Shovel Ready

WP:”With all the distortions about health care reform, I want you to hear directly from me,” the Democratic senator says in the ad during last nights win over Arizona in the Holiday bowl.

The telephone survey of 500 Nebraskans, conducted Monday, suggested Republican Gov. Dave Heineman would defeat Nelson in a potential 2012 Senate race by a 61-30 margin.

The poll showed Nelson with a 55 percent unfavorable rating and 64 percent disapproval for Democratic health care reform legislation.

“The good news for (Nelson) is that he doesn’t have to face Nebraska voters until 2012,” Rasmussen Reports stated in posting results of the survey on its Web site.

Nelson would be seeking a third term should he choose to be a candidate for re-election three years from now.

AP: Overall, 64% oppose the health care legislation, including 53% who are Strongly Opposed. In Nebraska, opposition is even stronger than it is nationally.

Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters in the state believe that passage of the legislation will hurt the quality of care, and 62% say it will raise costs.

Obama earned 42% of the Nebraska vote in 2008, and 38% continue to approve of his job performance. Sixty-one percent (61%) of Nebraska voters disapprove of how the president is performing.

So he has a couple of years to bribe and pork his way out of this one.

In his TV message to Nebraskans, Nelson says: “I listened to you and took a common-sense approach to improve the bill.

“Now it lowers costs for families and small business, protects Medicare, finally guarantees coverage for pre-existing conditions and reduces the deficit. And it’s not run by the government.”

“I’m convinced this is right for Nebraska,” Nelson says.

The price is right, and you own the man. He sounds like Harry Reid, or Obama, doesn’t he.

My favorite spin that I raed was that Sen Nelson was routing out unfunded mandates and that this was a tactical rouse to get them deleted from the bill.

And there’s this Bridge in Brooklyn that I can sell you cheap… 🙂

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, after securing a sweetheart deal for his state as part of the health insurance reform bill, said Tuesday that three other senators have told him they want to bargain for the same kind of special treatment.

“Three senators came up to me just now on the (Senate) floor, and said, ‘Now we understand what you did. We’ll be seeking this funding too’,” Nelson said.

Harry Reid is Monty Hall, Let’s Make a Deal. And we, the people, get Zonked.

“This is the way Senate leadership chose to handle it. I never asked for 100 percent funding,”  said Sen. Nelson later.

Anyone buying the BS?

But at least Sen. Nelson is famous, or is that infamous. 🙂

Let The Pork Rain down for 40 Days and 40 Nights!

They have seen the Light!

Hallelujah!

Praise the Almighty #60!

Maybe he’s decided to take his government health care, his lobbyist money and go back to Omaha in 2012. But until then the only shovel ready job he seems to care about is shoveling the money his way .

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KILL A FARM, SAVE THE PLANET!!

If the cap-and-trade provisions of the Waxman-Markey bill become law, you can wave goodbye to those amber waves of grain as America’s heartland falls victim to a perverse set of incentives and a process called “afforestation.” Soybeans and wheat will give way to elms and oaks.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wants a review of what amounts to an agricultural impact study of HR 2454, which shows it would make planting trees more profitable than planting food.

The study, which was released by the USDA earlier this month, reckons that as a result of cap-and-trade, farmers with energy-intensive crops would see their cost of production go up 10% over the next 50 years. Couple that with the money to be made from carbon offsets, and it may not be long before we’re unable to see the farms for the trees.

The USDA projects that under cap-and-trade — or is it cap-and-trees? — fuel costs will rise as much as 5.3% from 2012 to 2018. “The conclusion of all the studies remains the same: that cap-and-trade has the potential to devastate the agricultural community with higher energy prices,” says Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

Food prices have risen worldwide as farmland has been converted to the production of energy-deficient biofuels such as ethanol. They’ll rise even further as valuable acreage is taken offline for the planting of trees to absorb the carbon dioxide that was declared to be a pollutant in need of regulation.

But according to a model created at Texas A&M University and used by the Agriculture Department and EPA, cap-and-trade would give farmers incentive to convert up to 59 million acres of farmland into forests over the next four decades.

“If landowners plant trees to the extent the model suggests, this would be disruptive to agriculture in some regions of the country,” Ag Secretary Vilsack says.

In a teleconference with reporters earlier this month, Vilsack said that the carbon offset market in the House bill could generate $10 billion to $20 billion for the farm sector. But, according to the Ag Department, the model projects that food prices would rise an additional 4.5% by 2050 compared with a scenario wherein cap-and-trade was ultimately defeated.

