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AARP: STUNNING HYPOCRISY?

I am constantly amazed at the hypocrisy of AARP … allegedly a voice for senior citizens while spending millions promoting Obamacare – knowing that part of Obamacare was to be funded with a $500 billion decrease in Medicare funding; notably gutting the Medicare Advantage program.

In my mind, they are self-serving at its leadership is slavishly kissing President Obama’s Marxist butt – even knowing that the unconstitutional Obamacare is among the worst things the government has ever perpetrated on its citizens.

Here AARP’s latest communiqué self-congratulatory from the bunker …

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Dear STEPHEN,

AARP members won a great victory last week. The President signed bipartisan legislation that stopped a drastic pay cut to doctors who see Medicare patients.

When the pay cut was looming, AARP heard from many members who were concerned that their doctors would stop seeing Medicare patients if the pay cut went into effect. So AARP took on the challenge of getting Congress to act on this issue.

If Congress had failed to act, Medicare doctors would have received a 25% pay cut starting in January 2011. Many seniors could have lost their doctors as a result. But AARP fought to stop the cut – so seniors can continue to see the doctors they trust in 2011.

STEPHEN, working to protect our members’ well-being is at the heart of what we do.

Renew or extend your AARP membership today and help us continue our efforts to enhance the quality of life of older Americans.

Sincerely,

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A. Barry Rand

CEO, AARP

Continue our efforts to enhance the quality of life of older Americans?

Perhaps they can explain to me why Obamacare mandates the use of special boards and panels to determine the “best practices” which work for the great majority of people and plan to limit or deny care to those outside of the so-called “norms?”  Offering them palliative care which eases their suffering rather than curing their condition?

Do you want your medical care based on statistical norms?

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And perhaps they can tell me how AARP refuses to hold the Obama Administration responsible for continuing to allow  Medicare waste, fraud and abuse to cost the American taxpayer’s billions of dollars while refusing to use modern computer technology to detect cheats or hiring more fraud investigators?

Why is AARP silent on the basic issue of allowing the government to outsource the control over the delivery of medical services to the insurance companies who are incentivized, with taxpayer money, to reduce costs by reducing the amount of medical care they extend to their covered premium payers? A stunning and flagrant violation of trust and a clear and present example of a major conflict of interest?

Where does AARP stand on “end of life care” which suggests that some people are better off giving up their fight for life?

The “Conflict of Interest Question” …

“Approximately seven million people have AARP branded health insurance, including drug coverage and Medigap, as of April 2007  and AARP earns more income from selling insurance to members than it does from membership dues.”

“According to Andy Rooney [yes, that Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes fame], AARP was established by insurance salesman Leonard Davis in 1958, after he met Ethel Percy Andrus.”

“According to critics, until the 1980s AARP was controlled by businessman Leonard Davis, who promoted its image as a non-profit advocate of retirees in order to sell insurance to members.

“AARP Services, Inc., founded in 1999, is a wholly owned taxable subsidiary of AARP. AARP Services manages the wide range of products and services that are offered as benefits to AARP’s 40 million members. The offers span health products, travel and leisure products, and life event services. Specific products include Medicare supplemental insurance; member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging; special offers on technology and gifts; pharmacy services; legal services; and long-term care insurance. AARP Services founded AARP Financial Incorporated, a subsidiary that manages AARP-endorsed financial products including AARP Funds. AARP Services develops new products, manages and markets products and services, and creates and maintains partnership and sponsorship relationships.” <Source>

Did you know?

  • “In an editorial column in the Los Angeles Times, critic Dale Van Atta wrote that AARP does unauthorized lobbying for its membership, and lobbies against the best interests of its membership. Van Atta says that by lobbying for the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act, AARP leaders betrayed the membership.” <Source>

                                                       or

  • “According to an Annenberg Public Policy Center report, critics have said AARP had a conflict of interest in supporting the Act, because AARP “derives income from the sale of health and life insurance policies,” by licensing its brand to insurance dealers such as New York Life, and would benefit financially from passage of the legislation.”  <Source>

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  • “BusinessWeek magazine says that in the past questions have arisen about whether AARP's commercial interests may conflict with those of its membership, and characterizes many of the funds and insurance policies that AARP markets as providing considerably less benefit than seniors could get on their own.”  <Source>

Bottom line …

Can we believe anything the AARP is now saying about any facet of Obama’s government initiatives or actions?

Will we always wonder if they are promoting Obama over their members or deriving commercial advantage from what they advocate on behalf of seniors?

I am struggling with the answers.

