Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Let the Chips Implant Where They May

Trillions of dollars spent on a fundamentally flawed educational system, generations of unionized teachers, decades of the 'best and brightest' nurturing the wide-eyed youth of America, and, in the end?

I keep finding articles like this one from 'theweek.com':

Confused uninsured people thought ObamaCare meant getting microchip implants

One of the Obama administration's biggest obstacles to getting people enrolled in new health insurance plans was the daunting educational outreach effort necessary to inform people of what in the heck ObamaCare even was. With such a massive overhaul of the nation's health care system, there was bound to be mass confusion, misinformation, and plain old ignorance. And indeed, even late last month, six in ten uninsured adults didn't even know the deadline to enroll in ObamaCare was only a few days away; only two-thirds knew the Affordable Care Act required people to get insurance or face a fine.


Yet a weekend feature from The New York Times exploring how the swirling uncertainty suppressed ObamaCare participation among the poor offers one of the most astounding tidbits to date: Some poor people believed signing up for ObamaCare involved having microchips implanted in their bodies, like something out of a dystopian science fiction film.

Despite a terrible rollout, ObamaCare still managed to crack its 7 million enrollment goal by April 1. That said, it's worth wondering if enrollments would have climbed even higher had there not been so much confusion surrounding the health care law.

Yup, I sure do hate confusion, don't you?

Perhaps if the law were 'somewhat less than 26,000 pages of regulation' it would have made it easier for the common man, woman, or child to understand it?  

Perhaps if the people inflicting this social experiment upon U. S. Citizens KNEW how it worked in advance, it would have made it easier for them to explain it to US?

Perhaps if the program offered insurance to those people who DID NOT HAVE insurance, and left the rest of our doctors, health care providers, and insurance plans alone, it may have been easier to communicate with those 35 Million Americans vs. the 310+ Million Americans who have yet to discover that they WILL BE IMPACTED by it within the next three years?

Perhaps having the Federal Government taking over an ADDITIONAL one-sixth of the US Economy was 'not such a great (new?) deal' after all?

Yeah, perhaps it was not...

But here's the thing - Whenever well-intentioned Progressive / Liberal types try to explain their failure, it's NEVER their fault.

But, if you follow the logic of their argument?  

It always is.

The author of the article above states that the mythical 7 Million Subscriber goal was reached, in spite of:

  • Confusion
  • Misinformation, and
  • Plain old ignorance

Who wrote the law?  Whoops, we need an easier question than this to begin?  Answering the question of "The Meaning of Life" would be easier to review with you here.

Who passed the legislation?  Democrats in Congress and the President

Who rolled out the program?  The Federal Government

Who botched the messaging?  The Federal Government

Who fouled up the roll-out of the website?  The Federal Government

Who created the confusion?  The Federal Government

Who failed to educate US Citizens on the requirements of the Affordable Care Act?  The Federal (and State) Governments

Who set the educational standards for the citizens who 'get easily confused'?  State and Federal Government

Who is going to manage your health care moving forward? The Federal Government

The common thread running through each of the items above?  

The Federal Government's inability to implement, communicate, teach, and lead 'coherently'.

But don't worry, take comfort in the knowledge that the Federal Government's 'hive mind' is here for YOUR well-being - and, there are a LOT of them looking out for you...

You'll never be alone, ever again.

As for your health care, don't worry, you'll be just fine.

Just um, make sure to do what they say...

They know what's best for you.

Sometimes all you need to do is to just, "take a pill".

Thursday, April 17, 2014

And Now an Easter Message from the Reverend Al Sharpton...

. "Hey kids, you smell that?" the man in the faded blue overalls asks the three kids walking at his side.
The boys next to the man each lift their heads to sniff the cold spring morning's air.  "I smell something, but what is it Dad?" the youngest asks.
"It's the smell of lunacy.  You'll want to hold your breath until we get past it..." the man says as he picks up speed.  "Hey, why don't we run for a while?"
Eight pounding feet can be heard stomping off into the distance as the scene changes from a bright April morning to a cramped radio studio where two men can be seen speaking into microphones...   

