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ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS: WHO OWNS YOUR DATA? WHO SHOULD CONTROL ACCESS? HOW MUCH OF YOUR OWN DATA SHOULD YOU BE ALLOWED TO SEE?

There is a difference between voluntary, involuntary and mandatory data collection …

Unlike Facebook, where a user VOLUNTARILY provides non-public personal information to a company knowing that it will be data-mined for sale to advertisers as an aid to producing narrowly-targeted advertising; ostensibly as a benefit to the consumer in reducing spam and to the advertiser in reducing unproductive costs, certain private companies are now attempting to monetize transactional data for the same purposes. Many consumers also give grocery stores, pharmacies and other shops the same VOLUNTARY right to their data by using affinity cards in return for in-store discounts and access to other promotions. Unfortunately, in these cases, the consumer has no rights to review the data, even if it contains gross errors.

As we have seen with credit reporting agencies, financial institutions have exerted their right to control your transactional data and provide this personal and non-public information to credit reporting agencies as a public service to consumers … to reduce the amount of effort and paperwork needed to verify your credit-related information and provide you with stress-free credit opportunities. Your right to review your data and correct erroneous data  is guaranteed by federal statute; although you should be aware that the consumer disclosure report is far different from the report actually sent to subscriber companies requesting your data. 

But, what if your telephone company exerted the same type of transactional claim and used your telephone record to serve targeted advertising in return for a discount on your voice or data plan? You might be just a little more concerned about how that data is being used and who is allowed to see it.

Now, physicians are attempting to limit how much of their patient’s data they should be able to access as we move to government-mandate electronic health records … 

Most U.S. Doctors Believe Patients Should Update Electronic Health Record, but Not Have Full Access to It, According to Accenture Eight-Country Survey

A new Accenture survey shows that most U.S. doctors surveyed (82 percent) want patients to actively participate in their own healthcare by updating their electronic health records. However, only a third of physicians (31 percent) believe a patient should have full access to his or her own record, 65 percent believe patients should have limited access and 4 percent say they should have no access (See figure 1). These findings were consistent among 3,700 doctors surveyed by Accenture in eight countries: Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Singapore, Spain and the United States.

Patients Access to Records

While nearly half of U.S. doctors (47 percent) surveyed believe patients should not be able to update their lab test results, the >vast majority believe patients should be able to update some or all of the standard information in their health records, including demographics (95 percent), family medical history (88 percent), medications (87 percent) and allergies (85 percent).And, the majority of doctors (81 percent) believe patients should even be able to add such clinical updates to their records as new symptoms or self-measured metrics, including blood pressure and glucose levels.

“Many physicians believe that patients should take an active role in managing their own health information, because it fosters personal responsibility and ownership and enables both the patient and doctor to track progress outside scheduled appointments,” said Mark Knickrehm, global managing director of Accenture Health. “Several U.S. health systems have proven that the benefits outweigh the risks in allowing patients open access to their health records, and we expect this trend to continue."

In fact, nearly half of doctors surveyed (49 percent) believe that giving patients access to their records is crucial to providing effective care. But, only 21 percent of doctors surveyed currently allow patients to have online access to their medical summary or patient chart, the most basic form of a patient’s record.

Perceptions of Electronic Health Records

More than half of doctors surveyed (53 percent) believe that the introduction of electronic health records has improved the quality of patient care, and the overwhelming majority (84 percent) say they are somewhat or strongly committed to promoting electronic records in their clinical practice. Most (77 percent) believe the right investments in adopting electronic records are being made and 83 percent believe they will become integral to effective patient care in the next two years.

Bottom line …

I have mixed feelings about electronic healthcare records.

One, I believe that there should be tight security on all medical records and that an inviolable access log; along with criminal and civil penalties for the inappropriate use of medical records for commercial, political or personal use by unauthorized personnel.

Two, I believe that there should be specific controls on information releases, including probable-cause subpoenas, controls on overly-broad releases of the entire record, governmental access controls and insurance company controls. I do not believe a patient should be allowed to issue a unilateral release for any and all medical information as a routine part of dealing with an insurance company or any other entity.

Three, I believe that medical records should be divided into three components: primary medical record containing exam and test results along with the doctor’s impressions; a secondary medical record containing confidential information that should not be reviewed or released to any third-party; and a patient area for anecdotal information and uncalibrated instrument test results.

Four, I believe that the patient should have the right to review all of the medical records, but that the update procedure should be formalized and the information reviewed by a doctor if it is entered in a primary record.  Primarily because of low-quality scanned information and the uncertainty of illegible handwriting which can be misinterpreted.