-- steve

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Reference Links …

Is AARP playing racial and social politics at their member's
Disgusting: AARP plundering seniors to support democrat policy ...
OBAMACARE: IS AARP TURNING SOCIALIST AND THROWING SENIORS UNDER THE BUS IN FAVOR OF
AARP: MISLEADING COMMERCIAL DEMONIZES SPECIAL INTERESTS LIKE AARP ...

WHY IS AARP LYING TO ITS SENIOR CITIZEN MEMBERSHIP?

ObamaCare: Senior Citizens Left Off Government's Swine-Flu Vaccination Priority List -- where is AARP?
Karmic Payback: AARP forced to raise their employees insurance

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



DADT: CONSIDERING THE FUTURE IN A "PLEASE ASK AND DO TELL" WORLD ...

Today I am, once again, reminded about the value of a blog; where one can communicate with people of a like-mind, similar goals and shared ambitions. To discuss the issues of the day with others, some with opposing opinions and some with a different set of definitions and arguments – a personal chance to learn something new with each and every blog post.

I just received an e-mail response to my blog post on the passage of “Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell which was titled “DADT: Yoo Hoo Barack! Pass out the Pink Battle Ribbons...”  The author of the response has an extremely interesting point of view which I believe should be shared with those who have chosen to discuss the issue of gays in the military.

In her own words …

hummm  just thinking... how will this be done?

To be official, the enlistment documentation must be revised from the simple check of male/female, to straight, homosexual, combination, transsexual. 

To be effective, the documentation must be completed by present and future military,including brass. 

To be legal, must be provided to all government employees. 

The military is part of our government; We The People are the bosses... and the Commander-in-Chief or any other Commander is responsible to We The People. 

Therefore, since the declaration of sexuality of our military is deemed a right, as fair employers we must demand that the same declaration be provided by all members of our government... Congressmen, Senators, staffers, etc. and same for all employees of  government agencies.

To demand declaration of sexuality by government employees in the military and not demand the same from all other government branches and departments, is discrimination and abuse of rights.

Granted we have anti-discrimination laws in the workplace, but until this event, we have not  demanded identification of an individual's sexuality other than male/female. 

Perhaps we can leave that alone and only deal with the government requirements.

This time, we must have consequences included with this new declaration requirement.

A uniform single question document must be prepared and provided to all government employees by the Printing Office and Post Office.

The recipient is ordered to complete and return to the Government Accounting Office, postmarked by a specific date, and results added to an online document including each employee by department category.  Easy to do
since online lists of the three branches showing titles and names already exist.

The addition of each politician's staffers and other employees would be inserted under the politician's
name. 

Our extended services including CIA, FBI, Diplomatic service, and those branches or links to government services need to be added under appropriate categories.

The document requires notarized signature to response: straight, homosexual, combination, transsexual, with the warning that the employee's position will be terminated if declaration is deceitful. 

Such termination discontinues benefits, retirement and all forms of remuneration. Mr. Lieberman, his cohort Mz Collins, and all who initiated the ruling against our Military, must be directed to declare this addition to their ruling.

Yes, I'm serious. 

Certainly incomplete and needs much refining, but you get the idea. 

It is, in my opinion, the Perfect Backlash and a perfect opportunity for our military to "fire back" legally by demanding equality for all government employees, beginning with those who initiated this ruling.

Good bye Mr. Lie,
March on Mz. Columns,
Warmth to Madame Snowflake

Is the above absurd? You bet!

Of course, we know that the consequences of the repeal of “don’t ask – don’t tell” is likely to be little more than removing a charge of “open homosexuality” from disciplinary proceedings. However, this does not allow any military member to skate from charges of “sexual harassment,”  “inappropriate behavior” or the relaxation of fraternization rules and regulations.

But there are real problems …

Legislators continue their attempt to make sexual orientation into one of the special circumstances requiring enhanced penalties for egregious actions. Not only violating the constitution by denying “equal treatment under the law” to all American citizens, but by placing citizens in a potential “double jeopardy” position where they can be found innocent under state law, but convicted under federal law for a “civil rights” violation.

There should be no special classes of people – and no penalties where shouting a racial, religious or sexual epithet during a crime demands a sentence enhancement not given to others who keep their mouths shut while committing the very same crime. We are either all equal under the law or the law is unconstitutional.

As for demanding a open declaration of sexuality under the penalty of perjury, one might consider how many women actually lie about their age and weight on an official drivers’ license. And what do you do about someone who does an “Anne Heche” and crosses the border and back?

