The Clash

Liberal Government overlords who tell you what you can and can’t do VS “the entitled” – Rich Californians (many Liberals)! Let’s not discuss the poor… 🙂

Hilarious.

“California used to be the land of opportunity and freedom,” Barbre said. “It’s slowly becoming the land of one group telling everybody else how they think everybody should live their lives.” -Brett Barbre, Barbre sits on the 37-member board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

That’s what Liberals do!!!! 🙂 That’s their SOP!

Jurgen Gramckow, a sod farmer north of Los Angeles in Ventura County, agrees. He likens the freedom to buy water to the freedom to buy gasoline.

“Some people have a Prius; others have a Suburban,” Gramckow said. “Once the water goes through the meter, it’s yours.”

Not according to Liberals and “helpful” Government Overseers!

Yuhas, who hosts a conservative talk-radio show, abhors the culture of “drought-shaming” that has developed here since the drought began four years ago, especially the aerial shots of lavish lawns targeted for derision on the local TV news.

Drought or no drought, Steve Yuhas resents the idea that it is somehow shameful to be a water hog. If you can pay for it, he argues, you should get your water.

People “should not be forced to live on property with brown lawns, golf on brown courses or apologize for wanting their gardens to be beautiful,” Yuhas fumed recently on social media. “We pay significant property taxes based on where we live,” he added in an interview. “And, no, we’re not all equal when it comes to water.”

Yuhas lives in the ultra-wealthy enclave of Rancho Santa Fe, a bucolic Southern California hamlet of ranches, gated communities and country clubs that guzzles five times more water per capita than the statewide average. In April, after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) called for a 25 percent reduction in water use, consumption in Rancho Santa Fe went up by 9 percent.

But a moment of truth is at hand for Yuhas and his neighbors, and all of California will be watching: On July 1, for the first time in its 92-year history, Rancho Santa Fe will be subject to water rationing.

“It’s no longer a ‘You can only water on these days’ ” situation, said Jessica Parks, spokeswoman for the Santa Fe Irrigation District, which provides water service to Rancho Santa Fe and other parts of San Diego County. “It’s now more of a ‘This is the amount of water you get within this billing period. And if you go over that, there will be high penalties.’ ”

So far, the community’s 3,100 residents have not felt the wrath of the water police. Authorities have issued only three citations for violations of a first round of rather mild water restrictions announced last fall. In a place where the median income is $189,000, where PGA legend Phil Mickelson once requested a separate water meter for his chipping greens, where financier Ralph Whitworth last month paid the Rolling Stones $2 million to play at a local bar, the fine, at $100, was less than intimidating.

All that is about to change, however. Under the new rules, each household will be assigned an essential allotment for basic indoor needs. Any additional usage — sprinklers, fountains, swimming pools — must be slashed by nearly half for the district to meet state-mandated targets.

Residents who exceed their allotment could see their already sky-high water bills triple. And for ultra-wealthy customers undeterred by financial penalties, the district reserves the right to install flow restrictors — quarter-size disks that make it difficult to, say, shower and do a load of laundry at the same time.

When I read this it reminded me of a story I saw on British Television when I was on vacation in May about British Gas installing a debit meter on a house by force that effectively meant that if you want gas (a primary heating source in the UK) you had to pay off the meter before it’s removed. And they did while the homeowners weren’t even home!

UK Guardian: Suppliers can also force existing customers on to prepayment meters if they have a significant debt on their account and have not attempted to pay it off or agree a repayment plan. Not letting them in your home won’t stop this happening – they can get a warrant to force entry, and charge you for it too.

Prepayment meters, also known as pay as you go meters, enable you to pay for your gas and electricity before you use it. British Gas considers a good “budgeting” tool. 🙂

More than half a million pre-payment energy meters have been forcibly installed in people’s homes over the last six years, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live.

97,000 pre-pay gas and electricity meters were installed in England, Wales and Scotland last year alone.

“Pre-payment meter customers can’t take advantage of the competitive energy market,” she added. “Many people become trapped on them and can’t get a better deal.”

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See the story at (2012- but it has been increasing of late – the story I saw was recent): http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-2124092/British-Gas-breaks-couples-home-installs-pre-pay-meter–changes-locks.html

Energy bills: prepay meters can cost poorer households hundreds. Customers who have to use prepayment meters are often offered only the most expensive tariffs.

Energy UK, the umbrella body for energy suppliers, said suppliers only installed pre-payment meters with a court warrant “as a last resort to help customers manage their debt“.

Gas, Water…as Hillary said, “What Difference does it make?”

Coming to an American Liberal Government near you?? 🙂

And back to California, which mismanaged their resources to begin with (see Delta Smelt for just 1):

In extreme cases, the district could shut off the tap altogether.

This is not Detroit!

Oh, the high-priced Lawyer lawsuit heaven!

“I think we’re being overly penalized, and we’re certainly being overly scrutinized by the world,” said Gay Butler, an interior designer out for a trail ride on her show horse, Bear. She said her water bill averages about $800 a month.

“It angers me because people aren’t looking at the overall picture,” Butler said. “What are we supposed to do, just have dirt around our house on four acres?”

YES!, Gee, I’m guessing “Global Warming” isn’t going to cow him. 🙂

The Liberal, I want to do what I want to do because I want to do it attitude meets the reality of Liberal government mismanagement.

Welcome to Reality.

On Friday, the state said it would impose sharp cutbacks on senior water rights dating back to the Gold Rush for the first time in four decades, a move that primarily hits farmers. And starting this month, all of California’s 400-plus water districts are under orders to reduce flow by at least 8 percent from 2013 levels.

Top water users such as Rancho Santa Fe are required to cut consumption by 36 percent. Other areas in the 36-percent crosshairs include much of the Central Valley, a farming region that runs up the middle of the state, and Orange County, a ritzy Republican stronghold between San Diego and Los Angeles.

The Central Valley has been suffering from a drought largely cause by environmentalists! (see Delta Smelt).

https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/of-fish-and-foul/

https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/you-smelt-it-you-dealt-it/

But don’t worry, we’re from The Government (or British Gas) and we’re here to run your life for you! 🙂

Be happy. It’s for your own good. 🙂

The Velvet Glove

Soft Tyranny: What is the purpose of government in America? To protect rights and freedoms? That’s how the nation started. But now government is seen as more of a cross between a nanny and an operations manager.

Not every American adheres to that notion. Enough governments are moving in that direction, however, to make us freedom-lovers more than a little nervous. Consider a trio of recent events moving us from a nation of liberty to a society that is over-governed and over-monitored.

Late last month, the Seattle City Council voted to make it a crime for residents to put too many food scraps into their regular garbage. The law says that regular trash bins can’t be filled with more than 10% of compostable waste, including food and paper products.

On first offense, citizens are punished with a $1 fine. Serial offenders could be fined $50. The whole thing gives new meaning to the dinner-table question: “Are you going to finish that?”

So do they have to eat the extra calories they would have thrown away (thus increase obesity, which the liberal will also get you for) or do you have save it for the poor or leftovers??

Well, don’t save them too long, then you’ll have to throw them out and Mama will be unhappy if it’s “too much”.

Seattle.gov:

In a recent study, Seattle households estimated that about 1/3 of all food scraps they throw out could’ve been avoided. This includes foods that went bad before being eaten and leftovers no one wanted to eat.

That rotten apple isn’t the only thing going into your food and yard waste cart, though. You’re also throwing away all the water, energy and other resources used to grow that apple and get it to your plate. That’s a lot of waste!

You horrible peach of ungrateful shit! How dare you! Mama Government is unhappy with you.

Monthly residential food and yard waste cart rates

Effective April 1, 2014.

Service Level (weekly) Curb or Alley
(per month)
Weight Limit Dimensions
13-gallon (mini-can) $5.15 20 pounds 11″W x 12″D x 27″H
32-gallon $7.75 60 pounds 21″W x 23″D x 40″H
96-gallon $9.90 180 pounds 29″W x 34″D x 46″H
extra yard waste (per bundle) $4.90 60 pounds 4′ x 2′ x 2′

Customers changing their food and yard waste cart size more than once in a twelve month period may incur a $23.80 fee charged to their solid waste account.

Apparently, you get to pay for the privilege of being condescended to by Mama Government. How sweet…

Reuters reports that the law is “one of the toughest mandatory composting efforts in the country” in a city considered “a leader in urban sustainability and recycling efforts.” Which means that the nonsense started there is likely to spread to other urban areas.

Actually, Seattle is the second American city to pass such a law. San Francisco — of course — was the first.

They are also banning plastic bags in California too. It’s a ‘environmentally friendly’ sanctimonious thing to do and it. But we have to start small. You have throw the frog into cold water first, soften him up, before you go for the full boil of Government.

Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of checkout counters at large grocery stores and supermarkets such as Wal-Mart and Target starting next summer, and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at other retailers. It allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags.

Selective Liberal outrage?

Shoppers leaving a Ralphs supermarket Tuesday in downtown San Diego were divided as they weighed the legislation’s environmental benefits against its costs. San Diego does not ban plastic bags.

“With the amount of waste that we produce, we can try to help out by slightly inconveniencing ourselves,” said Megan Schenfeld, 29, whose arms were full of groceries in plastic bags after leaving reusable bags at home.

Well, she needs to be handcuffed, arrested and fined for her bad behavior don’t you think? 🙂

Robert Troxell, a 69-year-old former newspaper editor, said the fees are more than an inconvenience for retirees living on fixed incomes like him. He shops daily because he has only a small refrigerator in his hotel for low-income seniors.

“It becomes a flat tax on senior citizens,” said Troxell, who lives off social security and other government assistance. “I have not disagreed with Jerry Brown on anything — until this.”(AP)

Environmental jingo-ism or people, which would the liberal choose? 🙂

Several hundred miles south of Puget Sound, drought-weary Californians who are keeping their lawns green or taking too long to wash their cars are being turned in to the authorities by their neighbors.

The Water Police and their little minions of sanctimony, how cute. Can we get some Scarlett Letters made next?

As we noted over the summer, “water officials in Los Angeles will soon offer hangers that residents can ‘slip anonymously around the doorknobs of neighbors whose sprinklers are watering the sidewalk.'” The Golden State has become the land of drought-shaming apps and water cops on the way to becoming the next Great American Dust Bowl.

The drought could have been avoided, as it is entirely man-made. No, we’re not blaming everyday Californians; we blame government policymakers.

We find guilty the “operations managers” at the state and federal levels who have refused to allow water to cost what it would in an open market unobstructed and unsubsidized by government, and who for environmental reasons have cut off water flows to “protect” a 3-inch fish and dumped the water into the ocean.

The Delta Smelt anyone? 🙂

https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/of-fish-and-foul/

https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/you-smelt-it-you-dealt-it/

And then there are the nannies in Washington — or more specifically, the nation’s First Nanny, who wants to dictate what every kid eats for lunch at school.

Michelle Obama is afraid that students across the country are consuming too many calories, too much fat and not enough of the right kinds of foods, so she’s been campaigning to be every student’s mom.

The Nation’s Mom! Think Mrs. C, not Mrs G(overnment). There’s no harm in that, after all, it’s for your own good!! 🙂

Instead of packing food that children will actually eat, she’s stuffing lunchboxes with kid-unfriendly green, leafy vegetables and tasteless wheat bread, making sure they don’t consume more than one packet of ketchup per meal.

It’s for your own good dear!

But the National School Lunch Program is both wasteful and, given Seattle’s and San Francisco’s laws, counterproductive.

But that’s what Liberal sanctimony does best.

As Warner Todd Huston observed last month on Breitbart.com, many of the 31 million children who are fed by the program “are throwing away the vegetables, fruits and snacks forced on them by the new federal nutrition standards.”

Better do it the right way or Mama Government will get you for THAT too… 🙂

Sounds like a practice that would run afoul of Seattle’s ordinance. Maybe the operations managers and government nannies need to work a little closer together so there won’t be any conflicts.

No, that’s not a good idea at all. It would be better for everyone if they all stopped trying to engineer society and let us live our lives without interference. (IBD)

But that’s impossible for a Liberal. They are so vastly superior in vision and purpose and they just want you to be like them and be “enlightened” or else they will have put the hammer to your nuts until you do as you are told.

You are a child, they are the adult- at least their minds- and you must be forcefully taught how to behave properly.

They are you “enlightened” Masters, and the sooner you do as you’re told Mama Government will not be cross with you anymore.

Love you, Kiss kiss…now shut up and do as you’re told!

 Are you my mummy? 🙂

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You Smelt it, You Dealt It!

Background -2009: California has a new endangered species on its hands in the San Joaquin Valley—farmers. Thanks to environmental regulations designed to protect the likes of the three-inch long delta smelt, one of America’s premier agricultural regions is suffering in a drought made worse by federal regulations.

I love smelt. Slathered in tartar sauce that is… 🙂

The state’s water emergency is unfolding thanks to the latest mishandling of the Endangered Species Act. Last December, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued what is known as a “biological opinion” imposing water reductions on the San Joaquin Valley and environs to safeguard the federally protected hypomesus transpacificus, a.k.a., the delta smelt. As a result, tens of billions of gallons of water from mountains east and north of Sacramento have been channelled away from farmers and into the ocean, leaving hundreds of thousands of acres of arable land fallow or scorched.

For this, Californians can thank the usual environmental suspects, er, lawyers. (And whacko enviromentalists that value a smelt over humans) Last year’s government ruling was the result of a 2006 lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and other outfits objecting to increased water pumping in the smelt vicinity. In June, things got even dustier when the National Marine Fisheries Service concluded that local salmon and steelhead also needed to be defended from the valley’s water pumps. Those additional restrictions will begin to effect pumping operations next year.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that he “doesn’t have the authority to turn on the pumps” that would supply the delta with water, or “otherwise, they would be on.” He did, however, have the ability to request intervention from the Department of Interior. Under a provision added to the Endangered Species Act in 1978 after the snail darter fiasco, a panel of seven cabinet officials known as a “God Squad” is able to intercede in economic emergencies, such as the one now parching California farmers. Despite a petition with more than 12,000 signers, Mr. Schwarzenegger has refused that remedy.

Perspective: California’s San Joaquin Valley is the salad bowl of the world, providing the majority of fruits and vegetables for the entire nation. But, with another man-made drought looming, the San Joaquin Valley is in danger of becoming a dust bowl unless immediate action is taken to change policies that put the needs of fish above the livelihood of people.  (Natural Resources Committee-US Congress)

http://naturalresources.house.gov/issues/issue/?IssueID=5921

JUMP TO 2014:

A California appeals court sided with environmentalists over growers on Thursday and upheld federal guidelines that limit water diversions to protect Delta smelt, in a battle over how the state will cope with its worst drought in a century.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a lower court should not have overturned recommendations that the state reduce exports of water from north to south California. The plan leaves more water in the Sacramento Delta for the finger-sized fish and have been blamed for exacerbating the effects of drought for humans.

Reaction from both sides was swift in the national political issue. In a blog post, Damien Schiff, an attorney for growers, said the ruling “bodes ill for farmers, farm laborers and millions of other Californians dependent on a reliable water supply.”

Efforts to save the Delta smelt, which lives only in the wetlands stretching north of San Francisco, have been described as a humans versus fish battle.

Kate Poole, a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said growers’ hopes of taking more water out of the Delta wouldn’t solve California’s problems.

“It’s the drought, not the Delta, that’s affecting the water supply this year,” Poole said in a statement. “While we can’t make it rain, we can take charge of our water use by investing in smart water practices that protect and preserve our water supply.”

At issue is a 2008 report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which concluded that the fish’s existence was threatened and recommended limited exports of water to farmers and southern California. Farmers and allies sued, and a lower court called the federal biological opinion “arbitrary and capricious.”

However, in the opinion on Thursday, 9th Circuit Judge Jay Bybee ruled that the lower court should have been more deferential to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bybee, an appointee of President George W. Bush, is considered a consistent conservative voice on the 9th Circuit.

“We recognize the enormous practical implications of this decision,” Bybee wrote. “But the consequences were prescribed when Congress determined that ‘these species of fish, wildlife, and plants are of esthetic, ecological, educational, historical, recreational, and scientific value to the Nation and its people.'”

The Untouchable fish! The Sacred and Holy Anointed By Government. Thou shalt not touch thy holy fish! Even Human harm is not enough to stop the veneration of The Holy Fish!

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, which represented wildlife regulators, said it was pleased with the ruling.

Paul Weiland, an attorney who represented Kern County Water Agency and a coalition of Central Valley water users in the case, said he hopes the ruling will clear the way for all sides to come together and make progress on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

The plan seeks to restore the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta ecosystems and secure California water supplies into the future. A draft of the plan is currently open for public comment.

“While these cases are pending it is difficult for the parties to make concessions,” he said. “To the extent that this hits the reset button, it works to everyone’s advantage in the sense that the parties don’t have to be sticking to their litigation positions anymore.”

We Won! F*ck you! Get over it!  It’s the Law! Sound Familiar…. 🙂

That progress could be delayed if one or more of the parties in the case ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case or ask for a Supreme Court review, Weiland said.

Thursday’s ruling could also pave the way for a ruling in a pending case involving the water needs of wild salmon and steelhead trout in the state, which involves many of the same players. A February hearing on that case was postponed until after the Delta smelt decision was handed down.

The Delta smelt case in the 9th Circuit is San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority et al. vs. Sally Jewell et al., 11-15871.

The raucous crowd of farmers, farmworkers and supporters chanted “wa-ter, wa-ter, wa-ter” as participants raised signs saying things such as “Turn on the pumps, chumps!”, “Environmentalists are against migrant workers.” and “U.S. Senate: Don’t leave us high and dry!” (Hanford)

Gee, I wonder if that makes environmentalists racists? 🙂

An environmental group is calling on the federal government to provide drought relief to Delta and northern California farmers and business owners, and not just those on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore The Delta, says Delta farmers are on the verge of losing farms, and salmon and other fisheries are suffering too. (PNS)

But don’t blame the smelt because I’m an environmentalist and I only blame humans. Oh, and the Mama Government and Big Brother need to fix this.

Missing the point that the Government isn’t the solution to the problem, Government IS THE PROBLEM! 🙂

“If California had its priorities straight, we’d be building water storage instead of a train that may never come,” <CA Rep. Jeff >Denham said in a reference to high-speed rail that drew huge applause from the packed audience.

But Jeff, the Agenda is The Agenda. And you need a High Speed rail from Nowhere to somewhere more than farmers need water to grow food!

Larry Starrh, a farmer from Kern County, wondered whether Tuesday’s hearing would lead to the same dead end. “Southern California doesn’t believe their water’s at risk,” he said.

So why would they care. 🙂

“We hope to get the attention of the Congress and get some action,” said Fresno farmer Phil Pierre. “There’s got to be some common sense brought to this.” (Hanford)

Good Luck with that. Common Sense and The Left are Holy Water meets Vampire!

see also: https://indyfromaz.wordpress.com/2009/09/18/of-fish-and-foul/

Political Cartoons by Jerry Holbert

“The Delta will be at zero outflow, which means we will begin to have salt water intrusion into the Delta,” she explains. “We have farmers and marinas that will be experiencing loss of fresh water that they need for their services and water levels.” – See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-03-20/water/group-asks-feds-wheres-drought-aid-for-delta-farmers/a38276-1#sthash.nxgcM86O.dpuf
An environmental group is calling on the federal government to provide drought relief to Delta and northern California farmers and business owners, and not just those on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore The Delta, says Delta farmers are on the verge of losing farms, and salmon and other fisheries are suffering too. – See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-03-20/water/group-asks-feds-wheres-drought-aid-for-delta-farmers/a38276-1#sthash.nxgcM86O.dpuf

An environmental group is calling on the federal government to provide drought relief to Delta and northern California farmers and business owners, and not just those on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore The Delta, says Delta farmers are on the verge of losing farms, and salmon and other fisheries are suffering too. – See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-03-20/water/group-asks-feds-wheres-drought-aid-for-delta-farmers/a38276-1#sthash.nxgcM86O.dpuf

An environmental group is calling on the federal government to provide drought relief to Delta and northern California farmers and business owners, and not just those on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.

Barbara Barrigan-Parrilla, executive director of Restore The Delta, says Delta farmers are on the verge of losing farms, and salmon and other fisheries are suffering too. – See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-03-20/water/group-asks-feds-wheres-drought-aid-for-delta-farmers/a38276-1#sthash.nxgcM86O.dpuf

Let’s Review

Health Care: The administration has amended or delayed ObamaCare 19 times. Unions are screaming about the harm it will cause. The exchanges are in disarray. Yet it’s Republicans who are out of touch for wanting to stop it?

After all, the solution to many Democrats is Single Payer, even MORE government intervention.

Recently, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., accused the GOP of having “a fetish about trying to kill ObamaCare.” Guess he has a point. After all, just look at some of the terrible things Republicans have been saying about it in recent weeks:

• It will “destroy the foundation of the 40-hour workweek that is the backbone of the American middle class.”

• It will “end up forcing millions out of multi-employer plans.”

• It “creates unstoppable incentives for employers to reduce weekly hours for workers.”

• Its “perverse incentives are already creating nightmare scenarios.”

• “In its rush to achieve its passage, many of the act’s provisions were not fully conceived.”

• And, repealing ObamaCare would “protect our employers, our industry and our most important asset: our members and their families.”

Oh, wait! It wasn’t Republicans saying those things. Every one of those complaints was lodged by top union officials who, despite backing the law, now see its dark side.

Democrats such as Van Hollen also conveniently overlook the fact that Obama has already signed 14 bills into law that changed or killed parts of ObamaCare and delayed another five key pieces that proved unworkable, according to a new Congressional Research Service report.

The CRS also found that the administration missed half of the deadlines set in the law. And an inspector general report found it well behind schedule ensuring the ObamaCare data hub is secure.

Then there’s the fact that, just weeks before the exchanges are supposed to open, “not a single state appears to be completely ready.” That’s what Leavitt Partners’ W. Brett Graham told a congressional panel this week, adding that many states have “only recently begun to test their systems” to verify eligibility and subsidy requests.

So, let’s review.

We have a law that unions say will seriously harm middle-class families, that’s already required multiple fixes and delays, that relies on exchanges that won’t be ready, and that poses serious privacy risks.

Seems to us the real question that needs asking isn’t why the GOP is so obsessed with stopping ObamaCare, but why Democrats are so determined to let this disaster roll down the tracks.

THE AGENDA IS THE AGENDA!!! They aren’t going to be denied now!

If you think the Obama health law is only for the uninsured and you won’t be affected, you’re in for a surprise next time you go to the doctor. Be prepared for questions unrelated to why you are seeking medical help — questions that you don’t want to answer.

Whether you’re at the dermatologist or the cardiologist, you’ll likely be asked: “Are you sexually active? If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?”

Doctors are being turned into government agents, pressured financially to ask questions they consider inappropriate and unnecessary, and to violate their Hippocratic Oath to keep patients’ records confidential.

Going to the doctor can be embarrassing. But for your own good, you confide things to a doctor you wouldn’t tell anyone else. What is happening here is different.

“This is nasty business,” says Dr. Adam Budzikowski, a New York cardiologist, who called the sex question “insensitive, stupid, and very intrusive.” He could not think of an occasion when a cardiologist would need such information.

Doctors and hospitals that don’t comply with the federal government’s electronic health records requirements forgo incentive payments now and face financial penalties from Medicare and Medicaid starting in 2015. The Department of Health and Human Services has already paid out over $12.7 billion in incentives to doctors and hospitals.

Dr. Richard Amerling, a nephrologist and Albert Einstein Medical College associate professor of medicine, explains that medical record should be “a story created by you and your doctor solely for your treatment and benefit.” But the administration’s electronic record requirements are turning it “into an interrogation, and the data will not be confidential.”

Lack of confidentiality is what concerned the New York Civil Liberties Union in a 2012 report. Electronic medical records have enormous benefits, but with one click of a mouse every piece of information in a patient’s record, including social history, is transmitted, disclosing too much.

The social history questions also include whether you’ve ever used drugs, including intravenous drugs. As the NYCLU cautioned, revealing a patient’s past drug problem, even if it was a decade ago, risks stigma.

On the other end of the political spectrum is the Goldwater Institute, a free-market think tank. It argues that by requiring everyone to have health insurance and then imposing penalties on insurers, doctors, hospitals who don’t use the one-click electronic system, you are violating Americans’ medical privacy.

Protests from these privacy advocates are largely ignored. On Jan. 17, HHS announced that if patients want to keep something out of their electronic record, they should pay cash. That’s impractical for most people.

In 2010, when Congress was drafting ObamaCare, the National Rifle Association demanded a protection that became Section 2716 of the final law. It bars the federal government from compelling doctors and hospitals to ask you if you own a firearm. That’s the only question they can’t be told to ask you.

Where are the women’s rights groups that went to the barricades in the 1980s and 1990s to prevent the federal government from accessing a woman’s health records? Hypocritically, they are silent now.

Patients need to defend their privacy by refusing to answer the intrusive “social history” questions. If you need to confide something relating to your treatment, ask your doctor about keeping two sets of books so that your secrets stay in the office. Doctors take their oath seriously and won’t be offended.

Are such precautions paranoid? Hardly. We’re only starting to see the data collection ambitions of the executive branch.

On Sept. 6, the New York Times reported that Edward Snowden’s revelations show that the National Security Agency has “broadly compromised the guarantees that Internet companies have given consumers to reassure them that their communications, on line bank and medical records, would be undecipherable to criminals or governments.”

Be cautious about sharing your medical secrets with Uncle Sam. (IBD)

He wants to know everything about you…and so do the hackers.

And drink more water, Mama Government, Michelle Obama Said so…

“I really care about your health like I care about my kids’ health,” she told the crowd. “That’s why I’ve devoted so much of my energy into making sure that your generation is as healthy as you can be.  We’ve been talking about how you got to move and keep active and eat right.

“But as we were thinking about this, we were thinking, what is the one thing that we can have you guys do that ensures good health? And it’s really pretty simple. It’s drink more water. Just drink up. Because truly — as I’ve said before — water is the first and best energy drink.” (IBD)

Happy Earth Day!



The Environmental Protection Agency late last month proposed strict new “clean fuel” standards on gasoline. The EPA said the so-called Tier 3 rule would cut emissions of smog-forming pollutants, as well as toxic emissions like benzene.

What the EPA didn’t say was that levels of these pollutants have been falling steadily for years, and would continue to fall even without the new rule, which the oil industry says will cost tens of billions of dollars.

Indeed, a fact that won’t get much attention on Earth Day — April 22 — is that pollution has been falling across the board for decades, even while the nation’s population and economy have expanded. Overall air pollution levels dropped 62% from 1990 to 2012, while GDP grew 69% and population climbed 26%.

Everything has seen declines: carbon monoxide, soot, sulfur dioxide, ozone, lead and others. Many are now below the EPA’s safety threshold.

Welcome to The Agenda is The Agenda regardless of the Facts.
The Secretary of state, John Kerry,  is on a tour of the world warning everybody about manmade global warming. He is telling everybody, “The science is settled,” and that we’re the cause of it and we need to be crushed for it.
Meanwhile, places like China That ARE the much bigger polluters just get away with it and Kerry wants their help to screw us WHILE they get away with it!
Kerry: “agreed to elevate the issue of man-made climate change to the ministerial level in bilateral discussions.”
Translation: Screw us over because of our Agenda.
“We are seeing the science of climate change come back to us now at a rate that is far faster and with far greater levels of damage than anything that scientists predicted 10, 15, 20 years ago,” he stated. “Every prediction that has been made is coming true, but coming true bigger and more dangerously.”
The Facts don’t support this view. But the Agenda supports it so that’s all that matters.

Before becoming secretary of state, then-Senator Kerry positioned himself as a leader on the climate change issue, likening those who questioned the notion of human-induced global warming to flat-earthers.

In a Senate floor speech last August, he declared that the climate crisis was as dangerous as the possibility of Iran developing nuclear weapons or a U.S.-Iran war. He bemoaned the rise the skepticism and blaming it on “a concerted campaign of disinformation.”

During his Senate confirmation hearing last January, the secretary of state-designate described climate change as a “life threatening” issue.

So never get between a Liberal and his Agenda! 🙂

Even carbon dioxide emissions dropped Hayward released the latest almanac on April 16.

Other environmental measures also show steady improvement.

Water quality, including drinking water, has improved over the past several decades. And per-capita water use has declined 30% since 1975, notes the U.S. Geological Survey.

There are about 20 million more acres of forest land now than there were 20 years ago, according to the Forest Service.

But yet, if you elect anyone other than a Tree-hugging, Global Warming Alarmist Democrat you want to rape and pillage the environment for greed and corporate profits!

Even if no new environmental rules were introduced, these improvements will likely continue, as newer, more efficient technology continues to replace older equipment. As Hayward notes, “reductions in air pollution are occurring more rapidly than the EPA’s models have forecast.”

Yet in the face of these successes, the EPA has only accelerated its regulatory efforts.

Because it’s about the power and the control, NOT the results! Just like most of the Liberal Agenda.

The Tier 3 rule, for example, will force oil refiners to cut the sulfur content of gasoline from 30 parts per million down to 10 parts per million. The industry says this will cost $10 billion upfront and more than $2 billion a year, raising gas prices by up to 9 cents a gallon.

But don’t worry, that doesn’t “hurt” the middle class and the poor. 🙂

The EPA claims the rule will help avoid up to 2,400 premature deaths a year. But the existing Tier 2 standard had already cut the sulfur content dramatically from the previous 300 parts per million, and is contributing to substantial gains in air quality.

Levels of volatile organic compounds — a chief ingredient in smog — have dropped 88% since 1970. Nitrogen oxides, another smog forming agent, are down about as much. And levels of benzene, a toxic air pollution that the EPA says its new rule will cut, dropped 66% over the past two decades.

In Los Angeles, these gains have been even more impressive. Since 1980, the city had cut in half the number of times it exceeded the EPA’s current smog standard.

A study commissioned by the oil industry found that the costly Tier 3 standard will do little to improve on these ongoing air pollution gains.

Likewise, the EPA late last year lowered the standard for PM 2.5 — fine particles in the air sometimes called soot — in response to a court order, even though the existing standard is producing steady gains. Then-EPA-head Lisa Jackson said the new rule would “save lives and reduce the burden of illness in our communities.”

Any area that fails to hit that lower standard by 2020 risks losing federal transportation money. In the meantime, communities that exceed the standard will have to file “implementation plans” with the EPA years before that deadline.

The manufacturing industry sued to stop the new rule, saying that it will “crush manufacturers’ plans for growth by restricting counties’ ability to issue permits for new facilities, which makes them less attractive for new business,” according to National Association of Manufacturers CEO Jay Timmons.

EPA Won’t Celebrate

But the agency’s own data show that PM 2.5 levels have dropped 28% since 1999, and the EPA expects levels to continue declining even without the new rule. (IBD)

But the Agenda is the Agenda!

The problem is that the EPA rarely celebrates these environmental successes, and even when it does point out gains, the press largely ignores it.

When the agency announced, for example, that toxic air emissions dropped 8% in 2011 from the year before, and have been steadily dropping since 1998, only a handful of local papers bothered to report the news. (CNS)

Because this is not news worth reporting, especially by The Ministry of Truth.The actual truth does not advance The Agenda so it’s not newsworthy.
Speaking of Not Newsworthy…
BENGHAZI UPDATE
Four Americans, including our sitting ambassador, murdered in a terrorist attack.  Repeated warnings and requests for beefed up security ignored and denied in a notorious jihadi hotspot.  Zero assistance, hour after hour, as two murdered former SEALs begged for back-up.  Let’s wrap this up and move on, says the Obama administration’s top diplomat.  Via Erika Johnsen:
The whole thing is a big yawner for Liberals.
KERRY: Let’s figure out what it is that’s missing, if it’s legitimate or if it isn’t. I don’t think anybody lied to anybody. And let’s find out exactly, together, what happened, because we need — we got a lot more important things to move on to and get done. 
Just so we’re clear, under questioning about significant details of the 9/11 Benghazi massacre, President Obama’s two most recent Secretaries of State have responded, “we got a lot more important things to move on to” and “what difference does it make?”.
Again, don’t annoy the Agenda with irrelevancies.
Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the Benghazi attacks seven months ago. No arrests have been made.
Secretaries Clinton and Kerry might be decidedly uninterested in learning the truth, and the White House may say it’s finished answering questions on the matter. (Guy Benson)
So the lesson on Earth Day 2013 is that The Agenda is The Agenda and nothing and nobody will get in the way of the single-minded, blind to all the universe, pursuit of The Agenda by Progressive Liberals. No force on heaven or earth will stop them.
Certainly nothing as irrelevant as Facts or Truth.
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What Difference Does it Make?

I’m Back. I’m tired. I got in at 2am in the morning.

Talk about admirable aspirations, ignore the nation’s economic and fiscal realities, keep everyone fighting amongst themselves over anything at hand while calmly deploring all the disputes, rancor and chaos that this president has helped to engineer.

Such stunning cynicism has actually worked pretty well for the Real Good Talker this past year.

Never mind stratospheric millions of jobless, an amazingly ineffective economic stimulus program, historic highs in poverty rates, a national debt larger than a national economy and nearly 50 million people collecting food stamps tossed out like free candy from a parade float.

Instead, talk about educating every single American child for their own fair shot at some kind of idealized future, delivering better healthcare to millions more people for less money with no additional doctors and protecting ill-defined middle-class Americans from someone doing something to them.

None of it will ever come to pass on his grand rhetorical scale. But the community organizer doesn’t care. By the time enough figure it out, Obama will be back in the Pacific golfing with Choom Gang buddies while another ghostwriter drafts the next autobiography.

Now that he’s got Washington and Republicans fighting over how to address his briefly postponed sequester cuts and a national debt that grows by $2.8 million every single minute of every single day, Obama this morning launches his next divisive distraction: More controls on firearms.

While the media has been full of stories of booming post-election gun sales, less attention has been focused on another fact: As the estimated count of non-military U.S. firearms now exceeds 310 million, the annual number of gun homicides has declined strikingly: From more than 17,000 in 1993 to 9,900 in 2011.

No one believes that anything Washington orders will stop the awful occasional outbreaks by a few twisted souls among the more than 315 million Americans. But it’s admirable to try, isn’t it? It sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Can you prove it won’t work?

“My starting point is not to worry about the politics,” Obama said with a straight face. “My starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works, what should we be doing to make sure that our children are safe and that we’re reducing the incidents of gun violence.”

And fortuitously for Obama and his mob from Chicago, the nation’s newest gun homicide capital, a renewed emotional if useless, constitutional debate over bearing arms will keep folks from discussing other issues potentially more embarrassing to this White House. (IBD)

BENGHAZI

After explaining to Gregory that there are still a number of unanswered questions regarding Benghazi, McCain concludes by saying there’ s been a massive cover-up. Gregory is confused: “A massive cover-up of what?”

You ought to know Mr. Gregory, oh that’s right, you’re too busy trying to bury it and make it a non-story… 🙂

JOHN MCCAIN: I’m asking you, do you care– I– I’m– I’m asking you, do you care whether four Americans died? Or do you– the reasons for that? And– and shouldn’t pe– people be held accountable for the fact that four Americans died–

DAVID GREGORY: Well, what you said was the cover-up–

(OVERTALK)

DAVID GREGORY: A cover-up of what?

JOHN MCCAIN: Of the information– concerning the deaths of four brave Americans. The information has not been forthcoming. You can obviously believe that it has. I know that it hasn’t. And I’ll be glad to send you a list of the questions that have not been answered, including what did the president do and who did he talk to the night of the attack on Benghazi?

And why was it? Why was it that we– that the f– the people who were evacuated from the– from the consulate the next day were not interviewed the next day. And then they would’ve known that it was not a spontaneous demonstration. Why did the president for two weeks, for two weeks during the heat of the campaign continue to say he didn’t know whether it was a terrorist attack or not?

Is it because it interfered with the line of Al Qaeda has decimated? And everything’s fine in that– in that part of the world? Maybe. We don’t know. But we need the answers. Then we’ll reach conclusions. But we have not received the answers. And that’s a fact.

But hey, what difference at this point does it make, right?  (Newsbusters)

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Bureaucrats 1 Common Sense 0

After conceding that poor communication with teachers could have contributed to the unprecedented plunge in Florida students’ writing scores this year, the state Board of Education voted Tuesday to lower the passing mark for the test.

Just 27 percent of fourth-graders statewide earned a 4 or better on the writing FCAT, a steep decline from last year’s 81 percent. Eighth- and 10th-graders showed similar drops.

The news sparked widespread concern and a dramatic response, with more than 800 parents, teachers and school officials dialing into an emergency conference call held Tuesday by the state board.

Third-graders must pass the reading FCAT to be promoted, and high school students must pass the reading and math FCATs to graduate. (KFYI)

Don’t make the teacher’s accountable or the students smarter just make the test dumber!!

That’s the Ticket!! 😦

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Showdown at the H20 corral: Federal Government Bureaucrats 1 Common Sense 0

The city of Tombstone, Arizona, has lost the first round in its showdown with the federal government over water.

U.S. District Judge Frank Zapata this week shot down Tombstone’s request for an emergency injunction ordering the U.S. Forest Service to step aside and let the city use heavy equipment to repair its 130-year-old pipeline in the Huachuca Mountains.

The pipeline and some of Tombstone’s springs lie within a federally protected wilderness area, requiring a permit from the Forest Service. But Tombstone says it owns the land and doesn’t have to ask anyone for permission to make repairs that are critical to its survival.

In a 14-page written decision, Zapata said the evidence showed that the Forest Service had attempted to approve some permits, but that the city did not provide enough information.

The court ruled Monday that the city did not exhaust efforts to obtain federal permits to use equipment. But city officials claim they’ve spent the past nine months trying to secure the U.S. Forest Service’s cooperation.

You haven’t died of a thousand bureaucratic cuts yet. So keep cutting…

Tombstone’s 26-mile water line, which dates back to 1881, was damaged in landslides that followed last summer’s Monument Fire.

The city plans to hold the Tombstone Shovel Brigade on June 8 and 9, hoping hundreds, if not thousands, of volunteers with donated shovels will head into the mountains and work on the pipeline.

“The most desperate part of our work is to try to protect the work we have done from the monsoons,” said Tombstone City Clerk George Barnes.

“You can’t move boulders the size of a Volkswagen by hand, although they did suggest at one time we use chisels,” said Tombstone city clerk, George Barnes.

The <Goldwater> institute said: “Until last year, the U.S. Forest Service recognized and respected those rights, which date back to the days of Wyatt Earp. Today, the federal government denies they exist and refuses to allow Tombstone to restore more than three of its spring water catchments.”

“Federal water rights are entitled to a form of protection that is broader than what may be provided to similarly situated state law rights holders,” stated a letter from Julie Decker, the deputy state director in the U.S. Department of the Interior to the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

Decker’s letter said water is not “legally” available for some users who may want to develop property in the area, because “the expressed federal reserved water right created by Congress is senior to all junior water users who initiate uses after the date of the establishment of the reservation.”

Once again, The Federal Government is Supreme and can do anything it wants and you can’t say squat about it!

We are have all the Power and if we want to destroy you we can because we are the Supreme Imperial Power.

All Hail The Federal Government! They are the Supreme Law of this Land and every Land they rule.

Scared yet?

The federal government is demanding as a condition for renewing the pipeline permits that ranchers cede to the federal government all water ownership and rights, he said.

The radical “green,” or ecological, element appears to be playing a role, Dranias noted.

As part of the litigation over Tombstone’s water, he said, emails to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from various activists cheered the fires and floods that destroyed Tombstone’s water supply system.

“Hooray, the water’s running free again,” he said the emails expressed.

The court was not moved by a state of emergency declared specifically for Tombstone by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer,” the institute said.

The town is asking for shovels and donations. Contact the Tombstone City Clerk’s Office to find out how you can help at (520) 457-2202. (CNN,KPHO,WND)

The Judge: Keep rolling that common sense rock up the bureaucratic hill, Sisyphus because your Emperor is Supreme in all things and you just have to accept that you have no rights or power unless we grant it you and then if we ignore it or you, tough sh*t on you.

We are your Masters and you will do as you are told regardless.

The Empire has Spoken! So Shut the Hell up!

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