When the enemy was Big Agriculture, Willie Nelson started Farm-Aid and elites lined up to save the family farm. Now, it seems, saving the planet is more important. Who really needs cheap and plentiful food when we can hug trees and get rid of all those pesky barnyard animals and their greenhouse-gas emissions in the process? (IBD)

There were reports, not in the Mainstream Media, of course, of food shortages in 2007 due to the conversion of corn into Bio-diesel rather than into human food.

Fascinating.

More Save the planet from evil Humans.

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EVEN MORE REASONS TO HATE OBAMACARE

1. Americans oppose ObamaCare by almost 2 to 1 in the latest CNN poll. Other polls show lopsided opposition to passing either the Senate or House health care bill.

Public opinion is against the bill because of its obscene costs in higher taxes, burdensome debt, anti-freedom mandates, rationing and reduced care for seniors. The American people have awakened to the fact that ObamaCare is transformational legislation that will drag us against popular will into European-style socialism.

2. The Democrats’ double-counting of ObamaCare’s financial benefits has been exposed as a colossal lie. Harry Reid told the Senate that his bill strengthens our future by both “cutting our towering national deficit by as much as $1.3 trillion over the next 20 years” and “strengthening Medicare and extending its life by nearly a decade.”

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) refuted that assertion. CBO said the claim that ObamaCare would provide these benefits simultaneously “would essentially double-count a large share of those savings and thus overstate the improvement in the government’s fiscal position.”

3. ObamaCare is unconstitutional because of its mandate that all individuals must carry “approved” health insurance and all businesses must give health insurance to their employees whether or not the company can afford it. “Universal” coverage will be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service with power to punish those who don’t have such a plan.

Constitutional lawyers say the Commerce Clause does not give Congress authority to force Americans to buy health insurance as a condition of living in the U.S. because personal health insurance is not “commerce.” The CBO wrote that “a mandate requiring all individuals to purchase health insurance would be an unprecedented form of federal action”; the Supreme Court has never upheld any requirement that an individual must participate in economic activity.

4. Since the Senate bill imposes sharp limits on health insurance companies’ ability to raise fees or exclude coverage, it likely will force many of them out of business. ObamaCare is unconstitutional because it violates the Bill of Rights protections against takings without just compensation and deprivation of property without due process of law.

5. Other ObamaCare provisions blatantly legislate racial and other forms of discrimination. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights sent two letters to the president and congressional leaders warning about the obnoxious requirements for racist and sexist quotas.

The Senate bill requires that “priority” for federal grants be given to institutions offering “preferential” admissions to minorities (race, national origin, sex, sexual orientation and religion).

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IT AIN’T OVER ‘TILL IT’S OVER

Attorneys general in 13 states are threatening legal action, if Reid and Pelosi don’t remove Nebraska’s Medicaid deal from the federal health care reform bill, according to a letter sent to The Associated Press Wednesday.

“We believe this provision is constitutionally flawed,” wrote South Carolina AG Henry McMaster and 12 other state attorneys general. The letter was addressed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and delivered to them Wednesday.

“As chief legal officers of our states, we are contemplating a legal challenge to this provision, and we ask you to take action to render this challenge unnecessary by striking that provision,” they wrote.

In the days following the vote, even Nebraskans wondered if Reid’s sweetheart deal for the corn husker state violated the Constitution, as well as federal bribery laws.

The letter threatening legal action was signed by top prosecutors in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington state.

“Because this provision has serious implications for the country and the future of our nation’s legislative process, we urge you to take appropriate steps to protect the Constitution and the rights of the citizens of our nation,” the attorneys general wrote.

Article 1, Section 9: `No preference shall be given by any regulation of commerce or revenue to the ports of one State over those of another.’

Article 4, Section 4: `The United States shall guarantee to every state in this union a Republican form of Government.’

US code Title 18 201, Titled “Bribery of Public Officials and Witnesses,” Section B: `Whoever directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official (officials is defined as a member of Congress, Delegate or Resident Commissioner) … with intent (a) to influence any official act; or (b) to influence such public official or person who has been selected to be a public official to commit or aid in committing, or colluding, or ally any fraud or make opportunity for the commission of any fraud on the United States.”

Will the Democrats in Congress or the president listen?

Doubtful.

The Agenda is the Agenda.

The Holy Grail is within their reach. They are so close they can taste it.

It makes them drool.

But it isn’t over yet. At least not until the Bribe-Fat Congressmen sing.

So we have plenty of “shovel-ready” jobs. Problem is, most of them is shoveling the BS around into Barf Bags.

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Be a Sucker for Your Country

Play by the rules. Be a good citizen. Don’t expect other people to do the work for you. Pay your own bills.

SUCKER!

IBD: Let’s face it: Big government is making suckers out of all of us. All of us, that is, who play by the rules and pay our bills. Here’s a little test to see just how big a sucker you really are.

Are you still paying your mortgage each month at the interest rate you agreed to? Sucker! The government has created a program to let those who aren’t paying on their mortgages get lower interest rates on their loans.

And if you haven’t had the government make the bank reduce the amount you owe on your loan, you’re an even bigger fool.

Do you work for a private company instead of the government? Sucker! The real money is made working for Uncle Sam. The average pay for federal government workers is now $71,206, compared with $40,331 for those in the private sector.

In fact, nearly one out of five federal workers pulls down more than $100,000. That’s up over 33% during what the administration says is the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

And that’s before overtime and benefits — which used to suffice for such workers — kick in. Meanwhile, a “pay czar” aggressively caps salaries at companies that receive “federal” money.

Still paying full price for your kids’ meals at school? The government currently provides free or reduced-price lunch, breakfast or both for nearly 60% of all school-age children nationwide. Households with incomes of up to 185% of poverty level are eligible.

In Philadelphia public schools, 72% of students have access to a universal feeding program — regardless of income. Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey wants to nationalize that program.

Are you represented by a senator who promised to vote for health care reform before demanding a few barrels of pork from Majority Leader Harry Reid? As Reid himself said, “I don’t know if there is a senator that doesn’t have something in this bill that was important to them. And if they don’t have something in it important to them, then it doesn’t speak well of them.” Translation: “Sucker!”

You don’t actually pay federal income tax, do you? According to the Tax Policy Center, roughly 47% of American households don’t — and that’s expected to top 50% soon. So if you’re still cutting a check to Uncle Sam when half of your fellow citizens pay nothing — or even get a tax credit — well, if that’s not the definition of “sucker” we don’t know what is.

If it makes you feel any better, Vice President Biden says true patriots pay more in taxes. By extension, your love of country is even more apparent when you also help your neighbors pay their mortgages, food bills and health care costs.

Don’t ask what your country can do for you. Ask how big a sucker you can be for your country.

And now how to be suckered:

Sen. John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, have introduced the Pre-existing Condition Patient Protection Act, which would eliminate pre-existing condition exclusions in all insurance markets. That’s an Obama administration priority.

Sounds good. Sounds visceral. Let’s go get those evil, nasty, heartless insurance companies.

Let’s force them.

Now let’s look at it this way (IBD):

I wonder whether President Obama and his congressional supporters would go a step further and protect not just patients, but everyone against pre-existing condition exclusions by insurance companies. Let’s look at the benefits of such a law.

Retroactive Insurance

A person might save quite a bit of money on fire insurance. He could wait until his home is ablaze and then walk into Nationwide and say, “Sell me a fire insurance policy so I can have my house repaired.” The Nationwide salesman says, “That’s lunacy!” But the person replies, “Congress says you cannot deny me insurance because of a pre-existing condition.”

This mandate against insurance company discrimination would not only apply to home insurance, but auto insurance and life insurance as well. Instead of a wife wasting money on costly life insurance premiums, she could spend that money on jewelry, cosmetics and massages and then wait until her husband kicked the bucket to buy life insurance on him.

Insurance companies don’t stay in business and prosper by being stupid. If Congress were to enact a law eliminating pre-existing condition exclusions, what might be expected?

You’d be an absolute sucker to buy the Insurance BEFORE you needed it. During or After is just fine since a Pre-existing condition is not good enough to deny you.

Taking the precaution before it happens just wastes even more of your money and makes you a SUCKER!.

And if you’re the Insurance company, that knows most of your money goes to paying claims anyhow, what are you going to charge for something like this?

I’ll tell you one thing. Logic says, it ain’t going down!

Yes, health insurance is different from fire and auto insurance, but the insurance principle remains the same.

So when the insurance skyrockets. Those people people will complain mightily to Congress and scream and yell, as they do now about greedy companies trading on misery, etc.

Then Congress will enact insurance premium price controls. Insurance companies might try to restrict just what treatments they will cover under such restrictions. That means Congress will play a greater role in managing what insurance companies can do.

And they will be “managed” out of business.

Leaving Uncle holding the whole bag.

Now they have the ultimate power and can do anything they want. Monopolies do that, you know.

And you end up with something far worse than you have now.

SUCKER!

Your Health Care Provider

SUCKER! 🙂

Entitlement follows Need

In the 1960s there was a perception that some elderly were not receiving adequate health care. To meet this need, Congress passed Medicare. The same concern was voiced about the poor. To meet their need, Congress passed Medicaid.

The same concern was voiced about those too destitute (or too irresponsible) to buy health insurance, and in the ’80s Congress passed the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, forcing emergency rooms to treat anyone who needed medical attention, regardless of their ability to pay.

Can you say Illegal Immigrants. 🙂

The same concern was voiced about parents who were too well off for Medicare, but who nevertheless couldn’t meet their children’s health care needs, and in the late ’90s Congress passed the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The message is clear: If you have a need, you are entitled to have it fulfilled at others’ expense.

The reason we continue to move toward socialized medicine is that everyone — including the opponents of socialized medicine — grants its basic moral premise: that need generates an entitlement.

So long as that principle goes unchallenged, government intervention in medicine will continue growing, as each new pressure group asserts its need and lobbies for its entitlement, until finally the government takes responsibility for fulfilling everyone’s medical needs by socializing the health care system outright.

Some believe you can stop this process midstream: The government will intervene only to help those in dire circumstances while otherwise leaving people responsible for their own health care. But that’s an illusion. If need entitles one to the wealth and effort of others, then there is no logical reason why the government should restrict help to some small subset of the “needy,” and refuse to help the rest.

The only way to effectively oppose socialized health care is to reject the morality of need in favor of a genuinely American alternative. According to the American ideal, men are not their brother’s keeper — we are independent individuals with inalienable rights to support our own lives and happiness by our own efforts.

That means taking responsibility for your own medical needs, just as you take responsibility for your grocery shopping and car payments. It means no one can claim that his need entitles him to your time, effort, or wealth.

Where is the willingness to defend this ideal by saying, “Your health care is your responsibility — and if you truly cannot afford the care you need, then you must ask for private charity — not pick your neighbor’s pocket to pay for it”?

But if forcing some Americans to provide unearned health care for others is noble, then is it any wonder that America keeps moving toward socialized medicine? Is it any wonder that, while Republicans loudly oppose Democratic attempts to expand government control over health care, they do not challenge the endless need-based interventions that already exist — and instead push for their own need-based programs (such as Bush’s prescription drug entitlement)?

Those who truly want to fight against socialized medicine in America must realize that it’s time to drop the morality of need and proudly say: I am not my brother’s health care provider. (IBD)

But you will be called heartless, mean-spirited, cruel, greedy, and any number of other personal attacks.

I know.

I have been called all of those who advocating the very same thing.

Personal responsibility.

Such an evil thing.

And only a Sith Lord would propose that people are responsible for even their bad choices. Or the hard choices.

Well Tough.

Life isn’t fair.

Get over it.

I don’t work for the benefit of others. I work to keep me going. So that I responsible for my own success and my own failure.

But I’m just a “cruel”, “heartless”, “kick a cute puppy”, “steal candy from a baby” “right wing extremist scrooge” because I don’t want to share my non-wealth with those who have even less.

No wonder we’ll all end up poor and destitute.

But we’ll be equal.

To warp a Douglas Adams line, “everyone will be poor and no one will be rich, at least no one you can talk about”

The  Apparatchiks. It’s a Russian colloquial term for a full-time, professional functionary of the Communist Party or government; i.e., an agent of the governmental or party “apparat” (apparatus) that held any position of bureaucratic or political responsibility, with the exception of the higher ranks of management.

All those government bureaucrats. They will be well cared for.

And so will the Politicians and their lobbyist feeders.

The machine will be fine.

It’s all the cogs that will be ground under them.

But at least we won’t be mean heartless and cruel.

They will.

Those protectors of our rights and freedoms.

The ones we gave up to them.

Because we didn’t want the responsibility.

We didn’t want to fail.

We didn’t want to see others who had failed.

So if we all fail, and we’re all equal. that’s ok then.

So one will be there to coddle us.

When what we need is someone there to be  motivate us to higher goals. To look up not down.

Like Rocky, you knock us down we get back up.

Not like Roberto Duran, wimpering “No Mas”.

But, what do I know, I’m just mean, cruel and heartless. 🙂

The System Worked

On Christmas Day, a Nigerian man claiming to be part of the al-Qaeda terrorist group attempted to destroy a Northwest Airlines aircraft on its final approach to Detroit Metropolitan Airport on Christmas Day. The suspect was successful with placing a destructive device on that aircraft.

While the incident is still being investigated, Secretary for Homeland Security Janet Napolitano appeared on national television and attempted to put a “happy face” on the incident. Secretary Napolitano told reporters that the Obama Administration is reacting to the terrorist threat and that “the system worked” in the case of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport incident.
“The system worked? What system? If it weren’t for a faulty explosive device and a Dutchman who subdued the would-be bomber, this could have been a disastrous Christmas for the Flight 253 passengers and for our nation,” said former NYPD detective Sid Frances, a noted security expert.
Let’s review: A slovenly-dressed “poor” Muslim (who in reality is a son of privilege) on a  terrorist watch list boards a plane in Amsterdam after flying from Lagos, Nigeria on a flight bound for Detroit with a small carry-on ONLY and NO PASSPORT, just a Visa.
Nothing suspicious here.
Move along.

Officials said he came to the attention of U.S. intelligence last month when his father, Alhaji Umar Mutallab, a prominent Nigerian banker, reported to the American Embassy in Nigeria about his son’s increasingly extremist religious views. In a statement released Monday morning, Abdulmutallab’s family in Nigeria said that after his “disappearance and stoppage of communications while schooling abroad,” his father reached out to Nigerian security agencies two months ago. The statement says the father then approached foreign security agencies for “their assistance to find and return him home.”

The family says: “It was while we were waiting for the outcome of their investigation that we arose to the shocking news of that day.”(san diego online)

Now you know what we Arizonan had to put up with when she was the Governor and her refusal to deal with Illegal Immigration on any level. And her silly politically correct ideology.

“In fact, one of Napolitano’s first orders was for ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) agents to stop workplace inspections to arrest illegal workers and identity thieves,” said veteran cop Lieutenant Stephan Rodgers from New Jersey.

The very thing that had been a thorn in her side for years. People, like Maricopa County Sherriff Joe Arapaio and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas were actually ENFORCING THE LAW.

And that was just driving her mad. Even now as Secretary of Homeland Security she is still in a piss fight with Arapaio and Thomas.

She hates crisis, and always trys to deflect onto someone else.

Sounds like your proto-typical liberal to me.

So, when you board that next plane know that “the system works” according to your Homeland Security Secretary.

That system being, a Foreign national has to tackle the bomber AFTER his bomb fails to go off.

That’s your system.

Don’t you feel safer now. 🙂

And this far from the first time for dear Janet.

First, during her testimony on Capitol Hill, Napolitano noticeably failed to use the words terrorist or radical Islam even once while testifying, in spite of the fact her very job was created as a result of terrorist attacks perpetrated by radical Islamic terrorists on September 11, 2001.

The former Arizona governor has been slow to respond to the violence and chaos that exists at the US-Mexican border and continues to hesitate in dealing with an out-of-control immigration problem. Instead, Napolitano pointed to the US-Canadian border as cause for concern, going so far as to say the 9-11 terrorists entered the United States from Canada.

Napolitano subsequently was forced to apologize to the Canadian government and had to correct her erroneous statement. The fact that the nation’s top terrorism fighter didn’t know from where the men — who committed the worst terrorist attack in US history — entered this nation did not instill must confidence in her knowledge and ability.

She doesn’t want to deal with reality because it conflicts with her radical leftist ideology.

Sound familiar?

This is the governor who had been pressured to put National Guard Troops on the border because of the massive influx of  Illegal Aliens.

When she finally did declare “an emergency” they were sent down their with no ammo and orders to sit on their hands and do nothing. Just look like they were doing something. To be a presence.

It was a calculated political maneuver. It was the absolute minimum she could do to look like she gave a damn.

Nothing more.

Sound Familiar?

Then  there was the report Secretary Napalitano put out right after her confirmation saying, in effect, the greatest threat to America was “Right Wing Extremists”.

Seriously.

Not Terrorists.

Right Wing Extremists.

I remember when that came out. I remember thinking, “yeah, that’s sounds like her”.

She’s all politics.  All Ideology. All the time.

Sound familiar?

Congressional Democrats anyone?

Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ) gave the following statement in response to ongoing controversy over the Department of Homeland Security’s recent report on right-wing extremists and potential domestic terrorism, as well as Secretary Napolitano’s failure to appropriately apologize for the offensive assertions made in the report:

“The outrageous, unsubstantiated, politically-loaded DHS report on ‘Right-Wing Extremism,’ shows a stunning lack of understanding of the real and imminent threats America is truly facing,” said Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), who is a member of the Committee on Armed Services, Strategic Forces Subcommittee, Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee, Military Readiness Subcommittee, Committee on the Judiciary, Constitution Subcommittee, and is ranking member on the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law.

“It is also a disgraceful insult to the true heroes of our country. If veterans, pro-life and states’ rights advocates and those who seek to protect the Constitutional rights of themselves and their fellow Americans are at higher risk for becoming domestic terrorists, then over 80% of the people in my District can be categorized as a potential national security threat,” said Rep. Franks.

Franks also noted that it would be very interesting to see what taxpayer-funded resources went into producing “this disgraceful report and what documents and evidence they are using to justify it.”

Franks and other conservatives believe that using the vast and powerful resources of the Department of Homeland Security to target and ostracize political opposition, as it would appear is being done, sets an incredibly dangerous precedent and it’s something America’s federal government should have no part of.

Franks said, “The report claims the election of an “African American president” and the downturn in the economy has caused ‘right-wing extremism’ and could possibly even radicalize our veterans.”

“To say that the noble and patriotic men and women who wear this nation’s uniform and have laid their lives on the line to protect their country are now one of the greatest potential domestic security dangers to our country is so staggeringly irrational and insulting that I am unable to find the words to express it,” he said.(examiner)

And there’s More:

The (then-) Democratic governor, accused by her Republican critics of being soft on immigration, has vetoed other immigration bills from the GOP-majority Legislature within the past year, including a proposal to give police the power to enforce federal immigration laws. She’s also provided services for illegal aliens and is a proponent of drivers licenses for illegals.

But, don’t worry. The system worked. Janet’s large and in charge. She right on top of it.

MetroTimes: A Michigan man who was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 says he witnessed Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab trying to board the plane in Amsterdam without a passport.

While Mutallab was poorly dressed, his friend was dressed in an expensive suit, Haskell said. He says the suited man asked ticket agents whether Mutallab could board without a passport. “The guy said, ‘He’s from Sudan and we do this all the time.’”
Mutallab is Nigerian. Haskell believes the man may have been trying to garner sympathy for Mutallab’s lack of documents by portraying him as a Sudanese refugee.
“I stood up and walked a couple feet ahead to get a closer look, and that’s when I saw the flames,” said Haskell, who sat about seven rows behind Mutallab. “It started to spread pretty quickly. It went up the wall, all the way to ceiling.”
But the system worked. Don’t you feel so much better knowing Janet has your back. 🙂

AP: Napolitano refused to say whether Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab has a connection to al-Qaida, citing the ongoing criminal investigation.

The fact that he said he was member, no one cares. And also, notice, she calls it a criminal investigation. Not a Terrorist incident.

“Right now, we have no indication that it is part of anything larger,” Janet Napolitano told the CNN news network.

On “Meet The Press” on Sunday:

Host David Gregory asks: Is your suspicion, based on intelligence you’re seeing and information that he’s providing, is your suspicion that he is part of al-Qaeda?

SEC’Y NAPOLITANO: You know, David, I, I, I don’t want to speculate on that. Again, the, the FBI has that under investigation. We’ll ascertain whether or not he is what he, he allegedly says he is. But what we are focused on, again, is screening, making sure that mitigation measures are in place at airports across the country.

Yeah, we have to mitigate the political damage first!

She confirmed that there was no air marshal on the plane with Abdulmutallab. They are not on every flight.

Napolitano says that despite Abdulmutallab’s success at getting dangerous chemicals on board the plane, commercial flying is safe.

She says the United States is reviewing what security measures were used in Amsterdam, where he boarded the flight.

Nothing to see here. Move along.

But I saved the best for last:  Today

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano conceded Monday that the aviation security system failed when a young man on a watchlist with a U.S. visa in his pocket and a powerful explosive hidden on his body was allowed to board a fight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

A day after saying the system worked, Napolitano backtracked, saying her words had been *** taken out of context***. (emphasis added)

Now where have I heard that from a liberal caught trying to cover something stupid they said or did to cover up their own mistakes??  Hmmmm…. 🙂

“Our system did not work in this instance,” she said on NBC’s “Today” show. “No one is happy or satisfied with that. An extensive review is under way.”

Aka, how can we blame this one someone else; how can we better prepare to not to have to take the blame for it the next time.

Let’s scramble around look like we give a crap.

Just like the border, Janet just like the border.


Regeneration

Today, I’m going to do something different. I’m tired.

So I’m talking to today about the best, most hopeful thing in my life.

And right now hope is what is needed.

One of the things I am most thankful for. There are many. This is but one.

There’s this little program that not as many Americans have heard of, but virtually every Britons has.

That is “Doctor Who”  (www.bbc.co.uk/doctor who)

1963-1989,1996,2005-Present

www.bbcamerica.com/doctorwho

The longest running Science Fiction show in history.

It began on November 23, 1963. It ran on the BBC until Dec 1989. 26 years.

Then it was off.

But the fans never gave up.

The show flourished in “The Wilderness Years” as many fans call it. The fans took over the process of the fiction.

There was a TV movie that was all but ignored Fox in 1996.

The something remarkable happened.

The show regenerated in 2005.

Run by fans who were now the leaders of this pack.

It is now arguably the #1 drama in the UK.

It never really died.

It regenerated.

This was a genius master stroke by the producers back in 1966. The lead actor William Hartnell was leaving. They needed a way to continue the show.

The Doctor (of the title, he is not “Doctor Who”) is an alien from the planet Gallifrey.

He travels all of time and space.

And he can regenerate.

When the need arises he can completely transform himself.

Thus, another actor comes in and takes over and the program continues.

There have been 10 Doctors so far. The Tenth Doctor is bowing out of the programme on Jan 1st, 2010.

The Eleventh Doctor will take his place in the Spring.

The 31st Season in 47 years begins a new.

New Hope.

New anticipation.

New adventures.

The Doctor is moral, upstanding, a defender of the people.

We need a Doctor.

We need a regeneration.

A Regeneration of the American Spirit.

The spirit that says you cannot take my freedoms away so easily and with so much contempt.

Or we have The Master, the Doctor’s opposite.

They went to school together on Gallifrey.

But The Master is a sociopathic nightmare who just wants to rule everything and everybody.

Self-Aggrandizement is the name of the game.

Power for power sake.

The grand plan to rule everything.

Sound familiar? 🙂

But he’s stopped every time by the Doctor. Most times with a cost.

It maybe a simple morality play.

Hero. Villain.

It may be old-fashioned.

But isn’t simple morality something we need these days.

With the The New Louisiana Purchase, The Cornhusker Kickback, The Florida Right off, The Connecticut University Deal.

The Stimulus money that goes to fake Congressional Districts.

Record Snowfalls in “Global Warming”

The complete lack of respect from leadership for the people.

The complete lack of civility.

The total and complete partisanship divide.

Wouldn’t a good old fashioned, simple dose of morality be such a breath of fresh air.

It would be the Regeneration that was promised but never intended to be delivered by the last election.

The real HOPE and CHANGE.

Now we look forward to 2010.

The Health Care Final Death Star Battle.

Cap & Trade.

Amnesty.

And more and more Debt as the Democrats go from Bribing themselves with your money, to bribing you with your own money.

Just so they can maintain their power for power sake.

Stand fast.

Believe in the real American ideals.

The Politically Incorrect ones.

And even if we fall, we can regenerate.

Believe in the American Spirit.

Doctor Who got me personally through the worst times in my life.

Or as they said in Galaxy Quest, “Never Give Up. Never Surrender”.

It’s not the easy path.

But it is right path.

Yes We Can. 🙂

An Anatomy Lesson

If  you are around my age you remember the commercial where an narrator would hold up an egg and say “This is your brain” and then he’d crack it open on a pan (which you shouldn’t do by the way-always crack it on a flat surface to avoid getting shell in the egg) and put it in a sizzling hot pan, “And this is your brain on drugs” showing the fried egg.

Well, the 2009 Model:

The Human Brain

<<CRACK>>

Your Brain on Liberal Socialism

A Mind is a terrible thing to waste. 🙂

Continue Fighting. It’s is a Nobel Cause.

WP: Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) reserved the right to vote against the conference “if there are material changes,” and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) told C-SPAN the “Cadillac” tax would have to be a part of any final package she votes for. Both Nelson and Landrieu won hundreds of millions of dollars in the Senate bill for their states, which Republicans and even some Democrats derided as unfair to other states’ taxpayers

Translation: Show Me da Money! Bribe Me again Big Boy.

“You have got this divide, this polarization in America,” said Senator Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, the only Republican in recent weeks to seriously consider supporting the health bill. “People become risk-averse, politically risk-averse. There is no incentive to reach across the divide and appeal to a broader inclination. It looks like pragmatism is a political cop-out; compromise is certainly viewed that way.”(NYT)

So stay Tuned. It ain’t over ’till it’s over.

