What Happens When You Ignore the Truth

March 18, 2010

Check this blog headline:
MSNBC, CNN beaten by Cartoon Network in Ratings Game…

Know why? Because they’ve abdicated their journalistic responsibility to keep watch over government, and instead have openly declared their love for a socialist (democratic) agenda. And Americans see it, can’t stand it, and have voted with their remotes.

Long live freedom!


Boneyard, and Relevance to Today

July 5, 2009

My mom sent me pics of the “Boneyard” at Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscon, AZ. The dry weather makes it a perfect place to store old aircraft.

My response to her follows:
I’ve seen Boneyard before.
Most of those planes were F4’s (vietnam era) and B-52’s (korea, vietnam).
I suppose technically, they could be returned to service (with a fair amount of help), but it’s unlikely …
these planes are technologically out of date, and would probably be much easier targets for our enemies (no radar deflection, slower turn rates, slower speeds, larger radar signature, less accurate navigation and targeting methods).
I’m not really concerned about the “millions” of dollars sitting on the ground;
in my estiamation that is one of the GOOD things our tax dollars pay for.
I wish Obama would quit funding deadbeats and bankers, and start fully funding a missile defense (which Obama has cut spending).
We’re really getting to be “sitting ducks” and we cant count on the (non-existent) goodwill of our (Islamic fundamentalist) enemies to not try to kill us; they will do it as soon as they’re ABLE (read that: as soon as we LET them).
Unfortunately, I think Obama WILL “let them.”
They think we’re suckers for letting our guard down,
and they’re right. The only thing that MIGHT wake us from our slumber is a sucker punch (a nuke in one or more of our cities).
I pray that God will deliver Obama from this type of “play nice-nice” ignorance that will certainly kill us (litterally).

History and Pictures of the “Boneyard” here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/309th_Aerospace_Maintenance_and_Regeneration_Group


Freedom and Healthcare

March 22, 2009

I have an acquaintance who is from Denmark, staying here with her family for a year. She was SO excited that Obama was elected, and she was SO excited at the prospect of socialized healthcare. She forwarded an email to me from her sister-in-law, an American who married a Dane and has been living in Denmark for 7 years. The story was about some medical condition that this woman went through, and she saw her doctor, and it didn’t “cost” her a cent. Neither did it require any paperwork. She was referred for physical therapy, and she went in, presented her Danish equivalent of a social(ist) security number, and again, no cost, no paperwork. After some time, the therapy wasn’t cutting it, and her doctor (at no cost) referred her to a surgeon, who – at “no cost” and no paperwork – did the surgery, and after 6 weeks of (paid??) leave, she went back to PT, free of cost, and got the health issue taken care of.

 

In essence, this acquaintance was extolling the virtues of socialized medicine, and inferring that she hopes the US will be there soon.

 

We are on great terms, and we love a good exchange, so I emailed her back. For your edification, and hopefully you’ll share this soon with others, I provide for you my response. [Slightly edited parts in brackets]. I welcome your comments too.

 

Paul Revere

 

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Heh heh, about your sister-in-law’s letter….

 

Well, although I admit the system here in the US is definitely “out of whack”, I don’t think big government takeover is the right plan. Do you know the REASON healthcare costs and paperwork exist? It’s not because capitalism and the free market doesn’t work…

 

The primary reason we have the healthcare issues we do is because of LITIGATION. When someone goes skiing, smacks into a tree, becomes grossly incapacitated, and the doctor can’t “fix” the person back to 100% health, then the patient gets honked off, doesn’t take any personal responsibility, and sues the doctor (or hospital) for malpractice. Juries (another part of democracy) feel sorry for the incapacitated person, sees the men in suits (doctors, hospitals) and sees deep pockets ($$$), and awards the crazy skier 5 or 10 million for pain and suffering. The doctor’s (or hospital’s) malpractice insurance covers the bill, and insurance companies jack up their rates, and doctors and hospitals jack up their prices sky high to cover the costs.

 

The other thing that drives me nuts is the idea that “government is the answer.” President Gerald Ford said, “a government that’ big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take everything you have.” I realize you don’t have the background of a citizen raised in the United States, so perhaps the context of all this – and the reaction of conservatives in this country – is a little hard to fathom. After all, I’m sure in Denmark you’d run across an issue (not just healthcare) and you call up your friendly government representative and say, “what can we do about this?” And – because socialism in Denmark is so great – I’m sure that something productive happens from that. But you see, here is the difference:

We don’t function like that.

 

The United States – for several hundred years – (until recently) has thrived on something called “rugged individualism.” Individuals get an idea of how to solve a problem, providing for the needs of the community, and are encouraged to innovate to find the best solutions, and if they are successful, they are rewarded (monetarily) for that effort. As long as we’re not burdened by outrageous government regulations and taxes, more and more and more people get excited about solving problems on their own. It really creates a class of thinkers – movers and shakers – that believe that anything is possible. This is why millions of people immigrate to the US every year. With the exception of the huge Mexican immigration problem, most people do NOT come here because of our massive government social programs; they come here because of freedom and opportunity. And democrats (who employ socialist programs primarily) want to tax the successful to death, and spread the wealth around, and it is the antithesis to freedom.  (And as for the Mexican problem: if we cut off all free healthcare, schooling, welfare, and social programs for non-US (translation: illegal) residents, that would almost completely solve that problem; Heh heh, don’t tell me there’s no socialized medicine in the US: the Illegal Mexican immigrants take full advantage of it)!

 

The sad part, and this is really why I’m disappointed not just that a democrat was elected, but because Obama is the FARTHEST left Senator, with the MOST socialist ideas on how to solve the issues of our day: We have turned a corner away from “rugged individualism” and “I know I can do it” to “government nanny-ism” and “I hope government can do it.” I know that gets you totally excited, because now the US can join the ranks of the France, the UK, as a country that was once great, but has settled for mediocre. Have you heard of the progression of democracy? It goes like this:

 

From Bondage to Spiritual Faith
From Spiritual Faith to Great Courage
From Great Courage to Liberty
From Liberty to Abundance
From Abundance to Complacency
From Complacency to Apathy
From Apathy to Dependency
From Dependency back to Bondage

 

I think the United States is somewhere around “Apathy.”  Democrats want more and more government in our lives (which is great if you want socialism), and as more and more people find that the ONLY way they can operated is through a government system, then more and more people are on the government dole, or getting government support, or getting government sponsored healthcare, or government pensions, etc … then they essentially HAVE to vote for democrats (socialism) or they are cutting themselves off. This is the problem with the “two payer” system that some democrats are proposing (health care provided by employers, and government covering the unemployed or the young): Eventually, employers won’t be able to support it, and gradually everyone will slide over to the government system. That is only ONE example. And since a huge government will make it impossible for a private sector entrepreneur to survive, more and more people will just “give up” and start leaning on the government.

 

We saw that clearly in the first “town hall” meeting that Obama had: the woman who wanted him to give her a remodeled kitchen and a car, the guy who was in college and working at McDonalds and asked how Obama was going to give him a raise … every one of the questioners in the Obama-friendly audience was essentially saying, “how are you (the government) going to give me mine! I want mine!”  THESE ARE ANTI-AMERICAN THOUGHTS!  Really!!  An AMERICAN says, “I’m going to do it myself!”  I worked at a pizza joint AND did [another job] throughout college, and I never once thought of calling up my senator to ask how government was going to get me a raise. If you want a kitchen remodel, you get a second job, or lean on relatives, or (gasp) you do without!

 

One of the best (yet still imperfect) solutions to healthcare is the “loser pays” system of litigation. Then the idiot who pours 30 packets of creamer in his coffee at McDonalds and gets sick will think twice before suing McD’s for not having a warning label on the creamer. Same with healthcare, if an individual with poor teeth wants to sue the dentist because the abscess wasn’t solved the first time, then they will think twice.

 

I also favor (and you’ll get a kick out of this) a government cap on litigation. When a person who’s cancer surgery doesn’t stop the cancer, they’ll think twice about suing the doctor when they might only win 10,000 instead of 10 million. And they might actually lose, then perhaps they’ll just say, “Know what? I have cancer, and it sure is a bummer I can’t live forever.”

 

It’s about personal responsibility, and trial lawyers have absolved people of personal responsibility so that everything that happens to them is “not their fault.” Lawyers have absolutely devastated our country and hamstrung business & doctors, everywhere.

 

And one more thing that makes “government healthcare” an unthinkable plan is the costs. Except for the military, there is not ONE business in the United States that government does more efficiently than the private sector. Perhaps government healthcare in Denmark is great because Danish citizens are used to it. Socialism is a way of life there, so the system there has honed itself down to something that works pretty good.

 

[For this very reason I think that] democracy will not work in the long term in Iraq. Their citizens just don’t know how to function well with freedom.

 

And don’t even get me started on the costs of “free” healthcare; I’m sure the tax rates in Denmark are confiscatory. I found an article from a couple years ago, “High Income Taxes in Denmark Worsen Labor Shortage.” It said that taxes can reach upward of 63%. Doesn’t that bother you? Some Danes give 63% of their blood sweat and tears to government.  Wikipedia says even the poorest of the poor in Denmark pay almost 30%. That’s nuts. Here they pay nothing (in income tax). That doesn’t include the corporate tax (25%) or the sales tax (25%). If these stats are true – and I actually don’t place a lot of confidence in Wikipedia – Danes give most of their money to government. I just can’t believe it!

 

And Denmark is a monarchy; something else that US citizens fought so hard against after American colonists signed the “Declaration of Independence” in 1776. I’m sure a “top down” system is easier for those on “top” to manage. It’s the reason that people living under monarchies are called “subjects,” whereas people living under democracies are called “citizens.”

 

And since Denmark only has 5.5 million people (smaller than [most] states), a socialized system is much easier to work out.

 

But  for now – you’re dealing in the US with “individualists” (not socialists). We function with freedom. But, if you’d like to be encouraged with this: more and more people are giving up their freedoms here, and yielding personal initiative and responsibility to “what can the government do for me,” and it won’t be long before we slide into socialism.

 

I hope I’m not around to see it though, and I’m going to do everything I can to stop it in my time.

 

I always enjoy our exchanges. I’m sure you can sense my passion for the potential in the United States and our way of life, and I hope it wasn’t too overbearing.

 

Although I’m pretty sure I’m not going to change you, I LOVE being educated on other ways of life, and other ways of thinking, so I wholeheartedly welcome more in this avenue of though.

 

Sincerely,

Paul Revere


Barney Frank Takes the Lead

February 23, 2009

(in total depravity)

 

WASHINGTON  – In national standings Barney Frank, driver of the number 77 NAMBLA – Che Guevara – Marxism – ACLU – Monte Carlo pulled into the lead. He said he owed his edge over any sane thinking drivers to his media pit crew: “Every time we got a little loose on the turns, I’d pull in, and the Communist National News and Almost Bolshevik Crew would bury the problems, fine tune my wheels of public perception, and they gave the dirtiest most twisted sounding engine nothing but a smooth purr over the airwaves, so the O – fans in the stands could still get a thrill. Now that’s ‘change I can believe in!’ ”

barney

Frank held on in the standings despite a big push from Pelosi’s Number 0 –Total Pork – Socialism – San Fran Sellout – UnFairness Doctrine – Chevrolet. Her Mostly Senseless Now Boring Chatter crew made some last second muffler adjustments that kept her out of the limelight in the whiner’s circle. She’ll have to make some major adjustments, stay off the TV, and concentrate on sucking up to racing commissioner Barack Obama in order to improve her position. Bubba Clinton, long time Pelosi fan, said, “Y’all know the big O likes attention, and no one has the bigtime monster suck up power like Pelosi. I’m confident when Brown Nose adds their endorsement, she’ll have the extra dollars she needs to head back to the left coast with a fat pile of winnings in that giant beautiful Porkulus Cup”

 

Kommissioner Obama was aware of teams shifting money around, saying that if there was any hint of scandal, his VP of racing, Rahm Emanuel, would be sure to put good use to it. Fans praised Commissioner Obama last week for his bold move in collecting all their purses and wallets at the entrance gate, and then dumping the money onto the racetrack right at the start, allowing drivers to reach out their windows and make a mad grab for every scrap. Officials said that on the 500 lap race, all 50 drivers would have had to collect over 31 million, on every single lap, for the cash to not be squandered in the hands of the starving taxpaying fans that keep cheering them on. Commentators noted that it was highly unlikely we’d know where all the money really went, because a cash pile that size would just end up getting blown by the winds of change. Fans were only slightly disappointed at the prospect of not having the choice of buying their favorite caps, T-shirts, or autographed lug nuts, but hopes bolstered when Obama showed up on the jumbotron last week letting fans know they would soon get whatever they wanted. On a technical note, not one of the drivers and even commissioner Obama seemed to notice the fact that the fuel trucks hadn’t shown up, and cars on the track would soon be coasting to a stop. Over the P.A. at last week’s race, Obama said we needed to do the cash grab to keep the race going, yet he promised that each car experiencing a fuel starvation episode would be given it’s own personal tow truck to yank it around for the remaining laps. In order to finance the massive towing effort, insiders say that he might have to sell off the entire racing business. Yet B.O. said the cash dump was just a start. He said he hoped that the changes he hoped for would change things for the better, but he wasn’t quite sure.

 

 

 

(This article in response to the conservative email bit going around about how members of congress should have to wear their endorsements all over their jackets like NASCAR drivers. Photo credit goes to “TheRagingCapitalist.” I was also going to come up with a slick congressional twist acronym for N.A.S.C.A.R. but I didn’t want to insult … NASCAR drivers, crews, and fans).


Stop Senators from Squandering Your Money

February 6, 2009

 

The house passed a 800 billion “stimulus” (really subsidy) package. There are BILLIONS of YOUR dollars going to pet projects. Nancy Pelosi promised that she wouldn’t add pork to bills in this new “age of transparency.” Check it:

and then she promptly broke that promise. She’s included 227 million just for oversight of the pork projects (page 11 of the bill). In short: she lied.

Now that the bill is in the Senate, they’re piling on as well, and getting totally drunk with money – your money – that is supposed to jump start the economy.

 

Let’s not forget that we don’t really have the money¸ and all of this big government blowout is going to have to be accomplished with debt, and we will have to pay for it way beyond your lifetime, and it will weaken our dollar, etc. Obama promised us newfound ethics and transparency in government. This is really the most irresponsible congress ever. We’re in crisis for heaven’s sake! This is NOT the time to blow the bank, and for senators to “buy all the stuff we’ve ever wanted!”

 

This bill needs to be trimmed severely, or scrapped altogether.

 

Call you Senator. The capitol switchboard is 1-202-224-3121.

 

Tell them enough is enough.


TO: President Obama RE: Guantanamo Bay

January 23, 2009
Dear Mr. President,
 
I am against the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for the following reasons:
  • First, a couple days ago you swore to preserve, protect, and defend the constitution of the United States. The benefits enjoyed by that constitution (including “rule of law,” “Miranda rights,” “habeas corpus” and all of that) are for US citizens only. Foreign terrorists, who have sworn to destroy the United States are not afforded the same rights. Military tribunals are appropriate for these prisoners.
  • Second, Islamic radicals are driven by an unstoppable single minded goal of following Allah for the conversion, submission or death of infidels. They will use every means possible, every weapon possible, and exploit every weakness to the accomplishment of this goal. Some form of non-permanent coercion is necessary to elicit information that could protect millions of US citizens. And if information cannot be gleaned, then they need a place where they can hold these non-US enemy combatants indefinitely. Al-Qaeda and other radical Islamic groups were not finished after 9-11. Those plotting our destruction with WMD’s or other means cannot be released. Again, military detention facilities are appropriate for this.
  • Third, currently these dangerous prisoners are separated from freedom loving Americans by bars, Marines, guns, walls, barbed wire, and 100 miles of ocean. That will not be the case if you bring them over here for “trial.”
  • Fourth and lastly, closing Guantanamo Bay and treating Islamic terrorist prisoners “nice,” may play well for a few in the international community, but for the 200 million Islamic radicals out there who only understand raw power, they will see us as weak for closing Guantanamo, and they will be emboldened to exploit this weakness.
Please allow the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to perform it’s vital and unique function: protecting US citizens from terrorists.
 