Bottom line …

Don’t Ask – Don’t Tell was a workable solution for maintaining good order and discipline in the military – acceptable to all except the professional gay activists who demand that we change all of our traditional definitions (e.g. marriage) to accommodate their gayness – perhaps to prove to the world that they too are part of civilization and not an unusual phenomenon.

We will need to wait and see how this sits with the combat troops – the guys who live ass-to-nuts in close quarters – fighting for our lives and freedom and what it does to reenlistment rates. As for those in support functions, disclosing their sexuality really doesn’t matter any more than it does in any other government bureaucracy.

But what does matter is our government trying to subvert our Constitution to provide special privileges to any class of people in order to pursue political campaign funding and voter support. In this instance is matters very much and those who create these classes should be unceremoniously thrown out of office for a violation of their oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Obama's Marxists attempting to control the Internet ...

For those of you who haven’t visited Matt Drudge’s site today…

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It is now time to stop Obama’s plan to seize control over the internet …

It is not about stopping WikiLeaks

It is not about protecting the children

It is not about file sharing and piracy

And it certainly is not about controlling the access and rates offered by Internet Service Providers

It is about keeping you from finding our what corrupt politicians are doing to gain or maintain perpetual control over our country while they loot our national treasury to purchase and reinforce their power – and to move us towards a Marxist dictatorship like those in Cuba and Venezuela.

The Internet does not need government intervention and regulation …

1.  The interoperability standards are developed by the IETF – the Internet Engineering Task Force.

2.  The assignment of top-level domains and routing information is handled by ICANN – the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

3.  Access and pricing is handled by individual Internet Service Providers that is based on competition in a relatively free market economy as found under capitalism.

To force agreement with Obama’s Marxist nationalization of the Internet, the special interests are promised much in return for their support, campaign contributions, media coverage and voter turnout.

The content providers and distributors will be offered the services of the federal government to investigate and prosecute copyright infringement, piracy and file sharing.

The large telecommunications companies will be offered the opportunity to maintain their existing pricing monopolies and to revive their failing business model by granting them access to charging – in addition to the connection costs – a piece of the content price.

The newspapers will be offered a chance to convert their coverage to a digital format that can’t be easily shared without payment.

The states will be granted the right to tax all purchases on the Internet – regardless of where the merchandise is purchased.

The law enforcement agencies will be provided with even greater access when the Internet Service Providers openly engage in “deep packet mining” to examine the contents of each packet for the purpose of surcharging the transmission.

And the hypocrisy of the government containing spam and porn is absolutely ludicrous …

If the government wanted to limit porn on the Internet, they could have simply mandated the use of an .xxx top-level domain and fined those who did not adhere to the addressing scheme.

Of course, there were three groups that opposed this plan. One, the religious crazies who believed that this would make porn easier to obtain because it would all show up under an .xxx search. Two, the porn providers who wanted to showcase their wares to a wider audience and did not want to be marginalized under a single top-level domain. And three, the major telecommunications companies who are handsomely rewarded for carrying porn on their networks. Yes, the large companies love profitable porn traffic.

As for the spammers, most use Internet access located outside of the United States and beyond its jurisdiction. Using clever programming tricks and “bots” to sneak under the radar to provide their message.

The government cannot control much of anything on the Internet unless they employ their jackbooted-thugs in the form of lawyers.

The government has little or no success controlling anything for the benefit of “We the People.” Everything is a political calculation designed to keep the politicians in power and to secure continuous campaign funding and support.

Enough is enough!

Tell Obama to keep his damn hands off our Internet. Do not donate a plug nickel to his campaign or any democratic cause. Hurt them in the pocketbook. Boycott any special interest who appears to support this evil, Marxist attempt to subvert the Constitutional guarantee of free speech.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Controlling the Internet: Obama and Chavez appear to be on the same page ...

America is facing a clear and present danger from her government. A danger that could cripple our nation’s economy and information flow faster than an atomic bomb.

So, I am big-time scared when I see the Marxists in the Obama Administration attempting to use Administrative Agencies to exert control over the Internet for the purposes of preserving “freedom.”

Let’s take a look at the actions of a real Marxist dictator …

The Associated Press is reporting …

“Chavez defends plan for Internet regulations”

‘Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez defended plans for a law that would impose broadcast-type regulations on the Internet, saying Sunday that his government should protect citizens against online crimes.’”

Sound familiar? 

“Chavez's congressional allies are considering extending the ‘Social Responsibility Law’ for broadcast media to the Internet, banning messages that ‘disrespect public authorities,’ ‘incite or promote hatred’ or crimes, or are aimed at creating ‘anxiety’ in the population.

It’s exactly what the far-left democrats and their fellow travelers have been claiming for the past few years.

