The Horrors Of Progressive Socialism Revisited

The Horrors Of Progressive Socialism Revisited

Posted By Andrew Marcus On April 3, 2010 @ 2:29 pm In Culture, History, News | 296 Comments

The LA Times has a piece out today that is entirely worth reading, about a brave and crazy Englishman who, contrary to all self preservation instincts, sneaked into Progressive Socialist death camps during WWII.

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Reporting from Bradwell, England – The men in stripes came in looking like boxers and ended up like skeletons. Denis Avey could see them wasting away in a place so evil that even nature had abandoned it, without a bee or butterfly in sight.

They were the Jewish inmates housed in the ghastliest part of Auschwitz, subjected to brutalities and atrocities that Avey, an English prisoner of war confined to another section of the camp, could barely imagine.

But then, he thought, why only imagine them? What if, somehow, he could see those horrors for himself — see them, remember them, bear witness to the world about them?

So the then-25-year-old pondered and plotted, soon hatching a plan so audacious that, more than 65 years later, he shakes his head at its absurdity. While so many Jews and others held at the infamous extermination camp were desperate to get out, Avey was actually devising a way to sneak in.

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My Sarah Palin Experience Posted By Victoria Jackson

My Sarah Palin Experience

Posted By Victoria Jackson On April 4, 2010 @ 6:59 am In Featured Story, Politics | 24 Comments

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Searchlight, NV March 27, 2010

My friend Bonnie asked me to drive with her to Searchlight, NV  for the Tea Party Express Kickoff where Sarah Palin was going to speak.  I said, “Yes!”  Then, I started thinking about reality.  I would need to pay a dog sitter and a teenager sitter.  My daughter couldn’t come with me because she was winning an award at the 168 Film Festival in Glendale – all the more reason for me to stay home. Then, I would have to sit in a car for ten hours round-trip. I hate sitting. I don’t travel unless I’m getting paid.  Tea Parties don’t pay.  Of course, I attend them for one purpose only – to save my country.  But, it helps if there’s an added incentive, like a free T shirt or meeting Sarah Palin!  But, if I was in a crowd of thousands there would be little chance I would meet Sarah.  Suddenly I was invited to be one of the speakers at the Searchlight event!  YES!  This would ensure my private moment with Sarah, so I said YES!

I finished reading her book so I would know what to say to her when I met her. She was the “me” I could have been if I had made different choices, and if fate had…you know, made me Alaskan.  We had so much in common.  But, I have a feeling everyone feels that way because way over 10,000 people were there waiting in the dry, windy desert along with me, just to get “to touch the hem of her garment.”  That’s a Biblical reference.   Read the rest of this entry »

Obama’s narcissism knows no bounds

Obama’s narcissism knows no bounds

Matthew May

Those of us watching the NCAA semifinals hoping to take a few hours away from the never-ending campaign and ever-present image of Barack Obama beamed into our living rooms should have known better.

Despite being totally unwilling to release any meaningful academic transcripts, Barack Obama is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Castro at Chavez. This man must insert himself into every aspect of the American life. No place is safe. From him, there is no escape. There he was with Matt Lauer before last year’s Super Bowl, waxing poetic about Jessica Simpson. There he was at the All-Star game making darn sure the live cameras concealed as much as possible the fact that he throws like a girl. There he was again with Katie Couric before this year’s Super Bowl. And now, at halftime of the Final Four, viewers had the option to watch Barack Obama shoot a game of POTUS (based on the game H-O-R-S-E) with CBS Sports analyst Clark Kellogg, a former All-American at Ohio State.

The scene was the White House outdoor basketball court, a court complete with two glass backboards, brand new Wilson basketballs emblazoned with the presidential seal (surprised it was not the ubiquitous O), etc. As Obama and Kellogg shot, Obama discussed his wife Michelle’s health campaign, his generic and obviously staff-fed thoughts about this year’s tourney, and various other inanities.

That is, when he wasn’t talking trash, trying to look smooth and re-establish his “street cred.” At one point after he missed a shot and it looked like Kellogg would blow him off the court, Obama said that he had “other things on his mind.” Oh.

As a shooter with nobody guarding him, Obama managed to make a few shots. However, his shooting form is so awkward that it would make any purist retch. Guarding him would be a joy, his shot would be so easy to block. If only there were some constitutional conservatives and honest Democrats to do the same to his policy initiatives. Like everything else in his sorry life, Obama is given credit for being some sort of player when he is really average at best.