Five, I believe that a patient should also have access to the coding used to describe their visits and treatments as many doctors falsify or shade coding to maximize their insurance payments – coding which may portray the patient in a wrong light or add non-existent conditions and complications to the record.

In the final analysis, while I trust my doctor implicitly with my medical care, I have my doubts about his medical coders and the ability of his staff to even place the right information in the right file. This is a serious subject which must be given serious attention as we move forward with electronic health records.

-- 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


Progressive Billionaires Gone Wild: Bill Gates, Rupert Murdoch and Progressives are tracking your child’s school information and using it for commercial purposes. Will it surface when your child becomes an adult? Will it compromise the present safet

It is one thing for someone to voluntarily provide non-public personal information to the social media such as Facebook where it aggregated and sold to advertisers. But what about your actual school records, including grades, medical issues, IQ, test scores and other information?

By what right does your school system purport to exert an ownership claim on this information? By what right should this private information be provided or sold to private companies? What security controls have been placed on this controversial database?

Enter Billionaire Bill … 

Bill Gates' $100 million database to track students -- Corporations gaining access to grades, addresses, hobbies, attitudes

Over the past 18 months, a massive $100 million public-school database spearheaded by the $36.4 billion-strong Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been in the making that freely shares student information with private companies.

The system has been in operation for several months and already contains millions of K-12 students’ personal identification ‒ ranging from name, address, Social Security number, attendance, test scores, homework completion, career goals, learning disabilities, and even hobbies and attitudes about school.

Claiming that the national database will enhance education, the main funder of the project, the Gates Foundation, entered the joint venture with the Carnegie Corporation of New York and school officials from a number of states. After Rupert Murdoch’s Amplify Education (a division of News Corp) spent more than a year developing the system’s infrastructure, the Gates Foundation delivered it to inBloom ‒ a nonprofit corporation recently established to run the database.

School officials and private companies doing business with districts might have plenty to be happy about with this information-sharing system, but ParentalRights.org President Michael P. Farris says parents have plenty to worry about when it comes to inBloom’s national database.

“The greatest immediate threat to children is the threat to their privacy,” Farris told WND in an exclusive interview. “The Supreme Court has recognized a sphere of privacy within the family, but this project would take personal information about each child, apart from any considerations of parental consent, and put it into a database being managed and monitored solely by the government agencies and private corporations that use it.”

And with globalists like Bill Gates (the world’s second richest man with a net worth of $61 billion) and big government joining hands in the project, could children’s information be abused for ulterior motives?

“I cannot speak to Mr. Gates’ personal motivations, [but] the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been connected with human rights organizations that promote the internationalist mindset, and this project clearly fits with that agenda,” Farris explained. “The Convention on the Rights of the Child committee has repeatedly browbeat nations to create a national database just like this that will allow the government to track children, purportedly to make sure their human rights are being protected ‒ different declared purpose, same kind of system, same invasion of privacy for government purposes.”

When contacted for comment about the benefits and potential dangers of the database, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation did not respond.

Breach of privacy?

Holding the legal right to control student information, local education officials reportedly have the authority under federal law to share database files with private companies ‒ such as Gates’ Microsoft ‒ that sell educational products and services so that they can mine the info to create new tailored products.

“Now the government is sharing private student information with other organizations without parental consent,” Farris points out. “We believe that infringes a child’s right to privacy, and it infringes the parents’ right to be the first line of defense for that child.”

Illinois, Massachusetts, Colorado, Georgia, Delaware, Kentucky and North Carolina have pledged to contribute student records from various school districts.

Because federal officials claim that the national database does not violate privacy laws, the Department of Education maintains that no parental consent is needed by schools to share student records with any “school official” with a “legitimate educational interest” ‒ which includes school-contracted private companies.

Even though the facilitator of the public school database promises that it will keep a tight rein on students’ information, a closer look into inBloom’s privacy policy shows another stance.

“[inBloom] cannot guarantee the security of the information stored … or that the information will not be intercepted when it is being transmitted,” the company’s documentation states.  Read more at: Bill Gates’ $100 million database to track students

Bottom line …

Simply put, we cannot trust information aggregators who operate without any formal responsibility for the loss or exposure of a person’s non-public personal information. Should there be a breach of security, they offer you a one-year subscription to monitor your credit report. But, what about medical databases or academic databases? What about the criminal sanctions for government employees, their vendors, contractors, agents and informants who access and use private information for political, commercial or personal use?

It is now time to exert your parental authority over your children … and tell the school systems that they will be held legally and financially responsible for anything adverse that happens to your child due to their accidental or deliberate negligence.