Here are is an Orwellian excerpt from the ACLU’s position that the government needs to exert regulatory control over the Internet to preserve free speech …

Network Neutrality 101 - Why the Government Must Act to Preserve the Free And Open Internet

“Broadband providers have both the incentive and the ability to interfere with the Internet. That hasn’t stopped network neutrality opponents from  claiming that the threat is ‘theoretical,’ or that applying time-honored common carrier principles to the Internet is a ‘solution in search of a problem.’ In fact, there have already been numerous incidents of abuse:

  • AOL/Time Warner’s censorship of an online protest.
  • AT&T’s jamming of a rock star’s political protest.
  • AT&T’s threats to censor customers through draconian Terms of Service.
  • Proposed filtering in the name of anti-piracy.
  • Bell South’s censorship of MySpace.
  • Cingular’s blocking of PayPal.
  • Comcast’s throttling of online file-sharing through BitTorrent.
  • Verizon Wireless’s censorship of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
  • Interference with Vonage.
  • Canadian ISP’s blocking of striking workers’ web site.

When a handful of corporations control access to the Internet, and have both the technical means and the financial incentives to interfere with the free flow of information, they will do so. Americans cannot expect major corporations to refrain from such interference on their own. They are under intense pressure from Wall Street to meet earnings expectations every quarter, and in any case see their primary duty as serving the interests of their shareholders, not protecting free speech. So the important question becomes: what will hold them back? As we have seen, broadband providers are currently restrained neither by competition nor by rules to protect the Internet, and their  technological powers to interfere are greater than ever. <Source>

Has anyone else noted that those evil corporations who are allegedly trampling the rights of American citizens are only evil when they are not contributing campaign money to the politicians who appear to be crafting onerous legislation as a means to extort campaign money, media attention and voter support from them?

Truth-be-told, the government represents the worst case scenario when it comes to covering up its own egregious actions. Whether they relate to the plundering of the national treasury on behalf of the special interests or covering up their own malfeasance. Or simply preserving the political power of the “incumbency” to promote their toxic political agenda.

One merely needs to scan the Climategate e-mails or the WikiLeaks dispatches to realize how corrupt, vain and foolish, might I say stupid, our politicians really appear. Another reason to control the Internet.

Considering the speed at which information flows on the Internet and the ability of those of like-mind to communicate with one another, makes the Internet more powerful that all of the broadcast media when it comes to people who are willing to take action on what they believe.

And it is precisely for this reason that the government seeks to exert control over the Internet.

We refuse to use the word “censorship” …

"’We aren't eliminating the Internet here ... nor censoring the Internet,’ Chavez said during his weekly television and radio program, ‘Hello, President.’ ‘What we're doing is protecting ourselves against crimes, cybercrimes, through a law.’"

At least he had the decency not to claim “it’s for the children” or waffle about “locality” and the need to insure that people in the boondocks receive local news instead of that horrible “national” news. But can you believe a self-serving “thug” to actually tell you the truth about himself or his political ambitions.

I am not a dictator …

“Chavez also rebuffed criticism over the National Assembly's vote on Friday granting him special powers to enact laws by decree in a range of areas for the next year and a half. “

“Critics called it a power grab, noting that Chavez will be able to largely bypass the incoming National Assembly that takes office next month with a larger opposition contingent.”

Perhaps the very same situation the democrats fear in 2012 after seeing the citizen uprising against legislators in the 2010 election cycle.

Sounding like a Marxist dictator …

"They're calling me a dictator?" Chavez said, dismissing the criticism. "They're the dictators, those who are crazy for installing the dictatorship of the bourgeoisie once again in Venezuela - but we'll never again allow them."

Who uses terms like “bourgeoisie” if they are not Marxists, Marxist sympathizers or Marxist admirers?

Bottom line …

The Internet must remain free and unregulated. Our First Amendment Freedoms –- along with the rest of the Constitution must remain intact. If that means treating the Internet as the “free press” so be it.

The far-left democrats and their Marxist, Socialist and Communist fellow travelers are beside themselves. They have seen a glimpse of the power exerted spontaneously by “We the People” when it appeared that the government was about to harm the nation. Now, as a result of the 2010 election cycle, they are looking forward to the 2012 election cycle with fear and trepidation. Knowing that the only thing that will stop their nefarious plans to turn America into a socialist paradise is the abundant and available knowledge of what they are saying and doing – something being spread far and wide on the Internet.

We cannot give up our Constitution to Obama and his Marxist radicals. Fight for a free and open internet – away from government oversight and control.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Chavez defends plan for Internet regulations

The single non-nuclear weapon that can destroy the United
Obama Administration circumventing the Constitution: opening up ...