As it is with the health care debacle, his default position is that of the sore winner. Had Kellogg actually tried and beaten him, Barack Obama had already established his excuse – he’s got a lot on his mind, you know. Kellogg obviously threw the game and even Obama had to admit as much, though as he put it, Clark didn’t want to “embarrass his president.” His president.

At any rate, it was another sorry performance, devoid of any of the humor or self-deprecating approach of Obama’s predecessor. Oh, and the answer to the question is no. We will not be rid of this narcissist until he is rejected with impunity in 2012 and sent to the showers.

Matthew May welcomes comments at matthewtmay@yahoo.com

States Need to Protect Us from ObamaCare

States Need to Protect Us from ObamaCare

By John Donaldson, MD

If individual citizens are to survive ObamaCare with access and quality, then their state legislatures need to act. Our salvation is less likely to come from the constitutional challenges filed last week by fourteen Attorneys General than from states assuming leadership in the establishment of a parallel system of health care that excludes the federal government from participation.
With the passage and signing of the massive new entitlement last week, a myriad of new regulations were imposed on the states and on individual providers. The Democrats intend to inflict these regulations using the much-abused Commerce Clause and enforce the new rules with the financial lever of federal funding of the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Thirty-two million new patients will be dumped onto the states and their local providers, professionals, and institutions. About half of these patients will have a negative impact on the budgets of each state through the cost-shared Medicaid program. All of them will negatively impact providers with decreases in reimbursement, the addition of newly-entitled citizens (and likely non-citizens), the disappearance of commercial employer-based insurance, and a blizzard of costly new regulations and mandates from CMS.
State governments need to emulate the Hillsdale College model and design an alternative system free from federal dollars and the bureaucratic baggage that accompanies them. (Hillsdale College accepts no funds from the federal government.)
Federal Control
Currently, the federal government exercises control of much of health care delivery through the funding of the two government programs. Hospitals and providers must accede to standards established by CMS to receive funding. They must conform to EMTALA requirements. In many states, such as Florida, the state runs a duplicate administration to enforce state standards that may be nearly identical to those of CMS.
States license facilities and providers. As the only available federal lever is the threat to withdraw Medicare and Medicaid funding, providers might consider withdrawal from aspects of federal funding of their own accord, provided they are secure holding in their license by receiving state support. The state must keep control of all licensing.
Federal Intentions
It should be painfully obvious that the current reforms are not intended to provide additional access; “ObamaCare quality” will become an oxymoron. The financial demise of hospitals and insurance companies is likely take less than three years, making them eligible for “bailouts.” Surely we have learned by now that any move to control a system, while termed “bailout,” is in actuality a “takeover.” 
This mechanism was used in the General Motors and Chrysler bailouts: The federal government and the unions now control those corporations. In health care, insurance companies, like the automobile bondholders, will be dumped, and the hospitals will by necessity be globally budgeted by government.
None of this is accidental. Merely look at the regulations to be imposed on “doctor-owned hospitals.” The legislation will make Medicare certification virtually impossible for these facilities. Clearly, the intention is to control the total amount of health care available for all citizens by restricting access to various services. 
The picture is complete when one then begins to examine changes in reimbursement to institutional and individual providers. Radical decreases in payment to cardiologists for cardiac diagnostic services, invasive and non-invasive, are designed to dry up these lifesaving tests without regard to standards of care or patient need. Cost trumps quality to bureaucrats, and we are promised that half a trillion dollars is to be taken from Medicare/Medicaid.
State Counter-Moves
Each state needs to critically evaluate the negative effects ObamaCare will impose in the next two to three years. A little vision will lead state politicians to prioritize the needs of its citizens and conclude that the best way to assist its providers in delivering needed care is by imitating Hillsdale College.
If one looks critically at Medicare reimbursement to hospitals, the addition of more beneficiaries and deceased funding will drive all to bankruptcy. They will have to be funded by government, and any local control becomes merely an exercise to decide what care can be delivered for a fixed dollar amount granted annually by government.
This is the two-tiered model we see in most socialized countries. When the dollar amount is restricted, then quality and/or access are necessarily sacrificed. Politicians at higher levels then blame the local politicians or hospital administrators for failure to meet the needs of the population.
Hospitals very quickly will learn that productivity under global budgeting penalizes their financial health. Filling beds with acute patients by leaving them longer displaces patients needing elective procedures. Acutely ill patients will be found in corridors and elective patients only on ever-lengthening waiting lists.
New Thinking
States must now put aside the old thinking, for that system will fail under ObamaCare. They must begin to examine how they are going to help their providers, both institutional and professional, survive a bad business plan and still deliver needed care.
The states must realign their thinking to break the “Commerce Clause” intrusion by partnering with their providers. These partnerships would establish a parallel system of access outside of the current system. Like Hillsdale College, that system would accept no federal funds and would not participate in any of the federally based programs.
The first action is to remove any Certificate of Need (CON) for facilities that will guarantee not to accept any federal funding. These facilities would not have any requirement to provide an emergency room, allowing patients to have an alternative to Obamacare waiting lists to obtain timely and cost-effective relief for elective care.
To control costs and quality, each state would pass legislation that enshrines non-traditional delivery of care by granting state antitrust exemptions to providers. These exemptions have been shown to confer protection from the federal government intrusion. These non-traditional partnerships of state, hospitals, and physicians could deliver quality care protected from federal interference and mandated cost-shifts.
These partnerships would enjoy significant cost advantage over the “government” care. There would be no “sick tax” to cover government underfunding and no emergency room to absorb a large volume of non-payers. Restrictions would be placed on the type of care delivered to avoid end-of-life care and non-emergency intensive care.
Further enhancement in cost can be obtained by restricting access only to those patients who agree to arbitration rather than litigation. If the state is a partner, then sovereign immunity could be placed. Quality-based panels of physicians, maintenance of logical standards, and evidence-based medicine would deliver the highest standard of care at the lowest price.
Spin-Offs
These programs will allow insurance companies to reenter the market for those citizens willing to be “doubly taxed” for health care when needed. It will be cheap and un-discounted, paying cost-plus to the partnership. Each patient becomes an “equal-opportunity payer.” Insurance can return to spreading out risk rather than managing care.
Finally, the availability of these partnerships will allow communities to keep their best doctors and to maintain a quality alternative in the face of ever-decreasing access under ObamaCare. States that establish this type of model can expect to attract the best, as good doctors will cohort.
Those that don’t begin to plan now will be left only ObamaCare, waiting lists, and civil servant “who cares” medicine.