'Big Al' Sharpton stopped by to share his Easter message with Tom Joyner yesterday.  Typically when a devoutly religious man discusses Easter, the focus of the conversation has something to do with the life of Jesus, the message of his life, the sacrifice He made for us,  and his victory over death.
Did I mention that this particular 'devoutly religious man' was Al Sharpton?  Oh, yes I see that I did.  
This being said, let's join 'Reverend' Al Sharpton and Tom Joyner, already in progress...

From the Washington Times Online:  Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.”.
The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death, “because he knew he could rise.”

Moos Note:  Yes, we should all PROBABLY STOP reading at this point, however, Big Al wasn't done.  He had more to say.  And gosh golly, we've got a few more seconds to listen, don't we?  It'd be impolite to leave now without listening to the Rev's Easter Message designed to inspire us all...
“As I looked to President Obama at our convention last Friday, with all he took, he’s been able to rise politically again,” he concluded. 
“I’m not comparing him to Jesus, but I am saying that to every crucifixion there is a resurrection for those that believe.”
Yup, I'll just sit here quietly while you go ahead and digest that.
Another well-intentioned Progressive Liberal Democrat guy just compared President Obama to...  The 'Risen Christ'.  
Well, he DID kind-of-sort-of say this, just before he said that he wasn't, um, comparing Obama to, you know, the post-crucified... Christ.
I'll need to remember this uniquely progressive scholarly technique for future blog posts.  I can say something and then immediately tell people that it's NOT what I was saying
How about this?
"Hey, did you ever notice that the guy who plays the Devil in the History Channel series, "The Bible", looks a LOT like the President of the United States?  Hey, I'm not saying that the President of the United States IS the Devil, but if this is what the Devil looks like, then the President sure does look a lot like him.  I am  NOT saying the President of the United States is Satan Incarnate - that would be crazy talk..."
Yes, by all adopting the 'Reverend Al Defense' you can say whatever you want, just so long as you take it 'almost' immediately back.  It's the literary version of a mathematical equation where you put a '+' at one end of the equation and a '-' at the other end, netting the equation out to '0'. 
But here's the dirty little secret I learned in a Psychology class years ago:
Your mind cannot focus on the 'negative' of something.
Por exemplo:  'The Easter Bunny is not blue and pink.'
Your mind gleefully tosses out the negative, 'not' in the sentence and...
Quick, what color is the Easter Bunny?

Don't even try to tell me that you didn't 'go there' with the bunny you had rattling around in your head...
It's simply the way humans are wired - we seek the positive, and we attempt to ignore the negative.  

So in the future, if you WANT to say something goofy while buying your own 'Get out of Jail Free' card, just toss a 'not' into the mix, follow up with a 'but' somewhere down the line and you'll be Free and Breezy to make whatever spooky crazy comment you like without fear of sustainable ridicule later on.  This I know for sure.
The only thing I don't for sure is WHY Barack Obama looks so much like Satan?  Not that he is the Devil of course, but he sure does look a lot like him...
Happy Easter folks, I'm spending some time with the Family so I'll be offline for a bit.
Enjoy your time with family.
This weekend, let's just all get along, okay?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

If I Were Truly Evil

I have heard quite a bit over the past two weeks about the subject of Racism in America.  Supporters of the President have been saying that anyone who opposes his policies are doing so simply 'because they are Racist'.  The President, the Attorney General of the United States, and Nancy Pelosi have each come out in the last week to attack their political opponents as being 'Racist' in order to silence opposition to policies of this President.  

Just so we understand each other (or more specifically, so you understand 'me') I'd like to say something on the record so no one misinterprets a few of things which come later in this post... 

