oct 2013: @HealthCareGov sign-up process asked for security questions; offered literally zero, but demanded answers to them.

2013_10 01 Wasting your time

Oh the irony … “please be patient” repeated ad nauseum while waiting to sign up for health insurance. 

2013_10 01 Incompetence

Rightwired tweeted: “I can’t tell you how many sites I’ve built and launched..and you test, retest, retest, retest, then stress test over and over and over. It’s the most basic thing there is. Their incompetence is staggering.”

  • 11:42 AM – 1 Oct 2013: Colorado shut down the “create account” function “to ensure a smooth shopping process.”

Connecticut’s site worked. Except nobody much wanted to buy anything. And it was really glitchy.

2013_10 01 CT Obamacare site tweet

An hour later, they had TWO MORE enrollees!! Oohhhh, ahhhh.

Maybe the reason they aren’t closing deals is that the cheapest plan for 27-yr old earning $30K is $130/month … which is 67% higher than cheapest plan prior to Obamacare. But hey … you can keep your doctor (if you can find him).

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