Obama’s Easter-neutering message vs. his message about Islam

Obama’s Easter-neutering message vs. his message about Islam

 
Look at the generic, politically correct, humanistic, non-committal and “Christianity neutering” words in red from Obama’s Easter address on Saturday…these words given on the eve of Christianity’s highest Holy Day…
 

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
April 3, 2009

  

This is a week of faithful celebration. On Monday and Tuesday nights, Jewish families and friends in the United States and around the world gathered for a Seder to commemorate the Exodus from Egypt and the triumph of hope and perseverance over injustice and oppression.  On Sunday, my family will join other Christians all over the world in marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

And while we worship in different ways, we also remember the shared spirit of humanity that inhabits us all – Jews and Christians, Muslims and Hindus, believers and nonbelievers alike.

  

Amid the storm of public debate, with our 24/7 media cycle, in a town like Washington that’s consumed with the day-to-day, it can sometimes be easy to lose sight of the eternal. So, on this Easter weekend, let us hold fast to those aspirations we hold in common as brothers and sisters, as members of the same family – the family of man.

 

All of us know how important work is – not just for the paycheck, but for the peace of mind that comes with knowing you can provide for your family. As Americans, and as human beings, we seek not only the security, but the sense of dignity, the sense of community, that work confers. That is why it was heartening news that last month, for the first time in more than two years, our economy created a substantial number of jobs, instead of losing them. We have begun to reverse the devastating slide, but we have a long way to go to repair the damage from this recession, and that will continue to be my focus every single day.

 

All of us value our health and the health of our loved ones. All of us have experienced an illness, a loss, a personal tragedy. All of us know that no matter what we’re doing or what else is going on in our lives, if the health of someone we love is endangered, nothing else matters. Our health is the rock upon which our lives are built, for better and for worse.

 

All of us value education. We know that in an economy as competitive as ours, an education is a prerequisite for success. But we also know that ultimately, education is about something more, something greater. It is about the ability that lies within each of us to rise above any barrier, no matter how high; to pursue any dream, no matter how big; to fulfill our God-given potential.

All of us are striving to make a way in this world; to build a purposeful and fulfilling life in the fleeting time we have here. A dignified life. A healthy life. A life, true to its potential. And a life that serves others. These are aspirations that stretch back through the ages – aspirations at the heart of Judaism, at the heart of Christianity, at the heart of all of the world’s great religions. 