FCC Commissioner: Return of Fairness Doctrine Could Control Web ...

The government wants the keys to your kingdom ...

A Government Ruse: Privacy vs. Commerce?

FCC: Symptomatic of Government abuse of power ...

MEMO TO THE FCC: KEEP YOUR DAMN HANDS OFF MY INTERNET, I SAW WHAT YOU DID WITH THE PHONE SYSTEM ...

What would happen if Black Politicians could not play the race card?

“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



DADT: Yoo Hoo Barack! Pass out the Pink Battle Ribbons ...

Yes, pass out the pink battle ribbons, because you have made a “political calculation” and won the battle to potentially further weaken the United States military. You have decided to allow a very vocal and political minority in the United States to dictate policies which may have a deleterious effect on American fighting forces – the guys living in the field under imaginably harsh conditions and going into battle. The people we rely on to keep us safe at night.

While our support troops, many of whom are quartered in relative comfort away from the battlefield might applaud today’s decision, it appears that others are not so pleased. Something which might be reflected in the reenlistment  of combat soldiers. Oh, I know that, as Commander-in-Chief, you can simply order them to extend their tour of duty – but wouldn’t that violate “their civil rights;” perhaps with lethal consequences?

I am not pleased that you allowed a vocal minority, many of whom belong to the far-left and dislike America, to hold sway over your “boots on the ground” military commanders and to allow the United States Military to become a social petri dish for your Marxist pipe dreams.

You speak of “civil rights,” perhaps forgetting that the United States Military is 100% voluntary and that there needs to be good order and discipline in the ranks. These service members have chosen to enter the profession of protecting America and keeping her citizens safe and they do so knowing that they must surrender a portion of their civilian rights as a consequence of their actions.

I can only wonder what the outcome of your actions might be … but in my mind, they are suspect as you do not appear to be an “honest broker” serving “We the People.” A bit harsh – but so is openly welcoming  our ideological enemies, the socialists and communists, into the White House and giving them positions of power within your Administration.

I see no victory here – I see an experiment with an unknown ending, based on nothing more than the need of the democrats to harvest gay money and voter support for the upcoming battle in 2012. A battle which I sincerely hope you lose.

In Barack’s own words …

Friend --

Moments ago, the Senate voted to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

When that bill reaches my desk, I will sign it, and this discriminatory law will be repealed.

Gay and lesbian service members -- brave Americans who enable our freedoms -- will no longer have to hide who they are.

The fight for civil rights, a struggle that continues, will no longer include this one.

This victory belongs to you. Without your commitment, the promise I made as a candidate would have remained just that.

Instead, you helped prove again that no one should underestimate this movement. Every phone call to a senator on the fence, every letter to the editor in a local paper, and every message in a congressional inbox makes it clear to those who would stand in the way of justice: We will not quit.

This victory also belongs to Senator Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and our many allies in Congress who refused to let politics get in the way of what was right.

Like you, they never gave up, and I want them to know how grateful we are for that commitment.

Will you join me in thanking them by adding your name to Organizing for America's letter?

I will make sure these messages are delivered -- you can also add a comment about what the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" means to you.

As Commander in Chief, I fought to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" because it weakens our national security and military readiness. It violates the fundamental American principles of equality and fairness.

But this victory is also personal.

I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because of my sexual orientation.

But I know my story would not be possible without the sacrifice and struggle of those who came before me -- many I will never meet, and can never thank. 

I know this repeal is a crucial step for civil rights, and that it strengthens our military and national security.

I know it is the right thing to do.

But the rightness of our cause does not guarantee success, and today, celebration of this historic step forward is tempered by the defeat of another -- the DREAM Act.

I am incredibly disappointed that a minority of senators refused to move forward on this important, commonsense reform that most Americans understand is the right thing for our country. On this issue, our work must continue. 

Today, I'm proud that we took these fights on.

Please join me in thanking those in Congress who helped make "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal possible

<link removed>

Thank you,

Barack

Bottom line …

I have no objection to gays serving in the military as long as they do not flaunt their sexuality, make it an issue of discussion or pursue an agenda which weakens our military. Don’t ask – Don’t tell seemed to be a necessary policy. While I did not agree with the severity of punishments which saw people booted from service, I had no problem with re-assignment to areas which would not affect good order and discipline.

Might I remind you that the fifth column has always been filled with gays; most of the most successful British and Russian spies were gays. And we should not forget that Bradley Manning, a man who has allegedly sold out his country by gathering and disseminating sensitive military and diplomatic secrets was openly gay when he joined the service – perhaps to make a statement; who knows.

