POLITICAL: Obama’s Disdain

Saturday, November 30, 2013

http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/11/19/obamas-disdain-for-the-constitution-means-we-risk-losing-our-republic/2/

OP/ED | 11/19/2013 @ 8:00AM
Obama’s Disdain For The the Constitution Means We Risk Losing Our Republic
M. Northrup Buechner is Associate Professor of Economics at St. John’s University, New York.

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The most important point is that Mr. Obama does not consider himself bound by the Constitution. He could not have made that more clear. He has drawn a line in the concrete and we cannot ignore it. Those who currently hold political office, and who want to keep our system of government, need to act now. Surely, rejection of the Constitution is grounds for impeachment and charges should be filed. In addition, there are many other actions that Congressmen can and should take—actions that will tell Mr. Obama that we have seen where he is going and we will not let our country go without a fight. At the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked what form of government had been created. “A republic,” he replied, “if you can keep it.” We are losing it. If Mr. Obama’s reach for unprecedented power is not stopped, that will be the end. Everyone who values his life and liberty should find some way to say “No!” “Not now!” “Not yet!”

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Unfortunately, BHO44 is a “true believer”. It’s yet to be seen of all the opportunists will follow him down the road to Perdition.

The Constitution enshrines the power of impeachment in the minority party.

To muster the needed votes, the majority must essentially ask the minority: “Really, seriously, you agree with this?”

Then and only then can the most powerful man in the world be rebuked.

We’ll see.

But based on Pelosi and Reid, I would not hold out much hope.

The particular “Titanic” is going down hard!

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VETERANS: FRAUD ALERT

Saturday, November 30, 2013

To All Veterans:

FRAUD ALERT: Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center. A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller. The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller’s information is obtained. Note that VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone. Before giving personal sensitive information over the phone make sure you know who you are taking to.

The numbers to be avoided are:
800-872-1000 (the VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000)
888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551)

VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address this situation. Please pass this information along and post on your websites.

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INTERESTING: Thanksgiving — an alternative view

Friday, November 29, 2013

http://www.alternet.org/no-thanks-thanksgiving?akid=11196.1122391.BnCYs4&rd=1&src=newsletter929984&t=5

No Thanks to Thanksgiving
AlterNet / By Robert Jensen

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Instead, we should atone for the genocide that was incited — and condoned — by the very men we idolize as our ‘heroic’ founding fathers.

November 27, 2013

One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting.

In fact, indigenous people have offered such a model; since 1970 they have marked the fourth Thursday of November as a Day of Mourning in a spiritual/political ceremony on Coles Hill overlooking Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, one of the early sites of the European invasion of the Americas.

Not only is the thought of such a change in this white-supremacist holiday impossible to imagine, but the very mention of the idea sends most Americans into apoplectic fits — which speaks volumes about our historical hypocrisy and its relation to the contemporary politics of empire in the United States.

That the world’s great powers achieved “greatness” through criminal brutality on a grand scale is not news, of course. That those same societies are reluctant to highlight this history of barbarism also is predictable.

But in the United States, this reluctance to acknowledge our original sin — the genocide of indigenous people — is of special importance today. It’s now routine — even among conservative commentators — to describe the United States as an empire, so long as everyone understands we are an inherently benevolent one. Because all our history contradicts that claim, history must be twisted and tortured to serve the purposes of the powerful.

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How does a country deal with the fact that some of its most revered historical figures had certain moral values and political views virtually identical to Nazis? Here’s how “respectable” politicians, pundits, and professors play the game: When invoking a grand and glorious aspect of our past, then history is all-important. We are told how crucial it is for people to know history, and there is much hand wringing about the younger generations’ lack of knowledge about, and respect for, that history.

In the United States, we hear constantly about the deep wisdom of the founding fathers, the adventurous spirit of the early explorers, the gritty determination of those who “settled” the country — and about how crucial it is for children to learn these things.

But when one brings into historical discussions any facts and interpretations that contest the celebratory story and make people uncomfortable — such as the genocide of indigenous people as the foundational act in the creation of the United States — suddenly the value of history drops precipitously and one is asked, “Why do you insist on dwelling on the past?”