 

The rites of Passover, and the traditions of Easter, have been marked by people in every corner of the planet for thousands of years. They have been marked in times of peace, in times of upheaval, in times of war.

 

One such war-time service was held on the black sands of Iwo Jima more than sixty years ago. There, in the wake of some of the fiercest fighting of World War II, a chaplain rose to deliver an Easter sermon, consecrating the memory, he said “of American dead – Catholic, Protestant, Jew. Together,” he said, “they huddled in foxholes or crouched in the bloody sands…Together they practiced virtue, patriotism, love of country, love of you and of me.” The chaplain continued, “The heritage they have left us, the vision of a new world, [was] made possible by the common bond that united them…their only hope that this unity will endure.”

 

Their only hope that this unity will endure.

 

On this weekend, as Easter begins and Passover comes to a close, let us remain ever mindful of the unity of purpose, the common bond, the love of you and of me, for which they sacrificed all they had; and for which so many others have sacrificed so much. And let us make its pursuit – and fulfillment – our highest aspiration, as individuals and as a nation. Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all those celebrating, here in America, and around the world.

 

 

Compare Obama’s Easter address with his passionate and esteeming words about Islam from his (non-holiday) speech to the Muslim world from Cairo on June 4, 2009 …  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/04/us/politics/04obama.text.html

 

…. The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of co-existence and cooperation,… I have come here to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect; and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive, and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles….

 

There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground. As the Holy Koran tells us, “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.” That is what I will try to do …

 

Part of this conviction is rooted in my own experience. I am a Christian, but my father came from a Kenyan family that includes generations of Muslims. As a boy, I spent several years in Indonesia and heard the call of the azaan at the break of dawn and the fall of dusk. As a young man, I worked in Chicago communities where many found dignity and peace in their Muslim faith.

 

As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam. It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar University – that carried the light of learning through so many centuries, paving the way for Europe’s Renaissance and Enlightenment. It was innovation in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra; our magnetic compass and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires; timeless poetry and cherished music; elegant calligraphy and places of peaceful contemplation. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.

 

I know, too, that Islam has always been a part of America’s story. The first nation to recognize my country was Morocco….  And since our founding, American Muslims have enriched the United States. They have fought in our wars, served in government, stood for civil rights, started businesses, taught at our Universities, excelled in our sports arenas, won Nobel Prizes, built our tallest building, and lit the Olympic Torch. And when the first Muslim-American was recently elected to Congress, he took the oath to defend our Constitution using the same Holy Koran that one of our Founding Fathers – Thomas Jefferson – kept in his personal library.

 

So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed. That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.

 

Much has been made of the fact that an African-American with the name Barack Hussein Obama could be elected President. … but its promise exists for all who come to our shores – that includes nearly seven million American Muslims in our country today who enjoy incomes and education that are higher than average….

 

Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one’s religion. That is why there is a mosque in every state of our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That is why the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it.

 

So let there be no doubt: Islam is a part of America.

 

Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance. We see it in the history of Andalusia and Cordoba during the Inquisition. I saw it firsthand as a child in Indonesia,…  That is the spirit we need today.

 

….For instance, in the United States, rules on charitable giving have made it harder for Muslims to fulfill their religious obligation. That is why I am committed to working with American Muslims to ensure that they can fulfill zakat.

 

Likewise, it is important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practicing religion as they see fit …. We cannot disguise hostility towards any religion behind the pretence of liberalism.

 

On economic development, we will create a new corps of business volunteers to partner with counterparts in Muslim-majority countries. And I will host a Summit on Entrepreneurship this year to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.

 

On science and technology, we will launch a new fund to support technological development in Muslim-majority countries, and to help transfer ideas to the marketplace so they can create jobs. We will open centers of scientific excellence in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, and appoint new Science Envoys to collaborate on programs…  And today I am announcing a new global effort with the Organization of the Islamic Conference…. And we will also expand partnerships with Muslim communities….  All these things must be done in partnership. Americans are ready to join with citizens and governments; community organizations, religious leaders, and businesses in Muslim communities around the world to help our people pursue a better life.

 

We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning, keeping in mind what has been written.  The Holy Koran tells us, “O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.”

And the words that keep coming to my mind are those from the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:16: “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”

 

Todd DuBord
Chaplain of Top Kick Productions