But time will tell if this new Administration policy is the correct one to pursue or if  the military will become an openly permissive society -- to the detriment of good order and morale among “fighting” troops. 

And might I take this opportunity to remind all citizens, if you disagree with this policy and other Congressional and Administration policies, the election of 2012 is right around the corner. Time to prepare to defeat those who would defeat America.

-- steve

P.S. I did not appreciate the reference to the so-called DREAM act which is nothing more than amnesty for a certain class of illegal aliens, many of whom have no legal right to be here – and make a mockery of our nation’s sovereignty. Another political calculation to garner votes rather than serve the best interests of the nation.  While I may feel sorry for individuals in particular circumstances, I cannot see the national benefit of feeding a small number of locusts and allowing them to grow into a plague which might devour all in its path.  

Reference Links …

HOMOSEXUALS IN THE MILITARY: Policies and Practices of Foreign Countries (1993) | Government Accountability Office

“In response to your request, we performed a review of the policies concerning homosexuals in the militaries of 25 foreign countries, and a more in-depth review of both the policies and practices in four of these countries. The four countries—Canada, Germany, Israel, and Sweden—allow homosexuals to serve in the military. For these four countries, we gathered detailed information on their military policies, including the evolution of these policies; compared the military policies to civilian laws; determined whether the practices of the armed services are consistent with their policies; and discussed the experiences each country has had concerning homosexuals in the military.”

“The Canadian, German, Israeli, and Swedish military policies and practices regarding homosexuals developed as the result of circumstances unique to each country. Factors such as the rights of homosexuals, societal attitudes towards homosexuals, and the military’s role in society appear to have had an impact on each nation’s experiences. Various officials we interviewed said that their country’s experiences cannot necessarily be reproduced by another country; however, insights can be gained from their experiences.”


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plays the "race card" in supporting environmental justice ...

Unbelievable …

CNSNews.com is reporting …

“U.S. Attorney General: Martin Luther King Father Of Environmental Justice Movement”

"At a web-streamed White House Forum on environmental justice on Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called Dr. Martin Luther King a father of the environmental justice movement.  Holder also said he is calling on all U.S. Attorney’s offices to start examining environmental requirements in conjunction with civil rights laws.”

Eric Holder appears to be a dangerous demagogue who sees everything through the prism of race and appears to be pursuing an anti-American viewpoint when it comes to Marxist philosophy.

“’Dr. Martin Luther King, who really was in some ways the father of our nation’s environmental justice movement, may have put it best when he declared, and this is a phrase that we all know, that ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’ Holder said.”

Of course, it all depends on who is defining injustice and using government power to enforce their political ideology on the citizens and taxpayers of America.

“’The Justice Department has integrated our environmental justice goals into all of our enforcement efforts in our comprehensive strategic plans and that’s why I’ve called on every US Attorney ’s office throughout the country, all 94, to do the same and to start thinking about environmental justice as a civil rights issue. By examining environmental requirements in conjunction with our civil rights laws. I’m confident that we can do a better job of ensuring fairness, advancing justice and making certain that the most vulnerable among us are not left out, left behind, and left to suffer disproportionately,’ Holder added.”

This is pure Marxist class-warfare rhetoric to convince the minorities that their rights have been infringed and that they need to elect the democrats to office to seek redress for their grievances.

The truth emerges …

“The Environmental Protection Agency defines ‘environmental justice’ as the concept that minority, low income and indigenous communities deserve the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards, equal access to the decision-making process and a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work as wealthier communities do.”

Truth be told, everyone deserves a clean environment: clean ground, water and air – but it is the politicians who allow the special interests to continue their polluting ways. One, by redefining standards and two, by sanctioning government indulgences. All promoted by industry lobbyists bearing gifts of money, media attention and voter support. Such stunning hypocrisy!

Bottom line …

Eric Holder is all about democrat-driven racial politics and Marxism as per his statements which support class warfare and income re-distribution. He needs to be fired for his anti-America position as well as his general incompetence in pursuing justice on behalf of all the American people.

-- steve

Reference links …

U.S. Attorney General: Martin Luther King Father Of Environmental Justice Movement | CNSnews.com


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Obamacare: A few simple questions ...

How much faith can you place in the government’s assertions that your private and personal medical and financial records under Obamacare are protected by both legislation and tight security precautions …

when the government could not protect classified “secret” military and diplomatic information from being captured by a disgruntled gay soldier and being disseminated to legitimate news sources who had very little hesitation to publish it as front-page news?