No matter what the Liberal Media says.

“I don’t see this as 60 Democrats versus 40 Republicans,” he said. “I see it as 60 leaders who stood up to insurance companies and stood up for working families all across America.”(MSNBC)

Give us all HELL, Harry. 🙂

“This notion that somehow this health care bill that’s emerging should be grudgingly accepted by Democrats as half a loaf” is wrong, Obama said. “This is 95 percent of the loaf.” (CNN)

Kind of like : (BarackObama.com-campaign promise) “Cut taxes for 95 percent of workers and their families with a tax cut of $500 for workers or $1,000 for working couples”

Both are baking lies.

I think he really meant back in the campaign that there would by 95% Taxes, or is that 95 NEW taxes, I forget which… 🙂

That Lump of Liberal Coal in your Stocking

One might be tempted to think there’s no comparison between Democrats’ health care overhaul and Hugo Chavez’s orgy of class warfare on Venezuela’s private sector. But consider Chavez’s new public eateries.

Last week, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez announced he would start a chain of government-run “areperas” to sell arepas — filled white-corn patties, similar to tacos — at state prices.

Slinging hash at a grand opening in Caracas, Chavez announced his new firm would be called Comerso, the “Socialist Corporation of Markets,” to counter the private restaurants he claims are charging too much. With arepas selling for 20 bolivars at private eateries, Chavez was going to dish his out at five — to keep eateries “honest.”

It’s no different from the public option House Democrats are proposing in their 2,074-page bill now being reconciled in Congress.

Unlike the Democrats however, Chavez makes no bones about what he’s up to: driving the private sector out of business with his “public option” for these taco stands.

“We’ll show them what a real market is all about, not those speculative, money-grubbing markets, but a market for the people,” the caudillo claimed. “Private individuals in sales can still sell, but they’ll have to compete with us and with a people who are now fully aware.”

It’s remarkably similar to what Democrats have argued in their insistence on a “public option” of state-run health insurance for their health care overhaul bill now being reconciled in the Congress.

“One of the best ways to bring down costs, provide more choices and assure quality is a public option that will force the insurance companies to compete and keep them honest,” President Obama said just last October.

“If a vigorous public option is not included, it would be a major victory for the health insurance industry,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this December.

“I think it’s the fairest way to go,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in October.

To both Chavez and Democrats, prices charged by private firms, whether health insurance companies or areperas, are too high and need government intervention. What’s more, they aren’t high because of conditions of supply and demand, but out of pure malice.

That obscures the reasons why health care costs are high in the U.S. and arepa prices are soaring in Chavez’s Venezuela.

Three factors stick out in Venezuela: Chavez has instituted price and capital controls to “discourage speculation” on foreign currency, which makes hard cash a lot scarcer than it should be.

Because of this, importers can no longer buy as much imported food for a nation that has always imported food. White corn, a staple of Venezuelan cuisine, must be imported from Argentina or South Africa because it doesn’t grow well in the local climate. Net result: Store shelves go bare and prices rise.

Chavez also has been confiscating private farms in the name of “the people” and has added more food shortages, as well as driven up prices even further.

Lastly, he’s already set up a network of government-run stores in the shantytowns, called Mercal, which quickly runs out of goods every time it’s stocked because of its artificially low prices. This is unfair competition with the established private sector, which has suffered.

“Buhoneros” (poor street vendors) buy up the goods in bulk and sell them on the street or at fairs at higher prices consistent with Venezuela’s inflation rate — which runs around 30%. That’s the highest in Latin America.

In that atmosphere, inflation, food shortages and the withered private sector are tightly linked to government intervention. It is little different from the kinds of controls that have hurt the U.S. insurance industry, which has been battered by Congress’ controls against companies selling policies across state lines and hundreds of capricious mandates.

There may not be much that can be done for Venezuela, but in light of these results, we can pretty well tell what Democrats are up to with their “public option.” And it’s going to have the same result.(IBD)

NYT: “This was supposed to be a bill that reformed health care in America,” said the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “Instead, we’re left with party-line votes in the middle of the night, a couple of sweetheart deals to get it over the finish line and a truly outraged public.”

Merry Christmas from the post-partisan,unifying, compassionate,drain the swamp of  corruption  Democrats.

But the Last Word goes to an idol of mine, Charles M. Schulz:

Merry Christmas to All, and to All a Good Night.