Racism is wrong.  (In LARGE print just so no one misses it)

My parents, my Catholic education, and my life experiences have taught me to treat everyone equally based upon 'who' they are (the content of their character) rather than 'what' they are (the color of their skin, place of birth, or nationality).  

And while I haven't heard from Him directly, based upon what I believe of God, Racism IS a sin, well, at least according to the Ten Commandments...  

"Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor" 

To me, this means that you do not lie by casting aspersions upon someone solely upon a physical attribute, a surname, or place of birth.  In my book, these things are categorized as lying.  

I have had faceless folks comment on my posts over the past six years who have labeled me as 'Racist' (yes, everyone HATES the Irish, the German, the Scots, and the Dutch, but after a while, you learn to live with the hate).  

I was deemed to be Racist not because of anything I have SAID or written, but because I chose to write statements disagreeing with the Policies of the President.  

According to them, I MUST only be opposing the President and his Party because I am...  Ahem, a RACIST!!! 

Years ago I heard an expression which has provided me with a fair amount of comfort during the past five years:   

"It is not the name you call me which defines me, but rather, it is the name I answer to which does..."   -- Author unknown

This being said, I believe that Evil comes in many forms and lately the most 'popular' form of Evil is Racism.

But Racism, is not the ONLY Evil in our World today.  

Evil has many faces, many hiding places, and as sure as I'm sitting here, just as I believe in Good, I also believe in Evil.

Call me Racist, or Evil if you like, but if...

I were TRULY Evil:

  • I would minimize the value of life by advocating for the cause of abortion in the name of 'Choice'
  • I would allow children to be born alive following a botched abortion and let them die alone
  • I would legislate 'Diversity' pitting one race against another by focusing the Nation's attention to our perceived physical differences versus the vastness of our similarities
  • I would make marriage 'open to interpretation' via the courts, discarding many generations of cultural 'norms'
  • I would replace the Father as the head of the household by interjecting Government Social Programs to take the Dad's traditional place within the family
  • I would teach children that they cannot be successful without Government Assistance, effectively killing off their desire to succeed on their own
  • I would pay these 'wards of the state' just enough to assure their compliance and then financially reward them for giving more power to me, at the expense of the Nation
  • I would lie about things which have happened
  • I would lie about things which have not yet occurred
  • I would use fear to bring about compliance consistent with my ideological beliefs
  • I would encourage the use of alcohol and drugs to dull opposition to my policies
  • I would ridicule Religion
  • I would tell you that God is a fiction and that man is the only truth 
  • I would ridicule Patriotism (other than my own version of it)
  • I would control what you see and hear in the News so that my agents only tell you the story which I have crafted for them
  • I would control the content of Education from the day a child is born until they are old enough to vote
  • I would tell others that their life has no worth
  • I would tell you that our Nation is ill-conceived and fundamentally flawed, requiring me to 'Fundamentally Transform' it to what it needs to be
  • I would tell you of your own importance while persistently taking all that 'is important' away from you

Therefore, if I were Evil...

I would be a Liberal.

I would be a Progressive.

I would be a Democrat.

And if you've been around these parts for a while, that ain't me.

Live as best as you can.

Love without reservation.

Keep Family, Faith, and Hope alive.

Pray for our Nation and for each other.

We're all we have. 

And just for the record, none of us are getting out of here alive.

Sorry if this is the first time you're hearing this...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder... What a CARD

Eric Holder was hanging with Al (the 'Rat') Sharpton yesterday and had a few words to say about his recent exchange with Louie Gohmert this past Tuesday.

As with most of the Obama Administration's objections to ANY questioning by Congress, it's not about your compliance with the Law, it's all about your 'skin tone'...

Check out the wall behind Holder - "No Justice.  No Peace".

With Holder standing in front of this signage, it does seem to make sense...

Under this Attorney General there is no justice based upon the US Constitution - it's all about the 'Color of your skin vs. the Content of your Character'.

For a complete transcript and video of Tuesday's love fest on the Hill between Congressman Gohmert and AG Holder, following this link...  Real Clear Politics


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Why Didn't the Department of Transportation Go After GM - Years Ago?

Ray LaHood, Former Secretary of Transportation
You've heard about the General Motors ignition switch recall, the testimony on Capitol Hill, and incensed politicians 'wanting to get to the bottom of' why at least thirteen voters are now dead.  Yes, you've probably heard this and more over the past few months.
But, as with the best (and worst) stories, there is a undercurrent beneath this one which has been given little to no coverage since the ignition switch story broke.  Might this be because there IS no story, or might it be because there IS a story and the Federal Government which was running 'Government Motors' at the time want it to go neatly, quietly, and completely away?  I don't know.  I'm just a guy in my PJ's who woke up early this morning and couldn't get back to sleep.
What I do know is that at least 13 families just like mine will never see their lost family member ever again - well, not in this life, anyway.
AOL Autos has a post which states that the NHTSA knew about the ignition switch 'issue' back in Q4, 2007.  In fact, GM knew about the tendency of some of their Chevrolet and Saturn vehicles to 'shut off' by sliding into 'Accessory' mode on the ignition all the way back to 2005.  Between 2004 and 2014 the NHTSA received EWR notifications (Early Warning Reports) informing them that at least 51 instances of death occurred from GM vehicle ignitions shutting down while the vehicle was in transit.
And yet, the NHTSA waited for YEARS to act upon information which it began accumulating in 2007?  Why is that?
Autosafety.org tracks recalls and monitors results reported by the NHTSA and they sent a letter to NHTSA Acting Administrator, David Friedman, requesting specific information about why the NHTSA took such a HUGE interest in Toyota's Sudden Unintended Acceleration issues, yet said NOTHING about GM's ignition 'problem' nor 30 known EWR reports regarding outstanding Jeep Grand Cherokee fuel tank fires.  You can access the full text of the letter by clicking HERE.

It is almost as if the NHTSA purposely stayed away from any and all EWR reports which linked (preventable) deaths associated with any General Motors or Chrysler Corporation products.  If I were a suspicious man, I would think that there was something 'going on' between these two Auto Makers and the Federal Government between 2008 and 2014 when the GM ignition issue finally went public...  
Actually, now that I think about it, the Feds sold their (oops, sorry, 'our') remaining GM stock shares on the open market in the final weeks of 2013.
Luckily for me, I'm NOT a suspicious man - I'm just a guy in his PJ's who woke up early and couldn't get back to sleep.
I'll leave it up to professionally 'suspicious' folks in the Fair and Balanced Media to do the hard work in discovering what actually happened over the past six years and why dozens people had to die - all for the lack of a 57-cent part not being replaced in their GM vehicles.
I'm sure it will all come out in the wash.
My bet?
It was this guy's fault...

As for me, I'm going back to sleep.

Just like the rest of the Media.

Night all...

Friday, April 4, 2014

You Can Smell the Legislation from Here...

Every now and then someone (we call him Phil) sends me a link which he knows I won't be able to resist commenting on.
He knows me too well...
April 3, 2014, The National Law Review
White House: Natural Gas, Landfills, and Mining Need to Reduce Methane Emissions
Continuing its 2014 “pen and phone” strategy emphasizing Executive Branch action, on March 28, 2014, the White House issued its Climate Action Plan Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The plan outlines regulatory actions and voluntary plans that various federal agencies plan to undertake before the end of the Obama Administration to try to reduce methane emissions.

The plan targets the industries that are the largest percentage of domestic methane emissions, namely:  agriculture (36%), natural gas systems (23%), landfills (18%), coal mining (10%), petroleum systems (6%), and wastewater treatment (2%).  While EPA and the Department of Energy propose to reduce emissions from the largest segment, agriculture, through voluntary programs, the plan places a bulls-eye
directly on the natural gas, landfills, and coal mining industries.

Hmm, the EPA wants to reduce methane emissions from agriculture?  I wonder why that is...
I'm thinking it's for one of the following theories, or perhaps it's a combination of several of them:
  1. The EPA needs to tax cow, sheep, horse and chicken expulsions (you can use the word, 'farts' if you like) to raise money to buy cell phones to give to...  The poor.  Unfortunately, cell phones require electricity to operate, so these electronic devices will necessarily use coal, gas, or other fossil fuel energy, AND the production and disposal of the battery packs used to power them will do more to destroy the environment than any unsuspecting cud-chewing Moo cow's 'toots' ever will.
  2. EPA staffers have quietly acquired a majority interest in Purina Foods and are, as I type this, developing 'low methane' output food for livestock.  In this instance, you can chalk up this one to good-old-fashioned 'insider trading', 'crony capitalism', or maybe just, 'greed'.
  3. Michelle Obama has decided that Americans should NOT eat red meat so cutting the supply of wonderfully-tasty-cow-meat via 'Fart Legislation' caps...  Prices will increase exponentially - putting most-everything we actually enjoy eating out of the reach of middle to lower income Americans.  Of course the Poorest among us (who don't pay for their own food) and people working around DC (they do pay for their food, but since we pay THEM, we pay for their food also).  Yeah, these two aforementioned groups will be just fine.  As for the rest of us, there will be plenty of uneaten grass, straw, and hay around to provide TONS of fiber to our diets.  The only problem in this scenario, of course, is that eating this much fiber will cause us to be much more gassy, and it will just be a matter of time before someone puts a sensor in our homes to determine just how 'gassy' we actually are.  Next up, Michelle will be deciding what else they need to cut from our daily diet - for our own good, and that of the Planet.
Speaking for myself (and given my great affection for loud, stinky bursts of my own gaseous expulsions), I am often reminded of the phrase my Grandfather quoted so often when I was a kid,
"Wherever you be, let your wind be free..."  
He was a funny guy.
There is, however, more to this story than your basic 'stinky hot air'.  And the following section of the article will NOT make environmental folks happy at all.  
It is found under the header entitled, Natural Gas Industry, and it reads as follows...
According to the plan, the various segments of the natural gas industry are responsible for methane emissions are as follows:


The recently issued NSPS OOOO, which regulates volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from hydraulically fractured wells, did not directly regulate methane but instead listed methane reductions as a co-benefit.  The White House acknowledges that this rule will significantly reduce emissions when fully implemented in 2015, but now EPA plans to issue a series of white papers in the spring of 2014 to solicit input regarding potentially significant sources of methane in the natural gas industry. 


 The plan acknowledges efforts within the natural gas distribution sector to gather more information to improve the data available regarding methane emissions; however, no mention is made of important collaborative studies in the onshore production industry such as the recent project conducted by the University of Texas, Environmental Defense Fund, Anadarko, BG Group, Chevron, Encana, Pioneer, Shell, Southwestern Energy, Talisman Energy and XTO Energy.   
This particular study concluded that actual methane emissions from well completions are 97% lower than calendar year 2011 national emission estimates because the majority of hydraulically fractured wells had equipment in place to reduce methane emissions.  Whether these results will factor into EPA’s decision-making regarding further methane regulation is unclear.
To sum up in a single sentence, this, according to the author of the article means that,
. .
Hydraulic fracturing reduces Methane emissions by 97% over traditional natural gas extraction methods...

Bottom line:  Leave the cows alone and use hydraulic fracturing to make the U.S. energy independent for the next several hundred years.  

And if we're REALLY concerned about the Earth, why don't we punish the people who keep eating Nature's plants which breathe in Carbon Dioxide and breathe out wonderful, wonderful Oxygen?

You want to save the Earth?  Do you really?  

Stick some pipe in the ground, pump out some Natural Gas and then grab yourself a nice ham and Swiss on rye (bacon optional, but a lovely addition to most any meal).