And when the government could not find a single law that would prevent the information being published to the public by a so-called legitimate news organization?

Or when it is likely that some of the medical or financial information may reside on servers outside the immediate jurisdiction of the United States – especially when medical notes are transcribed in foreign countries?

How much faith are you willing to place in a system that aggregates medical and financial data from a multiplicity of sources and will make it available to anyone with a so-called legitimate “medical” or “legal” need? Especially since there would be no protections or restrictions against a private party accessing all of the information being stored in a single place during the discovery phase of a trial. Even if the lawsuit is trivial and without merit, information may leak into the public domain.

How comfortable are you with having hyper-partisan and self-serving unionized people accessing your records with little or no real controls – and the motivation to leak it to some group for the purposes of discrediting or embarrassing you?

In is always the insider with motive, means and opportunity …

In one of the most guarded venues on this planet, an insider acts poorly.

Reuters is reporting …

In August, the military police said the soldier used his mobile phone to take pictures of a credit card belonging to Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi and then gave them to weapons dealers, who used them to make purchases.

Lewis Maskota also admitted to stealing Ashkenazi's gun from his office and selling it to criminals.

He explained to the military court that he was caught up in debt and was under great financial pressure at the time, Israeli media said.

The affair raised questions in the media as to the level of security around Israel's top general. <Source>

Bottom line …

Considering that your personal information under Obamacare is not a matter of national defense and that your only legal remedies might cost an “arm and a leg” to pursue in civil court, can you trust the current government database system without further legislative and technological safeguards?

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



The choice is clear: 1-page bill replaces entire omnibus spending bill ...

Imagine a one-page bill that allows for the continuation of the government’s funding through February 18th as an alternative to the 2000-page pork-laden bill.

Mitch McConnell, in his own words …

The devil presenting his details …

"Lets just chew up the time of the United States Senate keeping everybody up all night reading a bill rather than working on it.” – John Kerry (D-MA)  <Source>

Bottom line …

Business as usual! The democrats demand outrageous pork-barrel spending by larding up a “must pass” bill and withhold their votes until the republicans agree.

If the GOP does not take a principled stance on this type of behavior and spending, then they are doomed in the 2012 election cycle – having learned little or nothing about what “We the People” were demanding in the 2010 election.

Mitch McConnell has presented a viable alternative to the massive trillion-dollar spending bill and all Republicans, including the progressives like Snowe, Collins, etc. should hold the line. Prove to the American public that the republicans are worthy of support in 2012. Do it now, not six months or a year from now.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



A Government Ruse: Privacy vs. Commerce?

There are well-known instances when an individual’s privacy is legislatively compromised in order to promote commerce in the United States. Perhaps the most well known example is the legislation which protects financial institutions and other creditors when they share details of your personal financial transaction with the credit repositories such as Experian, TransUnion and Equifax. Or insurance companies when they share insurance/medical information with the Medical Insurance Board.

Hobson’s choice : take it or leave it …

Unfortunately, waiving your privacy rights is often a requirement of the transaction. You want that loan, then you give the lender the right to examine your credit report, upload data to the credit reporting agencies and, in the case of mortgage loans, ask the IRS for a summary of your tax returns using form 4506.

Similarly, you want that free software and access to search engines, you agree to have your viewing habits tracked.

This is only a portion of the 1497 events that happens when you click on DrudgeReport.com …

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The latest kerfuffle …

While legislators all claim they are for consumer rights, the sad fact is that they pander to the special interests in return for campaign funds and voter support. The individual consumer is an afterthought with many legislators believing that a concentrated advertising campaign in the last few months of the their campaigns can make them forget all of the mistreatment that consumers may have received at the hands of the legislator. Something that only the opponent’s negative advertising is likely to point out – but not if they, also supported the same special interests.

How do we keep consumers safe and happy while keeping the special interests well-supplied with essential data?

The New York Times is reporting … 

Legislators Support Internet Privacy, but Question How to Achieve It”

“Lawmakers examining the Federal Trade Commission’s recommendation for a ‘do not track’ mechanism to restrict the monitoring of Internet users said that they supported stricter safeguards for consumer privacy, but raised questions on how the system would work.”

Many also expressed concern that it would undermine one of the main pillars of the Internet’s growth — the development of free, advertising-supported content.”

I am sure they are looking at the billionaires who control Google, Microsoft, Face Book and others whose business model is funded mainly by advertising on their search engines.

“Some Democrats in the House and the Senate, however, have already embraced the idea of a do-not-track mechanism. On Thursday, Representative Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said he would introduce a bill that would put in place such a system to prevent the tracking of children using the Internet.”