This is the mark of a well-disciplined intellectual class — one that can extol the importance of knowing history for contemporary citizenship and, at the same time, argue that we shouldn’t spend too much time thinking about history.

This off-and-on engagement with history isn’t of mere academic interest; as the dominant imperial power of the moment, U.S. elites have a clear stake in the contemporary propaganda value of that history. Obscuring bitter truths about historical crimes helps perpetuate the fantasy of American benevolence, which makes it easier to sell contemporary imperial adventures — such as the invasion and occupation of Iraq — as another benevolent action.

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Well, clearly, the “winners” write the history.

It’s hard, and probably not fair, to judge the conduct of those from another time and different memes and paradigms.

Comparisons to the Nazis probably is also not fair. But, might be!

So what lessons do we draw from this alternate view?

For me, it’s reenforcement of the evil of Gooferment and the need to recognize that the Zero Aggression Principle is a good meme to govern our actions.

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TINFOILHAT: Agents Pulled Off JFK Car

Friday, November 29, 2013

http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/11/16/classic-who-must-watch-video-secret-service-agent-pulled-off-jfk-car/

Classic WHO: Must-Watch Video—Secret Service Agent Pulled Off JFK Car
By James Huang on Nov 16, 2013

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You will be riveted by this video, not even three minutes long, showing JFK’s Secret Service protection being waved away from his car, and the perplexed reaction of at least one Special Agent.

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Why are we only seeing this now?

Argh!

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FUN: Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

 

Movie is technically excellent.

The new reserved seating, like the stage plays, causes great confusion, long lines, and extra time to get everyone settled down.

Katniss is not as sexy as she was in the first one. (Guess she’s gone Hollywood. Had work done? Lost weigh? Toned up more? And hence, she’s lost some of the “softness of features” and sexiness.)

One main character changed, effie, and it hurts.

Best line: “remember who the real enemy is”.

Something we should all remember!

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RANT: A rare form of cancer and lost his health insurance

Thursday, November 28, 2013

http://www.wnd.com/2013/11/boy-with-cancer-loses-coverage-after-obamacare-launch/

WND EXCLUSIVE

BOY WITH CANCER LOSES COVERAGE AFTER OBAMACARE LAUNCH
Bureaucrats won’t help unless he is ‘pregnant or an illegal alien’
Published: 19 hours ago
author GARTH KANT

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He was born with a rare form of cancer and lost his health insurance just after Obamacare went into effect.

Americans were told the health-care law was designed to help children just like Hunter, born with a deadly pre-existing condition and little means to pay for expensive treatments.

The Affordable Care Act was not supposed to take away the insurance these most-vulnerable children already had and leave them utterly defenseless against a life-threatening disease.

Answers are hard to come by, but it looks like that’s what the president’s signature achievement has done in the small town of Gainesville, Texas.

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If I was the President, the Governor of Texas, any of the Congress critters covering him, or any of the local politicians and bureaucrats, then I’d call an EMERGENCY conference call today.

By End Of Day, I’d want the facts and reassurance for this family, and all families.

Tell me again, how Saint Jude’s For Children, a private charity, would do this?

Gooferment is ALWAYS immoral, ineffective, AND inefficient!

“Happy Thanksgiving”!

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POLITICAL: Another delay in Obamacare

Thursday, November 28, 2013

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/11/online-shop-enrollment-delayed-by-one-year-100438.html

Online SHOP enrollment delayed by one year
By JASON MILLMAN | 11/27/13 12:40 PM EST Updated: 11/27/13 1:20 PM EST

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The Obama administration today announced a year-long delay of online enrollment for small businesses looking to purchase health coverage through federal-run exchanges, another setback for HealthCare.gov.

The delay, first reported by POLITICO, comes just weeks after Obama administration officials said the online enrollment for small businesses would be ready by the end of November. The announcement also comes just three days before the White House promises HealthCare.gov will provide a smoother enrollment experience for most users trying to purchase individual and family coverage. Fixing the problems with the individual market has been the White House priority.

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Excuse me, but how does the Administration get to unilaterally change the “law”.

It’s a joke.

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