No one has discussed what might happen if your child dies during a school-authorized abortion that is performed without the parent’s knowledge or consent. Likewise, what happens if your child is disadvantaged later in life by the disclosure of his personal information to insurers or employers?

It is time to stop this database madness. Especially when information aggregators such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and others track people off-line, enhance that data with information from financial and medical sources. And, especially when the subject is not even a participant in the social media or the data was supplied by a third-party such as the government.

This is George Orwell’s Big Brother exploding out of control – beyond anything Orwell even imagined.

-- 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


Benghazi: Are witnesses in 9/11 attack are being held in a military hospital? Is this reminiscent of the Soviet Union’s treatment of politically-sensitive people?

We know that President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, Susan Rice and others have both lied to the American public about the 9/11 attack in Benghazi and have stonewalled congressional oversight hearings. What are they hiding? The fact that there was a joint State Department/CIA operation to send military-grade weaponry to terrorists and enemies of the United States through Turkey? To arm Egyptian and Syrian rebels?

And, why did no one reveal the full extent of the encounter beyond the four dead Americans, Ambassador Stevens included.

From Investor’s Business Daily …

Benghazi's Silenced Witnesses Hidden In Plain Sight?

Benghazi Scandal: A Virginia congressman says the witnesses to an act of war on sovereign U.S. territory are being held incommunicado in a Washington, D.C., hospital by their own government. Free the American 30.

When 52 Americans were seized and held hostage by the foreign government of Iran and held for 444 days, it was a national embarrassment that helped bring down a presidency and spawned a late-night news program, "America Held Hostage," which would become ABC's Nightline.

The Sept. 11, 2012, organized and planned terrorist attack on our diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, is a similar national embarrassment, an event prompted by what in a court would be deemed criminal negligence as U.S. diplomats were denied the security they needed and requested as a callous administration, through its Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, would later say, "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

It makes a difference how and why it happened, and that the survivors of that terrorist attack could tell us the how and why if they weren't being held hostage by their own government under the cover of an "ongoing" investigation that is seemingly going nowhere.

Worse yet, they may be held in plain sight, right under the eyes of a sleeping Washington press corps.

It matters to GOP representatives Frank Wolf of Virginia and Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania, who have written to new Secretary of State John Kerry asking him for the names and contact information for each of the individuals who survived Benghazi.

According to Rep. Wolf, citing two confidential sources, "as many as seven Americans have been or are currently being treated," at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C., less than 11 miles from the U.S. Capitol.

As we've noted, in a March 1 letter to Kerry, the two Republicans said they'd been informed that "as many as 30" Americans — including State Department and CIA officers and government contractors — were injured in the attack, including seven reportedly treated at Walter Reed Hospital. They demanded the names and contact information for each survivor "so that we can make appropriate arrangements" to talk to them and get their unfiltered story.

Is the FBI aiding and abetting the Benghazi cover-up?

So far, the FBI has had a single three-hour interview with a single "person of interest" in Libya, and that's after the New York Times got to him first. No one has been arrested, detained or even targeted by administration drones. Nor has any administration official appointed by President Obama been disciplined or held accountable.

"Six months later not a single American official has been held accountable or lost their job over the inadequate consulate security, intelligence failures, or the administration's abysmal response during the terrorist attack," Rep. Wolf says.  Read more at: Congressman Wants To Know Who, And Where, Are The 30 Benghazi Survivors - Investors.com

Bottom line …

Obama and his fellow travelers excoriated former President Bush (43) for his foreign policy, military actions, drone strikes and, above all, the lack of transparency and accountability in his administration. Now, it appears that Barack Obama has doubled-down on Bush’s policies while re-naming them to avoid direct comparisons. As for the lack of transparency and accountability, the administration has emasculated and usurped the powers of Congress – to the point of lying to Congress with impunity.

Benghazi is an issue that must be resolved.

  • Did the Administration illegally arm terrorists?
  • Did the Administration cover-up the Benghazi affair and commit perjury, an impeachable offense, when testifying before Congress? 
  • Did the Administration lie to the American people for political advantage in the weeks and days before a presidential election?
  • Did the Saudis finance the 9/11 attack on Benghazi?
  • Who did attack Benghazi and was our "building" really a consulate, an annex or simply a building?

It is time that “We the People” and the mainstream media quit giving President Obama and his fellow travelers in Congress a pass for what surely would see George Bush impeached in the House and tried in the Senate. And, it is time that the Republicans quit pussyfooting around the issue if they are ever again to stand tall as credible candidates for high office.

Just the mere thought of the corrupt Hillary Clinton and the “conservative speaking” Rand Paul being legitimate candidates for our nation’s highest office makes me sick.

-- 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


WHERE ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS SUING TO SHUT DOWN A $225 MILLION WIND FARM FOR KILLING A GOLDEN EAGLE?

Environmentalists think nothing of delaying or stopping major projects due to environmental concerns, real or imagined, so why are they not protesting the accidental killing of a golden eagle by a wind turbine? This is not the sole bird death at this facility and wind farm turbines are notorious for killing hundreds, if not thousands, of birds annually. Who is protecting those birds from uncaring human predators operating wind farms solely for profit and the benefit of its capitalist backers? And, who are those heartless anti-environment backers who own and operate Pattern Energy in the heart of liberal San Francisco?

A criminal investigation, as if someone premeditated the murder of a passing bird … 

Eagle death at Nevada wind farm brings federal scrutiny

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife is conducting a criminal investigation after a golden eagle was killed at the Spring Valley Wind Farm near Ely in February. The $225 million Spring Valley Wind Farm went online in August as the first utility-scale wind farm in Nevada and the first to be built on federal land in the United States.

 

 A single dead eagle could spell trouble for a White Pine County wind farm that sells power to NV Energy. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting an investigation after a golden eagle was killed in late February at the Spring Valley Wind Farm, about 300 miles north of Las Vegas. San Francisco-based Pattern Energy, which owns the 152-megawatt wind energy project, reported the dead bird and turned it over to federal authorities within 36 hours of its discovery.

“They did all the things they were supposed to because of an eagle death,” said Jeannie Stafford, spokeswoman for the Fish and Wildlife Service in Nevada. Even so, the wind farm could face a fine of up to $200,000 because it does not hold a federal “take” permit that would allow the incidental death of a golden or bald eagle. Stafford said the matter is under investigation by the service’s Office of Law Enforcement.

The $225 million facility went online in August as the first utility-scale wind farm in Nevada and the first to be built on federal land anywhere in the United States. It features 66 turbines, each roughly 400 feet tall, scattered over 7,500 acres at the heart of the vast Spring Valley, which runs north-south for about 110 miles between the Schell Creek and Snake mountain ranges in eastern Nevada.

Stafford said Spring Valley is not a breeding ground for golden eagles, but the large birds of prey do migrate through the area and forage for food there. Few bald eagles, if any, are known to pass through Spring Valley during migration, she said. Those two species receive special protection under federal law dating to 1940. Source: Eagle death at Nevada wind farm brings federal scrutiny | Las Vegas Review-Journal

Perhaps a more interesting issue is who is behind Pattern Energy …

In June 2009, Riverstone LLC acquired Babcock & Brown’s North American energy business, including San Francisco-based Pattern Energy. More details on the merger can be found here; Riverstone’s plans included infusing $400 million into Pattern’s renewable energy endeavors.

Riverstone LLC is a global corporation . According to the company’s website, “The greatest indicator of Riverstone's success is the firm's ability to align its capital with the leaders of the energy and power industry. Over the past thirty years, Riverstone's principals have been instrumental in creating several of Wall Street's preeminent global energy and power investment banking franchises. They have collectively participated in many significant transactions in the industry, initiating a number of innovative strategic business combinations and corporate restructurings.”

Riverstone has a checkered record on the ethical front. In 2009, the company’s founder, David Leuschen was ordered by New York Attorney General Andrew M. .Cuomo to “pay $20 million in restitution to resolve his role in an investigation of corruption involving the state pension fund. Mr. Leuschen’s private equity firm [Riverstone] has already paid $30 million in restitution in the case,” the New York Times reported. According to Cuomo, the state pension fund invested $150 into a joint venture between Riverstone and the Carylyle Group in what was described by ABC news as a “pay to play” corruption scandal.

Leuschen is a former director and managing director at Goldman-Sachs who reportedly was instrumental in advising Mobil Oil on its $81 billion merger with Exxon. According to the Louisiana Voice, it was through Carylyle that Leuschen became involved in technology investments in the Middle East; Riverstone and Carlyle partner in “using political connections to solicit the business of public retirement funds from all over the country.”  Read more at: WHO IS PATTERN ENERGY? | East County Magazine

Bottom line …

It is funny to see the administration-backed environmentalists battle a politically well-connected energy firm who lobbies the administration. Special interest versus special interest, battling for political advantage and profits.

In the end, there will be an investigation, a report … and most likely, a fine with the energy company neither admitting nor denying any allegations of impropriety. In short, a tempest in a tea pot that means absolutely nothing for the special interests, because in the final analysis, the fine will be paid by the ratepayers who are forced by the government to use “green energy.”

The amount of damage that has been done by environmentalist to our economy with little or no benefit to anyone is incalculable. Another reason why we must demand honest brokers to represent “We the People.”

-- 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, NAPOLITANO: GAMING THE 2014 CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION USING AMNESTY AS A KEY ISSUE?

It is becoming abundantly clear that President Obama and his fellow socialist democrat travelers in Congress do not plan to uphold the Constitution of the United States and maintain the sovereignty of our nation. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has, once again, reiterated the Administration’s position that “border security is not a pre-condition for Amnesty.” Signaling that Obama wants to move past a workable solution for the handling of up to 20 million illegal immigrants now in this country to some form of full Amnesty for their past and present crimes. And, even more troublesome, nothing will be done to reinforce the border against the continuing horde of illegals who are quickly subverting our culture, our politics and our economic future.

But is there another motive for the Administration’s actions? To create a major difference between the democrats and the republicans in the upcoming 2014 congressional election in which numerous democrats are likely to be held responsible for Obama’s failed policies, both foreign and domestic.

We oppose securing the border before granting amnesty …

Secretary Napolitano: Border Security Not a Pre-Condition for Amnesty -- Promises of Border Enforcement Breached Before Bill is Even Introduced

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano this morning reaffirmed the Obama administration’s opposition to securing the border before granting amnesty to the roughly 12 million illegal aliens in the U.S. At an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor on Tuesday, Secretary Napolitano said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would not develop an official metric for measuring border security. The announcement seriously compromises current negotiations over immigration legislation predicated on the belief that enhanced border security is a pre-condition to handing out green cards to those who came to the U.S. illegally.

Napolitano also argued against including any “trigger” in amnesty legislation that delays the issuance of green cards to illegal aliens until certain border security measures are taken.  Claiming that doing so would create too much uncertainty for illegal aliens, she said the inclusion of a “trigger” is “not the way to go.” “There needs to be certainty in the bill so that people know when they can legalize and then when the pathway to citizenship, earned citizenship, would open up,” said Napolitano.

There will be amnesty. but the powers that be refuse to say whether it will be amnesty leading to full citizenship or an amnesty leading to a green card with the citizenship kicked down the road to the Presidential election. 

The Magic Metric …

The sticking point in all of the border security negotiations seems to be one of measurement. How do you measure a secure border?

Napolitano’s refusal to develop a border security metric is in direct contradiction to her October 2011 testimony before Congress and repeated promises administration officials have made to Members of Congress. In 2011, Secretary Napolitano told the House Judiciary Committee “it was clear that [Homeland Security] must focus on more comprehensive and accurate measurements of the state of border security.” She promised members of the House Judiciary committee that Customs and Border Protection was in the process of creating a measure that would holistically “capture the ‘state’ or ‘condition’ of the border” and would reflect “the big picture.” In fact, Napolitano said, “Defining success at the border is critical to how we move forward,” and promised the index would be ready in early 2012.

Flip flop – saying the expedient thing at the time …

Napolitano’s statements this morning represent a complete reversal of her position only 18 months ago and reaffirm that the Obama administration simply will not place border security ahead of amnesty. Just last week, The New York Times reported that an administration official acknowledged DHS had not developed an official metric for measuring border security over the past three years “because the president did not want any hurdles placed on the pathway to eventual citizenship for immigrants in the country illegally.”

A major Congressional issue …

“Members of Congress should think very carefully whether they are willing to support an illegal alien amnesty under these conditions. Why should Congress prioritize amnesty for illegal aliens over border security? That is not in the interest of the Americans they represent. And the notion that the Obama administration will secure the border and enforce immigration laws in the future is downright laughable if it refuses to even develop a way to measure border security.

Bottom line …

It appears to me that both President Barack Obama and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano are attempting to game the 2014 congressional elections. Giving democrats in border states and elsewhere a leg-up on those who demand that the border be secured before the issue of comprehensive immigration reform is placed on the table.

-- 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


GAY-LOOKING COWBOY JIM CARREY (COMPLETE WITH D**K REFERENCES) DISSES HESTON, HAYSEEDS IN GUN CONTROL VIDEO (Updated)

Kudos to Greg Gutfeld who has the courage to call out Jim Carrey as a pathetic fraud. If you decide to watch only one of the videos, watch Greg Gutfeld point out that Jim Carrey may have killed more people with his anti-vaccine campaign than all of the gun deaths in America.

Just what we need … A Canadian Comic whose Career is Tanking Telling Americans About Gun Control …

A video reply demonstrating Carrey’s inappropriate gun play for laughs in his so-called artistic work …

A video rebuttal … Jim Carrey’s talking ass …

Even a fellow comic is disgusted …

“He is the most pathetic tool on the face of the earth,” Gutfeld said. “And I hope his career is dead, and he ends up sleeping in a car the way his life began. This video only made me want to go out and only buy a gun. He thinks this is biting satire and going after rural America and a dead man. Let’s talk about Charlton Heston. Charlton Heston was one of the first actors to be behind the civil rights movement and march. What did this jackass Jim Carrey do? He was behind the anti-vaccine panic. There are what, 165,000 people that died from measles last year, according to the World Health Organization.”

“Jim Carrey has killed more people than all the rifles combined,” Gutfeld continued. “He is a dirty, stinking coward. He is a moral coward. He did a video attacking rural America. But he wouldn’t do video about gangs, which kills way more people with handguns — he wouldn’t do that because he is worried about his career. Such a pathetic, sad, little freak. He is a jiberring mess. He is a modern bigot, he is a modern bigot. He is a bottomless pit of insecurity and the desire for acceptance is why he is doing this, because he knows in his heart he is a fraud.”

Bottom line …

I do not expect a Canadian to respect our Constitution any more than I expect a socialist/communist liberal not to use comedy to mock the Second Amendment. Truth be told, Jim Carrey appears to be a washed-up liberal comic whose current movie, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is tanking.

Carrey’s derogatory video is clearly aimed at the progressives who would rather cry, whimper and beg for their miserable lives than defend themselves and their families.

The choice is clear: Is any politician or political ideology worth your life or that of your family? Then why allow them to disarm law-abiding American citizens are create a bigger pool of victims.

-- 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


Reporter Claims: NRA Wayne LaPierre Is "Tired, Old White Guy That Is Clinging on to Something of the Past"

Perhaps we should be thankful to Politico’s reporter, Lois Romano, for pointing out a few obvious truths … 

One, the National Rife Association stands in defense of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution which protects the Constitution and all other Amendments from the tyrannical actions of an out-of-control federal government.

Two, the National Rife Association has a long history of encouraging marksmanship and the safe handling of weapons. They conduct certification classes for law enforcement and promote gun safety among children with their Eddie Eagle program.

Three, the National Rife Association is also about recreational hunting – with the traditional values of sportsmanship – and fun with the camaraderie that comes from a fun day punching paper at the range or engaging in competitive shoots.

Four, the National Rifle Association is comprised of democrats, republicans, libertarians, people who don’t give a damn about politics, God-fearing people, atheists, Blacks, Whites, Reds, Yellows, Purples, Gays, Straights and every other imaginable characteristic – all brought together by their love of the Constitution, Firearms and Sportsmanship.

HELL YES!

Wayne La Pierre is clinging on to something of the past. First, the Constitution of the United States which is guaranteed by the Second Amendment and limits the power of the federal government, not empowers it to act in an arbitrary or tyrannical manner.

Wayne La Pierre is clinging on to something of the past. The ability of like-minded people to freely associate with one another for purposes they, and they alone, decide.

Bottom line …

I would suggest to you that Wayne La Pierre is acting on behalf of freedom-loving citizens in America, as opposed to radical progressive socialist reporters who are attempting to create the conditions to disarm law-abiding citizens and creating a larger pool of victims.

And, if I were writing an alternative headline, I probably would say: “Radical Political Reporter Afraid To Call Out Minority Gangs In Democrat-Controlled Areas As Purveyors of Gun Violence.”

We represent a potent force for political activism and the removal of political corruption. Do not let corrupt and self-serving politicians disarm you and leave you and your family groveling for mercy at the feet of any oppressor, be they criminal or thug, foreign or domestic.

bene

 

Full Disclosure: I am a life member of the NRA (Benefactor Level)

-- steve 

Reference Links …

POLITICO Reporter: LaPierre Is ‘Tired, Old White Guy That Is Clinging on to Something of the Past’ | Washington Free Beacon


“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


WILL THE HEALTHCARE SUBSIDY APPLICATION BE SUBVERTED BY POLITICAL OPERATIVES AT AARP, FAMILY USA, AND OTHER COMMUNITY ACTIVIST-ORGANIZER-LOBBYING GROUPS?

It appears that the Department of Health and Human Services is already attempting to move beyond their federal mandate to include voter registration information in its application for healthcare subsidies. But even more troublesome is the possibility that information gathered and facilitated by tax-exempt politically active organizations might have aspirations of building a database consisting of non-public personal information which can be then used for political fundraising and voter influence activities.

 A letter of concern authored by the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight of the House Ways and Means Committee … 

COMMITTEE  ON WAYS AND MEANS
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WASHINGTON, DC 20515
March 25, 2013

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201

Dear Secretary Sebelius:

As Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight, I am writing to inquire about the Department of Health and Human Services' draft application for health insurance under the new health care law.  These materials include a lengthy paper submissions application  for health insurance, a supporting statement for data collection, and a "List of Questions in the Online Application to Support Eligibility Determinations for Enrollment" ("Online Application"). 

While the healthcare portions are lengthy and complex on their own, the draft documents wander into areas outside the Department's purview and links applications for health insurance subsidies to voter registration.

The Online Application,  in its current form, is 61-pages of questions for would-be applicants
seeking federally subsidized  health insurance or Medicaid via a "single streamlined application
for the health insurance  marketplace."  After scores of detailed questions about the applicant's
Social Security Number, marital status, spouse's name, pregnancy  information, and whether  the
applicant is interested  in federal subsidies for health insurance, the form takes an unexpected
turn on page 59 by asking, "Would you like to register  to vote?" If the applicant responds in the affirmative, he or she is forwarded to a voter registration form. The question is asked after both Medicaid-specific questions  and on the "Review and Sign" portion of the form, and comes after applicants learn of their eligibility status for various insurance policies and are invited to ·file a complaint if they feel they have been discriminated against in the application process. 
The position of the question could lead some to think voter registration is somehow  tied to subsidy eligibility.

The health care law spans 974 pages and regulates nearly one fifth of our economy, yet nowhere in the law is voter registration mentioned. The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) requires that Federal agencies gather only appropriate  information as required by legislation. While the health care law requires that government agencies collect vast information a bout Americans' personal lives, it does not give your Department an interest in whether individual Americans choose to vote. 

In light of the confusion that will already surround the application process, and possible misunderstandings about applicant requirements related to voter registration, I ask that you provide the following information by no later than April 8, 2013:

1.  All drafts of "Appendix  A: List of Questions in the Online Application to Support Eligibility
Determinations for Enrollment through the Health Insurance Marketplace and for Medicaid and the  Children's Health Insurance Program," including the most recent draft;

2.   Titles of all individuals responsible for drafting, approving, and clearing the document, including, personnel within the Executive Office of the President of the United States;

3.   What part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (P.L. 111-152) authorizes your Department to collect voter information? and

4.   Many Americans will interact with insurance exchanges through "Navigators," which may include politically active tax-exempt organizations such as Families USA and AARP. Provide any and all draft HHS guidance for the Navigator program, and answer whether these entities will also be encouraged to ask applicants about their voting status.

Thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.  If your staff should have any questions,
they should contact Committee staff at (202) 225-5522.

Sincerely,

SIG

CHARLES W. BOUSTANY, JR, MD
Chairman
Subcommittee on Oversight

Bottom line …

he most troublesome part of this letter is not the actual request for voter registration information, but the idea that politically corrupt activists organizations, chiefly benefiting the democrat party, will be allowed access to this information as well as to provide un-regulated collateral information at this point in time. Because it appears that illegal aliens will also be covered by the healthcare program, one wonders if it might be more appropriate to ask if the applicant is a legal citizen of the United States and, if not, to flag those applications for special handling.

There should be no surprise that the democrats are trying to destroy the Republican Party to secure political power in perpetuity by gathering information on potential voters … but there should be no breach of privacy and security of an applicant’s non-public personal information for political purposes.

We need a law that prohibits government employees, vendors, contractors, etc. from accessing, storing, and using non-public personal information for personal. commercial and political purposes. With a mandatory loss of pension, civil and criminal fines and a specific jail sentence without the opportunity to plea bargain or obtain parole or executive clemency.

-- 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


ANOTHER DEMOCRAT WITH CONNECTIONS TO A DOMESTIC TERRORIST: NEW MEXICO SENATOR MARTIN HEINRICH

In spite of the socialist/communist worker’s paradises in Cuba, China, North Korea, Russia, Venezuela and elsewhere, radical socialists and communists continue to push their political agenda for world domination. Using the principles of “scientific socialism” to act as an elite governing class to preserve the natural resources of the planet for succeeding generations and to manage to perpetuate their political domination by managing man-made scarcity and implementing population control. There is little or no doubt in my mind that the once honorable conservation movement has been infiltrated by radical socialists and communists who have decided that the “end justifies the means,” and those means, fair or foul, are acceptable in any revolution or political struggle.

Like President Obama’s association with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers, we now find another democrat Senator, Martin Heinrich, associated with domestic terrorist David Foreman … 

Democratic New Mexico senator worked closely with convicted eco-terrorist -- Democratic New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich founded an environmentalist group with a convicted eco-terrorist in the 1990s.

Heinrich, who will meet with President Obama in the Oval Office Monday to establish the Rio Grande del Norte as a national monument, was elected to the Senate in 2012 with the financial backing of numerous environmentalist groups.

Prior to his political career, Heinrich co-founded and chaired the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance. David Foreman, a convicted criminal and founder of the radical environmental “warrior society” Earth First!, was among the other co-founders of the group. He also sat on the board during Heinrich’s tenure as chairman.

Foreman pled guilty to conspiring to sabotage a nuclear power plant and has openly advocated for monkey-wrenching and other forms of “environmental espionage,” according to documents. Other Earth First! members also served on the board Heinrich chaired, including Foreman’s wife Nancy Morton and Todd Schulke, according to a 2001 Wilderness Alliance newsletter.

Foreman pled guilty in 1991 to conspiracy to damage the property of an energy facility in an Earth First! attempt to destroy an electrical transmission line leading to a nuclear power plant, according to a report funded by the U.S. Department of Justice entitled “Pre-Incident Indicators of Terrorist Incidents: The Identification of Behavioral, Geographic, and Temporal Patterns of Preparatory Conduct.”

Foreman’s guilty plea occurred years before the earliest verifiable evidence of his working relationship with Heinrich, who now sits on the Senate Energy Committee. The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance was formed in 1997, according to the groups website.

In his writings, Foreman has said that “World War III has already begun, and that is the war of industrial humans against the Earth.” He has also advocated for ”civil disobedience” and “environmental espionage,” and coached his followers in the methods of “conscious lawbreaking.”

New Mexico Wilderness Alliance meetings took place in Foreman’s home, where Heinrich was a frequent guest, according to a source close to the New Mexico environmentalist community.

Foreman’s wife, Morton, made multiple financial contributions to Heinrich’s 2012 Senate campaign, totaling $1,750.

The League of Conservation Voters was Heinrich’s largest campaign contributor during the 2012 election cycle, donating $154,374. The Sierra Club spent $2 million on negative advertisements targeting Heinrich’s Republican opponent, Heather Wilson.  Read the full story at: The Daily Caller » Democratic New Mexico senator worked closely with convicted eco-terrorist.

Bottom line …

There is a fifth column operating within the United States, a malignant force comprised of our enemies, both foreign and domestic, who are trying to destroy the United States from within – by passing stringent environmental laws that hamper our economy, growth and productivity by using our own laws against us. Funding their nefarious operations by fines and legal fees awarded by activists judges.

Here in California we can see these malevolent forces trying to curtail energy production with their decades old “peacenik” anti-nuclear movement, curtail food production by demanding the preservation of a small fish over the irrigation of the most fertile farmland in the nation, interrupting military training by killing sub-detecting sonar in coastal areas … and the list goes on and on. Including trying to gain total control over our energy exploration, production, storage, distribution and usage with their global warming faux-science that can be disproved by a high school student.

The radical environmental movement and the politicians they have bought with campaign funding and voter support represent a clear and present danger to the United States of America. And, it is a toss-up whether or not citizens will recognize the threat before the dastardly deed is done and American becomes a socialist republic.

-- 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


Star Drek: When Political Correctness meets IRS and Outer Space ...

Many a truth is spoken in jest …

“Space: the final frontier
These are the voyagers of the Starship Enterprise Y
Its never-ending mission is to seek out new tax forms
To explore strange new regulations
To boldly go where no government employee has gone before.”

Bottom line …

The only message that we can garner from this video, produced as an introduction to a IRS training session, is that government is lacking in both ideas and leadership now and in the centuries to come.

Imagine, the intrepid space voyagers of the Star Ship Enterprise Y discover a planet where financial freedom is mistaken for anarchy. Where taxes, the “Mother’s Milk of Politics” are being evaded according to some extra-planetary rulebook – and, perhaps the “tribute” (I mean taxes) is not being correctly paid to the United Federation of Planets.

ufed

Or a more credible explanation: the government seeking to increase political control over a recently discovered planet and is highlighting and using the Ferengi culture of mercantilism as an excuse to tax each and every planetary resident in order to redistribute wealth to non-Ferengis. From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.

Perhaps this poorly made parody speaks volumes about our current administration and is socialist attempt to take over our planet? It is shameful that government agencies with decades of audio-visual production experience and huge budgets could only manage to put together this abomination …  where the set overshadows the junior-high acting abilities of lame employees.

-- 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