Truth-be-told, it’s almost never about the children, it’s about the adults and money. Children are often a convenient ploy to avoid the blowback that comes with more government intrusion into the affairs of free citizens.

In my opinion, this is the government’s second attempt to force government oversight and regulation on the Internet. The first being the attempt by the Federal Communications Commission to convince consumers that regulation of the Internet is necessary to insure an orderly marketplace where people are treated fairly and competition flourishes. Right – just like the telephone industry with its ever-changing deal of the day and extortionate charges.

“At a House subcommittee hearing on Wednesday, Republicans generally expressed caution with varying degrees of support for stricter privacy measures. ‘We need to be mindful not to enact legislation that would hurt a recovering economy,’said Representative Ed Whitfield of Kentucky, the leading Republican on the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection.”

Whitfield is the type of “stupid” you normally see in elected officials. Who believes that offshore entities will adhere to any of the rules or not change their tracking methods to include they type of tracking that will be surely allowed by lobbyist-driven loopholes in the legislation. Of course, in exchange for a chunk of campaign change.

“’While I agree it is important to have consumers understand what information is being collected and how it is used,’ Mr. Whitfield said, ‘we need to seriously discuss the do-not-track model and evaluate whether it accomplishes the appropriate objectives.’”

One might question just what the “appropriate objectives” might be. Few people know about CALEA, the Communications Assistance for Law  Enforcement Act, which provides that all telecommunications carriers should make it easy for law enforcement to intercept private communications – provided, of course, that a legal warrant has been issued. Something the government has repeatedly violated without significant consequence to the law enforcement representatives who lied to a judge to seek the warrant or to the companies which, acting in apparent good faith, failed to notify a suspect of their right to challenge the subpoena.  Thus we are talking about commercial tracking, not government tracking.

This is a privacy issue and a technological problem, not a legislative one …

It is a simple matter for browser vendors to allow the users to avoid storing “tracking cookies” on user machines. A feature which  should be turned on by default.

Unfortunately, clear-pixel web beacons and picture calls can hardly be eliminated – all of which can be used to track activitiy and individual machines.

“Officials from the trade commission and the Commerce Department, which is preparing its own report about online privacy for release before the end of the year, said that they had not yet seen examples of enhanced privacy measures affecting advertising revenues.”

Bottom line …

Is it really a question of privacy and protecting consumers or a convenient ruse to permit the camel to stick his nose under the tent – a matter of further government intrusion into regulating the Internet?

And I believe that certain telecommunications vendors; along with software companies, content creators and distributors are likely to promote the government’s position to help rescue their failing business models.

I also believe the Obama Administration is desperately seeking a means to control the Internet for the purposes of promoting government propaganda and stifling public comment and dissent; much in the same way they are seeking regulatory controls over broadcasters with their “locality” policies.

A free America demands a free media – and a free Internet. Especially when the media seems to have abandoned its ethics and has unfairly promoted one side of the political debate.

Truth-be-told, the only two-way dialogue on such subjects as freedom, global warming, government spending and legislative malfeasance often does not occur within the mainstream media, but on talk radio, cable television and the Internet. 

Hands off the Internet. If software vendors such as Microsoft want to build-in anti-tracking features into their browsers, they can do it without government intervention, money or approval. Are they likely to do it if it means a significant and severe reduction in their advertising revenue is another question. But it any event, it should be a decision left up to the consumer and their vendors, not the federal government.

-- steve


Reference Links …

Legislators Ponder How to Make ‘Do-Not-Track’ Work - NYTimes.com


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Chris Christie "on teacher tenure" ...

I don’t believe in this country that anybody should be guaranteed a job for life after three years.”

In his own words …

You have to love his straight-talk, no BS style. Especially when it comes to standing up to the teachers’ unions who represent all that is bad about public employee unions.

Bottom line …

1.  It’s really about power and money for the unions and the children are incidental “funding mechanisms.”

2.  With all of their “administrivia” and nonsensical work rules, children are not getting a better education; and in most cases, receive a less than average education.

3.  The mismanagement of union pension funds has produced a massive unfunded pension fund liability that will be fobbed off on to the American taxpayer.

4.  These overhanging pensions are the proximate causes for the financial catastrophes facing almost every American municipality and state.

But most of all, unions – with their love of Marxist doctrine and talk of class warfare – create a privileged class that are protected from the economy and circumstances of life more than workers in the private sector. With no fundamental benefit to the average taxpaying American.

It is time to elect “honest brokers” like Chris Christie to serve “we the people” instead of political celebrities and empty suits beholden to their political parties and special interest funders – the public be damned.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS