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Next Sunday is my 51st birthday. I won’t be here on that day so I’m “celebrating” a bit early. For the first time in my life I’m scared of my government. That’s a first I never wanted to experience.

In every life there is always some uncertainty and insecurities. We can get angry at some of them or we can be depressed or run a gamut of emotions over turmoil.

Jaded says that race relations have not been this bad in decades. Obama was supposed to be a post-racial president. He was also supposed to be a bi-partisan president. In fact, he promised to be a lot of post- somethings. Instead, he went in the opposite direction. Who could have seen that coming? (A lot of people who were deemed racists for saying so.)

It’s not racial tensions that have me frightened. Racial tensions ebb and tide and there’s a limit to how much rage can be spewed before it dissipates, although it could get bloody before that limit is reached. We’ve been bloody before and while worrying it does not bring me to full terror.

It’s the whole monstrosity of government.There’s a segment of the country gnashing their teeth at the Republicans, insulting them with the “Party of No” nom de plume and insulting the people who oppose this complete takeover of the country that signals the death of our Constitution.

Some want that death, yet seem to have little understanding that it is the only thing standing between the government and our civil rights. Given the numbers who want it they may well achieve their goals and that is what scares me.

The federal government is made up of three parts and it seems two of those parts are in collusion to effect that change. The “Party of No”, in times past a part of the collusion, at others standing against it, has withdrawn and shed light on what happens in the shadows. It’s not pretty and I had not realized that we were so far gone until they did step back.

The other side wants its cover back so they can continue to work in the shadows and resort to bullying to get it. We’re called hate-mongers by people who hate us and what we stand for. If we dare question their premise or their statements, we’re accused of questioning their patriotism. I used to question their patriotism but not anymore. It’s just their patriotism is for something that isn’t this country in its original inception but for their own conception of what this country should be.

No, it’s the government that has me scared. Laws are permanent things. Once enacted they’re rarely repealed. That is why there is the hot and heavy debate over the health care bill. Some of us have actually read it and know more about what is in it than the Congress that purportedly wrote it.

In just the health care bill alone there are mechanisms of control that will be permanent and subdue (if not completely kill them) our civil rights under the Constitution. And there is other legislation coming down the pike that will cement those controls in place. For anyone who has read any part of these upcoming bills, they realize that it is more about control and very little about the thing they’re promising to fix. And they’ll lie and lie and lie, ad infinitum to achieve their goal which is power and control.

To show you what I mean here’s a small list of indignities (their so-called myths):

SEC. 152. PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE.
22 (a) IN GENERAL.—Except as otherwise explicitly per
mitted by this Act and by subsequent regulations consistent with this Act, all health care and related services (including insurance coverage and public health activities) covered by this Act shall be provided without regard to personal characteristics extraneous to the provision of high quality health care or related services.

In addition, in the early pages of the bill, pg 170, HR3200, it specifies that any nonresident alien is exempt from individual taxes.

What that says to me is that illegal aliens will be provided for under the health care bill. Now, that’s to be expected considering what who wants it. The issue is: Why Do They Have to Lie About it?

The pols say abortion isn’t covered in the bill but neglect to mention that it’s in there by definition pgs. 769-770, HR3200.

The health care bill provides for government sharing of your personal data, including bank records, between departments that have absolutely nothing to do with health care, pg 735, HR3200.

I’ll stop there otherwise I’ll be here for the next week outlining that bill. However, the pols say these things aren’t in there and, yet, here they are. When that doesn’t work, they say the bill hasn’t been written, yet. So, they lie. Why do they have to lie if it’s such a good deal?

Even if you’re willing to give them the benefit of the doubt because you support Obama or one or another member of Congress, remember what I said: Laws are typically permanent things.

I’m not just scared of my government. I’m terrified.

Crossposted to Redstate.

That sound you hear is the sound of glass breaking and of liberal’s heads exploding. Yeah, I know—every pundit and Obama supporter in the MSM is perpetually waxing ecstatic about how “articulate” he is. And, many of his supporters will point to the following speech/video as evidence of his being quite the wordsmith.

My, that sure is pretty (if you can ignore all of the celebrities looking weirdly into the camera)! Man, that Obama sure can deliver a speech that other people write and that he memorizes ahead of time and then reads off of a teleprompter. You see, Barack Obama’s uncanny ability to powerfully deliver a speech makes him a great orator. By the way, the definition of the word orator is as follows—

An eloquent and skilled public speaker.

However, I would like to perform a social experiment and take away President Obama’s teleprompters and his prepared speeches, and put him in, say, a town hall setting discussing health care where random people can ask him spontaneous questions. OK—let’s see how he does shall we? (H/T Cassy Fiano).

My oh my, that Obama sure is a silver-tongued devil isn’t he? I mean, it’s really common knowledge that most children suffering from asthma attacks are little drunks, so everyone knows that we should give them a breathalyzer first to check their blood alcohol level before we treat them, right? OK—to be fair, let’s give the man another chance and see if he redeems himself during this next town hall about health care. (H/T Ed Morrissey of Hot Air).

“Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking painkillers.”

Ouch—that’s gonna leave a mark. I don’t know about any of you, but I’ve never heard of the AMA recommending painkillers as a treatment for an arrhythmia. Furthermore, during that video when Obama goes on about “unnecessary tests” (you know, those pesky things that doctors use to help diagnose patients’ diseases), I can’t help but be reminded of a hilarious quote from a column by Mickey Kaus of Slate titled, Obama as Health Care Salesman: He Sucks!

Later on he tells people that they are foolish to prefer brand name drugs to generic drugs, and to want multiple medical tests. “If you only need one test, why do you want five tests?” Stop clinging to your tests! You’re worse than those people in Pennsylvania.

Alright, alright—I’ll give President Obama one more chance. I know, let’s take a listen to his recent press conference on health care where random reporters asked him unrehearsed questions. Well, during the first half of the press conference, President Obama basically said a whole lotta nothin’. Then, towards the very end of the press conference, the President uttered the following gem (H/T Allahpundit of Hot Air)—

Is it over? Can I look now? Oh my goodness, that was painful. I seriously felt sorry for the President. I mean, the man actually implied—nay stated—that pediatricians are unnecessarily taking children’s tonsils out for money. Not to mention, that was the same press conference where President Obama said that Sergeant James Crowley and the Cambridge Police “acted stupidly”. So, Obama gives this long press conference on health care, and all people remember is that he attacked family docs and cops. Shudder.

Now, even though I have produced a plethora of evidence clearly demonstrating President Obama to be less than stellar when speaking off the cuff, I can guarantee that there are still numerous Obama supporters out there right this minute saying, “What do you mean? Of course he’s articulate! What about the”Yes We Can” speech?” Well, what about it? That powerful speech was written by a professional speech writer and that moving song was written and produced by will.i.am (a Grammy award winning song writer), and that video was directed by Jesse Dylan (a Hollywood director and Bob Dylan’s son). Barack Obama’s problem does not lie with giving rehearsed speeches. As previously stated, he is an extremely talented orator—and being a good orator is a skill that, like archery or horseback riding, improves with practice. Barack Obama’s problem lies with speaking off the cuff at press conferences and at town halls—in theses settings, he sounds like a bumbler.

So, when I hear Obama supporters and pundits in the MSM repeatedly refer to him as “articulate”, I can’t help but be reminded of that famous clip from The Princess Bride where Vizzini keeps using the word “inconceivable” over and over again, even though he clearly doesn’t know what it means (see embed below).

Well, when I hear Obama supporters use the word “articulate” to describe Barack Obama, I feel the need to reply to them in the exact same way that Inigo Montoya (brilliantly played by Mandy Patinkin) replied to Vizzini when he kept using the word “inconceivable” repeatedly—-

“You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”

In fact, the definition of the word articulate is as follows—

Expressing oneself easily in clear and effective language.

You’ll have to forgive me, but in the above clips, Barack Obama comes across as anything but clear and effective.

Now, speaking of articulate, why don’t we take a look at a clip of John McCain’s town hall on health care reform from last week (see embed below).

Let’s see—Senator McCain is calm, confident, has a five point plan, a good mastery of the subject matter, and easily expresses himself using clear and effective language. By George, I’d say the man is articulate! And, he does it without a teleprompter, a speechwriter, a Hollywood director, “Yes we can!”, or pixie dust. Inconceivable!

Now, the six million dollar question here is, how can Senator McCain be such a poor orator (we’ve all seen the famous “green screen speech”), and yet be so articulate in his town halls? The answer is actually quite simple. As previously stated, being an orator is simply a talent or a skill that one can practice and master. However, to be articulate about a certain subject, one must have a mastery of those facts. And, John McCain has a mastery of the facts with regard to health care (or most things that he discusses in his town hall meetings), because he has years of EXPERIENCE as a Senator and as a legislator which has given him a vast amount of knowledge that he can draw upon spontaneously, if need be. However, Barack Obama is probably one one the most INEXPERIENCED people to run for president in the last hundred years, and he spent his entire time in the US Senate running for president. Ipso facto, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that Barack Obama isn’t very articulate once the teleprompter is removed, because he doesn’t really know what he is talking about in the first place.

So, in conclusion, Barack Obama is now finding out that “Yes we can!” can only take him so far. Now, it has kind of lost it’s oomph and is beginning to sound silly. Furthermore, voters are beginning to say, “Yes we can what? Elect you president? We’ve already done that. So now, what are you going to do for us?” And sadly, President Obama can’t tell them, because as previously stated, he can’t articulate any clear cut plans for fixing health care (or anything else for that matter), because he has no experience and hence, no real idea of what he’s talking about. Barack Obama’s incompetence and inarticulateness should not have been inconceivable to anyone—in fact, it was really quite predictable. However, what’s regrettable, and even lamentable, is the fact that millions of voters are just now coming to grips with this reality.

This diary is cross-posted on The Minority Report.

This officer said so.

It seems that it really isn’t America anymore. When the BushHitler pictures, the burning effigies, the flags being crapped on, the name calling (which still continues), were rampant on the left,  it was okay.  If anybody had dared stop them, it would have been a scandal of massive proportions.  But now,  it’s not okay.

That’s a representative of the law saying that. It must be so.:!:

Oh I really hope this is true! Governor run on former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s mind, says top ally Pete King

With all the problems New York is having at the state level – and it’s not because people are “nervous” about the governor being black, as Gov. Paterson suggested – Rudy could be just the guy to come in and turn that state around. And Rudy’s odds of winning the governorship are much greater than his winning the presidency, as 2008 proved.

So, PLEASE Rudy run, win, and save your state!

First, I’m really glad to be blogging more regularly. I’ve missed you all terribly and it’s good to be home though I’ve been very busy with and very excited about a new business venture.

This is the first and only time I’ll discuss this on this blog and I’m so fired up about it I can barely sit still to write.

It involves the travel industry and in the short time I’ve been involved it has been amazingly productive and a lot of fun. Think of it – a way to recession-proof your income!

This is something you’ve just got to see. Go here, click #1 and watch.
If you have any questions feel free to ask here or you can email me at skgtravel@yahoo.com.

Thanks and enjoy!

I am not nor have I ever been a friend or admirer of, now the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. I hope before his death he came to know the Lord.

But I find the liberal Democrats, with the drive-by media’s help, use of his passing as a way to shove socialized healthcare down our throats very unseemly. In fact, it’s downright morbid and I’m sure many other Americans think so too. Kennedy has barely been dead a day and the libs have already turned him into a political prop. Disgusting.

And Chris Matthews anointing President Obama “the last Kennedy brother“? Get off the president’s leg and just get a room already.

The Dems are on the verge of another Paul Wellstone moment and they don’t even know it. My hope is that they have that shameful moment so the American people can finally see them for what they are and sweep them into the dustbin of History, as they truly deserve.

Yeah, that’s right, Governor. The criticism of you and President Obama is because you’re Black. That’s much easier to accept than the truth: it’s because you’re incompetent.

Gov. Paterson says people ‘nervous’ over minorities in office; White House: Obama doesn’t agree

Gov. Paterson is still blaming race for his his troubles.

After complaining on a Friday radio show that he is the victim of an “orchestrated” campaign to push him out of office, Paterson told a blogger that some people are uncomfortable with too many black pols in power.

“Part of what I feel is that one very successful minority is permissible, but when you see too many success stories, then some people get nervous,” Paterson told political blogger Gerson Borrero over the weekend.

See? This is the mind of a true, blue liberal. Nothing’s ever their fault. There’s always some nefarious reason why people are against them.

But the Obama White House won’t publicly back this drivel.

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said Monday morning that the President does not share Paterson’s view that criticism of him or any other politician is racially motivated.

“In terms of media coverage of the President, he thinks that there are a lot of people who agree with him in the media, there are a lot people who disagree with him in the media, and there are a lot of folks who play it straight,” Burton told reporters in Martha’s Vineyard, where Obama is vacationing, Monday morning.

emphasis added.

If Burton had just stopped at the first part of his sentence he wouldn’t have had to make up that other stuff. Of course Obama “thinks that there are a lot of people who agree with him in the media” because they are blatant about their man-crush for him.

As for incompetent NY Gov. Patterson…not so much. They like Patterson but Obama will always be the media’s first true love.

The Huffington Post is celebrating today because the Color of Change has managed to pressure companies into pulling or not consider advertising on Fox’s Glenn Beck Show.

The new companies distancing themselves from Beck include Airware Inc. (makers of Brez anti-snoring aids), Ancestry.com, AT&T, Blaine Labs Inc., Campbell Soup Company, Clorox, Ditech, The Elations Company, Experian (creator of FreeCreditReport.com), Farmers Insurance Group, Johnson & Johnson (makers of Tylenol), Lowe’s, NutriSystem, Sprint, The UPS Store and Verizon Wireless.

According to the article, there are 160,000 Color of Change members. Wow, that’s a LOT, especially stacked up against 2.2 million, on average, who watch Beck’s show. Of course, they’re simply bowing to a majority to keep themselves solvent, right? Right?

What’s that you say? 2.2 million is more than 160,000? Are you saying I have it backwards? But that can’t be! The Huffington Post says… and they’re demanding accountability. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t trust their accountability any further than I trust their math considering they’re all too willing to cater to the 160,000 over the 2.2 million.

It’s a pity for some of them. Lowe’s, today, just lost some business. I need a new toilet, or at least parts to fix it. I woke up this morning to a flooded home office. I’ll find somewhere else to buy the parts for repairs.

Likewise, Johnson & Johnson. I don’t use Tylenol because it simply doesn’t work for me but I do buy other products. I love the Dow bathroom cleaner; scrubbing bubbles and all that. I’m sure I could run down the list and find something they sell that I will no longer buy.

I’m not going to call it a boycott. Nor am I asking for a boycott of those companies, although I will admit it would be nice. I’m simply distrustful of a company that has such horrible math that they would cater to 160,000 over 2.2 million.

I also found an old blog post claiming that Beck drove viewers away from CNN. If it’s all Beck’s fault how come his viewership is going up and theirs is still going down? I suppose they must say something to comfort themselves.

Before their demands for accountability per the Huffington Post article, this group is asking for help in the form of contributions. One wonders if they’re willing to bailout the companies they just rolled.

Crossposted to Red State.

P.S. If you want to let Fox know how y0u feel you contact them here:

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,77538,00.html

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