May God guide you in your efforts as President of the United States.
If you wish to contact the President, it’s easy:
President@WhiteHouse.gov

Honoring God’s Word: A Slap In The Face

January 16, 2009

 

Openly gay Episcopal Bishop Vicki Gene Robinson has been tapped to speak at an inaugural event for President Elect Barack Obama. That a gay minister is going to speak at a liberal gathering is not a surprise to me: liberal democrats are the party of “anything goes” or “everything is valued” (so nothing is really valued).

 

What strikes me as odd is some of Bishop Robinson’s comments about how he’s going to conduct his part of the event.

 

Although he’s not sure what he’s going to say, he isn’t going to use a bible. OneNewsNow reports that he said, “While that is a holy and sacred text to me, it is not for many Americans,” Robinson said. “I will be careful not to be especially Christian in my prayer. This is a prayer for the whole nation.” And he isn’t going to say “Jesus” anywhere either, lest someone be offended by this Christian minister.

 

MitchNews said, “It’s a shame that President-elect Obama apparently has so little regard for his Christian constituents that he would give such a high place of honor to a self-styled man of God whose only claim to fame is that he abandoned his wife and children to enter, ‘loudly and proudly,’ a sexually deviant lifestyle expressly condemned by the very Bible he’s ironically called ‘holy and sacred.’ “

 

Robinson is going to “be careful not to be especially Christian in [his] prayer.” Why do we even need an Episcopal bishop to speak? Omit any religious person! Toss Rick Warren off Tuesday’s schedule! Aren’t we supposed to be praying to Obama anyway? The “messiah” should speak out, “Omit every religious reference at all!” Then no one will be offended, right?! Well that is offensive to me. I’m sure it’s offensive to anyone who believes this nation’s founding fathers wanted a nation that – although not a theocracy – continuously gives honor to the God of our mostly Judeo/Christian heritage. Our nation was (and is) based on this:

For the LORD is our judge,The LORD is our lawgiver,The LORD is our king; He will save us.  – Isaiah 33:22 (note the 3 branches of government)

And this:

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD.  – Psalms 33:12

And this:

“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams

And this:

“whenever we step aside from the first article (that of believing in God), we wander into a labyrinth of uncertainty,”  – Thomas Paine

And this:

“It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here.”  – Patrick Henry

And this:

“Without a humble imitation of the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, we can never hope to be a happy nation.” – George Washington

 And this:

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson

 What is clear is that Episcopal Bishop Vicki Gene Robinson doesn’t know Christianity. Robinson is ecumenical alright: he is very inclusive. And that is great. Because Jesus was totally inclusive too: He invited everyone to come to him with all their sins and failings, BUT Jesus refused to let them stay that way. He healed them, encouraged them, and showed them a better way of really living, saying “go and sin no more.” Those who came to Jesus were changed!

Bishop Robinson said, “It’s important for any minority to see themselves represented in some way,” Robinson told the newspaper for a story in Monday’s editions. “Whether it be a racial minority, an ethnic minority, or in our case, a sexual minority. Just seeing someone like you up front matters.”

Know what? Jesus represents. It’s almost incomprehensible that God became man. He relates in a way that no one else can. He was tempted in every (Hebrews 4:15) but was without sin. We all have temptations. We all sin. We all have our issues. Jesus knows this. Homosexuals, adulterers, murderers, thieves, liars and people who take God’s name in vain are all free to come to him for forgiveness (not acceptance) of sins. Indeed the better way is, “go and sin no more.”

Robinson also said, the choice of evangelical pastor Rick Warren to give Tuesday’s invocation was like a slap in the face.

I think the choice of Robinson for Bishop is a slap in the face of Christ.